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Mikes Kitchen Main Road Bryanston (Review)


It is so good to be back in sunny South Africa! In case you haven’t been following, I have just returned home from a 23 day trip in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Very interesting place, I did a few short posts covering some of my movements while there. They should be easy enough to find if you are interested 🙂

Right! Let’s get to it.
My in-laws are a fantastic bunch of people who really enjoy eating out together. Some time over Easter they all visited Mikes Kitchen for a meal and decided that this would be where we celebrate my 39th birthday – Which I totally missed being up in Africa.
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We got to the place a little early, which was nice and enabled me to take a few photos without people all over the place. Somehow people get quite uncomfortable with heavily tattooed guys taking photos of them. We booked a table for 12, under this huge oak tree and next to the very secure kids play area. There are a number of “minders” constantly watching over your children while they play.

For the kids:

    • Small track and pushbikes.
    • Jungle gym.
    • Nice spacious open-sided indoor area with decent screens and PlayStation consoles.
    • Completely fenced in and secure facilities

I have no idea what the childrens menu looked like because my boys didn’t even sit down. They had an absolute ball and anyone with young children will agree that if the kids are happy everyone is happy.

The inside of the place is upmarket and very nicely decorated. During the day the lighting is fantastic!
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Between the 10 adults we ordered a pretty wide range of main courses. No fish today, but we had Fillet, chicken and lamb on the table. What can I say? It all looked incredible! In fact, I had to be quick to get a few photos before everyone dug in.
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I ordered a Fillet Perini – This 300g steak was smothered with a dark yellow topping of Peri Peri chicken livers. To be honest, my writing is just not on a par to give the absolute perfection of this dish any justice. The vegetables I ordered on the side were a perfect compliment to the meal and the few chips I grabbed off the plate next to me finished the meal off nicely.
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Everybody loved their meals.

An interesting thing about my family is that we normally eat and leave, sometimes people would get up and go before everybody is finished. This is not some dysfunctional behavior but we really do eat as a family a lot. So when people have something else to do, there is no pressure to stay at the table.

At Mikes Kitchen under the big oak tree the vibe was so good that we even stayed for dessert.  Mmmmmm, the Bar One Delight! For those that are not from around here a Bar One is South Africa’s version of a Mars Bar. It’s the chocolate bar your granddaddy used to eat. Just one of those things that have been around for ages.

Imagine that fried in phyllo pastry, nice and hot and very gooey delicately placed on a serving of Ice-cream with a cherry for effect.
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We all totally loved this meal. The service was great and the vibe was brilliant. I am looking forward to my next visit, big time!

Value for money?
10 main courses
3 Desserts
2 Kids desserts
Drinks and 2 hours of fun
@   R1400 or $140
You decide?

Thanks for reading my review.

As always.
Love and respect.
G

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Huge Bananas (Makemba)


An Interesting Food Review. While in Congo do as the Congolese. Hopefully this can be our Good Friday treat. This Incredible fruit is locally know as Makemba (Swahili) when I asked what does Makemba mean the reply was “Banana”. Go figure. I am writing this post while the food is busy being prepared. I have no clue what to expect. Certainly not the most appetizing looking thing in Gods creation is it? Makemba Pealing Watching our cook peal this thing reminds me of Sugarcane, it is a hard, tough almost unapproachable thing. Starting to be, not so excited for this meal. Interestingly enough the flesh inside is almost solid and smells like nothing. I am not expecting this to taste like a sweet desert anymore, that foolish notion has passed. The way to prepare Makemba involves the very simple process of frying. Mmmm fried bananas, nice. wpid-simg20140418124501.jpg Wow! I didn’t expect that. This stuff tastes just like fries! In fact I am not sure if I could consistently tell the difference between homemade chips or this stuff if blindfolded and asked to identify which is which. Makemba cookedjpg   To make the most of this dish I decided to use Chili Aromat, Tomato Sauce and Mayo. Yep, mayo on chips is awesome!!! I can honestly say that Makemba is a delicious, heavy and fantastically filling side that would quite comfortably compliment most meals. This would even work well underneath a stew or curry instead of rice. I should imagine that Makemba is high calories and energy. Kinda feels like I have just eaten a brick. This will probably keep me going for hours. Tummy is pleased. This was definitely worth the walk to the market. wpid-simg20140418122602.jpg Thanks you for reading this review. Have you any experience with this interesting food? Would love to hear about it.

