Baking… Cocktails… Eating… Gallivanting…



Another busy weekend!
Friday night we took it slow. We didn’t go anywhere or have anyone over. Early to bed, a couple of episodes of Stargate SG-1 and… ahem… sleep.

Saturday morning we were up relatively early, and went to do some shopping with me leaving my camera behind… We popped in at Mugg & Bean for breakfast where I had a Belgian waffle covered in mixed berries and cream and my Glugs had a “Sloppy Joe”. Totally delish!!! The shopping wasn’t terribly exciting- I ended up queuing in Dischem (where I discovered that my medical aid savings account is already finished and I had to pay in for mine and Damien’s meds) whilst Glugs took care of the Spar! Ooh, and we bought an angel food cake pan but couldn’t find a sieve for under R120! Can you friggin believe it!? When we got home, I started working on my newly Googled red velvet cupcake recipe.

Without an electric mixer or cuisinart.

Let me tell you bunnies- you can NOT properly cream butter and sugar by hand with a fork even if you have added muscle power assistance from your son and your sweetheart! I tried, I really did… but after a while all our arms were tired so my precious Glugs went and bought me an electric mixer! SOOO much easier!!! LOL…

On Saturday afternoon Glugs’ brother came for coffee with Glugs’ SIL and their two kidlets. I took pictures for them at their kidlet’s birthday party last weekend and they came to pick up the CD too. The cupcakes went down a treat- but they were a disappointment for me. They tasted yummy, but they weren’t even a little bit red. Believe it or not- I didn’t even photograph them- all 3 dozen that the recipe resulted in!
They looked pretty much like this (not so neatly iced and with sprinkles)…

When they were supposed to look like this:

I’ll be trying a different recipe sometime soon.

Then on Saturday night- the knucklehead climbed into the leftover cupcakes as well as my icing sugar- so when my cousin arrived on Sunday to go with me to the BlogGirls lunch, there were almost none left for my Glugs and for Ydnic’s family!
They could at least have one each.

On Sunday my sweet Glugs awoke with a cough… he was really feeling grotty! He went to have his hair cut quickly and popped in at the chemist to stock up on Sinutab and Bronkese. Poor thing.
Ydnic and I then left my Glugs and Damien, Ydnic’s other half and her two kidlets at our place and tootled off to Melville. And lemme tell you- the BlogGirls lunch at “Cool Runnings” was fabulous! In attendance this time was myself (of course), Phillygirl, EXMI, Ydnic and none other than Bridget– who arrived a bit late and surprised us! Very, VERY cool bunnies! Sadly Sweets couldn’t make it and she was sorely missed, as was Tamara!!! I must just tell you though, that Ydnic and I drove together- with my Glugs GPS programmed to get us there… and got lost! We arrived almost 20 minutes after the GPS said we would, LOLOLOLOL!!! Once there, we indulged in cherry cigars that Ydnic very sweetly supplied; divinely colourful and tasty cocktails replete with umbrellas, and splendiferous food!!! “Cool Runnings” cuisine is truly awesome- none of us were disappointed- and the décor is magnificent! I couldn’t see the mosaic tables in the dark inside- so some of my photos are upside down- but what a funky place, and highly recommended in my humble opinion!! It’s been far too long since I went to a “Cool Runnings”! And the divine EXMI very sweetly discounted the first round of cocktails* which was fabulous! We left at about 4pm, sober and well behaved! And when we got home, the house was still in one piece, the kidlets were all present and accounted for, the dogs were in their donut beds and my Glugs and Ydnic’s hubby were calmly and comfortably ensconced on the couches in front of the TV.
When they went home after a cup of coffee (and having to come back for Ydnic’s handbag, LOL), my Glugs dosed himself with meds again and went to bed to try and sleep some. He was really feeling grotty- my Glugs is not one to go to bed when he’s feeling shitty!

