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Mushroom & Mussel Paella Paired with Ataraxia Serenity

Serves 6 Ingredients: ▪️500g portabellini or button mushrooms, quartered▪️1 large onion, very finely chopped▪️1 red bell pepper, finely diced▪️1-2 bird’s eye chillies, sliced (seeds removed if desired)▪️4 cloves garlic, finely grated▪️1 tsp turmeric▪️2 tsp smoked Spanish paprika▪️1½ cups short-grain rice (such as Bomba or Arborio)▪️1 cup dry white wine▪️6 cups mushroom or vegetable stock▪️1kg fresh […]

Slanghoek Mountain Resort’s Mountain Cottages – a little piece of heaven on earth

If your idea of a breakaway includes beautiful mountains, water streams, and superb wine, then we have just the place for you. Slanghoek Mountain Resort offers you and the family camping, safari tents, log cabins, chalets, luxury eco units as well as wedding and function possibilities. Ideally situated just a stone’s throw away from the […]

From dry wines to port-style wines – a celebration of Portuguese grape varieties

While De Krans Wines is widely known for producing award-winning, quality port-style wines, there is a lesser-known, albeit equally enchanting side to these Portuguese grape varieties that have found their way to Calitzdorp in the 1970’s. Since producing the first Touriga Nacional single variety in South Africa in 2000, De Krans Wines has paved the […]

From Proof-Reading To Winemaking

At first glance, it seems an unlikely jump. How would a proof-reader, originally from Klerksdorp in the north of the country wind up making wine for the Cape’s most decorated cellar? Ask Zinaschke Steyn (33), who’s just been appointed our new red-winemaker. Actually, her journey is not that improbable when you look at it closely. […]

Baked Chorizo Gnocchi With FAT bastard SHIRAZ

Serves 4 Ingredients: 🔹1 Tbsp olive oil🔹2 onions, finely sliced🔹150g spicy chorizo, skin removed & diced🔹4 cloves of garlic, minced🔹1 small fresh chilli, finely diced🔹2 tsp dried Italian herbs🔹2 Tbsp tomato paste🔹1 x 400g tin diced tomatoes🔹½ cup 125ml fresh cream🔹500g potato gnocchi🔹¼ cup fresh basil, roughly torn🔹300g Fior di Latte mozzarella🔹Salt and pepper, to […]

Mushroom, Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup

(serves 2) This silky soup is super easy to make (a simple blender does the trick). The bulk of the soup is creamy cauliflower, so it is virtually gluten free and so hearty. A stunning lighter meal for cooler evenings. Ingredients 🔹30 ml butter🔹250 button mushrooms, sliced🔹1 small garlic clove, finely grated (optional)🔹300 g cauliflower, […]


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