Happy World Baking Day!

I have to admit baking is not really my thing, even though I do make a mean chocolate muffin in a mug every once in a while. But I earnestly doubt Chef Lesego Semenya would approve of this.

One thing I love about baking is how sentimental it is. It brings back memories.  I remember watching my mamma mixing cookie dough, making scones from scratch on the weekends . . . my dad and I fighting over the fresh batch of homemade queens cakes 😄. Just a little flour, sugar and eggs can bring a smile to the grumpiest of individuals.

That being said and today being World Baking Day and all I’d recommend you make these moreish dark chocolate cupcakes for yourself, your family and friends. Because life’s too short to worry about all the calories!

Chef Lesego’s Dark Chocolate Cupcakes 


70g cocoa powder

8 tbs boiling water

4 eggs (beaten)

200g yoghurt

170g unsalted butter (at room temp)

360g castor sugar

240g self-raising flour


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius

Make sure your muffin trays and paper cups are ready

Sift the cocoa into a small bowl and add the boiling water and blend with a fork until  smooth. If it still looks a little dry add more water (it should NOT become watery though). Set aside to cool completely

In a separate bowl beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, add the yoghurt & eggs slowly, beating in between each addition of an ingredient

Add the cocoa to the mixture and mix well

Sift the flour into the batter and beat until smooth

Spoon the mixture into the casings and bake in the oven for 20 – 30 minutes until the cakes have risen, firm but still slightly moist

Place the cupcakes on a cooling rack to cool

Note: For the icing: Make a chocolate ganache by heating up 250ml of cream and pouring it onto 500g of dark chocolate, stir and allow the mixture to melt. Then thicken enough after cooling to ice your cupcakes.

wishing you a great week ahead. happy baking!

Lee. x

Chef Lesego has a lot of accolades under his belt. He has cooked for one of the best restaurants in the UK, Corrigan’s of Mayfair. Cooked for TV shows, celebs, politicians and high-profile people. He has also worked as a private chef and is currently an ambassador for Bosch Home Appliances.
Find him on twitter: @LesDaChef


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Dining at Burger & Lobster

Turns out, that Burger & Lobster is one of those few places in Cape Town where you can have a memorable dining experience.

Due to the ridiculous incompetence of a certain IT company, I’ve been without a laptop for close to 6 weeks now. That means a heavy backlog of work left undone and countless hours of editing I have yet to do.
On the other side the month of April + May have been good to me and I’m just so excited to share the experience I had at Burger & Lobster restaurant with you. x

It was EPIC. yes i said epic! I’d say that it has been the BEST dining experience I have had this year and by far the most memorable.

Burger & Lobster, Cape Town. I like the name actually, it truly encompassed exactly what they have on the menu – burgers and lobster. Simple but clever! For about a year and a half now I have heard fellow foodies and industry folk raving about this place. It’s located on one of the coolest foodie streets in Cape Town (Bree str.) – they are perfectly situated for a much needed drink after work, girls’ night out and for date nights with bae.

The restaurant boasts simple yet elegant dishes which I’d swear even Guy Fieri would fall in love with. The menu is humble, concise and comprises of two things : their  reputable freshly-made steak burgers and fresh lobster.

This place reminds me of the vibey restaurants that you often find in the streets of Soho in New York city. The kind of place that serves up a mean ass Old Fashioned cocktail where I wouldn’t mind spending my Friday nights at !

 Delicious dishes on the menu at B&L . Steak burger with fries and a side salad, Bacon & Lobster mac’n cheese and a junior LOBSTER ROLL


We got to try the best eats on their menu compliments of the restaurant  @burgerlobsterSA. I snagged a couple of pictures before it more or less ended up on my face and finally into my mouth.  It was all so delicious. I am not saying this to be nice and I am not being paid to write a great review. I would drag all my friends here if I had my parent’s credit card and would possibly stop by to pick-up dinner there every night. It’S THAT goood!

We didn’t have to wait long for our food and our waitress was always on hand when we needed a refill. I was a bit on the nervous side before we arrived in all honesty. Excited but nervous still. I mean if you are just going to have two things on your menu then there is ABSOLUTELY no room for (excuse my language) fuck ups . So there I was, walking in with my friend – Nathan – with growling tummies and high expectations!

