Stormy weather on the Sea Point beachfront

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Franschhoek has occupied a large share of our time in the past week with lunches at Haute Cabriere and Dutch East and the annual Bastille Festival. We'll be back there again in the next few days to cover stories that we'll tell you about next week.

Tuk Tuk Micro Brewery, which is part of the Leeu Collection, opened in February this year and is already a very popular venue on Main Street in Franschhoek, on the next corner above Quartier Français. They have been selling CBC beers on tap and, this week, they introduced their own beers, brewed in the in-house 250-litre capacity brewery which you can see as you walk into Tuk Tuk. The beers are a Pale Ale, a Weiss or Weizenbier (wheat beer) and a Dunkel made by brew master Dewald Goosen. We enjoyed these with a rather good selection of classic Mexican street food served family style from the Tuk Tuk Taqueria

Another visit to the Place of Angels

We loved our first stay at this chic, small Boutique hotel on the slopes of the Simonsberg last year in April and were delighted to be invited back to see the new Spa, have dinner and stay the night. We had a marvellous time in this peaceful and tranquil place. Angala is surrounded by Vrede and Lust and Rupert and Rothschild vineyards. You enter through the Vrede and Lust gate and then drive 3 Km up the mountain, until you come to this lovely guest house with superb gardens and views. They have recently installed a spa and they also have a special Winter Spa package for two. http://www.angala.co.za/

Franschhoek celebrates Bastille Day every year on the weekend closest to the 14th of July. This year we were all a little subdued by the dreadful news of the attack in Nice on Bastille Day, but determined not to be deterred by terrorism and to continue our involvement in honour of the people who died so cruelly. We had been invited to lunch at Dutch East restaurant in the middle of Franschhoek before we attended the festival

The Festival was at the top of the main road and next to the Huguenot monument. The layout was very impressive this year. The marquees were much wider and there seemed to be so much more space. Finding a seat, however, is still as difficult as people reserve empty seats for ages while their friends do the rounds tasting, leaving others standing around. There was lots of food from the top restaurants, pulled pork seemed to be the dish of the day from many. And the wines from Franschhoek can be very impressive

Mandela Day wine tasting at Kitima’s new Raya's Kitchen      Kathy and Dane Raath have a good list of wines and beers which they represent in the trade and this was a chance to taste these together with samples of the food at the recently opened Raya's Kitchen. This new Asian restaurant, serving authentic food from the East, is in Mandela Rhodes Place with entrances on Wale and Church Street in Town. Kitima in Hout Bay is very popular and now you can experience some of the food here in town. You will find some of the wines which KRP represent on their menu. Have a look at their website http://rayakitchen.co.za/

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We had a roast leg of lamb, deboned, from Woolworths on Friday night and it was tough. Why are we paying premium prices for meat like this? It was cooked as instructed on the packet. So what to do with the remainder? A Moroccan Tagine would tenderise it. We had lots of lamb gravy left over so that became the stock. You can use cooked lamb or raw. Ras al Hanout is a blend of spices used in Morocco, it is now available at good grocers or spice shops like Atlas. You can use many other vegetables: courgettes, butternut, aubergine, baby potatoes etc. Just cube or half them. And you do not have to add meat.

1 T Olive oil - 1 large onion, finely chopped - 3 small carrots, sliced - 3 or 4 cloves of garlic, crushed -1 or 2 teaspoons Ras al Hanout spice mix - half a kilo lamb cut into cubes - 1 red pepper cut into 3 cm pieces - 10 green beans, sliced - 1 tin of chick peas, drained - 250 ml tomato passata - 500ml lamb or chicken stock - 6 or 8 baby tomatoes - 6 dates, roughly chopped - 6 dried apricots, roughly chopped - 20g flaked almonds

