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Category: Food & Entertaining

A citrus bounty – Home made “Mandarinello”

Posted in Food & Entertaining, and Uncategorized

Citrus BowlMy citrus trees are on overdrive. When I moved to this house, nearly ten years ago, it was clear the previous owners were into growing their own fruit and vegetables, a task I would have gladly carried on were I not the most incompetent gardener  and for the small matter of a very demanding job that left me no time to coddle zucchini and lettuce.

The vegetable enclosure was thus dismantled but the fruit trees managed to prosper in spite of me. I have not bought a lemon in ten years,and, right about now, the orange and mandarin trees, grown into adulthood, are providing me with an extra workout – it helps they are perched on an unforgiving hillside.

Cold soup, rock lobster and a cherry or two

Posted in Food, and Food & Entertaining

IMG_0381Our friend Ryan gave great gifts this Christmas. A subscription to Taste magazine – one of SA’s best foodie bibles. And two splendid rock lobsters – that he dived for himself. With temps here as high as 36/96 – the thought of eating anything hot yesterday just didn’t sit right. So I decided to use what we already had to hand (New Year’s intention # 3).

A cuppa, some scones and the Mad Hatter

Posted in Food, and Food & Entertaining

Choc cakeThe woman’s house was destroyed in an air raid and the kind policeman steered her towards a salvaged chair, made her sit and uttered the magic words “You stay here. I will make you a cup of tea”. The scene is from my current flavor of the month British TV show, “Foyle’s War”, but it does sum the oft mocked British attitude towards life that a cup of tea is a panacea for life’s ills.

At the cost of being branded an Anglophile, I am inclined to agree. Coffee jumpstarts my brain but, at the end of a long day, it’s a hot cup of tea I crave .  When it’s getting dark outside and I need to welcome the evening, feet propped on the coffee table. Or when my fingers are tired of typing and I need a mental break, it’s the kettle and my favourite blue mug I reach for.

Orangey Spicey Christmas Muffins

Posted in Food & Entertaining, and Things We Love

IMG_0316Sofafamily are breaking with tradition and having a Christmas brunch rather than our traditional late afternoon lunch. Cape Town is just magnificent at the moment, and we want to make the most of the wind-free days by heading down to the beach in the afternoon for a surf and a swim. ‘Popper Christmas’ (as the nieces and nephew call their Grandfather) will be handing out gifts at 10.30am, with the help of mimosas and watermelon bellinis, and a slightly unusual brunch will follow – campari-girl and I will be posting about the menus for our respective Christmas meals in due course. I came across this great muffin recipe by Nigella Lawson and thought it would make a perfect addition to our spread.  Though I am going to alter her recipe slightly by adding in some pecan nuts, and by creating a marmalade butter.  But the rest is all Nigella inspiration and simplicity and will make the house smell gloriously Christmassy.

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