Merry Christmas, South African-Style

LOCATION: Housesitting in Johannesburg, South Africa
WEATHER: Very pleasant. Sunny. High 80

I chopped and cooked all day Christmas Eve day, to prepare Christmas dinner for our homeowners. They are vegetarian, so all the menu items are vegetable-oriented, so lots of chopping to do. I am glad that we can put the peelings in the compost and worm garden.

After a welcome home champagne toast with the homeowners, we had a nice Christmas dinner. Menu was –
– Vegetarian lasagne
– Grilled mushrooms with mozerella (a Jamie Oliver recipe)
– Sweet potatoes
– Green beans with grilled onion rings (not the store-bought kind)
– taboulleh – using a ton of fresh mint and parsley from their garden
– American-style fruit cake

It all turned out well, although the homeowners have stomachaches from their trip to Ethiopia.

Boxing Day (Dec 26) was quiet. George and I took a walk to a little neighborhood shopping garden, to get some exercise. It is a cute area with restaurants and high-end shops surrounding a garden area with tables under lots of shade trees. One restaurant was open so we had drinks and cooled off from our walk. (We took a $2 Uber home as it was quite hot, and uphill)

In the afternoon, the homeowners and we took the dogs to the dog park. The dogs are enjoying all the attention they are receiving from 4 humans.

Back home, George made some of his good guacamole with South African (round) avocados. Too bad we don’t have margarita ingredients! We settled for beer.

DINNER: No one felt much like eating – neither they with their sensitive tummies, nor we with full tummies. So, we just had some leftover Christmas veg – beans and sweet potatoes.

BOOK: “Somewhere Safe with Someone Good” by Jan Karon. This is our book club book for January, back in Texas. I have read some of her books before. Nice, homey feeling. A tad too strong on the religious side for my taste. 4 stars out of 5.

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