Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Rosé 2019, perfect with Jane-Anne Hobbs’s Chicken Liver Paté with a Jellied Verjuice Topping…

Joining an illustrious stable of wines in the Franschhoek Wine Appellation, the Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Rosé 2019, a perfect year-round wine...

Boschendal Eateries – get them on your bucket list

There is such a wide choice of food and wine offerings on Boschendal Farm, from The Werf Restaurant, Rhone Homestead, Picnics in season, Farm Shop & Deli. There is a wide choice of tutored wine tastings offered in the Manor House and cellar tours and tastings at The Cellar Door at Rhone.

Tomatoes, enhanced by Willow Creek’s superb olive oils…….

Heritage Tomatoes - photo by Jamie Schler I have had some pretty amazing tomatoes recently. Some ripened on the vine and others brought to ideal ripeness on the kitchen window shelf where they get only the gentle early morning sunlight. Some 50 years ago, I was given Elizabeth David’s A Book of Mediterranean Foods in

Boschendal Manor House Wine Tastings, more than well worth the visit…

Boschendal Manor House, main reception room for Wine Tastings I said this before – there is always something new out at Boschendal. Or as Pliny the Elder might have put it, and apparently Aristotle before him, ex Boschendal semper aliquid novi. The Manor House has been so tastefully redecorated, with its history taken into consideration,

Cheese Baker – Dalewood Wineland Wild Mushroom Brie, topped with Panko, Enoki Mushroom, thyme & lemon pangratatto….

Baking cheese, is something we should really be doing more often. There are few things as good as a truly ripe white coated cheese baked, the centre oozing with melty deliciousness. The Cheese Baker is the way to go for cheesy fabulosity.

Willow Creek Chicken with Prunes & Carrots – what you can do with a mélange of ingredients – 31.10.2017

When you have a good quality Willow Creek Extra Virgin Olive Oil, you don't need much else to make a great supper from a mix of ingredients in your fridge. A bottle of Conradie Family Vineyards Cabernet helps!

Father’s Day at Boschendal

If your dad is an outdoorsy type that enjoys the countryside, then this one is for him. Treat him to a delicious ''platter to table'' style picnic at the Olive Press barn. A gourmet picnic basket filled with incredible wholesome delicacies, lamb carved from an open-fire pit, and live entertainment, are all you’re going to need to impress that special man.

Boschendal – truly luxurious Cottages..

The Groot Drakenstein Mountain from our front door We recently spent a night in the utter luxury of Werf Cottage No 4, one of seven cottages just outside the long white walls of the Werf of the Boschendal Manor House, in its perfect situation in the Groot Drakenstein Valley. The Werf Cottages These seven former

Boschendal Farm – great winter offerings

Boschendal Werf Cottage No 4 Boschendal Luxury Cottages - 30% Off Special Offer As the days cool, Boschendal farm reveals itself as an ideal place to both pamper yourself and enjoy a variety of family-friendly farm-stay activities. During May to September we are offering a 30% discount on Sunday to Thursday stays in our Werf

Boschendal’s Forest Food Roving Dinner….. 20 May 2017

Boschendal's Executive Chef, Christiaan Campbell in The Werf herb garden Let your senses roam free through our magical forests and gardens, as you enjoy a foraging quest extraordinaire. Hosted by our Executive Chef, Christiaan Campbell, and renowned mushroom forager Justin Williams, this evening ensures you are in for a special experience. Justin Williams, fabled forager

Willow Creek Olive Oil’s World Champion Status confirmed

Willow Creek Extra Virgin Olive Oils & the Awards Willow Creek is still the only South African brand on the list of global champions following the publishing of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil World Rankings (EVOOWR) – an achievement the Nuy Valley olive oil producer has now repeated for the third consecutive year. More medals

Boschendal redux

Boschendal Farm We visited Boschendal recently and spent a night in one of the 7 Werf Cottages which are just outside the ringmuur of the old Manor House. Currently undergoing 5-star grading, these cottages are just perfect for a couple of days away.  Everything you would need for ultra-comfort. The one we stayed in had

Boschendal’s Yoga & Wellness Retreat, May 12th – 14th

Yoga at Boschendal After the hectic start that heralds the beginning of any year, Boschendal Farm has the answer to restoring your inner zen for the rest of 2017. We are hosting a Yoga & Wellness Retreat with the much respected Viktor van der Kleij from 12 - 14 May. Guests will enjoy an engaging,

