Charming Chutney

Chutney is an important feature of traditional South African cooking, and particularly those South Africans with Dutch and Malay heritage.  It's an essential accompaniment to curry as well as being an ingredient in a number of traditional recipes including bobotie.  As are apricots - in chutneys, in jam - and which are also eaten dried, … Continue reading Charming Chutney

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.

The big (beer) bang

I must have been seven or eight.  We had been away for the weekend.  I don’t recall the reason.  I suspect it was the annual trip to the agricultural show at Gonubie outside East London (South Africa).  For a number of years after we moved to Grahamstown, this was a regular thing.  Dad judged the … Continue reading The big (beer) bang

It’s not just about Covid

It's no secret that I take on paid-for writing work. Like all gigs for clients, sometimes one hits the mark and sometimes one doesn't. One job involved looking at the impact of the pandemic on people's mental health. I admit to having found myself in a rather deep rabit hole. A function, I suspect, of … Continue reading It’s not just about Covid

Those Ice Cream Days

Summer's heading our way.  Although it doesn't feel like it today as a galeforce wind howls around the house.  Having a foretaste of summer earlier in the week, it feels as though winter's returned.  One of the things I really enjoy about summer is a frappé. No, not the Greek one, but the one that, … Continue reading Those Ice Cream Days

Hayley’s going to Change the World – with our help

On Monday, my helper came to work and told me that her niece had won a scholarship to go to a conference in New York.  She went on to say that, as is often the case, the scholarship wouldn't cover everything, and that the family would be holding fundraising events in the village.  Starting at … Continue reading Hayley’s going to Change the World – with our help

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?

Contemplating the incomprehensible

A friend and I had a conversation at the market this morning.  Little did we know that exactly what were discussing - and fearing - she more than I - had come to pass. Incomprehensible. My heart aches for her:  the burden she has carried over the last few years and, particularly over the last … Continue reading Contemplating the incomprehensible

Seriously sizzling – these siss-sters

I have been making koeksisters for the McGregor Market for more than six years having last made them in the early 1990's.  At that time, I thought they were horrendously enormous and occasionally trotted them out with tea or as a dessert. Fast forward twenty or so years:  the world is much more health conscious … Continue reading Seriously sizzling – these siss-sters