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Fabulous Fish October 15, 2012

Helurrrrr everyone!
So, without even typing out a letter, I just want to let you in on our latest: Fabulous fish

This is a cook-in bag that we launched 2 weeks ago. This bag is so awesome! Both Microwavable and suitable for the oven. Convenience at its best I kid you not. You don’t even have to pierce the bag or anything of that kind. Basically it’s fish in a bag. We have it at all our Cape Town Seafood counters at Woolworths Food Stores:
-Cavendish Square
-Sea Point
-V&A Waterfront

Fish in the bag: (available at all 5 branches)
-Peri peri prawns in a pouch (Microwave on High for 8 minutes)
-Lemon and Coriander prawns in a pouch (Microwave on high for 8 minutes)
-Lemon and coriander mussels in a pouch (Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes)
– Whole stuffed Trout in the bag (Stuffed with garlic butter, lemon slices & herb bunches) – Oven bake for 30 minutes
The stuffed trout currently only available at Constantia)
-Salmon Portions with honey and soy sauce in the bag (Microwave on high for 4 minutes)
-Kingklip portions with sticky three pepper sauce (Microwave on high for 4 minutes)
Kingklip portions with sweet and sour sauce (Microwave on high for 4 minutes)

The awesome thing about these bags is the fact that its microwavable and its just sooo quick and easy, wow! I know this ’cause I’ve been working with it for the past 3 weeks non-stop!
So basically, just place the bag in a ovenproof dish, or microwavable dish and microwave or oven bake. Be careful when opening, Hot steam!

Plate, serve and enjoy.
So why try this? I’ll tell you why;
-Its quick and easy.
-Perfect for those who love seafood but don’t like the handling that much.
-Succulent fish in just minutes, full of flavour and much more! 🙂
Additional info:
-Prawns=15 Vannamei Prawns in a bag with the marinade
-Mussels=500g fresh mussels in the bag with marinade
If you prefer oven baking over microwave cooking, an additional cooking time of 5-10 minutes to be added to the overall cooking times.
Find this at our 5 seafood counters around town.

For all my Joburg peeps, have a look at our Joburg Woolworths Food seafood counters:
-East gate
-Hyde Park

Till next time!
Happy cooking–*


Update on life*

Good day all my beautiful peeps! 🙂

I know, I know, you probably forgot about my blog– cause that’s how quiet I’ve been. Well, let me just get one thing straight. Work’s been hectic! Keeps me on my toes though.

well, let me just let you in on why I’ve been MIA for the past few months. I’ve recently started with my WIL (Work integrated learning) or Food Practice module. Inservice training as you all know it.

So, I started out working for this other company–decided to leave that and move on, mostly beause I didn’t see myself preparing salads and developing salad recipes for 5 months! lol. Boooooooring!!!

This was a very tough decision, because it meant going against everything I believe in about ‘finishing what you’ve started’ and all that. I had to start praying seriously and trusting God for something better before it was too late. That happened. while I was there, doing nothing for about 3 weeks, I did everything I could never do, cause I never had time.haha! Wait, before I start writing my life here let me just get to the point.

Can you believe how awesome God is? He blessed me with this awesome position at a company caled Greys marine cc situated in Diepriver.

I’m currently working as a New Product development assistant during the week and on weekends I am a tasting consultant at the different woolworths stores in Cape Town, pretty cool! and this–needless to say, I TOTALLY love, beacause I get to food demonstrations: formal and informal all the time:)

So not only do they allow me to be a part of all kinds of tests, procedures and all, I also get to cook up a storm and play around with fish:) I also work very closely with Woolworths chef: Gavin Anhaeusser with developing new products for our gourmet range.

My bosses this side has got so much faith in me. I get company transport, get to sit in on Big shot meetings (where I absolutely just stop and stare, lol), attend events, Do store visits, I get space to do my own thing on my own time, Meet the hot shot business men and women, Breakfasts with management, get to have my say in everything I do and the list just goes on… Most importantly, I enjoy this way more!

We have our ups and downs yes, but more ups than downs. Haha, TGBTG!

So, we’re a fish company that supplies woolworths Cavendish, Sea Point, V&A Waterfront, Constantia and Tygervalley of all their raw fish and fish products. We have seafood counters in each of these stores.

Besides the NPD and Tasting consultant, theres alot more to my job. We’ll discuss that some other time.

