Day 1 - The Drive Over
Day 2 - African Relish Cooking School
We were welcomed by African Relish's new chef, Jaco Fourie. Having just started on December 1st, he must have been run off his feet with the holiday season, and here he was running a class - no rest for a chef it seems! The kitchen is quite spectacular - check out the slideshow on the right.
Times up, so back to African Relish we head - for dinner we'd make an Italian-style tomato sauce which we'd combine with grilled eggplant (aubergines to you) for a parmigiana-inspired dish, together with a butter nut and blue cheese risotto. Dessert in the desert: stewed plums with ice cream.
Day 3 - Gay's Dairy, the PA Museum and an Excursion to the Mieringspoort Waterfall
The affable greeter at the Museum gave us a quick introduction to the place, then left us alone to discover the rest. But he planted an idea in our heads: he said the waterfall at Meiringspoort (see the great MountainPassesSouthAfrica website for photos of the pass and an overview as well as these TripAdvisor Reviews) was worth a visit. Bingo! The deal was sealed: that's what we'd do in the afternoon. But first, over to see Gay's Guernsey Dairy (see: TripAdvisor Reviews) to check out their cheeses (you can do a tasting at no charge - we bought a mozzarella and a parmesan-styled cheese).
Day 4 - The Drive Back via the Swartberg Pass
We had a good chat with Ria before leaving - guess what? She suggested (in fact, strongly suggested) that for our next road trip we might like to check out Karoo Cuisine in Murraysburg - Ria said that after spending time with host Susanna and Chef Erika she always comes back inspired with new ideas. Judging by the quality of the food that comes out of Ria's kitchen at Dennehof (they often also serve dinners, but sadly not while we were there...), that's definitely a vote of confidence. hmm, that just may be a thought.... stay tuned!
But first we have to get home - so it's over the Swartberg Pass where the watermelon pink petals of the proteas are blooming as we approach the summit. Incidentally, with little recent rain, the gravel road, which can be rough at times, was in very good condition. Then it's over the Robinson Pass where we see a few more protea (though not nearly as many) and home via Hartenbos and Little Brak. Figure 8 done and dusted!