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 time. I’ve had a battery of tests and am awaiting the results, but your man mentioned an overactive thyroid or diabetes, neither of which sound particularly attractive.

Thanks to all who commented on my recent posts and for the email messages, I’ve been a tad off colour and am placing great hopes of the restorative properties of the ocean when I go toCape Townthis weekend.

A South African stew, referred to in Afrikaans as ‘tamatiebredie’, normally made with mutton, is cooked for a very long time, and its seasonings include cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and cloves as well as chilli. It is of Dutch origin. “Bredie” is the Afrikaans word for “stew”. Bredie is actually a word of Malayasian origin. This form of cooking was first introduced to theCape by Malays, usually slaves, who were brought to the colony. The word bredie refers to oriental spinach. In tomato bredie tomato is obviously used instead. Pumpkin, green beans and waterblommetjies (Cape water lily flowers) are also used. (wikipedia)

Now, what shall I have for pudding?


70 Comments Add yours

  1. thestonemaidendiaries says:

    Some sticky toffee pudding for afters perhaps? With double cream so you can put on a few pounds.xx

  2. Sparkle says:

    Good to see you Cin, I will not get into your medics, whatever it would turn out to be, can be managed.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yep he doesn’t seem too fussed 🙂

  3. Leeswammes says:

    Sounds like a hearty meal. I’d have a light pudding. How about a meringue with some fruits?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Fine idea Judith 🙂

  4. johnlmalone says:

    hope you get better, Cindy; on the bright side you’re lucky in the way that you have to PUT ON 5 kgs while many of us have to TAKE IT OFF 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I wonder if gaining is easier than losing, John?

  5. nursemyra says:

    sorry to hear you haven’t been well. Hope it’s not diabetes

  6. MissChris says:

    You need to slow down dear one and smell the roses a bit too – you have been very very busy this year!
    You could do with a little bit of extra cover!! Enjoy your Cape visit!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will, thanks Chris.

  7. I am sure a trip home will do wonders to getting you on the track to feeling better and hopefully the 5 needed kilos. Feel better and yay, just 2 more sleeps until the weekend.
    Safe travels.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Tomorrow Mandy, YAY!

  8. Sparkle says:

    Cin, you remember I told you about the interview in JHB? Well, I got the job. I am accepting the offer tomorrow cos they let me know a while ago. Its a perm with benefits. I was getting tired of my current temp. God is so faithful. I am over the moon. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh Sparky, that is the best news ever, I am so happy for you 🙂 🙂 🙂

  9. klrs09 says:

    Some good substantive meals like the one you just posted about sounds exactly like the thing you need to ‘fatten’ yourself up. Perhaps add some hearty homemade bread slathered in butter? Enjoy your trip to Cape Town.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The bread and butter is just the thing, Kathy 🙂

  10. mairedubhtx says:

    Hope you are all right. Aside: I used to live 30 miles from Saratoga Springs, NY.

    1. theonlycin says:

      And do you like crisps, Fatima? 😉

  11. SuziCate says:

    Hope you get the ocean restoration you hope for…hear in Virginia Beach, I’m afraid with Irene headed our way we’re more concerned with the destructive properties the ocean is also capable of creating. However, you and I will both be drinking Merlot while nature does its thing.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh dear, SuziCate, I hope Irene is not too harsh!

  12. dearrosie says:

    Sorry to hear you’re not well. I’m not surprised you’re losing weight because from this end it seems to me that you’re trying to do what five normal women would do, so I’m very glad to hear you’re going to CT for your holiday. If you just rest and look at the beautiful views – oh god its so beautiful there look once or twice for me – eat meals like this very tasty sounding bredie I’m sure you’ll gain weight.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll take some photos for you Rosie 🙂

  13. gospelwriter says:

    If it’s overactive thyroid I expect you’ll find putting on 5kg next to impossible, no matter what (or how much) you eat. At least, it was like that for me. Enjoy your weekend at the sea, and do take care of yourself – pamper yourself, please. 🙂

    That stew looks wonderful…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Ruth, I tend to agree with you that the weight gain won’t be easy, at least it will be tasty 🙂

  14. SidevieW says:

    Thyroid malfunctions can do horrid things to a person. Holding thumbs for you

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, hasn’t been a picnic …

  15. Tes says:

    Have a wonderful time in Cape Town, Cindy!
    Lovely stew! and I would definitely go for double chocolate pudding with some berries afterward 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      oooh, that does sound good Tes 🙂

  16. slpmartin says:

    Have a restful weekend and take care.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Charlie 🙂

  17. souldipper says:

    Yum – I love the seasonings of the Malay dishes. In fact, I brought some home from CT – already all mixed together. I forgot about that little stash of goodies. I could have used it when I made my Quinoa casserole with Camembert, bananas and pesto genovese. I sprinkled the top with honey and cinnamon before putting it in the oven and could have added that little mystery package given to me when I helped cook a Malay meal in CT.

