Condé Nast Traveller takes a foodie road trip through Darling and the Western Cape

Conde Nast Traveller article

A recent article in Condé Nast Traveller features a number of the Western Cape’s top restaurants, including Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post (Darling), Oep ve Koep (Paternoster), Voorstrandt (Paternoster), Gaaitjie (Paternoster), Bread & Wine at Môreson Wine Farm (Franschhoek), Babel at Babylonstoren (Franschhoek), Reuben’s (Franschhoek), The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français (Franschhoek), Bistro Sixteen82 at Steenberg Wine Estate (Constantia, Cape Town), The Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel (Constantia, Cape Town), The Test Kitchen at The Old Biscuit Mill (Woodstock, Cape Town) and The Pot Luck Club at The Old Biscuit Mill (Woodstock, Cape Town).

Below is an extract of the article by Rodney Bolt. Click to view the full Condé Nast Traveller article

 

SCENE STEALER

The Western Cape’s reputation for wine in undiminished but now its cooking has caught up, with young chefs savouring exotic homegrown ingredients and looking to their own traditions rather than to Europe. South African-born Rodney Bolt tucks his napkin in for a road trip to relish.

My first stop, Groote Post wine farm, about an hour’s drive north of Cape Town, was once home to the splendidly named Hildagonda Duckitt, South Africa’s very own Mrs Beeton. Duckitt was the first woman in the country to publish recipes gathered from all manner of people – from Afrikaner farmers’ wives to the descendants of Malay slaves – over a century ago. Her books are largely forgotten, but at Hilda’s Kitchen (+27 22 492 2693; www.grootepost.com) her ghost hovers over chef Debbie McLaughlin. At a table set under the trees beside the whitewashed Cape Dutch farmhouse. I eat a brilliantly updated old-school Cape lunch of local charcuterie with a Hilda-inspired apple-and-date relish, oxtail simmered with cinnamon and butternut – brought to the table in a potjie (a three legged, cast-iron cooking pot). A pudding of sticky date tart is well matched by a luscious Groote Post Shiraz; but just a sip, as I am only stopping off on my way to Paternoster, further up the West Coast.

Click to view the full Condé Nast Traveller article

What’s happening in Darling during May 2011?

REFLECTIONS OF GROOTE POST AT HILDA’S KITCHEN

Groote Post, the historic wine farm on the West Coast, presents a wine experience with a difference. Groups, of between 10 and 20, are entertained in the Private Room of the Manor House to a wine tasting in which the farm owners give a brief presentation on the history of the farm dating back to 1706. The talk includes anecdotal references to Hildagonda Duckitt, doyenne of South Africa’s cook book writers, whose “Diary of a Cape Housekeeper” is an account of her growing up as the hostess of the Groote Post farm in the 1860s. Guests enjoy 4 white cultivars and a starter followed by a tasting of 4 red wines and a main course followed by a dessert.

Bookings are essential and can be booked through the cellar on 022 492 3430 or e-mail: mclaughlin@worldonline.co.za.

 

Evita se Perron

To find out what’s on the programme during this month, please visit www.evita.co.za  or contact Beryl on (022) 492 3930 for enquiries/bookings or e-mail bookings@evita.co.za 

The Theatre/Restaurant/Bar, Boerassic Park & Evita’s A en C (arts & crafts) are open Tues to Sun from 10h00 to 16h00. for visitors to enjoy the vibe.

Saturday 07 May

Open house at Duckitt Nurseries from 9h00 until 12h00.   These Open Days take place every first Saturday of the month May – November. Admission is free. Complimentary tea and coffee. Various orchid pot plants, spikes and accessories for sale in pack shed. Debit and credit card facilities available. One of the greenhouses will be open to the public. Contact: 022 492 2606 or e-mail:  info@duckittnurseries.com www.duckittnurseries.com

Please be advised that the Orchid Shop on the Oudepost Farm, will be open from May until October – Monday until Thursday – 09h00 until 12h00. The Orchid Shop has a variety of orchid pot plants and accessories for sale. Orchid flower orders can also be done directly through Lynne. Contact: Lynne Duckitt at 022 492 2368 (The Orchid Shop is separate fromDuckitt Nurseries)

