MARLOE's SparkPeople Blog MARLOE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day off... And what a lovely day it has been, and it ain't over yet! <BR> <BR> I see my husband every second weekend, more or less. He lives and works elsewhere while I have the bliss of living my life on the farm, living my bliss. <BR> <BR> On the weekends when he is here, I relax my food guard and enjoy a wonderful weekend of good meals, healthy nevertheless. Today was a creme brulee day and I enjoyed every single morsel! There is no guilt attached to the wonderful lunch I had. The live music was ch... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:13:09 EST GAPS and Ayurveda... I sit here at my desk drinking champagne, toasting my lovely stepson who has found a dream job. I am so proud of him. But enough of my toasting and making merry...on to food and what is working for me at this time. (This toast is a special occasion and i don't get freaked out about "going off the diet" anymore.) <BR> <BR> I am eating somewhere between GAPS and Ayurveda. <BR> <BR> In other words. I am having bone broth to heal and seal my gut, (I seem to need a lot of salt with bone broth!),... Sat, 31 May 2014 12:45:38 EST Off to vote... Tomorrow is voting day in South Africa so I am off to the town where I am registered and will stay there for three nights. It also happens to be our town home where my husband lives mostly. It is way too hot for me as it is in the bushveld where the temperatures can get to 46°C in summer. Winter is gorgeous there so I get to enjoy the first days of autumn and I get to see our beautiful dog Milla, a retriever/border collie mix and pick up some cuttings for my farm garden and do some shopping. ... Tue, 6 May 2014 07:11:27 EST I have a farm in Africa... One year ago today I moved into the house, which I designed, on our little farm in the mountains. <BR> What a wonderful year it has been. Where there was virgin soil I now have a fully functional organic vegetable garden full of a variety of green leaves, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, chillies and more. There are new fruit trees in the ground, pole fences are up keeping the humans in and allowing the two horses to have the rest of the farm. Two new Jack Russell dogs are my constant companions as... Sun, 4 May 2014 08:15:10 EST Food and fitness... My sweet dynamo of a personal trainer wants me to do a 600 calorie diet for two weeks. I said no. <BR> <BR> This has been a lifetime of diets for me – 40 years of worrying about how I look and whether I will ever be the size I was at 30. Not anymore. <BR> <BR> All I want is to be fit and healthy. My personal trainer is my saving grace as far as the fit part is concerned. Calories in and calories going out these days instead of my sitting in front of the computer for hours on end. I love t... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:37:49 EST Finally... Finally...I have been away from my blog setting up a new home in the mountains. Needless to say I have not concentrated on losing weight because I am exactly the same weight as I was in April. However, I am here to continue the journey to healthy and fit. <BR> <BR> Finally...? Is this the part of my life where I succeed in taming my voracious appetite? Is this the time when I finally make it to the fitness brigade? <BR> <BR> My new coach/personal trainer Alina started training with me yeste... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 04:53:20 EST The long road... Here I am again after nearly 7 months. My house on the farm finally got finished and I moved in on the 4th of May. Bliss. Time has been spent sorting out not only the new house but the "from scratch" garden. There are already hanging baskets sporting lettuces, tomatoes, spinach and strawberries, while there are seedlings of more vegetables coming up in trays and bags. This is Spring where I come from and it is filled with blossoms and bright green leaves on the chestnut trees, a baby buck in... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:07:11 EST Tracking Calories... <BR> Apart from SparkPeople's nutrition tracker, I use MyFitnessPal App on my phone to track my calories, keeping me honest and at 2000 calories a day whether I am fasting intermittently or not. It really is easy and very quick. You can even do it with a friend, <BR> <BR> I am doing well and enjoying the journey very much as it is getting easier by the day. I fast for 16 to 17 hours 5 days a week (8 pm to 12 noon) and then have breakfast on two mornings a week, as I choose. <BR> <BR> I ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:00:07 EST 9kg gone in 9 weeks... It has been an interesting journey these last 9 weeks. For the last 6 weeks or so I have been fasting intermittently and eating more or less what I please. Slowly but surely I have been diminishing my carb intake, although I am not following any particular low carb protocol. I indulge in a handful of potato crisps, a little chocolate and maybe some ice cream over the weekend and sometimes a beer or some wine, but by and large I keep my intake simple - meat, vegetables and good quality fats, p... