Thursday, December 13, 2012

House & Garden magazine food news page December

This month I got Jacques Erasmus of Hemelhuijs to give us his festive season 'tips' and trends for summer, plus some cool gadgets and gift ideas and check out these awesome cupcake accessories from Little Miss Cupcake

Monday, December 10, 2012

Franschhoek 'Magic of Bubbles' Champagne Festival 2012 wrap-up

This year's Champagne Festival was one of the best one's I have ever been too.
We gorged ourselves on beautiful bubblies, swayed (probably because our legs were a little wobbly) to the live music and indulged in oysters, strawberries, gourmet salads and other decadent treats all from Franschhoek and the surrounding areas. Due to other commitments I only managed to go one day this year and that was Sunday. The theme is always black and white, but this year, there was an additional 'birds and bows' theme attached.
Here's how it went:

As soon as I arrived I went in search of some food

Everyone was raving about the sundried tomato, feta filled breads from Bread & Wine

Pastries and treats galore

Huguenot Fine Chocolates

Haute Cabriere Pierre Jourdan - the CUV√ČE Brut is one of my best and I consumed a bottle of it just this past weekend (not all by myself, I promise)

Graham Beck is always a winner and their stand looked fabulous on the day

From next year Morena will be offering interesting walks on their property, where many many years ago the elephants used to roam
And by now (if you read this blog on a regular basis), you will know that when you see this face – Terrence from Siris Vintners – that things are about to get wild... I did a full tasting of the Chabivin MCCs and Champagnes. Out of the MCCs I loved the Aclemee the best and the Millesime Champagne was amazing

Gerald Clark Band entertained us with live Blues

Moreson wine estate has some fabulous bubblies and I love the Miss Molly

Miss Molly comes in a magnum size bottle for only R145 - a steal! So I bought some for the upcoming Chritsmas holidays

Champagne and Strawberries - quite the winning combination

Finally, some more drinking buddies arrived to partake in the festivities

Don't be fooled, that bow tie was never tied in the first place...

As you can see the weather was a bit overcast, but this actually made the day even better because it's normally so scorching hot

We continued to get slightly out of hand...
Overall, an amazing time :-) Twitter hashtag: #fhkbubbly

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The new Bizerca Bistrot

The award-winning – some may say the best bistro in South Africa – has moved from its location in the foreshore to where the old Caveau used to be in Heritage Square on Bree/Shortmarket Street.
I went to check out the 'new' Bizerca Bistrot (no, that is not a typo) about a week ago and thoroughly enjoyed the food. It had been a while since I had eaten at the previous venue and was looking forward to trying the French-influenced cuisine...

The venue offers a great courtyard for lunches and warm evenings, while inside the restaurant offers cosy nooks, although the lighting is a little too dim for me in some parts. They also have a vertical garden, which offers a cool eco-friendly, fresh trouch.

Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me to take images of my food, but it was delicious!
I had the tomato salad, which came with a variety of heirloom, mixed tomatoes and a spicy tomato sorbet, which, when melted with the olive oil, created such beautiful flavour.

For mains I had the impala dish, which came with a artichoke flan, bok choi and sweetish (berry flavours I think) jus. The venison was cooked to perfection - medium rare and succulent.

For dessert I had the signature Granny Smith Apple Sorbet with Calvados - delicious and strong in alcohol, so mix the melting sorbet with the Calvados to take away the harsheness....

Granny Smith Apple Sorbet with Calvados

The menu changes daily, but below are some of the regular (classic) dishes which are often available:

Tuna with roasted tomatoes and eggplant puree

Beef Fillet with stuffed mushroom and marrow and echalotte  crust

Oyster with Ginger and Cape Gooseberry
Their website is currently under construction, but should be up and running again shortly:

(021) 423 8888

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

NEW Daily Food Market at the V&A Waterfront

Today is the opening day of the much-anticipated V&A Market on the Wharf. This first-of-its-kind food market offers established, permanent stalls open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 9:30am to 7:30pm. I went to the launch of the market last night and snapped a bunch of photographs to illustrate the type of vibe/atmosphere the market has and the stalls that are there.

They offer a special DROP AND GO facility, plus more than 1000 safe, undercover parking bays just outside – which is more than can be said for any of the other markets. 

Nap Living has their own stand, also selling the renowned Deluxe Coffee
The Waymenels stand offers the lusted-after Stellenbrau beers

Totally Wild offers great aloe drinks and By Nature offers preservative-free nuts and dried fruits

Adam's selection of fruits

Anybody for a Hotdog?

A lovely array of flowers are on offer from the Aspen Flower Market under the stairs to the second level

These juices are bound to kill any hangover
Get your mozzarella fix here

Various cheeses and quality biltong from stokkiesdraai

Buy wheels or whole slices

Easy bread recipe for home baking

Love these jam jars!

Jean-Pierre Chocalatier has an awesome gourmet chocolate stand

I love his carving of the market logo out of this slab of chocolate

The Oryx stand... great quality salt - makes for a nice stocking filler too

The upstairs bar - can I hear a 'hell's yeah!!!'

.... and the jolly barmen - expect more craft beers on tap soon. Currently they have Drayman's Weiss and a host of other bottled craft beers

View of the market from the upstairs section

The Oyster Lady is just one of the vendors on the upstairs section. Her oysters are from Saldanha Bay

In upstairs corner is a beautiful 'book shop' selling South Africa food-related and recipe books

Good quality, free-range meats and eggs are available from Angus Meats

The market offers a 100% Kosher stand: Berkies

Delicious breads and sandwiches available from a German bakery stand. Good news is that they will be stocking a few gluten-free, wheat-free options :-)

Mingwei Tsai of Nigiro tea - his philosophy: 'the world would have much less violence if everybody took time to drink tea together'

There is also a demo kitchen by Careline and Whirlpool, where Sue Ann Allen will host the first of many food pairings.  

I'll be heading back to the market this weekend to check it out in full swing :-)

For more information, visit
or call 021 276 0200