Saturday, November 09, 2013

131107 Main Ingredient's MENU - CLIPPER 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race, Vondeling with the Oenophiles, A Beautiful Farm - Beau Constantia, Prawn and Avocado Dip, Smoked salmon and caviar dip

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In this week’s MENU:
* CLIPPER 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race
* Vondeling with the Oenophiles
* A Beautiful Farm - Beau Constantia
* Prawn and Avocado Dip, Smoked salmon and caviar dip
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This week’s Product menu: It is time to start stocking up for festive meals; Christmas and the New Year are already on the horizon. So spoil your family with delicious treats like chestnuts for your stuffing and desserts, duck confit, cassoulet and other dishes and superb French patés. They’re in our shop. See it here
Our market activities Come and visit us at the Old Biscuit Mill’s wonderfully exciting, atmospheric Neighbourgoods Market, as always, this Saturday and every Saturday between 09h00 and 14h00. Tip: Some visitors tell us how they struggle to find parking. It’s quite easy if you know how. Click here for a map which shows where we park.
As usual, we have a link at the bottom to our calendar of wine and food related events which should interest all lovers of great food and wine and events which promote them. We have always had a few from centres outside the Western Cape, but we now have enough to justify a separate list, so, if you live in one of the other splendid places in our lovely country, have a look. If you are promoting an event in any of these places, please let us know and we’ll add it to the list.
CLIPPER 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race      Last Friday, Rickety Bridge, one of the sponsors of Invest Africa, the boat that came third in the race leg from Rio to Cape Town, invited us to join them at the North Wharf in the Waterfront, where all the race yachts were berthed, to meet the crew and Sir Robin Knox Johnston - the Chairman and founder of the Clipper Race - and to go on board to have a look at the beautiful boat. It was extremely interesting to see how 21 people co-exist in cramped but well organised space on a modern high tech yacht in a round the world race. It is not for everyone! But for some of the crew, who paid to be in the race and had never sailed before, it was life changing, in the most positive way. They do receive rigorous training before they sail on one or more of the race legs, together with a professional crew. We drank some great bubbly, Rickety Bridge’s new Blanc de Blanc 2009, nibbled some canapés and made some new friends.
A unique project which should be applauded is the Sapinda Rainbow project, which has taken young South Africans from across the country and trained them to race across the world’s most challenging oceans on the Clipper Race. The Sapinda Rainbow project has worked with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) to select eight young South Africans aged 18 to 23 each of whom is sailing one of the eight legs of the Clipper Race to develop their personal and community leadership skills, whilst also raising awareness and funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. With some never having seen a boat before, let alone stepping on board one, it has presented the young people with a challenge like no other. They are also given the same rigorous training before they are selected from a much larger group. Photos of the event here.
John was lucky enough to be introduced to Ralph Mothes, who owns and runs the Cape Town Sailing Academy, and was invited on to his yacht, Chantecler, on Monday to see and photograph the start of race to the next port, Albany in Australia. This leg is known as the Southern Ocean Sleigh Ride! Lynne watched from the Waterfront and also took some photographs of the boats leaving port and sailing in the bay. It was very exciting and very hot, we both got a huge dose of sunburn despite sun block. Click here to see the photographs. To follow the action, follow the official twitter and Facebook channels.
Vondeling with the Oenophiles     We like to do different things with our wine club and this month we all went to Voor Paardeberg to visit Vondeling wine farm. Buses were arranged to take the group of 20 people, a very sensible way to save petrol and not have to worry about drinking and driving afterwards. It is a very beautiful drive on the N1 from Cape Town, turning off on the R44 and then taking the turn left to the Voor-Paardeberg just as the road turns right to go to Wellington. We had a full tasting of all their wines and then enjoyed a lovely simple charcuterie, cheese and pate platter. Lots of wine was taken home too. Click here to see photographs of the day. The area is mostly unknown to Capetonians and is well worth a visit. It takes just under the hour to get there and is so beautiful and green at the moment as all the vines put on new leaves and flower.
