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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 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.

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Love Melissa xx



Posted on November 28, 2016

Melissa’s Summer Holiday Survival Kit

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This Summer, entertaining should be simple and delicious. Whether it’s breakfast before the beach, lunch for loads of people or a quick family supper, my favorite products make this possible.

From marinading meat, to dressing salads or filling wraps and sandwiches, Melissa’s products make simple food great and easy to make – Leaving more time to spend having fun with family and friends this summer.

Melissa xx

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Posted on November 24, 2016

Baking Brilliance in a Box

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Does the thought of a school bake sale send you into a spin? The whisper of another office bake-off have you running for cover? 

No need to rush to the Supermarket at the 11th hour and spend a fortune on mass-produced, bland tasting cakes and cookies.

The new Melissa’s Choc Chip Cookie and Brownie baking kits make baking a breeze. Now absolutely anyone can be a brilliant baker.

Simply pick up a box and follow the on-pack instructions and the delicious freshly-baked aromas will have your family and friends swarming to the kitchen.

We’ve outlined the steps below to show you just how easy it really is. Birthday parties, kitchen teas, school bake sales and afternoon treats are a stress-free, fuss-free scrumptious affair with Melissa’s exclusive new baking kit range.

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Posted on November 17, 2016

Melissa’s Braai Day Basics: Part 3

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THE SWEET STUFF – No braai is complete without something sweet…

Relaxing around a burning fire under a bright starlit South African sky, is the perfect way to end the evening.

Our Chocolate Stokbrood will inevitably become your new favourite treat, made with Melissa’s Hot Chocolate and Melissa’s Dark Chocolate.

It is always popular with kids, they love to get involved cooking them over the fire, and it is fun finding the perfect sticks to cook while enjoying time outside. Best serve with Melissa’s Raw Honey.

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Melissa’s Braai Day Basics: Part 2

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If you’ve read Part One of the blog, you should be sorted on the salads and sides portion of the ultimate Heritage Day braai.

Now, here are two ideas for the main event… the meat main course.

South Africans are renowned for being mad about meat. Nothing wrong with throwing some boerie onto the braai but I do love it when people experiment with our products and come up with their own ideas.

Hopefully these two recipes will inspire you to use your Melissa’s products in new everyday ways this Braai Day….

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Posted on November 9, 2016

Melissa’s Braai Day Basics: Part 1

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Heritage Day is one of my favourite national holidays. Identifying as a South African is such a huge part of who I am and nothing makes me prouder than to celebrate it with the rest of the country.
Despite our challenges, we have so much to be grateful for and one of my favourite ways to celebrate is with a big braai surrounded by close friends and family. There are few things more South African than that!
To me a braai is more than just a means to cook food. It symbolizes our South African heritage, brings us together, gets us exploring our beautiful outdoors and provides a central point for storytelling, laughing and making lasting memories.

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