Boschendal Farm – Easter treats in store from Friday 14th April to Monday 17th April

The Boschendal Werf Always something new and exciting and different down on Boschendal Farm, and April holds some real treats in store. Last year's Easter egg team Sharon Gambanga & Eli Kennedy Easter time offers an array of experiences which have been planned to entertain and indulge all ages.  On Friday 14th April and Sunday

My Curried Chicken Patties with Willow Creek Oil

Curried Chicken Patties in Tomato Coconut Sauce in the pan before garnish Chicken patties are available in some supermarkets and if you prefer to use them, this recipe works as well. Chicken Patties You’ll need 2 large eggs 2 fat cloves garlic, peeled and mashed fine 2 tsp finely chopped parsley 2 Tbs cream Sea

Willow Creek Olive Oils in my Baked Marrows in Tomato & Parmesan

, Michael's Baked Marrows with Tomato & Parmesan Willow Creek Olives and Olive Oils are the product of the beautiful Nuy Valley the turnoff for which is on the national road between Worcester and Robertson. The oils, of which there is a wide award winning selection, also come infused with various flavours such as garlic,

Boschendal – Valentine’s Day at The Werf Restaurant on Tuesday 14 February 2017

Valentine’s Day at The Werf Restaurant Valentine's day. The one day in the year that you can justifiably give in to your senses and let pleasure take over. A thousand roses They've set the scene for you at Boschendal, with an enchanted night of a thousand roses. A magical evening of exquisite food, incredible wines

Boschendal Musical Wine, Picnics & Valentine Vibes

Boschendal's Werf Picnics Sunday Music Picnics With Blair Taberer, Slow Jack & Manouche Fancy something a bit different for a Sunday? Bored of making that roast and doing those dishes? Yes? So come and chill out with a gorgeous picnic and listen to some of the best muso’s in South Africa as they get their

KWV Emporium, Paarl, cellar door to iconic Wines & fine Potstill Brandy

KWV Brandy & Chocolate Tasting at The KWV Emporium The KWV Emporium is the cellar door sales venue for this iconic South African Wine Cellar and Distillery which is situated at the heart of the town of Paarl. A full range of the company’s products is available at the Emporium which is housed in the

KWV takes the Kalahari to the UK with launch of Cruxland Gin

KWV'S Cruxland Gin KWV enters discerning market with listing in Morrisons Leading through innovation, KWV in Paarl tapped into the craft-spirit trend when it introduced its own boutique-style handcrafted gin, called Cruxland, to South Africa last year. This year, KWV is taking this hugely popular gin to international audiences, and has officially launched in the

Willow Creek Avocado Salad with Spanish Dressing -16.01.2017

Avocado with Spanish Dressing When I was travelling in Spain I became very fond of Gazpacho and loved the fresh flavours and the way it differed from region to region. Down south the Ajo Blanco, a white Gazpacho was very popular, usually garnished with green grapes. Early botanical painting of an Avocado I use the

Willow Creek EVOO makes a great Frittata..31.12.2016

Gabrielle Kervella, with her goats Australian Cheese Legend I have a friend, Gabrielle Kervella, who lived in the Swan River Valley, north of Perth in the Swan River Valley.  She was a goat’s cheese legend in Australia, with her cheese being served way across the country in fine restaurants in Sydney. Having made frittatas at

What’s to do at Boschendal – gem of the Winelands

Boschendal Manor House, the most perfect of settings Boschendal is a place which can keep you busy for a long time and offers so much to the visitor. MTB Trails on the Estate The views from the Mountain Bike Trails are quite spectacular with three marked trails consisting of a well-maintained single track, a mountainside

Boschendal Werf Food Garden Tour – 16.12.2016

Boschendal's Werf Garden Boschendal is calling everyone with green-fingers, or striving to have green fingers, to put their exciting Food Garden Tours to the test. Boschendal Farm's Megan Mcarthy The tour is led by horticulturist and Food Garden Manager, Megan McCarthy, who will teach you all about gardening. Friday 16 December 2016 10h00 – 11h00

Boschendal offers 2 November ‘Garden Days’

