Cakes, Macaroons and Meringues with a Twist

Born and bred in South Africa, Anmar Odendal-Wilding is a renowned pastry chef who has made her mark in the wedding cake industry. She is definitely living life 100%, which assisted her in receiving numerous prestigious awards, including being selected as the best wedding cake designer in the East of England.

After studying at the Institute of Culinary Arts just outside Stellenbosch, Anmar worked as an executive chef on yachts based around the Mediterranean and the Pacific. While working on these yachts, Anmar cooked for the likes of Uma Thurman, Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson.

Anmar’s next culinary achievement was in England, where she worked as a pastry chef and had her own highly successful wedding cake company, Crumb Cakes. After eight successful years in the United Kingdom, Anmar brought Crumb Cakes to South Africa.

Since Anmar moved back to South Africa in 2017, she has been working as a pastry chef at the Slippery Spoon Kitchen in Stellenbosch whilst running Crumb Cakes SA. One of her specialities is multi coloured, delicious macaroons.

Anmar is a creative thinker and each cake is out-of-this-world and sometimes over-the-top unique, depending on the client’s brief. She recently also started a vegan-friendly baked goods range. The vegan friendly creations are as gorgeous as her initial range and it is hard to believe that they are made without dairy or eggs.

Although Anmar is based in Stellenbosch, she often travels to different South African destinations for catering or demonstrations. In 2013, while working in England, Anmar came all the way to South Africa to present a macaroon-baking demonstration at the popular Innibos Festival in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

As for the future, Anmar is looking forward to some very exciting developments. Later this year, she will be publishing a book on her work, which will include some of her delightful recipes.

One thing is for sure, Anmar is a pastry chef you should keep your eyes on!

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Prohibition Gin – Helping folk dance

Silver Creek Craft Distillery founder and chief distiller, Mark Taverner, knows how to have a good time. Much of his working life has been dedicated to hospitality and it was on this journey that he fell in love with American iconography. During a Harley-Davidson motorcycle tour to the USA in 2014 he noted the rise of craft distilleries and the legal production of moonshine. After two and a half years of study and research – including a stint at Moonshine University in Louisville, Kentucky – Mark decided to set up his own craft distillery in Gauteng. And so Silver Creek, its Southern Moonshine and Prohibition Gins were born.

Tucked away in an old mine building in Gauteng’s Randfontein, the state-of-the-art Silver Creek Craft Distillery does everything by hand – from mashing and fermentation to distillation and bottling. This process allows for extra special care, which is why every bottle is signed by the distiller.

First came Southern Moonshine and now, South Africa’s one-of-a-kind Silver Creek Craft Distillery’s two new two gins are made in the same style as gin from America’s notorious Prohibition era. Prohibition Craft Gin and Prohibition Pink Gin are handmade in small batches – distilled to fine spirit from carefully selected grains.

“Prohibition was a ban imposed on liquor through the campaigns of America’s ultra-conservative Temperance Movement of the early 1900s,” says Taverner.

“The ban in 1920 created a very fertile environment for the illegal liquor trade and many entertaining tales of gin-making by the light of the moon and lively underground speakeasies. Business flourished for gang bosses and the likes of Al Capone made a fortune during this time. By today’s measure, it is estimated that he would have been worth over R16-billion. Prohibition only lasted for 13 years, ended by overwhelming objection. As you can imagine, this was time to party and everyone rose to the occasion. To this day, its death knell in 1933 is widely celebrated.

Taverner says that by making their Prohibition Gin in the same traditional style as back then, they salute those who fought so gallantly to have the law revoked.

“We like to think of this particular style of gin as helping folk dance since 1933!”

Silver Creek’s distillers put their minds to making a clear craft gin in the New World style – fresh and crisp, not too dry and infused with traditional botanicals of juniper, coriander, lemon, angelica and cinnamon. “These would have been used in the time of Prohibition,” says Mark.

The resulting Prohibition Craft Gin, bottled at 43% alcohol, is a versatile spirit ideally suited to be further enhanced with botanicals, fresh fruit and herbs and good quality craft tonics. In the glass, Prohibition Craft Gin offers the immediate impression of balance with a fresh, crisp burst of citrus followed by lingering juniper and a hint of cinnamon. Citrus is again prominent on the dry palate, gently supported by the taste of juniper. The finish is defined by a crisp, clean smoothness that lingers with an earthy character.

The Prohibition Pink Gin, also at 43%, is Silver Creek’s Craft Gin further infused with raspberries and blueberries, with a touch of hibiscus flowers and rose water. The result is a refreshing drink that is both aromatic, flavoursome and romantic.

