Category Archives: Family

Holiday planning

Ever since we moved to the Winelands, we’ve been complaining that we don’t get enough visits.

You know how you always get so excited when someone moves home to a holiday location, you say things like “now I have a place to sleep when I need a holiday” and “I can’t wait to come visit”…. It doesn’t happen.

BUT this year my dad is coming to visit for Christmas and having my first off day after working 10 days in a row, I decided I’ll spend the day planning the itenerary. As a bonus, which I’m also super excited about, two old friends are also coming to visit during Christmas as part of their Cape tour.

Needless to say I used up all my data. But we’ve now got a lineup of JC le Roux MCC tasting (at the JC le Roux farm of course), lunch at Moyo on Big Bay/Blouberg, a day out at the V&A and, of course, Family Christmas lunch at home for 7. It will be the most guests we have for a meal since moving here.

While the two friends won’t be visiting long enough to join us on all the adventures, I cannot wait to see them again. Ryno bought a new set of linen for the guest bedroom and we’ll be getting guests towels soon. It is the small things that matter. We used to have all of this and so much more before moving South and rebuilding a complete home has been more of a challenge than I initially thought.

Each part of your home is an investment. Every pot and candle and towel is worth money and sentiment and letting go of things used to be my trademark, but I’ve learnt to value each item and be grateful.

60-second pizza dough

Tonight we tried a new recipe that I got from one of my colleagues. She is an all-over-the-place mom of two who has been working 7days a week for the past 4 months while also moving house twice in that time. So this 60 second pizza dough is a life saver in her busy schedule and I thought I’d give it a try. 

You need:

  • A baking tray
  • A mixing bowl
  • 250g plain yoghurt
  • 2 cups of self raising flour
  • Non-stick spray
  • 1 teaspoon oil

Do this: 

  1. In the mixing bowl, put the yoghurt and the self raising flour and fold over with a spoon till thoroughly mixed (about 20 seconds)
  2. Rub the oil on your hands (about 5 seconds)
  3. Spray the pan/baking tray with the non-stick spray (about 5 seconds – including opening the kitchen window to avoid choking)
  4. Using your oiled hands, put the dough in the baking tray and press to even out (about 30 seconds)

And there you have a perfect dough for pizza. Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Spread some mayonnaise, fried chicken fillet with mushroom cut in small pieces, grated mozzarella, herbs and fine grated lemon skin before you pop it in the oven for 20min for a Rarno-favourite. 

I loved this and you will too!