Food

Organic in Paradise

Greg in his restaurant

Suurbraak is a quaint village situated 19km east of Swellendam, also known by the ancient San as 'Xairu' meaning beautiful or paradise. One of the villages charms is its isolation, being situated off the Wine Route R62 and busy N2, but this is not without its pitfall as this limits the financial resources for its residents. For this reason there are many people working hard to put Suurbraak on the map, hoping to make Xairu a place to stay and enjoy the sights, rather than a passing place. Found at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, the village has a lot to offer the discerning traveller, including...

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Ladies who Lunch

Classic Retreat lunch May 2012

We are extremely fortunate to be the Swellendam member of Classic Retreat, which with Classic Representation makes up the much admired Classic Portfolio. Other clients include the Singita collection, The Alphen, Delaire Graff, Le Quartier Francais, Kurland, Makweti, Mount Camdeboo, Prana and the Islands of Siankaba. As part of their post-Indaba road trip they spent some time with us here in Swellendam and we treated them to lunch at Augusta's African Kitchen. Here is the team, with Michel, enjoying their bobotie and sharing some information on the 2012 Indaba, with the eye on the next season.

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Breaking bread

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We do get the best guests. Jason Lilley is about to hit the even-bigger time as his bakery is becoming more and more famous and quite deservedly known as the kind of shop which is redefining the way South Africans think about their daily bread. Part of living or working in Cape Town is familiarising yourself with the many different coffee shops, deli’s and cozy corner spots around town. There are two ways of appreciating this sidewalk culture: Either you take the explorer approach and try to have coffee and a sandwich at every one of these or you have you favourite spot (or closest spot)...

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Persian Ice Cream

Pomegranate Ice cream - Augusta style

Having friends with a pomegranate farm in Bonnievale really helps when it comes to inventing and developing recipes. When those friends are in the process of introducing a whole range of products which we are helping to develop and brand, the recipes just flow. So. We love ice-cream all year round, not just during summer. I have made the custard base here simply with milk, rather than a combination of milk and cream; the end result is lighter, cleaner and more refreshing – almost Middle Eastern in flavour. For the custard base: 1 litre whole milk 1 vanilla pod, split in half lengthwise 120g...

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Passionate Pomegranate Co

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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?

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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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