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SOUTHERN EXPLORER MAGAZINES Namibia Southern Africa Southern Cape Garden Route

SOUTHERN CAPE

EXPLORER

Vol18/01- Autumn 2018

Meet Parrie the Stingray Perfect Fynbos Weddings Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary From Fynbos to Forest - Flora Explore the Southernmost Tip of Africa Beauty of the Overberg Scrumptious seaside recipes

Promoting Responsible Tourism in the Southern Cape


Photo: Mariska Visagie

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What better way to escape from modern day stresses than by taking a relaxing day trip on s steam train?

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WEDDINGS STUDIO BOUDOIR FAMILY PORTRAITS CHILDREN PETS & HORSES CEREMONIES EVENTS MATERNITY NEWBORN BEST QUOTES - BEST PRICES BEST QUALITY

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About us The Southern Cape is one of the most intriguing places to visit in South Africa. After having completed a Cape Town and Wine Route Safari, this is one of the safest areas in the whole of Southern Africa. The Southern Cape, which includes Overstrand, the Overberg, Garden Route, Little Karoo and a part of Kannaland, offers peaceful and tranquil visits to picturesque towns and villages together with calming seashores that have a distinct Mediterranean feel. Our Magazines will target Self Drive and Self Planning Explorers and we go out of our way to ensure that travelers know of all the best and safest places, scenes and venues to visit. Thus ensuring the journey of a lifetime! The Explorer Magazine Series will cover region by region, area by area to enlighten travelers and visitors alike to assist in planning their holiday of a lifetime. We support responsible tourism and entities with a low carbon footprint. We educate our Travelers about our vegetation such as Fynbos and Proteas; and give some scrumptious Traditional Recipes to try out when they are self catering. The Southern Explorer Magazine range will be available on ISSUU, and downloadable as a .PDF from our website, and we have a large database of Travel agencies around the world who we mail the links to, for use in their agencies. We also have a far reaching Social Media campaign and visibility. Should you wish to let prospective travelers from around the world, do not hesitate to get in contact with us. Regions that had been covered, will get updates regularly, as there is much more to see and experience than we include - our areas are so beautiful and extensive! If you have any suggestions and feedback; if you would like to include YOUR advert, or if you would like to be on our mailing system, do not hesitate to contact us! Till the next edition! Kind regards, The Southern Explorer Magazine Team.

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The Oversized Couch: Sophia’s Interiors

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From Fynbos to Forest

10 Panthera Africa - The Big Cat Sanctuary 12 De Skaap: Perfect Fynbos Weddings 14 Maps of the Southern Cape 18 Meet Parrie, the Stingray 20 Explore the Southernmost Tip of Africa 27 Where the 2 Oceans Collide 28 The Southernmost Lighthouse 30 The Most Photographed Wreck 32 Scenes around Struisbaai Harbour 34 Beauty of the Overberg 36 Through the Lense:

Steve Baily

38 Through the Lense: Stefan Smit 41 Crossword Puzzle 43 Scrumptious Seaside Recipes 51 Prime Properties Southern Africa Explorer Magazines Founded: Monique Bosch-Goosen Partners: Derek Goosen Partners: Michelle Ramsey southerncape.explorer@gmail.com magazines@southern-cape.com magazines@tour-namibia.com www.magazines.southern-cape.com


The Oversized Couch “Martie Woehe, Owner of Sophias Decor and Linen, has a wonderful and unique range of hand painted items - all made with love to represent the beauty of the Southern Cape” Recently I completed a project that contained a “first” element….. and this “first” was HUGE! Literally and figuratively HUGE… as in extremely HUGE! In the month of January there are often shows all over the world, and this year one of the concepts that stood out, was the scale of objects. Objects can include, and is not limited to: tiles, light fixtures, furniture, rugs and carpets...

