Clarens Craft Beer Festival 2017

“If you’re hoppy and you know it drink craft beer!”

It was the 7th annual Clarens Craft Beer festival this weekend, the 5th one we’ve been to. And the beer just seems to be getting better and better!

We thought it was going to be a rainy day because it’s been that kinda weather all week, but the Saturday  of the festival was a perfect, sunny day. Lionel booked accommodation for us in Clarens a year ago already.  It was really nice not to have to drive back home straight afterwards.

My favourite beers this year were the watermelon beer, the coconut beer and the honey mead.  The honey mead was also Lezhanne and Jhean’s favourite… I think they were the reason why that beer finished so quickly!😜 

Marc’s favourite beer was again the same as last year, Agars Brewery’s Tomahawk IPA.  If I charged every person who asked to take a photo with Marc R10 then I would have had at least enough money to pay for my next beer festival ticket!  His beard is still quite an attraction.

Maybe we will also have a beer tasting stall at the festival one day!

Cheers!

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Kiara Lodge Getaway 

When I was younger I pictured heaven as a place high up in the mountains with soft, fluffy clouds, pretty pastel colours and bunny rabbits everywhere… After this weekend I realized I was just having visions of Kiara Lodge!

We swam in the warm water pools(which I had been looking forward to since we made the booking), jumped on the jumping pillow and checked out the bushmen paintings.  We also walked across the road to “Die Bus Stop” where I had cheese cake for breakfast while everyone else had “pap en kaiings”with “moerkoffie en kondensmelk.”  Ons was inderdaad bly dat ons nie daai bus gemiss het nie!  (We were indeed glad that we didn’t miss that bus!)

It is a 15minute drive from Kiara to Clarens.  The cottage we stayed in at Kiara was really neat, clean and comfortable.  It had a nice braai area with a beautiful view of heaven. (mountains and bunny rabbits)

Thank you Oumie for a wonderful weekend!  When can we go again!?We went back to Kiara Lodge in October 2017….and would probably go back again if we get the chance!

Here are some pics of our trip.

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Family Festivities

I’ve been wanting to post something about our Christmas and New Year Festivities… and I actually uploaded the photos on the 2nd of January.  Next thing I know January is almost over!  

We had a very relaxing festive season with the family.  We, like most people, ate way too much.  But the food was so delicious!  Carol and Lionel impressed again with a “Cubata” meal with bbq prawns, ribs, smoked trout and homemade bread!  Leo got his passport stamped for the first time when we went for lunch at Regals in Lesotho.  We almost scored free breakfast at The Cabin when someone accidentally paid our table’s bill instead of their own.

At least in between all the eating we were also active! Pete missed a win at our parkrun by a few seconds and Jane finally climbed to the top of “Die Stalle!” We swam a lot to keep cool and relaxed a lot to stay sane.  There was poker played on the night of the 31st… almost into the new year.  The Deens came to visit and Kate actually got Rex to jump in and out of the pool!  I think the doggies really miss her!  Leo was so spoilt with all the love and a ton of presents!  

Time did what time does and flew by far too quickly.  Happy 2017 everyone! Xxx

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Wedding in Kaapschehoop

Edit“Two lives, two hearts, two souls become one.”

South Africa really has a lot of interesting places!  Like this little village, Kaapschehoop, near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga…which I found out afterwards is where my mom’s grandparents used to stay!  

We arrived at this mountain, the day before the wedding, when the whole place was covered with thick mist…I think we were literally in a cloud. We could hardly see a meter in front of us.  The small community looked very eerie with its rock fields, fairy decor and roaming horses in the mist. There are apparently nice hiking trails in and around the area.

There are many wild horses walking around freely… people are not even sure how the horses got there in the first place.  Possibly left there after the anglo-boer war.

The next day all the spookiness was gone, the sun was out and it was perfect weather for a wedding.  Marise looked very pretty in her black and white wedding dress and she and Reuben make a cute couple.  It was also good to see the rest of the family…although baby Leo wasn’t too happy with all the excitement.

