07/15/2013 01:34:00 AM
Rind of two oranges
1 1/2 cups of milk
6 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of cornflour
4 egg yolks
A little extra milk
Place the orange rind in the milk and slowly bring to the boil. Stir the milk to prevent it burni
07/01/2013 00:58:00 AM
When a recipe has the words "strawberry", "white chocolate", "mousse" and "cheesecake" in a title, it's definitely worth a second look.
And the result was delicious!
Herewith the original link as I'm sure you'd like to try it yourself.
06/24/2013 01:00:00 AM
Next time you are having a braai (barbeque), you may want to consider making your own garlic bread.
The above photo is of one we made. We bought a Portuguese loaf, sliced it up, buttered it with garlic butter and added slices of Cheddar cheese betwe
06/10/2013 01:03:00 AM
If you were in the market for a Teleport, what model would you choose?
06/03/2013 01:00:00 AM
The fruit of the Marula tree has been a source of food for African people and animals for generations. This beautiful tree is part of the same family from which we get mangos, cashews and pistachios. The ripe fruit has about eight times the vitamin C
05/27/2013 00:44:00 AM
Do you remember my article on the ridiculously huge sub-contrabass recorder?
Well, here's another over-sized musical instrument. Beautiful and yet rather ridiculous...
The original Octobass was made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume in a
05/20/2013 01:42:00 AM
Photos of Yves Rossey, aka the Jetman.
05/13/2013 01:53:00 AM
You may have noticed I changed my template once again and I have gone back to Blogger's commenting system and am no longer using Disqus.
I originally changed to Disqus because my readers were complaining that Blogger's commenting system wasn't worki
05/05/2013 06:01:00 AM
A couple of years ago, my friend sent me a recipe from Brazil that just did not work for me. The result was supposed to be a chocolate cake filled with condensed milk custard. The results were a huge mess in my mother's oven.
Anyway, I decided to tu
04/22/2013 00:43:00 AM
My sister was recently, and rather unexpectedly, given a sewing machine and an overlocker.
04/15/2013 01:15:00 AM
Do you find that sometimes your dinner cooking experiences are something like an episode of Ready Steady Cook (or Chopped or Iron Chef America)? Okay, so I haven't watched any of them, but I know the idea - the contestants are given random ingredient
04/08/2013 00:47:00 AM
I love making ice cream. I also think that homemade ice cream offers something that commercially made brands do not. They are richer, creamier, and you can have any flavour you want.
I do also believe that there is a reason why traditional flavours
04/01/2013 05:34:00 AM
The photo above is one I took a while ago. I thought it came out quite interesting and that you readers may like to guess what it is.
03/24/2013 06:27:00 AM
03/16/2013 11:41:00 AM
Recently I decided to take up a new hobby - playing the Cello. Music lessons have above and I'm having lots of fun even though I can't play anything of any consequence yet.
I love my cello so much, I decided to take some photos to share with you. He
03/10/2013 05:03:00 AM
In December, when we were driving back from our short holiday, we stopped for breakfast. Because we had been up with the sun, we were very hungry and looking forward to our breakfast, which was our last treat for our holiday.
I had a croissant with
03/03/2013 08:23:00 AM
Herewith the answer to lesson three's quiz.
Did you get it right?
This lesson is mostly bits and pieces to complete the knowledge you need to read music.
Firstly, rests -
02/24/2013 23:36:00 PM
Today I decided to share with you something pretty amazing! Enjoy!
02/18/2013 00:19:00 AM
Did you miss the first two lessons? Here they are:
Today's lesson is about rhythm. Music is all about rhythm.
If you recall, every bar in a piece of music lasts the same amount of time. So, the notes that make up each bar, wi
02/10/2013 23:49:00 PM
Welcome back to African-Angle's music lessons! If you missed Lesson one, read it here.
When you were learning how to read, you first had to learn all the bits that make up written text. You had to know all your letters, what sound each letter made a
02/03/2013 04:35:00 AM
01/27/2013 08:33:00 AM
When it comes to music, there are two types of people on Earth - those who can play a musical instrument (at varying levels of competence) and those who cannot.
Basing this theory on people I know and have spoken to, it seems to me that most adults
01/20/2013 04:47:00 AM
The recipe on which this blog post is based is for Mississippi Mud Pie. However, I decided to rename in Zambezi Mud Pie for the following reasons:
I don't know what the average American considers Mississippi Mud pie to be
My sister says she had some
01/13/2013 23:34:00 PM
Those of you who know me have probably been expecting this blog article.
