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Month: July 2014

All purpose chocolate ganache for when the urge strikes

Posted in Baking, and Food & Entertaining

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Individual Chocolate Ganache Tarts

Did you ever read Pinocchio when you were a child? Did your parents ever threaten your nose would grow at your first lie? And I mean the real Pinocchio, not the Disney-ized version with the cuddly and not so woody puppet, and the grandfatherly Geppetto, but the original fairy tale by Tuscan author Carlo Collodi, which was much darker, as if written in anger: as my friend Luisa likes to point out, the tale runs the gamut of death, threats, lies and punishment, enough to terrorize a poor child for decades to come.

Location, location, lo… not so fast.

Posted in Life & Love

1380812751As part of the (ongoing) office snazzing up, I sold my desperately uncomfortable chair on the internet. The woman who bought it turned out to be a location scout and admired sofacasa’s “high ceilings, shiny wooden floors and generous proportions”. I loved seeing my home through her eyes. “Would you be interested in offering your house as a filming location?” she asked. “We have a Pamper’s commercial coming up – and they’re looking for a family home like this. The going rate is about R15 000 ($1 500) per day.”

Notes on a conference, if not much of a scandal – BlogHer ’14

Posted in Life & Love, and Women's issues

The omens didn’t start auspicious. First, I got lost around LAX trying to find the parking lot where I was fixated my Jemima would spend a couple of nights. It turned…

Why we write.

Posted in About Us

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Many moons ago – young and sassy. sofagirl (l) and camparigirl with attitude (r)

Sofagirl’s pal Steven Abramowitz, aka The Gisborne Gourmet, writes like he cooks – effortlessly. A pinch of this, a glug of that, a handful of herbs and lunch is served. But his blog is more than that – he’s describing a warm, real New Zealand version of ‘la dolce vita’. So an invitation to campari and sofa to join his table in the form of this tagged blog, was accepted with alacrity.

In kind.

Posted in Life & Love, and Relationships

002268562e2048b74eb404861e0e17e3camparigirl and I agreed that we would not use campariandsofa as a personal soapbox. That’s not to say we don’t have strong political opinions, it’s just that they don’t belong on these pages. For my part – I don’t believe anything unless my gut buys it. Unless everything I have learned, read, seen, experienced …all add up. I believe that the mass propagation of a lie doesn’t make it a truth. And I will argue with anyone who engages in hate speech. As camparigirl noted in her lovely birthday tribute – I can be combative.

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