Bottoms up…

Beat the Heat


With the past week of severe heat waves here in the Cape, I was struggling to find inspiration from any kind of food stuff that would snap me out of my Christ the Redeemer pose in front of the fan, and into a Nigella-esque one over the stove – especially with my kitchen hitting a high of 42.5•C on Wednesday.

It was whilst sucking back on a defenseless ice cube, that it hit me – I wanted a Granita. This delicious slushy type drink, albeit a more elegant one, is rarely found on menu’s in South Africa for some bizarre reason. The most refreshing flavor I could think of pairing with the slushed ice had to be watermelon, because truthfully nothing beats it’s sweet smack, complimented with the herby freshness of basil. I added a bit of chili for fun, and it actually worked really well – despite personally not being the biggest heat seeker when it comes to chili in food. Topped up with a splash of lemonade (and some white rum or vodka, if you are in the mood), it makes the perfect sundowner for guests, or an anytime slushy snack for when you need cooling down.

Tip: I froze mine in a non-stick metal loaf tin – and every hour or so, scratched the surface of the granita with a fork to fluff it up and create the desired texture.

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Friday’s Jug of Joy


It’s been a while since my last post – and this was not planned. As the saying goes… ‘Life happened’… A whirlwind trip back to Durban on personal matters, lead me through experiences good and bad – from indulgent spa sessions, to two hour hospital appointments and ending off with a beautiful wedding of one of my oldest friends. The sadness of leaving family back home, was quickly erased by the arrival of my second (and final) furry baby. Literally, I landed at the aiport – and then collected her at the same time. Thus, the week that’s passed has been a trying one and when the going get’s tough, the bar fridge get’s opened.

The sun is shining, it’s warming up and that calls for pitchers a-plenty. Pitchers, or jugs are some of my favourite things to make – especially in the recipe development phase…taste… hmm… more Pimm’s… taste… more Vodka…taste…

This is my recipe for an easy jug of joy. Have a fabulous weekend, one and all.

Watermelon Fizz
Serves 4   Takes approx 25mins                

3 cups of Fresh Watermelon
2 Limes, juiced
1/2 cup Blueberries
1/2 cup Raspberries
1/2 Cucumber
Handful of Fresh Mint
6 tots Pimm’s
4 tots Vodka
Bos Ice Tea -Apple
Soda Water


Put all fruits and mint into the bottom of the pitcher.
Squeeze in the lime juice.
Pour in the alcohol.
Leave to soak into the fruit for about 20 minutes.
Top up with your ice tea, soda water and ice blocks.
Swirl & Enjoy!



Cucumber Lime G&T


There is gin and there is Gin. The former being introduced to us in our candescent youth, where an overflow of it in our systems lead to public weepings’ about the plight of the homeless and failing our mid-terms, (what do they put in that? Seriously…).  The latter – is embodied in the intricately designed, delightfully stout little bottle of Hendrick’s Gin – a small batch producing company based in a wee corner of Scotland.

I caught a whiff (literally) of an empty bottle of this at a friends 30th birthday party where we had rented out this amazing house in Somerset West to spend the weekend in. Lining the wall of the bar, were all these empty bottles’ of Gin – bottles I had never seen before. Curious, I uncorked one and inhaled what can only be described as the most heavenly scent of summer in a bottle. Cucumber, fresh cut grass, rose water… I couldn’t actually work it out – all I knew was that I had to get me some of this.

To limit one’s calorie intake, I always affirm that having a double shot and but one mixer tonic, you get the wanted (needed) effect of two drinks, but without the sugar content of two mixers. It’s a lovely drink to multiply into a jugs’ worth for sundowners if you are having people over. Make it as strong or as weak as you like, either way the flavour will astound!


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