We recently chatted to foodie extraordinaire and Societi Bistro Executive Chef, Stefan Marais, about his love for food, his thoughts on our Food issue and more… (Hashtag: #HLFood)
@houseleisureSA Today we’re chatting to @stefanmarais about #HLFood. Thanks for joining us Stéfan!
@stefanmarais Glad to chat to you guys….the #HLFood issue is absolutely awesome! Paging through it is such a treat!
@houseleisureSA What was your first impression of the 2012 #HLFood magazine?
@stefanmarais Absolutely awesome! Its a full-on recipe book. There are some truly inspired dishes and recipes in the issue. Love Chris Erasmus’ pork terrine!
@houseleisureSA Awesome! Have you tried cooking any of the dishes yourself yet?
@stefanmarais I made a slightly different version of Raphaella’s Fig, Honey and Ginger Yoghurt tart the other day… I got my hand on some beautiful “rhonde de Bordeaux” figs which are in full season now that worked beautifully.
@houseleisureSA Yum! What was your special spin on the dish? And how did it turn out? twitpic.com/8kzukl
@stefanmarais The figs were amazing…so they did all the work…but the extra two shots of Amaretto in the base also helped!
@houseleisureSA Sounds amazing. What other seasonal fruits are you enjoying cooking with at the moment?
@stefanmarais Well….that is if you consider a tomato a fruit….any thoughts on that anyone??
@houseleisureSA We do consider it a fruit but it seems like it’s always up for debate 🙂
@stefanmarais Also still getting our hands on the last of the stone fruit – anything from Bellini cocktails to plum jam on the go.
@houseleisureSA For a unique tomato recipe, try our fire-smoked oysters with rosa tomato crushi on p108 for tomato used as a garnishing. #HLFood twitpic.com/8kzygd
@stefanmarais They look awesome! I also love @iwantcupcake ‘s addition of mustard seeds to her tomato tarts!
@houseleisureSA Absolutely! What is your favourite summer meal to cook at home?
@stefanmarais When it’s hot outside – something really simple like a little French salad with some Parmesan shavings and croutons…. Another favourite which my friends love is “Steak & Salad Day” Steak, Salad, Amazeballz bernaise…that’s it. I am really a very simple creature and tend to enjoy the simplistic things in life when I take some time off.
@houseleisureSA Simple food is often the best!
@stefanmarais More often than not! Good quality ingredients, treated with love! They only thing I ever make at home that I go to some effort with is an apple tarte tatin…but that is normally in winter.
@houseleisureSA Finally, is there anything you’d like to see more of in our next #HLFood issue?
@stefanmarais The #HLfood issue is already so packed with awesome! If anything, perhaps a small section on where to score the good stuff?
@houseleisureSA Interesting idea, thanks @stefanmarais. Enjoy cooking from #HLfood and thanks for your time 🙂
@stefanmarais Another dish in the #HLfood edition that is making my mouth water today is the Lamb Kofta by Craig & Bertus…perfect day!
@houseleisureSA Another great choice. Let us know if you decide to cook it!
@stefanmarais Only a pleasure! There are definitely some great ideas I am going to play with in the #HLfood issue. The @houseleisureSA #HLfood issue is probably the most recipe packed magazine in SA…Well done to @iwantcupcake and the whole team!
@houseleisureSA Excellent, hopefully we will get a taste of your new creations too at @SocietiBistro😉
@stefanmarais Definitely! Look out for some awesome simple summer cooking at @societibrasseri as well!
@houseleisureSA We can’t wait!
@stefanmarais Only a pleasure! Its been great! Ready to head back into the kitchen full steam for a busy lunch service at @societibrasseri.