Wednesday, January 23, 2019

This Week's MENU. Russell's on the Port, Blaauwberg, Indian Chapter, Durbanville, Oranjezicht Market, Pavlova, Nitida Grande Matriarch

The classic view of Table Mountain across Table Bay from Blaauwberg on a perfect Summer day

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The year is already warming up and we are receiving some exciting invitations to events which we look forward to describing to you when we’ve been to them

This weekend will see us at one of the great events of the year, the Hemel en Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration. This week’s stories follow, click on the headline, the photograph or the green words at the end of the paragraph to see the whole story
On the way home from our Summer Holiday, we made a reservation for lunch at Russell’s on the Port hotel and restaurant at Velddrif. We had lunch there last January and vowed to be back. It has both great food and a very relaxed atmosphere. It’s next to the Port Owen Yacht club

The view from the beach at Blaauwberg! Cape Town is doing turquoise so well this year. The fine white sand is almost blinding. A little breezy, but this side of the coast does get a bit of wind. It is a great place for kite sailing and surf boarding, you just have to be careful not to be taken out past Robben Island

We are fans of good Indian food and Lynne, who is a member of a Facebook restaurant page called Cape Town Restaurants, the Good, the Bad and the Nasty, found that The Indian Chapter in Blaauwberg was recommended by members as one of the best in Cape Town. We were going to be in the area, so we made a booking for lunch during the week. The restaurant is owned by Prim Reddy, a TV and Radio personality…

This is always the time of year when we have several good friends visiting from overseas. And doing a wine tour with them is always fun. Diana Loots studied for the Cape Wine Academy Diploma with us way back in the 90s. We took her and her husband Philip on a tour of some Durbanville wine farms. We began at Nitída…
On Saturday, we visited the Oranjezicht City Farm Market at the Waterfront and met some old friends from the brief time when we, too, worked in markets like the Biscuit Mill. It is a dynamic place selling good comestibles from local suppliers to keen foodies and featuring the fresh organic fruit and veg produced at the Oranjezicht City Farm. It is now open on Saturday and Sunday so you can go and buy your fresh produce for the following week…
Friends joined us for lunch on New Year’s day and, as this time of year has the best selection of tropical fruit and berries, our dessert was a classic. It’s not difficult to make at all, remember to take your eggs out of the fridge a few hours before. Lynne made the meringue the day before and had a challenge. Our gas oven is playing up and would not light. The temperature in the oven is impossible to control and so she risked cooking this in our combination oven where you can set the temperature to the desired 110°C degrees and cook in the Convection mode – she just had to use a lined Pyrex or porcelain dish instead of anything metal. It worked well…

The 2015 Grande Matriarch MCC from Nitída in Durbanville is, unusually for a bubbly, 100% Pinot Noir and it so impressed and surprised us that we have made it our wine of the week. It has cherry and raspberry on the elegant nose and on the palate the best expression of cherry ever, so quaffable. It has good length and depth, elegance and lovely maturity from 39 months on the lees. So exciting and so delicious. R225 on the farm and as you see, also available in magnums for great celebrations…

Things to do
Sunday, 27th January      Groote Post’s First 2019 Country Market. For further information on the Groote Post Country Market. Contact I Love Yzer: 022 451 2202 or / • • @GPCountryMarket
Saturday, 2nd March       Harvest Festival at Muratie Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.  For further information and bookings contact Nina Martin at Muratie on 021 865 2330/2336 or

Friday & Saturday, 1st & 2nd March      RMB Starlight Concert at Vergelegen. Details and tickets at
24th January 2019

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