Horticulturist Jan Blok in The Boschendal Rose Garden You are invited to join Landscaper Jan Blok in the Boschendal Rose Garden as he hosts a lavish High Tea and shares his passion for and knowledge of Heritage Roses. The Boschendal Rose Garden was originally created by Dr Gwen Fagan, honorary president of the Heritage Rose Society

Boschendal Farm – destination for a day of fun

Boschendal in the Groot Drakenstein Valley Boschendal is such a wonderful place to visit as there is just so much to do and see. The beautiful old homestead and its surroundings and wonderful gardens. Breakfast at The Deli Breakfast at The Deli where there is a great choice on the menu and also an array

Willow Creek Director’s Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil, award winner

Willow Creek Director’s Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil I was driving through a vineyard the other day and found the rows interplanted with broad beans. If they had harvested them, they would have made a fortune!  I am so in love with Broad Beans, also known as Fava Beans. What to do with the beans?

Willow Creek Fricassée of Chicken

Willow Creek Chicken Fricassée I remember asking one of my teachers at the London Cordon Bleu Cookery, the legendary Rosemary Hume, what a fricassee was and she came up with such a complicated reply, that I have never actually known what it is.  My French dictionary this morning gives the English description of fricassee, so

Boschendal’s Yoga, Croissants & Pizza… August 2016

Yoga & Wellness Retreat When Friday 26 August to Sunday 28 August 2016 Venue Boschendal Price R2560 per person sharing and R3460 per person not sharing Boschendal Farm is hosting a Yoga & Wellness Retreat with Viktor van der Kleij from 26-28 August. Guests can look forward to an engaging weekend of yoga, healthy food

Boschendal’s Heritage Day Farm Feast – 24.09.2016

Boschendal's Heritage Day Farm Feast In celebration of National Heritage Day, also known as ‘Braai Day', Boschendal is hosting a special open-air Ox Roast Farm Feast in the historical Boschendal Werf. The farm feast lunch will be at a long communal table under the oaks with a festive, harvest style atmosphere. Most of the food will

Willow Creek Olive Oil of Origin continues its winning ways – 31.01.2016

Baked Marrow in Bolognaise Sauce I am a great fan of Willow Creek Olive Oils, and enjoy using their infused oils particularly, the garlic, jalapeno and the parmesan being amongst my current favourites. For my recipe below, you will need a marrow at least 40 cm long. Perhaps one which hid itself under the leaves

Boschendal 330 years of Cape history

The Boschendal Manor Housedwarfed by the Groot Drakenstein Mountain Gawie and Gwen Fagan, restoring architects of Boschendal in the late 1970s wrote, “Of all the stately farmsteads in the Drakenstein Valley, Boschendal has the finest setting.” First granted to French Huguenot, Jean le Long in 1685, the same year in which the King

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Chateau de Sours Bordeaux Rosé

The late Auberon Waugh, former Wine correspondent of The Spectator proclaimed Chateau de Sours Rosé as “probably the greatest rosé in the world”. Ch de Sours, which has been producing excellent wines. for over 200 years is on a limestone plateau to the south-west of Libourne and faces St Emilion. Packed, unusually for

November 10th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Obikwa – wines for the common man

Obikwa Wines are making a huge impression in the South Africa market. When we tasted the wines for our book The Peoples Guide, the Obikwa Shiraz particularly stood out head and shoulders above the rest. Here’s the Pinotage – lovely dry summer time wine yet juicy sweet strawberries and prune plums, dry and

November 2nd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Sumptuous – Marlene van der Westhuizen

  Click on the cover to buy this book now! Some of us have been lucky enough to get our knees under a table where the food presented on it is cooked by Marlene van der Westhuizen either out in the winelands where she will match to perfection a wine being launched with

November 1st, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Roundhouse, fab food in the city

The Roundhouse, Somerset Room The Roundhouse started off its life in the early 19th Century as a shooting lodge for Lord Charles Somerset, Governor of The Cape of Good Hope. It's been through various incarnations from being a Youth Hostel to a restaurant run by what everyone knew as "that French Lady" [whom

October 29th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

J C le Roux’s new La Vallée Rosé

The House of J.C. Le Roux in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s first cellar dedicated entirely to the craft of making sparkling and MCC wines recently launched a sister wine to their La Vallée, the first off dry MCC to be produced in the Cape. La Vallée Rosé with just the faintest touch of sweetness

October 29th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Jacobsdal – great Pinotage & Cabernet

