The Month of Love February 2013

Goodness, gracious great balls of fire it is hot outside, or its wet outside or its hot outside or its wet outside…… thankfully it is delightful on our patio complete with roof, cooling mist and our very pretty brand new chandeliers. The chandeliers have absolutely nothing to do with the temperature but I just had to give them a little plug. They are very pretty and they, in my mind at least, complete the patio, just until something else comes along that takes my fancy I suppose (For example the old school hand basin planted with gorgeous pink begonias care of my friend Gwynn)

Our charming Old School Basin with pretty Pink Begonias

Our charming Old School Basin with pretty Pink Begonias

Our beautiful patio at Indulgence Cafe

Our beautiful patio at Indulgence Cafe

Our beautiful patio at Indulgence Cafe

Our beautiful patio at Indulgence Cafe

Our humble home by night, all pretty and bright!

Our humble home by night, all pretty and bright!

Our humble home by night, all pretty and bright!

Our humble home by night, all pretty and bright!

January came and went in a flash but whilst it was still here we managed to get quite a few new things on board. The most important of which is the LIQUOR LICENSE! It is finally here and we are able to sell alcohol in copious amounts. We are starting slowly and introducing different drinks over a period of time. Initially there will only be a dozen wines, maybe a baker’s dozen though! I have in my eclectic fashion gone for different and unusual wines that you do not see on menus everywhere, in short I have gone for wines with funky labels! I know that sounds a little “out there” but I figured the shop is colourful, bright and “out there”, therefore the bottles of wine need to be as well! I have made sure though that the bottles I have chosen are all reasonably priced and of nice quality. There are a couple of easy drinking ones and a couple of top of the ranges for the more discerning palates amongst you. For the full wine list and prices please consult the website! Yes, I said it, the website. has finally gone live and everything is on there, the menus, the wine list (if it isn’t it will be soon), the specials, the events and the pictures of everything past and present !

Last Saturday afternoon we played host to The Beanie Project. This amazing group of interesting people knit beanies for kids and others with cancer. What an incredible thing to do. Some of the beanies were absolutely beautiful and had gorgeous little flowers sewn on them. One very cute one that I saw was a teddy bear complete with eyes and ears, magnificent.

Amiga busy doing beanie inspection for The Beanie Project

Amiga busy doing beanie inspection for The Beanie Project

Amiga busy doing beanie inspection for The Beanie Project

Amiga busy doing beanie inspection for The Beanie Project

Happy February, the month on LURRRVVVEEEE
When I think of February I see the colour red in abundance. Red roses. Red hearts about, sweet angels sing love songs and there is a general sense of happiness in the air. We are going town this Valentine’s day. Pensioner’s you haven’t been forgotten, pop down for a reasonably priced lunch in a group or as a couple we will make you feel very special on the day, a lovers early morning breakfast ready from 07h30 if you want a “quickie” on the way to work and a full on Valentine’s dinner on the 14th. The menu for which you will find amongst the February menus. Even singles will be taken care of on the evening with a Valentine’s Singles Table; the one I will be visiting, so you won’t feel left out.
Pop me a mail to find out about corporate orders of cupcakes or cakes, Valentine’s cupcakes and heart shaped cakes. We have lovely heart shaped biscuits in stock as well and we can bake many more if need be. We can even, I am sure arrange delivery for you! Well worth thinking about!.

Be My Valentine

Be My Valentine

Show him how much you love him with a very cute cupcake!

Show him how much you love him with a very cute cupcake!

