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    Zurie
    Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:40 pm
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    This is not so very far down memory lane! But it's still a wonderful memory!

    A few years ago my sister and I went to France on our own. (DH said he was "tired of airports" -- he had to go overseas often when still working -- so he bankrolled our holiday icon_wink.gif ).

    Due to several reasons and lucky breaks we flew Business Class. We stayed in Paris for a few days, then caught the fast train down to Avignon. After some days there we picked up our hired car ... I had to drive, sister refused, as we are not used to driving on the right side of the road!!! I've done it a few times in Europe, so it wasn't too scary, except for the narrow roads!! icon_lol.gif

    And off we went into Provence. I'd booked a farm stay in the Luberon, which was just wonderful, with the most accommodating hosts.

    I have several photos of sis eating!! The casual dining in Provence is heavily influenced by Italy, so pasta is often served. Ohhhh my goodness, did we enjoy our time there!!!

    Best of all was staying in such a great self-catering unit on the farm (we each had our own bedroom and bathroom, such luxury). And not too far away was a huge supermarket, and as we are both such foodies we loved picking out what to cook and what to eat, and also wines.

    A wonderful memory!! Here's sis eating her pasta in a town called Cadenet.

    Miss Fannie
    Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:05 pm
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    Zurie, your sister looks like a tiny little thing eating that huge dish of pasta. I bet it tasted wonderful. She has such a look of satisfaction on her face!
    Debbwl
    Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:53 pm
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    Zurie sounds like a great trip! You and your sister cannot deny each other you look so much alike.
    Debbwl
    Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:04 pm
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    My lunch buddy had an aunt who used to say life is short so eat dessert first.

    The theme this month is memory lane and a few days ago I had shard about home made ice cream being a childhood memory of mine from 4th of July's past. Well got up this morning thinking about ice cream and remembered what my friends aunt used to say and went for it. Yes we ice cream for breakfast icon_lol.gif

    So let me share our 4th of breakfast of Chocolate Almond Ice Cream (Dairy Free) and Maple Walnut Ice Cream (Dairy Free)



    Miss Fannie
    Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:28 pm
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    Deb, I am so going to try those recipes.
    Zurie
    Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:38 pm
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    Oh, how yummy, Deb!! Reminded me of a favourite trad dessert ... Always makes me think of of my grannie Greta ...

    Now to find the photo ...

    Memories, memories ... icon_smile.gif
    Zurie
    Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:55 pm
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    Found it!

    This traditional South African winter pudding gets a lovely vanilla-y syrup poured over it, which on the photo has settled on the bottom. This is how I remember my maternal grannie and my mother making it. I do have the recipe online, but right now it's too hot in your part of the world to even think about it!

    It's quick, easy, and should be served with custard. Yummy -- and I have fond memories of it on cold winter days! South African Roly-Poly Baked Dessert

    Miss Fannie
    Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:05 pm
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    I now have all three of those recipes saved to a cookbook. icon_biggrin.gif
    Debbwl
    Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:02 pm
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    Oh Zurie what a great way to remember your dear grandma.

    The way the dough is swirled reminds me of being hugged while all wrapped in a blank first thing in the morning or the kind of hugs we used to get as we got out of the pool and mom wrapped a beach towel around us.
    Zurie
    Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:43 am
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    Oh Deb, how is it possible that the years go by so fast?? icon_sad.gif

    My granny Greta was poor, in the sense that she lived a simple life in a small village. She did not even have a fridge, and electric lights only came on between 7 and 10pm -- courtesy, not of the national power grid -- but from a large forestry station across the mountain! Weak lights, too.

    When we visited, ouma lit several kerosene lamps at night. Anyone recall "Tilly lamps"? She had those too.

    She cooked on a black iron Welcome Dover stove, and she cooked like a dream. How she baked those cakes and milk tarts in an oven where she had no thermostat, I don't know ... She used to put her hand in the oven, and in that way accurately judged the heat.

    How we loved her kitchen with its table and chairs and cupboards with glass fronts, and all the old porcelain stacked in there! Granny Greta had wealth that was not counted in money.

    My other granny was grand and wealthy and also well-loved, but kids do not know the difference between "rich" and "poor" -- they only know they are happy and loved and well-fed. And boy, ouma Greta had such a sense of humour, and being rather round, she shook when she laughed, and it was very infectious! icon_lol.gif
    Debbwl
    Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:17 pm
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    Zurie what a great memory!!! Your Granny Greta sounds like a woman I would have liked to have known.

    I am always amazed what children take away from each person in their lives.
    Miss Fannie
    Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:01 pm
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    Zurie, your post made me miss my grandmothers. They both were so precious to me. I hope that when I have grand-babies, I can be as pivotal in their lives as your grandmother was to you and my own were to me.
    Miss Fannie
    Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:41 pm
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    I want to share photos from my sons wedding rehearsal dinner from a year ago last March. I started cooking and freezing the food as early as the previous January. It was so much fun. I served sangria and a vegetable tray for cocktails. Dinner was lasagna and marinated vegetable salad, and desert was a lime frozen Paula Dean concoction. I had a wonderful Chanti and crusty bread on the tables with dipping olive oil. In the photo with the handsome guys, my son's shared best friend, my oldest son, the handsome groom, my DH and DF are looking proud and happy. My lovely daughter is photographed sitting in my lap. There is a photo of my darling boy with his lovely bride. She means the world to me.

    Debbwl
    Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:22 pm
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    Fannie what a wonderful sounding menu and your DD is so cute the way she is flirting with the camera.

    Great photos and memories remind me of a great Greek wedding I was a bridesmaid in about 25 years ago.

    The rehearsal dinner was a big traditional Greek BBQ with lamb and fish and 90% of the man participating in the old traditional dances. Wow what a good time!
    Zurie
    Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:34 am
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    Oh wow, what glorious memories, what lovely people!! How brave of you to prepare all that food! wave.gif
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