With little alternative I have adapted to living in Johannesburg and even come to love the grand old Highveld lady. But, when I go to Cape Town and leave the airport, something happens to me; my soul breathes more deeply and there is no denying that I am home.

My friend Susan and I had timed our flights perfectly, she flew in from Durban to attend the South African Food Blogger Indaba, and our host, Tandy, fetched us. Many people stared as we met in the arrivals hall, shrieking and hugging one another.

We made our way to Tandy’s home in Gordons Bay, where Tandy cooked delicious meals for us. First was a lunch of caponata, (Tandy had made this as her entry into the Vin-atics challenge) with flatbreads.


On Saturday evening we were joined by longtime friend Chantelle, and treated to a four-course meal that included a starter of gazpacho (with a divine home-baked olive bread) and crayfish cooked on the fire by Tandy’s husband Dave.

After a riotous night of wine and laughter, we fell into bed (top bunk for me) and snored away until it was time to do our early trip to the other side of Cape Town to attend the Indaba.

Part 2 to follow.


69 Comments Add yours

  1. Beadz2Pleaz says:

    Look forward to following it all 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Warning: you may get tired of it *wink*

  2. ah. too sweet! have a grt time

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m still basking in the afterglow, Doc 🙂

  3. Supa says:

    Snore, me? never! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      We wished you were there 🙂

  4. Tandy says:

    I should have made a sign for the airport! It was such an amazing weekend, thank you 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  5. leigh says:

    Windscreen view says it all 🙂

  6. Wonderful to feel home: in so many ways. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I leave a little piece of my heart behind every time I go there.

  7. I just can’t seem to wash this Shrek Green tinge off my skin!! Sounds like T spoiled you lot rotten with a Crayfish extravaganza!!!! xxxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      She did, Jan, we were so lucky.

  8. Greg says:

    Crayfish! Yum! Sounds like you had a great time Cindy. Can’t wait for part 2 in which I assume you’ll be reporting back on the Indaba itself? FBI2011 sounds like it was a heck of a lot of fun, and hugely successful? (I was sorta following along with the Twitter tag…)

    1. theonlycin says:

      I reckon I have about 20 posts about it just waiting to be written, Greg 🙂

  9. granny1947 says:

    Oh boy…that crayfish…yum yum.
    Love you lots.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Love you too, was great to see you.

  10. What an incredible weekend and so spoilt by Tandy. 🙂 I am looking forward to hearing part 2.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Part 2 is posted, Part 3 – 2000 to follow *grin*

  11. nursemyra says:

    crayfish? Home made bread? Yummmmm……..

    1. theonlycin says:

      A tad envious, Myra? 😉

  12. Xena says:

    mmmmm food looks almost as good as our mountain….. i see Mother laid the table for you gals in honour of the FBI ;}}

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, wasn’t She kind? 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’d have loved it Leon, put it in your diary for next year!

  13. Adeeyoyo says:

    Wonderful intro – enjoy the Indaba itself just as much…!

  14. This is just too fantastic, Cindy! What a treat to go on this trip with you! Was that Table Mountain crowned as it often is?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Amy, we say the mountain is wearing aher table cloth 🙂

  15. I can’t wait to go back home to Cape Town too … so I can imagine how you felt arriving there. Looks like you had a great time and I look forward to reading more.
    Sunshine xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      The weather was very kind to us too, Sunshine 🙂 xxx

  16. I also love the way my soul smiles when it sees Table Mountain.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nothing like it, is there? xxx

  17. Yvette says:

    A great way to spend the weekend. Friends,Food,Wine, look forward to the next chapter! x

    1. theonlycin says:

      Many chapters coming 🙂

  18. colonialist says:

    Oh no! Not more pictures of those divine crayfish!

    I think I will morgage a couple of the cats and get the crayfish guzzle I crave for.

    Totally brainwashed, you lot are. Doing all those food things before you have even got anywhere near the Indaba!

    1. theonlycin says:

      We are a daft bunch 😉

  19. colonialist says:

    Oh, I hate not being able to go back and fix errors in WP!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Never mind, it’s so rare that you make any errors 🙂

  20. I’m happy for you to enjoy friends and festivities. Blessings, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      You are the kindest, Carol 🙂

  21. bandsmoke says:

    Fabulous and how lucky was Sue – what an awesome prize 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I will have to save up so I can join her for that weekend!

  22. suzicate says:

    Looks like a yummy fun time!

  23. nrhatch says:

    Sounds like a wonderful start to the weekend. Your crawfish are HUGE ~ they look like our lobster tails!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I believe what we call crayfish are your lobsters.

  24. Tokeloshe says:

    Oh, we do miss the Cape ;-(

    The Crayfish looks wonderful!

    1. theonlycin says:

      My mouth waters just looking at the photo 🙂

  25. slpmartin says:

    Sounds just marvelous!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh, it was, Charlie 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m sworn to secrecy 😉

  26. bb(adair) says:

    I hope green suits me ’cause that’s what I am.

    1. theonlycin says:

      There’s always next year … 🙂

  27. What an awesome homecoming & what fun that night sounded. I can imagine the shrieks of laughter & fun it was to see your friends & Oh Boy…. get a look at that awesome crayfish huh. Mouthwatering stuff 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Chefffie, you’ll die when you see what was in our goodie bags :O

  28. Liane says:

    “…something happens to me; my soul breathes more deeply and there is no denying that I am home.” – I know what this feels like.

      1. Liane says:

        I wouldn’t call it home, but I’m here – arrived Tuesday evening…

      2. theonlycin says:

        In Cape Town? How long are you staying?

  29. Liane says:

    With my sis in Jhb – not sure how long I will be staying, but it will be at least a month.

  30. You’ve managed to make my mouth water … and make hungry!!! I just had vegitarian stuffed eggplant dolmas and roasted veggies and yogurt. … I thought I was stuffed!

    Thanks for all the great pics.

  31. I woudl be pretty chuffed to call teh Western Cape home. In fact, my man already started planning the move as soon as we got home. (A couple of days after you.) I have just laughed it off. How do you plan a move like that with so much commitement here? Well….
    I am still battling to catch up on everything i put aside.
    The food looks absolutely divine! I am now officially hungry!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Lucky you, bokkie 🙂

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