Category Archives: Food

Gardening Sunday

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I hope everyone has had a good Sunday.

I spent a few hours gardening this afternoon in my small vegetable patch nestled between the rose bushes (no joke!). I planted spring onions, sweet potatoes, red onions and also finally planted the Lemon Verbena I had bought last month. I also harvested a few more potatoes bringing the total number of potatoes harvested from my patch of land to 155!

I am loving spending time in the garden planting the vegetable seedlings I bought. I have been reading up about companion planting as well as how different plants and herbs have an effect upon pest control. Urban gardening does seem to be experiencing a revival.

I will post photos once the tiny vegetable garden has started to take shape.

I can just imagine the noisy guitarist from my bedroom commenting on my ‘farmstress‘ skills. Well I hope it is skills as my basil is dying, I cannot understand it. The leaves are starting to go yellow and it is not growing at all. I cannot understand it.

Here is a photo of my rose succulent I bought and planted in the square pottery container I made last year at my old pottery class. It is growing very well, I am so excited watching it grow! I have made another round terra-cotta pot plant container, I should be able to bring it home tomorrow evening after pottery class.

I recently found out about Michael Pollan, highly recommend reading his books. Genius! His ‘Food Rules’ book is next on my must buy wish list.

I love this quote of his that I found online:

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway. – Michael Pollan

I came across this recipe on Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Life website for Red Quinoa salad which looks delicious.I hope to try make it myself this week. Quinoa is an excellent source of protein for vegetarians like me.

Red Quinoa salad from Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Life

Hold thumbs I will get my car back from repairs on Tuesday! Although I had thought I was going to get it back on Thursday or at least Friday last week. Customer service from Renault Melrose is non existent!

– Speurder Linda

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Preparing for a Valentine’s day picnic

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful Valentine’s Tuesday. 

I bought myself a spring form pan and mixing bowls yesterday afternoon, I am excited to have my own spring form pan to not have to borrow from my mom all the time.

Now I can do my baking in my own little kitchen!

I am busy baking and cooking treats in preparation for a Valentine’s picnic!

Watch this space, I’m trying out lots of new recipes, I hope they work out.

The noisy guitarist from my bedroom & I are going to the Walter Sisulu botanical gardens for a picnic this afternoon. 

I came across this Pueble Indian prayer ‘Hold On’ last week which I enjoyed. Enjoy the rest of your day.

Speurder Linda

Hold on to what is good,
Even if it’s a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it’s a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it’s easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday I’ll be gone away from you.
– “Hold On,” A Pueblo Indian Prayer

Proteas for a bright beautiful Tuesday

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I love these king proteas! Proteas are one of my favourite flowers, they are natural, striking and South African. 

They caught my eye yesterday at Vovo Telo, Woodland in Pretoria along with the funky vase when eating lunch there.I have made a mental note to make my own interpretation of that vase in pottery class. The pasta dish and fruit juice I ordered were delicious. It seemed much better than Woolworths cafe. The decor at Vovo Telo is also quite quirky.

I have been slacking again with my blogging but I will be back and with more frequency this year. I have many blog posts which I need to type up or consolidate and post.

This is going to be a year of change and growth. I just know it!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday. 

What beautiful items have you spotted around you? 

Till next time.. Speuder Linda.

Reflections on a week

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Gosh has it really been six weeks since my first/last blog post?

I am constantly intending to regularly post blog updates…if only I could type and post blog updates as quickly as a think and talk!  I would then be spewing out  a new blog post every day or with more regularity. I am a bit reluctant to use a talk – converted to type application as I’m concerned with the potential for error and in all honesty as informal as this blog is, I would like to be sitting in front of my screen typing and checking it – at least initially!

But I suspect it is also a case of my needing to find a routine of writing blog posts & actually posting them rather than saving the the drafts, ideas or images on a folder on my macbook with every intention to make the posts live but not actualizing it. It will have to be quality over quantity.

Some of the ‘draft’ posts now seem redundant and I now have a whole list of other exciting news and ideas with which to share. I have a feeling that this blog will also incorporate other topics as it develops from the original ideas and intentions I originally conceptualized.

Not to worry it will all still fit with the theme of ‘privaart speurder Linda’. This ‘first’/returning blog post is more personal than originally intended with the forthcoming blog posts I have scheduled being more light hearted, practical and creative.

