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The pottery soap dish project

For a few days before Domi (my daughter) and Duncan (her husband) emigrated to Canada they stayed in our garden cottage.  Duncan pointed out that he prefers a bar of soap in a soap dish rather than liquid hand soap.  He also knew that I love a new pottery challenge.  I have now made a few soap dishes in 2 ... Read More »

Salsa for Nachos (or anything else)

I spent a whole lot of time looking for a recipe for cooked salsa but apart from finding very few, in the end I decided that a fresh one would be nice (and it was).  In the past when we’ve had Nachos I’ve bought ready made salsa, this one is nicer, makes about 500ml (way more than the bought bottle), ... Read More »

Biobust – a product which changed my life (and my bra size)

As a child I would look at the ‘Sea Monkey’ ads in comic books, those families of magical creatures looked like mermaids or exotic aliens with human faces.  Even as a child I knew that in reality they would be a massive disappointment.  It turns out they were rather nondescript little brine shrimps.  When I first saw Biobust in Dischem ... Read More »

If I could write words – Poem

This time the poetry prompt of a title of another poem to work from, came from Joanne, and I didn’t click that she’d chosen Spike MIlligan.  The man who inspired me to write poetry. IF I COULD WRITE WORDS If I could write words Unspoken those shapeless thoughts which move like mist in the space beyond joy and pain If ... Read More »

Bonjour Monsieur Brel – beautiful, haunting and inspiring

Jaques Brel Alive and Living in Paris was a soundtrack to my childhood.  Even as a small child the passion of the music left an indelible spiritual imprint.  I almost forgot the music, you never hear his songs on the radio.  I didn’t know that Seasons in the Sun was based on his Le Moribond (The dying man).  The original ... Read More »

Tomato sauce for pizza topping

There’s nothing like home made pizza.  I make the dough in my bread machine and we make our own tomato topping.  This is my husband’s recipe. You can either use it as is or give it a whizz with a blender. TOMATO PIZZA TOPPING INGREDIENTS about half a medium or smallish onion 1 tin chopped peeled tomatoes a clove or ... Read More »

Night – poem

I’m not managing a poem a day but continuing with picking a poem title and writing somthing with the same title. NIGHT Shadows fall gently Rough edges blur The blanket of darkness covers all Embracing Uniting Soul moon rises Summoning tides Casting silver path over black waters Whispering There is always a way   The title of this poem came ... Read More »

Banting and Gluten Free Lemon Meringue

This week I had a visit from a very special friend from Durban.  She is banting and loves lemon meringue.  I have never tried banting baking before but after some searching chose a recipe on The Banting Chef.  My first attempt was not a success, the recipe didn’t say what size pie dish to use and my tin turned out ... Read More »