I am back from the most relaxing and chilled holiday in Mauritius. I basically just read my book in the sun, swam in the crystal clear water and just did nothing stressful for 8 days. I also got to swim in dolphins which was absolutely amazing! It’s one of those experiences that really lives up to expectations. The bottle-nose dolphins were super friendly and the spinners kept us entertained by playing around and jumping out the water.
I am going to Mauritius tomorrow! I literally cannot wait for 10 days are sun, relaxing, reading and the beach (and a bit of thesis but we will see). It has been such a busy year and this break is extremely welcome. For those who don’t know, Mauritius is off the east coast of Southern Africa, a popular island holiday destination. However, I do not know the internet situation while I am on the lovely island of Mauritius so Pinch of Salt may be a little quiet the next 10 days. But when I get back I will make up for lost time before Christmas comes around.
So for the last week Doug and I have been out in the winelands, he has been studying for CFA and I am working on my thesis (supposedly). Over the last two days the wind has been gale force, so I am have ben stuck inside and I was getting a little bit of cabin fever. I didn’t feel like doing my thesis and there was nothing worth watching on TV and Doug couldn’t even entertain me because he was being extremely diligent.
There are only the basics in the cupboards here at the moment, so I checked to see what we had: a whole lot of spices and herbs, 8 tins of beans and condiments galore. Not much I am make from that. Luckily, the baking draw had all the basics (because I rarely bake) and after looking through a couple of recipe books I found this Honey Cake recipe in Tessa Kiros’s cookbook, Apples for Jam. I had (nearly) all the ingredients and it has rosemary in the ingredients lists and I am in with love rosemary in sweet baked goods (I made rosemary and white chocolate cookies a few months ago and it just works!). Continue reading “Honey Cake with Lemon Whipped Cream”
Now that summer has finally arrived, there is nothing worse than spending hours slaving in front of a hot stove when you could be in the pool with a gin enjoying the lovely hot day. I mean, I love cooking and food and I am happy to spend my time preparing a meal but when all my friends are outside having fun and cooling off I am not that exciting about being alone in a hot kitchen. Quick, delicious summer meals that don’t require too much preparation and that can be enjoyed even if you are on a lilo in the pool are essential this summer.