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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 →


pasta with tomato, spinach and mozzarella



I used farfalle to make this delicious and super easy pasta recipe with spinach and fior di latte mozzarella. The sauce takes the same amount of time to make as it takes to boil the pasta, so its kind of ideal to do for a quick midweek vegetarian supper. The cheese melts into the other ingredients creating those delectable long strands as you eat, and it feels like a warm caprese salad with silky pasta and spinach.

The other reason I made this pasta was because it so colourful and I’m here today to celebrate colour and wine in all its glory. You might wonder what colour has to do with wine? Well that is the fun part. Continue Reading →


bolognese mac and cheese

bolognese mac and cheese

bolognese mac and cheese

bolognese mac and cheese

Mac n cheese has to be one of my favourite comfort foods, and when you add a hearty bolognese sauce into the mix, it becomes just that much more comforting.

Don’t you agree? Continue Reading →


chefs table at the foodbarn with la vierge wines

marc and franck

“At La Vierge we agree with Oscar Wilde when he says, “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” Paradise awaits”.

Nothing could have been truer than this last Friday where I was privileged to have been invited to the Foodbarns Chefs Table. A magnificent lunch collaboration between Franck Dangereaux from The Foodbarn and Marc van Halderen from La Vierge Wines. Continue Reading →


nederburg auction 2011

the old manor house at nederburg

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Nederburg Auction last week to accompany my friend Melissa (aka @merlot_girl) as her plus one.  I have been wanting to attend the  most prestigious event in the South Africa wine industry since way back when I was a student. We were invited to do the lunch service whilst on our annual Hotel School wine tour to the Cape (aka total and and utter 1 week piss up party). Continue Reading →


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