Festive Fynbos

Fynbos honey with vanilla pod and bay leaf

Fynbos Flavours: Delicious recipes with fynbos honey

If you live in the Cape and love being in the kitchen, you may have come across the ‘cooking with fynbos’ buzz phrase that’s been infiltrating restaurants and foodie blogs over the past few years. You may also be slightly daunted by the ‘what’ and the...

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The art of fynbos: four inspiring botanical artists

Our Cape Floral Kingdom is a natural work of art.  From the tiny, bulbous needles of the fiery Pincushion, to the striking, feminine blooms of the Watsonia, the silvery ‘kolletjies’ of the Brunia, the delicate, miniature blossoms of the Erica, and the regal grandeur of...

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Dreaming of a White Christmas … in South Africa?

Actually this is not beyond the realms of possibility… I recently read that in 1957, when I was not quite two years old, it snowed on Table Mountain on Christmas Day! (ref) While I don’t remember that Christmas day back in 1957, or if it did...

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Festive Fynbos: Deck the halls with boughs of fynbos

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree … When I was a child we lived in Namibia, it was before the days of artificial Christmas trees, and pine trees were simply not available, so for Christmas my parents brought in a branch of the indigenous South African...

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Fynbos flavours: Cooking with buchu

Of all the teas I tried and tested during my recent exploration into fynbos herbal brews, buchu was undoubtedly my favourite. Its mild, minty flavour with a hint of aniseed makes it easy to drink, and admittedly, quite moreish. It has a wonderful calming and...

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Fabulous Fynbos Wines: Vondeling

Yesterday's delicious Rooibos #FynbosFlavours were paired with the creamy and environmentally friendly Vondeling Chardonnay. As a WWF Conservation Champion Vondeling, and its sister estate Bowwood, are following an impressive and noteworthy environmentally sensitive approach to farming. With 200 ha of their 654 ha farm under...

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Fynbos Flavours: Three courses with a touch of Rooibos

Naturally free of caffeine and low in tannins, Rooibos continues to earn ‘good-for-you’ gold stars across the globe and health fundis all over the world are happily swopping their morning coffees and caffeinated teas for guilt-free ‘red bush’ infusions.  It’s even becoming a trendy ingredient...