Food

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

sheep shear

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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Koornlands lives!

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Like a cat with nine lives, Koornlands has survived and is back in full force. Steve and Marianne bought a very ordinary Swellendam building which had been victim of several deeply insensitive renovations over years and had lost all but a few of its once-beautiful Victorian feel. Seeing past all that, they renovated, painted, remodeled and landscaped until the building was just perfect and then filled it with the most gorgeous art and photography. Koornlands is ready to serve its loyal patrons once more and attending the launch afternoon was a pleasure. We wish Steve and Marianne all the best...

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Wedding fever in Swellendam

Cowboy Streusel Cake

Near-Spring in Swellendam and wedding fever is hitting the Overberg. Our guesthouse here in Swellendam is getting a fair bit of wedding action this year and we love it. We get to play around with gorgeous little snacks, decadent tartlets & romantic settings while providing a little support for the blushing bride and her entourage. On today's menu for a relaxing country wedding bride-&-bridesmaid-preparation-morning we included onion & haloumi focaccine, tomato & basil pizzette, homemade pesto palmiers, Bombay mince curry vetkoek, boerenkaas, camembert, chilled sundried tomato...

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Yellow fruit

Old Gaol in Swellendam

Part of the fun of having a guesthouse in Swellendam is that you get to really appreciate the little highlights on the yearly calendar and it is great to see the elements starting to come together as the town prepares for the big fun. Old Gaol on Church Square has long been one of the favourite haunts of Swellendam's cappuccino set and now even more so as they prepare to go yellow for the Canola Festival with their yellow trees which are part art installation and part festive whimsy.

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Aunty Betty’s Flapjacks

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It's always an occasion when we prepare pancakes for breakfast at our Swellendam guesthouse. Did I say pancakes? I meant flapjacks. Or is it drop scones? Whatever you call them, they are amazing and the recipe we use is a special one. In honor of our festive pancake day, we present to you a recipe for drop scones, otherwise known as "Scotch pancakes", that Queen Elizabeth made for President Dwight Eisenhower on the occasion of his visit to Balmoral castle in 1959. According to the US National Archives, the Queen prepared drop scones for Eisenhower, using a family recipe. Later she sent...

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Koornlands Restaurant Update

Stephen & Mariaan in front of their new premises

It will be a happy day when Stephen and Marianne open their legendary 'Koornlands' restaurant again. The venue has had a troubled year when the old venue burned down and a temporary home was found in a guesthouse, before they finally decided to purchase a wonderful old house on Voortrek Street with loads of garden space and a fair bit of original features. The plan is to open on the anniversary of the great fire in 2010 and this will herald a great beginning. Stephen is an ex-Brit who has made Swellendam his home with Dutch-born Marianne, who is a great Chef and guests travel from...

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Canola Season starts

Canola Fields outside Swellendam

Like clockwork, the yellow flowers of the Canola plant started appearing furtively in the Swellendam region. The oil is pressed from tiny brown seeds found in pods on the Canola plant. Canola plants grow to approximately one metre high and are unique to the Overberg region; from Caledon to Heidelberg. Optimum night temperatures and the cool sea breeze make this region perfect for the cultivating of this plant. The name Canola had its origin from Canada where rapeseeds were naturally bred to canola in the early 1970's. Canola, however, is NOT rapeseed — their nutritional profiles are very...

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