Thursday, 29 March 2012

Breakfast + Snack+ Lunch + Dinner?

What you'll need:
1kg self raising flour
1tsp sea salt
2tsp baking powder
400g butter
2 cups brown sugar
300g all bran flakes
1 cup raisins
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup sunflower oil
2 cups buttermilk

Oven 170 degrees Celsius

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder.
Rub in the butter.
Add the sugar and all bran, mix well.
Chuck in the raisins.
Blend the eggs, oil and buttermilk, add to flour mixture.
Form a dough, knead lightly.

Pour the mixture into a prepared baking tray.
Spread evenly and press it down slightly with your hands.

Bake for 50-60min.
Leave to cool, cut rusks.
Dry the rusks overnight in the oven at 70 degrees Celsius
Remember to place a wooden spoon in the oven door.

Save all the extra crumbs, bran flakes and raisins in a jar.
Serve as muesli with yogurt.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Scrumptious Salad

What you'll need:

green beans
pears, canned
peanut brittle

Steam the broccoli, peas and beans until al dente
Leave to cool, slice the pears, disgard the syrup.
Toss all the ingredients into a salad bowl.

What you'll need for the dressing:

olive oil
fresh cream
garlic & herb seasoning

Quantity; to your own discretion. 
Combine all of the above in a cup.

Pour over prepared salad.
Crumble the peanut brittle on top.
Leave to cool in the fridge.

Serve with smoked chicken shavings

Like we said: DELICIOUS!

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Warmth Winter 2012

I've never managed to knit anything, a majure downfall!
I remember my grandma would show me, and I would try a few times, but it just never seem to stick! 

So this year is going to be different!
We found this gem; a wool store in the Gardens, Cape Town.  Bought a variety of yarn, and asked our Nana to show me just the standard version, think it is called a right-hand knit.

Knitted my first neck-warmer! Love the Super Chunky yarn! YEAH

Can't wait for my Frikkie Awesome Hand/Arm warmers!
Hopefully this would be the birth of a knitting revolution...LOL

Tuesday, 20 March 2012


What you'll need:

1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup salt
15ml cream of tartar
20ml oil
1 1/2 water
food colouring

Add all the ingredients into a saucepan. Mix. Cook on medium heat until the dough pull away from the sides.
Remove from the heat and devide into 4 balls, knead each ball for approximately 2 minutes.  Add the colour, knead again.

Should last for up to 3 months in the fridge.

Keep little minds occupied for a few minutes!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Shades of White

Sun-downer Snack
What you'll need

a Camembert wheel, a Brie triangle
 Fairview or Simonsberg

Homemade Green Fig Preserve
Rice Crackers, flavour of you choice
On the side a dollop of Sweet Chili Preserve  

Guardian Angel, Cemetery Golden Gate

The white balloon

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The forgotten world

We visit here when we feel like shoving the rest of the world out the back door... It teaches you that life can be more humble, less complicated and free of clutter, bills, cars, cellphones, electricity.  We live for starlit nights around campfires, appreciate unspoiled sunsets, admire the abundance of nature.

The African Bushveld.
Revitalize our heart and soul!

Monday, 12 March 2012

Homemade Humus

What you'll need:

1 x can of chickpeas, drained
1/2 lemon, juice
1/2tsp crushed garlic
30ml olive oil
75ml tahini (sesame seed paste)
(we left this out completely)
Chili powder

Place the chickpeas in a mixing bowl,
blend with lemon juice, garlic en olive oil until a paste
is formed.

Season with Chili powder and salt to taste.

Small serving bowl, handmade by Jeanne Blom
Serve with extra olive oil drizzled on top.
Use as a dip or spread on bruschetta with chicken slices and avocado, or serve with cherry tomatoes and basil. 

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

bouquet garni - blackPEPPER flavoured advertising

Some lighthearted handmade advertising

Be sure to check out the blog in the winter months for great recipes using your bouquet garni!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Design Indaba 2012

blackPEPPER Review

What an inspirational journey.  It is hard to capture all the aawh and bliss into a single post! To follow is a little glimpse of all the goodies we fell in love with:

Food Quart table cartoon


Drift Furniture - Anthony Martin

Recycled Rhinos

Projekt & Heartworks

Our two most favourite photos - she loved her 10 minutes of freedom!

Overwhelmed with all the creative talent SA has to offer!