Friends’ birthdays make good excuses to go out and try new restaurants. Joburg is going thru quite a restaurant-boom. New (an often even good) places pop up faster than one can visit. Especially is one also enjoys cooking at home.
God mojitos, huge cake, and buzz of conversation – Happy birthday, Ridhima!
Saturday evenings are made for curry. And wine. And good friends.
After certain amount of wine, one should not try to get the photos done anymore…
Today has been a day from culinary heaven – asparagus, pancetta & qruyere quiche, tomato & basil sorbet – and cold-smoked salmon (!). It is a taste of Finland. And I still have about 1.5kg of it in the freezer.
The most interesting culinary experience was, though, the cold-smoked chocolate ice cream I made from cream I smoked with the fish. It was eye-rollingly good. I dare you to taste.
Ally and Chris – thank you for being (again) the guinea pigs!
I focused much more on cooking than on photography, but just for the fun of it, below are a few pics of the food.
Group photo credits to Alexandre Halbardier
One weekend with 250 friends is not enough – but then again 1 year with 500 was not enough either. New memories were made.
- Friday house party – which proved NOTHING has changed in 5 years – we still live on champagne, pizza and laughter
- Doing another case in class – which proved something has changed, as the entire class actually read the case before the discussion
- Celebrating in style in Fontainebleau chateau – which was definitely a change from all the nights spent in fliplops and shorts in Singapore
- Hanging out in the lawn and cafeteria – which proved that even through many of us have moved, changed jobs, married and multiplied, nothing really has changed.
Let’s do many more mini-reunions before the next full-blown party 5 years from now.
PS. You can see the bigger pictures by clicking. If anyone wants the pictures in full size, send me a message.
The year in INSEAD was one of the best experiences of my life – so I definitely did not want to miss the reunion. About 250 classmates showed up – and some others were greatly missed! Another 5 years to the next one.
This weekend was my 5-year Insead (MBA) reunion. It was amazing to see all the people – many for the first time since graduation. To add to the memories, the evening party was hosted in the Fontainebleau castle. A visual masterpiece, and a phenomenal party!
With my mother half a world away, I spent my Mother’s Day brunch with friends. Me and Stuart had great time with Ally, Chris and their two pups. We were unable to get a table in any brunch restaurant in town (Mother’s Day problem…), so we ended up in their newly built house. And we ate way too much – as appropriate.
Live music, drinks, friends and bales of hay. What else could you need for a nice night out?
A friend of mine – another Finnish girl – is moving from Johannesburg to Amsterdam. As a farewell party she organised a cooking class in The Discovery Health Kitchen – lots of fun and a great meal to follow.
As a bonus, I’m also posting the picture of the finished falafels, which are in the making in the first photo.
Breakfast with the ladies to celebrate an upcoming wedding. Sunshine and a lot of laughter. Perfect start to a Wednesday.