Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

10th Birthday Celebrations2

Posted 19 October, 2011

10th Birthday Celebrations

In keeping with the fabulous places to eat in Swellendam, one of our favourite lunchtime spots is about to celebrate their 10th birthday!

What we particularly love about The Old Gaol (besides the delicious food, of course) is the fact that they are actively involved in caring for the town and the upliftment of the local community – something that is close to our heart.

The Old Gaol on Church Square started out just more than ten years ago as a humble Coffee shop, trading from premises in the old Gaol building of the Drostdy Museum. The primary vision was skills training and the creation of jobs in the hospitality/restaurant sector and at the same time to deliver a professional service to tourists visiting the Museum. Their involvement formed part of the Swellendam ‘Alive’ project. Staff were literally recruited off the street. One of their first employees, the vibrant Michelle Dyanti is ...

Voted the best place to eat in Swellendam

We congratulate Gianni & Cristiana on the spectacular intimate and personal Italian eatery that they have created down the road from us. Not only has La Sosta been voted the no.1 restaurant in Swellendam by TripAdvisor, but they are prominantly displayed as no.3 in South Africa. What an amazing accolade.

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Gianni & Cristiana came to Swellendam from Milan about 5 years ago, he originally an optometrist and she, a banker, with a dream to live our wonderful South African lifestyle. They have brought the warmth, passion, quality and attention to detail of Italy to our lovely little town. We are grateful.

La Sosta’s menu features a selection of typical Italian dishes, such as home-made ravioli, gnocchi, tiramisu and my personal favourite, pannacotta – but it also incorporates a fusion of new tastes, thanks to the selection of local game, such as kudu, springbok and ostrich.

Richard and I ate from ...

Tribute to dearest Oscar0

Posted 11 October, 2011

Tribute to dearest Oscar

Last week we said goodbye to our beautiful Oscar. Those of you that met him will remember him for his quiet ownership of the foyer couch (and the property), his chin on your knee and his loving smile when you walked in the door. He was diagnosed with a tumour in his lungs earlier this year and we tried to keep him comfortable for as long as possible. Last week he found a tree in our garden in Grabouw, lay down and passed away quietly.

RIP dear boy. We miss you.

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 ...