Bubbly and full of zeal isn’t a description of the Pongrazc MCC Pali served as a welcome drink but rather my attempt at packaging her amazing personality into a single sentence. Palesa Seabela more fondly known as Chef Pali Pali runs a culinary business aptly called Parsley On Thyme. Under this business she creates many delicious meals for catering, private events and any sort of bash you can think of.
I met this lady on the Team Fusion Hikes hikeaway and its just well, how else would I have found this amazingly talented young business woman that somer hosts such a great hangout?
Palesa transforms her Soweto family home into a chic Pop-Up restaurant that straddles Soweto’s unique kasi vibe with the rustic flare that can be found at trendy farmer’s markets. I was hungry! It was Sunday and there was wine. Really that could be the end of this blog post but I acknowledge that I have to give a little more detail than that.
Cheeky berry and MCC combinations in glass jam jars with cute straws that remind me of county fairs (from the movies obvs)
Out of three I chose the Butternuts soup. She had me at butternut to be honest but I will not ignore the bread that sealed the deal! This was paired with a Durbanville Hills Chardonnay which is fast becoming a favourite of mine.
I chose the carnivorous option. (shame!) It was a beef fillet medallions on mushroom risotto drizzled with balsamic and red wine reduction. Can I say how much I hate writing this post because of how hungry I am making myself and you? This was paired with a Durbanville Hills Cabernet Sauvignon. And yes I was speaking loudly at this point.
I’m going to be honest here. I ate everything. There were eclairs, cake, brownies and basically everything else that the witch from Hansel and Gretel build her house from. And I ate it all. The deserts were made by the sweet ladies at Vanilla Corner.
As usual the pictures will do a much better job of telling the story than I have. This time my excuse is that I’m hungry.
And now a word from our sponsors: Kofi Afrika, Vanilla Corner , Pongracz, Durbanville Hills Wines and Distell .
Images by the great Mothusi Molote