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Wednesday Whine

Nederburg Winemaster's reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Nederburg Winemaster’s reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

I have a South African wine for this week.

Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Once again, I have no plans on when and where.

You can find more information on the Nederburg site; you’ll have to flick along the slideshow to find it. Complete with Food pairing recipes.

Food Pairing: “- the perfect match with seared rosemary beef, red wine jus, creamy potatoes and thyme roasted carrots” a note from Pintrest

At sometime in the future, I’ll let you know my layman’s thoughts.

Appreciate any comments from those who have had the pleasure.


Writers Block

I also have a dodgy belly, so my concentration is up the yop!


Writer’s Block


South Africa’s Cape wine route

Reblogged from 000theGuardianLogo

South Africa’s Cape wine route: top 10 guide

The vineyards outside Cape Town offer superb value, with bottles for under £3. From sunset tastings against a backdrop of mountains to renting a thatched cottage overlooking the vines, we have the lowdown on where to drink, eat and stay

The Cape wine route offers stunning mountain views, while you drink. Photograph: John Brunton

Just a half an hour drive outside Cape Town you are already at the beginning of the Cape vineyards, where cultivation of grapes dates back to the 1600s. Today this is the largest winemaking region in South Africa, and organised wine tourism has become a big business. Estates are large, and every winery seems to offer cosy accommodation, fine dining, casual bistros, gourmet wine pairings and elaborate tastings, which in the more established regions are not free but still don’t break the bank at around R50 (£2.80) per session. Most importantly, there is a young generation of winemakers that are producing better and better wines, not just the classic chenin blanc and robust pinotage, but complex bordeaux blends, elegant shiraz and what the locals would call seriously “quaffable” bubbly.

The best plan is to travel independently, call wineries first so you meet the people actually making the wine, and spend time in established wine valleys, such as Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, then explore further afield, including the lesser-known but very welcoming vineyards in the Swartland, Wellington and Tulbagh. The South African rand is weak right now, which means that prices often begin at £2.80 a bottle, while restaurant prices are very affordable – dishes such as tender springbok braised in red wine or freshly-caught seared tuna cost around £5.50–£7.

To read more, click on the link above.


Gourmet Cooking With 23thorns

This is reposted from a blog 23thorns

After reading what I have reposted you may/may not like to go and read the rest.

Gourmet Cooking With 23thorns

I must confess to being a little taken aback. In my last post, I mentioned two minute noodles. Without any explanation. Sorry.

I try to be careful about this. If I am using words or concepts that I know are uniquely South African, I try my best to translate or explain. If that’s too tricky, I just avoid them.

This is why you will never read my absolutely fantastic post about the time I took 2kg of kudu biltong to a friend’s braai by mistake. He had asked me to bring the wors, and thinking he meant droewors, I decided to go for biltong instead. He actually meant boerewors. It was hilarious. We still laugh about it today. Luckily his wife had made enough sosaties to sink a battleship, and there was pap, so the braai turned out OK.

For those of you not from here, that was all in perfectly acceptable English, all found in English dictionaries and none of it slang. We just, like most countries, have some things that are uniquely ours. I did not think that two minute noodles were one of those things. Apparently they are.

And so, in the interests of educating the world, I’m going to tell you about two minute noodles. I’m even going to teach you how to cook them. Who knows, if that goes well, I may even teach you how to braai a sosatie! Yes, good people, you are seeing the first and very probably last in a series of posts I will call “Gourmet Cooking with 23thorns”!

Two minute noodles are the go-to food for the unwashed masses. And children of all classes. The unwashed masses like them because they cost four Rand a packet. That’s about fifty US cents. Students live on them, and if, like me, you become alarmed about where all your money has gone about two thirds of the way through the month, you can survive on them until payday. Children like them because they aren’t very good for you.

The gold standard for two minute noodles is a brand called Maggi’s Two Minute Noodles.

Beef flavour. It's like eating a steak with a quarter of the cholestrol and four times the melamine.

Beef flavour. It’s like eating a steak with a quarter of the cholestrol and four times the melamine.

These are the Rolls Royce of two minute noodles. The benchmark. All two minute noodles consist of a dried out cake of stringy Chinese noodles. That’s standard. But there’s also a sachet of flavouring, and that’s what sets Maggi’s apart. It’s got monosodium glutamate in it, just like a five star Chinese restaurant! But that’s not all. It also has; E621, E627 & E631 (flavour enhancers), E330 (an acidity regulator), E501, E466, E466, E339, & E500 (stabilisers, making Maggi’s one of the most stable foods on the market!), and E150 & E101 (colourants. Yes, someone has worked very hard to achieve a washed out grey colour!)

But that’s not all! That little sachet has been irradiated. Irradiated! Truly, this is a meal for the nuclear age! You won’t find that sort of thing at some crappy organic market! Not unless the hippies have somehow built themselves a backyard reactor.

Are you salivating yet?

Are you salivating yet?

My favourite, though, is a brand called Mewo. Because with Mewo, you get three sachets!

Not a vegetable. No matter what the packaging says.

Not a vegetable. No matter what the packaging says.

There’s the standard bag of flavouring, with all its little numbers, but that’s not all! There’s a bag of oil too! Unless it’s a little older. Then it’s a bag of rancid butter. And there’s even a bag of vegetables!

So much more bang for your buck. And if you don't use all of the oil, it makes a great moisturiser.

So much more bang for your buck. And if you don’t use all of the oil, it makes a great moisturiser.

Or so they say. I suspect it’s a bag of those children’s toys that you throw into water that expand to 400% of their original size.

Fresh from the good earth. In Nanking. Two years ago.

Fresh from the good earth. In Nanking. Two years ago.

Mewo is always a bit of a gamble though. It can be dangerously unstable, and the acidity is completely unregulated.

Enough boring details. Let’s get cooking. First of all, ignore the instructions on the packet. They may make good noodles, but these people are philistines! They will tell you to bring a pot of water to boil, throw in the cake of dried noodles, add the sachets, and boil for two minutes. Have you ever? That’s not how you treat fine food!

Now, you can hop across and see what other pearls of culinary wisdom he shares with us.