Now I know you are thinking March is long gone already…but with the Food Craft frenzy we weren’t able to bring you our 3 loves…and that will not do, so without further ado and from the heart.
1. Spier Secret Harvest Market
With Cape Town being close to saturated with remarkable markets – one is almost at a loss just based on ‘which to choose’, especially when the kids are in tow. Well, we have found our new favourite as we recently spent a glorious day at Spiers’ Secret Harvest Market. This one spoke to my soul…apart from the fact that the setting is to die for especially in the sunshine…Spier truly pays impeccable attention to catering for the whole family from its eclectic food fair section, to free fairy face-painting, an ‘apparently famous’ chicken jumping castle, petting zoo and pony rides, grape stomping, outdoor wine bar, and a range of clever giant-sized games (dominos, noughts and crosses etc), spread out for all picnickers to enjoy – this market has my heart.
To top it off, their ever-present emphasis on recycling and using eco-friendly food fair ware; as well as their bohemian cut-on-the-long white fabric flags strung low from the trees (I would notice this detail) gives an ethereal feel! Oh, and of course there is the food – which delights well beyond what I could put on paper, including the yummiest braaibroodtjies I have EVER tasted, prepared masterfully by the Spier team. Now, I am thinking – all the market needs is some Eat.Art and it takes the cake!
Spier Website details.
2. Nitida – Matriarch
With our 2nd Food Craft event just completed and still steaming – lingering is the effervescent wonder of a very unusual MCC introduced to us on the evening. If you are a die-hard bubbles fan then seasons are inconsequential, but if you are like me and prefer your bubbles best enjoyed crisp in the summer sunshine then you only have a few more weeks to dive into this pleasure.
The Nitida Matriarch in Red…a Shiraz MCC, named in honour of Peta’s (owner and wife of other owner Bernhard Veller) mom who helped the couple buy the farm in 1990. Bernhard wins more than a few points in saying: “In fact our Matriarch’s, one showing great delicacy and elegance, the other intense strength and vibrancy, seem to me to celebrate the yin and yang qualities of so many women. I am in awe of the resilience required by today’s special ladies to fulfil their dual functions in the work place and home environment. Our society expects them to do the impossible and juggle their personal ambition with their instinctive role as the nurturing glue that holds the family together.”
According to our Food Craft wine connoisseur, Terence van der Walt, this wine is best served ice cold, opened at the very last minute to preserve the bubbles, which peter quickly once opened and poured. It is one of those unexpected loves in that one doesn’t presume to be holding a cold, bubbly glass of red tasting boldly of Shiraz – but at the same time, it is so perfect in its package that it is almost magical.
Nitida Website details
3. Butter Cookies
My 3rd love is borne from the need to drink tea for any occasion, celebratory or sad, coupled with a desire to dunk! My kitchen has recently (if all else fails, keep your kids busy during the holidays by baking) been privy to a rebirth of the BUTTER COOKIE on a grand scale! I realise that this is very un-Martha of me, but I also recently discovered Woolies’ easy bake vanilla butter cookie mix in a box. Believe it or not I generally DON’T buy the ready to make and bake mixes but I have struggled so to find a butter biscuit recipe that has that signature melt-in-your-mouth-like-butter/ big old school wooden spoon flavour. Why is it that Woolies gets it right so often (oh and this is certainly not a Woolies punt)?
These cookies are super easy so the kids can get stuck in – although I must warn you upfront that it’s worth buying two boxes because there is nothing yummier than cookie dough – for the young and older at heart! All the extra you need is some softened butter however after a few successful experiments I suggest a sprinkling of cinnamon or even some added vanilla pod. PLUS, after squishing your balls with a fork – have fun with Eat.Arts Bake Art goodies to bring some bling or basic festivity to your cookies. These cookies are not only delish but also brilliant to dress up or down for various occasions!
More info about the baking sprinkles here.
Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie. Having worked with the Eat.Art team before, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the Eat.Art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.