Banana & Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding

First Sunday of the blessed month of Ramadaan and I’m finding myself reminiscing to one of my many Sunday fun days. This one in particular is about a day at Vredenheim Big Cats Park followed by dessert at Spier Hotel. I knew it was going to be one of the last Sunday tea time outings before we fast for a month so I had to indulge a bit.

Arriving at Spier Hotel, I walked straight through to their lounge area outside. There weren’t many options on the dessert menu but the banana and chocolate bread and butter pudding stood out to me which is strange as I usually do not like banana in food or desserts besides pancakes. The chocolate and bread pudding part is what drove me to give it a chance.

The Banana and Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding was served in a small round dish with hazelnut ice cream. The presentation was simple: topped with a purple flower and some leaves in the plate where the round dish with the pudding was in. Taking my first spoonful into the pudding I was impressed with the texture and even amount of banana and chocolate. I was pleasantly surprised and my taste buds were having a celebration. The hazelnut ice cream was also the perfect pairing combination. Truth be told the actual pudding was so good that it can eaten without the ice cream. My boyfriend was very sceptical trying the pudding as he claims I eat “anything and everything”. To his own surprise he loved the taste of the pudding. We loved it so much that after the pudding was finished we ordered another one.

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Banana & Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding

This pudding was truly a gastronomic experience!

Well done Spier Hotel, we will certainly be back for more. Hopefully this time we can get a bigger serving!

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Postcard Cafe

Weekends are meant for relaxing, going out and spending time with your loved ones which is exactly what my last weekend was all about. It is quite sad that weekends have to end on Sundays, but alas no better way than to end it on a high note.

I found myself doing the clichéd Sunday drive. My boyfriend and I took a scenic drive to Stellenbosch, through the beautiful Jonkershoek Valley and found ourselves in a piece of heaven called Stark-Condé Wines. I have previously seen images of Stark-Conde and their Postcard Cafe but they definitely do not do justice to the majestic beauty that is Stark-Conde.

Once we parked the car, I took a moment taking in my surroundings. I was overwhelmed by a feeling of gratitude that I am blessed to stay in such a beautiful city.  We were surrounded by the greenest grass, mountains, trees… mother nature at its best.

Postcard Cafe truly has the ideal location within this piece of heaven. The cafe has a relaxed atmosphere.  There are both indoor and outdoor seating. I strongly recommend you sit outside to appreciate the breathtaking views. Once showed to our seats I went camera happy snapping away at the magnificent scenery. I was looking at a green stretch of grass, a bridge crossing over a dam with picture perfect mountains surrounding us.

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In true form it was that time of the day when tea was in order, but browsing through the menu, Postcard Cafe’s selection of homemade drinks caught my attention. I opted for the homemade lemonade which was very refreshing. I couldn’t make a decision as to what dessert I wanted. My options were scones, baked cheesecake, honey & almond tart to name a few. My boyfriend went for the malva pudding which is always a winner. I was impressed with the malva puddings presentation in a shape of a flower. I went for the cheesecake as it was the waitress recommendation. When it comes to food I prefer making my own decisions but this time I was happy with the cheesecake recommendation. My taste buds were definitely happy as I started eating into the cheesecake. It was a plain baked cheesecake, but delicious enough with no need for a topping.  I found myself really enjoying the crust of the cheesecake, I got so caught up in the flavours that I finished the crust before the actual cheesecake.

Postcard Cafe you are without a doubt one of my best places and I will definitely be back to be mesmerized by your beauty!

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Pancake Café

It’s Sunday evening, and the end of the western tradition called Mother’s Day. Up until two years ago I loved this day, all the planning, surprises, food but most of all the company of gold, my mother (may she rest in peace).

It is because of this day I’m reminiscing about a previous Mother’s Day where I took my mum and two aunts to Franshoek.  Last weekend I was in Franshoek with my beloved so the memory is strong. I love the town, its beauty, tranquility and the feeling of being away.  Thinking about Franshoek is reminding me of Pancake Café.

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Pancake Café is perfectly situated in the main street of Franshoek surrounded by the mountains. The café itself shares space with a gift shop.  Inside seating is very limited and looks straight into the kitchen area where everything is prepared and teases you with all the delicious smells. Majority of the seating area is outside with lovely views of the town.

I have been craving pancakes and ordered the caramel with banana pancake. I simply loved the fact that it was served with runny caramel sauce filling my whole plate. Pancake Café thank you for hitting the spot. It was the perfect portion served with what tasted like homemade ice cream.

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If you find yourself in Franshoek and looking for something sweet or savoury I strongly suggest a visit to Pancake Café.

