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 very grateful. I am not going to pass it on, as I think most bloggers have received it over the past week.

I’m lagging badly, too, with Tandy’s ingredient challenges, which I always enjoy doing. This past weekend I used almonds in my stock vanilla cake recipe, and the result was really beautiful in its simplicity. It made a super carrier for fresh berries and cream.

And just for a lark ….

As seen on Granny’s blog, my list of fours:

Four places I go.
1. To drop my daughter at ballet classes
2. Norman Goodfellow’s in Illovo for fine wines
3. Solly Kramer’s in Parkview for everyday drinking wines
4. Tyrone Fruitiers in Parkview for chocolate, charcuterie and fresh produce

Four crushes I have:
1. Gordon Ramsay
2. Colin Firth
3. Count Nicholas Czardas
4. Bryan Ferry

Four smells that I love:
1. My daughter’s neck after her bath
2. The peppery nose of First Sighting Shiraz
3. Lulubelle sleeping under my office chair
4. Wet earth after a Gauteng thunderstorm

Four favourite TV shows:
1.Masterchef Australia
2. Oz Clarke and James May Big Wine Adventure
3.Great British Menu.
4. Hairy Bikers

Four Favourite Movies.
1 The History Boys
2. Babette’s Feast
3. Big Night (Stanley Tucci is another of my crushes!)
4. A Good Year

Four Recommendations:
1. First Sighting Shiraz with a bleu fillet steak and pepper sauce
2. Kleine Zalze Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier 2008 with slow roasted lamb shank
3. Adoro Mourvedre with Gorgonzola
4. Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label with a lover

And here’s an aaaaaaw moment, best buddies greeting each other in the morning:


86 Comments Add yours

  1. I don’t think we have 4 bottle stores in the hollow! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      There are at least ten in very close radius to me 😉

  2. MissChris says:

    Definately and aaaaaaw moment!!! Too precious!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Chartlotte has been missing for two days 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      Why, yellow yoo 🙂

  3. Goeie vriende wat mekaar so groet!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ek hoop die hasie kom terug, die hond verlang erg 😦

  4. Nunu pup and little bunny.
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope you’re enjoying your weekend, Mandy 🙂

  5. granny1947 says:


    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, like that 😉

  6. nursemyra says:

    Babette’s Feast is a great film isn’t it?

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is outstandingly good 🙂

  7. nrhatch says:

    Your almond pound cake looks FAB! And I love that photo of bunny and pup! 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was a very fine cake 🙂

  8. suzicate says:

    I love the pic of Lulabelle and Bunny,how sweet is that!

  9. dearrosie says:

    I’ve never seen a dog and bunny lying nose to nose like that before. Quite remarkable!
    Babette’s Feast is one of my all time favourite movies.
    I’ll never forget that wonderful *smell* after a Gauteng rainstorm
    I don’t like *blue* cheese but I hope to catch up on your wine list one day

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is remarkable, isn’tit?

  10. Leeswammes says:

    A crush on Gordon Ramsay? Cindy, are you feeling OK? Colin Firth, yes, I can understand that. 🙂

    1. Spectra says:

      Hi, Leeswammes – I must kick in here a little support for Cin. Gordon Ramsey is sexy hard when he cooks. I’ve used his duck breast method with wonderful results:

      1. theonlycin says:

        Sexy hard is exactly right, Spectra 🙂

      2. Leeswammes says:

        Thanks for that video fragment, Spectra. He’s more relaxed here than in his restaurant programmes but I still find him slightly annoying. 🙂

      3. theonlycin says:

        Judith, what doesn’t come across in his TV shows is his wicked sense of humour, he really is very funny 🙂

    2. theonlycin says:

      I’d have agreed with you a week ago, Judith, but seeing him in person has quite turned my head 🙂

      1. Leeswammes says:

        Ah, that makes a difference of course, CIndy. I only know him from t.v. and you know him personally! 🙂

  11. Tes says:

    I like the list of smells you love.. it shows you have a happy life 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m a happy girl, yes 🙂

  12. slpmartin says:

    Once again you’ve made me want to try something new in my kitchen…the almonds and basic vanilla cake will be given a try this evening.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope it turned out well, Charlie 🙂

  13. ceciliag says:

    I’ll be quick then.. OH.. so cute! c

  14. earlybird says:

    When I get overwhelmed by emails of posts, I turn off the notifications for a few days. I still check out my top favourites but it stops me panicking that I’ll never get to the end of my in box list. Then, when I’m feeling on top of things again, I tick the notification box again. Another way to follow is to look under ‘following’ on your wordpress homepage – that way you see who’s posted without having the emails…

    And, do you know? The world hasn’t fallen apart when I’ve done this! 🙂

    Try it. I really find it takes the ‘pressure’ off.

    1. Pseu says:

      I didn’t know that about the notifications on the home page… I shall take a look.

