Life really is a Zoo Biscuit

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Monday 12 June was Anel Potgieter`s birthday. She is the author of the colourful and lovely award-wnning blog

We thought this day to be them most fitting to share her 5×5 answers and beautiful pictures from our Flower Ladies project.

First work stopped us from getting the post out on her birthday ( back to back to back shoots will do that). Then our thoughts were interrupted by our own mother`s birthday the next day. By the end of the week, just as we were ready, a serious glitch appeared in the matrix and we were locked out of our own site. So, here we are, Saturday night posting, but we are sure Anel is on the town somewhere fabulous and foodie, celebrating in style.

The pics are from a series we shot last year with photographer Hunky Henk Hattingh, to celebrate the women behind Cape Town`s food scene that inspires us daily. Anel is currently finishing up production on her own TV shoe, Bak en Brou. Look out for it, it will be magic like everything she touches.


What are your 5 Favourite restaurants in Cape Town?


Italian Club – for a good Italian pasta, a laugh with my friend, Miki Ciman and if you are there on a Friday night, a jiggle or two on the dance floor or on the table.

Test Kitchen – for the best fine dining experience in South Africa.

Dias Tavern – for flaming peri peri chicken that’s just flaming good.

Fish and chips on the rocks in Kalk Bay – with a glass of crisp white wine, the sound and smell of the sea and a friend … nothing better.
Hog House – for the best smoked beef brisket in town washed down with authentic in-house brew.

What are your no-fail dishes

There is always bread, real butter, salads and lots of wine on my table. The mains depends on my mood and inspiration. I just came back from a holiday in Morocco, so at the moment I am planning a dinner party with fresh homemade round flatbreads, olives, a tomato cucumber and onion salad with cumin, lamb tagine with prunes and almonds and fresh fruit.


Your favourite market dishes

At the Stellenbosch Slow Market I love the fresh breads from Fritz Schoon that always go well with a selection of local cheeses. One can also not leave the market without picking up a free-range chicken. I also just cannot resist the paste de nates at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market and I normally eat at least five on the spot … with no guilt at all!


You write a lot about Rick, your mom and housekeeper. What do they make for you to treat you?

Rick loves making me Karoo Lamb chops on the braai with only a dash of lemon and salt. I love it! Doreen is so unique and she brings me her curry tripe and smoor snoek from Gugulethu. I adore her – and her food. For every dish there is always a story… and Doreen tells the best stories. Such a remarkable woman.  My mom is now too old to make me anything but she used to spoil me with my childhood favourite dessert – cinnamon Maizena souskluitjies.


My five favourite cookbooks

I have a huge cookbook collection, so vast we have had to specify it on our insurance policy.

Beproefde Resepte – a little book that my mom, Babs Potgieter, wrote

Consider the Oyster – MFK Fisher
The Flavor Bible – Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Cookery Course – Darina Allen
Kook en Geniet – De Villiers

And then all my Mediterranean and middle eastern cookbooks. I have a huge passion for any all countries touched by the Mediterranean sea.


Five fun facts about you that we don’t know.

I make all my husband’s bow ties that he wears to work.
I love cucumber and onion salad with vinegar, I add spaghetti and All Gold tomato sauce. YUM!
Working with flour drives me insane – it is one of those ingredients that seems to grate my insides… don’t ask me why…. It is just so. It’s like nails scratching on a chalk board.

I am the handyman (woman) at home – I can change a light bulb, fix the pool pump and have even tiled an outside wall with mosaics.
I only wear black – different shades of black though – heheheh

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