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Smitten by BITTEN

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Last year I was pretty lucky to win a signed copy of this amazing cookbook by Sarah Graham. The simplicity and set up of this cookbook caught my attention immediately.
Sarah Graham started a food blog called http://afoodieliveshere.co.za , the blog lead to the cookbook and that has now lead to the amazingly delightful cookery show called BITTEN.I am totally smitten by this cookery show and believe me I watch loads of them. The show is screened every Sunday at 4pm on SABC 3 for thirty minutes of pure foodie heaven. Sarah looks amazing and cooks the most charming dishes each with a little story while introducing us to her home, family and friends. Her kitchen makes me so jealous as it has amazing dishes from Le Creuset , Yuppie Chef and Nomu spices.
BITTEN the cookbook is wow .The pictures, recipes; hints are so appealing and user friendly. This book is must food bible for those who love food and sharing it with their friends and family. Sarah has showcased a few popular South African Food Bloggers and included a recipe from each of them. Some of these are bloggers are my favourites whom I follow on Twitter:
Jane Anne Hobbs –Rayner (SCRUMPTIOUS) http://whatsforsupper-juno.blogspot.com

Alida Ryder (SIMPLY DELICIOUS) http://simply-delicious.co.za/

Nina Timm (MY EASY COOKING) http://www.my-easy-cooking.com

I totally love all the basic tips for cooking /baking and the conversion tables. Each recipe has a little story to it as well as hints and tips. Sarah has also put together a list of meal options for a month at the back of the cookbook with the necessary page numbers so easy peasy. This book makes you want to jump into the kitchen and start baking and cooking. Most of the ingredients used in the recipes are easy to source and already found in the home.

My favourite recipe by far is Grilled Lamb Chops with Lemon & Rosemary Oil.So I have decided to include this recipe in my blog I will be making these and a few more recipes over my winter holiday.HERE IS THE RECIPE :

Serves 4 | Preparation time 10 minutes | Cooking time 15 minutes

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter (optional)
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
½ tsp salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 lamb chops, about 200 g each
WHAT TO DO
1. Preheat the oven’s grill to its highest setting (or get your braai/bbq ready)

2. In a pestle and mortar, crush the lemon zest, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper together. Mix in the butter and spread this evenly over the chops before
placing them in a shallow oven-proof dish.

3. Grill the chops for 5-6 minutes on each side, or until cooked but still pink in the middle.

So do yourself a favour watch BITTEN on SUNDAY SABC 3 at 4PM. This beautifully produced cookery show will feed your senses and make you think you are watching an overseas production. WELL DONE Sarah and your production team on an amazing production.
My favourite quote from the book “In our kitchens we are never alone; we have memories, happy and sad “
I hope now you understand why I am SMITTEN BY BITTEN
CIAO
XXX

Application for the Writers Course 2013

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As an educator with over 15 years of experience both in the UK and South Africa , I have worked in high schools , primary schools and co-ed schools I now find myself working in the FET sector, teaching a new subject, which I am thoroughly enjoying and its allowing me to make an impact in my students lives.
Writing was never something, I thought I could do until last year when I was invited by an IT company to write blog posts on their site. Initially I wrote about my passions, my likes and my life and pretty soon became a regular contributor. A few months later I decided to start my own blog (http://www.spicegoddess.wordpress.com). My blog has over a thousand followers and I have written eighty plus posts and have done several posts as a guest blogger for other Bloggers. This then made me realise that I had a passion for writing and expressing my thoughts and sharing the world as I see it through my eyes. My friends, colleagues and family are amazed with my new hobby and my writing. The most common feedback I get is “well, you are a bookworm so it was bound to happen that writing would enter your blood”.
Last week I was asked by the Head of English at my college to teach her Level 2 English Lecturers about blogging as it was a section in the syllabus and no one had a clue. I was pretty surprised and honoured to have the chance to share my passion with my colleagues most of whom didn’t know I was a writer. I have now been asked our by campus training manager to put together a presentation for staff at all eight of our colleges on Blogging. So what started as a hobby has become a commodity I can trade in .As I walk through campus , I am often stopped by students who ask me about my blog and if I can help them . I feel honoured to be seen by many like a “Blog Guru”.
The college I work at is situated near the Lamontville Township area where most of our students are Black, the college runs two programmes; one for students with a matric pass and another for students without. Our college has high enrolment numbers as we offer our learners bursaries. These students are from disadvantaged backgrounds but have an undeniable thirst for knowledge. The courses that we offer are skills based and we offer in each programme English, Maths Literacy and Life Orientation with a computer element. The greatest challenge that affects our students is Language as for many English is a second and sometimes a third language.
Our classrooms are basic rooms with no charts or displays the learning environment is not one that encourages the student to learn. Students only have access to computers in their lesson time which is two hours a week, for many they have never used a computer before.
I have been at the college since 2011 and have tried various strategies to encourage my students to read and write better some of them include:
• Bringing old newspapers into class to encourage them to read in English as most only have access to Zulu papers.
• Students are encouraged to bring dictionaries to lessons.
• I also write keywords on the board at start of the lesson.
• In EBM (Entrepreneurship and Business management) students are required to write a Business plan. To aide students I supplied them with writing frames and examples of work.
I would love the opportunity to be chosen as part of this amazing programme for several reasons, some of which include improving my personal writing skills but most importantly being able to give my students the confidence and skills to become better speakers and writers of English. I firmly believe we all have a story within us that needs to be told and what better way than to teach my students the art of writing.
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart – William Wordsworth ”

NUMBERSSSS

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I am so not a numbers person. Put it this way Maths and I in school had a love/hate relationships.

