Dining in & out

/Dining in & out

Entertaining our friends and family at home is very special. This is where I will share many of these moments with you, including hints on menu planning, my ‘party book’, table settings and of course the recipes.

Enjoying food prepared by others is part of our pleasurable indulgences! We are privileged to be surrounded by some of the best restaurants in South Africa, but we don’t only dine out at so-called fine dining establishments. I am always seeking the best we can find, be it a burger, fish and chips or a hearty curry. I am not an enthusiastic baker, but a cozy coffee shop with unusual pastries and delicious cakes attracts my attention.

This is not a forum for reviewing occasions or restaurants, but it is one for sharing new experiences, flavours, textures and environments that inspire.

La Vierge Wines

2017-10-25T12:37:47+00:00October 25th, 2017|Dining in & out, Wine Experiences & Accessories|

As you drive up the Hemel en Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley you cannot miss the bright pink doors of La Vierge Private Cellar. The unusual appearance prepares you for just that ..... the unusual! You enter the tasting room and the restaurant over a bridge overlooking the huge stainless steel tanks of the winery. [...]

French inspired meal to match a Bordeaux Wine tasting

2017-08-01T20:49:39+00:00August 1st, 2017|Dining in & out, From the Kitchen, Wine Experiences & Accessories|

Our small, ladies only, wine group meets monthly in our homes. The hostess presenting the wine tasting also prepares the meal. Last night I presented a Bordeaux Blend comprising of all 5 Bordeaux grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot and then we tasted all the single varietals to understand how [...]

Chasing another Michelin star – this time in Italy, La Ciau del Tornavento

2017-06-27T13:38:41+00:00June 27th, 2017|Dining in & out, Travel & Adventures|

We joined a wonderful group of friends to celebrate an 80th birthday in Piedmont Italy. The restaurant selected for a magnificent celebration luncheon was La Ciau del Tornavento located on a hilltop village, Treiso in the Langhe region in Piedmont. Just driving through this exquisite countryside we marked it as a ‘must return to’ on [...]