Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jamala glorious food!

My camera was VERY busy...

Image by Joe Dreyer
Nico Verster wears two hats.
He is Jamala Madikwe's Executive Chef
General Manager...
How does he manage both?
Hear what he had to say:

Although Jamala does not do "traditional" lunches,
they will find something for you to snack on until high-tea 
that happens every afternoon before game drive.
There is no set menu, but three dishes were produced each day
The only constant were the biltong, crisps and pretzels.
For this tea we were served beef pies, raspberry cheesecake
and a salad.

We watched this Kudu at the waterhole in the afternoon...
and we enjoyed the venison at dinner that evening.
Note to the game is hunted in the reserve.
All the venison comes from a butcher outside the property.

Dinner on our first night...
Starters: Tomato & Basil pesto tarts with a balsamic reduction
Main: I had the Chermoula spiced Kudu fillet with spinach risotto
 and a Blue Cheese sauce.
My wife chose the Grilled Chicken Supreme. 
Accompanied by garlic & Herb brown wild rice with courgette ribbons 
and a truffle Hollandaise sauce.
Because I do not eat chocolate, my dessert was a fruit platter 
with  home made vanilla ice-cream.
For my wife...her ice-cream was paired with a chocolate brownie.
Dinner was served on the deck overlooking the waterhole

High tea on day 2.
The vanilla cupcakes were especially for me!
Toasted cheese and tomato sandwiches and a stir-fry salad

Our second dinner was served in the Boma.
It too overlooks the waterhole but from a slightly different angle.

From top to bottom, left to right.
Starter: Creamed cauliflower soup with grilled scallop & madras oil.
This dish was a huge hit with all the guests.
Mains: My wife decided to forego the meat and chose the Kingklip instead.
It was served with grilled sweetcorn polenta, pak choy and lime butter.
I decided to go carnivore again...
Slow cooked beef shin with a spring onion mash and beef jus.
The dessert was Lemon-grass infused creme brulee.

For high teas there were always juices available.
As well as coffee and a variety of teas.

A delicious quiche, the vanilla "dessert" was for me
and the ubiquitous triple threat of snacks,
nuts, pretzels and biltong.

Dinner is served in one of three areas.
This is the "formal" dining area....
It is inside but the glass sliding doors 
can be closed should the weather turn chilly

Our formal dinner menu...
Starters: Sweet potato, coconut, chili and lime soup.
Mains: Again my wife chose the fish.
This time it was Pan fried Salmon with Moroccan  
vegetable cous cous and a beurre blanc sauce.
For me it was the Pepper crusted Springbok,
served with harissa spiced African pap 
and asparagus tips with port & thyme jus

Our game drive breakfast...

Breakfast was served on the deck overlooking the waterhole.
Difficult to eat while constantly taking pictures 
of either the food or the animals!

Omelette and bacon, Porridge and fresh fruit salad.
The breakfast choice also offered a Banana smoothie on two mornings.

Look how boiled eggs are served!
And the Chef knows how to make PROPER crispy bacon...

Scones with cream and jam...BIG YUM.
Fish balls with a dollop of mayo and a small salad.
Gets guests ready for game drive...

Sun down, lights on...
The white light on the left hand side is from an iPad 
belonging to one of the guests

Our final night.
Each night the table decoration was different.
This was certainly a fine dining experience in the bush.

Our final dinner...
Starter: Vegetable tempura & sea weed with a soy dipping sauce.
Main:There was a chermoula spiced chicken supreme on offer,
with vegetable tagliatelle and lime butter sauce.
However, we BOTH chose the slow cooked lamb shank, 
with herb basmati rice and roasted beetroot.
And of course, a final dessert.
Baked ginger pudding & homemade vanilla ice-cream.
Once again we dined on the deck overlooking the waterhole.
Unfortunately it was too dark to photograph,
the various animals that came to drink while we ate.
They included buffalo, a Black Rhino as well elephants.

Star trails before bedtime...

And who can resist a handful of jelly beans?
Even if one has had a more than sufficient dinner.

To find out more about what this wonderful Lodge has to offer,
please visit their web site:

Carolyn and I on our final evening game drive

The company also offers tours in
and around both Johannesburg and Pretoria.
To find out more about what is available,
visit their website:

Sherffeurs Shuttle Service.
Give Leon Sher a call on:

This posting is brought to you DESPITE
Eskom load-shedding...
Thank you to BP fuel and a home generator!


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