Know thy Food

Our 6 year old son, Max, asked me the other day if an ‘apple was made by scientists or are they from the ground?’

‘Why?’ I asked. 

‘Because if they are from the ground then they are natural and healthy.’ He answered as he crunched into his juicy red apple.  

I thought that this was a profound thought and so true.  If he can think like this about all the food he eats I will be a very happy mom. 

And his thought about healthy food entrenched my need to make sure I know what we eat as a family and also reinforces my passion of providing real, good food to the public in the healthy sauces we sell. 

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Meat free Monday

I try and adhere to a self imposed Meat-free-Monday philosophy in our house to ensure that our family eats the recommended amount of omega oils and fatty fish every week. 

Tonight I am cooking some fresh Salmon that I bought at our local fishmonger and I am serving it with handcut pumpkin pieces (baked in the oven in coconut oil) and, something I have never attempted before… Split Green peas that I cooked from scratch. 

 The peas have a very earthy flavour and I decided to add some of our Pauli’s Brinjali while cooking and then used a hand blender to make it into a sort of mash. 

Results… even the kids asked for more!

Yours in food,

Dianne

Gastronomy

I love this quote… ‘Gastonomy governs the whole life of man.’ by Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.  

Eating is a human activity that brings people together across cultures, religions and countries.  It is a privilege to eat good food and I often spare a thought for those who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. 

The definition of gastronomy is ‘the practice of choosing, cooking and eating good food’ and while I have the means to choose what I eat and what I feed my family, I choose healthy options; low in added sugars and unnatural preservatives and additives. 

Our company makes beautiful sauces that are the gastronomic addition to all the meals and snacks that I make and for this I am grateful. 

Yours in good food, Dianne

African Bushveld gourmet mini-break

What a privilege to visit the African Bushveld… and only a 2 hour drive from Johannesburg.  We took our family on a mini-break to Mabalingwe, in Limpopo province, to celebrate Pauli’s mom’s 70th birthday and what a beautiful time we had. 

Our chalet was visited by the prolific bird life every morning; we had a female kudu literally knock at our door with her head and look inside with big water pool eyes. We met an African civet on our patio and had plenty of water hogs begging us for any food.  The monkeys were cheeky and trying very hard to take anything they could get their hands on. They managed to steal their way inside our chalet twice and run away with apples and sunflower seeds. 

The Bushveld is so peaceful and my soul is refreshed.  The sunsets are incredible and the orange and pink sky looks alight as the sun says it’s goodbye over the horizon.

We watched a family of hippos lying on the banks of a very empty Dam… it saddened us to see the water levels so low and we prayed that the clouds would gather together to bring relief to the dry earth and fill the dams and bring life back to the bush. 

And to top this all, we cooked with our gourmet sauces every meal time; breakfast, lunch and and supper; and have the talented Pauli to make us delicious bread on the fire; Braais and brunch spreads that memories are made of. 

Low Carb = Real Good Food

My husband and I decided to follow a low carb, high fat, no sugar eating lifestyle 3 years ago and I don’t regret it at all. 

In fact I am so grateful for the day I decided to try this way of eating… I am at my goal weight for the first time in 16 years (after having 2 children); I gym 4-5 days per week; have run a half marathon and have participated in many shorter running events; and enjoy my health so much.

I remember the first time I had to do our grocery shop under our new eating regime… It was so overwhelming!  I thought to myself… What am I going to eat? What can I snack on?  

It took me about 1 month to figure out what worked for our family and about 4 months for me to lose the weight I wanted to be rid of.  I manage to keep my weight at my goal and I don’t cheat by eating white, processed carbs like bread, bread rolls, pasta or sugary cakes or croissants. 

And we are fortunate enough to run a gourmet food company, making beautiful sauces free from modified corn starch and cane sugar.

I use these flavour enhancing sauces to cook with daily for our family meals (cottage pie, bolognese with zucchini pasta, Brinjal lasagne, roasted chicken pieces basted in our Tomali relish). They are free from preservatives, colourants and other additives so I know that they don’t compromise our healthy eating habits. 

I do still however love dark chocolate and still indulge in a few (too many) blocks every night!


We cooked free range sausage and served with crisp butter lettuce and used our Anytime Zucchini & Peppers and Brinjali sauces as a topping. 

Heritage Day South Africa

As we celebrate Heritage Day today in our vibrant South Africa, I realize that we have so much to enjoy in our beautiful, sunny country.   We are a nation who love to share and eat great food.  We have a generation of future young adults with so much potential to do great things.  

I believe there is a golden thread holding us all together and even though we have our challenges there is a diversity amongst us that keeps us shining. 

Happy Heritage Day South Africans.  May it be blessed and enjoyed around a good Braai

Dip ala Pauli’s Brinjali

Try this easy to make dip that will impress your guests… mix Pauli’s Brinjali and plain yoghurt (Double Cream Greek yoghurt is best) in equal parts. Ready to eat!

The taste is lip smacking and suited to entertaining, snacking or just anytime eating. It will transform your dip into a gourmet attraction. 

Banting Breakfast with Pauli’s Anytime


The old adage…. ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ is excellent advice to follow. 

A great breakfast will provide you with energy to conquer all that you set out to achieve. 

Set yourself up with Pauli’s Anytime Brinjal & Peppers, add to mushrooms, tomatoes and scrambled egg. Results…. Simply gourmet!

Chunky chips and Pink Sauce

Remember the pink sauce you used to eat with your potato chips as a kid?  

Pauli’s Tomali mixed together with Mayo makes for a delicious pink dipping sauce…we served ours with chunky sweet potato and pumpkin chips.  Healthy and simply delicious. 

On Everyone’s Lips

Our sauces will turn your meal into a gourmet feast by adding just one spoon.  

We use only the freshest, natural ingredients and our sauces are slow cooked to provide a luxurious blend of flavours. 

Our dream is for Pauli’s sauces to be ‘On Everyone’s Lips’… To be used at every meal time and even in between. The versatility of our products make it easy for you to transition your meals from ordinary to gourmet… while keeping them healthy too.