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Disney on Ice at The Dome – The worst seats are still worth it

Now and then children should experience the wonder and joy of live theatre.  Previous Disney on Ice productions have passed us by but this time we were part of the magic. Booking our tickets for Thursday’s matinée on Computicket I chose the cheap (R100) seats.  At R400 prime seats are way out of my financial league, yikes that would be ... Read More »

Traditional shortbread with unconventional twist in method

Recently I published my grandfather’s bakery shortbread recipe.  The day after making it my Mum told me that the shortbread which I remembered so fondly from my childhood was a different recipe made by my grandmother. Grampa’s recipe is excellent but it makes so much and because it contains 1 egg the ingredients can’t be reduced. When Mum gave me ... Read More »

Become an Organ Donor – a chance to save a life

Today I saw an article on YOU Magazine’s website, about the death of ‘Get me to 21’ organ donor campaigner Jenna Lowe.  Sadly she did get an organ transplant at the end of last year but still passed away. On Facebook, below the article link many commented along the lines of “so sad”, only 2 said that they are organ ... Read More »

Kitchen Inspire Measuring Jug – a jug by any other name

Recently I needed a measuring jug, I wanted to bake a special Lynn Bedford Hall recipe and couldn’t find my Tupperware quickshake with the accurate ml markings on it.  The recipe calls for 100 ml liquid (this is a very specific requirement or 125ml, ½ cup would have been called for instead), and 200 ml brown sugar. In most cases ... Read More »

Family treasure, my grandfather Cliff Pocket’s shortbread recipe

As a young man my maternal grandfather Cliff Pocket, trained to be a master baker in England, he then returned to Rhodesia* and took over his father’s bakery (Pocket’s Bakery) and tearoom in Salisbury*.   After school my mother and her friends would go to Pockets Tearoom for knickerbocker glories.  When grampa Cliff passed away, Mum found his old recipe book ... Read More »

Solar Water Heating

Solar water heating is a relatively simple concept – the heat of the sun is captured using a collector panel and stored in a water tank.  There are of course many different systems configurations that one can choose, which complicates the issue somewhat, but as long as you understand the basics operation, advantages and disadvantages of each type of system, ... Read More »

Cowboy cookies (Oat and Raisin cookies)

A long time ago my uncle, his Canadian wife and children packed up their tobacco farm in Rhodesia* and moved to Canada.  As a farewell family gathering we spent a weekend together on the Natal South Coast before they left Africa.   That weekend aunt Marg made a batch of cookies which we all loved, she called them Cowboy cookies and ... Read More »

Please don’t choose suicide – You matter!

Before I start, I have a request.  To my parents and older children, please don’t read this, you don’t need to, and it is of no relevance to you.  I am tackling this subject because I am hoping that it will strike a chord with a specific person.  I feel that I would be out of line to contact her ... Read More »

Incredible Hulk – Choc Chip mint cookies

Sometimes experimental baking does not yield what you have in mind but works out in a different way.  I’ve been looking at the new bottle of mint essence wondering what type of cookies can be made with it.  I chose to adapt a choc chip cookie recipe to fit the bill.  The cookies taste good but the green colour really ... Read More »

Odd One Out by Lissa Evans – book review

Remember the Fiat Palio Ad, the one where the owner gets uppity when his car is described as nice?  Well I’ve come to a point where there is a space for nice.  Nice is comforting, and … well, nice.  I’ve just read Odd One Out by Lissa Evans, and it was nice.  Reviews on the cover used words like “hilarious” ... Read More »