I recently met Cornelis Dumas of Jacobsdal for the first time and was fortunate enough to talk to him at length about how best to match his wines to food. He is one of the most courteous, dignified country gentleman I have had the good fortune to meet. A winemaker for over 40

October 29th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Cru Café – wine bar & restaurant

Aesthetically pleasing interior Had a stunning lunch with my friend Elsie Pells and some wine writers recently Cru Café which opened at the beginning of October in the new Cape Quarter extension in the now trendy part of Cape Town. Elsie is a share holder with her friends Tom and Jacques Castelein who

October 29th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Fantail Cab Sauvignon Cab Franc 2006

At under R50 bucks a pop, this is a big chewy elegant rustic wine.  It’s a  Morgenhof label, but by no means a "second" label.  A wine able to stand on its own. Deep ruby red in colour, fine elegant flavours, brushed with oak, the Cabernet Franc lends its classical forest floor after

October 27th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Doolhof Estate – The Minotaur 2007

Doolhof Wine Estate in Wellington has a truly stunning rage of wines. Recently they launched a delicious coffee style Pinotage called The Dark Lady of the Labyrinth [Doolhof being Afrikaans for Labyrinth] which I so enjoyed. Now they have The Minotaur, their recently released ultra premium wine, which has hardly been on the

October 27th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Drinking from the Dragon’s Well

    Click on the cover to buy this book now! I first met Alexandra Smith as a textile merchant in her parents business some 16 years ago. A special person with some interesting views on life and people. As I learnt when I read her first book Algeria’s Way, which was a

October 26th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

La Petite Ferme

Click on the cover of this book to buy it now! Madeleine and I knew Johan and Carol Dendy Young from the late 1970s when we lived on Boschendal and they were farmers in Franschhoek growing the most spectacular plums and other fruits. Time came when Carol worked with Adré McWilliam Smith of great

October 26th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Ready Steady Cook 365

CLICK ON THE COVER TO BUY THIS BOOK NOW! Ready Steady Cook about 15 years ago had us sitting on the edges of our seats as celebrity chef and their guests were given a goodie bag filled with food items and asked to cook as many dishes as possible in 20 minutes. And

October 26th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

A farm in my heart

Click on the cover to buy this book now! Can't really do an unbiased review of this book.  We know the le Roux family well and have visited their farm Doornkraal near De Rust in the Oudtshoorn surrounds. Emelia le Roux is a daughter of the amazing Swepie and Ann - one of

October 26th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Franschhoek Food

  Click on the cover to buy now Surely one of the more beautiful books to appear this year.  From the pen of Myrna Robins, I think this is her 7th book. As classy as Lannice Snyman’s Tortoises and Tumbleweeds and Marlene van der Westhuizens Sumptuous. Myrna is a brilliant writer with such

October 26th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

bestfoodfast

Bestfoodfast! Just seen a stunning range of cookbooks called bestfoodfast which is popping up in all sorts of bookshops, even at the tills in Woolworths.  The ones I have are Barbecues & Alfresco eating, Delicious Cakes & Biscuits and Easy Salads.  And I am going back for more.  They are so reasonably priced at

October 22nd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

My hungry heart

  My Hungry Heart Antoinette de Chavonnes Vrugt has produced an enchanting book packed full of her food ideas and “Notes from a Namibian Kitchen”.  Those of us who have visited Namibia and have eaten richly and well will just love this book, filled with Antoinette’s personal favourites. Richly coloured and stunningly illustrated

October 22nd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

marie claire real+simple

click on the cover to buy now I was fortunate enough to meet and work with Michele Cranston in Johannesburg at The Good Food and Wine Show some time ago. Always been a great admirere of this consummate cook who’s been cooking and food styling for twenty years in a career spanning work

October 22nd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Great Cookery Book Promotion

VEFA'S KITCHEN One can never be stuck for a Christmas present for your foodie friends when you are in a book store. Do have a look out for the next three months for the following books, all published by Phaidon which are reprints of some old favourites. Vefa’s Kitchen – the Greek cookery

October 22nd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

La Motte Chardonnay 2008

La Motte has gone screwy! For the 2009 vintages of both their Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, La Motte have taken the screwcap closure route. Hein Koegelenberg, La Motte CEO says “With the launch of the new screw tops we feel confident that the wine at the time of bottling is exactly the wine