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Herein lies a very valuable hidden hint from which we can definitely learn. Interior Designers know that using large designs and ideas can reform a small space into a much bigger area. In my case it was using a large element… a whole 3.3m in length ! It is not often for a couch to be of such dimensions, but in this case it was perfect. My client asked for a couch of leisure; of utmost comfort; ready for watching TV; visits with friends or just for curling up and relaxing. With a length of 3.3m and 1.1m deep, 2 persons can easily lie down and relax.

Nature and everything earthly as the basic contemporary theme has made the choice of materials obvious: a large leaf motif in a soothing, fresh forest green. The design and color should contribute to a welcome and comfortable feeling, yet stylish. The material also has the advantage of having a stainresistant finish and being part of a patio range, makes it ideal with children and / or pets in the house. There are so many designs and colors available in outdoor materials that there will surely be something for your style. This oversized couch with its cheerful pillows literally fills the whole area in this entertainment room.


DECOR & LINEN

HANDMADE WITH LOVE

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Napkins | Place Mats | Table Runners | Lampshades Scatter Pillow Covers | Totebags & More | Interior Decorating

Singles | Sets | Themed Rooms for Lodges and Guesthouses | Ceramics with same motives


Fynbos Flowers (Intro)

The Southern Cape’s rich diversity of flowers are known world wide and have even been awarded Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show of 2017. This being their 35th Gold Medal in 42 shows. Over the next Editions we will be examining the different regions, like the Renosterveld, Strandveld, Eden, Knysna and Tsitsikama Forests, as well as all the other lesser known regions. We will visit the West Coast and Darling Flower Shows, Cape Floral Kingdom Shows and more.

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We will be discussing all the different flower types, like Ericas, Sugar Bush, Heather, Pin Cushions, Blushing Brides and then of course all the different types of Protea. Many special little flowers that create the colourful wonder in the winters of the Southern Cape. Many of the flower species are protected and are listed as endangered. We will look into different areas that have some of

the most spectacular and diverse species, for instance Napier Mountain. We will be visiting Grootvadersbos, Fernkloof, Flower Valley and many other areas where you can safely do a tour through the wondrous beauty of nature. We will also visit a honey farm and see the important function of the bee. Join us in our educational floral travels ! (no Id tags in photos, to keep you wondering!


Join us in the next Editions to learn more about the Fynbos and other flowers of the Southern Cape.

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Accommodation : HANGKLIP, Pringle Bay www.kapensis.co.za | info@kapensis.co.za | +27 793564240

Kapensis Guesthouse is situated in the heart of the Western Cape's uniquely rich fynbos region and offers breathtaking mountain and distant ocean views from our 8.5-hectare fynbos farm on the outskirts of Pringle Bay. We have eight spacious ensuite bedrooms all elegantly decorated in African style with all the luxury you would expect, including a delicious healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner. We hope you enjoy your stay!

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PANTHERA AFRICA BIG CAT SANCTUARY

Sheeba Sheeba

Arabella

“Just outside Stanford, on the R326, lies one of the most interesting and unique rescue efforts regarding African Wildlife; and we are inviting you to visit and share in this really wonderful initiative! Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary is an ethical, safe haven for the big cats they had befriended- they did well in their vision!� - Mona . Although Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary have only been open for 3 years, they are already winning awards and the hearts of their visitors and volunteers. Founders Cathrine S. Nyquist and Lizaene Cornwall started Panthera Africa as they had become disillusioned with big cat tourism and wanted to create a sanctuary and tourist destination that was both ethical and a safe haven for the big cats they had befriended. They both left behind their corporate careers in order to create a better world for their big cat friends.

Cathrine S. Nyquist and Lizaene Cornwall Oliver, the White Lion.

There are about seven sanctuaries in South Africa that are truly ethical which means no breeding, trading or human interaction takes place. The problem is that many tourists are unaware of what happens behind the scenes of so-called big cat sanctuaries. Unwittingly, when you visit a sanctuary that offers cub petting, most of the times those cubs end up in the canned hunting or vanity hunting industry and bone trade when they get bigger. 10

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www.pantheraafrica.com for more information or to book.


