PETIT FOURS

I am fighting a losing battle with my email inbox, I read two blogs and come back to find 50 new notifications of posts. You lot will just have to be very patient for me to catch up. In the meantime, my darling friend Paul has granted me the Versatile Blogger award, for which I am…

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UNCORKED2 AT THE WINE SCHOOL, THE FINALE

Pic by Kimce Louw This technique (sabrage) became popular in Francewhen the army of Napoleon visited many of the aristocratic domains. It was just after the French Revolution and the saber was the weapon of choice of Napoleon’s fearsome light cavalry (the Hussars). Napoleon’s spectacular victories across all Europe gave them plenty of reason to…

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A NEW CRUSH AND A PINK POLKA DOT QUIZ

The Good Food and Wine Show 2011, briefly: I got lost and couldn’t find the venue, when I finally arrived the queues were very long and I fretted that I wouldn’t get into the venue in time to see Gordon Ramsay’s show. Bumped into my friend Jenny (The Giggling Gourmet) and David Morris, who were…

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NATURAL MEDICINE, FEET AND SNAILS

Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare specialist; any of these tips should be discussed with your physician / pharmacist / homeopath before you use them. Tandy recently helped me to wean myself off medication that was making me feel ill, by introducing me to tissue salts Nos 6 and 11. To hasten the eradication of…

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HERITAGE DAY

Tokelosheblog, a South African lady who lives in Canada, has asked about our favourite barbeque recipe. Mine has to be a carpet bag steak, so here is a repost of a barbeque we had last year, in preparation for our national braai day tomorrow. Ah … perhaps it’s the music on the radio, but I…

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AUTOGRAPHS AND NAME-DROPPING

Does anyone know if kids still collect autographs in mini autograph albums? Or if they are still manufactured these days? In my day it was a right of passage, usually just before you became a teenager, to be given your little album. All your friends and family would write messages for you to reread with…

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JUST WEDNESDAY

Foodreference.com tells me that on this day in 1961 Earle Dickson died. He invented Band-Aids for his wife, who had frequent kitchen accidents, cutting or burning herself. He worked for Johnson & Johnson, who soon began manufacturing Band-Aids. Good for him and lucky for Mrs Dickson. Some weekend pics; asparagus with lavender and lime salt…

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TRYING TO SAVE FACE WITH TIME ON MY HANDS

The photo theme of the week is FACE and I am spending quite a lot of time gazing at this one, hoping that it gives me grace in the face of my mortification. That selfless harbinger of love and assistance to souls in need, Doctor Sana, has gifted me a lovely award. I am passing…

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COMPETITION

You can’t find a hair-net in Johannesburg for love or money, all the stores are sold out. It’s the start-up weekend of the 2011 Ballet Eisteddfod, which will continue into mid-October, and mothers everywhere are sitting in halls across the country, doing hair into buns, sewing ribbons and skirt hems and waiting for hours while…

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AJVAR FOR DUSAN JELIC

Is there a time, does any reader know, when the whole world is asleep? I’ve had bouts of insomnia at awkward hours; too early to make a din in the kitchen and too late to phone someone for a chat. So, I come online and all I find are creepy Goths gnawing at their wrists….

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FAMINE OF INSPIRATION AND A FEAST OF A WORKLOAD

Sometimes a quick surf around foodreference.com or Wikipedia may yield the early-morning prompt I need to get a blog post going. Today I’ve been given “1981 The USDA announced that ketchup could be counted as a vegetable in the school lunch program.” By the foodreference crowd, and “Utricularia nervosa is a terrestrial carnivorous plant that…

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UNCORKED AT THE WINE SCHOOL

I have a Calvinist guilt-ethic deeply ingrained: it is slightly immoral to imbibe wine before midday on weekends and before 5pm on weekdays. I call these times ‘wine-o-clock’ and my husband, who is a whisky drinker, calls them ‘for-whom-the-Bell’s-tolls-time’. (Bell’s being a popular brand of Old Scotch Whisky sold here.) So, drinking a fine French…

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