Floral Friday – Agapanthus africanus

Agapanthus africanus (African lily) is a native of the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.

The Agapanthus is  one of our indigenous botanical treasures. It has been exported to all corners of the earth, but occurs naturally only in southern Africa, where it grows in the wild in all our provinces except the Northern Cape, as well as in Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique.

The name agapanthus comes from the Greek words agapé (love) and anthos (flower), therefore literally meaning “flower of love”. 192agapanthus 002

The following two photo’s were taken in New Zealand and I have never seen Agapanthus like these before.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 1

Odd Ball Photos are those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category.

Two giraffes made out of material - I just love them!
Two giraffes made out of material – I just love them!
Wooden giraffes painted white
Wooden giraffes painted white

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A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Frame

Once a week Sue  dips into her old English Oxford dictionary to pick a word on the page that it falls open at.  The challenge is to post a photograph, poem, story – whatever the genre you like best to describe of what that word means to you.

frame is a structural system that supports other components of a physical construction.

Church bells
Church bells
At Sumaridge, Hermanus
At Sumaridge, Hermanus
Window overlooking Port Louis, Mauritius
Window overlooking Port Louis, Mauritius
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Marble Arch in London

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Poulet rôti au vin rouge / Roasted red wine chicken

 I am always on the lookout for chicken recipes and saw this one  on Drizzle and Dip‘s blog last week.  This delicious roasted red wine chicken comes from Rachel Khoo’s second cook book – My Little French Kitchen.

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Ingredients

  • 150ml red wine
  • 100g tomato paste
  • 3 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked
  • 3 sprigs of marjoram, leaves picked, or ½ teaspoon dried ( I could not get any marjoram and just left it out)
  • 100ml red wine vinegar
  • 1 whole chicken cut into 8 pieces (approx. 1.5kg)
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 500g baby potatoes, washed ( I used some sweet potato too)
  • 3 onions, peeled and cut into quarters ( I used whole small onions)
  • 6 carrots, peeled and cut into quarters lengthways

Instructions

  1. Mix together the red wine, tomato paste, herbs and red wine vinegar. Season the chicken pieces with plenty of salt and pepper then place in a bag with the marinade.
  2. Shake the bag to make sure each piece is well coated. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, place the potatoes in a pan of cold water, put the lid on top and bring up to the boil. (I skipped this step and used the potato and sweet potato raw)
  3. Boil for 1–2 minutes, then drain in a colander. Place the onions, carrots and potatoes in a large baking dish or tray (big enough to fit the chicken and the vegetables) and pour over 125ml of water. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Remove the chicken from the fridge and arrange the pieces, skin side up, in a layer on top of the vegetables in the dish.
  4. Pour the rest of the marinade over the chicken. Cover with a sheet of baking paper or foil and roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove the baking paper or foil and baste the chicken with the cooking liquid. Roast, uncovered, for another 15 minutes or until the skin is crisp ( Baked it for about 40 minutes vs 15 minutes, turning the chicken once). Serve immediately.     photo2
  5. Rachel says:Tips: Buying a whole chicken always works out more affordable. If you aren’t up for dissecting it yourself, ask your butcher to cut it into pieces for you. Otherwise if there’s no knife-wielding butcher about you can always cheat and go for chicken thighs. If you’re unsure whether the chicken is cooked through, pierce with a sharp knife and the juices from the chicken should come out clear.
  6. Get ahead: The veg and chicken can be prepared up to a day in advance, then simply pop it all in the baking tray and cook as indicated in the recipe.

The colour White

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week is The Color White

and have to find items that have the color White in it.

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Arum lilies
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White foam of a breaking wave, White table settings, White covered chairs and White Towels
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A White door

I’ve had my WHITE washing machine for just over 13 years, which I think is quite a reasonable time for an electronic device!

It started to give us some problems over the last few weeks but since last week it just got worse!

This morning I did the first batch of washing and all went smoothly! I had the washing on the line in no time! The second batch was another story! It was letting water in, but at the same time it was letting it out!

We tried all the tricks of the trade to get it working, but it decided: that was it! I suppose that means: it’s time to buy a new one!

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White washing machine

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Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Cows!

Ed’s challenge this week is all about  cows and the products they produce…..

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I am not sure if the next one is a cow! It would not get up for the photo….

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I had to rummage through my fridge to find  some of the products they produce:

Meat, cheese, cream, yoghurt, milk and butter
Meat, cheese, cream, yoghurt, milk and butter

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Floral Friday : Erica verticillata

Erica verticillata is a species of erica that was naturally restricted to the city of Cape Town but is now classified as Extinct in the Wild. Wikipedia
This species occurred naturally on the Cape flats of the Cape Peninsula. It preferred damp sandy soils such as those found around Wynberg, Kenilworth and Zeekoeivlei where agriculture and urban development wiped out its natural populations.
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These photo’s were taken at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town.
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Savoury Mince Spiral Scone Roll

Scones

2½ cups all-purpose flour

10 ml castor sugar

20 ml baking powder

2 ml salt

200 ml (180 g) butter, cut into small pieces

100 ml milk, plus extra for brushing

1 large egg

1. Reheat the oven to 200 C and line a baking tray with      parchment paper.

2.  Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a             large bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture is                 rough and crumbly.

3. In a separate bowl, milk and egg together.IMG_1483

Add this to the flour mixture and stir to just bring the dough  together, turning out onto a lightly floured work  surface to complete bringing it together with your hands. Roll the dough out into a rectangle.IMG_1484

 

Savoury Mince

15 ml olive oil

1  onion, finely chopped

500 g  lean beef mince

10 ml dried Italian herb mixture

salt and freshly-milled black pepper  to taste

45 ml parsley, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce

Hint: This is subjective cooking at its best! You can add (or omit) any seasoning, herb or spice. You can add chili, garlic, curry and even vegetables such as diced potato and/or diced carrot, sliced mushrooms or peas. Enjoy being inventive!

Heat the oil and sauté the onion until translucent. Add the mince and brown lightly. Add the rest of the ingredients. Lower the heat and simmer with a lid on for  about 20 to 30 minutes.

Beat 2 eggs and add it to the mixture whilst stirring. Stir fry until it becomes thick.  Cool down .

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Roll the dough up and form a circle.

Use a pair of kitchen scissors and cut into slices.

Brush the dough with some milk and bake for 20 to 30 minutes  until lightly browned.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Color Orange

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is on to a new topic this week and colour will the topic for the next five weeks.

Orange is a colour located between red and yellow on the spectrum of light, and in the traditional colour wheel used by painters. Its name is derived from the orange fruit. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In Europe and America, orange is commonly associated with amusement, the unconventional, extroverts, fire, activity, danger, taste and aroma, the autumn season, and Protestantism. In Asia, it is an important symbolic colour of Buddhism and Hinduism.

Orange:

Mango Airlines -  in South Africa  painted brightly orange
Mango Airlines – in South Africa painted brightly orange
The Colour Orange -golf bag, Clivia flowers, Retro lamp
The Colour Orange -golf bag, Clivia flowers, Retro lamp
Orange stationery and art supplies
Orange stationery and art supplies

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