A Better Tomorrow Book Run

I grew up in a world full of books! I was privileged, and I know that. I could read from when I was very young and I still devour books. But, can you imagine what it is like for children who don’t have the books they need for basic education? My stepson James and his friend Zynique are trying to create #ABetterTomorrow and if you can help then please do! James’ girlfriend Carli teaches at a local school where they have a dire need for books.

"Please Donate!"

Please Donate!

Goal

To collect books to fill up the library of Kathleen Murray Primary school. Any additional education material is also welcome.

Timeline

Preparation to start 1 February.

Official book collection to start on 1 March and run to 30 April.

What they need

Space for a drop off point – in other words a place where someone can donate a book. We will provide the boxes and come pick up the books weekly or bi-weekly as needed.

What you get

We will put the logo’s of all participating businesses on the boxes for all to see. Additionally, we will advertise our drop off points on Facebook and on all other media’s we can get hold of – which will lead to more exposure and foot traffic for you.

"A Better Tomorrow Book Run"

A Better Tomorrow Book Run

More information:

For more information, please see their Facebook page or catch them on Twitter. You can email them on bettertomorrowbookrun@gmail.com or phone either one of these amazing young adults! James: 072 386 8876 / Zynique: 082 504 9498

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Recipe For French Butter Cream

I am sitting at work. We are in the middle of a heat wave, and I would rather be stuck in a cold store refrigerator than in my office. I had no plans of being anywhere else today as I was expecting 2 pallets of goods to be delivered to me. But just like in December, my supplier has let me down. He has so not come to the party. In December he promised me my goods had left on the Wednesday. So with a Friday delivery expected I planned the last 3 days of our working year. Sadly for me, the goods arrived on the Monday afternoon leaving me half a day to do 2 and a half day’s work. And of course they were closed so I could not not even tell him how upset I was. Thinking they were opening earlier than they did, I planned my start to the year. However, they were still closed when I placed a large order with them to kick start January. The least I expected was that my order would be given some priority and leave on time. It didn’t and now I am sitting at my desk, whiling away the time until lunch so that I can eat, and leave. One thing that can go to any party is this amazing French butter cream. You may recall I mixed it with praline and used it to fill my Paris Brest choux buns. I have some left in the freezer and the next time I have a cake to take somewhere I will use the rest of the butter cream up to sandwich the two halves together.

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Paris-Brest

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Recipe For French Butter Cream
 
This butter cream is perfect for filling layers of cakes and for piping into choux pastry buns
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Ingredients
  • 20mls milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 200g caster sugar - I used fructose
  • 400g butter, cut into small cubes, and placed into a glass bowl
  • 75g praline - optional
Method
  1. Place the milk into a saucepan and bring to the boil
  2. Place the eggs and the sugar into a bowl and whisk until ribbon stage
  3. Pour the milk over the egg mixture, whisking continuously
  4. Return to the heat on a medium temperature
  5. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until you get a thick custard
  6. Pour over the butter, and whisk by hand until the butter has been incorporated
  7. Leave to cool before adding the praline if you have decided to use it

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Wagon Trail At Anura, Stellenbosch

Before making our way to the wine tasting, we stopped at the Wagon Trail at Anura to make a booking for lunch. We chose Anura as the chef is a friend of James and we wanted to show her support. The lady at reception was not very helpful in assisting us with a table for 2 in a half an hours time and when she called a gentleman to help her, he was not so sure either. They did however write our name down which was a start. After the wine tasting we walked past the brewer who told us they were very busy for lunch and he was not sure if we could be helped. We told him we had a booking and made our way to the front desk where there was no one in sight. We waited and waited and waited and eventually we found someone to help us – our name had been crossed off but we were shown to a table – one of many empty ones outside.

"Wagon Trail At Anura"

Wagon Trail At Anura

We ordered drinks and Dave had a Bavarian Weiss 330ml (R23) and I had the Wagon Trail Pale Ale 330ml (R25). Our beers arrived with potato skins which made a nice snack to start off our meal. The menu is small, with snacks, main courses and one dessert. The average price for a main course is R80 but as we were having a light lunch, we chose a charcuterie and cheese platter (R75) with meat from 12 Pigs deli, which is on site, and cheese from Forest Hill cheeses, available at the deli. The platter arrived, with not enough bread for 2 hungry people but with great olives, very good cheese and excellent charcuterie. In fact, so good that we bought a selection from the deli to take home with us.

"12 Pigs deli"

12 Pigs deli

Service table side was good, the setting is lovely and they are open breakfast and lunch Tuesday to Sunday and for supper on a Wednesday and Saturday.

