Category: Party

The Secret Garden Feast photo story

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.

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

Ottoman Slap

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

Ottoman Slap

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

Ottoman Slap

The Secret Garden Feast

Ottoman Slap

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feat

Ottoman Slap

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

Ottoman Slap

Kelp Lasagna at The Secret Garden Feast

Ottoman Slap

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

Ottoman Slap

The Secret Garden Feast

The Secret Garden Feast

Ottoman Slap

Ottoman Slap

The Secret Garden Feast

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

The Secret Garden Feast

We invite you to come and experience this once-off pop-up event dedicated to sustainable cuisine that will tantalise all of your senses.

The meal will be created by the Forage Harvest Feast team, using fresh seasonal ingredients and locally produced products, transforming them into delicious foods.
Vegetables, herbs and wild foods will be picked and prepared on site that day from the Good Hope Gardens vegetable gardens. We will also be using indigenous edibles, seaweeds, floral foods and local artisan products.

Quality not quantity is to be observed and that means limited spaces! There will only be 50 seats available at the Secret Garden Feast so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

For your entertainment, you will be able to feast your ears and eyes on the five-piece Middle Eastern/Gypsy/Balkan fusion band, Ottoman Slap. Bringing you original compositions and traditional music with a twist – from Middle Eastern, Kletzmer, Andalusian, Romanian folk songs, and finally, to a mesmerising Tribal Fusion belly dancer to leave you enchanted!

The Secret Garden Feast will be held outdoors in the Indigenous plant nursery at Good Hope Gardens in Cape Point on Sunday the 12th of October at 4pm.

Tickets: R400 per person

Expect: edible center pieces, dancing, connection, community, real food and the unexpected.

To book contact Roushanna Gray at roushanna@hotmail.com

The Secret Garden Feast

 

Rooibos cupcakes on a rainy day

Today the rain is pouring down. It has been pouring down since last night and will probably rain on and off all day and drizzle into tomorrow morning.

This can only mean one thing:

Its time to bake!

ROOIBOS CUPCAKE RECIPE:Rooibos cupcakes

Ingredients:

3/4 cups of castor sugar

125g soft butter

2 eggs

1 cup of rooibos tea made with 3 tea bags

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

Method:

Cream sugar and butter, beat in eggs one at a time. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix till smooth. Half fill cupcake cases with the batter and bake in a preheated oven at 180 deg for about 15 mins or till a knife comes out clean. Cool and ice with vanilla or lemon icing.

 Give some to a friend and make their day,

Share some with your mom

Or just curl up by the fire with a cup of tea and a few of these – take some time out for a bit of cupcake meditation 😀

Bliss!

Enjoy x x x

 

 

Prizes for Good Hope Gardens Nursery’s Indigenous Spring Garden Competiton

Prizes prizes prizes

What a happy word

Look how much happiness is below in all these fantastic prizes. A massive thanks to all our generous sponsors!!!!!

Good Hope Gardens Nursery Indigenous Spring Garden Competition PRIZES:

Most creative small space indigenous garden:

First place – Annex meal voucher for a two course meal for two people

The Annex in Kalk Bay
The Annex in Kalk Bay

Second place – 1hour Guided Fynbos Walk for four people, valued at R350

Guided Fynbos Walk at Good Hope Gardens Nursery
Guided Fynbos Walk at Good Hope Gardens Nursery

Third place – R200 Good Hope Gardens Nursery voucher

Good Hope Gardens Nursery
Good Hope Gardens Nursery

Most diverse large indigenous garden:

First place – 3hour Garden Clean-up from Good Hope Gardens Landscaping, valued at R1000

Good Hope Gardens Landscaping garden clean up
Good Hope Gardens Landscaping garden clean up

Second place – 1.5m long latte bench from The Pole Yard valued at R550

Latte bench from The Pole Yard
Latte bench from The Pole Yard

Third place – R250 meal voucher for The Meeting Place in Simonstown  

The Meeting Place in Simonstown
The Meeting Place in Simonstown

Most creative junior indigenous garden:

First place – Playground Party Venue voucher for 3hours valued at R750 from Good Hope Gardens Nursery         

Playground Party Venue at Good Hope Gardens Nursery
Playground Party Venue at Good Hope Gardens Nursery

