guilt-laden egg cups

As a rule of thumb when we cook for the two of us we don’t cook meat and generally we cook pretty nutritious and healthy food. Every once in a blue moon our rube roots come clawing through and WE CRAVE PERKINS. Yes, you heard me. At Perkins they have a cure for your hangover: processed foods laden with butter, bacon and fat. When my cousins from India were in the States for our wedding, we took them to this monument to American exceptionalism and together we ate our way through home fries and hash browns on many a hungover morning (it was a long week of celebrations).   Last Sunday P and I got sentimental for those breakfasts with my cousins and lamented that there was no Perkins in South Africa. Fear not, I told him. I too, can cook like a Perkins chef.
GUILT LADEN EGG CUPS:
2 small potatoes, grated
1/2 onion, diced very small
4 eggs
4 strips of bacon or 2 tbls of lardons
2 tbls of romano cheese, grated
salt, pepper and pimente to taste
2 ramekins or oven proof bowls
Preheat the oven to it’s max temp. Squeeze most of the moisture out of the grated potatoes  by putting them in between two paper towls and pressing down. Mix them in a bowl with the onions and salt. Divide between your two ramekins and throw into the oven for approx half an hour. While they’re in the oven, fry your bacon and save the bacon fat. Cut up your bacon into small bits and set aside. Using an oven mitt and being very careful take the ramekins out of the oven, pour some bacon fat into each one and replace into the oven. Now fry your eggs, sunny side up. When the potatoes are done take them out of the oven, dividing evenly add a layer of bacon pieces, then a layer of eggs (2 for each). Sprinkle on cheese and some salt, and return to the oven to melt cheese for about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with pimente and enjoy with some hot sauce and feel like you’re in America (if you’re not ).

Warm & Glad

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

As we head towards winter I’m glad that my friend Sazi introduced me to another adorable and yummy food spot in Jozi to keep me Warm & Glad (har har) when my drafty house is not. It is a combination of a coffee shop, specialty grocery store, cafe and art gallery. Currently on display are colorful screen prints that had me thinking about dropping some rands, they serve fresh juices (apple-carrot-ginger!) and their hot chocolate is a cup of steaming milk with pieces of milk chocolate to mix in on the side. Adorbs. A small but delicious menu with plenty of variety, and…free wifi! Try it, you’ll like it.

  • Alban’s Square
    357 Jan Smuts Avenue
    Corner St Alban’s Road
    Craighall Park

    Park in St Alban’s Road

  • SHOP TIMES

    Monday to Friday: 7.30am to 4.30pm
    Saturdays: 8.30am to 12.30pm

707 Panyaza

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

This weekend we had a delicious dinner at a bumping shebeen called 707 Panyaza in Orlando West, Soweto. We gorged on the buy and braai, achaar (which was more of a [delicious!] salad), pap, and the awesome music . We enjoyed a brew and danced in our chairs (it hadn’t quite turned into a dance party so I had to satisfy myself with remaining in my chair) and received a couple amused looks by the regulars. 707 is going to become a regular stop on our Jozi tour for our future guests and I can’t WAIT to go back and do more than just chair-dance to the music. Nico and Elisabeth also agreed that it was the highlight of our weekend. Much thanks to Steffen and Sibo for the tip.

707 Panyaza is located at:

White City Jabavu, Soweto

1736 Tumahole Street

Punching that into your gps will get you within a kilometer and then just ask around. Enjoy! xx

9 courses later: Cube Tasting Kitchen

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As part of our jam-packed and thoroughly awesome show-Johannesburg-off-tour with our visiting friends, Saturday night we did chef Dario de Angeli’s Cube Tasting Kitchen in Parktown North. We spent an evening working our way through a nine course tasting menu (and … Continue reading

The Good Luck Club

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Last night  The Good Luck Club opened its doors (next to Wolves, same owners). And like Wolves it’s impeccably decorated (though minimally, which I like) with industrial fittings, metal Marais chairs (which had me dreaming of an oversized future farm table and Marais chairs as far as the eye can see, but I digress….)  and ironic cat wall paper. The crowd was fashionable hipsters in top knots and cool jewelry, and the menu is succinct (can a menu be succinct?) containing a few appetizers (edamame, dumplings, etc), soups, and a few noodle dishes and stir fry. Kate and I opted for some edamame to share and soups (she the chicken and I the bean curd) as it was a rainy, overcast rather Berlin-like evening. We enjoyed green tea, though there were a few carefully selected cocktails, 2 house wines, and a list of a few other creative teas available (i.e. pineapple Rooibos). I think the kitchen is still working out its kinks, as the soups took an extraordinarily long time to come out (though maybe that means they were made from scratch when we ordered them??) but the food was good, the restaurant is cute and has lots of potential. A few of the staff were the familiar faces from Wolves so that was nice too.

The Good Luck Club, 3 Corlett Drive , 011 447 3816

Open Tues-Saturday for lunch and dinner

Sunday for lunch only

Closed Monday

It also advertises a website but I don’t think it’s running yet

So wrong, it has to be right: Jozi’s answer to Berlin’s Doener Kebap?

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

While I like to consider myself somebody who eats right and cooks nutritious meals, there are times when you’re hungover we all must eat delicious bites of heaven that are really bad for you. I’m sorry to let you know about this but you’ll thank me in the end. There is a magical place called Akahlwaya’s which has the best Food for Hungover People, namely a Polony and Chip Roll. Polony is some sort of sausage (it doesn’t have pork here since Akahl’s caters to a lot of Muslim Indians) and the reason I liken it to a doener- both meats that are made in a way that we would rather not know about. On a  toasted roll, they put slices of polony, french fries, masala, chili sauce, ketchup and mayo and then toast the whole thing. I estimate it to be probably upwards of 1000 calories, but that’s neither here nor there- head to Akahlwaya’s next time you are having a bad day (Or your period. Which I guess is the same thing. TMI. Sorry.).

Akahlwaya’s

100 Church Street in Mayfair (there are several, but my colleague recommends this one over the others)

Call ahead with your order, because there is ALWAYS a line 011 839 4003 YOU’RE WELCOME

Restaurant Recommendation Cape Town: Codfather

 Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

For delicious sushi and lovely sushi chefs try out The Codfather in Camp’s Bay.  They have your standard moving-belt sushi bar with color-coded plates. You may also make requests from the extraordinarily gentlemanly chefs, or sit at a table with a view and order the old fashioned way. Before 6 pm all sushi is half price (a happy surprise when we got the check) and the staff is friendly and helpful. Being a block away from the water it’s a nice respite from a hot day at the beach for a light, refreshing lunch and a few glasses of wine (well maybe it was just one glass but it was extremely potent since one is generally overheated after the beach).  I’ve never been for dinner but I would make a resi to be safe.

The Codfather is located on 37 The Drive, call (0)21 438 0782/3 for reservations.