When visiting Panthera Africa, you can rest assured that you will only be supporting the welfare of the big cats they home. To hear the stories of how the lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, and caracals ended up at this sanctuary will warm the heart and feed the soul. Panthera Africa is a non-profit organisation so all the profit they make goes back into the welfare of the animals.

“The best thing about my job is that I get to make a difference,” says Cathrine. “I am able to help the big cats, but also the volunteers and visitors who give such wonderful feedback on how this experience has impacted and inspired them to be consciously aware of their choices and the impact they can have.”

Panthera Africa offers educational visits, enrichment visits and sunset visits where you can see and learn about the animals and their stories. During an enrichment visit, you can see a big cat enjoy a toy such as a ball or a big tyre filled with different smells and treats. “We have recently started with sunset visits and they have been a huge success,” says Lizaene. “Sunset is a magical time of day and we love sharing this special time with our four-legged friends.” The big cats come alive after a long day of rest and often roar as the African sun sets. Panthera Africa has won the Skål Sustainable Tourism Award in 2017 in recognition of their work and is rated by TripAdvisor as one of the highlights to experience in the Overberg region.

Beautiful Baguira

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sandfontein • napier

ACCOMMODATION • VENUE • RESTAURANT

Close to the foot of the Soetmuisberg lies de Skaap Sandfontein in the Napier area. Embedded within a picturesque landscape of rolling farmlands, characterizing the Overberg with the soothing sound track of freely roaming sheep and farmlife. The abundant bird life with the highlighted call of the Fish Eagle all compliment the breathtaking views and memorable sunsets that can be experienced from your doorstep! The units are eloquently designed for intimate gatherings and facilitate both smaller and larger groups of up to 30 people.

The self-catering units are fully equipped and a boma creates a festive atmosphere and ideal location for a braai or atmospheric fire regardless of the season.

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Exploring the surrounding area will grant you access to majestic fynbos and views of Napier; with carefully laid out routes for cyclists and motorcyclists to enjoy while protecting our beautiful fynbos and forests.


The scenic 165km drive from Cape Town makes de Skaap a perfect weekend destination for city dwellers, and a wonderful nature break away for visitors wanting to experience the peace and quiet of the true Overberg Farmlife. We are well prepared for weddings, engagements, vow renewals and any other functions. Accommodation units range from 1 bedroom units to a 3 bedroomed house. For booking requests and queries, contact us

Sielja Voss

Gerhard Voss

082 903 6707

082 323 3535

sielja@deskaap.co.za

gerhard@deskaap.co.za

www.deskaap.co.za / info@deskaap.co.za


Map by www.capetourism.co.za

Area covered by Southern Cape

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Southern Tip of Africa


Map by www.capetourism.co.za

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Map by www.capetourism.co.za

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Area covered by Southern Cape Southern Tip of Africa


Holiday Homes! We offer a wide variety of different Holiday Homes to suit each taste and requirement. You are invited for the holiday of a lifetime at the Southern Tip of Africa! Contact us today to ensure your booking. 17


The Mascot of Struisbaai! When visiting the Struisbaai harbour, many people are totally amazed to see the majestic 2m Stingray floating along the jetty, waiting for the Commercial Fishing Boats to offload their daily catch. One must always remember: even though these majestic floating creatures are the most docile on earth, it is one of these that killed well know Australian Presenter Steve Irving in a freak accident.

Parrie, the largest of the Stingrays, has a very interesting story. As a long time inhabitant to the Cape Town Aquarium, he was brought back and released in the Struisbaai Harbour. Parrie has since gathered more friends to join him. A very interesting couple to be seen at the harbour is Ernest and his dog, Shadow.

Some days, when weather conditions are right, up to 11 Stingrays can be seen in the harbour. Because they know they get food, they will go to the Main Slipway and check who is there to feed them, or they will forage along for the remains left there for them.

