Friday, June 19, 2015

This Week's MENU - Aegean Odyssey Part 2, Santorini & Naxos, Perdeberg cellar launch, Old Mutual trophy tasting

A classic Greek Island church on Ios
In this week’s MENU:
* Stuffed Cabbage rolls in a lemon Sauce - Lahanodolmades
* Learn about wine and cooking
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Continuing the Aegean Odyssey      This week, we tell you about the first days of the Greek part of our Odyssey: our three day stay in Santorini and our first day in Naxos, a much less frenetically tourist island, which we loved. Lynne had so wanted John to see a typical seaside Greek town and Naxos is it. Read On:
MENU's Aegean Odyssey. Day 9: Santorini and Naxos

Perdeberg Winery launches its new Barrel Cellar      We returned to work this week and were invited to Perdeberg for the launch of their new Barrel cellar, with lunch. We have always loved their wines, especially their Chenin Blancs and we sold cases of them when we had our shop, Main Ingredient, so we knew we were in for a good day. They had organised a bus to take us out to the farm from town, which we are always grateful for, as tasting wine all day and then driving home means John cannot enjoy the day as much as he would like. Read On
Old Mutual Trophy Public Tasting at the CTICC      Because we were away when these awards were announced and we had to miss the awards lunch, this was an event not to miss, as we could taste the Trophy wines and some of the other medal winners. It was held last Friday at the CTICC and was a very special tasting of some lovely wines especially, for us, the Museum class wines.. Read on
This week's recipe is, as promised, a classic Greek recipe: Stuffed Cabbage rolls in a lemon Sauce - Lahanodolmades. We ate this at a small taverna on our first night in Diakofto in the Peloponnese and they were delicious.
1 whole 2 kg cabbage (if your cabbage is not large enough, just use the outer leaves from two - 1kg beef or lamb mince - 2 medium-sized onions, finely chopped - whites of 2 eggs - 1 T chopped parsley - 1 T chopped dill - 90 ml rice - 1/3 of a cup olive oil - salt and freshly ground black pepper
Lemon sauce: 2 T butter - 1/2 T flour - juice of 1 large lemon - 3/4 of a cup milk - the yolks of the two eggs, beaten - salt and freshly ground black pepper
Carefully take all the leaves off the cabbage, discarding the outer leaves. Wash them well. Blanch them quickly, in batches, in a large pot of boiling water. This will soften them and make them more pliable and easier to roll. Remove from the water and drain them. spoon and place on a clean working surface. Allow to cool then remove the thick inner vein on the leaves and set these aside for use later.
For the stuffing, mix the mince, onions, parsley, dill, rice and egg whites together very well, preferably kneading with your hands and then season, Fry a small piece of the mince to see if the flavour is to your liking and adjust the seasoning.
Place one leaf on a flat board (if it is too big, cut it in smaller pieces), add a dessert spoonful of the filling on the bottom centre of the leaf, fold the bottom of the leaf upwards, bring in the two sides and carefully roll up but not too tightly. Try not to overfill the rolls, as the rice will expand during cooking. continue until you have used up all the filling. Layer the bottom of a large pot with the removed thick inner vein of the leaves and any cabbage leaves that were too small for rolling. Lay the stuffed cabbage rolls on top, fold side down, in nicely packed layers. Season with salt and pepper and pour in the olive oil. Place an inverted plate on top to hold them down when cooking and pour in enough water to just cover them. Put the lid on and bring slowly to a simmer. Turn the heat down and simmer over medium heat for about 1 hour, until the cabbage is tender. Drain the remaining water, keep it and arrange the cabbage in a serving dish; keep warm until the sauce is ready and you are about to serve.
Make the lemon sauce. Make a roux by melting the butter over medium heat, then add the flour and whisk to form a paste, cook for a minute or two. Add the lemon juice and then slowly add the milk, a little at a time whilst whisking to make the sauce. Then pour in 3/4 of a cup of the drained liquid and whisk, until the sauce thickens a little bit. Then, off the heat, stir in the two egg yolks which will thicken the sauce even more. Taste, adjust the seasoning and add more lemon if you like. Pour the sauce over the stuffed cabbage rolls and season well with freshly ground pepper.
Tuesday 23rd June at 17h45 for 18h00 (until approximately 19:30) Bouchard Finlayson‘s Tutored Wine Tastings series will make a stop at home, on the Bouchard Finlayson wine farm, R320 Hemel-en-Aarde Road in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. The informal, relaxed tasting for a maximum of 20 guests will take place in Bouchard Finlayson’s Barrel Cellar and will be hosted by renowned winemaker and South Africa’s ‘Pinot Pioneer’, Peter Finlayson, who looks forward to taking guests on an inspiring wine journey of old and new vintages. Guests will be able to taste 12 Bouchard Finlayson wines in total, paired with a selection of delectable canapés. The first flight will consist of three vintages from a small production of Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, followed by six vintages of Tête de Cuvée Pinot Noir and the revered Cape Winemakers Guild Pinot Noir, while the last flight will showcase three vintages from Bouchard Finlayson’s flagship Missionvale Chardonnay. Cost: R250 per person (includes wine and canapés). Bookings are essential: contact Bouchard Finlayson on 028 312 3515 or
Wednesday, 24th June at 18h00 An intimate evening with Franck Dangereux and Le Creuset at the Foodbarn in Noordhoek. Franck Dangereux demonstrates delicious dishes in the latest Le Creuset cookware range, followed by a 3 course sit down dinner with a special selection of wines from Miles Mossop Wines. Franck will share some of his chef secrets with us and Le Creuset will spoil each guest with an exclusive Le Creuset goodie bag.  Cost: R495 per person
Saturday, 27th June at 18h30 for 19h00  Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa invites you to enjoy a gourmet meal paired with a wide range of carefully selected wines from Quando Vineyards & Winery. R295 per person for Dinner only or R1995 per couple includes the dinner, room and breakfast. ENQUIRE TO BOOK
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

18th June 2015
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