The Drinks got me all kinds of excited though. I must tell ya! There is something on the menu for everyone – whiskey drinkers, girly girls, heavy drinkers and crafty something also for the guy who just wants a beer. Did I mention that they have a happy hour special for every single damn day of the week!

After a few cocktails in our systems, conversation with the staff and a bit of nibbles on classic bar snacks, I got a clear feel for the restaurant and I was ready to dive head first into the mains. I couldn’t decide on what to order and later decided on the cheesy bacon & lobster mac ‘n cheese. With the mac n cheese I got half a lobster roll on the side. YUM

To my dining pleasure, Nathan doesn’t eat lobster or bacon so I had these all to myself. The buttery roll complements the tender juicy lobster so well. The squeeze of the lemon is quite essential for the entire dish to work together. And the light Japanese mayo is no joke. I could have used more of that mayo on my roll though. I couldn’t finish the pasta though. Had to leave some room for some dessert! I really did enjoyed my meal and I really want to go back! I actually want to pack up their Head Chef and lock her up in our kitchen.

Ooh, and the black truffle and Parmesan fries ? PERFECTION!  I must confess inhale carbs whenever the opportunity presents itself. These fries may have ultimately changed the way I look at potatoes! I am craving them as I am typing. How can that be? 

All the dishes comes with American style fries that puts Mac D’s fries to shame and a mixed green salad, that has been dressed in a delicious balsamic vinegar (I assume) dressing with croutons and red onions. I can’t stop dreaming about those Parmesan and Black Truffle fries which go perfectly well with sriracha sauce. They were pleasurable to eat and I swear I’d pick these over a boy any day! I suggest you order a big bowl of these – emphasis on NOT sharing the fries with your dining mate.

mmm, my mouth is salivating!

Nathan on the other hand was happy with his order. He actually said it was one of the best gourmet burgers he has had in his life. He actually grew quieter and quieter as he took each bite. I am so happy he shared his fries with me. Otherwise a food brawl would have ensued. The one thing that took him off guard was the salad. He went nuts for it. FYI he rarely eats salad and he fell in love with the way it was dressed and the golden croutons that were mixed in.

The cheese sauce on the burger (which is a combo of 3 different cheeses) was DIVINE, as Nathan would say! The patty itself was unique. He couldn’t compare it to anything he has ever tasted before. The taste (which paired well with the steak patty) was pretty new to him, esp. because of the cheese on the patty. I FOR ONE LIKED IT!


Before we had even digested our mains, we were presented with a plate full of the dessert they have on offer on their menu. I AM SECRETLY A DESSERT LOVER, OBSESSED WITH THE THINGS 🙂 ESP. CAKES.

The Oreo + Nutella cheesecake and the crushed Ferrero Rocher chocolate cake were some of the best we’ve ever had. The chocolate was lighter than expected, whilst the cheesecake was creamy and  richer and yet delectable but not overwhelming on the palate at all.

No words can express the moments we took a bite of each dessert. BLISS. Nathan professed his undying love for the Ferrero Rocher chocolate cake and then changed his mind that he loved the cheese cake more. I think he just couldn’t make his mind up on which he preferred better, which was hilarious to witness!


It was so good to sit back and chat over spectacular food, cocktails and just create memories out of the occasion. And that is what B&L is all about. It’s a place where you can make memories and devour as much lobster as your stomach can handle. We both found the service to be one of the best we’d ever experienced.

There were a few empty seats when we got there and by the time we  heading home it was a full house. So it is advised that you make a reservation.

Word of advice: don’t rush your meal at B&L because before you know it, it will be all gone! You’ll want to linger to order more of their signature cocktails so do get there early and sit comfortably.

The Burger & Lobster crew is doing something that some fine dining restaurants in the Cape have failed to do. They have managed to elevate and celebrate the ingredients that they have on hand. From the burger patties they make themselves, to the warm brioche rolls, to the much loved whole lobsters…i honestly have to take my hat off for them.

The menu is set at approximately R350 for two people (that’s if you won’t be ordering the whole fresh lobster and this price is excluding alcohol). Each dish is executed to perfection. I was so content and overly impressed with each course that I wanted to stay there the entire night.

I am so happy to have gotten the opportunist to dine at B&L and I urge you all to definitely pay them a visit – order the Bacon & Maple Old Fashioned and eat everything on the menu if you can!!

Burger & Lobster is a dining territory like no other and I am proud to say that I have experienced it for myself.

sit, eat, and relax

Till next time dear reader!

the lobsters are waiting 🙂


Disclosure: we dined as guests of B&L, however all views are my own.