Ernest is a longtime friend of Parrie and has made it his unofficial duty to act as guide for tourists who wish to know more about the Stingrays and their way of life. Ernest really looks out for Parrie and friends and they trust him completely.

Ernest will also explain that though he goes close to the Stingrays, it is at his own peril and he knows that should something go wrong and the Stingray get scared and want to protect itself, the giant Sting can strike like lightning. He will therefore make sure that the Stingrays are calm before inviting visitors into the water to help feed them.

In May 2016 one of Parrie’s friends was heavily pregnant. Yet she would regularly come up to Ernest so that he could feel how the babies were developing. He always had extra treats for her and made sure that she was healthy and well fed! Ernest and Shadow do not get paid for their loving acts of conservation of these Stingrays. He will look out for their safety and also make sure that visitors get the time to greet and photograph Parrie properly.

Therfore, if you visit the Struisbaai harbour, watch out for Ernest, Shadow, Parrie and Friends and read the board that has been put up at the Jetty entrance. You can also follow Parrie on Facebook! Parrie loves all marine life and conservation is absolutely top priority for Parrie and Friends!

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Explore the Southern Tip of Africa - THROUGH THE LENSE OF Monique -

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NOT FOR SALE TO PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 18

Read more about the Overberg! Find on ISSUU: The Overberg Business and Lifestyle Magazine.

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Where the 2 Oceans Meet The beacon is set where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet, and the clashing of the 2 oceans is one of the reasons why the seas are so rough around Cape Agulhas.

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse was built in 1849 to try and warn the passing ships of the dangerous coastline. Later this Southern Tip became known as the Graveyard of Ships. Over 200 Shipwrecks have been catalogued in this region. So, why are so many places in Cape Town Area called “2 Oceans?” That is an article for next time! But officially HERE is the southern most tip of Africa, where the 2 oceans meet!

The Southernmost Tip as well as the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse lie within the Agulhas National Park.From the moment you drive onto the gravel road, you have entered the Park. Currently work is in progress to tar the road. Ample stops have been made along the way for those wishing to explore the area of fauna and flora. Boardwalks have been built to make exploring easier, seeing the shrews and lizards darting beneath your feet.

Agulhas is Portugese for “needles” and was named this for two reasons: 1) The Needle like rocks all around this part of the point, and 2) This is the area where NORTH on their compasses did not want to show correctly. The needle seemed to jump between True North and Magnetic North. And some just called it the graveyard of the Ships...

All along the boardwalk posters and notice boards are put up, explaining some of the interesting features of this area. Please take some time and have a good read!

The new “icon” (Photo left) was built and completed in 2017, as a better description on the Southernmost Tip. Read more: discovercapeagulhas.co.za.

Enjoy the view over the ocean with the fresh sea breeze. It may be quite cool, so always carry a jacket along. Keep an eye out for all the special fauna and flora along the walkway. You can walk all the way from the Lighthouse to the Tip along the well explained paths. A small sedan vehicle can reach the Southernmost Tip with ease, although the road further along to the wreck and Suiderstrand (the next little town) is very bad. 27


Explore the Southernmost Lighthouse

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse was inaugurated in 1849, and proclaimed a National Monument only in 2016. The lighthouse has been renovated in 2016 before the inauguration as monument, and is well worth a visit - not only for the great views from the lighthouse, but because of the Lighthouse museum inside! Telling the rich history of this specific lighthouse as well as all the other lighthouses around Africa and the world. Any Lighthouse Enthusiast really misses out by not visiting! One of the original bulbs can be found inside the lighthouse, and to know how those huge lamps were taken up and installed so many years ago is quite a feat...

Watching over the Lighthouse, is a replica of the Twin Figureheads supposedly of the Marie Elize, a French Barque, wrecked at Ryspunt on 6 November 1877. The replica has been recently repainted. The original Twin Figurehead can be found in the Shipwreck Museum at Bredasdorp.

