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Maria Marie

Every now and then we stumble upon work we admire. Food stylist and photographer, Maria Marie from Mexico has such a light and bright way of looking at the world, we just had to share. It’s rather pretty no?

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Hop on over to her website for more

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ChefSteps – learn to cook online

Want to know how to make the perfect macaroon? Or perhaps you’ve always been interested in the principles of sous vide.
ChefSteps by members of the Modernist Cuisine team is an online portal that encompasses classes on culinary techniques, tips and videos as well as an interactive forum discussing all things gastronomic.

Want to know how to make the perfect macaroon? Or perhaps you’ve always been interested in the principles of sous vide? Well here’s your chance to delve into the minds of celebrated chefs – at the click of a mouse.

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ChefSteps was created by members of the Modernist Cuisine team and is an online portal that encompasses classes on culinary techniques, tips and videos as well as an interactive forum discussing all things gastronomic. And it’s free, go on, check it out.

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Posted in: Chefs, Inspiration,
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Simply wonderful

Designers, entrepreneurs and animal lovers, couple Lexi Fontein and Graeme Lipschitz are the brains behind our new logos and design work. We caught up with them and delved into the world of The Wonderland Collective

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Can you tell us about Wonderland Collective as a business?
We had a dream to not only establish a boutique design agency that would create beautiful commissioned designs, but to also stretch our creativity into innovative real life products. While Wonderland Works would create digital magic on behalf of their clients, Wonderland Collective, would be the physical product arm of the company.

Please elaborate on your contributions to animal charities & rehabilitation?
We started Wonderland Collective as a vehicle to help the world be a better place. We do this through various avenues. 

1. We love sharing our skills. We have recently donated our time to the Sozo Foundation where we taught 12 high school kids a course titled “An Introduction to Graphic Design“.

2. We’ve partnered with The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
We are giving both a financial and time donation to this organisation. We have designed their new site www.iworry.org, which will be launching in the next couple of weeks. We also give a percentage of our products to them. We love the work they are doing and are thrilled to be able to help where we can. We also want people to know if they are buying our products, they are in essence helping the animals the trust works with.

Tell us more about your engraved skateboards you’ve created to tie in with the above charity?
“The 3 Letter Predators” is a range of 3 laser engraved skateboard decks inspired by the characters in “The Midnight Folk”, a book by John Masefield which was first published in 1927. “The Owl”, “The Fox”, and “The Cat” were illustrated by the Wonderland Works illustration team, who experimented with the laser on wood format extensively before the final range was produced. The decks are fully skateable, but they survive much better as wall art or as installations.

You’re responsible for the LQF’s new logos and design work. What inspired you?
This is a toughie to answer. The overarching idea that inspired the team was the LQF experience one has when you visit either for cocktails, dinner, or for the night.

The sense of luxury with a quirky and mischievous twist. The colour scheme at LQF also really played to our advantage when developing the new brand and visual language. It is so fresh and vibrant, and can only make you feel excited about the experience you’re about to delve into.

Your favourite cocktail and bite at the new bar?
It would have to be the pineapple and ginger motijo! I also LOVED the crayfish popcorn. Yummy!

Describe yourself in three words
Lexi: Creative; passionate; driven
Graeme: Maverick; entrepreneur; enigmatic

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iBook – an amazing way to self publish

Do you have a cookbook inside of you that’s raring to get out? Maybe even a comic book. Whatever ever genius is clamouring to get out – this amazing app, can help you do it, so that it’s chic, swift and smooth.

We’re talking about the iBooks Author for iPad - and it’s free!

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To get you started quickly, there are lots of Apple-designed templates that merely require you to add your own text and drag and drop images. To add interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects and more, there are simple widgets which make things very easy indeed. To check how your book is looking, you can preview it on your iPad at any time although note that you’ll need iBooks 2 installed on your iOS device to do this.
The widgets are one of the outstanding features of iBooks Author. They enable you to add everything from a photo gallery to a Keynote (Keynote ’09 v5.1.1 or later) presentation and can be easily identified in your Table of Contents. You can also add a voice-over to make it easier for sight-impaired readers to read your books.

“To get started simply choose on of the Apple-designed templates that require you to add your own text and drag and drop images. To add interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects and more, there are simple widgets which make things very easy indeed.”

