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3 Minutes with Food Blogger Ishay Govender-Ypma

In our April issue Ishay shares her favourite brunch recipe, Herby Bacon & Egg Breakfast Cups. Here she tells us why chopsticks are her top kitchen tool, and more



1) Name three things that make an at-home brunch special.

Time at leisure to enjoy it.

A good mix of sweet (think flapjacks, ricotta hotcakes, French toast and platters of papaya with toasted-coconut and lime syrup) and savoury (my Herby Bacon & Egg Breakfast Cups, creamy scrambled eggs with chives and good-quality bacon, and a quinoa and seed salad).

Home-made rooibos iced tea with fresh granadilla, Bloody Marys, Pimm’s or Bellinis.


2) Do you have any Easter rituals?

I love being at home during Easter, indulging in chocolate and counting our blessings. If I am on the road, I’ll enjoy whatever is being celebrated in the country we are visiting.


3) What five ingredients are you never without in your kitchen?

Garlic, lemons, fresh chillis, fresh herbs and butter.


4) Name your can’t-live-without kitchen tool or appliance.

An inexpensive pair of long chopsticks for frying, stirring, and turning (a tip picked up in Vietnam) and a hand-held blender or whisk.


5) Which food bloggers do you follow?

Legal Nomads – an exploration of food, culture and travel (very similar to my own interests).

What Katie Ate – brilliant photographic storytelling.

David Lebovitz – travel stories and recipes for sweet treats that I enjoy making.

Sticky Rice – I spent a day with Mark Lowerson in Hanoi last year. He is down-to-earth and a wealth of knowledge. He also writes great short, sharp emotive pieces.


For Ishay’s blog, see www.foodandthefabulous.com.

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