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A very small fee is charged to visit the Lighthouse museum and to go up the set of stairs to the very top - and what spectacular views can be seen from there! Be sure to visit the Information Centre inside the lighthouse as well. Here you will be provided with the info for the region with interesting maps and brochures.


Customized exploring maps and information can be found in the Information Center. Drawings of the Lighthouse available inside the Museum.

Maps of all the Lighthouses inside the Museum - very well explained!

Each Lighthouse is individually set out in the Museum. A MUST VISIT!

For the Technically minded, one cannot believe the mechanisms of yesteryear!

Safety is very important to visitors and the local community & cellars have a keen interest in tourism.

The beautiful view over Agulhas and the Tidal pools clearly defined, and a rough Panorama to give the depth of the southern view that is be experienced from the top of the Lighthouse. We chose a perfect windstill, clear day and loved it!

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The Most Photographed Wreck at the Southern Tip

The Meisho Maru was a Japanese fishing vessel that ran aground on 16 November 1982. The back part of the ship was salvaged after it broke in two. During the last part of the salvaging, wind speeds picked up a lot, and the weather changed for the worst. It was decided to leave the front part of the ship for later....

Phillip Van Heerden took this photo in December 1983 just over a year after she ran aground, before salvaging started.

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The seas got so rough that it picked up the whole front part and turned it around, as if the ship wanted to go back to sea. It was decided to leave this part, as a beacon and warning. And now it is the most photgraphed wreck at the Southern Tip of Africa, as the others (over 200 wrecks in the area) are either demolished, buried or sunk in deeper waters.


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Scenes around Struisbaai Harbour

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Scenes around Struisbaai Harbour

AGULHAS National Sea Rescue Institute: STATION 30

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Bredasdorp; Blue Cranes (RSA National Bird); Scenes in Elim; Wheat fields and the yellow Canola fields of the Overberg, a 2-spoored road through the Wheat, Fruit Trees in Bloom at Bonnievale, and an Emperor Moth Species caterpillar.

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Beauty of the Overberg - THROUGH THE LENSE OF STEVE BAILY -

Born in Liverpool, England; and moving to Africa at the young age of ten, Steve Baily has always had a passion for Photography. Steve spent 25 years in the then Rhodesia before moving to SA in the early 1980’s. Steve studied Graphics and Photography and obtained a City and Guilds Diploma in Graphic Reproduction. A couple of years later Steve relocated to Napier in the Overberg. Watch out for his calenders of the Overberg and African Wildlife.

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www.facebook.com/SteveBailyPhotography | www.facebook.com/photoSteveBaily


The Yellow Flowers you see are Canola Fields, so colourful in the Winter Times in Overberg. Getting the correct contrasts between the yellow fields, green lushness and the blue winter clouds, is one of the most difficult balances to obtain. Overberg temperatures are mild in Winter, much like the English Summers. Below is the National Bird of South Africa, the Blue Crane, dancing and cheering to the inquisitive sheep.

www.http://www.pbase.com/mashona

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“I am a photographer who recently moved to the Western Cape. I continually explore and capture the beauty of everything from nature to rusted nails from every angle possible.

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I found my passion for photography from the age of 19 from traveling and visiting different places. I am also a musician, composing and recording my own music. I also have a YouTube channel called Stefan Smit Music. Recently I started fusing photography and music together by capturing videos in nature and writing music to accompany it. 1. The Wreck of the Meisho Maru (Southernmost Tip) 2. Fishermen’s Buggy at Sea (Struisbaai Harbour) 3. Pincushions from below ( Blomplaas) 4. Nautilus Heart (Struisbaai) 5. Whale Tail ( De Kelders) 6. Washed up shell ( Struisbaai) 7. The Vineyards of Stanford Hills 8. Canola Field under weather (Napier) 9. The Valley Road -( Spookfontein) 10. Flowers by the ocean (Arniston)

I also participate in online photography competitions and challenges on platforms such as Gurushots, Viewbug, Pixoto and Photocrowd, from which I got a number of Top 100 achievements and a People's choice award. I also sell my photos for personal and commercial use.” (Stefan Smit )

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WINKELS

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Bredasdorp

Struisbaai

Struisbaai: Struisbaai Mall | +27 (0)28 435 7572 Bredasdorp: 64 Church St | +27 (0)62 844 3629

Handmade knifes

Take a step back in time.... Come browse in a world of yesteryear. Art from local artists. Light meals, Coffee and Tea.

