Hein van Tonder has a tender and amusing touch when it comes to his food. Here is his innovative and fresh riff on a watermelon salad, too long the home of feta and black olives.
12 thin slices fresh watermelon
12 slices charcuterie of your choice, Spanish Chorizo, Prosciuto, Coppa, Salami
micro herbs for garnish
2 tbs harissa paste
2 tbs olive oil
squeeze of lemon juice
½ tsp dried mint
pinch of salt
dried chilli flakes (optional depending on the heat of the harissa)
Combine all the ingredients for the dressing, whisk well, taste if it needs more acidity and add another squeeze of lemon juice and set aside.
Arrange the watermelon and charcuterie on a platter on individual small plates.
Garnish with the micro herbs, drizzle with the dressing and serve.
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For as long as memory serves, I have references and recollections that involve food.
This passion has brought me to create and develop Heinstirred. As a South African food writer and photographer based in Cape Town I’m at my happiest in the kitchen, behind the camera or better still, both.
My work has been featured on food24.com, food52.com, Huffington Post Taste, Buzzfeed, The Kitchen, brit.co and feedfeed.info. I have also contributed to the Sunday Times Food Weekly and contributed to the first issue of Market Day.
Ever evolving as a food lover, my favourite past time is travelling to eat with itineraries built around flavours, meals and restaurants. My latest eating trip was to Beirut, allowing me to discover a cuisine that easily rivals my love for all things Italian.
A new interest is the photography of events that have a distinct food focus, this in collaboration with well known photographer Francois Pistorius. We aim to tell another side of the story by capturing a behind the scenes and candid look at the preparation, presentation and enjoyment of food.
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