Food

A Passionate Update

Some very lovely images from the Passionate Pomegranate launch captured by the guys from Food with a Story.

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PomTastic

Small bottles of Passionate Pomegranate Product

With a successful Passionate Pomegranate Co launch behind us and the enthusiastic attendance by journalists and editors from among others, House and Leisure, Conde Nast House and Garden, Cape Times, Bunte, Women's Health and Food With a Story; we are very grateful for the support, kind words and commitment from the various writers and bloggers. It was such a great experience to cook for and host all these people here in Swellendam. Even better news is that the shelves are stocked with some of the Passionate Pomegranate Co products for guests to sample and purchase.

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Eco Retail in Swellendam

Fresh Swellendam produce

Seon Eco Village is a familiar participant in most markets around Swellendam, regularly appearing at the Farmers market on the R60 as well as the Under the Oaks market on Church Square next to Old Gaol. It was with much joy that we learned of the opening of the Seonae Eco Centre opening this week right here in Swellendam. The team from Seonae provide the freshest produce, grown locally (often organically) and where conventionally produced, the eco benefit is the fact that the produce did not travel for hundreds of kilometers subject to refrigeration. They will also retail the most unusual...

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So what if it’s just a mention?

Home Chef

The first little blurb about the Passionate Pomegranate Co and the totally useable products that they produce has appeared. Because of print real estate being what it is, the Augusta mention went from a nice substantial amount to a sentence. But we are not complaining. All that is needed is the mention, by name, to keep us happy. Watch the press and online media for lots more coverage as our two week PR blitz starts to pay off! When we in collaboration with Judi Rebstein from Old Gaol started to outline a launch plan earlier this year it all seemed so distant and somewhat unachievable but here...

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Have another Hertzoggie!

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As always in South Africa there are many sides and versions of the same thing. Today we look at one of our favorite sweets, the Hertzoggie. A delightful little confection of buttery pastry, sweet apricot jam and a coconut meringue topping. It is impossible to eat just one. They were named after a prime minister of South Africa (1924 -1939), J.B.M. Hertzog. Must have been his favourite teatime snack and his many supporters baked and served these little tarts like crazy. Hertzog was a direct opponent to Genl Jan Smuts whose supporters immediately developed their own favorite baked item and called...

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The Big Cook-off

pan grilled beef & pomegranate products

In a mere short weeks we are hosting the first in a series of dinner evenings as part of the launch of Passionate Pomegranate Co's range of products which we had quite a hand in developing. Charlene and Lena from Old Gaol restaurant here in Swellendam were on hand in the kitchen to help and bring with some of their vast experience with delicious food. On todays test list was a great little beetroot and pomegranate soup which we shall henceforth call The Bonnievale Borscht and also a most amazing Beef Fillet with Pomegranate Jus as well as simple roasted Rosemary Roasted Vegetables. It was all just...

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Going North

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In preparation for summer we are experimenting with some new spice mixes and while we will never abandon our trusted homemade Malay masala & Moroccan Ras-el-hanout, we are also looking at more North African spice mixes. One of these, Bahārāt, which simply means "spice" in Arabic, is a all-purpose seasoning used in North African cuisine. Although the particular blend varies by region and household, it always includes black pepper and typically has cumin, cinnamon, and cloves, among other spices. Aromatic, warm, and sweet, a pinch of bahārāt can add depth and flavor to soups, tomato...

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Out of the mouths of babes

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As most people know, well behaved children are most welcome at Augusta de Mist. In fact, we love hearing the cheerful shrieks of kids in the pool or playing croquet and the delight they display when meeting the dogs. It is also a pleasure to cook for kids, because the kind of food we do elicits some kind of acceptance response in children and they become eager fans of the kind of items they would otherwise never eat back home. Parents approve and everyone is happy. This morning though we were totally bowled over by the little food-art message created for us by the youngest member of a German...

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The Bunny gets it…

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Earlier this year, when in Durban at Indaba and introducing the concept of the Republic of Swellendam to interested parties, we were again reminded how much we love spicy South African food. And when it comes to spice, Durban brings it. One of the many unusual dishes to found here at the bottom of Africa is this novel way of having some fresh bread and a strong curry. Bunny chows, a proudly South African meal, is a 1/4 or 1/2 loaf bread, hollowed out with curry in the center. Bunny chows are probably one of my all-time favourite ways to eat curry. The origins of Bunny Chow are not quite...

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Sunday at Christina’s

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For a great Sunday afternoon, or any afternoon really, we recommend a short stop at Christina's at the lovely Van Loveren wine estate in Robertson. Pizza's are of the adventurous kind with a thin crust and the burgers are loaded with great options like bacon or blue cheese. Of course the wine is quite quaffable and extremely well priced which means that there are worse ways to spend a lazy afternoon than this. Speak to us about directions to get to Christinas at Van Loveren from Augusta. From Swellendam, it is a most picturesque short drive through Bonnievale, past our favorite local...

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