Home Cookin’

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When my mom met Brian, one of the first things she told him was that I can do a lot of things but cooking isn’t one of them!

Fast forward 10 years….I can cook! LOL I’m not a born chef but I can sure follow a good recipe and also make changes to suit our taste buds. I try to cook three times a week and believe it or not, I do enjoy it. Yet finding the time to prep and cook is another story. So I try to find the easiest and quickest recipes. Most days I’m not home till 4 with the kids and I have to make their meals and ours before 6 (6 is bath time and 7 is bed time). It’s challenging but not impossible. To make matters worse, my husband doesn’t eat leftovers! So cooking on the weekends and reheating isn’t an option.

Found this recipe on All Recipes and decided to give it a try. It was by far one of the best meals I have ever made. Brian loves penne all vodka and this was close enough. This was absolutely amazing and you can easily make changes. The original recipe called for roasted peppers and peas but I omitted both. I wanted to keep it simple and Brian doesn’t like peas. I have also made this recipe using greek yogurt as a heathy alternative to the heavy cream. Yet, if you make it with the heavy cream first you probably won’t enjoy this as much! LOL

 

Pure Comfort

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I was skeptical when I first heard that Krispy Kreme was coming to Joburg. My initial thought was it won’t be the same. Yet as I walked into Rosebank Mall towards Krispy Kreme, I could already smell the deliciousness of the donuts cooking! The scent was exactly how I remembered. They are pure bliss once they touch your lips…it’s melt in your mouth goodness! It’s a crowd pleaser all around for the old, young, and even those who claim they don’t like sweets. Their classic is the original glazed donut but if that’s too plain for you they have a dozen more flavors you can choose from. My favorite is the cinnamon glazed.

place: Krispy Kreme

where: The Zone @ Rosebank

my take: pick up a dozen for that next playdate, you will be everyone’s favorite

 

Voodoo Lily

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The name of this restaurant was enough to entice me to give it a try and it didn’t disappoint. Been here a couple of times for breakfast and the food has always been good, service delightful and ambience nice as they have indoor and outdoor seating. I prefer outdoor and the weather in Joburg can’t be beat…even in winter it’s hot out!

So, when they announced that they were serving sushi that was definitely a reason for me to go back. Look, sushi in Joburg is not sushi in NYC and I have finally made peace with it! Now, I’m happy enough to just get my sushi fix.

It’s a win win for all though as they have a diverse menu and for those on the banting diet this is your place. It’s kid friendly as there is a small jungle gym across the street and they have a kids menu. The milkshakes are kid approved and my husband’s order of the deconstructive wrap was absolutely delicious as I was too late in taking a pic before he finished it!

place: Voodoo Lily Café

where: Birdhaven, 64 St Andrew Street & Wrenrose Avenue

my take: a safe bet anyday

The Grind Cone

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One of the things I miss most about NYC are the ice coffees! Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…a good ice coffee hits the spot. I have yet to find the perfect ice coffee but the grindcone at The Grind Coffee Company at Melrose Arch is a close second!

The grindcone is an espresso/macchiato poured into an ice cream cone that has been dipped in dark chocolate. It’s filled just enough at the bottom with dark chocolate so that the coffee doesn’t ooze out. Ingenious!!! Coffee and dessert all in one…simply divine!

place: The Grind Coffee Company

where: 34 Whiteley Road, Melrose Arch

my take: if you need a pick me up, the grindcone is it!