Thursday, July 04, 2019

This Week’s MENU. Dinner with Warwick and Reuben, Mojo Market, Groot Constantia at Blockhouse Kitchen, American Meat Loaf, Warwick Prof Black

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  Other than that, it has been a fairly quiet week with some lovely highlights, not least among them being the beautiful rain we are receiving. We need a lot more, but what we’ve had has been wonderful; we’ve enjoyed sitting in front of the fire with a good bottle. There are a few very good bottles in these stories…

The One&Only Hotel is running The Chef and The Vine Dinner Experiences in Reuben’s Restaurant on the last Thursday of every month until the end of November. We were invited to join them for the Warwick dinner last week. Next month's event will feature Hamilton Russell, so book soon if you are interested. R625 a person. This event was extremely successful with 111 guests for dinner

Always interesting to find an event in one’s own 'Hood. The Mojo Market in Regent Road was having a wine and cheese festival last weekend, so we decided to drop in on Saturday and see what was going on. No charge, you could go upstairs and taste wine and then come down and browse the food stalls and buy some lunch. There were just a few wine and cheese stands. A good move to get more feet through the door... They have been open for over a year and we are honestly surprised they are still there, knowing the local market as we do. It is not a real market, just a place with permanent stalls selling prepared food, drink and some retail items. Don’t go there looking for fresh produce or gourmet ingredients. When they were converting a row of shops, we honestly thought we were getting a Fruit and Veg Market - which Sea Point really needs. We dropped in when it opened and were not very impressed with the selection of stalls selling their wares and food at the time. This has improved somewhat. Then we visited again, when Baskin & Robbins introduced their 57 varieties of ice cream to SA and had a counter in the centre. And that, sadly, didn’t work. We so miss the Maple Pecan ice cream...

Tasting Groot Constantia wines with Boela Gerber at the Blockhouse Kitchen, Constantia

Groot Constantia is the third oldest farm in South Africa’s wine industry and it is our oldest wine producer. It has been producing wine for more years than any of the producers in the Médoc or Champagne. Constantia was producing wine before Dom Pérignon made his wonderful discovery. So much for being “New World”! Groot Constantia is classified as an Estate, so all the grapes used in their wines are grown on the farm. None is sourced from outside the farm. The Cape Dutch manor house dates back to the earliest days of the estate which was granted to Simon van der Stel in 1685…

This week’s recipe is perfect soul food for this wet and icy weather, but it might even be a good one in the US summer on this day of celebration. Lynne found it in an old American cook book many years ago and it is one of our standards. The great thing about meat loaf is that it has two lives. The day you eat it hot and the next day, when you put a generous slice into a sandwich. She has made one adaptation which makes a lovely difference. Watching Canadian chef Michael Smith on TV this week, she saw that he included cubed cheese in the meat loaf and wow, it was superb in this recipe too

MENU’s Wine of the Week. Warwick 2018 Professor Black White Blend

We were given a preview of this soon to be released wine at the Chef and The Vine dinner at Reuben’s restaurant in the One&Only Hotel this week. Hence the picture of the bottle with its temporary label. Professor Black is a white blend of 61% Sauvignon Blanc and 39% Semillon…

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1 comment:

Helen said...

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