Challenge: Food photography


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We are Chefs but lousy photographers so we hired a photographer to do the food photography. But there is a difference between a wildlife-, a landscape-, an art- and a food photographer. We hired a landscape/nature photographer to picture the food. He is also doing our social media presence including this bog. Got it? 😀 Anyway in his own blog he quotes himself: “Change of angle can change the way you look at things” . He learned in the meantime to picture food fresh on the plate from different angles and will never again photograph close ups of buffet food. Enough said; here are a few of his pictures:

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Old World Recipe: ‘Ouma Hannah’s meaty minestrone soup’


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It’s really delicious:


What you need: 

500 g beef shin

30 ml oil

2 cloves of garlic chopped

2 big carrots diced

2 celery sticks diced

1 leek chopped

1 can of diced tomatoes

30 ml tomato paste

2 bay leaves

2 l water

5 ml dried origanum

5 ml sugar

5 ml salt

2 ml freshly ground black pepper

100 ml fresh parsley


What you do:

Brown shin in oil in a big pot.  Take the shin out of the pot and lightly fry the veggies.  Add the remaining ingredients plus the beef shins and cook until the meat is soft.  Serve in bowls with grated parmesan cheese and parsley.



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Weekend Greetings from the water side


The Family YUM-smile

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eating out with a yum smile The Family YUM-Smile. From left to right: Beulah, Mariska, Francois and Johanné. In the background Sharon.

20 Years ago Francois and Mariska spend their honeymoon in the Hobbit House in Bloemfontein, at the time owned by Esther and Jake Uys. Anno 2015 Mariska and Francois live in Stanford and so do Jake and Esther. And what more: the then honeymoon couple has such a good memories about the food and their stay at the Hobbit House that, once moved to Stanford sometime ago, there was no doubt about where to eat out in the village. “Esther was at that time already a great chef, always perfecting her old world recipes”, tells Mariska. “Like most people I can make an omelet or a lamb wrap but it won’t have the YUM-magic”.

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Presentation of the new collection

Something to look forward to. No obligation to buy. Bookings for dinner (mild chicken curry and exotic apple custard: R 95.00) recommended. Call Jake of YUM Eat Cafe for reservation: 079-4689060

Presentation of new jewellery collection

No obligations but booking (dinner arrangement) is essential

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Wednesday 2 September at 5PM Yvonne de Wit Jewellery Design & Art will present her new collection at YUM Eat Cafe  in Stanford.

Bookings (dinner) via YUM Eat Cafe 079-4689060.

Dinner arrangement (R 95.00 pp):  Mild Green Thai Chicken Curry with Jasmine Rice PLUS Spiced Apples in Custard).


Yvonne de Wit completed her academic art study in 1990.

In 2000 she and her husband came to live in South Africa. Fascinated by the flora and fauna they restored an historical succulent garden. During this time Yvonne became inspired by the pallet of colours of diverse landscapes. She collected stones and soils from a wide range of locations for more than a decade. She transforms her collection with Sterling Silver into jewellery.

Every unique handcrafted piece is a reflection of a landscape somewhere in South Africa and an Ode to Mother Earth.

Next to her ‘Down to Earth Collection‘ she creates an…

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Weekend Greetings from the Village Green



A village for foodies…

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Y-pasta2There are those occasions that YUM Eat Cafe is in an Mediterranean mood. When there is pasta on the menu for example. Here a recipe from a Spanish customer living in the heart of Italy.


60 ml olive oil

250 g chorizo sausage sliced

400 g cocktail rosa tomatoes

250 ml cream

170 g pitted black olives

salt and pepper

500 g penne pasta

How to make it (isn’t that simple?)

y-pasta1Heat olive oil in a deep pan.  Fry the sausages for approximately 5 minutes while stirring.  Add tomatoes and fry until soft. Add cream and season with salt and pepper.  Cook until cream is deglazed.  Add olives and mix.  Cook pasta, pour sauce over.  Mix well and serve immediately.

Enough  for 4 people. Serve with YUM-smile. 


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Mystical Weekend Greetings

(Sea mist moving into the lagoon at Mosaic Farm)

Budget earrings

Affordable ‘Design & Made in South Africa’