If you haven’t yet popped into The Sidewalk Café in Cape Town to taste the magical dishes on offer, we suggest you do yourself a favour and make a booking! The mouth-watering Madame Zingara’s Second Annual Chef’s Showcase is currently underway and in its third week. Between 19 – 25 June you can find chef Kholiswa Loze serving up a storm at this well-known eatery. Remember to vote for your favourite of the six menus over the coming weeks and you could win some exciting prizes! Want a taste of Kholiswa’s handiwork? Below is the fabulous recipe that got her into the final of the chef’s showcase… PORK LOIN Ingredients: 4 carrots 200g baby beans 250g spinach 300g sweet potatoes 200g pork loin chops 1 clove garlic 50g butter sprig thyme marinade: 2t cajun spice ¾ cup olive oil 1t sesame oil 1t sesame seeds sauce: ½ cup orange juice ½ cup white wine 3t brown sugar Directions:
- For the marinade, mix the olive oil, cajun spice, sesame oil and coriander seeds. Soak the meat for about 30 minutes.
- While you are waiting, cook the sweet potato well and add a little crushed garlic and mash.
- Blanche the carrots and baby beans.
- Sear the fat of the pork in a hot pan and then cook gently, 5 minutes each side or until glazed.
- Wilt the spinach with a little butter and seasoning in a hot pan.
- For the sauce, put the orange juice, white wine and sugar in a pan and reduce till its thick.
- Mold the sweet potato mash in a ring in the middle of the plate.
- Place carrots, beans and spinach next to the potato.
- Dish the pork on top of the sweet potato and drizzle with the sauce.
- Garnish with a sprig of thyme and coriander.
Kholiswa started her culinary journey at a small coffee shop in Bree Street and was snatched up by Madame Zingara in 2008, where she joined the kitchen crew at the Vegas Tea Room. Here she learnt the ropes on a bigger scale and moved on to The Sidewalk Café in 2009 where she is currently the Sous Chef. For bookings contact Sidewalk Café on 021-461-2839 or visit sidewalk.co.za. For more information on the Chef’s Showcase or the Madame Zingara Group of Companies visit madamezingara.com.