About Tandy / Contact

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 lives in Gordons Bay with her husband and dog. Tandy and Dave built the house which was an adventure all in itself. Her large kitchen is bespoke and she feels the best aspect of it is the raised dishwasher. Up until 2017, all the creations on this blog 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, running a Hardware Wholesale Business or spending time with friends and family.

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. Please read Tandy’s policy page if you would like to work with her.

96 thoughts on “About Tandy / Contact

  1. 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

  2. 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


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

  3. 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…


  4. 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

    1. 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 🙂

    1. 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 🙂

  5. 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


  6. 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,

  7. 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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    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.

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    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?

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

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

  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!

    1. 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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  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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 =)

    1. 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 🙂

  17. 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,


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  19. 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.

  20. I feel really silly asking this but its my first time on your site Tandy. When I click on menu ( top left of page I do not see where to go for recipes. Pse help
    Many thanks

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