Friday, March 23, 2018

This Week’s MENU. Simonsig tasting, lunch at Glenelly, Villiera Trade tasting, A visit to Cape Point Vineyards and lunch at the Food Barn Deli, Breakfast at Shift Coffee bar, Spanish seafood rice, Saronsberg Full Circle

A Sea Point sunset - and a new moon
Late again! Blame it on the visa issuing agency VFS who have rejected John’s visa application for a lack of nitpicking detail in the paperwork. Finally managed to get it accepted this morning on the third attempt. The time taken to put together all the minute details of our plans is extraordinary.

Another wonderful week of spending time with good friends and taking them to some of our favourite places. Beautiful weather as we expect of the Cape in late summer, while we try not to be jealous of the excessively rainy weather our Johannesburg family is “suffering” and at the same time commiserate with winemakers who have just returned from ProWine in cold, icy, snowbound Dusseldorf. Greener on the other side of the hill…? Not really
Spoiled wonderfully at Simonsig followed by a Birthday lunch at Glenelly    
We mentioned to Johan Malan last week that we planned to bring our Dutch friends to Simonsig this week, on our way to attend our friend Peter's Birthday lunch at Glenelly. And they really pushed the boat out for us at Simonsig and made it such a special day for us and especially for Peter

On the Town with Villiera    
Some wine farms, intelligently, showcase their wines at a town venue so that the trade can taste quickly and efficiently without having to drive out to the farm. If you are restaurateur, sommelier or wine retailer, taking time out is not easy, and using your day off to visit farms is nice, but people have lives to sort out. Villiera held their trade tasting last week at the Cartel Rooftop Bar in Waterkant Street and we had a very warm welcome from Cellarmaster and co-owner Jeff Grier, CWM

A visit to Cape Point Vineyards and lunch at the Food Barn Deli    
Another jaunt to the winelands to show our visitors yet another stunning view, taste some wine and eat a light lunch. The view over the vineyards from Cape Point Vineyards is spectacular – Noordhoek’s Long Beach is one of the longest beaches in the country. Here you can visit the Thursday evening market where we used to work, have a meal in the restaurant or order a picnic and have it on the lawns. We stopped to admire the view and then told two young men in the small shop that we were going off to the winery to do a wine tasting ......

Breakfast at Shift Coffee bar    
We have not been out for breakfast for ages and wanted to get together with good friends we haven't seen for a while.  The original plan was to go to Jason's in Green Point but when we got there we discovered he closes on Sunday (Memo to self - always check the web site first. )  We wandered along the road knowing we would find something open in this area and one of the signs above the door told us this was possibly the place for us.  It read "Death Before Decaff!" and we agree

A winemaker friend recently told Lynne how much he looks forward to her weekly recipes because it helps him sort out Sunday lunch! Very flattering. He wants us to put together a cook book from our past recipes, which we have been publishing weekly since 2003. It is something we have had in mind for many years, but the time involved has just slipped away. Maybe this winter.

As it is Harvest time and winemakers are very busy, this week's recipe needed to be simple and quick. Which set her thinking of a delicious one pan dish for a late summer Sunday lunch. This is not a paella, just a good seafood and rice dish, quick to prepare. If you don't eat seafood, you could use a firm fish like kingklip or monk fish cut into cubes. If you can't find dry sherry, you could use a semi sweet sherry (but not full cream!) or 100 ml dry white wine

1 T olive oil - 1 large onion, finely chopped - 2 cloves of garlic, crushed - 1 large red pepper, deseeded and sliced – 100 ml dry sherry - 400 ml tomato passata - 1 bay leaf
1 t sweet smoked Spanish paprika - 1 cup of rice - a 500g packet marinara mix - salt and freshly ground black pepper - 1 T flaked almonds - 1 T chopped flat leaf parsley - 1 hardboiled egg, sliced

Fry the onion and garlic in the oil till just transparent, then add the pepper and fry until it starts to take on some colour. Pour in the sherry and boil rapidly till reduced by half then add the tomato passata, the bay leaf, paprika and the rice. Allow to simmer, covered, until the rice is just cooked, stirring a couple of times and adding more water if it seems dry. Then add the marinara mix, season, cover with a lid and steam for 3 to 4 minutes till it is cooked. Sprinkle with the almonds, parsley and egg slices and serve.
1 T = 1 Tablespoon 1t = 1 teaspoon


MENU's Wine of the Week. Saronsberg Full Circle 2013
A blend of 89% Syrah with some Grenache, a little Mourvèdre and a splash of Viognier. We had this with a rich, deep-flavoured cassoulet when we had friends to dinner last night. It was a perfect match. The confit duck in the cassoulet (from Woolworths) was quite spicy, which added a rich spice note to the dish. The wine matched it beautifully. Plum fruit developing to a rich, dark cherry flavour at the end with the Viognier giving a lightly peachy overtone. Very complex and intense flavours. A very satisfying wine. Treat yourself and buy it to put away for a few years. The current 2015 will drink well now but will certainly improve. The 2013 still has years of life ahead if we can resist drinking the remaining bottles. It is expensive at around R400 to R450, but the quality justifies the price. Platter gives it 4½ stars, #Winemag Rating: 91/100
23rd March 2018

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