Tuesday, April 15, 2014

140410 Main Ingredient's MENU - Angala,The Vineyard’s Pinot Festival, Norma ‘The First Lady of South African wine’, Diet? No, change of lifestyle, Ranch Dressing

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In this week’s MENU:
* Angala
* The Vineyard’s Pinot Festival
* Norma, ‘The First Lady of South African wine’
* Diet? No, change of lifestyle
* Ranch Dressing
This week’s Product menu – The next four weeks or so are so full of public holidays that many of us will be taking advantage of the short weeks and long weekends. We have some wonderful French delicacies in jars, ready to heat and eat like Cassoulet, Garbure and Chou farci, as well as the delicious pâtés and confit duck. Have a look at them here.
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Happy Easter and Passover     We wish you all a very happy Easter and Passover and hope the year to follow will be happy and fruitful and joyous. This is coming to you a little earlier in the week than usual – we anticipate that most of us will be taking a little time off
Angala     We try to go away into our magnificent country areas as often as we can, as the Cape has so much bounty to offer. We stay at really lovely places, but sometimes we go to somewhere so perfect, so beautiful and so peaceful that we never want to leave. Our life is not geared to a pursuit of luxury, but natural beauty and experience are what we love. When we were married, Lynne said to John she didn’t need a 5 star life, just no camping (she is an ex girl guide and back-packed around Europe a lot so camping days are done), but our own bedroom and a bathroom in a clean and neat place would be fine. But we do enjoy a little luxury and spoiling. We love being able to sit outside when we are in the country and not be confined to a room and we love observing nature. Last week we were invited to Angala, a superb boutique hotel nestled under the beautiful Drakenstein mountains in Franschhoek and we found one of those places. Click here to read more.
The Vineyard’s Pinot Festival     Sunday was a sensational day, sunny and just hot enough to require a large sun hat. We were invited by the Vineyard Hotel to come to their Pinot Noir festival and we had a great fun afternoon tasting some of the very best Pinot’s available. Click here to see the photos and learn more
Norma, ‘The First Lady of South African wine’     Norma Ratcliffe came here from Canada in 1971, and married Stanley, a farmer who had decided, in 1964, to grow grapes. She then decided to learn how to make wine and so began the Ratcliffe dynasty. Norma and Warwick wines are celebrating the anniversary on Mother’s Day, 11th of May. See the details here
Diet? No, change of lifestyle     We have to confess. We are Banting. Lynne took John to a Tim Noakes lecture and he got the message, because the science was explained very clearly by Dr Noakes. Neither of us has high blood pressure, nor are we pre-diabetic, nor are we likely to be. But we do both carry the rotund badge of our profession on the front of us and we would like to do something about reducing it! Is it working? Yes, slowly, and we feel very energetic. We bought the cook book, The Real Meal Revolution, and it has certainly inspired Lynne to try a different approach to food. Neither of us is missing bread or other starches. We do have a very small amount of starch once in a while but that is allowed. Lynne made a good lamb Massaman curry and we decided we would like to have a small half cup of rice with it. Our vegetable and protein intake is up, we still battle to eat fat and oily foods, but Lynne is getting better at hiding these in dishes we love to eat. A large Cajun chicken salad with walnuts and avo can have a thick creamy ranch dressing slavered over it and you don’t notice the huge amount of cream and cheese in it. And we are becoming adept at swiping the protein from the top of canapés. It is probably puzzling to the caterers getting their bases back, but we are certainly not the only ones doing it. Perhaps it will encourage them to think more about these.
THIS WEEK’S RECIPE     You are probably eating special family foods for the holidays so we thought we would give you that Ranch dressing recipe. It is superb. We substituted thick Greek yoghurt the buttermilk which we could not find that day.
Ranch Dressing
50g blue cheese (Gorgonzola is best) – 50g real cream cheese (NO low fat allowed) – 100ml buttermilk – 1 handful of fresh parsley, chopped – 1 small bunch of chives, roughly chopped – salt and pepper – 100ml water
Blend all the ingredients together in a liquidiser or use a stick blender. This keeps well in the fridge and can also be used as a dip with crudités .
Buying from us On Line We have a lot of fun putting MENU together each week and, of course, doing the things we write about, but making it possible for you to enjoy rare and wonderful gourmet foods is what drives our business. We stock a good range of ingredients and delicious ready-made gourmet foods. You can contact us by email or phone, or through our on line shop. We can send your requirements to you anywhere in South Africa. Please do not pay until we have confirmed availability and invoiced you, then you pay and then we deliver or post. When you make an eft payment, make sure that it says who you are. Use the form on the website to email us your order. Click here to see our OnLine Shop.
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. Karen Glanfield has taken over the UnWined wine appreciation courses from Cathy. See the details here
Chez Gourmet in Claremont has a programme of cooking classes. A calendar of their classes can be seen 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

15th April 2014
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