I’ve never really had a sweet tooth and in the past seldom drank cool drinks, ate cake or even the puddings that I often baked for others. I can actually bake more than three dozen pancakes (from an eight-egg recipe) in one go without even thinking of eating the first flop, which is lying in a puddle of cinnamon sugar and was the victim of having to wait for the pan to ‘bake in’, as they say. But lately, the situation has changed.
This is probably because the authorities keep thinking of ways to deprive us of more and more things as the days go by, arrogantly thinking that they know what’s best for us plebs. Without my usual ‘fixes’, I sometimes started craving sweet things.
To my shame, I must confess that I am a late-night bed snacker, which involves sucking on a specific brand of cheese curls. The sucking part is due to a strict warning from my bedmate that he will not tolerate the crunching sounds of me eating in bed (and especially when the snack is as dodgy as my choice!). So I have to wait until he’s fast asleep before I skulk off to the kitchen for my bowl of cheese curls, and then I have to very quietly suck them until they disintegrate into a gooey glob. It’s pure bliss, especially while reading a very scary thriller – it’s quite comforting when you’re reading about somebody with a dagger menacingly approaching a defenseless victim!
NO MORE MONTHLY ISSUES IN WHICH WE CAN READ TO TAME A WILD TEENAGER, AVOID DIVORCE, FIND YOUR G-SPOT, OR HOW TO MAKE UP YOUR EYES TO LOOK SMOKY.
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Turn your garden bits into an upcycled basket just in time for the children to enjoy hunting for Easter eggs.
The Malaise Of FOPB!
Living remotely from others leads to a bigger reliance on remotes and their confusing buttons. It is terrifying if you suffer from FOPB…
Fiery shades of red and orange make for a bold autumn display.
A Haze Of Purple
The evergreen ribbon bush, a compact shrub with dull-green leaves and abundant spikes of two-lipped deep purple flowers with darker purple spots, is a selection derived from Hypoestes aristata and was developed at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical garden. It carries the apt varietal name of ‘Purple Haze’ and is widely cultivated in gardens all over the country.
The Allure Of Lavender!
This herbaceous plant, a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, is so famous that its common name is even used to describe a colour. Most of us will associate the term lavender with a gentle shade of light purple that symbolises elegance, refinement, serenity, purity and luxury – the latter two probably due to the Latin word ‘lavare’, which means to bathe and to wash. One can just imagine how the conquering and decadent Romans bathed in bunches of lavender sprigs and flowers, draped their newly washed togas over the bushes to permeate them with the fresh smell, and stacked dried stems of leaves and flowers in dark corners to repel plague-infested fleas!
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
If cauliflower was a stock to trade, some would have made millions in the last few years as the humble cauliflower became one of the most versatile cruciferous vegetables in the kitchen. With an increase in the popularity of flexitarian, vegan, gluten-free, keto and plant-based diets, cauliflower is no longer only baked into a cheesy casserole, but spiced and grilled as ‘steaks’ on a braai, mashed, riced, sauced, powdered, blended and made into pasta or a crispy pizza base. There are not many vegetables that can do all that!
Mushroom plant (Rungia klossii) is a bushy perennial with crisp, mushroom-flavoured leaves that are good for adding to salads or for cooking. Steam just before serving so that the leaves don’t lose their fresh green appearance.
A passion for roses
For five generations of gardeners, maybe more, Ludwig Taschner has been the friendly face of rose growing.
Time For Wild Hyacinths!
We told you in January that planting bulbs would be a great trend in 2021, so March is a good time to kick off your annual bulb planting quest with the indigenous wild hyacinths, also called Cape hyacinth, Cape cowslip and, more botanically correct, Lachenalia. Between South Africa and Namibia there are more than 120 natural species (some of which are sold in flower by specialist nurseries), but there are also many desirable hybrids bred by commercial bulb growers that are readily available in bulb form from the end of February.