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Bacon sandwiches cure hangovers

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

This may seem obvious to anyone who has tried it. But now there’s scientific proof that a bacon sandwich can make you feel better after a night of indulging.

bacon sandwich

Elin Roberts, of Newcastle University’s Centre for Life said: “Bread is high in carbohydrates and bacon is full of protein, which breaks down into amino acids. Your body needs these amino acids, so eating them will make you feel good.”

“Bingeing on alcohol depletes neurotransmitters too, but bacon contains a high level of aminos which tops these up, giving you a clearer head.”

It’s also said that researchers also found a complex chemical interaction in the cooking of bacon produces the winning combination of taste and smell which is almost irresistible.

There you have it. Though, make it a good sandwich. Use the best, most delicious bread, farm butter,  and Neil Jewell’s artisan bacon. That’s it. You don’t need anything else.

Or, let us make it for you at Bread & Wine’s deli counter.

A recipe for unbelievably delicious drumsticks

Monday, February 10th, 2014

At our recent Blessing of the Harvest, Neil Jewell prepared a feast for kings – and appropriately his beautiful drumsticks were medieval hunks of deliciousness. We thought we just have to share his method of preparation with you. Enjoy!

Bread and Wine chicken drumsticks

First up, get the fattest, most free-range/bio-dynamic/organic chicken drumsticks possible.

Method:

Allow two drumsticks per person
Clean drumsticks, removing knuckle & trimming excess skin
Make brine, using 40 gram salt per 1 litre of water
Place drumsticks in brine and leave submerged for 24 hours
Remove from brine and rinse
Place in a vac bag and seal, then poach in sous vide at 65 C for 90 minutes.
Remove, ice bath to cool.
Make a spice crumb using panko crumbs and your choice of spices
Use egg wash & buttermilk and pane the drumsticks
Deep fry to order & enjoy

Allow two drumsticks per person
Clean drumsticks, removing knuckle & trimming excess skin
Make brine, using 40 gram salt per 1 litre of water
Place drumsticks in brine and leave submerged for 24 hours
Remove from brine and rinse
Place in a vac bag and seal, then poach in sous vide at 65 C for 90 minutes.
Remove, ice bath to cool.
Make a spice crumb using panko crumbs and your choice of spices
Use egg wash & buttermilk and pane the drumsticks
Deep fry to order & enjoy.

Desserts at Bread & Wine

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

You’d be right to think that the domain of the Charcuterie King, Bread & Wine, is a  pork fiesta – but along with his more robust dishes Chef Niel Jewell also has a lighter touch, as shown in dishes such as the butter-roasted linefish,  the carrot ravioli, and, and… Plus, he’s a whizz with desserts, crafting delicate dishes with unusual flourishes. Yes, his Royal Porkness Jewell, can be sweet too.

Caramelised apple cheese cake, goats’ cheese sherbet

Caramelised apple cheese cake, goats’ cheese sherbet

Lemon tart with champagne jelly and juicy berries

Lemon tart with champagne jelly and juicy berries

Not in the mood for a proper dessert? Enjoy a plate of homemade sweets with your coffee instead

Not in the mood for a proper dessert? Enjoy a plate of homemade sweets with your coffee instead

See the full menu here.

Bread & Wine featured in Country Life Magazine

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Stuck for inspiration on what to cook for Christmas lunch? Then grab the December issue of Country Life Magazine. Neil and Tina Jewell of Bread & Wine share simple yet exciting recipes for ‘a long laid-back lunch’.  Think, smoked trout served on a plank with salsa verde, two-way carrot salad with buttered prawns, slow-cooked lamb shoulder and more.

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The Croiss Dog Cult

Friday, November 15th, 2013

It’s an obsession. It’s not a croissant. It’s not a hotdog. It’s the ultimate hybrid in snacking.

Croiss Dog

The Croiss Dog! Layers of flaky, buttery, croissant pastry ensconce a delectable bacon sausage made by Neil ‘His Royal Porkness’ Jewell. The mania-inducing crossed croissant is served with confit tomato and mustard cabbage.

The sausage has been cold-smoked and seasoned with garlic and coriander. Made from three of Neil’s favourite meats: pasture-reared bacon, waygu beef and Charlie’s pork – “It doesn’t get any better than this,” said the Charcuterie King.

Some didn’t think it was possible. Until that first bite.

Come and join The Croiss Dog Cult at Le Quartier Lounge Bar!

