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Buzzing at Chocs and Coffee in the City

June 18, 2012

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A dozen Slow Fooders got a mid-winter caffeine rush at our cosy Chocs and Coffee in the City event on Thursday 14 June. We teamed up with Fair Trade Coffee roastery, Bean There, and artisan chocolate makers, Honest Chocolate – right next door to each other on Wale Street – for a taste of ethically […]

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A report back on fabulous fig picking at Hoogwater

February 13, 2012

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A barrel of Ladera shiraz with notes by Charles Osche

Raining? In February? We had to risk it – the fig season is over by the end of the month. So a bunch of Slow Foodies trekked out to Hoogwater farm in Wolseley. Hoogwater has an old, rather wild fig orchard, as well as peach and pomegranate orchards, a handful of cows and a donkey […]

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Hoogwater fig-picking: 11 February 2012

February 6, 2012

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Join us for a convivial lunch in the shade of the peach trees at Hoogwater Farm in Wolsely, followed by a stroll through the fig orchards where you can chose the juiciest fruit for yourself. Hoogwater farmer Charles Osche also makes wine, and will give us an introduction to them in the cellars before we […]

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Plum pickings!

November 9, 2010

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Christmas is plum pudding time – yet the dark, rich pudding (with its restorative brandy tang) has always felt too heavy for our sunshine-filled holiday. So, instead, Slow Food Mother City will be celebrating the season in the orchards, eating the juicy fruit fresh from the trees!

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To the heart of good eating

June 27, 2010

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Pan-fried calves liver at Catherina's at Steenberg

When Catharina’s started running a Meat-free Mondays menu late last year, some restaurant reviewers thought they’d gone nuts (and lentils). But the initiative (which ties into a global movement) has been a success, and now Catharina’s is once again making a quirky stand by introducing Free-range Fridays. Executive Chef Garth Almazan explains the concept, which […]

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Fungi Foray

June 26, 2010

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Tiny mushroom

Father’s Day dawned gloriously with perfect mushrooming weather – a crisp, clear morning after half a week of soaking rains. More than thirty slowfooders of all ages joined us to forage for fungi at the Tokai Arboretum… here’s a review with photos, and a recipe for mushroom soup!

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April 25, 2010


I always imagined mead as a rough kind of beer, something dark, brewed from hay and potatoes (or something like that), that would go well with a haunch of wild boar. So the mead tasting at Touch of Madness on Friday 23 April was a revelation.

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