Andy Fenner is known to people in the food business in Cape Town, and after a few appearances as a blogger (remember jamiewho?), which was when I first met him, a blogger in a portal, afficionado, (a kind of hipsters guide to cooldom in the Mother City), he has now transmogrified himself [...]
Archive for May, 2012
It’s raining Empanadas in Cape Town.
An empanada is a stuffed pastry which is baked or fried and is a popular street food in many South American countries. Empanada is made by folding pastry dough around stuffing, which usually consists of a variety of meat, cheeses,vegetables or fruits.
Only this week I came across a [...]
I am wary of Capetonian restaurants in winter.
They are usually bloody freezing, most of them being set up for summer.
I think it’s a bit much to be expected to huddle in a fleece, with a blanket over your shoulders as you eat a meal.
That’s what Titanic survivors did.
4 of us met at Keenwa. The Peruvian [...]
Why don’t more restaurants serve mussels? The best answer from a chef wins an enormous bottle of Chateau Libertas.
Mussels are tasty, inexpensive, nutritious, sustainable (that will keep all the folk at SASSI happy) and are in plentiful supply.
So why is it so hard to get a decent bowl of these fresh beauties in Cape Town?
I mean, we are 3/4’s surrounded by fresh unpolluted ocean, and, in fact, you can actually forage on beaches [...]
Autumn has arrived with the rustle of fallen leaves, crisp mornings, chilly nights and crackling log fires. It’s time for hearty red wines and tasty food which will keep out the chills. Chris Erasmus demonstrates his Beef and Oyster Pie, a recipe from the 1500’s.
Guaranteed to stick to your ribs, a couple of these paired [...]
I’ve never been to Hartford House in KwaZulu-Natal, and never eaten Jackie Cameron’s food there.
But I have met Jackie, and I have eaten her Pizza.
And I can tell you it’s fantastic.
Called the Carpe Fungi it has no tomato base, and is a sublime combination of mozzarella, caramelised onion, roasted mushroom, roasted garlic, parmesan, beef carpaccio, [...]
What I like about the Table Bay is that the view is unparalelled for a Waterfront hotel. You get the best harbour views ( a real working harbour, and not a sterile container port). You also get uninterrupted sea views, and great views of the mountain.
The location can’t be beaten, and you easily fall out [...]
Michelle Obama had lunch in The Kitchen in Woodstock when she came to Cape Town last year.
Cynical wags commented that the driver got the address wrong, and that she had meant to go to the Test Kitchen, also in Woodstock.
Wrong they were, as the Secret Service had been in Karen Dudley’s eatery for days, they [...]
Last Saturday the moon seemed huge, it being closer to Earth than normal.
A cloudless night meant that the landscape was lit up magnificently, and served as an atmospheric backdrop to a dinner hosted by biodynamic wine farmers, Avondale, at their Paarl wine estate.
Sonia Cabano paired a six course meal with Avondale wines.
The food was superb, [...]
Chef’s bored? Does it happen? Is it possible?
Well apparently it is, judging from this selection of photographs which Jos Baker has kindly forwarded to me.
Some of them will surely bring a smile to your face …….. maybe just a bit?
It seems that tapas are the new international trend.
Diners the world over are eager to experiment and explore lots of different dishes and new tastes.
Ferran Adria, of El Bulli fame closed up his molecular gastronomy restaurant and opened a tapas bar in Barcelona.
In Cape Town, Luke Dale-Roberts specialises in them, to great success and recognition.