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Rainy Days And Sundays - Butternut Relish

Rainy Days And Sundays - Butternut Relish

Inclement weather is expected to dry up in October. The rain running rivulets down the window panes as I type is a surprise. Shouldn’t be, you’d think, but, we’ve had such good weather for eight straight weeks, that I was ready to rip out the old bather to wallow in the shallows with...


Beefy Brown Onion Soup For The Ego

Beefy Brown Onion Soup For The Ego

Posted in Recipes / Soups

“Don’t worry, we all look terrible with these masks on Maricha.” Said an acquaintance I greeted in the grocery store today.  All I’d said was “Ha-wow!”  as my mask ballooned into my mouth.  It was clear she didn’t recognise me at all. My medical gloves made a painful snap as I pulled them on....


Wandering Closer To Home - Slanghoek - Kraalkloof Camp

Wandering Closer To Home - Slanghoek - Kraalkloof Camp

Butch and his colleagues meet up in their library every morning for coffee. He says “sometimes we talk law, but, mostly, we just catch up and chat.” Everyone knows our story by now, and often good trip ideas are shared. Last week he was tipped-off about a camping spot on a farm in the...


Around The World With A Wooden Spoon And Spatula

Around The World With A Wooden Spoon And Spatula

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes / Desserts / Soups / Drinks and Beverages / Travel

Pfft, to armchair travel we might think.  For the foreseeable future, it’s a new reality whichever way we look at it. The thought of not travelling is like telling a ladybird she may not save her children burning in their house. Dreadful. Unthinkable. Depressing. Every morning I throw back...


Rooting For Beets

Rooting For Beets

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables

My farm to table produce box from Groenstoor included, amongst many delicious offerings, a bushel of beetroot, and a bunch of carrots, and rooted sweet and bitter salad leaves. This morning, while I was grating an apple and pear for my breakfast Bircher, I remembered how, as children, we used...


Bolognaise Arancini - Flavour Bombs

Bolognaise Arancini - Flavour Bombs

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes / Starters / Miscellaneous

Arancini is an Italian dish consisting of small balls of Arborio rice, stuffed with a savoury filling, coated in breadcrumbs, and fried. Arancini is synonymous with Sicily. If you’ve never tasted arancini or made it yourself now is a golden opportunity to impress. Here it’s raining, cold...


Honey Badgers Don't Hibernate

Honey Badgers Don't Hibernate

I stopped laughing.  My one redeeming attribute is that I enjoy a good laugh, some start deep in my belly, others I try to suppress as they tickle my spirit, but, on the whole Butch and I enjoy a good old fashioned chortle.  When did merriment leave us?  Sometime, I can’t pinpoint, probably...


Covid19 Confessions

Covid19 Confessions

Posted in Recipes / Desserts / Baking and Cakes / Musings

Covid19 stumped even the writers of Horoscopes who did not predict this devastating pandemic. No, as far as all the psychics go, we’re still plain sailing. They’ve let us down miserably. My prediction for today. Cancerian. “Since Mercury is just about to turn retrograde, it’s best to keep...


My Saucy Pepper Beef Pie

My Saucy Pepper Beef Pie

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes

We thought the pie was delicious.  Butch’s mouth has been salivating for something like this for a while so I thought “Well why not?”  I didn’t make my pastry but bought a ready-made Puff pastry instead.  We all have our favourite one, I like using the Woolies All Butter Puff Pastry Sheets. ...


Sunday's Roast With Sweet Onion Tarte Tatin

Sunday's Roast With Sweet Onion Tarte Tatin

Posted in Photography / Recipes / Vegetables / Meat Dishes / Salads

Using staples from our store cupboard is always a bargain, especially over a weekend when you don’t want to put a foot wrong,  or into a shop. On most Sundays we like to take things easy, meals should be hassle free, but, always, delicious and preferably with something new. My parents often...


Breakfast Inspiration - BIRCHER

Breakfast Inspiration - BIRCHER

Posted in Recipes / Fruit / Miscellaneous / Travel

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration. I find we slip into a routine very quickly especially when it’s just Butch and I. Every meal is just a repetition of the day before as we’re both busy and meals at home just serve their nutritional purpose. Keeping us sustained and hopefully healthy....


Quiche Me Quick

Quiche Me Quick

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Salads / Starters

When  it's sunny and days can be spent on the beach with a book there is no time to linger in the kitchen. Quick, easy meals are called for. Having a few vegetarian recipes in your arsenal is always a good idea especially while on holiday. I find we need something “fresh” and that’s when...


Sunday AKA The Wife's Day Off

Sunday AKA The Wife's Day Off

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes / Starters / Festive and Christmas

In South Africa husbands give their wives “the day off” when THEY cook. This often happens on a Sunday Fun day. What it means is that we don’t have to stand in front of the stove, (normally a barbecue fire), and sweat it out. This day off doesn’t come cheap though. We earn it. Before we...


Safari On Super Suppers And Snacks

Safari On Super Suppers And Snacks

Gosh it’s been a long time since I’ve felt that spring in my step. A new shop opened in town, Nibbly Bits. As the name suggests they stock all sorts of delicious nibbly bits. I went all out and got us some treats. After my spree I met up with friends en-route to Prince Albert in the Karoo and...


