I’m a little unsure how to start this post, if I’m being completely honest. Do I start the few months before we actually arrived at five hundred (yes, all lower case) – all of the excitement and build-up to the dinner? Or do I start on the night?
Every once in a while you stumble onto a recipe that is so simple and so delicious that you literally find yourself making it once a week or so. This coconut ginger curry sauce is one of those recipes.
I’ve said it before and I will say it over and over again – being a foodie blogger is pretty damn awesome. I am absolutely in love with what I do and the fact that it revolves around food (pretty much 24/7) is the living best. But, it can also be ridiculously manic – not in a stressful way – just full and busy and go, go, go!
Simply put, this is my favourite burger on our current menu. It’s simple, yet ridiculously tasty and packs a real punch. The Favourite – homemade beef burger with white cheddar, bacon and a handmade chilli pesto mayonnaise. Served with the BEST Parmesan and truffle skinny fries.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have seen we’ve started a little something over on Instagram that I am ridiculously proud of. Every few weeks or so, we’ll be releasing video recipes based on our favourite products. We’re tagging each video with the #InstaBites and #CounterSecrets hashtags, just so you know.
It’s the week of luuuuuuuuurve and I am feeling super generous, so here’s a quick and easy competition for you guys.
I’m giving two lucky winners THREE meal vouchers each from Simply Asia – that’s R300 to spend on delicious oodles of noodles! As usual, entering is simple:
There are some serious advantages to being a foodie and a blogger. I’m not going to lie about it. The first – loads of free goodies to review (if you don’t like free stuff, we can’t be friends) and the second (and actually, my favourite part) – being introduced to fantastic new products and suppliers.
When I got a message from Simon Inglis earlier this week asking if I would be interested in blogging about his organic veggie box, I got excited. I’ve been doing a bit of research on organic veggie box deliveries in Jozi, and while there are options, many of them look a bit bleh. Websites are confusing, ordering is a mission and delivery is expensive. So, YAY, for Simon’s Garden!
Simon delivered the biggest box of veggies ever to my house on Wednesday. It was huge. My house is now prop vol organic veggies. No complaints this side. The box included:
- Gem squash (fave!)
- Green beans
- Cherry tomatoes
- New potato
- Teeny red onions (too cute)
- Green peppers
- Free-range eggs
Excitement. Some of my fave veggies. A few I don’t eat (green pepper – can’t) and will lovingly donate to my Little, Leila, who lives just up the road. Veggie swap! The eggs were an unexpected addition – more excitement.
It was like fate. I had pork bangers and peas in the fridge. Dinner came together easily – bangers, mash, gems, peas and slow roasted teeny red onions. It was magic. The ‘taters tasted like the earth (they were SO full of sand when I got them – I mean – isn’t that just the BEST?!) Gems and onions were sweet and full of flavour. Just, magic.
The eggs were incredibly fresh and beyond delicious. I also love that you don’t know what you’re getting in the box, so each week, you need to plan your meals around your veggies. Healthy vibes.
Then – to seal the deal with good old Simon – I did a little research. Online shopping came into play. I chose a retailer we all use and started clicking away. This particular retailer only had a few of Simon’s veggies in their organic range (fail), so I had to choose from their usual range for the most part. Guess what? By using Simon, I would have saved a third – A THIRD – on my veggie purchase. Retailer: R400 and something. Simon: R270.
If that doesn’t get you hooked, then I don’t know.
We need to start supporting the little guy, and Simon is now at the top of my list. I would like to see fresh herbs and perhaps some poultry in that box – I’ll do some digging and let you all know if Simon offers that too.
Here are the details, for those of you that have been bugging me. (I love that you’re all so enthusiastic!)
The Jumbo box which contains 16 different items costs R 270.00
The Standard box which contains 12 different items costs R 240.00
The Medium box which contains 9 different items costs R 200.00
The Half box which contains 6 different items costs R 160.00
The Mini box which contains 8 half-sized items costs R 150.00
The produce is always delivered fresh and direct to your residence or business. Deliveries take place on a Wednesday or Thursday depending on your area in Johannesburg.Please ensure your order is in by latest 1pm on Tuesday.
The content of the box will obviously vary dependent on the seasons. However, Simon endeavours to provide a balanced variety of fruit and vegetables in each box.
Find Simon’s Garden on Facebook.
Email Simon directly or give him a call: firstname.lastname@example.org; 0730134715.
Now, go forth and order, my darlings. Your body (and wallet) will thank you.