Midday Refuel

Let’s Lunch!

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy


I always hover around the fish refrigerator section in the grocery store, paralysed with the indecision of whether or not I should splash out on some fresh salmon, yellowtail kebabs or fresh tuna. It’s always a whack to heft out, and unless you consume that entire fish there and then, (or don’t mind eating the same thing two days in a row), it lands up in the dog’s bowl.

Thus, it was with great zing that I happened upon individually wrapped 50g portions of sustainably sourced Oak Smoked Trout Ribbons this morning in Woolworths. I love having smoked trout for lunch on some fresh health bread with a bit of sour cream, some scattered dill and of course, a lemon thoroughly squeezed to death upon the whole lot.

What normally was a treat – the 100g portion, (having to be gobbled all at once, or in successive days), is now a far more accessible lunch option packaged as 50g, and is excellently priced for the quality of the fish at R19.99. You’d think somebody was paying me to say this, they aren’t – I’m just this delighted.


Oak Smoked Trout Ribbons on Health Loaf

Serves 1            Takes approx. 5 mins 


1 x chunky slice of Seeded Health Loaf

1 x 50g pack Oak Smoked Trout Ribbons

2 tsp Sour Cream, room temp

1 x small Lemon, juice

Freshly cracked Black Pepper

Scattering of Dried or Fresh Dill


Look what I found!


It’s always exciting when new and exotic ingredients make their way to South African shores. I always ogle the organic aisle at Woolworths where these precious gems abide. Not that I am a particular stickler for all things organic, but I do find the produce always looks a bit happier than their ordinary ‘inferiors’. It was here, whilst looking at the Rainbow Spinach (yes there is such a thing – and it’s breath-taking), the Shiraz Mange Tout and Baby Aubergines, that I came across the most intricately designed natural food stuff I have ever seen. The label read, Romanesco, and at just R16.99, I had to make it mine.

After a quick research of the vegetable, I discovered that it predates both Cauliflower and Broccoli, who are a part of its family – and hails from Italy. Isn’t that interesting?

Here is a recipe for a soup that I made using the Romanesco. Naturally I realise it is not a readily available vegetable, but it tastes so similar to cauliflower that it can be substituted with one instead. Happy Cooking!
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We Braai


Probably the most revered of all public holidays in South Africa, is the forthcoming ‘Heritage Day’, or as we like to call  it – ‘Braai Day’ – where South Africans nationally (and maybe those living abroad who feign a sick day) fire up the braai, gather their friends and family, and take part in a past-time that has descended from generation to generation. I love this holiday particularly, as it is probably one of the only public holidays where people actually make plans. Other public holidays come and go, and inevitably are spent around the house engaging in DIY or sleeping. This is a day where texts and emails are sent a week in advance (a normally rare occurrence) and venue’s are decided upon. Then the wait is on to see if the weather will be kind to us…

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