Do you ever get the feeling your mouth is developing the nasty habit of writing out cheques that your body can't cash? Or at least, that there aren't enough hours in a day to cash?
That's where I am right now. My head is fizzing with ideas and plans and schemes, but when I get into bed at the end of the day (usually way too late), all I can see before my eyes is the items that I did NOT manage to tick off my to do list today. The list is beginning to rival Jack's beanstalk (so to speak) in terms of its speed of growth and I despair of ever seeing the end of it.
One of the many symptoms of this affliction is that I always diligently plan to give various items their own post on this blog to highlight them, but then the posts spend weeks or months languishing in my drafts folder, unloved and incomplete, and I end up never mentioning them on my blog at all… It's a sad, sad situation.
So, to try and kill as many birds with one stone as possible, I am going to cram a number of announcements in to one post and reward you at the end with an easy-peasy-impress-your-friends recipe. How does that sound? Are you seated comfortably? Then off we go:
Waiter, There's Something in My… Yes folks, time for another round of your favourite monthly food blog event, WTSIM! Your charming host this time is Andrew and he has asked you to come up with "something Indonesian". Make it sweet, make it savoury, do the classics or do yuor own riff on a traditional recipe. Just make sure you get your entries to Andrew by the end of the month!
US readers – Doula Mel needs your help! My dear blog friend Mel who does such an astonishing job running the Bosom Buddies charity in Cape Town is calling for help again. Mel and her band of ladies sew and put together from donations a load of goodie bags for new moms at some of the most deprived of the Cape state hospitals. Many of these girls are teenagers, alone and scared after having been dropped off by family at the hospital to give birth alone; or HIV positive; or just desperately poor. Mel and her ladies not only make sure that each new mum gets a bag full of baby essentials to take home, but they also take the time to sit down, chat or pray with these new moms. Money for filling these goodie bags is always a problem, despite all the effort that Mel puts into fundraising, and donations are always welcome. One of Mel's contacts will soon be travelling to SA from the the US and will be able to bring back a parcel of donated baby clothes for free! In Mel's own words: "If you have gently used goodies up to age 6 months, then please send and enjoy the fuzzy feeling knowing some cute little African baby will be wearing that outfit. If you would like to shop for us, please only buy 0-3 month sleepers and 0-3 month onesies. As you know we want the mothers to be able to dress their babies when they go home so that is why we need small sizes." So if you are in the US and can possibly help out wth new or gently used clothing, please send it to our mutual friend Dawnielle, who will sort and pack the donations and pass them on the the "courier" – please make sure they reach her by 3 October at the latest. Her details are:
BB c/o Mrs Dawnielle California
1414 Cherry Valley Drive
My article in WE Magazine again If you've kept an eye on my press page, you might have seen that another of my articles was included in the summer 2008 issue of online publication WE Magazine for Women. This one (on page 43) is about the history of cachacas, the main ingredient in moijitos. Mmmmm, cocktails!
It's Oktoberfest time again! Oh yes, it is, and I'll be heading off to Munich this weekend. If you are doing the same, do check out my comprehensive tips for surviving Oktoberfest, and come and look for me in the Paulaner or Loewenbraeu tents on Saturday and Sunday. I'll be the one with the flashing bunny ears :). If you aren't lucky enough to be in Munich, check out my experiences in previous years here, here, here, here and here.
South African Food and Wine Blog Directory Don't forget that I profile a new blog on the Directory site every Monday – do remember to go and check them out. This week it's the turn of Saaleha from Meals on Speed.
And what the heck, how about I throw in a meme? My lovely blog friend Gill of Gill's Jottings has apologeticalyl tagged me for the Current Addictions meme. No need to apologise, Gill: I've never yet been known to turn down a meme!
* Post at least five current addictions (with some details, please).
* Mention the person who started this meme (Being Brazen) and also the person who just tagged you (hi Gill!)
* Type your post with the heading "Current addictions".
* Tag at least two people and pass on the above rules.
Well allrighty then – here are my five:
1. Read My Mind by The Killers. I cannot get it out of my head, and I listen to it over and over again. I love the lyrics, I love the melody, I love the way it reminds me of how it felt to be 19 years old. And they so have that boys-in-eyeliner thing going on
2. Mamma Mia – the stage show, the movie, the soundtrack, the whole kit and caboodle. The world needs more ABBA in these dark times!
3. My ski holiday next year. How many hours can you spend agonising over which village and which chalet and which week, without going totally bonkers? Quite a lot, apparently.
4. Getting through all the unread posts in my Google Reader. To give you an idea of the magnitude of the problem, I celebrate when I get the total of unread posts below 250. So now it's Google Reader before breakfast, after dinner, and instead of a chunk of my nightly sleep. I need therapy!
Anybody still here? And awake? Bueller? Bueller??
On to the recipe! I've been trying to be diligent with my blog reading lately and trying to tame the wild growth of posts in my RSS reader (see 4 above!). One of the benefits of this is that I am bookmarking loads and loads of recipes – including this one from the ever-fab, ever-amusing Katie at Thyme for Cooking. What instantly caught my eye about this recipe was the look – ooh, twirls! Ooh, pretty! I'm shallow that way. I made these for a friend's party over the weekend and they were dead easy and as pretty as I imagined (even though the really bad lighting in the photo above doesn't do them justice!). Seeing as I have been promising to join in for the longest time, and seeing as this is a rather special edition of my dear friend Stephanie's Blog Party event, I'm submitting them as my entry. As my accompanying drink… well, what's a birthday without bubbles?? I raised a glass of bellini, made with Spanish cava and a generous splash of Funkin' White Peach Puree. HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEPHANIE!
about half a roll of ready made puff pastry
2 Tbsp red pesto
Unroll the pastry and cut off a piece about 15cm long (the roll should be about 25cm wide). Spread the pesto evenly over the whole piece of pastry. Lightly mark the centrepoint along the long edge of the pastry.
From the short edge, roll up the pastry to the centrepoint. Do the same from the other short side so that the two rolls meet in the middle. Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for at least an hour – you could even put it in the freezer.
When ready to bake, pre-heat the oven to 200C and remove the pastry from the fridge. Slice in 1/2cm thickh slices and lay the slices out on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes. Serve hot with drinks.
Variations: instead of red pesto, you could also use green pesto, olive tapenade or grated parmesan (if using Parmesan, drizzle 2 Tbsp of olive oil over the pastry before sprinkling the cheese over.
I'm also submitting this to Ruth's Kitchen's Bookmarked Recipes event, a weekly roundup of any recipe that you bookmarked on a blog or in a book and subsequently made.