A HAMPER OF HAPPINESS
It’s official. My love language is now gifts (in addition to acts of service and quality time…). My preference? Preferably practical, ethical and local. Fresh produce ticks all the boxes as it’s all about origin!
A hamper from Boschendal’s carefully curated Farm Shop & Butchery arrived at my door to herald in the weekend, nature’s bounty newly hatched. Even the greeting card was made from recyclable paper scattered with parsley seeds. Star of the show was a handful of fresh plums, plus 10 recipes to guide my weekend of play. The 1800-hectare farm dates to 1685, a significant producer of premium wines, is South Africa’s largest grower of plums as well as home to Duroc pigs, Black Angus cattle, and free-range chickens.
A BOUNTY OF BAKES TO BOOKS
Two freshly-baked pasteis de nata were instantly devoured. My man joyfully sliced the freshly-baked bread and lathered it lashings of the heavenly farm butter, added pastrami and slices of black barrel-smoked cheese. Whilst nibbling on the rosemary seed crackers, I set about making the recipe for the plum salsa, using the fresh plums and olive oil. I eyed the citrus-infused plum cordial concentrate as I hummed and chopped, conjuring up a few of my own recipes using that. A beautiful dish cloth, adorned with plums, piqued my interest in the crafted homeware of the shop, curated by homeware style icon, Paul Duncan. Truly sustainable, the shop includes a selection of previously-loved books and glassware, in addition to artisanal products. Big decision now – to visit the farm shop or to simply, order seconds? The lure of the books may win.
Visit Boschendal’s online shop channel via https://shop.boschendal.com/