The well-travelled Roving Ambassador, Andrew
Shapland, unearths an exciting new talent in food…
Andrew Shapland, the Roving Ambassador for
Africa Tourism Corporation, has a natural passion for
exploration and unearthing hidden gems and destination
secrets. Passionate about representing all that is
luxurious and all that is African, this lover of people
and active participant in the global community has
discovered Nikki Booth, an innovative and passionate gourmand.
Top Billing caught up with Andrew and Nikki in her
kitchen to find out what’s on trend for you to put on the
table this festive season.
ANDREW ‘S TOP TIPS
1 It’s all about easy and chilled this festive season. My favourite quick-and-easy dish to whip up is prawns and avo – so easy but so delicious.
2 Keep it light and healthy. Nikki’s salads are creative and so tasty!
3Make it tasty and scrumptious – Nikki’s stuffed pork neck is so easy and it tastes
4Bright and light – creative table decorations that are atmospheric but not kitsch!
5 Chilled and smooth – lovely light wines and a touch of French Champagne – my favourite – Klein Constantia and Verve Cliquot (it’s our treat at New Year’s!).
6 Delicious but not too expensive – make no mistake, times are tough and we are in a
recession, so we are very conscious of what we spend – but you can have great food without having to buy lobster and caviar!
7 Good company – the festive season is all about being with our loved ones and friends
– we love good company and it’s paramount, as is the blessing of having good friends to
share a feast with!
Andrew Shapland, Tourism Corporation Africa
NIKKI BOOTH runs her own unique foodfocused
business, Ottimo Cibo, from her home in the
Kirstenbosch area in Cape Town. Set beneath the back of
Table Mountain, her home and garden provide a unique
venue for informal and totally relaxed culinary indulgence
based on her passion for food. Her concept is the
result of many years of careful but natural pursuit of what
has become her special craft – seemingly effortless entertaining
in her own environment, but which bears all the
hallmarks of her understated good taste and attachment
to the uncontrived!
NIKKI’S TIPS FOR A SYLISH and
1 Delegate to trusted family members and friends. You don’t have to make everything yourself.
2 Keep it simple. Don’t experiment with new recipes on the day.
3 Choose a menu that allows you to prepare things in advance.
4 Design and print a menu or menus.
5 Make individual place-settings for guests with their own place cards. This makes an
6 Spend Christmas with the people you love.
7 Avoid overly ornate and fussy table decorations. Simplicity can be far more powerful.
8 No tinsel! Use your beautifully decorated Christmas cake as a centrepiece.
9Ask your local wine shop to deliver your drinks and ice.
Nikki Booth, Ottimo Cibo 082-823-3876,