Lunch Boxes

We have created these very functional "lunch boxes" that ideally holds 9 small bite size items that makes up a complete meal. They can either be filled with savoury snacks, individual meals as burgers, hotdogs, pancakes etc or our latest invention high tea boxes. 

These boxes are ideal for corporate lunches, functions, or as mentioned high teas. 

My latest creation was for a corporate lunch and they were filled with the following:

  • Cream cheese and salmon pancakes
  • bacon and blue cheese devilled eggs with asparagus tips
  • steak strip with garlic and lemon salsa
  • feta and spinach mini quiche
  • satay chicken skewer with peanut dip
  • caprese stick with balsamic dressing
  • Bobotie meatball skewer
  • Rooibos meringue with white chocolate ganache

Cape Tours & Adventures American Evening

I am totally in my element when I can cook, host and entertain. My two favourite things in life (other than my beautiful family) are people and food. Therefor, traveling is quite a big deal for me. When I travel I want to experience as much as I possibly can, especially about the people, their culture and specifically their food culture. Visit Traveling Spoon to learn more about how you can do this while traveling.

There is no better experience than sharing a table and meal with people in their own home. I believe it is a beautiful gesture when someone opens their home to you, it is a small piece of their heart that they are sharing with you. To me it is a sign of friendship and serving someone. 

I love sharing my home and heart with our guests. We recently had SO much fun hosting these crazy & fun-loving Americans while letting them experience, taste and love Cape Town in the comfort of our home. Thanks to Cape Tours and Adventures for ensuring such a fantastic birthday celebration tour to these tourists. 

Menu:
Canapés: 
Polenta squares topped with caramelised onions and topped with bobotie slices
Boerewors slices topped with dijon mayonnaise
Mini corn breads served with fig jam and farm butter

Starters:
Chunky fish cakes topped with mayonnaise and sweet chilli sauce

Mains:
Traditional bobotie/roasted butternut and vegetable bobotie served with yellow rice & tomato, cucumber and onion salsa. 

Thank you Cape Tours and Adventures & George Rautenbach Photography.

Behind the scenes - 60th Birthday Dinner

After many hours of Pinterest surfing and magazine browsing each event comes together with a few sleepless nights, hard work, lots of planning, visualising and of course loads of cooking and fun in the kitchen. 

I was asked by clients to host an intimate autumn themed sixtieth dinner party in the comfort of their own beautiful home up on the mountain in Wedderwill near Sir Lowrys Pass. Family and friends filled the home early evening and were greeted by a trio of canapés consisting of beetroot falafels with a tahini drizzle, arancini balls with sriracha mayo and polenta squares topped with caramelised onions, biltong shavings and greens. They enjoyed a chilly autumn sunset on the balcony while sipping away on Eikendal wines and listening to Die Kaalkop Waarheid performing a special song for the birthday lady. 

I have always longed to do a harvest table. My clients have an incredible vegetable garden that provided fresh vegetables, greens and lovely decor to fill up the table and a gorgeous spread for our starter table. The table had a variety of fresh vegetables including, carrots, cucumber, zucchini, baby egg plant etc. I prepared a selection of dips from tzatziki, hummus, beetroot hummus to baba ganoush and many more. Making dips and spreads is quite time consuming but well worth it in the end when all comes together beautifully. 

Having a toddler and a 6 month old baby in the house is very much challenging when it comes to food preparation and cooking . There is no such thing as time planning, this teaches a mother to be creative and involve everyone in the kitchen. As it happens, Thursday evening, just when I started cooking, my beloved smeg oven decided to crash on me. Luckily my husband is Mr DIY himself and got it back running by Friday morning, just in time for bakers day at school. 

After initially planning a lovely under the stars dinner we settled for inside seating as Saturday evening turned out to be rather cold and rainy. Our main was a beautiful display of autumn on a plate with a subtle butternut puree stacked with acidic red cabbage topped with carrot battons, mash potatoes, fillet grilled to perfection on an open fire and finished off with caramelised onions, feta and thyme sprigs. 

Dessert. 

Pavlova is a best kept chef secret as it is something that you can make well in advance and store in an airtight container. The evening called for a soft and spongy salted dark chocolate pavlova topped with espresso cream and garnished with fresh fruit, nougat, whispers and cacao. 

Nevertheless, as simple as it may sound, the evening was interrupted with an unhappy and grumpy baby, that demanded attention 24/7. Luckily dad aka my food photographer was there for support and encouragement - hence the title 'Behind the scenes' as we never got enough or proper photos of the end result and best of all, THE FOOD. 

Thank you for allowing me to host this memorable and special event. 

