• Lockdown Cooking with Chef Gordon Manuel

    We all know the necessary lockdown period is pretty tricky. We’re all adjusting to new routines and adapting to new ways of doing things. During this time, it’s important (and comforting!) to eat properly, and make the most of every item in our pantries. Gone are the days of dashing to the shops every five minutes for that item we’ve forgotten, and frankly that’s actually quite nice…!

    Gordon has decided to share some tips and recipes to feed your family during this time. All hearty, good, wholesome and easy, realistic dishes that anyone can make. There are no fancy deli-type ingredients needed, so don’t fret – this series has been designed around basic, standard household ingredients that are a general standard in most kitchens, lockdown or not. In some cases, Gordon couldn’t find his usual must-have ingredient, and he shows you some substitutes.

    In true lockdown style, where what we referred to as ‘normal life’ and human interaction is a precious commodity that we all miss, we have purposely left these videos as raw and natural as possible, so enjoy the realness of Gordon’s kitchen, and stay tuned as we upload more as we go!

    Stay safe, stay well, and eat well!

    Butter chicken is a firm favourite for many people – but it often seems intimidating to make, as many recipes seem so complicated and filled with a long list of ingredients. Once you’ve watched Gordon cooking his version, you’ll be making this confidently and quickly in no time – with just a few key pantry staples.

    What about the flat-bread that was in the butter chicken video? Here’s how to make it – with only two ingredients!

    The flat breads are so incredibly versatile (and easy), that Gordon shows you how to make a delicious lunch with them, starting with some home-made guacamole.

    And no guacamole is complete without a nice zesty salsa to add a bit of crunch to that perfect lunch-time treat. Bon appetit!

    The next recipe Gordon shows you is a dish he is making for dinner for his family. It could also work really well as a nice lazy weekend breakfast – and when we said simple, we meant simple…! See how he brings two cans of baked beans to life with some basic pantry staples.

    We’ve had some amazing savoury dishes from Gordon so far, but lockdown certainly doesn’t mean that a nice dessert is forbidden! Take a look at what you can do with a pineapple, yoghurt, and any biscuits you might have in your stash…

    With Cape Town getting its first cold spell of the season, it was definitely time for a hearty, warming plate of comfort food. With lots of veggies, Gordon’s Coq au vin is a dish packed with goodness, and not too fussy or fiddly to make.

    There are few things as bad as running out of wine during lockdown, but one of them is running out of mayo… Watch how to make your own with Gordon today. (And yes, we know the thought conjures visions of needing a fancy machine and patience to add oil one drop at a time). Our version is nothing like that, we promise!

    While it’s really important right now to stay at home and avoid unnecessary trips to the shops, we know that Easter is a time when we are used to certain treats. Therefore, Gordon has decided to show you how to make your own hot cross buns to enjoy with your family this weekend.

    If any of you are planning a braai (barbecue) this weekend, then these two salads are for you! Remember the hot/cold rule that Gordon mentions for maximum flavour…

    With the sudden, unplanned lockdown extension, many of us are ill-prepared in terms of grocery essentials. It looks like Gordon is going to need to head out to the shops after all – but see how he makes a huge and tasty meal for his family using the last items in his pantry…

    Nothing beats a warming and comforting plate of delicious lamb curry on a chilly autumn’s evening. Don’t worry too much about duplicating every single ingredient here. This is a simple and versatile dish and you can substitute items if you need to!

    Who can resist a good home-made pea soup! This video shows a nice, simple recipe with some great ideas for serving, plus a tip to bring out the flavours at the end. This is another recipe that can stretch really far to feed a hungry family. Enjoy!

    The perfect pan-toasted sarmie using left-over curry… Yes please! This one was extremely difficult to watch and upload as now we are obsessed with making and eating one of these, and it’s not anywhere near a mealtime yet! To be enjoyed with a bowl of soup, a side-salad or some crispy fries – this is a great way to turn some leftovers into a gourmet sandwich of note!

    Pap is an extremely popular porridge-style side dish in South Africa that goes well with meaty dishes and forms a staple diet for many people. By special request, Gordon shows you how to make a version inspired by Welsh Rarebit – creamy, cheesy, with the nice sharp flavours of mustard and beer / cider coming through.