February Calendar
As you can see our calendar has grown in leaps and bounds! We are from February 6th going to be open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights! Thursdays are going to remain the same with our incredible R100 3 course special. Wednesdays are a floating evening with something different happening every Wednesday of the month, for example we have lined up for the first Wednesday of every month a fabulous quiz dinner at R120 per head. This starts at 6 for 6.30pm and should be over by 10pm, early enough for you to get home and to bed for a working Thursday! Menus will vary! Other Wednesdays are for a bridge dinner, games dinner, singles dinner and an ala carte sushi evening. So lots lined up! Fridays are pot luck! Come have sun downers with us from late afternoon onwards, and order a snack basket or stick around for pot luck dinner to line your tummy. We don’t want you going home too squiff eyed. Always a good idea to belong to a take home service like Goodfellas, Road trip etc who will fetch you whilst the second driver takes your car home! As you can see the calendar is jam packed now with loads happening at your local little restaurant, Indulgence Café! Quiz menus are not elaborate things just a simple meal and lovely dessert but boy are they fun evenings! Tables of 4, so book your place today already!

6th Quiz dinner
7th Thursday dinner
8th Pot Luck Friday (sundowners and snack baskets and pot luck dinner)
10th AuthorTalk with Adriaan Basson, Anton Harber and Animals in Distress
13th Cake and coffee evening with games, scrabble, backgammon, 30 seconds etc
14th Thursday breakfast and Thursday dinner, Valentines specials
15th Pot Luck Friday (Sundowners and snack baskets and pot luck dinner)
20th Bridge evening with dinner
21st Thursday dinner
22nd Pot Luck Friday (Sundowners and snack baskets and pot luck dinner)
27th Sushi dinner, ala carte
28th Thursday dinner
1st Auriol Hays concert and dinner

February Menus
7 February
Grilled Brinjal and mozzarella stack
Roast lamb, roast potatoes, and stuffed gem squash gravy, Mint sauce
Or
Lemon and coriander chicken breast with rice and stuffed gem squash
Or
Stuffed red pepper with green beans and savoury rice
Baked bananas in syrup with thick whipped cream

14 February Special Valentine’s Menu R165 per head
Complimentary Pink bubbly to start
Home baked heart shaped rolls with butter
Avocado half with Waldorf salad
Prawn paella
Or
Grilled lamb chops, sautéed potatoes, minted peas
Or
Brown mushroom risotto on wilted baby spinach (contains alcohol)
Sweetheart tart with whipped cream and fresh berries

21 February
Danish feta on toasted round topped with olive, tomato and coriander salsa
Roasted chicken quarter with baked cheesy potato and crispy green vegetables, gravy on the side
Or
Roast leg of pork, with baked cheesy potato and crispy green vegetables, apple sauce on the side
Or
Roasted vegetables in a phyllo basket with pesto mashed potatoes
Italian kisses

28 February
Butternut and baby marrow rosti with sour cream & chive dip
Crumbed calamari with rice and vegetables
Or
Fried liver and onions with mashed potatoes and vegetables
Or
Nut loaf with quinoa and side salad, separate gravy
Rocky road brownie and cream

AuthorTalk, Sunday 10th February
Our first AuthorTalk for the year is always a biggie and this year is NO exception! We are asking you to bring along blankets, pet food, dog bowls etc for Animals in Distress because this is event of the year that we work towards raising money collecting books and anything else that they can make use of. AID has their own vegetarian cook book out as well which will be available on the day and the bulk of our brunch menu is coming out of this very nice little book. With the help of you magnificent people in 2012, we raised just under R2000 for AID which includes T-shirt sales and Amiga’s Birthday Party. So you really do have huge respect due to you.

Joining AID are authors and journalists Anton Harber and Adriaan Basson with their respective books, Diepsloot and Zuma Exposed. Basson’s book is now in its second print run, and incredible feat in the South African market. Please join us at 9am with coffee and tea, authors will start promptly at 9.30am and breakfast and book sales will take place directly after everyone has had their chance to speak to you! Please book with me on lollipops@telkomsa.net. The cost is R100 per head of which R20 will go the 2013 AID collection! We rocked this building with last year’s event and around 70 people, let us see if we can repeat that remarkable feat again this year!
Sunday 10th Kick-off AuthorTalk with Adriaan Basson and Anton Harber with the incredible organization, Animals in Distress

