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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.

Thoughts for 2013 … setting New Year intentions

Posted in Life & Love

Fun-Frog“No-one looks stupid when they’re having fun”
Amy Poehler

Coming up with New Year’s Resolutions is very un-campariandsofa. Because we know they don’t last. Because there’s every chance we are already doing most of what we need to do. So 2013 is going to be about doing more of what works and less of what doesn’t. And having fun while we are about it. Rubber ducky ring optional.

The Tao of Yoga

Posted in Aging, Health, and Life & Love

Tao Porchon-Lynch.
Tao Porchon-Lynch.

Both camparigirl and I practice yoga, and go through the fluctuations of time spent on the mat that most busy yogis experience. Both of us leave class each time, thinking to ourselves – “I loved that, I really should do more of it. Anmhour a day would be perfect”. Then life intervenes, and we’re back to a couple days a week. Essentially we should be able to practice yoga until the day we die .. that’s the theory anyway.  But stiffening joints and atrophying muscles might not always make that possible.

So we were thrilled, inspired and heartened to read on Shape.com that the Guinness Book of World Records has recently named New York resident Tao Porchon-Lynch the world’s oldest yoga instructor.

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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