MOTHERS DAY:- Sunday 08 May 2011

Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve – Mother’s Day Menu

Fresh Home-Made Bread / Cream Mushroom Soup

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Leg of Lamb in Mint Infused Gravy / Pork & Dried Fruit Stew / Deep Fried Hake

Vegetables in Season / Roast Potatoes/ Savoury Rice

Apple & Pecan Nut Salad / French Salad / Curry Green Bean Salad

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Tiramisu / Cappuccino Mouse

Coffee/Tea

R175 per person R75 per child under 12 years

(Reservations essential) 022 451 2824/072 356 4797

 

It’s Mother’s Day at Lelieblom

Treat your wife and/or mother to a lovingly prepared, relaxing, laid back and traditional Mother’s Day Lunch on the farm!

Let us spoil her, make her day special…WHY… because…she DESERVES it!

R180.00p/p Children under 12 R75.00 p/c

Bring own wine.

Every Mom will receive a small gift from Lelieblom

Please book in advance: Karen 082 573 7736 karen@lelieblom.co.za

www.lelieblom.co.za

 

Mother’s Day @ the Marmalade Cat

Starter

Smoked Salmon Potato cakes

Spinach and Ricotta crepes

Mains

A choice of:

Lamb shanks served on mustard mash

Coq Au Vin on creamy mash

Bombaystyle fish on Basmati rice

Country veg bake

Desserts

Crème Bruleè

Lemon Meringue

R130-00 per person Bookings 022 492 2515

 

Sunday 15 May 2011

Owen Brits accompanied on piano by Rika Steenkamp performs at Lelieblom

12:30FOR 13H00

Join us for an afternoon of glorious and heavenly music!  Sit back, relax and  sooth your senses while Owen and Rika transport you to a world filled with angelic music, perfoming  a repertoire of light  classical  works for flute and piano from well known composers like Bach, Rachmaninov, Telemann, Chaminade and Bizet,

 

Owen Britz obtained his B Mus degree from the University of the Free State in 1999 majoring in piano, always being in love with the flute it was a natural progression from the piano to the flute.

Owen obtained the UNISA Performer’s Licentiate in Music (Flute) cum laude in 2010.

He has premiered works by Hendrik Hofmeyr and Christo Jankowitz and has performed as soloist at the Darling Music Experience, Voorkamerfest and various other concerts and events.

 Owen is currently working on his Masters degree in Performance at the University of Cape Town.

 Rika Steenkamp obtained her B Mus degree and Diploma in Organ music at the University of Potchefstroom. Rika’s love for organ started from the age of 14 and since the age of 15 was instructed by Marthie Koornhof in piano and church organ music.

  Rika obtained her Higher Teaching Diploma with honours  from Unisa and accompanies singers, instrumentalists and choirs.

 Recently at the opening concert  of the Darling Music Experience,  Rika accompanied the community choir  singing excerpts of  Rossini’s Petit Mass Solonelle.

R150.00 pp LIGHT LUNCH included Advance booking essential please

Karen Basson 0825737736 E- mail: karen@lelieblom.co.za  www.lelieblom.co.za

Saturday 21 May

Time to get moving if you want to enter the Darling Half Marathon and 5km Fun Run!!

Pack the car with the kids, ouma and yes even the dogs for the annual Darling ½Marathon, 10 km run, 5km fun run and Doggie Dawdle.   Not only is it the canine social event of the year but one in which the whole family can enjoy a happy, fun day in the country.  For the serious fitness lover there is the 21 km run and for those who like to smell the coffee along the way there is plenty of time to walk it.  For those who enjoy a stroll get those feet a-moving with your furry family members and stand in line to win lots of prizes and surprises with stalls, Darling’s famous pancakes and good clean country air.

For more info phone Mary on 0826845575 / 022 492 3401 www.darlinghalfmarathon.co.za

 

Saturday 21 May

Darling Museum Open Day

Each year the Darling Museum celebrates International Museum Day by holding an Open Day and this year is no exception.

All welcome. Free entrance to the museum on this day.

Time: From 10h00 until 14h00

Traditional Crafters at Work

Local crafters will showcase their talents in a variety of old-fashioned crafts such as quilting, spinning and weaving, butter making, flower pressing, beadwork, and much more.

Visitors can watch these crafters as they demonstrate their work and perhaps purchase a San or Xhosa beaded necklace, homemade butter, a mohair spun & woven scarf, etc.  Car Boot Sale

All kinds of interesting items for sale in the parking area opposite the museum! Please contact us if you would like to book a space!