Most people think that recorders (the musical instrument) are uncool. Yes, in the hands of a seven year old who is just beginning to play it is very uncool, but so is any music
01/06/2013 05:36:00 AM
A few weeks ago I was looking for the perfect origami gift box. After much internet research I found some instructions on YouTube. Originally I hadn't thought to look for instructions on YouTube as I am used to the picture instructions.
The boxes be
12/17/2012 08:04:00 AM
Once again the year has drawn to a close, and this is my last post for the year.
I thought you might be interested in some of the recipes and other ideas I have for posts next year, so here's a little list to whet your appetite:
12/09/2012 12:03:00 PM
A while ago, I promised to show you how to make your own pinwheels. (Post here). Herewith the tutorial!
To make the a pinwheel you will need the following, and as you can see from the photo it's not very much:
A chopstick - the kind you get with
12/02/2012 23:42:00 PM
Recently I had an opportunity to take up the Recorder and so I did so. While doing research on this musical instrument I read a few interesting facts.
The recorder has a bad reputation as being a musical instrument for children. This is because it
11/25/2012 09:11:00 AM
I remember the first time I tried Lemon Curd. I was still a child and since I'm not much of a jam person I wasn't expecting much. Surprisingly, I was wowed by this rather weird concoction spread on my piece of toast.
Since I grew up, I've tried mak
11/19/2012 00:44:00 AM
Lately I have had an urge to make pinwheels and am currently busy collecting the items with which to do so. The results will soon be posted on this blog. Would you like to know why?
One of my favourite family activities while growing up, was visitin
11/11/2012 02:43:00 AM
I had heard rumours that Yorkshire Puddings are not as difficult to make as one might expect. So, when my husband suggested we make Yorkshire Puddings to go with the roast lamb he was cooking on the Weber, I decided to take up the challenge. The big
11/04/2012 08:46:00 AM
A few days ago, we were discussing the merits of various brands of shop-bought chocolate-chip biscuits available here in South Africa (our favourite being the Fox's Brand). I happened to mention that I had a recipe a friend emailed me five months bef
10/28/2012 11:40:00 AM
If you are a regular reader of this blog, I am sure you have noticed that I like to have projects on the go. Projects make me happy - it is who I am.
My sister is similar. Her projects tend to run more in a culinary direction than mine and you can read all about that at Girl On A Shoestring Budget.
However, it can be very depressing to have no reason to make stuff, so we decided to start selling jewellery and other interesting things online, and therefore opened up an online shop.
And you ca [..]
10/22/2012 02:49:00 AM
The photo above of the rather peculiar pair of scissors, is a photograph of Kitchen Craft Herb Scissors. I have seen these for sale on the internet often, but never thought I'd own a pair! Thanks to my Mom, I do now!
As I never thought I'd own a pair, I did not give much thought as to whether or not I actually wanted a pair. But now that I own a pair I can offer my opinion.
Usually when I chop up herbs, I use a bread board and a sharp knife. It takes a while and by the end of it the palm of yo [..]
10/15/2012 01:05:00 AM
If you have been following my blog, you would have read about the Orange challenge my sister, a friend of ours and myself "cooked" up.
You would have read about my candied orange slices, and my recipe for orange custard cups that I was so excited to post.
I'm sure you will be just as interested to read about my sister's orange recipes. Here they are:
Oranges - A Sunny Fruit for a Sunny Day
10/08/2012 09:17:00 AM
About twenty years ago, I was scratching through my mother's sewing stuff and I came across this:
10/01/2012 01:11:00 AM
If you read my previous post on candied orange slices, you are probably curious to know what other orange flavoured food I made for our cooking challenge.
I modified a couple of recipes and ideas and came up with an idea for Orange Custard Cups. I was extremely pleased with the result and is a toaster oven success!
6 egg yolks
170g of sugar
2 tablespoons of flour
2 heaped tablespoons of cornflour (maizena)
500ml of milk
Zest from two oranges
09/24/2012 08:32:00 AM
My sister and a good friend of mine both have blogs. Their blogs are more geared towards cooking than mine, but as you know, I do sometimes post recipes.