It was a good weekend and I’m glad I got to see the quaint little historical village.  Wishing Reuben and Marise lots and lots of happiness. 😊

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The Fork & Pot -A New and Unique Local Restaurant

“I’m so very fondue of you.”😝 

Yay! A new restaurant in the area…35km from Ladybrand…We had to go check it out… 

This brand new restaurant has a very interesting decor with a Western/Klein Karoo feel to it. There’s a windmill head attached to the roof of the bar, barrels with vetplante (succulent plants) in them and there are horse saddles attached to the walls.  The seats are comfy and the place is very neat and clean.

They have “normal” options on the menu like hamburgers, steak and tramezinnis…which I saw some of the other customers eating. That food looked nice and the customers looked happy…but we were there for their speciality…their fondue!  

The coolest part for me was when the table cloths were whipped off to reveal flat conduction plates built into the table.  So there’s no need for paraffin or matches or extinguishing fires!  And the heat is instant with the beep of a button!

The place and staff are still brand new, and apparently we were the very first big fondue table.

We tried one cheese pot, one meat pot and, my favourite, one chocolate pot.  The cheese pot came with bread and veggies.  The consistency was a bit tangy but the taste was delicious.  We ordered chicken and beef pieces with the meat pot.  Ooh, the chocolate pot came with pieces of white chocolate which melted almost instantly when placed on the conduction plates. Then there was also milk, peanut butter, bananas and a shot of Kulua which we could add to the melted chocolate…to make a delectably sinful dip…Mmmm!  The chocolate pot came with apples, strawberries, marshmallows and some cakes.  The cake kept falling into the pot but we weren’t at all upset to use a spoon to scoop the pieces out along with a mouthful of chocolate.

The owner, Marné, is a very friendly guy who has worked as a chef at a few other restaurants before starting The Fork & Pot.  According to him it is the only restaurant in South Africa where you can order a fondue. He says he still has lots of fondue ideas up his sleeve…So there’s still a lot to look forward to.  Marné and his dad came up with the name Fork & Pot while brainstorming name ideas. It’s a fun and catchy name!

The Fork & Pot is located in a new center just outside Clocalan. It’s about a 20 minute drive from Ladybrand.  The center already has a few other little shops too. 

The Fork & Pot is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 – 22:00 and on Sundays from 10:00-15:00.  

It’s definitely a unique experience and a place well-worth visiting.

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Healthier Rusks

I’m excited because my parents are driving up to visit this weekend.  So in preparation I’ve been baking a bit to have some snacks and treats in the house.  

I like these rusks because they are yummy with tea and coffee and they are not too unhealthy…  

You will need:

3 large eggs
500mls buttermilk
60mls sunflower oil
5mls vanilla essence
1 grated apple
100g sunflower seeds
100g pumpkin seeds

1 and a half cups cake flour
1 and a half cups Nutty wheat
3 teaspoons baking powder
half a cup brown sugar
half teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
half cup desicated coconut
half cup Jungle oats
half cup crushed All Bran flakes

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. 
Beat together eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla essence.
Add grated apple and the pumpkin&sunflower seeds.
In another bowel, mix dry ingredients together. Add the egg mixture to the dry mixture.
Pour mixture into oven tray.
Bake for 45 mins at 180 degrees Celsius. (or until a clean knife comes out clean.)
Allow to cool.
Cut into pieces.
Place rusks on a baking tray at 100 degrees Celsius for 8 hours until dry.

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Jane’s Pancake Recipe

“If I tell you I love you, will you make me pancakes?”
I always remember my mom’s pancakes on a rainy day….yummy!😊And they are delicious when the sun is shining too!
Here’s the recipe:

You will need:

4 cups cake flour
4 cups milk (can substitute some milk for water for thinner consistency)
6 eggs
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup oil
1/2 cup brown vinegar
1 teaspoon salt

Mix milk/water and flour (cup by cup) with electric mixer.  Add eggs, oil, vinegar and salt and mix.  Add baking powder and mix again. 

 If mixture is too thick add a bit of water to make it thinner.  

Serve with sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice.  Or any other filling of your choice.

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