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Sushi Saturday

We are on the verge of a split up! Our little family will barely be together for two full weeks beginning Tuesday. So, today we went to the beach. We never go to the beach, and after being there for an hour we realized why. By the time we got everything packed, got the kids loaded, got them unloaded, got the stuff unloaded, said hi to the people we randomly ran into, and walked to the beach… Blobby Baby Neo got sand in his eyes and we were ready to call it a day and head to lunch. That’s just what we did. Turned our tails around, and walked a couple of feet to the restaurant.

When Myles found out he could have sushi for lunch he shouted out, “SUUUUUUUUSHHHHHIIIIIIIII!” at the top of his lungs. I can’t remember when his love affair for raw fish started, but it’s definitely his favorite treat of choice. Nigiri, California rolls, sashimi… you name it, he loves it. I should mention that our pocket-book would not be able to keep up with his fish-loving habits if we lived in the U-S-of-A. Luckily, for us, having sushi in South Africa doesn’t involve having your house repossessed. Just call it another one of South Africa’s perks. I love you South Africa, I really really do.

That’s all folks!

Luv,

me

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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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Myles helps cook a butternut over the fire at the game park.

Myles helps cook a butternut over the fire at the game park.

Ok Durbanites, the day has arrived! After 3 straight months of heat, it is finally COLD and rainy! Not humid and rainy, not sunny and rainy, just plain old cold and rainy! The idea that the outside is currently cooler than the inside still has me baffled. In Durban, our season changes consist of warm and warmer, so a huge shift in weather is always a welcome thing to this girl who grew up on snowey winters and stifling summers.

Break out your only cardigan, cover those shoulders than have seen nothing but sun for months on end, and make some glorious soup. It is finally a soup day. In honor of this day, Myles and I will be making our favorite butternut soup, which, by the end of June (our mid-winter) we will be entirely sick of. South Africa is famous for butternut soup. You Americans may think we only have animals, but oh no… we also have soup. You can find a recipe similar to mine here. In addition to our glorious soup, we will also be trying this rosemary peasant bread because the rosemary flatbread we made last week was a keeper and so easy to whip up. Only problem, a bit addictive!  Lets hope my lovely rosemary bush can handle all the strain.

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