Category Archives: Food

Frankly my Dear, I don’t give a Fig!

Cape Black Fig 1

Haiku 224

Nature’s recipe

Give me sunlight and water

I’ll make you a fig

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Cape Black Fig 2

A friend gave us a few small fig plants a year ago and already one of them, a Cape Black, has produced two figs.

Cape Black Fig 3

Yes, tiny as they are, these are actual figs! The plant itself is about a foot tall and I wasn’t expecting any fruit for a good many years.

What a lovely surprise from Nature.

 

post script: The title is a reference to Rhett Butler’s last line to Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 movie, Gone With The Wind; “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a dam!”

 

Two Turtle Doves

Two Turtle Doves 1

Haiku 207

Two turtle doves and

A squirrel in a pear tree

It looks like Christmas!

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Two Turtle Doves 2

I’ve been putting food out for the doves and squirrels regularly this winter. I place a small pile of seed on top of an upturned tub and the birds happily peck away there.

When Sparky the squirrel comes, he chases the birds away and eats whatever he wants, undisturbed.

Sparky the Squirrel

He’d just chased these two Cape Turtle Doves off their food and I felt sorry for them, so scattered some seed on the ground by my garden chair. They quickly came to peck up the seeds, hence the reasonable close ups!

Two Turtle Doves 3

Cape Turtle Doves are quite large, grey and have that distinctive black neck band. We also get the smaller Laughing Doves; more colorfully pink and without the neck band. I like that there are so many different birds that choose to frequent my little garden. It makes for very entertaining coffee breaks!

 

Fudge!

Homemade Vanilla Fudge 1

Haiku 192

Soft vanilla fudge

As if I don’t have enough

Sugar in my life!

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Yeah, let’s be honest – I only made this fudge because I’m stuck here in Lockdown and spend my evenings watching YouTube videos on baking.

And I don’t even want to think how many times I need to walk round the garden to burn off each piece I eat!!

Homemade Vanilla Fudge 2

Here’s the recipe, because now you want some too! –

Vanilla Fudge Recipe

150 g Butter
Tin of Condensed Milk
2 Cups Sugar (I used pale brown)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence

Melt the butter, condensed milk and sugar in a thick-bottomed saucepan over a medium heat. Stir constantly (to avoid burning on the bottom) for about 15 minutes, or until thickening.

Remove from heat and continue to stir as the mixture cools, then add a teaspoon of Vanilla Essence.

Stir until the fudge is quite thick, then pour into a greased dish to cool. Cut into pieces.

Eat!!

 

Rosy Cheeks

Apple Blossom

Haiku 186

In these trying times

Take a moment to enjoy

Nature’s little things

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Little Green Apples 1 – Rosy Cheeks

Though the apple blossom has gone now, there are still apples on my ancient tree.

Mostly they are green, but I notice a few rosy-cheeked ones among them that have caught the sun.

Little Green Apples 2 – Eaten!

These apples are quite sour, but as can be seen by the half eaten apple above, obviously someone out there is enjoying the feast!

 

I have seen squirrels in my apple tree, and many birds, but I think it is the Mouse Bird particularly that likes sour green apples.

 

Let There be Cake!

Cake 1 – Apple Crumble

Haiku 146

What could be nicer

Than sitting under the trees

With a piece of cake?

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You may have been wondering what I have been up to during my absence.

Cake 2 – Cheesecake

Let’s just say that there were many morning and afternoon teas, sitting outside under the shade of trees, and that much cake was involved.

Cake 3 – Malva Pudding

Although I didn’t eat all of these delicious cakes myself, I certainly tasted them!

Yum!

 

post script: These cakes were from Jonkershuis, Groot Constantia.

They are described as follows in their menu, in the order of the photos above;

Apple Crumble, with toffee apple sauce and vanilla pod ice cream

The Jonkershuis Cheesecake, oven baked with lemon and cardamom curd

Traditional Malva Pudding, with caramel sauce, vanilla pod ice cream and fudge bits