All posts tagged: food writer

Humans of coffee: Bastiaan Roozendaal

Who is Bastiaan Roozendaal? I am 31 years old at the moment. I am a coffee lover, no I am not an expert. I am an entrepeneur, a father, a boyfriend and love to take on new things. I am from the Netherlands – no, I do not wear wooden shoes! What is your favorite childhood memory? That probably is the freedom you have as a kid. Not a care in the world only caring about that kickflip I need to land or the next fun thing I was going to do. I grew up in a small village with a lot of open land and farms, so that’s a lot of fun as a kid. If you could have a do-over in life, what would you do differently? My shool! I didn’t feel the urge to do my best in that time so I finished shool but I could have done so much more. What do you feel most proud of? My son, my grilfriend and my 2nd son that will come in July!! …

Humans of coffee: Radhika Valjee

Who is Radhika Valjee? Radhika Valjee is a creative. A creative whose life revolves around creating – creating art, photography, videos, food and ideas.  She wants to share with the world her passion for creating and hopefully inspire those around her. She is currently studying architecture but her lifelong dream is to have her own coffee shop one day- one that is inspired by her favourite things (architecture, art and photography). In the mean time she plans to keep pushing herself creatively, keep learning and fill her soul with adventures. What is your favorite childhood memory? To be honest, I don’t remember much of my childhood but the memories I do recall all involve my grandfather. I grew up living with my grandparents and so they hold a very special place in my heart. I’ve always loved art, since childhood, and my grandfather is an incredible artist. I remember I would sit with him every night and ask him to draw my favourite story book characters. And after spending a good few minutes sketching them out I would then ask for him to colour …

Humans of coffee: Tyrone Watson

Who is Tyrone Watson? A handsome spiritual cowboy and aspiring beam of light. At least, that’s what my Instagram bio says. I’d say that I’m a twenty-something year old who hasn’t got it all figured out just yet. I’m a human being, yogi and extremely passionate young dude who can sing along to any musical at the drop of a hat. But more than that, l love coffee so, so much that I packed up my desk at a corporate job to jump head-first into the coffee industry with nothing but my background as a volunteer barista, my relentless optimism and my desire to learn. One day I’m hoping to include coffee professional, barista trainer and Batman. Tyrone feels so formal. Just Ty is perfect. What is your favourite childhood memory? I’d probably say it’s all the simple stuff. I’m an empathetic person so how things feel is so important to me. Getting picked up from school in the afternoon, falling asleep in the back of the car and adventuring down to the coast during …

Coffee syrup

If, like me, you’ve had a lingering suspicion that something’s missing from your life, it’s because something is. And it’s this: Angie Batis & Nicole van den Berg’s recipe for coffee syrup. Ingredients 1 cup coconut sugar 1 cup water a double shot of strong espresso or 80mls of strong black coffee 1 x teaspoon cinnamon a pinch of nutmeg 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/2 cup almond milk crushed ice Directions Add all the ingredients except for the two milks and crushed ice into a pot and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down to a medium temperature and let the mixture boil slowly for about 10 minutes. In a jar or drinking glass add crushed ice and the coconut and almond milk, then about a double shot of this coffee syrup (you can make it more or less sweet if you’d like just by adding more or less syrup).   By Angie Batis & Nicole van den Berg Angie runs a beautiful blog called Lucky Pony while Nicole has one of the most beautiful …

How I spent 48 hours in Amsterdam: Little Collins

Brunch isn’t really a thing in Amsterdam. But it is in Melbourne. So Little Collins‘ Australian-born owners brought a slice Melbourne to Amsterdam’s De Pijp neighbourhood. I could write a book about how good my breakfast waffle was. And turn that book into a best seller by including images of my perfectly prepared flat white. Instead I’ll leave you with this – the most important piece of advice you’ll ever hear about this spot: Go early.

How to find high quality coffee beans

From their aroma to their natural taste – there is quite simply nothing I enjoy more than a delicious, high-quality coffee bean. From the second I smell one, I simply cannot wait to get the product of it in my favorite coffee mug. But, these high-quality coffee beans can often be like gold… It is a beautiful hidden treasure, but, that means you have to go searching for it. And, that is not always the easiest task. However, I will tell you that the joy of finding some of the best, high-quality coffee beans is well worth the search. So, why waste any more time? Here are a few tips on how to find high-quality coffee beans: What do I look for? Look at the place of origin Anybody can label their coffee with a seal claiming great quality and service, but only those who really care about the pure essence of their coffee beans will be bold enough to list the variety, farm, or country of their coffee bean’s origin. A good, high-quality coffee …

Wholewheat & Oat Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Here’s a chocolate chip cookie recipe gone healthier, yet still deeply satisfying. This is not your everyday quintessential chocolate chip cookie. This one is better. Deep dark chocolaty + chewy + fudgy = comfort food! Makes 1 1/2 to 2 dozen cookies Ingredients 125g dark couverture chocolate {I used 72%} 50g unsalted butter 30g good quality cocoa powder 1 egg 100g brown vanilla sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract pinch salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 15ml yogurt {1tbsp} 80g oats 75g wholewheat flour 50g dark chocolate chips Method Line two cookie trays with parchment paper and preheat your oven at 180C. In a heatproof bowl or in microwave or using double boiler method melt chocolate and butter and whisk until smooth. Stir in cocoa powder. Combine egg, yogurt and brown sugar in a large bowl and whisk till fluffy. Beat by adding vanilla extract, salt and baking soda. Mix in melted chocolate. Into this, fold in the oats, whole wheat flour and chocolate chips. Let it sit for 5 minutes for oats to absorb moisture. If the …

How one man went from instant to grinding beans at home

Just over a year ago I was talking to a friend of mine about coffee. At this point in my life I enjoyed a coffee from @homecoffeesouth. The coffee is always of great quality and the staff are always on hand to talk about the one thing they love the most… COFFEE !! As my friend and I continued to talk, we agreed on one thing… how difficult it can be to enjoy quality coffee at home. We all have a jar of instant coffee at home but I wanted something better, something special, made with love and on a daily basis. This is where my coffee journey began. My friend recommended an online coffee company called @pactcoffee. Now, they are one of many companies offering coffee delivered to your door but I can only talk about these guys. They trade directly with farmers all over the world. That means they source the best coffee in the world while ensuring unbeatable pay for their farmers. I started with a different bag of ground coffee being …

Banana bread

One of my favourite childhood memories is my mom’s banana bread. Let’s bake some of my childhood, shall we? Love you mom. Ingredients: For the bread: 3 medium-to-large very ripe bananas 1/2 cup (115 grams) butter, melted 3/4 cup (150 grams) brown sugar (I use dark here; either light or dark work) 1 large egg 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon table salt 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 cup (about 180 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chunks or chips 1/2 cup chopped walnuts For the rum caramel sauce: 1 1/2 tablespoons rum 2 tablespoons milk 3 ½ tablespoons heavy cream 1/3 cup (75 g) granulated sugar 25 g butter pinch of salt For the mascarpone frosting:  250 g mascarpone 1-2 tbsp powdered sugar (or to taste) ½ cup heavy cream Instructions:  For the bread: Heat your oven to 180°C. Butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan (23 x 13 x 6 cm), or spray it with a nonstick baking spray. Mash bananas in the bottom of a …