livetoeat is a blog about food – how to grow it, how to eat it, how to live it. Here you’ll find interesting people doing amazing things and interesting things changing people’s lives, whether it’s a new gadget, must-have cooking utensil or a composting worm farm. You’ll meet inspiring chefs, allotment gardeners, beekeepers and artisans and be kept up to speed on food trends and new happenings in the restaurant industry.

It’s about a lifestyle – about growing your own and eating from your garden (even if you live in a 12th story apartment), about being more aware of the food you put on your plate.

livetoeat is food writer and stylist Bern Le Roux’s home on the web. Bern lives with one foot in the city of Cape Town and one foot in the country in Noordhoek with her husband, two sons, three dogs, a cat and three chickens. She part-owns café Roux with husband Paul and sister-in-law Lindi Green and has been in the magazine industry for ten years writing and styling for various titles including Conde Nast House & Garden, Eat In, Eat Out, Visi, Woolworths Taste, Food & Home Entertaining and Marie Claire. She is a published author of award-winning cookbook Prickly Pears & Pomegranates (Quivertree Publications) – co-authored with her mother Marianne Palmer – which won a World Gourmand Award in Paris for Best Local Cookbook as well as author of acclaimed chef Reuben Riffel’s second book Reuben Cooks Local.

Bern’s background in food was shaped by a childhood spent growing up on a Karoo farm steeped in culinary history. It was Eve Palmer, Bern’s great aunt, who first wrote about this farm, Cranemere, in her Plains of Camdeboo. Bern is a sixth generation Palmer and has been largely influenced by her upbringing – where living off the land was the norm. ‘We raised the best lamb, picked fruit from the orchard and vegetables from the Big Garden. We improvised. And we lived to eat.’


Photograph by Russel Wasserfall