Michael De Klerk and Anthony Gird are two very lucky guys.
They get to melt, stir, spoon and mould chocolate.
And then they get to taste their work.
I joined them for one of their daily chocolate making sessions and it was an eye opening experience.
First of all they use unroasted organic raw cocoa beans in making their [...]
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Michael De Klerk and Anthony Gird are two very lucky guys.
Decanting wine is an activity usually reserved for the posher variety of wines. IE: more expensive ones.
At least that’s what most people think.
And would you blame them? Most people don’t want to come across as wine snobs, and will do anything to avoid getting caught up in winespeak that passes for knowledge about wine.
Then again some [...]
A guy like Luke Dale Roberts will not stand still.
Having relinquished the Executive Chef reins at La Colombe, a restaurant he brought to No.12 in the world, it was just a question of time before his talents found new ways to express themselves.
Now he has decided to announce his new venture.
In an exclusive interview with [...]
What is it about firsts?
I never came first in a race, never got a first in an exam, never won first place in a competition.
But there I was on Wednesday, and it seemed to me that all my firsts had arrived at once.
I was eating in Reuben Riffel’s first restaurant in Cape Town. It was his [...]
My perfect breakfast is poached eggs on wholegrain brown toast with crispy bacon or pancetta on the side.
But I have been grappling with my recipes for poached eggs and have never been totally happy with the outcomes. I’ve tried everything – whirlpool in the middle of the saucepan, using frying pans, vinegar to hold the white together. [...]
GIVE A MAN A FISH AND HE’LL HAVE A MEAL.
TEACH HIM TO FISH AND HE’LL WIPE OUT THE SPECIES.
It had to happen.
There’ll be no fish in the seas for us to eat by 2048.
When we humans are good we can be very very good, and when we’re bad we’re horrible.
As species by species gets [...]
With the news that kingklip and prawns and sole have been moved onto the SASSI orange list the fishing and seafood industry have been in a flap.
This means that consumers should think twice about eating these kinds of fish.
Fish on the red list can’t be eaten at all, and green ones are good to go.
“You’ll scare [...]
Ok, 7 winefarms in 7 hours. Up at 7am and out to Stellenbosch to meet the bus. Bleary eyed fellow wine tourers on board. Sat beside Harry Reginald Haddon – all curly locks and needing a good breakfast, which he’d missed.
Great Wine Capitals is a PR initiative (google it) and WOSA had organised us to [...]
Finding Bizerca can be a bit of a mission.
Trudge through windswept open squares amidst modern office blocks, use SARS HQ as an aiming point, and eventually you’ll get there.
Set in a budget sort of hotel, next door to a raucous pub, you get into the restaurant by nipping in through the lobby, turning right past the bored [...]
Chris Erasmus, it’s the name on everyone’s lips this week. Why? Because his restaurant, Pierneef a la Motte opened it’s doors on the 4th September at the swanky La Motte wine estate, and from day one it’s taking the public by storm.
Spill caught up with a very busy Chris Erasmus to pose some vital questions, [...]
I had a lovely lunch recently in Stellenbosch with the charming Gouws Family.
Now, it wasn’t just myself, there were a few other journalist types there, so I didn’t have Ernst, wife Gwenda and daughter Ezanne all to myself.
We ate in Decameron, a well known and respected Italian restaurant in Stellenbosch. And I have to say the [...]
David Donde is a man on a mission. His mission is one of evangelical significance for all you coffee drinkers out there.
Even if you are not a coffee drinker, don’t worry, you soon will be, if David gets his way.
David isn’t the MD of Truth. He is the “visionary“. He is a fundamentalist about coffee, [...]
This is a healthy low fat soup that is warming, wholesome and easy to make. I had a bowl of it at the weekend in the Newport Deli, in Mouille Point, and it really hit the spot. Seeing that the Cape Doctor started blowing today, I thought I’d share my favourite recipe for it.
This is for [...]
This is my first wine auction, and I was delighted to be invited by Distell to cover the proceedings.
The organisers brought in a top guy from Bonhams Auctioneers in London who took bids from a large group of people in a tent. I’d say the fact that he spoke as if he had marbles in his mouth [...]
When the Grand first opened they got hammered for bad food, bad service, poor attitude and more.
Heck, I couldn’t even get in, so useless was their booking system. So I gave it a wide berth for a long time, but happened to be driving past Green Point the other day at lunchtime and decided to call [...]
This book is a “Guide to unexpected people, places and potations in the Winelands”.Potations, if you didn’t already know it, means drink. And knowing Neil (and sure who doesn’t), you’d know that would be wine.
10 days, 100 wineries, over 1,200 wines tasted. This diary tells the story of that road trip, or should I say, [...]
This is my favourite vegetarian casserole and it’s one I love to cook on a day like today – cold, windy, rainy and completely miserable.
You’ll need the following ingredients;
2 tablespoons of oil ( I use sunflower)
1 chopped onion.
2 crushed garlic cloves.
700g of potatoes, cut up into chunks.
4 Thickly sliced carrots.
2 thickly sliced parsnips.
I medium celeriac, [...]
I’ve always had a soft spot for Tamasin Day-Lewis and her cookery books.
I just love the way she approaches food and have found her recipes in her previous cookery books easy to follow and always resulting in a great outcome. Yes, she is Daniel Day-Lewis’s sister and she grew up in Ireland, which are both [...]
This was a marketing meeting I would like to have sat in on.
I can imagine the scene – A few young guys at a rough hewn long wooden table at their HQ in the Natte Valleij near Klapmuts.
“We need to get people to drink more wine!” says, one, probably the GT Gt Grandson of Paul Kruger.
Borruso’s on Campground Road, Rondebosch, is one of those institutions that feels as if it’s been around for ever. (1994 actually).
It’s a family place, where on a busy weekend night you’ll see loud groups of family and friends tucking into pizzas with gusto.
To sum up my experience, you go here for the pizza, not the [...]