Just know, that I haven’t abandoned you completely. I’ll be posting some cool fun with fish recipes soon*

ciao for now!
Have fun in the kitchen and don’t forget to pray! ***
Till later;)


Something FISHY— inspired by YOU”,) May 16, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anchan-Lee @ 12:52 pm

Good afternoon all:)

So, not only is fish good for one’s health, but it tastes great and is easy to prepare. Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals such as iron and zink and most of them are very low in fat!

This week I only chose five types to tell you more about

1. Harder: This is a firm textured and tasty fish and also has a lot of bones.

Some great cooking methods to bring out the taste: Tastes absolutely great when it’s braaied. (When harder is dried, it’s called bokkoms)

2. Salmon trout: This is a sea or fresh water fish with a fine, smooth texture, delicate flavour and pinkish orange colour.

It is delicious when pan-fried, grilled or smoked and a cheaper substitute for salmon.

3. Anchovy: This tiny fish is also known as white bait. This can be pan-fried or deep-fried(whole) and eaten crispy.

4. Yellow tail: This fish is recognised by it’s yellow tail. Like snoek (an oily fish) is a predator. It is has a white flesh and it is course and dry so be careful when handled, especially when cooking, not to overcook it. Soak in milk, dip in flour and fry in oil. It can also be braaied, grilled, smoked or pickled.

5. Jacopever: This fish is recognized by its protruding eyes and red skin. It has a firm white flesh and a delicate flavour. This can be braaied whole or grilled in the oven. If it is filleted, it should be pan-fried or grilled.

=========RECIPE TIME!!! =))

Pan fried Salmon Trout with Oriental Mushrooms

Serves 4

preparation time: 20 min

Cooking time: 15-20 min


15 ml (1T) sesame oil

30 ml (2T) canola oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

15 ml (1T) grated fresh ginger

2 leeks, sliced in thin rings

200g baby button mushrooms

5 ml (1t) fish or oyster sauce

5 ml (1t) sugar


oil for frying

4 portions (180 g each) salmon trout

a few drops of vinegar and salt

To serve:

Fresh asparagus, steamed

Mushrooms: Heat the oil in a pan and stir fry the garlic, ginger and leeks until soft. Add the mushrooms and stir-fry until lightly browned. Add the fish or oyster sauce and sugar and mix. Sprinkle with fresh coriander.

Fish: Heat the oil in the pan. Put the fish in the pan skin down. Fry until the skin is slightly crisp. Turn the fish, cover and steam-fry until just done. Sprinkle with rice vinegar and salt while cooking. To serve– Put the asparagus on a plate. Top with the fish and mushrooms.

To find out more about this recipe, go to:


 More interesting information about fish:


 Source: YOU magazine Summer 2011

Till next time, happy cooking..



pretty in pink(*^,) May 9, 2012

Filed under: loving cupcakes,Uncategorized — Anchan-Lee @ 6:22 pm

My obsession!! I don’t need a reason to love cupcakes, I just do.. simply because not only is it easy but you can experiment all you want with beautiful patterns and stuff=)

Allow me to share some pictures. These always inspire me to bake some cupcakes. Gotta love it!




Filed under: Uncategorized — Anchan-Lee @ 6:03 pm


 It’s the 21st century and no more slaving away in front of the stove/oven to make delicious and healthy meals. We’d rather spend less time in the kitchen and eat out or buy takeaways. The problem of course is that we’ve become way to dependant on take aways and its not doing our bodies any good. I ave to admit though, that if and when possible, I dont mind indulging a bit, but that’s the difference. I can gladly and proudly say that I don;t make it my work to out and buy takeaways. It’s absolutely shocking to see how the takeaways are taking over. To see the queues in fast food outlets is just scary. People are out of control when it comes to this.

It is said that, to have takeaways is much more expensive than to actually prepare it in the comfort of your own home. Totally agree with that! I mean, preparing the food is what makes it even more exciting. Sure the pressures of our everyday life don’t always make that possible, but we really should try preparing healthy balanced meals at least 3 times a week.

The low down on takeaways:

Not only is it extremely high in fat but also in salt.

Fact: takeaways or rather “fast foods” actually takes longer to digest, yet it’s called fast foods.

Takeaways are high in trans fats

 it is relatively expensive
it can be unhealthy, with too much fat and salt
it can mean families spend less and less time together
it is not balanced in nutrition
it may be half-cooked, and contain microbes that cause diseases

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_advantages_and_disadvantages_of_fast_food#ixzz1uOaIgApm

Read more:http://www.healthyweightweek.com.au/index.asp?pageID=2145857400

Sure takeaways have its benefits too, but you have to admit that the cons outweighs the pros.

