The start of something epic…
Get in here!
The start of something epic…
Get in here!
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!
Friday, Paul and I decided to play Masterchef-Masterchef and make our own pizza instead of going out for a Valentines dinner. It was ambitious considering we had to get home from work, buy the ingredients and only THEN begin this culinary quest and I was in a cranky mood after a rough work week but Paul poured me a huge glass of red and we all know Jenna is a better person after wine. My advice – premake the dough or have snacks to keep the hunger at bay while you wait for the dough to set!
We made the dough, cooked the sauce and cut up a nice spread of gourmet toppings. We ate like hungry savages at about 9:30 pm but still had enough leftovers for round 2 for lunch the next day.
The Best Pizza Dough
15 grams dried yeast
20 grams salt
20 grams castor sugar
250 grams lukewarm water
Table spoon olive oil
3 cups plain cake flour
Whisk all ingredients except the flour. Once mixed, fold in the flour and begin to create the dough. Kneed well until dough is stretchy and tempting to play with forever.
Cover and put in a warm place until it doubles in size. Resist the urge to eat it raw. Roll out into thin bases and pierce several times with a fork. Pop into the oven at approx. 200 degrees and allow to fluff up and crisp before taking out, adding sauce and toppings and putting back in to cook through.
The Best Pizza Sauce
2 tins chopped tomatoes
1 tin tomato paste
3-4 table spoons brown sugar
2 table spoons olive oil
Handful fresh basil
Few stalks thyme or oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients into a pot and bring to the boil. Bring to a low heat and allow to reduce for approx. an hour until it is a thick and textured sauce. Also yum on pasta. Or your fingers.
Balsamic Reduction Sauce
You can make this a vegan pizza by keeping the cheese off and adding lashings of sauce instead.
Set a little outside picnic for two and enjoy your creation.
Make sure to wear a black dress and get flour EVERYWHERE. Ensure that it appears that you have an inherent coke addiction before having your pics taken – flour on the forehead does the trick.
In the spirit of the well-received list-post I put up last week, I thought I’d share with you all, what I was up to during my mini hiatus. This is the shit I should of been writing about during my December holiday, but I was too busy out having fun to give a fuck about the internet.
I know right – those words just came out of this mouth.
1.Red Huxley Came To Play
The boys from Capetonian band Red Huxley, crashed at my house for a weekend. Many gigs, many drinks and many hangovers were had.
2. Fake Birthday at Spiga
Like, no-one is around for my real birthday, so I had a fake birthday at Spiga D’Oro. Yay for pizza and caramel vodka shots and the loudest rendition of “ Happy Birthday To You” that I have ever received.
3. Klimstmas Pahty
One of many festive, champagne-fuelled dinners.
4. This awesome bitch called Karla bought me a tree for my birthday!
5. Besties got engaged. And I got emotional.
6. We ate some good food at Chihuahuas Pop Up Mexican Restaurant for my realizies birthday. Loved the vibe, loved the decor. Mixed emotions about the tequila.
7. Manning Road Madness House Party. RIP liver and dignity. A lot of enthusiastic dancing to Spice Girls thanks to DJ Fuego.
8. Got my nose pierced (again). Cried like a baby (again).
9. The Winston Ball. Dr Fly and the Nurses – enough said!
Look here’s me derping about with Marty.
10. Boxing day Cricket- beer and sunstroke FTW.
11. Holiday Party at Live where I fell in love with, and fan-girled all over , The Dollfins. Again, what dignity?
12. Bestie came to stay and tear up the 031.
13. New Years “No Plans Party” at the Upstairs with bottomless pizza.
And 7 stitches.
14. One of my dearest friends had her penis-clad bachelorettes.
Thanks Durbs, the holiday was one of the best.
I organized a little get together for my friends, so that they would finally have to make the trek up to my side of the world. Makaranga Lodge seemed like the perfect place as central Durbanites appear to be blissfully unawares about this magical location.
Makaranga has a guest lodge, pool spot ,deli, and restaurant. What more could you want or need?Makaranga has a distinctly quaint and rather posh vibe, given it’s situation in the affluent Kloof suburb.None the less ,families come to play in the pool and the restaurant is prime for any occasion.
We ended up having such a beautiful day, sipping wine and savoring delicious food. Pizza, baked camembert, spatchcock chicken- you name it! I also happened to be starting a new job the following day so my dear friends bought me a bottle of pink champagne to toast the occasion. What a lovely slow Sunday afternoon, drinking and eating and laughing for three and a half hours!
After the day drunk buzz wore off, we headed to the deli and bought an assortment of cakes and cupcakes to accompany us as “padkos” for our garden walk. The gardens are really a sight to see! Eight different garden environments,including a woodland, japanese garden and cycad bed.We were in such a sunlight and champagne daze that we were admittedly rather tempted to nap under one of the leafy trees.
It really was one hell of a way to spend a Sunday, and we finished the afternoon back at my place for tea,coffee and biscuits.
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