On Friday, 23 June, the first Feast with Friends Dinner Party commenced with Rhubarb and Elderflower Gin and Tonics and a warm welcome from Gabi Kaplan (the brains and beauty behind the feast) and Rosalie Frost (the hostess with the mostest). Together, these two ladies put on a dinner party like no other, offering great food, good company, plenty banter and an ample supply of booze.
On arrival, we received our delicious welcome cocktails and enjoyed the beautiful setting of Gabs’ home in Camps Bay. Shortly after, we were served the first dish of the day – a smokey roast tomato soup with a small cheese toastie on the side. I was sold after the first bite – granted I am a huge cheese and bread fan. Gabi then rallied the troops and presented a Masterclass – she taught us to make gnocchi (with purple potatoes I might add). This was great fun and everyone got involved – even Boerie who perfected the rolling of a gnocchi sausage (must be something in the name). The gnocchi was served with crispy squid, pickled onion, nettle oil, burnt butter sauce and crispy garlic.
For mains, there was no shortage of food! Gabs out did herself and prepared an absolute feast that was enjoyed by everyone. Her honey and cumin roast carrot salad with tahini and hummus dressing was definitely a crowd favourite (and this was proved when Dean Hope Robertson dished up seconds, to which Gabi Linder replied – Dean does not even eat his vegetables usually 😉 ). Accompanying this salad was a beetroot salad and green leaf salad. The beetroot salad was served with hang op – a yoghurt based dressing that is traditionally German. The two meat options were a sirloin served with chimmi verde and crispy capers and a chicken espitada served with sundried tomatoes and grilled lemons. The chicken was tastier than any I have ever had. It was cooked to perfection and the flavours were on point (no need for salt bae here). The final dish in the mains was a delicious linguini dressed in a burnt butter sauce and topped with capers, artichokes, sundried tomatoes and basil pesto. Get this – it was served in a large cheese bowl! A cheese bowl is a full round of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese partially hollowed out into a bowl. To use it, you place pasta or risotto inside the bowl and toss the hot food while the cheese slowly melts and combines with the pasta. I mean have you ever heard of something so amazing. Gabs took us to Food Heaven I tell you.
Along with the great food came Posie’s Dinner Party Game. We each received a small envelope which we were allowed to open after the mains – inside the envelope was a piece of paper that either read “Shot”, “Nominate” or “Prize”. If you received shot you were summoned to take a shot of Gabs homemade limoncello and if you received nominate, you could nominate some one else to do the honours. If you were lucky enough to pull out prize, you were given an option of a selection of homemade treats prepared by Gabi. There was lemon curd, grapefruit vodka, chilli brandy and salted caramel to name a few.
Now if you thought it was over, you are highly mistaken. Gabs still managed to beat all this by serving us not one, not two, but three phenomenal desserts. Being the sweet tooth that I am, this had to be a highlight for my tastebuds. There was an apple tarte tin served with caramel sauce (my personal favourite – I mean who does not love pastry baked to perfection), a madagascan vanilla bean ice cream with salted caramel swirl and a pavlova served with white chocolate yoghurt, lemon curd and fresh fruit.
Through out the night, our wine glasses were full and the dinner party progressed from a feast to a fiesta, but Gabi sealed everyone’s fate when she served her final dish – an after dinner drink – a brandy and condensed milk shot (which may have been more brandy than anything else). Gabs and Posie played out of their boots and I look forward to many more Feast with Friends events. It was a great evening where we were able to learn some great foodie tricks and tips as well as enjoy outrageously good food and a helluva night out.