Thursday, March 10, 2016

A pit stop at Dassiesfontein on the way home

On our way back from our stay in the Hemel and Aarde valley we stopped off at this crazy, fun place on the N2 between Caledon and Bot River. There are rooms and more rooms, bursting full of different things to buy, old and new, interesting and strange. It is a bit like watching one of those compulsive hoarder programmes, but you can help! You can also visit their rustic restaurant for some traditional South African food
Moerkoffie op die kaggel. (Translation: Moer is ground but you can also threaten to moer 'grind' someone. (Colloquial). A kaggel is a wood burning stove). Traditional coffee grounds boiled in an enamel pot on a stove; as the pioneers made it
And all sorts of pots and pans and potjies (three legged cauldrons) to cook on or in your kaggel or braai fire
Pick a chandelier while having lunch or some Moerkoffie
A room crowded full of bric-à-brac or gift items
A menu on the cooker hood and, yes, they have caught up with modern days, as they offer a banting menu, and a rather good one at that. Don't be disconcerted if a very pretty live chicken or two joins your table
A huge scone with jam and cream and a cup of tea for one of us
Toasties for the rest of us. Lots of ham in this one
Just cheese and it is on traditional farm made bread
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus
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