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Author Archives: sula 1968

Parenting fail, fobbing off tick bite fever symptoms

Fjord is 9 years old and prone to wild imagination which can translate to hypochondria.  This time there really was a wolf, when he cried wolf and it bit (well a tick bit but that doesn’t work with the word play).   Several days before showing symptoms of tick bite fever Fjord said that his belly button was infected.  I ... Read More »

Chicken, cheese and corn muffins

Last weekend my brother-in-law stayed over after flying up to Joburg for the Pixies, Rock on the lawns concert.  I wanted to make something nice for breakfast before he flew back home to Cape Town.  I based this recipe on an Angela Day one for ‘Cheese muffins with ham and corn’ but made quite a few changes.  They were really yummy ... Read More »

One Day in Kimberley and the world’s your diamond

Returning from Cape Town in Jan, I made sure that we spent a night in Kimberley for the children to visit the big hole.  This man made wonder is at the heart of a place where past and present seem to co-exist.  The spirit of adventure rises from the dust.  My children (6 & 9) were less interested in the ... Read More »

Adama cottages in Dinokeng breathe creativity

Arriving at Adama’s Kingfisher Cottage was a case of loveatfirstsightness.  The straw bale, thatched cottage blended with the bushveld in a complimentary marriage of natural elements.  We have never stayed in Dinokeng Game reserve before and the area is perfectly situated for short breaks, a stone’s throw from Jo’burg and Pretoria.   Cliff chose Adama knowing that as a novice ... Read More »

4 Wine estates, 4 varied experiences

Gastritis may have messed with my joyous relationship with wine but it could not ruin the fun of visiting wine estates, which like our beautiful South Africa are diverse, unique, multi faceted and character rich.   They are also all set in chocolate box, pretty scenery, nectar for the soul. Unless you’ve been to Vergenoegd I bet you’ve never been ... Read More »

On 12 years of marriage and mending (maintaining)

Every year on our wedding anniversary, I wear the skirt and top which I wore the day we first met in the Nampak parking lot (we corresponded via matchmaker.com briefly before that).   We met on 5 March 2004 and married exactly a year later.  Over 13 years that skirt lining has perished, yesterday before wearing it, I mended it.  We ... Read More »

D’Aria Pizza and Wine pretty darn fine

A nasty altercation with gastritis reduced wine tasting opportunities on our last Cape trip, to mere lip wetting.  Visits to wine estates were therefore more focused on the full experience. We have never explored the Durbanville area much in the past and this time chose to remedy the omission.  Unfortunately we chose old years eve to sample the offerings of ... Read More »

Ostrich Mince Bolognese

Since discovering Ostrich Mince, I never use Beef mince.  Ostrich meat is so lean that even extra lean beef tastes fatty in comparison.  Ostrich mince is available at Woolworths and Pick n Pay.   Of course you can use Beef, or Chicken mince in this recipe if you prefer.  This is a family favourite and we eat it once a ... Read More »