In a cast iron casserole with a lid, fry the onion in the oil till soft and golden, but not browning. Stir in the carrots and continue to fry for another 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and then the Ras al Hanout. Stir well for a minute to warm the spices. Add the lamb and stir well to incorporate the flavours. If raw, brown it all over. Then add the rest of the vegetables and the chick peas. Pour on the stock and the tomato passata, the dates and apricots and stir. Put on a lid and put into the oven. If you have a Tagine, transfer to that. Cook for 1 or 2 hours or until the meat is lovely and tender. Check that the liquid does not cook out, add some water mid way through if it looks a bit dry, you do need a sauce as you will serve this with cous cous (or rice or flat breads if you prefer). Just before serving sprinkle on the flaked almonds

Tomato in food does overtake many delicate wines, so can spices and chilli. The wine that went so well with this dish was a Garagiste wine from Topaz made by Cape Wine Master Clive Torr from Stellenbosch grapes. It is a 2009 Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon blend. This is full of robust cassis fruit and also some lovely savouriness from the Cab Franc. If you have some, try it with this sort of food and you will enjoy it. It was from our cellar and we are not sure if Clive still has any to sell. But it might be worth looking for, he has always made excellent hand crafted wines. Some heavy red wines wash away the taste of the food, this added another dimension to it

 In Next Week’s MENU

Tuk Tuk Microbrewery launch, Angala Boutique Hotel

We are planning to use wine barrel staves as the covering of a pergola. If any of our wine maker readers have old barrels which have outlived their original purpose, we’d love to have them. Please let us know

Information about interesting wine, food and related events happening in the Western Cape and, occasionally, in other areas. It is as up to date as the information we have received from the various organisers. Accuracy in the descriptions of events listed here depends on the information given to us by the organisers or their publicity agents. Some of this information comes to us in hugely verbose communiqués which we have to précis to make it easier for you. We will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, however caused.

If you'd like us to publish news about an event, please send us the basic details: What, where, when, price. If we have to cut it down to the size which we'll publish, it may take us too long to fit it into our very busy programme

Events in July:

Thursday, 21st July. HAVE THE BEST OF FOUR WORLDS It’s the perfect time for the winemakers to do the cooking… well, some of it! ! Four winemakers will vie to make you their signature dish in “Masterchef” style, perfectly paired with iconic wines from these exceptional winemakers. They’ll cook, you’ll taste and you’ll be the judge! Battling it out in the kitchen will be Gordon Newton Johnson, Adi Badenhorst, Boela Gerber and Teddy Hall, and they’re all sharpening their knives in anticipation, after which you can enjoy a four course meal of our famous signature dishes perfectly paired with iconic wines from these exceptional winemakers. Cost: R450 per person. Bookings: Send an email to TableBayDining@suninternational.com  or call: 021 406 5988 

Saturday, 23rd July  Beaumont Vitruvian Mill Tour & Barrel Lunch Beaumont’s second barrel lunch of the winter will start off with a visit to the Vitruvian Mill.
The Dam is full after the lovely winter rains and the two millers Andy and Noel are ready to get this 250 year old mill turning. Fresh flour will be available to purchase on the day and if the weather allows the bread oven will be baking some fresh farm loaves. Lunch will follow in the barrel cellar with a selection of Beaumont wines that have been paired with a delicious menu prepared by the Zest ladies.
Book quickly to avoid missing out.
Menu & Wines @ R430/head. To book email info@beaumont.co.za or phone 028 284 9194 Menu & more info

Saturday, 23rd July  The Sing for Your Supper team has an exciting event coming up: a fundraiser for The Philharmonia Choir. It is a Christmas in July theme. Delicious food prepared by chef Marc Wassung, a traditional Christmas feast with dessert. And a special Christmas programme performed by Freelance Classical Singer Monika Voysey, accompanied by Richard Haigh. Please find all relevant information and purchase tickets at http://www.quicket.co.za/events/18686-sing-for-your-supper-christmas-in-july/#/. Enquiries to 076 423 8191 www.singforyoursupper.co.za 

Wednesday, 27th July, 6.30pm for 7pm Christmas in July Meet The Winemaker Dinner with Kleine Zalze at Southeys Bistro, Somerset West.  R340 per person. To download the menu please click HERE. Please book on info@southeysbistro.co.za or call us on 021 851 6060

