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.

 

 

Peaches & Cream

It’s been a while since my last blog post, but that is just a sign of a busy life where time escapes you. I am pleased to be writing this post feeling completely relaxed and pampered. I took much needed time out and literally escaped to the mountains, to Paarl to be exact. After checking out of the beautiful Sante Hotel & Spa we went exploring and came across a wine farm called Vendóme.  At the end of the beautiful drive in which is surrounded by vineyards we found the perfect gem called Peaches & Cream.IMG-20160301-WA0019

I felt like I parked my car literally in the vineyards. As we walked towards the entrance, it felt like we were entering a beautiful farm style home with a magnificent entrance garden setting the scene. Peaches & Cream personifies the word vintage. Walking through the restaurant, which felt more like a farm stall I immediately felt a feeling of peace come over me. As it was a beautiful day in the Winelands we were escorted outside to their pretty garden which provides lots of shade. We made ourselves quite comfy under what looked like a grandpa tree. My best friend and I literally just relaxed for more than an hour before ordering any food. The place itself is truly tranquil!IMG-20160301-WA0007.jpg

As lunch time creeped up I decided to keep it light and be adventurous. I ordered the Salmon Avo & Orange Salad. The salad consisted of salmon, lettuce, red onions, feta, capers, oranges and fresh lemon dressing. I was initially a bit sad to hear that they had no avo’s due to the scarcity. My disappointment was quickly forgotten when the salad arrived. I would never have paired salmon and orange, but the culmination of the flavours and the homemade lemon dressing was so refreshing. I loved every forkful of the zesty flavours!

Peaches & Cream your menu reflects that “love in your tummy feeling”. I also love the fact that you have a quaint indoor venue that can be hired out for functions.

If you are in the Winelands, I strongly suggest you visit Peaches & Cream, just not on a Monday as that is the only day that they are closed. I will definitely be making the journey back into the Winelands especially to try some of your other food items.

Peaches & Cream all the best welcoming visitors with your tranquility!