I have a habit of celebrating other people’s birthdays when we’re not even in the same country together. My father has still never forgiven me for the shindig myself and my mother threw for him on a holiday in Spain … Continue reading
An imperfectly delicious stack of homemade banana bread pancakes. Soft, pillowy, wholesome and filling. I usually fall asleep dreaming about my breakfast and last night was no different. After I received the amazing news about becoming a finalist in the … Continue reading
Last weekend in Cape Town, I imbibed in a delicious Milkshake concoction of Jack Daniels and Peanut Butter. It was glorious and the perfect accompaniment to the Royale Eatery‘s Wagyu Burger. I’ve been dreaming about milkshakes ever since coming back … Continue reading
One of life’s little pleasures, the simple pairing of fresh and juicy strawberries with soft and velvety cream. Total and utter bliss and perfect for that romantic picnic. No romantic picnics happening around here at the moment though, I’m living … Continue reading
Bobotie (Bobotjie) has been haunting my dreams for the last few weeks. I keep seeing it pop up on cafe menus and on cookery shows. I’ve been dying to make it at home but one thing was holding me back, … Continue reading
There has been some serious procrastination going on here recently. I’ve assigned Tuesdays as my Admin day to sort out all of the un-fun stuff that comes along with running a food business. So yesterday (I changed Admin day to … Continue reading
We are in the thick of winter and the glorious sunshine is still beaming down on us. I can’t quite get over just how lucky I am to be experiencing such a beautiful time of the year here in South Africa. Joburg is shining and it’s looking pretty stunning.
In the summer time when the weather is fine….oh wait. Hold on a second, it’s winter, right? No…no, it’s summer. I’m pretty sure it’s winter. I’m in the Southern Hemisphere and if my calculations are correct, we are at the beginning of winter. Exactly! So then why is it 24 degrees outside? All I can say is that I love it. Winter here in South Africa is shaping up to be rather brilliant. Jam packed full of sunshine, rooftop cinemas & and festivals, it feels just like summer time.
I spent a wonderful 24 hours in Dublin on Friday night and had the privilege of attending the 11th Trailblaze event held in the Grand Masonic Lodge. A stunning setting for the night of the Winter Solstice. We were welcomed into the lodge by the Christmassy smells of mulled wine and festive nibbles from The Cake Café. Such a treat. As we were led upstairs to the room where we would spend the next 3 hours, I couldn’t help but imagine what it was all like back in the 18th century. The Grand Masonic Lodge in Dublin is the second oldest lodge in the world and as you enter the main room upstairs, the walls are adorned with enourmous paintings of the Free Mason Elders. The night began with Brother Morgan telling us the history behind the Free Mason’s and where it all began. Clare and Cathy from Trailblaze then introduced each speaker. The theme of the night was ‘Secrets’, each speaker revealed a secret about themselves, other people, institutions and some even revealing the secrets about life. I was blown away by it all. At the end of the night, Clare Mulvany spoke once again and her words have stuck with me, ‘Ireland has so much potential, but it is up to us to make it happen’. Not a truer word spoken.
I’m in the process of eating my way through the contents of my pantry (yes I like to call my small cupboard of delicious food a pantry) as we are set to jet off home to Ireland this weekend for the Christmas holidays. It always amazes me the amount of food that builds up in just a short few weeks. How much food can one foodie eat? A lot, it seems! We have been kitting out our new abode with all the necessities since we moved in just 5 weeks ago and I have obviously made sure we had emergency supplies of everything. Upon opening the fridge and pantry, I discovered I have about 4 days to complete the scoffing.