I don’t know about you, but I love easy dishes. We just don’t have time anymore to slave away in the kitchen after a hard day at work. This recipe is one of those easy “go to” recipes that never fails. The great thing about it, is the basic recipe is moist and tasty just like it is…but you can still add any flavours or other ingredients of your choice. It depends on how adventurous you feel that day. Meatballs, or “frikkadelle” as we call them in Afrikaans, also freeze well. This specific batch I made is for this purpose. I am going to devide them into little freezer bags, ready for “that day”, where you are so tired and don’t have time to cook, but bellies to fill.
3 Basic Ingredients
500g red meat mince
1 container of sour cream (I used créme fraîche today)
1 packet of brown onion soup
You can also add grated apple and herbs etc.
Preheat the oven to a 180 degrees Celsius. Mix all ingredients together. Form little balls with your hands and place in a dish. You can decide how big or small you want your meatballs to be..cocktail size, normal size, or super size! The time you cook the different sizes will just very.
Bake meatballs approximately 35 minutes…and it’s done!
Perfect, tasty, juicy…but o-so-easy meatballs! Enjoy!!!
A little while back I received the most beautiful tulips in a vase as a present. I nurtured these tulips to the best of my abilities, but just like most flowers – well maybe just in my home – they have an expiration date. I decided to reuse and recycle the vase and the rocks at the bottom to build myself a new little flower garden, but this time with succulents which can survive much easier for longer!
Before: The beautiful tulips
The steps of building your succulent garden
Place rocks at the bottom of the vase. This vase doesn’t have holes at the bottom to help drain the excess water and these rocks will help to absorb some of the water.
Wet the potting soil. It shouldn’t be drenched in water, just moist enough to keep the soon planted succulents alive.
Add potting soil onto the rocks and then cover it with the fine river sand. The sand is optional, I just like the beige/white colour of the sand better than the look of the brownish rough potting soil. It all depends on your style.
Make little holes in the soil and plant the succulents. You will see some of mine is still very small. They were little off-springs of the bigger one you’ll see in there. Succulents grow very easily so you are more than welcome to plant mature succulents but I know these babies will grow quickly and fill the space.
Place your little succulent garden where you see fit and enjoy looking at it everyday and see how it grows. Especially living in the city it is one way of at least feeling a bit closer to nature…
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinner nor sits in the seat of the scornful, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
It took me years to paint this tree as it is now and not because it took so long to paint it, but because I kept on changing it. We’ve been joking that this is a seasonal tree. It started off as a black and white tree, then it grew green leaves and grass whereafter the sun started setting on it…and a fence were built. Probably one of these days it will grow blossoms for Spring😊
After looking at this painting for a while the thaught came to mind that our lives are also like this tree. We go through different seasons in life and some may not be so much ‘fun’…thats maybe your winter season where it feels like everything is ‘dying’ around you. Anything and everything that can go wrong will! BUT remember its only a season and will pass!! Even in nature there’s a good reason for winter just like our “winters” also have a good reason. We might just not understand the reason yet. What I have personally learnt about these difficult times in our lives are to go and ask God what the lesson is you need to learn and sometimes the quicker we learn the lesson the sooner Spring can come. During one of my ‘Winter’ seasons a friend gave me this scripture…
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
When we persevere through our troubled times we will grow stronger, like it says in Psalm 1, we will prosper and bear fruit. As soon as we enter into Spring again we can then share our good fruit with the people around us who’s in their ‘Winter’ season. By helping others and remembering to be thankful when our troubled times ended, our roots can then grow even deeper and we can grow so much stronger that the next time Winter comes again..and it will…we will be able to handle it better than the previous time and who knows, maybe it won’t be as cold as the previous one❄☺
Jack’s Picnic Site in Addo National Elephant Park
How to be fancy the simple and easy way
During our holiday in Port Elizabeth me and my hubby bought some lobster tails and decided we are going to attempt cooking them. Since we flew down to PE we were obviously not in possession of cooking gear etc. Nonetheless we wanted to do this! We came across Jack’s picnic site and were pleasantly surprised. There were plenty of stands with built-in braais, picnic tables and shade situated in a well maintained site with a beautiful view! We just bought the bare basics for the cooking and serving of this lovely meal and had to improvise a bit😊 It was absolutely worth it! I will share our picnic-braai-easy-and-simple methods with you.
Ingedients & Utensils
- Lobster tails
- Garlic butter
- Any spices you prefer, we used Robertson’s Fish Spice
FOR THE ROOSTERKOEK :
- Ready made dough you can buy from a supermarket
- Camembert cheese
- Jam or Caramelised onion marmalade
SOMETHING TO DRINK:
Light a fire. When you are able to hold your hand about 15cm above the fire for approximately 10 seconds your fire is the correct temperature.
The roosterkoek has a longer cooking time and can thus be placed on the grill about 8 minutes before the lobster. In the photos below we illustrated how to create the dough balls to place on the braai. Position them on the side of the grill where the fire is a bit cooler.
Next you can start preparing the lobster. Take scissors and cut open the bottom part of the shell – on the tummy. Take a knife and/or scissors again and cut each tail in half. The shell side of the tails are going to face downwards most of the time.
First spice the lobster with the spices of your preference, then you’ll butter them with loads of garlic butter…yum!!!! Place them on the grill and while on the fire you’ll squeeze the lemon juice onto the lobster.
You can add the Camembert cheese in the foil package onto the fire about 5 minutes before the lobster and roosterkoek is done.
Lobster: Approximately 15 minutes on the shell side and 3 minutes on the flesh side – flesh must be white.
Roosterkoek: Approximately 20 -25 minutes, depending on the heat of the fire and the size of the roosterkoek.
Camembert cheese : Approximately 5 minutes.
Since we had the bare basic utensils and containers we decided not to make a difficult salad and just added some Clementine naartjies to our plate. The fresh citrus flavour complemented the lobster well.
Add the lobster, slices of naartjie and roosterkoek topped with butter Camembert cheese and jam of your choice to your plate ( in our case a paperplate😊) and pour yourself a nice cold glass of crisp, dry white wine…mmmmm! I personally recommend this lunch and if possible enjoy it in nature, everything tastes even more delicious!
I have the privilege to attend this year’s Quilting Festival in Port Elizabeth with a ledgendary quilter who I have the honour to call “Ouma” (Grandma) – Louise Rheeder.
The first National South African Quilters Festival was held in Bloemfontein in September 1989 and the SAQG (South African Quilters Guild) – also called the Umbrella Guild in those days – were founded at this event. Ouma Louise was chosen as the Eastern Free State committee member. In 1990, at the age of 64, she received her Quilting Teacher’s Diploma and then there was no stop to her. She taught quilting to ladies all over SA including: Senekal, Heilbron, Bethlehem, Ladybrand, Winburg and even in Lesotho. Peace Corps approached her to teach woman in Lesotho different quilting skills to generate an own income for themselves. During one of these visits to Lesotho, she was invited to drink tea with Queen Mamohatu! The Matwabeng quilters nominated her for the Community Builder of the Year award where she won the Free State Senior category. She used the money to buy some sewing machines for the ladies who nominated her.
My “ouma” is turning 91 this year but is still far from old ☺ I am so proud of her, her helping heart and positive attitude towards life. Thus I can state again what a privilege it is for me to attend this festival with her and still learn so much wisdom from her regarding quilting and life!
Some of the items we received on arrival at the festival. Our rooms were also decorated with beautiful quilts provided by the quilters from PE. Thank you!
Tomorrow I’m taking a free motion quilting class. I can’t wait to learn a new technique and see what options it opens up for making home decor. Will keep you posted…😉