23rd to 30th July  Offally Good Fare. It is that time of year again and Savoy Cabbage is preparing to hold its Annual Offal Festival. As the cold nights bite Frank and Caroline are pleased to announce the Annual Savoy Cabbage Offal Festival, a unique event on the Cape Town scene. During the period, the menu will have a number of offal dishes as well as the usual fare. Check in with them each day to find out what is on offer to tickle your taste buds. Tell them your favourite offal dishes and they will try and add them to the repertoire. On 12th August, they will celebrate their 18th Birthday. Book for the 12th or 13th and anyone wishing Frank or Caroline “happy birthday” when they arrive will receive a glass of complementary bubbly! There will also be a tasting menu on offer alongside the à la Carte. So book for the Offal Festival or our Birthday (or both) on 021 424 2626

Sunday, 24th July Lakeside presents Christmas in July. Boutique 5-star hotel, Lakeside Lodge & Spa near Sedgefield and Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant presents ‘Christmas in July’ with a gourmet twist from 12h00 to 14h30. Why wait for December to celebrate Christmas when you can escape to a mouth-watering winter wonderland dining experience, with Lakeside’s Christmas in July feast. You’ll find dishes on the menu such as ham hock terrine with sweet potato, vanilla puree and pea salad for starters, maple glazed duck breast with confit potatoes, pickled onions and cauliflower for mains and Ginger bread with chocolate tiramisu and coffee ice-cream for starters. To accompany the meal, a live performance by a local choir will allow guests to reminisce about good Christmas family time, together with a roaring log fire to keep guests warm and toasty. For R380 per person, bookings are essential. To reserve your table please contact 044 343 1844 or book online. Bookings are subject to availability.  For more information, please email info@lakesidelodge.co.za or visit their website. Also visit their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter and Instagram. COST: R380 per person at Lakeside Lodge & Spa, 3 Lakeside drive, Swartvlei, Sedgefield

Wednesday, 27th July 17h00 until 21h00  CAROLINE’S ANNUAL RED WINE REVIEW, The Table Bay Hotel Ballroom, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Caroline’s Red Wine Review is one of the most important annual events on the South African wine calendar, and dates back to 1988. It is a showcase of a maximum of 60 wineries that have consistently achieved the highest accolades in all the top competitive platforms. Each of the selected wineries is invited to show just one wine for tasting by the public. This must be their flagship wine, and it will be shown by the winemaker personally. One can engage with them and learn, in an organised yet informal walk-round atmosphere. Arrive anytime, and get your programme and crystal tasting glass at the entrance. Tickets at R200 are available exclusively at Computicket. Numbers strictly  limited to 400 guests

Thursday, 28th and Friday, 29th July  FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show – Port Elizabeth. Held in the elegant Tsitsikamma Rooms at The Boardwalk in Summerstrand, wine lovers will be treated to some of the Western Cape’s most delicious wines for both sampling and purchase through the Shop@Show system facilitated by local retailer Prestons. The FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show promises a great night out for those serious about celebrating the fine art of winemaking in a comfortable setting. Exhibitors include well-known producers such as Blaauwklippen, Ernie Els Wines, Jordan Wines and Ken Forrester with some lesser known boutique producers such as Leipzig and Keermont making a first time appearance. To enhance the wine pairing experience, sample and buy at the Snyman Sjokolateur stand and complete the evening with a fine brandy at Oude Molen. Ticket Price is R160 per night which includes unlimited tastings, wine tasting glass and wine show guide. Light meals will be available for sale at Hemingways. Queries to 011 482 5936/5/4 or www.easterncapewineshow-el.co.za  For more information visit www.outsorceress.co.za

Friday, 29th July The first of three gourmet dinners at award-winning Camphors Restaurant (first Friday of the month, July-September), reflecting the experimental work of executive chef Michael Cooke and his team. They will explore the wide variety of produce sourced on the farm and its surroundings - from the gardens and orchards to pastures, flora and fauna. The dinners will, in addition, reflect the experimental work of the Camphors culinary team - what they've learned and what they're working on, so that guests experience first-hand the development involved in achieving an exceptional dining experience. Booking is essential 021 847 2156 stables@vergelegen.co.za Discover more about this historic estate on www.vergelegen.co.za

