CHIN WAGS, COOKING IN CARS AND FRIENDSHIP

To say I was frazzled and burnt out when I arrived in Cape Town on Friday morning would be an understatement. Tandy  (my ‘sister-from-another-mother) took charge of me and informed me that she had booked a massage for me in the afternoon. We took a drive up a very steep road (she drives like the…

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HOBNOBBING WITH THE GENTRY

(All these pics are copyright Tandy Sinclair; silly-me forgot to take my camera.) rar•e•fiedAdjective/ˈre(ə)rəˌfīd/ 1. (of air, esp. that at high altitudes) Containing less oxygen than usual. 2. Esoterically distant from the lives and concerns of ordinary people Unless you’ve driven through the steep, leafy roads and lanes that pass the mansions lining the slopes…

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THE DOYENNE IS GONE

Scrapbooking note … In June of 2002 I threw a little party on a boat in Simon’s Town harbour. Gwen Gill, society columnist of the Sunday Times came along and wrote “There’s something seriously sexy about beautiful food and great wine served on board an exquisitely decorated ship with the misty lights of Simon’s Town…

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OH CRUMS

1853 The month and day are uncertain, but the year is correct. Native American Chef George Crum invented potato chips at Moon’sLakeHouse inSaratoga Springs,New York. (foodreference.com) I’ll be thinking a lot about Mister Crum given my good doctor’s instruction that I am to put on at least 5kgs before I see him in a month’s…

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BALD HEADS AND HAIRY KIDLEYS

Early Saturday morning, I’m trying to tie together two posts about hair: one about how I am coping with my bald head and one about the Hairy Bikers inspiring me to cook devilled kidneys (which I called kidleys as a child). I’m stuck, so I put the post on hold and go to Facebook. My…

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SIDEY AND PINKY BACK TOGETHER AGAIN

Sidey’s weekend theme this week is Sunset, I like to watch mine from my backyard, on a cane chair, with a nice glass of wine. That glass of wine is a type of ceremony; I reflect on my day and make a mental note of what needs to be done tomorrow. A routine of sorts,…

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU BETTER

Mandy, of thecompletecookbook has posted another enjoyable challenge to let us all get to know one another better: 1.  What 5 items are always in your fridge? Milk, mayonnaise, sambal oelek, cheese, grated beetroot 2.  What 5 items are always in your pantry ? Tinned lentils, flour, sugar, spices, castor sugar 3.  Do you write…

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SHAVING AND A HITCH HIKER I CAN’T GET OUT OF MY BALD HEAD

Shaving heads is a funny phenomenon inSouth Africa. In some areas the chaps do it to show they’re tough; part of gangs. In others they do it in support of a friend who has cancer. I am not very tough, but I do have two friends who are going through the hell of chemotherapy at…

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WHY I’VE BEEN SCARCE …

… and why there are so many people present at a photo shoot. Out of my kitchen, over the past two days, I have produced and delivered to a shoot to feed 13 people (and this is just the things I remember making): 28 tubs of yoghurt 2 kgs of muesli 1 chocolate cake 2…

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A GREAT GIVEAWAY!

It’s Julia Child’s birthday today … or would have been. I’ll make an outright confession and bear the consequences … I never cared much for her and, with the movie hype and that silly girl trying to cook her way through Mrs Child’s book, I was put off even more. Meryl Streep seemed to be…

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REPRESENTING THE MACKEREL

Side View’s weekend theme this week is Advertising. It’s been the story of my life, I worked in the industry and now I feed people in that world. I had ups and I had downs, I was lucky in that I met many wonderful people. I also met many awful people; there was the aging…

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SUFFER THE CHILDREN

During World War II some 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated from Finland, chiefly to Sweden and Denmark, but also to Norway. Most were evacuated during the Continuation War to ease the situation for their parents who set out to rebuild their homes in the re-conquered Karelia returning from the evacuation of Finnish Karelia. The first…

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