Friday, November 26, 2010

The Greek Fisherman.

I really try to cook after work as often as possible for many reasons, health, I really feel like something particular after cooking all day, I want to use up groceries I have purchased and of course its time for my boyfriend and myself to sit, chat and relax after crazy days at work however there are times when I just dont want to and on those days he takes me out somewhere, normally somewhere we have been before and we go for the same things we like to eat from different places like at Bacini`s I cant resist the Valentino pizza topped with loads of Parma ham and rocket!! This time we needed to go to the shops so we went to the Greek fisherman for something different or so we had hoped.

You walk in and the staff are friendly and welcoming, even though they were expecting a large function we were still seated but warned we would not be able to stay for long which was ok as we needed to do something.
The Decor is totally unGreek in my opinion it looks like any other place, look at the menu and there are very few greek things, no spanakopita, no filled pita, its more like any grill house menu with a few greek items in between.
So I had the mussels and scallops to start and my boyfriend the Greek dip platter they were both fine but not amazing and tasty like Greek food actually is.
For Main I had the Souvlaki and He had the Moussaka, Mine was very lacking, two tough, unimaginitive, plain Kebabs with tomato salsa and Tzatziki with two Roast Potatoes for R145 was a big time rip off and very average in flavour once again, the mousakka also a big let down and way over priced, we had one bottle of water with this and the bill was R450.
I dont think....actually I know we wont go back there again, leave it for the tourists who can afford having bad Greek Food in Africa,

Monday, November 22, 2010

Wheat Free Crunchies

I have really wanted to become a Food Stylist for a long time now however I always get pulled back into the kitchen by somebody opening a new Restaurant or Hotel before I get the chance to even try properly.
I have done a few things already and they are here on this blog, one of the latest was to style an entire Braai cookbook, which was done in one day.... by the way and since then I have really wanted to do this.
So I have been phoning everyone I can think of lately to try and get an assistant job so I can learn a bit more before I possibly go it alone.
Well in the meantime I wanted to practice at home and try taking the photos too so I can see where I can improve.
So today was My first day of practice and it was just to see what I have at home to use and make something super quick as the sun was already going down. It was taken with just a normal tiny camera and I realised I had no props here as they are all at my Mothers House so not the best shot and its harder than I thought. I guess becase as A chef I always made food to be eaten and now to make something where the picture can be kept forever is a whole new ball game..... anyway its gonna be a fun, food filled ride.

Recipe: Picture and recipe Copyright By Tamsyn Wells

Wheat Free Crunchies
180g Butter
2 tbl Golden Syrup
1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
2 cups dessicated coconut
1 cup oats
1 cup sugar
1 cup rice flour

Melt the first 3 ingredients in a saucepan, add the other ingredients.
Press into a greased or foil lined swissroll tin.
Bake on 180 C for 7 minutes, turn off the oven and leave the crunchies in with the oven door ajar for a few minutes.
Remove , cool and cut into desired shapes, decorate with chocolate if desired.