Popcorn

Ah! You guessed. This post is really about movies… During February, I joined a group of interesting people who care about animals, food, the environment, human rights and life to learn how to make movies.  What a lot of fun we had on Thursdays for three weeks. We were amazed that we were able to…

Brinjals

I grew up thinking brinjals were breakfast food.  We often had them fried with eggs – soft and golden and squishy.  I guess around the time I discovered they were also called aubergines, I learnt a whole lot of new and delicious ways to use them. I still sometimes have them for breakfast – here…

Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating

This looks like a fascinating book, written by a very interesting woman. I trust that it will appeal to a slightly different market than those of us who are already mindful, and convert more humans to a less greedy lifestyle. Going on my wish list anyway.

Unexpected Abundance

I am always annoyed by the stereotypes with which ‘suburban dwellers’ view township life.  Proclamations like: The dogs are all miserable and badly treated. Ga! I wish more people would spend time at the township dog shows or funda nenja to see just how wrong they are to make this generalisation.  What dog wouldn’t rather be hanging…

Supper for Sixty

Usually I invite only one or two people at a time for a meal.  I like real conversations and paying attention to detail, which is difficult with mass catering.   However, I lost my mind this year and invited 50 kids to come camping in Umgeni Valley – to connect with friends they had made on our trip to Hlatikulu…

Foraging in Gauteng

Recently, I had to spend some time in Johannesburg.  This is not a pleasant idea, especially when sandwiched between visits to Van der Bijl Park and Ladysmith…  Of course, I was wondering what on earth I would find to eat. Van der Bijl Park is on the Vaal River – a mighty African river subdued by…

Engonjeni

The monthly Dargle Local Market rolls around terribly quickly and I am not always properly organised or inspired.  I usually make “Seasonal Sarmies”  to sell. I bake focaccia and make a chickpea or bean puree and top with whatever is in season. Sometimes roast beetroot with cashews, or sweet potatoes and onion marmalade.  This week…

Gogo’s Gourmet Grub

This week I escaped to Hlatikulu to spend a few days with Crane Goddess Ann Burke, Crowned Crane Boston (whom I adopted for the Shea O’Connor kids this year), other beautiful cranes and interesting crane people. When I arrived, Boston immediately accosted my shoe laces – does he think they are big yummy worms? I had…

Bella Jo

I do like it when I neet someone quite delightful who is also excited about real food and just wish I could spend the whole day chatting, sharing ideas and browsing through recipe books.  I met Jo at the Karkloof Farmer’s Market and she charmed me immediately. I simply had to write a story about her and popped around…

Another Cow Friend

Even when you live in the country, it’s not every day that a cow wees on you.  On Saturday, I joined the local Slow Food gathering at Enaleni Farm outside Pietermaritzburg to learn about cheese making from scratch.  We had to begin by milking the cow, obviously. “Milking a cow slows you down, you can’t…