Three course dinner to impress!


Three course dinner for 4 1/2, the half is my son. So we had friends over for late lunch/ early dinner, who we have not seen since their wedding 3 months ago. I was really looking forward to seeing them again.

But obviously nothing is simple , although ‘Pap ‘n vleis'( stiff porridge and meat)’ would still be nice, I’m aiming to impress 🙂 But as always, there’s a curve ball with my dinner, one of the guests is Jewish- so no pork, no shellfish!

You actually don’t realize how much you cook with a certain product until it’s taken away from you. Prawns or shrimp would’ve been nice for a starter but all shelled fish is completely off the table. And my go to when you need extra flavour; bacon, also not allowed. This will either turnout very bad or superbly amazing, I want the latter!

The Canapés

Simple canapés
Simple canapés

when you’re hosting people, it’s always nice to have some nibbles out, while awaiting dinner. Chips/crisps, biltong, nuts work very well but I Needed something extra. Simple, so it doesn’t take you away from the more important stuff but has to be eeffective.

Ok here we go: Salt crackers, cream cheese( I love the spring onion and chives flavoured),  grated; cucumber, apple and diced cherry tomatoes. And just assemble and Bob’s your uncle! Unless you’re Zulu, then Sipho is your uncle! Ha ha ha, Ok, sorry couldn’t help it.

Simple canapés
Simple canapés









Rolled salmon stuffed with Ushatini, served with haddock and rocket
Rolled salmon stuffed with Ushatini, served with haddock and rocket



Smoked Salmon rolls stuffed with ushatini(salsa), pan-fried haddock and a rocket salad

What to do?

– salmon trout ribbons( this is actually the salmon you usually get at the supermarket).

– haddock- fry in a pan with margarine until skin brown and turn it around for 3 min. This fish is delicate so be gentle.

– For Ushatini- finely chop red onions and cherry tomatoes, grated cucumber and apple, 1tsp on lime juice, 1 tsp of olive oil, pepper and aromat. I’m not sure if there’s any other versions of aromat in other countries but it is mostly salt with a slightly cheesy flavour.

– Then assemble, stuffing ushatini into the salmon ribbon, rolled. Haddock, then rocket salad and a few cherry tomatoes.

Starter is served, Bon Appetit!!






















Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 8 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to an amazing circle of powerful people ❤️ I'm a medical doctor, public health specialist currently in marketing I live food, from cooking to finding the best spots in town and in my travels for a good meal. Health, Fitness and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few beliefs...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s