we kiss and make up
Marieta, my wife, grew
up on a farm on the West Coast of South Africa. She learned from her
mother to make traditional South African dishes such as puddings and
old fashioned spice biscuits. One of her favourite dishes is green fig
preserve. We had a fig tree in the yard and every year in early October
we would pick the figs to cook.
Marieta loves food
- cooking, baking, canning, eating or just reading recipe books. She
has more than 200 recipe books and is still collecting. These recipe
books are mostly in English, some in Afrikaans, German, Italian and
Dutch. She says that she is not multi-lingual but she understands a
good amount of Dutch (close to Afrikaans which is the languagesheI was
brought up with) and German. Italian she picked up by listening to friends
that are Italian-speaking.
Marieta will attempt
a recipe from any of a variety of cultures. Once she sets her mind on
a dish, she will search the internet, library and every single cookbook
that she owns, to find it. Recently we tasted a traditional Swiss cookie/biscuit
called Nuss Gipfeli. It took her a few e-mails and she had the recipe
faxed to her from Switzerland.
We love to entertain
our friends. This can mean that we make anything from a simple pea or
bean soup with homemade bread, to a full six course Chinese or Italian
dinner, fondue or raclette and sometimes real "farmers" food.
My son's friends say that we "tour the world" in one week's
Marieta and I like
to cook together. We sometimes end up in a disagreement, because I have
my views and she has hers, but nonetheless we "kiss and make up"
and enjoy the food.
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