Food

Bekkie becomes brekkie!

Fredo and Janey know the road from Stilbaai to Cape Town very well. On occasion we take a detour to see something different. But mostly we follow the N-2 until Swellendam, where we turn right along the beautiful mountains towards Ashton and Robertson and from there on...

Christmas at the River – family and fine food

Only twice since the late 1980’s Fredo and Janey have not been at Riverside near Stilbaai for Christmas. Picture this – our house is on the bank of the Goukou River – barely 15 metres from the river bank. The river is tidal, a unique eco system of birds, fish and...

How do one make sense of this? 

Various stories which appeared on the international food networks in recent time have puzzled Fredo – to the extent that he needs to talk about it a bit more. Let’s see who Fredo can send up and who he can send down?  Fruitnet.com reported that in Britain they are...

Snoek braai at Stilbaai 

If Jan tells you he is going to braai Snoek, you definitely stand in the queue for an invite - in fact, you bribe him with a bottle of good Merlot to get an invite! Recently Fredo and Janey were at one of these Snoek braais, along with a few old timers of the Stilbaai...

Searching for our fruit and wine heritage

Fredo is on a mission! Our heritage is under threat here at the Southern Point of Africa and we need to find something to cling to as we embark on the years ahead. This is particulalrly true for fruit and wine – industries which have been closely followed by Fredo...

New ventures and food on the road as we shed the kilo’s

When you wake up one morning and decide that enough is enough, those kilos have to come off, then you embark on a huge commitment, and a new way of life. That morning Fredo was thinking of a saying of Janey’s brother, Mick Westmoreland, who has been living in New...

Cedarberg’s pure, fresh water a boost for Springboks

Cool, pure and fresh water from sandstone caverns deep under the Cedarberg mountain range in the Cape will soon be refreshing the Springbok rugby teams when they walk off the field after exhausting test match battles or hard practices to prepare for these grueling...

What Gordon Ramsey would have said!

Our visit to Namibia gave us the opportunity to take a good look at the food the country offers its thousands of visitors who tour there every year. Granted, it is a far and distant region and the restaurants probably do not have the access to fresh supplies one finds...

Bonnievale is full of surprises

A visit to the Cape’s rural towns often brings many surprises! It was the same when Hein Smal and Pine Pienaar of Sharon Fruit fame recently suggested that we should take the Sunday Times team of Hilary Billar, Food editor, and Raymond Preston, photographer, for lunch...

Christmas at the River

This time of the year there is only one place where Fredo wants to be. With Janey by his side Fredo leaves the busy city of Cape Town behind to travel to Stilbaai in the Southern Cape for Christmas and New Year. We have been doing so since around 1987, when friends...

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During the summer months – from October till April – the valleys of the Cape region provides the best of summer fruits – look out for our stories on grapes, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples and pears! We also write about our wonderful avocadoes and citrus fruits, and our berries and cherries!

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