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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!

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.)

Photo by Valeria Boltneva on Pexels.com

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…

Food, glorious food!

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Tonight’s dinner.

I looooove eating good food.

Also to be honest, I sometimes like eating stuff that might not be so good for me, but I do it anyway, like most people I know. (Like chips – or crisps as they are known outside of South Africa!)

I love a wide variety of food, and I also enjoy cooking and baking. Not to the point that I can compete in Masterchef, but I love making Italian food (who doesn’t!), or food with Eastern flavours, or Middle Eastern flavours. Curries! Yum…

Or plain, hearty ‘boerekos’ – which is a word that is somewhat difficult to translate, but let’s stick to ‘South African farm fare’ – roast chicken with potatoes, beans and pumpkin, or leg of lamb with roast potatoes, broccoli and gem squash. Not fond of Mexican food – am I the only one?

If I could, I would become a food critic, or a food journalist. I would love to have Andrew Zimmern’s job… But I do find that when I am on my own, I tend to not want to cook so often. I’ll eat more bread and junk food.

Maybe, to stop doing that, I should select a few new recipes to try, and if it is too much for me, freeze some for a next meal. I would love to develop my cooking skills as I cannot help but envy the ease with which the contestants on Masterchef make complicated dishes. And they are all so young!!!

I have to consider my general diet too – I don’t eat enough fruit and even vegetables. I fully intend to change that! Today I’ve got chicken, broccoli and cauliflower in the fridge – something different has to happen with it than the usual fry-it-in-a-pan chicken, and cauliflower with cheese. What to do, what to do??? Any suggestions?

Pinterest here I come!!!!