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Dames Of The Dargle

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Well, this post is a little late to say the least. But life has been considerably chaotic at the moment – which is exactly why a little Midlands getaway, was exactly what I needed.

A couple weekends back, we “road tripped” up to my friend Emma’s incredible farm for a girls weekend complete with cheesy sing-alongs, gossip and wino. 

Needless to say, we had a rather amazing time feeding the animals, picking strawberries, getting drunk in a field and kickin’ it country style. You can imagine how in my element I was with a calf and Em’s Motley Crew of hounds running around! On Saturday night, we were treated to a rather spectacular thunderstorm as well as killer pizzas from Il Postino – with me being the only weirdo who ordered a banana pizza. Man, it was good though and totally worth the teasing that followed. Girls are mean.

Here are a few happy snaps from our mini meander. I still get excited that fairytale places exist on our doorstep – KZN is one hella beautiful place!

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Got beets? Then lettuce turnip!

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Here’s to weekend nostalgia, featuring some of my favourite locally sourced food and the beautiful meal we made with it.

I had you at food, right?

I recently discovered a life-changing local food service called “Eat Your Home”. Basically, you dear Durbanites, now have the option to get weekly boxes of locally grown, organic goodness delivered to your door.

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Eat Your Home offers two sweet, sweet “veggie box” options, that provide the basis of your weekly or bi-weekly veggie needs. If the words “organic” and “local” didn’t get you foodies frothing, then maybe the phrase “it’s pretty much your grocery shopping sorted” will. (Yeah I bet that did the trick, you lazy buggers!)

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I chose the larger family box and went halvies with my dad. For R170 bucks, I received my veggies on Saturday morning and couldn’t believe what treasures I found in that Mary Poppin’s bag. I just kept on pulling out veg after veg, not sure how I was getting so much goodness, out of one cardboard box. Carrots, beetroots, spinach, lettuce, turnips, sweet potatoes, coriander, ginger, onions, spring onions – the works!

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What’s cool, is that you can also add on extras to your seasonal veggie box. The site offers an array of locally produced and procured cheeses, meats, herbs and honey. Hello, no-excuse-not-to-eat-well. 

On Sunday, I had organised for my pops to come and collect his half of the loot – with promises of a light lunch. I made us a pretty beautiful feast, using some of the veggie box goods to make a salad starter.

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I then served up some seared scallops in a lemon butter and garlic dressing, with fresh bread to mop up the sauce. I bought the potato and rosemary loaf from The Glenwood bakery (obvi) and the scallops from The Fish Counter. The Fish Counter is a rad little fishmonger just off of Florida Road that you also need to give a visit if you’re looking for some fresh seafood treats!

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Dad and I ended up having a rather lovely lunch in my new little flat, followed by gorgeous lemon centered cupcakes that I copped from Smith’s Bakeshop at the Morning Trade. It really was the grand finale to a day of beautiful food.

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Support local, kids.