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 racecar pro she once was) to the top of a high mountain (where she took this photo) and, on the way down, we were blessed with the sight of whales playing in the bay.


She consulted her homeopathic reference books and took me off to buy tissue salts (a carguard asked if we were twins!) before dropping me off at the salon for my massage.
Back at their house, in a state of relaxed dreaminess, I listened as Tandy and Dave cooked for the dinner party they were hosting that evening. The starter was crayfish in bisque and I was mildly curious to hear that they had cooked the crayfish in a sport utility vehicle; it was SUVd this and SUVd that. Then I heard Tandy tell Dave to sieve the vegetables through a chin wag. I was sure I’d heard correctly. It was only on Saturday, when we met old friends for lunch and I raved about the meal of the night before that I was made aware of my misunderstanding: the crayfish had not been cooked in a car, but had been sous vide and that a chin wag is, in fact, a chinoise, a conical sieve with an extremely fine mesh. Those bloody French!
The dinner party went extremely well (seared tuna for mains and chocolate mousse for pud, with lots of wine throughout) and we finished much later than expected and had to scurry to meet our friend JustChef and her daughter for a quick coffee before heading out to the Southern Suburbs to have lunch with granny, browniegirl and her husband. What a lovely time I had catching up with these dear, dear friends with whom I have shared so many ups and downs over the years. Too soon the beautiful dessert (pics by browniegirl) was served and it was time to head for the Wine Festival.


A very full day saw me ready to hit the sack with my snuggly bed companions, Molly and Patch to get some much-needed shut eye before an equally jam-packed Sunday.

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76 Comments Add yours

  1. siggiofmaine says:

    Love it…what a wonderful day…and the photos helped carry me thru the day as tho I’d spent it with you.
    Thanks for sharing your interesting day.

    ☮ ♥ Siggi in Downeast Maine/USA

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the visit, Siggi 🙂

  2. Maryke says:

    I just love the way you write about food. It is like a huge, orgasmic love-affair!! Xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is a love affair, yes 🙂

  3. SidevieW says:

    Tandy is such a great friend!
    Looks like a wonderful weekend all round

    1. theonlycin says:

      She truly is extraordinary!

  4. Sparkle says:

    Lol @ the chinwags and suv! Sounds like a blissful time you had.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Blissful is the word, Sparky 🙂

  5. A wonderful rest full of whales, puddings and the most gorgeous two dogs. Love Molly and Patch 🙂 Glad you all had a wonderful time.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I wanted to put Molly in my suitcase and bring her home 🙂

  6. Sjoe, the food looks great!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I didn’t manage to have any, but it did look great 🙂

  7. Aah, what a fantastic weekend Cindy! Just what you needed! Kudos to Tandy for taking such good care of you.
    Have a happy week.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      You too Mandy 🙂 xxx

  8. I so enjoyed reading about your lovely weekend with Tandy – great to hear a bit about her too – she is such a lovely person. Hope you are feeling a heap better now 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I feel like a brand new woman, Fired Up 🙂

  9. My mond WATER behoorlik! Jou bedmaats lyk vir my natuurlik heel gemaklik en oulik!

    Sal jou graag wil ontmoet, in die vlees, met jou volgende besoek?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Jissie dit sal lekker wees Amia, ek is Desember vir 3 weke daar, sal jy by my kom eet?

  10. leigh says:

    W.O.W! A sight for sore eyes 🙂

  11. johnlmalone says:

    I’ve got a poem coming out about NOT seeing a whale 🙂 btw the dogs look great but has one got a blind eye?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Patch had to have one of her eyes removed last year, but she copes very well and is a cheerful little thing 🙂

  12. thestonemaidendiaries says:

    Die kuiertjie het jou die wereld se goed gedoen. ( en al is ek vrek bang vir honde, hou ek van hierdie twee se shiny black teddiebeer neuse 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hulle is te oulik 🙂

  13. Tandy says:

    my babies still smell of you (and the blanket)! Miss you xxx

  14. Jo says:

    Lovely!! Saw granny on Saturday night – she was still smiling from your visit. Hope to sit down for a cappachino with you next time 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Will definitely make a plan, Jo, it has been far too long!

  15. Tilly Bud says:

    Bet I can guess which dog is which 🙂 Glad you had a good weekend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You clever thing 😉

  16. love those fancy bits on the puddings!! (showing my lack of words!)

