Dining at Noma
Eating at Noma, only fours days after it was awarded the title of 2010 S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant was an incredible experience.
It is impossible to describe the dinner in a few words, but what I loved the most is that it was so true to itself. We tasted Nordic cuisine, herbs, pickled vegetables, berries and more. I chose to pair my meal with wines while Susan had hers with a juice pairing – incredible, especially the apple and pine shoots!
What stood out for me?
The raw chestnuts sliced at different thicknesses for texture, served with a fishroe sauce, rye crumbs and cress. The whole crayfish tail, just cooked, served on a rock from the beach with a cream of oyster, and powder of seaweed which had to be eaten without cutlery – fabulous! Then there was the dehydrated scallop with grains, watercress and seaweed/squid ink oil.
In fact every course, of our six hour long dinner, was amazing. From the six pre-dinner amuse – served with champagne – to the incredible 12 courses that followed.
My inspiration has been completely re-charged. I only wish Copenhagen was a little closer to Franschhoek…
Must Have Dishes at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant
Neil Jewell, head chef at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant and local Charcuterie King, has some new and exciting dishes on his delectable menu. Three of these managed to knock our taste bud’s socks off!
The duck trifle; the salad of watercress, rocket, porcini and shallot dressing and the chargrilled octopus, roast tomato risotto, chorizo chips are spellbinding.
If you’re thinking of popping out to the Franschhoek Valley please replenish and revive yourself over a long and absolutely delicious lunch lunch at Bread & Wine. Please remember it’s very popular so it’s advisable to book.
Le Quartier Français and Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – 20 days and counting – and that means that it’s time to stock up on Pink bubbly, flowers, cards, chocolate and maybe an original gift or two.
Actually nothing says I love you like all of the above accompanied by lunch at Bread & Wine – if you’re into long lazy lunches and excellent Môreson wines; or iCi – if you want to experience Franschhoek, scrumptious dining and the best strawberry daiquiris South of the equator.
Franschhoek Mountain Bike Challenge
Franschhoek plays host to the Franschhoek Lions/Porcupine Ridge MTB (mountain bike) Challenge this Saturday (the 16th of January 2010). There are two routes, a 25km and a 40km, and for those that don’t mountain bike there are some wonderful hikes and less strenuous walks on offer.
If you haven’t yet had a chance to sample our wonderful Le Quartier Français breakfasts this would be the perfect opportunity. There really is nothing quite like indulging in a delectable breakfast, complete with decadent sticky buns, to make it feel like a real weekend.
Breakfast, at Le Quartier Français, is served between 07h30 and 10h30 Monday to Sunday.
KLM Business Class Menu
Below is a copy of the menu I created for KLM Business Class. It is going to be running on all KLM flights leaving Amsterdam over the next 10 months.
If you happen to be flying KLM Business Class over the holiday (or in the next 10 months) please leave me a comment about the food, I’d love to hear back from you.
Mademoiselle Lamb Burger – A Stellar Performance
Mademoiselle Lamb Burger – Lamb Burger’s lesser known but equally tasty niece – performed phenomenally at the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival. Over the course of the weekend we sold an impressive 750 Lamb Burgers.
If you had the opportunity to meet and eat Mademoiselle Lamb Burger we hope you enjoyed her!
2009 Le Quartier Français Magic of Bubbles special
On Friday the 4th of December 2009 check into Le Quartier Français, for R1250 per person*. This price includes a Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ticket and your first delectable Mlle Lamb Burger.
To book please email us – email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you next weekend for some serious bubbly fun!
*Bed and breakfast included. Terms and conditions apply.
Meet and Eat Mademoiselle Lamb Burger at the Franschhoek Champage Festival
Mademoiselle Lamb Burger, the very tasty niece of Lamb Burger (may he rest in peace), will be attending this years Franschhoek Champagne Festival. She’s not quite as big as Lamb Burger but she’s just as delicious.
Mademoiselle Lamb Burger generally doesn’t do public appearances. In fact the 2009 Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival is her first and for that reason those attending should consider themselves very lucky!
If you’d like to meet and eat Mademoiselle Lamb Burger you will find her at the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival Le Quartier Français stand on Friday the 4th, Saturday the 5th and Sunday 6th of December.
Peninsula School Feeding Association
Reuben and I recently spent time sharing some of our our cooking know-how, with the Peninsula School Feeding Association, when we prepared a nutritious and cost-effective meal for 1500 of the students they support.
The Peninsula School Feeding Association is a fantastic Non-Profit Organisation that operates off the premise that – for a country to succeed – education is vital but, they quite rightly believe, that you can’t effectively teach a hungry child. So – to make a lasting difference to the effectiveness of education in the Western Cape – the Peninsula School Feeding Association provides nutritious and cost-light meals to hungry children in primary schools, high schools and and special-needs schools.
Le Quartier Français visits Italy
Neil, Annemarie and I were invited, by South African Tourism, to give the South African pavilion – at the TTG Plus Sudafrika workshop in Rimini – a South African flavour. We left SA with our suitcases stuffed full of Neil’s charcuterie, and other ingredients, so we could turn Italian ostrich neck into beautiful tortellini with a SA twist. Our tortellini, and other dishes, will all be experienced this weekend. Which is very exciting!
Yes it was long trip – but it was definitely worth it especially considering that the end result was us cooking in Italy – it was also a trip full of comical delays.
Comical Delay 1:
When we boarded the plane we all got as comfortable as we could, in our airline seats, and waited for take off … and we waited … and we waited … and nothing seemed to happen. We were heavily delayed thanks to Student Lucia from Sicily.
Student Lucia from Sicily:
With no money, and on a rebate ticket, she managed to book her luggage in and then get lost at OR Tambo.
After a fair amount of waiting, her luggage was taken off the plane, the stairs were wheeled away and it looked like our Italian cooking adventure was finally going to begin. But no! Poor student Lucia from Sicily, with no money and a rebate ticket, found the plane and clearly begged for forgiveness (or what ever else it is they do in Sicily). The stairs were wheeled back, her suitcase re-loaded and – an hour after boarding had officially closed – Student Lucia from Sicily, with no money and a rebate ticket, sat down in 56G.
Pretty funny, but only if you do not have a connecting flight to catch.
Comical Delay 2:
The five of us – hilariously – did have a connecting flight to catch and we made it, if only just! Escorted through the belly of Frankfurt airport, by a very serious looking German, we were worried that they’d sniffed the lovely lamb ham in our luggage and were whisking us off for severe (and very serious) interrogation. But we needn’t have worried because our luggage, and the lovely lamb ham, would – thanks to Student Lucia from Sicily -never make it in time for our plane to Milan.
After all the delays, luggage missing, connecting flights almost missed and more delays (while waiting for our luggage and lovely lamb ham to arrive) I’d like to say a big thank you to Student Lucia from Sicily. It looks like you had a fabulous time in our wonderful South Africa; and we certainly hope to go home with equally impressive stories about friendly service and accommodating people after our visit to your country.
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