October 13th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Minotaur 2007

The Minotaur – a new red blend from Doolhof [Afrikaans for Labyrinth] was released on October 1st and on Saturday 10th won a double gold at the Veritas Awards dinner. It already has a gold medal from this year’s Michelangelo awards. There are some quite exciting wines coming from this little winery in

October 12th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Laszlo 2006

In the 1980s, there was a new buzz in the winelands with the arrival of respected Rumanian wine personality who had fled his native Rumania with his wife and young daughter. After a short spell at Nietvoorbij, he moved to the Bergkelder where he set about creating a whole new future for South

October 12th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Bombolini Wines

Bombolini has been Danie Truter's pet bull for 9 years.  He arrived when he was 5 days old and was initially hand-fed. At harvest time Bombolini, who wanders freely in the Onderkloof vineyards, eats the grapes used for his own wines  so they obviously have his stamp of  approval. The Bombolini wines are

October 11th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Ainsley Harriott – Just Five Ingredients

  I was lucky to meet Ainsley Harriott that master of fast, flavoursome and fabulous food.  He is just the same person off-screen that he is  when performing on TV. In this handy little book, he has created a collection of mouth-watering recipes that use a maximum of five ingredients, perfect for the time-short, budget-conscious

September 2nd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Cape Winelands in style………

Cape Winelands in style takes you right to the source of South Africa’s wines. Through words and images, wine writer Wendy Toerien and photojournalist David Rogers entice you into exploring the richness of life on these 30 wine farms, which the team from award-winning Africa Geographic magazine has selected not only for the quality of

September 1st, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Cakes, cakes and more cakes…….

click on the cover to buy this book.. This is one of the most exciting of books about cakes and baking that I have ever come across.   Brother and sister team have produced the most beautiful of books Cakes - to celebrate love and life. Both stylish and playful, Cakes to celebrate

September 1st, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Slaley Estate – Olives

Slaley is a village outside Newcastle, England. And Slaley Hall was the ancestral home of The Hunting Family, current owner of Slaley in Stellenbosch. The Huntings have a history in shipping going back to the 19th Century and in aircraft manufacturing and operation from the time of Lindsay's grandfather, Gerald Lindsay Hunting, who was invalided

July 23rd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Kloovenburg Vineyards – Olives

R46 near Riebeeck Kasteel 7307, Western Cape, South Africa. Telephone [022] 448 1635 Email:   info@kloovenburg.com web: www.kloovenburg.com The du Toit family - note the boys red legs from grape stomping for their Eight Feet Wine On Kloovenburg Estate in Riebeek Kasteel, while Pieter is the wine farmer, also making great Shiraz [do Olives and

July 23rd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

A Taste for Olives & Olive Oils

The growing taste for Olives and Olive Oils in South Africa While the production of that precious European liquid, wine, was first diarised by Jan van Riebeek in the middle of the 17th Century, the production of the other great European liquid, olive oil, is a fairly recent trend in South Africa. The

July 23rd, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Malva Pudding – the original

I can happily claim responsibility for the resurgence and subsequent popularity of Malva Pudding.  In the late 1970’s I asked my friend Maggie Pepler who had the original recipe to come and work at Boschendal Restaurant for which I was responsible while our head chef was on holiday.  I asked Maggie to teach us how

June 29th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Bobotie – a classical Cape Dish

MY BOBOTIE This is probably the most widely known and loved of all Cape dishes.  It has its origins at the Cape in the 17th century when the Dutch Settlers, brought their unique style of cooking, infused with the spices of the East.In earlier times, it was made as a Monday supper dish from left-over

June 15th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Amy will teach you how to cook for one

There are so many people living alone for whom food – even buying food in small enough quantities – is a major problem.  And often the pleasures of cooking for one are overlooked. Amy Willcock Amy Willcock’s [she should be called Willcook] enchanting little book Cooking for one is a treasure trove of

June 15th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Vrede en Lust

In Afrikaans, Vrede is peace and Lust means you are eager and keen to get going.  Not always reconcilable in language, but brought together to perfection by Dana Buys on the showpiece wine estate on the western slopes of the Simonsberg massif, one of the first to greet the sun each morning.  Lying side by

Voyager Estate

Maddy and I had the pleasure of visiting Voyager Estate first in 1996 to consult for the owner Michael Wright who particularly wanted a piece of Cape Dutch architecture on the Estate. Voyager produces a range of premium wines made by Australian Winemaker of the Year, Cliff Royle. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon & Chenin Blanc

