Castelo de Sao Jorge Lisbon Portugal Melissa Mayo

PORTUGAL

Posted on September 27, 2015

South African food is very influenced by Portuguese food. So it is no surprise that I had always wanted to visit Portugal. And it did not disappoint.

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MINORI ITALY

MINORI ITALY

Posted on September 25, 2015

Minori, a town with just 3000 inhabitants. It’s situated along the Amalfi coast alongside towns like Ravello, Positano and Amalfi. It is banked by hills covered with amazing lemon groves that yield the lemons for making Limoncello

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TARRAGON LIME ROTISSERIE CHICKEN

TARRAGON LIME ROTISSERIE CHICKEN

Posted on September 14, 2015

Most people think you need to own a rotisserie to make it. This isn’t the case. I’ll show you how to make the best chicken in your oven.

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Siena Italy - ARIEL VIEW

SIENA & THE CRIPSY PIZZA

Posted on September 13, 2015

Walking around Siena, you feel like you have stepped back into the middle ages. You are transported to Medieval Tuscany. And you gotta hear the story about the crispy pizza …

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THANKSGIVING LAMB WITH ROSEMARY BALSAMIC FIG GLAZE

THANKSGIVING RACK OF LAMB

Posted on September 11, 2015

Find out why I am making lamb this Thanksgiving. I love how the sweet figs are balanced by the acidity of the balsamic and the smell of rosemary just makes me happy.

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CINNAMON RAISIN BULKAS

CINNAMON RAISIN BULKAS

Posted on September 10, 2015

On Yom Kippur the Jews fast from sundown to sundown. The fast ends with a breaking of the fast feast. It is traditional to break with cinnamon buns, called bulkas.

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ROASTED BEET & GRAPEFRUIT SALAD

ROASTED BEET & GRAPEFRUIT SALAD

Posted on September 8, 2015

I had this salad on my first trip to Italy, in a little Trattoria in Lucca. It’s perfectly balanced and so “GENUIS”, that I had to recreate it.

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CHICKEN LIVERS PERI -PERI

CHICKEN LIVERS PERI -PERI

Posted on September 7, 2015

This dish has it’s roots in Portugal but it has become a traditional South African staple served throughout the country.

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ORANGE & THYME SCONES

ORANGE & THYME SCONES

Posted on September 7, 2015

Teatime was a big part of growing up in South Africa. My mom would whip together a fresh batch of scones whenever we had friends over.

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Heinrich Knoetze - South Africa

HEINRICH KNOETZE

Posted on September 5, 2015

I was born and raised in South Africa, but I live in California. Whenever I get homesick I turn to my favorite photographer Heinrich Knoetze. His amazing images transport me back to my birthplace.

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PREGO-STEAK-ROLL

PREGO STEAK ROLL

Posted on September 5, 2015

This is classic South African dish that has its roots in Portugal. It gets its’ name from the Portuguese word for nail (Prego), because we literally hammer the garlic into the steaks.

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