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 plate and palate, whichever way you cook them.

4. What is your least favourite food?

I’m not mad about macaroni cheese.

5. What do you eat that others think is really weird?

My overseas friends think oxtail is very odd. A lot of people don’t understand my love for rollmops and chopped herring.

6. What is your favourite thing to cook/bake?

I love making different curries and also enjoy experimenting with different prawn starter dishes.

7. If you could only chose one, would it be sweet or savoury?


8. What time do you usually eat your dinner during the week?

Usually at 6pm, we’re early-to-bed-early-to-rise people.

9. What kitchen item/s have you never owned?

A pizzelle. I saw one here and my heart is set on owning one.

10. What tip would you give to a newby cooker / baker?

Don’t ever try to take on a 6-tier cake!

11. What is the best vegetarian dish you have eaten?

Mie goreng. Recipe can be found here.

12. What is the easiest meal you can cook?

Spaghetti carbonara. Recipe can be found here.

13. If you could only grow 3 herbs in your garden, what would you grow?

Basil, coriander, parsley. (And my Bay Tree, of course!)

14. What would you use as a substitute for salt?

Soy sauce (ditto Mandy!)

15. What 5 items would you pack for a quick and easy picnic or day out?

Crusty bread, taramasalata, hummus, cheese, Obikwa Shiraz.


Of the 165 wines entered into this year’s Shiraz Challenge, OBIKWA was the top scoring Best Value Shiraz once again on a value scale which takes into account the quality of the wine in relation to its selling price. –

This is the second year in a row that this wine has won the award. The recommended retail price is R27 per bottle, but I bought a case at Checkers yesterday and paid R19.99 a bottle. It’s a simple, young wine; perfect for an unpretentious picnic or a lazy supper of curried mince and toast. The wine is sold in 43 countries.

“The question of elitism versus populism in wine drinking is an ongoing debate – and one that will no doubt be roused again with this award – but Obikwa winemaker Michael Bucholz isn’t deterred.

There’s no doubt that this commodity wine achieves exactly what it sets out to do: to be quaffed by the bottle loads. And that in itself speaks of clever winemaking.”


39 thoughts on “CHEAP AND CHEERFUL

  1. Obikwa! Yay! I sometimes buy it, six bottles for change out of $30. A very drinkable Shiraz and their dry whites are also good.

    That’s not $30 per bottle, in case some wonder.

  2. Pizzelle – it looked like a waffle. Off to Google – it is also known as an Italian Waffle Cookie. I have seen them, but have not tasted them. A couple at our Saturday market specializes in European baked goods. Their delicacies are full of butter which I love – in small doses! (I love hummus, too.)

  3. Macaroni cheese per se is such a boring, unappetising dish to me unless it has a layer or two of chopped, fried tomatoes and onions and maybe a little chillie to liven it up!

  4. Thanks for the education, as usual, Cindy – never heard of pizelles before! Love all your photos, and just thinking you must have quite an archive already for that recipe book collection you must surely be planning?

  5. Hi Cin
    I’m doing a leetle bit of catch up.
    I agree with #3. I think anyone who has never been to South Africa has no idea how bloody marvellous their Portuguese style prawns are. Deelish..

  6. I was going to forgo wine with dinner tonight (reading while eating…the life of a single gal) but now I am off to pour a glass.

    Pizzelles, I’m not a cookie gal, but they are my absolute favourite Italian crisp, so light ~

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