 

 

Yum Eat Café

It’s Sunday and another long weekend and I am feeling nostalgic thinking about my last long weekend break-away with my bestie. Easter Sunday and we had decided to drive out from Hermanus and go exploring.

In complete holiday relaxed mode, we took a lovely Sunday drive with picturesque views along the way. We ended up driving through a small town called Stanford as the quaintness caught my attention.

Driving through the town, which felt like we were in back in history a pinkish vintage style house transformed into a café caught our attention. Naturally I pulled into the driveway of Yum Eat Café.

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It was a public holiday so we were delighted to find the café open. We were welcomed to the café by the owner and shown to a table. As you walk into Yum Eat Café the pink wall where the coffe is made and cakes live pull you in. The café is also an art gallery with beautiful paintings all around.

Yum Eat Café has a warm artsy feel to it. Aside from the paintings they also sell various artisanal local goods. We sat at a table opposite the desserts and looking into a vintage cabinet full of their own brand of teas.

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We loved the fact that the café is owned by a lovely couple and everything is freshly made by them and their friendly staff. We were also impressed to find out that the husband is also a Pilate’s instructor.

It was lunch time but the cakes jumped out to us and it was evident that dessert was going to be lunch. I am a very fussy carrot cake eater but I took a chance and tried Yum Eat Café’s…..my taste buds were blown away with the first bite. Their carrot cake was moist and simply delicious. All the ingredients were carefully put together by hand by the wife. Well done on this pure delicacy!

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Yum Eat Café you have left us with very fond memories, we will visit soon when in Stanford.

 

 

The Orchard

My long weekend started in a good way with the blessings of a Friday. The past Friday has been the best one for me by far. It marked a very important milestone to the start of a beautiful life journey and also marked the start of my bestie road trip to Hermanus.

With road trips come random stops and the inspiration to this post.

We stumbled across the Orchard Farm stall while reaching the end of Sir Lowry’s Pass in Elgin. From the road it looked like a lovely “dorpie”style farm stall with a massive outdoor garden and entertainment area. The explorer in me immediately made a sharp turn and informed my bestie that this was where we having tea. It was such a great spontaneous decision.

As we walked through the farm stall we felt like buying all the homemade goods…not to worry we didn’t break the bank but we did buy Popeye sherbet…how could we resist the childhood thrill of sherbet through a pipe.farmstall.jpg

After making our way to the restaurant / coffee area, we were seated in the enclosed “stoop”area. This was very cosy filled with paintings and overlooking the outdoor garden / play area with easy access to the farm stall.outdoor.jpg

Thanks to our walk-about through Orchard we knew exactly what we wanted before looking at the menu. I ordered the scones that were served with strawberry jam and cream and my bestie took a chocolate butter icing and a dollop of caramel.

I absolutely devoured the scones, it was the best tasting melt in your mouth scones. It was that good there was no time for chit chat.beforedevoured

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011ze South Africa French Crêperie

After a long stressful morning in the hospital, the perfect end to the fake Sunday was to be treated to drool-worthy pancakes or to be particular, French crêpes. My remedy for the day = perfect company + 011ze French Crêpes

011ze is a French Crêperie that recently opened in South Africa; its home is in Tygervalley Shopping Centre  in Bellville, Cape Town. If you are a pancake lover or a sweet tooth fan this should be the best news for you!

I opted for the Caramelised Banana Nutella and Chantilly Crêpe.  It’s a massive crêpe that folds down to a triangle with fried banana quarters, nutella drizzled everywhere and then finally topped with chantilly which is a sweet frothy cream. No need for ice cream thanks to the chantilly.

Foodgasm is probably the best way to explain how I felt devouring the crêpe.

011ze SA Crêperie you will definitely be seeing me again!

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Salted Caramel & Peanut Cheesecake

Thought I would start my 1st post  in my restaurant diary with my dessert experience at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa (https://www.facebook.com/vineyardhotel/?fref=ts).

I had the salted caramel & peanut cheesecake with citrus mocha cream. Wow, this the most delectable dessert I have had for a while. It is like  a party in your mouth with the culmination of tastes. I went with the intention of satisfying my creme brulee craving but could not see myself finishing a full portion so I settled for the half portion cheesecake. Half portion is just not enough for this slice of heaven.

Sitting all by my lonesome in the lounge area of the Vineyard Hotel http://www.vineyard.co.za/ unwinding after a busy day I found myself savouring every spoonful in slow motion. The cheesecake itself was perfection, the citrus mocha cream complemented the caramel and peanut flavours so well. I went as far as using the strawberry garnish and dunking it in the citrus cream. For the R45 half portion ( R78 full portion) you definately getting your money’s worth.

Compliments to the pastry chef !

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