“To us, the aromas of Prohibition Pink Gin conjure up images of an exotic eastern bazaar. There’s tantalizing sweet Turkish delight and crushed pepper corns,” says Mark.

Silver Creek Distillery quickly rose to fame last year with the launch of its moonshines, boosted by a five-medal victory at the 2017 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards.

The new Prohibition Gins retail at around R360 a bottle and are available at selected bars, restaurants and liquor outlets nationwide.

www.silvercreekdistillery.com

#silvercreekcraftdistillery #ProhibitionGin

 

Chefs and the Vine

As interesting it is to see the collaboration of food and the vine, just as interesting it is to see chefs and winemakers come together to create unforgettable tastes and experiences.

As winter approaches in the Cape of Good Hope, Franschhoek’s La Petite Ferme is warming up to a grand season of gastronomic celebrations. Winemaker, Wikus Pretorius, together with La Petite Ferme’s brigade of enthusiastic chefs have masterminded a collaborative “Chefs and the Vine” series from May through to August this year.

On 28 June, it is the barrel fermented Chardonnay’s turn – a bold grape that continues to surprise and delight in all its different guises.

The Chefs and the Vine series include different soirées, of which each is presented by Wikus. It also includes a tutored pre-dinner tasting of handcrafted wines from La Petite Ferme’s cellar and compared with others from nearby terroirs as well as from afar. All the wines on each evening will be the same cultivar, providing a rare opportunity to compare different expressions and the effect of terroirs and winemaking techniques.

The La Petite Ferme Chefs and the Vine evenings include a four-course deluxe menu and are priced at R750 per person. They commence with canapés and Méthode Cap Classique wines from 18h30. Upcoming La Petite Ferme Chefs and the Vine evenings to look forward to, include the evening of 26 July, with Cabernet Sauvignon, and 23 August, which boasts some lovely red blends.

Reservations have been limited to ensure an intimate, personal experience and bookings are essential. To reserve your table, email frontoffice@lapetiteferme.co.za or contact Marinda Armstrong at (27) (21) 876 3016.

#LoveLaPetite

Photo credit: Claire Gunn

Enter now for the Sanlam Top Destination Awards

The Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2018 will be held at the prestigious Bay Hotel on Thursday, 20 September. Ideally located in Cape Town’s tourism hub, the five-star hotel boasts unsurpassed views across the world-renowned Camps Bay beach, making it the perfect location for a gala evening of this caliber.

Sanlam Top Destination Awards was created in celebration of local hospitality personnel that have pioneered ahead of the game in the travel and tourism industry. The black-tie awards, taking place in the newly renovated Rotunda, welcomes guests to an evening of decadent dining, tasteful entertainment, fine wines and an authentically #AfricanExplorer theme.

Title sponsor for the awards remains financial giant, Sanlam. Other sponsors in support of the Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2018 include Romatex Hospitality Textiles, 3D Virtual Africa, Travel Africa TV, David Green Time Pieces.

How to enter:

Establishments can enter by registering on www.discountraveler.co.za. Public voting is open for guests, patrons and supporters to cast their votes on both the Discount Traveler and Top Destination Awards websites. Voters can win incredible prizes, including one of four uniquely crafted David Green time pieces, valued at R 4 000.

Voting closes on 1st of August 2018.

Do It Yourself Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a day celebrated each year to show appreciation to all mothers.

Have a picnic!

Instead of breakfast in bed, make this Mother’s Day extra special by arranging a DIY Mother’s Day picnic. If you have a mother in your life – whether it’s a friend, a partner, or your own mother – a picnic will surely be the way to make her feel appreciated.

Location, location

Choose a location to enjoy the picnic. Whether you drive to one of your mother’s favourite spots or set it up outside in the garden, show your love for all the mothers in your life with a family picnic.

Set the scene by placing a few beautiful blankets and add elegant pillows for the guests to relax on.  Part of the fun of a picnic is that you can throw picnic blankets almost anywhere to set the scene for a unique experience.

The Menu

Keep the menu simple enough to transport easily but make it interesting. Think finger food. Prepare food items that your mother loves most and that is easy to prepare in advance.

Finger foods to consider include small gourmet hamburgers, sandwiches topped with a variety of items such as roast pork, bacon, chicken, tomato, pickled cucumber and rocket. Small quiche bites, cheese and a selection of cold meats are also easy-to-eat items to be included. Keep a bottle of sparkling wine and juice cold in a cooler to serve as refreshing drinks.

Make use of mason jars to serve the salad in- these are easy to transport and gives a beautiful twist to the salad. Finish off with a delicious dessert such as beautiful cupcakes that can be made in advance.

