Copper’s glow seduces cooks …

But if your copperware, which you proudly display, doesn't glow it can be a sorry sight and make you feel a bit embarrassed when you look at it. You've spent a lot of time in your kitchen this past year (2020 and a bit of 2021 - we won't go into detail, again, why) looking … Continue reading Copper’s glow seduces cooks …

It’s been a while …

Despite my earnest resolution to be more diligent with my blog, almost 4 months have slipped by in the twinkling of an eye. Do I have any excuses? Not really, or wait, maybe I can blame it on the virus. After all, it is an acceptable excuse, no? Let's see ... I had wi-fiI had … Continue reading It’s been a while …

Family Gatherings Past and Present – and it is all about the food, well, mostly!

"Do you know how to cook?" Ma asked Rev Stuart. He had brought supplies : beans, flour, salt, tea and salt pork. "The meat is easy. Cut slices, parboil, roll in flour and fry..." "Would you mind writing it down?" said Rev Stuart. "How much flour, and how much milk?" "Goodness" said Ma. "I never … Continue reading Family Gatherings Past and Present – and it is all about the food, well, mostly!

Be more diligent and Valentine musings

“It is a beautiful ring,” Laura said.“I would say the hand,” Almanzo replied. ❤ I saw a charge on my bank statement which I couldn't explain and I was ready for a fight ... that is, until I checked the settings of my blog and there it was... auto-renewal was turned on and I got charged … Continue reading Be more diligent and Valentine musings

Bredie = Stew = Comfort Food

“Bredies are a combination of meat and vegetables so intimately stewed that the flesh is thoroughly impregnated with the vegetable flavor while the vegetables have benefited from the meat fluids … neither dominates but both combine to make a delectable whole that is a triumph of cooperative achievement…” Thus writes C Louis Leipoldt (1880 to … Continue reading Bredie = Stew = Comfort Food

Must Buns or Mosbolletjies or “Poor Man’s Brioche”…

Baking mosbolletjies has been on my bucket list for years. I kept putting it off because it takes a long time (mine took 7 days from start to finish), it involves fermented grape juice as raising agent, lots of kneading, etc. But it is as if I am driven to work my way though my … Continue reading Must Buns or Mosbolletjies or “Poor Man’s Brioche”…

Grape Must, a must for must jam …

I mentioned before that as a child I lived for a while on a wine / stud farm in the Boland area of South Africa and some of my lasting memories are sitting beside the fire outside  on a Friday night, learning new songs from the farm workers’ children and listening to the jokes and … Continue reading Grape Must, a must for must jam …

Father’s Day Thoughts …

Laura wrote : “The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” Pa Ingalls taught his children a great many lessons on living a good life. He was a … Continue reading Father’s Day Thoughts …

A Letter To My Dad

I found a letter I wrote to my dad in February 2009, hoping it will be read at his funeral which I was unable to attend. I was here in the USA and on my lawyer's advice, couldn't travel abroad. I can't remember if it was read or not, but with Father's Day coming up … Continue reading A Letter To My Dad

Mother is another word for love …

The last time I spoke to my mother was on Mother's Day 2007. My parents lived 2 hours drive away from me, so I wasn't able to visit at the time but I called to wish her. I told her "I love you Ma". Three days later she was gone. She had a heart attack … Continue reading Mother is another word for love …