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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

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

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

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

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

Dave and I turning out the tatin – image courtesy of livewired
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

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

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

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

Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Canderel Food Bloggers 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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I am passionate about using regional, seasonable and sustainable produce when I cook. I live in Gordons Bay with my husband and dogs. Dave and I are busy building a house which is an adventure all in itself. Each year we visit a new place overseas to experience the food of the area. Follow along on our adventures!

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

  • Tandy, what a fantastic fun evening and so cool that Dave got to enjoy it with you. :-D Great photos!
    :-) Mandy

  • What an awesome fun time my friend - great cooking and company - cannot go wrong :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • 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!

  • 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:)

    • 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 :)

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • it looks like a great fun event

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

    • thank you Mel - that is not the best photo of me, but I wanted to show my HUGE smile :)

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