Peach Blossom & Peas in Pops

Everyone knows how much I love Mpophomeni – or Pops as my friend Nkanyiso calls it.  I like that it is smallish, walkable, surrounded by hills and there are so many cool things going on there.  Spring has sprung and the peach blossoms have burst from the branches in Lindiwe’s garden. Tutu has an abundance…

Mary Mlambo

I met Mary Mlambo over a steaming compost heap on a misty Karkloof morning many years ago.  A group of wannabee food growers had gathered at Dovehouse Organic farm to learn how to build a perfect compost heap. Mary and Paul inspired us as we dripped pitifully, up to our elbows in manure.  Mary has been…

Leftovers

I like leftovers. Usually, they have lingering memories of the original lovely meal and often unlikely combinations turn into something special. For lunch today I made soup. The leftovers were all from the fabulous Dargle Celebrations this weekend – locally grown carrots and lima beans, lettuce and spring onions, with some parsley pesto stirred in….

Ngenzi Sokhela

Ngenzi Sokhela, Pizza station manager at our local resturant il Postino, (next to the post office, store and hairdresser) is my food hero this month.  We all adore the thin-crusted wood-fired pizza they make and I think il Postino has been really good at strenghtening the Dargle community.  Food often is. I met Ngenzi 16 years ago…

Crassula

One of my favourite plants is Crassula – succulent and spectacular. When I was little, my mom propogated  succulents (including Crassula) to earn “pin money”.  She painted tin cans with black paint to sell them in. I love that “upcycling” wasn’t invented yet – it was just a way of life back then. I have no…

Cashews

To celebrate our birthdays, Justin and Leigh donated a Cashew Tree to be planted in Guatemala as part of a small community eco-initiative called Buenas Cosas  or Good Things.  “Cashew with love to Guatemala dedicated to Paul & Nikki – May it help spread more love and green in the world.”  What a nice idea and it looks…

A Fabulous Floating Birthday

Even usual things seem extra special on one’s birthday don’t you think?  Dizzy licks me awake as my phone tinkles with the first of many friendly messages. An early morning stroll along the road with moon setting and red sun just rising is a good, familiar start. When neighbours stop with birthday hugs, Jessica sends me…

Back at Binocular Hill

Work in Harrismith this week provided an excuse to spend time at Verkykerskop again and, as always, it was baie nice. “We still barter here” Beth tells me while dishing up big, seriously crispy baked potatoes for supper. Her friend along the road grew them and needed some organic beef. “She brought me a sack…

Love Bread

I visited Peter Goodwin who bakes delicious wood fired bread just over the hills in Lidgetton. “You simply have to love the fire” says Peter Goodwin with a grin.  Ok, so his bread is baked in a wood fired oven – that just means he has to make a fire doesn’t it? Loving the fire?…

Poisons in your Pap

“There are poisons in your pap!” shouted the street performers at the Howick Falls on Saturday, startling passers-by who eat Genetically Modified (GM) maize every day without even realising it.   As part of the Global Campaign today against Monsanto and Biotech industries, the Yizwa Drama group in collaboration with the MMAEP, created a play about…