Spicy Mexican Chicken and Corn Soup

Spicy Mexican Chicken and Corn Soup

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Before I do another thing I simply must share this delicious Spicy Mexican Chicken and Corn Soup. I made it in a jiffy last week and we all agreed this is the one everyone can do. It’s suitable at any time of the year. For those living in cold climes it will bring back happy memories of...


12  Fun Things To Do During A Wet Spell

12 Fun Things To Do During A Wet Spell

Here are my 12 fun things to do during a wet spell. Bragging rights in the car industry are earned when your new VW outguns the competition and goes from 0-60 in 2 seconds. Our summer went from balmy sunshine days to cloudy and wet overnight and kept Autumn up for 7 days.  All of a sudden we had...


Authentic Seafood Paella Recipe

Authentic Seafood Paella Recipe

A Spanish Paella packed with punch, traditional spices and ingredients. A conversation piece that looks more complicated than it is and tastes sensational In a previous life I was a caterer and this Paella recipe was a firm favourite with clients. It is fool-proof, easy and takes center stage...


Not Pie In The Sky - Old Fashioned Apple Pie With Nuts and Cranberries

Not Pie In The Sky - Old Fashioned Apple Pie With Nuts and Cranberries

Posted in Photography / Recipes / Baking and Cakes / Fruit / Videos

Did you know?:  The apples we buy as fresh have been hermetically sealed in a cold storage facility for at least a year!  Cold Storage works something like this: Organic-Hermetic storage or “hermetic storage”, consists of a sealed storage system containing a modified atmosphere. This means that...


Cape Salmon Is Summer - Fish Cakes

Cape Salmon Is Summer - Fish Cakes

Posted in Recipes / Fish

There’s absolutely no sense in living at the sea and one never enjoys fresh fish. Ironically when we wanted to buy a Cape Salmon, caught at this time, we couldn’t find one in Hermanus.  Cape Salmon is the queen of the seas in my opinion and I'll always go for that option. So... we had to turn...


Comfort Food Prince Albert Style

Comfort Food Prince Albert Style

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Meat Dishes / Desserts

Whenever I think of the Karoo and food there is only one thing that comes to mind.  It has to be lamb. Karoo lamb with lots of Rosemary.  Of course at this time of the year you might imagine a roast leg of Springbok, that’ll do too.  Treat it as if its lamb and the results are spectacular....


Romancing the Mill Stone - Sandra's Easy Stone Ground Whole Wheat Bread

Romancing the Mill Stone - Sandra's Easy Stone Ground Whole Wheat Bread

Posted in Recipes / Baking and Cakes / Videos

Here is a divine vegan whole wheat loaf.  Please ensure you use Stone Ground Wheat which contains no additives, unhealthy preservatives, sugar or is so refined it resembles something one can make lines with and sniff.   If you’re wheat/gluten intolerant give this recipe a try, I am and I...


Scones, Simply Whey Too Easy

Scones, Simply Whey Too Easy

Posted in Recipes / Baking and Cakes / Miscellaneous / Videos

My Mother-in-law was the Julia Childs of Karoo Kwezeen (Cuisine).  We were a good combination on the food front, she cooked it and I ate it, until I became quite poorly from over indulgence. Although very kind and patient I doubt she thought I had any mentionable talents and definitely not in...


Churning A-Whey Homemade Butter

Churning A-Whey Homemade Butter

Posted in Photography / Recipes / Miscellaneous / Videos

I am so excited. I made my own butter! It was simple to make and I can’t imagine why everyone doesn’t do it too.  Since most people are Banting or following Tim Noakes and his full dairy revolution cream and butter have become quite expensive.  A liter of cream still costs much less than 500g...


Keep Korma And Curry On

Keep Korma And Curry On

My new favourite quote, especially when my tiara slips fractionally.  Yes!  Sometimes it takes a change of heart, a change of attitude and courage to be in control of our minds and emotions.  It’s unlikely that we all wake up each morning and feel on top of the world.  Years ago someone said...


Dumpling Delicious

Dumpling Delicious

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes

We don’t have central heating, so our homes are colder inside than outside sometimes.  This has advantages, we warm up our homes with huge log fires, burn candles, have heaps of blankets and throws, we wear pajamas and bed socks, we fill our hot water bottles and switch on heated blankets. ...


Don't Mind The Gap

Don't Mind The Gap

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes / Musings / Videos

Age gaps and generation gaps are getting narrower and narrower at my age.  I have a beautiful friend who turns 18 today and shares the day with another who turns 80, yet another BFF turned 70 last week, I’ll be celebrating my 40th for the 21st time in a few days, later on I’m going to enjoy...


I Can Conclude I'm No (Food) Prude

I Can Conclude I'm No (Food) Prude

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Meat Dishes / Soups / Fruit / Musings / Videos

My beloved, who eats anything and everything, never complains and always says “thank you that was a delicious meal” (even when, on the rare occasion, we have deli pies, accompanied by a good dose of salts, for lunch) decided he had a weekend menu; comfort food.  On the one hand I was delighted,...


