Sunday, February 27, 2011

Braai with Greg, Briar, Steven and Natasha

Greg at his braai keeping an eye on the food.

L to R: Briar, Karin and Natasha enjoying each others company.

Eugene and Dante; with Eugene trying hard to be a dog too...

L to R: Steven, Brendon and Greg. Greg always had a glass, bottle or can on his
lips, so it was hard to get a "clear" shot, haha!

Steve  preparing his extra-special garlic bread. Can you say "finger licking good?!"

The garlic bread ready for the final bake.

All of us braving the heat. We all had a great day, and delicious food. Thanks guys!

Greg's fillet steak. It was super-tender and soooo tasty. Jinne, but it was good.

The host with the meat platter once everything was Braai'd.


A wider shot showing the meat and salads, with Steven adding some final
touches to the beetroot salad.

Karla's Tiara party dress, Melktert & Aussie Eugene

Karla in her "Tiara Party" outfit. She is getting too big!

Eugene and his faviorite singlet.

A photo for all our South African expat mates out there. We are taking these
(there are 2 :-)) to the braai later today.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sosaties (kebabs) for tomorrow's "Boere Braai"!

Tomorrow the SA-Kiwi Facebook group are having a braai at Greg & Briar's place. It sounds like a typical braai! There will be steak, gourmet garlic bread, sosaties, potato salad, melktert, koeksister and that is just the food! Alles is mooi!

The chicken sosaties are being marinated in the Honey & Mustart sauce, while the pork
ones are marinating in the Teriyaki sauce.

Each sosatie has 2-3 pieces of meat (which I cut; so a good size), mushroom,
sun-dried tomato and sweet apricots.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Natalie & Bevan's Wedding - Caversham, W.A.

Just some quick photo's with commentary to a little pushed for time this morning. Please click on any image to view a larger version.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Koeksisters - Baking a full batch from the NG Kerk recipe

So, today I had a big mouth and told Karin I reckon we should bake a full batch of koeksisters (sweet South African delicacy) from the Dutch Reformed Church recipe. BIIIGGGG MISTAKE! We started at 9am and finished at 3pm. Our feet were sore, our shoulders aching and to top things of it was 34 deg.C  today.

Let's just say all our SA family and friends will "like" us for weeks to come with these beauties in the freezer. Man, they taste good!

The main reason for making these are for my cousin Natalie's wedding this arvo. Sort of a gift from Africa, but fried in West Oz!

The end product - Crispy, sweet and ice-cold.

Frying the dough-plats until golden brown...

...then soaking them in a secret sauce before draining them...

Early in the morning. We are still smiling; we did not know what was waiting for us, haha!

Karin putting me to work.

Some (around a quarter) of the dough-plats we made today, waiting to go into the fryer.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Guitar Girl

At the end of last year Karla wrote an aptitude test at school, and as a result was one of 5 pupils chosen to be taught the guitar. This is entirely funded by the government, and naturally we are very proud. We had to buy the guitar and some books etc, and Karla is super-excited. We sat up until 9pm last night, and eventually had to force her to go to bed. Needless to say Eugene was playing along and singing at the top of his lungs!

Singing one of QUEEN's biggest hits, "We are the Champions!"

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Leighton Beach - 39 deg.C

On Wednesday afternoon we went down to Leighton beach to cool down. Perth reached 39 deg.C, so it was nice and warm and still 37 when we arrived at 6pm. The water was perfect! Crystal clear, calm and just perfect. Sunset was beautiful too and Eugene did his usual bit of streaking, haha!


Monday, February 14, 2011

Bunbury Trip & visiting Helena Delport

We took the opportunity to visit one of Karin's good friends from Napier, now living in Bunbury on Sunday. The trip down there takes just under 2 hours, but is an easy ride with mostly straight roads. Again the Toyota just cruised along and the kilometers just melted away.

We had not seen Helena since 2004, so it was a happy reunion. We had some fish & chips for lunch on the waterfront and then went to the Swamp Land Wildlife park for the kids. Thank you Helena for "shouting" for us!
Helena and Karin with Bunbury CBD in the distance.

Bunbury Marina, looking North-West.

Karin (and Karla, below) feeding some of the tame local birds.

A beautiful blue-winged Kookaburra. It was a beautiful to see up-close. 

Eugene and Helena with "Jackie Legs"...

Karla feeding Emu. She was a little scared of it (as was the photographer, haha!)