Tea Garden

Bring the family for a treat in our new garden area; tea, coffee, sandwiches and snacks or Boerewors rolls.

 Bring the family, bring friends – discover and enjoy our wonderful museum in Darling!!

For more information phone 022 492 3361 or e-mail info@darlingtourism.co.za.

Saterdag 21 Mei

BEKROONDE SKRYWER ILSE SALZWEDEL KUIER OP LELIEBLOM

10:30vir 11h00

Ontmoet vir Ilse Salzwedel in persoon en luister na haar vetellinge van

die stories agter die stories  van haar nuwe  boek  Seerowers, kameelkoppe en chillies vir tee, en hoe die boek ontstaan het. 

Daar is heelwat humor in die boek, en jy sal beslis anders dink oor mense wat hul heil buite SA gaan soek. Dis sommer ‘n informele reis na die res van die wereld.

Moenie die geleentheid misloop om een van ons eie bekroonde skrywers in lewende lywe op Lelieblom  te ontmoet nie! Ilse skryf gereeld artikels vir Rooi Rose Lees gerus haar artikel oor ma’s en dogters en hul lywe in Rooi Rose!

Sukkel jy om jou lyf te aanvaar (of jy nou maer is of minder maer)? Lees dan llse se artikel oor ma’s en dogters en hul lywe in die Rooi Rose wat  op die rakke is. Ilse deel die ware verhale van ‘n paar vroue, en was verstom.

“Ma’s met dogters, ons het ‘n baie belangrike verantwoordelikheid teenoor ons dogters.” se Ilse

Come and meet Ilse Salzwedel in person and listen to the story behind the stories of her new book, “Seerowers, kameelkoppe en chillies vir tee” and how the book came about. The book is humorous and you will surely think differently about the people who looked for their welfare outside SA. It is an informal travel to the rest of the world.

Ilse regularly writes articles for Rooi Rose, such as mothers and daughters and their bodies. Ilse shares true stories of a few women. “Mothers with daughters, we have a great responsibilty towards them.” says Ilse

R100 p.p. ligte verversings ingesluit                                                                    

Bespreking noodsaaklik asseblief Karen 0825737736  karen@lelieblom.co.za
Website: www.lelieblom.co.za

Thurs 26 May

Wildflower Meander

Flora Group walks take place in the Reserves in and around Darling/Yzerfontein as follows:

Darling: the last Thursday of each month with Helene Preston 082 222 8135   .

Yzerfontein: from June on the first Wednesday of each month with Libbes Loubser 022 451 2504.

We explore the reserves for whatever is flowering that day, also to find anything new, and to discuss anything botanical as we go along. These are gently walks, so anyone can come along.

 

Saturday 29 May

The Darling Country Market

This community market has its home at the Nitrophoska Building in the Main Road of Darling.  The market opens promptly at 10h00 and trades until 12h30. With the emphasis on home made, home grown and hand made; stallholders sell fresh produce, flowers, home bakes, special breads, preserved olives, arts & crafts including pewter and much more…. Why don’t you join us?

Contact Con Meyer 082 927 6225 for information or to book a stall

 

Please note: Some of these events are subject to change – to avoid disappointment please enquire/make a booking with the contact person above before making arrangements to attend an event

Dianne le Roux

Darling Tourism

+27 (0)22 492 3361

info@darlingtourism.co.za

www.darlingtourism.co.za

What’s Happening in Darling – April 2011

Reflections of Groote Post at Hilda’s Kitchen

Groote Post, the historic wine farm on the West Coast, presents a wine experience with a difference. Groups, of between 10 and 20, are entertained in the Private Room of the Manor House to a wine tasting in which the farm owners give a brief presentation on the history of the farm dating back to 1706. The talk includes anecdotal references to Hildagonda Duckitt, doyenne of South Africa’s cook book writers, whose “Diary of a Cape Housekeeper” is an account of her growing up as the hostess of the Groote Post farm in the 1860s. Guests enjoy 4 white cultivars and a starter followed by a tasting of 4 red wines and a main course followed by a dessert.

Bookings are essential and can be booked through the cellar on 022 492 3430 or e-mail: mclaughlin@worldonline.co.za.