All food, styling, decor and set up done by Edamus Let's Eat

Cake done by the talented Sheena Henry Cakes & Photography

Photography done by George Rautenbach Photography

High Tea @ Jacana Guest Farm

I am beyond blessed to say that I got the opportunity to host a beautiful and intimate High Tea on the exquisite Jacana Guest Farm of Dave and Sheila Scott.  Jacana is a working farm situated on a secluded property within the golden triangle of world renowned wine estates, nestled between Peter Falke & Rust and Vrede,  located midway between the historical towns of Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

The farm has 4 spacious guest suites and a newly renovated venue called, The Boardwalk which will soon play host to a variety of functions, conferences and musical evenings. 

On Friday it kicked off and welcomed some special ladies for a High Tea in the Gazebo at the top of the vineyard, which turned out a great success.  

The menu was carefully planned and prepared to present what Jacana strives for, beautiful food that is healthy and wholesome for the mind and body. The farm and its gardens is a place where you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the unspoiled natural surroundings. It offers the opportunity for relaxation, reflection and rumination. It will soon offer some coffee and snacks for visitors wanting to experience what Jacana has to offer. 

The menu consisted of:

1. Beet Dyesd Deviled Eggs

2. Crispy Prosciutto Cups with Goats Cheese and Figs

3.  Classic Heart shaped Avocado and Feta Pate Sandwiched

4. Tomato and Goats Cheese Mini Quiches

5. Sliced Cucumber topped with Cream Cheese and dill and served with Smoked Salmon

6. Heavenly Scones with Whipped Cream and Cherry compote

7. Kiwi Slices topped with Raspberries and Edible Flowers

8. Macaroons

9. Turkish delight

10. Fresh fruit

11. Sparkling Non-alcoholic Rose with fresh Pomegranates

12. Water served with Edible ice cube flowers

The set up style and theme was retro so we decorated the table with old books, scales, lace and mismatched tea cups. It looked absolutely gorgeous and was the talk around the table. 

We are already looking forward to our next event at Jacana on Wednesday 10 April 2017. Photos and information to follow as soon as possible. 

Enjoy the photos... 

 

  

FIELD to FEAST @ AVONDALE

This past weekend I got to celebrate my birthday with an incredibly special lunch at Avondale wine farm. We were fortunate enough to get a seating on their "field to feast" autumn table which only happens 4 times a year. We enjoyed a beautiful sunny day, driving on a tractor whilst viewing the beautiful seasonal changes on the gorgeous Avondale farm, situated below the Klein Drakenstein Mountains, in the heart of the Paarl valley. 

What makes Avondale as a farm in whole so extraordinary is their policy, I quote; "our commitment to promoting life leads not only to Mother Nature’s approval; it also ensures the premium quality of Avondale’s unique, naturally-made, slow wines". Not only do they produce exceptionally good wines but their farm is closely monitored and run by mother nature herself. They are a certified organic farm and they practise bio-dynamic agriculture.

Upon visiting Avondale you will notice ducks and chickens roaming around freely in the vineyards as well as their amazing vegetable garden. They are transported around the farm with a unique tractor made especially for them and it is quite something to experience. They play a big part in Avondale's holistic biological approach, which combines organic and biodynamic principles with modern science.

Our lunch at FABER was exceptional, to say the least. Eric Bulpitt and his team treated us to various plates of wholesome goodness. 10% of the fresh produce is currently harvested from the farms garden then carefully prepared and plated with an extraordinary eye for detail. I will let the photos speak for itself as I can not find the right words for the sensational lunch we experienced. Each course was naturally paired with a matching wine from the farm itself. Needless to say I got stuck on the champagne, maybe because there was so much to celebrate!  

Tastings at Avondale are free, plus the Eco Tour is a unique experience not to miss out on. Do visit Avondale at; Lustigan Road, Klein Drakenstein, Paarl, Cape Winelands, Western Cape. Monday to Saturday & Public Holidays from 10h00 to 16h00. Rather be safe and make a booking, especially for a unique dining experience at Faber; Call +27 (0)21 863-1976. 

PS. A MASSIVE thank you to my sis in law (we also share a birth date), who made this whole day possible! Sumi Gous, the owner and designer of Sumi Creative Company, also did the design of the Faber logo. Well done sis!

FARM KLEINOOD

Kleinood on Stellenrust lies nestled in the Blaauwklippen Valley on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain outside Stellenbosch. This must single handedly be one of my favourite farms to visit. Upon arrival you are greeted by a touch of Italy. The simplicity and the mere humbleness of the whole farm intrigues me, not to mention that Kleinood is surrounded by some of my favourite wineries on Stellenrust road, including Keermont, De Trafford and Waterford. 

Kleinood is an Afrikaans word from Dutch and German origin meaning something small and precious. This sums up the whole of Kleinood – a very small farm, specializing in the production of only a Syrah based red wine, a single vineyard Syrah and small production of Viognier and Syrah Rosé as well as de Boerin extra virgin olive oil.

