Shelley’s Favourite Things

The Best Sushi Spots in Cape Town

I LOVE  SUSHI.  It is my one weakness and Riaan loves to exploit this. For the past week now he’s been nagging me about going for sushi so we have finally scheduled a much needed sushi-date-night J.  For the past three years now, sushi has been a constant in our relationship and I think that it is only fair to share some of the great little hole-in-the-wall places we’ve found. These are some of my favourite places which offer some great value for money. They are in no particular order, but I do suggest that you give them a try- it’s worth it, I promise! (more…)


Quiche Lorraine: With a bit of a twist 

This quiche was one of my childhood favorites which my mom would make on special occasions. Rather fitting I think considering that her name too was Lorraine. One adjustment which I have made was to add spinach which isn’t exactly a traditional addition to a quiche Lorraine. However, you could leave this ingredient out if you wish, it is not a critical addition. This recipe fills a 20 x 20 cm dish.


Must have food apps

If I had a penny for every useless food app I have downloaded on my phone…

When Riaan and I started dating, we would go out for dinner practically every weekend. And although this was lovely in the beginning, it had become rather tedious going to the same places over and over again.


My morning pick me up

If you are anything like me and you appreciate a good cup of coffee or tea, this is a definite must-read. I am not an avid coffee or tea lover, but there are some days which could be hell to get through without a pick-me-up cup of feel goodness. I was inspired to write this post this morning when I woke up after having only 4 hours of sleep last night. These few weeks before exams and last minute submissions are terrible.

When it comes to instant coffee, my go to has definitely got to be Douwe Egberts South American Style Coffee. This is my HOLY GRAIL of coffees. It is a smooth coffee with a very distinctive taste. Although admittedly on the more expensive side of instant coffees, this is a definite must try if you have never had it.It is not too strong; with just the right amount of strength to get  you going. Douwe Egberts does have weaker and stronger coffees in their range depending on your preference. I would say that this one falls somewhere in between and is a nice compromise between the two ends of the spectrum.


My second go-to coffee is VIP Gold by House of Coffees. It is a medium roast but oh-so good. Because this is a filter coffee, it does take a longer time to prepare but is definitely worth the effort.  I do suggest investing in a french press for your filter coffee. I have been OBSESSED with rose gold for the past few months and so I have splurged a bit on mine, but you could pick one up for about R150.

Although not a coffee, I want to share with you possibly the best chamomile tea I have tried. Woolworths has their own range of teas and a few weeks ago I purchased their Sleep Tight Chamomile tea. I do not regret that purchase at all. So far, I have gone through 2 boxes of this tea which is boarder line ridiculous. My issues with other chamomile teas has always been that I find them too sweet or the fragrance is too overbearing. Whereas with this tea, it is just the right combination of the two.

I have been flying through my stash of coffees and teas lately and I will be trying out new ones very soon especially with winter coming up. So keep warm in the upcoming cold months and enjoy a good cuppa when you need it.

YouTube Chefs who will melt your heart

I spend a lot of time online; especially watching YouTube videos. I love watching the different cooking shows and learning their different techniques and styles of cooking. I want to share with you some of my favourite channels. Hopefully they will inspire you as they have inspired me.