Food

Passionate Pomegranate Co

pomegranate

Recently we have been serving delicious pomegranate juice which I am working on rebranding and then launching. Below is an extract from the current website: Intriguing, refreshing, delicious pomegranate juice is all-natural. To ensure that you get the most wholesome product possible, we only use fresh juice. We do not add any preservatives or additives, nor do we apply any heat treatment (pasteurizing). Pomegranate juice is one of nature's most powerful antioxidants - molecules that protect the body from the harm done by free radicals that cause heart disease, premature ageing, Alzheimer's...

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Tart of the week: Apricot

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  This rustic Karoo-style Apricot Tart shows how good perfectly ripened apricots can taste. Fresh apricots are such a treat so when we use them in our baking we want a dessert that brings out their sweet and acidic flavor. I believe this tart does just that. It takes fresh apricots, with their skins still intact, cuts them into thick wedges, gently tosses them with sugar and a little salt, and arranges them on a platform of buttery crisp pastry. I love how this tart looks after it is baked, the golden brown pastry and the apricot wedges with their caramelized...

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La Sosta che ci voleva

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Swellendam is becoming famous is Italy- here is an article from the very influential Identita Golose. An attempt at a translation follows at the end... Look out for Italian Vanity Fair in the new year as they publish some nice things about Augusta de Mist, but more about that in 2012. Se vi capita di passare da Swellendam, un’antica cittadina Cape Dutch a circa 250 chilometri nord-est da Città del Capo, non perdete l’occasione di cenare alla Sosta. Questo ristorante piccolo e curato è di proprietà di una coppia milanese che cinque anni fa si è trasferita in Sud Africa per cambiare...

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Re: Cycle

Cycling Snack

The Coronation Double Century Cycle Challenge a 202 km team race which is limited to 200 teams. The event is now in its 19th year and takes place on Saturday 26 November 2011. Cyclists can once again look forward to starting and finishing in the picturesque town of Swellendam in the Western Cape. Teams will complete the most challenging climbs, Tradouw Pass as well as Op de Tradouw, within the first 60km of the race. From Swellendam cyclists follows the R324 through Suurbraak and over Tradouw Pass towards Barrydale. A left turn onto the R62 takes participants to the challenging 7km Op de Tradouw,...

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Howe impressed was he?

Melanie

The following report on Swellendam and Augusta de Mist appeared on today's Good Taste online magazine and was written by Graham Howe who stayed with us as while back. We asked him to please focus on the town and region as we felt that Augusta de Mist needs to be experienced as part of a bigger itinerary he really did capture that 'weekend in Swellendam' with his article. The Heart of the Overberg But there are also loads of things to do in Swellendam itself—art galleries, antique shops, pottery studios, handcraft shops and restaurants—as well as botanical gardens and historical walks....

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Platter’s 5 Stars

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The much anticipated list of 5 star wines in the upcoming 2012 Platter’s South African Wine Guide was announced at the Wines of South Africa Cape Wine Europe tasting in London today. The Platter's Guide is widely recognised as the most authoritative and comprehensive guide to the world of South African wine, and this year more than seven thousand wines were tasted. One hundred and thirty nine wines were nominated for the coveted five star rating, with only forty five wines being awarded this top honour. We are proud to mention that this year all three of our good friends, Chris and Andrea...

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Deli delights

MInt deli launch

The Mint Deli is a known factor in Swellendam and they are a most reliable source of excellent goodies and a ever-changing menu. Now, to welcome the season they are bringing us a new look and a small but well chosen range of gifts and apparel. Taste is another new addition to the town and is located in the SwellenMark. It is a small deli and supplier of spices, packing solutions and other interesting items. The range of deli meat is quite impressive and is all produced on Voorstekop farm.  Voorstekop, just past Swellendam on the way to Heidelberg comprises many hills and valleys of two special...

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Sheepish

Sheep Excursion by George Irwin

A great pic by George Irwin of the event at Sandkraal. Visit the Swellendam Heritage site over the next few days to see more of George's pics from the excursion. The Swellendam Heritage Association celebrated Swellendam's historic link with wool by having a Sheep Shearing Day at Sandkraal, a farm just 10km from the original Rotterdam yard belonging to Magistrate Faure. A short talk on the history of the wool industry was followed by observing the shearing process, accompanied by an expert who delivered commentary and answered questions. The outing ended with the most delicious tea and snacks...

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Shear HERITAGE

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Today we attended a most informative excursion to the beautiful Sandkraal farm just outside Swellendam. Sixth generation farmer on Sandkraal, Hansie Swart gave an informative talk sketching the background to Merino farming in South Africa with specific reference to Swellendam. The actual shearing was a sight to behold. In a 1940's barn, in soft spring midmorning light, the shearing by old-fashioned shears was quiet and peaceful. A gentle rhythm ensued as the shearers felt there way around the tufty wool and the sheep waited patiently for their turn.  

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For the love of Chocolate

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Honest Chocolate have opened on Wale Street, No 66 to be exact. Same side as the Taj, and up the hill. Michael De Klerk and Anthony Gird are the two guys behind Honest Chocolate. This is the most delicious chocolate you could taste. Intense flavours, without the cloying sweetness and fat that you get in many handmade chocolates characterise their products. Why are they so different? First of all they use unroasted organic raw cocoa beans in making their chocolates. So what is so good about that?  Well according to the guys, this means that the good nutrients and enzymes in the cocoa are not destroyed. ...

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