Pesto Princess is turning 20 this month!
Birthdays have a funny way of making you look back nostalgically over your shoulder at how far you’ve come. When we ponder over the business journey, what makes us most proud? Is it that we’ve grown organically from food market traders to national supermarket and restaurant suppliers? Is it that we still make everything by hand, 20 years on? Is it that we’ve created 48 permanent positions, with 12 more waiting in the wings? Is it our core value: people and planet before profit? I could bang on about the brand, the fact that we don’t use preservatives, the small-scale farmers, the mentoring of young managers and the bootstrapping, but that would be missing the point entirely.
None of this would have been possible without YOU.
You have touched my life, and the lives of so many people without you even realising it. On the back of your support, our staff have been able to care for their families, see their children through matric, purchase their first home, their first car, travel abroad, study further and live life fully and in abundance.
We just don’t know how to thank you enough for making a substantial difference in our lives, in our business and our country, simply by supporting our locally made, ethically produced, preservative-free and darn delicious products.
Here’s to the next 20
Phyllo Cigars with easy Tzatziki
Perhaps you too have a big birthday or celebration coming up? These Phyllo Cigars with easy Tzatziki are always devoured with gusto!
Salami & Cream Cheese Bites
Sometimes the simplest snacks are the best snacks. Whip up these Salami & Cream Cheese Bites and add your favourite ‘extras’ like gherkins, radishes, spring onions and olives.
Savoury Celebration Cake
Food styling and photography by Michelle Parkin.
Food assistant: Lichelle May
Michael Olivier’s Choice
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2015
This was the very first Champagne style wine made in South Africa by Frans Malan of Simonsig Wine Estate in the early 1970s. Excellent for a celebration but a complete joy with food at any time.
Looks like Bottled in a traditional Champagne shaped bottle, under a natural cork closure and the little wire muzzle. In the glass, it is a gem-bright pale golden straw with the tiniest of bubbles rushing to form a crown around the edges.
Smells like Tickly bubbles, Granny Smith apples, and ripe, white-fleshed peaches.
It tastes like From entry, it is an exciting drink, bubbles dance on the tongue, and the wine fills the mouth with its fresh acidity well into the long aftertaste.