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A word on Num Nums

It’s num num season at LQF. Our hedges are strung like Christmas trees with the red, juicy baubles.

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“It’s an acidic fruit with a hint of spice,” says Margot Janse. “In texture, it’s very fresh, soft yet crunchy.”

What to do with this indigenous fruit? “You can make it into a preserve, a purée, an ice cream—flip you can do anything you want with it. Eat it straight off the bush!

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It’s official name is the Carissa macrocarpa, but it’s also known as the ‘Natal plum, big num-num, grootnoem-noem and amatungulu.’

These plum-like fruits don’t only grow in Franschhoek, but are also prolific in coastal regions from Humansdorp through Kwazulu-Natal and Mozambique.

Keen to grow your own? Here are some tips:
Plant one metre apart to form a dense, impenetrable hedge in full sun to semi-shade in good garden soil, enriched with compost. It can be pruned if necessary. It is best grown from seed, but can also be grown from cuttings. Fill the seed tray with soil and compact lightly. Treat seed with a pre-emergence fungicide and sow in the tray, cover the seed with a thin layer of soil or compost and water well. Store tray in a wind-free area. Once germinated, replant seedlings into well-composted soil. Seedlings can be fed with a liquid fertilizer.

Source: www.plantzafrica.com

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chefs, Food, Franschhoek, Ingredients,
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The Secret Jozi Chef

Well done to Chef Neil Jewell and the team at Bread & Wine for this wonderful review!

Neil happy as a pig in his charcuterie room.

Neil happy as a pig in his charcuterie room.

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The Secret Jozi Chef
“Every now and then a new product comes along that is so special it can only be the result of a perfect harmony. Last year I fell in love with The Gourmet Greek my absolute favourite family farm, producing simple dairy products that are without compare in the South African market.

This year Jewell & Co are definitely my new favourite charcuterie producers. This incredible range is the result of what happens when a pork farmer, Charlie Crowther from Glen Oaks, who has the utmost respect for his livestock, for pasture rearing animals in the most natural and perfect setting, a chef and food genius, Neill Jewell, who respects the simple perfection of his ingredients and the result is something that simply put – is truly special!

The new Jewell & Co charcuterie labels!

The new Jewell & Co charcuterie labels!

The delicate sweet flavours of exceptional pork aren’t covered by heavy handed spicing or commercial preserving they are highlighted and framed to create a selection of products that make you rethink ever eating anything commercially produced. It’s only February but this could well be my favourite product of 2015! Congratulations to Debbie from Organic Emporium – Natural and Whole Food for yet again finding a real food gem, getting up to Jozi, rocking my taste buds and making me rethink my connection to my food.

As you can imagine when you rear animals this natural way and have a top chef hand craft the final product supply is very limited so for us Jozi folks it’s only available at Organic Emporium.

Top lightly scrambled creamy free range eggs with a few slices of Jewell & Co’s Spanish Style salami and a delicate sprinkling of Kazi farms brilliant micro greens for breakfast perfection!

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(In Cape Town? You can get Jewell & Co charcuterie from B.gorgeous as well as from The Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar.)

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Margot Janse is TOPKOK

The articles keep pouring in. Margot Janse has recently been featured in Dutch magazine, Maandblad Zuid-Afrika (South Africa Monthly) for her guest chef appearance at Rijks Restaurant in Amsterdam.

We used Google Translate to decipher the spread, and what struck us most was this description of her inspiration of Rembrandt and Vermeer for her dishes at Rijks.

*We’ve edited the excerpt as the quick-fix Internet translation can read a little rough.

For her appearance as a guest chef,  Janse has carefully examined the work of the great seventeenth-century painters, Rembrandt and Vermeer, as well as the still lifes of less familiar painters such as Pieter Claesz , Floris van Dyck and Adriaen van Utrecht .

“With Vermeer I was mostly inspired by his use of colour,” she says. “One of his favourite colours was yellow, and yellow made ​​me immediately think of the maize in South Africa.”

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Therefore she has a beautiful soup “made ​​of a maize velouté, finished with milk and Madagascan pepper, as nod to the Milkmaid.

As the light in Vermeer’s work always comes from the left, the chef interprets this with a shadow of corn powder and black sesame to the right of the dish. The sesame, according to Janse was used, as the food you often see in Vermeer’s paintings is bread with sesame seeds on it.

For dessert, the late Rembrandt was her inspiration. One of the ingredients she brought from South Africa was baobab powder. It’s said to be very healthy as it’s rich in calcium and vitamin C. It has a sour taste and if you add the milk, it tastes similar to yoghurt.

Janse created a dessert of baobab curd, coconut ice cream and honey caramelised macadamia with a honey bush sauce. “Rembrandt was a bit more radical in his later life in his way of painting,” says Janse. “He used heavier brushwork, and also more emotion. Therefore, we explain that baobab curd, or labneh, are like rough daubs on the canvas.”

“It has to be right,” she says with conviction. “I believe in telling stories. I can just put fun stuff on a plate, but a dish must also have depth, a soul. “

See the article below:

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Margot Janse, Press & Media,
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204 Juliette

LQF living in the heart of Cape Town… Now you can enjoy an all-round Le Quartier Français trip when you come to the Western Cape with our self-catering LQF Waterfront Apartments.

This means that you can create a specialised itinerary. You could begin your journey in Cape Town—in the heart of the world-famous V&A Waterfront with views of Table Mountain and the marina—then journey to Franschhoek in the winelands to Le Quartier Français and dine at the multi-award winning Tasting Room, taste superb wines, relax in unforgettable beauty and so much more. Of course you can also do it the other way round.

