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Posted on November 27, 2017

Gift Wrapping With A Personal Touch

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You needn’t spend a fortune on expensive gift paper, ribbon & cards which usually end up in the bin. Add a personal touch to your Christmas gifting by using simple brown Kraft paper, a black felt-tip marker and some ribbon.

  1. First, cut the Kraft paper to the ideal size for your gift.
  2. Write a thoughtful message in large letters all over the paper.
  3. Wrap your gift, with the message side on the outside.
  4. Tie with ribbon and add a sprig of rosemary or a poppy pod for decoration… almost too pretty to unwrap!

Posted on August 23, 2017

Melissa’s | Celebrating 21 Years

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August marks the 21st Anniversary since Melissa’s began. 

To mark the occasion, we share Melissa’s story and the inspiration behind it all.

Posted on December 27, 2017

How To Throw The Perfect New Year’s Eve Party

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Whether you’re keeping it low-key and local or celebrating in style, here are our top tips for a beautiful New Years’ eve.

10. Think ahead and prep the food before the guests arrive. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun. Our tip: order from Melissa’s Home Catering two days in advance and let us do the work.

9. Our range of snacks and platters on our Catering Menu are perfect for parties. Alternatively, make your own snacks such as our Lemon, Lime & Chilli Olives, Dukkah Spiced Nuts or Goat’s Cheese Quesadillas.

8. Pre-select songs and create the perfect New Year’s playlist. 80’s theme anyone?

7. Stay safe and don’t let your guests drinks and drive. Pre-arrange taxis to get people home safely.

6. Don’t be too predictable when it comes to the drinks. Of course, you need that bottle of bubbly for when the clock strikes twelve but also try something new like The Botanist Cocktail or Melissa’s Pear Bubbly Cocktail.

5. Make it a dress-up. Themed New Year’s parties are always tons of fun!

4. Set up a dessert table filled with sweets & chocolates for guests to help themselves.

3. Look the part! Make sure you capture the moments on your camera. Set up a photo booth so everyone can join in the fun.

2. It’s going to be a long night. Guests might be getting a little hungry in the later hours. Plan to bring out some more snacks around 11 pm to keep them going.

1. Happy New Year! Crack open the bubbly and celebrate.

Posted on November 30, 2017

Melissa’s Plettenberg Bay

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We are proud to announce that Melissa’s opened its doors in Plettenberg Bay on 16 November 2017.

You can now shop your favourite food products, beautiful homeware and dine Melissa’s homestyle meals next time you visit the Garden Route.


Shop F12, Market Square Shopping Center,
Beacon Way,
Plettenberg Bay,


044 533 1535


Posted on November 27, 2017

Make Your Own Holiday Wreath

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Skip the mass-produced decorations and make a beautiful homemade holiday wreath to adorn your front door this year… Melissa shows you how in 3 easy steps.



Step 1

Use hardy foliage as your main wreath base. You can use plants such as bay, bluegum and slangbos. Collect some finer flowers, seeds and stems for decoration such as poppy pods, artichokes, proteas and ericas.



Step 2

Create your base using the hardiest branches first. Bunch the foliage together and secure with copper wire, bending the branches to create a circular shape. Once you’ve made your round wreath base, secure finer branches, seeds and flowers using the copper wire. Keep layering until your wreath is nice and thick with leaves and flowers. You can also add some Christmas decorations for a more traditional look.



Step 3

After you’ve finished adding the finer details, tie a piece of colourful ribbon to the top of your wreath and hang from a tree in your garden, over the mantelpiece or on the front door.
TIP: Purchase a set of Melissa’s Handmade Copper Tree Angels and Copper Fairy Lights to complete your festive decor.

Christmas recipes and ideas:



Posted on November 23, 2017

Melissa’s is now open in Table Bay Mall

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Melissa’s Table Bay Mall

We are proud to announce that Melissa’s opened its doors in Table Bay Mall on 31 October 2017.

You can now shop your foodie favourites and dine Melissa’s homestyle meals next time you visit Table Bay Mall.

This store offers extras such as wood-fired pizzas and craft beer.

Phone: 021 285 0357 | Email:

Table Bay Mall,

Shop G088,

West Coast Rd & Berkshire Blvd,


Cape Town

Posted on October 19, 2017

License To Grill

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License To Grill

Take your cooking outdoors this Summer and experiment with fresh, seasonal flavours. It’s no secret South Africans are meat obsessed but with the price of meat soaring and the environmental impact of heavy meat consumption top of mind, the humble veggie is looking like a very attractive alternative. Melissa shares her top tips for making the most of your braai or grill this Summer…

Chargrilling veggies

It is marvellous how many vegetables take to the grill. The obvious would be peppers, onion, corn and mushrooms. Experiment with other veggies such as artichokes, carrot, zucchini and summer squash for salad recipes. Toss your vegetables in a coat of Melissa’s infused Olive Oil with Basil and Cape Lemon Rind, season with sea salt and black pepper. Chargrill over a low to medium heat. Best served cold with a drizzle of Melissa’s vinaigrette and freshly picked basil.

