Pot of pickled sweet peppers

pot of peppadews

I love growing things in the garden – particularly edible things! There is such a huge sense of achievement when a plant that you have been nurturing for weeks or even months bears fruit. I … Read more

Spring flower digital illustration

Spring flower digital elements

Flower elements (small)-01

These lovely spring flower vector illustrations started out as a project for a graphic design course I did about a year ago. And now, with a little more time on my hands, I have finally managed to finish them! Since moving into our house (Thoresby Cottage) my husband has uncovered a love of gardening and we’ve had a huge amount of fun growing all sorts of beautiful plants – hence the inspiration for these illustrations.

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Vanilla poached guava

Vanilla Poached Guava

Stewed guava top_small

Winter is descending on Cape Town and that means guava season! Guavas (also known as Koejawel in Afrikaans) were brought to South Africa by the Portuguese in the 19th century and have become a feature in many South African homes in the form of guava juice or canned guavas. I received a handful of fresh guavas earlier this week and decided to try my hand at gently stewing them. 

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Thermomix braided bread

Challah thermomix recipe
Thermomix braided bread


There is something so comforting about the smell of home made bread, but it can be quite an effort to make by hand and so I don’t often do it. However, now that I have a Thermomix, bread making is so much easier!  It’s simply a matter of chucking in the ingredients and letting the machine do (most of) the rest.  The recipe I’m posting today is for a simple Thermomix braided bread loaf.  This type of braided bread is also known as challah or kitke; and is a sweetened and enriched bread eaten on the Sabbath.

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Teeny tiny crochet dinosaur

Tiny dinosaur crochet pattern

I think most children go through a dinosaur loving phase. Did you? I certainly know I did! My parents recall a scene where I was sitting with a pre-school friend in the back of the car … Read more