Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A little soup is good for the soul

As Mike said to Bella in Twilight:

"Hey Arizona, how you likin' the rain, girl?"

The almost constant wet weather is now firmly rooted in the middle of its second week.

I could quote another Twilight gem here, I suppose, as a prelude to this post:

"...Under a near constant cover of clouds and rain..."

We have a high-energy Irish terrier/Irish wolfhound cross, whose wiry fur seems to absorb atmospheric water vapour like a sponge, who doesn't quite know what to do with herself. 

There's been a lot of inside pillow lying with wistful stares towards the garden through the misted up windows interspersed with bouts of wild passage "fetch" sessions to release some of the pent-up energy.

Meego: "Le sigh."
This rather wet Autumnal weather has also led one of the bi-peds in the house to have cravings for soup at the oddest times of day, like, for instance, breakfast time.

Since I have never really been one to quarantine food stuffs to particular times of day (dessert makes a perfectly good breakfast on occasion), soup for breakfast really isn't half bad (at least its healthier than dessert for breakfast).

Enter the magic helping blades of the food processor.

Just bung whatever fresh vegetables and herbs you have in your fridge into the bowl; blitz to the desired consistency; throw in a soup pot; cover with boiled water; add seasoning and 30 - 40 mins later; you have a tasty wet weather cure for whatever grey-sky blahs ail you.

Carrot, green bean, red pepper, Swiss chard, basil, lemon thyme, bay leaf soup
(with a fried egg for Simmy)
Sweet potato, carrot, green bean soup
(with hidden shavings of pecorino cheese melting at the bottom of the bowl)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tree of Life Yoga

 Tree of Life Yoga

Tree of Life Yoga aims to offer more affordable yoga classes in a community space for everyone who has a desire to experience the many benefits of yoga, regardless of shape, size and fitness levels.

We practice acceptance, not judgement.
We strive for progress, not perfection.
We encourage everyone to love and appreciate their bodies

~ Tree of Life Yoga Teacher ~

The benefits of yoga occur on many levels. With regular classes, you may begin to experience increased flexibility and balance, as well as an intrinsic sense of well being.

Yoga is not a religion – it is a way to stretch your body and maintain your health.
Yoga doesn't require extreme flexibility – use what you have without straining.
Yoga is a way of practising gratitude – see it as a gift to yourself.

I've been practising and studying yoga under some great teachers for fifteen years. I continue to be inspired by Trevor Koch, the Iyengar yoga teacher who first introduced me to the wonderful world of modifying poses to suit a variety of needs.

One of my favourite quotes is by Rumi, who said:
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

That's why I do yoga.

For the class schedule.
For the class fees.
For the location.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Ginger Biscuits

Made by: Simeon

Recipe: Adapted from Jamie Oliver's "Jamie" magazine, December 2013, pg 54.

Allergens: Milk (in the butter)

Makes: 22 - 24 biscuits

Takes: About 30 mins from start to first batch out the oven.

Smells like: Christmas

  • 300 grams gluten-free cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice (or just nutmeg, if you prefer)
  • 125 grams butter
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 1 Dsp honey
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Line two baking sheets with baking paper and dust them with a little extra flour.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  4. Melt the butter, sugar and honey together over low heat.
  5. Stir the butter mixture into the dry ingredients.
  6. Use a tablespoon to measure out balls of the mixture, which you then press flat(ish) on your palms.
  7. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, or until a little golden brown at the edges.
P.S. These taste like Christmas too.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cute *PRODUCTS* and cool *READING*

Useful for what Nigella Lawson calls "the cook's treat".

The Nibble Cake Taster - Talia Wiener - available on Superbalist here.

Who wouldn't want to go camping in one of these?

VW Campervan Tent - The Monster Factory - available on Superbalist here.

A short, beautifully written piece on transformation and flow, written by the handcraftedtravellers here, whose motto is:

Live simply, live well.

Good advice.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

*Upcoming Event*

Would you like to meet some local cookbook authors?


Reader’s Warehouse (Tokai branch)
Block 1, No 1, South Palms Centre,
Corner Bark and Main Rd


Saturday, 30 November 2013

Contact details:

Tel (021) 701 0632

About the event:

All eight authors will be signing their books (personalised Christmas gift for someone, perhaps?)

The book signing event is officially from 12 noon to 1pm.

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served, courtesy of Peacock Coffee and Mantelli’s bakery (wonder if there'll be any gluten-free yummies?)

There will also be some braai sets as giveaway prizes, courtesy of Penguin Books.

So if you happen to be in Cape Town next weekend, and feel like popping in, now you know where to be!