Posts Tagged ‘South Atlantic’

Charred Swordfish Steak with Salsa Verde, Garlic Butter Parsley Potatoes and a Chopped Salad

January 24, 2012 2 comments

Here’s something of a blast from the past, that I uncovered while sorting through my recipes to go into the upcoming recipe book (Yes, at long last, The Man in the Kitchen is setting about producing a recipe book!), and this, I am sure, will be one of them. I perfected and wrote the recipe way back in July 2007.

Charred Swordfish Steak with, Salsa Verde, Garlic Butter Parsley Potatoes and a Chopped Salad

Preparation Time: 45 minutes Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes Yield: 4

Yummy charred swordfish steak with salsa verde, potatoes and chopped salad.

What does a Man in the Kitchen do when he cannot get hold of a nice piece of tuna loin, or even a tuna steak for that matter? That’s the question which troubled me as I drove down to Seafood on Sail in Gants Centre on Friday afternoon. I was planning to meet up with Claudio Paioni, the owner, with the intention of schmoozing him for either the tuna I needed, or at the very least, a viable alternative.

Claudio was not available, so I met up with Mike, the manager and we conferred on my dilemma.

“Hmmm,” mused Mike “no tuna I’m afraid. With this weather, not much is coming out of the water right now.” Read more…


First Sighting 2009 Anders Sparrman Pinot Noir – a tribute to our history

October 11, 2010 1 comment


The starkly beautiful cellar at Strandveld Vineyards, the southern most vineyard on the African continent


When Bartholomew Dias’ expedition rounded the Cape of Good Hope in January 1488, he was completely unaware of it. Adverse winds had pushed his three tiny ships far south, and after sailing east for some time without sighting land, he realised that he had probably rounded the southern tip of the Prasum Promontorium (Green Promontory) postulated centuries before by the Egyptian geographer, Ptolemy.

He then sailed north for a few days, until the featureless tip of the continent, where Africa tumbles into the South Atlantic was sighted, and he named it Cape Agulhas (the Cape of the Needles).

Legend has it that on or about May 16, 1488, Bartholomew Dias set foot on shore at Cape Agulhas. He climbed the low hill, all of 260m high, behind and between what is today L’Agulhas and Arniston, and looking down towards the sea, his eye would have fallen for the first time, on the land which is today the home of Strandveld Vineyards, and more specifically, the vineyard blocks from which comes the First Sighting “Anders Sparrman” 2009 Pinot Noir. Read more…