And so begins November, also known as ‘Mo-vember’; thus explained by Wikipedia:
Movember (a portmanteau of “moustache” and “November”) is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November. The event was conceived in 1999 by a group of Australian men from Adelaide.
Since 2004, the Movember Foundation charity has run Movember events to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and depression, in Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, events were launched in Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, and the United States. {My note: It is HUGE in South Africa!}
In 2010, Movember merged with the testicular cancer event Tacheback
1. On “Shadowe’en” (October 31), the complete moustache region, including the entire upper lip and handlebar zones, must be completely shaved.
2. For the entire duration of Movember [November 1–30], no hair shall be allowed to grow in the goatee zone (any facial area below the bottom lip).
3. There is to be no joining of the moustache to sideburns.

November is also the month in which my roses show off shamelessly and I am able to have them constantly in my kitchen.

And so to Celia’s monthly initiative: November in my kitchen.

First off; Giorgio Locatelli’s book ‘Made in Italy / Food and stories’, which was sent to me by an anonymously generous person so long ago that I can’t remember the month. I’ve flipped through it, but took it up in earnest last night and ended up reading until after 3am. I am now so tired that I am having auditory hallucinations. (Unfortunately it is Manfred Mann’s song ‘Pretty Flamingo’ …)
I never much cared for Mr. Locatelli; his habit of running his food-stained hands through his hair did not make me love him. However, this book has made me change my mind drastically. Filled with delicious food, the recipes are interspersed with chapters of touching stories about Locatelli’s childhood and his journeys to the success he is today.

He is clearly a kind man, a caring father and a chef who has a deep conscience about providing superb food in an ecologically friendly manner. The book is an absolute must for anybody who loves food and the history of ingredients.

I did remember – at around 2am, that I still had to use two ingredients that have long been waiting on my grocery shelf: Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup (from Tandy) and Woolworths Marinated Artichokes Quarters. Watch this space!
Lastly, Amy commented on my salad servers yesterday:

When I owned a holiday home in Glencairn, in Simonstown / Cape Town, I would let my friends have free use of it for their holiday accommodation. No charge. The only condition was that they had to supply the one thing they felt they couldn’t have done without during their holiday. One couple bought a furry blanket to leave by the fireside, someone else left a copy of Roberts Birds of Southern Africa and once there was a set of steak knives and these salad servers.


79 Comments Add yours

  1. siggiofmaine says:

    Enjoyed entire post, but most of all, enjoyed your displays of your gorgeous roses…
    you must be in heaven with those lovely flowers.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for visiting, Siggi. Yes, the roses are a daily gift from the garden 🙂

  2. Greg says:

    Kevin and I are observing Movember this year and we’d love your support (and that of your readers!).

    You can find out more about Movember on my post here: and help us to help SANCA on our Mo Bro page here:

    As for November, I love the roses – you know that. There are two other Joburg November arrivals that I’m not so keen on though: rain spiders and Parktown prawns. We’ve already had 2 visits of each so far. I expect more.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Will definitely support you in Movember. No rain spiders or parkies for me yet *crosses fingers*

  3. bluebee says:

    I can almost smell those lovely roses, Cin – they are exactly what roses should be – not like those uptight unperfumed mass-cultivated varieties.

    Love the condition for occupying the holiday home (would have to make sure you have a good handle on your guests though – could end up with some very strange additions otherwise)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Luckily there were no oddies, bluebee 😉

  4. sonsothunder says:

    You are so pretty in pink…Heck, come to think of it.. you are pretty in blue…Most of all, I just like seeing you are back in the pink…

    I’d grow a stache for you any day girl…

    Just wouldn’t be all that prudent…
    cooking and feeding the masses and all,

    I’d look even more stupid than I already do
    with one of those face diapers some states
    make cooks wear…. Alla prossima

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahahaha, Paul, you have – yet again – made my day *heart* 🙂

  5. Sally says:

    I’ve just bought Made in Sicily and loving it. Big fan of GL.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oooh, Sally, you must do a book review, would love to know more 🙂

  6. Tandy says:

    I love the idea of people leaving something behind that they need! I used those artichokes in the pasta I posted today – we are on the same wavelength again 🙂 I also am not a fan of the hair in the hands with Giorgio, but his food is great!

