Midlands Food Celebration


Good food producers from Dargle celebrate at the book launch. Photographer: Nikki Brighton

East Coast Radio proudly launched their second recipe book – the sequel to the international award-winning East Coast Tables – at a celebration of Midlands’ food at Blueberry Hill in Nottingham Road recently. Meander Fine Wines set the scene with delicious wines from Foothills, Muratie and Newton Johnson Estates as local foodies paged through the book, shared recipes and secrets of where to find the best ingredients. The colourful book highlights food and ingredients from KwaZulu-Natal’s inland region – travelling through the Midlands right up to the Drakensberg. This is not just any recipe book – the farm-to-plate documentary style features contributions by local cooks and chefs, personal interviews and stunning location photography by Clinton Friedman.

Erica Platter, writer, is very excited about the finished product. “This latest, Inland edition, includes recipes based on all the superb stuff grown in inland KZN. Everything from exceptional trout; cheese, butter and cream; chickens and eggs; porcini mushrooms; the best beef in the country; the best potatoes; the finest wheat; the plumpest chicken; lamb which knocks spots off Karoo meat; we even grow the best cabbages. It’s one big farm!”

Besides being crammed with fabulous recipes, the book paints a picture of how people in our community farm and fish, cook and eat – singing the praises of farmers and food people, chefs and cooks – truly celebrating KZN on a plate. It offers a glimpse at extraordinary, often unsung, and fascinating food heroes which should make us proud of our common and contrasting food heritage, and of our beautiful local produce.

East Coast Tables – Inland Edition will hit the shelves on 8 July at a cost of R295.