That old cliche that nothing in life is black and white is also a truism. I’ve not been here for a while because it’s been a very interesting time: I came to a crossroads
When I dreamed up this title, “Giving it Beans”, I knew it was “punny”, but I had no idea that it would end up having such resonance in the days that followed.
Courgettes: the moment you turn your back, they transmogrify from delicate, green fingerlings into giants that can be well-nigh unmanageable. I recently found a way of managing them.
t has been a somewhat riotous time in South Africa over the last few months. Funny how, 1976, 1986 and now 2016 are all memorable because of riots – about education. No, I’m not going to break my own rule – yet. Despite all this, life goes on and red has been a theme running through our spring days.
It’s been a busy month, and we had three feathered visitors around our house who had never before shown themselves. As a consequence of the busy-ness, creativity and kitchen inspiration have been somewhat lacking and meals easy and very, very simple. Simplicity in terms of ingredients and cooking.
A year ago, I wrote of other milestones and a year later, this month or the week before last, to be precise, was one of celebration – of a different and more personal milestone. It culminated in a beautiful feast with friends from near and far.
May was an interesting and busy month. Not just in my day job, but also doing something that was a first for me.
I have mentioned, often, how much I enjoy autumn. There is, however, a chill in the air, so the menu moves to hearty, warm and warming meals. Sometimes, dishes hark back to our respective childhoods, with the key ingredient one that is now mostly shunned.
I cant’ remember exactly how long I’ve known Helen; it doesn’t really matter. we have re-established a virtual friendship with at two, no, three things in common: a fondness for things feline, a penchant for wine with an enforced aversion to reds and an enjoyment of cooking.
What set this week apart, was not the public holiday, spectacular sunsets or the new project, but that people came knocking on our door looking for two of the products that I make and sell at the market.