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For Sonia

I’ve been wanting to make this ever since Sonia Cabano tweeted about it.  The ingredients are simple and few, but getting hold of the best available produce transforms this good idea into something fantastically tasty.

I scoured the shops for limes, failing a number of times.  The limes are the key ingredient here, Sonia said, as the salad wouldn’t be the same without their clean tartness.  I greased the pork chops a little with sesame oil for a chance attempt at depth of flavour.  It worked and acted as a seasoning agent during cooking, too.

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My new dish, with manchego cheese, marinated white anchovies, olives & marinated tomato

It’s the holidays, so you’ll forgive me for not knowing what day of the week it is.  Saturday felt like a few days ago, yet this particular Saturday was just over 2 weeks ago.  I’m lost in my own time machine of happiness.

Markets are a favourite of mine; for the treasure, food and photo opportunities.  I’ll never tire of visiting them, as there is always something different to be found.  Two markets I visited this particular Saturday were the Neighbourgoods market in Salt River and the Milnerton market in, well, Milnerton.

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Roast turkey, roast potatoes, steamed veg & gravy

A few weeks ago my mum called and told me the bad news – we weren’t going to be able to be together for Christmas this year.  I was disappointed to say the least.  I found myself wondering what Christmas 2011 would be like without my parents around to spoil and adventure with.  A charitable idea had been brewing for a while, and since I was on leave this allowed me the time to tie down a definite plan.  I got in touch with Ryan Scott from It’s Your Turn and we began to strategize.

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Caprese wreath

Christmas day was spent with my Beau and his family in Elgin.  It was a hot day, the mercury dancing salaciously in the 30′s.  Kicking off a large festive feast was proving a difficult task thanks to the heat.  The best way, in mama Beau’s opinion, was to start the meal off with a cool, light salad inspired by a recipe seen in Taste magazine.

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