A while ago we decided that we would have a kind of cook-off to write about on our respective blogs. We decided on the rules:
1) We'd choose an ingredient that had to be in the dish
2) We'd all make something including that ingredient and then blog about it.
3) Link to the other recipes.
Quite simple! Well, the time arrived when we decided [..]
09/17/2012 01:27:00 AM
Sometimes you find an idea that is just looking for an excuse to be tried.
These lollipop spiders are so easy to make and lots of fun.
For one spider, you will need:
8 pipe cleaners
Two eyes. Yes, I know spiders have eight eyes, but there's not enough space for eight eyes!
Method: Twist the pipe cleaners around the lollipop stick and bend until they resemble legs. Stick on some eyes.
09/10/2012 01:14:00 AM
These luggage tags are easier to make than the fabric kind. I made them out of leather effect vinyl that I had left over from a previous project. Leather would also work well.
09/03/2012 02:09:00 AM
I am not very good with plants. I see plants belonging to other people thriving, and mine look great when I bring them back from the nursery, but then they slowly start to look ill and then die.
Despite this, I really wanted a pot plant in our flat, and so I went to the nursery and bought a pot and a plant - some kind of fern that doesn't need much water. After a few months, I gave the plant to someone I know who is very good with plants. She eventually planted it in the garden to try and keep [..]
08/27/2012 03:26:00 AM
I came across a pretty cool tutorial on Pinterest on making felt flowers, so I had to try it myself.
It's easy. All you need is:
Ten minutes of your time
If you're not brave enough to cut the felt directly, make a template by drawing a spiral and then add petals to it.
Cut it out of felt.
Roll it up and glue the end.
I found it helped to make small pleats in the felt as you were rolling it up, between each petal.
Imagine what you [..]
08/20/2012 00:35:00 AM
We have recently been on leave and so spent a few days in Danabaai (near Mossel Bay). We spent a day in Stilbaai as well. It was a sunny day, but the air was still quite cold, it being winter.
But it was beautiful walking along the beach to the river. The water was reflecting the sky perfectly, and my photographs just do not do it justice.
Walking along the beach to the river
The tide had washed up a lot of organic matter
Water reflecting the sky blue sky - photo not as good as the r [..]
08/13/2012 02:39:00 AM
When I was a child, someone gave me a knitting loom. I remember it very clearly. It was made out of pink plastic, it had four legs and the pins were L shaped to stop the wool slipping off.
While on holiday this July, my mother-in-law brought her knitting with her, and a knitting loom that she had bought to keep various children she babysits occupied, but she had not been able to work it out. So, she asked me if I could work it out.
My pink one did not get used much. After a week of trying to r [..]
08/06/2012 01:32:00 AM
Recently we took a bit of a holiday in the Danabaai region of South Africa. It's close to Mossel Bay so convenient where grocery shopping is involved. The holiday house we were staying in sits on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea. It is quite amazing staying there. We were able to watch whales and even saw and heard dolphins swim past while frolicking in the waves in the early mornings.
Early mornings were particularly beautiful because the sun shining through the mist made the air glow. [..]
07/24/2012 01:32:00 AM
As promised, herewith my review of the Ideas Magazine, based on the
07/15/2012 10:08:00 AM
A few weeks ago, my friend emailed me a recipe for a cake and told me that if I did not bake the cake she would never talk to me again. I could not risk my friendship, plus I know that her sweet-tooth is to be trusted, so I planned to make the cake.
However, I have a toaster oven and really struggle to get anything to bake correctly in it. We also dropped it once (along with our dinner) on the tiled floor, and I'm sure that did not improve matters.
With lots of trial and error, burnt and raw f [..]
07/09/2012 00:30:00 AM
It is very seldom that I buy magazines. I usually find
myself disappointed in my purchase, and feel that I could have better spent my
money on several bars of chocolate rather than a package of beautifully printed
and bound adverts.
07/01/2012 05:14:00 AM
A while ago, I bought a second hand recipe book on Irish cooking, and in this book is a recipe for a Chocolate Cake with Irish Whiskey Cream. I waited for ages until the perfect opportunity to bake this cake, and after I had baked it, I reckoned I could improve on it.
The original cake recipe was a bit strange in that there was no butter or oil in the batter. My oven isn't the easiest to use, and I therefore wasn't sure if the cake turned out correctly or not. I decided to retry the recipe usin [..]
