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Mocha pinwheel cookies

When I set my heart on trying a new recipe, I always try a few and choose the best.  Often the best then evolves into something else. I discovered a chocolate pinwheel cookie recipe in the book Cooking with Chocolate.  The cookies were so pretty but that was where their charm ended, they tasted like bread, all looks and nothing ... Read More »

Ndumo Game Reserve, the understated beauty in Northern Kwa Zulu Natal

  The Zulu word Ndumo means ‘that is famous’.  The northern Natal game reserve Ndumo, on the Mocambique border, is more a well kept secret than famous.  As a famous musician it would be more Tracey Chapman than Freddy Mercury. Being a smaller park, distances within the park are all relatively short.  The hide at Ezulweni hide on Nyamithi pan ... Read More »

Shapes of Africa – Sea fresh food at a magical backpackers

Long ago I had a vivid recurring dream, in it I discovered a previously unknown room, filled with dazzling treasure in my Grandmother’s house.  Last night had the same feel as that dream. A few times a year I visit family in Durban and Umdloti.  Much loved favourites like the Bush Tavern in Umdloti are experienced with ritual comfort and satisfaction.  On a previous ... Read More »

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 »