We’ve been doing some style surgery at LQF, a nip here, a tuck there, and our reception got an entire facelift. Don’t you thing we look all grown up?
‘A rare and intimate glimpse into the kitchens and dining rooms of South Africa’s best-loved chefs and foodies.’
Margot was one of the 20 chefs featured in the cookbook, and author Andy Fenner, also known as Jamie Who, sat with her and her family at a table on their back stoep. Family and friends tucked into a mouth-watering crayfish braai, plus many other delicious accompaniments (which we’ll keep a secret for the book).
Published by Sunbird Publishers the book is available for R295.00
We’re extending our Companion Fare in The Tasting Room to September. This means you pay for one dinner and the other dinner is on us. We have just ten spots to fill, so you’d better be quick.
Try our great accommodation packages in the hotel, www.lqf.co.za, or the deals in Delicious, right next door so you don’t have to fine dine and drive. To book email email@example.com and quote ‘Wednesday companion fare’
Not content to remain in Franschhoek; pieces from, is art gallery, can be found wandering the globe.
The blushing beetroot recipe as seen on South Africa’s Masterchef.
Take 1 flexi pan half sphere mould (600 x 400 mm / 400 x 300 mm), then place the gelatine in a small bowl with ice water and set aside. Place the beetroot juice and salt in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and add the softened gelatine leaf.
Place a fine strainer over a medium mixing bowl and strain the beetroot juice. Take a medium bowl and fill with ice, pour the beetroot mixture into a slightly smaller bowl and place it on to the ice.
Whisk the beetroot mixture continuously until it is aerated and cold. The gelatin will have set it. Scoop the mixture into a piping bag and pipe into flexi pan half sphere mould. (spray with ‘Spray and Cook’ first) Scrape all excess off, using a spatula – so the tops of the half spheres are flat. Refrigerate.
Spread the crumbs in a thin layer on an oven tray and spray with the beetroot juice, making sure all the crumbs are pink, but not soaked. Dry out in the oven for 30 minutes.
Leave the buchu to dry and blend until very fine using a spice grinder.
Hang the buttermilk overnight in the muslin cloth. Once drained, discard the extra whey and place the buttermilk in a small piping bag.
Spinach and onion puree:
-for onion puree
Warm up a medium pan, add the butter and sliced onions and sweat until soft without getting any colour on the onions. Season with salt. Add the cream, and reduce over high heat for 5 minutes.
- For spinach puree
Boil a pot of water add some salt. Blanch the spinach in the boiling water for 1 minute. Remove the spinach with a large slotted spoon, drain and place directly into a blender jug. Blend until very smooth, add the creamed onions and blend again. Pass through a tamis.
Cucumber and dill granita:
Blend all the ingredients in bar blender and pass through a fine sieve, pour into a tray with a wide base, and freeze.Scrape the frozen mixture with a fork to form fine flakes. Keep frozen.
Scoop the centre out of the beetroot sponges and fill it with some of the spinach and onion puree, then take the two halves and stick them together. Carefully roll in the beetroot crumbs.
Pipe 1 tablespoon of buttermilk on the plate and drag across with a small spatula. Place the beetroot ball on the plate, scoop some of the granita next to the ball and sprinkle with some buchu powder.
Herbert Janse, Margot’s brother, flew in from Holland and spent an intensive couple of weeks redesigning the Tasting Room. With a background in set and theatre design he certainly has theatrical flair, and has created a stage worthy of the cuisine. “The décor reflects Margot Janse’s food,” says Herbert. “The unexpected.”
There are teasers throughout. Antique crystal bulbs dating back to 1910 have been placed irregularly on the ceiling. Herbert found them in Holland: “they’re early electric bulbs that were once used at fairs.”
There’s also a set of crockery stuck upside down to the celling—almost like a wink from the chef herself.
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