‘Twas the night before Christmas….
All Chefs ready to go!
One of our busiest and fun-filled days of the year is Christmas. The carols were switched on and the Londolozi Kitchen started early to try and beat the already hot and steamy temperatures of the day.
Virginia, ‘Queen of Soups’ began roasting the tomatoes for her mouth-watering Tomato Soup, the Spinach and Coconut Tortellini’s were busy being rolled out, the Turkey in the oven, Cranberry, Sage and Pork Stuffing in their trays ready, Pork Bellies being stuffed with Porchetta and Oyster Mushrooms, Lamb Racks being brushed with Plum and Star Anise Infused Marinade, Spiced Sherry and Cider Cream Sauce reducing, Rib Eye’s being marinated, Christmas Vegetables – parsnips, red peppers, tenderstem broccoli and Fondant Potatoes being prepared, Christmas Puddings being steamed and Crème Anglaise being stirred – there was an amazing Christmas feel all around.
This year I designed two different menus to encompass the different “ambiance” in each of Londolozi’s camps.
Tree Camp, Granite Camp and Pioneer Camp were decked in Silver, White, Candelabras and Crystal with a delectable Five Course Tasting Menu paired with some of South Africa’s finest wines. On the tables we had the traditional African Christmas Tree – that of a baobab. Made by Cephas in Kwa-Zulu Natal, the baobabs, with roots facing up to the starlit sky, truly epitomise the simplicity and beauty of these trees.
Varty and Founders Camp guests walked into their Bomas (the outside eating area), with gold pineapple trees, red SchweSchwe cloth and illuminated with flares, lanterns, candle bags and twinkling giraffes! Salad and bread boards accompanied with Pestos and Tapenades, began the start of a delicious evening, where not a morsel was left for Santa!
At Londolozi, we may be away from our families for Christmas but as staff we are fortunate to have Dave and Shan Varty as our “surrogate parents” who open their home each year to us – their extended Londolozi family! There’s a ‘sharing circle’, a moment to share the special qualities of each person present on this day. After this, the traditional and highly competitive Cricket match took place –won by Boyd Varty’s team! It’s a day that reminds of how fortunate we are to work at the best place on earth!
The Londolozi Kitchen Team would like to wish all our guests a very Merry Christmas. We look forward to welcoming you back soon for more deliciousness!
What did you get up to on Christmas? Share with us below, we’d love to know…
Written by: Anna Ridgewell
Photographs by: Anna Ridgewell and Kate Collins