RECIPE: Steamed waterblommetjies with bobotie cream sauce & savoury granola

August 15th, 2017

Preheat the oven to 175°C. In a bowl combine 125 g rolled oats, 25 g pistachio nuts, 25 g walnuts, 25 g pumpkin seeds, 15 g white and black sesame seeds, 5 ml fennel seeds, 2 ml crushed coriander seeds, 2 ml cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper to taste.

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August 6th, 2013

A great Boland convention is waterblommetjiebredie (a delectable, hearty stew). Waterblommetjie (Aponogeton distachyos) literally denotes “water flower” and is endemic to the Western Cape.  During the ...

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Along the Vlei

June 3rd, 2013

We grow an exceptional range of food plants at Babylonstoren.  The Cape’s mediterranean climate is one of the reasons that so many plants from around ...

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Young Waterblommetjies

May 25th, 2012

A perfect accompaniment to the cold, wet Cape winter weather is a warm pot of waterblommetjiebrede, made with the flowers of a waterlily plant – ...

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The Potjiekos champs!

October 4th, 2011

Over the weekend Team Babylonstoren – represented by our farm manager Hannes, and Suzanne, the wife of our winemaker,  Charl – took part in a ...

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Guava ‘sparklers’

September 13th, 2011

Babel is making guava ‘sparklers’ with fresh Cape pondweed (also known as waterblommetjies), grown a stone’s throw away in our own ponds. Because the ...

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A Pond for Scented Lilies

June 28th, 2011

We have just finished the pond in the indigenous fragrance garden and are now eagerly waiting for new lily leaves and flowers to appear above ...

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