The end-of-year Spit Braai, held at the home of Stephen and Pat Flesch on Sunday 28 November was, as always, a huge success. The lamb on the spit was done to perfection by Leon, and this was accompanied by an array of delicious and imaginative salads provided by various Slow members. It was followed by equally delicious meringues, Nice ice cream and mince pies, which left everyone feeling very happy and replete. As a result of our raffle, we were able to donate R3 300 to the Goedgedacht Trust.



6 bottles Goedgedacht olive oil donated by the Goedgedacht Trust: Jackie Leone
2 X 600ml cartons of Nice Ice Cream: Sally Hall
Luxury Gift Box from Leo Foods and their flagship store, Emporio Leone: Ceri MacKellar
Luxury food hamper filled with Italian traditional delicacies and wine: Michelle van Besouw
Gift hamper of products from Charné le Roux’s Green Spa: Alicia Wilkinson
Three cookbooks, from Random House Struik:
Justice Kamanga: Tastes of Africa: Tristan Wilson
Sonia Cabano: easy, simple and delicious: Carianne Wilson
Zainab Lagardien: Sugar & Spice: Lydia Hoenig
Gift voucher for a cake donated by Silwood Kitchen: Hilda Burnett
R400 gift voucher for the new restaurant, The Common Room at Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek: Sally Dalgleish
R350 gift voucher for Reubens Restaurant, Franschhoek: Ruth Suter
R700 gift voucher for Pierneef Restaurant at La Motte, Franschhoek: Anja Sandeman
Complimentary stay for one night including breakfast at the Grand Roche Hotel, Paarl: Heinrich Wigger

Gift Hamper of Totally Wild products: Adrian Rademeyer
Goedgedacht cooking bag/hot box donated by Pat Flesch: Gill Kerchoff
Amarula liqueur donated by Armin Hallerman: Sally Hall
Set of hand towels donated by Armin Hallerman: Lorna van Besouw
Potted lavender bush donated by Petrina Roberts: Vic de Valdorf




Saturday 11 December:
Terra Madre Day Market
, 10am to 5pm at the Oude Molen Eco-Village, Alexandra Str. Pinelands (next to Vincent Palotti Hospital).
Friday 10 December:
Launch of a special book at Kalk Bay Books

Seed to Table is the cookbook that grew out of a relationship between three farmers of Abalimi Bezekhaya - Nomzamo Gertrude Cuba, Vatiswa Dunjana and Nomkhita Gertrude Sotsonga - and three Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholars - Erin Koepke, Abby Elsener and Toni Marraccini.
Abalimi Bezekhaya - the farmers of home - is a voluntary organisation working with individuals, groups and community-based organisations to achieve food security, either through home or community gardens. Eleven micro-farmers, most of whom are women, are the backbone of Abalimi.
Referred to as the 'field team', these micro-farmers run their own plots either at home or in community gardens. The members were recruited to lead the development of the micro-farming movement in the townships. Each year, 3000 farmers receive support from Abalimi in the form of cheap bulk resources, education, training and skills development.
Now, a happy confluence of people has seen the publication of a wonderful cookbook, filled with the food, the stories and the inspiration of all involved. We are delighted to be able to play our part by hosting the launch of Seed to Table.
All proceeds from the sale of the book at the launch will be donated back to Abalimi Bezekhaya to help them continue to plant seeds of hope.
Where: Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay
Time: 6 for 6.30pm
RSVP: 9 December at Kalk Bay Books or 021 788 2266





The recent Merapi eruption in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, has caused damage throughout the area, leaving hundreds hungry, ill and homeless. So together, the Indonesian Consulate and Indonesian Community in Cape Town have all put in their time and effort to help those in need.

On Saturday 11 December at 124 Rosmead Avenue (opposite the Pick n Pay Office Park), delicious Indonesian delicacies will be on sale at reasonable price as well as a selection of Indonesian products. A portion of the sales and all donations will go to the victims of the Mount Merapi eruption.
The Consul-General of the Republic of Indonesia invites everyone to join him for good food, good times for a good cause.

An appeal from Myrna Robins, founder member of Slow Food Cape Town

She says: I can tell you this is most enjoyable wine, 100% of proceeds of sales goes to the cause, and the home is doing amazing work. If someone is looking for good red wine with potential for gifts, this is recommended.
Background story

Not many wines are made and sold in aid of needy children, but unusual circumstances have produced a top-notch red blend that offers affordable pleasure now and considerable future potential.
In 1918, the little town of Robertson was, like many others, left with destitute orphans in the wake of the Great Flu Epidemic. A home, Die Herberg, was started in a private house, and, as the number of children increased, moved to new quarters when the municipality donated several hectares to the cause. A neglected apricot orchard occupied much of the site.

Today, the Herberg cares for just over 120 children of all races, from birth to 18 years of age, in seven homesteads. State grants cover one-third of the costs so fund-raising is essential and ongoing. Local wine farmers, eyeing the fertile soil, offered to replace the orchard with a vineyard that could become a source of income through fine wine. Local businesses provided equipment and products, farmers provided vines and expertise and three red cultivars were planted in 2002.
It fell to Springfield to tend the vines and make the maiden blend of cab franc, cab and merlot. The uncrushed berries were fermented with native yeasts, matured in French oak, and were bottled sans fining or filtration. The 2008 blend, named Thunderchild , is fresh and elegant, with juicy fruit and firm tannins leading to a delicious savoury finish. It offers immediate pleasure but is certain to age beautifully.
When the Herberg marks its centenary in 10 years time, Thunderchild is likely to have reached its peak, in time to toast 100 years of caring. It costs R65, all the profit goes to the home, and a better gift would be difficult to find. For more information and Cape Town deliveries, telephone 023 626 3661 or email





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