Host: Jaatje and Willem

Stellenbosch, South Africa

USD
$64-$84 per person

Authentic South African braai in the Winelands

Host offerings
  • Rural farmhouse
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Jaatje and Willem

Jaatje and her husband, Willem are easy-going hosts that love sharing stories from their culture as well as South African staples from their kitchen. Jaatje (pronounced Yaatya) grew up on a farm in the Kalahari desert and moved to the Winelands where she has lived for several years now. Jaatje is a color consultant by day who changes spaces such as offices and homes with color to improve people's well-being. At night and on weekends she and her husband love hosting guests in their Stellenbosch home and love pairing proudly South-African wines with their food. Jaatje and her husband Willem love cooking and are on a quest to make cultured butter at home. Jaatje particularly enjoys the colors and textures that create delicious meals. They enjoy taking traditional Afrikaans, and other African dishes that they grew up eating, into a healthy and colourful modern taste sensation – tradition re-visited but loved all the same! Their residence is a very open cottage-style home situated near a farm at the base of a mountain range.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (2-8 guests) You will be greeted by Jaatje and Willem as you enter their cozy and comfortable cottage home. You will then enjoy a braai, South Africa's national obsession with barbecuing on an open wood-fire. Dishes you might try include authentic springbok meat from Jaatje's family farm in the Kalahari, lamb chops, boerewors (sausage), steak and seasonal grilled vegetables on the open fire. These vegetables change according to seasons but Aspatat (sweet potato on the fire) is a favourite along with charred, baked and seeded eggplant mixed with cumin and yoghurt or chakalaka. In addition, Jaatje loves serving raw vegetable salads with a blend of fresh herbs and spices such as a carrot or beet salad dressed with her friend's homemade botanical vinegar that is made on the farm. These dishes can be paired with wine if you choose the optional alcohol add-on. You will also enjoy some traditional desserts with a twist at the end of your meal.
If you'd like to try other traditional home-cooked South African dishes instead such as bobotjie (curry spiced meatloaf) or pap and wors (corn porridge and sausage), let Jaatje know ahead of time.

Notes: There are two large but very friendly dogs on the farm property that roam outdoors. If you prefer that the dogs stay outdoors, let Jaatje know so the dogs can be kept out of the house. Hanneke is a great friend of the couple who might join when guests desire a wine-pairing food experience.

Traveler reviews

We spent a wonderful evening with Jaatje and Willem at their lovely home. We learned so much about the authentic African cuisine prepared during our cooking lesson, and truly enjoyed sharing the delicious meal with our gracious hosts. Jaatje and Willem are a super friendly and very knowledgeable young couple who are passionate about cooking. It was an evening to remember!
- Patricia February 11, 2018

Jaatje and Willem are ideal hosts. They opened up their lovely homes and provided a warm atmosphere for a delicious meal. We even got to experience a vinegar tasting on their farm, which I highly recommend. From braai brekies out back to local wine, fresh vegetables and homemade pear birthday cake, our experience was more than a 10/10. Jaatje and Willem will be friends forever!
- Kaitlin June 22, 2017

South African food is a truly unique culinary experience, from the flavors and colors to the preparation and history. Being able to learn new and different flavors that truly are staples to this country was great fun. Jaatje, Hanneke and Willem are young and knowledgeable hosts, who share this great experience with enthusiasm and love for food, wine, and their culture.
- Kimberly and Daniel, Traveling Spoon Ambassadors

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Jaatje and Willem

$64-$84 USD

per person
100%
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  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $84 $64
Alcohol
$16 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $84 $64
Alcohol
$16 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
6:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Jaatje and Willem

Jaatje and her husband, Willem are easy-going hosts that love sharing stories from their culture as well as South African staples from their kitchen. Jaatje (pronounced Yaatya) grew up on a farm in the Kalahari desert and moved to the Winelands where she has lived for several years now. Jaatje is a color consultant by day who changes spaces such as offices and homes with color to improve people's well-being. At night and on weekends she and her husband love hosting guests in their Stellenbosch home and love pairing proudly South-African wines with their food. Jaatje and her husband Willem love cooking and are on a quest to make cultured butter at home. Jaatje particularly enjoys the colors and textures that create delicious meals. They enjoy taking traditional Afrikaans, and other African dishes that they grew up eating, into a healthy and colourful modern taste sensation – tradition re-visited but loved all the same! Their residence is a very open cottage-style home situated near a farm at the base of a mountain range.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (2-8 guests) You will be greeted by Jaatje and Willem as you enter their cozy and comfortable cottage home. You will then enjoy a braai, South Africa's national obsession with barbecuing on an open wood-fire. Dishes you might try include authentic springbok meat from Jaatje's family farm in the Kalahari, lamb chops, boerewors (sausage), steak and seasonal grilled vegetables on the open fire. These vegetables change according to seasons but Aspatat (sweet potato on the fire) is a favourite along with charred, baked and seeded eggplant mixed with cumin and yoghurt or chakalaka. In addition, Jaatje loves serving raw vegetable salads with a blend of fresh herbs and spices such as a carrot or beet salad dressed with her friend's homemade botanical vinegar that is made on the farm. These dishes can be paired with wine if you choose the optional alcohol add-on. You will also enjoy some traditional desserts with a twist at the end of your meal.
If you'd like to try other traditional home-cooked South African dishes instead such as bobotjie (curry spiced meatloaf) or pap and wors (corn porridge and sausage), let Jaatje know ahead of time.

Notes: There are two large but very friendly dogs on the farm property that roam outdoors. If you prefer that the dogs stay outdoors, let Jaatje know so the dogs can be kept out of the house. Hanneke is a great friend of the couple who might join when guests desire a wine-pairing food experience.

Traveler reviews

We spent a wonderful evening with Jaatje and Willem at their lovely home. We learned so much about the authentic African cuisine prepared during our cooking lesson, and truly enjoyed sharing the delicious meal with our gracious hosts. Jaatje and Willem are a super friendly and very knowledgeable young couple who are passionate about cooking. It was an evening to remember!
- Patricia February 11, 2018

Jaatje and Willem are ideal hosts. They opened up their lovely homes and provided a warm atmosphere for a delicious meal. We even got to experience a vinegar tasting on their farm, which I highly recommend. From braai brekies out back to local wine, fresh vegetables and homemade pear birthday cake, our experience was more than a 10/10. Jaatje and Willem will be friends forever!
- Kaitlin June 22, 2017

South African food is a truly unique culinary experience, from the flavors and colors to the preparation and history. Being able to learn new and different flavors that truly are staples to this country was great fun. Jaatje, Hanneke and Willem are young and knowledgeable hosts, who share this great experience with enthusiasm and love for food, wine, and their culture.
- Kimberly and Daniel, Traveling Spoon Ambassadors

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $84 $64
Alcohol
$16 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $84 $64
Alcohol
$16 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
6:00pm-9:00pm
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