30/08/2013

"Our Place" Restaurant Durbanville





I recently visited this cute little restaurant in Durbanville's famous Oxford Street, right across from the Municipality, called Our Place. A lovely little place perfect for lunch. It has a limited menu but everything is delicious and they do amazing platters to enjoy with an extensive wine list.


I had the Coronation Chicken Wrap with salad and the Chocolate Fudge Cake for dessert...heaven. Just one piece of advise, share the cake as it is very sweet!

I will definitely be visiting this cute restaurant again, especially in summer so I can sit outside under the shade of this huge tree they have in their "backyard". It also has a little playhouse for young children so everyone can enjoy themselves.

29/08/2013

Cheese, Pastrami, Hummus and Avo Sandwich


This is one of Hubby's specialised sandwiches. Hubby was hungry (as usual) and since it was his birthday I thought I'd spoil him with a mega-sandwich therefore the long title. It really was a delicious sandwich.

Ingredients:
  • 4 slices fresh white bread
  • Butter
  • 6 slices pastrami or roast beef
  • 4 thick slices gouda cheese
  • 2 tbsp hummus
  • 2tsp may
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander
1. Spread the bread with butter.
2. Spread two slices with hummus. And the other two slices with mayo.
3. Top with beef, then cheese, then coriander, then the bread slices with mayo.
4. Cut in half and enjoy!

28/08/2013

Lunch box: Wednesday, 28 August 2013

What a wet and miserable day in Cape Town! It's cold and raining - perfect weather for staying under the covers, but us mere mortals (especially those with fancy shoe addictions) need to go to work. But on the bright side I have a warm lunch tucked away in my lunch box to sustain me for the day.
 



As always there is a bit of cheat here: we bought the Creamy Butternut Soup from Woolworth's (sometimes it's just quicker to buy something than prepare it from scratch!). Added is some Tikka Chicken Strips (to be used as chicken 'croutons' in the soup), carrots and hummus and green grapes.

Not bad for a work lunch that doesn't costs a fortune! Now let's hope that it will last until lunch time...

27/08/2013

Lunch box: Teusday, 27 August 2013

Day two of a hubby's specially prepared lunch boxes and I must admit I feel spoiled! He's left out all the goodies such as fresh bread and rolls (what I wouldn't do for a toasted cheese and tomato or polony and mayo on fresh white bread.....) but then again lunch always tastes better when it's prepared by someone else.

So I'm having Tikka Chicken strips, Red Pepper Hummus with carrots and mini corn, green grapes and strawberries. I might have to rethink my fruit as the strawberries are contributing to my heartburn. But then again the heartburn is so much better when I go carb-free. Just my luck!

26/08/2013

Lunch box: Monday, 26 August 2013

Hubby is so disappointed with me... He says I failed miserably in providing carb free lunches as I said I would. I slipped into my old habits so quickly it's embarrassing! So Hubby packed my lunch today and vowed to do so this whole week to "show me it's possible". I on the other hand don't mind as it gives me a week of not doing lunches!

Here's what I'm having: carrots and celery sticks with my much loved Red Pepper Hummus, Hot Smoked Salmon, strawberries and grapes are in the lunch box, but with that I'm also having a small yogurt and an apple as my 3pm snack. Hubby insist on the 3pm snack as he says it's very important. 

I secretly agree but will never tell him so!

22/08/2013

Lunch box: Thursday, 22 August 2013



It's freezing cold n Cape Town, but thankfully not raining or I would have been struck in traffic again for two hours! So for cold weather there really is only one solution: soup! So for lunch we have my mother's lamb and vegetable soup (which even Hubby loves even though it has beans in). As snacks we have BBQ chicken strips from Woolworth's, huge juicy strawberries and a naartjie.

 

I hope your lunch is warm and filling too.
 

21/08/2013

Lunch box: Wednesday, 21 August 2013

I love leftovers, especially since we have a microwave at work and can heat them up so I can have a nice and hot lunch. This time I've included a healthy breakfast/snack of yoghurt with granola and strawberries.

For lunch we have pasta with chicken and mushroom in a white wine sauce.

And for some variety we have kiwi fruit cut in half that you just eat with a spoon.

Now if I only included some chocolate too it would be perfect...

20/08/2013

Lunch box: Tuesday, 20 August 2013

As you would have notice, there was no lunch box for yesterday. I had full intentions of preparing one the evening but was so tired I decided to do it in the morning, but then it took me ages to wake up! So in the end I had my trusty Chicken Quiche and Salad. So for today's lunch I made it while making supper so there would be no excuse.

What is in the lunch box? A tomato, basil and cheese sandwich, multi-coloured carrots, roasted red pepper hummus, Kiri cheeses and big juicy strawberries.

I love a cheese and tomato sandwich but it's always so difficult as the bread can go soggy. That's why I use multigrain bread. But on white bread you really don't need anything extra, the cheese and tomato combo shines through but on dense bread it's the bread itself that's very overpowering. So I added some mayo and basil leaves with thick slices of cheese and tomato to have a 2:1 ratio of bread to filling. 

Classic and quick. Just the way I like it.

16/08/2013

Lunch box: Friday, 16 August 2013


I might have mentioned before but my office does a 'tea' every Friday that includes pastries, cakes, sandwiches, samosas or anything not conducive to a healthy pregnancy, but it's always so hard to resist. To counter this delicious but unhealthy habit I've gone for a healthy lunch box without protein so I can have a couple pieces of chicken strips or meatballs at tea.

