As if Born to You

Book Review: As if Born to You by Susan Newham-Blake

Genre & Themes: Local Fiction Main themes – Family ; Racial divides ; Adoption ; Alcoholism Minor themes – Grief ; Morality ; Loss ; Poverty ; Social altruism Plot: When thirteen-year-old Zuri begins cutting herself, psychologist Ana is called in to help. Is the troubled girl trying to relieve the tension of being black in a predominantly white private school? And how healthy is … Continue reading Book Review: As if Born to You by Susan Newham-Blake

Ok I’ll say it, I don’t enjoy playing with my kids.

Please don’t misinterpret that as me saying I don’t enjoy spending time with my kids because nothing could be further from the truth. They are my everything. I just don’t enjoy playing the games that they like at age 2 and 5. I will look for every excuse under the sun to avoid playing with them because their games make me want to pull my … Continue reading Ok I’ll say it, I don’t enjoy playing with my kids.

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Book Review – The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins

Genre: Crime thriller, Suspense Plot: On a hot July day, Garrick and Olivia Lockwood and their two children move into 25 The Avenue looking for a fresh start. They arrive in the midst of a media frenzy: they’d heard about the local murders in the press, but Garrick was certain the killer would be caught and it would all be over in no time. Besides, … Continue reading Book Review – The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins

Sweet & Sticky Oxtail Casserole

Bring on the comfort food!

I think we can safely say that Winter has hit hard in SA. Even the Durbanites are complaining about the cold! You know what that means…it’s COMFORT FOOD SEASON!!! “Summer bodies are made in Winter”…not in my house! The people who say ‘Summer bodies are made in Winter’ are an enigma to me. For me, Winter is all about soups, stews and hearty family meals. … Continue reading Bring on the comfort food!

Our very first family holiday is finally happening!

Are you feeling sorry for us after reading that title? Haha! Please don’t. We have been on lots of holidays but it is always with family or friends. We are now going on our first family holiday where it’s just the four of us. And I really don’t know why it’s taken us this long!!   Staycation – a holiday spent in one’s home country … Continue reading Our very first family holiday is finally happening!

Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella in under 15 minutes

I’m all about cutting cooking time while maximising flavour so here is my seafood ‘paella’ recipe that can be cooked and ready to eat in 12-15 minutes. Ingredients: 1kg of Seafood Mix 1 packet of Woolworths Heat and Eat Spanish Rice 5 garlic cloves 1 small lime Method: Add a splash of olive oil (and a blob of butter if you like) to a wide … Continue reading Seafood Paella in under 15 minutes

Cari Mora

Book Review – Cari Mora by Thomas Harris

Genre: Thriller Plot: There is a vault filled with over $25 Million in gold, hidden in a house in Miami that was previously owned by Pablo Escobar. The vault is not only hidden, it is also severely booby trapped. Now there are competing criminals after the legendary gold who will stop at nothing to get it. Cari Mora is a young immigrant who has escaped … Continue reading Book Review – Cari Mora by Thomas Harris