MONDAY THINGS

I watch a fair whack of food programmes on TV and – instead of keeping a notebook handy to jot things down – I rely on my memory to come through when I eventually decide to cook the dish. Not a good idea. I saw someone (most likely Ina Garten) make a warm pasta salad…

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CHOCOLATE CAKE AND KISSING DOGS

Once upon a time………. …………they all lived happily ever after. That’s Sidey’s challenge this week. Unfortunately, tales of happy ever after are far and far between. Instead, we stumble over minutiae; electrical appliances die, as do loved ones. Bills arrive at inopportune moments and the car needs a service, but only after the cat has…

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PLAYING HIDE-AND-SEEK WITH ELUSIVE PURPOSE

WARNING/DISCLAIMER: VERY DEEP POST, NOT ABOUT FOOD. I had a deeply intense conversation with a new friend yesterday. We sat in the shade in my garden and she related her story of a particularly wretched time in her life and her recovery through taking a course of a-three-weekend programme, at the end of which she…

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PUMPKIN GRINCH

A Google search for ‘pumpkin quotes’ yields “About 3,660,000 results (0.14 seconds).” Yes, more than three-and-a-half million results. The world has gone bananas with Halloween fever, and that includes South Africa. Pumpkins are selling for between R70 and R100. I’ve no idea what today’s exchange rate to the US$ us, but – as a Facebook…

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VERY SHARP

” Now we have heard how Mrs. Sedley had prepared a fine curry for her son, just as he liked it, and in the course of dinner a portion of this dish was offered to Rebecca. “What is it?” said she, turning an appealing look to Mr. Joseph. “Capital,” said he. His mouth was full…

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DRIPS, DRAINS AND CANNELLONI TUBES

With the exception that it is full of ill people wearing drips, drains and dressings, the hospital I was at is much like a hotel. In the mornings, one is presented with the day’s menus from which to select the three meals of the day. For the first six days of my stay, I ate…

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TRIUMPH IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

Please accept my apologies for my prolonged absence. I was called away on a top-secret assignment: under-cover I had to go and test the food at a local hospital. My commentary about the food will follow in due course, but first I want to tell you about a woman in my ward, her name is…

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I’M A STUBBORN MULE

Sidey has been fiendish and I am digging in my heels. I won’t do her latest challenge. It’s impossible. I refuse … In the wake of Thursday night’s little party at my house, my heart is warm and fuzzy with gratitude for the amazing friends I’ve made through my almost-four-years of blogging. I’ve just returned…

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AJMO A-GO-GO

I gave Tandy three ingredients (four actually, but the black salt smells like dog poop and tastes like a fishpond, so we decided to ignore it) when she visited me back in August, and challenged her to a cook off using them. We’ve already done the dried lime leaves; Tandy’s here and mine here. Next…

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PETTER VERSIONS, COLD BATHS AND EMPTY FRIDGES

When my mom said ‘Don’t do that, it’s my petter version’ I didn’t know what she meant exactly, only that it was A Very Bad Thing. When the term is spoken in a proper English accent, as opposed to the South African one, it comes out differently and one understands that pet aversion means 1….

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OCTOBER IN MY KITCHEN

The weeks are speeding by towards Christmas, I don’t recall ever experiencing time going by so fast; is it an age-thing? It seems like just last week that I did Celia’s kitchen-show-and-tell post for my September entry, and now it’s time for October! When my daughter outgrew playing with dolls, I packed her favourite toys…

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FOOTPRINTS AND IN A PICKLE ABOUT PRESERVES

Sidey’s weekend theme is FOOTPRINTS, Can a rabbit break a heart? I really didn’t want to write this post, I kept hoping she’d just reappear; that she had wandered into a distant corner of the garden and would come – as she did every morning – speeding around the corner to say hello when I…

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