CHEAP AND CHEERFUL

Mandy’s ‘Getting to know you’ quiz: 1. What is your favourite non-alcholic drink? Pomegranate juice. 2. What is your favourite alcoholic drink? Wine. I am currently favouring Shiraz among the red varietals, but I am also revisiting old world-style white wines like Riesling. 3. What is your favourite food? Probably prawns, they’re pretty on the…

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SWEET&SOUR, RETIREMENT AND MIDNIGHT SNACKS

I spotted these giant chicken espetadas at Checkers earlier in the week and bought them, mainly because I wanted the skewers, which are not sold separately in the store. I seem to be having a Malaysian moment this week and have been hankering for sweet and sour sauce, although espetadas are a Portuguese dish and…

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EASTERN TEMPTATIONS, VERY TEMPTING

I’ve probably been to five different supermarkets in my search for galangal, to no avail. Even store management don’t know what I am talking about when I ask for it. Earlier this week, I decided to try the newly revamped Checkers in Emmarentia, thinking they may have it because the suburb has a large percentage…

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RED FACED AND BEEF RENDANG

So, after my humiliation at my dreadful cake on Tuesday, I thought it best to get right back into my kitchen, back in the saddle as it were, before my confidence waned completely. I needed comfort food and Merlot, and a good bout of weeping. I was doubtful that I should be in any sort…

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FAIL, FLOP AND FITZGERALD

Just once it might be instructive to pretend you’re accepting an award for failure, just to see who you would thank. Robert Brault, http://www.robertbrault.com I failed yesterday. Massively, not only for myself, but for my friends. Phoned on Saturday afternoon with a request by a client, I agreed to make a 6 tier cake. When…

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SOMETHING I ALWAYS HAVE IN MY FRIDGE

It’s George Bernard Shaw’s birthday today. He was born in 1856 You will find many food related quotes from his works on the Food Reference Website. Quote: “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” I spoke too quickly about the weather yesterday; in the afternoon a cold spell descended on us, it…

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A MONDAY NEAR THE END OF JULY

Firstly, a very happy birthday to my dear friend, Tandy, who makes my life so rich with her loyal friendship. I wish I was close enough to bake her a birthday cake, but a virtual one will have to do … until I see her again in August. We’ve had a windfall of unusual vegetables…

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WHAT IF?

TV Advert for Mugg & Bean by morrisjones&co. Creative Director: Margarita Karvouniaris. I’m cooking today. A lunch for 30 people. The client is advertising agency morrisjones & co. I have no idea why they are working on a Saturday, it’s no business of mine; my business is simply to feed them, something I love doing…

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LUCKY MOO, LUCKY MOI

I met Janice Scheckter at a taste and Tweet event with La Vierge wines recently and – as is sometimes the wonderful case – we clicked instantly. That particular event went on later than expected and Janice, having arranged to meet her husband at a nearby restaurant for supper, called Sam to come and join…

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I AM A LUCKY GIRL

I had what can only be described as a blessed day yesterday. It began with the realization, very early in the morning, that winter is almost over. I went outside to feed Charlotte and noticed that the lawn on the courtyard outside my kitchen was becoming green again. With a spring in my step I…

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