Thursday, June 7, 2012

Share N Wear - Giving Back

When I began blogging I had no idea what I was in for. The whole concept was in it's infancy in South Africa and food blogging was especially new. It didn't take too long to discover that with blogging came readers and some of those readers were other bloggers. Those other bloggers soon became a community and that community has grown.

Like every community it has it's politics. It's good guys and it's bad guys. There are groups within the community, some more "exclusive" then others, there are friends and foes. There are leaders, there are followers. Innovators, organisers and supporters. The blogging community grows more diverse by the day and I often discover new bloggers that have been doing this for years but outside of my little radar.

I have grown up in the Jewish community where we "help our own" however we can. The blogging community is the same. However, while charity may start at home there are those outside of the community that need help too and (I believe) a community can help far more than an individual (unless the individual is a billionaire and donates half his fortune, that is something else)

So where am I going with this? Well this morning, while looking for something to wear, I shoved aside a pile of clothes I don't wear, we all have them...they go from one side of the cupboard to another, top shelf, bottom shelf, round and round. The pile grows and when it gets to a certain point (normally at the same time every year) I put it all in a bag, get together with some friends, swap some clothes and take the rest to a charity shop. I had an idea, what if I expand it from the 2 or 3 friends I normally do this with to the "general public'. I could make it an event!

An event would be great but where would I host it and then a sparkly idea bubble popped up. Clothes + Food + Wine = 

I immediately sent them a DM asking if they would be keen and they were. A quick phone call later and we planned on meeting for lunch and a more in depth talk and plan. Lunch was productive with people around their beautiful communal table chipping in, including the gorgeous Saskia from Heart FM who was really keen on the idea.

So this is how it's going to work. You, the "general public" will sort through your cupboards, draws and closets. Find the things you never wear. Clothes, shoes, jewllery. The stuff you kids have grown out of. Admit that that dress will never fit again and that those pants haven't really made it onto the list in more than 2 years. Pop them in a box or a black bag (or a shiny pink one) and bring them to I  MY LAUNDRY at 59 Buitengracht street. We will sort them and grade them and assign you "Laundry Points".
On the 23rd of June all your goods will be on display at the shop, along with coffee, dim sum and some other treats which you can then use your "Laundry Points" to purchase. We will also sell "Laundry Points" on the day so everyone can get involved. The relevant items that are left at the end as well as any money made on the day will go to The Princess Project 
Click here to find out more 

For those on twitter the hashtag will be #ShareNwear. So spread the word and lets makes someones special day even more special, someones night a little warmer and have fun while we do it.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

3 ways with pizza dough

You know those cravings that won't leave you. The ones that creep up at in appropriate times. Cravings that whisper in your ear "that just doesn't taste right" when you eat something that isn't what you crave. Fill your mind to the point where not even your favourite series, your child's laughter or your husband's loving words can penetrate the thoughts of making or eating that which you crave? 


I see you nodding and so you will understand when I tell you about my pizza dough craving. It wasn't about what was on top, that didn't matter. It was the flavour and texture of what makes a pizza a pizza that took residence in my head and would not leave. 


So I paused Lost Girl, got up and made the dough. I had no idea WHAT I was going to put on it but the dough was made. Next I went foraging in the fridge, freezer and cupboards for something to use. No, going to the shop was not an option....because...stop it! No! aaaaanyway. In the freezer I found a beautiful piece of beef fillet which I had trimmed off a larger piece I made a few weeks back, some roasted red pepper and tomato soup and a couple of sausages. In the fridge a tiny bit of cheese and in the cupboards onion and spices.


So I went about creating these 3 tasty snacks for us, never having to leave the house or dress in anything but slippers and PJs (see why the shop was not an option). I turned the sausages into cows in blankets (beef sausage see), the meat I fried up with some onions, caramelising it a little then made balls of meaty goodness. The roasted red pepper and tomato soup was cooked down and thickened and made a beautifully rich base for the pizzas I made with cheese and some onion and the rest of the dough was mixed in some caramelised onions to make little dinner rolls (that never made it to dinner)


Pizza Dough

1/2 cup warm water
1 sachet activated dry yeast
2 + 1 cup 00 flour (or half white bread flour half cake flour)
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp salt


Put the yeast in the warm water with a pinch of flour and allow it to bloom. Mix it in with the 2 cups of flour and knead adding the 3rd cup as you knead the dough. Kneed in the olive oil and salt. Place ina oiled bowl and cover and allow to rise. 
Once the dough has risen, knead it to knock out or the air bubbles and divide it into the number of portions you need. (If you are freezing the dough this is when you do it)



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mysterious Murders at the Five Flies

The nights are getting longer, the tempratures is dropping. Mist creeps into the city in the dark hours. Something sinister is happening at the end of Keerom street...


STOP! No need to call in the police. The detectives are already there but they need your help. From Egypt to England, New Orleans to Peru and even as far South as Antarctica murders are happening and YOU are the key to solving the mystery.

Hurry now and book a seat for a great night at the Five Flies. Murder. Intrigue. Food and wine. Loads of belly aching laughter, accusatory screaming (all with a smile) and a night you won't quickly forget. 

1 June - Horrific Hieroglyphics (Only 2 tables left! Don't miss out)
29 June - The Bloody Grail 
27 July - Voodoo in the Big Easy 
31 August - Raiders of the Golden Incan Tomb 
28 September - Arctic Madness 

For more information and to book, please contact Natalie at Five Flies on 021 424 4442 or info@fiveflies.co.za