Cooking Tuna in Paradise

The view
(Tuna Recipe at end)
We met Annie and Mark and their amazing children, Ashleigh and Murray, in France 16 years ago, and we’ve been friends ever since. Or they can’t seem to get rid of us could be the other way of putting it. Moving from Johannesburg (where we visited them) to Cape Town (where we visited them) in the middle of a cold and dark night, also didn’t help them…

(Non) Banana Bread

Non banana bread
This is a low-carb banana bread recipe that has no bananas in it. Huh? What are you saying there, crazy woman! It does have banana essence (see it’s all becoming clear now right), but tastes somehow banany even without it…

Oh Cape Town, how beautiful you are!

Cape Town
Yes, I know it’s been a while, but what can I say, life got in the way yet again. Let’s hope I’m back to stay! We have just been fortunate enough to spend 6 weeks in South Africa – I have to say sorry to all the friends we didn’t get round to seeing, but even 6 weeks is just tooooooo short!

My bestest Lamb Recipe ever!

My mate Nynke
My very good friend, Nynke, asked me for this recipe about, ooh, a month and a half ago…sorry Nynke! I’ve been meaning to write about it for years as it is truly deelicious and easy to boot, and I still haven’t managed to do it, sigh. But today is the day! Hopefully Nynke hasn’t given up on me just yet! I have no photos of the lamb, but of the lovely Nynke and her cat!

Portuguese Grill Restaurant, Littlehampton

Octopus
The first time I saw an octopus being prepared was in Greece and I was amazed at how much physical work was required to prepare dinner. The poor creature (which was already dead of course) was bashed against the rocks for a good hour. Talking about earning your dinner.

Where have I been the last 2 months?

Me at the beach in Littlehampton
Well, I‘ve been lucky enough to spend time in Spain, France, England and Germany in the last 2 months. One of the great pleasures with this is not only do I get to spend time with people that I like, but I also get to eat all types of great food.

My type of bottle holder!

Stiletto bottle holder
Now this is what I call a proper bottle holder. None of this „I‘m too posh for my own good“ type of a bottle holder, but a real woman type of a bottle holder. Now my stilettos have a new lease on life ahead of them seeing as I am pretty sure I won‘t be wearing them anymore. Especially not after finishing the bottle!

Chila Cake (Bolo de Chila)

Chila cake
This is another recipe from our lovely friend Anja ( www.reisenundspeisen.com ) and she made it for her wonderful hubby, Micha, for his 60th birthday. Chila (or Gila) is Portuguese for fig-leaf gourd/pumpkin and gets used a lot in Portuguese desserts and jams.

Cabbage Salad

Cabbage Salad
This recipe is from our mate Anja ( www.reisenundspeisen.com ) and you can find it in German there too. What makes this salad so special is that the finely chopped cabbage is then pressed to release water and this makes the cabbage softer and more delicious. It soaks up the dressing even better after it’s released its water.

Getting to know Anja and Micha

Joerg, Micha & Anja
You’ve met Anja and Micha in many of my posts, but it’s about time you got to know them better as they are awesome friends and travel buddies. Their campervan/home is legendary too – it’s an old banking bus. In the “olden days” (as in 10-20 years ago, sigh), the bus would go to bank-less towns so people could do mobile banking. Who needs internet banking when you could have this?