This post closes off the Fairest Cape for 2012. Our annual Cape Odyssey is over and for the first time in about 20 years, no Ulu-lapa. However, we will have a retrospective once we are over the therapy needed to cope with no safari. 2013 can’t come soon enough (for that occasion!).
However, one tradition we were able to continue was that Mariana’s opened after their annual holiday/sabbatical/book writing vacation, in time for us before we return to Menerbes. A lunch feast.
More of Cpe Town’s fantasy/fixation – the Atlantic Ocean sunset:
Something that sums up the Cape Town culinary delights (for me in any case) is this cheese board at Marianas.
Sunday dawned – slowly. The crow had flown back to his nest and we were joined by the ‘ramkatte’ as well as Stephen Inggs, photographer extraordinaire and his beautiful lady.
The purpose for the day was for Stephen to capture on film Mariana and some of her friends for a book that they are writing, photographing and publishing. However, enough of that story – all will be revealed when appropriate. What we can say is having seen some of the rushes, and Mariana’s new Taste magazine features, ‘Wow!
more to feast the eyes:
Some months back Mariana, Peter and Cobus spent time with us in Menerbes. Now, back in Cape Town and, more specifically, Stanford it was ‘pay-back’ time in the nicest possible way. We were told to block off the weekend and drive down the N2 to Stanford.
After a lazy-ish (not possible to have a real lazy day with Madame around), Saturday, it was trendy threads for an evening at Cobus with all the trimmings. In attendance were the ‘ooikatte’, The Crow and his partner, M&P, Cobus and ourselves. A healthy, happy throng.
Cobus’ house can only be described by photographs. Situated in the old Stanford Post Office, the predominant colour is white. Cobus’ fine arts skill has been put to great effect – take it away Canon Camera:
The farm de Grendel is synonymous with one of South Africa’s Grand First Families – the Graaffs. Hereditary Baronets of the English Crown for over a century, the Graaff’s main family farm is situated on the slopes of Durbanville overlooking Cape Town. It has the classic Cape picture postcard vista.
The Graaffs have just opened a restaurant on the property and on reading the web blurb, they tell you “it’s like sitting at the Graaff’s table’. Well, let it be recorded – they eat well!
As with most stunning gastronomic treats we were invited to join leading South African Country Cook, Mariana Esterhuizen, her hubby and soul mate Peter and our great mate, Cobus, for a long lunch. This time not a FLFL but a FLSL (f-king long saffer lunch, doesn’t sound quite the same does it?).
On the way in we bumped into mine host Sir David Graaff, resplendent in very dirty farming cords, a torn jersey and the inevitable packet of Boxer tobacco. The quintessential farmer. Such a great guy and armed with many stories and anecdotes.
So, to the task in hand. Eating and drinking. This is serious business.