Monthly Archives: July 2011

Get to know each other a little better…

Found this on Tandy’s blog, who got it from her friend Mandy who blogs over at The Complete Cook Book.

A list of questions in order for us to get to know each other a little better. Go on, its lots of fun!

1. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
I drink a bucket load of tea and water.

2. What is your favorite alcoholic drink?
That’s a hard one, Wine and Whiskey

3. What is your favorite food?
Oh wow…this question always gets me. Food is a mood thing to me, depends what I am feeling, what I am craving, wants and needs at that moment.

4. What is your least favorite food?
Kidney, just the smell brings on the gag reflexes.

5. What do you eat that others think is really weird?
Um…probably a lot of things, the most recent was pig brain fritters

6. What is your favorite thing to cook/bake?
Scones and muffins. I don’t do it enough, but I do enjoy it a lot! And cupcakes when I have the energy!

7. If you could only chose one, would it be sweet or savory?

8. What time do you usually eat your dinner during the week?
Depends, sometimes around 5ish, sometimes 8ish, all depends my shift, and if Justin is around or not

9. What kitchen item/s have you never owned?
Hard one…most of the profession kitchens I have been in has all the funky items, although I don’t own them, I get to play with them a lot.

10. What tip would you give to a newby cooker / baker?
Keep it simple, keep it real and just have fun! Ask as many question as possible, and try learn from as many people as possible!

11. What is the best vegetarian dish you have eaten?
Oh my, easy! I had a Mediterranean burger in Plett, at the Crags, it looked absolutely amazing and tasted even better! I think next time I go to George, I should stop there!!

12. What is the easiest meal you can cook?
There are a few, pasta, Chinese, fish, a great steak…pick one

13. If you could only grow 3 herbs in your garden, what would you grow?
Rosemary, Spicy Oregano, Thyme

14. What would you use as a substitute for salt?
Spices and fresh herbs

15. What 5 items would you pack for a quick and easy picnic or day out?
Great bottle of wine, gourmet sandwiches, baby vegetables with a dipping sauce, fresh fruit, a little cheese board with assorted cheeses, crackers and preserves

Please Note – First 2 photos are taken from the internet and I can claim no credit for these gorgeous pictures, last photo was a cheeseboard I enjoyed at Le Chameleon in Humansdorp.


Day 20 – 30 Day Photo Challenge

Day 20 – Photo of somewhere you wish to travel to

I would love to travel the world and just experience all the different cultures, and indulge in their culinary customs. I find other cultures so very interesting, and there are so many beautiful places in the world, it will be hard to choose just one. Would love to travel off the beaten track, where the tourists don’t really want to go, and experience the real people, and the real food of different countries.

Pinks Food Quiz # 61

1.What is a Fraisier?
French Strawberry Torte

2. What does the cooking terminology “Balloutine” means?
Hot or cold meat based dish in aspic

3. What is the difference between a Sorbet and a Granita?
The texture, sorbet has a smoother texture, where as granita has a more coarse texture

4. What toxin in potatoes causes it to turn green when exposed to sunlight?

5. What is the meaning of the term “tartness”, when describing a taste?
Having a sharp or pungent taste

6. What is a Biscuit Joconde Imprime/Entremet?
Creamed dessert wrapped with a decorative thin sponge

7. Fennel is native to which countries?
Mediterranean countries

8. What is a Kulfi?
Frozen milk based dessert

9. Which one of these four is not a stone fruit? Peach, Pomegranate, Mango or Cherry?

10. What is Elachi more commonly known as?
Green cardamom

Day 17 – 30 Day Photo Challenge

Day 17 – A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life

Traveling to the USA in 2005 changed my perspective on life in so many ways. I learnt so many life lessons in my 3 years traveling, I got to know myself, I found myself, and learnt the most important lesson in life…don’t let the fear of striking out stop you from playing the game. Today, I still need to remind myself of that lesson. Traveling through the USA, I met so many wonderful people who I would not ordinarily meet in my everyday life; I experienced things that most people on see in movies or read about. Some of my fondest memories are in the USA, while over there I met some of my closest friends, who I know are life long. When you travel alone, you are forced to sink or swim, I was fortunate enough that I had made many lifelines along the way. I met so many cultures, I saw so many things, and I found my passion…that experience has had a huge impact on my life, and I encourage anyone who has this kind of opportunity to take it!

Day 16 – 30 Day Photo Challenge

Day 16 – Photo of someone who inspires you

I can’t really pinpoint one person that inspires me. I am inspired by so many things in this world, sometimes it’s just something simple that I hear someone say, or a song, or a sight. My mother inspires me every day with her wise words and my father is the reason I am where I am today, Justin inspires me with all his unconditional love…so to pick one person is really hard…so after thinking about it for a while, I have come to the conclusion that when I need a little inspiration…what do I do…I turn to my Foodie Friends. I have been part of the blogs for so long, and one person who definitely stands out with her blog is Janice, I was fortunate enough to meet her and some other amazing bloggers 2 years ago, and what absolutely inspirational woman! When I need a little pick me up, I pop on over to the blogs and just read their words, or pick up a recipe or two, look at their beautiful pictures. Other bloggers who have become good friends who inspire me is Browniegirl, Blossom, Lavender & Lime, Just Me, PinkPolkaDot, The Only Sin just to name a few. Thanx Ladies!!!!!