• I met Boet Erasmus and he was delicious

    The Bastille Festival at Franschoek can often by accused of becoming a glorified pub crawl if left unchecked. The Cowboy and I went yesterday and we were pretty happy to be told that the really frenetic day was on Saturday (the constant misting did not stop once and I can see how the weather was a big deterrent for revelers on Sunday). I fell in love with three wines yesterday – Haute Cabriere (technically an old favourite), Lynx wines (a new favourite) and the 2007 Boet Erasmus from┬áVrede en Lust (how did I miss the Boet Erasmus before. It’s gorgeous!). This elegant New World Style Bordeaux blend is named after…

  • Tangled Tree and giving back

    Giving back is always satisfying. However, I am not a fan of giving back in a void. What I mean by this is that I am happier supporting a cause where I can tangibly see the results. I like to know that my energies and finances are being put to good use and lives are being affected in a positive way. One such organisation is Lavender in Lavender Hill. This year the Food Bloggers Indaba supported Lavender with a charity auction which took place at the end of the conference. I bid on a hamper from Tangled Tree and won! The hamper included: Fabric paint and sweet lollies A unique…

  • Of cooked flesh and beautiful eats.

    I know. Sounds a bit rough, huh? But actually I’m just referring to Charcuterie. “Char-ka-wha?,” you ask?…. Charcuterie. French for cooked flesh. Ok, enough. It’s a plate (or a board if you want to be technical) of cooked meats….hams, sausages, pates, confits, etc. And it’s my latest vibe. There’s nothing more delicious than a charcuterie board (I cheat and add cheeses and fresh fruit), an easy-drinking cabernet and a crusty loaf to pass time on a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon in front of the fire. The Cowboy loves it. It’s sooo easy to put together and pretty food is oddly satisfying, isn’t it? So, here’s how you do it:…