Oudshoorn, Klein Karoo, Western Cape

Feather dusters
“A heart without dreams is like a bird without feathers” (from Suzy Kassem).
I’ve been to Oudshoorn several times and I personally think it’s a real gem of a place. It does get very hot, but then you just go to the Cango Caves and you’ll be nice and cool in there. Now the Cango Caves could belong to the 7 wonders of South Africa if such a thing existed.

Kale Soup

This is a Portuguese recipe (and we all know I love all things Portuguese), but I am embarrassed to say that the best Kale soup I have ever eaten was in America and not Portugal. Come on Portugal, you need to improve your national dish, hee hee!!

Knysna and my lovely Uncle Terry and Aunty Helen

Knysna taken from the heads
As you may have realised by now, I am blessed with only wonderful family members and my Uncle Terry and Aunty Helen are no exception to this rule. They cooked us a “Sunday” lunch on a Wednesday with only a few hours notice and spend the whole day driving us around showing us the many beautiful sights around Knysna. I am a very lucky girl.

Catshark (Pata Roxa in Portuguese)

Cooked Catshark or Dogfish
Although I am still working through our wonderful South African trip, we are actually currently in wonderful Portugal and I cooked this wonderful fish yesterday and it turned out wonderfully! I’d never even heard of it and now I can’t get enough of it!

Through Willowmore to Uniondale

A big boy in the road
We decided on an inland route and chose Willowmore as our destination. We travelled through beautiful countryside and saw loads of animals including Secretary birds, buck, warthogs, monkeys, merino sheep and an enormous tortoise in the middle of the road.

Lesley and Nicci - great to know you!

Our breakfast area at the cottage
One of the great things about travelling are the people you meet and Lesley was no exception to this rule. We were lucky enough to stay at Lesley’s Airbnb for 3 days and we would have gladly stayed much longer as it (and she) was so super. A perfect little cottage with an amazingly interesting and great human being.

Bacon wrapped Scallops

Cooked scallops
This is so good, it’s got to be a sin. These are one of my absolute favourite things to eat. We used to have them often in the States with our mates Lynn and Steve, but alas we only have them once a year in Germany now. Sigh, I think we should pop over to the States again…

Port Elizabeth and my happy brother Michael

Willows Port Elizabeth
Finally we get to Port Elizabeth, my lovely hometown. Some foolish people say that it is a little bit boring, but these people have no idea of Port Elizabeth’s hidden treasures! Just take me and my family for example…stop laughing back there!

Nanaga Farmstall, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Awesome wild boar pie
I have a confession to make – I am a closet pie addict. I adore pies, especially good ones. That may sound stupid, like duh, of course you like good ones. But pie addicts like me will also eat bad ones in the hope that they might be good. But no fear when Nanaga is near, as their pies are awesome!

Chinese Pearl Balls

Uncooked Chinese Pearl Balls
I have wanted to make these for years and somehow never got round to it, which is a real shame as they are deeeelicious and easy to make to boot. There are many recipes out there for these delicious studded meatballs, but we are quite happy with my version. Try it and tell me what you think!