Sunday scribbles…

I hate writing emotional posts but here goes . . .

It took a while for me to come to terms with the concept of slowing down and taking time out for myself. There is always a 101 things going on in my head and a to-do list every single morning. I remember things getting so bad that my body gave in. I got sicker and sicker. I got so bad that my GP even put me to go on bed rest for 2 weeks (funny enough I spent those two weeks in bed, of course, with my laptop laying beside me. All this lead up to me ending up in hospital months later…

This experience taught me a lot. That life is about taking each moment as it comes and it is surely not made up of just work work work.

So if you’re feeling tired and burned out, take heart.
Slow down, stop working for a while, and come back in a few hours.

I have learned that unwritten blog posts can wait. That my first and foremost priority is my health; something that we take granted every day.

As I sit up on my bed this morning, legs crossed x, laptop on my lap, Rooibos tea in hand. . I can’t help but think about how far I’ve come. Also I am feeling somewhat sad that this is the second year in a row that I’ve missed the Good Food and Wine show. Bleak! Spent the past hour going through the feeds and I happened to come across a video Chef Jan Hendrick posted. In the video, he was standing next to the great Marco Pierre and Marco was saying that “if you have a dream then you have the responsibility, to yourself, to make it come true”. Sigh, such wise words.

I seldom sit by myself and think about how crazy my dreams sound. But they are mine and they keep me going forward.

So hang in there…you’re doing great. We all need someone to say that to us every once in a while… Like, “Hey you! You are doing a really good job! Keep it up”. I mean even getting up in the morning to go to work, or to make breakfast, or getting the kids ready for school, gosh even grocery shopping is a minor achievement. So dear reader, YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB at this thing called life, even when you are too tired to see it.

So take heart. Take a moment to breathe, just breathe, especially when life gets hard and you feel overwhelmed. I’ve been there so I know how you feel.

P.S – drinking a glass or two of Pinot helps and so does eating all the cheese. Okay, maybe not all the cheese haha! I am lactose-intolerant after all.

kisses, x


Forgot to mention, my Burger & Lobster restaurant review will be going up tomorrow. So keep your eyes peeled for that one. Bye!

those blurry saturday nights . . .

The past 2 weeks have been a little rough on my physique. I have been socializing more than usual, working till late, filling my cup with dark liquor, laughing till my stomach hurt, eating amazing home-cooked meals and definitely not getting enough sleep.

Now the weather’s changed and I love it. It’s colder, cooler and perfect for all the long winter coats I’ve stashed away in my closet. Just wish I had enough energy to put a stew together on the stove. Flip I need to shake off this fatigue and get this darn feeling of lethargy in order! Do you think a staycation somewhere picturesque might rejuvenate my soul?

Speaking about picturesque destinations and adventures – if you’ve ever been to Bloubergstrand in Cape Town, then you must be very familiar with one of their hottest hangout spots near the beach strip. It’s a cafe/bar called News Cafe. {Sidenote: There’s literally a News Cafe franchise in each province in South Africa. It’s actually ridiculous}. Anyway what’s not ridiculous though about News Cafe Tableview is their entire menu. It is on another level, not to mention their cocktails. Girls get the chicken wings peri-peri style, of course, and a couple of Seven Deadly Sins (that’s the name of one of their most potent drinks on the menu, 7 different shots of liquor and believe me when I say it tastes like a sweet peachy punch – DANGER DANGER!!).  I was visiting family friends about two weeks ago and we spent an evening there. I haven’t danced and drank that much since 2015 Cubana Havana Lounge on a cold Friyay night!!!

Don’t judge me. It was a girls weekend. And if you have me on Instagram then you would have seen how fun and silly we were on my InstaStories #memoriesmade.

I have to warn you though. Don’t bring your car. Wear comfortable shoes. And prepare yourself to have a kak hangover the next day! Flipping took me three days to recover . . .

So yeah, amazing views, beach vibes, good food, great cocktails and a pocket full of fun. That’s literally how I’d explain a day spent in Blouberg.

You don’t need a whole lot of money to have a good time. Just a few friends, a myCiti card, the will to have a good time and oh 40 bucks for the comforting McDonald’s chicken nuggets + fries at 4am the next morning!

I gatta go. My bed is calling me!
The Grubby Eater