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Big Appetites

Tiny people in a world of big food. We love this surreal take on the world of food photography.  Big Appetites is a series of fine art photographs by Christopher Boffoli that have been exhibited all over the globe; as well as a coffee table book by the same name.
“The series presents tiny, meticulously detailed figures posed in real food environments, referencing both a cultural fascination with tiny things as well as an American enthusiasm for excess, especially in the realm of food.”
Playful yet political, the works are visual parables that warn against excess and mindless consumption of the American diet.

Tiny people in a world of big food. We love this surreal take on the world of food photography.  Big Appetites is a series of fine art photographs by Christopher Boffoli that have been exhibited all over the globe; as well as a coffee table book by the same name.

big appetites

“The series presents tiny, meticulously detailed figures posed in real food environments, referencing both a cultural fascination with tiny things as well as an American enthusiasm for excess, especially in the realm of food.”

Playful yet political, the works are visual parables that warn against excess and mindless consumption of the American diet.

Condiment cleaners

Condiment cleaners

Pasta carwash

Pasta car wash

Caramel salt workers

Caramel salt workers

Peppercorn soccer

Peppercorn soccer

Rock candy ice fall

Rock candy ice fall

The book will be released in September 2013, and if you’re lucky enough to be in New York,  Boffoli’s series is also on display at the Winston Wächter Fine Art gallery through July 31, 2013

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Art, Food, Inspiration,
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The buzz at The Nordic Food Lab

Bee beer, beeswax ice cream, honey crisps – the gourmet researchers at The Nordic Food Lab have had a hive mentality with their latest experiments.
Said Guillemette Barthouil: “With the exception of honey, bee products are mainly considered medicinal. We eat them not because they are good but because they are good for us. Yet the bee hive produces a wide palette of fascinating flavours, which is rather incredible considering they all come from the same small house and are produced by the same animal.”
And, so the culinary academic spent a few weeks researching the different components in order to make a dessert based solely on ‘the beehive’.
And you can make it too! Head over to their blog for the recipes.  Now all you need is a beehive.
Who are they?
Nordic Food Lab is a non-profit, self-governed organisation, established in 2008 by head chef of Noma Rene Redzepi and gastronomic entrepreneur Claus Meyer. Our purpose is to explore the building blocks of Nordic cuisine through traditional and modern gastronomies, and to share these results with chefs, academics, industry, and the public. From a houseboat in Copenhagen harbour, we investigate old and new raw materials and techniques, developing knowledge and ideas for the Nordic region and the world.

Bee beer, beeswax ice cream, honey crisps – the gourmet researchers at The Nordic Food Lab have had a hive mentality with their latest experiments.

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Said Guillemette Barthouil: “With the exception of honey, bee products are mainly considered medicinal. We eat them not because they are good but because they are good for us. Yet the bee hive produces a wide palette of fascinating flavours, which is rather incredible considering they all come from the same small house and are produced by the same animal.”

And, so the culinary academic spent a few weeks researching the different components in order to make a dessert based solely on ‘the beehive’.

bee plate

And you can make it too! Head over to their blog for the recipes.  Now all you need is a beehive.

Who are they?
Nordic Food Lab is a non-profit, self-governed organisation, established in 2008 by head chef of Noma Rene Redzepi and gastronomic entrepreneur Claus Meyer. Our purpose is to explore the building blocks of Nordic cuisine through traditional and modern gastronomies, and to share these results with chefs, academics, industry, and the public. From a houseboat in Copenhagen harbour, we investigate old and new raw materials and techniques, developing knowledge and ideas for the Nordic region and the world.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chefs, Ingredients, Inspiration, recipe,
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Forage & feast!

Blogger http://lanaloustyle.com captured the second edition of Linteloo at Weylandts in Joburg beautifully. We reported on the Cape Town event here. http://blog.lqf.co.za/2013/05/linteloo-at-weylandts/#more-999

Blogger lanaloustyle.com has captured Dutch design and food evening: Linteloo at Weylandts beautifully. We reported on the event here.  Thank you Lana for your beautiful words and photographs!

Weylandts-evening-1 (1)An excerpt: “We experienced a sensory and visual delight that’s certainly difficult to explain. Starting with a wooden tree adorned with bird houses and nests filled with intriguing colourful ‘balls’. You had no idea what you were biting into, which made the experience all the more fun. Potted salmon in squid ink crumbs, Beetroot and spiced lime in beetroot crumbs and Saffron risotto rolled in parmesan snow… the flavours were exceptional and so creative.” Read the rest of Lana’s piece here.

