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Mullet (not the hairstyle!)

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Food…yes please!

Once again, I am hungry!

I had a late morning grilled cheese, tomato and onion sandwich. A straight forward, no nonsense sandwich that I grilled in a pan. It was delicious, because by that time (somewhere between 10 and 11 am), I had quite an appetite.

Now it is late afternoon, and because I didn’t have lunch, I am hungry. Again. 😀

So I’m thinking – we’ve got a whole left over grilled mullet in the fridge from two nights ago, so I’ll zjoosh it up a bit for dinner tonight.

Potato and spinach with butter, salt and pepper, and I’ll fry the mullet to heat it up, after I’ve rolled it in some flavoured flour. Let’s see how that goes…

It was YUMMY!!!!!

I’m not good at taking pictures of food, but I can tell you that it tasted a whole lot better than what it looks like in the picture! It was yummy! I divided the fish up into pieces, and rolled each one first in egg, and then in flour that was seasoned with turmeric, a smidgen of chili powder, paprika and salt. It came out way better than I expected.

Happy tummy, happy me. 😀

Tomorrow we are going to do some more work on the guesthouse while there are no builders around, but for now it is time to relax.

Have a lovely evening!

Oh, so hungry!

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I am constantly hungry these days.

Darn.

It irritates me no end. And I cannot figure out why. I am having the hardest time to not nibble the whole freakin’ day! I love good food and I love eating, as I’ve told you before, but I’ve never been a person to eat all the time.

But when I’m hungry, I have to eat – ask my SO and people who know me well. I get soooooo irritated when I’m ravenous and I don’t get fed. I scowl, I snarl, I bite. I get intensely HANGRY. Feed me when I’m hungry, but definitely before I’m ravenous, and I’m all smiles. Mostly. Unless I’m irritated by something else.

This constant hunger is something else, though…

Maybe it’s psychological, not physical… 😉 😀

So, I am excited for Monday, because then we are starting the changes on the guesthouse! There are a few things we still have to figure out, but that’s the least of my worries – things will get done, and the builder reckons it will happen in 5 days’ time – I will be happy if it does, but I’m not holding my breath! I will keep you up to speed, with news and photographs.

Remember the last time I talked about this reno, one of the issues was colour schemes? And I said that normally I see an item I fall in love with, and that determines the colour scheme of a room? Well, I found the item(s) that decided it for me! In the one room, that is. I wonder if I should give you a sneak peek? Maybe just a peek…

Yes, it was the mugs that did it for me! What do you think?

The Cat. Oh, The Cat.

He still doesn’t eat. I’m not sure how he is still alive. He really eats a few dry pellets a day, and like I said the previous time, he licks the wet food. How do I get him to eat? And he started peeing in the house, even with the back door and numerous windows open!!!! That’s not cool. I absolutely hate a house that reeks of cat pee. Can. Not. Happen. What to do, though?? Aaaaargggghhhh….

On a more positive note – my SO is driving down tomorrow to be here for a couple of weeks!! I am delighted, and counting the hours. 🙂

Hope you have a lovely day! 🙂

Tomatoes.

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Fresh from the garden.

In everything.

Well, nearly everything.

I use tomatoes a LOT. I find it difficult to make a meal without it. I use it in stews, soups, salads, and pasta dishes, of course. A bleak, grey stew looks horrible and unappetizing to me, so I always add some tomato paste or fresh tomatoes for a rich, dark colour and taste. I love growing tomatoes (as you can see in some of my previous posts), and those organic tomatoes fresh from my garden are just the best – they actually taste so much better that store bought ones! My SO eats tomatoes like other people eat apples – he loves them!

Vegetable soup I made last night, with freshly baked bread.

And my goodness, I have forgotten about toasties and hamburgers! What is better than a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich? To which you can add any number of extras – onions, pickles, ham, salami, herbs… Now my mouth is watering, and it is way too early for lunch, since I had a late breakfast! And a hamburger… I’ve heard of a strange sub species that does not like tomato on a hamburger. I have not encountered one of these weird beings yet, so I don’t believe they exist, because I can not imagine eating a juicy hamburger without a slice or three of the red fruit on it. (I’m assuming you all know by now that the tomato is actually a fruit, not a vegetable.)

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As far as their benefit to our health goes – they are of course very healthy! It contains vitamin C and potassium, amongst a few other vitamins and minerals, and the lycopene in tomatoes has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer and heart disease. So don’t hold back, eat your tomatoes, it will be to your benefit, and that of your family.

I am impatiently waiting for my plants to grow and start producing some tomatoes. I planted this second batch a bit late in the season, and I am holding thumbs that I’ll manage to get a harvest out of them before it gets too cold. And should I maybe get around to posting a few more recipes on my blog, you will notice that I use tomatoes regularly.

