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Spicing it up.

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My tiny chilli plant really delivered this time!

I do love spicy food.

By that I don’t mean food that burns my lungs out, or makes my tongue go numb, but I do love spices, and lots of it! Food can be spicy without any heat, of course! I generally like using spices in all my food, not only curries. I enjoy Indian and Thai food, and a mild to not-quite-so-mild sting is fine, as long a I can still taste my food. I also love Middle Eastern food, and Chinese flavours.

The other day I realized that I haven’t had a bit of spicy heat for some time, and the weather was perfect for some comfort food, so I decided to make a mutton curry (I prefer mutton to lamb.) I mostly do not follow recipes, so I cannot give you a recipe for this, but it did come out flavoursome and moreish.

First I fried some onions, fresh garlic and ginger, and spices together, then I added the meat to give it some colour.

I then added some tomatoes and water, and left the curry to cook slowly for a couple of hours.

I love using veggies in my curries, so close to the end I added potato cubes, baby marrow and a few florets of cauliflower. Served on Basmati rice, and voila!! Delicious.

My most used spices for curries are S & P (of course!), turmeric, coriander, fresh chillies (or chilli flakes, depending on what I’ve got handy), sometimes cumin and a piece of whole cinnamon. I taste and taste and taste until it has the degree of heat I want, the curry flavour I love.

Other favourites are butter chicken, and Thai green chicken curry. I want to explore and try out other curry styles like Madras, tandoori, tikka, etc., so I’ll be eating a lot of the good stuff during the winter months!

Let me know what your favourite curries or spicy foods are, and which one’s you’ve made yourself.

Have a good weekend folks! 🙂

For the birds.

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I recently made a bird feeder.

Or rather, to be truthful, WE made a new bird feeder. I bought the things needed, and I was going to make it. Seriously. I discussed the ‘mechanics’ of it with my SO, and he thought it might not work. I said, of course, it HAS to work, I got the idea from Pinterest! Next thing I know, it was done! 😀

I think the birds love their new feeder, what do you think?

Quiet.

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A recent picture of the mountains and veld on a rainy day.

I’m not doing too well at this blogging thing lately.

I have the best of intentions, but you know what they say about that …

I’ve been keeping myself busy with so much ‘stuff’, I can’t even tell or show you what I’ve done. Loads of washing, cooking, baking rusks for a change, ‘busy’ on the laptop, walking the dog, cleaning the guesthouses, just…stuff.

Also trying to write some short stories, and thoroughly frustrating myself in the process. Ugh…

What I have enjoyed over the last while, was the little trips my SO and I have taken here and there. Stopping randomly so I can take a picture or two, or to let Daisy out of the car to sniffle around a bit. Coming home and immediately taking off my ‘outside’ clothes and jumping into my ‘inside’ clothes, or PJ’s as some people would call it. Anybody else that have spent a lot of time in their sweats or PJ’s lately?

The guesthouses are eerily quiet suddenly, after a flurry of activity. Not quite what I envisaged when I changed it to be two units instead of one! It is scary – it cost me a lot of money that I have to recoup somehow. I am trying hard to keep my faith, because I really believed it was the right thing to do, but some days it is a bit of a challenge. 😖

What I am saying in a roundabout way – things are quiet around here. Very much so. Quiet as far as business goes, quiet as far as socializing goes. Very quiet.

Things do tend to quieten down as winter descends on us, so it is to be expected, but somehow the quiet is different this year. Maybe I’m imagining it. Maybe it is the quiet before the storm. Who knows?

Mental well-being.

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False Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.

Be positive. Be positive. Be positive…

Easier said than done. I can pretend I am positive all the time, while I’m screaming inside. What good will that do? Maybe if I pretend hard enough, I’ll actually become positive? Maybe. I doubt it though.

I’ve written before about how I do all these little ‘things’ to stay busy and positive and happy. It’s not working for me anymore.

Let me tell you why. (You might not be interested to know about my woes, but I’ll tell you anyway…)

I AM happy about the fact that we (my loved ones) are all still healthy, have food to eat, and roofs over our heads. I AM happy that we are comparatively free to live our lives and go about our business (the ones here in South Africa anyway. The loved ones in Ireland and Canada, are much less free.)

But the fact that all of us cannot see the end of these limitations that have been placed on us regarding travel, the fact that a lot of things related to Covid and vaccines are still unclear and uncertain, is really, REALLY getting my goat now!!! And I know I’m not the only one. And it is also not only for the sake of traveling. Thousands, maybe millions of people have loved ones living in other countries – children, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters – and we are forbidden to see them. What does that do to family relationships? How does that impact on people’s mental health? I can tell you – very negatively.

My shoulders and neck are sore and stiff all the time. I don’t sleep well. I’m irritated. I have difficulty breathing properly. And I cry at the drop of a hat.

Maybe that’s just me. Maybe I’m just a sugar lump, that melts at the first few drops of rain. But I’m thinking there must be others out there who feel the same way.

Rain.

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After the rain.

We had our first good showers of the season. (Before, we’ve had a few light precipitations – if there is such a word – I wouldn’t really call it rain.)

The night of the 5th, the Western Cape had RAIN. We measured 50mm, a farmer about 25km from us had 100mm, and he reckons there were places in the Overberg that had 250mm!!! Besides everything being properly soaked, there were some damage to roads as well. I’m not going to talk too much, rather show you some pics – we drove around to see the changes and the rivers coming down, as well as checking on some of the damage that was caused by the water.

Have a happy Friday, and a good and safe weekend! 🙂

River flowing strongly and much wider than normal after the rain.
Another scene after the rain.
Reeds washed up on the banks of the river (normally just a stream.)
Oops! Road damage.