Tandy’s first memories of food involve her paternal grandmother who always had enough food at her table to feed a small army. She can remember stepping into her grandmother’s pantry and eating pickled onions right out of the jar. The pantry also always had a container of crunchies and one bite of this treat transports her right back to that place. Coming from a Jewish family, high holy days meant cooking with all the aunts and it is her Aunty Tilly’s ice cream that was the inspiration behind her recipe book, Lavender & Lime. Tandy’s maternal grandfather was the first foodie she knew and he was a dab hand in the kitchen, making his own mayonnaise, marzipan and Steak Tartar among other meals. They shared a mutual passion for mustard and Tandy always has at least four jars in her fridge at any one time.

"Tandy Sinclair | Lavender and Lime"

This blog was created in 2009 and Tandy has the following to say:

“Thanks for stopping by to learn more about me. I love to read about food, cook food, and of course eat food. I shop for fresh, local, seasonal, sustainable and where possible, organic ingredients. I am sucrose intolerant and all my recipes have been adapted to use fructose. I cook from the heart, to nourish the soul. My favourite saying is BE THE BEST YOU, YOU CAN BE.”

Tandy is passionate about using regional, seasonable and sustainable produce when she cooks. She lives in Gordons Bay in a cottage with her husband, three dogs, a tortoise and a fish. Tandy and Dave are busy building a house which is an adventure all in itself. She is really looking froward to a bigger kitchen. In the meantime, all creations come out of a really small space. Tandy believes in spending money only once and so she saves up to get the kitchen tools she thinks are the best quality. Each year they visit a new place to experience the food of the area and you can follow along on their adventures.

"Cottage Kitchen"

Cottage Kitchen

When not in her kitchen Tandy is at work selling Natural and Organic products.

Tandy has a few quotes that she thinks are worth sharing:

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Hug a child today, and everyday – and let your pets know you love them.

Give back the blessings you have received. 

You can send Tandy an email: tandy(AT)tandysinclair(DOT)com – she would love to hear from you. Her postal address is PO Box 1745, Mountainside Gordons Bay 7151. Please read Tandy’s policy page if you would like to work with her.

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  1. I’ve been following you for some time under another name. I’ve watched with great excitement, your International Scone Week that you host. I’m a new blogger and want very much to be included. Thank you for your time, consideration and lovely recipes. I’ll wait till August, with great anticipation. Do you declare a. main ingredient or are we on our own.

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    • Thank you so much for the compliment. It is a do as you will participation and will take place the second week of August 🙂

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    Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same results.

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    • Thank you, it may be a hangover issue from when I migrated my blog 🙂

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  3. Hi there!

    I really love your website, Tandy Sinclair, and was wondering if you ever have guest contributors? I work for Modernize.com and we would love to write something 🙂 Over the past few months, we’ve written for The Huffington Post and About.com and I think we can provide some pretty awesome content for your readers.
    Here are a few samples of our writing:
    The Home Cook’s Indoor Herb Garden (http://www.sanctuarybistro.com/indoor-herb-garden-by-modernize-com/)
    Non-Toxic Kitchen Remodel (http://ethicalfoods.com/non-toxic-kitchen-remodel/)
    Keep in mind our content is free and original. All we ask is that we be given credit for our work. Let me know if you are interested!

    Kind regards,

    Kelsey

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    • Dear Kelsey, I will respond to this on email. Thanks Tandy

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  4. I had a great Grandma tillie! Love your story!
    Abbe@This is How I Cook sharing the blog ♥ Pumpkin Chipotle Soup and I’m Glad to Be Back!My Profile

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    • Thanks Abbe, and thanks for the visit 🙂

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  5. I love your header photo and the background images of lavender. Stunning! Emma.

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    • Thank you so much Emma!

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  6. HI Tandy, just wanted to let you know that your back link on my page never works when I tried to click on it. Probably it was entered in wrong maybe the first time? Maybe it saved or something, that’s at least how mine works and then it’s always messed up. Ahh, the joys of technology =)
    Laura @ Raise Your Garden sharing the blog ♥ Ceramic Pots & {Champa Pot Giveaway}My Profile

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    • Thank you for letting me know – for some reason the colon was left out of the URL – I have left another comment. I have to enter my details each time I comment so I will double check next time 🙂

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  7. Hi Tandy, thank you for taking the time to respond on my blog, you are very busy!!! Just liked your Facebook page and was wondering if you’d like mine, trying to get lots of likes because then a local nursery might be willing to sponsor a little garden giveaway!! Thank you Tandy.