Friday, 29th July  Dish Food & Social Single Malt dinner with a selection of single malts presented by brand ambassador Peter Methven. As always, the venue is The Garrett Bar (at Kenilworth Racecourse), and the cost is R350 per person. Arrival is 7.00pm. Click here to book online, or scroll down for telephone and email booking options. Welcome drink with canapés – Glenlivet 12yo. Starter – Strathisla 12yo. Seared beef carpaccio, mini toffee apple, crumbled sherbet and watercress salad. Main – Aberlour 12yo. Duck breast, smoked corn purée, pear dauphinoise, liquorice infused jus. Dessert – Longmorn 16yo Dark chocolate and salted caramel tart on butterscotch base, lemon mint syrup. Vegetarian options are available. Please let us know when you book if you have any dietary preferences. If you have difficulty making your booking online, please contact Shoba (021 447 0323 or shoba@dishfood.co.za).

Saturday, 30th July, 10h30 until 16h00  Flavours of Winter at Muratie Estate. A Celebration of Cape Port-Style Wines. Make the most of the Cape winter and head out to the historic Muratie Estate in Stellenbosch for a mellow fireside celebration of Cape Port-Style Wines at the Flavours of Winter Festival on Saturday 30th July, hosted by the Melck family, South Africa’s top Cape Port-Style Wine Producers, and African Cork Suppliers. Port lovers are invited to cosy up in one of the Cape’s oldest wineries, appreciating the rich and luscious flavours of Cape Port-Style Wines and noshing on delicious winter warmer treats prepared by the Muratie Farm Kitchen. All the wines on show will be available for purchase at cellar door prices.  In addition, von Geusau will be tempting taste buds with their decadently delicious hand crafted chocolates. Cost: R100 per person including a tasting glass. Due to limited space, visitors are advised to book in advance. Telephone: 021 865 2330 or Email: wine@muratie.co.za

Saturday, 30th July  Christmas in July with a fine dining twist at Benguela on Main. Fine dining restaurant, Benguela on Main in Somerset West is taking the tradition of Christmas in July to another level with Executive Chef, Jean Delport creating a five course Christmas dinner with a fine dining twist. On Saturday, 30 July 2016 guests can indulge in a Christmas tradition unlike any other. The menu incorporates dishes such as smoked breast of goose, rolled saddle of Fallow deer and panettone truffle torte, to name a few, and ends off with decadent petit fours. It’s Delport’s display of culinary artistry and his take on Christmas in July which will leave you feeling festive in the middle of winter. Celebrate with family and friends at R540 per person. The Christmas in July menu is exclusive to evening bookings at a time that is convenient between 6:30pm and 9pm.  If you’d like to pair your meal with award-winning Benguela Cove wines, the restaurant has a ‘You drink, we drive’ complimentary service available for those who reside in Somerset West. A Benguela on Main car will fetch and drop you off, all of which can be arranged when you book your reservation. COST: R540 per person For more information or to make a reservation to avoid disappointment, visit the website, call 087 357 0637 or email onmain@benguelacove.co.za

