10 Things with: Sarah Graham

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This week on 10 THINGS, we have a chat to the gorgeous Sarah Graham of Bitten TV fame, about doing what you love and Impala Testicles!. Sarah not only has her own, super awesome Cooking show but she is also the Author of the, ‘must have’ local Cook Book – Bitten. When Sarah is not cooking up a storm on set, she is pouring love into her site – afoodieliveshere . Click on through and spend some time pouring over her recipes, there is some serious supper inspiration to jazz up your Monday to Friday offerings!

1. Describe yourself in 10 words – Closet nerd, box-checker, happy heart, family girl, food lover.
2. Every Kitchen should have these basic10 ingredients: Good quality olive oil, butter, cheese, eggs, fresh herbs (preferably in your garden!), a decent assortment of spices, flour, sugar, baking powder, chocolate
3. If you were on Survivor and you could only take 1 thing with, what would it be? why? Salt. It cures, flavours and preserves.rob
4. What was the first dish you cooked for husband, Rob? Did he propose right away?! The why-he-married-me bacon pasta from my book, ‘bitten.’ – no he didn’t propose right away, he took a little more convincing. (click here  for the recipe of this ‘almost Famous’ Pasta)
5. What is the wierdest thing you have ever “bitten” Ooh, I am suddenly feeling like a very unadventurous eater – probably Impala testicles?!
6. Kitchen Aid or Kenwood ? Kenwood, both for reasons of sentimentality and practicality.
7. How did Bitten TV come about? Any tips and tricks for young bucks out there looking to follow your footsteps? I know it might all seem glamorous, but it’s mostly down to a heck of a lot of hard work, and enough love for what I’m doing that it never actually feels like work.
8. The best way to eat bacon is… Fried until perfectly crispy, with sweetcorn fritters on the side
9. When no one is around I like to eat ….. Really boring stuff like tuna and avo on rye crackers
10. What is your favourite recipe in your beautiful new book? Oh goodness that’s so hard, it’s like asking who someone’s favourite child is – for the sake of answering the question I’ll say spicy BBQ pulled pork with red cabbage slaw, but next week the answer could be completely different!

10 Things with…

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Everyone and anyone who has functioning tastebuds will know about Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants on Lower Kloof, you know it is the place to go where you can be darn sure that what ever you purchase there will be the best in its class. Today’s 10 things interview is with none other than Mr Andy Fenner himself, creator of this fine establishment. A part from being the owner of this friendly meat mecca, Andy is also a super talented writer, he has a slew of brilliant cookbooks under his belt, and a really rad blog where you will find beautifully crafted, bullshit free articles on the foodie stuff that really matters. He gives you the story behind your meat, I give you the story behind the guy!

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DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 10 WORDS : Lucky husband. Meat and words in my spare time.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I WANTED TO BE :  Older

MY FAVOURITE APPLICATION FOR BACON IS : Hair gel

WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING, I LIKE TO EAT : Fish and vegetables. I love the looks I get from people when they see me. It’s like they expect me to walk around with a leg of wild boar tucked under my arm.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST THING YOU COOKED FOR YOUR WIFE? I think it was some peri-peri prawns that clinched it.

WHAT IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE MEAL? Mugaritz in San Sebastian blew my mind. A Michelin-starred restaurant that ripped my tastebuds out of my mouth and scattered them all over the farm we were sitting on. Seriously, seriously memorable.

THE FOODIE SCENE IN CAPE TOWN IS : Incredible. Exciting. And on a tipping point, I honestly, sincerely believe that there are local chefs who can hold their own against anyone in the world. I also can’t believe how many opportunities there are for little start-ups.

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PEOPLE THINK HAVING YOUR OWN BUSINESS IS : easy and glamourous/romantic WHEN ACTUALLY IT IS : anything but that. It’s seriously hard work. Although, I will say if you want it badly enough you’re halfway there.

Food and a few bottles of good wine enjoyed with mates and family MAKES ME HAPPY. Cliched? Yup. Still true though.

TELL US SOMETHING NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU: Clowns scare the shit out of me.

