May 2014 and I have been playing around with making my own chocolate. I have been using chocolate transfer sheets to make it look pretty. These are so easy to use. You pour the chocolate onto the transfer sheet, spread it thinly with a palette knife and once set peel off the transfer, leaving the design behind on your chocolate.
Pick ‘n Pay sent me an Easter Egg hamper. It was filled with the most amazing selection of Easter Eggs and I made sure we waited until Easter weekend before tucking in. As I did not think Dave would need to eat all the eggs I was given, I gave many away to our staff, and their children.
Together with the Easter Egg hamper I also received a bottle of Carrol Boyes wine in a beautiful box. It is a 2013 Shiraz and I am going to leave it to mature a little bit before we try the wine.
At the SASSI award evening I was given a goody bag. The goody bag itself is a Women Entrepreneurship Fair Trade bag and is being used for grocery shopping. In my bag was a bottle of Hamilton Russell Chardonnay which I will save for when we have guests over who drink white wine.
There was also a Grip N Go bottle. I have been meaning to go to the Consol factory shop in Stellenbosch to get one of these, so the gift is really welcome. I keep water in my car and a glass bottle is far better than anything else. Now I just have to get used to bringing it inside when I get home or when I am at work.
And last but not least in the bag was a bottle of Olyfberg Olive Oil. I love getting olive oil as gifts as we use so much of it at home. I probably buy 4 bottles a year and we use at least a bottle a month if not more!
I purchased the April issue of Fresh Living which has the last feature of Sam’s recipes in it. This magazine is not usually on my shopping list but in support of a friend, I have bought all three magazines that she featured in.
I was sent a bottle of Olyfberg Tapenade in the post. It was quite a miracle that it got to me as we do not have a post box at home and the parcel was posted to my home address. This after the courier could not find our office. As parcels are not delivered to street addresses in South Africa, the collection slip would have been stuck into our gate by the postman. Under ordinary circumstances, anything stuck into our gate ends up blowing away in the Gordons Bay wind. However, this day, the rubble removers were busy removing the rubble from the pool we are busy digging out, and the postman gave the slip to our gardener who was supervising the removal. I collected the tapenade which is made from a secret, tasty mix of chopped olives, herbs, garlic, capers, lemon and black pepper (official press release) from the post office and I cooked it into some chicken for dinner. It is really tasty and I look forward to coming up with a few recipes for the tapenade.
Hopefully the next item is Shaoxing Chinese Wine. We have a Chinese market in Somerset West but the lady who runs it does not speak English and I don’t speak Chinese. I am not even sure that the way I pronounce Shaoxing is correct. When I asked for Shaoxing Chinese Wine she assured me that the writing on the bottle says Shaoxing! I don’t even know what it is meant to taste like but I am going to hold thumbs that I have the correct stuff as I am using this for a recipe soon.
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Disclosure: The gifts I received were not given with the requirement that I post about them. This post is in line with my blogging policy.
Dave and I are away in the UK and we will be back at work on the 8th of May. I will start replying to blog comments then. You can read our daily diary of our trip by clicking here.
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