Contact them on  +27 21 875 5360

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Recipe For Peanut Butter Cookies

My friend Sam told me that her son Handsome loves it when she bakes my peanut butter and chocolate rusks. This was such a compliment for me, as kids are honest to a fault about what they like and dislike. After reviewing The Family Cook Book I decided to adapt her recipe for the oat cookies and make a batch of Peanut Butter And Choc Chip Cookies. I sent a message to Sam asking her if the kids would eat these peanut butter and choc chip cookies and I got a voice message back with handsome saying an emphatic no and Pretty Girl (her daughter) saying yes. With only a 50% positive response to my idea, I left a voice message for my nieces who live in Sydney. Sasha replied telling me that my cookie idea is very good, and gave me ‘permission’ to try it. Nadia who is 3 does not like peanut butter. But she wants sprinkles and stuff and icing! So, these cookies only got a thumbs up from 2 of the 4 children asked, but they got a huge thumbs up from Dave who does not like peanut butter! I suppose next on my list will be cookies made with stuff for the cutest little one who really knows what she wants.

Do you have children who know what cookie flavours they like best?

"Peanut Butter And Choc Chip Cookies"

Peanut Butter And Choc Chip Cookies

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Peanut Butter And Choc Chip Cookies
 
These healthy cookies can be added to a lunch box for a treat, or saved for afternoon tea.
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Ingredients
  • 100g butter
  • 30g peanut butter - I used chunky
  • 100g caster sugar - I used fructose
  • 1 egg
  • 125g flour
  • 2.5mls baking powder
  • 175g rolled oats
  • 150g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 190° Celsius
  2. Place the butter, peanut butter and sugar into a mixing bowl
  3. Cream until combined
  4. Add the egg and mix in completely
  5. Fold in the flour, baking powder, oats and chocolate
  6. Use an ice cream scoop to measure out the mixture onto a lined baking tray
  7. Flatten slightly with a fork
  8. Bake for 15 minutes
  9. Leave to cool on the tray for 2 minutes
  10. Leave to cool on a wire rack

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The Rosie Effect, Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Effect opening line: Orange juice was not scheduled for Fridays.

"The Rosie Effect"

The Rosie Effect

After reading this book I definitely want a  job as a proof reader! Ordinarily I would not add a book to my recommended list when it is riddled with errors. In The Rosie Effect, a passenger gets into a car via the driver’s door, coffee turns to wine, and the Italian word si is thought to be the word for yes in French (oui would have been the correct word).

But, then is something so endearing about Don Tillman that I loved every minute of this book. Graeme Simsion has written a novel that I can relate to. It had me laughing out loud and hoping that Don can save his marriage after his wife, Rosie, announces that she is pregnant. This event, like the orange juice, was not scheduled and results in life being turned upside down for Don, a man who thrives on routine.

First published in Australia by The Text Publishing Company in 2014

ISBN number 978-0-718-17948-9

Paperback – 418 pages

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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Recipe For Clotted Cream

I usually leave the destination of our holidays up to Dave. I am quite happy to go anywhere new, and to travel as often as possible. For our first ever overseas trip where we booked an apartment, we chose to stay in Dartmouth. Being in Devon we had to try ‘cream tea’ which is a scone served with clotted cream, butter and jam. The people in Cornwall reckon their cream teas are better, and so to compare we tried them in both counties. Personally, I could not choose between the two, but I so enjoyed the clotted cream that we bought a tub of it to take with us to London. This was used as a topping for chocolate brownies which we bought at Borough Market. In the UK you can have clotted cream posted to you. With our brilliant postal system in South Africa, if the cream ever got to you it would be off. Postage can take months to get to us. I was so pleased to read this recipe in my Taste Magazine and even more pleased to realize that clotted cream is so easy to make. Now at least I don’t have to wait for our next visit to the UK to enjoy a cream tea.

Is your postal system reliable?

"Clotted Cream"

Clotted Cream

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Clotted Cream
 
This is the ideal accompaniment to scones!
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  • 250mls cream
Method
  1. Place the cream into a sauce pan
  2. Bring to a simmer over a low temperature
  3. Leave to reduce for an hour, stirring occasionally
  4. When thick transfer to a glass bowl
  5. Leave to cool before covering and placing into the fridge overnight

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In My Kitchen February 2015

This month I have very little to share with you and Celia from Fig Jam And Lime Cordial. In my kitchen there was a candy thermometer.

"Candy Thermometer"

Candy Thermometer

This lasted a year, but in the middle of making gelato I realized that it had stopped working properly. I am not sure why it broke, or when it broke, but I can tell you not to bother buying one of these. Rather spend the money once and get yourself a digital thermometer.

"Digital Thermometer"

Digital Thermometer

The probe measures the temperature (the number on the left was the ambient air temperature when I took the photograph) and you can set the desired temperature (on the right) and the thermometer will beep when the temperature has been reached. If you remove the probe, the thermometer acts as a timer. I already have one in my kitchen, but a second one could come in handy when I am testing a lot of recipes at once.

