A week of summer cycling and singing

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Mid summer has been fun at the cooking school, we have enjoyed numerous cooking classes and a beautiful wedding. A highlight was the culinary cycle tour followed by a weekend with South African singer-songwriter Arno Carstens and family visiting African Relish. Escape Cycle Tours culinary week in the Karoo Escape Cycle Tours has been a ...

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When Ireland comes to the Karoo – Chef Jaco’s diary

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Emerald Isle visitors to African Relish We recently welcomed two guests from Ireland at African Relish. It was wonderful to show them a true, heart warming summer Karoo welcome. A Karoo Culinary Experience After a wholesome breakfast the day begins with a tour of Prince Albert town. This included a cheese tasting at Gay’s dairy , an ...

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Charcuterie in our kitchen – Chef’s diary

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Keeping it local. As a chef I am really privileged to be able to work with high quality local produce that’s on my doorstep, or at the most a phone call away. Anything from organic venison to full fat Guernsey dairy.  Gay’s Dairy is a local gem that recently gave birth to ‘The Meat Room’ where I buy my ...

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No need to knead – Chef’s Diary

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In the culinary world, there is no love more pure than the love for bread.  That heart warming smell of bread baking in a wood fired oven inspires passion and love in all of us. Understanding fresh ingredients, good flour and wild yeast will open your eyes to this true art form a lot of ...

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ROLLING WITH SPRING – Chef’s Diary.

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I simply cannot get enough of this wonderful time of the year. After a nicely busy off-season, we hit the ground running.  Functions, film crews and cycle tours. Classes have become increasingly interesting with spring produce finding its way onto the menu. Flavours of the East One class that seems to be requested more and ...

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Easy cooking and creativity that inspires.

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Guest blog and photographs by Gita Claassen Creativity needs to be fed. This universal truth is known and often forgotten about by self-confessed creatives like myself when we get so stuck in constantly producing that we neglect filling up what we pour out. I’ve often found that the best way to feed one’s creativity and ...

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Spring has sprung. Chef’s diary, new recipes.

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What an unforgettable weekend and a perfect introduction to the magic of spring. We had the privilege of hosting the wonderful Nina Timm in our kitchen for an amazing weekend of good comfort food, food styling, loads of techniques plus stunning photography. Not only was it a very successful workshop, it was also the perfect kick-off to the ...

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The Pig, the Farmer and the Charcutier.

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Last weekends charcuterie workshop with Neil Jewell epitomised the reason that Lisa and I started African Relish Cooking School nearly ten years ago. A totally immersive foodie experience in a wonderful facility with really interesting people. There is something to be said about starting the weekend with a whole 110-kilogram pig and leaving 48 hours later ...

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Karoo Tapas – Chef’s diary & recipes

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In the kitchen at African Relish our Karoo Tapas classes have become well liked and often asked for. We did a little internet research on the history of tapas. They are a variety of small savoury Spanish dishes, often served as a snack with drinks, or with other tapas as a meal. Because tapas are ...

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Look who’s visiting us this winter and who is staying. #cookandstay

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The cold of the Karoo winter is upon us. We expect the chill but also the warm sun. Hopefully some rain and maybe some snow in the Swartberg Mountains. It is always crisp and many of the colourful aloes flower mid winter. It is a time for locals to travel plus overseas visitors exploring new territory. ...

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