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On Sunday, the weather in Cape Town was exceptional – more like spring than winter. The sky was that especially vivid blue, the birds were singing, and the jasmine blossom buds made an appearance. Definitely a day for outdoors.

We decided to climb Lion’s Head. Turns out, so did most of Cape Town. The narrow path can get overly busy, so part of the way up we branched off to the left, circling round and down to the little kramat (small mosque-like shrine) on Signal Hill, and back around to the car. That way you still get the fabulous views and wildflowers, but without the people.

The walking made us hungry, and I developed a craving for a simple lunch of cheese, bread and wine. We stopped off at the Spar shop at Cape Quarter. For anyone who has not been there, it is ‘the Harrods’ of Spar shops. Our simple lunch grew more and more complicated, as we piled goods into our basket like excited children. We ended up with:

  • Freshly baked ciabatta
  • Three different mixed prepared grain salads – beans, lentils and chickpeas
  • Three different cheeses – Emmental, Brie and Dutch Gouda with cumin – all made in South Africa!
  • Prosciutto (ok, this was imported, but I was not personally responsible for putting it into the basket)
  • A selection of pickles
  • Boschendal Blanc de Noir – an all-time favourite of mine, and perfect for al fresco dining.

We could barely wait to get home, and when we did we immediately laid out the feast outdoors. We had a mixture of flavours going, and the wine complemented the meal perfectly. Apart from the smell and taste of the wine (pot pourri, roses, ripe strawberries and zesty red cherries) I am in love with the colour, an indescribable glow of salmon, rose-water and sunsets.

Boschendal Blanc de Noir is a blend of 32 % Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon,21.5% Shiraz, 16.5% Ruby Cabernet and 7% Pinot

After crushing, a maximum of two hours skin contact is allowed. This provides the lovely characteristic colour.

Definitely a feast fit for a king (and queen!)