A warm and friendly host who is also a full-time caterer, Jolandi wants to help travelers experience authentic South African and Cape Malay cuisine. Her love of food and entertaining really shows in the care with which she treats you. She hosts along with her husband, George, who is a worldly wine lover who helps ensure your wine pairings are perfect. A former member of the foreign service, George is very engaging and can connect with anyone. They live with their young sons and a friendly and well-behaved dog in a beautiful, cozy, country-style house in Somerset West in a safe and serene gated neighborhood. You can be treated to a beautiful view of the ocean from the top deck. Jolandi has a lovely garden where she grows herbs and other ingredients that she uses in her cooking. Her hobbies include running in the vineyards, taking hikes through the region's beautiful mountains, and evenings shared with friends over deliciousfood and wine. They make the most of living in one of the best wine regions in the world by spending a lot of time tasting wines and eating at some of the area's best restaurants. They love traveling, especially in Africa and Europe, and spend as much time as they can afford traveling to different places and learning about different cultures and cooking techniques. A note from Jolandi: "We love people, cooking and entertaining, sharing stories and learning from one another. We believe that there is nothing that turns friends into family as much as a meal shared together." Jolandi is passionate about serving travelers authentic South African and Cape Malay cuisine. Join her at her kitchen counter and enjoy South African dishes that are hard to find in restaurants over engaging conversation with her and her family. Your menu might include dishes such as 'Bunny Chow and Bobotie' accompanied by local wine pairings. Jolandi turns Bunny Chow, a traditional Durban Indian dish, into a delectable starter. It is an interactive dish, as you start by breaking open and hollowing out a fresh made roll for the curry to be poured and stuffed into. Local lore says that the dish was created under apartheid so that restaurants not permitted to serve Indians could sell quick takeaways to Indian labors out the back door. For the main, Jolandi enjoys serving Bobotie in her unique way in individual ramekins with homemade sambals, heirloom tomatoes, fresh vegetable salad, and rice with raisins ('cemetery rice' as the South Africans call it). Bobotie is traditionally a Dutch dish that was adopted and has become a staple of the Cape Malay culture of minced meat spiced with curry and layered with a custard of eggs and milk. You will conclude your meal with malva pudding, a caramelized sponge cake which is a nostalgic dessert for most South Africans. If you book a cooking experience, join Jolandi in her kitchen for a 1 1/2 hour lesson and learn to cook authentic South African dishes from scratch. Please note that the price of your wine pairings is included in the cost of your meal.
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