    For the next batch of videos, Gordon is going to arm you with some restaurant tricks – tips on how to make certain oils, sauces and sides that will dress up even the simplest meal. Today, we’re going to take a look at the colourful sauce that has most meat-lovers going crazy – chimichurri sauce. There are a few variations of this recipe. Gordon has made this version with what he had in his pantry and garden, so don’t worry if like him, you need to improvise too. This is lockdown cooking after all!

    Another winner on any table is some tasty herb oil to use as a dressing. Watch Gordon’s super-easy method to make a vibrant oil very quickly without having to wait out a lengthy infusion process. This recipe is a great way to use up any soft herb leaves before they start spoiling.

    Remember not to discard those beautiful herbs that you strained off, as we’re going to need them when we make our lemon and herb aioli below. This is a versatile sauce that goes so well with fish, steaks, fatty meat dishes – and even wraps and baked potatoes. Absolutely delicious!

  • A special offer from us to you

    During this difficult time we are facing with COVID-19, where social distancing is encouraged, we would like to offer our home delivery service to save you a trip to the shops. Not only are we going to deliver to your chosen destination, but we would also like to offer you 20% off our normal retail price.

    All our wines are sold in cases of 6 to allow for safe transport. This offer applies to a minimum order of one case, but please feel free to order as many cases as you would like!

    Offer valid until further notice and for deliveries in Johannesburg, Pretoria & Cape Town.

    Stay at home, keep safe and drink Wildekrans!

    For a price list, simply drop us a private message with your email address.

  • Easter Weekend Lineup

    We are gearing up for a fun-filled family-oriented Easter Weekend at Wildekrans Wine Estate with a great lineup of activities planned throughout the weekend, along with a fantastic special offer for accommodation!

    Take a look at what is on offer, and keep in mind that booking is essential. We hope to see you then!

    Easter Friday

    Join us for a relaxing wine tasting and lunch.  The Tasting Room offers a casual lunch of pizzas, burgers and other bites, or join us for lunch at The Restaurant for a Gourmet Country A la carte menu filled with traditional Easter eats!

    For Dinner the resident local band will be playing in the Tasting Room.  Join us for some traditional Easter Friday dishes and a Gin and Bubbles Bar!

    Easter Sunday

    The Tasting Room

    Family day at the Tasting Room with our A la Carte Menu, Resident Band for some chilled lunch vibes and of course the Gin and Bubbles bar.

    The Restaurant

    Come and enjoy an Easter inspired Discovery menu for Sunday Lunch! Along with the A la Carte menu will be a special Easter Inspired Gourmande Menu paired with Wildekrans Wines.

    Can’t make lunch? No worries, we are also doing ‘B&B’ in the morning from 08h00 to 11h00.  (Bubbles and Breakfast!)

    Bookings essential for breakfast and lunch!

    What to do for the Kids?

    • Easter Egg hunt at 13h30
    • Pony Rides from 12h00
    • Kids Activity Pack

    Accommodation Special

    Book a 2 bedroom cottage for 2 Adults and 2 Kids (13 and under) and only pay R 1580.00 per night including breakfast for all four of you. Minimum 2 night stay.

  • Precautions for COVID-19

    We have been following the updates and instructions from the necessary departments related to the COVID-19 virus very closely, as we take our guests’, clients’ and staff’s health and safety very seriously.

    For now, we are pleased to report that we will remain open for business, and we are taking extra precautions at this time to protect all who enter our premises.

    We have rearranged the table configuration in The Restaurant and The Tasting Room to ensure a sufficient amount of space between occupied tables.

    Place-setting items such as cutlery and condiments will be supplied prior to food arriving, and will not be left on tables when unoccupied.

    Wine-tasting glasses will also not be set out prior to the arrival of guests for tastings.

    Card-machines, menus, door-handles, chairs, railings and any other items that would be exposed to frequent contact will be wiped down with sanitiser at regular intervals.

    We will continue to disinfect as we prep and cook food, as per normal hygiene standards.

    All staff in food prep areas will be wearing gloves.

    Hand sanitiser for staff and guests will be available in all public areas, as well as in our accommodation.

