Of Bread and Migration

I’ve been missing these past weeks. The school year has come to an end and with it all the exams and preparations for next year.  In less than 4 days, I’ll be back in Europe for the Summer. We expats, are like birds; come summer and we all migrate back to the place we call home, visit family and friends, recharge our batteries, breathe the fresh summer air and indulge in delicacies and the simple things of life. The girls are already planning all the meals they will sink their teeth in and all the places they would like to visit and revisit. As for me, I have a very long list of things to do!

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Mousse de Maracujà or Passion fruit Mousse

I can’t believe we are already in June!  Three weeks left before school ends and everybody flies home..well not exactly everybody.  Most hubbies will have to return earlier to hold the fort while others rejoice somewhere in this beautiful world!

Well, before I leave for summer I wanted to organise a party, more precisely a tapas evening.  I have loads of Spanish cheese and chorizo and with the temperatures being really enjoyable at night, I thought it would be a great idea to organise a last get together around some finger nibbles and wine.  In my quest for tapas desserts (I cannot imagine having different tapas and then ONE dessert) I thought of making one of Angola’s traditional desserts which is Mousse de Maracujà (Passion fruit Mousse). It’s very easy and quick to make and only requires THREE ingredients!  Continue reading “Mousse de Maracujà or Passion fruit Mousse”

Cinnamon and Apple Cake

“I ate another apple pie and ice cream; that’s practically all I ate all the way across the country, I knew it was nutritious and it was delicious, of course.” Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Pie, tart, cake, fondant… English, French, Dutch, American, South African, Swiss, Italian. I’ve tried them all and either way, they were all special and delicious!  I’ve come to the conclusion that I simply love apple desserts!  Today, I would like to share this very easy and delicious apple cake recipe.   Continue reading “Cinnamon and Apple Cake”

Namibe Desert Day Trip

After a couple of days of beach bumming, we were getting restless and decided to go on a desert day trip organised by the Lodge.  Although it did involve a lot of driving, for the most part on bumpy tracks, it was very interesting. It’s an area that is very geologically rich with many different types of rock formations. At times, you wonder where you are. The presence of   canyons everywhere reminds you that once water was abundant  but now all there is sand, rocks and blue, blue sky!

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After a very, VERY bumpy ride  (23 km to be precise) down the mouth of the dry Rio de los  Flamingos, you arrive at  Flamingo Lodge!

Flamingo Lodge, Namibe
Flamingo Lodge, Namibe

Situated on the beach, against low cliffs, the view of these little bungalows was just amazing and frightening at the same time. Nine little bungalows in the middle of nowhere with nothing, absolutely nothing around, just sand, sea and more sand! No mobile network, no internet and no electricity, apart from a generator than runs during certain hours, it was pretty hard on the girls at first.  On the other hand we had kilometres and kilometres of beautiful pristine beach just for us! It was really magic!

For those wondering how you can survive without internet and all these electronic gadgets, well let me tell you that it is possible. You walk, you swim, you fish, you read, you crochet, you play games, you build sand castles, you rest and more importantly you DISCONNECT!

The house at the end of the beach
The house with a view