Merry Christmas! X


I hope that everyone has a very merry Christmas and a happy new year, full of blessings!
Thank you for all the support, likes and nice comments over the past few months.
Here’s to many for yummy dishes, scrumptious bakes and dreamy desserts… Fresh garden veggies and organic eggs; happy living and healthy kids!

Enjoy! X

My Food Baby

I officially have a ‘food baby’…
What is a food baby you might ask? Well, when I first joined our estate’s book club, there was talk of food babies, when you eat so much that you feel pregnant – with a food baby!

We had our estate’s Christmas lunch today and I honestly ate more than I had in ages – totally overdid it! Oops… {blush}
The food was just SO good, the company even better and the wine – well, the wine was great, as always! {my trusty old favourite – Pierre Jordan Tranquil}

Each person was assigned a dish – there was gammon, roast beef, chicken, salads to die for, veggie bakes, and desserts so good I had 2 helpings! {I will post my menu contributions during the coming week: smoked and roast beef, a veggie cheesecake and cinnamon custard slices}

What a great day – great food, great people and heaps of fun had by all! We even had a visit from ‘Santa’!




Christmas Gift guide

What a magical time of year! The smell of cinnamon and cookies and pine – so quintessentially Christmas and the holiday season. In South Africa, we get ourselves beach-ready, we sip cocktails and sundowners, we shop-till-we-drop to find perfect gifts and perfect summer outfits. The scent of suntan lotion and sand epitomises December for some of us, for others it’s the smell of a braai and Grandma’s famous Christmas pudding / dish / cookies, etc.

I tend to usually leave my Christmas shopping until the last minute {I leave most things till the last minute…} or until just before a function or our departure on holiday… The past two years though, I’ve been a bit more organised. With most of my family living far away and my parents in the States, I don’t really have a very long shopping list – and I do most of it online. I LOVE that – I can sit in the comfort of my own home, with my slippers on, sipping a glass of wine and just click away, knowing all my parcels will be delivered on time, all wrapped up and just perfect! I do love gift-wrapping though and I love making the packages look oh-so-pretty, and I still get to do that with family here. It’s really a win-win situation {shopping-wise}…

Anyways – getting back to my Gift Guide…
I’ve compiled a few things that I think are fab gifts – hope you also think they’re fab!





1. Leopard print studs – from Etsy shop, $3
2. Teacup bookends – from Typo shop
3. ‘Homemade’ cookie stamp – from Big Blu, R150
4. ‘Bake on’ tea towel set – from Mr Price Home, R50
5. Apron – from Mr Price Home, R90
6. Silver Kate Spade napkin rings, set of four – from Kate Spade, $40
7. Kitchenaid mixer – from, R6490 {for the one you love A LOT!}
8. Kitchenaid food processor – from, R6490
9. Le Creuset butter bell – from, R275
10. Le Creuset ramekin set of four – from, R220
11. Krups ice cream maker – from, R795
12. Le Creuset batter bowl – from, R320
13. Carpe Diem pillowcases – from, R75
14. Heart planters – from, $65
15. J. Crew necklace – from J. Crew
16. Eat napkin rings, set of 8 – from Etsy shop, $24
17. Kids initials necklace – from Etsy shop, $40+
18. Egg board – from, R149
19. Heart ceramic bowls – cannot find where these are from, but fab aren’t they?
20. Le Creuset flower ramekin – from, R180
21. Le Creuset French press – from, R660
22. Mr & Mrs chopping board – from Lulu & Georgia, $74
23. Cookie jar – from Crate & Barrel
24. Pineapple / rabbit jar – from Lulu & Georgia, $76.80

{I recently discovered Lulu & Georgia via a fab blog I follow, and I just love their quirky things! I also really love Ashley Brooke Designs blog, always packed with stylish and fun girly things!}

Whenever you’re doing your shopping – and however you’re doing it – do enjoy! X

One of THOSE days…

Teething – one of THOSE days… Shame, my youngest son has started to teeth and he’s been coping quite well up until today.
Anyways – all he wanted was to be wrapped up tightly against his momma – like back in the day inside the womb… Here he is in his ‘womb with a view’: {Helping me prep for my 7 cake orders!}



And yes, these are ‘selfies’! Not so easy to do a selfie with the iPad… Hehe!


‘Tis the Season..!

‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-laa-la-la-la-la!

Christmas is fast approaching and everyone is thinking of their holidays – lounging in the sun, eating merry puddings, drinking merry cocktails and just generally taking it easy and relaxing. if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere somewhere, you might be all wrapped up in a holiday scarf, drinking eggnog and enjoying various pumpkin-spiced-goodies. Aah – the holidays – enjoyed everywhere!

I think most people might have their Christmas trees and decorations up already, but if you’re a traditionalist the tree will only go up 12 days before Christmas (UK) or on Christmas Eve (Germany). The Americans start to ‘deck the halls’ straight after Thanksgiving, which is close to the beginning of December in any case… But honestly, some people have their homes all kitted out by the middle of November already and some even as early as the beginning of November!

Retail shops tend to put up their decorations earlier too and have their merchandise on the shelves from mid-October, which frankly, is just too early in my opinion. But then again, I suppose they only have a short period in which to sell all their Christmas merchandise.

There are no traces of Christmas in our house yet – apart from the delicious and boozy fruitcake I baked on Tuesday. Perhaps some mince pies and eggnog next week?
{This fruitcake might not make it all the way to Christmas, let alone get a cap full of brandy every week – it’s just too delicious! I even had some for breakfast this morning..!}

In the spirit of the ‘jolly season’, I made venison kebabs with figs in a Port reduction:

Venison kebabs & Port figs Venison kebabs & Port figs


I used venison kebabs that we had made for us – marinated in Woolies’ BBQ marinade. Of course, you can make your own marinade too! You could also use any meat for your kebabs…

For the figs, you will need:

Turkish figs, dried

Port {Cape Ruby}

Castor sugar


Cover the figs in Port in a small sauce pan and bring to the boil.  Add a tbs or 2 of sugar and a splash of water and let it simmer until it has reduced to a rich, syrupy sauce and the figs are soft.

Serve with buttery butternut mash {I added a dollop of butter and a bit of water to the raw butternut and let it steam in the microwave} and a green salad {lettuce, mangetout, cucumber, avocado and feta cheese}.

Delicious – enjoy! x