So what is in the lunch box? Three slices low GI bread (one slice for breakfast), butter, laughing cow cheese and jam. The last of the juicy pink grapes and multi coloured carrots with Woolworth's Red Pepper Humous. I really love the yellow carrots for their taste and the purple carrots for their colour. Preparing lunches are becoming more and more difficult as I either don't have the energy to do so at night or don't feel like eating what was packed the next day.

But we keep on trying!

15/08/2013

Lunch box: Thursday, 15 August 2013


Once again I have reverted to the chicken and roast vegetable quiche from the Costello's deli as it satisfies my cravings fro something salty, crunchy and vinegary (the salad dressing which I order double). I did however forfeit any gassy soda and opted for a big glass of fresh orange juice instead.

Healthier than what I originally packed (leftover steak and mash). Dammit but I could eat this for lunch and dinner every day! I need to get the recipe...

14/08/2013

Lunch box: Wednesday, 14 August 2013

I walked past a new product from Knorr and I thought I'd give it a try and what a success it was! Hubby loved it so much he almost ate it all but I saw it coming so stole some for the lunch box.

So we're having chicken strips, broccoli, green beans, sugar snaps and peas in herb butter (bought from Woolworth's). Cherries and pink grapes, cheeses mayo (from the Knorr packet) and Laughing Cow cheese triangles.


This is a nice change I just wish I didn't have to cook it in oil so will be trying to bake it next time. The crumbs are spiced so they are much nicer than plain crumbed chicken and you get different varieties. 

Please let me know if you've successfully baked these in the oven instead of frying?

13/08/2013

La Mouette Restaurant and their Cheese and Truffle Croquettes



Hubby and I had discovered a new restaurant called La Mouette which do a great tasting menu of 6-courses for R185.00. The three dishes that stood out was the "Salty Crisps, Balsamic Espuma, Garlic Aioli, Truffle and Cheese Croquettes" and the Grilled Beef Hanger Steak, Watercress, Horseradish Mash, Bordelaise Sauce, Bone Marrow Brioche Crumble".









What is really nice about the restaurant has a blog wherein they sometimes give the recipes for some of their dishes. Now some are just way too complicated but some, like the Cheese and Truffle Croquettes are so easy and such a hit with the guys, I thought I will share it with you.

Cheese and Truffle Croquettes


12/08/2013

Lunch box: Monday, 12 August 2013

Since evening meals are currently consisting of Gaviscon, I decided to go for something a bit more substantial so I made a sandwich that consisted of a piece of French loaf, some light mayo, a 1/2 of cooked chicken breast, avo (seasoned with lemon juice, salt and pepper) and rocket.

Because the sandwich is greenish I decided to add a splash of colour by adding red fruit in the form of giant strawberries, red grapes and deep purple cherries. And of course I added some Laughing Cow cheese triangles.

Something substantial and almost perfectly healthy (if it wasn't for the white bread).

09/08/2013

Hungry Hubby's Birthday Breakfast


Last night for Hubby's birthday we visited a new restaurant in Sea Point called La Mouette (of which I will post more later) with friends and this morning we continue our birthday-weekend celebration. Though Hubby cheats as his birthday always precedes a public holiday so his birthday- weekend starts on a Thursday and ends the Sunday. 
So here is what was on the menu:

06/08/2013

Scramble eggs with coriander and tomatoes - Cohen Diet



I'm having scrambled eggs for lunch and since I'm following the Cohen Diet I decided to devise a proper breakfast, which can be hard to do with 1 egg and some limited veggies.

No milk, no butter and only a little water and salt and pepper is difficult to transform it into the luxurious scrambled eggs that I usually make. The secret is not to over cook the eggs but to remove them while they are still slightly runny as they continue to cook.

My only other advise is to add the tomatoes last or to remove all the seeds and juice otherwise it makes it watery.


05/08/2013

Wholewheat cracker with Kiri cheese and peanut butter


My latest craving turned out to be a huge success! So much so that even Hungry Hubby turned around and confirmed it as tasty, crunchy, creamy and not too peanut buttery as the Kiri cheese cuts into it beautifully. He almost tried to steal more than his allotted 1 biscuit!

4 wholewheat crackers
2 Kiri cheeses
4 level tsp peanut butter

Spread 1/2 a Kiri cheese on each biscuit then top with peanut butter.

And enjoy!

 Be careful they can become very addictive.

Lunch box: Monday, 5 August 2013 - Cohen Diet

Today I continue with my Cohen inspired diet. I'm not following the diet to the fullest in other words I don't religiously weight my allowed food and I include little cheats.This weeks lunch box is as follows: a chicken breast, rosa tomatoes, kiwi fruit, naartjie and hummus for dipping. And because I can't get my honey crunch apples anymore (can you imagine the tantrums!) so I am now trying a red apple akin to the pink lady with Kiri cheese. 

01/08/2013

Lunch box: Thursday, 1 August 2013


I am continuing with the warm and filling lunch boxes this week as not only do we have cold and crappy weather, but being on my feet the whole day I required better sustenance.


I also found that a proper lunch tended to reduce the 3pm tiredness issue I have been dealing with. If only I could keep my sweet tooth at bay..

Today I'm having leftovers of one of our most loved (and easy) dinners: chicken schnitzel with garlic mash and fresh lemon. You have to try schnitzel with only some fresh lemon juice squeezed over it. Once you do you'll never slather it in sauces ever again. We rather and garlic and herbed butter to the mash for some flavour and there you have it. For dinner we either add a salad or some sweet peas.

We buy the schnitzels from Woolworth's and bake it on a baking sheet to reduce the amount of oil used.