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Join Jane Griffiths for a talk on Jane's Delicious Urban Gardening at Windmill on Main

Invite to Jane Griffiths's book launch

Jane’s Delicious Urban GardeningThe Beaulieu Garden Club invites you to a talk by Jane Griffiths to launch her latest book, Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening.

Griffiths’s bestselling book, Jane’s Delicious Garden, led to a vegetable revolution in South Africa, with thousands of people following in her footsteps. Her latest book, Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening, is packed with inspirational ideas and practical information on all aspects of eco urban living.

At the talk, hosted by the Windmill on Main, Griffiths will show you just how easy it is to achieve a flourishing food garden, no matter how small your space.

The event takes place on Wednesday, 17 February at 9:30 for 10 AM. Tickets cost R170. Refreshments will be served and there will be fabulous prizes up for grabs.

See you there!

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 17 February 2016
  • Time: 9:30 AM for 10:00 AM
  • Venue: Windmill on Main
    54 Main Road (M71), corner Ash Road
    Kyalami, between Lonehill and Kyalami
    (Please note that different GPSess also seem to provide different results and sometimes Main Road is referred to as MacGregor Road) | Map
  • Refreshments will be served
  • Cover charge: R170
  • RSVP:, 083 300 6402

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Be sure to visit Jenny Morris's new Cape Town eatery - Yumcious Cafe

Jenny Morris

World Atlas of FoodRenown celebrity chef Jenny Morris, better known as the Giggling Gourmet, has embarked on yet another exciting venture, opening Yumcious Café – a beautiful eatery located in the Cape Quarter in Greenpoint, Cape Town.

Serving breafast, lunch and all things sweet and delectable, this new place is sure to be a Cape Town favourite. The World Atlas of Food author takes a hands on approach to this new venture, so chances are that you’ll get to meet her if you stop by.

Read what one happy patron had to say on Zomato, after visiting the eatery in their second week:

Stopped in for lunch at Chef Jenny Morris’ new restaurant in the Cape Quarter and it did not disappoint. Offering home cooked salads, quiches, fish and meat – buffet style, as well as a variety of bugers. And at R19/kg it is great value. The staff were a little clueless (it is only their 1st week of operation, so this can be excused) but Jenny is on the floor welcoming and chatting to guests. Great weekday work breakfast and lunch option. Sure to be a hit!

Read The Whale Cottage‘s review of Yumcious Café:

Located in the former Rocca and then Celtic Cove restaurants, Chef Jenny and her husband David have brought the bulk of the seating outside onto the covered terrace. Tables are a mix of grey concrete, as well as black top ones with silver bases, while chairs are a mix of grey and white moulded plastic. Tables have grey plant holders with a succulent plant, while the sugar stick holders and salt and pepper holders are green ceramic. Plates for the food match the colour too. Paper serviettes are wrapped around cutlery sets. A clever touch is to have laminated A5 copies of the menu on the table already, so that one does not have to wait for it to be brought to the table.

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Marita van der Vyver's new novel - 'full of pitch-black humour' - to be published by Penguin Random House

A Fountain in FrancePenguin Random House will be publishing Marita van der Vyver’s next novel in Afrikaans and English. Titled Misverstand in Afrikaans, the story is set over a few days in Paris, where a failed South African writer finds himself in the company of a young au pair during the terrorist attacks of 13 November 2015.

Van der Vyver caused a literary sensation in 1992 with her bestselling debut novel Griet skryf ’n sprokie (published in English as Entertaining Angels). The book won the M-Net, ATKV and Eugène Marais prizes, and has since been translated into more than 10 languages, including Icelandic and Chinese – firsts for an Afrikaans novel.

To date Van der Vyver has published 22 books in Afrikaans, including youth and children’s books, collections of short stories, columns and sketches, as well as two cookbooks. Much of her work has been translated into other languages and she has produced numerous bestsellers, among them her most recent novel, Die blou van onthou (translated as Forget-Me-Not Blues), which was awarded Huisgenoot’s Tempo Award for Book of the Year in 2013. Van der Vyver also wrote the prize-winning youth novel Die ongelooflike avonture van Hanna Hoekom, which was turned into a film in 2010.

Van der Vyver on her new novel: “It’s a story full of pitch-black humour and irony about a man who writes erotica under pseudonyms and who can’t deal with his own mediocrity anymore. He’s trying to find an original way to end his life in Paris, but then he almost becomes a victim of a terrorist attack – which sends his weekend in Paris in a completely unexpected direction.”

Fourie Botha, publisher of local fiction at Penguin Random House, says: “Marita van der Vyver has over many years made thousands of readers laugh and cry, and few writers in South Africa and abroad can boast such a successful writing career. It is an honour for us to be involved in her next book.”