Sarel Ciellers St (Main Drive through road) +27 (0)74 125 0007

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Katy Brought by Southern Cape Bunny Haven - Disabled and Special Needs Bunnies www.bunnyhaven.southern-cape.com | donate: paypal: info@caprivi.biz

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Mossel Bay • Eden • Garden Route

“Greek food at it's best. Come enjoy organic healthy Greek food. Best in the country, made from only the freshest products and all my ingredients are local.”

Pano's Souvlaki Greek Taverna and Take Away.

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Scrumptious Seaside Recipes

When at the Coast, one always wants... SEAFOOD!! Some of the Vegetarians will also eat Fish, but here we will share a variety of dishes, even for Vegans.

The interesting thing for people that visit the Southern Cape, is to catch your own fish and harvest your own muscles. This needs to be done with a required permit that you can get at your nearest Post Office and is not expensive. The fine for not having a permit however, is really heavy. Crayfish is only in season in special months, and need extra permits.

We get Black Muscle on most of the rocks, however as it is quite perilous to harvest them, we do advise to buy Fresh Black Muscle from your seafood department. Cleaning newly harvested Muscles is also quite important, as not flushing correctly, will leave you with a mouthful of sand!

Abalone on the other hand, is highly illegal in harvesting, and you will need to sign a form if you do purchase some from an accredited dealer. This is to try curb the Abalone Poaching. One often finds Ostrich in the shops and on the menus. Ostrich is a dark red meat, very rich in iron and can make a variety of meals. We often use ostrich mince for Home Made However, fish can be bought very fresh from Pizza. a variety of Seafood shops and at the harbour shops. A fish that was frozen, does not taste Chef Ronald is a retired, highly qualified professional and loves the relaxation of the culinary world. the same as a freshly caught fish. Some of the fish species that we have at the Southern Cape’s coast, is Kabeljou, Yellow Bellied Roc Cod, Yellow Tail, Grunter, Red Roman, Cape Hottentot Fish, Steenbras, Galjoen (Seasonal), Mackerel, Hake, Sole, Snoek, Stumpnose, Dorado, and much more!

Chef Derek is the main man from D’s Kitchen and loves baking a lot more than cooking. He was raised at the sea and loves the smell and ambiance of seaside cooking. Gluten, egg and lactose free.

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Served with fresh green salad

Chef Ronald’:

Creamy Bonito Bake

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1 cup sour cream 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 -1 1⁄2 kg of firm fish, deboned. ½ tsp of salt / salt to taste pepper to taste a pinch of Italian Herb mix, a pinch of Cumin (optional) 1⁄2 medium onion, 3 potatoes. 1 -1 1⁄2 cup grated cheddar cheese

Bonito fish is part of the Scombridae family that includes mackerel and tuna. Similar to tuna in texture and color, it is often considered less desirable because it is oilier and has a stronger tasting flesh. But bonito tends to be less expensive than bluefin or ahi tuna and is still quite high in protein, low in fat and rich in vitamin D, iron and omega-3 fatty acids. A 4-ounce serving has about 145 calories and 25 grams of protein. The key to creating a tastier piece of bonito is to remove the brown blood line that runs throughout the body. Bonito fish can be prepared in a variety of healthy ways including; grilled, baked, or pan-fried. www.livestrong,com

