“I wanted to bring back what for me are the Golden Oldies or Classic dishes typically served during the winters in the Cape Winelands.”
Belinda always creates a menu with the Rhebokskloof wines in mind. As a result, our dishes offer a gastronomical journey through the heart of the Paarl winelands. Let’s read more on her personal story behind this season’s menu.
“I wanted to bring back what for me are the Golden Oldies or Classic dishes served during winter here in the Cape Winelands. This season I was very much inspired by the food that was cooked in the kitchen of my childhood.”, says Belinda. She also knows the winelands can have a few really hot days in the month that climb up to 28 degrees Celsius. Therefore, she has also added more refreshing yet fulfilling dishes that can also pair well with our Rhebokskloof’s range of white wines!
“The Cape can literally have four seasons in one day!”, she says laughing.
Her love for soup and wine in the winter was the main inspiration for adding the Tuffo Caldo starter – meaning Thick Dips in Italian. The soups will also change weekly based on the chef’s decision to keeps things interesting!
This classic dish reminded her of the special ‘sop and dop’ (soup and wine) birthday party her parents gave her when she was younger. Her mother had paired three different soups with a red wine. “My personal favourite soups were the mushroom and cheese and a seafood soup with mussels! My father would go diving and bring home a fresh catch of mussels off the False Bay Coast for the family. This made it even more special.”, says Belinda thinking back fondly.