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think the gold one is called a spun sugar basket and the other is called chocolate fillagree 🙂

  17. nursemyra says:

    wow – those desserts look amazing

    1. theonlycin says:

      Don’t they just, Myra?

  18. sonsothunder says:

    Now that sounds exactly how things would have gone had I been along for the trip…Cept, I WOULD have cooked the craw-daddies in the old Jeep. Probably would have sieved them through the radiator, if I wasn’t already making the wine there. Anyway, lovely read as always…and thanks for visiting…Oh yeah. I almost forgot. Well, actually I did forget. On my last post I had to go back and incorporate my Title Pun. But, I’m pretty sure you got the gist anyway. “Sweetest Sour I Know…Or, Sweetest Hour…time to knead the dough…
    God Bless you
    paul

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh Paul, you do know how to make me laugh out loud! 🙂

  19. Colleen says:

    Love it!! teehee…..and love you too!! Was so good to see you. Rest and get completely better now! Look forward to another wonderful catch up next time. Wish they could happen more often. It was good for all of us xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I agree, it was a blast and I wish we had had more hours. Love you xxx

  20. I’m so happy to hear that the wonderful Tandy has been spoiling you, Cindy! You deserve to be pampered! Hope you’re feeling much better… xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am, it’s quite astonishing, Celia, thanks 🙂

  21. Leeswammes says:

    Sounds you had a wonderful time, and great food. What a nice way to relax!

    1. theonlycin says:

      The whole weekend was memorable, Judith 🙂

  22. adeeyoyo says:

    Here’s to hoping that you’ve totally recovered. Hope the massage did the trick. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Day by day I am feeling so much better, thanks adee 🙂

  23. SuziCate says:

    I’m so laughing at the SUV’d cooking idea! Sounded good to me! Those yummies are to die for!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I felt a right Charlie, SuziCate *blush*

  24. nrhatch says:

    Sounds FAB . . . and the pudding . . . oh, the pudding! 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      I take it you approve of the pud? 🙂

  25. izziedarling says:

    I am a jealous wreack – I love this and your fun time!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I was great fun, Izzie 🙂

  26. izziedarling says:

    I mean “wreck” … clearly need another cup of coffee

  27. PinkPolkaDot says:

    It sounds like a wonderfulweekend, Cin! you and Tandy seems like such good soulmates and friends… it is soooo wonderful! I hope that teh rest of your week will be just as marvellous!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s turning into a very good week, thanks Pinky 🙂

  28. Yvette says:

    What wonderful looking desserts…and sounds like you had a fantastic time with Tandy and friends..a well deserved leisured weekend!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I was spoilt rotten, Yvette 🙂

  29. Aaah! That sounds like a really awesome visit! Glad you enjoyed it. One needs it every now and again 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Boy oh boy, did I need it, Lee!

  30. That looks so good and I say no two better sac companions can be found.

    1. theonlycin says:

      They are the best sleeping buddies 🙂

  31. souldipper says:

    I’m so behind – again – but thanks for a great peek at your much deserved R & R! Nothing like a few women friends to pamper and prop!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You know all about it, Amy 😀

  32. earlybird says:

    Sounds like a very full day. In every sense of the word 🙂

  33. What a brilliant and perfectly perfect day. 🙂 Patch is cute. 🙂 And I just love the view from the top of the steep hill. Gorgeous. Glad you were spoilt and enjoyed the cooked in car Crayfish. 🙂

  34. slpmartin says:

    Sounds like the kind of day you needed.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was just the ticket, Charlie 🙂

  35. Jamie Dedes says:

    Yum! and Fun! and I hope healing … The pups are darling.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I feel like a new person, Jamie 🙂

  36. bluebee says:

    ha, ha – I thought your were fluent in French…

    Friends like Tandy are one in a million, Cin – hang onto each other 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      My French is rudimentary at best 🙂

  37. Naomi says:

    Love this post & fabulous pics, Cindy…I’m homesick too! So glad you had a stunning time & caught up with such great friends 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      It already seems a distant memory, time goes by too fast 😦

  38. libraryscene says:

    what a wonderful time & fab pics, Cin. I hope you are a bit refreshed from the pampering and many laughs~

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m looking forward to my next visit 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the link, Nancy 🙂

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