High Tea | One & Only

Since I first caught wind of the formality of ‘High Tea’ I have always wanted to experience it. I like to imagine myself as one of the royal gals, having my fine friends over for a cup of tea and a nibble ’round 4pm in order to get me through to dinner time. To be […]

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Silwood | Novelty Cake

Pastries and sweet things were never really my thing – probably ’cause I just never knew how much fun they were! Doing a part-time patisserie course has opened up a whole new world for me that I’m so excited to explore. Learning to work with fondant has been one of the most challenging aspects, having […]

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Silwood | Pâtisserie Icing Practical Exam

I think my body consists of 80% sugar right now… Today myself and all the pâtisserie girls had our first practical exam leading up to the end of our course at Silwood, Cape Town. Being a pâtisserie course it consists of various components that we are trained in over the course of the year. Today […]

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Weekend Baking Club | Macarons

In spirit of my upcoming patisserie exams, Ben and I decided to use the opportunity to make (and practice for my sake) macarons for our most recent Weekend Baking Club. These little buggers are known to be tricky, but in all honesty, if you follow the recipe to the gram you can’t really mess them […]

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Silwood | Pâtisserie Spring Tea Exam

At the beginning of this year I embarked on a food journey that has amplified my love for the kitchen. Besides for being tons of hard work, constant planning and prepping, I have loved every moment of the part-time Pâtisserie course at Silwood School of Cookery. Every Thursday, instead of going to the Zana Office, […]

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Weekend Baking Club | Strawberry Vertical Cake

After our last Chocolate Pavlova, Sunday Baking Club with Ben managed to make it into our busy schedules this time not on a Sunday, which inspired the name change to ‘Weekend Baking Club’. In celebration of strawberry season the star of the show was a very delicate Strawberry Vertical Cake. Made from the lightest sponge, […]

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Competition | Afternoon Express Dessert-Off

I love dessert and love the fact that one can spend hours making various components for delicious monstrosities or just quickly whip something together for those unexpected dinners. Something sweet is just what you need to end off a gathering on the right note. No matter how long it took you to make.   C […]

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Sunday Baking Club 02

Sunday is pretty much my favorite day of the week. I seem to either get a lot done or nothing at all – but am always totally okay with which way it goes. Also, being so busy with work and part-time Patisserie at Silwood and being at the Oranjezicht Farmers Market on Saturday’s with Simi […]

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Sunday Baking Club 01

About 5 months ago, after our holiday in Istanbul, Ross and I started making and selling simit. These delicious sesame-encrusted Turkish bread-rings, along with the incredible power of Instagram, have fueled a great adventure into the foodie world, as well as introducing me to amazing new friends along the way. One of these friends is Cape […]

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Ice Cream Breakfast

I love ice cream. A lot. It’s a perennial favourite that if I was told I could, I’d eat for every meal of the day. So when I was asked by my colleague at Zana, Melissa of Melissa Louise Lifestyle + Interiors  (go check her out, she’s an amazing, on-trend interior designer) to join her […]

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CONVIVIUM 01

  I believe food needs to be celebrated. When I say food, I talk about an all encompassing concept of producers, creators and epicureans. Don’t you think it’s incredible how something so commonplace to a lot of us has the power to set strangers, acquaintances, enemies and friends around a table? On Sunday the 1st […]

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Ravioli in the Making

This year has probably been one of the busiest of my life so far. I guess we always say that and then in hindsight it’s not that bad – but really. I’ve been busy. But good busy. I’ve been putting a lot of energy into my Instagram account, as well as my side business making […]

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Gingerbread Dream Home

I’ve always been fascinated by Gingerbread houses. The sweetly decorated spicy cake takes me back to days when my grandmother would bring gingerbread men (lebkuchen) from the German bazaar down the road and I’d eat off of it for days! When I got older they didn’t ever last as long though… After seeing this post […]

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Oyster Festival | Elim, RSA | Gatherings