Kraalbosdam Steak Evenings

The winter season will start on Friday 1 April 2011.

During the season we will only be open every 1st Friday of the month for Boontjiesop, Steak & Chips.

Please Book! Anet – 083 632 2196 Cornel – 082 544 2210

 

Brig’s Barn

Please note that Brig’s Barn will now be open every Tuesday evening for “Pasta and Pud” from 6.30. Bookings are essential – please contact Margy on 022 492 2451 or 082 640 3405. Also open every Friday for “Sundowners in the Garden” from 4.00p.m. (We will then be open every Friday evening for drinks etc.)

 

Saturday 2 April 2011

Starry Night

Sip wine and watch the sunset on a West Coast Farm as a prelude to dinner and a fascinating talk on the Southern African night skies.    Then climb aboard the pillow and blanket-laden star cruiser (tractor and trailer) for a guided star viewing tour. Dessert follows under the night skies.

For more details contact Mary on 0826845575 or click onto https://darling.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/darling-starry-starry-night-2-april-2011/

 

Monday 04 April

Darling Museum Annual General Meeting

17h00 at the Museum (022 492 3361)

Please come along to support our darling Museum.  New members are always welcome and we hope to see many of you joining up as Friends of the Darling Museum.

 

Good Friday 22 April

Darling Passion Play

Venue: The Vlei, Darling

Time: 16:30 for 17:00

This annual event takes place on Good Friday in the vlei opposite Evita se Perron which provides a perfect setting for the portrayal of this biblical event. This is always a moving and very special event involving actors from our Darling community – well worth attending.

Bring your own chair and something warm to wear.

Admission is free (although donations are always appreciated)

Contact Sary Vlotman 074 369 8212 for more information.

Die jaarlikse Darling-Passiespele vind plaas op Goeie Vrydag  April.

Kom en beleef hierdie tradisie met ons. Die passiespel word sedert 1996 opgevoer met plaaslike akteurs – en het gegroei tot een van Darling se treffendste geestes-ervarings.


Easter Weekend Services in Darling – Presbyterian Church

Thursday 21 April

Tenebrae service of darkness at 7-00pm- a moving service celebrating the institution of the Last Supper and Christ’s betrayal and crucifixion

Friday 22 April

Good Friday service at 9-00am

Sunday 24 April

Sunrise service at 6-30am at the Towers Gates. Bring own chairs and coffee and hot cross buns.

Easter Service with Holy Communion at 9-00am

There will also be a service at The Dutch Reformed Church


Sat 29th January 2011

The Darling Country Market

This community market trades in the Nitrophoska Building (entrance in Station Rd ) and takes place on the last Saturday of each month.  The market opens promptly at 9h00 and trades until 12h30. With the emphasis on home made, home grown and hand made; stallholders sell fresh produce, flowers, home bakes, special breads, preserved olives, arts & crafts including pewter and much more…. Why don’t you join us? Contact Con Meyer 082 927 6225 for more information or to book a stall

 

What’s on at Evita se Perron during April:

The Theatre/Restaurant/Bar, Boerassic Park & Evita’s A en C (arts & crafts) are open Tues to Sun from 10h00 to 16h00.

– To find out what’s on the programme during this month, please visit www.evita.co.za or contact Beryl on (022) 492 3930 for enquiries/bookings or e-mail bookings@evita.co.za

Please note: Some of these events are subject to change – to avoid disappointment please enquire/make a booking with the contact person above before making arrangements to attend an event

Hilda’s Kitchen wins top 10 award!

We’re very proud to announce that Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post Wine Estate has been selected as a Top 10 Al Fresco Restaurant in South Africa by the annual Eat Out guide.
The Eat Out guide is an annual that is the premier restaurant guide in SA. Completely independent, restaurants are evaluated anonymously and each year they do a selection of groupings e.g. best hotel restaurant, best cellar etc. Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post is in the Top Ten Al Fresco together with some well known names like Fairview, 96 Winery Road and Casalinga in Gauteng.
The restaurant is open Wednesdays to Sundays for lunch. Bookings essential on tel 022 492 2825.
The Groote Post cellar is also open for wine tasting seven days a week including on Sundays from 11h00 to 16h00 which allows guests to enjoy a wine tasting either before or after lunch. Visit www.grootepost.co.za