06/18/2012 00:27:00 AM
A few years ago, my mother acquired a slow-cooker. We tried a few meals in it but were not particularly impressed with the results.
After I got married, a friend of mine in Australia would often email us and list the amazing things she was cooking in her slow-cooker. She was making our mouths water with with descriptions of gourmet meals such as Coq Au Vin and Beef in Red Wine.
06/11/2012 00:47:00 AM
Some time ago, I found a craft blog post on the internet. The writer had taken left over scrap-booking paper, sewn it together and made rather striking coasters. I've lost the link (otherwise I would have given it to you), but the idea stuck in my head.
A while after seeing the post, I decided to try the technique to make cards. I like having a stock of handmade cards because you never know when you will need one, and generally when you do need one, you cannot find anything nice and/or suitable [..]
06/04/2012 05:20:00 AM
Sometimes the most amazing facts can be found in the most
Sometimes you are blind to amazing facts because you
take your surroundings for granted.
Living in Africa means I often see people dressed in
traditional dress. The fabric used in traditional outfits has a very unique
look to it and generally speaking, us white people in Africa dont wear it. We
might buy something touristy made out of that fabric to send overseas as a
gift, but that is as far as it goes for us.
05/28/2012 00:49:00 AM
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog article on the history
of the Brontë Sisters and promised to let you know what I thought of the books
when I had finished reading them all.
Here they are in the order in which I liked them. Ill try
very hard not to leave spoilers.
Wuthering Heights by
Still my favourite Brontë book and shall forever be so. It is quite
different from the rest of the books. The female characters are less submissive
and the male characters are more bru [..]
05/21/2012 00:55:00 AM
Disclaimer: I am not an expert. My conclusions may be completely incorrect. However, the facts seem to fit.
This past week I learnt something very interesting: There is
a difference between nightmares and night terrors. I do believe that the
phenomenon I have been describing as my hallucinatory dreams are actually
indeed night terrors and is apparently a sleep disorder of sorts. (Hallucinatory Sleep Disorder is a different but similar problem altogether).
I have been plagued wit [..]
05/14/2012 00:43:00 AM
Lately on the internet, much to my interest, I
have noticed that there is a Jane Austen Revival in progress.
I have a deep regard for the classics myself and
at the tender age of 14 was trying to convince my peers to read Emily Brontës Wuthering Heights. They werent convinced. I still think it
Branwell painted himself out of this painting of his sisters
I have lost count of how many times I read Wuthering
Heights. I also read Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë) while in m [..]
05/07/2012 00:40:00 AM
Lately, when we visit friends, they tell us about the chameleons they have in their bushes and we all go outside to stare at a bush until someone spots them.
I love chameleons. As much as I enjoyed admiring other people's chameleons, I always felt a bit envious that we didn't have any chameleons in the garden of the property on which we stay.
Two weekends ago, my husband called me outside. There, sitting in the granadilla (passion fruit) vine, was a chameleon! So, now I have a bush of my own t [..]
04/30/2012 00:47:00 AM
The other day, I was having a conversation with a few other people and someone mentioned a television programme that scared them as a child. And that reminded me of a television programme that scared me as a child....
A scene from Fraggle Rock
04/23/2012 00:43:00 AM
Some of you may remember my previous "Art Project" article, where my friends and I made each other necklace pendants. (Click here for article).
Well, my friends and I attempted another art project, with awesome results! This time around Fudgequeen came up with the idea of cushion covers, so I asked everyone to write down some ideas of what they would like to receive as their final piece. A random draw decided who was going to make what cushion. A few months later, cushion covers were being deli [..]
04/16/2012 00:38:00 AM
A friend of mine recently moved to America. I know that she is looking for creative ways to spend her spare time, and that she recently knitted a scarf, so she should have spare wool. I hope she tries out my tutorial below on making a pom-pom octopus.
How to Make a Pom-Pom Octopus
You will need:
To make the legs, plait several strands of wool, to make four cords. Alternatively, if you have some cord, you can cut four lengths and save yourself s [..]
04/09/2012 01:42:00 AM
It's a four hour drive from Mossel Bay to Cape Town. So, technically speaking, this is the most time I've ever spent on a blog, as I spent our drive back taking photos from our car as it hurtled along at 120km p/h. As we are nearing the end of our dry season everything is quite brown. But it is still a pleasant drive through farmlands. Most of the farms keep cattle, sheep and ostriches.