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Boil the potatoes till semi cooked, and cut into rings. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the onion in fine rings and fry in a bit of oil with a pinch of salt and 1 spoon of Lemon Juice Melt butter and blend in the lemon juice and sour cream. Spread the potatoes at the bottom of the bowl, distributing evenly. Salt and pepper the fish to taste and layer on the potatoes in the casserole dish. Spread the onion evenly on top, and sprinkle the cumin (seeds or ground) over. Pour the sour cream mixture over fish, spread evenly and top with the cheese. Bake for 45 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork. 44


Served with glazed Hubbard’s Squash and rice

Chef Ronald’:

Bacon Wrapped, Guacamole Stuffed Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 Tender chicken breast stuffed with creamy guacamole and wrapped in bacon that's grilled until the bacon is nice and crispy! Ingredients • 4 (6 ounce) chicken breasts, butterflied or pounded thin • salt and pepper to taste • 1/2 cup guacamole (*Fresh Guacamole: Mash a fresh ripe Avocado, add a teaspoon of lemon juice, add some salt and pepper to taste) • 8 slices bacon Directions 1.

Lay the chicken flat, season the outside with salt and pepper, spread 1/4 of the guacamole on each of the chicken breasts, roll them up and wrap each in 2 slices of bacon

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Grill over indirect medium heat, with the lid down, until the bacon is crispy and the chicken is cooked (160F to 165F), about 20-30 minutes, or bake in a preheated 400F/200C oven on a wire rack on a baking pan until cooked, about 20-30 minutes, turning the oven to broil for the last few minutes to ensure that the bacon is crispy.

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Chef Francois’:

Garlic Braai (BBQ)Muscles

So you harvested some muscles and want to prepare them... Firstly, we will positively believe that you had the permit. Take the muscles and put them in a large pot, add seawater or add salt to fresh water, and cook the muscles for about 10 minutes. This will not fully cook the muscle meat, but will open up the muscles. Discard any muscles that did not open, as they are not good. Now, take the muscles out, break off the top shell, and rinse thoroughly under running water, while taking off the parts that you can see filled with sand. (the muscle’s gut). Also remove the muscle’s beard. Rinse a second time through, to ensure that all sand is out. Do the rinsing under slow flowing tap water.

Now that your muscles are clean, lying in one shell, spread them on a baking tin, and add: a dash parsley, finely chopped, garlic to taste, and a few drops of lemon juice to each shell. Add a dash of butter to each muscle, and put the baking tin onto the fire. When the garlic starts releasing it’s aroma, and the butter is bubbling, your muscles is ready to be devoured for starters! You can alternatively put on some grated cheese, and you can also bake it in the oven for about 10 minutes - or till aromatic and bubbling.

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*For many years Francois could not go down to the beach and harvest muscles, be it black or white, due to disability. He finally did it, unfortunately it was also his last opportunity, as he passed away after a long illness of Myasthenia Gravis and cancer. This Horse de Oeuvre was his speciality. In remembrance of a very special and strong man. We salute you.


Served with Spagetti

Chef Derek’:

Spicy Muscle Chowder.

Ingredients 30 fresh mussels de-shelled and de-sanded. 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chili pepper 1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger 4 tablespoons lemon juice 3⁄4 cup dry white wine 1⁄2 cups water 1 cup crushed tomatoes with juice salt and black pepper If you do not like spicy food, replace the chili pepper and ginger with origanum and paprika. Chef Derek used Black Muscles. Directions Heat oil in large saucepan. Add chopped onion, and garlic and cook until clear. Add parsley, ginger and chilli and cook for 1-2 minutes. Increase heat and add lemon juice, wine and water and bring to the boil. Add tomatoes. Bring to boil. Add cleaned mussels and cook covered over a moderate heat for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately. Best served over pasta or rice - especially Jasmine Rice.

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Chef Derek’:

Ostrich Mince Pizza - Home made!

