There are few things better than good food with good company, especially if you are a food blogger. Megan Deane ( Stuffed Feeling ) put these key elements together along with a beautiful venue to host her ‘Mother’s Day With A Twist’ lunch this past Saturday.
I, along with Inge Loker ( Snap,Sizzle,Cook), Verushka Ramasami ( SpiceGoddess), Shirley Berko ( Cuizine Durban) and Nicola Meyer (Run On Coffee) were welcomed into Megan’s home. This lunch tradition was created by Megan in honour of her Mom, who is no longer with us, but was an amazing hostess, so I think it is a definitely a beautiful way to pay tribute.
The brief was that we were to bring along a dish or 2 that had been passes down to us by our mothers. My mind swirled a bit trying to choose the perfect dish and after much deliberation I decided on my lamb breyani as well as a chocolate cake. My mothers breyani is always something that brings back happy memories of the family being together from the time that I was little ,and it’s one of the first recipes of hers that I mastered, so I think it was a fitting choice. The chocolate cake, well I chose that because my sisters and I were lucky enough to have our mother be a ‘stay at home mum ‘ aka Domestic Executive, and I remember coming home from school everyday to something new that she had baked from jam squares to cakes and scones, so the recipe that I used was a twist on the hot milk sponge passed down to her from my grandmother.
The beautifully set up table including our gift from megan
Megan, Veushka and Myself
Shirley, Megan, Nicola, Me, Inge
Megan, Verushka, Nicola, Me, Inge
The weather was beautiful and perfect for an outdoor lunch. There is an unspoken understanding between food bloggers that you take photos before you touch the food, and boy was there a great range of food to photograph. On the menu was starters of meatballs with the most delicious dipping yoghurt, jalepenos (my fav!) stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon, battered and fried (I don’t think I really need to elaborate on how Ahmazing they were) and loaded potato skins. The mains were the lamb breyani including sambals and sour milk salad that I had made, a vegetable lasagne from Nicola, butter paneer and savoury rice from Verushka, french steaks from Megan and coronation chicken from Inge. The desserts were the chocolate cake, rolly pollies ( love that name ) from Inge, cute animal shaped cookies from Nicola and a crepe dish from Shirley. Needless to say it did feel a lot like Christmas lunch and we were thoroughly stuffed by the end of it as Megan had predicted.
The Jalepeno Poppers and Loaded Skins
The great spread
Rolly Polly and Cream
Chocolate chocolate cake
Image courtesy of Verushka
Image courtesy of Verushka
Sugar cookies 🙂
Thanks for the cookies Nicola!
I was so happy and honoured to have spent an afternoon with these lovely ladies, chatting and eating (and eating some more) and a special thank you to Megan for being such a gracious hostess and putting together such a wonderful lunch.
The recipes will be up on Megan’s blog Stuffed Feeling, so I will share once they are posted.I will also finally be kicking off the Blogger Recipe Series this Friday with a most decadent and delicious recipe from Megan and I have a guest post on the cooking classes held by Knorr and J-Something in Johannesburg.
If you haven’t made your plans for Mother’s Day, there are still seats available for the Macaron Class and High Tea. Go here to book -> Classes
Have a happy week!