A friend from way back when, mad Irishman; Michael, and his brother, Paul, came for lunch. We were blessed with a beautiful, sunny Highveld afternoon.

I served a butternut, parsley and lentil soup to start, with my friend Melanie’s party trick: a crusty French loaf stuffed with smoked oysters and garlic butter.

Our main course was snoek (popular South African fish, of the baracuda family)  which I had marinated in lime juice and rainbow peppers, with a salad I made for the first time: new potatoes, zucchini and olives, with sundried tomatoes I had soaked in a vermouth and herb reduction.

Paul is a cordon bleu chef and pronounce it the best meal he has had in a long time.

I love cooking for appreciative guests …


25 Comments Add yours

  1. buttercup600 says:

    My mond water so baie vir ‘n lekker stukkie snoek…niks in die wereld soos dit nie!! Ek doen “food critique” vir ‘n plaaslike koerant in my vrye tyd (once a month) en jou resepte en kos lyk altyd tops en ‘n defnitiewe wenner in my opinie!! The crusty French loaf stuffed with smoked oysters and garlic butter is ‘n wenner en ek gaan dit beslis probeer!!! Yummmm!! xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Dankie buttercup, ek het eintlik gedink jy doen dit voltyd, want jou eie kos lyk altyd so professioneel. Daai brood was verskriklik lekker, ek gaan dit sommer gereeld maak.
      Cut a French loaf in half, lenghtwise. Smear insides with garlic and butter, pack with smoked oysters (or mussels). Close the loaf and make one-inch-interval cuts to almost the bottom. Cover in tin foil and heat through prior to serving.

  2. Paula says:

    Hi Cin! Invite me over sometime for a meal, would you? I don’t eat much, but I am very appreciative! The only thing in the menu above to leave out are the olives (unless they are ripe!). I never developed a taste for the green ones.

    BTW, I don’t know what the problem is leaving a comment on my posts…oh well! You can leave one here if you like – I’ll check back! Also, for a laugh, check out my post on “You know you’re getting older when…” I’d love to read some of your observations on the subject!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh Paula, I would love to have you at my table someday 🙂

      (I found a way around the comment problem, from now on I will be your anonymous visitor)

      1. Paula says:

        Thanks, Cin! It worked! In case you don’t wander back over there, here is my reply to your comment:

        “Anonymous” works for me, and say! Wouldn’t you love to own the copyright on that name? Talk about royalties due! We could be rich! I’ll be “Ms. Anonymous,” and you can be “Ms. Author Unknown.”

        BTW: You know you’re getting older when you amuse yourself more than anybody else! 😀

      2. theonlycin says:

        hahaha … in that case I just cracked myself up 🙂

  3. MissChris says:

    Nou maak jy my weer van voor af honger – siesa vir jou!!

  4. nrhatch says:

    That soup sounds yummy!

    I’ve made butternut squash soup and many versions of lentil soup, but never together.

    Paired with garlic bread. Mmm . . .

  5. suzicate says:

    Lovely, wish I could have partaken that meal!

    1. theonlycin says:

      While we watched a slide show of your hikes …. 🙂

  6. adeeyoyo says:

    Sounds wonderful, Cin. 🙂

  7. Tokeloshe says:

    Ah ! Snoek!

    Stunning photographs as well as food.

    What camera do you use?

    I love the Blink Stefaans cups 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      A teny weeny (but loyal) Canon PowerShot SX110IS, birthday present.
      The Blink Stefanus cups were just a randon present 🙂

  8. Kavita says:

    good god!! I think I got a whiff of those aromas here as well… lentil soup…yummmiiieee!!! And the Snoek dish looks …slurp slurp! I just got back to having seafood after a year-long break… and so this sooooo tantalizing to to my taste buds AND eyes!! 🙂
    Awesome pictures… they sure have justice to the efforts you and your friend put into making those goodies..

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Kavita 🙂

  9. slpmartin says:

    Oh my…lets see.. I could schedule our next holiday in SA…especially when such fantastic food is possible. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’d love it here, some of it anyway 🙂

  10. Hmmmmm, it just looks and sounds… délicieux !

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the visit Isa.

  11. Jingle says:

    your post is fabulous!

  12. Jingle says:

    I am doing this to show my appreciations to your support.
    if you accept one or two and share, then that’s a great bliss,
    no obligations…
    Happy Sunday ahead!

  13. Cindy! How can you have such scrumptiously sublime food pics on your blog when I am on a D I E T ? One thing I hope is that when I come for that bottle of wine, I am going to get invited for dinner too…and then you know what…SCREW THE DIET!!! 😉

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