With spring on its way and the flowers out, what better time to visit the West Coast and enjoy a hearty Plaaskos lunch? This September we’re visiting our friends at Lelieblom Farm near Darling to go wading for waterblommetjies.
Lelieblom is a working family farm, owned by Karen and Michael Basson. Each year, they welcome us for a traditional farm feast in their farmhouse (have a look at what we got up to last year, and the year before that). And, especially for us, they invite local producers to create a wonderful Platteland ‘mini farmers market’, with delicious local cheese, mushrooms, breads and charcuterie on offer.
If you’ve not been to Lelieblom, here it is described in Karen Basson’s own words:
“Lelieblom is really a true farm, we have no window dressing here for tourists or visitors, Children are welcome and we have lots of lovely tame hand reared farm animals! They are always a treat for the children.Lelieblom is what you see is what you get and cooking is home cooking! We do things naturally and somewhat old fashioned. I am a home cook, nothing fancy, as far as possible I cook in the old ways.
We use our home for functions so the experience is coming to a farm home and sharing the day with a farm family, that is the Lelieblom ethos.”
For those keen to don the waders, there will be the opportunity to forage your own waterblommetjies, and everyone is welcome to purchase some to take home.
Waterblommetjies are the flowers of the Cape Hawthorn (Aponogeton distachyos), which grows wild in vleis and on riverbanks in the Cape. They are historically linked to Afrikaans cuisine, but were probably first consumed by local hunter-gatherers and are a true heritage food.
So join us and the Lelieblom family on Saturday 29th September for a true Weskus Farm experience! (we hope the flowers are still out..)
Date: Saturday 29th September 2012
Cost: Members – R125 per person; Guests – R150 per person. Children under 12: R60
Please note that Lelieblom is not licensed, but you can bring your own wine to have with the lunch.
Child-friendly event: We welcome children to our events and Lelieblom is a great venue for them with many hand-reared tame farm animals.
If you would like to join us, please BOOK NOW. Directions and more details will be emailed to attendees closer to the time.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Slow Food Mother City