HOT (AND NOT) IN THE CITY

Something that never ceases to bemuse me about Johannesburg is the phenomenon of the restaurant-with-a-view-of-the-car-park.  Most restaurants are placed on the outer edges of malls, presenting vistas of rows of cars.  It may be that this has much to do with the Johannesburger’s obsession with cars as status symbols, as opposed to the Capetonian’s preference…

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THE PERFECT LUNCH FOR SUPAGRAN’S BIRTHDAY

Why this is such a good meal: (source: Wikipedia) TUNA Canned tuna is a prominent component in many weight trainers’ diets, as it is high in protein and easily prepared. Tuna is an oily fish, and therefore contains a high amount of Vitamin D. A can of tuna in oil contains about the Adequate Intake…

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BITS & BOBS : GRATITUDE

There seems to be a technical glitch on WordPress at the moment and some of us are not receiving email notifications for blogs we subscribe to; this may account for my absence from some of my friends’ blogs.  Another reason for my current low-activity on the blogs is the fact that we have school holidays…

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THE SPRING RAINS ARE COMING

I am reposting this.  With our rains in smelling-distance, Stomp would have been very busy getting his garden ready … In May 2008, South Africa was beset by violent xenophobic attacks on foreign, migrant workers.  62 people died and many lives were affected.  This is a diary entry from my journal during that time.  …

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GOOD FOOD & WINE SHOW 2010

We got lost on the way, resulting in a scenic trip that lasted an hour and a half, instead of 20 minutes, which may have slanted my view of the whole experience, but I was dreadfully disappointed at the annual Good Food & Wine Show. The Bunn and I had planned a girly day; I…

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NATIONAL BRAAI DAY

South Africa celebrated National Braai Day yesterday.  I was disappointed that there was no initiative to encourage the nation to burn alien vegetation and so to preserve our indigenous trees, my personal choice was my trusty gas griller.  Ours was a low-key affair, the household members had things to do and places to go; the…

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THE GUARDIANS OF THE RAINBOW

  In 2008, I entered a competition for short story writing in which the story had to conclude with the following line: “The guardians of the rainbow don’t like those who get in the way of the sun”.  The story also had to use the above image.   I won the competition, here is my entry:…

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LET’S HAVE GREEK, HONEY

Local food writer, Angela Day, has a column in The Star newspaper.  I seldom read the paper, but OLAM (OurLordAndMaster, as we sometimes refer to Old Spouse) does daily.  Her Monday column dealt entirely with honey and he spotted this recipe and asked me to make it; a rare request, he seldom asks for something…

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LENTIL-STUFFED ROAST CHICKEN

There is something very right about roast chicken on a Monday night; it is comfortingly reassuring after the anti-climactic return to work following a wild weekend. It also provides ready sandwich filling for Tuesday’s lunch, or – in my case – the inspiration for Tandy’s Take 5 Tuesday Pasta dish. Monday afternoons are hectic in…

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VERRRRY STRRRANGE FOOD

The South African national sausage is boerewors.  A funny word that makes small English children giggle uncontrollably.  Both the rs are trilled and the w is a strong v-sound.  BoorrreVorrrs! With the coming weekend marking our National Braai Day – the rather surreal initiative of our government to get everyone to up their carbon footprint…

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