|Revered Cape food & wine fundi Michael Olivier. Follow him on Twitter: @manmetdiepan|
We formed an instant connection and were soon firm friends. Over the ensuing years, Michael became a treasured mentor. He encouraged and supported me with boundless enthusiasm, as he's done for so many newcomers to the Cape food world - budding chefs, young wine-makers, beginner food bloggers, and so on. Michael's rare generosity in sharing his expertise, with no expectation of anything in return, reminds me of that quote 'A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle'. He's also very funny, very clever, practical, implacable and stuffed with knowledge, which sums up what I want in a friend.
Last year Michael won the Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award from Eat Out, affirming his position as le grand fromage (The Big Cheese) of South African food & wine.
I know very little about wine - apart from being an expert in drinking it - and have not much interest in this area, so I hope Michael's inspired recommendations will teach me (and you) about a whole new world of flavour.
I must mention (with an exasperated sigh) that no money, favours or freebies are exchanging hands in this collaboration - it's only about a love of wine, food, and each other.
The first two recipes updated with Michael's wine pairings:
My Low-Carb Double-Cauliflower Cheese
Beef Shin, Tomato & Olive Stew