I recently finished reading the acclaimed novel Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts. It took me about five months to finish the book (I have never taken that long, and I’ve read Anna Karenina…). I wasn’t a huge fan of the story line – Australian prisoner escaping to India – it was Roberts’ portrayal of life in Bombay slums that kept me reading. It’s hard for me to really recommend the book, but at the same time it is hard for me not to recommend it. If you have the time, do it. ;)
Boland blogger Sam Taylor of Pomegranate Days has been an icon of mine for quite some time. Although she was a professional chef for 18 years, her blog now focuses on family-style food and baked treats that will make you swoon. In 2013 Sam won Pick and Pay’s Freshly Blogged competition – she inspires all who reads her blog and follows her on social media (Sam is also the initiator of the South African Food Blogs Pinterest board).
Sam’s food philosophy, that “life is complicated, but food is simple”, should be adapted by everyone. Take a few minutes and browse through Sam’s recipes, you’ll want to start cooking and baking straightaway.
“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti
Life is funny. You will not believe how much freelance work I have in this small coastal town – much more than I had in the big bad city. And it’s not corporate design work, it’s work I have to do for farmers, local coffee shop owners and curio shops … fun stuff that makes me happy. I’m sure it won’t be like this forever and ever, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts.