Ostrich egg scrambled eggs

Ostrich egg
To make scrambled eggs with an ostrich egg, you have to break an ostrich egg and this is quite a process, especially if you want to keep the egg shell whole. But where there’s a (wifely) will there’s a (husbandly) way, and so I have my whole egg to craft with!

Swellendam and Jansehuis cottage

Jansehuis Swellendam
I think this is one of the most beautiful places ever. South Africa is in the grips of a massive drought, but the Swellendam area has been spared and is lush and green. And this cottage is just a dream come true.

Orange Marmalade (or Jamalade)

Orange jam production
I prefer calling my “jam” Jamalade and not Marmalade, because I use sweet oranges (or basically any orange I can find that hasn’t been sprayed with poisons/pesticides/etc) rather than Seville oranges which are used to make the original Marmalade. I find the Seville oranges just too bitter for my delicate taste!

Ronnie’s "Sex" Shop, Western Cape

Ronnie’s sex shop
NO NO NO, I am definitely not lowering the tone of this blog and talking about sex!! Honestly, what you people think of me, hrumpf. Ronnie had originally written Ronnie’s Shop on the side of his shop and then a few friends thought, I know what I’ll do on a lazy Saturday night…

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.