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Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:33 pmForum Host
thak made me laugh! whats going on over there! cant believe that Mugabe is still breathing he must be well into his 80's now, what a sad country that has become.
Then we hae the kidnappings by the Somalis - makes me so upset I wodner whats happened to those poor women. and Somalia is now kicking up a fuss that kenya has sent troops into their own country to try and track them down - they have arrested 2 white (am I allowed to say that) men who have something to do with these kidnaps and they are from wales.
am off to do my shopping now, hLast night I had to go to bed early as I got a total back spasm again, I get it a few times a year, and you can feel it starting, it gets soo bad that, I end up rolling on the floor trying to stretch my back as it grabs me right around and often is so bad it makes me physically sick anyway back in the UK the doc gave me muscle relaxants to take when it happens and to get to bed asap! it works after a while too.
its odd you know as within minutes both cats were on the bed literally peering at me
Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:41 amForum Host
Joy, hope the back trouble has cleared up completely!! Thanks for lovely e-mails received -- I haven't answered any except for a couple from the publisher.
We only got home yesterday afternoon, and oh boy, do I hate the unpacking, and the laundry! From Mom's house I brought things which could be squeezed in, such as table napkins, a lovely crocheted table thingie, tea tray cloths (I have none; I wonder if it's out of fashion!!)
Had to leave all the breakables, as with 3 of us in the car it was impossible to bring with us.
Now the painting of the house (inside ...) is upon us -- upheaval again.
I have SO much to do, and only hope the house cleaner turns up on Thursday. While away this area had gale force winds, and dust crept in everywhere. I have too much to do: house-cleaning is not on the agenda!
Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:46 amForum Host
Calling GT in SA! (Yeah, I know, it's hopeless!)
GT, as we flew past on the N2 highway I checked out "my ghost house" beyond Albertinia again. Looks the same -- that deep veranda and black, black window holes ... BUT there was a satellite (DSTV) dish on the roof!!
Well, that's what my sister said. I said, "Are you sure it's not a UFO?" Maybe some homeless people moved in there, but so strange that squatters always have TV's!!
Pity we went so fast, and I didn't have my camera with me. Large abandoned houses fascinate me.
Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:20 amFood.com Groupie
I know that this is a surprise. I heard your call to pop by so I'm obliging. Life sometimes get the better of you I guess. But Zurie is right Food.com is still one of the better sites and I still come back to it for recipes.
In the time I have been gone my family has grown and I gave birth to a baby girl. She so precious. My son starts Grade1 next year. I'm so sad about that. He is the heart and soul of my life. We are still in JHB. Im use to it now although I hope my husband finds a job in Cape Town so we can move back one day God Willing.
Zurie on a recent visit to cape town, I saw in the local community newspaper a review of your book written with your sister can't recall the name. I still want to purchase it. I love the Saffron pear tree. Its one of my favorite foodie books. You need to sign my copy
Saturday morning and I have a birthday tea/ supper for a friend I am doing tomorrow late afternoon. My menu is looking so good so far. I love planning and entertaining. I'm doing a strawberry crumble with cream, brownies, and a lemon polenta cake for sweets. Nigella's Mexican lasagna, my spicy
chicken wings, homemade rolls with cheese and cold meats for savoury.
Baby is crying
Lots of love to all and I hope I will be back soon
Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:45 amForum Host
Fatima, darling!! How fantastic to hear from you again!! And good heavens, congratulations on your baby girl! How absolutely super!
Yes, that first one going to Grade 1 -- it's so hard, because they're only babies still (in a way). But having been through it (40 yrs ago!) I can tell you, you do get used to it, and so will he. The first 3 weeks are the worst.
(And usually, after 3 weeks of school, the little darlings announce: "Okay, I've had enough of school now. Now I stay home." There will be a few stormy mornings, and then they settle! )
Please, between your busy life as a young mom, do pop in now and again. We DID lose a lot of members and chatters. A pity -- we miss them all.
But I also know how "real life interferes".
Here's hoping to see you now and then!!
PS: The cookbook is called "Roast Duck on Sunday". (This is not an advert, just information, since you saw a review).
My sister (Annalie Nel) and I are pretty chuffed about it -- lots of hard work over a year. The manuscript was finished in June 2010 -- can you believe. It's because the publishers work a year ahead, and the printing is done in Singapore or Malaysia now (I forget which) so the production takes a long time.
Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:03 amForum Host
Fatima, how lovely to see you here and congratulations on the birth of your baby girl. Zurie it sounds like you have been so so busy - I am pleased that you have brought back a few bits and peices - yes they can still be in fashion, but at the end of the day its your mums and you will be so pleased you did.
