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Category Archives: English foodies

Ormonde: A Chip – or two – Off The Old Block

First published in Sunday Independent, date unknown Coming up with an innovative name such as Chip Off The Old Block for a range of single vineyard wines surely also means … Continue reading

May 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Meet Charles Withington, the darling of The Darling Wine Shop

First published on  “If you have a dinner party, serve this wine if you want your guests to remember the evening with fondness.” Or: “This is a wine that … Continue reading

June 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Darling Sweet(s) for my sweet

First published on  First impressions count, so they say. You encounter a person, or let’s say a building or a business, for the first time and you form a … Continue reading

May 31, 2019 · 2 Comments

Go Big at Groote Post

First published on An old 18th century fort that houses a 500-ton winery. Two 18th century homes, both national monuments. A manor house that once was the shooting lodge … Continue reading

April 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Marmalade Cat is simply marvellous

First published on   A few years ago an overseas newspaper published an article on why ginger cats are the top cats for owners but tabbies are too temperamental. Orange … Continue reading

April 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Frankincense – and myrrh – make sense

First published in October 2017 on I’ve always found frankincense and myrrh intriguing. I’ve always found the Silk Route intriguing. Whilst living in Saudi Arabia (photographs used were taken … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · 2 Comments

Just relax – and take it slow – with Darling Brew

First published on  It’s mad out there. Life can be frustrating, your job time-consuming, your finances stress-inducing, your time never enough. Come on, it’s time to get out of … Continue reading

September 24, 2018 · 2 Comments

Jollity at Jonkershuis

First published on  Walking towards Jonkershuis Restaurant at Groot Constantia evokes images of scenes in art films where extended families and groups of friends gather around long tables laden … Continue reading

September 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Olfaction (the sense of smell) and other senses at Ormonde

First published on  The word sensory comes from the Latin word sentire meaning to perceive or feel. This adjective describes something relating to sensation i.e. something that you feel … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sweet-talk your way through South Africa

First published in Juice, Mango Air In-flight Magazine, December 2015 JOU MA SE KOE(K)SISTERS Bunny chow, Gatsbies, koe(k)sisters. Vetkoek, braaivleis, biltong and amadumbe. Chakalaka, sosaties and bobotie. If all of … Continue reading

August 1, 2017 · Leave a comment