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Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen becomes the first South African to be awarded a Michelin Star

JAN - A Breath of French AirThe French AffairJAN, a restaurant in the south of France owned and run by South African-born chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, has been awarded a Michelin Star, as Van der Westhuizen becomes the first South African to receive this honour. On the announcement, the chef was quoted on his Instagram feed as saying “This is where I say. Dreams do come true.” The restaurant was also voted as one of the best restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveller in 2015.

In March 2016 Struik Lifestyle, an imprint of Penguin Random House South Africa, will be publishing Van der Westhuizen’s new cookbook – JAN – A Breath of French Air. It will also be available in Afrikaans as JAN – My Franse Kosverhaal. The book is a memoir and celebration of the renowned eatery JAN. Each chapter captures the mood and inspiration of what is served at JAN, and the collection of over 90 recipes covers everything from locally baked breads, amuse bouche and mouthwatering main course meat and fish dishes to what the chefs eat after a long night’s service in a hot kitchen.

Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen was raised on a rural farm in the north of the country. After completing an Advanced Diploma in Culinary Arts he furthered his studies with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Design and Photography. He worked for ELLE magazine in South Africa and Paris before relocating to Nice to open his own restaurant called JAN. Since its humble beginnings in 2013, JAN has garnered a reputation as one of the top restaurants in the south of France. JAN – A Breath of French Air will be Jan Hendrik’s second book, which continues the journey first started in The French Affair, also published by Struik Lifestyle.

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Gluten-free beer? Find out what's on the horizon for the South African beer scene in 2016

African BrewBeer Safari

Brewmistress Lucy Corne, author of African Brew and Beer Safari, has made some predictions for the South African beer scene in 2016, getting us all excited about local craft beer for this year.

Corne sees the following things on the horizon and highlights some “breweries to watch” in 2016, including Jack Black:

  • The rise of the brewpub
  • Brew-your-own
  • Session IPA
  • Gluten-free beer
  • Cans
  • Micro-maltsters

Read the article for more:


Choosing a gluten-free beer has become quite the trend in other beer-drinking nations. The jury still seems to be out on just how much gluten a beer contains, but very few meet the requirements of them being less than 20 parts per million (of gluten) – the figure to hit if you want your beer to bear the gluten-free stamp. South Africa’s first gluten-free beer was Red Sky’s Goshawk, which uses a traditional SA grain in lieu of barley – sorghum – along with maize. Like its murkier, longer-established brethren, umqombothi, the beer is an acquired taste, but that hasn’t stopped other brewers from attempting to go gluten-free. Boston are working on a gluten-free version of the flagship lager, and bottles of BrewDog’s Vagabond have been flying off the South African fridge shelves. Both feature malted barley as their base and use a process to remove gluten once the brew is complete. I expect to see other brewers experimenting with gluten-free beers, particularly using alternative grains, in 2016.

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Lewis Blackwell wins 2015 American Photo Best Photobook of the Year: Documentary

The Life and Love of the Sea

Lewis Blackwell has won the 2015 American Photo Best Photobook of the Year: Documentary award; the second time in a row he has won this prize.

Blackwell’s books are distributed locally by Quivertree.

In their comments, the judges praise Blackwell for his curatorship and the “oceanic fashion” in which The Life and Love of the Sea, the winning book, was put together:

In his usual oceanic fashion, Lewis Blackwell takes his photographic curatorship into the deep here, collecting work by various photographers (including Art Wolfe, Laurie Campbell and Paul Nicklen) in a vast survey ranging from bug-eyed closeups to sweeping overviews. The text balances poetic swooning with concerned environmentalism. “Two-thirds of the earth’s surface is ocean,” novelist Haruki Murakami is quoted. “All we can see of it with the naked eye is the surface: the skin. We hardly know anything about what’s underneath the skin.”

Watch the beautiful trailer for The Life and Love of the Sea:

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About the book

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean. The latest in the bestselling ‘Life and love of’ series by Lewis Blackwell. Since time immemorial, humans have been captivated by water. No wonder: It’s the most omnipresent substance on Earth and without it life itself would be impossible. From the plankton that provide more than half of our planet’s oxygen to the blue whale, life in the ocean greatly affects life on land and plays a crucial role in regulating our climate and atmosphere. Combining images from world’s leading marine and nature photographers, and the latest in underwater photography techniques, the bestselling author of The life & love of trees and Rainforest, Lewis Blackwell, explores our innate relationship with the sea – from when our ancestors first emerged from the primordial soup to the sophisticated marine farming industry of today – and why our future depends on preserving and protecting our planet’s single biggest ecosystem.

About the author

Lewis Blackwell has worked as a leading author, editor, and creative director in photography, winning international recognition for his talks, exhibitions, and books. Blackwell is the author of the bestselling The Life & Love of Trees, The Life & Love of Cats, The Life & Love of Dogs, and Rainforest. He was for many years the creative head of Getty Images, the world’s largest photographic agency, and now combines his work in the photographic industry.

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