Owner, Gerard de Villiers, an Engineer by profession, devoted his substantial skills to designing and building the winery. Libby, his wife, responsible for the architectural design, created timeless buildings with strong traditional Cape influences and materials. Everything is simply and holistically designed and therefore dedicated to exploration. 

Before moving to the Boland, Gerard, Libby and their two children, lived in the Cape Town suburb of Tamboerskloof for 25 years. Hence, they decided to call their wine Tamboerskloof. How amazing is it that their understated labels are hand printed on hand made paper, which is, then hand torn and pasted onto each individual bottle by hand. The sole insignia depicts a sheep bearing a flag, derived from the official de Villiers family crest. The cork bears the name of the farm, Kleinood.

Kleinood has a fascinating history and story to tell, I therefore encourage you to vist this intriguing farm and find out for yourself just how beautiful it is. 

Kleinood is open for tasting on Fridays between 10h00 and 13h00. For all other days, contact them directly. Telephone +27 (0)21 880 2527. Email office@kleinood.com

 

Welcome to WATERFORD

Generally I am not one for mainstream wineries , but I have to admit, driving up through the olive plantation to the entrance of Waterford, I definitely did not mind sharing the space with fellow wine and chocolate lovers. 

Waterford is situated on, yes, Stellenrust road, the one I have been going on about for weeks now. If you have not put time aside for this(make this a weekend trip) you need to do it NOW! 

I have to agree with a statement from the Estate itself: "Those who have visited are drawn back often not only to the sumptuous wines, but to the heart and soul of Waterford." Their philosophy that celebrates prosperity, life, food, wine, family and friends will always draw me back, not even to mention the tranquil beauty it has to offer. I really value the effort that went into this showcase estate, once you set foot on their Estate you feel like you have just entered paradise through the valleys of France.

Waterford offers an unique tasting experience and you get to choose between the following options: 

  1. standard wine tasting
  2. wine & chocolate experience(my favourite ofcourse)
  3. Waterford estate experience
  4. Library collection experience
  5. Reserve vintage tasting
  6. The Jem tasting
  7. or for something quite unique and different you can join in on a wine drive for a 2hour drive around their beautiful estate. 

We did a combination of options one and two and were pleasantly surprised by the exquisite chocolates that are supplied by Von Geusau, who is also a client of Sumi Creations, who does all his gorgeous labels and designs. 

The pairing is spectacularly done with the chocolates and it makes it quite difficult for me to pick my favourites. On the warm sunny day we experienced I am naturally biased to their new style Sauvignon blanc with the grapes harvested in Elgin, but their traditional Sauvignon blanc with the old cork has a beautiful nose. 

The Sommelier treated us with a tasting of the Jem, which is their flagship wine, selling fro R900 a bottle, needles to say it was exquisite.

Be sure not to miss Waterford on your visit to Stellenrust road.

Trading hours: Monday - Friday 09:00 -17:00, Saturdays 10:00 - 17:00, info@waterfordestate.co.za, 021 8805300. 

KEERMONT ON STELLENRUST

When I think of Keermont I picture myself standing in the beautiful cool winery of Keermont tasting away at their delicious wines whilst listening to one of the most intellectual wine tastings I have ever experienced. 

Keermont is such a treat to visit, this boutique wine estate is set in a naturally-formed amphitheatre between the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountain ranges and assures for spectacular views. They aim to grow wines that reflect the natural wonders of the beautiful setting, and they do it perfectly. 

The name comes from Keerweder, which is the name of the former farm. A keerweder is a dead end in a valley - it literally translates to 'block again', as the early settlers were blocked by the terrain when they tried to pass through the valley. 

The most prominent thing about Keermont is their philosophy regarding their wines. They tend towards the natural rather than the scientific, which is something I totally support. 

A remarkably tight unit of nine people run the whole of Keermont Vineyards. All work, from tending the vines to packaging the bottles for final release, is carried out by this small team to ensure that the same attention to detail is followed throughout the wines’ production. They aim to guide their wines through fermentation and maturation as gently as possible and believe through this gentle process, they can capture the true essence of the fruit that they put so much effort into growing. This is naturally reflected in their perfectly well-balanced wines.

If you are into the new more modern style and trends of natural wines do give Keermont a visit as they use less chemical fertilizers, fewer pesticide, try to irrigate and intervene as little as possible in the winery. I do believe this is the way to go, especially if you do enjoy consuming a healthy amount of wine. I particularly enjoyed their Companion wine, maybe because I find wine to be one of the best companions. Their Fleurfontein is also an outstanding dessert wine which will pair perfectly with a selection of cheeses. 

In the words of Neal Martin (Wine Advocate, October 2013), “If you want to see the new South Africa and catch a glimpse of what the future beholds, then look no further than Keermont.”

