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Located on the mezzanine of the PnP on Nicol flagship store

Recently, I was invited to attend 2 sessions with Masterchef’s Alvin Quah at the Pick n Pay Good Food Studio in Sandton, Johannesburg.  Alvin was brought over by Quantas and Pick n Pay to do a series of short demonstrations as well as longer hands-on workshops for the growing number of keen cooks out there since Masterchef Australia and other reality food shows aired.

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prawn salad

“What do you think you’re doing?” the shop attendant shot at me.  I’d just helped myself to a bagful of loose cashew nuts from behind the counter of her spice shop in Kenilworth, and from the sour expression that covered her face you’d think I’d just stolen something.

I’m not one to saunter into retail establishments, go around the back and help myself to whatever I please.  No, I dished up the seemingly illicit morsels because firstly, the shop attendant was busy, and secondly (and this could be significant), there was a sign on the wall that said ‘SELF SERVICE’.

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It's sooo easy!

We’ve had some really unpredictable weather in Cape Town lately, so when the sun came out on Saturday I took myself off to the market and selected some fresh fish and produce to create a dish that I thought would embody summer.

I got a small fillet of yellowtail from Julie Carter of Ocean Jewel Fresh Fish and grilled it simply with salt, pepper and a little olive oil.  I dressed the fish with some pink peppercorns, lemon juice, flakes of zest, shredded mint leaves and olive oil.

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The homestead is called Mentmor

It’s with a heavy (but very relaxed) heart that I write this post today – my long weekend away is officially over, and it’s back to work in the morning.  I thought I’d share my weekend in pictures with you, as I haven’t done that in a while.  I captured all the images on my iPhone 4 and put them through the Early Bird filter on Instagram.

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