Things to do before winter ends

Winter is slowly but surely coming to an end. With summer fast approaching, make sure that you take that last sip of hot chocolate and indulge in that glass of red wine beside the fireplace. Here are a couple of things you should do before winter ends:

Enjoy an old favourite movie with a blanket and a bowl of popcorn

When it is cold outside, even the idea of leaving the house to go to the movies is hard to get enthusiastic about. Gather your blankets, get a bowl of popcorn and enjoy a cozy movie night.

Go for a hike

Just because the weather becomes a little chilly doesn’t mean that you have to bundle up and spend our short South African winter avoiding the great outdoors. Hiking is a fantastic way to get those joints moving and to get a dose of vitamin D. We recently enjoyed a hike at the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve in Pretoria and what a wonderful experience. Bonus: You can bring your dogs too!

Enjoy a meal at an Italian Restaurant

A glass of vino to accompany a hearty pasta meal is exactly what you need to give you that unmatched winter feeling. Head to your nearest Italian restaurant to warm up with some delicious Italian cuisine before winter ends. Alfie’s Italian Café at The Village in Pretoria is a definite favourite.

Prepare a delicious dinner

Too cold to go out? Celebrate the end of winter by preparing a delightful feast with your closest friends at home. Woolworths has some of the best pastas in store – have a look at the options on their Instagram page and shop online here.

Baking: The cure for the winter blues

Winter is the perfect excuse for baking. Take out your grandma’s most mouth-watering, crave-worthy biscuit recipes and bake up a storm to warm up for the last stretch of winter.

Have a cuppa…

A steaming mug of hot chocolate or a cream-covered cappuccino is one of winter’s greatest pleasures. Head to your nearest coffee shop and indulge. Too cold to go out? Make your own by combining a cup of warm milk with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Top with mini-marshmallows and enjoy!

Enjoy a Winter Market

Get your friends and family together and enjoy a day of craft stalls and street food at your nearest Winter Market. The Hazel Food Market is one of our favourites and if you go there, you have got to try a Lamb Pita at Smaak.’s stall.

Credit: Renate Engelbrecht

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The best food for the winter chills

Edith Sitwell said: “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home.”

Here are a couple of places where you will feel at home this winter:

Constantia Glen

Enhance your winter wine tasting experience at Constantia Glen and tuck into a trio of delicious homemade soups. These hearty treats, on offer until the end of August, are a good reason to visit this picturesque boutique wine estate.

Available as single servings or as a trio of smaller portions, visitors can indulge in Constantia Glen’s famous traditional Austrian Beef Goulash soup, French onion soup with croûte au fromage, or delicious roasted Butternut & Sage soup, all served with crispy, freshly baked bread.

Each of these soups can be partnered perfectly with Constantia Glen’s elegant cool climate wines. Add an additional mouth-watering platter of cheese and charcuterie to your experience and enjoy the wonderful winter vineyard views.

The soups are available at R95 per single serving, or R100 for the trio. Wines are available by the glass from R70 if you want to linger over lunch for a laidback afternoon.

The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa

During the chilly season from 18h30, the hotel’s Island Café is offering bottomless soup – a sensational selection of gourmet soups served with freshly baked artisan bread (gluten free and vegetarian options are available) that will fill and warm you up and get your cheeks glowing.

The cost is R95 per adult and R45 for children under the age of 11, making it an affordable and perfect option for families.

Bookings are essential.

The Shortmarket Club

Chef Wesley Randles continues his modern interpretations of classics created from ingredients with impeccable provenance. His menu boasts some exciting new dishes, such as a starter of Fig Leaf baked Ricotta with Creamy Gorgonzola, Wild Honey and Lemon, which he describes as “comfort food at its best”. Another starter of Raw Fig and Smoked Burnt Aubergine, Roasted Hazelnuts and Bitter Leaves hits all the right notes.

Winter also heralds the appearance of venison on the menu. The Springbok and Quince makes the most of seasonal ingredients and it’s complemented perfectly with a jus of locally produced Caperitif and intensely satisfying smoked bone marrow. Meanwhile, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will approve of the spiced tandoori cauliflower served with a vibrant peanut and lemongrass sambal that will bring some warmth to the Cape’s cold winter months.

The three-course Prix Fixe Winter Lunch Menu at The Shortmarket Club is priced at R280 per person, or R380 per person including a carafe of wine. It is available at lunchtime only, Monday to Saturday, until the end of September 2018.

