The secret to a perfect Pancake

Pancakes are one of those treats we all love… you can dress them up sweet or savory and they always taste good. There is something so tangible about looking at Ouma Joey’s handwritten recipe and it does makes me wonder how far back this tradition in our family goes, In October in Zim, Dad would…

The Shangani River (1953 – 2001)

After the October full moon and the blessing of first rain in Zimbabwe, the Shangani River rises as rivulet on hillside near Gweru , meandering slowly downstream through savannas stippled with anthills , passing water logged mopane forests along the way , growing into a brown frothing expanse of water that empties into the Gwayi…

Linkwasha Wilderness 1985 – 1997

In 1985 Chris van Wyk was awarded a concession in the Linkwasha Wilderness on the South Eastern edge of Hwange National Park. There was no air strip or cell phone or wifi , the only contact with the outside world was via a crackling HF radio ,it was a truly wild place. The transfer into…

Zimbabwe

In 1980 Robert Mugabe had become our new President and a year later Corneels Van Wyk passed away, he never got to know this new land called Zimbabwe which would become our home. His passing  came as a huge shock to all of us …….. our much loved patriarch was gone. In 1981 Oupa Neels…

Egg and Asparagus Salad

Spring has sprung and I am amazed at what you can produce in 3 x 2 m patch, its a space that I love that has flowers , vegetables and herbs. I had a spider move in this week and hoping he is going to catch the little metallic blue beetle that also moved in………..

Karna Block

As a child the drive to our home on Karna Block seemed to take forever. The dry dusty road was punctuated by wire gates that Pierre and I had to take turns in opening, a task we especially dreaded at night. One of the gates was near the remains of an old cattle kraal and…

Pickled Beetroot Salad

Ouma always had rows of bright crimson bottled beetroot in the pantry – fresh from her vegetable garden on the farm . Its a quick and colorful salad to add to your braai for buffet lunch. I serve my beetroot in a small side bowl as it tends to run all over your plate and…