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Category: Things We Love

10 Great Reads

Posted in Things We Love


Whether you are planning to curl up  on the couch with a cup of cocoa or stretch languidly on a beach, these are some of our suggestions.

The Thousands Autumns of Jacob DeZoet by David Mitchell

Better known for the Booker Prize winner and best-seller “Cloud Atlas”, I fell in love with the follow-up at page 80. “Hang in there”, sofagirl counselled and I am glad I did because, if the going is a bit slow, the book then lived by my side until I devoured the last page. A wondrous and meticulously researched tale of the impenetrable Japanese kingdom in the 1700‘s told through the eyes of a lowly Dutch Indies employee, and an impossible and perilous love story, this book will transport you to a different world for its duration. The precise, lace-like intricate writing will mesmerize you too.

Reinventing the Times – the art of paper doilies

Posted in Home & Decor, and Things We Love

When I came across camparigirl’s beloved New York Times, rendered even more lovely, I couldn’t resist featuring it. The creator of these rather glorious doilies, Donna Ruff, draws her inspiration equally…

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.

The evergreen gift of giving

Posted in Things We Love“In New York, the Jews go to eat in Chinatown on Christmas day. In LA, they go to your house”, commented my friend Shalit when I invited her, like every year, to my Christmas lunch. I paused for a second and I realized that, indeed, every single person around my holiday table, except me, will be Jewish. Jews for Christmas, I call them, a coterie of friends and family who like to indulge my need for Christmas and gifts under the tree.

The tree, by the way, is always set up by me with help from the dogs, now veterans of this yearly routine. They even learnt not to touch the ornaments, although I do not trust to leave the gifts, after Portia, on her first Christmas, ate most of them and their wrappings.

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