Quirky Quinces

Last weekend, great friends from Cape Town were in the village.  Dave had a gig, TableJayneDaveMar2015and Jaynie came along for the ride, so they combined it with a bit of time away from the city.

We don’t often see them, so in celebration, I pulled out all the stops – well, most of them, anyway!  I say not quite all because I decided to experiment.  As I do.  But usually not for a dinner party.  That said, Jaynie’s also a cook and foodie with green fingers and if there was a disaster, I was in good company!

Since our visit to Babylonstoren, nearly a year ago, I’ve been wanting to experiment with quinces.  They grow all over the village, making hedges along the streets, fruit hanging there for the picking!

Quinces along the road

I’ve not got so far as making quince jelly, but know that quince works well with pork and lamb.  We resolved to have pork and the Husband who does much of the shopping, I confess, came across de-boned, smoked pork neck in the local supermarket.

What did I think?

The original intention had been to slow roast the quince slices under the pork joint, but I had to come up with plan B.  Quinces take a long, long time to cook and a smoked cut would take not nearly that long.  So the quince slices were par roasted with a little olive oil and salt before joining the rest of the bits on the weber.

The results were better than expected.

Quinces and roast hamThe ham, because that’s what it was, in addition to roast potatoes, was served with red cabbage and carrots, all from the garden.

Quinces:  beautiful, golden and delicious.


Diane McLean’s fabulous work and other great South African artist’s works can be seen (and purchased) at the Portal Gallery, De Rust.

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2 thoughts on “Quirky Quinces

  1. MMMMMMmmmm … quinces! My mom used to make quince jelly – we had a tree in our garden in Johannesburg. I wish I could grow one here, but our winters get way too cold.


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