LOCATION: Housesitting in Johannesburg, South Africa
WEATHER: Sunny. High 80. Afternoon scattered thunderstorms
I worked on my Christmas menu and subsequent grocery shopping list in the AM, and did laundry (ho-hum) 🙂
Since it was a nice day, we decided to walk to a cute-looking pizza place in the neighborhood next to ours. Like most big cities, Johannesburg is made up of the main city center, then a lot of suburbs. The population is about 13 million, but more if you include nearby Pretoria.
The pizza was quite delicious. We sat on the patio under some nice shady trees. We shared a bottle of wine, then brought the rest of the bottle home. Unlike in the USA, the markup of wine in restaurants is not much. Today’s bottle, a really good shiraz, was about $8.
Here is George – with leftovers.
Too full to think about walking back home, up a hill, we took a cheap Uber home.
We took the dogs to another neighborhood for their afternoon walk. When it started to thunder, our dog Annakin started having a fit. Our homeowners had warned us that this would happen. We got him home, and he huddled in the shower until the storm ended.
DINNER: In a word: strange. The homeowners had encouraged us to use up some crab sticks (the fake kind) that a previous housesitter had left, as they are vegetarians and did not want them. I was apprehensive as the crab has been in the freezer a full year, but I thought I would give it a go. I found a Jamie Oliver recipe for crab and chick peas. I sauteed some onion and garlic and mixed in the crab and beans, all with lemon juice and herbs from the garden – chives, parsley, and basil. George ate it like a champ. I wasn’t too happy with it.