Second place – Dreamweavers kids wooden chair

Wooden handpainted Dreamweaver kiddies chair
Wooden hand painted Dreamweaver kiddies chair

Online photo entry – plant photo entitled “Indigenous beauty”

First place – Ilundi hand stitched leather I-pad case valued at R450

Ilundi hand stitched leather I-pad case
Ilundi hand stitched leather I-pad case

Second place – R250 meal voucher from Decks restaurant in Kommetjie

Decks Cafe in Kommetjie
Decks Cafe in Kommetjie

Online junior photo entry – plant photo entitled “Indigenous is fun” taken by photographer under 16 year old

First place – R150 voucher from La Chatelaine

La Chatelaine in Fishhoek
La Chatelaine in Fishhoek

Second place – R100 gift voucher from Good Hope Gardens Nursery

Good Hope Gardens Nursery
Good Hope Gardens Nursery

 Such fantastic prizes, all of them!

Its FREE and EASY to enter….so get digging and snapping to win!

Experience Fynbos flavours at Good Hope Gardens Nursery

We are now offering fynbos flavour taste sensations and fynbos education all rolled into one tasty little package….read all about it here:

Enjoy the Flavours of Fynbos at Good Hope Gardens Nursery

Gael and Roushanna Gray invite you to join them at Good Hope Gardens Nursery to share and enjoy a seasonal organic veg and fynbos fusion food meal using fresh farm produce, indigenous herbs, roots and seeds foraged off their land and seaweed from rock pools along the Atlantic Ocean coast line. They will be sharing their knowledge of edible indigenous herbs and how to successfully grow them in your own gardens. A 10% discount will be available on all plants in the nursery including the edible and medicinal plant display.

Gael started the Good Hope Gardens Nursery over 25 years ago in its beautiful fynbos surrounds near Cape Point when indigenous plants were unpopular and exotics were the norm. She has done ground breaking work in introducing previously unused indigenous species into the horticultural trade and has a wealth of indigenous plant knowledge!

Roushanna has a passion for food having been brought up with an eclectic mix of Cape Malay cooking, Jewish and Christian traditional feasts, and Steiner school harvest festivals. She was inspired by the local edible indigenous plant availability and has been experimenting with the exciting flavours of the fynbos ever since moving to the nursery 7 years ago.

There are several organic vegetable gardens growing at the nursery as well as chickens, ducks, goats, sheep a pig and several beehives. Food is always a focus at the main farmhouse and something from the garden is always on the table at mealtimes. Friends and family are often over to share and enjoy the bounty of the land and indulge in the latest recipe.

Spaces are limited to 12 people max. To find out more info, costs or to book, please call us on 0217809299 or email us at fynbosplants@xsinet.co.za or roushanna@hotmail.com

The goods

Photos from our Fynbos and Food Fair event

This year has already started, so much has happened and so many blog posts to update!!!

Lets start with our last event in December 2012 – here are some moments captured from the Food and Fynbos Fair:

Retail display at Good Hope Gardens NurserySurf art in the courtyardEnjoying waffles at the fairIndigenous christmas wreathIndigenous foodstuffs by Making KosFestive retail officePony ridesStall holder near the playgroundJimbo - our famous world cyclist! Music entertainmentRelaxing in the playground

Thank you to all who came and enjoyed the wonderful day with us!

Upcoming event – Fynbos and Food Fair 2012

The time is rolling around again for our next event at the Nursery. Its our Summer event which is always fun and festive and this time the focus is on indigenous trees and food, food food! ..details as follows…

There is no better way to celebrate the arrival of summer than at the annual Good Hope Gardens Nursery’s Food and Fynbos Fair. Set in the Cape Floral Kingdom’s peninsula heartland, there will be an array of fun for the whole family. From fun for kids – a jumping castle, face painting,
pony rides and playground – to fynbos walks, fynbos food, fynbos products, lots of delicious food stalls, an intriguing succulent footpath and discounted plants from one of the finest fynbos collections to be found anywhere. Green up your Christmas this year by buying a discounted indigenous tree to decorate. The fair happens at Good Hope Gardens Nursery, Plateau Rd (M65) en route to Cape Point on Saturday the 15 Dec from 10am – 4pm.

Visit our facebook page for the latest news on the event!