However since becoming a blogger , I am very keen on numbers especially my stats on my readers. I was really surprised by how many people all over the world read my blog. A number of bloggers have complained about them having more readers in other parts of the world and not here in South Africa.

The following are the places in the World where my blog is read most :

1) South Africa
2) United Kingdom
3) United States of America

WOW THANKS SOUTH AFRICA YOU GUYS ROCK 🙂

A few random places on our amazing planet include :

1) Republic of Korea
2) Ukraine
3)Jordan

To all my readers where ever you are in the world , I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read my blog and leave comments….Heres to many more blogs and places added to my stats…

ciao
xxx

Events of the last week

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The last week has been very hectic in so many ways that, I havent been able to blog. I need to find some routine to my blogging.

Last Monday was such a sad day as we had to say goodbye to our beloved family dog.We had Sasha for ten years so losing her was very emotional for us. Gran is still not to well and been in and out of the Doctors weekly. Tuesday I got back to work after the Easter break so getting back to routines are very hard.

And then before I knew it, it was Friday and a week before my birthday.

Dear readers, I promise to blog a little more.I have a ton of blog ideas so watch this space.

CIAO
Xxxx

Keep Calm

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Often life throws are curve balls and we find it pretty hard to cope with. A few weeks ago I was going through a very trying patch with the people in my life.My dearest friend M sent me this Keep Calm pic and I loved it. From the colour to the words it was meant for me. Sometimes its the little things tha make our heart happy. I often use my blogging as a platform to vent. Thanks M 🙂
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Feel Good Friday

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I was approached by the lovely Sue Levy to write another guest blog on her blog. I was pretty surprised and humbled that Sue wanted me to write again and that she liked my style of writing.

So I was a little stumped as to what I would write about but then suddenly inspiration struck early one Sunday morning and hence the blog post was born. I totally loved this post of mine as it brought back so many memories 🙂

Thank you Sue Levy for believing in me and loving my work. Here is the link to this great piece, I hope you enjoy as much as I did writing it please leave me some comments.

http://suelevy.co.za/4096/feel-good-friday

Have an amazing weekend
Ciao
X

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When I was introduced to the world of blogging, I was not even sure I could write. But then suddenly something was unleashed within me and my blogging started on a Digital blog site. I initially started writing Technology based blogs but from a girls viewpoint.I was very surprised as to how many people were actually reading my blogs and commenting on them.And thus my blogging journey started.

Not long after that the site closed down, I then started playing around on the different sites before choosing this site. I love blogging for the following reasons :

* gives me an online diary that I share

*gives me a spot to vent my hopes, my anger, happy moments and my fears

*an opportunity to be apart of the blogging community

*blogging has given me the opportunity to be a guest blogger

* I love how people all over the world have access to my blog

*has increased my online prescence in social networks

My blog is very personal as it gives a glimpse into my life. I blog about all the things I love and my experiences.
Many blog for freebies I dont. Thank you for taking the time to read my blogs and leave comments it is much appreciated.
Have an amazing week ahead filled lots of positivity
Ciao
X

My blogging update……

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My journey blogging started last year and a week ago I was asked on Twitter by another blogger to do a guest post. I was so impressed been asked to do this 🙂

The post was a Travel section which immediately appealed to the travelling gyspy within me.

I completed that post today and it is a follow on of my last post on SA LOOKOUT FOR THE LINK……..

My digital addiction

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Last week an electricity cut all day made me very uneasy as I was not able to Blog , Tweet, BBM or Whatsapp unless it as very important in attempt to save my battery life.

However my plan of action didnt last too long as i felt the need to use my phone for the numerous tasks i use it for normally.This lead to the phone dying by midday , the electricity was only due to come back on at 4PM. I then decided to read for abit then decided to spend quality time chatting with my mum and gran for about 2 hours .

During this bonding session I realised ahhh my laptop was still fully charged from the night before. So with a smile as big as a Cheshire cat i went off to get my laptop to charge my phone and my external hard drive. I then decided to to clean up my hard drive , put on a playlist and charge my phone at the same time. Wow such great multitasking skills us women have.

And then there was light Eureka , i could put my phone to charge properly and both my netbook and laptop.However it later dawned on me that evening how I am totally addicted to this digital era and how the art of conversation has become a dying art.

Its so totally evident as people can no longer hold a decent conversation. Even the learners of today write in text language and no longer use proper English… Yes I am addicted to the digital age but i can hold a conversation and I use proper English when I write.Presses the ESC KEY to end