Canderel Food Bloggers Event

I am very familiar with the range of products that Canderel do, as I have been eating their chocolates since they came on to the market. So, when I received an invitation to attend the Canderel food bloggers event for a cook off at my friend Jenny Morris’ The Giggling Gourmet® Cooks Playground™ I knew that this was something I wanted to attend.

The very loveable Jenny image courtesy of livewired Canderel Food Bloggers Event
The very loveable Jenny – image courtesy of livewired

I sent a reply asking if the invitation would be extended to Dave as it was an evening function and the response was ‘yes’. I thought that they would just let him hang about, taking photos, but instead they made him cook with all the bloggers. This was really great for him as he was a part of the evening.

My sous chef - image courtesy of livewired Canderel Food Bloggers Event
My sous chef – image courtesy of livewired

The venue is in the Cape Quarter in the city, and so Dave and I left quite early from Strand to ensure we would be there on time. We were fortunate to not encounter too much traffic on the road and we were very early. Dave and I walked around the shopping centre, had a snack and an espresso before we made our way to the Cooks Playground. We were greeted warmly at the door, handed our name badges and made our way to the tables where we were given a glass of wine.

A warm welcome! - image courtesy of livewired Canderel Food Bloggers Event
A warm welcome! – image courtesy of livewired

We mingled, chatted and relaxed before we started cooking. Our menu of tomato tart tatin, fresh tuna and a gremolata were made by us.

I am really concentrating! - image courtesy of livewired Canderel Food Bloggers Event
I am really concentrating! – image courtesy of livewired

I must say that I think Dave had the best looking tatin around.

Dave and I turning out the tatin - image courtesy of livewired Canderel Food Bloggers Event
Dave and I turning out the tatin – image courtesy of livewired
tomato tart tatin Canderel Food Bloggers Event
tomato tart tatin

As Dave does all the fish cooking in our house, I let him sear the steaks and we were ready to eat within a few minutes of the fish hitting the pan.

fresh tuna with gremolata Canderel Food Bloggers Event
fresh tuna with gremolata

We all went to sit down at a long table, and tucked in to our lovely food. Dave and I are not big eaters, and so we shared our meal with the lovely ladies that were there from livewired and Canderel. Dessert was scrumptious, a lovely fruit soup with fresh coconut.

fresh fruit and fruit soup Canderel Food Bloggers Event
fresh fruit and fruit soup

I had such a great evening. I met some lovely bloggers in real life that I had only ever met via my blog, emails and their blogs. I caught up with some old blogger friends that I had not seen in a while and I made a new friend! We were given ‘goodie’ bags of chocolate and Canderel Yellow – the new sucralose product, which I have already used to make muffins.

Colleen and I - image courtesy of livewired Canderel Food Bloggers Event
Colleen and I – image courtesy of livewired

I am so looking forward to more experimentation, and sharing with the Canderel Yellow.

Disclosure: I was invited to attend this event. I was not asked to write a blog post about the event. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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38 thoughts on “Canderel Food Bloggers Event

  1. What fun! 🙂

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  2. So cool that Dave could attend with you! I love Jenny too, she’s so chatty online so I can only imagine how warm she is in real life. These photo’s are great. What was in the ‘soup’ part of the fruit soup – other than fresh fruit?

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    1. Cams, I cannot for the life of me remember! I love Jenny 🙂

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  3. How fun, Tandy!!

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    1. thanks, it was 🙂

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  4. some amazing recipes. great photos. you must have had a blast with this one.

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    1. we did! thanks for the visit 🙂

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  5. what a great evening. A colleague of mine did a course with Jenny, and she loved every minute of it.

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    1. Jenny is amazing!

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  6. Great post and it sure seems like you had a wonderful time

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    1. we did, thanks Usha 🙂

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  7. Lovely post & it sure seems as though you guys had a wonderful evening

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    1. 🙂

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  8. Really lovely post Tandy. Jessica only has Canderel chocolate to eat and loves it. I think I will have to try out the new Canderel Yellow, I just never know what quantities to substitue for sugar. The food looks delicious, the photos of you and Dave are lovely. Thank you for sharing this experience. xx

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment Sharon. The box is quite clear on how to work out the equivalents but if you keep an eye out here I may have some more recipes to share with you 🙂

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  9. What a great time!
    It’s great to see such lovely photos of you, thanks for sharing 😉

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    1. it is my pleasure Tok 🙂

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  10. it looks like a great fun event

    you are looking well, and its so good to see you with Colleen

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    1. thank you Mel – that is not the best photo of me, but I wanted to show my HUGE smile 🙂

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  11. It sounds wonderful, Tandy! (I like your longer hair – it looks softer!)

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    1. thanks Pink, it is a bit too long for me right now, but I want to keep it soft 🙂

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  12. What a lovely article – looked as if you were in your element – good for you Tandy!! Well done to Dave too keeping up with the giggling gourmet!

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    1. Dave is awesome in the kitchen! I am so lucky he enjoys it 🙂

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  13. It looks like such a fun evening but what I like best is the fact that you and Dave looked like you were having so much fun together!

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    1. This is the normal ‘view’ in our kitchen most nights 🙂

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  14. All looks delicious, Tandy. x

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    1. thanks Yvette, it was 🙂

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  15. Sounds like a nice day. On the other hand, in my previous life in London I shot a book of dessert recipes for Canderel and it made me never want to be near the stuff again. Use unrefined sugar or honey:)

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    1. That is interesting to know. Sadly I am sucrose intolerant, but honey is OK for me, and I have a lovely local source of it 🙂

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  16. How fun that you were able to bring your sous chef Dave! It looks like everyone had a great time and the results speak for themselves — delicious!

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    1. it was so great that they included him 🙂

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  17. What an awesome fun time my friend – great cooking and company – cannot go wrong 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. That is so true dear CCU 🙂

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  18. Tandy, what a fantastic fun evening and so cool that Dave got to enjoy it with you. 😀 Great photos!
    🙂 Mandy

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    1. thanks Mandy, it was so great he could be there 🙂

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  19. Wonderful photos, Tandy. That food looks so delicious too. You really have some fun times with your foodie friends. 😉 xxx

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    1. We are really lucky to be able to do so many fun things together 🙂

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