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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!

PEAR, FENNEL & PRESERVED LEMON

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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RED WINE PEARS & BISCOTTI CRUMBLE

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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CARAMELIZED PEAR PAVLOVA

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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FIZZY PEAR COCKTAIL

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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Introducing Melissa’s New Tea Collection

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The history of tea is long and complex, spreading across cultures over thousands of years. One of the earliest records of tea drinking dates to the 3rd century AD in China. The Brits love of tea began around the 17th century when they introduced tea production and tea drinking to India in order to compete with the Chinese monopoly on tea*.  Today, a cup of tea has become as ubiquitous as a grain of sugar and the labour, skill and craft behind it is often forgotten in our modern world.

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Crazy About Our New Cordials

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Our handmade cordials are my best this summer, making the perfect summer’s drink and they’ve become my summer gift to give.

The range has three fantastic flavours: Lemon, Naartjie and Raspberry & Apple and when mixed with still or sparkling water and a generous amount of ice they make the most refreshing drinks.

Use the cordials for mixing cocktails where cordials are called for or simply add a dash of vodka or gin for a delicious summer’s evening drink!

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