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Custard Slices with Cream Crackers

I’m typing my recipe on here because recently I lost it for a few months (all my recipes are on index cards and I have been known to mislay them).  This recipe was given to me by a work colleague Dorene about 10 years ago and it is a big hit in my home.  They are easy to make and ... Read More »

Digital Nomad, a challenge at the Elance blogathon

Tonight I voluntarily placed myself on a mental rack, after all the mind petrifies if it is not stretched and challenged.  Seated at a workstation at The Common Room in Parkhurst, I am taking part in a blogathon arranged by Elance.  I am surrounded by writers, bloggers and journalists, pretty daunting.  We were given 3 topics to choose from, Digital ... Read More »

You’re the voice in my Mind – Leonard Cohen tribute

Yesterday I came across a sponsored post by Weeva on Facebook calling for Letters to Leonard Cohen with a view to presenting him with a book containing these on his birthday.  I love a challenge and I love Leonard Cohen.  I wrote this tribute to him to fit the rhythm of ‘Bird on a Wire’  and to use the song ... Read More »

Tea Tree oil fixed my sore throat

For the last few days I had a really nasty sore throat, it started with a swollen gland and progressed to real pain.  I asked Cliff to look at my throat with a torch and he said that it looked like my tonsils were swollen and inflamed.  I don’t go to doctors unless I feel that something serious is on ... Read More »

Hand painted recreation of the famous butterfly dress

Leonard Cohen had his famous blue raincoat, Acacia had her famous purple butterfly dress which was also torn at the shoulder and generally tatty after being worn day in and day out for over a year.  She even slept with it next to her like some kids have a favourite soft toy.  Unlike the tale of angst of the famous ... Read More »

Carousel – Poem

CAROUSEL Painted ponies circle To tinny, manic refrain The scenery, on repeat Again and again and again Slack hands hold futile reins Cling to lonely little joys Private little pains No awkward eye contact no face to face Comfortably kept apart by carefully measured space Lone rangers each of us Playing at pretend Riding wooden horse with imaginary friend traversing ... Read More »

Crispy Fried Potatoes

Crispy Fried Potatoes are one of my favourite side dishes, far nicer than chips in my opinion.  This is how I make mine : Ingredients (to serve 4 generously) 5 potatoes peeled and cubed 30 ml flour seasoning (I use PnP potato seasoning) herbs such as origanum or rosemary optional Roughly 60 ml cooking oil, must be enough that the ... Read More »

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

In days of yore, Cliff and I loved attending the annual wine shows held in Johannesburg, but since our small people arrived my attendance has been limited.  An extended visit by Cliff’s parents allowed us the opportunity to go to the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show together last night.  The merit / drawback of this show is that only award-winning ... Read More »

Valentino’s Pizza Oven, Restaurant and Take Away in Bokburg

I have a thing about franchises, I’ll go to them now and then but they don’t give me the warm fuzzies.  My feeling is that if you want to own a restaurant, coffee shop or pizza place, your spot should be unique and have something personal and special to offer.  This must stem from my dream of owning a coffee ... Read More »

Eggless Cinnamon cake or cupcakes

3-year-old Acacia can have very specific ideas about what she wants, it’s not often that I manage to pull off what she has in mind.  Yesterday she nagged and nagged to make a cake but the list of requirements needed some thought.  She did not want cup cakes, it had to be 1 round cake, it had to have cinnamon, ... Read More »