Festive food and fun

'Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all' - Harriet van Horne


It’s finally here.

The thought of sleeping in, reading books and drinking truckloads of wine at lunchtime is becoming an exciting reality.

I am almost living in my daydream…  the smoky braai that burns the whole afternoon and the happy sizzle of chops that flavour the whole house with rosemary.  Maybe later after the last swim, we’ll feel indulgent and throw on some spicy prawns and suck their shells with sticky fingers and garlic grins, washed down with some icy lemonade or some pink bubbles for fun. It can’t possible come too soon.

Festive food needs to be easy, so try some of the menus we’ve put together for fun in the kitchen, there’s a 'seaside Christmas' and 'contemporary' menu as well as the good old 'traditional'.

We’ve also got Boxing Day covered with all sorts of gorgeous leftover dishes with ‘big family lunch’ and ‘Boxing Day brunch’.
New Years this year promises to pop your cork, so try these fun and summery menus with ‘warm weather’ and ‘picnic’ for a happy get-together the morning after.

If you need some advice on delicious and great value wines, go to our wine pages or visit our fundi Cathy Marston’s blog Drunk!

If you’re gatvol of the kitchen and need some ideas for beautiful places to go where everything is taken care of with a swish and a whirl of great service and the priceless bliss of no cleaning up, try one of these specials.

have another cocktail, jump on the table at midnight and shake it ‘til dawn.  

-    Joeys: Sides restaurant in Craighall put on a beautiful Christmas menu that welcomes the young ones as well.
-    Pretoria: The Meadow Green is hosting a beautiful country Christmas at the Irene Country Lodge.
-    Durban: The Cargo Hold is offering a marine-style Christmas lunch which is wonderful for something a bit different and such fun for kids.
-    Cape Town: Portofino is doing it in style with a gourmet menu that will delight the senses.

And there’s many more on our packed specials pages, click here for more details...

So it’s all sunshine and happiness folks, ease into the holidays with a warm heart and a tummy filled with foodie love.

What’s your holiday meal? Let us know and we might pop you a R500 Kalahari voucher for Christmas!

Holiday hugs from the Food24 team!



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