      1. theonlycin says:

        I didn’t know either, Pseu 🙂

    2. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the tips 🙂

  15. adeeyoyo says:

    Lovely pic, Cindy!!!

  16. gospelwriter says:

    The buddies pic is priceless – the world surely could learn something from this sort of friendship. And mmmmm, I could use some of that berries & cream almond vanilla loaf right about now, even though it’s barely mid-morning here…

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s perfectly acceptable breakfast food 😉

  17. SidevieW says:

    rather Colin than Gordon for me

    1. theonlycin says:

      OK, we’ll share Colin and I will have Gordon all to myself ;p

  18. Count Nicholas Czardas says:

    Je suis honoré d’entendre ça

    1. theonlycin says:

      J’espère que j’ai fait vous sourire 🙂

      1. Count Nicholas Czardas says:

        Valóban te

  19. souldipper says:

    A potpourri of life at Cin’s. We were told as children that animals talked to each other on Christmas Eve. I could never stay awake…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Of course they talk to each other all the time 🙂

  20. That dog and that rabbit were made for each other ….

    1. theonlycin says:

      The dog is forlorn, the rabbit has not been seen for two days now 😦

  21. Tokeloshe says:

    Congratulations, well deserved.

    Love the title of the post and the list 😉

  22. Yvette says:

    I seem to be doing it the hard way with WP at the moment, can anyone understand what’s going on? Just smile and carry on! I’ve lost, gained, cried and laughed this week in front of my computer. No diet puns intended! I’m sure its all for the best in our organizational skills and hey…we all have to prioritize.
    The almond cake topped with berries looks great! Have a wonderful day! x

    1. theonlycin says:

      You are right, Yvette! x

  23. sonsothunder says:

    I know what you mean about the In-Box thing…and as you are overwhelmed right now with daily activities,as well as enjoying a rather large amount of traffic, I wont burden you by passing you another challenge I received. Oh, Lulabelle has a little friend.. . Cool
    Bless You

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bless you too, Paul.

  24. johnlmalone says:

    I LOVE YOUR LIST OF FOURS. Many I share: big reds, Babette’s Feast. The History Boys, Bryan Ferry but have never heard of ‘Big Hairy Bikers’ and not sure if I want to 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha, the bikers are really funny and very entertaining as the travel around looking for food and cooking up a storm 🙂

  25. Oh gosh I know the feeling re the new blog posts in the inbox, it’s difficult to keep up. 🙂 How cute is that last picture. Hope your keeping well aside from the feeling of being constantly behind. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m back in the saddle, thanks Chef 🙂

  26. didta7 says:

    wow the dog didn’t eat the rabbit? :mrgreen:

  27. sonsothunder says:

    What the’ve been challenged one more time..
    And, believe ain’t by Gordon Ramrod!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Popping over to look now 🙂

  28. Tandy says:

    thanks for taking part in the challenge! Love the photo – little kisses 🙂 I am also so far behind – still trying to read last week’s emails 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      It got quite overwhelming, so I decided not to try to catch up, but rather to move along forward 🙂

  29. Sparkle says:

    Morning, nice lists! I always asked myself how you introduced bunny to Lulu when you 1st brought him/her home, they seem to have good relations.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Lulu was very curious about the bunny, but a stern ‘NO!’ and she knew not to hurt it. 🙂

  30. Jamie Dedes says:

    Ha! We all have problems keeping up sometimes. Life before blogging, Cindy! 😉 Congrats on the award. Bravo to Paul …

    Love, love, love Babette’s feast and Stanley T. in anything ….

    Blog on …

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Jamie 🙂

  31. libraryscene says:

    Awwwweeee. Love the pics & lists…not seen movie no. 1, must check out, thanks ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think you’ll love the movie 🙂

  32. The Hook says:

    That shot is too cute for words! You know which one I mean…

    1. theonlycin says:

      ‘Course I do … you love berries and cream? 😉

  33. Pseu says:

    that cake looks delicious and light. Yum

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was very light 🙂

  34. That cake picture is mouth watering. Oh just the thought of it! I love when animals who are naturally enemies are friends.

    1. theonlycin says:

      A lesson we humans should learn 🙂

  35. Feeling snowed under can really suck the fun out of just about anything. It’s not nice. Precious to see the doggy and the rabbit making time for the little things 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I have decided that if I worry so much about it, I should perhaps slow down and not post so often 🙂

  36. pinkpolkadotfood says:

    The cake with th eberries and cream looks to die for!! I enjoyed reading your Fours – very interesting!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Feel free to post your fours too, Pinky 🙂

  37. Tammy says:

    I understand what you mean about falling behind. I really need to come up with a system of some sort. Your cake looks lovely.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Let me know if your find a system that works, Tammy 🙂

  38. I’m in the same boat with the emails…I’d just caught up, then got busy again, and had no time to read, and now I have been deluged. Sigh. Playing catch now 🙂

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