Definitely a great experience, beautiful drive up and wonderful tasting experience. 

Visit Keermont at:Keermont Vineyards, Upper Blaauwklippen road, Stellenbosch, South Africa. +27 021 880 0397 info@keermont.co.za *Do note that they are only open for tastings every Friday from 10:30-13:30 or book an appointment. 

Terebinte Goose and Berry Farm

Terebinte, derived from the Terebinte tree. It symbolizes a mighty tree with its roots so deep and steadfast in the soil, that it cannot be destroyed by wind, rain and storms. It moves with the wind but stays rooted strongly in the earth. The same can be said about the Wasserman family.  

This is one of those stories that truly needs to be told.  A story of persistence, a story of a father with a family of 4 who lost everything in 1995. In the year 2000, he was finally given an opportunity and he set out to the Graskop area with a chainsaw and a few axes to remove burned wood after a great fire that year. He started working on one of the farms in the area and after a great struggle eventually acquired the farm in a dilapidated state. Luckily the farm boasted with avocado trees, macadamia nut trees and berry bushes that were neglected for years. Slowly but surely they started rebuilding and revamping the farm. 

Today, in the shadows of God’s window, you will find a small, rustic farm situated snugly between many kilometers of plantations and endless farm activities. A few Nguni cows roam the farm, together with a large gaggle of 800 geese and chicken that conveniently keep the yard clean and walk around freely.  

The natural valley in which the farm is situated now produces the most amazing avocado pears, macadamia nuts and a delicious variety of berries. On your visit to Terebinte you will be given the opportunity to partake in the berries, nuts, litchis or avocado picking and packing and of course eating.

After a morning of work you get to have breakfast (mieliepap, milk and sugar) with the team at the farm shop where you can also purchase some delicious delicacies. Tannie Rita’s magic hands makes Jam’s, piccalilli, juices, pickles, etc. from all the fresh produce on the farm. Be sure to ask Mari to bake a fresh bread for you in their coal stove to enjoy all your homemade farm goodies with.

This ‘green’ farm runs solely on solar power and borehole water and they can boast about being the biggest geese farm in South Africa. Every 2 months the geese feathers are harvested and turned into the finest duvet covers and pillows. You can also purchase these at the farm stall build by oom Hekkie himself.

Oom Hekkie being a very humble 72 year old and still going strong, has a remarkable talent for building. He does all the building and construction on the farm himself. The farm now also have a gorgeous 3 sleeper bungalow as well as an idyllic backpackers, neatly decorated with all that is required for a real farm-style stay and perfect for a breakaway from the city or en-route to your next destination. You can book directly on airbnb, lekkeslaap or travelground. At night you get to sit around a large bon fire and gaze at the Lowveld’s clear starry nights and if your lucky enough get to listen to oom Hekkies fascinating stories and life tale. 

Be sure not to drive past this beautiful farm on your next road trip through the Lowveld or visit to the Kruger National park .

This is De Trafford

It is time to introduce you to and share my wine tasting experience at De Trafford winery with you.  Driving up the winding country road you will have to persist until you reach the last farm, deep in the mountain.  Driving up towards the winery on the left you are greeted by an oasis of South African indigenous plants, a huge haven, a sanctuary of shade.

We were greeted by the winemaker’s own body guard, his loving schnauzer, as we entered the beautiful old cellar up in the mountain. David Trafford, former architect, is the owner and wine maker of these delicious hand crafted de Trafford wines. The labels tell interesting stories with their flagship wine, Elevation 393, referring to the height above sea level(393m), right where their house is situated on the slopes of the mountain. David’s love for architecture clearly portrays through the labels and packaging as you’ll see the labels are all cleverly designed with the outlay of the cellar or blue print of their home, the typical trademark of an architect. 

David’s wife, Rita, is an accomplished artist and her paintings are used on some of the labels, I love that they change these labels every 2 years to keep it fresh and interesting. 

De Trafford must easily be one of my favourite settings for a wine tasting, the beautiful cellar almost tells it’s story itself. Two thirds of their wines are distributed and exported to Europe, so you get to taste 5 wines during your visit. Being a Shiraz lover myself I am besotted with their Blueprint Syrah, being one of the best syrah’s I’ve tasted for a while. Their Merlot is very quirky by not being your average easy drinking wine and can easily be confused for a Cabernet Sauvignon. They also produce a very special dessert wine, called Straw wine. You’ll easily recognise the bottle adorned with a portrait done by Rita of two colourful African women. These grapes are left outside on racks to dry naturally, they then press the grapes to make one of the most elegantly sweet dessert wines. Be sure to grab or order yourself one in time for Christmas. 

De Trafford is open for tastings on Saturday’s only from 10:00 - 13:00 at R50 per person. Alternatively you can contact them for a private tasting that is conducted throughout the week and is charged at R200 per person.