If you’re pressed for time yet aiming to impress you can’t go wrong with the Sedgwick’s Original Old Brown infused Undinian Mussel dish.

Inspired by Captain James Sedgwick’s and his many voyages at sea on the clipper Undine, this delicious and aromatic dinner transforms an ordinary Tuesday into a feast fit for any seafaring adventurer.

Undinian Mussels

Serves 4

1 kg mussels, beards removed and cleaned

2 celery sticks, finely chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

15 ml finely chopped garlic

30 ml olive oil

30 ml garam masala or curry powder

180 ml Sedgwick’s Original Old Brown

250 ml cream

Fresh limes and fresh coriander leaves to serve


  1. Make sure the mussels are clean. Use a big, heavy based saucepan with a lid. Fry the celery, onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft and translucent.
  2. Add the garam masala and stir through. Place the mussels in the saucepan with the Sedgwick’s Original Old Brown. Close the lid and leave for 7-8 minutesshaking thesaucepan intermittently.
  3. Remove the lid and discard any mussels that did not open. Add the cream and heat through. Serve the mussels with fresh limes, coriander and crunchy farm bread.



Sedgwick’s Original Old Brown is one of South Africa’s oldest wine brands and although first produced in the late 1800s, was only launched in 1916. It is named after Captain James Sedgwick, a frequent visitor to the Cape of Good Hope, who made the Cape his home in 1853.

He opened a tavern, the Captain’s Rooms which led him to establish J. Sedgwick and Co, a company trading inliquor products, including fortified wines, as well as cigars and tobacco. After his death his sons took over the business and as part of their rapid expansion, created new products and one of their fortified wines they called Old Brown Sherry. And so one of South Africa’s most iconic brands was born.

Sedgwick’s Original Old Brown is available nationwide from leading liquor outlets for about R28.

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