Posted by Clare on February 23rd, 2012
Once considered the tipple of choice of grannies and ladies of a certain age, sherry is back in fashion, at least in the UK.
And it’s thanks to the TV drama Downton Abbey.
Sherry has traditionally been regarded as having a dowdy image, - a Christmas aperitif for the older generation.
But thanks to [...]
Posted by Clare on February 22nd, 2012
Flock to the Paarl rock – the biggest in the winelands, on Saturday 10 March for the OmmiBerg ‘Round the Rock’ festival: a daylong indulgence in sweetly seductive part-fermented wine, sumptuous savoury treats, live music and ambient tranquillity at 12 wine farms.
Munch on crisp, fresh bread with charcuterie and cheese [...]
Posted by Clare on February 21st, 2012
China is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Millions of cash rich middle class citizens are looking for goods and services to enhance their lifestyles.
Western brand owners eye up the Chinese market with misty eyes. Getting it right at consumer level could mean enormous financial success.
On the flip side of the coin, [...]
Posted by Clare on February 17th, 2012
I like housewarming parties.
They are generally an occasion for joy and pleasure which marks an important milestone in people’s lives. Central to a good housewarming bash is good food and wine.
Last nights housewarming party for Leopard’s Leap was one of those special occasions where everyone came and looked, relaxed and enjoyed themselves and congratulated the [...]
Posted by Clare on February 13th, 2012
Bottled preserves, jams, chutneys, nut butters, relishes, oils, vinegars, pickles, an antique bread cabinet packed with freshly baked breads, like seed & raisin loaf, ciabatta, 100% pure rye bread (wheat-free), and gluten-free soya & honey loaf.
All of the products are handmade on the premises and are additive-free. [...]
Posted by Clare on February 8th, 2012
Casa Labia are doing picnics on the lawn until the end of March.
The cost is R285 for two, and you get a generous hamper of dips, salads, cold meats, cheeses, fruit and chocolate brownies.
Kids are R50 a head (cheese rolls, cup cakes, fruit juice and a surprise toy).
A family pack for two adults and two [...]
Posted by Clare on February 1st, 2012
I have always felt that South African cheese could be as good as any cheese produced anywhere in the world.
The cheese platter at George Jardine’s is evidence of how good it can be. Too often in restaurants you get a badly chosen selection of cheeses straight from the fridge that taste of very little.
A few [...]
Posted by Clare on February 1st, 2012
Church Shop on Spin Street in Cape Town is owned by the President people. They are a design company, and they
organised the Toffie Food Festival in 2011 (and another one coming in 2012).
They sell all sorts of stuff there. I mean, all sorts.
Retro design calendars, vintage balls from South America, wooden sunglasses, T-shirts with photo’s [...]
Posted by Clare on January 25th, 2012
Clare Mack and Neil Pendock go back to school and learn how to make risotto, gnocchi and fruit minestrone
If Guy Ritchie was to direct Master Chef SA, Liam Tomlin would be typecast as the cynical hard man judge with lethal knife skills. For Dublin-born Tomlin learned his trade in London with the Roux brothers. “You [...]
Posted by Clare on January 19th, 2012
I am all into recycling. Especially glass – it’s such a wonderful raw material, you can do anything with it.
In the space of two days this week I came across two things being done with old wine bottles that I thought were great.
The first was in Liam Mooney’s little design studio on Wale Street, (beside [...]
Posted by Clare on January 10th, 2012
What a clever book. ‘1000 Great Wines’ rounds up the best 1000 wines from around the world that make for affordable drinking.
So needless to say the most important thing to do first was to flick immediately to the South African section.
Drum roll please, here are the 16 most important South African wineries according to this [...]
Posted by Clare on January 6th, 2012
This is an idea I came across from the US, and I think it’s fantastic – wooden flooring made from recycled oak from wine barrels.
There have to be loads around, as the Winelands has to dispose of quite a number of barrels every year that have outlived their usefulness. Add to that the great tradition [...]
Posted by Clare on January 1st, 2012
It’s that time of year to get the crystal ball out and polish it off to see what might lie in store for South African restaurants and diners during 2012.
These are turbulent times, with increasing uncertainty at every level, nationally and internationally. Recession, the credit squeeze and anti drink-driving campaigns are affecting dining out in [...]
Posted by Clare on December 23rd, 2011
Reuben is one chef who needs no introduction, and he’ll be with his family in Franschhoek on Christmas Day.
“Every year on Christmas day my mom and mother in law cook the food.
I enjoy all the traditional South African dishes like pickled tongue but crayfish korma is always on the menu and [...]
Posted by Clare on December 13th, 2011
Noordhoek is one of my favourite suburbs in Cape Town.
There’s the fantastic beach where you can walk for miles. It’s usually almost deserted, which I find amazing, as it’s so close to Cape Town.
Close by you’ll find the Noordhoek Farm Village, which is a huddle of little retail and food outlets built around a grassy [...]
Posted by Clare on December 7th, 2011
Raziyah Johnston was born in Durban, raised in Ireland, and is now living in Cape Town.
So don’t be surprised when you hear her south Dublin accent when you meet her. And you will get to hear it in torrents, as Raziyah is a passionate, enthusiastic, knowledgeable advocate of all things connected with Indian food, especially [...]
Posted by Clare on December 5th, 2011
I asked a brandy industry person last week how come South African brandy does so well in international awards competitions and the answer was a simple one; “Because it’s good stuff and takes longer to make”.
And it turns out that SA brandy must spend a minimum of three years in a cask while Cognac can [...]
Posted by Clare on November 17th, 2011
It all just sounds idyllic.
Lounge around the beautiful grounds of the historic Roundhouse restaurant in Camps Bay, soaking in the view down the Atlantic Coast, with the backdrop of the magnificent Twelve Apostles range sweeping down the peninsula, while taking in some of the most chilled live music you can listen to.
That’s the scene this weekend at [...]
Posted by Clare on November 15th, 2011
Grabbing a bite to eat at Willoughby & Co. in the V&A has always been a bit of a ritual for me, usually after a movie or some shopping.
So to discover that they are breaking the law, and are brazenly open about it, came as a shock.
Here’s what happened.
A bottle of Kikkoman Sauce (red top) was [...]