Top picks: Bibby’s Kitchen

Top picks: Bibby’s Kitchen

Bibby’s Kitchen @ 36 is named after cook and food blogger Dianne Biddy’s life-changing decision which she made at age 36. Leaving a career in fashion design behind, she tied her apron strings and started on her new food journey – creating unfussy, beautiful food, with particular passion for baking. Every Friday is Cake Friday, when she creates delectable sweet treats. Di also hosts cooking classes from time to time – more info here. This week, we unveil some of her favourite things.

 What would your 10-year-old self say about the job you do right now?

“Eating food and cake is a job? Best day ever!”

What’s the absolute best thing and the absolute pits about your job?

“Creating a new dish that tastes awesome and works first time round. Worst is definitely tidying up the kitchen carnage after a food shoot.”

What is a food aroma you love?
“Freshly brewed, strong coffee is the aroma I love best for early mornings and winters are not complete without the citrusy smell of a pot of marmalade bubbling on the stove.”

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?
“A peanut butter, noodle soup – alarmingly confusing and awfully memorable.”

Is there is food trend that you wish would go away?
“I’m not too big on ash food.”

Favourite spot for lunch?
“La Colombe for the magnificent view, outstanding food and super staff.”


Photo: La Colombe


Where is your go-to place to shop for food or ingredients?

“Super Sconto for everything Italian, Farmers markets for fresh produce and the obvious but trustworthy, Woolworths.”

Favourite ingredient to cook with right now?
“Ancient grains and all things Middle Eastern.”


Photo: Biddy’s Kitchen. Recipe: Quinoa and black-eyed bean salad


If you were a flavour of ice cream, you would be… (and why?)
“Halva and pistachio ice cream. Can you ever have enough halva in your life?”

If you had R1000 to spend, where would you go or what would you cook? (and drink)
“I’d cook pasta for friends with a cheerful bottle of Prosecco to go.”

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life it would be?
“I could easily eat roast vegetable salads topped with goat’s cheese and heaps of nuts for a very long time.”

Favourite food or wine hero?
“Yotam Ottolenghi”


Your last supper would be (don’t forget the drinks!)
“Butter chicken curry.”

Watch Di in action on a recent Expresso episode: