Recipe: Grilled Sirloin, Whisky and Black Pepper Jus, Green Pea and Tomato Salsa

 

Grilled Sirloin, Whisky and Black Pepper Jus, Green Pea and Tomato Salsa

Serves 2

2 x 220g sirloin steaks

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

50g wild rocket

 

Green Pea and Tomato Salsa

80g cooked peas

80g cherry tomatoes quartered

5g chopped parsley

10ml olive oil

Squeeze of lemon juice

½ red onion chopped

Combine all the ingredients for the salsa and season with salt and pepper.

 

Black Pepper Jus

½ red onion chopped

4 button mushrooms chopped

Canola oil

250ml beef stock

250ml cream

3ml crushed black pepper

60ml whisky

Sauté the onion and mushroom with a little oil until nice and brown, deglaze with the whisky and bring to the boil. Add the black pepper and stock and reduce by half.  Add the cream and reduce by half.

Blend with a stick blender and season with salt. Taste and, depending how strong you like your black pepper, add more if necessary.

Season the sirloins with salt, pepper and olive oil.  Pre-heat your pan until nice and hot.  Pan fry your steaks to desired cooking degree. Allow your steak to rest for 2 minutes before slicing.

Slice the sirloin in half, place on a bed of rocket, top with the green pea and tomato salsa and drizzle the black pepper jus on the plate.

Serve with a glass of delicious Steenberg Merlot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe by Chef Kerry Kilpin from Bistro Sixteen82

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Delheim se Sampioen-Snuffeltog vir Natuurliefhebbers

Die Kaap se wilde sampioene steek amper weer kop uit. Maak dus seker dat jy vanjaar heelvoor in die ry is vir Delheim se eksklusiewe Sampioen-snuffeltog Opskiet-reeks! Kom leer by die meesters hoe om wilde sampioene uit te snuffel en te kook by hierdie fungi-ervaring, wat eksklusief vir nuwe- en bestaande lede van die Delheim se gereed-vir-aksie Wynklub is.

Lidmaatskap is so maklik soos 1-2-3! Kies jou 12 gunsteling Delheim-wyne, voltooi jou bestelling en jy is in! Lidmaatskap gee jou nie net toegang tot die sampioen-snuffeltog nie, maar ook ander Delheim geleenthede, kompetisies en spesiale vrystellings.

Delheim – ‘n Stellenbosch steunpilaar en die Suid-Afrikaanse pionier van sampioen-en-wyn ervarings – lê teen die Simonsberge, waar die verleidelike heerlikheid in natuurlike woude se klam grond skuil. Wanneer die weer net reg is, speel ’n stille wonderwerk – net twee maal per jaar – in die woude af: die sampioene steek kop uit.

Meeste mense is maar skrikkerig om wilde sampioene uit te snuffel, want hulle is nie seker watter geskik is om te eet nie. Die Delheim Sampioen-snuffeltog is net die geleentheid om dit te verander.

“Die voorkoms van die wilde sampioene is ’n spesiale tyd, want dis iets wat Moeder Natuur op haar eie vermag,” sê Delheim se matriarg en ervare sampioen-snuffelaar, Nora Sperling-Thiel. “Dis hoekom ons veral sensitief is oor die bewaring van ons wilde eko-stelsels op die landgoed. Ons is baie versigtig in ons benadering jeens die boerdery en ons beperk ook die hoeveelheid deelnemers aan die sampioen-uitstappies.”

Vanjaar se formaat van die Delheim Sampioen-snuffeltog Opskiet-reeks beklemtoon die uitsonderlike geleentheid deur ywerige snuffelaars tot net twee uitstappies te beperk.

Snuffelaars kry ’n kort oorsig oor watter sampioene geskik is en watter vermy moet word, die geleentheid om ’n kundige gids te vergesel op ’n eerste-van-die-seisoen snuffeltog, ’n sampioen kook-demonstrasie en ’n heilsame, fungi-gefokusde middagete met bekroonde Delheim wyne daarby.

 

Die eerste Opskiet uitstappie wat in Maart, April of Mei (afhangende van die eerste reën) sal plaasvind, sal uit ’n groep van net vier gelukkige snuffelaars – wenners van die gelukkige trekking van Delheim Wynklub-lede – bestaan. Hulle sal die geleentheid kry om metgeselle saam te neem. Dis ’n intieme byeenkoms en die tyd tussen hoë dennebome, is beslis ’n ervaring uit ’n ander wêreld.

Vir die tweede uitstappie, iewers in Junie/Julie, sal alle Delheim Wynklub-lede die geleentheid kry om te kan bespreek. Die groep sal groter wees, maar steeds die volle program teen R 650 pp insluit.

“Die bevestiging van die presiese datums sal twee dae voor die geleentheid wees – ’n vereiste wat net gemaak word met die verskyning van die sampioene,” sê Nora.

Daar is geen tyd vir um en ah nie. Delheim se Wilde Sampioen Snuffeltogte het hoogste vermelding ontvang in die Beste Wyn-ervaring kategorie in die Drinks International Wine Tourism Challenge 2017 en besprekings vir vanjaar se geleentheid sal vinnig opgeraap word.

Alle navrae en besprekings – ook om aan te sluit as Wynklub-lid met al die voordele, waaronder die Delheim Sampioen Snuffeltog Opskiet geleentheid, kan na wineclub@delheim.com gestuur word.

 

* BELANGRIK: Wilde sampioene is totaal van die natuur afhanklik en dus onmoontlik om met akkuraatheid te voorspel, veral na lang droogte-periodes. Alhoewel die Delheim-geleenthede tydens die sampioen hoogseisoen gehou word, kan die landgoed nie waarborg dat daar wel op die dag sampioene sal wees nie.

Beat Business Travel’s Beating

If you feel anxious about getting to the airport on time before that big business meeting or get uncharacteristically irritated at the person with a pocketful of change who holds up the security queue, you’re not alone.

In fact, the UK’s Stress Management Society says that on average 75% of travellers feel stressed when preparing for travel or flying to an important event, such as business meetings.

“It’s not just arriving at the airport on time, going through the security and boarding formalities and getting on the plane that causes travel stress. What happens before the flight and what travellers anticipate will happen after it also have a bearing on how much anxiety they feel and how they cope with it,” says Dawn Weir, Head of kulula work.

Weir suggests the following five tips to deal with and avoid some of the factors that can exacerbate business travel stress.

  1. Be well rested before your flight

Going to bed late, particularly if you have to get up early makes most people crotchety and irritable. Try to get an early night.

Also try and get some exercise in the late afternoon or evening before the flight. It’s a great stress reliever and will help you sleep better.

  1. Plan ahead

Leaving your packing until the last minute will add to your stress and increase the chances of you leaving something important behind. Do the bulk of your packing a day or two before. Leave some space in your hand luggage for last-minute items.

Allow yourself enough time to get to the airport. It’s much less stressful to get there with time to spare, than in a desperate rush.

Book your transport from the airport to your hotel or meeting before departure. It’s better than spending the whole flight worrying about what will happen when you arrive.

  1. Eat and drink sensibly

Guzzling litres of coffee to wake up after an early start will make you jittery and irritable, adding to your anxiety.

Too much alcohol the night before inhibits sleep and you won’t wake up feeling your best.

Comfort eating isn’t a great idea either. Like caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, chocolate contains stimulants that can increase anxiety. It’s the same reason it’s a good idea to avoid fizzy drinks. Instead stock up on healthy snacks like fresh or dried fruit and nuts and drink plenty of water.

  1. Use technology

Check-in online. It’ll save you time at the airport, enabling you to skip the check-in queues and head for the fast-bag drop. Saving the boarding pass to your phone also means one less piece of paper to keep safe, just make sure your phone is charged.

If you know your bags are going to be overweight you can save yourself time and money by paying for the excess luggage online before you arrive at the airport.

  1. Remain calm

Perhaps easier said than done, but when something unexpected happens it’s easy to react negatively by arguing endlessly or fuming silently. It’s much better to take a deep breath, stay calm and accept there are some things you just can’t change.

Weir adds that travel stress affects people in different ways. Some people cope better than others with late nights and early starts, but may get anxious about missing their flight while standing in a slow security queue.

“If you think about your stress triggers and ways to limit or avoid these you’ll feel more positive and empowered, probably enjoy the trip more and be happier when you arrive at your destination.”

New Year’s Eve

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New Year Traditions around the world

Since we are approaching the end of 2017, Travelling Mystery Guest decided to take a look at the traditions people have for New Year’s Eve around the world. For those of you who are frequent travellers, you might have the privilege to encounter some of these traditions. As for us here in South Africa, we will embrace our own traditions this year!

  1. Denmark

 

The people of Denmark save all their unused plates and dishes for New Year’s Eve where they then shatter these plates against floors or doors together with friends and family. This tradition ought to release all your frustrations built up through the year!

  1. Spain

Grapes

This beautiful country believes that their luck revolves around grapes. People would try to fit 12 grapes in their mouth and when this is achieved, it is believed that you will have good luck in the New Year. This seems like an easy way to improve your luck in 2018!

  1. Peru

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Peru actually has a festival where they fight with one another to settle any differences that they had. The Takanakuy Festival is held to ensure that everyone starts the New Year on a clean slate. This is certainly an interesting and unique way to forgive and forget.

  1. USA

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One of the most famous ways of celebrating the New Year is the Ball Drop in Times Square, New York. This tradition started in 1907 and every year a specially designed ball is dropped in front of thousands of spectators to symbolise the New Year.

  1. South Africa

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New Year’s Eve in South Africa is celebrated with friends and family, popping champagne when the clock strikes 00:00 and wishing everyone a happy new year! Most people will probably have a braai and prepare a festive meal and some will even have fireworks (where it’s allowed). When looking at what other countries think about New Year’s in South Africa, it seems we are quite popular for some of the biggest parties, especially in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

We hope you have some exciting plans for this upcoming New Year’s Eve, whether it’s at home or somewhere exotic. South Africa will always be special, with beautiful beaches and growing urban cities. There are a lot of opportunities to make this New Year’s Eve a great one! Cheers to the New Year!

Does travel make you a better citizen?

According to a recent global survey done by Contiki, including South African youth travellers between the ages of 18 and 35, travel definitely makes you a better citizen – locally and abroad.

The South African statistics revealed that 70% of travellers indicated that travelling has shaped their perspective on global politics and 41% said that they would run for public office. 49% of travellers voted in the last national election, compared to the 39% non-travellers and 55% of travellers voted in local elections, compared to the 36% non-travellers. 51% of travellers also indicated that they were patriotic.

Globally, 40% of travellers versus 31% non-travellers indicated that they participate in community activities. 21% of travellers, compared to 5% of non-travellers indicated that they have communicated with or written to their national government and finally 63% travellers versus 36% non-travellers said that travelling has shaped their perspective on global politics.

“While it might seem like a paradox, there are plenty of reasons for travel to have these kinds of effects on one’s sense of citizenship. The friendships you make over a 3am Gyros in Mykonos will be friendships that will stay with you for a lifetime, and the people you interact with and cultures you’re exposed to have a profound impact on your tolerance and understanding. Contiki’s unique social travel experience sets millennial travellers up to have better relationships with their friends, family and with their wider communities at home, through the skills they learn through their travel experiences.” – Kelly Jackson, General Manager for Contiki.

The survey results give strong evidence that experiencing new cultures and viewpoints through travel in turn enhances character attributes which prove a positive impact on citizenship, such as perspective, empathy and appreciation. Despite young people spending a greater amount of time away from their native countries when travelling, young people who travel do in fact gain a greater sense of citizenship than those who have not travelled internationally.

Also check out The Power of Travel 

 

Contiki commissioned Story and Verse and Fan Data Analytics – two third party professional research and insight organisations – to conduct this research. 

Story and Verse enlisted the expertise of Adam Ganlinsky, PhD, Columbia Business School, to advise in the form of an interview about the character attributes that change as a result of travel, as indicated by his own academic research. These include empathetic concern, perspective-taking, generalised trust, interracial connection, open-minded thinking, learning goal orientation and general self-efficacy. 

Fan Data Analytics, using this insight, conducted a survey of a pool of 2,980 18-35 year olds from the United Kingdom (824), United States (514), Canada (513), Australia (520), South Africa (305) and New Zealand (303). The response pool was broken into equal groups of travellers and non-travellers, as defined below: 

  • Travellers: someone who has travelled outside of their home country
  • Non-travellers: someone who has not travelled outside of their home country  

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from Fan Data Analytics.

BEST IN AFRICA: HAYWARD’s MOBILE SAFARIS

Preceding finalists from 11 African countries and excelling over 47 000 votes, Hayward’s Grand Safari Company has clinched The Safari Guild’s Best in Africa Award for top Mobile Safari at the 11th The Safari Awards, announced by CEO Henry Hallward at a glittering awards evening held at World Travel Market, London recently.

With a roll call of beating drums and the popping of champagne corks, owner Peter Hayward and his agile team were delighted to receive this well-deserved accolade:

“Twenty-five years before the famous explorer David Livingstone arrived in Africa, my great, great grandfather, 24-year-old James Hayward, arrived on the tip of Africa on an adventure into uncharted territory. He was one of the first true pioneers into a landscape that teemed with vast herds of wildlife. Today, we are proud to carry on the tradition of bespoke, authentic group mobile safaris in a tradition that originated in 1685. Today, the Grand Safari continues to play a pivotal role in preserving the continent’s environmental heritage and showcases Africa’s unique natural capital.”

Hayward’s Grand Safari Company is not a new contender to The Safari Awards. They previously received Best Mobile Safari Company in South Africa two years in a row and were Highly Commended as Best Mobile Safari Company in Africa. Having now reached the pinnacle achievement on The Safari Awards platform, Hayward said: “This award is not just a quick pat on the back for us. It sets a standard in the industry for Africa. It’s not about ego either; it’s industry validation that all our hard work over the past 20 years is finally paying off. Currently, we consistently continue to receive an average 9.6 out of 10 across 22 points of guest satisfaction feedback from our delighted customers who experience a Grand Safari expedition, so to have this internationally recognised and acknowledged establishes our reputation abroad and helps our employees take pride in their work and continue in their efforts. Further to that, it instills confidence in customers regarding the quality and professionalism of our organisation and raises the profile of the continent of Africa as a travel and incentive destination within the tourism industry globally.”

Established in 2008, The Safari Guild was formed to manage The Safari Awards as a platform to recognise excellence within the safari industry and it encompasses a vibrant community of over 5 000 safari specialist agents sharing product knowledge on over 1 200 safari lodges, camps and operators.

CEO Henry Hallward says:

“The Safari Guild and these awards have an important role to play by influencing the debate on how best to manage and protect dwindling wildlife resources, by working with the people who own it. Our expectation is that travel professionals who engage with The Safari Guild will, in time, use their influence and buying power to reduce unnecessary exploitation of wildlife resources and encourage and support safari operators to share their gains equitably with the local communities and wildlife conservation entities that enable primary protection of wildlife for future generations.”

Representing Hayward’s Grand Safari Company to receive the award on the night, was Sasha Ella, Group Marketing Manager of Mantis Hospitality, who brought the award home to the African continent and into the hands of Peter Hayward and the Hayward’s Grand Safari Company team.

Pop-Up Camps SA in the Overberg

We recently visited Pop-Up Camps SA’s pop-up camp at the De Hoop Nature Reserve. Oh, what a magnificent and eye-opening experience! 

We were able to spot a few whales and got to experience the coast on a whole new level. Pop-Up Camps SA is famous for their unique settings such as De Hoop and we are excited to see which spots they choose in 2018. 

Here is a glimpse of what to expect. Be sure to visit their webpage, popupcamps.co.za, to see where they’ll be popping up next! 

Also keep your eyes pealed for the Beeld newspaper (South Africa), where you will be able to read more about this rare and wonderful experience. 


Written and recorded by: Renate Engelbrecht