Orange season has been and gone and the only ones available in our shops right now are imported. I will not buy these but I have kept a container of my orange and fennel sorbet in my freezer to enjoy when the craving for oranges takes over.
Service in this country is going downhill fast. When we bought our new satellite decoder it came with a free installation. In order to take up this offer, we had to use an accredited installer. I sent an email to DSTV and they informed me I had to use Aerial & Satellite 4 U as they were the closest service provider to my house. The company is 40 kilometres from where I live and when I contacted the owner via email his wife said that they would only do the installation when it suited them, and when they had more than one installation to do in the area! We received our new decoder on the 24th of February and on the 2nd of March, one week later, I was contacted to say they could do the installation the following day, sometime after 11am. I asked Nadierah for an exact time as we would have to leave work to be at the house, and she told me I had to sit and wait for them and if we were not there when they arrived they would drive off. She could not give me an exact time as they were doing an installation in Strand first. I asked if she could get her installer to call me when he left Strand so that we could leave our office in Strand at the same time to meet them there? With much argument and shouting from her, and me explaining I am the client, she grudgingly agreed to this. However, when I got home this is the email I received from her:
As per Shafick I am cancelling your booking to do the explore installation for tomorrow .I cannot give exact times also I cannot guarantee what happen on the job before your installation.this installtion needs to be relocate to a installer in the area.that be on a time at your house .we working at estimated time.
So, now I had a decoder that wasn’t working and that was active and I was left with a huge dilemma. I decided to look on the DSTV website for an installer and contacted Dynamic Sat who are actually closer to me! Phillip answered my call at 16h55 and he came out the next day, calling when he was on his way. He did the one point installation that was part of our package, as well as an extra installation we needed doing, and charged me a fair rate. His company is one I can highly recommend as he was willing, able and did his work efficiently.
Orange And Fennel Sorbet
- 1 lemon, zest and juice
- 5 mls fennel seeds, lightly crushed
- 10 mint leaves, roughly chopped
- 250 mls water
- 500 mls orange syrup
- Place the lemon zest and juice, fennel, mint and water into a sauce pan
- Bring to the boil and remove from the heat
- Set aside and leave to cool so that the flavours can infuse
- Strain into a jug and add the orange syrup
- Place into the fridge overnight to chill
- Churn as per your ice cream machine manufacturers' instructions
What I blogged April 18:
- three years ago – Sourdough Rye Bread
- four years ago – Sweetcorn And Basil Velouté
- five years ago – Modernized Chicken A La King
- six years ago – Tuna With Ginger Relish