Saturday, 30th July 12h00 till 16h00 Ultra Mussels Wine Celebration at Den Anker Restaurant, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. In a tale as old as time, Beauty will turn on the charm and Beast will flex his muscles as the battle of the sexes commences at this years’ Ultra Mussels Wine Tournament to be held on Saturday, 30th July 2016 from 12pm until 4pm at Den Anker Restaurant, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.  Not only is this battle unique in that it pits guys and girls in wine against each other, but this is the first time in the history of the competition that only one wine region will be represented.  Mark Norrish, General Manager of Ultra Liquors Wine Division, and noted wine expert, has personally selected participants from the Stellenbosch wine region for this years’ battle. The girls in wine will be representing Blaauwklippen, De Morgenzon, Fleur du Cap, Haskell Vineyards, House of J.C. Le Roux, SImonsig Wine Estate, Uitkyk Wine Estate and Warwick Wine Estate whilst the guys will be representing Beyerskloof Wines, Delaire Graff Estate, Ernie Els Wines, Glenelly, Kanonkop Wine Estate, Kleine Zalze and Rust en Vrede. The best of Belgian cuisine has been embraced in the form of Doekle and Rejeanne Vlietman who will be cooking up a whirlwind storm of 1kg of mussels for each of the 200 guests in their iconic twenty-one year old restaurant, whilst patrons sip on sexy sauvignon blancs, voluptuous chardonnays, sultry merlots, seductive shirazes and vivacious MCCs. Tickets cost R230 per person and are available through Webtickets which will include 1kg of fresh mussels, a souvenir wine glass, wine tastings and live entertainment.  Only 200 tickets available.  Booking essential.  No under 18’s allowed. For further information or queries contact Luke Krone, Cell: 082 354 9007  Email: luke@lukekrone.com Website: www.lukekrone.com

Saturday, 30th and Sunday, 31st July Camellia weekend at Vergelegen, a celebration of Africa's only International Camellia Garden of Excellence. The estate has over 1000 camellia bushes, comprising about 550 cultivars, from as far afield as France, Japan, America and South Africa. Guided tours by resident horticulturist Richard Arm will depart from the estate’s Stables restaurant at 09h00 and 14h30 on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July. The cost is R100/person and includes entrance to the estate, tea/coffee and a selection of cakes at the Stables restaurant.  Booking is essential 021 847 2156 stables@vergelegen.co.za Discover more about this historic estate on www.vergelegen.co.za

It has information about interesting wine, food and related events happening in the Westerm Cape and, occasionally, in other areas. It is as up to date as the information we have received from the various organisers. Accuracy in the descriptions of events listed here depends on the information given to us by the organisers or their publicity agents. Some of this information comes to us in hugely verbose communiqués which we have to précis to make it easier for you. We will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, however caused.

It you'd like us to publish news about an event, please send us the BASIC details: What, where, when, price. If we have to cut it down to the size we'll publish, it may take us too long to fit in to our very busy programme

Classes in culinary arts for kids at The Table Bay. Following the super success of the cooking workshops for kids in 2015, The Table Bay’s Executive Chef Jocelyn Myers-Adams, will be hosting monthly classes in culinary arts for emerging young cooks in The Table Bay’s Atlantic at 12h30 on scheduled Saturdays. The cost to participate is R300 per child April to November 2016. Mini Chefs will get to work side by side with Myers-Adams for two inspiring hours while learning some special tricks of the trade. Each two hour Mini Chefs class is an interactive learning experience that gives children between 5 and 12 years of age the opportunity to develop a life-long love for the culinary arts, whilst celebrating South Africa’s rich culinary heritage. Each month, the children will prepare something different based on a theme which is aligned with the seasons or a special occasion. They will be assisted by Myers-Adams and a dedicated minder, and will get to take home what they have prepared. More in the Events Calendar

We receive a lot of enquiries from people who want to learn more about wineCathy Marston and The Cape Wine Academy both run wine education courses, some very serious and others more geared to fun. You can see details of Cathy’s WSET and other courses here and here and the CWA courses here. Karen Glanfield has taken over the UnWined wine appreciation courses from Cathy. See the details here

The Hurst Campusan accredited school for people who want to become professional chefs, has a variety of courses. See the details here

In addition to his Sense of Taste Culinary Arts School, Chef Peter Ayub runs a four module course for keen home cooks at his Maitland complex. Details here

Nadège Lepoittevin-Dasse has French cooking classes in Noordhoek and conducts cooking tours to Normandy. You can see more details here

Emma Freddi runs the Enrica Rocca cooking courses at her home in Constantia

We write about our experiences in MENU, not only to entertain you, but to encourage you to visit the places and events that we do. We know you will enjoy them and we try to make each write up as graphic as we can, so you get a good picture of what is on offer at each place, restaurant, wine farm, festival we visit. 

20th July 2016

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