Friday, May 30, 2014

140529 Main Ingredient's MENU - Trade Food shows, Christian Eedes Cabernet Awards, Muscadel Awards, Fine Brandy Fusion, Jardine lunch, Waterfront Dining around, Old Mutual Trophy Awards, Wolftrap Steakhouse Champs

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In this week’s MENU:
* TWTWTW (aka TW3)
* Trade Food shows
* Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Awards
* Muscadel Awards
* Fine Brandy Fusion
* Jardine on Jordan lunch
* Dining around at Greek Fisherman, City Grill and Meloncino
* Old Mutual Trophy Awards lunch at the Mount Nelson
* The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships 2014
* Avgolemono Chicken

This week’s Product menu – One of this week’s naughty delights was the hand cut chips at George Jardine’s restaurant on Jordan wine estate. The secret of success with these and with roast potatoes is to use duck or goose fat when cooking them. See them here. 
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TWTWTW (aka TW3)*     Busy? Us? Never! We love filling in our week with exciting events. And we even managed to have two days off and do things around the house and some serious gardening. And sleeping.
* Those who are unfamiliar with 1960s British television might like to know that TW3 refers to a show that made people like John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett famous, called That Was The Week That Was, popularly referred to at the time as..... TW3. OK, we’re ancient!
Trade Food shows      We started with a visit on Thursday morning last week to Hostex at CTICC which, sadly for us, was very much a non-event this year – too many bed and garden furniture displays. Things were much more interesting on Tuesday at another trade show, the Food Hospitality World Africa 2014, featuring more food oriented companies with some of our best producers like Fynbos Fine foods, Pesto Princess and Indezi cheeses, some of whom will follow through to the Good Food and Wine Show this weekend. And we could meet and congratulate Emma Dean, the winner of Masterchef Australia, with her husband, who was walking through the show. Charming couple. MORE
Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Awards presentation took place at Burrata restaurant in the Biscuit Mill precinct in Woodstock, our old stamping ground. Christian, James Pietersen, Head Sommelier at Belthazar/Balducci’s, and Roland Peens of the Wine Cellar hand-picked 60 of the best producers, whom they invite to enter their Cabernets and these are then tasted and they choose their top ten. It is definitely not a Talent spotting, come-all competition; they are looking for wines that display 1st, 2nd and 3rd Growth status. Sponsored by Sanlam Private Investments, this competition is in its third year and there were two 5 star wines, six 4½ star wines and two 4 star wines.. MORE
Muscadel Awards      Then it was off that evening to Paarl to the awards dinner for the top Muscadels. It was held at Noop restaurant which we must admit to having passed by for a few years and this was our first visit. We were suitably impressed with the food and the company was a lovely selection of people in the industry who make good Muscadels. There were five awards and we got to taste all of these wines, including a very exciting KWV 1968 Muscadel. This wine and another featured again at the Old Mutual Trophy awards this week. MORE
Fine Brandy Fusion      Friday night saw us at this very successful show at CTICC (we are thinking of applying for monthly parking rates). Wow, was this enthusiastically attended by lots of Cape Town’s brandy-loving folk. We admit to having had a ball, even though we sipped to taste rather than drank many of the great brandies on offer. They were giving very generous portions and we do hope everyone was drinking safely and making alternative arrangements to get home afterwards. South Africa is making great brandies. We tasted only 10 year olds and older, and one French, Bisquit XO. MORE
Jardine on Jordan lunch      Saturday saw us driving to Stellenbosch Kloof to visit one of our favourite restaurants for daughter Clare’s birthday celebration. While we started out with the best intentions, unfortunately and regrettably Banting went out of the window. We had a superb lunch, even though we castigated ourselves severely and suffered afterwards for falling for the carbs, but who can pass up fat crisp hand-cut chips, a chocolate marquise or a honey and poppy seed soufflé ? Oh, and did we mention the two warm, freshly baked breads, and hot mini vetkoek? Well, one day off can’t do too much harm can it? MORE
Tuesday Dining around at Greek Fisherman, City Grill and Meloncino      Have you ever fantasised about having a starter in one restaurant, mains in another and dessert in a third?  Well, it is not usually available but, on Tuesday, Annette Ashley who handles the marketing for these three restaurants in the V&A Waterfront,  owned by Peter Protoulis, wanted to show us their scope and what better way than to do exactly this. We began at the Greek Fisherman and, even though the day was becoming dank and chill, sat in the open air section with a lovely view of the waterfront and the mountain, an enormous plate of Meze to share and a good glass of  Simonsig Chenin  MORE
Old Mutual Trophy Awards lunch at the Mount Nelson     This was a huge success and we congratulate to all the winners and the organisers. We love being there and seeing who has been invited, because that inevitably means that they have won something good, a gold medal or a trophy. There were some very new faces there this year and there were some very familiar faces. KWV deservedly took the prestigious Fairbairn Capital trophy for the most successful producer overall, Adam Mason and Mulderbosch took the trophy for the best White wine overall and the Miele Trophy for the best Chardonnay plus the International Judges Trophy. The Trophy for the best red wine overall and the Trophy for the best Shiraz went to a wine not many were familiar with, but now will be, Mount Sutherland Super Single Vineyard Syrah 2010. Daniël de Waal grows this on the slopes of the Sneeuwberg. Another trophy went to a winery which, honestly, not many people at the awards had heard of: The trophy for the Discovery of the show went to Baleia Bay Chardonnay 2013 near St Sebastian Bay and made by Jan-Hendrik Joubert – we can’t wait to taste these wines. Click here for the full list of Gold Medal and Trophy winners
The venue was the Planet restaurant at the Mount Nelson, eminently suitable for such a large host and they ably and professionally took care of us all. We had a lovely lunch and got to enjoy some of the wines entered in the completion with our meal. MORE
If you want to taste some of them you can attend the Old Mutual Public tastings in Cape Town at CTICC on 6th June and in Sandton Johannesburg on Thurs 12 June. Book at Computicket
The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships 2014 announces the top 20 finalists      Round One of Public Voting has already taken place and the 2014 Top 20 Steakhouse Finalists have emerged from about 140 steakhouse nominations. ‘Round Two’ of Public Voting is now in action on to narrow down the Top 20 list to the Favourite 5 Steakhouses in South Africa by the end of May, and they want to encourage you to vote for your favourite nominee. .
In early June the Favourite 5 will be visited by a select group of South Africa’s food experts and chefs to select this year’s winner, and the 2014 Steakhouse Champion will be announced on 24th June at the inaugural 2013 Champion Steakhouse: The Local Grill in Parktown North, Johannesburg
This week’s recipe is for those who are following the Banting/Noakes regime but want something luxurious. Yes, the wine has a few carbs, so you can leave it out and substitute chicken stock. But you do boil off the alcohol and there are only 3 carbohydrate units in 300ml dry wine.