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 18:53:22 EST No No No! Back to eating anything and fasting intermittently... No No No. <BR> <BR> No primal or paleo, no low carb, no low fat, no fads or fiddly things, no foolish mono-diets, no no no no no. Just intermittent fasting and eating healthy foods at least 70-80% of the time. By that I mean vegetables, and many of them raw, as well as all the other natural foods like chicken, fish and meat, grains, legumes, cheese, eggs, buttermilk, yogurt and even cream...and ice cream:) <BR> <BR> Nothing is forbidden. <BR> <BR> I forgot my own rule for a little while... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:42:24 EST I have been thinking... <BR> Thinking has kept me away for a while...and experiences… <BR> <BR> and more thinking… <BR> <BR> On the food side of things? I am finding that carbs are disrupting my digestive system, I don't know about yours. My stomach gets more agitated when I eat bread, grains and sometimes legumes. Not always brown rice or lentils though. I will try wild rice as suggested by I do like his site. <BR> <BR> Over the last year I have collected dried pulses and grains for survi... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:49:13 EST Fasting ROCKS... Eat, Fast, Live Longer. Awesome documentary on fasting. BBC Michael Moseley. Copy and paste in your browser. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>eat-fast-live-longer-hd_shortfilms?sea<BR>rch_algo=2 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This has thoroughly convinced me. I am glad I started this and I shall continue. The joy is not having to follow any specific diet except eating healthy, fresh foods across the nutritional board and fasting two days a week. I have no desire to ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 03:14:24 EST More on Intermittent Fasting... More on intermittent fasting... <BR> <BR> If you look at the big picture, intermittent fasting of any kind basically boils down to eating less for a little or a long while, the length of time your choice. Some do anything from 20/4 to 14/10. Muslims eat a little before sunrise and then again after sunset and they fast twice a week I have heard. Others do Alternate Day Fasting or 5/2 or Fast 5. I eat at noon every day unless it is a feed day, then I will have a smoothie or a green drink at 10... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:04:14 EST Feeling fabulous... The rains are soaking the African bush veld and my garden is doing a happy dance. So am I. Sixteen days and four kilos gone. Happy puppy me. <BR> <BR> What a wonderful way to lose weight. Gentle exercise, good food choices and the occasional splurge seems to be working for me. What is really working though, is me being in control of my own diet. I have given myself a framework in which to make my choices, nothing is forbidden, and I feel normal and fabulous for the first time in years. <BR>... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 08:35:44 EST Daily and Weekly Goals... (This is also posted on the MOD Spark Team site...come and visit:) <BR> <BR> In the super seventies (ahem) - there was a book entitled "Be Here Now" which struck a chord with me then. Today Eckhard Tolle's "The Power of Now" speaks the same language. For me it means Be mindfully in the moment. Today is the day we know. It behooves us to use it well and be happy. <BR> <BR> When we make a daily goal, it brings us right into the here and now. Not worrying about whether you are going to keep up... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:21:03 EST Discoveries on MOD... I have allowed myself just about everything over the last two weeks, and I have enjoyed wine with my meals and the occasional chocolate brownie and peanut butter cookie (all home made with good ingredients). I have lost three kilos and probably put on a bit of muscle in the Water Babes classes. (We even did a class in the soft rain this morning which was gorgeous. The rains have kissed the African bush at last. It is cooler and quite heavenly:) <BR> <BR> Although I seriously overdid the foo... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 04:11:22 EST A Warm Welcome to MOD... To those friends who have joined the journey on MOD (My Own Diet), the journey to healthy, happy and fabulous, thank you. It helps when we have companions travelling together, aiming for the same objective: To be fit and healthy...and happy within. <BR> <BR> There are no rules but your own. We are answerable only to ourselves. If you find something on my personal MOD (which is written up on this blog and on the team sticky topic) that resonates with you, use it. If in turn you should have an... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 03:30:38 EST Acid/alkaline foods cannot change the pH of the blood, but... There is some great information all over the Internet, some true and some false. <BR> <BR> I am aware that our blood pH cannot be changed by alkaline foods, but I choose to favour them because they are good-for-me vegetables, food that will nourish me. They are not empty foods and they have fibre which my digestive system laps up and loves. <BR> <BR> Lentils make their way into my dishes at times, with gorgeous Indian spices, while chickpeas are used for the hummus that I delight in, espec... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 07:12:52 EST A Cloudy Day in Africa... It has been so hot lately and today we have cloudy skies but no sign of the predicted rain. The frogs were silent last night and there was no need for air-con, just the fan. The bush dams are dry and although the veld is green, it really needs to be watered from the clouds that are gathered. The morning has been slow and peaceful. I took my herb tea and avocado on seed bread toast to the bath. What a relaxing time. Did some reading, some deep breathing, meditation and of course, some lying b... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 06:37:53 EST Protein Day on M O D – Baked Meatball Recipe... <BR> I found my body craving protein today and I am following its wishes. Protein makes me lose water and looks good on the scale:) I had a one-off success with low carb some years ago but could never totally get back into it again, it was just not sustainable for me. I really missed savoury foods and I love good carbs. Life, and food, is there to be enjoyed and I love cooking and entertaining. <BR> <BR> Low carb got me eating a lot of animal protein, which I love. Because of it, I trie... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:22:42 EST What to do After a Binge... (This is also posted on my Spark Team - M O D (Marloe's "My own Diet") It is there to encourage and help fellow heavies to design their own diet to get to that place we call thin. I started at 126 kilos, which is seriously heavy, and now the weight is slowly, steadily going down.) <BR> <BR> After a binge... <BR> <BR> The first thing to do is to reach for water and drink as much as is comfortable for you, at least two glasses. More if possible. Just imagine it being a cool waterfall inside ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 03:12:08 EST M O D Marloe's Own Diet - My Own Diet This is also posted on the new M O D Spark Team <BR> <BR> M O D (Marloe’s Own Diet – My Own Diet) <BR> <BR> Nothing is forbidden. <BR> Favour Alkaline 70-80% /Acid 30-20% foods <BR> <BR> Main foods: <BR> Fruit one or two a day (melons to be eaten alone) <BR> Vegetables at least three - especially greens <BR> Green Smoothies <BR> Fermented vegetables (probiotics – kimchi, raw sauerkraut)) <BR> Seeds <BR> Nuts and Nut Butters <BR> Lentils and beans according to the alkaline chart <BR> Q... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:26:15 EST Ate too much: what strategies for repair?... Ate and drank too much yesterday - so what to do today? <BR> <BR> <BR> First thing? Water. We all know that water is good for us, (and if you don't, read Batmanghelidj "The Body's Many Cries for Water" - hope I got the title right - and when I have drunk too much wine, the immediate prescription is water to rehydrate my body. As I regularly don't eat until 11 or noon, my major morning intake is water. This refreshes me from the inside out. <BR> <BR> <BR> First activities of the day were m... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:38:26 EST Food supply, container gardening, salmon quiche... My Happy Journey to Helathy <BR> <BR> That is supposed to read healthy, but every time my fingers play a game with helathy! Try and say it – H E L A T H Y. It sounds kind of...Island Style! I tell you, am helathy!!! <BR> <BR> I know you are going to say "how can that possibly be healthy!" when I tell you what I put in today’s lunch dish. A load of whole (free range) eggs, l-o-t-s of cream, fresh peppers, celery, red onion, garlic, cayenne pepper and grated zucchini sautéed in grapeseed oil... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 11:17:23 EST Healthy noon lunch with friends... OK, maybe the 2.5 bottles of good white wine was a little excessive for the three of us, but we are not counting. On M O D everything goes. <BR> <BR> My super chef buddy Marley arrived before my assistant and friend Kathy, so we ate sticks of celery and carrot while we waited and sipped on a lovely Chardonnay. The lunch was a spicy lentil and vegetable dish. The girls loved it. It is such a good feeling when you put out an experimental dish which your friends love. I will write it up for the... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:12:00 EST Swimming, Sun and Iced Water... The day started with writing and then our lovely Water Babes class. It followed with the only cup of black filter coffee I have in a day. <BR> <BR> <BR> I do love Water Babes! It makes me feel so good. And yesterday I swam 30 laps without stopping in my 15 metre long pool. Believe me, you need a pool in the hot northern reaches of this land. Summer is one long sweat, and if sweating could make us lose weight, I would be Twiggy by now, or I would have slipped down the plughole in the bath.... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 04:33:21 EST Fish recipe... I found the basic recipe on the internet and tweaked it for my tastes. <BR> <BR> Stir-Fried Fish and Vegetables <BR> <BR> 500 g white boneless fish fillets (I used frozen hake) cut into chunky strips <BR> <BR> Marinade: <BR> 1 Tbs dry sherry/rice wine <BR> 1/4 tsp sesame oil <BR> 1 egg white <BR> 1 - 2 tsp corn starch/potato flour <BR> Mix all ingredients and let fish marinate for about 15 minutes or more <BR> <BR> Sauce: <BR> 1/2 cup fish/vegetable stock <BR> 1 Tbs pad thai sauce <BR> 1/... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 00:37:42 EST Intermittent fasting working for this woman... ...because it makes me feel normal! I sat and ate a non-diet, substantial meal with my darling tonight and the calories for the entire day were under 1700 and I couldn't eat another thing. I only had one helping and although it was very tasty I packed the leftover away in the fridge (very quickly!) for darling to take to work tomorrow. <BR> <BR> And I had my two glasses of red wine. <BR> <BR> Why would anyone want to go on a diet where you had to say no to your favourite things? On M O D ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:54:57 EST Diets make you stress and stress makes you fat... On Atkins I gorged myself on meat and did not pay much attention to vegetables and alkalinity. On the Beverly Hills diet I nearly made myself sick on fruit - and did not pay much attention to the insulin spiking with all the fruit sugar. On Fit for Life I thought I was going to fart my life away with all the beans. On Paleo I craved dairy so much until I found Peter d'Adamo's Eat Right for Your Type and cheered loudly because a type B could eat cheese, cream, butter and all the good things th... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:03:39 EST Intermittent fasting... Wow! There is so much information out there it is scary! Cross-checking is important. My daughter Lana taught me the value of that. In the end you make up your own mind and do what feels best for you. <BR> <BR> I overdid it all yesterday again. My friend Annie is too good a cook and hostess! Shame on you Annie:) I came home from a lunch with her and the lovely Bonita and couldn't move the whole evening. Good and bad foods (all tasty), I had them all. It was most uncomfortable and I felt like... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:03:05 EST Compulsive Eating and What to Do.. I have been working M O D and falling and getting up, dusting myself off and taking another step. It is a process and there is progress. 5 days of water exercises this last week, an hour at a time. It really does increase one's energy. I get a gold star for the exercise:) <BR> <BR> However, I did a binge yesterday. Scary stuff. Within one hour I had devoured a day's worth of food for a normal weight person. 8 cookies/biscuits, 1 x tin corned beef, Ryvita x 6 with cheese, cream cheese, rose ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 04:28:02 EST New Diet - MOD - is being born... After some years of researching and trying various diets: low carb lifestyles, primal, paleo, whole food, raw food, low cal, low fat, and faddy ones like only fruit or cabbage soup (for a seriously limited time), I can finally see a picture of My Own Diet growing like a painting. A tapestry. It is growing steadily. Slowly but surely. It is my project and no-one else's. It is MOD in the making. <BR> <BR> I am 62 and I guess for some it takes years to get to know your body, your mind, your lik... