Caperitif – a Cape revival

Ideas are born out of desires to change the world. Not necessarily to improve it, since you cannot really improve it – it runs as it runs – as good as it comes – but to bring something new or the forgotten old into it again. To add style, comfort, chic … Ideas rise from …

Eastern Food Bazaar, Cape Town

Cape Town is just a good hour’s drive away from Betty’s Bay and it leads along one of the most attractive routes in the country. The views over False Bay are always inspiring and apart from weekends and holiday peak times the road is surprisingly open. A troop of baboons gathering in the morning sun …

A visit to Babylonstoren

“Babylonstoren” is the name of one of the oldest farms in the Cape. The name tower of Babylon or Babel refers to the ziggurat of Etemenanki  and the photograph below of Bruegel’s conceptualization gives you the ziggurat type mountain side on the farm Babylonstoren. However, there is more to it than just the about shape …

Snoek Run and Sushi

Last week the snoek (pronounced: snook!) [Thyrsites atun] were running in great shoals in the coastal waters off Kleinmond and plenty of fishing boats went out for a catch. The local fishermen enter the sea with their basic ski-boats without fear and often enough without adequate safety equipment. Strong currents created by two oceans merging …

After the storm, again

Taking life at face value – the wind, the rain, the hailstorm – and then the quietness throughout the night, not a single sound, and the next day with sunshine throughout – is that okay? How does one approach life? Do I look at things as they appear to be taken for what they are? …

Cape Winter Food and Caribbean Girl

“I quickly glanced at my watch; 4:45 a.m. Zulus have a word for this time of the morning – uvivi – which means the darkness before the dawn. And it’s true. In the Zululand bush, the darkness is most intense just before the first shreds of haze crack the horizon.” (Lawrence Anthony, The Elephant Whisperer. …

Riebeek Kasteel afternoon

Riebeek Kasteel Many artists, culinary, of craft and fine art – have chosen Riebeek Kasteel as their place to work and be, away from the city – Cape Town. The neighbouring town of Riebeek West has brought forth two sons of the nation: Jan Smuts and David Francois Malan – both Prime Ministers of South …

Cape autumn light

The autumn light in the Cape has a special, poetic quality. The summer heat has waned, the winter with its storm and rain is yet a distance away. A quietness and stillness warms the heart, soothes the eye and all the senses. The wine has been harvested and the grape juice is gently fermenting in …

Culinary Photography

When we cook, we often photograph the result, while it is on or brought to the table. The eye so very often is overwhelmed by the beauty of a successful culinary creation and the photographer wants to capture the moment. Not shooting for a food publication project, you want to hold the beauty of an …

Domestic Goddesses – a Foodie Blog of Note!

Named, for family reasons, after St. Thekla – a 1st century Saint and convert to St. Paul himself – our Thekla has, we feel, many characteristics in common with her saintly namesake. Passion, commitment, fascination, open-mindedness, intellectual engagement, charm and enduring humour are some of these qualities. Most saintly, probably is that she is a …

A summer’s day walk-about in Kalk Bay

Kris, Anni and Leo are visiting us for a month and what better occasion than to use Valentine’s day to do an outing from Hout Bay via Chapman’s Peak to Simon’s Town along the coast to Kalk Bay. The weather was perfect, the mood festive and Leo, the little fellow all bright-eyed filled with curiosity. In …

Return to Dorp Street

With Dirki and his Katie Jane back in the country for a good long spell, last Monday the opportunity presented itself to have a picnic in the garden of our Dorp Street home which is presently leased to Retha and her little daughter Rood. Dirki wanted to show Katie Jane around Stellenbosch, his old stamping …

West Coast Rock Lobster

It is open season now until December 31 and people are diving for West Coast Rock Lobster, generally referred to as “crayfish”. We also name them cockroaches of the sea – to give us an excuse – kind of vermin whooshing through the kelp beds – and we need not feel too guilty while being …

Pióbesi Torinese – a visit in Piedmont

We were invited by the family of Barbara and Filippo Gautier di Confiengo to spend a weekend with them together with Dirki and Katie in their home in Piedmont. Dirki had formed a close friendship with their son Carlo. Last year, in a freak accident Carlo fell to his death. Since then Dirki has become …

Bay Harbour – The Market, Hout Bay

Globalized marketing has made shopping easy but has also taken the fun out of it. The loss of individuality is the price paid for convenience. You can pick and choose virtually anything anytime anywhere at your leisure from supermarket shelves. Humans do, however, need to have that casual social interaction – something that till operators …

Fairview

We had a special reason today to celebrate and went out to “Fairview” on the outskirts of Paarl for lunch. It is a most accomodating place any day or time of the year. Most deliciously, you are greated by a goat, goat-greeting from his tower above. Such is the vibe and the atmosphere there, the …

Quince compote and judgement day

Misty days, cool nights but no rain. Rain seems to fail us where and when it is needed most. Storm and rain without end should have started by now. Now, not even a rumble. We are expecting a yearly, monthly, daily ration of regular occurrences – salaries paid, anniversaries celebrated, meals served and all that …

Sunday Lunch and Ink Cap breakfast snack

Our neighbours in Betty’s Bay and dear friends from Hamburg – our swallows – have flown back to Germany for the season. Every time we drive past their house we think of the lovely times we shall have again when they come back into their nest. But driving past we also watch their lawn for …

Boca Budi Sauce – sort of pesto, but different

In Southern Chile where Lake Budi touches the Pacific Coast our Antarctic Traveller Petz experienced a meal with a wonderful sauce which he eventually extracted from the in-keepers of Boca Budi and which he subsequently named “Boca Budi Sauce”. Here is the recipe: A big cup of delicious (home-made) mayonnaise A fistful each of coriander and …

Garage wine – neighbours

We have very nice neighbours in Betty’s Bay. One of them, Johan, is always busy with some project, building, sawing, hammering away – well, you know. Johan’s sleeves are always rolled up, he is a man of the world, urbane, studied and talks with the speed and power of his lawn mover which he uses …