Keepin’ It Classy – Signature Brooklyn

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Signature Brooklyn Cardamon Glazed Duck Breast

Anyone in Joburg who takes good food very seriously has probably heard of Signature Restaurant in Morningside.

Since it opened in 2009, Signature has been a popular choice for the city’s elite. It’s way up there with all of Jozi’s other fine dining establishments (think Thomas Maxwell, DW Eleven-13, etcetera etcetera), and its name is synonymous with excellent food, wine, service and presentation.

What almost nobody knows though, is that a second Signature recently opened in the equally snazzy neighbourhood of Brooklyn, Pretoria.

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Beef n’ Stout Beer Pie

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Beef and Castle Milk Stout Pie

There are few things I love more than a long weekend cooking session with a bottle of wine nearby. I rarely polish it all off myself (although…occasionally I do), but whenever a sauce is missing that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ I often find that a generous glug of red or white is enough to save the day.

Cooking with beer, on the other hand, has always been a foreign concept to me. Despite the popular rise of craft beer and food pairings, I haven’t been exposed to beer as an ingredient all that much. Aside from those roast chickens impaled on a can of lager, that is.

Anyway, a few weeks ago the kind folk at SAB sent me a few cans of Castle Milk Stout. The challenge? Show them what I could do with it in the kitchen. I ummed and ahhed for a while – but in light of the miserable weather and Milk Stout’s rich and creamy flavours, I knew that comfort food was definitely the way to go.
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Escondido Tapas Bar

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Escondido Tapas Bar Illovo

When Seb and I started Fritter and Loaf, we initially intended it for it to be equal parts cooking and reviewing. For some reason, we never got around to the second part. Until now.

For our first official review, we couldn’t think of a better place to profile than Escondido Tapas Bar in Illovo, which has an exceptionally not-crap rating of 4.6/5 on Zomato. After a furious gallery visiting mission in town, we arrived there hungry and with high expectations. What a treat we were in for.

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Germany, Here We Come!

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It’s official!

Alex and I will be packing up our lives and moving to Germany in a few months’ time. While super exciting, both of us are also terrified at the thought of leaving our families, friends, comfort zones…and restaurants. Eating out in Germany is expensive. Sigh.

Anyway, the kind folk at Zomato have given us some vouchers for Ziggies Caffe in Blairgowrie to celebrate. Which we’d really like to share with you. Ziggies is a really cool and unpretentious spot with something delicious for everyone, although their menu is focused around German cuisine. Something that Alex and I had better get used to…
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Emily’s Victoria Sponge

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Emily's Victoria Sponge

I have a confession to make.

Contrary to popular belief of those who know me, I’m not actually the biggest fan of baking. Gasp! I just don’t find it relaxing, which is pretty much the whole reason I like being in the kitchen in the first place. The precision required to prevent a baking flop is nail-bitingly stressful for many, including me. Cooking, on the other hand, allows you to throw just about anything into a pot and make it taste reasonably good.

Anyway, my point is that many people would probably enjoy baking a whole lot more if it was:

  • Quick
  • Uncomplicated
  • Both of the above, but didn’t come from a box. This last one’s the real killer.

Luckily, my friend Emily’s Victoria Sponge Cake is all three of these things. With a mere five ingredients for the cake (in very memorable quantities), you really can’t go anything but right. Em recently made this for her sister’s 21st– and not only was it simple and absolutely delicious, but it looked pretty spectacular too. Make this and everyone will worship your baking skills. Guaranteed.
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