Mooching In My Flannel Pajamas On Sundays

Mooching In My Flannel Pajamas On Sundays

Posted in Recipes / Desserts / Fruit / Bread / Videos

On Sundays, as the good book commands, I take a day off.  Late out of bed, I enjoy my coffee and a rusk made by Butch, it’s too cold for my tootsies to shuffle downstairs to make coffee.  I read, catch up with friends on Social Media, read messages from my children and watch the short videos...


Giving Chicken A Spicy Pineapple Kick

Giving Chicken A Spicy Pineapple Kick

Posted in Recipes / Poultry - Chicken / Videos

Sweet and spicy are always a winner and go so well with chicken.  We decided to spice up our Sunday roast with a curried pineapple stuffing.  Chickens tend to be rather thick skinned and flavours don’t penetrate the skin so we loosened the membrane beneath the skin and popped our stuffing...


Easy Brinjal, Bacon Bake For Autumn Luncheons

Easy Brinjal, Bacon Bake For Autumn Luncheons

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Aubergine, brinjal or egg plant must be the king of versatility.  Nothing could be easier than this Brinjal bake, so perfect for long lunches on the veranda when leaves turn and days become shorter and cooler.  No one wants to spend hours indoors now.  I see beautiful Mouse birds are very busy...


Tantalizing Tomato Teazer

Tantalizing Tomato Teazer

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Fish / Videos

Last week we treated ourselves to a Fine Dining experience at the Conservatory, a pop-up restaurant Lekkerlek by Likoke (Lick Okay) inspired by the renowned Belgium Michelin Starred chef Piet Huysentruyt, who is rounding off his world tour in Franschoek.   The taster menu, inspired by...


BUCEANDO TORTE DE CHOCOLATE MEXICANO

BUCEANDO TORTE DE CHOCOLATE MEXICANO

Posted in Recipes / Baking and Cakes / Travel

Best chocolate cake in Mexico.  Carla and I can attest to that. On a recent visit to Mexico we enjoyed this magnificent chocolate cake.  Moist, packed with chocolate, yet light and not overly rich.  It certainly ticked all the boxes after a night out when one needed a Caffè and Torte....


What's Cooking Good Looking?

What's Cooking Good Looking?

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes / Videos

A few weeks ago Butch went off to the butcher to see what we could braai (barbecue), we regularly enjoy a steak, especially on Fridays. This time he returned with a Brazilian cut, PICANHA, recommended by the butcher.  Tender, packed with flavour.  Really hard to beat. Picanha is a cut of...


Greeky Portuguesy Chicken Espetadas

Greeky Portuguesy Chicken Espetadas

Posted in Photography / Recipes / Poultry - Chicken

On Sundays, if we're at home and have a desire to take things easy we do chicken. Ring the changes by smothering large Espetadas in a delicious easy to prepare Greek-style yogurt dressing.  Of course one can also use ordinary kebab or sosatie skewers too.  Just soak the skewers in cold...


Suffusing My Senses In Siena

Suffusing My Senses In Siena

Posted in Photography / Review / Recipes / Baking and Cakes / Travel

Most weekends, in fine weather, I enjoy a long walk along the cliff path in Onrus, I’m always touched by the names imprinted on plaques carefully laid in tiles dotted along the way.  These tiles of remembrance are mostly dedicated to loved ones or pets.  Sometimes it can be just a poem or...


Celebrating Effortless Summer Fare

Celebrating Effortless Summer Fare

I am so inclined to repeat my menus that it takes a luncheon with friends to inspire me to delve into old recipe books, files and faded food magazines, those I hoard. I always find inspiration as the clock ticks ever nearer and my “to do” list gets longer.  Our guests arrived dressed to the...


Bang! My Bubble Burst

Bang! My Bubble Burst

Like a shot in the dark. Unexpected, frightening and loud. That’s how 2017 set the standard. And look! A twelfth has almost gone, right before our very eyes. Fortunately I have no guilt feelings about not accomplishing one New Year’s resolution last year, I didn’t even try compiling a list for...


Simple Summer Salads With A Twist

Simple Summer Salads With A Twist

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Desserts / Salads / Fruit

When the sun beats down on the top of my head and I feel the need of a hat and sunnies know it’s time to dust off the platters and large salad bowls.  I find pleasure in digging in the napery drawer, flinging out the florals, stripes and coloured linens, the worn check napkins in shades of...


Winning Winter Warmers

Winning Winter Warmers

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Baking and Cakes

While we wallow with winter weather we wish-wash with water, wet, when willowy wind whistles.When we wake, winter withholds wondrously, while we wish weather would warm. Yes.I know. I'm trying my hand at alliteration. Reminds me of poetry slams with my son. This is the best I can do believe...


Stocking Up

Stocking Up

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes

In December all roads lead to Cape Town, Hermanus and Plettenberg Bay. But, in July, we take revenge and as soon as the school bags slam shut we flip our lids and head north to warmer climes, crossing the Orange River in droves as we migrate. Planning and packing the Engel (camping fridge) is...