A Contradictory Life

Breakfast Brilliance


All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast – John Gunther

…And what a leisurely breakfast it was! A great friend of mine, Kath, took me to Hazel Food Market a few months ago and I loved it. The food here is incredible and for someone like me – HEAVEN!

The people who know me well are fully aware that nothing excites me more than the thought of great food eaten in a place with an even better vibe (not stuck up!). Hazel Food Market embodies all of this and I couldn’t wait to take my ma and sis to this market and so we ventured off early one Saturday morning and met my cousin and her husband with their beautiful baby there. We strolled from stall to stall tasting absolutely everything.

The food is fresh, delicious, gorgeous and affordable. Every single stall offers you some of their produce to taste and after one walk through all of them you have pretty much eaten enough to sustain you but of course we still bought some food and sat down to chill and indulge on the wooden tables and benches that have been set up in the middle of the market. As food is, and always has been, such an integral part of socialising I love the idea of a people coming together here, wandering around to pick whatever delicacy that they would like and all eating together in a great atmosphere and underneath some trees – with South Africa’s climate this place is ideal all year around for leisurely breakfasts on a Saturday morning.

My ma took some photos (I was faaaaar too busy tasting everything to operate a camera!) which are sure to make your mouth water!

The first thing you see as you enter the market is a display of gorgeous roses.

The visual display of the spices here worked its magic and we now have jars of aromatic spices waiting to be used in our kitchen.

Cheese – need I say more?

For someone like me who has recently given up eating wheat all the bread stands were torture! Wow these breads were magnificent and the smell! What beats freshly baked bread (with cheese and pesto)?

Pastries, cakes, tarts, brownies, biscuits, cupcakes. The list goes on…

Chocolate, Red Velvet and marshmallow Brownies. Here you can buy pretty ready mixes for these too which Mish did to give as birthday presents. Great idea.

At one stall a kind gentleman showed me how to make some very fancy desserts with minimal effort – next book club with my girls they will be treated to some of these 😉

These cupcakes, WOW! The combinations this awesome girl has come up with. Go try them out and they are little works of art! There was another stall that bakes gourmet muffins (think pumpkin with cream cheese filling, lemon cheese, strawberry & chocolate) but by the time we got round to taking pics here they were sold out. No surprise!

And I found Rye paste, very rare because it so difficult to make!

After all this sugar and carbs feel free to visit the stall which makes fresh vegetable juice – I had a beetroot juice and it comes highly recommended. The next weekend Mish and I went back for a pineapple, orange & banana juice. Yum!

If I lived in Pretoria I would be here every Saturday morning for breakfast and to buy the weekly groceries! I definitely recommend a visit to everyone – the market is situated in the Greenlyn Village Centre, Menlo Park. Visit their website here.

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