Tuesday, March 24, 2015

150324 Main Ingredient's MENU - Casa Labia and Kalk Bay, Solms Delta Oesfees, Nitida Cellarbake

A black backed gull in the evening light
In this week’s MENU:
* Melktert
* Learn about wine and cooking
We write about our experiences in MENU, not only to entertain you, but to encourage you to visit the places and events that we do. We know you will enjoy them and we try to make each write up as graphic as we can, so you get a good picture of what is on offer at each place, restaurant, wine farm, festival we visit.
To get the whole story with photographs, please click onREAD ON.....” at the end of each paragraph, which will lead you to the related blog, with pictures and more words. At the end of each blog, click on RETURN TO MENU to come back to the blog version of MENU.
It’s a quick, early MENU this week. John has a two day photographic job at a winery and sending out later in the week will be a challenge too far. So you will get this early.. on Tuesday instead.
Off in search of fish and an elegant tea     We couldn’t resist taking our Dutch visitors for a day by the sea at Kalk Bay, so that they could experience some of the magic. After a great lunch, the ladies shopped in the high street for a while and the lads went off to see Casa Labia in Muizenberg, where the girls joined them later for a good tea and scones or coffee and “death by chocolate” cake. Read On
Oesfees – The Real Deal     We love this festival, which Solms Delta hold at the end of Harvest every year for their staff, the staff of surrounding wine farms, and the public. The music is very local and lekker and the atmosphere laid back and so friendly. Read on
Cellarbake at Nitida     Now in its second year, Cellarbake pairs local bakers and their wares with Nitida Wines. You buy some tokens and exchange them for mini tastes of each baker’s art with a taste of one specifically matched wine. It was extremely popular this year, they sold over 700 tickets and the place was pumping. Read On
Because of our time constraint, there is no recipe this week
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
The Hurst Campus, an accredited school for people who want to become professional chefs, has a variety of courses. See the details here
In addition to his Sense of Taste Culinary Arts School, Chef Peter Ayub runs a four module course for keen home cooks at his Maitland complex. Details here
Nad├Ęge Lepoittevin-Dasse has French cooking classes in Noordhoek 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
Nicolette van Niekerk runs baking courses at La Petite Patisserie in Montague Gardens
George Jardine will be running a series of winter cooking courses and other activities at Jordan. Details here





24th March 2015
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