Thursday, March 01, 2018

This Week’s MENU. Jason’s Bakery, Bouchon Wine bar, Kirstenbosch, Cauli curry, Lynx Blanc de Noir

The back of Table Mountain and Devil's Peak, seen from the National Botanical Garden, Kirstenbosch
It has often been said that tourists see more of a place than the people who live in it. We travel around all the time, but there are places we are guilty of neglecting, probably because they are just a little outside our usual routes. And, sometimes, we are a little guilty of telling ourselves, as we drive right past it, often, that we must get there soon. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is, without a doubt, one of the best parks/gardens/nature reserves in the world. We took our Dutch friends there this week. We also have a couple of slightly different dining experiences to share with you.
Friday morning at Jason Bakery    
Jason Lilley now has two Bakeries in Cape Town and we had not yet been to the one in Green Point which opened late last year. We haven't treated ourselves to breakfast for months so on Friday morning we set of at 9.30. Why so late? The breakfast menu is quite small and they start serving sandwiches at 10, so we were hoping to have a choice of both options.
Bouchon Wine Bar at Dorrance Wine Cellar, Heritage Square in Cape Town    
We love wine bars and often wonder why they have not really caught on in the Cape. There are a few, but there could be many more. When Lynne returned to Cape Town from London in 1993 she wanted to open one. “It will never work” she was told, “people don’t go out after work, they go home first and then they go out”. But it seems things have changed and, as Cape Town has become more work flexible, lots of people want to meet friends after work. We decided to go and see how Dorrance were succeeding with theirs
Glorious Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens    
We had not been to this wonderful place for years, other than attending the occasional concert; we confess it. No excuses, just meant to and it didn't happen. But our overseas friends love it and suggested we go so finally we got there, being tourists in our own town again. And on a Tuesday when local pensioners (us!) get in free. It is being affected by the drought but they are making survival plans and there is a lot of mass planting of succulents and other water wise plants. We finally got to walk on the Boomslang, the tree canopy walk, and had lunch in the old restaurant that holds many memories for Capetonians
On the MENU this week. Cauliflower Curry    
Eating curry in hot weather is almost as good as it is in the winter; it does cool you down. This is a well flavoured way to eat cauliflower and it is quick to make and doesn't take too much cooking, as no-one likes cauliflower overcooked
1 T grated fresh ginger - 2 cloves of garlic - 1 or 2 green chillies - 2 tbsp Canola oil - 1/2 tsp mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds - 4 Curry leaves - a pinch of Asafoetida (Hing) - 1 onion, finely chopped - 2 tomatoes, roughly chopped - 2 potatoes, cut into 3 cm cubes - 1 tsp red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp Turmeric - 400 gm cauliflower, broken into large florets - pepper and salt to taste - 1 cup of water - 1 teaspoon fresh garam masala - fresh coriander leaves
In a pestle and mortar, or using a stick blender, make a paste of the ginger, garlic and chilli, adding a few drops of water if necessary. Heat the oil in a pan and season it with mustard & cumin seeds, curry leaves and hing. Fry gently until the spices begin to pop; a minute or two. Add the chopped onions and fry till beginning to go golden brown. Then add the tomatoes and potatoes. Stir well and simmer for 5 minutes
Stir in 1 teaspoon of the green chilli paste, the chilli powder and turmeric and mix well. You may like it hotter; if so, you can add more of the paste to your personal taste. Then add the cauliflower florets, salt and enough water to make a good sauce. Simmer until the cauliflower and the potato are just done. Taste again and season if it needs it. Serve sprinkled with a teaspoon of fragrant garam masala, with rice, and some fresh coriander leaves, if you like them

MENU's Wine of the Week. Lynx Blanc de Noir 2017   
A lovely pale rosé wine, so good for hot summer days, we took two cases of this home with us. Made from 100% merlot, it has a very pale salmon colour, sweet candy floss notes, peach and apricots. Fresh, zesty, and a perfect companion to summer lunches. Great with spicy food as well. Price at the Cellar Door is R70
1st March 2018

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