Margot and Neil dish on each other

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Both of our restaurants have been nominated once again for The Eat Out Awards. This marks the second time both Bread & Wine and The Tasting Room have appeared on the Top 20 nomination list concurrently – but that’s not all, that year, 2007, both restaurants made it onto the Top 10 Restaurants too! The Tasting Room garnered the number one spot, and Bread & Wine came in at number four!

And, not only are both Margot Janse (The Tasting Room) and Neil Jewell (Bread & Wine) great chefs, but they’re also great friends.

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

How long have you been friends?
Neil: Before the grey hair, circa 1999. It was my first service at Bread & Wine, I had been in the country for about 4 days, and some guy comes walking into the kitchen: I’m looking at him, with a ‘who are you and what are you doing in my kitchen glare’. I greet him and he introduces himself as Richard Friedman which means nothing to me at the time (turns out he is Susan Huxter’s brother).

Margot, coming out of the walk-in fridge with a handful of ingredients, catches the exchange and proceeds to collapse laughing, dropping what she had in her hands, onto the floor.

Margot: I remember when Neil and Tina came for their interview. I showed him my very small walk-in fridge and Neil had a little flip out over all our beautiful fresh herbs. I couldn’t believe it, he came from London after all… But he was right! Our produce is and was then already bloody amazing.

Soon after we had one of our very famous chefs and winemaker get-togethers. And, Neil,  after many glasses of wine, wagged his finger and said he was determined to make everything he was going to serve at Bread & Wine himself.

I told him I would love to eat ‘lamb ham’, and so it all began!

Neil is best at…
Margot: PIG! Then being humble and staying enthusiastic.

Margot is best at…
Neil: Thinking on her feet, and being cool under pressure.

Margot’s favourite ingredient is…
Neil: It’s not cauliflower…

Neil’s favourite ingredient is…
Margot: Ummm, PIG?

Describe Margot as a chef in three words
Neil: Determined, gifted, curious

Describe Neil as a chef in three words
Margot: Honest, focused, wicked

The Tasting Room & Bread and Wine both nominated AGAIN for the 2013 Eat Out Awards

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
THE TASTING ROOM AND BREAD&WINE BOTH NOMINATED FOR THE 2013 EAT OUT DSTV FOOD NETWORK RESTAURANT
AWARDS
Eat Out is known as South Africa’s best guide to South Africa’s best food. Additionally they are a directory portal for
restaurants, markets and recipe information and specials. This year marks the 16th
Restaurant Awards.
Anonymous judges have been dining in restaurants across the country in order to nominate 20 finalists. Le Quartier Français’s
lunch time restaurant Bread&Wine – situated on Môreson Wine Estate and part of the Le Quartier family – and world-
renowned in-house dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, have both been nominated. The Tasting Room has made it onto the
Top 10 eleven times in the 16years that this award has existed. The Tasting Room has also been nominated for the Boschendal
Style Award 2013.
The only female Grand Chef in Africa, Margot Janse, heads up The Tasting Room, and is the Winner of the Eat Out Chef of the
Year Award 2012. Bread&Wine is well known for their Head Chef, Neil Jewell, and his love for charcuterie.
The Awards ceremony will be held on the 10th
restaurants, Chef of Year, the Service Excellence Award and others. They will also reveal the names of the (currently)
anonymous judges.
Abigail Donnelly, Editor for Eat Out, says “Ultimately, however, it’s the food that counts. Taste is the emotional component of
a dish, making it the most vital element. The scorecards show which restaurants excel in flavour and not just the fussy stuff.
Many of our native ingredients have been celebrated, making them the future of South African food”.
annual Eat Out DStv Food Network
of November 2013 in Cape Town, where they will announce the Top 10

We’re beyond thrilled that both of our restaurants have been nominated once again for The Eat Out Awards. This marks the second time both Bread & Wine and The Tasting Room have appeared on the Top 20 nomination list concurrently – but that’s not all, that year, 2007, both restaurants made it onto the Top 10 Restaurants too! The Tasting Room garnered the number one spot, and Bread & Wine came in at number four! We were extremely proud then and we’re proud now! Head over to Eat Out to see the results from 2007.

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

Eat Out is known as South Africa’s best guide to South Africa’s best food. Additionally they are a directory portal for restaurants, markets and recipe information and specials. This year marks the 16th Restaurant Awards.

Anonymous judges have been dining in restaurants across the country in order to nominate 20 finalists. Le Quartier Français’s lunch time restaurant Bread&Wine – situated on Môreson Wine Estate and part of the Le Quartier family – and world-renowned in-house dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, have both been nominated. The Tasting Room has made it onto the Top 10 eleven times in the 16 years that this award has existed. The Tasting Room has also been nominated for the Boschendal Style Award 2013.

