Driving through the rolling South Down hills around Midhurst, its impossible not to notice that the window frames of many of the buildings in the area are pained a bright striking yellow. Signifying that they are part of the Cowdray Estate.
I will admit I know very little about pork pies. I have always enjoyed one now and again but would battle to explain why hand cut pies are preferable to other types of pork pie.
So when confronted by Jakes artisan pork pies at the Hampshire Farmers Market in Emsworth, instead of asking the obvious question, I was intimidated in buying one to try.
Which now calls for a visit to the Hornet Ale House to see if I can get a few more.
When Bill O’Hagen moved to England from South Africa in 1974, the English sausage had earned the dubious distinction of being the bin end of the market. They were stuffed full of rusk and scrap meat to keep costs down and looked as well as tasted the part.
He was a journalist at the time he started making sausages in his garage.
They became so popular with his work colleagues he was persuaded to open a shop, turning the industry on it’s head and ushering in a revival of the proud tradition of the English gourmet sausage.
O’Hagan’s fresh artisan sausages do not contain artificial additives or ingredients. Many of their recipes date back as far as the 1800’s when England was renowned for producing the worlds best sausages. Then there are O’Hagan originals inspired by years of passion, commitment and experience.
If you are on the way to the Augrabies Falls or Kgalagadi you won’t go hungry at Oma Miemie’s farm stall, situated in the Main Street of Kenhardt. They offer everything from breakfast to ‘potbrood’, ‘vetkoek’ and milk tart. It is also well stocked with a wide selection of marmalades, jams, jellies and chutneys as well as dried and fresh fruit, vegetables and other fresh farm produce.
Family run Nature’s Way is a traditional farm stall and deli where you can taste their Loredo Farm cheese which is made with fresh farm milk from the pasture fed Jersey cows . They also stock a wide range of local and imported cheese, jams, honeys, preserves and pestos, dressings, free range eggs, home bakes and their own artisan breads. The kids can watch the cows being milked and play around the farm stall whilst you savour a cup of coffee and wait to be prepared. To take home there is a choice of tempting homemade jams, pickles, dairy products, free-range eggs, fresh farm milk and olive oil on tap, as well as oven fresh bread for your trip along the Garden Route
To find Priella turn off the N2 onto the R43 and it is 3km down the road towards Hermanus . It looks like a farm shed that’s been done over as an eatery. But this is deceptive as it was purpose built. A cement floor, ladders and peeling doors strategically placed against the walls, add to the farmyard feeling, as do the collection of old household bits and bobs. They specialise in nostalgia with placemats that are old vinyl records.
The pie, chips, onion rings and gravy will satisfy most and if you happen to be around on a Sunday they do a three-course Sunday roast.
Open daily from 08h00 to 17h00.
The Baddaford Farm Stall can be found 8km out of Fort Beaufort on Queenstown Road tucked between the cliffs in a garden setting. They offer travellers something from just about everyone in the area who’s doing anything, from jams, sauces, chutney and preserves to cheese, rusks, cakes and melt-in-the-mouth shortbread. There are naartjies, oranges, lemons and grapefruit which are grown in the area and in season from May to September you can get avocados and pecan nuts.
Jonny and Janey Roberts
046 645 1215
Renette’s Candles studio in Lake Brenton, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa, is open from 8 – 5 daily. You are welcome to visit them during those hours. Should you require a specific candle size, fragrance or colour, it’s wise to order it in advance as their stock fluctuates constantly.
You can view their candles and enquire from their website. They also have a FB page and on Saturday mornings their candles can be found at the Scarab Craft Market in Sedgefield. They are also available at selected retailers nationally and can be couriered or posted to any destination!