    1. theonlycin says:

      The more content I read in the book, the more I like him 🙂

  7. souldipper says:

    A great idea, Cin. I would leave a gift certificate for a supply of fresh fruit and veggies when you were able to be there.

    Nothing rusty about your resilience. There you are changing your mind about a man. That takes a mighty woman!

    1. theonlycin says:

      That gift cert is a very fine idea, Amy!

  8. Cindy, thanks for playing, and I loved this post! How sweet of you to let folks use your holiday house! I’ve never watched Giorgio much, at least not enough to see him run his hands through his hair, which would drive me bonkers, but enough to think that he was a hottie.. 🙂 I’ll have to watch out for the book, thank you! Your roses are beautiful! And believe it or not, I’m in Australia, and I haven’t heard anything about Movember yet this year!

    1. theonlycin says:

      No doubt you’ll hear all about it soon enough, Celia 🙂

  9. nursemyra says:

    Love the salad servers

  10. Tilly Bud says:

    This is my favourite post of all yours I’ve read. From Movember, which is new to me, to the pretty flowers to the nice chef to the lovely idea that guests buy something they can’t do without as payment for the free accommodation.

    What a lovely person you are 🙂

    1. Pseu says:

      ditto ditto ditto !

      1. theonlycin says:

        Oh Pseu, you ladies are making me blush!

  11. theonlycin says:

    Aaaaw shucks, Tilly …

  12. Spectra says:

    What a beautiful day for you! Thank You for sharing the info about Movember -I’d had no idea. Figures some bold and brusk Austrailian men would be behind this – and for good cause! If women can push our much-needed issues into the public eye, I am all for men doing the same.

    That said, you still have Woolworths over where you are? really?

    Ours closed here like over 15 years ago!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Woolworths is the ‘posh’ option here – far more expensive than other food chains, Spectra 🙂

  13. adeeyoyo says:

    Gorgeous roses, Cindy. I had never heard of ‘Mo-vember’ until I read your post. Good idea!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think so too, adee 🙂

  14. inzwakazi says:

    The salad servers are so cute, they look like play things. You slept at 3am!?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yep, better than Saturday night when I couldn’t sleep at all!

  15. Pseu says:

    The UK home page for this:

    I already have a hirsute husband so I won’t be encouraging him to join in!

    There is also a beard growing competition I discovered: even has a facebook page

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the link, Pseu 🙂

  16. suzicate says:

    Movember, how funny, never heard of it.
    Love those salad tongs!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You going to talk Dirt Man into participating in Movember?

  17. ceciliag says:

    I am with the others, DO keep showing your roses, they will bring some colour into our long winter, the sun is rising and that is my bell to go outside and feed the troops but before I go I love your salad servers, so Green! (once again with the colour!) c

    1. theonlycin says:

      Okey dokey, Cecilia, more flowers coming up 🙂 Stay warm!

  18. SidevieW says:

    Your roses are lovely.

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone participating in Movember, or maybe I’m so old I just forgot I did

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well, now you know what to look out for!

  19. granny1947 says:

    I will start on my moustache immediately!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good for you, we want pics 😉

  20. What an awesome idea for people to leave something for you in your home an so kind o fyou to open it for everybody.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not quite everybody, Mandy 😉

  21. I have pleaded, begged and cajoled but my husband will not grow one! He had a mustache when I met him and I loved it… sigh…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Mine also had one when he met me, he shaved it off once and looked most peculiar. He grew it back immediately.

  22. slpmartin says:

    I also love the idea of leaving something special in your home…I’ve seen people write comments in a small book before..but not a gift…quite a lovely thought…by the way tried yesterday’s salad recipe…it was great…thanks!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh, so glad you enjoyed the salad *big grin*

  23. A good book, beautiful roses and the most sweet salad servers. Yes, what a gorgeous idea for them to leave something – personal and different, unique and heartfelt. Great that they participated. If your guests didn’t you would have no special stories to share about it. 🙂

    I’m definitely not one for facial hair… but that is the first I’ve ever heard of the cause. A worthy one, I think.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You want to see some of the pics of Movember winners, quite scary :O

  24. nrhatch says:

    Your roses are GLORIOUS! And that’s a lovely way to collect “rent.”

