Thursday, January 25, 2018

This Week’s MENU. Dining with Friends, Indian supper, Cape Point Vineyards lunch, Beau Constantia, Broccoli with ginger, Avondale Syrah

Sea Point sunset with boats

Our year is slowly waking up and, in between working on more water-saving strategies, we are doing interesting things. Water, of course, is the biggest topic of conversation, even trumping the chickens coming home to roost with politicians and parastatal directors having to answer for their corrupt activities. Our regional government is trying to get the central government to see that we have a problem and take steps to help us and our local politicians are indulging in in-fighting and blame games while they should be planning how they should avert a catastrophe. We had a practice run at life with minimal water this week when mains collapsed in High Level Road and we were cut off for two days without any warning. This is going to need quite a lot of planning. Life goes on….
We were invited last week to dinner at Suzette and Peter James's wonderful Japanese House in Claremont. Peter James, who was the Director of Communications, was Lynne's boss when she worked in Safmarine’s PR department and Suzette is a renowned cook. They regularly entertain travellers from aboard at their house and this time it was four interesting Americans

We have been coming to Indian restaurants at this address for years and they have varied in ownership, decor, food and service. It is at 91 Main Road, Sea Point, just around the corner from Firmount Road, where we used to live. Some of the best ones lasted a while and we lament their departure, the bad ones disappeared quite quickly, for which we were thankful. The sign above the entrance still has the original Kabab Mahal sign. Sea Point is fussy when it comes to authentic Indian food - and we don't mean local or Durban Indian. Many locals have lived and travelled overseas and experienced authentic Indian or Pakistani food from the subcontinent. We had not even been aware that this latest iteration had opened, so when our friend Terry suggested we go, we went. Terry (British) lives in an area of Greece where there are no Indian restaurants, so he was keen to go and sample the food

To Beau Constantia      
We have lots of overseas and local friends visiting at this time of the year and took our friend Terry on a trip to Constantia last Saturday. We also took local friends along. with whom we wanted to visit a couple of nursery and garden pot shops on the way. Beau Constantia is a wine farm at the very top of Constantia Nek with amazing views. We were there for a wine tasting and to check out the Chefs Warehouse restaurant, which is in the stable of Liam Tomlin, SA's top chef this year, as we want to eat there soon. We know and like his food and have heard such good things about this particular restaurant. The chef running this restaurant is Ivor Jones and it has a sophisticated tapas menu for one price and several courses that change regularly.

We thought we would have an informal lunch on the terrace but, having not been there for a while, we hadn't realised that the restaurant has turned into something much more formal. We didn't have a booking and they were very full, but luckily they do have lots of space and a table on the terrace was found for us. NO-ONE wanted to eat inside on a day like this. You can, of course, still do the picnics on the lawn. We didn't have a wine tasting on this visit. views, good wines....

What’s on the MENU this week. BROCCOLI WITH GINGER AND GARLIC     We know we need to eat more broccoli, but it can get a bit boring.  This is a version you may like, with a lot of added flavour.  We are braaiing steak tonight and this will be one of our accompanying vegetables

400G Broccoli – 1 T light soya sauce – 1 t chopped garlic – 1 t chopped or grated fresh peeled ginger

Break up the broccoli into bite sized pieces then wash it. Put it into a microwave container, add the soy, the garlic and the ginger and stir. Microwave at the last minute for 2 to 3 minutes on full power (depends on your microwave) then serve.

If you don't have fresh ginger use about a tablespoon of pink sushi ginger, chopped.  It works very well. 

MENU’s Wine of the Week: Avondale Samsara Syrah 2009     
Warm and spicy on the nose at first, then incense wood and minerality appear. Full of red plums and mulberries, soft chalky tannins and long flavours with white pepper, cumin and a little clove. A wine of quality, aging well and drinking well now but years to go. We had this with Sirloin steak char-grilled on the braai 
Lynne likes the meat rare but the fat well-done, hence the separation

25th January 2018

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