I’ll admit that I was ambivalent about local cook Justin Bonello. Until I won an autographed copy of his book Cooked, Out of the Frying Pan in one of the Kleine Zalze challenges last year. When I received the book I became quite star-struck and now follow Justin’s TV shows avidly. I’ve also bought some of his other books. I’ve grown fond of his blokeish honesty and down-to-earth way of doing things.
Justin is currently running a cooking challenge (with a Le Creuset prize) to make a dish from any of his books. As I had two filleted angel fish in the freezer, I decided to do the Fish Frikkadels and Apple and Mint Raita that Justin learned to make at Cindy Muller’s Johannesburg restaurant, Gold. (Page 47, Cooked, Out of the Frying Pan – recipe available on request.)
The tasting panel were my husband, daughter and her best friend. The girls liked the raita, but my husband said he’d prefer an aioli. All agreed that the frikkadels were superb.
And, wouldn’t you know it; today is Feast day of St. Peter, patron saint of fishermen, bakers, harvesters.
As an aside, I’d like to make a comment about Facebook competitions. I am a long-standing member of the South African food blogging community, so my comment is an informed one: people have grown tired of ‘most likes’ popularity contests and it is becoming to be seen as in extremely bad taste to ‘beg for votes’. If brands decide to run competitions, they should be judged on merit instead.
Just saying …