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Food, Inspiration, Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse, events,
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The Mensa Battle

Don’t play with your food. The Mensa Battle is an online community that strives to brighten up boring lunches by turning them into art. Mensa is the German word for canteen or cafeteria; and the challenge is for students to create something out of the food they’re served at university.

Let’s visit their Facebook page and show them what South Africa’s got!

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Modern Desserts

How about a warm mug of Tetrahedral City? Or a slice of Mondrian?
The Blue Bottle Coffee Bar at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has been serving up desserts based on the works of artists, from Warhol to Lichtenstein Cake—and in a case of art being turned into cake, and then back into art, the 16 of April heralds the release of the Modern Art Desserts cookbook featuring 27 recipes.
Want a talking point at your next dinner party? Then grab the book from Amazon. [http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Art-Desserts-Recipes-Confections/dp/1607743906]
Here’s a sneak peek of what’s inside:
Bradford Cheese Plate  For beginner bakers, the simple cheese plate gets an upgrade with homemade buttermilk crackers, apricot butter, and savory slices of cheese arranged according to Mark Bradford’s layered, abstract paintings.
Mondrian Cake
Freeman’s white velvet cake and a chocolate ganache are carefully cut and arranged to resemble Piet Mondrian’s graphic works.
Fuller’s Hot Chocolate
Homemade marshmallows float in rich cocoa and are topped with sea salt for a delicious rendition of Buckminster Fuller’s Tetrahedral City.
Images source: http://www.dwell.com/food/article/modern-art-desserts-book-caitlin-freeman

How about a warm mug of Tetrahedral City? Or a slice of Mondrian?

The Blue Bottle Coffee Bar at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has been serving up desserts based on the works of artists, from Warhol to Lichtenstein Cake—and in a case of art being turned into cake, and then back into art, the 16 of April heralds the release of the Modern Art Desserts cookbook featuring 27 recipes.

Want a talking point at your next dinner party? Then grab the book from Amazon.

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s inside:

bradford_cheese_plate

Bradford Cheese Plate
For beginner bakers, the simple cheese plate gets an upgrade with homemade buttermilk crackers, apricot butter, and savory slices of cheese arranged according to Mark Bradford’s layered, abstract paintings.

mondrian_cake

Mondrian Cake
Freeman’s white velvet cake and a chocolate ganache are carefully cut and arranged to resemble Piet Mondrian’s graphic works.

fuller_hot_chocolate

Fuller’s Hot Chocolate
Homemade marshmallows float in rich cocoa and are topped with sea salt for a delicious rendition of Buckminster Fuller’s Tetrahedral City.

Images source: www.dwell.com

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Cookbooks, Inspiration,
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The best online food games

The best online food games
Don’t let your boss see you playing these games; but we understand that it’s hard to get into a four-day work week, and you need something to ease you in. Here’s our pick of our favourite online foodie games.
Sautéed foie gras
This game is a basic cooking lesson where you sautée foie gras with caramelised apples. Play it here.
Grandma’s Kitchen
Poor granny! She has so many guests to cook for. Jump in and help her out. Play it here.
Coffee Tycoon
It’s up to you to keep this coffee shop afloat – warning this game will make you feel like drinking copious amounts of coffee. Play it here.
Cake Factory
You’re running the cake factory; and you need to bake the requested cakes on time. Press the switches, buttons and levers to setup a correct production line for your cakes. Be careful because the conveyor will start moving faster and faster! Play it here.
Sushi Style
Dive into a virtual sushi lesson in this stylish game and make your favourites. Play it here.
For more cooking games visit

Don’t let your boss see you playing these games; but we understand that it’s hard to get into a four-day work week, and you need something to ease you in. Here’s our pick of our favourite online foodie games.

Sautéed foie gras
This game is a basic cooking lesson where you sautée foie gras with caramelised apples. Play it here.

Sautéed foie gras

Grandma’s Kitchen
Poor granny! She has so many guests to cook for. Jump in and help her out. Play it here.

grandmas kitchen

Coffee Tycoon
It’s up to you to keep this coffee shop afloat – warning this game will make you feel like drinking copious amounts of coffee. Play it here.

coffee tycoon

Cake Factory
You’re running the cake factory; and you need to bake the requested cakes on time. Press the switches, buttons and levers to setup a correct production line for your cakes. Be careful because the conveyor will start moving faster and faster! Play it here.

cake factory

Sushi Style
Dive into a virtual sushi lesson in this stylish game and make your favourites. Play it here.

sushi style

Visit www.cookinggames.com for more

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