We spent some time with Chef Ian Bergh in his modern kitchen at his home in Cape Town and developed some easy and interesting recipes that pair well with our range of wines.
With winter knocking on our door and chilly weather, what better way to spend Father's Day cosied up with your family with a movie, popcorn, macaroni and cheese with truffle oil, mushrooms and toasted breadcrumbs and a bottle of De Grendel MCC Brut?
Below find the recipe for the perfect stylish evening.
Shocked that we recommend De Grendel MCC Brut and popcorn? They are the perfect partners because the yeasty, toasty bready flavours of our MCC crave the fat and salt of a perfectly popped and dressed bowl of popcorn. And then there’s all that texture: the crunch of the popped corn loves the fizziness of bubbles. A real taste and texture explosion in your mouth.
It is well known that our MCC loves luxury food items especially when flavoured with truffle try our favourite recipe below from www.mygourmetconnection.com click on the link below.
1 x bottle of De Grendel MCC Brut
1 x bag of your favourite buttered popcorn
1 x new release movie
+ Macaroni and cheese with truffle, mushrooms and breadcrumbs:
Serves 6 as a starter
500g beef fillet, trimmed
1 TSP fresh, chopped thyme
Salt and pepper
Warm Mushroom Salad
1 kg mixed, fresh mushrooms
2 TBSP lemon juice
2 TBSP butter
1 TBSP soy sauce
Salt and pepper
3 TBSP of red wine vinegar
2 TBSP full cream sherry
1 TSP tomato paste
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP Truffle oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1. Generously sprinkle salt, pepper and the thyme onto a chopping board and roll the fillet in the mixture.
2. Heat up a skillet until it is smoking hot and pour a dash of olive oil into the skillet and sear the beef fillet on all sides. This should take no more than about 60 seconds to 90 seconds in total. Remove from the pan and let cool.
3. Chop the mushrooms and place in a bowl and toss in the lemon juice. In a frying pan, melt the butter with a dash of olive oil and when it starts to turn brown add the mushrooms. Sautée the mushrooms and when all the liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms are a golden brown add the soy sauce and cook for a further 2 mins. Keep warm.
4. Whisk all of the ingredients in a bowl and set aside until you are about to serve the dish.
5. Slice the beef fillet as thin as you can using an extremely sharp knife and arrange the slices onto the plate to cover the entire eating surface. Then share out the rocket leaves evenly on all of the plates.
6. Now, take the frying pan with the mushrooms and place on the heat and pour in the vinaigrette. When hot take off the heat and place an equal amount of mushrooms in the centre of each plate and drizzle the warm vinaigrette over them.
Garnish with generous amounts of shaved parmesan and a couple of turns of black pepper and serve immediately with a bottle of De Grendel Pinot Noir 2013.
Round 2 - Saturday 26th September
As the rising sun is now setting after the last game we can now focus all our energy on getting #behindtheboks for their must win clash against Western Samoa. Continuing in the spirit of De Grendel’s inaugural pairing world cup we are focusing on a recipe for you to try at home from Western Samoa paired with two of our truly South African wines.
For this classic Samoan chop suey style dish the perfect South African pairing would be our Chardonnay 2014 or our Pinot Noir 2012 both wines are extremely good pairings with food with soy sauce in them. Soy sauce is always a problem child when it comes to food and wine pairing. On its own, too much salt increases the perception of tannins in a wine. The umami in soy sauce intensifies that tannic effect. Any bitter notes or off flavours in wine - especially red wine - also come to the front, while the wine's fruitiness is muted. But soy sauce is not eaten as a stand-alone ingredient. It's used in a multitude of ways, including seasoning sushi; stir-fry’s, marinades and dipping sauces, so pair the wine with the overall flavours of the dish.
The Chardonnay due to the beautiful citrus flavours of grapefruit and marmalade with soft vanilla undertones will support the depth and saltiness of this classic dish while the oak will be lifted to give the wine a lovely toasty finish.
The Pinot Noir due to softer tannins present in this wine and the lovely ripe and fresh red and black berries in abundance with the soft velvety finish will help to soften the soy in this dish and lift up the fresher flavours present in the dish.
The Restaurant team is back in full swing after our annual winter break. We have had a complete make over in the kitchen and increased the size of the kitchen so that we can better service our customers - that's you. We have also addressed the issue of the air-conditioning in the main restaurant so that you will have a much more consistent ambient temperature in the dining room, and made one or two little aesthetic changes in the dining room.
With a new kitchen comes an updated menu featuring some exciting new dishes. Below are some examples of what to expect when you next dine at De Grendel, followed by a recipe for you to try at home of one of the components of the new winter dessert.
Scallop, crab, confit jalapeno, watercress, celeriac, tom yum
Duck leg confit, duck breast, crispy onion, sous vide quail egg, potato, grilled quince
Apple, cranberry, cinnamon, salted almond caramel, ginger bread ice cream
Apple and Pear Crumble Recipe:
150 grams flour
100 grams rolled oats
125 grams butter
50 grams brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick
50 grams of honey
10 grams of white sugar
- Peel and dice the apples and pears
- Place the honey and sugar in saucepan with cinnamon stick and dissolve the sugar.
- On a low heat add the apples and pears and cook for 10 mins until apples and pears are soft yet still have a bite to them.
- For the crumble rub in the cold butter with the flour, oats and brown sugar to get a coarse bread crumb consistency
- Place your apple and pear mixture into a baking dish and then top with the crumble and bake at 180oc for about 20mins or until golden brown (You can use as much or as little of the crumble as you like and freeze any remaining mixture for next time)
- Serve with vanilla ice cream or some freshly whipped cream
Chef Ian and his team are currently working on creating a tasting menu that will be available to diners in the evenings and will offer a 5 course menu paired with De Grendel's beautiful wines. Details to be announced soon.