Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

When life gives lemons, we make lemon curd

We have had the most beautiful ‘crop’ of lemons this year, even some very very strangely shaped ones with tons of juice. This is our wonderful gardener, Cuthbert, holding a massive bowl of them.

I am VERY fond of good lemon curd – have been known to eat a jar in one sitting, so Wander made some. This is his recipe (and he even managed to keep some aside for our guests!)

Schoone Oordt Lemon Curd

Ingredients 310 g Butter 270 g Sugar 280 ml Lemon Juice 250 g Egg yolks (15 egg yolks)

Method Add the sugar, lemon juice and the butter together in a pot and bring to a boil. Whisk the yolks together until smooth. (About 2 minutes) Temper the egg mixture until it has reached the same temperature as the lemon juice mix. This is done by adding some of the hot lemon juice into the egg mixture whilst whisking. Then ...

Flyinghorse, Yesterfang and Bad Man He Comin'

Today I have a story to tell…

Back when we first moved to Swellendam, we met a quirky, creative, talented designer called Bruce Geils who had also just moved to Swellendam from Cape Town. So, when we started marketing Schoone Oordt, in keeping with our ethos of supporting local, we asked him to design the web-site. We battled to find a photographer that we liked (and could afford) until Bruce suggested that he use our camera and take them himself. We’d been lent a very smart Canon by Richard’s dad because he couldn’t figure out how to work it! So, we gave it a bash.

This started Bruce’s photography journey. He borrowed our camera for a while, then Bev Missing’s from ‘Rain’, then managed with the help of HIS dad, to purchase his own. He’s been taking wedding pictures, packaging pictures, a lot of my children’s birthday pictures as well as lots of Schoone Oordt ...

Going Gourmet with Schoone Oordt0

Posted 26 September, 2011

Going Gourmet with Schoone Oordt

Such great news, I am so excited…

The wonderful Wander and Sonette Bester, along with Hachi, Shadow and Leo have joined our Schoone Oordt team from an exclusive Game Reserve in the Northern Cape. Wander is our chef and Sonette a wine enthusiast and they’re both amazingly good at caring for people and the property. We’re so grateful to have them and Schoone Oordt is a better place for it. With that comes the preparation for our new restaurant and eventually, High Teas. At the moment, Wander is offering a ‘voorsmakie’ at his Chef’s Table from now until January when we plan to open to the public. We’ll keep it small and intimate, a maximum of 20 diners and guests always come first. Our concept is a beautiful selection of dishes which can be made into 3-course, 4-course, 5-course or 6-course tasting menus. Chef Wander will also offer an 8-course ‘Chef’s Choice’ dinner in our ...

Swellendam a republic with a mission to celebrate the good life!

With thanks to Natasha Bezuidenhout (excerpt from the article published Cape Argus 22 Jun 2011)

‘Swellendam has renamed itself the New Republic of ‘community, unity, love, art, music, good food and beauty’ – 216 years after it was first declared a republic.

Johan Kriek, curator of the Drostdy Museum in Swellendam, said the first time the town was declared a republic, disgruntled farmers marched in protest against the government of the Dutch East India Company, which was in control of the Cape. “In 1795, National Commandant Petrus Jacobus Delport and 60 farmers marched to Magistrate Faure because they were disgruntled with the money that they were offered for cattle by the Dutch East India Company. After the farmers had marched and forced the landdrost of the government to leave, the community decided to declare the town a free republic”, he explained. The Dutch East India Company ran the commercial initiative of farm and produce, sheep ...