Tripping the Light Fantastic

When I wrote this just over a hear ago, South Africa, had been in the throes of loadshedding.  I was reminded of this post because it marks a nasty trip that I took.  I cannot believe that was a year ago, and how much, in so many ways, things have not changed.  Loadshedding has made … Continue reading Tripping the Light Fantastic

Carrots, beans and other foods: a contemplation

Unless you've been under some or other lockdown a rock for the last few years, you cannot but know about the growing popularity of a plant-based diet. If you read my blog from time to time, by now you'll also know a few things like: I have long (like, thirty plus years) been a wannabe … Continue reading Carrots, beans and other foods: a contemplation

Saucy tomatoes: otherwise known as Passata

When I met The Husband, he fended for himself and it wasn't long before he informed me that a kitchen should never be without onions and tomatoes: no tasty main meal (other than breakfast), could exclude onions. Add tomatoes, he maintained, and you have the basis of a good meal. Then last Saturday, I was given five kilograms of overripe tomatoes! Perfect. So, I set to on Sunday, prepared for a long day - it's a two-step process - not difficult, but long (and which is partly why I didn't get this out last week).

Aubergines – awful or awesome?

In our house, we call them brinjals, and other people call them melanzane or egg plants. You either like them or you don’t – like a friend’s daughter who, when she was little, announced to her mother I don't want to eat allmyjeans!! It took a while to work out that then little girl, now … Continue reading Aubergines – awful or awesome?

I’m sure I did. Positive. I did.

You know when you could have sworn that you've done something and you have clear memories. Of. Exactly. What. You. Did. Well, I had that experience with this a Moroccan Lentil and Butternut Salad recipe. I was convinced that I'd written about it. A long time ago. Because, I realised, I've been making this salad … Continue reading I’m sure I did. Positive. I did.

A burger’s a burger, or is it?

I associate burgers with quick food.  They are, if one gets them "done".  They're not if they're home made from scratch.  I make both meat and plant-based burgers.  One has to go a long way to find a good vegan or vegetarian patty.  Especially at a restaurant:  I've had some really memorable (for all the … Continue reading A burger’s a burger, or is it?

Tuck shop tucker

At boarding school, there was really very little reason to go to the tuck shop.  We used to get sandwiches at break (for my US blogpals - mid-morning recess).  They were always brown bread and usually the freshest of soft fresh.  My favourites were egg.  I still love egg sandwiches.  When I make them, I … Continue reading Tuck shop tucker

All wrapped up

The Husband and I both enjoy Mexican food.  I have developed, over the years, a greater tolerance of hot and a little more spicy.  Mexican allows for our both respective heat proclivities and penchants for things animal or vegetable. Just down the road and around the corner from our first home was a Mexican spot. … Continue reading All wrapped up

Leftovers – when they are not: leftover

The notion of leftover food and what happens to it, is a divisive one.  I remember my ex returning from a conference with a story about a fellow delegate just would not eat leftover food.  If there was any food left over, his wife had to throw it away. I must digress That entire exchange … Continue reading Leftovers – when they are not: leftover