Life on a Cape Farm is more than a cookbook, it is a story book. It is the story of an old-worldly farm in the Cape, a story about two twin sisters living their dream, a story of traditional South African cooking and beyond that it is an inspiration for my food stories.
I love cookbooks but I hate recipes. I like to look at the mouth-watering meals, get inspired and have my own fun in the kitchen and Life on a Cape Farm allowed me to do just this, in fact it encouraged me to do just this. In the introduction to the farm this cookbook states “The elegant dining experience, with a flow of delicious dishes… are showcased in the recipes that follow. All are lovingly laid out here for you to try, but feel free to experiment, substitute ingredients or just use the pictures for inspiration.”
The cookbook takes on a day at Bartholomeus Klip farm, from farmyard brunch through to snacks, drinks and game drives to family feasts. Most of the recipes have some sort of insider tip, fun snippet of information or ingredient substitution suggestion and the book is punctuated with images of farm life and magical quotes like this one; “Happiness is homemade”. The book showcases country cooking at its best with meals being adaptable according to what the local farm stall has fresh on its shelves and on that note there is a helpful local pantry section at the back of the book where those lucky enough to live in the area can source the delicious ingredients mentioned in the book.
The book also helped to remind me of my roots and taught me how to easily make some delicious South African dishes, that while I love to eat them, have never tried to cook them (until now)! It is stuffed full of the things I know and love from roosterkoek and koeksisters to venison biltong, roast leg of lamb and buttermilk rusks and then there are some unique, modern creations like gorgonzola tortellini, crayfish linguine, Nutella ice-cream and coconut flapjacks.
Life on a Cape Farm is available to purchase directly from Bartholomeus Klip or can be bought at Exclusive Books, Bargain Books or Kalahari.com with an e-book version available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.