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At least once a year we try to get away to an interesting location locally and internationally. Our trips are carefully planned to explore the food and wine of the area. We also enjoy the environment and cultural experiences, and of course these factors often impact on the local cuisine. Gourmet tourism fascinates me.

I usually bring my travel taste experiences back home and they often impact on my cooking style.

Terrine of Kid (or lamb) with apricots

2017-12-21T13:29:29+02:00December 26th, 2017|Christmas, From the Kitchen, Travel & Adventures|

Summer is the time for terrines! I enjoy making and eating terrines. They always remind me of delicious “charcuterie moments” in France.  They are easy to make and give me an opportunity to experiment with flavours. For an al fresco evening they elevate a snack platter. Terrines are ideal for using left over meats such [...]

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Dining with a forager at Wolfgat, Paternoster

2017-11-05T18:55:27+02:00November 5th, 2017|Dining in & out, Travel & Adventures, Uncategorized|

Every since Kobus van der Merwe cooked a meal for us at an International Wine and Food Society function in Cape Town a few years ago, visiting his restaurant in the picturesque seaside village Paternoster has been on my ‘to do list’! Until recently Kobus worked out of the family owned café Oep [...]

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A wine and food week-end in the Hemel and Aarde Valley

2017-10-25T11:02:39+02:00October 25th, 2017|Dining in & out, Travel & Adventures, Wine Experiences & Accessories|

We were part of a group of 40 wine & food enthusiasts who invaded the Hemel & Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley near Hermanus just over one hour drive from our home, or 90 minutes from Cape Town, for a week-end of decadence! The valley is situated in the Overberg Region and is [...]

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Limoncello – Italian lemon liqueur to make this week!

2017-09-04T10:23:31+02:00September 4th, 2017|Beverages, From the Garden, Travel & Adventures|

I was first introduced to this quintessential Italian lemon liqueur on my first visit to Sorrento, Italy in the early 80’s, but it is only in recent years when we have been ‘brewing or should I say infusing' our own, that I have started using it generously in the my cocktails and cooking. Wherever you [...]

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Cassoulet from our travels – A French Favourite

2017-08-15T21:06:34+02:00August 15th, 2017|From the Kitchen, Travel & Adventures|

We are about to to open our French inspired Patio and Garden decor shop so I have not been spending much quality time in the kitchen, but when the weather turned chilly this week I yearned for this hearty French dish! It does not photograph well, but I assure you it is delicious! Cassoulet is [...]

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Italian food markets – come stroll with me

2017-07-17T17:38:50+02:00July 17th, 2017|Travel & Adventures|

Italian food markets – vibey with stunning, mouthwatering produce!   At one stage I considered writing about the French and Italian food markets together, but they differ so, I simply had to separate them. The Italian food markets are loud and vibey compared to the fairly subdued French neighbours! But words cannot take you to [...]

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

2017-06-27T13:38:41+02:00June 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 [...]

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Chasing the Michelin stars ….. Dining at JAN

2017-06-25T11:35:38+02:00June 25th, 2017|Dining in & out, Travel & Adventures|

South African gourmet’s were so proud of Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen when his restaurant in Nice, France was awarded a Michelin Star. When we planned to spend a few days in Nice, we immediately made a booking to enjoy a meal at JAN. Unfortunately our food hero Jan was en route back from the [...]

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