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 Comments Add yours

  1. dinahmow says:

    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. nursemyra says:

    Basil, coriander and lemongrass would be my three-herb pick

    1. theonlycin says:

      Welcome back, Myra, I have really missed you!

  3. deepercolors says:

    What kin of mop? ;-] on the other hand , you could probably make a mop taste good. [Joke]

  4. Beadz2Pleaz says:

    LOVE the basic! My kind of no fuss cooking. Thanks for sharing your cheap and cheerful way!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ole! Thanks for the visit 🙂

  5. slpmartin says:

    Still looking around here for that wine have two more wine shops to check before heading to San Diego. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Happy hunting Charlie 😉

  6. souldipper says:

    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.)

    1. theonlycin says:

      I just have to get myself a pizzelle maker, Amy!

  7. adeeyoyo says:

    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!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m with you on the chillie, adee!

  8. Naomi says:

    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?

    1. theonlycin says:

      There is a book planned, Naomi, I just need to find the time to do the words 😉

  9. SidevieW says:

    rollmops and prawns, not my thing

    the pizelles sound interesting but what’sthe iron?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Like a teeny-weeny jaffle iron 😉

  10. Tilly Bud says:

    I first came across rollmops when I worked at Woolies in Sasolburg. I still don’t get them.

    1. theonlycin says:

      With a boiled potato and some sour cream … ooh, I love them 🙂

  11. Well. I’m pleased as punch. I pack the very same picnic on a regular basis.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good for you, Kate!

  12. Yay, thanks for taking part Cindy! A pizzelle sounds like fun – hope you can find one soon. Have a happy Sunday. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope your Sunday was mighty fine, Mandy, I slept through most of mine 🙂

  13. nrhatch says:

    Tip: While hot, pizzelles can be shaped into cones and baskets to hold a delicious fillings. Quite versatile . . . like crepes!


    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh, Nancy, I am more determined than ever to get a pizzelle iron now!

  14. dearrosie says:

    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..

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ah, LM prawns, how I love ’em!

  15. libraryscene says:

    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 ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good for you, hope you had a lovely evening 🙂

  16. bluebee says:

    *sob* wish we could get decent wine for that price in Oz!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Look out for the Obikwa, bb, Distell originally intended it for export only.

  17. Tandy says:

    I had some splattered toad red on Saturday and thought of you 🙂

  18. pinkpolkadotfood says:

    I enjoyed reading this!!

  19. Did you attempt a 6 tier cake as a newbie baker lovely?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I did, fool that I am …

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