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Travel Bug

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Both my parents have a great passion for travelling. This amazing passion was passed onto me and I totally love this bug. As a child my dad made it a point of every single school holiday that we went on a family holiday.

We explored our beautiful SA, from the amazing mountains of the Berg to the garden route to Cape Town we travelled taking in the amazing sights and sounds of our beautiful land. I must thank my parents for giving my brother and I very interesting and exciting childhood with neve a dull moment.

Whenever I finished high school I was very keen to take a Gap Year and go travelling like a gypsy.However my parents insisted I finish my degree before I start my exploring. I did this, worked for a year in SA before leaving to my beloved London.

My journey to London was the start of my incredible love affair and addiction to travelling. In the UK teachers get a few more holidays which was perfect for me. Each holiday, I made sure I visited a different country and explored Great Britain. I will always recall my first holiday as an adult and that was to Paris and Eurodisney.The journey included a coach journey, a ferry crossing and a train journey.

As soon as each holiday was over, I couldnt wait to plan,research and book the next. The thrill of getting a new stamp in my passport was great. Other holidays included Jamaica, Algiers, Tunisia, Turkey, Barcelona, Madrid, Belfast, Austria, Slovakia, Venice, Switzerland, Belgium are just some of the mindblowing places I visited.

Each country provided a rich cultural background, amazing buildings, yummy foods and so much more. A million memories that will definitely last a lifetime.

The travel bug did bite me at a young age…..but I love this addiction of mine that has made me like a gypsy…..

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People watching…….

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Currently sitting in a mall having a smoothie, watching the world go bye. I love people watching especially at malls and airports. I often make up stories about these people and their lives…. I love watching their expressions, dress sense and their interactions with other people.

Everyone is too busy scurrying around like rats to notice me as I sit here silently tapping away on my keyboard. Mothers with little toddlers struggling to keep them safe while shopping, bored husbands holding the shopping, young couples in love holding hands oblivious to the world, groups of giggly teenage girls all dressed up are just some of the people making my morning of people watching fun.

The foreign guys selling products have the Dead Sea are always great eyecandy to watch. Its funny how everyone, tries to not make eyecontact with them. These guys can be very persuasive and one can find a dent in their pockets pretty soon. Dead sea products are amazing but so over priced..

Its seems the places in the mall with most action are the food courts , so hence food is a good business.
Makes me then wonder is anyone even noticing me sitting there busy on my tablet or am I just invisible.Maybe I should have put on my dark sunglasses that way no one would see me and I would be mysterious. Is anyone thinking what I am doing? Is someone watching me ? Okies enough of people watching M has arrived and we are off for a girlie day of fun , laughter and cocktails.

The Art of cooking gone digital

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Last week saw the grand finale of Masterchef SA. And what a final it was indeed. However after weeks of devoted following I missed the final and only managed to catch the last 5 minutes as a family emergency prevented me watching this.

However to those of you who have been reading my Blogs know I am very digital , so yes I PVR’d the final and followed Twitter for bits of info.

Team Deena was trending on Twitter and has a huge following from rather unexpected Tweeters. I loved the fact that though i was not actually around i could still keep in touch with the goings on of Masterchef . Well done and massive congratulations to the Spice King Deena Naidoo, Deena you stole our hearts from the first episode with your humility and compassion for your fellow competitors. Having Deena on Masterchef SA encourage tons of new viewers.Even my brother a non cooking show watching person was suddenly addicted to MCSA.The Masterchef kitchens were designed with the such stunning work stations and the most amazing digital kitchens gadgets that any foodie/digital person like myself would wish for. The use of all the gadgets also increased the shows viewrship as it then started appealing to another avenue of digital lovers. From Facebook to Twitter to the offical Masterchef online website there was an amazing amount of digital access which was so great. Twitter and Facebook have become awesome means of interacting with fellow foodies and even famous ones like Deena , Manisha Naidu , Jenny Morrison , Sophie Mitchell and even Jamie Oliver.And whats great is that these chefs respond and interact with us normal Tweeters.

It then dawned on me how the Art of cooking has changed and become so digital . Walking into any home appliance store is a total heaven for a foodie and digital geek like me . From the electronic scales , to electric biltong machines , to waffles makers to all sorts one cant escape the fact that the digi age is taking over the kitchen and yes I LOVE IT . Even recipes books have gone digital available as apps , MC would defo approve of these digital cookbooks .While trolling the millions of apps on my Samsung Tablet I came across loads of cooking and wine related apps, even tons of gaming apps appealling to the younger ones and those young at heart . I havent had a chance yet to try these out but will soon and leave a review on my favourite cooking apps.

Thank you Masterchef SA for bringing the digital age to the kitchen…… Once again awesome win Deena Naidoo in the words of a fellow tweeter @iAMKameel ” Deena is a Mammu Chef Ciao for now my foodie and digital loving friends …….!

Food glorious food !

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With the onset of winter greeting us we automatically crave comfort food. Its so amazing what a vital part food plays in our lives.All occasions both happy and sad are commemorated with food.

Being Indian , means literally having food offered to you every moment of the day, My fondest food memories come from watching mum and gran in the kitchen making the most divine meals. Growing up Dad introduced us at a very young age to different culinary delights though he never knew how to cook. These memories fanned my interest in food and definately left an impression in my life and my palate.

Moving to the UK just opened up a whole new world of ingredients and food I never knew existed . A funny UK food memory was on a school camping trip been asked by staff to cook my famous Lamb Breyani over a gas stove in a forest now that was a challenge and a half but the end result was superb.

The kitchen traditionally was a woman’s domain but times have changed with more men taking an interest in cooking! Thanks to Masterchef , Jamie Oliver and Come Dine with me , this has all changed and men are taking more interest in the culinary world and not just eating it.Nothing is sexy like a man in the kitchen whipping up a culinary explosion long as he cleans up too.SO yes I am a modern woman yet i love cooking and am very seduced by the smells and colours of all spices.BON APPETITE

 

Take a peak into my world…….

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So today , I decided to start my blogging journey . Tons seems to have happend in the life of me in the last 2 weeks so be prepared for a few more rather interesting blogs.

Well a little about me ……. I am a 30 something female , have returned back to SA after a very memorable stint in the UK for over a decade of my life . Settling into life as we know it here has had its ups and downs. Things have changed dramatically since I lived here.  Finding  my feet slowly but surely currently lecturing Hospitality at a local College, once again a student currently working on my Masters.

Am  totally in love with books and reading. Walking into a bookshop is my kind of Heaven, nothing beats the smell of opening the pages of a new book (ok well maybe the smell of bread baking and onions sauteing).Currently reading Shantaram(a birthday gift which is worthy of its own blog post), purchased my Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy need to check out the hype of these books and got a good classic Breakfast at Tiffanys included in my Holiday reading box.

Love travelling the world meeting new people, dicovering cultures, languages and the culinary delights each place has to offer. A domestic goddess and a huge fan of the colour Pink.

Aurevoir till we meet again…. have an awesome week ahead …..look out for blog post 2