About me

Eating good food, is savouring that which someone else, be it a Michelin Star Chef or a home cook, has prepared with skill and respect, and that it is well seasoned and thoughtfully presented.

Cooking good food, is taking my time, putting in the effort, to do the same.

I prefer to be known as a “Foodie Wannabe”. The term Foodie is just too onerous. As “Foodie Wannabe” I can make mistakes, I do not have to know if the sauce is one of the five “mother” sauces¹ or a derivation or “little sauce”. I do not have to define a gastrique²  on the spot, juggle culinary termsor know the recipe for egg pasta³ off by heartI can express my love for, and opinion of food without any filters. Of course, I am still open to criticism, scorn, and ridicule, but eating and cooking are passions, not my job.

When I/we Travel. Once we, my wife and I,  have picked a destination, the next step is finding restaurants. Yes, the trip is planned around the eating. We have even picked destinations starting with the restaurants, and come to think of it, that is mostly what happens. Authentic local cuisine is what we are after, local dishes prepared by locals, ranging from street food to high-end dining.

My motto is BYH: Broaden Your Horizons™.

The dining experience is heightened if we are joined by fellow food lovers, especially my best friend, Jaco.

¹. the five “mother” sauces Béchamel, Velouté, Espagnole, Hollandaise and Tomate.

². gastrique: French for basically a sweet and sour sauce, the sweet is usually fruit, and the sour is vinegar.

³. egg pasta:  flour, salt, eggs and olive oil. Whisk 2 cups of flour and ½ teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Create a well in the middle of the flour, add three large eggs and one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil…..

IMG_0108 Beef Wellington, homemade for the first time.

IMG_0109So is it perfect?! Is the pastry overdone? is the tenderloin too rare? Is there enough duxelles? Where is the garnish? Where are the sides? How did it taste? I think you get it fellow ” Foodie Wannabes”.

I love to eat good food, I love to cook good food. I believe that each ingredient should be treated with the highest respect it can be paid, good preparation.

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3 thoughts on “About me”

  1. Hey, Stranger, should have known about your love for food but haven’t seen you here at the diner for a long time and truly miss our time and conversations together, so don’t be a stranger and give me a call at the diner…love to get together again and find out what you’ve been up to.

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    1. Yes, I can talk about food and cooking for hours. This food blogging thing is brand new to me, and far more challenging than posting on other sites or writing reviews on TripAdvisor. It would be awesome to get together.

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  2. Thank you for visiting my blog. We moved to Natal less than two years ago and I have been learning to eat Indian food – the lady next door to us is an excellent cook. Now I’ve also found the perfect shop to buy all the ingredients that I need to start cooking my own curries. I’ll be watching your blog for more tips.

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