In contemporary South Africa, especially in the Western Cape, so many of us love long lunch tables that start with breads and spreads, going into smaller bites or tapas, onto generous salads and vegetable dishes served alongside beautiful roasts or freshly grilled seafood. We savour the process of coming together around a table, many times next to a fire, sharing conversations and creating new memories.
Cape Mediterranean focuses on these gatherings, not heritage food nor nostalgia. Cape Mediterranean cooking is a South African style of cooking and entertaining influenced by one of the oldest and arguably also the healthiest cuisines in the world. It has developed naturally within the Western Cape due to its Mediterranean climate and the abundance of classic Mediterranean-style local produce.This book features more than 75 delectable recipes, from breads, dips and tapas, to lavish salads, succulent roasts, freshly made pastas and heavenly desserts. The recipes bring seasonal produce to the fore and the balance of dishes and ease of preparation will have you inviting friends and family over in no time to share in this veritable bounty.
Food blogger Ilse van der Merwe is a true enthusiast of the culinary world and all its magical chambers. Eating great food makes her happy, cooking is her favourite way of spending her hours, writing about food is something that comes naturally and talking about food fills her with passion.
Her blog – The Food Fox – has been online since 2011 and has a loyal following. Ilse also does recipe development, food styling and cooking demonstrations. Cape Mediterranean is her first book.
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