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 a grocery list or do you shop off the cuff?

I make a list of dry goods every Saturday morning and my husband does the shopping. I buy my meat, fish and vegetables daily in the local village

4.  What is/are the most used item/s in your kitchen?

My stove and my knives

5.  What do you have in your kitchen that may seem strange to other people?

Thousands of wine corks

6.  If you were to enter a Come Dine With Me challenge, what would you cook?

Starter: A prawn and citrus salad

Mains: Greek style Lamb shanks

Dessert:Eton Mess, it’s my personal cliché, but everyone loves it


7.  If you could invite any 4 living people in the world to dinner, who would they be?

Sting, Graydon Carter, David Bowie and Mick Jagger

8.  What is your favourite breakfast out?

French toast with bacon and grilled tomato at Scusi in Parkview

9.  What one condiment could you not be without?

Soya sauce

10. Some people seemed to have a problem eating leftovers or reheated food, do you?

No. Anna Trapido wote a magazine article recently where she cooked two identical casseroles in two days. She served them to family and asked them to vote. All the people liked the two-day-old one best.


59 Comments Add yours

  1. Tandy says:

    thanks for sharing – at least you have your Come Dine With Me menu sorted out when you get chosen *ducks from flying knives*

    1. theonlycin says:

      I haven’t heard from them, so i guess I’m safe 😉

  2. buttercup600 says:

    I have a funny feeling you will be chosen for Come Dine With Me girlfriend! (I entered but Gold Coast not on list this time and hope to have change for next one!!) Always wonderful to get to know you better!! That prawn and citrus salad left me salivating…have you posted recipe on here before? Have a fabulous weekend Cin oxo

    1. theonlycin says:

      I haven’t posted the recipe before, my darling friend, will do it sometime soon with summer arriving 🙂 Love you much xxx

  3. Brilliant, thanks for playing along again. 😀 Pete will be most disappointed that I never put Mick Jagger on my list of guests!
    Our wine corks have been moved to the garage – not enough kitchen space. 😉
    Have a happy weekend.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the quiz Mandy, I really enjoyed doing it. Enjoy your weekend 🙂

  4. Sparkle says:

    Interesting how you do your groceries. Is Eton mess similar to chewy meringue? Have a great weekend Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Eton Mess is a simple dessert of layered bashed meringues, strawberries and whipped cream. You have a super weekend too, Sparky 🙂

  5. I love these, Cindy. May I venture to ask why the corks?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I don’t know, Kate, I just started keeping them years ago and haven’t the heart to throw them away. There is no more cork, so wines are increasingly being produced in screwtop bottles.

      1. They do set me thinking….

      2. theonlycin says:

        Hehe, care to share?

  6. I don’t see my name in 7?? 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sorry, my bad, of course you’ll be there 🙂

  7. souldipper says:

    Your hubby must be very up on all the brands you like if he shops for the dry goods. Bravo for him.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I make a very specific list 😉

  8. leigh says:

    Cork curtains… 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Cork wall in the cellar when we build our new house 😀

  9. MissChris says:

    Oooo yummy prawn salad!! Delish!
    To me a curry and or a caserole is always better the next day!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I agree, have just eaten tamatie bredie leftovers and it was so much better than last night 😀

  10. thestonemaidendiaries says:

    Dis so lekker om ‘inteloer’ by jou kombuis 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Kom, wys bietjie meer van joune! 🙂

  11. Naomi says:

    How interesting, thanks Cindy. Didn’t know you were such a muso, and thanks for the intro to Graydon Carter. Your lamb shank looks positively mouth-watering!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I just think Graydon Carter has such a sexy mind 🙂

  12. Tilly Bud says:

    I might do this meme; it’s an interesting one.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I love to read your answers Tilly, I know how much you love cooking 🙂

  13. Dreamy got an email from the Come Dine With Me people saying she wasn’t selected………that means you could be in with a chance?!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I got an email saying “Thank you so much we have received your entry. We will review your application and will be in touch with you in due course.” Eeeek!

  14. SuziCate says:

    tears…I wouldn’t be one of the ones you invite? Lol. I must ask, what is sambal oelek? Don’t know if it’s not popular in America or if I’m just a culinary idiot…

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’d invite the world if I could … Sambal Oelek is an Indonesian paste made from minced chillies, salt and lime juice 🙂

  15. Tes says:

    That mountain of wine corks is freaky 🙂 Do you collect them or you guys just drink a lot? 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahahaha Tes, that’s 20 years of drinking! 🙂

  16. Yvette says:

    Great dinner menu, Cindy! You need one of those huge 30 liter green glass wine barrels. Not sure if you know the ones I mean? To display all those wonderful corks. I’d have a house full with the vineyards produce! Have a great weekend! Cheers x

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve only seen wooden and metal wine barrels, Yvette. Will have to Google yours, I am curious 🙂

  17. adeeyoyo says:

    Many foods are better the day after; curry and lasagne are two that I prefer the next day, also macaroni, with cheese, tomato, onion and bacon.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oooh, I could eat a second-day curry right now 🙂

  18. Steffi says:

    Cool challenge,Cin!It´s nice to learn more about you.Have a nice day!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You too Steffi 🙂

  19. Tammy says:

    A fun list Cindy. What are you doing with those corks?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nothing, just keeping them in case I need them one day 🙂

  20. slpmartin says:

    Enjoyed reading your responses…must make it to dinner some time in SA. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Now that is something I’d get very excited about, Charlie 🙂

  21. nrhatch says:

    Did you read Tammy’s recent post on wine corks?

    You could start ANOTHER side business building furniture and art with those corks!

    Cindy’s Corks ~ trivets, wall art, and bathtub toys:

    1. theonlycin says:

      Off to have a look, thanks nancy 🙂

  22. PinkPolkaDot says:

    Grated beetroot? Why? I love your people that you would invite for dinner – you loooove music?

    Very interesting!! Enjoy the weekend!

    1. theonlycin says:

      My hub loves grated beetroot and we both love music 🙂

  23. libraryscene says:

    Fabulous list, Cin, and I do wish to dine with that party of 4! Have you ever thought of fashioning a wine wreath? My SIL loves wine and had a wreath made of is very cool and hangs in her wine nook; cheers ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s a fine idea, I’m off to research how to make one 🙂

  24. nursemyra says:

    I am intrigued by the grated beetroot……

    1. theonlycin says:

      My husband likes it on a sandwich of nutty bread and strong cheddar 🙂

  25. Very interesting. Love these.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I enjoy doing these quizzes 🙂

  26. Jamie Dedes says:

    Lamb! Favorite … and tomorrow is my son and daughter-in-law’s anniversary and I am about to go buy our lamb for the celebratory dinner.

    The shrimp looks good too … Hmmmm ….

    1. theonlycin says:

      I bet your lamb was spectacular, congrats on your children’s anniversary xxx

  27. –Loved this. The wine corks are unique. Do they have an interesting scent? Bowie would be fabulous to chat with over dinner & wine 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      The corks simply smell dusty 🙂

  28. Interesting about the leftovers. There are certain ones that I feel about like the casserole. If I make a meal that is not really the kind of thing that reheat well I’ll cook in such a way that there is no leftovers.

    Do you plan on doing anything with the corks?

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