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 07:38:41 EST Blood sugar high, but help is on the way... Too much fat. Diabetics should apparently cut their fat intake and I have confirmed this by testing my BGs the morning after chicken with skin and another morning after lamb chops. Blood sugar was silly high on those mornings. I also read a really interesting take on the behaviour of fat - as in lining the blood vessels and preventing insulin from reaching receptors. So I am lowering my fat intake to a tablespoon a day and cutting off any visible fat on meats. <BR> <BR> I have been reading ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 08:53:00 EST Learning at 62... How long this road has been. <BR> <BR> I have been down this road so many times and weight loss has always been an issue and a hardship. The main reason I believe is because we don't want to change. We don't want to change our favourite foods and we don't want to change our exercise lifestyles, which in my case is non-existent right now. <BR> <BR> So what is the solution? <BR> <BR> I am exploring it backwards right now. I am eating the way I would like to continue, (maintenance I guess) ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 13:10:29 EST How things change... Oh my how things change. I have not dieted for a while now and of course the weight is up in the high zone again. <BR> <BR> What makes me stop I wonder? Is it frustration, irritation, boredom? Lack of choice - of foods that is? Restriction? And if it is all those things, what makes us start up again on the same old ferris wheel that ground to a halt in the past. Left me hanging on the top until it swung down to the ground and I found myself oh so heavy again. Why? <BR> <BR> I reckon a lot ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:51:26 EST Going strong!... I am loving this Low GI lifestyle. I started on the 5th of May and I have not looked back since then. It means that this is long-term and a true change of my way of eating. There can be nothing better than that. <BR> <BR> The recipes have been mostly great and this morning I made myself Green Pea Soup (not split pea soup) for breakfast. Yes - for breakfast:) It came from Eating for Sustained Energy 3. What great books. The soup contains onion, garlic, lean bacon, courgettes, (I changed that... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 03:12:08 EST 8 Kilos gone in one month!... It may seem like a lot and in some ways it could be construed as too fast - 8 kilos in one month - but I have a lot to lose and therefore it goes quickly in the beginning. It will soon slow down and I will need to accept it because it is healthier to lose slowly and steadily. <BR> <BR> This new way of life is taking a little getting used to and I still have to look up a lot on my tracker or in my low calorie/low fat counter but it gets easier as the weeks go by. Beans beans beans, whole grai... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 15:38:35 EST Drinking doesn't agree with me anymore!... The day after... <BR> I know now why I stopped drinking wine! It makes me want to eat more:( <BR> Yesterday was my high calorie day - or high carb day (as in carb cycling). Unfortunately I drank some champagne and then some wine. My body is not used to it any more and I was nodding off by 7.30...unheard of for me. On my way to bed I ate two cookies and didn't seem to care either. Not good. But it showed me that my system does not do well with wine anymore, and I guess that is something good. ... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 15:34:50 EST One more kilo gone!... One more kilo gone which means I have lost 6 kilos since the 5th of May. What a treat...I am so chuffed. It also serves to spur me on to even loftier heights. Today the exercise will be step work and weights. I have two sets of dumbbells, one heavier than the other and I actually like using them. It also means I don't have to go to the gym. In this session today I will be adding callanetic crunches and some yoga stretches. I will also end with some stretches from Rosemary Conley's Amazing Inc... Mon, 30 May 2011 06:09:57 EST Low Fat Smoked Haddock Chowder... It was a day of experimenting and a good day too. I love soups and here in our part of Africa the weather is turning cooler. This is a blessing because it is so hot for most part of the year. We have winter for about two months if we are lucky. Today was 29°C at four this afternoon and now at nearly 10 pm, I am still warm! However, soups are still welcome and today Modjadji and I made this one below. I am inventing and collecting low calorie recipes for my restaurant as I will be putting low... Tue, 24 May 2011 16:54:07 EST Another two kilos gone!!! I am so chuffed:) In two weeks and two days I have lost 4 kilos. I love it. I am feeling great and certainly motivated. I haven't done much exercise but I am moving more these days. My energy levels are high and I am eating more vegetables than I am used to...that's a pat on my back. Water intake is good and my concentration levels and my attitude towards weighing the foods is positive. The other thing is that I am not feeling deprived nor craving any particular food. <BR> <BR> My dinner bo... Mon, 23 May 2011 14:24:40 EST Keeping on track... Came in just right for most of my nutritional tracking, however a little over on the fats. It must have been the chicken pie although it was only the