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Here's some fresh kitchen inspiration
Article By: Lize de Kock
Thu, 15 Mar 2007 12:03 AM
?Oh wow, Sprigs,? a former Durbanite said as he picked up a copy of ?Sprigs: Fresh kitchen inspiration? in my Cape Town kitchen, ?it?s the most awesome little deli.?
I haven?t been fortunate enough to visit this (apparently fabulous) spot in Kloof. But I?m utterly enjoying their cookbook. Always up for trying something new, I opted for a chicken and sweet potato pie with pumpkin seeds a couple of nights ago. It was easy and delicious in a laid-back, loving kind of way.
Then there was the pecan nut and coconut squares I tackled one night when my sweet tooth was calling. Yummy. And I can?t leave out the white chocolate and blueberry cake that I baked for my birthday. I took it to work and it went down a treat, with pieces of chocalate and blueberries delighting everyone's palates.
Judging by the book, it?s not hard to understand why twin sisters Claire and Fiona Ras are doing so well with their little lunch spot. Their cookbook is filled with interesting but simple recipes. The claim to fame is creative combinations of ingredients that result in hearty, more-ish eats ? Persian lamb, butternut and date stew, or courgette cake, or brioche tart, hmmm.
What immediately got me hooked was the fact that some recipes are designed for entertaining 10 people and others are meant for one. Which is perfect for someone like me, who loves cooking and entertaining, but often eats alone. Tonight I?m cooking for six people and found a Duck Leg Casserole recipe that ?Serves 6?. Each one of the numerous recipes I have tried from the Sprigs book succeeded with ease so I trust that the recipe doesn't need to be tested first.
In a visual sense, the book is certainly something different too. The de-saturated food photographs gives it quite a trendy feel. This look didn?t immediately appeal, it took me a while to actually pick up this cookbook and page through it ? but the more I use the recipes the more I realise that they yield food that are not flashy and colourful and attention grabbing, but simply interesting and wholesome and contemporary in a, you know, classic way ? which is also what the book communicates through the photography and design.
My favourite part is the section on how to make your own pastry and then, of course, there's the brioche recipe and the heavenly French toast from the deli menu in Kloof, which is now all the rage in my kitchen in Cape Town.
Title:Sprigs: Fresh kitchen inspiration Author:Claire and Fiona Ras Publisher:Double Storey Recommended price:R195