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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 »

Trains beautiful trains at the Rand Society of Model Engineers

If it weren’t for blogging I would not have discovered one of the coolest kids outings in Jo’burg.  Thank you Dianne for commenting on my post about the Stellenbosch Toy Museum and enriching my children’s childhood.  If you are a parent living in Jo’burg a visit to RSME (Rand Society of Model Engineers) is beyond a must, particularly if you ... Read More »

Chocolate Marbled Black Cherry Fridge Cheesecake

The ingredients for this Chocolate Marbled Black Cherry  cheesecake are expensive but it’s worth the cost for the reward of a very special treat.  An added bonus is that the recipe is egg free which means that my egg allergic son can eat it (provided that egg free biscuits are used in the crumb base). Before you start, please note ... Read More »

Letter to headmaster about back breaking heavy school bags

One thing which has really troubled me since Fjord started Gr 4 last year, is the spine wrecking weight of his school bag.  Since they started moving from class to class children end up carrying every single school book around all day and the time table seldom allows even 1 book to stay home.  The school does allow a box ... Read More »

Domi’s favourite Malva Pudding

If I want to lure my daughter Domi around for a visit, Malva pudding is excellent bait to draw her here.  Last night she visited with her husband Duncan and they both love this recipe. MALVA PUDDING (serves 8) INGREDIENTS 1 Cup (250 ml) sugar 1 egg 1 Tbs (15 ml) apricot jam 1 Cup flour 1 tsp bicarbonate soda ... Read More »

The Naked boy – sorry I can’t think of a proper title

There are many ways to write this story. It could be sermonized or psychoanalyzed. It could be told with the aggressive, indignant tone of Eusebias McKaiser (but for maximum effect the perpetrators would have had to be white). It could be dressed in clever language. I cannot use a broken little boy as a metaphor and will simply state what ... Read More »