Category Archives: Corona Virus

Live-Cook Channel challenges home cooking skills: making Chef Reuben Riffel’s Pan-roasted prawns and hake!

 

During earlier Levels of Lockdown last year I was invited to participate in the Live-Cook Channel cook-alongs, starting with none less than Chef Luke Dale Roberts of The Test Kitchen. I had the assistance of my MasterChick Jenny Stephens at my side, and she did most of the cooking and I made notes, poured the wine, and took photographs. This was to become our pattern in three such Live-Cook Channel challenges. Yesterday I decided to challenge myself to do the cooking of Chef Reuben Riffel’s Pan-roasted prawns and hake on my own, making it a real hands-on experience.

It was a nerve-wracking experience in preparing it on my own, but I am proud of the end-result.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 61 of Level 3 Adjusted, 24 February 2021

 

Wednesday 24 February 2021, Day 61 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 336 of Lockdown 😷.

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Gratitude for a lovely sunny day, but with a strong wind blowing now; for an organized writing morning and meeting preparation; for Minsky returning home at 8h00 this morning after galavanting for 12 hours, being very worried about her and sleeping very badly; for a very quick walk through Bakoven and its lanes, too short a walk to make any impact with Discovery; for returning to Labotessa Café which I discovered last week, having a breakfast lunch; for a good first Status meeting at Anatoli; for a meeting with Juanita Levetan, a member of the Sea Point, Fresnaye, Bantry Bay Ratepayers & Residents Association, exchanging experiences about cleaning litter in Sea Point and Camps Bay; for a partly nerve-wracking Live Cook Channel cooking of pan-roasted prawns and hake, with linguine and a fennel crème, designed by Chef Reuben Riffel; for topping up petrol at BP President on Regent Road, only needing a third of a tank added, happy that Michael was on duty, a fabulous petrol attendant; for two Discovery Gameboard plays, one generating 500 points, and a total of 675 between the two, allowing me to buy a Woolies R100 voucher; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 60 of Level 3 Adjusted, 23 February 2021

 

Tuesday 23 February 2021, Day 60 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 335 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely 22C day, with dark clouds when I went for a walk, as if rain was on its way, but they have almost blown away now; for a wow 500 Discovery points, not sure how that happened, as it’s the same distance to Clifton and back, but I’m not complaining, as it was a good walk; for a good writing morning, also writing for tomorrow already; for a terrace sun snooze; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Premier Winde: Western Cape Liquor Act to be amended to combat alcohol abuse!

 

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde announced in his State of the Province address last week that the Province is to tighten its alcohol laws to curb the abuse of alcohol, a clear problem in our country, reports BusinessTech.

The Western Cape Liquor Act is to be amended, in order to address the alcohol abuse, and to enhance the efficiency of the Province’s Liquor Authority. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 59 of Level 3 Adjusted, 22 February 2021.

 

Monday 22 February, 2021, Day 59 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 334 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a 22 C day, with no wind; for Minsky coming home early this morning, after another night of galavanting 🙀; for a long writing day, having to first delete some Apps and videos from my phone so that my Instagrammed pics come into my camera roll; for a lovely snooze this afternoon after my disrupted sleep and worry about Minsky; for a late afternoon walk to Clifton and back, the first time since Wednesday that I have earned 300 Discovery points 💙 ; for a very noisy apartment client directly above me having checked out today 👏👏👏; and for being happy and healthy. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 58 of Level 3 Adjusted, 21 February 2021.

Sunday 21 February 2021, Day 58 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 333 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for lovely rain overnight and this morning; for an energetic walk and litter pick up this morning with Imtiaz, challenged by 200 steps between Victoria Road and Kloof Road with lots of litter, making up my steps goal for the day; for a fabulous sleep this afternoon; for Minsky coming home early this morning, after having galavanted somewhere in the night, so scared that something had happened to her; for a clean up at the Tidal Pool late this afternoon, Bakoven brothers Marc and Finn joining us too; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 56 of Level 3 Adjusted, 19 February 2021

 

Friday 19 February 2021, Day 56 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 331 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely gentle day; for a lighter writing day; for organizing a 50th anniversary Matric celebration for our English class next month; for a walk to Clifton and back, only achieving 200 Discovery points today; for popping into DisChem in Sea Point, buying cute pink masks which I had seen someone else wear; for a wonderful Girls dinner evening at Utopia with Joanne Clegg and Natalia Joynt Paizee, being there for four hours, we had such a good time and ate such wonderful food; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Jacques Pauw Daily Maverick debacle: Version 3 reveals Den Anker as the Waterfront restaurant in the centre of the shitstorm!

 

On Tuesday I posted the story from Daily Maverick about investigative journalist Jacques Pauw claimed wrongful arrest for not paying his bill at an then unnamed Waterfront restaurant, arrested by the police, and spending part of a weekend in a holding cell. This was followed a few days later by a retraction of the story on Twitter by Pauw, describing a completely different set of circumstances, taking full responsibility for the events, and apologising to one and all involved.

Daily Maverick has been at great pains to explain its journalistic procedures and fact checking what took place when it allowed Pauw to post the story in its medium. Not only did Pauw not retract his story in the same publication in which his story first appeared, but Pauw’s actions caused the publication severe negative publicity. It has parted ways with Pauw as one of its contributing journalists.  Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Sandak-Lewin; Sour Service Award goes to Standard Bank!

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to Sandak-Lewin and its CEO Carl Smit, for his very surprising but welcome acceptance of my request that his company not increase its management fee to our apartment block by more than the CPI of 4%, having taken 10% increases from us in the past three years, without permission from us as Trustees. Mr Smit has not been very professional to me in the past, in his response when I have written to him about the poor service we receive from his Portfolio Manager Greg Anderson since he took over our apartment block two years ago, not ever having set foot in it, and being very poor in responding to emails, or in actioning maintenance issues!  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 55 of Level 3 Adjusted, 18 February 2021.

 

Thursday 18 February 2021, Day 54 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 330 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a very good food day; for getting my writing done before 10h00, attending a meeting with Councillor Nicola Jowell, Imtiaz, and Xolani Ngqakayi , City of Cape Town Head of Cleansing for an area which includes Camps Bay, long overdue; for a croissant treat at Firefly Café, and doing one Camps Bay walk; for my Mohnbrötchen waiting for me at Dinkel Bakery; for a very good Status meeting with my client, it feeling like ages since we had last seen each other, but it was just four days; for an amazing new food discovery, Parliament Street becoming a new food lane 💙; for another Camps Bay walk; and for being happy and healthy 🙏💙 Continue reading →