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    • Of course I will like your facebook page! Have a super day Laura 🙂

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  8. I am sharing some family love with you on my blog today. No worries about accepting or not accepting, just wanted to share it with you. 🙂 xo

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    • thank you so much Mandy xxx

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  9. Hi Tandy,

    We have just launched this great new foodie website in SA! Maybe its something you could share via your social media or blog about it if you like it of course.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oVjmDGHNbio&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DoVjmDGHNbio

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    • Hi Simon, please send me some information via email. Thanks, Tandy 🙂

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  10. Hi Tandy,

    I am part of Origin, the artisan coffee roastery based in Cape Town. We really like your blog and we would love to share our big news with you and send you some coffees to taste every once in a while (and write about it, if you like it that is). Would it be possible to have your email address?

    That would be awesome.

    Thanks a lot!
    G

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    • Hi G, this is a wonderful offer! I will send you an email shortly. Have a super day. Tandy

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      • Thanks. I look forward to hearing from you!

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        • my pleasure, the email has been sent!

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  12. Hi Tandy! Your blog is gorgeous… I found you via the ‘I Made It” challenge over at Blue Jellybeans (chocolate croissants!). I love your food philosophy and I can’t wait to read more of your archives. Subscribing!

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    • Thank you so much! I really appreciate the compliment. I am off to read you blog soon – just got back from Italy 🙂

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  15. Hi Tandy, I enjoy every recipe you write and I’ve nominated you for a sunshine award here (wordpress rukes are I have to let you know!)
    http://lahacienda.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/sunshine-award/
    Keep up the good work!

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    • Thank you so much Daphne for the compliment and the nomination 🙂

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  16. Tandy, your blog is elegant and delicious! I love the title and everything in between the pages! Beautifully done.

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    • thank you so much for the wonderful compliment *blush* 🙂

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  17. Hi Tandy, I love your blog! Your pictures are so beautiful! So nice to subscribe to more South African blogs!

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    • thank you for the lovely comment and compliment. I am off to read your blog shortly 🙂

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  18. hi tandy,
    you’ve got such a great foodie blog
    thx for sharing..

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    • Thank you for visiting!

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  19. I love the name of your blog! 😀

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    • thank you Lilly Sue 🙂

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  21. Thanks so much for visiting my blog Tandy. Your space is lovely. I am going to be a frequent visitor here 🙂 Glad I met you!

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    • nice to meet you too Shema, and thanks for the visit 🙂

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  22. I have read several excellent stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort you place to create this sort of great informative site.

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    • thank you!

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  23. 5ounces gourmet food and wine site opens with a bang!

    We would like to know if you would like to write a review of our site? We are an online startup retailer for gourmet foods and 4 and 5 start platter wines.

    5ounces is slightly less than one-fifth of a bottle of wine – the standard serving of just under 150ml. But that’s just about all that is standard about this company. Inspired by e-commerce companies like gilttaste.com and lot18.com, 5ounces.co.za is giving consumers the opportunity to get great gourmet produce and premium wines at amazing prices. The team behind 5ounces are wine and food lovers. They want what you want: the best experience for the least money, fine foods and premium wines delivered directly to your door for half the price.

    We do have some wines to sponsor for the review if you are interested. Or for a possible competition that could be run. We could also credit your account to contribute towards making a purchase on the website. Alternatively we could set up a meeting to discuss the rates. Please have a look at our website and let me know what you think?

    Kind Regards,

    Ciaran Meyer / Junior GM
    0845011748
    http://www.5ounces.co.za
    Follow @5ouncessa

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    • Hi Ciaran, I am sending you an email – Kind regards Tandy

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  24. Thank you for all of the great posts, and for the yummy recipes!

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    • it is my pleasure 🙂

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  26. Hi
    Just found this place now. Not sure if you know about it – but it looks right up your alley. http://www.ffmm.co.za/

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    • I have seen it – he is quite amazing, just a pity it is so far from us 🙂

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  27. Good morning Tandy I have discovered your Blog through the Taste of Yellow event for Barbara. Thank you for your comments on my post.
    My word, you are a busy blogger and I have been really enjoying your posts.

