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Piccolo Mondo dinner dates made easy

Piccolo Mondo dinner dates made easy

Can you remember your last time you went on a first date?

Do you remember the awkward silences? The questions you asked and got “yes” or “no” replies for? We have all been on a date where you are kinda into to the person but you can’t seem to get the conversation to flow. You touched on what you do for a living, the brief “my hobbies include” bit and then you spend 20 minutes looking at the menu, deciding whether you should order a salad and glass of water or just be yourself and order a steak and a glass of wine.

Well, stop freaking out about date number two because I got you covered.

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Volunteer for Valentines

Volunteer for Valentines

Whether you celebrate it or not, Valentines a thing. We were silly enough to get married on Valentine’s day and now have to have that cliche follow us around for eternity. If you complain about the concept of Valentine’s day or if you go all out to show someone how much you love and care, Valentines is rolling around soon and I have the PERFECT non-date date idea for you and your partner.

GO WALK A DOG (and stay for a picnic)

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Almost Orange

Almost Orange

A hidden gin bar in the middle of an Orange Orchard. YES PLEASE.

This spectacular find is the newest addition on the same property as one of my favourite restaurants in Harties, Silver Orange Bistro. I saw a mention of the new Tapas and Gin Bar on their Facebook Page and had to go investigate. I mean, good gin in the Westrand? ABOUT TIME. (Technically not Westrand, but it is west of Joburg so it counts)

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Perfect Pannekoeke

Perfect Pannekoeke

Whether you are staying at a self-catering little hideaway or a secluded campsite. Nothing makes people happier than pancakes for breakfast. Propper pannekoeke. The key to my heart lies in a good pancake and nothing gives me greater pleasure than gooi-ing together a lekker breakfast for friends.

On your next average self-catering adventure, take along a tiny bag of these ingredients and make your mates smile.

This is my FOOL PROOF recipe. 

What you need:

  • 200g plain flour
  • 350-400ml milk or ½ milk ½ water for a lighter pancake
  • 2 large eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • pinch salt
  • vegetable oil, for frying

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Roeks Brewery

Roeks Brewery

Most Sundays we go for a late afternoon drive in search of a bite to eat. This really ends up being a “you choose, no you choose” So we settled on Black Horse Breweries since its a nice drive and not far from where we live.

Driving up their road it became apparent we weren’t the only ones who wanted a late lunch in the warm winter sun. Cars parked up and down the road. We figured by the time we had we stopped, found a spot to park, walked there and wait to be seated we might die from hunger.

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Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

No really, THE EASIEST recipe ever. Even when it flops it’s pretty damn good.

I felt like something sweet because life has been pretty bitter lately. Those whom know me well know that I am an okayish (home) cook but a miserable baker. I don’t know why but my cakes collapse and my cookies are burnt to a crisp 90% of the time.

I once baked a cake that turned to a strange solid substance to dense the dog didn’t want to eat it.

So I was thrilled when I didn’t screw these up.

Peanut butter cookies remind me of home. Brackenfell. Most of Cape Town rags on the Northern Subs but it will always be home to me. Peanut butter cookies remind me of the house we grew up in (well I did, my siblings were in High School already when we moved in there). Sitting in the kitchen drinking coffee and going through a tin of cookies in one sitting

Here’s what you need:

cookie 1

1 cup smooth peanut butter

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 little drizzle of Vanilla essence because it smells so nice.

Here’s what you do:

Moer it all in a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until it kinda looks like cookie dough.

Next:

You Spray & Cook something that resembles a backing tray.

Then:

Roll tiny balls and place them on whatever you chose to use as a baking tray.

Now:

Take a fork and squish on a pattern. This also flattens to cookie to make them look like cookies.

Bake at 180’ for 10 minutes.

cookie 2

Remove from oven, let it cool (or not) and EAT IT ALL.

If you tried this and loved it as much as I do pop a comment below and tell me.

*the photos are crappy because I was distracted by how good the cookies were. 

Bidon Bistro is best

Bidon Bistro is best

Look the west (of Joburg) has natural beauty (if you squint and tilt your head a bit) but it has lacked in the area of decent brunch spots.

A couple of weeks ago our foodie friends told us about a place in our neck of the woods that has been getting a few rave reviews. We simply had to go check it out.

On Wednesday I took the men in my life out for a late lunch to celebrate their recent achievements in the last few months and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to check out Bidon Bistro.

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Tannie Rina’s Malva Pudding

Tannie Rina’s Malva Pudding

I live in a small town. Not much happens here. But because of that you get to know your neighbours. I have the most incredible neighbours. Tannie Rina and Oom Johan. (69 and 70 years old and still works everyday) Our cats have adopted them as grandparents and we are pretty sure they love “Ouma and Oupa” more than us. Tannie Rina makes amazing deserts and often sends some my way for Oscar and I to share. I don’t really share. Sorry Oscar.

I mentioned to Tannie Rina that I would like to learn how to make a classic Malva Pudding but only seem to find complicated recipes online. I am far too lazy for complicated recipes. I want something I can’t screw up.

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