Beef stew with juniper berries

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Sunday, 14 October 2012 15:04

Beef stew with juniper berries,

served with mashed potato, aubergine and asparagus


I was inspired by a recipe in the Country Living magazine and have blessed my husband countless times with this lovely braised beef dish. 


Preparation: 10 minutes

Cooking: 3-4 hours (maybe longer for shin)

Cuts: I prefer shin as it cooks to a lovely rich tenderness , but flank has lovely long, loose grains and ‘ox cheek’ or onglet is equally successful.  Cubed stewing steak won’t look as good when dished up. 

Lazy Sunday morning

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Sunday, 09 September 2012 15:16

A lazy Sunday morning breakfast on a glorious English summer’s day – on our patio. 

BBQ leftovers

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Saturday, 01 September 2012 15:25

What to do with those leftover BBQ steaks?

I used two leftover steaks that were medium done, had been in the freezer, and were looking dreary.

It doesn’t matter exactly how much of the rest you add – it’s all a matter of taste.  I had butternut and fresh pineapple available and did the ‘Ready, steady, cook’ thing. 



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Thursday, 23 August 2012 13:59

Carin is my eldest daughter – a stunning woman, married to the stunningiest Brit and has two stunning boys who are growing up on Jersey in the Channel Isles. 


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Wednesday, 18 July 2012 07:35

The difference between a vision and a daydream is the audacity to act - Stephen Furtick

Groot hoogtes

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Wednesday, 04 July 2012 06:17

Ons moet mekaar tot groot hoogtes aanspoor,

nie teen die mure uitdryf nie!

Let us encourage each other to attain great heights,

rather that driving each other up the walls.  

This unique, handmade series 13 apron of yours would like to remind you of the wonderful example of servanthood that Jesus set in John 13.

Like Him, you should always remember that you are a daughter of the King, and still sometimes don an apron to serve less deserving people. 1 Corithians 13 describes how this love works and Philippians 4:13 reminds you that it is possible to love this way.

A set of serviettes to go with the very red Victorian dining room in the home we rented.  And then we moved to The Coach House and the serviettes are crying out to be finished - maybe as a gift to someone special or an heirloom to one of my daughters? 

Always more ideas and inspiration than being able to do!

I oftern agree with this great artist:

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.


A field of daffodils or a minefield?

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Saturday, 19 May 2012 18:37

I am not a victim of my circumstances - I can choose to contribute to those important relationships with courtesy and love, with kindness and patience, with acceptance and forgiveness.  

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