Author Archives: Zee

Challenge 14: The Taste Test

If you are like me, and are a huge lover of food programs in particular, then you are going to LOVE this challenge. I got the idea from watching programs such as Masterchef Australia and Hell’s Kitchen and I have always wanted to try it. The Taste Test is one of the toughest challenges presented to contestants and chefs would say that a good palate makes one a better chef. The test always looks so simple watching from the comfort of my couch and I always feel like it is a bit like watching trivia game shows. It always appears as if contestants get the simplest of ingredients wrong and at home you always think you can do better. So how hard is the Taste Test really? We Tastebudz are about to find out! Continue reading


Knefeh Katastrophe!

The disaster that was my attempt at Knefeh…. Continue reading

Chicken Tikka Masala Dinner Party

This post has taken me a while to write, my sincere apologies. It has been a mixture of laziness and been overwhelmed in work and life in general. So, I have actually completed the challenge a few weeks ago, but only managed to get to the writing bit now…

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Saying “Thank You” with Cup Cakes

As I have mentioned in the challenge entry, I had made the cup cakes as gifts for my colleagues at work. The cup cakes were easy and quick to make and I made them a day in advance and kept them in the fridge.

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Challenge 11: Cup Cake King!

I have thought a long time about what the next challenge should be for my Taste Buds. With the end of the year festivities, and my work having all sorts of end of year functions, I had decided that this year I was not going to buy gifts, but make them. I then decided to make cupcakes. It dawned on me that cupcakes would be a wonderful challenge because it is so versatile and you can be as simplistic or creative as you want!

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Deep Fried Meringue: The Masterchef Quest

I had been a huge fan of Masterchef Australia, watching the omnibus on Saturdays with my mom. One of the contestants, Poh Ling Yeow had made a deep fried meringue. The judges had rated it the best dish of the day, very unique and a stroke of genius. Continue reading

Banana and Strawberry Smoothie

I haven’t managed to submit a blog entry for our one year anniversary as I had computer issues. However, this is what I had done for it. Viviane and I were talking and she mentioned we had no beverages as yet on the blog. So, I decided to do one. We thought that a smoothie would be a good idea as I was on a “diet” to pick up weight. Smoothies would be a perfect healthy snack for me. I think it is a awesome snack for anyone. I had remembered that my friend Shawne had given me a recipe for a basic smoothie. I hadn’t written it down, so I had to ask him for it. A huge thank you goes to him for the recipe.

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Finding the Passion…

I haven’t written for the blog in a long time, or managed to do the challenge. I have finally mustered up the courage to write an entry.

I still haven’t done the challenge, and here is why.

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Get the F out of my kitchen!

Saturday May 15, 2010

The Good Food and Wine Show came to Cape Town as it normally does every year. However, this year it featured my hero Gordon Ramsay. So you can just imagine how excited I was to go and see him. My friend had booked us tickets and we counted down the days to see him.

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Chicken Jambalaya Better Late Than Never

I meant to do this entry a while back, but unknown to me, my brother had borrowed my camera cable to a friend. So, here I was thinking I had lost my cable and been looking for it frantically when it had been borrowed out all along. As annoyed as I am about having my things borrowed without my permission, I am happier to have it back!

I made the Jambalaya with Chicken only. I didn’t like the thought of mixing meats, especially sausage, and also since it was the first time I was cooking this, I didn’t want to add much meat in case I spoilt it. I made my own Creole seasoning as I do not think we have that available to buy here. Therefore, I had to get a few spices from the store, but when I got home, realized that I had forgotten to get a plain garlic spice and an onion spice, so I left it out of the Creole seasoning. I therefore added ground garlic to the chicken along with the Creole seasoning to marinate.

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