    All employees are practicing preventative measures as set out by the NICD, over and above our standard health and safety protocols.

    We ask members of the public who have recently travelled, or who are presenting symptoms to please act responsibly.

    We will update the public if anything changes, but we welcome you to make contact should you have any queries or concerns.

    Our Best Wishes, Wildekrans Hospitality Team

  • Valentine’s Dinner

    We have a real treat for you this Valentine’s Day! Why not spoil yourself and your significant other to our sumptuous Valentine’s Dinner on Friday 14th February 2020.

    Our Chef Gordon has put together a treat for the taste-buds with his special 3-course menu, which includes a welcoming appetiser and glass of MCC to set the mood for a romantic treat.

    Priced at R490.00 per person, booking is highly advised.

    If you’d like to, then take advantage of our special stay-over rate, and make a night (or weekend of it), with our Valentines Dinner, Bed and Breakfast package for R1800 per couple. Add an extra night to this for R 800.00 per couple, and you’ll never sleep on the couch again!

    If you’re not sold yet, then take a look at the menu for this special evening:-

    VALENTINES EVENING MENU

    Oysters in Shallot Marinade-

    with a Glass of Wildekrans MCC Brut

    TO START

    Tomato Consomme

    Petit Legumes, Anysbos Goats Cheese, Basil Crisp

    Or

    Citrus Cured Salmon Trout

    Crispy Skin, Pickled Cucumber, Baby Beetroot,

    Garden Herbs, Wasabi Mayonnaise. Caper Dressing

    Or

    Prosciutto & Melon 

    Slivers of Prosciutto, Compressed Melon,

    Micro Salad, Feta, Olives, Aged Balsamic

    MAIN COURSE

    Black Angus Beef Short Rib

    Hickory Smoked Short Rib, Pak Choi, Ginger Carrot Puree,

    Red Pepper Essence, Dijon Crème Fraiche, Garden Herbs

    Or

    Overberg Lamb  

    Grilled Lamb Cutlet & Kofta, Toasted Pine Nut,

    Charred Cos Lettuce, Labneh, Lime Scented Olive Oil

    Or

    King Oyster Mushrooms

    Char-grilled King Oyster Mushrooms, Pak Choi,

    Fine Herbs, Chilli & Truffle Dressing

    DESSERT

    Blueberry Pannacotta

    Pomegranate & Elderflower consommé, Raspberry Sorbet, White Chocolate Pistachio

    Or

    Valrhona Dark Chocolate Truffles

    Served with Oude Molen Pot Stilled Brandy

    Or

    Poached Pear & Gorgonzola

    Red Wine Poached Pear, Creamy Gorgonzola,

    Ginger Preserve, Biscuit Crumble

    R 490.00 per person

    14 February 2020 only

    Contact us to book

  • Pay it Forward and Win

    Wildekrans is standing behind a very special cause, one very close to our hearts. As some of you may know, the Harlow family, owners of Wildekrans Wine Estate, tragically lost their son and brother, Timothy in April 2013.

    The Harlow family set up a non-profit organisation to continue the selfless giving legacy of Tim: The Timothy James Harlow Foundation (TJHF).

    The Timothy James Harlow Foundation is all about growing and creating opportunities. To keep honouring Tim’s legacy, we are running a PAY IT FORWARD COMPETITION.

    To stand a chance to WIN a weekend away at Wildekrans Wine Estate follow the instructions below:-

    • Find our special seat, currently at The Restaurant at Wildekrans. (This seat will be moved to a new location every 2 weeks during this campaign).

    • Think about an organisation that you will commit to help in whatever way possible. (Our special seat is a good place to sit and think!)

    • Get a photo of yourself with the seat and upload it onto social media.

    • Tag @wildekrans, and @theTJHFoundation

    • Use the hashtag #PayItForward, and mention the organisation that you are going to do something nice for.

    Remember, to Pay it Forward does not necessarily mean you need to donate money to a cause. You could help with your time, skills, or a donation of much-needed items. You can choose any cause that is close to your heart. This is all about giving something back.

    Competition runs from 15 January 2020 – 23rd March 2020. Winners will be chosen on the 25th March and contacted directly.

    For more info on the The Timothy James Harlow Foundation, please visit the Facebook page.

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