We cooked in the Karoo

Jeremy Freemantle, owner of The African Relish Cookery School
Sue Barber, Sarah Graham & myself

A couple of weekends ago, Sarah Graham, the all singing, all dancing, well known food blogger, cookery book writer [Bitten, published by Random House Struik], star of her own TV show [Bitten, Sundays at 16h00 SABC3] and thoroughly lovely lady and I trekked off to Prince Albert with our sous chef Sue Barber to present a three day Food and Wine Workshop at The African Relish Cookery School.  I had been there twice before to present similar workshops, and again what a special time we had!

Sarah in action early morning, me contemplating my next move

Sarah and I cooked and when we weren’t cooking we were baking and wine generously sponsored by some very willing producers of truly sublime wines added to the fun as we tasted during and after the classes and then during lunch and dinner as well.  It was great to have such special wines and to be able to offer them to our guests, many of them new to some of the brands and the grape varieties.

We unpacked the reds for the guests to see what awaited them
the Simonsig MCCs and the whites were chilling in the fridge

I will be writing more about the dishes we cooked and the fun we had in the days ahead.  I will put all my recipes up on this website for you to copy and use!

Our wine sponsors were Springfield Estate in Robertson, Sutherland – the Thelema wines from Elgin, Tamboerskloof Wines from Kleinood in Stellenbosch, Newton Johnson Wines from Hermanus, Diemersfontein Wines in Wellington and Jordan and Simonsig wines from Stellenbosch.

Candied Clemengold slices for my Hazelnut & Apple Galette
recipe to follow

Britt Geach from Khoisan Hand Harvested Sea Salt at Velddrif on the West Coast kindly sponsored her fabulous salt products which Sarah, Sue and I used with such joy.  Sarah and I took bore boxes of delicious Clemengold Mandarins, which the producers so kindly gave us and which we turned into fabulous dishes.  Paul and Tracy from NoMu gave us generous amounts of their products for the guests ‘goodie bags’ into which we also tucked a gift voucher for YuppieChef.  We braaied the most gorgeous looking on the bone rib eye steaks and yellowtail with Bo-Kaap spices on our Weber braai.  Fun food times.

An African Relish Cottage

Our guests from as far afield as Nelspruit and Johannesburg almost needed suitcases to take all the gifts home with them!  We were all accommodated in the School’s own enchanting little cottages scattered around the enchanting little Karoo town.

More to follow!

Read more from Sarah Graham – click here for her blog A Foodie Lives Here.

Sue Barber who lives in Cape Town runs cookery classes, cooks for you, contact her by email foodie@telkomsa.net

July 19th, 2013|Categories: Michael's Writings|Tags: , , |