This December, our holiday was spent where we always are at that time of year – in the Overberg drinking lots of wine, eating great food and sharing special moments with friends and family. We tend to veg out at the farm quite a lot so it’s nice to get out and see other humans […]

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Ladismith, RSA | Travel

It’s good to break away from your norm and get outside a bit. Being the end of the year we are inclined to let loose a lot more, and besides, computers and indoors can get a bit much. The past weekend we had the opportunity to go spend some time with friends in the beautiful […]

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Istanbul, TK | Travel

The melting pot of the world, Istanbul – I really didn’t know what to expect but nothing would’ve prepared me for this stunning place! The smells, noises and lights are so different to anything I’ve ever experienced. I did not put my camera down (hence the gazillion photos in this post), trying to capture every […]

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Venice, ITA | Travel

If you’re going to the country home to pretty much the most romantic city in the world you can’t NOT go. After some talk I convinced Ross Venice needs to be on our itinerary (he had been previously and wasn’t too keen on going back) and I’m so glad we did! I knew there would […]

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Bologna, ITA | Travel

Ahhhh. Bologna. With kilometers of stunning porticoes to walk under, this beautiful city was good for some downtime. On the way to dinner the one night we discovered the Japanese store, MUJI – where have you been all my life! This shop is literally what dreams are made of when it comes to minimal home […]

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Firenze, ITA | Travel

As soon as we left Rome it was like we could breathe again. Don’t get me wrong – Rome was stunning but we were happy to go to a little-less-crowded Florence. Well, it wasn’t really less crowded in some areas… We stayed in a beautiful apartment in Santa Spirito on via Mazzetta, just off the […]

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Rome, ITA | Travel

Having never been to Italy, Rome was a pretty obvious choice for me. The epitome of art and history I was drawn to the city – I also didn’t realize how many people can fit into one place. We stayed quite far from where everything was happening, on the last stop on the metro, which […]

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Barcelona, ES | Travel

There are some cities across the world where you can’t describe WHAT it is that makes it so magical. Barcelona is one of those. Everything about it just makes you feel alive. From the food culture, the narrow cobbled streets overlooked by the bouquet of tiny balconies, the aromas floating out from the array of […]

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Black & Blush | Styled Shoot | Roodebloem Studios

Just under a month ago (I know I’ve been really bad with the blog lately) I was privileged to be a part of a stunning colab organised by Cape Town photographer, Lindie Meyer. Having worked with Lindie previously on a colab shoot for Zana I didn’t think twice about it when she asked me to […]

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Cookies & Cocktails Colab

So, I work at Zana where everyday is fun and full of colour. A few months ago we did a little colab shoot at The Conservatory in Franschoek with Lindie Meyer and Laura Mitchell Cake Couture and I was given the opportunity to do the food and drinks side of the day. We (us Zana […]

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Onilne Round-up – Winter Salads

So winter is in full swing here in Cape Town, which means its freezing and naturally I like to eat a whole lot more. Enter warm salads – they are super healthy and warm, all in one! Yay! Here is a round up of some of the yummiest, most deliciously styled warm salads scattered down […]

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Mini Unicorn Sprinkle Cakes for Zana

  In spirit of our recent cake obsession, Robyn (of Zana Products) and I baked and photographed these mini cakes featured on Zana’s blog this week. These little pink treasures are SO simple to make and are beyond impressive.     Mini Unicorn Sprinkle Cakes Difficulty: Easy Prep time: 15 mins Baking time: 30 mins […]

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Online Round-up – Cake Lovin’

There are few things that scream ‘PARTY’ more than a cake. Here are a few of my recent cake crushes, each with a unique element from a weird and wonderful ingredient to beautiful flower toppings. 1. My Name is Yeh This Chocolate Cake with Halva filling, Tahini Frosting & Sprinkles is just too cute. Absolutely […]

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Oh, hey!

All great adventures start at the beginning. Besides for a love of people and really good food, there is more to why we started Gathered. My family has been fortunate enough to own a little seaside retreat, where since I was born we have spent almost all of our holidays. Brandfontein is synonymous with special […]

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