Some tips for takeaways:http://www.healthyweightweek.com.au/index.asp?pageID=2145857400

Let’s do ourselves a huge favour and be responsible when it comes to take aways

be good, till next time foodies, stay healthy!=))


Pick of the week May 3, 2012

For those of you who are absolutely too lazy to make a decent lunch or like me, have limited time on your hands the Knorr Cook-in-Bag is just for you!

I know that I promised some quick lunches to my good friend, Lynton. I hope this will come in handy=)

On my most recent visit to Woolies foods, Rondebosch, I bought the Knorr Cook-in-Bag, expecting only the best.

Not only is this little baby convenient, but full of flavour

The bag is initially designed for chicken pieces but they also mention on the bag that you can add vegetables to the bag as well. This was just awesome for me because I love steamed veggies with some yummy flavour.

Covenience on another level

It’s a roasting bag but can be used in the microwave oven as well=)

All you have to do is, place your fresh chicken in a single layer in the bag, add your veggies, and then the seasoning spice that comes with the bag, shake it a little bit just for the spice to coat everything. Then you make a knot and pinch a few holes in the bag just for the steam to escape. Or just follow the cooking instructions on the bag.

I had the lemon and herb flavour and it was soooo good! The chicken was juicy and the veggies perfect. If indeed you decide to microwave the chicken and veggies, do so only for 18 minutes on high-speed, checking all the time.These bags  comes in exciting flavours and feel free to experiment all you want.

It’s available at any supermarket and only R12.95

Feel free to check out the site for more of the product specifications: http://www.woolworths.co.za/Home/Food-Household/Grocery-Cupboard/Herbs-Spices-Rubs/Knorr-Cook-in-Bag-Spicy-Roast-Chicken-Flavour-35g/6001087009522.pid


Happy cooking! Till next time foodies…


The big BREAKfast… April 25, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anchan-Lee @ 4:03 pm

To quote Benjamin Franklin in the 1700s: “Rather go to bed supper less, than run in debt for a breakfast”

Can you relate to that?

Hi all. I know this is one of the biggest problems we have not eating breakfast! I know that you probably heard a lot about breakfast already?

I know I know time management! Once again. Well, I hate to say this, but I find myself pressing the ‘snooze’ button on my cell phone up until the point where I literally fly out of my bed and realize that I’m extremely late. Then on top of that, I blame my poor pillow, which is just wrong! That eventually resulting in me skipping breakfast simply because I’m running late. When I think breakfast, I think of the importance my Home Economics teacher used to drill into our heads. Breakfast is really very important-the most important meal of the day and skipping it may lead to serious problems throughout the day. Without further due, allow me to share some of the importance of breakfast daily…

The importance of breakfast:

  • Studies have found that skipping breakfast increases the chances of becoming obese, developing diabetes or even having a heart attack.
  • Breakfast regulates the blood glucose levels
  • Breakfast regulates the cholesterol levels
  • Breakfast provides energy for the rest of the day’s activities
  • Breakfast provides other essential nutrients to keep your energy levels up throughout the day
  • Eating breakfast reduces fatigue


Some of the consequences of skipping breakfast:

  • It can diminish mental performance
  • Lacking the nutrients and vitamins in the diet
  • More pressure on the body, in terms of nutrients needed, by not eating breakfast means that you will never make up for that during the day. Nutrients lost that was supposed to be part of the breakfast, is lost forever.
  • Lack of concentration, sleepiness and sometimes dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Drop in blood glucose levels later in the day


Some good breakfast choices:

  • Oats: Provides excellent nutrition to start the day (please make sure that you don’t buy the “Quick oats” as this contains all sorts of chemicals that are no good for the body.
  • Eggs: No, they won’t raise your cholesterol! Eggs are a great source of protein and this works well with wilted spinach, mushrooms and onions! I even add some green pepper too very nice combo.
  • Smoothie: a great ‘quick’ breakfast for people who are in a hurry. This is very nutritious and quick and easy to prepare.
  • Fresh or 100% fruit juice.
  • Whole wheat brown bread rather than white. I’m still very old school and still believe, together with my 9-year-old niece that white bread results in a big bum or tummy, ha-haJ
  • Fresh fruit salad with plain yoghurt muesli can be added, personal  preference


So, let’s do the right thing and don’t skip breakfast. It is of utmost importance and we need all the nutrients we can get. Be responsible and even if it means that you have to wake up earlier in the morning, then so be it!

Till next time… look out for my next post. Exciting recipes coming your way 😉

Be good*