Let’s get fruity – healthier than the marshmallow!

If you’ve never grilled fruit before then definitely give it a try this Summer. The grilling process caramelizes the sugars and not only does it look amazing, but it tastes sweet and delicious too! Apply the same method as you would with your veggies. You can grill peaches, plums, strawberries, apples, figs and even coconut. Prepare as an appetizer, in summer salads or serve as a dessert with Nice Company vanilla ice cream. Drizzle with some Melissa’s Mango & Chilli Balsamic Reduction and voila – a tasty summer dish!

Keep it seasonal

Veggies and fruit are more abundant, affordable and have a higher vitamin content during peak season. Always shop seasonally and if possible, grow your own on your balcony or in your garden.

Spring: asparagus, artichokes, kiwis, strawberries, cherries
Summer: tomatoes, watermelon, peaches, figs, mangoes, corn
Autumn: mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant

Winter: leeks, oranges, parsnips, carrots

Posted on October 5, 2017

Our doors are now open in Ballito Lifestyle Centre

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Melissa’s Ballito

We are proud to announce that Melissa’s opened its doors in KwaZulu Natal on 16 August 2017. You can now shop your foodie favourites and dine Melissa’s homestyle meals next time you visit Ballito Lifestyle Centre. This store offers extras such as wood-fired pizzas and craft beer.

You can find us next to Woolworths or call us on 087 354 9014. For enquiries please email us at

Posted on September 28, 2017

Spring Gardening

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Spring is the ideal time to plant seeds that will soon be transformed into vegetables, herbs and fruits.

Springtime calls us back to nature to enjoy the fresh air, warm sun, blooming flowers and most importantly the satisfaction of cooking with homegrown seasonal ingredients. If you live in a small flat or don’t have the luxury of a big garden there are still so many opportunities to grow your own food. It’s amazing how much produce can grow in a small pot or on a windowsill. Why not buy a sprouting system and grow your own sprouts in a sunny spot? Below is a list of veggies, fruit and herbs to plant this October.

Use this Spring as an excuse for a good clear-out. If you haven’t looked at something in 6 months or more, donate it to charity! Make use of the new space to update your home with some beautiful new homewareLove soup but overdone it in winter? Start eating salads again. Here are a few recipe ideas

The earth is softened and the dormant grass is alive, put on your gumboots and start digging in your garden again. It’s free therapy for the soul!

Beetroot Basil Gooseberries
Asparagus Chives Watermelon
Sweet Peppers Fennel Strawberries
Carrot Rosemary Melon
Cauliflower Ginger
Chicory Dill
Eggplant Parsley
Jerusalem Artichokes Coriander
Lettuce Angelic

Posted on February 20, 2017

Pair the Pear – Melissa’s Shares 4 Favorite Pear Recipes

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It’s pear season and I want to share 4 ideas I just love – ‘pairing the pear’ with some of my favorite products. The wonderful thing about pears is they are equally delicious in both savoury and sweet dishes and are so incredibly versatile. If you still want to enjoy your pears out of season, then you can simply buy a jar of our Bottled Pears or Pears in Red Wine Sauce which we’ve used in a few of these recipes… Pears all year round!


This salad is superb, with a delicious crunch and a tangy twist from our Preserved Lemons. The mild, sweet anise flavor from the fennel adds a whole new dimension and perfectly complements the dish. A must try and perfect dish for ‘in between’ the seasons when you feel like a salad with a bit more ‘oomph’ and substance.

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A true classic, you can rarely go wrong with a fruit crumble. Moving into the cooler months, it’s a brilliant way to end off a dinner party or family supper. This crumble is made with our Pears in Red Wine Sauce and a packet of Melissa’s Fruit & Nut Biscotti which is packed with nuts and fruit. Serve with thick clotted cream or ice cream. Also delicious paired with your favorite port. Yum…!

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An Autumnal twist on the classic fruit pavlova. Just look at these colors! Your family & friends will be ‘oohing and saying’ when you bring this dish to the table. And it’s so brilliantly simple to make. Buy a Pavlova nest from Melissa’s, a jar of Bottled Pairs, a few nuts and follow our simple recipe. The homemade caramel takes a little time to make but is so worth it and adds a beautiful CRUNCH to the dish.

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Ring in the weekend or celebrate with a refreshing Pear Cocktail at home.

Link to full recipe >>

Love Melissa xx