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April 24, 2009 in Uncategorized


I had to pop out to the mall just now to get a few last minute things done…’s of Ty & Jay developed for Great Gran and a few other bits n bobs….found the world around me looking like this………….
totally fogged in.



Its starting to burn off now. Promising to be a beautiful
mild Autumn day……

It smells horribly strongly like bush fires out there but couldn’t see smoke for fog :o(  I hope it’s not serious……

And now for a real shocker…………..
hands up if you knew that we are importing this from CHINA??????????  


I couldn’t find any garlic in Pick n Pay a couple of days ago and when I asked the lady in the fruit and veg department if there may be some stock  in the back she told me that there had been a quality issue and so they were waiting for the next consignment of stock from China………I nearly tripped over my trolley!! What the heck has happened to all our farmers here in SA??
Why are we importing garlic from China??? 
Is there anything we DON’T import from China these days??


Im amazed!!


browniegirl xxx


April 24, 2009 in Uncategorized

Good morning blogland, Ive got this song going through my brain……Oh my bags are packed, Im ready to go……well almost :o) Still got a lot to do before I can get to that point but I see light at the end of the tunnel and its definitely Mr Sun…shining on the dawn of our holiday :o)


I should not be sitting here in front of my pc, I have so many other places to be but thought I would just pop in quickly with a little recipe for you lot for the cold days ahead. It’s an easy, cheats version of a meal that I love……its warming, comforting, filling and healthy…and it’s Low GI…what more could one ask for???


Moo’s Easy Tuscan Bean Stew (cheats version)


Olive Oil

1 Punnet Cherry Tomatoes

1 Small Red Onion – chopped

2 Cloves Garlic – finely chopped

1 or 2 Red Chillies – finely sliced – depends how much heat you want (optional)

1 Sprig Rosemary

1 Bay Leaf

1 Lemon – zest & juice

1 Can Cannellini Beans – drained

Salt flakes & freshly cracked Black Pepper

Grinding of Al Fresco

Willow Creek Lemon Infused Olive Oil for drizzling


Wash tomatoes and place in a saucepan with a good glug of olive oil and the onion

Saute over high heat until the tomato skins start popping

Add the chilli and garlic and sauté another minute or two

Add the rosemary & bay leaf, beans, lemon zest & juice & some freshly ground black pepper

Simmer until the tomatoes have broken up a bit and the flavours have all blended

Remove bay leaf& rosemary

Serve drizzled with some Willow Creek Lemon Infused Olive Oil and a good grinding of fruits alfresco

Can be accompanied by some fresh country bread if desired. 

If you want the option of meat you can add some slices of lightly pan fried
chorizo sausage at the end


Note: I love the flavours of fruit alfresco. If you can find it on the supermarket shelves do buy a bottle…it is packed with the flavours of the Mediterranean.


Enjoy, and have a wonderful weekend blogland….I might be back later if I find a window of opportunity…if not, God willing, I shall see you at the back end
of my holiday, around 18 May

God bless,
browniegirl xxx