    Thanks, Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank YOU, Nancy 😀

  25. Mal says:

    Love the roses! And what a brilliant idea for the holiday home! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      More roses coming up, Mal 🙂

  26. Gracious: your Woolworths must be loads posher than ours used to be. You’s never catch a tasteful jar like that one their shelves here.

    Loved the MOvember stuff! I have never heard of it before!
    And….divine roses.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Our Woolworths is a lot like your Marks & Spencer, Kate 🙂

  27. colonialist says:

    I can think only of a very few people who have ever known me without a moustache, so the original shaving would provide too much shock and horror. Also, I don’t want to be bitten by the dogs and shunned by grandchildren.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Why does the moustache area appear so very long when men shave off their taches, Col, it really does horrify enough for a dog to bite 😉

  28. Tokeloshe says:

    I love your roses.
    Thanks for the peep.
    Love the condition. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope to see your peep soon too, Tok 🙂

  29. klrs09 says:

    Your roses are gorgeous. I miss mine already. My hardy rose has one bloom still on it. The leaves are all gone, but there is this one gorgeous bloom at the very top that is still clinging tenaciously despite the deepening cold. It brought a smile to me today as I made my way around the yard to see how things are doing. I really hate winter, necessary as it is to life in Spring.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m with you on hating Spring despite logic, Kathy. Stay warm 🙂

      1. klrs09 says:

        you meant Winter, right?

      2. theonlycin says:

        Oh Lordy, my brain is turning to mush … yes, Winter *blush*

  30. I love the color of your roses.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Linda, I love them too 😀

  31. dearrosie says:

    1. Your roses are really magnificent!
    2. What’s a Parktown prawn?
    3. I had no idea there was something like a Movember race.

    1. theonlycin says:

      1. Thank you, more to come.
      2. King Crickets, I will feature them in a post for you.
      3. Please follow and support my friends Greg and Kevin in the Movember race.

      1. dearrosie says:

        Crickets? crikey

  32. Sue Green says:

    That’s odd, I left a message here yesterday, something about not wanting to ever have gravy in your house 🙂 It reminded me and I have just done mine. Beeoutiful roses.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I don’t know what is going on with the internet, Sue, your comment isn’t sitting in my spam folder either 😦

  33. libraryscene says:

    As always, your post is a joy to read…I should have read it sooner so I would have known my patron wasn’t pulling my leg when he told me he was part of a challenge to grow a beard during November! Roses are so lovely; as is the sentiment of leaving one’s must-have possession behind…you would have done quite well with me…my Macbook (smile) ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ah, for 20/20 vision, I’d have invited you to the holiday house in a flash 🙂

  34. The Hook says:

    It sounds like you have the type of kitchen that could play host to a TV cooking show! Good for you!

    1. theonlycin says:

      A TV show, Hookster? That would be some dream come true 🙂

  35. I love the roses and the salad servers!!

  36. Mariana says:

    Giorgio’s book was on my christmas list the year it came out. My dear 18 year old daughter paid $59 and bought it for me. I thought she would share the cost with brother and sister, but she didnt. I felt obligated to read it upside down,inside out, so she got her money’s worth. The returns really paid though, when I made his pizza dough. It’s simply the best.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I have yet to try the pizza, Mariana 🙂

  37. heidi says:

    I stayed at a friend’s home in the Pacific northwest in Oregon this year that had the same idea about leaving something! I left behind an antique sugar crock filled with vanilla sugar, a basket of almonds with a nut cracker, and a lovely shell mirror to go with a collection she had started up in her master bath.
    I too, love your roses~ thanks for sharing!

    1. theonlycin says:

      A lovely gift you left her, Heidi 🙂

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