FLYING COWS AND DUTCH PRINCESSES

From the Culinary Calendar on this date in history:

In 1930 At the St. Louis International Air Exposition, a cow supposedly flew in an airplane for the first time, and this same cow became the first cow to be milked while flying. Most likely the first true flying cow dung also.

I shall wonder about the cow’s experience whilst I sit on board my flight to Cape Town tomorrow en route to the long-awaited Food Bloggers Indaba.

It’s been a good week and Wednesday evening brought two special delights; I arrived home to find a case of a previously-unknown wine, and had the pleasure of a dinner with three special women around my kitchen table. This dinner has become an annual event; this being our third year. Happily, our gatherings will become more frequent; one of the ladies is a German, from Namibia, who is embarking on her MBA at the Wits University School of Business, so she will visit Johannesburg far more frequently. She is a vegetarian and I made my spinach pie, which yielded nice leftovers for my office lunch yesterday.

 

Our dinner had nothing to do with the case of wine, (we drank red; lots of very good red) which is Dutch-styled and is, as it says on its label By appointment to H.S.H. Friedrich 5th Prince of Solms-Baruth.

Princess Amalie zu Solms-Braunfels was immortalised by Rembrandt in 1632. After her marriage to the Prince of Orange, she played a significant role in Dutch political life. Her grandson, William III, King of England, provided refuge and financial support to thousands of French Huguenots after the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685. Among these, some 180 souls were relocated to the Cape and granted farms in the immediate vicinity of Delta (then called Zandvliet) where they laid the foundations of the modern South African wine industry.”

 

Happy weekend, friends. And remember the Latin proverb:

It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend, one’s present or future thirst, the excellence of the wine, or any other reason.”

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51 Comments Add yours

  1. u r really running my will ragged w your sensory photos of food. i’m forever hungry when i read your posts.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sorry Doc, will try to post more salads 😉

  2. I cannot think of anything else other than the fun you are going to have at the Food Bloggers Indaba! I am slightly green that I won’t be there though.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Best you plan to be at next year’s one, Mandy! xxx

      1. *Crosses fingers, toes, legs, arms*

      2. theonlycin says:

        *crosses all protruding bits*

  3. oooh we used allthe reasons, didn’t we!

    that tart was yummy, thanks so much

    now you have to have a really wonderful weekend, hug all the luvvies for me, specially my colly and sue!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will do so, Sidey, sorry you’re not coming too!

  4. Chantelle (JustMe) says:

    I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET YOU!!!!!!!! ONE MORE SLEEP!!!!!!! Sorry, I’m not shouting, it’s just excitement *jumps up and down*

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’M SHOUTING TOOOOOO! AS EXCITED AS A LITTLE GIRL 🙂

  5. leigh says:

    Celebrate!

  6. souldipper says:

    What a thrill – I feel as though I’m with you. Thank goodness you love to write and provide such great photos. Have a blast.

    BTW – that spinach pie looks divine.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh Amy, I am going to have such fun, will dip my toes in the ocean and think of you 🙂

  7. Enjoy the Indaba. Love the proverb, and they say Latin has no use.

  8. Tandy says:

    that label should remind you of ‘home’. Fly safe 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Running around trying to find FRAGILE stickers for my suitcase for the return flight 😉

  9. Tilly Bud says:

    Love the wine drinking reasons.

    We try to buy only South African wine. It’s the best in the world as far as I’m concerned.

    Enjoy the Indaba!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I agree about the wines being the best, tilly. Have a fab weekend.

  10. MissChris says:

    Have an absolutely awesome time Cin!! Enjoy enjoy enjoy! xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      You should try to come to the 2012 Indaba, Chris. {hugs}

  11. Quite jealous over this whoel Indaba thing. Wish i was arriving a day earlier and managing to squeeze it in. Maybe that’s a reason to drink!!
    xx

  12. granny1947 says:

    Who is the German?
    Napier?
    Ulla?
    Do I know her?????
    Gee…I hope I get to see you guys this weekend!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ulla.
      And we prolly won’t see you, staying in Gordon’s Bay. But I hope to be back in April. Love you. xxx

  13. How nice to dine with friends! I love spinach pie. I haven’t made one in a long time. Yours looks delicious! Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Love and light over the weekend, Carol. xxx

  14. nrhatch says:

    Have a super FUN & splendiferous weekend, Cin!

    We’re having a visit today from my older brother and his family! Kids are 13, 11 & 11 (TWINS!). Haven’t seen them much since moving to Florida so we shall have a GRAND time of it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Wow, I am sure it will be bliss having the fam over, enjoy 🙂

  15. Better yet: “Always carry a flagon of whiskey (or wine, in your case), in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.” – W. C. Fields

    1. theonlycin says:

      Such sage advice 😉

  16. slpmartin says:

    I may have to come to SA just to try the wines. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      When you do, you know you have a bed to sleep in and table to eat at 🙂

  17. Liane says:

    If cows come home by plane, they’d be home a lot quicker, won’t they! 😉

  18. colonialist says:

    *superior smirk* The cow flying over the moon pre-dated that!

    Good company; good food; good wine; bliss!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was superb, Col 🙂

  19. Nice! Enjoy the food blogger event. Look forward to your post/s on it. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      I expect there will be a volley of posts 🙂

  20. I did like the flying cow :-}

    1. theonlycin says:

      Didn’t find it strange?

  21. Rita says:

    There’s nothing you can do: you LOVE wine, do you? Me, too! 😛

    1. theonlycin says:

      Cheers, rita *clink*

  22. Naomi says:

    Looks totally DELICIOUS, Cindy – and the wine! Have a ball in CT!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Must get together soon, Naomi 🙂

  23. lifeinarecipe says:

    The spinach pie looks awesome…I hope you will share the recipe. I love anything with spinach! I am still full from dinner, but the sight of that pie is making me hungry! Enjoy your weekend!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will post the recipe, I have done so before, but many people have asked for it since. Have a good weekend, Cindy.

  24. Owhhh, I do love the 5 reasons to drink wine 🙂 As I sip on a little chilled glass of reisling, I’m sure it fits the bill somewhere in that list. Have a great weekend Cindy…, can’t wait to hear more on your bloggers conference/gettogether 🙂

  25. You may think me crazy but I decided to take up drinking. Just a little here and there. I thought it a good way to incorporate more “red” into my diet. Maybe relax my stiff muscles. As I was on the wine aisle in the grocery store I was so amused by the inventive names on the labels. It was quite fun just too read them all. I might be inclined to buy just because of their funny names. I chose Riunite Lambrusco as suggested by my father. Honestly I am wondering if it is just me or does all wine really taste like vinegar? I did manage a lot more than usual today so if it’s the wine I will just learn to like it. And yes I had some for breakfast! With my chocolate soup that was supposed to be Mocha Pot de Creme!

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