The Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West has released a new cookbook, with images by Craig Fraser and food styling by Anke Roux. Already a feature on the Gourmand 2021 World Cookbook Awards shortlist for Best in the World, Food Culture, the book showcases recipes from chefs Michael Bridgeman and Roger Hindley, who head up the Stables family restaurant and produce the elegant summer picnic fare, and Michael Cooke, executive chef of the award-winning Camphors signature restaurant.
While the estate’s dining experiences are each quite different, they all focus on “taste and quality, on seasonality, authenticity, and beauty… in each case, our chefs are inspired by the time of year, by working with nature and by food that is grown and foraged from this land and our surrounds.”
Readers can learn how to recreate the fine dining Camphors’ duck pastrami, sweet potato gnocchi with gorgonzola cream, and pine-needle panna cotta with apple sorbet. From the relaxed, bistro-style Stables, recipes include the famous vineyard breakfast (layered rÖstis, mushrooms, and spinach), ever-popular buttermilk scones, slow-roasted duck ravioli with mushroom sauce, and desserts such as pear and almond tartlets. When it comes to picnics, readers can discover aubergine and peppadew cream cheese roulades, Karoo lamb skewers, and assorted pâtés, chutneys, and pickles.
In addition, the recipe book has an essentials section that teaches indispensable basics like chicken stock and super-easy pizza base, and recipes for vinegars, cordials, and jams.
Says Vergelegen MD Wayne Coetzer: “Vergelegen has hosted royalty, presidents, pop stars, and politicians. What they have in common is their passion for this beautiful estate, and its great cuisine enjoyed in spectacular surroundings. We hope this book will delight those who already know and love Vergelegen, and also encourage new fans to discover this magnificent estate for themselves.”
The cost of the book is R450 and can be purchased from the estate or via email.