My friend Camilla gave me this onion pod. I have not yet used it as I am still wary about saving cut onions. We usually cook the entire onion and then set aside what we don’t need straight away and put that in the fridge for later use. Has anyone used one of these?

"Onion Pod"

Onion Pod

I bought some vanilla powder in December to use when I don’t need an entire vanilla pod. If you save all of your pods you can make this by blitzing up the pods, with a few whole ones.

"Vanilla Powder"

Vanilla Powder

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Recipe For Roasted Cashews

I love blogging and the opportunities that have come my way. But in the same breath I find some of the offers I receive to be totally ridiculous. It seems that PR Agencies do not take into account that there are costs involved with writing and maintaining this blog. I do my best to only make things we will eat so I am not wasting money on ingredients. I was recently asked if I wanted a voucher from a delicatessen in another town. I often visit the main city centre and so replied in the affirmative. However when the voucher arrived as an attachment I was told in the email it would expire in December. As I had no plans to travel into Cape Town before it expired, I replied to the PR person that I would probably not make use of it, and did not open the voucher. Turns out that for less that the cost of the petrol, they wanted me to review the restaurant, and use the voucher to offset part of the costs of the meal. I think this is totally nuts! What is not totally nuts is this must make recipe for roasted cashews. They are perfectly crunchy, deliciously sweet and the chilli comes in at the end! I hope you will find yourself making these sweet chilli roasted cashews and that you won’t think I am asking too much of you to make them.

"Sweet Chilli Roasted Cashews"

Sweet Chilli Roasted Cashews

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Sweet Chilli Roasted Cashews
 
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Ingredients
  • 50g honey
  • 1 chilli, split in half
  • 150g raw cashews
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 160° Celsius
  2. Place the honey and chilli into a small saucepan
  3. Heat over a low temperature until the honey melts
  4. Leave on the heat to infuse for 20 minutes
  5. Remove the chilli and add the cashews
  6. Place onto a lined baking tray
  7. Roast for 20 minutes
  8. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool
  9. Store in an air tight container

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Harvest Dinners At Vergenoegd Wine Estate 2015

The Harvest Dinners At Vergenoegd Wine Estate are something I look forward to each year. Not only for the great food and company, but for the interesting talk given by cellar master John Faure.

"Harvest Dinner"

Harvest Dinner

This year the dinners will take place on the 26th of February and the 5th, 12th and 19th of March. The seating is limited to 25 people so if you are interested in going please ensure that you book!

"Harvest Meal"

Harvest Meal

The evening will include grape stomping – make sure you are dressed for this, and a 3 course meal prepared by Michael Israel, the chef owner of Pomegranate Restaurant, situated on the estate. As you will be dining under the stars be sure to bring something warm to wear during the dinner.

The evening costs R355 per person and we will be going to the first one. Contact them on info@vergenoegd.co.za

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Recipe For Nasturtium Jelly

Nasturtium is an Indian cress and has large, shield shaped, peppery leaves and cheerful, helmet shaped flowers in yellow, orange and red. These flowers make an attractive, edible garnish. (information sourced from The Complete Book of Herbs). I tossed a packet of seeds into the garden portion outside of our fence, and since then I have had an abundance of nasturtiums. A few years ago I removed ten plants for a friend to plant at her fence line and the following year, you could not even see the gap!

"a protea amongst the nasturtiums"

a protea amongst the nasturtiums

I made nasturtium pesto with the leaves, which is really amazing but I thought I could do one better, and make nasturtium jelly with the flowers. I have used the jam with cheese and it is perfect, as well as with pork and it made a great change from apple sauce. I gave a small jar to Greg as a gift, and he really enjoyed it as well.

"Nasturtium Jelly"

Nasturtium Jelly

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Nasturtium Jelly
 
This jelly is perfect with scones and can be adapted to use any organic flowers.
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Ingredients
  • 25g nasturtium flowers
  • 500mls reserved liquid
  • 30mls lemon juice
  • 380g fructose
  • 15g pectin
Method
  1. Place the flowers into a large jar and cover with boiling water
  2. Make sure that the flowers are completely covered and submerged
  3. Seal the jar and leave overnight
  4. Strain through a muslin cloth and reserve the liquid
  5. Place 500mls of the reserved liquid into a sauce pan
  6. Add the lemon juice and the fructose
  7. Bring to the boil over a medium temperature, stirring until the fructose is dissolved
  8. Remove 60mls of the liquid and add the pectin to make a slurry
  9. Add this to the sauce pan and whisk in
  10. Skim off the scum, reduce the temperature and leave to simmer
  11. When at jam set stage (over 104° Celsius) remove from the heat - this took me an hour
  12. Place into sterilized glass jars
  13. Leave to cool before sealing and storing in the fridge
  14. Bring up to room temperature before using
Cooks Notes
The straining through the muslin cloth is to catch any insects that might have found their way into your flowers

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