Find Andy on Twitter: @andywildonfire  on the blog: www.andyfenner.com or sitting at the window at FFMM

10 Things with RoarkGyms

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Unless you have been living underground, you will have heard of Roark Gyms. Im sure you have seen the images of girls collapsed next to the rowing machines and you might have been lucky enough to see the Roark Men dashing down Roeland street doing the Parliment run. I have been training at Roark Women since it opened a few moNths ago and I have absolutely loved it. Even though I have been going for a few months now, I still leave every session feeling like a baby Giraffe. At Roark, there is no giving up, no tolerance for bad form and no way you will not be challenged to your fullest. In the last few months I have learned what it means to dig deep and I have gained a healthy respect for the Burpee. Roark is not only about strengthening your body, the sessions are also designed to challenge your mental strength, not a lot of gyms can say that.  I have been getting a lot of tweets asking me about the kind of training they do there, what is their philosophy, will they get like super buff bru, etc. I have decided to kick off the first ’10 things’ with Roark Gyms and answer your questions once and for all.

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DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 10 WORDS:  Intolerant of bullshit/excuses, passionate about hard work.

ROARK? TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE NAME:  It’s from a literary character whose principles I admire tremendously. He’s a man with uncompromising integrity.

HOW IS ROARK DIFFERENT TO MY LOCAL GYM? : It’s vastly different from commercial gyms in that each member is individually assessed, and their performance scrutinised. Our programming is second to none, and I believe the environment of both the men’s and women’s gym is one where there is no room for ego or the aesthetic focus commercial gyms have. It’s a healthy environment in which we worry about performance first, and trust that the rest will follow.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHEAT DAY SNACK? : Savoury – stale Ghostpops. Sweet – Jason’s Cranberry Danish.


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IS IT EVER TOO LATE TO START TRAINING? : Absolutely not. Our gym, through careful and constant planning, caters to all levels and ages. To consider yourself ‘too far gone’ is the saddest state of affairs imaginable.

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR GIRLS TO DO WEIGHTS ANYWAY? : The answer is two fold. The first is best illustrated by an example which was given to me by a friend whose view on training I greatly respect – if you ask a group full of women to close their eyes and to picture themselves walking into a room in which they want to impress someone, be it a date or a job interview, watch what happens to their posture. Every one of them will push their shoulders back and stand with a high chest position, thereby assuming perfect posture. This is the exact same posture that must be used when performing any of the lifts/movements we practice.

The second is that your body wants to train this way. It wants to lift, push, pull and jump. Its what it’s designed to do. The reason we have such incredibly fast results is because the body reacts immediately to the movements we use, as this is the way a women’s body is designed.

HOW OFTEN DO THE ROARK MEN STOP TRAFFIC WHEN DOING THE PARLIAMENT RUN DOWN ROELAND STREET? :  I’ve seen at least two accidents along Roeland Street as a result of driver distraction. It’s like one long moving billboard.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I TRAIN FOR ROARK TO BE EFFECTIVE? : A minimum of three times per week, but we recommend four if you do nothing else but train with us.

TOP 5 SONGS TO TRAIN TO? :

Called Out In the Dark – Snow Patrol

The Wolves – Ben Howard

Bigger Than Us – The White Lies

Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch – Good Vibrations

Kanye, Jay Z and Nicki Minaj – Monster

I OFTEN SEE PICTURES ON TWITTER OF GIRLS, POST WORKOUT, LYING LIKE DEAD STARFISH ON THE MATTS, DO I HAVE TO BE CRAZY FIT TO JOIN ROARK?

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No. People see the pictures of our members sprawled out on the floor after workouts and they think what we do is too difficult for them. What we do is difficult, but it’s difficult for everyone. There is no one who leaves feeling fine, and this is regardless of athletic ability. Our workouts are specifically planned to be inclusive of athletes of all ability, fitness and strength levels. As a basic example, if you were asked to do a movement repeatedly for two minutes, with the goal to do as many of that movement as possible in this time, it wouldn’t matter if you managed to complete 50 repetitions and someone else managed 10, as long as you both worked as hard as you could during that period.

Pictures Courtesy of Roark Gyms. Tweet them: @Roarkgyms