New tomato plants.

Are you a fan of tomatoes? Or are you one of the sub species? 😉

All about the figs.

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A bowl of beautiful figs.

Figs. I love them.

Last weekend I was lucky enough to pick fresh figs off the trees on a wine farm in the area. Leipzig Wine Farm is situated in a beautiful area with mountains and views all around. It is situated in the Nuy Valley outside Worcester in the Western Cape. They have a fig orchard on the farm, and they opened it up to the public to go and pick to your heart’s content.

I love figs (have I mentioned that before?), so I jumped at the opportunity!

A few scenes on Leipzig Wine Farm.

As you can see, a beautiful place! And what about the sexy scarecrow on the bottom left? As far as I could see, she was not doing a very good job of scaring the birds away! 😀

So, now I had 2 kg of figs. Heaven. But those of you who know figs, also know that they go from firm to soggy as quick as you can say ‘fig!” I did climb into them and ate a lot while they were still fresh and firm, but yesterday I found myself with a bowl full of far from firm figs. (See what I did there? 😉 ) I had to make a plan. I came up with cinnamon and sugar roast figs. Or rather Pinterest did…

From the top left: preparing the figs, dipped in cinnamon sugar, under the broiler, done, and breakfast this morning.

Yum! It was gooooood… A first for me. I’ve had figs fresh off the tree, as jam, whole figs in syrup, dried figs, but never roast figs. I will do it again. I have some left over still, maybe I’ll make some custard to go with the rest of them this evening…

Afters.

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Crimson cherries.

I’m not really a dessert person.

That is not to say that I never eat dessert. I would rather have a starter and a main, than a main and a dessert. I do, however, sometimes order a little somethin’ sweet when we go out, but then it has to be an unusual dessert, something you won’t make and eat at home. Or when we are invited for dinner, I’ll have dessert.

At home I’ve got tons of recipes, and I’ve tried a lot of them, but I normally make my “go to’s”, of which there is a handful.

At Christmas I thought I’ll make a little bit more of an effort, and since we have seriously hot weather over December, and I’ve canned some cherries shortly before, I searched for a good old fashioned ice cream recipe. I do not have an ice cream maker, but I decided to give a traditional recipe a try anyway.

And we were all glad I did! It came out beautifully, and was an absolute hit with the cherries. I took it out of the freezer when it was more than halfway frozen, and whisked it all up until smooth again, and put it back to freeze. It was possibly not quite as smooth as it would have been had I used an ice cream maker, but it was good enough for us!

Cherries and ice cream.

Unfortunately not the best picture I’ve ever taken, but I was probably in a hurry to start eating! Or blame it on the champagne, I don’t mind! 😉

The recipe I used was from Pinterest, from the blog of homemadefoodjunkie.com. I tweaked it for countries that use the metric system.

VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM

Ingredients

  • 500 ml whole milk
  • 500 ml heavy cream
  • 250 ml granulated sugar
  • 1.5 ml salt
  • 1 whole vanilla bean-halved and seeds scraped
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 7.5 ml pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a large pot whisk together milk, cream, half of the sugar, salt and the scraped vanilla bean, including the pod. Bring the mixture just barely to a boil whisking constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Next combine the yolks and remaining sugar in a separate medium bowl with an electric mixer on low, until yolks are thick and pale yellow.
  3. Add about 1/3 of the milk mixture slowly into the yolks, whisking constantly. Add another 1/3 of the milk mixture and whisk until blended. Add remaining milk mixture into the yolks and mix.
  4. Return it all to the pot and set on low heat.
  5. With a wooden spoon, stir the pot until it thickens slightly and coats the back of the spoon. Be careful not to boil it! (You will end up with scrambled eggs instead of custard.)
  6. The thickening process should take just a few minutes.
  7. Pour the custard mixture through a fine mesh strainer (discard the vanilla pod) and bring down to room temperature. Stir in the vanilla extract. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or overnight – until THOROUGHLY chilled to refrigerator temperature!
  8. Follow your ice cream mixer directions and freeze until soft set. Five minutes before the mixer is done churning add in your favorite nuts, berries and candies as desired.
  9. Freeze finished ice cream for several hours or until it’s hardened to your desired consistency.

And of course, if you are very industrious, you could make a pavlova with the egg whites left over from the ice cream, which I actually did this time! Yay me! But I forgot to take a picture… 🤦🏼‍♀️ I love pavlova with cream and fresh fruit (strawberries this time) – the combination of the sweet meringue, with the rich cream and slightly sour fruit is a winner every time. We had the pav on Christmas eve, and the cherries and ice cream after lunch on Christmas day.

Do you have a sweet tooth or not? And what is your favourite dessert?