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Monday, February 14, 2011

Thank you! ♥

From the bottom of my heart ♥ to yours!

  c'est très beaux textes! Merci.

 Shel  ♥

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Food for my soul! ♥

Hearts from my garden to you!

"The world is truely round and seems to start and end with those we love." Nelson Mandela

"Love is gentle and kind! "

"Love knows no boundaries"

"To be in love is an experience that every man must go through" Nelson Madela on his relationship with Graca Machel

........and the greatest of all is Love!


I will be away for a few weeks but hope to fit in just one more tablescape....I will miss you all, your gracious comments and special emails but will definately be checking in on all your beautiful blogs and reading your emails.
There are so many exquisite blogs but please visit one of  my special blogging friends...Latabledenana ♥; incredibly special lady!!
See you soon!

Food for my soul! ♥

"In this ever-changing world it is quite remarkable to have friends who are unchanging." J.H.Newman

Live, laugh, love! ... a perfect motto.

This candle holder was given to me by my dear friend. ♥....if you get a chance please visit this site...
.handmade with love......indeed, South Africa has a wealth of talent!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Birthday and Valentine's!

I made use of my favourite pieces again to celebrate a birthday and Valentine's dinner this week! Happy Birthday my love!

Playing around with Picasso!

These roses last forever! Just perfect....

      Scrimp cocktail..........sepia style!

Wishing you all a wonderful Valentine's weekend!


Linking to Tablescape Thursdays

Monday, February 7, 2011

Food for my soul! ♥

I've got the sun between my fingers!

Indeed, we have so much to be thankful for.....this photo was taken by my son with his phone camera on an early morning cycle! Not such great quality...but, none the less...soul food for him!

Have a wonderful week!
Shel ♥

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Traditional South Africa Fare! Bobotie

There are so many variations of this great recipe. Bobotie is a firm favourite of all cultural groups in South Africa. Its flavour has become a culinary symbol of our rainbow nation and honours the influence of the Cape Malay slave food on South Africa cooking! Enjoy!

  With Sambals!

The ingredients:
2 Tablesp oil
2 medium onions chopped
1 kg topside mince
1 slice of white bread
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 T curry powder
2 t salt and 1/2 t pepper
1t tumeric
2 T lemon juice/vinegar
120 ml seedless raisins
2 bay leaves
45ml fruit chuctney

Preheat oven to 180deg C
Heat oil in pan and slightly brown your mince. Soak bread in milk, squeeze out most of milk and mash bread fine. Add all the ingredients to the mince except the milk and eggs.. Mix and scoop into a greased ovenproof dish or ramekins and bake for 25 min.
Beat the eggs and milk and pour over the mince. Don't allow the mixture to seep through the mince...I pour the mix over the back of a spoon onto the top of the mince.. Bake for about 10min to allow the egg mixture to set....I bake in a bain marie...the topping is then light and spongy.
Serve with yellow rice and sambals.

Delicious, golden warmth on a plate!

See you soon!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Blues!

Do you like shades of blues and aqua too? Calming, soothing.....

Here's my updated guestroom's my favourite room in my home at the moment....

Come take a closer look.....

An old quilt ...a teal throw...and white linen....

An old couch...I like my bolster cushions...they were a great find....

Such a comfy spot to curl up with a good read!

The pool looks so inviting from this room!

I just love all these textures and colours together!
Have a great Blue Day!
Shel x

I'm linking to a great new party....come join me over  there. Thanks Judy! 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Traditional South African Fare...Curry Bunnies!


Once again..I bought bread dough....this is something I learned from my mom-in-law.
Always thought she made the dough herself until I was married to her son for at least 5 years when she let me in on the secret!  ...
Cut the dough into rectangles of your choice in size...remember, it rises to about double.

Leave to rise in a nice warm spot covered with a tea towel...

Make a curry mince for the filling...
using minced beef, tomatoes, onions, carrots chopped, potatoes diced, bayleaf, curry powder of the strength you enjoy, tumeric, salt, pepper and the secret...a heaped tablespoon of apricot jam!
Here's a liitle peak into the pot!

Then fry your "vetkoek" that have nicely risen in deep oil....excuse my pot...I just love it, as it's the one my mom♥ used to use for making our chips....just can't throw it away....!

Cut them fill with that curry mince mixture...

Then serve with an ice cold frostie....and sambals...

Polly was waiting patiently for his little piece of the vetkoek too!

Have a wonderful week!

Please come along and join in the fun!