Want to try your hand at fine dining?
This is the perfect recipe to impress your friends and family over the holiday season.
Marie, De Oude Kraal owner and local Bloemfontein food expert and chef gives this recipe away for you to try your hand at easy find dining, the cherry, mango,fennel and duck compliments each other perfectly and the end result will blow you mind away.
The beauty of this recipe is, that Marie leaves you with a bit of imaginational while making it, if you want to add a little bit of this or that, its perfect, it makes the recipe true to you.
1 Whole duck (take out the breasts) – Grab the best duck you can find (fresh or frozen)
500ml Chicken stock
*Let it cool and debone
Cook until soft (approx. 3 hours)
Cook the stock till thick
2 tlps Fresh Ginger
250ml Mango Juice
50ml Soya sauce
200ml Duck stock
Fry the onion and green onion with spices and herbs, fresh ginger in soya sauce
Mix pulled deboned duck and flavour with salt and pepper
Place the duck skins in-between two oiled pans and place in the oven until crispy
Cook the fennel in the vegetable stock until soften.
Cut the fennel unto pieces.
Cook fresh cherries until their soft.
Ground the cooked cherries
Mix chicken stock, salt and pepper with the cherries
Fry the asparagus in butter
Dried onion (cut in thin slices and place in the oven)
Cut the skin into square pieces
Fry the breasts in fat. *NB The duck should still be pink on the inside
Let the duck rest for 5min and cut them into thin slices.
* Serve on top of the deboned duck.
Use the the cherries to garnish.
5 Single green Onions
100ml White Balsamic
100ml Olive Oil
20ml Lemon Juice
Salt & Pepper to taste
3 teaspoons fresh mixed herbs
Be creative in the plating, splash the cherry and place every element on the plate, use the photograph as reference.
While staying over at De Oude Kraal in our luxury accommodation, be sure to book for a fine dining experience, one of the best in Bloemfontein, the Free State and South Africa.
Happy Holidays from De Oude Kraal Country Estate and Spa Team.
De Oude Kraal Country Estate and Spa is situated on a 6th generation merino sheep farm in the Free State allowing you to experience the best of country lifestyle near Bloemfontein. De Oude Kraal Country Estate and Spa is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or a well deserved break to relax and recharge. Bloemfontein accommodation with a difference.
Meander through the forest like garden to one of the eleven private garden suites. The eleven Garden rooms each has it’s own unique individual interiors, hearty fire places and elaborate en-suite bathrooms with outside shower rooms to create an unbelievable country style experience.
To ensure you get the most of your getaway at De Oude Kraal Country Estate book a day at the spa for complete relaxation. All packages include a light lunch, your choice of drinks and the use of all spa facilities.
Enjoy a sundowner drive through the farm. Make sure to be on the lookout for some game.
End off the perfect day with a five-course meal at De Oude Kraal restaurant in the original farmhouse. As you walk through the old house you get to admire Gerhard and Marie’s stunning art collection, collected over the years. The five-course menu has become our principal meal, where the daily menu variations include a diversity of the season’s best foods. Marie and her team’s philosophy is that food must be prepared and presented with love.
Waking up for your second day at De Oude Kraal Country Estate and Spa take some time to appreciate the country life and scenery. Try out some of the hiking trails on the farm before you head over to breakfast. We have a lot of different activities on the farm, but some can just not be missed. Our clay pigeon shooting is one of our most popular activities on the farm, and promises to be a lot of fun. Check out all the different activities here.
De Oude Kraal’s new Feast restaurant is situated at our function and wedding venue. It operates Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 – 16:00. Feast serves an Al-la-carte menu from Wednesday to Saturday. Sundays we serve De Oude Kraal’s famous Buffet Lunches. Make sure to try the gourmet lamb patties burgers done with parmesan, coriander and stuffed with mozzarella served with her very own tomato jam or any of the wood-fired pizza’s.
Pop in at the De Skaap Kraal Shop. The shop is inspired by a love for all things native to the Free State. Make sure to get a memento of your trip.
There is just something extra special in the air on the farm on the day of a wedding. Even the animals play along greeting guests at the entrance.
Donavan and Lize got married on the most gorgeously sunny Spring day at De Oude Kraal Country Estate in Bloemfontein. You know two people are soulmates when they are relaxed and calm on the day and just can’t wait to marry their best friend and to get the celebrations going.
Oh and did they celebrate!
Wedding Venue: De Oude Kraal Country Estate | Photographer: Eye Poetry Photography | Videographer: Rooistoel | Decor: Grand Room Design | Coordinator: Envie | Wedding Dress: Casper Bosman | Makeup Artist: Estie Swart