Sunday, October 31, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Best Fruit Cake Recipe ever

Guys, you have to try this, it works like a bomb - everytime!

 Tequila Fruit Cake recipe :

1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup water
1 tsp. salt    
1 cup brown sugar
Lemon juice
4 large eggs
1 bottle tequila
2 cups dried fruit

Sample the tequila to check quality
Take a large bowl; check the tequila again to be sure it is of the highest quality..


Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.
Add 1 teaspoon of sugar. Beat again.

At this point, it is best to make sure the tequila is still OK. Try another cup just in case.
Turn off the mixerer thingy.

Break 2 eegs and add to the bowl and chuck iin the cup of dried fruit.
Pick the fruit up off the floor.

Mix on the turner.

If the fried druit getas stuck in the beaterers, just pry it loose with a drewscriver.

Sample the tequila to test for tonsisticity.

Next, sift 2 cups of salt, or something.

Check the tequila.

Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.

Add one table.  Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find.

Greash the oven.

Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.

Don't forget to beat off the turner

Finally, throw the bowl through the window.
Finish the tequila and wipe the counter with the cat.

~deshhert rosh~

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Meet Rocco.  Rocco belongs to my friend Paris.  Yes, as in Paris Hilton.  No, that is not her real name, but she looks like her, dresses like her and has a dog like her and I absolutely LOVE the way she has embraced this persona and does not give a damn what anybody thinks!  And seriously, how cool is it for us in Dar to have our own Paris?!
Anyways, back to the picture in discussion.  Rocco came for a play date with Konyagi.  It was the funniest thing to watch! I could see the confusion on Konyagi's face - "is it a cat, is it a rat?!"  He literally did not know what to do with Konyagi, because clearly in his mind, this could NOT be a dog?!  If there is any other dog around, Konyagi arches like a bow and hisses like a giant chameleon.  Faced with Rocco he was like - "should I hunt it, play with it or fight it?!"
In the end he decided to play with it and they had the most fun!  So there Noenie (aka Konyagi), now you know, best friends can come in all shapes and sizes...they might not always look like what you expect, but be prepared to be pleasantly surprised by animals, people and life in general.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Wise Dori....

My dear Andizi - in the words of the very very wise Dori, and I quote: "Keep on swimming, keep on swimming......."

You will have your "no ways" moment, I promise - it's around the corner.

~desert rose~

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Flight or Fight

"I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples and there beside me is the Stern Fact, the Sad Self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from.|"

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples Dar es Salaam and there beside me is the Stern Fact, the Sad Self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from."


Monday, October 18, 2010

Drama Salaam

For such a large city, Dar es Salaam can become quite small with the disorderly kings and queens that feud for the proverbial crown. And sometimes it is even the jesters that want some face time. A mostly theatrical performance in Pandora's (little) Box, Drama Salaam will often bemuse even the most reticent inhabitants...

To wagging tongues.

Frangipani  x

Friday, October 15, 2010


I recently saw the preview for "Eat, Pray, Love" and something that was said resonated with me in a big way.  I read the book two years ago and it was a fun read, but at that stage nothing particularly life changing. I decided to give it another bash.
Last night I came across this sentence "You where given life, it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight."
When I read that I thought I would write about all the beautiful things in my life, the things that I have to be grateful for, the things I so often forget about and the things that are so amazingly beautiful they fill me with wonder every day.  But when I started the beautiful-things-in-my-life list I realised - it is a looooong one...which in itself was a good food for thought exercise!

So I have decided to choose only one beautiful thing to share that I have recently bedroom's has been under my nose for nearly 9 months and only now I am starting to enjoy my new found haven of tranquility...well, as much tranquility as you can get on any given day in an African city!
But I have taken to spending dreamy Dar evenings on my balcony with a glass of wine, a candle and a kanga wrapped around my shoulders.  More than once I have fallen asleep there cuddling Konyagi very much against his will.
In the early mornings I exchange my glass of wine for an essential cup of coffee and listen to the sounds of Dar rising.
And it is here that I am doing a lot of thinking..seeking...MUSING...about life, about people, about dreams, the future and the past, about love, about expectations, ambitions, desires.  In Afrikaans there is a quirky saying that goes "die liefde en die leed" - roughly translated as "the good/love and the bad/pain" I suppose on my balcony I am contemplating "die liefde en die leed"...and this little tiled space of stars and sunshine is what I have found to be beautiful in my life right now.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Shoe Shopping

A friend of mine recently came to visit and I took her shoe shopping...Dar es Salaam style!  Forget Sandton Noc, we've got Mwenge!


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bon Matin avec le cafe

It's been a while ladies, but wishing you all a de-caf Monday 
and wondrous week ahead.

J'aime un cafe et un bon rire un lundi matin, n'est pas?
Allez le cafe!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

London in 4 nights.......

TUBE MAP (i know, I'm also VERY confused!)

GAUCHO RESTAURANT (oh my soul - Argentinean Steak and the best Malbec ever!)

CARLOS SANTANA LIVE (tears in my eyes - Maria Maria)

OXFORD SHOPPING (barely made it, chaos and credit card broken)

GORDON RAMSAY'S RESTAURANT ON ROYAL HOSPITAL ROAD (there is NO explanation to describe how AWESOME this experience was)


(with some awesome chicken wraps)

( and later - The Alexandra Pub........)

London, done, dusted in 4 nights! Woohooooo! 
Thanks to all you dear people who made this happen!!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

I had a dream...

Got to love the signage in Dar...a dream about NATURAL (vs other types of) fruit anyone?!  Please note the AIDS ribbon...could be that this vendor is a follower of our very own Dr Manto Msemang, but then again, it is also suspiciously close to the bananas...mmm...I do appreciate the awareness effort though!