Friday, 31 August 2012

21 months of AWE!

I can't believe we are heading towards 24 months at lightening speed!
We had a 15 minute conversation with our little girl over dinner two nights ago.  It went something in the line of;

Nikah says:

'Mamma, sprinbo harpos vinnig (Swaai arm vinnig).  Sprinbo been steek, draad eina.
Sprinbo joep.  Baan hoog bo op berge(wys met gestrekte arm hoe hoog), Heidi harpos, oom boemi, huil, vee trane (hande wys hoe trane afgevee word).'

'Haai shame, waar het die oom geval?'  Heidi moet versigtig wees want sy hardloop altyd kaalvoet sy gaan dalk in dorings trap.'


'Dorin steek Heidi, Heidi KLEIN voetjies ('klein' met 'n baie hoë stemmetjie gesê met handjies teen die neus in 'n driehoek, skouertjies opgetrek), mamma Heidi KLEIN voetjies!

Baan roep, Hor-Ho, baan hoog op berge.  Emoes pik pik, (pik met handjie in die sy)

Mamma Heidi KLEIN voetjies, Heidi harpos.  

And it went on for minutes without end!
Wish I had the video camera hidden somewhere, it was absolutely priceless!    

Thursday, 23 August 2012


Last Weekend we decided to pick a bowl full of veldkool (wild asparagus) also known as varkslaai or hotnotskool around the West Coast.  It grows wild in the veld, around late winter and early spring their flower buds are ready to be picked.  (Be sure to pick them well before the first white flowers appear, as it then becomes inedible) 

As it is similar in texture to waterblomme, we've decided to use our waterblommetjiebredie recipe.
See this post

The basic ingredients you'll need is 
veldkool - 5 to 6 per person
lamb shin or neck - portions per person
atleast two onions
quartered potatoes
1/2 lemon + zest
chicken stock
salt & blackPEPPER

My taste buds was a little screwed because of the flu, but I am pretty sure there was a hint of figs coming through...
Don't know, forward your notes! 

Monday, 20 August 2012

Last Night

Oh what a heart racing episode!
We were watching some series in bed at around 22:00.
When all of a sudden we heard a fluttering/scratching sound on the door of our bedroom, opening onto the front porch!

The next thing we saw was a disorientated bat crisscrossing the room, like a crazy person! Diving low over our heads and then banging into the walls, dipping again and taking off, until it crash landed on our mosquito net... Climbing it like a monkey!

Hubby trying to be the hero, grabs a hat and covers it onto the net, from underneath you could see Mr Bat on a rampant crawling around in the hat.  A magazine won't slide in to block it off from the net, so he let it loose again, to my utter disgust of course! 

It takes off again to all the corners of the room and then tumbles down right above Nikah's head, whom is sleeping soundly next to our bed in her cot.  At this sight I totally lost it, and was jumping around threatening to hit it with a pillow, now squeezed onto my chest.

Mr Bat slowly emerged from behind the pillow and sat right there on the edge, looking around as if nothing in the world just went wrong.  (Approximately 8cm from my little girls head!) 

We opened the door and stared at Mr Bat in silence, hearts pounding, praying he would just leave in peace...
After a few seconds, he majestically flapped his black wings made a few circles and disappeared into the night - 

My body still shrieks just of the thought!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Majestic Babylonstoren

We had a pretty awesome mini road-trip yesterday,
to the spectacular Babylonstoren to say the least!

They were closed for the day, but still gave us a guide to show us around the premises, for a moment it felt like time stood still and we had this amazing farm all to ourselves.  These images are just a glimpse of what they have to offer.

It should definitely be a MUST SEE on your to do list if you were to visit the Franschoek area.  We are certainly making our way back there in the near future!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The Hero

  1. A person, typically a man, who is admired for courage or noble qualities.
  2. The chief male character in a book, play, or movie, who is typically identified with good qualities.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Dinner rush

A quick super easy yummy recipe!
Serves 4

You'll need:

1/2 packed Fusilli Pasta 
1 x can chopped mushrooms in brine
2 x cans shredded tuna in salt water
1/2 lemon + zest
2tbs Mayonnaise
2tbs Greek Yogurt
A squirt Sweet Chili sauce
Grated Parmesan Cheese
salt + blackPEPPER

Cook the pasta till al dente, pour through strainer,
keep 1/4cup of the remaining water.  Place pasta and water
back in saucepan.
Chuck the tuna and mushrooms (brine removed) in.
Add the lemon juice, zest, Mayonnaise, Yogurt and sweet chili sauce.
Mix through.
Season with salt + blackPEPPER
Top it off with a handful of grated Parmesan Cheese. 

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

First Year Anniversary

Can't believe I am typing this!
Our first year of life on the West Coast floated by like a hot air balloon, and we just sat and waved it goodbye...

Oh, how time is flying on the west side of South Africa!

- Life as we see it right now -

To the next ...  YEARS!