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Try Jenny Morris’ Recipe for Steak and Porcini Mushroom Salad

Taste the World with Jenny MorrisJenny Morris recently traveled the French Riviera where she was inspired to create a range of delicious mouthwatering recipes, aired on her Food Network cooking show, Jenny Morris Cooks the Riviera. She is the author of Taste the World with Jenny Morris.

Try Morris’ recipe for Steak and Porcini Mushroom Salad, shared by Food24:


3 Tbs olive oil
Ground white pepper
350 g piece sirloin steak
2 porcini mushrooms
30 g pre-soaked, dried porcini mushrooms
2 cloves garlic – peeled and thinly sliced
2 sprigs fresh rosemary

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Jenny Morris’ New TV Series Airs Today on The Food Network (Plus: Preview and Recipe)

Cooking with Jenny MorrisTaste the World with Jenny MorrisJenny Morris, author of Cooking with Jenny Morris and Taste the World with Jenny Morris, returns to your television screens today with her new series, Jenny Morris Cooks the Riviera.

Tune in to DSTV channel 175, weekdays at 12:15 PM and 4:25 PM, and join Morris on her journey around the French and Italian Riviera.

“From the olive groves of Liguria, to the crystalline waters of Monaco and St Tropez, Jenny’s journey into the heart of Riviera food reveals the traditions, people and signature ingredients that have made this the cradle of Mediterranean cuisine,” writes Food24.

Watch the preview of Morris’ new show:

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Try one of the recipes from Jenny Morris Cooks the Riviera, shared on the Food Network website, for Baked Beef and Salami Rolls:

8 slices of beef
1 cup ricotta
1 cup cooked chopped spinach
3 cloves crushed garlic
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Parmesan cheese
A good pinch of nutmeg
8 slices salami
8 fresh basil leaves
Olive oil
2 cups tomato sauce
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoon plain flour
250ml warm milk
Fresh rosemary

Jenny Morris takes viewers on a culinary grand tour around one of Europe’s most glamorous destinations; the French and Italian Riviera.

Bursting with produce and steeped in the traditions of French and Italian cooking, the towns and villages of the Riviera are a cook’s paradise.

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30 – 40 Wine Farms Expected to Receive New Cape Vintner Classification

Wineries of the CapeThe Cape’s new independent governing body for wineries, the Cape Vintner Classification, is hoping to grant between 30 to 40 wine farms their seal of approval.

The Cape Vintner Classification was launched last December, following the disbandment of the Cape Wine Producers’ Association, and was founded by Schalk Burger Snr’s Welbedacht Estate, Anthonij Rupert, De Wetshof, Kanonkop, Neil Ellis, Rust en Vrede and Vergelegen.

According to Harpers, farms that are expected to recieve the classification are Bartinney, whose Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are “worth watching”, Hamilton Russell, whose 2013 Pinot Noir is expected to be excellent, Sumaridge, who has also produced good Chardonnay over recent years, as well as a strong Pinot Noir and Epitome (a blend of Syrah and Pinotage), and Scali, for its medium-bodied Syrah and Pinotage.

The four main criteria for CVC accreditation will be strictly enforced to prevent a “farce” according to Burger. These are that fruit must be grown and vinified on the estate; that a cellar door is open to the public six days a week; that ethical labour and environmental practices are observed; and that wines are subject to technical and quality audits by an independent committee. Another requirement of a minimum 20 hectares under vine and 100 tons of fruit may be reduced to allow smaller estates to qualify.

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Videos: Jenny Morris Demonstrates Two Delicious Recipes for an Easter Feast

Taste the World with Jenny MorrisCooking with Jenny MorrisJenny Morris, chef and author of Taste the World with Jenny Morris and Cooking with Jenny Morris, has shared two recipes perfect for Easter celebrations with family and friends.

She has also demonstrated the recipes in the videos below, which were shared by Checkers.

Follow Morris’ step-by-step instructions to making this Mediterranean-Style Calamari Salad, which can be served as starter or a light meal, and an Ostrich Fan Fillet with Youngberry Sauce, made using youngberry jam and shiraz:

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Video: Mystery Squash Plant Provides Jane Griffiths with a Pleasant Surprise

Jane\'s Delicious HerbsJane's Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014Jane Griffiths, author of Jane’s Delicious Herbs, has shared a video of a pleasant gardening surprise she experienced recently.

“Sometimes my garden provides me with unexpected delights,” she says, explaining how a squash plant she almost uprooted yielded “over 50 perfect miniature pumpkins”. Griffiths says the plant, which seeded itself, is an excellent example of how a small garden can provide a very rewarding crop of vegetables.