Whilst he attempted to nap, and Damien watched the National Geographic channel, I attempted to emulate Jintrinsique- the pastry goddess- with something she made (and tortured her readers with a while ago…) that I have been dying to taste!
So I Googled me an Angel Food Cake recipe earlier in the week and bought the ingredients, which in this case required SIXTEEN large egg whites!!! And then set out the stuff I needed- which I decided included four slabs of dark chocolate- and set to work.
Bunnies… I had no idea Angel Food Cake was so tricky! Its almost like a soufflé, in that it uses egg whites only with no baking powder, rises incredibly in the oven, and if you stir too much it doesn’t rise enough and and and… my two mixing bowls were very nearly too small for the mixture!!!

So don’t laugh Jin, you know how I totally adore your goodies and what you bake- and how you will be flown over here to bake a dragon cake for my fortieth birthday party! I had a blast and they’re frightfully sweet…

I didn’t do real butter icing or anything, and of course I have NO. FRIGGIN. IDEA. as to how you get the chocolate so smooth and actually covering the whole slice!!! I think I also took it out of its pan too quickly or something ‘coz it got a little lopsided and sticky on me, LOL… any idea what I did wrong?
No worries. I brought some to work for my colleagues- as I promised I would if I baked them… and they all agree- one slice every 12 hours is sufficiently sweet to sky rocket your blood sugar! But it really is yummy… I’m also dying to try the angel food cake again to see if I can actually get it right!

I hope you all had a splendirific weekend, with plenty to do and plenty relaxation in between.

*we made a note to befriend more people who run or manage restaurants

Ooh Ooh! Mommies- Go Now!

I had a marvellous weekend- stories and pictures to follow of course- but in the meantime, there’s new Bad Mommy Blog homework and I’d love to see all of you moms out there’s take on the question. Or dads even… you can tell us too!
So go over there- do the assignment on your own blog- and then link to it in the comments.


Have you been?

Fot the wuck are you waiting for?

I Bin A Bad Blogger…

Whilst I have posted every day last week, it is VERY clear to me that most of my regular readers are not at all into motor racing or F1, teehee
And while I posted every day I did not get to read my regular list every day! I had one of those work weeks and was falling asleep by 9:30ish like every night! And Damien is on holiday so when he spent the night with a friend I headed for the Glugster’s place and I’ve been here since Wednesday night!
Sadly and frustratingly… I cannot go online and read blogs at work very often. I am based at my client and most days I am either sharing an office with said client or I’m sharing a windowless cubbyhole with my boss and three colleagues… no chance to sneak in a little blogging unnoticed.
And my list of reads is usually about 10 blogs I visit once a week and play catch-up on, as well as a list of about 10 daily reads! And it drives me nuts not to visit them regularly… I feel like I have missed out totally- and of course reading others is reciprocal- if I miss a visit for the week, I often do not get a “return” visit from that blogger until I get there again….
I baked red velvet cupcakes yesterday that were not nearly red enough for my liking, so I’ll try again sometime, and today is the Jo’burg BlogGirls lunch! Can’t wait!!!
I hope you all have a groovy weekend bunnies!!!

Viva Voce Scuderia Ferrari Per Sempre!!!

I promise, bunnies, its pure fluke that most of my favourite F1 racing seasons happen to be 3 years apart… I only noticed now when I was labelling them!

So first up is a set of 1993 F1 snippets!

Then you must, MUST, take a look at this 1995 F1 compilation- another one of my favourite seasons…

And there’s this collection of 1998 F1 highlights… another spectacular season!

Then you have to see this assortment of 2001 F1 highlights. I reckon this season and the scenes you will see is ingrained on my long term memory, and watching it again- even just like this- sent chills up my spine and gave me goose-bumps all over I tell you!

And last but not least there’s this one- just for interests’ sake- showing F1 from 1950 to 2007! Isn’t it incredible how things have changed!!?!?

viva voce scuderia Ferrari per sempre!!!