COUN­TRY FRESH

This de­li­cious spring lunch in­cludes pro­duce straight from Si­mone and Kathy Whit­taker’s abun­dant gar­den

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Al­fresco en­ter­tain­ing with Si­mone and Kathy Whit­taker

Si­mone Whit­taker’s love of food be­gan on family hol­i­days in Por­tu­gal and Spain where, as a young child, she for­aged for clams on the beach. “I think even then I un­der­stood the pride the lo­cals took in the fresh pro­duce which they dis­played so skil­fully in mar­kets and restau­rants,” she says.

To­day this multi-tal­ented, Sil­wood Kitchen-trained chef and her mother Kathy run and man­age events in the Cape-style barn that forms the hub of Monchique in Hout Bay.

Kathy’s thatched home, with its tra­di­tional fire­place, comfy leather sofa and wooden beams evokes the nos­tal­gic at­mos­phere of a by­gone era. Her huge coun­try kitchen fea­tures an old scrubbed wooden ta­ble and dis­plays of blue and white china. The two large ovens are where Kathy bakes de­li­cious breads for all the func­tions and events. “Peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate the care that we take and the fresh pro­duce we use in all our meals,” says Si­mone. To­gether with an abun­dance of ir­re­sistible food, it all makes for a mem­o­rable oc­ca­sion.

Si­mone’s in­ter­ests also in­clude de­sign­ing and dec­o­rat­ing. She as­sisted with the de­sign of the Ka­roo-style cot­tages on the Monchique es­tate and re­cently helped re­fur­bish their lux­ury Clifton apart­ments.

When she is not plan­ning events, cre­at­ing menus and man­ag­ing their prop­er­ties, Si­mone finds time to grow her own or­ganic herbs and veg­eta­bles. Her favourites are as­para­gus, Ital­ian ar­ti­chokes and ex­otic toma­toes. Mul­ber­ries, oranges, lemons and limes come from the or­chard next door to Si­mone’s cot­tage.

Mother and daugh­ter have evolved an easy kitchen part­ner­ship over the years and each has their own par­tic­u­lar skills. Si­mone has be­come a dab hand at braai­ing and reg­u­larly serves chargrilled Greek-style leg of lamb.

They both have a f lair for styling and when they en­ter­tain their friends, a group of ca­reer women, the ta­ble on the stoep is set with blue and white china and has a cer­tain re­laxed and ca­sual joie de vivre, the per­fect com­ple­ment to a de­li­cious spread.

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MUS­SELS WITH CAP CLASSIQUE AND SAF­FRON BUT­TER­FLIED KA­ROO LAMB WITH CHIMICHURRI SERVED WITH ORZO WITH LEMON

AND PARS­LEY RASP­BERRY AND VANILLA

BEAN GELATO

Si­mone Whit­taker

Si­mone Whit­taker, Lil­lian Schultz, Kathy Whit­taker and Kelly and Sheree Bates

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