|Tuesday, 17 May 2011||Everyday is a fresh start|
What’s your cooking philosophy?
Produce only what you are confident with. Have fun doing it. And better yourself every day. Oh, and taste what you cook.
It can be defined as the regional cuisine of the “Boland” or traditional wine growing areas of South Africa. Cape Winelands Cuisine is based on the oldest recipes brought to the Cape by Jan van Riebeeck and the first settlers of mainly Dutch, German, Flemish and French descent. It includes the traditional, “lost” and “forgotten” recipes as it has evolved over the centuries and celebrates the influences brought by the many cultures.
Respect for each other. Respect for the produce. Communication. And imagination.
La Motte is associated with good wine, classical music, art and South African heritage. We at La Motte have a great admiration for the creativity of JH Pierneef as seen by the extensive collection of his art. Pierneef’s creativity in portraying the South African landscape and architecture has served as a model for our own creativity in offering cuisine inspired by variations of cooking over centuries.
Cape Bokkom Salad with Wild Garlic Dressing, Dried Apricots and Toasted Almonds … with La Motte Sauvignon Blanc. The salad is crisp and fresh and the wine enhances the salad, and vice versa.
Soups and stews in winter. In summer, salads and bruschetta—with a good bottle of La Motte’s best, or a cold beer.
Neil Jewel's charcuterie, Shiraz and farm butter.
When I was 6 or 7 I used to cook tripe with my dad on Saturday's when the girls in the family went to town. It was only allowed when they left the house. It was curried stomach and harsings poached in the small stomach, the latter sliced on warm toast.
It's too soon for that but I think the Kingsbread Soup with baby potbread and roasted bone marrow has been on the menu the longest.
My mom, my wife and British chef Fergus Henderson—in a cook off.
I’m reading about how to cope with your toddler and organic cooking for children. Cooking for my boy fascinates me. A learning palate is amazing; you relive all the tastes you take for granted.
Zoutedrops, biltong and Shiraz. And a good pizza.
Every day is a fresh start to prove you can better yourself.
Spending time with my wife, Alisha, and my superhero, Liam, cooking with a glass of wine, and going on road trips. We love having friends over for a braai and making lots of homemade bread and salads. I still skateboard and gym to keep fit.