Pizza Dough: Ingredients 3/4 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F) 1 envelope active dry yeast 2 cups (or more) all purpose flour 1 teaspoon sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons olive oil Dough Preparation Pour 3/4 cup warm water into small bowl; stir in yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes. Brush large bowl lightly with olive oil. Mix 2 cups flour, sugar, and salt in processor. Add yeast mixture and 3 tablespoons oil; process until dough forms a sticky ball. Transfer to lightly floured surface. KNEAD dough until smooth, adding more flour by tablespoonfuls if dough is very sticky, about 1 minute. Transfer to prepared bowl; turn dough in bowl to coat with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. PUNCH down dough. Do this at least 2 hours before use. ROLL out dough according to the needed thickness. (Start in center of dough, working outward toward edges but not rolling over them.) Topping: 200g Ostrich mince, 1 onion, finely chopped, Pimento Olives, cut in half, 8 medium sized baby marrow, cut in rings. 2 tomatoes, cut in fine slices. Feta cheese, Mozerella cheese and cheddar cheese; all grated, - 2 cups in total. Preheat the oven. Take 200g of Ostrich Mince, chop one onion finely, and fry in a medium size pan, medium heat. Add a table spoon of soya sauce, some pepper to taste and some Italian herbs. Cook partly, and add the cut baby marrow. Turn off the plate and leave open. Roll out the dough to the desired thickness; and spread tomato sauce or tomato puree thinly over the base. Add salt and pepper to taste. Now distribute the cooked mixture over the pizza base, make sure all the areas are covered. place the tomato slices and olives all over, and then sprinkle the cheese over. You can add any toping you want, this is what we used for the Ostrich Mince Pizza. Bake for 40-50 minutes, till the sides are brown and the cheese thoroughly melted.

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Soda and Raisin Bread Ingredients Nonstick vegetable oil spray 4 3/4 cups all purpose flour plus extra for sprinkling 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon cream of tartar 450 ml buttermilk 2 tablepoon clear honey 2/3 cup raisins Preparation Preheat oven to 200°C (or 180°C with fan). Spray a baking tray with nonstick spray. Sift the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. Make well in center of flour mixture. Add buttermilk and honey as well as raisins, while mixing fast with a broad spatula until the mix forms a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface and kneed lightly. Pat or roll out the dough into round shape of about 4 cm thick, and place on the baking tray. Cut a cross into the top of the dough, stopping about 2 cm from edges. Bake for about 40 minutes, until golden brown and the base makes a hollow sound when tapped. Cool on a wire rack, but cover the bread with a clean soft tea towel to keep the crust soft and crunchy.

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Gluten, egg and lactose free.

Pumpkin Flapafritters* Ingredients 2 Cups of Pumpkin, cooked and mashed (Butternut works well too) 1 Cup of Corn Flour (Maizena) 2-3 Teaspoons of Baking Powder 1 Tablespoon of White vinegar ½ cup lukewarm water. Cinnamon and Brown Sugar for topping for a sweet flapafritter, or Sweet Chili sauce and cottage cheese for a savoury flapafritter. Directions Egg substitute is quite easy: Use 1 teaspoon of baking soda mixed with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar per each egg. So, first make your egg substitute, and mix with the corn flour and mashed pumpkin. Add the lukewarm water and mix thoroughly. The dough needs to be runny, but not watery. If it is too stiff, at tablespoons of lukewarm water at a time, to create the perfect batter. Let the dough sit for an hour at room temperature before baking. Mix ½ teaspoon of cinnamon with ½ cup of brown sugar for topping. When you are ready to bake, add the other teaspoon of baking powder to the mix. Heat oil in a saucepan (If you do not use a non-stick pan) and pour dough into the pan in the center, to create the size of flapafritter you need. Bake till the sides make bubbles and the top starts solidifying, and turn. For thicker fluffier flapafritters, add another heaped teaspoon of baking powder just before baking. When the flapjack is taken from the heat, put on a tray, and sprinkle cinnamon sugar over, if required. Corn Flour can be substituted with 1 cup of Gluten free Flour, 3/4 cup of almond flour or 3/4 cup of rice flour. 50


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