Saturday 8 October
Today was amazing. We just spent the day in Franschhoek which is probably my new favourite place in the world. It is absolutely beautiful. Today we went to Cook Franschhoek which was basically a cooking festival. Our first stop was at Solms Delta where I was very happy to hear that they do a lot of work for the community around them including education for the families that live on the farm and music programs for students in the area. That plus the great food made me love this place. We watched a demonstration of a salmon dish which was incredible. Then we enjoyed a three course meal which included the salmon dish we watched being made and then a choice of either risotto or lamb. I had the risotto and it was delicious. It was creamy and had some great cheese pieced with it. Then for dessert we had roobios milk tart topped with lemon sorbet and coconut foam. Also delicious. I loved the crust of the milk tart especially. I was so full after that. The entire demonstration and the three course lunch took about three hours. Can you imagine eating like that all the time?
Our next step was the Le Franschhoek Hotel which was gorgeous. The view, the hotel, everything was beautiful. This was a much smaller setting with about ten people. This course was just dessert but it was amazing. It was chocolate hazelnut dacquoise. It consisted of chocolate mousse with layers of hazelnut meringue. I even got to help whip the egg whites into shape. The end result was this rich dectate dessert. So good and they even gave you the recipe. I will try to recreate it 🙂 It was a great day. With great food and good company how can I complain?