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sunday roast at bertus basson at the spice route

Bertus Basson at the Spice Route

Sunday roast at Bertas Basson at the Spice Route , Paarl

Every Sunday through winter and probably through summer, Bertus Basson at Spice Route will be knocking together an amazing four course traditional Sunday roast. I really should be called a feast though, because an abundance of delicious home-style food is brought to your table to devour. Each week the protein component will vary, but you can always expect 2 meat roasts, some side vegetables – with a few gourmet touches of course, a salad course with something fishy. A soup vibe, bread, pate, and to end off with a decadent dessert. The roast potatoes are straight from a heavenly place and look like they have been cooked at least 2 – 3 times to deliver the crunchiest possible skin and fluffy interior imaginable. Actually I would go back for just the roast potatoes. To coat it all – as if it were necessary, there was gravy, there was cheesy kale and hollandaise for the sirloin. I could say there was too much food, but like a rookie I couldn’t resist the brioche toast with pate and onion marmalade and the fresh foccaccio with the cauliflower soup. I suggest nibbling on those and saving yourself fo the main event. I also suggest not eating before or after this meal and taking along stroll to work it off. With beautiful panoramic views from the restaurant, it couldn’t be a better location to while away a Sunday afternoon with family and friends.  Continue Reading →

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a lunch at vondeling with bertus basson

A lunch at Vondeling with Bertus Basson

Last Sunday I enjoyed a stunning lunch at Vondeling Wine Estate in Voor Paardeberg prepared by the incredible Bertus Basson. It was my first time on the farm which is located a little off the beaten track in a very beautiful part of the Western Cape Winelands. The food was delicicous, rustic and plentiful with unique Bertus Basson touches and South African flavours. Lunch was enjoyed with a variety of fabulous Vondeling wines and  the whole day was a Sunday feast and treat of note.

A lunch at Vondeling with Bertus Basson

A lunch at Vondeling with Bertus Bassonvondeling Wine Estate

Thank goodness this splendid collaboration was not a once off, and the dates for the forthcoming events are:

  • Sunday 20 September
  • Sunday 8 November
  • Sunday 20 December

The menus will change with the seasons and I cant recommend this highly enough.

Bookings can be made via email to info@vondelingwines.co.za, or calling, 021 869 8595. Continue Reading →

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cluver & jack cider launch

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Cluver_Jack_Cider_launch

Cluver Jack cider launch

On Thursday I attended the launch of a new handcrafted premium craft cider made in the Elgin Valley which is the mothership region for apple growing and thus cider making. It’s a collaboration between Paul Cluver and Bruce Jack and its called Cluver & Jack.

A little fact I did not know is that South Africa is the second biggest cider consuming region in the world after the UK, so this launch is indicative of a possible craft cider revolution here. Cheers to that!

The apples are picked and freshly juiced vs using a concentrate from apples that have fallen to the ground. The results are a crisp and refreshing cider that is made in the most natural way. I found it delicious, light and not too sweet.

The event was held at the Paul Cluver amphitheatre. Catered by Bertus Basson from Overture and designed by Caro de Waal from Eat.Design, it was pretty special. The menu which was created to pair beautifully with the cider was delicious and went like this: Continue Reading →

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waffle jaffles

jaffle waffles

jaffle waffles

jaffle waffles

waffle jaffles

This wonderful and inspired recipe comes from Roads less Travelled by Justin Bonello with Bertus Basson and Marthinus Ferreira, the cookbook that was born out of the second season of Ultimate Braai Master which flighted on SABC 3 towards the end of last year. This home grown TV series is all about cooking in the outdoors with friends, and takes the viewer on massive road trip around Southern Africa to some of the most spectacular locations. I loved it. Continue Reading →

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a creme de la creme lunch at overture

I count myself rather lucky to have been invited to this fabulous event arranged by Annette Kesler and Chania Morrit Smith from Showcook  last week. Our lunch was cooked by four phenomenal local chefs at the jaw-droppingly beautiful Overture Restaurant on Hidden Valley Wine farm. Five delectable courses paired with lovely wines and sparkling company made this a very memorable occasion. Continue Reading →

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