We have had an exceptionally cold winter. Some days the heavens opened up and soaked the earth and everything on it and on others, the mountains were covered in snow and we huddled inside around the fire, hands either clamped around a cup of hot chocolate or that well deserved glass of red at the end of the day. And then, with the first few rays of sunshine making their appearance, we were outside, making believe that summer is on its way in Stellenbosch!
I have to say, there is something about food and fresh air. Eating al fresco affects the senses and makes the food taste fresher and somehow better and sitting around a table with your loved ones, a glass of wine in hand and a simple meal in front of you, makes life seem complete.
So the food was a bit of a throw-together-from-the-fridge kind of meal. I marinated lamb chops in some white wine and thyme and we cooked it on an open fire. Without going into the story behind it, we always have sausage with chops.
We had orange sweet potato that was glazed with butter, honey, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Simply poured over the sweet potato and roasted in the oven until soft and caramelised.
The salad was shredded bok choy, finely sliced fennel bulbs, orange segments and fresh sugar snap peas.
We ended the meal with a simple blueberry sorbet of which I include the recipe. (Find in the recipe section under No-machine Blueberry Sorbet).
Happy lunching in the “make-believe” summer!