Thursday, October 09, 2014

Michael Broughton launches his new Terroir cookbook

Tuesday saw us all bussed to Terroir for the launch. We were warmly welcomed by Michael and Kleine Zalze owner Kobus Basson with some of their bubbly. The event was held on the terrace at informal tables and we could buy copies of the book. From about 1.30 we were given samples of some of the food in the book, served rather intermittently, as small tasting portions which came without any particular order. Lynne shared hers with Alan Mullins. John was rather busy taking photos. We are not sure that we tasted everything, some tables did seem to get more than others but what we got was very good and beautifully presented. Michael told us this is a distillation of his work at Terroire over the last 10 years. The recipes in the book are very precise and give several processes for each recipe but they seem easy to follow and look delicious. The pictures are superb. And Kleine Zalze Chenin and Shiraz flowed throughout the afternoon as the wine staff were very attentive
Have a glass of Kleine Zalze Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2010 MCC
The Terroir cookbook to browse through, with a beautiful table arrangement of fruit vegetables and flowers
A pile of books to buy
A close up of the cover
One of the beautiful table arrangements
Chef Michael Broughton with PRO Lise Manley, being photographed by Andrew Brown
The serving staff await the start of lunch
Maryke and Clifford Roberts with Kleine Zalze marketing manager Wynand van Schalkwyk
Chef’s children were at the launch
Lynne with Winnie Bowman
Chef tells us about the concept and the time it took him to write the book and choose and refine all the recipes which he has used over the years in the restaurant
It was a very large gathering of the great and the good in media terms
A string trio was a little drowned by the noise of the event
Our best wine waiter, Vision Moyo, who kept our glasses full
Johan Crafford points to his glass of Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc. Or is it the one John misplaced?
Wynand van Schalkwyk with Annareth Bolton of Stellenbosch Wine Route
Carmen Robinson Rabinowitz, Jane Broughton and Nikki Werner
Prawn and corn risotto
Chicken, mushrooms and peas
Venison loin with a great jus, Anna potatoes and a superb truffle hazelnut puree
Tiny fried gnocchi
Kobus Basson with Chef Michael Broughton and friends
Kobus with his daughter
Chef tells us about the tasting portions for lunch
Prawn corn risotto
Owner of Kleine Zalze, Kobus Basson
More tasting dishes
The cheese board after lunch
Kobus thanks Michael and all involved
A merry Alan Mullins

The loin of venison
Stuffed agnolotti with pea purée and belly of pork
Dupe lose
Michael with his gorgeous red headed daughter
The Broughton Family
Kobus Basson, Annareth Bolton and Jane Broughton
Vision Moyo and Gerald Ndlovu, who kept everyones' glasses charged with Chenin and Shiraz
and the Terroir chefs, without whom nothing would happen
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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