Africa/ South Africa

Local flavour and the tastes of home


I arrived in Cape Town on 8 January 2016 for a two week visit with my family. I looked forward to experiencing the local flavor and tastes of home.

The weather during this time was hot and windy, with big dark clouds every now and then, but not a drop of rain. The country has been in the throes of the worst drought in 20 years, and it shows.

The agricultural land looks parched and ready to burst into flames…. And the mountains have been ablaze across the peninsula on more than one occasion. But life goes on…

There were outings to artisanal food markets like the Neighbourgoods market at The Old Biscuit Mill and the Thursday food market at St. George’s Mall.

We visited the West Coast fishing village of Paternoster for a relaxing weekend at the seaside. We bought freshly baked bread at the general store and slathered it with butter and homemade preserves.

The Saturday flea market on Paternoster Beach was a treasure trove of handmade items and we came away with delicious homemade cookies.

After returning from Paternoster we had a two night stay in the Francophile country town of Franschoek. We had breakfast every day at the Essence restaurant and coffee bar.

On our last day we paid a visit to Cooksensuals, the chef store next to Reuben’s restaurant in the Main Street. I couldn’t resist and stocked up on props and aprons!

And in between we managed to fit in breakfast, afternoon tea and dinners with family and friends.

Breakfast at Pearl Spoon in Belvedere Road, Claremont, with my cousins and aunts was a leisurely affair. Their food was well presented and I loved the coconut bread.

A few days later we went on a bit of a last minute shopping spree in Claremont and ended up at the Rodeo Spur for lunch. It was the stuff my teenage memories were made of. Spare ribs and buffalo wings, milkshakes and waffles.

Rodeo Spur for a Throwback Thursday lunch

Rodeo Spur for a Throwback Thursday lunch

My cousin Rasheeda held a small dinner party for the cousins and cooked melt in the mouth fillet steak, chicken, salad and a few other dishes I am still drooling over.

Dinner with cousins and aunts

Dinner with cousins and aunts

My sister in law pulled together this wonderful afternoon tea before I left for the airport.

In the two weeks in Cape Town I managed to enjoy and experience the authentic Cape local flavors and the tastes of home, and was reminded how much the local cuisine and produce has to offer.


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  • Reply
    Molly Kumar
    February 25, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    This looks like a fun place and I’ve heard so much about their cuisine and spices. Your pictures look so good and tempting.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 27, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks Molly. Cape Town is a breathtakingly beautiful city with lovely people. I’m biased of course but for me the Cape Malay cuisine is the best as it combines the traditions of all the various cultural groups who made the Cape their home. From the Malays to the Indians to the Dutch and Germans, there is something unique and original about what came out of that melting pot 🙂

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    Erin @ Thanks for Cookin'!
    February 19, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Looks like a fun trip! All those food pictures look delicious! Making me hungry right before lunch 🙂

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 19, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      It sure was fun going back to see places I hadn’t been to in twenty years or more and seeing how much everything has changed 🙂

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