Episode 15 of MasterChef SA aired last week on MNET, and the top 5 contestants were told they had to forage for their main ingredients from the beach, Fynbos and forest floor.
It was such a great experience to meet them at Scarborough beach and take them to the inter tidal rock-pools to forage for mussels, periwinkles and edible seaweed and then on to Good Hope Gardens Nursery for a Fynbos forage for herbs and aromatic to compliment the harvested sea ingredients. The contestant were a charming, friendly and super enthusiastic group and I could see recipes running through their minds as they discovered a whole range of new flavours in the wild.
Foraging at Good Hope Gardens Nursery
Click on these video links to see more of what we got up to
Foraging with MasterChef SA
With the rising trend of foraging, concern for sustainable foraging is high, and with the fantastic platform of national television, I stressed this point as best I could.
After foraging in the Deep South, they went to meet mushroom guru Gary Goldman in the forest and was guided by his passionate expertise and foraged some choice specimens.
Mushroom foraging with Gary
The contestants did well in the kitchen and created beautiful dishes with their foraged goods.
The top two recipes were Sipho’s Polenta lasagna filled with fried mushrooms and mussels and Roxi’s wild mushroom mille-feuille with hazelnut sauce.
Delicious! Heres hoping this post will inspire everyone to get creative and go wild.
To find out more about our Fynbos and coastal foraging courses email firstname.lastname@example.org
In the beginning of October we held a magical dining experience in a unique stetting- right in the middle of our plant retail.
Transporting guests to a place of community, nature and kindred spirits, enjoying feasting and festivities, belly dancing and the Gypsy melody’s of fantastic Ottoman Slap.
Not to mention lots of organic wine and Buchu ale.
A huge thank you to Juliette de Combes for taking these beautiful photos.
An event not possible without a lot of help from a lot of our friends. Thanks to all who participated in the magical event.
Who wants to join our next one?
The Secret Garden Feast is almost upon us….this Sunday at 4pm at the Good Hope Gardens Nursery, a unique outdoor dining experience not to be missed. All the details are in our last post.
The MENU is below to maybe tempt those that have not yet booked. Please remember that the menu is subject to change depending on the availability and freshness of ingredients…and if we find something super delicious we will simply have to add it onto the menu! …..****drumroll****
THE SECRET GARDEN FEAST MENU
Glass of wild Jasmine fruit punch
Nasturtium flowers stuffed with soft wild herb cheese
Cape Point Bakery’s Artisan breads
Good Graze’s Banting seed crackers
3 flavoured butters – Mustard and wild garlic. Wild Atlantic Nori and sea salt. Cardamom and pepper
O LivreGourmand’s homemade yogurt cheese drizzled with wild herbs and olive oil
Selection of vegetable crudites
Chef Phill’s Kelp Lasagne
Cure Deli’s ethically reared beef mince or veg and brown lentils
Garden salads with edible flowers
Wholewheat couscous and seaweed salad
Fynbos honey, lemon Pelargonium and cinnamon ice cream
Rooibos Chai tea
Franz’s amazing Buchu ale
Organic red wine
For a sneak peak at our band, click HERE to watch a clip of Ottoman Slap who will be entertaining us in true Gypsy fusion style.
Its so deliciously exciting! Dont miss out, there are a few seats left – to book email email@example.com