Waverley Hills

Matching the landscape, chef Francois du Toit has set his own inspiration aflame in the kitchen and produced an enticing food and wine pairing menu that will have you linger for longer this winter.

Guests can expect to see dishes like Wild Mushrooms served with Parmesan Custard Cream and a whisper of Truffle paired with the Waverley Hills Chardonnay and Prawns fried with Spiced Paprika, Garlic and Parsley served with Fresh Ciabatta, paired with the Waverley Hill Cabernet Sauvignon.

The five-course food and wine pairing menu is available until the end of Spring 2018 and is priced at R395.00 per person. Reservations are required a week in advance.

BOSJES Kombuis

This dreamy winter destination is now offering their very own “First Thursdays” special in the months of June and August, giving guests the chance to celebrate chilly evenings with BOSJES’ winter curry nights on the first Thursday of each month. This special allows diners to feast on a selection of three curries served with sambals, naan, rotis, rice and dessert at R280 per person.

Contact eat@bosjes.co.za to book or call 023 004 0496.

BOSJES will be closed in July.

The Pot Luck Club

This winter sees the return of The Pot Luck Club‘s Lucky Lunch menu. Presented bento-style, lunch is served in small handmade bowls and wooden boards, and provides a feast for the eyes and taste buds.

The menu is subject to change without notice, due to seasonal availability and chef’s inspiration and is available for lunch until 31 August 2018. The offering consists of 6 items and is priced at R295 per person.

Bookings are open one month in advance and they are open from Monday to Saturday with lunch between 12:30 – 14:30 and dinner between 18:00 – 22:30. They are open on Sundays from 11h00 – 15h00.

The Pot Luck Club’s annual winter break is from the 23rd July 2018 to 5th August 2018 and it re-opens for dinner from 6 August.

Sugar Shack’s the place to be

The West Coast is one of South Africa’s most unique and unspoiled areas, with pristine beaches and quaint fishing villages like Paternoster.

Sugar Shack Paternoster offers a rustic holiday with a touch of style and modern conveniences, with the add on of a mere two minutes’ walk down to the beach.

During summer months, sipping sundowners whilst relaxing on the hammock on the upstairs deck with sweeping views over the ocean is the norm. From here you can also enjoy watching the fishing boats return with their bounty. The kitchen (a gourmet lover’s dream), is fitted out with Le Creuset pots and KitchenAid equipment and the open plan dining and sitting room opens onto a spacious veranda with sheltered braai facilities.

Even though we encourage digital detox with every chance we get, families can also be well entertained with a full DSTV premium package, DVD player, Wi-Fi. There is a large seletion of board games to entertain adults and young ones as well. A roaring fire place in the living area awaits for those chilly and romantic West Coast winter evenings, which are slowly, but surely approaching.

It’s the perfect getaway for long summer family holidays, an escape for friends to reacquaint and intimate weekends for two.

The exterior and interior of this home is painted in the traditional West Coast white and trimmed with pretty candy pink shutters. The outside shower in the olive garden and the stairs leading up to the upstairs deck boasts magnificent Moroccan blue and white tiles. White-washed furniture and carefully chosen original art pieces complement the home and all bedrooms are beautifully finished off with white linen and down pillows. The home offers relaxed holiday-style decor that includes local original art works, creating a special ambiance of which memorable holidays are made of.

Sugar Shack is owned and operated by hospitality perception management specialists, Lise and Ian Manley. Their extensive experience both locally and abroad ensures a seamless and hassle-free holiday experience from initial enquiry to arrival. A locally based housekeeper meets and greets guests on arrival and is on call during the duration of your stay.

Sugar Shack Paternoster can accommodate 2 – 6 guests very comfortably.

Things included:

  • Upstairs deck with a full sea view
  • 3 beautifully appointed double bedrooms
  • 3 well-appointed bathrooms (two with showers and one with a Victorian bath)
  • Open plan gourmet kitchen, dining and lounge area, leading onto a spacious enclosed “stoep” with a built-in braai area and stairs leading up to a spacious veranda with 360 degree views of sea and village life
  • Microwave, stove, television, full DSTV and DVD player
  • Towels and linen
  • Fold-away cot
  • Wi-Fi
  • Secure enclosed parking for 2 cars
  • Alarm and security beams around the property

The base rate per night for the whole cottage is R3000.00. During Peak Season (Easter Weekend and 15 December to 15 January) the rate is R4400.00 per night.

www.sugarshackcollection.com