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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 »

Roasted Red Bell Pepper soup

Last night my husband made the most incredibly yummy 3 course supper.   Our starter was this Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup, made from his own recipe.  This may be the most delicious soup that I have tasted.  Lucky you, he agreed to share his recipe. INGREDIENTS 3 large red peppers 1 tin tomato 1 onion chopped 2 rounded tsp crushed ... Read More »

The big Boksburg Roadhouse Roundup

Sampling the top 3 roadhouses in Boksburg, was a good dose of fun and adventure. Retro is in, but in Boksburg (not a fashion capital of the world) for many it never went out. Not when it comes to roadhouses anyway. Boksburgians have a point here.  The Fireplace, Kota Joe and Orama were all better than, or equal to take ... Read More »

BIC Kids Super Soft pencils, the best for colouring in

Scattered around our house there are umpteen broken wax crayons and unused pencil crayons.  My children love colouring in but until now lacked the ideal tools to do so.  Until this weekend I discovered BIC kids Super Soft Crayons, they were R24.99 at our local Checkers Hyper. Normal thin wax crayons break when children look at them, the jumbo ones ... Read More »