For foodies, lockdown can go one of two ways: either you’ll find yourself aching for delicious meals from your favourite restaurants or blissfully cooking up a storm on a daily basis. Either way, if you’re in need of inspiration, Boschendal Wine Estate has made a plan to bring their kitchen into your home.
As part of a series of videos that take you on behind-the-scenes walkabouts on the farm and estate, led by general manager Matt Stevens, Boschendal is releasing demonstrations of their favourite recipes from the bakery and kitchen at Werf Restaurant on their social media pages. The recipes emphasise fresh, seasonal produce and local, ethically sourced ingredients, in line with the estate’s farm-to-table approach.
In the first video shared in March, head pastry chef and baker Christine de Villiers crafts a perfect batch of easy hot cross buns from a gooey, golden-brown dough filled with fruit which has been steeped in rooibos tea. Next, chef Leroy Sebybo shares his favourite dish on Boschendal’s menu – his masala fish.
These videos are beautifully shot and give a visual overview of how to prepare the dishes, while the downloadable recipe cards on Facebook and YouTube provide details of measurements and precise cooking instructions.
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Chef Leroy Sebybo's Masala Fish Dish.
Meat enthusiasts might enjoy Stevens’s visit to the Werf Butchery, where butcher Rainer Raschbichler cuts the perfect piece of dry-aged rib eye for him to prepare on the braai, complete with simple tips which make all the difference when preparing a quality cut of meat. But if plant-based is more up your alley, watch Stevens prepare a delicious plate of foraged mushrooms. These videos are less refined but the end product is undeniably mouthwatering.
The next cooking demonstration will be published on Boschendal’s social media channels this Friday (May 8) to coincide with the launch of their new “Taste Boschendal” boxes which will be available for pre-order each week. The estate’s executive chef Allistaire Lawrence will be sharing a recipe and demonstrating how to make one of the signature dishes available for purchase.
The taste boxes will come in two sizes – either for two or four people – and can be pre-ordered from their reservations team from Monday to Saturday between 8am and 5pm.
• Join Boschendal on Instagram every Friday at 7pm for a new, pre-recorded cooking demonstration.