filling as I took off the pastry and didn't eat it. It was a home-made pie at a friend for lunch so I really guessed the calories and used the tracker to take a stab at it. It will not be as high in fat as it says so maybe I was better than it says! <BR> <BR> I am getting stronger every day about not drinking alcohol and have my new drink inst... Wed, 18 May 2011 14:24:39 EST Stressful but fairly successful day... I ate way too little for breakfast and lunch and had no snacks. I was exhausted by 5 this afternoon and needed to go and lie down for an hour before making supper. I had no green veggies today - it was a strange one - and I had a temper on me that was rather surprising as I had nothing really serious to be cross about. I put it down to too little to eat. <BR> <BR> I made white herb rolls last night and of course I ate some of them today - rather than my normal Low GI Seeded Loaf. I am getti... Mon, 16 May 2011 15:17:56 EST Celebrating too much!!! I got to celebrate way too much and overdid everything. It seems to be in my nature to be extreme. Nothing moderate about me that is for sure. <BR> <BR> Friends came to dinner and we had a really good fact, too much of a good time! I didn't bother to count the calories as I knew they were way over. However, a night of good sleep and a day drinking a lot of water will help dispel the disaster. French champagne started it off and from there it was just party party party! <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 14 May 2011 15:22:32 EST Wahooooo! 2 kgs in one week!!!... Wow, I didn't expect that. I am thrilled of course. It gives me great hope that this low-calorie counting is the way to go for me. I am sure that because I am so overweight that the weight moves quickly in the beginning. <BR> <BR> What I like about this Low Cal diet is that I am not restricted, I only need count. <BR> So If I want a chocolate brownie, I merely count it in. Love it! No fad diets, no feelings of deprivation...just counting. I never thought I would enjoy dieting ever again, a... Fri, 13 May 2011 04:18:59 EST Way too many calories today!!! It is the social life that does it! the wine at lunch and then the "oh who cares!" afterwards. Definitely - wine does make me want to eat more. And I did. Had a second helping of fish. Hmmm...and I had a beer when I came home from shopping after lunch. Must add that in, I forgot. <BR> <BR> OK, where can I find a little success in the day? I didn't buy chocolate or eat any. No ice-cream. Sparkling water with bitters with my dinner. At least I did not give in to any more wine! <BR> <BR> Calo... Thu, 12 May 2011 15:30:50 EST One week nearly done... My first week as a low calorie dieter. I am not sure how much I have lost yet because I will only weigh myself tomorrow since I started last Friday. I have been fairly good, been under 2000 every day this week. My goal is 1200 to 1600 calories and it only went over on one day. Not drinking wine is becoming easier during the week, although I still partake on social occasions. However, I am counting every glass in my tracker. <BR> <BR> Exercise not been good at all - in fact none. I have been... Thu, 12 May 2011 05:25:02 EST New Low Calorie...gone the low carb I have been a lowcarb babe most of my dieting life and it is a new thing for me to count calories. However, I am finding it really good, almost enjoyable actually, because I do not have to give up any food type, and I don't get those feelings of deprivation that have plagued me before. The fats are the one thing I am lowering and I am also learning a lot about what foods have high calories. Love the nutrition tracker! <BR> <BR> 3 years ago I had a back op after fracturing a vertebra in a mot... Mon, 9 May 2011 14:05:12 EST Recording a non-diet day... Recording a non-diet day... <BR> <BR> So far today I have had - 1 hamburger bun with butter and 1 slice pastrami. 2 oat crunchie cookies. 1 Peanut butter biscuit. 1 Rye sandwich with butter and Brie and sundried tomatoes in oil. 2 Teas with milk. 2 Glasses white wine. 1 Soda & Bitters. <BR> <BR> Going out now, to Buffalo Grill with friends John and Linda. Nice and lazy. Haven't decided what to eat yet. Would like some good veggies. We'll see. Until later. Sat, 23 Oct 2010 12:22:31 EST Slippin' and slidin'... Our little rainbow family went and presented food of our different cultures to the primary school today. Tumi's mum Sewela was there, his aunt Mapula, gogo Modjadji and godmama me. We made African chicken stew with samp and morogo, scones with marula jelly, oat crunchies, peanut butter cookies and chocolate brownies. It was a lovely morning and the children had fun. And I ... I had two koeksisters (a typical South African dough plait soaked in ginger syrup - delightful) and 2 scones with mar... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 06:39:47 EST