A Beautiful Farm     Beau Constantia is probably one of the highest wine farms in the Cape Peninsula. Vertiginously holding onto the mountain rocks at the top of Constantia Nek Pass, it was once a protea farm which was wiped out by a horrendous mountain fire in 2000. Established in 2002, it is owned by the Du Preez family. It has wonderful views down the Constantia valley over the two neighbouring farms, Constantia Glen and Eagle’s Nest, and then down across the Cape Flats and False Bay to the far mountains behind Gordon’s Bay and beyond. We were invited to come and taste the wines and sample their small canapé platter, which is themed. At the moment, you are given five Mexican inspired bites, and it will change again as Chef Ryan gets inspired. The Sales Manager, Chantel Ball, took us through the wines and we also spent a long time chatting to the young chef Ryan about his career and food interest. He is a local but worked at the Waldorf Astoria in New York for several years before returning to work first at Ellerman House and now Beau Constantia. We particularly enjoyed the award winning Cecily 2013 Viognier (named after Pierre du Preez’ wife, who is a Getty) - full of sweet peaches and cream and so ready for spicy food - the flagship Lucca (named after their daughter) 2011 Merlot Cab Franc red blend, which is smooth on the palate with good fruit and amami notes with a good minerality on the end, and the 2011 Aiden (named after their son) a blend of Malbec, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with its elegant classic palate with good red fruits, chalky tannins and marmite notes from the Malbec. This needs time. The newly released Sauvignon Blanc also shows great potential.  Click here to see photos of the tasting and the magnificent views.
This Week’s Recipe     Summer is here in fits and starts, but outside eating is on the cards. And of course Christmas is on the horizon. So Lynne thought she would investigate some new dips for mezze style eating. And, over the next few weeks, give you some suggestions for your Christmas and New Year meals.
She loves to be able to throw together quick dips from our store cupboard, fruit bowl and freezer. We usually have some nachos stashed away, we buy an assorted box of some good savoury biscuits at this time of the year and pita bread is usually in the freezer. You can knock up a quick humus, bean dip, or guacamole very easily but she wanted to step out of the usual and perhaps get a little luxurious, so has come up with these two dips for you to try.
Prawn and Avocado Dip
250g cooked & peeled pink prawns – half a ripe avocado pear – half a cup of thick Greek yoghurt – 1 t lime juice – 1 t Worcester sauce – 1 t sweet chilli sauce
Set aside 150g of the prawns then blitz the remaining 100g of the prawns with all the other ingredients. Taste, adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, then stir in the whole prawns and 1 t of chopped flat leaf parsley. If your prawns are very large, do chop them into bite sized pieces. Serve with warm pita bread and a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.
Smoked salmon and caviar dip
200g good cream cheese like Philadelphia – 200 ml cream - juice of half a lemon– cayenne pepper – salt – 100g good smoked salmon or trout cut into small pieces – 2 hard boiled eggs, roughly chopped - tiny jar of black or red caviar or lump fish roe to decorate – fresh watercress
Mix the cream cheese with the cream until you have a dipping consistency. Flavour with lemon juice, salt and a little cayenne. Stir in the salmon and egg but do not over mix. Put into a pretty glass bowl on a plate and decorate the top with small blobs of caviar. Surround the bowl with fresh watercress. Serve with melba toast or crostini and a chilled bottle of your favourite dry white or rosé.
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There is a huge and rapidly growing variety of interesting things to occupy your leisure time here in the Western Cape. There are so many interesting things to do in our world of food and wine that we have made separate list for each month for which we have information. To see what’s happening in our world of food and wine (and a few other cultural events), visit our Events Calendar. All the events are listed in date order and we already have a large number of exciting events to entertain you right through the year. Events outside the Western Cape are listed here.
Learn about wine and cooking We receive a lot of enquiries from people who want to learn more about wine. Cathy Marston and The Cape Wine Academy both run wine education courses, some very serious and others more geared to fun. You can see details of Cathy’s WSET and other courses here and here and the CWA courses here.
Chez Gourmet in Claremont has a programme of cooking classes. A calendar of their classes can be seen here. Pete Ayub, who made our very popular Prego sauce, runs evening cooking classes at Sense of Taste, his catering company in Maitland. We can recommend them very highly, having enjoyed his seafood course. Check his programme here. Nadège Lepoittevin-Dasse has cooking classes in Fish Hoek and conducts cooking tours to Normandy. You can see more details here. Emma Freddi runs the Enrica Rocca cooking courses at her home in Constantia. Brett Nussey’s Stir Crazy courses are now being run from Dish Food and Social’s premises in Main Road Observatory (opposite Groote Schuur hospital). Lynn Angel runs the Kitchen Angel cooking school and does private dinners at her home. She holds hands-on cooking classes for small groups on Monday and Wednesday evenings. She trained with Raymond Blanc, and has been a professional chef for 25 years. More info here

7th November 2013
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