For those who enjoy good, honest food and love home cooking


This book proves that at the Kirstenbosch Tea Room Restaurant, there are no secret recipes! Rather, it shares the fun and experience of Pamela Shippel-Granoth’s ten-year Kirstenbosch Tea Room adventure, following 25 years spent over a ‘hot stove’. The recipes in this book have all become firm favourites with both the local and overseas patrons of the restaurant.

The easy-to-follow, step-by-step home cooking recipes include a selection of favourites from the restaurant’s main menu (Hot Kitchen, Cold Kitchen, From the Coals and The Bakery) as well as Pamela’s most sought-after recipes for entertaining friends at home (From My Kitchen).

Pamela’s love of lemony, bitter and spicy Middle Eastern flavours is reflected in the Middle Eastern platter and the ever-popular shakshuka. To achieve stronger flavours, she uses dry rubs as seasoning for her cooking, recreating the original flavours in a mixture of dry herbs and spices that are finely ground in a spice mill or coffee grinder. These spices are sprinkled on before browning vegetables, meat, chicken, fish or used to enhance a sauce.

Many patrons have special food needs including allergies, and Pamela has developed recipes to cater specifically for these: vegan, vegetarian, sugar-free, dairy-free, wheat-free and gluten-free baking, which has become a real hit.

Pamela’s new book is deliberately simple, yet practical. It is a functional souvenir of both the Tea Room Restaurant and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden that will sit comfortably on a kitchen counter and fit easily into a suitcase. The book is well-illustrated with photographs as well as anecdotal comments from regular patrons.


Available from the Kirstenbosch Tea Room Restaurant and +27 (0)21 797 4883