Ever done a food and wine pairing? If no is your answer then this is a chance for you….
Nederburg, the official wine sponsor of MasterChef South Africa is now offering a mysterious, playful and relaxed food and wine paring for regular folks to take part in. Why is it mysterious? You might wonder…..Participants will know what food they are getting when they lift up the lid of their presentation containers but they have to figure out for themselves the wines they’ll be tasting or rather pairing with.
Participants will receive a platter with 5 gourmet canapés and five wines from the Winemaster’s Reserve range, all featured on MasterChef SA. However the wine bottles will be wrapped to hide their identity. Participants can then find the perfect match by trying out the combinations or use the accompanying clues supplied. It sounds like fun doesn’t it? The canapés will include gourmet mini-servings of salad, salmon pate, chicken, beef kebabs and malva pudding. The wine and canapé selections will change from time to time.
If you are able to correctly identify the wines you will go forward to a lucky draw in which prizes are being given away. All this will cost you only R85 per head. It sounds like a great and gratifying way to spend time with friends don’t you think?
No bookings are required unless groups of 10 or more are involved.
To book contact: Sunette Rust on 021 862 3104
Eat Drink and Be Merry!!!
I recently went on a weekend getaway (I prefer to call it a city detox) to Hermanus. This has been my second visit to this gem of a town. The first time I just had this amazing cocktail lunch overlooking the ocean but promised myself to visit again and explore….
Hermanus is mostly known for whale watching….but the whale season begins only later in the year. However, there’s plenty to explore and mostly it’s good for a quiet relaxed weekend away from the city buzz. The small town has no shortage of coffee shops, restaurants and some interesting boutique shops. Amongst the interesting range of restaurants one that caught my attention is Annie se Kombuis….A traditional South African food restaurant.
Situated in Warrington Place along harbour road, this cosy farmstyle restaurant is the brainchild of former owner, Anita Theron. It’s been specialising in South African favourites such as bobotie, smoorsnoek, , oxtail, offal (I can go on an on) since its opening 12 years ago.
Rita, who has been managing the place for 11 years, took me through the history of the restaurant. In December of 2011, the restaurant has been bought by new owners and fortunately for us they are still keeping with Annie’s theme.
As someone who grew up on a farm I just felt at home inside the restaurant, especially at seeing the vintage furnishings and décor. What caught my attention the most was the old coal stove at the corner of the restaurant. I asked Rita if it still works. She replied “It works very well. It keeps this place very warm in winter”. Portraits of Annie and her family adorn the walls of the restaurant.
There’s so much to order from the menu, from soups, mains to desserts. Or you can order the Tasting Platter, which comprises a bit of everything. According to Rita, it’s the favourite item on the menu. There are some interesting local items on the menu but I secretly hope that the new owners will add a few indigenous dishes to it. So, next time you visit Hermanus, make a turn and enjoy local cuisine at Annie se Kombuis!
I haven’t blogged in a while hey…. ….In my defence I have been trying to find a balance between living, working in two provinces and finding time for blogging. I’m all about health, exercise and living a balanced life this year. I hope you have been trying out some of the recipes….
As I was going through the InHouse Club cookbook I saw an array of interesting local recipes including Yummy Mealie Bread recipe. I just had to give it a try and guess what? I loved it….now I’m sharing it with you.
The original recipe includes a cup of grated cheese but I’ve removed it and make it an option for serving. However, feel free to include it in the recipe. Happy Baking!
Yummy Mealie Bread Recipe
This wonderful corn brean can be served with a braai, with soup, or even used to make a sandwich.
¾ cup onions, chopped
50g unsalted butter
5ml (1tsp) dried herbs (I used Italian Herbs)
2 ½ cups cake flour
10ml (2tsp) baking powder
5ml (1tsp) salt
3-4 sprigs parsley, chopped
2 cobs sweet corn, remove kernels
2 carrot, grated
315ml sour milk
1 chilli, chopped
2ml black pepper