Thursday, April 02, 2015

This week's MENU: SAA Voyager, Imibala, Neil Ellis sundowner, Yonder Hill vertical,

A Clifton evening. Looking toward Oudekraal and Llandudno
In this week’s MENU:
* Canapés with a tasting of Creation wines
* Cape Sun Hotel
* Veritas 25th Anniversary Celebrations
* Taste of Cape Town competition
* Biltong and Pinotage Festival
* Crustless 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 on “Read 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.
We wish a very happy and peaceful Easter and Passover to all our readers
Miles for Style     Do you travel a lot? Do you accumulate Air Miles? Are you a South African Airways Voyager member? Do you never redeem your miles earned on travel? Miles for Style is another innovative way to use them. They offer luxury goods, travel, experiences and so much more in exchange for your miles. Investigate and register here: We were at the official launch at Le Franschhoek last week Read On
Canapés with a tasting of Creation wines – a recommendation     John had a great two day photographic job last week, taking photographs for Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate’s brochure and web site. That was why MENU was so early last week, as we decided to take our Dutch friends with us and stay in the Hemel and Aarde Valley, so that he didn’t have to drive back and forth from Cape Town after long working days.
We ventured out to Creation (without John) as our friends love these wines and order them in Holland. While we were there, we had their canapé tasting for lunch. When next you visit, try this great tasting menu of excellent morsels, cold and hot, paired with their wines; we absolutely loved it. See it here. The good news is that the road there, which has been under construction for longer than Carolyn Martin wants to think about, is nearly fully tarred; it was all ready to go last week, so it may well be done in time for Easter.
Imibala Restaurant     We ate some lovely food this week at a new restaurant/deli in Somerset West called Imibala. The Imibala Trust, a Gaynor Rupert philanthropic initiative started 15 years ago, is a charity that provides scholarships, uniforms and supplementary educational training to children in financial need. They ask donors to give a child R1000 and every penny of this is spent on the child and is accounted for. The Imibala Restaurant and Arts (Pty) Ltd is a company that runs a restaurant, shop and gallery and this company's activities are separate from the activities conducted by the Imibala Trust. It is the income from these businesses that supports the charity by donating funds from time to time and by hosting events for the charity.
We were invited by Ian Downie, who is a member of the trust and who runs the restaurant, to join him for a delightful lunch this week with other members of the media. Read On
Neil Ellis Sundowner     This Friday sundowner must be one of the best value events in the winelands. We were invited there last Friday evening and the next one will be on the 17th April. From 4 till 8, you watch the sun set over Ida’s Valley in Stellenbosch and drink a glass or two of wine, with a huge charcuterie & cheese platter for two for only R99. Booking is essential.   Read On.
Yonder Hill     Winemaker Abé Beukes moved to Yonder Hill two years ago from Darling Cellars and he is enjoying his tenure at this farm, established by the Naude family in 1997. The draw card was a tasting of some of their Inanda (place of Beauty in Zulu), a Bordeaux blend, and then to have some fun, blending some of the new wines to see if our media blends compared with the professionals! Our table didn’t make the winning blend but we came a close joint second with two other tables. Read On
Cape Tourism and Hospitality Exhibition     This was held at the Cape Sun this week and we had a chance to listen to a presentation by Enver Duminy, Head of Cape Town Tourism with his innovative strategy for tourism in our great city. We also met several new tourism people on their stands and did a lot of networking. We hope to visit some of these areas and places soon and write about them. Read on
Cape Sun Hotel, Strand Street     Great news also from the GM of the hotel is that Tsogo Sun are about to spend 200 million Rand refurbishing this central city landmark. It so needs it. And they will be able to provide in-house parking at last.
Veritas 25th Anniversary Celebrations     The Veritas Awards are celebrating 25 years with a series of dinners this year. The next one will be at the Cullinan Hotel's Peach Tree Restaurant on 14th April at 18h30. The draw card for us is that top chef Bertus Basson is doing the food for this one and we are very sorry indeed that we cannot be there because of a previous commitment. Act now! Dinner will be expertly paired with a selection of recent Veritas gold and double gold winning wines. The dinner will be hosted by Veritas vice-chairperson and well-known Cape Wine Master, Bennie Howard. Tickets cost R350 per person and bookings can be made by contacting Liesl Els on 021 415 4000 or
Taste of Cape Town competition      The Taste of Cape Town festival will happen again on 10th to 12th April at the Green Point Cricket Club and we are lucky enough to be able to offer you the chance to win one of five pairs of standard tickets. Each ticket includes entry for two people, but no meal or drinks vouchers. All you need to do is answer this simple question by Tuesday 7th and email your answer to us. We will then draw the five lucky winners from a hat and you will be notified by us and receive your tickets electronically direct from the organisers, so that you can book your session.
Question: Name one other city in South Africa where this festival has been held
Biltong and Pinotage Festival      Get your tickets for this fun festival to be held at L’Avenir wine farm on April 18th. Tickets at R150 pp are available from or selected J&M Stores
Lynne thought you might like to make THIS WEEK’S RECIPE for Easter, when we traditionally have family to entertain.
Crustless Melktert
This traditional South African tart is, apparently, originally from Holland - with the spice added here by our Cape Malay cooks. This recipe is more like a clafouti than a tart. The addition of flour to the batter and then the whipped egg white, makes it light and fluffy on top, while it sets like a clafouti on the bottom, making it easy to cut and serve.
1 cup white sugar - 3 eggs, separated - 3 tablespoons melted butter & 1 T extra to butter dish - 1 cup cake flour - 1 teaspoon baking powder - 1/4 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract - 4 cups milk - 1 tablespoon cinnamon – a good grating of nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 190°C. Butter a 23 cm wide, deep pie dish.
In a large bowl, beat together the egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the butter and beat until smooth. Sift in the cake flour, baking powder and salt, and stir until well blended. Fold in the vanilla and milk. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites to stiff peaks using an electric mixer. Fold gently into the batter. It will be very liquid - this is normal. Pour into the prepared pie dish, and sprinkle the cinnamon and nutmeg over the top. Set aside to rest for 20 minutes in the fridge. This allows more of the flour to sink to the bottom.
Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce the temperature to 165°C, then continue to bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the centre is just set, it should have a little wobble. Serve hot or cold.
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
Nadège 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

2nd April 2015
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