This festive season spread some cheer with this Cranberry Strawberry Cooler. Full of warm holiday reds and sweet tasting berries, cranberry and strawberry together – a winner. It sometimes gets so hot during this time of the year that honestly, all I want to do is sip on something refreshing all day. Forget the food and cooking…this cooler/punch goes down really well and doesn’t leave you feeling full. What I like about it, apart from it being really cold, is the floating strawberries on the ice – so you take a sip and a bite of strawberry at the same … Continue reading Cranberry Strawberry Cooler and Festive Cheer
[ti_audio name=”Christmas” autoplay=”1″ repeat=”1″ volume=”30″ randomize=”1″] If I could capture that Christmas feeling and bottle it, that’s what I would give everyone for Christmas. While I try to figure out a way of doing that…here are some goodies that make great home made gifts for Christmas which might come close to it. The main ingredients are LOVE and your TIME. And the less abstract ingredients are all goodies you can easily find in your supermarket. I don’t buy in to the commercial side of Christmas. I am a Christian, so this is a religious holiday for me – a celebration … Continue reading Home made Gifts for Christmas and special times.
Get ready for a sensory overload! The Lusito Land Festival is the primary fundraiser for the Lusito Portuguese Association for the Challenged. 100% of all funds raised from the Lusito Land Festival go directly into the maintenance and building of the Lusito School for the Challenged in the south of Johannesburg. Currently, the school cares for individuals with Cerebral Palsy, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury and Down’s Syndrome. For more information, please visit the Lusito Association website at http://www.lusitoassociation.org.za. The Lusito Land Festival takes place every year during the Easter period and runs for about a week. I went to … Continue reading Lusito Land – aromas and sounds of Portugal part1
My son has just come back from delivering a yacht to the boat show in La Grande Motte in France. They practically lived on fresh fish for the two months out at sea. It all sounds very glamorous but too much of a good thing can become a little dull…or can it? It sure is a great way to see the world. These trips are all memories and experiences that he will one day look back on and share with his children. Doesn’t sound like a bad deal to me, but I think he was longing for some of “Mommy’s … Continue reading Sunsets, islands and Mommy’s Cooking
When my children were younger we practically lived at the Sailing Club every weekend. Sailing during the day and sitting around the fire with good friends in the evening, till odd hours of the morning. Naturally food was a part of it. We made some good friends there, whom I will never forget. I am talking about a particular family from Maryland in the US. Their children and ours got on great and we instantly became good friends. Those were some of the greatest moments of our lives. Our family often reminisces about those days and what we got up … Continue reading Nostalgic Malva
I read about the slow-cooking movement that has been around for a while. I am a big fan of slow-cooked food for two reasons – one it’s loaded with flavours, and two, it saves you a great deal of time in the long run. When you’re a busy mom, time is your friend. On Saturday night I prepared a simple Roast Beef and ‘chucked’ it in the oven, thinking that I would just roast a few potatoes and veggies the next day and Sunday lunch would be ready. Simple as that! My daughter has nagged us to go to the … Continue reading Roast Beef for the Soul
The great thing about food and recipes is that you can add one or two local ingredients of your own and a new recipe is born. I guess that is the way many great recipes come about today. Like music and ideas, not many are truly originals anymore. Paella is one of those traditional Spanish dishes that has been around forever and there are many variations dished up around the world today but my favourite is the mixed paella. A little chicken, some seafood and of course chourico. No matter what you put into it, the name still remains the … Continue reading Paella – Fiesta in a pan till the morning after…