The art of fynbos: four inspiring botanical artists
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Our Cape Floral Kingdom is a natural work of art.  From the tiny, bulbous needles of the fiery Pincushion, to the striking, feminine blooms of the Watsonia, the silvery ‘kolletjies’ of the Brunia, the delicate, miniature blossoms of the Erica, and the regal grandeur of the Protea, it’s no wonder so many artists are compelled to capture its beauty. But … Read More

Dreaming of a White Christmas … in South Africa?
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Actually this is not beyond the realms of possibility… I recently read that in 1957, when I was not quite two years old, it snowed on Table Mountain on Christmas Day! (ref) While I don’t remember that Christmas day back in 1957, or if it did in fact snow on Table Mountain, I do remember our own “White” Christmas more … Read More

Festive Fynbos: Deck the halls with boughs of fynbos
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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree … When I was a child we lived in Namibia, it was before the days of artificial Christmas trees, and pine trees were simply not available, so for Christmas my parents brought in a branch of the indigenous South African tree, Kalahari Camel Thorn (Acacia Eribola). We stripped its leaves and decorated it with … Read More

Fynbos flavours: Cooking with buchu
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Of all the teas I tried and tested during my recent exploration into fynbos herbal brews, buchu was undoubtedly my favourite. Its mild, minty flavour with a hint of aniseed makes it easy to drink, and admittedly, quite moreish. It has a wonderful calming and cleansing effect, and as it’s naturally caffeine free, I found I could gulp down a … Read More

Festive Fynbos: Gift Ideas
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This festive season let our unique floral heritage inspire you… As Christmas rapidly approaches, a sense of panic tends to set in about those Christmas gifts that you haven’t yet bought. In addition to the panic this year I have felt completely uninspired as I have wandered the packed shopping malls, wishing I was somewhere else. This year my daughter … Read More

Fabulous Fynbos Wines: Vondeling
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Yesterday’s delicious Rooibos #FynbosFlavours were paired with the creamy and environmentally friendly Vondeling Chardonnay. As a WWF Conservation Champion Vondeling, and its sister estate Bowwood, are following an impressive and noteworthy environmentally sensitive approach to farming. With 200 ha of their 654 ha farm under conservation, these two estates are certainly leading the way in sustainable wine production. Situated between … Read More

Fynbos Flavours: Three courses with a touch of Rooibos
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Naturally free of caffeine and low in tannins, Rooibos continues to earn ‘good-for-you’ gold stars across the globe and health fundis all over the world are happily swopping their morning coffees and caffeinated teas for guilt-free ‘red bush’ infusions.  It’s even becoming a trendy ingredient amongst the rich and the famous (the media was all aflutter when Rooibos ice cream … Read More

Fynbos Flavours: Delicious recipes with fynbos honey
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If you live in the Cape and love being in the kitchen, you may have come across the ‘cooking with fynbos’ buzz phrase that’s been infiltrating restaurants and foodie blogs over the past few years. You may also be slightly daunted by the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of this type of cooking – you’d love to create those wonderful flavours … Read More