    One step at a time, Cin. One breath at a time. It’s all manageable – whatever you have to do. Amidst all your busyness, you have that tiny inner spot from which you gather strength and resilience. Trust that inner wisdom and do what will give you the most peace. (Enough lecturing…I know!)

    If all else fails, come to Western Canada. The Pacific Ocean may not touch the sands of your heart, but it sprays messages on all our souls.

    1. theonlycin says:

      *books flight to visit Amy* *grin*

  18. nrhatch says:

    I would happily send the 5 kgs. from my mid-section to yours! 😛

    Feel better. Have fun in Cape Town. Maybe some pizza with Granny will moves the scales in the right direction.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Photo of Granny and Cindy coming right up and into Nancy’s mailbox ;p

  19. Hi Cindy…thinking of you. These things are always disruptive: I hope life continues smoothly for you, and the family.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I trust all will be well, Kate, just a little hick 😉

  20. Tokeloshe says:

    I hope you feel better soon 😉
    Enjoy Cape Town!
    I think it’s about time we had a Tamatie bredie, we can get Barefoot here as well.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Lucky you, Tok, enjoy 🙂

  21. adeeyoyo says:

    Get well soon, dear Cindy. Enjoy your break and relax in the sun in a sheltered spot. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks adee, looking forward to it 🙂

  22. Yvette says:

    Sending well wishes and hugs hope you’re feeling better soon.! x

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Yvette 🙂

  23. I hope you’re feeling better soon, Cindy. Maybe the weight loss is simply from overwork? You’ve certainly been pulling some long hours lately…

    Do take care, and eat up! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am enjoying the compulsory noshing 🙂

  24. Naomi says:

    So sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well, Cindy. I’m sure that ocean air will do wonders for you. We’ll be in CT too to celebrate my Mom’s 70th 🙂 All the best for a swift recovery…and your tamatie bredie looks sublime! It’s one of my all-time favourites, probably because of growing up around Cape Town.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Cape Town was a tonic, Naomi 🙂

  25. earlybird says:

    May the ocean work its magic and whatever’s wrong soon be put right.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m getting there, thanks earlybird 🙂

  26. pinkpolkadotfood says:

    Hi Cindy,I am so sorry to hear that you are not well? I hope they will be able to find the cause soon!

    The food looks great!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      The food was well received, thanks Pinky 🙂

  27. Tandy says:

    tomorrow, after a walk on the beach I am sure you will feel much better! Wear something comfortable, I have a treat in store for you xxxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      And what a treat it was 🙂 🙂 🙂

  28. Tilly Bud says:

    Hooray for George Crum! I love him for what he did.

    Hope you feel better soon.

  29. bluebee says:

    Malva pudding – that’ll put on 10kg overnight 😀 Enjoy the beautiful Cape, Cin

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re full of good ideas 😉

  30. lifeinarecipe says:

    Your stew looks like it is a good stick to the ribs kind of meal for winter time. As a lover of stews I will have to give your South African version a try.
    I hope all goes well with your health. Having had some concerns over mine myself lately only I need to lose some not gain…too bad we can’t trade! 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Cindy, if only I could give you some of mine and you could give me some of yours! 😉

  31. libraryscene says:

    Boo…now what is this, your hair? Actually, I decided a long time ago, if I ever lost my hair because of chemo or disease, I’d shave it and fashion headscarfs (see movie, HappyThankYouMorePlease, pictures, gal rocks a head scarf!)

    Not making light of it, though, Cindy. You amaze me at your go-go-go and so little sleep. Please take care, journal, breathe, yoga more and dig out your poetic pen to deal with what is stirring within, okay?

    As for your sweet serendipity? That always tells me, my friend, that I AM on the right page/path in life. Hell may be lurking around, but your are being blessed as well. AUM Shanti ~ angela

    1. theonlycin says:

      AUM Shanti back at you, Angela xxx

  32. adeeyoyo says:

    Whichever it is, you will be fine, Cindy. Just follow your doc’s orders. ♥

    1. theonlycin says:

      I know I’ll be fine, adee, thanks my friend *heart*

  33. Sorry to hear you’ve not been feeling well, Cin, hope you feel better soon. Would that my doctor would tell me to put on 5 kg in a month. Here I have been depriving myself to lose weight, sigh (I have a slow thyroid).

    I see you have also discovered Barefoot wine – yummy! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s a delightful wine, Linda. Good luck with your diet. 🙂

  34. Jamie Dedes says:

    Sorry to hear of health challenges, Cin. Rest and time away is a good thing … Enjoy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I did, thank you Jamie 🙂

  35. You’re right: neither of those sound attractive at all! I hope you manage to put on that weight and that the next outcome is a good one! When is your month deadline?

    1. theonlycin says:

      End of September, Lee, I have managed to gain 2kgs so far 🙂

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