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Braai Pie – Calzone style

It’s a well know fact that we South Africans will braai anything.  Point in case – braai pie.  Braai pie is a pie cooked over the coals – perfect for when you feel like something a bit different from chops and wors.  It’s a popular dish to make during camping weekends away and usually prepared as a starter (anything made with pastry should really be prepared before the second bottle of wine is opened).  Everyone contributes to the filling and the end result is shared.  Adrienne and I like making this at home when it’s only the two of us so that we don’t have to share a single morsel of our braai pie.

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Korean Pork Belly Bulgogi

I was thrilled to find Gochujang in my local Asian grocer recently.  This fermented red chilli paste is made from chilli powder, glutinous rice, fermented soybean powder, barley malt powder and salt.  It has a spicy, savory, sweet flavour and is an essential ingredient in various Korean dishes.  I decided to use it in a spicy Korean marinade for pork belly.

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Portugal – Eating and drinking in Vila Nova de Gaia

Vila Nova de Gaia (or simply Gaia) is a city across the river from Porto.  All the cellars (locally known as “caves”) where the port is stored and aged are there.  This was our base for our last week in Portugal.

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Our trip to Portugal – Eating and drinking in Viana do Castelo

After spending a couple of days in Porto (which you can read about here) we wanted to explore a bit more of northern Portugal. Viana do Castelo looked like the perfect place.  This beautiful city with its stunning architecture and old world charm is 75km north of Porto.

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Our trip to Portugal – Eating and drinking in Porto

We went to Portugal in February and it was the most incredible holiday. We loved the country – the beautiful landscapes, beaches, architecture, people and of course the glorious food !

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Our wine road trip in the Breede River Valley – where we went and what we bought.

The Breede River Valley region is known for its breathtaking scenery, hospitable people and of course wonderful wines.  We were there in October for the Wine on the River festival (which I wrote about here) and decided to take a few days off to do a wine road trip.

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