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img_0725Lekker is an Africaans word thrown around a lot in South Africa meaning “good” or “nice” or maybe even “great”. There is a major push in SA to appreciate and buy South African made products, basically to be a “locavore”, or someone consuming only products made or produced within the region. The main purpose behind the movement in America is to promote the small grocer and organic movement and cut down on the fossil fuels used to transport all those Cali and South American veggies. In America, with food being shipped to all parts of the United States from California and South America and beyond, eating local would be very difficult. Unless, of course, you live in California!9780060852559

To be temped in January by the supermarket’s beautiful fruit and berries would be more than I could bear. I would give in, buy those berries that were probably not grown under the open air,  devour them and feel somehow as if I had just spent an hour under the baking sun. Here in South Africa, things are a little simpler, and this is for the better. It is not very difficult to be a locavore here, at least where food is concerned. Our local food market carries only seasonal produce, most of it grown nearby or within South Africa. Right now the summer mangoes, pomegranates, and plums are ebbing away, being replaced by all the citrus you could ever eat. I love summer fruits, so this change, while somewhat refreshing because it is one of our only seasonal indicators, is always a little sad. This weekend I photographed one of the last pomegranates of the season, before I scooped out its goodness and drizzled it on top of a sticky chocolate cake. A fine end, I thought.

For more info on the locavore movement, and for one of the best reads you will ever have, pick up Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

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Tape is Swell!

decorativepackingtapeI was wandering around the web today and I came across Tapeswell. I love the idea of pretty tape! Now the wheels are turning, can I somehow create my own? We’ll see! All this printed goodness made me think about these printable calling cards I saw on How About Orange. Who ever said the printing industry was dying! I can’t wait to print out my cute calling cards, and create some printable tape somehow too! Why not dream big!

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Hankerin’ for Home!

Well, it was inevitable… Easter is sort of a “major holiday”, I have a huge lamb roast in the oven, my entire family will be gathering together in just a few hours… the entire family minus us, that is. And that lamb roast? Not for them! Ugh oh, here it comes, it’s almost upon me, that feeling, that sinking sad feeling. Am I craving casserole? Crisp spring air that burns my lungs? Do I feel like pulling on a sweater? Its happened, I am homesick. Living so far from my home culture has its advantages, but there are also sad moments. Riding the waves of ex-pt living is never easy, but it gives me hope to know that I am not alone. I can breathe deeply and picture a myriad of friends who are “Eastering” today without their families by their sides.

We have a unique challenge, building a replacement family around us. I thank God this morning for great friends, who will eat my lamb roast, fresh mussel-cracker fish, sticky garlic potatoes, roast veggies and honey chocolate cake :) They will not only fill their stomachs, but a bit of the hole that I feel today. They will hunt for Easter eggs with Myles and put on silly bunny hats. It all helps, and makes me count my blessings.

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