Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Cape Winelands cooking challenge at Muratie

Welcomed with a delicious glass of Muratie’s Lady Alice MCC
poured by winemaker Francois Conradie
Their langtafel set for the Cape Malay curry cook off
Organiser and PR guru Posy Hazell with Muratie owner Rijk Melck who opened the event 
Some very funny looks  at the food? No, we are tweeting about the starter of ‘Smoor Snoek” a traditional fish dish. Norman McFarlane and Angela Lloyd add to their Ipads. Smoor means flaked, so flaked smoked snoek  cooked with potatoes and lemon, on a bed of rice – very much part of the Cape Malay culture. There were rather a lot of bones - snoek has them in abundance.
The cooks from Du Toitskloof tell us about their curry, which was served first
Sweet and sour curried lamb shanks with a pineapple sambal and a fresh coriander chutney
We drank Muratie Sauvignon Blanc and DuToitskloof Beaukett with the curries
Kim, Rjik Melck’s wife cooked their curry
More wine needs to be opened and poured
The other Muratie wine we drank was the Laurens Campher white blend of Chenin blanc, Sauvignon blanc, Verdelho and Viognier
Muratie’s entry – a very succulent warm lamb shank curry served with a banana and yogurt sambal and a fresh red onion chutney with a roti bread
Posy Hazell counts the votes
And Kim Melck of Muratie accepts her prize
Benny Masekwameng, Judge on SA Masterchef, gave us his spin on the curries
One of the Melcks’ lovely dogs takes up residence in the cellar, when it is occupied by his family
Preserved figs and fresh strawberries to accompany the cheese board at the end of the meal
Gooey chocolate brownies to go with coffee
A selection of cheeses
A view of the charming Muratie cellar with resident lazing hound
The road home was not at all pleasant as you can see - one of our famous Cape storms just starting to hit as we left the farm outside Stellenbosch
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2013

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