    Cheers Gilli

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    • Thank you so much Gilli for the visit and the compliment 🙂

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  28. Hi Tandy

    Galbi Restaurant (South Africa’s only Korean fusion bbq restaurant) is hosting a Korean Food Festival on 16 June http://www.facebook.com/events/315996395143780/ and would love for you to join us. Please send your email address so we can send you an invitation.

    Regards
    Louis
    Galbi Restaurant
    210 Long Str
    info@galbi.co.za
    http://www.galbi.co.za

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    • thanks for contacting me, I have sent you an email.

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  30. Hi Tandy,

    Tsogo Sun have an announcement event happening at one of their hotels (The Cullinan Hotel). Please could you send me your e-mail address so I can forward you an invitation?

    Thanks so much,
    Vinolia

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    • Thank so much Vinolia, I have sent you an email 🙂

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  31. HI Tandy

    I would like to invite you to our private event happening for the Good Food & Wine Show, can you please supply me with your email address so I can send you an invite?

    Thanks so much

    Kind regards

    Lauren

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    • Hi Lauren,
      thank you so much! I will send you an email with my details.
      Tandy 🙂

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  32. Congratulations! I have just given you the Versatile Blogger Award and The ABC Award – you can find out more about this here on my blog http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/2012/05/07/awards-in-march-and-april/ I do hope that you will accept these awards in the spirit in which they are sent to you. With best wishes – and thank you for your blog. Alyson

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    • thank you Alyson 🙂

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  33. I just found your site on foodblogs.com so I thought I would stop by and take a peek. I just subscribed to your blog feed and can’t wait to see what your next post will be!

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    • thank you for the visit, and for subscribing 🙂

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  34. Hi Tandy! I realize you have already been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, but your blog is definitely on my top 15 list, and I wanted to nominate you again! http://curiouscuisiniere.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/versatile_blogger_award/

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    • thank you Sarah 🙂

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  35. I love your blog title & header!

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    • thank you so much! The lavender was in a garden where we had lunch once and I could not resist taking a photo for my header 🙂

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  36. Hi there Tandy. Had to stop by and visit your blog … especially one entitled Lavender and Lime, two of my favourite things. And to thank you for visiting me. I’m new at this blogging thing, but had to say had a wry smile when I saw we had chosen the same theme. Have to admit not much of a cook, but love to play, so am sure your recipes will tempt me. Regards, Lianne

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    • Thanks for the visit Lianne – I am Kerry’s sister and saw a link to your post on her facebook page. I look forward to reading more of your gratitude posts – it is something so important 🙂

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  37. Hi there Tandy,

    I would like to send you some samples of a new mezze product my company is working on…maybe you can send me some more contact info if you’re interested…

    Lelani

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    • Hello Lelani, I have sent you an email. Many thanks Tandy

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  38. The last couple of blog posts you have written links aren’t working. Click them they can’t be found… just wanted to let you know.

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    • I know! I hit the publish button instead of the save draft button and deleted them straight away – I feel like such a dunce 🙂

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  39. Dear Tandy,

    This is REbecca at FiveStar PR – we represent a number of lovely restaurants (Bistro Sixrteen82 and Catharina’s at Steenberg/Mange Tout at Mont Rochelle are some0 and I’d like to be able to invite you to launches. (www.fivestarpr.co.za)

    May I have your email address please?

    Thanks so much

    Best,
    Rebecca

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    • hi Rebecca, I will send you an email with my contact details shortly. Many thanks Tandy

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      • Hi Tandy,

        Please could you send me an email with your contact details?

        Thanks so much

        Rebecca

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        • I have sent you an email 🙂

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  40. Thank you for attending the launch of cookbook and your positive feedback. Hope to see you back to La Motte. Lots of love and happy cooking. Hetta

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    • Thank you so much Hetta, once the December madness has left we will be back to eat at the restaurant 🙂

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      • Dear Tandy,
        Thank you for the compliments on your blog today.
        Kind regards
        Hetta

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        • It is my pleasure Hetta. I will be sending you an email tomorrow so please look out for it 🙂

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  41. Hello Tandy
    Thank you for stopping by my blog so that I could discover yours..
    I really loved knowing a little more about you 🙂

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    • I look forward to reading your posts 🙂 Thanks for subscribing!

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