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Ray’s Sassy Salad

Celebrity chef Ray Friedman of everybody’s favourite restaurant, Ray’s Kitchen at Emberton Estate, has shared a sensational salad to rival all others!

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s highlighted the importance of family, children and community! We therefore decided to conjure up a magical salad that celebrates, togetherness and our South African lifestyle! Our celebrity chef Ray Friedman of Emberton’s Ray’s Kitchen, let us in on his most sensational secret – and Ray’s Sassy Summer Salad is going to be your new favourite favourite! It’s fresh and it’s just a little extravagant, in keeping with Durban’s year-round sublime climate.

On the menu:

Panko crusted asparagus, marinated artichoke and herby goat’s cheese on baby leaves with a lime vinaigrette.

Ingredients for a salad for 2:

· 12 medium asparagus

· 1/2 a cup artichoke hearts

· 1 cup Panko crumbs

· Goat’s cheese (we use Belnori balls)

· 1 bag mixed baby leaves

· 2 eggs, beaten and seasoned

· Sunflower oil for frying

For the artichoke marinate:

· 1 bunch/handful Italian parsley, chopped

· 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

· 2 tablespoons olive oil

· Pinch salt and pepper

· Splash white wine vinegar

· 1/4 teaspoon pickled oregano

For the dressing:

· 40ml lime juice

· 40ml white wine vinegar

· 250ml light olive oil

· pinch salt and pepper

· 1 teaspoon honey (runny)

· 1 teaspoon smooth Dijon mustard


Drench the asparagus in flour, dip in egg wash, roll in Panko and shallow fry in sunflower oil until golden – set aside.

Drain artichoke hearts and halve – gently mix in parsley, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano.

For the lime dressing, whisk the mustard and honey into the vinegar and lime juice, and slowly add the olive oil whisking with vigour to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper.

Build the salad by gently layering leaves into the middle of the bowl – place the artichokes and goat’s cheese on the leaves, and dress with the dressing. Finish with the crunchy asparagus and a crack of fresh black pepper.

Adapted as published in The Crest Magazine, Dec-Jan 2021, Issue 98

Introducing the historic Clubhouse

The social hub of Emberton Estate is without a doubt, the chic clubhouse. As an AMAFA-registered structure, the clubhouse holds tremendous historical value to the town of Hillcrest.

What was once an old, traditional farmhouse, Collins Residential, the development team behind Emberton Estate, have rejuvenated the structure, kept much of the building intact, and preserved the history. This includes preserving the original Jojoba dark wood floors and pressed ceilings and cornices. As you step into the stylish clubhouse, the high ceilings and stained-glass windows hark back to a simpler time, where farmers in Hillcrest could spend their afternoons taking in the views of the Durban beachfront from their front porch.

The team from Wylder Jane Designs brought a balance between this old-world charm and superb modern finishes in their final interior design of the completed structure. Catherine Olivier played an integral part in the process and explains the various segments of this unique location. “The inspiration of the clubhouse is a tropical colonial aesthetic. We’ve looked to compliment rich colours with natural woods, grass cloth wallpaper and earth tones.”

From the colonial paddle ceiling fans, to industrial-retro lighting in the bar area, the combination of colours and shades have been seamlessly married into an original, comprehensive design. Emberton Estate embraces an outdoor lifestyle and the use of Areca palm trees is certainly appropriate. “It’s important to bring life to an interior and using foliage is a great way to do that,” explains Olivier. “With such beautiful high ceilings, the use of palm trees brings in the height variation of scale, perspective and acoustics, which was important for this project,” Olivier continues.

The Clubhouse has become the central social hub of Emberton and the greater Hillcrest area, as the famous Ray’s Kitchen operate their restaurant within the estate. Register your interest to learn more about the available opportunities within Emberton, so you too can enjoy having this great facility within walking distance of your home.

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