Monthly Archives: April 2017

Paul Doherty – Author

This might seem a strange header today but this man is probably my favourite author. I love his medieval mystery novels which can be very blood thirsty but he brings the medieval times alive.

Currently I am reading the Soul Slayer for about the third time – yep I am one of those strange people who can read a book over and over and still love it.

Anyway this man is also a prolific writer with 121 books currently available through Kobo. I have read books set in the times of the Pharaohs also by this author. The one thing I like is that he uses actual historic facts and weaves a story around it.

Also I love the fact that he refers to the stench, the poverty, the poor as well as the ladies of the night and cut throats etc. Brings it all to life. Thank you Paul Doherty

Paul-Doherty author click on image to see his books on Order of Books

Paul Doherty
Dr. Paul C. Doherty is an English author of historical mystery novels and non-fiction history books. He is currently the Headmaster of Trinity Catholic High School in Woodford Green, Essex. He was educated at Liverpool University, gaining a First Class Honours Degree in History. His doctorate was earned at Exeter College, Oxford for is thesis on Edward II. Doherty writes the Hugh Corbett, Sir Roger Shallot, Canterbury Tales of Mystery and Murder, Kathryn Swinbrooke, Nicholas Segalla, Mystery of Alexander the Great, Amerotke, Brother Athelstan, Ancient Rome Mysteries, Egyptian Mysteries and many other series. Besides using his full name, he also writes as P.C. Doherty, Vanessa Alexander, Anna Apostolou, Michael Clynes, Ann Dukthas, C.L. Grace and Paul Harding.

Paul Doherty became a published author in 1985 with his novel The Death of a King on Edward II.

An Amazing Black Friday

Today has been quite amazing. It started at 04:00 with a job delivering lunch packs for 50 people. Then back to my home in Benoni and then of to a protest rally with my good friend Mary Goby.

South Africans standing up against corruption

It felt really great to Continue reading

Aubergine, Eggplant, Brinjal, Melanzani, What’s in a name

I got another cookbook which is a vegetarian one. I love non-meat food and I love Italian and Greek cooking, amongst all the others. When going through the book earlier today I found some quirky things from mosquito repellent to face packs as well some great recipes for food. One that caught my eye in particular was Aubergine Steaks done three ways. Now I love the idea of aubergines but I must admit one of the things I hate is baba ganoush. I just don’t enjoy the texture. But I quite like the idea of these.

Aubergine Steaks Mellissa Bushby Fresh from the Vegetarian Kitchen

They look good and I like the idea that there is Italian inspired, Thai Inspired and then South African inspired. Now in South Africa we love the slab of meat thrown on the fire. So being vegetarian is not difficult but it does require a bit more effort.

I remember when I was on the SPCA committee in Benoni and we attended the annual conference for the National body and the highlight of the food at the luncheon was a potato bake. No meat allowed. But really there was nothing to inspire one. Now, in our cooking more and more people are asking for carb conscious and healthy food. Which really is great but it is amazing to see the change happening in our country. Many South Africans cannot afford meat everyday.

Anyway I hope Mellissa Bushby won’t object if I share the South African inspired one.  It is basically making your own Braai or Barbecue sauce and for that you need:

1 cup of tomato sauce, 1TBSp brown sugar, 1TBSP soy sauce, 2Tbsp worcestershire sauce, 2Tbsp grape vinegar, 4 cloves crushed garlic, 1 tsp chilli flakes, 1tsp paprika. Put everything in a saucepan bring to the boil then simmer for about 15 minutes and remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Cut 4 medium aubergines and cut into 2cm steaks, across the aubergine, then put in shallow dish and marinate with sauce for an hour or so. Aubergines act like sponges and will soak up the flavour. Then braai them over the coals just checking that they don’t burn, but get a nice crust on them . I would serve with a salad and maybe even some sambals. I think aubergines go really well with tomatoes.

I hope you try this and enjoy them.




Dutch Butter Tart and Thermomix

Ok so I love my thermomix as it makes life so much easier. I get a new recipe every month and this month I received one for a great tart/cake. The minute I told my husband it was a butter cake he was extremely excited. He loves butter

here are the few ingredients required

220 g flour
1 pinch of salt
200 g butter cold from fridge
200 g castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla or lemon rind
1 egg, beaten
30 g slivered almonds


Now how simple is that. Here is what you do if you have Thermomix

Mill sugar into caster sugar 3-4 sec/speed 10.
Add cubed butter 10 sec/speed 5.
Add flour and vanilla or lemon zest, and half the beaten egg, mix 20 sec/speed 5.
Press into aluminium tart tray or pie dish (buttered).
Smooth surface with wet spoon or spatula.
Sprinkle almonds over the top.
Glaze with remainder of egg wash.
Bake at 180°C for 25-30 min.

If you don’t have a thermomix then you can just use caster sugar and a mixer for beating and mixing.

So now get out there and try it. A lovely buttery tart what is very rich but very delicious.

Thanks to Wanda Molteno for giving us her recipe.