Thursday, May 23, 2019

This Week's MENU. Old Mutual Trophy Feedback, Fortune House sushi, Kapstadt Brauhaus, Chilli co carne, Raka Sangiovese

An African olive pigeon or Rameron pigeon (Columba arquatrix) drinking at a fountain in Johannesburg

This has been quite a week. We have travelled from our home at the South-Western tip of our wonderful, very diversified country to its geographic centre, which has a vastly different climate, for celebrations with friends and family. And we have witnessed, more remotely, a new iteration of the government, in our province and, especially for our country, with promises of better governance… we shall see... The Winds of Change? In the mean time, life goes on in its merry way, with opportunities to taste delicious food and wonderful wines and, especially, to meet and share the experiences with the very special people who make it all work. We rejoice in our very good fortune

Last week, we were invited to this year’s Judges Feedback Session of the 18th Old Mutual Trophy Awards. Held again at Grande Roche, this competition is run by Chairman Michael Fridjhon. It has 1 Chairman; 9 judges - 3 from overseas; 6 associates; 956 wines from 206 producers were entered: 103 Shiraz; 86 Sauvignons Blanc; 84 Chenin; 84 Chardonnay; 83 Cabernet Sauvignon; 76 Bordeaux Blends; 54 Pinotage and 44 Merlot and some blends. A selection of local MCC bubblies was served before the feedback session began…

About every five to six weeks, we get a longing for some Sushi and off we go to our new local in Sea Point, which we think has excellent sushi. It’s on the seaward side of Main Road, near Hall Road. The decor leaves a little to the imagination, being an ex-nightclub. We are trying to persuade the owner to paint it white or pale grey to make it lighter. He makes all the sushi fresh as you order it…
Last week, we and members of our wine club had a great tasting of Ernie Els wines at the Cape Grace Hotel and wanted to have some supper together afterwards. We finished at 8.30 and, as many of the Waterfront restaurants start to close at 9, we had to find somewhere that didn’t close early, and is a short walk from the Cape Grace. If you remember where the Paulaner Brewery was, you will know how to find the Kapstadt Brauhaus in the V & A Waterfront…

Here comes Winter. It is back to the kitchen for spicy warming food. Lynne’s favourite Chilli recipe is also probably the oldest cookbook recipe she uses – The International Cookbook bought in W H Smith in 1967. This is a Tex Mex chilli, not a true Mexican one. We do use tinned beans as they are so cheap and they save so much time and energy. If you don’t do pork, you can leave out the bacon, but it is the secret ingredient, bringing out lots of flavour…

This fruity wine is perfect with spicy dishes and those containing tomato. It has lovely notes of Maraschino cherry, mulberry and vanilla on the nose. It has those typical Italian notes from the grape. On the palate, it has silky mulberry fruit, nice freshness, green tomato leaf, and soft chalky tannins, with licorice and salt on the end. An excellent food wine. R113 on the farm

23rd May 2019
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