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Eternal. City. Rome.

It is not called the eternal city for no reason.




This is really a hidden gem in Pretoria. I  learnt of it by chance when browsing around Facebook and decided to visit the market one Saturday.

All I can say is – unbelievable. It truly is foodie heaven. The number of delights on offer is enormous. From the lamb shuwama,  roosterkoek, jaffles, dim sum to  korean food. My goodness, just make sure you go there hungry.

The vibe is on the chilled side, and thus is a good place for a family outing.

I loved it !!

Getting there:

My GPS navigator took me there quite easily. Hazel Food Market is situated in Greenlyn Village Centre in Menlo Park, open every Saturday from 08h00 to 14h00.

GPS Coordinates: 25°46”08.41”S 28°15”21.87”E


Just be prepared to be patient for parking. It can be chaotic at times.

Insider Tip:

Remember to walk around the back. There is a lady selling absolutely gorgeous pieces of  silver jewelry at good prices.



Many people don’t realise how easy it is to emulate that smokey deliciousness of food usually prepared over an open fire.

I often cook curries or potjies on a gas cooker for the sake of convenience. You have to admit that gas is easy and clean if you want to take the kitchen outdoors.


My secret to getting that depth of flavour to a dish prepared on gas (or on the stove top for that matter) is to cup a piece of charcoal in some oven foil. I then add a teaspoon of ghee or cooking oil on the coal and let it float covered for about 30 seconds.


Voila!  Instant smokey goodness  🙂

Awesome. Borlotti. Beans.

I was in a rush from work long after sunset today and stopped by my local Spar to grab some foodstuff. One of the items was a can of Borlotti beans. It was the first time I tried this bean and boy did it turn out to be a good choice.

After preparing in with some braised lamb, I recognised its distinct delicious,  velvety taste.  It was what people of Indian descent know as gadra beans.


The fact that it was canned actually enhanced the creamy, nutty flavour.This is definitely going to be a regular item in our pantry from now on.

I would love to hear your thoughts  if you have tried this before.

Touching. Taj. Mahal.

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This was an incredible trip that we undertook.

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