It’s already May and half of this year is around the corner. How are we doing? What’s cooking for you? Time to take stock also as friendly reminder to up the game – if things not yet launching in right direction. Note to self to focus on things important and their purposes.
I returned from Cape Town in early May after a fabulous vacation and being reunited with running friends. Brought back few amazing foodie tidbits specific and associated with South Africa – I’d love to share below. Before that, you can find out more about my 56km race in one of the world’s most beautiful marathon here.
Biltong & Droewors – Bought from one shop in colourful Bokaap and at Pick n Pay store. Biltong came from Dutch word Bil (meat buttock or hind part) and Tong (strip) is a meat that being cured and dried originated from ancient way of preservation in South Africa. The meat can be beef and game – bought ostrich one to try. Droewors is a dry sausages in thin meat form which dried quickly. I usually enjoy biltong as a quick protein boost after my long run and much prefer this than jerky – sweeter to my liking.
Futurelife® – Claimed to be smart food (which I agree because it’s so practical and functional) – I tasted this first time last year and hooked. Not very easy to get this range, so while in Cape Town brought back 2 big packs. It’s high in energy, protein and dietary fibre, and contain calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, essential vitamins and minerals. I consumed as breakfast and/or meal replacement. It also support sport performance and immune system.
Dates – This moist, sweet and sticky dates a gift from Ellen, a good friend who lives in Dubai when we met in Cape Town. Haven’t bought dates in this form before, I was curious to experiment in kitchen since I love dates as natural sweetener. Turned out to be handy in baking given the texture – minus need to remove stones inside.
Cape Gooseberries – On Easter Sunday, we were invited for a braai (that’s barbie for South African and you can find more under Out of Kitchen below ) at friends’ lovely beach apartment rented during the holiday. I’ve tasted some of the yummiest food and one of them is this wonderful burst of taste of Cape Gooseberries served on fresh salad. More on Instagram posted below.
One tub finished another one about half left. Physalis or Cape gooseberry brought home from @woolworths_sa at Cape Town airport. Tried them on salad, frittata and topping for dessert. Sweet taste crossed with pineapple, mango and cherry tomatoe. To whizz up into smoothie tomorrow. #sgfoodie #foodie #knowyourfood #inmykitchen #capegooseberry #fms_pad #fms_photoaday #fms_insidemyhome #izniktiles
Figs from Karoo – Love figs though they are very expensive on little red dot and in Asia in general. They are better eaten fresh to reap the healing properties. Still delicious despite turned out so ripe – as posted in Instagram below.
In the kitchen are very ripe figs brought from Cape Town trip few days back. 22 hours in my handcarry must have speeds up the ripening process. Apparently they came from Karoo, Prince Albert – region which said to have developed as fine reputation for excellent food. Ate them with drop of tahini and drizzle of Sidr mountain honey from Oman. Sweet, nutty, creamy all in one go! How do you like to eat figs? #instafood #instasgsunday10pm #instaSGsundayFoFT #foodie #eatandtravel #finefoods #sgfoodie #karoo #figs #cleaneating #southafrica🇿🇦 #southafricanfood #inmykitchen #findprincealbert #knowyourfood
In Kitchen Experimenting
With favourite podcast and Spotify as background in the kitchen, I’ve been a little occupied than usual making, creating and baking.
- Cauliflower Rice Bibimbap
- Healthy Natural Bar – cashew, goji berries, dates
Not that hard to make healthy bar. Just need right ingredients, pop into food processor, give a good whizz up till smooth then walla – 13 small size to munch during run or as healthy snack 😉. Handful of cashews, dates, dedicated coconut, pinch of pink Himalayan salt, Goji berries and some leftover oat flour (drop oat for #Paleo and #glutenfree version). I added extra dust of @cadbury chocolate powder. What flavour you fancy? #noaddedsugar #healthybar #naturalbar #cleaneating #ultrarunning #inmykitchen #gojiberries #cashewbar
Out of Kitchen – Braai in Cape Town organised by our lovely host, Mr and Mrs le Roux. Felt grateful for amazing hospitality second to none.
FYI – I will be in Borneo soon for a trail run in jungle and to experience local native life there. Feeling excited. If you’ve been to Borneo – please share your experience.
Pop by Sherry Mackay, from Sherry’s Pickings who compiled ‘In My Kitchen’ series on global virtual level.
What’s your flavour pleasure this month?
Live To Thrive,