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Winelands Kitchen  Newsletter  #16/12.2
Season's Greetings from the Winelands Kitchen
I cannot believe that I am greeting you for the last time for 2016! I always believed that as you aged somehow everything slowed down and you were able to look at life from the relative comfort of your favourite armchair. I have been proven wrong! All that remains now is to fill all the biscuit tins for the holidays and to haul the Christmas tree and decorations out of the roof where we stash them every year.

I have ordered my gammon and trimmings and bought the Quality Street sweets that we cannot get through a festive season without! Keep an eye on the portal for a couple more festive recipes I have to share with you.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a peaceful and safe New Year.

Food writer and cook / ShowMe Winelands Kitchen.
Review of the Month: Under Oaks Boutique Winery & Pizzeria
Under Oaks Accommodation & Wine Lounge
Under Oaks is one of those hidden gems of the beautiful Pearl Valley that you want to keep to yourself. Owned by Hans and Theresa Britz and conveniently situated just outside town on the picturesque Agter Paarl Road, Under Oaks is an award winning boutique wine estate well worth visiting. 
Read Review here
The Pizzeria at Under Oaks
Situated in the historical Jonkmanshuis/wine cellar at Under Oaks is the  delightful independent pizzeria owned and run by Chilean expat Marcelo Bassi and his wife Tanya. You need to book in advance for a table at this highly popular eatery, well known for its amazing authentic handmade wood fired pizzas.   
More about Pizzeria
Joe's Crispy Granola
Joe is an amazing guy! We met him on our arrival when he showed us around and guided us to our suite for the night. Joe is one of those guys who can do everything. Seriously! We soon had him pegged as "Manuel" after the character in Fawlty Towers! Here is   his delicious recipe for crispy granola to try for yourself. 
Crispy Granola Recipe
Eating with the Seasons - Summer
As we head into the height of summer here in South Africa the colourful abundance of fresh produce found in local farmers markets and stores invite you to head into the kitchen to make salads and bright roasted veggies. 
Summer Seasons Suggestions here
A Festive Feast
Grilled Avocado Proscuitto & Parmesan Starter
This unusual but very tasty dish of grilled avocado will make a great starter to your festive meal. 
Try this Recipe
Christmas Gammon
  Main Course
This delicious sticky sweet and sour glazed gammon is a regular on our festive table at Christmas time. So easy to prepare and so rewarding to sneak in and nibble on leftovers on Boxing Day, or lazy day as I call it! 
Grab the recipe
Traditional Steamed Pudding and Brandy Sauce
Christmas just isn't complete without my mom's traditional steamed Christmas pudding to end the meal. Drizzled with brandy sauce and fresh cream it makes a spectacular finish to the festive feast!
Make this Pudding
Report-back: "Proe Paarl 2016"
Mellasat Pop-Up Restaurant
The annual Proe Paarl Festival is currently happening until the 18th December. If you havent attended any of the fabulous events try and get there. If not then plan on attending in 2017. Well worth it as we discovered this past weekend when we visited Mellasat Vineyard's Pop up kitchen with an amazing 7 course Degustation Menu
Read the full report here
Bonus Recipe: Festive Fruit Mince Bars
This is probably the most baked recipe in my vast folder of family recipes handed down to me or collected by me over the past 50 years. A versatile, very easy recipe to bake if you have a jar of ready bought fruit mincemeat. Give them a try. I am sure you will love them as much as my family does. 
Get the Recipe here
Thanks for joining me in the Winelands Kitchen today. Food and cooking is such a social thing and it is great to share my thoughts with you. I love hearing from my readers - so do share your cooking experiences, favourite recipes, traditions and meals or let me know whatever cooking matters you would like me to research and share with everyone. 
Email me your stories and photos at  
I am Colleen 
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