5 posts tagged Biscuit Mill
Given that I’ve been gushing about all things Biscuit Mill, I must also recommend that you visit the wonderful CocoAfair too, an organic bean-to-bar chocolate factory owned and run by business partners Thor Thorøe of Denmark and Antonino Allegra of Italy.
Thor tells how he came to South Africa wanting to start a social company producing raw materials for his ice cream business in Denmark. Once here he discovered that South Africa needed good chocolate! Made the decision to sell his business and in 2011 partnered with pastry chef and chocolatier Antonino Allegra to open CocoaFair. To quote them: “Together they are working to change the world, one piece of chocolate at a time!” As a chocolate lover, I much appreciate that.
I have visited CocoAfair on numerous occasion, firstly to take a tour with Antonino, where he showed me the process of chocolate making from roasting the beans to filling the slab moulds and moulding the truffles. Another time to attend a chocolate making course which got really messy. Loved it! Although it did leave me unable to eat chocolate for a couple of weeks after I indulged throughout like a naughty girl.
Since then I’ve returned simply to stock up on the delicious wares, with groups and to say hi when I’m in the area. They are always making something new and I appreciate how welcoming the team is.
Here is Antonino pouring the beans in for Crushing and winnowing.
Chocolate melted or Conching. This process develops the flavor of the chocolate, releases some of the bitterness and gives the chocolate its smooth quality.
The white chocolate, my favorite!
The shelves laden with yum!
Important info, the factory is at the Biscuit Mill and opening hours Monday - Friday (9-16) and Saturday (9-15). Don’t forget to buy loads of these whilst there! And I strongly recommend the tour and chocolate making course.
Whilst at the Biscuit Mill, I visited Saucisse Boutique Deli and was shown around and given an introduction by Amanda Lewis, who opened here with her Dad in a bid to keep the fresh food theme alive throughout the week - and not only on Market Days.
Amanda and Derek specialize in sourcing meats and cheese from small producers from all over South Africa. Amanda, a real food lover and qualified chef, says she ‘was inspired to open a deli called Saucisse, which is French for little sausage, after visiting the many charming hands-on owner-run boulangeries and charcuteries which play such a pivotal role in the every day life of each community in both France and Italy.’
Lucky for us, as this truly is one of the finest selections of personally sourced hand-picked food I’ve seen. I like too that they don’t have a menu, but encourage tasting and creating your own from what is on offer. The shelves are heavy with preserves, olives, oils, rubs, chocolates and treats, whilst the fridges burst with choice. Add freshly bakes bread, and a coffee from the neighbor Espresso Lab, and you have a winning combination.
Items are carefully packaged and look so wonderful I don’t want to unwrap them.
Beautiful baked bread, irresistible.
Amanda and her Dad Derek, the warm and wonderful team behind this special place so worthy of support. (Pic off the Saucisse website)
Every Saturday, no matter the weather, you will find the Neighbourgoods Market on 373 Albert Road in Woodstock the place to be. Open between 09h00 to 14h00. Established by entrepreneurs Justin Rhodes and Cameron Munro, who had a dream to revive and reinvent the city market concept. And this they have achieved!
Now every Saturday more than 100 traders from local farmers, fine-food producers, organic merchants, bakers, grocers, fish mongers, butchers, artisan producers and local chefs celebrated local chefs set up their wares and trade here.
There’s a wonderful sense of community here, loads of small enterprises, fresh fruit, veg and flowers - and delicious things to eat. Spoilt for choice! Here are some of the stalls I came across on my visit a couple of weeks ago.
Cutest wood-trimmed Cafeteria trailer (above) and below coconuts being cut up and offered in pieces, or just the coconut water, which has incredibly good health values.
A view inside, across the wonderful selection of stores.
One of the numerous craft beers on offer, Camelthorn beer.
Mary-Louise is one of the bakers and confectionary artists with sweets and treats that make temptation inevitable.
This was one of the more innovative prodcuts on offer, if you eat tuna and like biltong, this is your man. Biltong from the Sea.
These are just a handle of market merchants, there are as I said, about 100. Do go over with a hungry tummy and some time and explore the flavours and passion that this market is renowned for.
Every shop in the area is extraordinary and the Bedouin market on Saturdays has vintage clothing, handbags, shoes and beautiful craft times too. Word of advise - go early! It gets a little too busy to enjoy after 11h00.
I found Jesus outside a store at the Biscuit Mill in Woodstock yesterday, wanted to buy him, keep him safe, but he wasn’t for sale. I’ll keep trying. I know Jesus is everywhere, but honesty, I’d prefer to have Him at home …
Today whilst at the Biscuit Mill in Woodstock for a wonderful explore, I met Grandt of Grandt Mason Originals - and bought my first pair of g-mo footwear. Completely environmentally friendly, made from recycled fabrics such as old army tents, the unique tied-to-fit style and off centre cut are recognisable trademarks. Here are a few examples. I selected a pair of gorgeous pumps.I know I’m a shoe girls at heart, but these are local, hand-made and fabulous to wear … :)) For more see www.g-mo.co.za