Monday, August 15, 2011

Week ending 14 August 2011

Can you remember what you did on the weekend of 13-14 August? You never know when you may need an alibi. Gattina of Writer Cramps hosts this fun meme. Do pop over to her interesting blog here.

I've recorded the beginning of my week as I "lost" two-and-a-half days being ill. I'm fine now, thanks for all the kind comments.

On Monday morning Sue, Ruth and I were driven up the mountain to Eldoret by company driver, Michael. We were on our way to shop for the company canteen.

Monday midday traffic in Eldoret

Once we'd completed the shopping, we went to the Indian restaurant for a girl's lunch. As usual it was divine. When we returned to the valley, it was time to say goodbye to Ruth. She and Sue spent Tuesday through Thursday at Nakuru National Park and travelled to Nairobi. Ruth returned to South Africa on Friday. Next month Grant and I will to pop in to see Ruth at her home in Plettenberg Bay when we're out on our break in SA.

On Tuesday the other company driver, Zephania  took me the fruit and vegetable market in Kimwarer Centre. Although it was pouring with rain, it was business as usual. While I slipped and slithered from vegetable vendor to fruit seller, Zephania popped over the road to Tamil's and bought me an umbrella - a great help!
The goats found shelter from the rain under the bin of a truck in for repair

An expanded view of the workshop with the Post Office in the background

In between, I photographed the cats

Johan went out on leave to SA this weekend and joined us for a "farewell" dinner on Friday night. His mum, who lives in Pretoria, gave me the recipe for a popular South African dessert: Jan Ellis pudding. Jan Ellis was a well-known Springbok rugby player in the 60s and 70s, was the most capped player (38 times way back then) by the time he retired. Today there are several Springbok rugby players with more caps, for instance, John Smit   with 103 caps, and many others.  

Back to the pudding. Apparantly it was Jan Ellis' favourite pudding and to this day bears his name. I made it, the men tested it and pronounced it delicious.
Jan Ellis Pudding

Jan Ellis Pudding (Mrs Ferreira's recipe)
Serves 6

3 Cups self-raising flour
4 Tbs margarine
3 Tbs smooth apricot jam
1 Cup milk
1 Cup sugar
3 Eggs
1/4 Tsp salt
2 Tsp Bi-carbonate of soda

Cream marge and sugar well
Add apricot jam
Add eggs and beat well
Sift self-raising flour and salt together and fold into egg mixture
Add bi-carb to milk and mix into batter

Pour into greased 9 inch ovenproof dish
Bake at 180 for 30 minutes

2 Cups boiling water
1 Tsp vanilla essence
4 Tbs margarine
1 Small tin Ideal evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
Bring to the boil and pour over pudding as it comes out of the oven.

Delicious !

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*Note: I've been struggling to comment on many blogs lately. I also have a problem at the end of my posts; the comments sections is overwritten by the previous blog title.  Kind bloggers have suggested I download Firefox which I've done. I hope this had helped.

I also changed my profile photo. Thanks to Sue for taking the photo while I was taking a photo!


  1. Love the cats on the tree! The vegetation looks marvelous! You make me hungry with this good recipe! I can smell the cake just admiring the photo!

  2. Jo, sounds like you had a busy weekend. Shoping with a girlfriend is always fun. Neat seeing the goats under the dump truck. Love the kitties. Wonderful post and photos.

  3. Your cats look like they're posing for a cat sculpture.

  4. I have to say that that pudding is the most ugliest I have ever seen!
    bet ittaste nice though!

  5. I spotted your new profile picture instantly and recognized it as one taken on the boat. You look lovely! So glad to know you are fully recovered from this latest bout of malaria. Loved reading about and seeing pictures of the week's highlights.


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