My mum passed away in 1988 - and in with her things were a load of hankies, I always carry one in my handbag, even after al lthese years…. will be ack soon, its dinner time, chilli on carne and salads
Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:52 amFood.com Groupie
Thanks all. My kiddies keep me busy. Cooking is my time to myself but I hate that I find myself making quicker meals not packet stuff as they always demanding attention. This weekend is our eid so im working on a menu. It wil most probably be biryani and roast leg of lamb....boring for me but my husband prefers it. Also it always goes well down with guests.
Zurie thanks for the title. I didn't know you had another book sea spray and chilli peppers? You have been busy. It's sold out on Kalahari though. Do you find that writing about food etc has changed a lot from then and now? Are South Africans interested in just recipes or the story behind it?
Joy can't believe you have moved continents? Have you been adjusting nicely?
Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:39 amForum Host
I apologise for not getting here. This time it was the fault of Food.com -- long story, I could not log on, and I threw a tantrum. But I think the problem will persist ...
Oh Fatima, happy Eid, and I wish I was there for the breyani!! One of my favourites!
There's a definite trend in cookbooks now. Not ALL cookbooks, but some. Maybe it's only local. But people seem to like cookbooks where there's some story-telling as well, or at least nice introductions to the recipes. I think people buy cookbooks to read, not to cook from!!
Sea Spray & Cherry Peppers wasn't really a cookbook -- it was the story of how DH inherited a smallholding after his dad died, and all the things that happened. (His dad was a businessman, but invested in a few properties too).
I tagged some recipes on to the end of chapters.
I doubt my sis and I will make any money our of this latest cookbook we did! It's so nicely produced, and contains all our favourite recipes, but the economy is down and people are cutting down in "luxuries" such as magazines and cookbooks!
But, well, we did it, and it was hard work, and we're proud of it!
I can imagine how busy you are with the smallies!! I'm happy to be a granny, and not actually have to run after the little darlings!!
Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:48 amForum Host
Hi there Fatima, and Happy Eid as well. I expect you are busy cooking for the weekend, been busy today, the painter came in and has done all the doors, and the woman came from curtain world to bringh swatches etc to pick the curtains for half of them house,, oh boy it really is not cheap at all! but am happy with the colour, - antique rose, and they are being doen in pinch pleating, with a rod that you can use to push them back etc
A few weeks ago, our grand daughter stayed the night on her way to her boyfriends family where she was staying for over 3 weeks, well she has called upher mum, our youngest daughter ad said she is staying there until after Christmas, she will be 17 just 2 days before Christmas,
I am very hurt to think that she has just decided to do this, as they seem to think they can do what they want and always expect the best. And I cant believe that his parents have not insisted that she gets back on that flight….
Sun May 20, 2012 9:33 amForum Host
I can't believe that no-one visits this chat or the forum any more!!
It was never the liveliest spot on F.com, but gee .... this is awful!
Sun May 20, 2012 9:38 amForum Host
Its beyond awful - its the pits, how sad is this!
Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:54 amSemi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
There is good news coming out of the DR Congo. I have amassed all the necessary spices and as soon as I finish my smoker I'm going to try my hand at sausages. Biggest problem is going to be choosing the first ones to make out of the 200 or so recipes I've gathered. On top of that I have a friend that has landed in Kinshasa and he has brought two frozen turkeys with him. Last time he brought one and I cooked it in a wood fired oven. When I cut into it and the skin crackled and juices flowed down the meat, three people wept openly and didn't care who saw them.
Now if we could just do something about Kagame in Rwanda killing Congolese in the East. Paul Kagame, the World's most misunderstood mass murderer, some people actually believe he is a good guy.
Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:39 pmFood.com Groupie
Can't belief how long it has been since I popped in here.
CongoJim, thanks for the comments about DRC and Rwanda.
If only the rest of the world knew more about what is going on in Africa.
Good luck with the sausages.
Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:24 amForum Host
Hi there C. Jim, Wow so many recipes to choose from, you must keep in touch and let us know what you have chosen and maybe even the recipe, sounds really good to me.
Bet that turkey was wonderful. its been so long since anyone has been into the African forum, its quite made my day, besides Peggy and Zurie of course!
What have you been up to? Your so right about the killings that still go on, its happening on so many african countries now - and no one tries to stop it, bet if there was oil involved the great powers would be in there quick smart.
I hear that there are a hell of a lot of Chinese in Africa from Zim to Kenya…. what have you noticed?
Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:26 amForum Host
Off to get our visas for our trip back to Kenya this afternoon - cant believe it - having read the paper work. even if you are ONLY in transit you have to pay as well - nice little money earner eh!
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