CRISP SKIES, RAINBOW-COLOURED ROOT VEGETABLES, STICKY GINGER PUDDING, GOOD COMPANY AND EASYDRINKING WINE SET THE SCENE FOR A MEAL AT PAUL AND ANNALIZE SAINSBURY’S HOME IN CAPE TOWN
Amore ideal partnership could not have been orchestrated. He with organisational and people skills surpassing the most successful competitors in the events field; she with a deep-seated love of food and refined talent in the catering industry. An invitation to the Sainsburys’ home for lunch is a golden ticket, guaranteed to deliver on many fronts: wine is curated by Paul; the table is bedecked with mosses and potted herbs, from Petals Flowers, glass plates and French cutlery – the kind of setting where a garden nymph wouldn’t feel out of place; even the food is ethereal, from the first bite of tender chicken roulade with date sauce to a baked ginger pudding, its stickiness offset by the crunch of caramelised popcorn.
And yet it’s not what one would expect. There’s colour, madness and a convivial chaos to it all. ‘Our house always looks like this,’ says Paul, indicating towards the open kitchen strewn with the detritus that comes with a constant flow of guests. There are open cupboards filled with bits and pieces of cutlery, platters galore and plates in every shape and size. The kitchen counter is a study in the cross-pollination of a lunch in progress, last night’s dinner (a heavenly looking chicken pie with a golden crust) ready for the next taker, a collection of jars filled with biscuits and nougat, and a plate of iced cupcakes for the kids, Mia and Jemma.
‘I’m actually very organised,’ says Paul. And so he is. Event producer and owner of Venturescapes, his working life revolves around conceptualising outdoor experiences that involve detailed planning for A-list clients. While Paul spends a lot
of his time travelling, annalize runs her own successful food business, escoffier Catering, and has cooked for the likes of oprah Winfrey, nelson Mandela and British royalty. ‘I think I may have been Marie antoinette in a past life,’ says annalize who is at the forefront of haute cuisine. Just as the lunch guests are leaving, the kids tumble in from school. ‘What’s there to eat?’ Mia asks Paul. annalize hollers from the courtyard: ‘Let them eat cake!’ Venturescapes
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‘An invitation to the Sainsburys’ home for lunch is a golden ticket’
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Lunch guests: (clockwise from left) Lauren Searll, Brett Blythe, Anne Dearnaley, Wayne and Nino Naidoo, George Dearnaley, Annalize and Paul Sainsbury, and Hilda and Hardie van Schalkwyk; hostess Annalize Sainsbury;...
Chicken Roulade with Creamy Date Sauce and Pumpkin Fritters OPPOSITE PAGE Annalize Sainsbury setting the scene