Cauliflower Carrot Turmeric Soup

Cauliflower soup
I got the idea for this recipe from Nigella Lawson and was quite surprised that her photo was, how shall I put it, not appetizing. Then I made a version of it and low and behold, my photo isn’t appetizing either! BUT the soup is deelicious so don’t be put off by dodgy photos.

The (other) Life of Brian

Brian
“So Brian, what do you wear under your kilt?” is a question he has heard often. “My sandals, of course” is his standard reply.

Stir-fried noodle & vegetable salad

Stir-fried noodle salad
This can be eaten hot, warm or cold, so it’s very flexible. And deevine at the same time! And easy too. Man, this just keeps on getting better. Does take a bit of time to julienne the vegetables though…what was that about clouds and silver linings? No, that’s the other way round, duh.

Cycling in Porugal

Cycling along the Rio Guardian
After all that relaxing, one needs a little exercise. Or so says my husband. Sigh. I had no idea there were so many mountains in Portugal. Really huge ones. Or so I say.

Relaxing in Portugal

This could be me!
This photo needs no explanation and depicts me enjoying the sunshine. Okay, so I (mostly) sit in a slightly more ladylike fashion, but there‘s nothing like warm sunshine on a full tummy.

Chicken with spinach, tomatoes and peanut butter

Anja, Micha and Joerg exercising at sunset
My mate Anja (her blog is called reisenundspeisen.com for German speakers) loaned me her South African cookbook so I could get homeland feelings. And it worked! There was a recipe for Guinea fowl maafe, but I had never heard of the word or the dish. If you have, let me know please!

Almond pudding with Liz and Chris for New Year

Frosty start to 2017
I know it was 2 weeks ago, but I just have to tell you about the wonderful New Years Eve we had and the awesome food we ate. Us 4 had a super party and Liz made a magnificent 5 course meal that would put many a restaurant to shame and will leave you wishing she was a friend of yours too!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Christmas time
Another year has passed and what a year it was. There's not many a year that can trump Trump and Brexit! 2017 is set to be a very interesting year. Hubby and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2017 will be exactly as you want it to be. C&Jxxx

Oteria de Poeti

Roger and his birthday cake
So you‘ ve had the travel log of the journey to Bologna, but now we need party info. We were fortunate enough to be surrounded by friends and acquaintances and lest we forget, the wonderful birthday boy, Roger, so it was perfect from the start.

To Italy for Rogers birthday party!

Our beloved friend Roger
Roger is a wonderful friend of ours and every 5 years he celebrates his birthday in a big way. This year was his 85th and he invited 70 of us to celebrate it with him in Bologna, Italy. Wow! I want to be just like Roger when I’m 85, just minus the moustache…