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November reads

I’ve decided that since I’m so against spoilers my book reviews cannot be particularly meaty so I’m going to do a monthly post covering what I’ve read during the month. It’s only in recent years that I’ve developed an appreciation for Chick Lit, I  was a bit judgemental in the past.  Erika James is one of the authors in this ... Read More »

Marbled Black Forest Fridge Cheesecake

A while ago I posted a recipe for baked Black Cherry Cheesecake.  This is a different version for a no bake fridge cheesecake.  I don’t really fancy raw eggs in a cheesecake and this recipe is egg free. INGREDIENTS 200g chocolate digestive biscuits or similar (I bake this recipe and use them in my crumb base) 85 grams butter 60 ... Read More »

Slime Baff and Gelli Baff, an awesome kids gift

When I received a package of Slime Baff and Gelli Baff from Zimpli kids to review, Fjord couldn’t wait to try them out.  If you think this stuff is just for little kids you’re wrong, Fjord is 10 and I couldn’t get him out of the bath either time.  I wish that I’d timed it, but I’m certain that on ... Read More »

Did I escape the reaper? Do we have premonitions?

I’m not sure why I’m recording this here, but it was such a chilling and peculiar incident that I feel it should be written down.  On Saturday I went to visit Domi while she and Duncan continue packing up their lives before moving to Canada in December. Soon after leaving home I thought “Fjord is 10, if I die he ... Read More »

Cappuccino, choc chip muffins

When we went on our family holiday at Brambleberry Lodge, Domi brought along a bought muffin dough, Acacia went dilly over the coffee, choc chip ones.  This week I searched for a recipe and decided to try the one in South African cookbook for allergies and food intolerance book which is dairy free.  However I made several changes adding dairy ... Read More »

Strawberry dreams – recipe

It’s that time of year when one end of year party rolls into the next.  We have the end of year ballet party, the swimming party and so on, these strawberry tarts are great to take along to any bring and share.  The pastry shells can be made in advance and even frozen, then putting them together is a doddle. ... Read More »

The Little Red Chairs – Book Review

The Little Red Chairs by Edna o’ Brian is one of very few books which I’ve wanted to re-read before turning the last page.  Rich, weighty, powerful and beautifully written it challenges on so many levels. It’s hard for me to choose reading books, with an aversion to spoilers I rely on recommendations and random choices. I refuse to read ... Read More »

Growing African Violets – a lesson in nurturing

When I was 8 years old I went on a trip to Cape Town for surgery on my cleft lip, we stayed at my great aunts home.  In one room she had many African Violet plants, with no flowers.  During my stay I talked to those plants every day.  When I left my aunt phoned my mother to tell her ... Read More »