I have written before about my love of the now "not so new" shopping complex in Claremont, Palmyra Junction. It took me a while to get used to it and I still feel as though I am being unfaithful to the Belvedere Woolworths (which served me well) but the Palmyra Junction is on my route to and from work and I have grown to love it more and more.
Besides meeting with 3 friends, who were shopping there, and who I have not seen for ages, the one owner (not Chris) was really keen to get me and another customer to join him for a glass of wine. His girlfriend/daughter was not that keen and although I had a long wait (and the wine was tempting) my mouth was full of stitches and the horrible antibiotic I have been on for 2 weeks has NO ALCOHOL stuck all over the very small container about 5 times (are they trying to tell me something or what?). We all got talking and he was interested to find out what we thought of a cookery demonstration evening. They are already open on Wednesday and Friday nights for dinner. We have not been there yet but Jan and Ellen have, a couple of times, and apparently it is great. You can buy your chilled bottle of wine at Woolworths and eat in the forecourt. I think it will be ideal when summer finally decides to arrive. A great venue for a small party as well.
So besides the friendliness of the owners and staff, the fish is awesome.
This week I bought a packet of their frozen clam meat - around R40.
After our trip to Boston where I thoroughly enjoyed the New England Clam Chowder, I have been experimenting with making my own. It is so easy to make a relatively inexpensive dish and because it is quite rich it serves you well as a main course. Southern Cross also sell a wonderful frozen fish stock (R12).I browned the onions and celery in butter, added the frozen clams, the fish stock and then the finely diced potatoes. Ina Paarman's Spice for Fish, Spice for Potatoes, a few dried lime leaves, lemongrass. Don't ask what else because I don't really follow recipes very well (or remember exactly what I did).
It all simmered nicely in my frying pan and then I added a punnet of fresh cream. (Sorry I must have got distracted because there are no "after" pictures of this magnificent chowder). Served with lovely crusty bread (from the Woolies bakery (sorry Knead)) and ground black pepper it is a great meal. It is quick and easy and very tasty. In Boston they often serve it in a cut open bread roll, like this:-
(I thought mine looked better than this one but this is a great idea, if you
can find the right kind of large, crispy, deepish bread roll -saves on
the washing up as well!!)
Southern Cross - 021 671 5002
Oh and on the subject of fishing....
I am fishing for votes
Russia and the Czech Republic - how awesome is that?