Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mother's Day Picnic @ Groot Constantia (Jonkershuis)

What a day for a picnic - sunny, crisp blue skies with only a hint of wind (it picked up later, but hey this is Cape Town we're talking about).

I was euphoric at spending Mother's Day with my mom - I had only been away from Joburg for about 2 or 3 weeks, but I was missing her a lot. The gods were smiling on us as the timing worked out perfectly (she had booked her trip before I had even decided to move to Cape Town) and the weather also played along, gamely.

Jonkershuis puts on an amazing picnic spread; when I saw our baskets, I did a little imaginary back flip and had evil thoughts of grabbing a basket, running away, hiding behind a tree and devouring everything all on my own.

I LOVE Picnics.

All the rules of eating go out the window - picnics are about getting back to the essence of food: savouring the flavours, sharing, mixing and matching and eating with your fingers!

We found a cosy spot under a giant tree, secluding us from most of the wind, spread out our blankets, removed our shoes, ordered our drinks and proceeded to eagerly unpack the baskets.

We ordered a vegetarian and a vineyard basket - some of the memorable items for me were the spinach and feta quiche - I was quite tempted to eat this all on my own (maybe I should have been an only child... hmmmm??)

The snoek pate with its creamy smokiness, offset by the sweetness from the orange marmalade, and the roasted butternut pate with its delicate honey and cinnamon flavours, both came in a close second. The pleasure didn't stop there, however, as we tucked into a variety of mini cheeses paired with a sweet and tart grape relish and a selection of pickles. The artisan french baguette made the picnic authentic for me - there is something rustic and comforting about breaking off a piece and lathering it until pate oozes off the edges. Don't you think? A creamy, wobbly milk tart with its tangy, rooibos dunked raisins was the pinnacle to this lazy feast. And in my view, the delicately yeasty Groot Constantia Cap Classique, was the perfect accompaniment; making the day extra special.

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