The only female Grand Chef in Africa, Margot Janse, heads up The Tasting Room, and is the Winner of the Eat Out Chef of the Year Award 2012. Bread&Wine is well known for their Head Chef, Neil Jewell, and his love for charcuterie.

The Awards ceremony will be held on the 10th of November 2013 in Cape Town, where they will announce the Top 10 restaurants, Chef of Year, the Service Excellence Award and others. They will also reveal the names of the (currently) anonymous judges.

Abigail Donnelly, Editor for Eat Out, says “Ultimately, however, it’s the food that counts. Taste is the emotional component of a dish, making it the most vital element. The scorecards show which restaurants excel in flavour and not just the fussy stuff.  Many of our native ingredients have been celebrated, making them the future of South African food”.

Venue: The Lookout, V&A Waterfront
Event: Eat Out Awards 2013
Date: 10 November 2013
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www.eatout.co.za

Enquiries: Robyn – marketing@lqf.co.za / 021 867 2151

Pork crackling by Neil Jewell

Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Not much can beat that snap of perfectly made crackling: salty, savoury and moreish, it’s a pig lover’s delight. Eat on its own as a snack, crumble over risotto or pair with moist roast pork.
Ingredients
300gram pork skin (tip: make friends with a good butcher and you’ll get this for cheap, cheap)
7.5 ml pimento
1 star anise
2.5ml nutmeg
2.5 ml cracked black pepper
2.5 ml paprika
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
10ml coarse sea salt
Method
Dry roast spices and grind to a powder. Rub spice and salt into skin. Place in a bag and leave overnight in the fridge. Cook in a low oven, 160 °C on a cooling rack, for 2 ½ hours.

Not much can beat that snap of perfectly made crackling: salty, savoury and moreish, it’s a pig lover’s delight. Eat on its own as a snack, crumble over risotto or pair with moist roast pork.

crackling pork

Delicious roast pork lunch at Bread & Wine

Ingredients
300gr pork skin (tip: make friends with a good butcher and you’ll get this for cheap, cheap)
7.5 ml pimento
1 star anise
2.5ml nutmeg
2.5 ml cracked black pepper
2.5 ml paprika
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
10ml coarse sea salt

Method
Dry roast spices and grind to a powder. Rub spice and salt into skin. Place in a bag and leave overnight in the fridge. Cook in a low oven, 160 °C on a cooling rack, for 2 ½ hours.

Chop and eat!

Neil Jewell’s braai tips for Heritage Day

Friday, September 20th, 2013

On 24th of September, South Africans unite across the country over hot coals and open skies for Braai Day aka Heritage Day! It’s a day to celebrate not only our cultural diversity—but our favourite national pastime too, the braai.

Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine, who’s no stranger to open-air cooking, has succinctly shared his top tips for braaiing.

Neil Jewell

Take it away Neil!

Tips:
Use an onion to clean the grid (I learnt this one from my dad!))
Don’t use too many firelighters
Don’t poke the meat with sharp instruments
Don’t overturn your meat
Get the meat out of the fridge early enough so it is at room temperatrure before cooking
If using a basting with sugar in it, use at the end of the cooking process only, or your meat will burn
But most importantly—make sure there’s enough beer in the fridge, before you start braaiing!

Klink Awards 2013

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant has been nominated in two categories for the #KlinkAwards 2013!  The annual awards were launched by Wine Tourism South Africa, with the objective of inspiring South Africans to explore and enjoy the experiences offered by the country’s winelands.

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The first category is Delicious DeliAward for Best Deli on a Wine Farm. The Farm Grocer offers a wealth of artisan charcuterie products, such as saussison sec, hams, Mettwurst and hand-cured bacon. The focus is on utterly delectable and unique products, such as wagyu beef biltong, popcorn dust, peri-peri and dill pickle, macadamia nut dukkah, Berbere Ethiopian spice paste and more. Vote for us here.

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The second category is Comfort Zone: Award for casual dining on a Wine Farm, Chef Neil Jewell’s philosophy is to use only the best ingredients, this coupled with his insatiable creativity makes for a lunchtime menu that celebrates wineland’s cuisine. Feast on dishes such as cocoa-dusted springbok loin, roasted Camembert and celeriac risotto, duck and foie gras pot pie, and much, much more. Vote for us here.

Thank you in advance for your support!