Don’t forget the gift

For the cherry on the cake, spoil your mother a little more by blessing her with a gift. Consider these affordable items for this Mother’s Day:

Written by: Katrien Nel

Here are your Mother’s Day options

Mother’s Day at Haute Cabrière Restaurant

Chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller take the hassle out of the kitchen by preparing a Sunday Feast for Mum and the family. The menu is set around old-school family lunches with abundant tables taking you on a journey through the Haute Cabrière and Pierre Jourdan wine ranges.

Starters and desserts are plated and the mains are served in platters – perfect for sharing. Wine during the lunch is included.

Price R370,00 per person, children 12 years and under R150,00.

Booking details:

Tel: 021 876 8500

Email: restaurant@cabriere.co.za

 

The Ritz Hotel, Cape Town

Exclusively on Mother’s Day, The Ritz hotel will be serving lunch at Top of The Ritz, and it is limited to 60 lucky guests.

R850 per person includes a seven-course meal and a glass of bubbly.

Bookings are essential.

E-mail info@theritzcapetown.co.za or book online via http://www.theritz.co.za/book-table-top-ritz/
Prepayment is required to confirm your booking.

The maximum table size is a 6 seater and the price excludes drinks and gratuity.

You can also join The Ritz at CASA restaurant for a poolside Sunday Glam Brunch with Mum, accompanied by live entertainment. Brunch commences from 11am until 5pm, served in the form of a lavish buffet and a glass of bubbles.

Limited to 180 guests

Booking details:

Email: info@theritzcapetown.co.za or book online via http://www.theritz.co.za/book-a-table-at-casa/

 

Allée Bleue Wine Estate

Join Allée Bleue Wine Estate for a delectable 3-course menu hosted in the courtyard, including a glass of the estate’s Brut Rosé upon arrival. The courses include a choice of a meat or vegetarian main option as well as an inviting choice of desserts.

R195,00 Per Person. Bookings are essential.

View the menu here.

Bookings: 021 874 1021

Email : info@alleebleue.com

 

Avondale Wine Estate

Mother’s Day at FABER at Avondale, care of Chef Dale Stevens, offers a set menu 4-course sharing lunch (2 starters, 1 main, 1 dessert) priced at R525 per adult. Children will receive a “kiddies” menu, with a choice of a main course and a dessert priced at R110 for 2 courses.

Bookings: 021 202 1219

Email: faber@avondalewine.co.za

 

Terroir at Kleine Zalze

Master chef Michael Broughton will be offering his quintessential provençal style menu. Mums receive a garden rose and a flute of complimentary Kleine Zalze Brut Rosé.

Bookings: 021 880 8167

Email: restaurant@kleinezalze.co.za

 

Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff

Join Four Seasons The Westcliff for a Mother’s Day Brunch at Flames Restaurant.

Price R 795 per person, children from 1-12 dine at half price

That same evening Classics on the Hill is transformed into Swinging Classics featuring the Charl Du Plessis Trio. Hailed as the most unique trio of their generation with new crossover arrangements of classical masterpieces, they will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and many more composers from the world of classical music in their signature jazz trio style. The show starts at 5pm and tickets cost R795 per person which includes a gourmet buffet dinner.

If you are looking to truly indulge mom, look no further than the Spa at Four Seasons The Westcliff. Two Balinese spa therapists from the Four Seasons sister resort in Jimbaran Bay, will be making Four Seasons The Westcliff their home for the month of May providing authentic Balinese spa treatments in the heart of Johannesburg. What better way to say thank you to your mom than with an exclusive pampering session at the luxurious Spa at Four Seasons The Westcliff.

Bookings: 011 481 6000

Book online via http://www.flamesrestaurant.co.za/bookings/

 

Forti Grill and Bar

Forti Grill and Bar in Pretoria will be serving their serving their comprehensive à la carte menu, which has something for every taste. This is next level feasting and Chef Fortunato will have you serenading to your Mum before the afternoon is over!

There will be two seatings for the day, one at 12pm and another at 3pm to ensure that Forti Grill and Bar can accommodate as many guests as possible.

Mothers will receive a complimentary bar of chocolate from Forti as a small token of appreciation for everything that moms do.

Bookings: 012 003 6180

Email: info@forti.co.za

 

Makaron Restaurant at Majeka House

Makaron will exclusively be open for lunch on Mother’s Day and Chef Lucas Carstens will serve his signature à la carte menu. Mums receive a complimentary glass of Méthode Cap Classique upon arrival.

Bookings:  021 880 1549

Book online via http://www.majekahouse.co.za/restaurant/makaron-restaurant/bookings/