Monthly Archives: August 2016

I just ate the best lunch i have had in a while and it was perfect for the warm weather. A simple chicken and fennel salad with avocado and red onion. Brilliant, simple, quick and healthy.

Fennel is really underused and relatively inexpensive here in SA. Cut thin on a mandolin or by hand we like to have some in the fridge as sitting in a pickling liquid overnight really helps soften the flavour.

So put fennel, finely chopped red onion, juice of one lemon and salt.


For the chicken we just hit two chicken breasts with a food mallet so that it was even sized and same thickness all around.

We then sprinkled the chicken withItalian Cheese  spice from Ina Parman. Then pan fried in hot coconut oil. You can use there oil if you want but really I prefer this as it gets really hot. Cooks in about 5 minutes per side. Lets be honest it would take longer to go the supermarket or take away.


For the Avocado take 1 avocado and cut into chunks, finely dice a smaller ed onion and drizzle with a small amount of white wine vinegar, season with salt and garlic pepper.

Place salad leaves in base of bowl, add the fennel salad – leaving the dressing behind – you don’t want a swimming pool.

Next put the chicken on top – we cut ours in strips as you don’t need a knife. Add the avocado and go enjoy a great lunch. As you can see I did.


Makeover for mature chest of drawers

Well I got a call from a friend saying she had an old chest of drawers with a lift up lid which she had used as a changing station when her kids were small (they are now in mid-twenties). Was I interested in it as we could use it at our dam home in Bronkhorstspruit.

Of course being a true Scot I jumped at something for nothing.


Someone had started sanding but it needed a bit more work. I knew I did not want to keep the knobs so I went to my favourite go to place Cafe Bellini in Elston Avenue in Benoni. Dawn has an amazing array of handles knobs etc. We also bake some stuff for them so seemed only fair.

Here is a link to there web page (Coffee)

Anyway here it is before new knobs


Now we needed something good and these looked great

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I choose two different ones and went with the clocks on the top drawer and then the fleur-de-lis on the other three drawers

We like to wax furniture still and I find the sealing wax from Annie Sloan chalked paints works great.


Pansies in an Ashette


having made a friend some Bobotie the other week she brought the ashette back with some lovely pansies in it. I loved the look of this and feel it just goes to show what you can do with simple things.

We also haver an old gas braii (barbecue) which I planted up with alyssum and petunias which have reseeded themselvesIMG_3077


We make these all the time. In fact my daughter Sarah never eats them as she is just to tired of making them. The main thing with Brownies is to remember and get them out before they have dried up so the tester should still have a little mixture on it.


225 grams dark chocolate
150 grams butter
300 grams brown sugar
100 grams cake flour
25 grams
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

a 9 x 9 inch pan

Using my thermomix I melt the chocolate and butter together at 60 for 3 minutes at speed 3. I love using the thermomix as it does everything for you. Of course you can do this in a bowl over hot water.

When these are melted I then add the sugar, flour, coco and vanilla to the bowl stirring if you are not using the thermomix. Then the eggs go in and mix until combined. In the Thermomix I just put it on at speed 4 for 10 seconds and it is done

Then line the tin with baking paper and pour in the mixture.

Bake it for 30 minutes in a preheated oven at 170c or 325f.

Check the brownies after 25 minutes and make sure they are still a little bit moist on the tester.

We cut into 16 pieces

Choc Brownies anyone

Hello world!

well if you are seeing this, I just want to say welcome to our blog. We are crazy about food but we like good home cooked food and enjoy eating it with friends. I love flowers and gardens, country walks and spending time at our house at Bonamanzi in Bronkhorstspruit