Clement Pedro, Chef and Food Stylist on SABC 3’s Afternoon Express show, was in Aberdeen last weekend to attend Hannelie van der Westhuizen’s 50th birthday celebrations with his partner, food stylist and blogger Megan Daniels. Van der Westhuizen’s son, Dirk, is the set designer and floor manager on the show, and invited his friends along to experience some true Karoo hospitality!
They travelled from Cape Town to Aberdeen on the bus, and hired a car in Graaff-Reinet. Clem was thrilled to have the opportunity to cook for the extended van der Westhuizen family on Friday night, preparing a delicious and tasty lamb and springbok curry for 30 people, using all local ingredients. This was greatly appreciated by all.
This was the first time that Clem had visited the Karoo area, and he really appreciated the stillness and tranquillity. The clear starry sky was a sharp contrast to the skies over Cape Town! He also appreciated the distinctive and varied architecture of Aberdeen, and was most appreciative of the friendliness of the people he met.
Megan had travelled through the Karoo as a child, but had no recollection of the trip, so it was like a first-time experience for her too. She also loved the peace and quiet after the frantic pace of city life, and the couple is determined to come back and spend more time in the region. They were able to spend a few hours at the Valley of Desolation, and are looking to explore more of the area on their next trip.
She will no doubt be featuring the Karoo in an upcoming post travel blog on www.eatwithme.co.za