First off, thanks to everyone for the get-well wishes over the past month. It’s really great to feel human again after being ill for so long. I decided that I needed to get out of the house and into the sunshine yesterday and my husband took us for lunch at La Rustica. I have long wanted to try this restaurant, which has popped up on the top-10 lists of Johannesburg restaurants often.
I had looked at their menu on their website and had made up my mind that I would order Fegato a la Veneziana Calf’s liver sauteéd with caramelised onion, white wine and sage, served on polenta wedges. (R92-00.)
Our table was booked for 12.30 and we arrived to a jam-packed venue. We waited a long time for service and eventually had to call a waiter to ask for menus; he informed us that Sunday’s were buffet-only. I feel that we should have been told this when I called to make the reservation, or when we arrived and were shown to our table.
I have revisited their website and there is no mention of this.
While the buffet selection was impressive and extensive (no calf’s liver!), buffet dining is not my cup of tea. My husband had all three courses, but I only had a plate of antipasti starters, as did my step-daughter. And my daughter only had 3 slices of roast pork and 2 roast potatoes from the carvery. At R195-00 per head, this was quite a preposterous and disappointing rip-off.
Now, on to more fun things; I did Celia’s (Fig jam and lime cordial) ‘In my kitchen’ challenge for the first time in June. This month, because I’ve been man-down for most of the time, I have little of interest to offer. But I do love peeking into kitchens around the world, so I have decided to share a few pictures anyway.
These little jars were the first ‘kitchen things’ I ever bought. I was about 14 at the time and they have travelled all over the world with me and are always the first items I unpack when I move into a new kitchen.
My reading material during my stay in bed. The Appetizers and Part Recipes book (by Bridget Jones; not she of the blue soup though) is handy for giving me ideas for bite-sized food to make when I cater for the crews on film shoots.
First up on my culinary to-do list for the week is Tandy’s challenge to bake something using dried fruit. This is going to be easy, as I know my husband loves dried fruit tarts. My apricots and prunes are ready and waiting for me.
This little chest of drawers is one of my most treasured things. Measuring just 20cm x 18cm, I keep 4 different types of salt in the ceramic drawers. I was given to me by a very close friend on my first wedding anniversary.
In closing, the food trivia for today in history (from foodreference.com):
1936 The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is invented. It is a giant hot dog on wheels. Invented by Carl Mayer, nephew of Oscar Mayer, it was built by General Body Company at Chicago, Illinois. There are now a fleet of six. Astonishing!