Tea for two…or more…for a worthy cause

Pour a cup and join me for tea


PR dynamo Joanne Hayes kindly invited me as a guest to the annual 12 Apostles Cansa high tea. It was a fun, fabulous occasion with like-minded women, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The chefs at the hotel had pulled out all the stops to produce a spectacular array of sweet and savoury fare.  An abundance of raffle prizes raised in excess of R10 000 due to the generosity of sponsors like 12A, Granny Goose, le Creuset and Smeg, to name but a few. The stimulating speakers and table company provided all the essential ingredients for the morning to be memorable. My most valuable take-home (in addition to some special gifts) was the thought that one in four people in their lifetimes suffer from cancer. Our host asked those who have been diagnosed with the disease to stand up. A handful of women stood. He then requested anyone who had had the disease in their family or knew of friends with cancer to stand, and the room, like a tidal wave, rose. A sobering thought.

You too can enjoy high tea at the sea and support Cansa. During October R25 of each bill will be donated to this worthy cause. Speciality tea and coffee with a delectable array of treats – book now at the Leopard Bar & Conservatory. From 10h00 to 16h00 daily.


I had the pleasure of writing about the Cellars-Hohenhort low carb high tea for Food & Home Entertaining magazine earlier this year. When my bestie Annabelle decided that this year her birthday would be celebrated over tea with her daughters and sister (and lucky me), I was delighted to be heading back for seconds. We relaxed outside on the terrace after enjoying a personal welcome and birthday wish from the manager, and then worked our way through the tiers of sweet and savoury dishes, perfectly balanced. A bottle of bubbly presented by the hotel with their compliments, and we were well on our way to having a magical afternoon, opening gifts and laughing together, reminiscing and making more memories. Delicate bites from Asian beef skewers to coronation chicken, from the lightest panna cotta with a berry coulis to the cutest piece of carrot cake, I was smitten. At the end of a beautiful afternoon it was time to wander through the 300-year old gardens to admire the rest of this special property.


Time to get your gardening gloves out – plant to eat – or simply try this delicious recipe from Jessica Shepherd, Table at de Meye.



2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, toasted
2 cups nasturtium leaves and tender stems
1 clove garlic
1 spring onion, ends trimmed and sliced
1/2 cup freshly grated goat’s Pecorino cheese
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and lemon juice to taste


Place seeds, nasturtium leaves, garlic, onion and cheese into a blender. Slowly add olive oil whilst blender is running, until smooth paste is formed.
Season to taste with salt and lemon juice.
Pumpkin seeds can be substituted with toasted pine nuts, and goat’s Pecorino with Parmesan.



I have a few favourite meeting spots, one of them is the gracious Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, where I strategically suggest mid-morning or afternoon, so that a pot of tea can be paired with a freshly-baked, light-as-air scone, jam and lashings of cream. To justify the indulgence a short walk along the river in the shade of the trees, and it’s back to work we go.


There are a few edible treats up for grabs on “Art with Heart…for Hospice”, an online art exhibition and auction that goes live on 14 October. Culinary art is close to my heart, as is Hospice – we have supported them since I started my business in 1994, initially working locally with St Luke’s Hospice, and in latter years with HPCA (Hospice Palliative Care Association), managing their brand campaigns. They are celebrating 30 years of supporting hospices, and you can too – visit www.hpca.co.za. A wide range of artists working with diverse mediums have pledged their support. Some of the professional artists include world-renowned Klaus Tiedge, internationally-valued Richard Scott, endowed Michaela Rinaldi, globally lauded Dylan Lewis and young and exciting Eugenia Chapman-Campbell. In addition to some breathtaking art donated by aspirant and famous artists, there are four culinary art experiences, from Ellerman House, Belmond Mount Nelson, Four Seasons and Mosaic at The Orient. Show your support, show that you too care.

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