This year has flown by, I can’t believe we are only a few weeks away from Christmas. It is funny how the perception and anticipation for Christmas changes as the years pass, at least it has for me. More on that in forthcoming blog posts…

It has a been a week of contrasts – isn’t every week like that? – with a good friend’s funeral on Thursday morning being a low point amongst moments of small and large joy and positive experiences that has made me appreciate the days and learn from each moment.

When driving back from Huyser’s funeral I thought how personal the death of a friend is in that it resonates with each of us (the friends or those who encountered the person) on a personal level with each person/friend usually having a different recollection or stand out memory of the friend. Each friend has been touched by the recently deceased friend (deceased sounds very impersonal, any other suggestions of words?!) in their own way. Some people have an impact without even realising.

I like so many others around the world was saddened by Steve Jobs’ passing but it felt like a more universal ‘sadness’ than the raw emotion and loss of a friend.

I hadn’t seen Huyser as often or had as deeper connection as many of his other friends had but he had been there for me on quite a few occasions when I needed a friend and we had shared fun experiences at gigs, clubs and restaurants. He was a gentle, kind, talented person – always ready to laugh. I’ll miss you Huyser.

I was reminded yet again to appreciate the moments we have with those we chose to spend time as those times are precious, not always available and there is so much to gain from each interaction and everyone with whom we interact. Anything could happy at anytime as morbid as it does sound.

There were also a great many other very positive joys and happy experiences throughout this week which I treasured and learnt from or enjoyed from morning runs, planting peppermint, taking home a new ceramic creation, making tacos, cooking a new pasta dish, clearing clutter to energise myself, learning about the Earth Boxes on tv, relaxing watching football, talking with friends both in SA and in UK, buying fresh flowers to display in my new vase, seeing a praying mantis up close in my own room, yoga class, sleeping in, learning about childhood development which is unbelievably fascinating, sending a parcel off to my friend in Lydenburg, bought a gift that continues giving as a Christmas gift, fresh guava Sir Juice fruit juice, grapefruits for breakfast which is a real treat and so many many more highlights!

Goodness what a fantastic week! 

Last night was a night of trying out a new restaurant and going to the market theatre where we saw ‘Girl in the Yellow Dress’ in which the delightful curly haired Kate Liquorish acted as it was a two man/woman play.

I had heard about District Six eatery through friends who had enjoyed it as well as having come across it myself through restaurant reviews and searches online as I am always on the prowl for new exciting and different restaurants to try.

Unfortunately dinner was a bit rushed due to having to be at the theatre at eight pm, District Six Eatery isn’t a restaurant for quick bite to eat before the theatre, we will be returning for a more leisurely meal. The waitress, Melissa kindly packaged our dessert and the remainder of my main course as take aways.

The meal and overall dinner experience was a real treat (thank you noisy curly haired guy in my house for dinner) with delicious food, authentic decor, warm friendly service and a take on the unique suburb of District Six.

It certainly was one of the highlights of my week. I highly recommend District Six Eatery with the footnote of ‘don’t even think of rushing your meal, take your time! at this neighbourhood establishment.

Just the mention of District Six reminds me of the enjoyable years I spent while living in Cape Town, the interesting people a met while there, the suburb of District Six/Zonnebloom, Cape Malay food, quickly learning the difference between Malays & coloureds after moving to Cape Town  and of course the fascinating District Six museum.

The theatre production of ‘Girl in the Yellow Dress’ is fantastic, I do recommend it but you will have to hurry as today is the last show after a twelve week run. Rush Rush book for the last show!

There are sure to be more excellent plays on there in the near future. Personally I usually prefer plays to musicals, the intimate layout of the Market Theatre’s laager theatre was well suited to Girl in the Yellow Dress. The proximity of the seats to the stage made for some awkward moments!

Speurder Linda recommends:

  • The Market Theatre, keep an eye on their website for upcoming plays.

  • The brilliant actress Kate Liquorish. I’m not sure what she is next acting in but follow her and her food blog on Twitter.

  • District Six Eatery – Corner Greenhills and Barry Hertzog Road, Emmarentia. Tel: 011 486 7226 Booking is essential

  • District Six museum, Cape Town.

  • Biesmiellah restaurant, Bo Kaap  Cape Town for authentic Cape Malay food. Tel:  021 423 0850

    Speurder Linda at District Six Eatery

Photo by the noisy curly haired guy in my house.