Authentic Italian Cooking with Millstone Flour; Farina 00 & Nonna Anna

Pictured here from left: Dominique and Jill Deana, Raffaella Ruttell, Anna Deana, Rinaldo Zola & Kevin Deana with his (and Dominique’s) lovely daughter Gianna joining in on the fun.

Meet the Deana’s… Long-time local Durbanites with a strong Italian heritage and background and the family behind the Millstone Flour brand.

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MEET THE GINGER AND FIG

Ginger and FigTucked away in Brooklyn, Pretoria, you’ll find the Ginger and Fig. It’s an artisanal eatery with a focus on homemade, preservative free, freshly baked, free range and organic foods with great coffee. They’re known for simple but well done, fresh dishes like their signature sourdough, gourmet sandwiches and burgers, delicious pastas, bespoke toppings and crisp salads. To top that off, an open kitchen allows patrons a peek at the magic that happens behind the breakfasts and light meals they’re served.

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PIZA E VINO: AUTHENTIC ITALIAN CIAO

Walking into PiZA e ViNO is like stepping into a little slice of Italy. The charming Italian-themed franchise originated in Johannesburg some seven years ago. Today, it’s stealing South Africans’ hearts as it fills hungry bellies.

It’s been almost a full year now that PiZA e Vino has been a Millstone Flour customer. So, we thought it high time we sat down with these pizza connoisseurs and had a heart to heart about traditional Italian cuisine – and artisanal baking, of course.
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FLAVOURING SOURDOUGH, ACCORDING TO ADAM ROBINSON

He’s a genius in the kitchen and he’s lending his wisdom to the everyday baker in two brilliant blog posts. Did we mention he’s the very successful Head Chef and owner of The Glenwood Restaurant? Whatever happens next, be sure to read his previous article before following Adam Robinson down the rabbit hole that is artisanal sourdough breads and how to give them their distinctive flavouring.

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SOURDOUGH, ACCORDING TO ADAM ROBINSON

Successful chef and restaurateur, Adam Robinson, offers some hands-on advice and information on the art of sourdough bread. While not all Durbanites will know his name, they’ll certainly recognise the names of Robinson’s latest success stories, The Glenwood Restaurant and The Glenwood Bakery. The local favourites are famous for traditional Italian cuisine and artisanal breads, respectively. And as Head Chef of The Glenwood Restaurant and owner of both, Robinson is a bastion of knowledge on both topics.

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DOING OUR 67 MINUTES WITH PRIDE

July is an auspicious month for South Africans, as it is the month we celebrate Mandela Day and the life of our beloved former president. Nelson Mandela’s birthday is on 18 July, and the call is out for people everywhere to celebrate his birthday by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world.

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REAL FOOD, REAL INGREDIENTS AT JACKSON’S

45894_Millstone_Blog_Image_02We are so excited to see how the food industry in South Africa is changing, as the “real food” movement gathers more and more momentum. As it does so, it gives healthy eaters access to wonderful places that help us to indulge our love of good, wholesome food and ingredients. One such place is Jackson’s Real Food Market, owned and run by the innovative Gary Jackson, in Joburg’s Bryanston.

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GOING RUSTIC WITH DF BAKERY!

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Many health conscious consumers are changing their eating habits and adopting a more traditional approach today – choosing organic when possible, making meals from scratch instead of buying convenience foods, and buying, or making, artisanal bread using stone ground flour. At Millstone, we are so excited by the ever-rising demand (excuse the pun!) for speciality, artisanal breads. We’re also delighted that Le Petit Pain, trading as DF Bakery in Kyalami, Johannesburg, has introduced the Millstone Rustic Artisan Range, using our stone ground flours.

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POURING PASSION INTO EVERY PASTRY IS THE ONLY WAY TO BAKE FOR NICKY PHILIP…

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If you’ve ever taken a meander up the North Coast of KZN in search of a quiet spot to enjoy some wholesome nourishment, then we hope you’ve discovered Yoli’s Artisan Breads and Pastries. An artisanal bakery located at the quaint Litchi Orchard’s “Artisan Avenue” just outside Salt Rock, Yoli’s offers an array of finely crafted baked goods that are lovingly prepared by hand and are sure to make your taste buds do little somersaults of excitement. Just follow your nose and you’ll find it. We sat down for a quick chat with proprietor and head pastry chef, Nicky Philip.

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ADAM ROBINSON: PUTTING THE ART INTO ARTISANAL BAKING

Sitting down to chat with Adam Robinson, owner and head baker of the popular neighbourhood gem, The Glenwood Bakery, one can feel the intense passion and dedication that goes into the running of this thriving business.

Opening its doors in January 2013, the Glenwood Bakery has been providing artisanal baked goods to the local community for almost three years. Experiencing consistently growing demand from both local residents and trade customers, their output has been steadily increasing. Often you’ll see people queuing up to make sure they don’t miss the speciality loaf of the day. The day we chose to visit – a Friday – Adam informed us the Loaf of the Day was a Corn Sourdough, made with 30% organic maize meal and sweet corn.

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