We have a variety of  LQF Waterfront Apartments to choose from; first we introduced you to 201 Carradale; and now here’s 204 Juliette.

Situated in the heart of the most successful Waterfront Development in the world, The V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa; this self-catering apartment caters to both the leisure and the corporate traveler. In walking distance to both the bustling centre of the V&A Waterfront which has a wide variety of restaurants and entertainment and Cape Town City Centre, it is sure to suit every need. This stunning studio apartment, with a queen bed, has views of the canal and presents a lifestyle second to none.

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Posted in: Waterfront Apartments,
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Elipigalion Readers

The doors to our new shopping emporium, B.gorgeous open tomorrow! Ahead of this we’d like to introduce you to our specially developed product…the Elipigalion Readers.

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We were inspired during our refurbish last year, when we had a bookshelf made for our kiddie’s book area in The Living Room. It is in the shape of an elephant, and we nicknamed it ‘The Reading Ellie’.

And now we’ve taken the idea even further—we added a pig and a lion to the digital detox menagerie (there’s also a cow in development).

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These special animal bookshelves will make a stylish, unique addition to your child’s bedroom. The Elipigalion Readers are available from B.gorgeous; we will have limited stock in-store, and going forward the readers will be made to order.

B.gorgeous: 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek

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Shop heaven at B.gorgeous

The Bacon Pop-up Bar has sprouted wings and is on its way to Cape Town (read this interview with the founder of the Bacon of the Month Club).

So, what are we doing with this special space? Well, filling it with wonderful things of course! We’ve extended our day spa B.gorgeous into a shopping emporium too.

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In store you’ll find all kinds of unique gifts, accessories, ornaments, stationery, wedding products, and more.

We have everything you need to throw the best kiddie’s party ever (for that matter the best grown-up’s too!) The kids (and big kids) will also love our cool, retro games; from snakes and ladders to whoopee cushions!

Everything in-store pays homage to its name—each item on shelf is utterly gorgeous.

We can’t wait to show you around. The doors open this Saturday, just in time for Valentine’s Day – show yourself some love.

Tip: There’s no need to head to the mall ever again. We have a gift for every opccasion imaginable. Not to mention, our Le Creuset pop-up store too.

Some snaps of setting up:

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Girls Night Out

Last night, Margot Janse dazzled diners at Michelin Star restaurant, Northcote in the heart of Lancashire.

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Billed as a ‘Girl’s Night Out (part of Obsession 2015)’, Margot and two other superstar female chefs prepared a 5-course dinner. Joining her at the pass was Angela Hartnett of MuranoLimewood as well as Northcote’s own, Lisa Allen.

The premise? ‘Take three highly talented female chefs each with their own unique style. Blend South African innovation with Italian inspired flair and Northcote’s very own ‘darling of the kitchen’ and you can rest assured you’re in for an exceptional evening.’

Here are Margot’s highlights:

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Smoked eel, cucumber & horseradish consomme, daikon and quinoa salad, sorrel nori

Margot preparing beer fed Dexter beef biltong

Margot preparing beer fed Dexter beef biltong

Beer fed Dexter beef, biltong, African bush braai, sour fig

Beer fed Dexter beef, biltong, African bush braai, sour fig

See more of the food, and  go over here for some candid shots of the chefs.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chefs, Margot Janse, Travel,
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Iced Coffee from The Living Room

If there’s one thing you know about us—it’s that we don’t ever do anything the ordinary way, and our iced coffee selection is no different.

Feeling that afternoon slump? Chase the doldrums away with one of our invigorating Nespresso iced coffees.

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Try the Granadilla Coffee for an unexpected flavour profile that zings across the palate; or be indulgent with the Sweet Milk Coffee, frosty and completely sweet. And for something completely different and utterly refreshing? The Nespresso Tonic: fizzy, fresh, enchanting.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, The Living Room,
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201 Carradale

LQF living in the heart of Cape Town… Now you can enjoy an all-round Le Quartier Français trip when you come to the Western Cape with our self-catering LQF Waterfront Apartments.

This means that you can create a specialised itinerary. You could begin your journey in Cape Town—in the heart of the world-famous V&A Waterfront with views of Table Mountain and the marina—then journey to Franschhoek in the winelands to Le Quartier Français and dine at the multi-award winning Tasting Room, taste superb wines, relax in unforgettable beauty and so much more. Of course you can also do it the other way round.

We have a variety of  LQF Waterfront Apartments to choose from; but first up, we’d love to introduce you to 201 Carradale.

This superb two bedroom apartment, one Queen bedded en suite and one twin bedded en suite (which can be converted to a King), focuses on privacy with easy access to a communal heated pool, where one can enjoy the afternoon sun and Marina life. In walking distance to the bustling centre of the V&A Waterfront which has a wide selection of restaurants and entertainment to suit every need. Luxurious and elegant finishes paired with creature comforts ensure that this two bedroom self-catering apartment is the ideal home away from home.

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: LQF Waterfront Apartments, Le Quartier Français,
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Margot Janse on Misset Horeca

Dutch hospitality bible, Misset Horeca, has our Executive Chef Margot Janse on its latest cover! As well as an in-depth interview with the fascinating chef.

See the cover below, and if you can read Dutch, we’ve attached the interview too. Go Margot, go!

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chefs, Môreson, Press & Media,
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