The Detox – 18Kgs down and counting.


Tired of being a fat guy, much rather be back to my former self. At 39 I find myself being totally governed by pain. As long as I prove to my kids that the older I get the Better I was. They should still think of me as awesome. What BULLDUST! My kids are not stupid they are watching me and how I live. What kind of example am I setting when I dream of the couch?

The Limitations of Gluttony:
Being short and carrying 135 kilograms is a huge strain. Everything is a mission that involves a certain degree of pain. Trying to maintain a decent level of sanity means that everything I do for fun involves satisfying the need to avoid this pain. By design, I am built for consumption and inefficient rest and degrading fast. The acid in my blood and joints are constantly demanding more and more each day. Gout like flair ups almost every night, rendering me useless and pathetic. How could I go from fighting fit at 25 to this fat slob?

Taking control:
This process is totally governed by the simple management of Pain and Pleasure and I believe some divine enablement. Not sure if I could maintain this without God so I give Him ultimate credit, my results thus far are way above the norm.

It is Thursday afternoon and I have just returned home from my tenth business trip this year and it is only March. Spending half my time in Hotels and guesthouses around Africa is the ultimate excuse to never take control. Not anymore! I greet my wife and kids and go straight to the kitchen and it is cluttered and filled with stuff designed to sustain my condition. No!

It’s time to clean up. I start with my coffee machine, beans and all that kit that takes up a meter of the kitchen counter. I find myself getting excited that things are going to change. I hold on to this feeling for dear life. I start to see the pleasure of change rather than being blinded by the pain. This is fantastic! I shift things around and spring clean the cupboards. My kitchen is now dedicated to flow not clutter. It looks great.

Time for a cleanse:
7 to ten days should do it. I am going to alkalize and energize my system. The process is simple, 3 liters of water a day mixed with Wheat Grass powder, raw almonds and cucumber. I start consuming information on balancing alkaline / acid levels and also the concept of eating living food. The next time I look it has been 10 days and I have successfully lived on less than 1000 calories a day. I feel great! I am totally convinced that this must be the way I was intended to live. I mean, I am actually heading towards Divine Health.

It is now day 31 and I am still living on green powder, nuts and raw veggies.I am currently staying in the Katanga province in Congo and yesterday I walked about 9Kms to get some fresh cabbage, cucumber and carrots. Then in the evening I had so much energy that I went out for a 45 minute walk just to burn off some steam. Life is so full of possibilities when there is energy. I could not have done any of this last month. Crap, this time last month the driveway used to make me sweat.

I am not sure how long I will continue this cleanse for but I am pleased to announce that I haven’t had any flair ups for 2 weeks now and my relationships, work and general well being have never been better.

Thank you so much for reading this. I hope to write more on this journey soon.

Delicious veggie muffins


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Also known as ‘veggie pop-overs’, this is a wonderful way of getting more veg into the diet.
Article Source: Food 24
Preparation time: 15 min
Cooking time: 30 min
Ingredients

 

  • 2 cup self-raising flour
  • 2 Tbs Ina Paarman’s seasoned salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped and sautĂ©ed in a little oil until soft
  • 2 large carrots – peeled and coarsely grated
  • 250 ml grated butternut
  • 6 baby marrows – washed and grated
  • 1 small red pepper – finely chopped
  • 1 cup grated mature cheddar
  • 60 ml vegetable oil
  • 125 ml milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • Servings: 18

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Sift flour, salt and pepper into a LARGE mixing bowl.
  3. Add the grated cheese and mix until coated in the flour.
  4. Beat the oil, milk and eggs together.
  5. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add the liquid together with the prepared vegetables. Mix until just combined – do not over mix.
  6. Spoon into a greased muffin tray/s and bake for +- 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  7. NOTE: These muffins do not rise a lot because of the high veggie content.
  8. Remove from muffins tray/s and cool on a wire rack.

TIP: This mixture can be baked in a large loaf tin or a 20 cm spring form tin for +- 45 – 50 minutes.

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