I think my luck has changed back into the green! I won tickets to the Good Food and Wine Show (GFWS) thanks to @CapeArgus and Lance Witten for the headsup on his Twitter account.
A few years back I attended the event, I know it was fun because I cannot remember much due to the countless tastings we glugged down. This year however, I did not have the same experience maybe because I’m not 23 anymore? Here are my hits and misses of the event:
- I got to meet Reza and take a picture, yes the Spice Prince of India! (I love his show).
- Got some real schmancy looking wine glasses for R 150.00 which is a steal – retails for R 300.00.
- Someone proposed on stage while J’Something was performing which was real sweet to watch.
- Found Jack Parow’s own hand crafted brandy – and it was surprisingly good.
- My ticket didn’t include a glass – ended up paying R 60.00, R 60.00! for one glass.
- The glass included 7 “tasting coupons which really didn’t matter; the exhibitors didn’t want them or know about them?
- The venue was packed, it was difficult to take pictures or walk around with a full glass of anything. This put us off from wanting to walk around or stand in line to try something new.
- Maybe it was the time of day but the exhibitors weren’t the friendliest – could be fatigue?
- Big wine farms weren’t on show i.e. Webersburg, Backsberg etc.
- The GFWS was the same weekend as The Wacky Wine Festival – WHY!
In the end it was an experience even though I feel a bit disappointed in the event. I tried some interesting pestos and chilli sauces, there were plenty of food options – but carrying around so many items and trying to find a place to sit down and eat would of been a nightmare. I believe in second chances so will try again next year!
Finally made the time to POST!!! I’m feeling real chuffed about it
This recipe is basically Nigella’s however I adapted it slightly. I love her cooking style; its simple and has you drooling just watching her.
I have a few more recipes from her collection that I will copy and let you know how it goes.
It’s a chilli sauce that can be used for anything really, chips, eggs, steak etc etc. I was thinking of making a pasta dish with it sometime this week.
4 x red peppers
2 x red chillies (I added 3 coz we extra like that)
1 x garlic clove
Zest of 1 lime and 1 tablespoon of the lime juice
80 grams fresh coriander
2 – 3 teaspoons of salt
The recipe calls for groundnut oil (125 ml) or any flavourless oil (vegetable, sunflower…) but I used olive oil because it’s all I had
Nigella’s recipe says to use 290 grams of roasted peppers from a jar which I could not find so I used fresh peppers and roasted them in the oven (150 degrees approx.) with olive oil, salt and pepper. As soon as the skin became wrinkly I removed them from the oven. Once the peppers are cooled down, remove the skins – this is pretty easy.
Once done add the peppers and all the other ingredients to a blender or bowl if you using a hand blender and blitz. I used a blender and while blitzing I added the oil slowly until the texture was almost salsa like but not as chunky. You can decide how you would like it.
The sauce is REALLY good; you can store it in the fridge for up to 1 week. Also a lovely gift idea.
Have a blessed day further!