A Fresh Fish Fanfare

There is something magical that happens when you are on holiday in summer and your days are a blur of sun, seawater, sand, salt, family, laughter, lazy days, crisp wine and fresh food. The soul sings…well, at least that’s what happens to mine, perhaps a symbioses’ of all the honestly good things in life.

This year’s summer holidays delivered on this promise (lucky for me).

My husband decided we need to change up our usual holiday route and head home via Struisbaai on the Cape Coast situated just ahead of the southernmost tip of Africa where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. A few nights in a local beachfront based fisherman village held huge expectations for both my husband and brother-in-law – self-confessed fishing addicts – with all the tackle, but not much to show for it!

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Renowned as one of the premier fishing spots in SA our hopeful ‘fishermen‘ chartered a fishing tour in these warm waters, only to (surprisingly) return home with a heap of freshly caught fish! Musselcracker, Red Roman, Red Stumpnose, Skipjack Tuna and Yellowtail…Christmas all over again! Much to our relieved delight, we set about preparing for the fish-braai of all fish-braais.


The fish was cleaned and carefully filleted by a willing and skilled team who are based at the harbour for this purpose…with those not selected being frozen for a later date.

We created a punchy Cajun spice blend with equal amounts of cumin, paprika, coriander, oregano and cracked black pepper and salt, which we coated the Tuna and Red Roman fish fillets with, together with olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lime and a generous handful of finely chopped fresh parsley. Ready, steady…cook, by tossing onto medium coals to allow for the slow release of flavours.

A green salad including mint, avo, crunchy peas and basil, with some garlicky jacket potatoes wrapped in tinfoil and cooked in the coals – rounded off our fresh fare feast. Topped by a bottle of crisp Springfield Estates’ Miss Lucy Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon – Pinot Grigio. A perfect accompaniment to a fresh fish meal, bought, chilled and savoured for exactly this occasion.


Now that’s a celebration of life’s simple treasures to be savoured and relished, coupled with close family, a gorgeous sunset, laughter and a spot of sunburn – an ah-ha moment for sure.

My wish for you as you head into a brand new year is that you are blessed with a similar soul singing moment. Cheers – Happy New Year!

Written by: Nancy Hoepner for eat.art | Owner Magpie Creative |   http://www.magpiecreative.co.za | facebook.com/ magpiecreativecapetown



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