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Come Dine with Us Again My Life 16 OCT 2010

Last Friday saw the second leg of our local little Come Dine with Me competition (well competition is unfair considering everyone is seemingly to chicken to allow voting), following on the first one held last month which I unfortunately missed out on due to illness, forfeiting my place alongside Chantelle to Retha as they enjoyed a succulent feast prepared by the team effort of Gary and Michelle. (Young David proved useless in the kitchen after all).

This time around it was the turn of Andri and Malcolm to knock our socks off, and after initially agonizing over what to prepare before eventually picking Chinese, Andri did a full 360 on the night and instead presented the hungry pairings of Michelle and Gary, and Chantelle and myself with a fantastic combination of steak over the coals, home made potato wedges, butternut squash, green salad and of course followed up by the all important dessert which consisted of completely home made sorbet (three delicious flavours) combined with mouth watering home baked meringues!

Needless to say, the six of us ate like absolute kings, seven if you include young Corban who did his best to behave despite a certain Craig encouraging him to play with his dinosaurs whilst at the table, something dad Malcolm was quick to nip in the bud! ;)

As an added bonus, Malcolm hauled out an oversized bottle of red wine his has been keeping for a number years now after winning it as a prize during some or other golf thing, and surprisingly enough, the 2002 Meerlust Red was still in perfect drinking form, actually proving itself to be one of the nicest and easiest drinking reds I’ve enjoyed for quite some time now!

The evening went on for much longer that what I had originally anticipated, which funnily enough was a good thing because it meant that the adults were really enjoying themselves despite the presence of two small babies, making it a shame when it was eventually decided to call it a night.

(As for me, well I didn’t exactly rush off home to Gordon’s Bay though to be honest. After all, I still needed to pick up my Gi to which Mom had lovingly sewed on the Funakoshi badge whilst I was merrily away enjoying supper!)

Not that last weekend’s visitations ended on Friday night mind you. Saturday afternoon saw Chantelle and myself out and about again, though this time wasn’t quite such a gourmet affair. No, we joined all my fellow karateka at Sensei Birgitt’s house where the men enjoyed the fantastic rugby clash between the Sharks and Western Province, whilst devouring Gert’s special “budget” muffins as a snack (Seriously can’t believe how tasty egg and bread baked in a muffin pan in the oven is).

Anyway back to the topic. What this all leads up to is obviously that it now falls upon us to host the final Come Dine with Me leg come next month.

Needless to say, Chantelle has more than a couple of ideas up her sleeve on how best to blow the competition out of the water already, though I dare say none of them actually involve me “helping” her out in the kitchen on the big day!

Still, can’t say I’m not looking forward to this one! ;)

Snapshot of Andri and master Jack. (In case you were wondering, this beautiful picture of the bridesmaid and ring bearer was taken on the day of our wedding!)

Visiting Hours My Life 24 JUN 2008

PotjiekosWhile last Saturday saw both Chantelle and I do ABSOLUTELY nothing the whole day long apart from playing games and lazing about, Sunday was a whole new bag of kittens entirely!

Sunday morning we actually made the conscious effort to raise ourselves out of bed early enough and go try out a Church in area for the first time since either of us has moved here to Gordon’s Bay! Our first outing was to Christ Church, Somerset West, a church that our old pastor Gary had recommended based purely on the fact that it belongs to the same branch as what our old Church belonged to.

Now apart from the fact that the incorrect information on their website caused us to arrive half an hour before the service started, the service itself was actually pretty nice, but I’m afraid that we were pretty quick in deciding that this won’t be the church for us after all – and this decision is based entirely on demographics, which is certainly not the most PC of things to be saying in this day and age I know! But before you jump to conclusions, let me explain: Chantelle and I stuck out like sore thumbs thanks to the fact that 96% of all people in the church were silver-haired! Goodness gracious, and this was still at the 09:30 family service! Anyway, with the abundance of churches in the Somerset West/Strand/Gordon’s Bay area, I’m sure we’ll find something along the way :)

From church it was back on the road to the Montgomery clan stronghold in Bellville, where we had been invited over for some lunch which was to be some delicious curry chicken potjiekos, a competition-winning recipe that tastes as good as it looks. Seeing as Monty had been out at work for the morning, it was up to Cheryl and Rob to craft our gourmet cuisine and I am happy to report that it was definitely as good as what I had been told it would be! With Monty returned from work the five of us sat down for lunch where we enjoyed the delicious meal over some good wine and lots of chatter, followed up with a delicious serving of some creamy choc fudge ice-cream that I had picked up on the way earlier in the day.

Admittedly, we did run out on doing the dishes (again! Sorry about that Cheryl!), but only because Chantelle had organised to meet up with Andri over a coffee at Tygervalley seeing as the two of them haven’t seen each other in such a long time, especially now that poor little Corban is so sick all of the time! So I dropped C off at Tygervalley around 15:00 and then went over to keep my family a little company which turned out to be not the best of timed decisions as Mom and Pops were out on their way to visit the grans and Ryan is currently sitting once again without an Xbox as he waits for his second faulty console to be exchanged! So Ryan and I ended up lazing about the house and watching TV for a bit, before heading out for a nice stroll out in the neighbourhood, checking out houses and looking out for ‘punch buggies’ :)

Chantelle later joined up with us after a successful coffee meeting and we pretty much ended up watching TV for the rest of the afternoon/early evening as Chantelle still needed to hang around in Bellville because she was joining her mom in visiting her gran in hospital later the evening. Of course, leaving the comfy couch was easier said that done when the time to leave fell upon her, particularly as everyone was quite enjoying Molly Shannon and Will Ferrell’s stupid 1999 Superstar movie which was running through its final scenes. However, she did eventually get up and go, taking my car with her and leaving me, Mom and Ryan to fill out crossword puzzles as we awaited her return and thus the opportunity to make some snackwiches for supper!

I think we only got back home to Gordon’s Bay around 22:00 that evening, after having been in Bellville since before 13:00, making it officially the longest visiting hours with the parents ever! So much for my just relaxing at home weekend that I was so looking forward to :(

But at least I got to eat good food, which always makes up for it! :)