June 7th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Swartland Wine Cellar

Taking the West Coast Road out of Cape Town you'll observe a change in vegetation within 40 minutes. Hectares of wheat and grapes stretch as far as the eye can see. You have reached the Swartland, labelled " Het Zwarte Land " by Jan van Riebeeck in reference to the indigenous " renosterbos ", bush

June 7th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Stellar Winery

When I first tasted one of Dudley Wilson’s wines it was at an Organic Wines Festival at Wine Concepts, a specialist Wine Shop in Newlands Cape Town.  I tasted a Stellar Organics two-year-old Colombar, which was fabulous.  I was surprised as Colombar is usually a wine one drinks before the presses have been washed out

Steenberg Vineyards

The Steenberg [Stone Mountain] Vineyards are to be found on the slopes of the Table Mountain massif in the Constantia Valley, the oldest wine appellation in the Cape of Good Hope at the southernmost tip of the African continent. The farm is one of historic interest as it was granted to Catharina Ras who gave

Overgaauw Estate

Overgaauw has been in the ownership of a single family since it was originally settled by the ancestors of Abraham van Velden in 1783. Abraham himself set up as a farmer in 1905 on a portion of this land and named it for Elizabeth Overgaauw who married the first van Velden to arrive in South

Onderkloof Vines & Wines

Danie Truter has been making wine for over 30 years, I certainly knew him in 1977 when he washed out his first tanks just after completing his Cellar Technology studies at Stellenbosch University’s Elsenburg Agricultural College, stamping ground of many a well known South African winemaker.  At the time he was working at Simonsig Wine

June 7th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Oak Valley Wines

Oak Valley Estate is one of the Cape’s premier producers of a variety of agricultural products such as fruit, cut flowers, beef and of course wine. The estate is one of the largest deciduous fruit farms in South Africa with 335 of its hectares producing quality, high-value varieties of fruit. 70% of this land is

Nederburg Wines

My life is made up of a series of Nederburg footprints. My first recollections are Nederburg wines in the 1960s – the ‘cutglass’ Nederburg Rosé bottles with condensation running down the bottles on tables under trees on the lawn in front of our farmhouse when my parents entertained on Sundays.   Later as a

June 7th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Morgenster Estate

As a child, I remember going to watch Polo being played on a field near Morgenster in Somerset West.  It was just after the Second World War and we sat in our mostly large American cars, Studebakers, Packards and Cadillacs on the edge of the field and watched our fathers on horseback hitting

June 7th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Lindhorst Wines

Mark Lindhorst sampling - and enjoying - his wares Mark Lindhorst and I go way back when he was a student at Stellenbosch during my time at Lanzerac. After years as a successful accountant he brings his business acumen and passion for wine to the farm and wine marketing business.  His accountant’s attention

Cafe food at home

With the proliferation of the café and the Bistro over the last 10 years or so, food has become a lot more relaxed. Gael Oberholzer’s Cafe Food at Home is such a practical book and it has over 80 innovative and delicious bistro-style meals for you to prepare. One wants food that can be prepared

June 5th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

Grangehurst Winery

Jeremy and Mandy Walker's home and winery, Grangehurst, is on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain midway between Stellenbosch and the False Bay coastline with a spectacular view to the west of the Table Mountain Reserve all the way from Cape Point to Signal Hill.  To sit there, as I have, on their balcony in

Eagles’ Nest Farm

Eagles' Nest – a phoenix risen Eagles' Nest is on the road up to Constantia Nek on a former part of Simon van der Stel’s Groot Constantia Estate, in the oldest wine appellation in South Africa. Aptly named, I have seen Black Eagles swirling in the skies above the Estate; it is, what must surely

Dornier Wines

Christoph Dornier, born into a family of engineers, knew from an early age that art would be his life.  And he became an artist of international repute. He was attracted to Stellenbosch and in the early 1990's he became one of the first foreign investors in post apartheid South Africa.  The mystical aspects of wine,

Tortoises & Tumbleweeds

Lannice Snyman, who has been a dear friend for years, is one of the country’s foremost food and history of South African cuisine fundis. This book is an enchanting tour through the gastronomic heart of South Africa and helps us discover its history, cuisine and cultural traditions.  There are glimpses into dishes of the past

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