feast at home eBook

Is now available …

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Check all the websites; at the time of posting, Kalahari was a lot cheaper

There are a few hard copies available at … Yuppiechef

feast at home

 

fête du rosé

Fete du Rose - The Foodbarn, Noordhoek

We do love a good Rosé … so much so, we challenged the winemakers in our region to come up with a delicious French styled Rosé to complement our food.

This year we are taking it up a notch or two … we are hosting a wine festival dedicated to this unique and versatile winemaking style.

When: Saturday 30 November from 12:00 noon

For R95, get your special festival glass, taste the Rosés from the farms knowing that all proceeds from the day are going to the Jones Safe House … http://www.thejonessafehouse.org/ …an unbelievable organisation right on our doorstep!

Purchase your tickets on the day … we have more than enough glasses and wine.

The farms include Ken Forrester, De Grendel, Delaire Graff, Buitenverwachting, Mulderbosch, Cederburg, Beyerskloof, Diemersdal, Haute Cabriere, Leopards Leap, Saronsberg, Zevenwacht and Simonsig … there will be at least 15 Rosés to taste

All wines on sale at Cellar Door prices i.e. the same price you would pay if you were buying from the farm.

Wear something pink!

rose

 

we walked, we ate and we drank…

We walked, we ate and we drank...

So we holidayed in Europe this year… Sammy the boys, myself & friends started off in gorgeous rural England ( with the obligatory trips to London to do this and that… then onto a fast train, through France, all the way down south to Marseilles, then another little train to St Cyr sur Mer; a quaint fisherman town…weather perfect ! loads of medieval villages nearby, markets with produce that brought tears to my eyes, the cicadas singing furiously from sunrise to sunset….

So we ate and we drank, lots… we ate in villages, on the riviera, in little troquets and in Parisian bars and brasserie…. the food disappointed me in terms of how lazy and complacent the industry is in that initial price bracket: 25 euro pp, which is more than enough for a full house experience at the foodbarn…or quite a few other good eateries in SA…. yes, total lack of imagination and fairly aloof attitude from the waiters knowing they’ll get their 14.5% no matter what.
The food at markets and even supermarkets however, was ridiculous, great choice, great fruit and veg, the condiments, olives, spices… the cheeses and the fish…. my word…because the med does not suffer from overfishing, there are no red or orange list there, still caught in the traditional way by little fishers… prices reasonable, (apart from our shocking exchange rate) and the quality exceptional, such taste…

So we cooked at home… and it felt just like cooking here at home, which is just right. I realised that i was missing my adopted home.

the best meal was had in Soho London at Polpo, the best fish soup was at “chez Henry” near the beach at St Cyr, the boys agreed that the best dessert was the chocolate fondant at “chez Henry” as well, the best macaroon were from “Ladurée” and i could not stop drinking Orangina during the day and Rosé de Bandol at night…

 

we love our community market…

The Foodbarn at Noordhoek Community Market

look at this delicious sausage ….. one of the few killer tapas we serve on thursdays at our local community market on Cape Point Vineyards estate…our little menu there will evolve, and as winter gets colder, we will get you warmer… see you there…

the email that made my year….

so yesterday i received this mail…

Hi Franck

I have been a huge fan of yours since you were at La Colombe and I lived down the road in Tokai. I now live in Blouberg which sadly is rather far from your fantastic restaurant. My husband and I do however make numerous pilgrimages during the year to come and enjoy your supeeerb food!

My old Constantia Uitsig cookbook is by far the most splattered one among my many cookbooks! My hubby and I fight over who is going to make what in it. I must say he makes a killer Prawn Tian! We sadly could not find a copy of Feast anywhere so it was with great excitement that in my weekly newsletter I saw that your new cookbook was coming out. Of course it went to the top of our Christmas wish list! So far everything we have made out of it has been awesome!!! The crux of this very long story is to tell you that our 6 year old Eugenie Amelie (ok so we are Francophiles!) is a huge foodie. Your section on how to prepare garden snails was met with great glee and off she went to harvest my least favourite pest! I have attached the photos of the process which ensued. I have to confess that I was too squeamish to be involved in this heinous crime so my hubby helped her. They said they were fabulous! I will never know!

Thank you so much for your passion and the wonderful way in which you do the best food in Cape Town without any pretension.

Kind regards,
Lisa and Henri

P.S. Your cookbooks are referred to as the First and Second testament in our home!


and take a look at the pics…

Eugenie Amelie is picking snails…


after degorgment, the snails are salted…

add a little herbs to the poaching..

out of the shell

into the pan with garlic and butter

and into a fabulous sarmie !!!

well, let me tell you, this kind of things are what make our lives that much more exciting !!!

Eugenie Amelie, a few more years and you’re welcome in my kitchen !!!

countdown to new year… pic of the day…

lying down…looking up at the summer sky with a fish eye….LOVE SUMMER !!!

countdown to new year… pic of the day…

this goats roasted cheese with guava & ginger compote is the current obsession of several “feast at home” readers…so I am told…it is utterly delicious, and encapsulate our philosophy to the T;

“The food is civilised without being pretentious … that is to say it has natural taste, smells and textures, and much character… often it looks beautiful too”

countdown to new year… pic of the day…

tanned freckles and starfruit head… Eli’s on holiday1

love pastries and tarts…

love pastries and tarts, we love to bake and cook and eat….we do it with lots of love and passion….hope you enjoy it!

countdown to new year… pic of the day…

our beautiful children are the driving force behind everything we do…
i imagine it’s easier to go through life and certain hardships having made childhood memories in noordhoek…