Out And About 10 July 2015: Big Roast

Out And About 10 July 2015: Big Roast

Lorena Gastaldi from Storybook Communications extended an invitation to me on behalf of TuberTek to attend a big roast to celebrate the Avalanche potato. This Irish potato has a rough skin and white flesh and is suitable to use in many different ways, as was showcased by Chef Kerien D’Offizi. I went out and about to The Foresters Arms in Newlands, my first visit to one of the oldest pubs in Cape Town.

Big Roast Out And About Friday 10 July 2015
Big Roast

We were served three soups to start – potato, braised leek and Camembert veloute with crispy streaky bacon and garlic croutons; fragrant prawn, potato and coconut laksa which was too spicy for my palate, and seasonal winter minestrone soup, potato dumplings and Grana Padana and basil oil. The roast meal consisted of a slow roasted Karoo leg of lamb which was a bit dry, 12 hour BBQ pork belly that was amazing, roasted seasonal vegetables, boardelaise jus, traditional roast potato, truffle’d potato gnocchi pommodora ‘al forno, pommes pure’ with Grana Padana and roasted garlic and potato and wild mushroom dauphinoise. There was also a madras spiced potato cigar which was not my favourite use of the potatoes at all. If that was not enough food, we were offered a dessert plate consisting of potato and banana beignets which were delicious and served with an Asian infusing maple dipping sauce which was more of a caramel on the plate. The 70% Belgium dark chocolate, potato and espresso fondant was far too dense for my liking and the candied walnut chantilly did nothing to tone it down. The decadent home made chocolate truffles were very decadent indeed! (spelling as per menu).

Disclosure: I was invited to attend this function without being required to blog about my experience. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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16 thoughts on “Out And About 10 July 2015: Big Roast

  1. I like the notion of beginning with three soups.

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    1. Me too, especially when it is so cold 🙂

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  2. Oh, be still my heart! This tasting sounds incredible. What a wonderful opportunity this was for you – I hope you enjoyed yourself. My mouth is still watering at your description of some of these dishes.

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    1. I love any occasion that includes food Susan 🙂

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  3. Sounds like a feast Tandy, potatoes are one of my favorite foods.
    cheri sharing the blog ♥ Banana Oat MuffinsMy Profile

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    1. Mine too Cheri 🙂

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  4. What a lovely way to spend your Friday evening. I’m getting hungry reading all the dishes you had, especially the BBQ pork belly. yummm!

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    1. The pork belly was perfect 🙂

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  5. Some interesting ways to use potatoes there – Tandy.
    Rachel (Rachel’s Kitchen NZ) sharing the blog ♥ Cauliflower Cheese Soup with a Hint of ChilliMy Profile

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    1. Some worked out very well Rachel 🙂

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  6. Tandy, I wouldn’t be able to resist an invitation to an all-potato event! I love potatoes in every form, but none more than plain (no garlic or herbs) mashed potatoes.
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    1. I can eat potatoes in most disguises as well 🙂

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  7. Wow, what a fabulous event!! Everything you ate sounds delicious.

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    1. Mostly, it all was 🙂

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  8. I feel like potatoes after reading that menu! It’s such a versatile ingredient. I wonder if we get this potato here!
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella sharing the blog ♥ Simplest Curried Pumpkin & Corn SoupMy Profile

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    1. Please let me know if you do, it is so versatile 🙂

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