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Red Carnation Hotel Collection to offer signature "Heritage Month Dishes" throughout September
27 June 2016
Red Carnation Hotels South Africa’s three exclusive properties will celebrate Heritage Month in September with a culinary experience close to their chefs’ hearts. The hotels have created three special ‘proudly South African’ heritage dishes, which will be available at each property throughout the month. Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa Executive Chef Christo Pretorius will present a delectable Cape-inspired ‘Vetkoek and Curried Saldanha Bay Mussels’ dish; while Ryan Weakley, new Executive Chef at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, will conjure up a ‘Traditional South African Bobotie’; and Executive Chef Kevin Joseph from The Oyster Box in Umhlanga will present diners with a special ‘Shisa Nyama’ Platter.
‘Vetkoek and Curried Saldanha Bay Mussels’ at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa (R215)
With its spectacular location next to the Atlantic Ocean, seafood is one of Azure’s specialities, which is why Chef Pretorius chose ‘Vetkoek and Curried Saldanha Bay Mussels’ as his Heritage Month dish. The West Coast mussels will be served Cape Malay-style, with Malay-spiced mussels velouté, yoghurt curd, hydrated sultanas and mini fennel vetkoek. Malay spices entered South Africa in the 1600’s, and have played an integral part in the country’s culinary fabric ever since. Diners can also rest assured that their food has been responsibly sourced: as a SASSI (Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative) Trailblazer, Chef Pretorius follows SASSI’s best practice guidelines for sustainable seafood, supporting responsible fisheries and the many local communities which rely on healthy ecosystems to provide them with their livelihoods.
‘Louis Leipoldt Traditional South African Bobotie’ at Bushmans Kloof (price included in stay)
There can be no more historically fitting place to indulge in Chef Ryan Weakley’s ‘Louis Leipoldt Traditional South African Bobotie’, consisting of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping, than at Bushmans Kloof. The area was beloved of C Louis Leipoldt (born 1880), a famous South African poet and writer of cookbooks in the Cape, among them Cape Cookery, in which he talks about the origins of Bobotie. Leipoldt was said to have regarded Clanwilliam and the Cederberg as his spiritual home, and his ashes were laid to rest in the rugged Pakhuis Pass in the Bushmans Kloof Reserve in 1947. Bushmans Kloof’s recipe is said to have originated from the Dutch East India Company colonies in Batavi, and has been known in the Cape of Good Hope since the 17th century. The dish is made with curry powder, leaving it with a slight ‘tang’.
‘Shisa Nyama Platter’ at The Oyster Box (R185)
Oyster Box Executive Chef Kevin Joseph will present a special Shisa Nyama Platter, comprising boerewors, brisket, lamb chop, pap, chakalaka and ushatini. ‘Shisa nyama’ (Zulu for ‘burn the meat’) is a term used in many South African townships to describe an informal braai where friends come together near a butchery, to grill meat over a hot, open fire. Historically for South African families it has always been culture to braai meat on an open fire while celebrating important occasions and performing traditional ceremonies uniting family and friends. The butcher-owner usually provides the site or a traditional Shebeen (which means ‘hidden’ bar in Zulu) and only people who buy meat from the butcher are allowed to use the facility. A traditional menu usually includes a choice of meat, pap, chakalaka and a selection of other ‘specialities’ such as tripe, kidney and vegetables.
About Heritage Month
Heritage Month recognises aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and intangible: creative expression such as music and performances, the country’s historical inheritance, language, food and popular memory. The month culminates in Heritage Day on 24 September, which celebrates the nation’s cultural wealth. South Africans spend the day remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of the country.
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