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Durbanville Hills Chardonnay Named in World Top 10

Wineries of the CapeDurbanville Hills‘ 2012 Rhinofields Chardonnay has made the 2014 Chardonnay du Monde top 10 list.

The list, decided at the Chardonnay du Monde in France, names the 10 best Chardonnays from around the world. A panel of judges tasted 794 wines from 40 countries. The Durbanville Hills wine shares top position with wines from France, Canada, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Australia and Spain.

The Cape is one of the great wine capitals of the world, with breathtaking scenery and legendary vineyards. Wineries of the Cape: The essential companion to touring the Winelands, by Lindsaye McGregor, a long-time contributor to Platter’s Wine Guide, is an indispensable companion to the area.

Durbanville Hills cellar master Martin Moore explains how the 2012 Rhinofields Chardonnay was created:

We follow a much gentler approach with our Rhinofields Chardonnay and believe that a Chardonnay should never be overpowered by wood. To ensure a seamless integration between oak and fruit we ferment and mature 60 percent of the wine in stainless steel tanks over a 12-month period. The other 40 percent spends the same amount of time in French oak barrels. We roll these instead of stirring the lees in the conventional manner.

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Plant the Right Greens at the Right Time with this Plan by Jane Griffiths

Jane's Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014Jane\'s Delicious HerbsJane Griffiths, garden expert and author of Jane’s Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014 and Jane’s Delicious Herbs, has created a printable planting plan “that’ll tell you what to plant in April and May and remind you when it’s time to harvest your crops”, shared by Garden and Home SA.

Follow the link to print your own plan and start planting the right greens at the right time:

“Plants such as broccoli (pictured) and cauliflower form the largest heads in the coolest months, but need to be planted a few months in advance. Drawing up a planting plan will ensure these go into the ground at the right time, and if you sow seed of quick cool season crops like leafy greens successively, you’ll be able to harvest them regularly throughout winter,” says Jane Griffiths, author of Jane’s Delicious Garden (Sunbird Publishers).

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Jenny Morris on the Many Uses of Figs – Including Their Interesting Medicinal Value

Taste the World with Jenny MorrisIn her latest column for The Next 48hOURS, Jenny Morris extols the virtues of the humble fig.

Morris, celebrity chef and author of Taste the World with Jenny Morris, lists the many uses of the biblical fruit, including its properties as a natural laxative or treatment for skin problems.

Figs also have an impressive nutritional value; as Morris points out, a dried fig has almost as much calcium as an egg: “good news if you are lactose intolerant”.

Dried figs contain minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc. 100g of dried figs contain 680 mg of potassium, 162 mg of calcium, and 2.03 mg of iron. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation as well for cellular oxidation.

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Jane Griffiths Shares Six Tips to a Happy, Healthy Garden

Jane\'s Delicious HerbsJane's Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014Renowned gardening author Jane Griffiths has shared six easy steps to create a healthy and productive home garden.

Griffiths, who has written several gardening books, including Jane’s Delicious Herbs and Jane’s Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014, has some unusual advice for aspiring gardeners, including never digging the soil, which will be welcome tip for most gardeners!

Create small beds about the size of a door – with pathways around and enrich the soil with well-rotted manure and compost. Once enriched, don’t ever dig the soil again: No-dig gardening creates healthy, rich soil. When you need to replenish, simply add compost, manure and organic fertiliser to the surface of the beds. To avoid the soil becoming compacted, don’t ever stand on the soil – use the pathways.

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Jane Griffiths to Head-up Judging Team for Giant Pumpkin Competition

Jane\'s Delicious HerbsJane's Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014Jane Griffiths, author of several gardening books including Jane’s Delicious Herbs and Jane’s Delicious Gardening Calendar 2014, will be heading up the panel of judges for the Standard Bank Livingseeds Giant Pumpkin Competition, which is being held at The Shed on Route 59 in Gauteng this Saturday.

Last year Griffiths was the the “Gardening Celebrity” guest judge of the inaugural competition and ended up adding a whole new pumpkin category to the competition after coming across the Most Unique Pumpkin. This year Griffiths will be judging the Main, Junior and Fun categories, the latter of which is divided into Best Looking Pumpkin, Ugliest Pumpkin, Smallest Mature Giant Pumpkin, Best Dressed Pumpkin and Most Unique. The first prize winner will walk away with R10 000.

The preparation for this day by the entrants has been a daily effort to grow the biggest and the best, and the weigh-in is the test.

With over 140 entries, this competition is set to be the largest competition of its kind in South Africa. The response from the public and entrants has been outstanding and entrants from as far away as Mpumalanga, KZN and the Eastern Cape have entered.

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