Avgolemono Chicken

3 Tablespoons of olive oil – 8 chicken portions (4 legs - you can separate them into thighs and drumsticks - 4 breasts) – the zest and juice of 1½ lemons - 1 teaspoon fresh or dried oregano – a small sprig rosemary – two sprigs of thyme – 3 sprigs of marjoram - 300 ml dry white wine - sea salt and freshly ground black pepper – 3 eggs
In a large open cast-iron casserole (that will go into the oven) heat the oil on the top of the stove and brown the chicken pieces until golden. Add the herbs, lemon juice, lemon zest and the wine. Season with salt and pepper. Bring up to the boil, then turn down and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the breast pieces and set aside. Put the dish into the oven and bake for 35/40 minutes at 180ºC or until the chicken legs are cooked. Slice the breast pieces into smaller portions, add them to the rest of the chicken and cook for a further 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through but still succulent. Drain off the juices from the pan and strain them into a Pyrex measuring jug – you need 300 ml. Add a little more white wine, verjuice  or stock to make up the quantity. Return the chicken to the oven which is turned right down to keep it warm, but not to cook further.

Beat the three eggs in a medium Pyrex mixing bowl, add the chicken juices and put the bowl over a pan of boiling water. Keep whisking until the sauce turns into a thick lemony custard. Adjust the seasoning, then pour over the chicken and serve. Wonderful with lots of fresh green vegetables like spinach, broccoli or kale.
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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. 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 Thursday evenings and she has decided to introduce LCHF (Banting classes). The Kitchen Confidence classes, which focus on essential cooking skills and methods, have been expanded and are now taught over 2 evenings. She continues to host private dining and culinary team building events at her home. She trained with Raymond Blanc, and has been a professional chef for 25 years. More info here

29th May 2014
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