Merry Christmas everyone!

Strawberry snowmen by Laura
Merry Christmas everyone! Big hugs and kisses to all of you and may all your wishes come true in 2013 (uness they involve George Clooney then none of them will come true as he's mine).

Thai Fried Shrimp with Garlic and Pepper

Thai shrimp with garlic and pepper
A linguistics professor was lecturing to his English class one day. "In English," he said, "A double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative."
A voice from the back of the room piped up, "Yeah, right."

Thai Sauteed Mixed Vegetables

Thai sauteed mixed vegetables
I scrolled through the lists of jokes our mate Edouard sends me, and managed to find one (story rather than joke...) that isn't offensive – more difficult than you might think! This is a story which is perfectly logical to all males:
A wife asks her husband, "Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk, and if they have eggs, get 6."
A short time later the husband comes back with 6 cartons of milk.
The wife asks him, "Why did you buy 6 cartons of milk?"
He replied, "They had eggs."
(If you're female, I'm sure you're going back to read it again! Males will get it the first time.)

Thai Pork with green beans in red curry paste

Thai pork and green beans
Here's another one of the lovely Nynke's lovely Thai food. I know To Thai For is a really old joke, but I still really love it! And this really is To... Seeing as I was (trying to) make a joke, I looked up Thai jokes on google and allow me to assure you, I ain't printing any of them. The "best" I could find that was still printable was: How to make a Thai laugh - try speaking their language. Well that person has not heard me speaking French as they would be laughing all their way a la maison!

Nynke's Terrific Thai Temptations

Today's recipe: Thai Chicken Green Curry
Agathe and Nynke in Nynke's front garden
The summer was filled with lots of activity and Nynke’s Terrific Thai meal was one of the highlights. We had Agathe (that’s her on the left in the photo with Nynke), a wonderful French student staying with us, and although the French do not traditionally eat spicy foods, she was really cool and tried everything. I basically had to be tied to my chair not to lick the plates after the meal. Thairrific.

Willow Creek - Goodness in their Nature

The squeeze bottle of olive oil
The favourable terroir of the Nuy Valley (South Africa), with its lime rich soil and
Mediterranean climate, is especially suited to the production of premium
quality olives and it is here that you’ll find the international award-
winning Willow Creek Olive Estate. True to their reputation as producers of
excellent olive oils and leaders in olive oil packaging, Willow Creek this
week launched two new products that are sure to please consumers no end.

Squeeze Me

The View Restaurant, Hove, England

A beautiful bench near to the restaurant
My mother recently had her 65th birthday and so I happily flew over to England to spend it with her and my Dad. They are in the deevine Victoria Nursing Home and the chef made a wonderful birthday cake for her, with candles and the whole 9 yards. Then my aunty Wendles and my uncle Peter organized a wheelchair accepting van and we took them down to the Hove beachfront for a walk/push and a meal.

Celebrate milk from cow to kitchen

A beautiful photo of milk
Exchange the hustle and bustle of city life for the farm-friendly atmosphere
of the Cape Dairy Experience, taking place from 2-3 November at Sandringham
(next to the N1, halfway between Cape Town and Paarl). Experience the
complete journey of milk: meet the 2012 Absa Dairy Queen (SA's best bred
cow), cook with dairy, taste a variety of dairy-related products and enjoy
the thrill of a real agricultural show where more than 500 world class
animals brag about their breeding.

Freds Fish and Chips

Taken from inside Freds Fish and Chips
I absolutely love fish and chips. It's one of the many reasons I love going to England, besides the obvious ones like visiting my wonderful parents, aunt and uncle of course. And spending hours in Charity shops buying other peoples junk/treasures. I started the year off with 10 DVD's which we watched at least as many times each with our wonderful students, but if I see “French Kiss” or “Kangaroo Jack” one more time, I may have to throw up for an hour or two. Now I'm at 100 or so “thanks” to them charity shops.

Traditional Quiche Lorraine

Marion, Pierre’s sister, also gave me a recipe for a traditional Quiche Lorraine, so I thought I might just spoil you and give you both. Make them both and then please write and tell me which you prefer. A photo would be great too – am I cheeky or what!?