Herewith some of the better photos:
Petrol (gas) station
Lots of roadworks!
Stopped a [..]
04/02/2012 01:25:00 AM
Not too long ago, we visited my parents-in-law for a weekend. They are currently working in Mossel Bay. We happened to be there on the same weekend as the Buffalo Rally, running from the 16th to the 18th of March. Obviously, as bikers ourselves, we had to go check it out, even though we had driven to Mossel Bay via car.
It's a four hour drive from Cape Town to Mossel Bay and our bikes are not the most comfortable for long distances. Also, my husband is suffering from knee problems at the moment [..]
03/26/2012 00:37:00 AM
You may recall a couple of week's ago, I posted some photos of my sister's kitten, asking for suggestions for names. If you missed it, you can read the article here.
We got some fantastic suggestions - both on Facebook and this blog. My sister's top five suggested names are as follows:
03/19/2012 00:59:00 AM
Herewith a list of some interesting things that happened one hundred years ago in 1912:
Captain Albert Berry is credited as the first person to make a successful parachute jump from a Benoist pusher biplane from 1 500ft. It is possible, however, that
03/12/2012 00:47:00 AM
South African shelves are quite satisfactory when it comes to stocking nuts. We can buy pistachios, cashews, Brazil nuts, macadamias, almonds, walnuts, pecan nuts, hazelnuts, coconuts, pine nuts, and of course peanuts, which don't count because they are not true nuts.
03/04/2012 23:41:00 PM
One of the biggest, if not the biggest, event in Cape Town each year is the Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour, where between 35 000 and 40 000 people cycle 110kms along some of Cape Town's best scenery. This year, the event is on the 11th of March and cyclists have been out in full force as they work towards the big day.
This year, Pick 'n Pay (a local supermarket chain) have got something a little extra planned for the event:
And of course, if you are a cyclist and in Cape Town, don't forget [..]
02/27/2012 02:11:00 AM
My sister and her husband recently acquired a kitten as a gift from my brother-in-laws brother (aka my sisters brother-in-law). They already have a 3 year old cat that goes by the name of Muffin, and are now looking for a unique name for their new family member. We decided it would be a great idea to put it to the vote and ask my readers to suggest names for this little bundle of fluff. At the moment, to differentiate her from Muffin, she is going by the name of Little One and obviously [..]
02/20/2012 00:36:00 AM
Lara (read her blog here) was a wonderful high-school friend. And then, unexpectedly, we both moved country myself to South Africa and Lara to the UK. We kept in touch and I have asked Lara to write a Guest Writer Article for my blog.
Lara has decided that my blog needs an About the Author, so herewith how Lara remembers it.
02/12/2012 23:39:00 PM
Not too long ago, my sister (M) and her husband (D) took us out for dinner. They knew of a Sushi place near them where they had often bought takeaways and that has a bottomless special, but they had never actually eaten in the restaurant itself. They knew the food was good and so we went. I am not going to name the restaurant because I do not want to discredit them. Despite everything, we had a great time, the food was delicious and well priced, and we would go back.
02/05/2012 23:41:00 PM
A while ago, a friend I grew up with wrote a blog article about her favourite plants from her childhood. Like myself, she moved country in her teens and had to get used to a whole new way of life. The stuff of childhood is taken for granted but always stays a part of you.
Lara is now living in Europe, whereas I am still in Africa, so therefore some plants that grow in Cape Town, also grew in Zimbabwe. But herewith my answer to Lara's blog. I suggest you read hers first. Some of our plants obvi [..]
01/30/2012 04:44:00 AM
Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, right near a modern tunnel you can stop at the side of the road and listen to the roar of vehicles about to emerge from the tunnel. Not too long ago, this was a dangerous area to stop and would usually result in loss of your property. Happily, the government has set up "Tourism Safety Monitors" who guide you to the nearby falls and make sure your car remains untouched while you view nature.
Around the mountain, running parallel to the new motor tunnel is the [..]
01/22/2012 23:45:00 PM
A trip to Mpumalanga would not be complete without visiting the Bridal Veil Falls.
A 750m walk through the indigenous forest leads you to the base of the falls. This is not the easiest of walks, but definitely one of the most fun. The ground is treacherously slippery from all the water running over the clay. Many shoes turn the ground into mud and one has to concentrate to not slip. But it is an ethereal experience walking through the forest, completely enclosed in dense vegetation. I managed t [..]