31 DECEMBER 2010

The strangest emotion held me in its grip on the first day: I feared this new year. This was an alien awareness for me, as I had never given much thought to the end or beginning of any year. I had never made a New Year’s resolution in my life, and I was always pleased…

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A FOODIE QUIZ THINGY

Ten Questions : let’s find out how spicy the Foodie bloggers are. Let me know when you’ve posted. Was there a defining moment, or did you always know that you were a foodie? I can remember, as a very little girl, making little mud cakes in the garden and decorating them with flowers. What would…

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RESOLVE REVISTED

Talk of joy: there may be things better than beef stew and baked potatoes and home-made bread – there may be. David Grayson. We, as a family, have a passionate relationship with good bread. We seek out artesan bakeries and relish new finds. Not for us the supermarket government loaves; we lust for ciabatta, baguettes,…

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DURBAN CURRY

There are many different types of curry the world over; in South Africa the current trend is for all things Thai, but I often forget our local faithfuls: the Cape Malay and Durban curries. During the late 1800s, when South Africa was a British colony, thousands of Indian labourers were brought to then-Republic of Natalia…

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RESOLUTIONS UNRESOLVED

The photo has absolutely no relevance to this post, it is for my Northern friends, who are snow-bound. The post is a re-post in response to Side View’s weekend theme, because I still buy about 7 magazines a month. MAGAZINES: THE POTTERY CARROT AND THE PENIS-VASE I’ve given up on ever having my home featured…

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ABUNDANCE, GRATITUDE

And so it’s all done for another year. There were eight of us; more than enough food. Each little party went away with ample tin foiled-wrapped parcels, which means nobody has to cook today and all can make forays to the fridge as and when they’re hungry. Lunch was a leisurely affair, with swimming between…

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HOOTENANNY

It’s a scorcher of a day. Merry Christmas to everyone.

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CHRISTMAS EVE

The last dwindle of briefs that landed on my desk in early December were to write year-end messages for my clients to send out to their clients. Seems greatly ironic to me that I should be paid to do something that, ordinarily, someone should be able to do themselves; just pick up the phone and…

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EMPTY CITY

Sunset. Johannesburg is almost empty. Everyone has gone down to the coast. I am content to stay; I love the peace that descends here at this time of year. Someone, another stay-at-home, is having a braai a few doors down, with rowdy friends. I can smell that it is an inelegant affair; people will eat…

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NEW BLOGGER ALERT

Hi Friends I am about to pack it in for the night, but I wanted to alert you, especially my many vegetarian friends, to my friend Sonia Cabano’s brand new blog. Please go on and give her a nice WordPress community welcome … and any ideas or requests you may have for vegetarian dishes. Have…

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A TART FOR DALI, POPEYE AND OLIVE

Salvador Dali hated spinach with a passion bordering on fetishism. He said of it: “I detest spinach because of its utterly amorphous character….the only good, noble and edible thing to be found in that sordid nourishment is the sand.” I think that’s a really rude thing to say about this unassuming and faithful green. I…

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