Adriaan Basson, Zuma Exposed

Adriaan Basson, Zuma Exposed

Anton Harber's Diepsloot

Anton Harber’s Diepsloot

Adriaan Basson

Adriaan Basson

Anton Harber

Anton Harber

Auriol Hays in Concert 1st March
Just a quick heads up about March 1st! Auriol Hays will be jetting in from Cape Town to serenade us with her incredible voice. If you cast your minds back a couple of years you will remember that she performed here with Keira Witherkay on a couple of Mother’s Days when she was just starting out. Now this incredibly successful home grown star is being played on radio stations all over SA, has her albums on the shelves of music stores and she is still incredibly humble and just as gorgeous! Her voice is a magical blend of sultry jazz and blues, you will just love her if you haven’t had the pleasure before. The cost of those tickets for the Friday evening is R150 and also includes a light dinner! Book and pay at the same time please lollipops@telkomsa.net
Friday 1st March Auriol in Hays in Concert

Auriol Hays

Auriol Hays

Auriol Hays, the Early Years

I know that this is a longggggggggggggg one but there is so much to tell you that it could not be helped! Hope you have enjoyed reading this monthly newsletter as always. Have an awesome February. Hope your heart sings in love and other wonderful feelings, embrace them and don’t let the world get you down!
We love you

The Lord of The Rings ....the Cake Version!

The Lord of The Rings ….the Cake Version!

my mama told me you gotta kiss a lot of toads before you find the right frog :)

my mama told me you gotta kiss a lot of toads before you find the right frog 🙂

Looking back….. Our 2012 in Pictures & a Few Words

A group hug at the Author's Lunch in November with (from left) David Bullard, Bruce Sutherland, Michael Seers, Peter Piegl, Sean Newman, Athele Oosterbroek, Fiona Snyckers and Eric Miyeni

A group hug at the Author’s Lunch in November with (from left) David Bullard, Bruce Sutherland, Michael Seers, Peter Piegl, Sean Newman, Athele Oosterbroek, Fiona Snyckers and Eric Miyeni

It is human nature to put things behind us and move on. We have a tendency to forget the highs and lows of the year and so many of them blend together that eventually you are not sure that some events actually took place in that year. Okay, I am generalizing here or maybe I am just talking about myself so I figured I would take a walk down memory lane before this year ends and show you what has happened in the life of Indulgence Cafe, Lollipops Catering, Amiga and myself to a degree, in the past 12 or so months.
Share this journey with me. Feast your eyes and imagine after seeing these images how fabulous this year will be if the best of 2012is the worst that next year has to offer. Seeing as we so seldom record life’s lows in pictures, unless you’re on the front lines,I will just share with you the highs, events, places, people, books and FOOD!

Sandile Memela doing a book signing after chatting to us at Indulgence

Sandile Memela doing a book signing after chatting to us at Indulgence

Catering the publicity party for Step Up or Step Out

Catering the publicity party for Step Up or Step Out

Thank you for sharing your time with us, for eating with us, celebrating with us and supporting us through lousy weather, slack service, alterations, menu changes, price increases, heat waves, endless rain, food price hikes, petrol increases and staff changes; all the things that happen in the life of a restaurant and catering company; things that we tend to take for granted, deal with in our stride, things that we call LIFE. Thank you for sharing them all with us and coming back for more

This article appeared in the Northcliff Melville Times

This article appeared in the Northcliff Melville Times

Dessert buffet style 80kms outside Jozi

Dessert buffet style 80kms outside Jozi

The Lollipops and Indulgence Crew with ex Bok coach Peter De Villiers

The Lollipops and Indulgence Crew with ex Bok coach Peter De Villiers

feeding Isidingo whilst they were filming the mini series on the road

feeding Isidingo whilst they were filming the mini series on the road

making interesting cakes

making interesting cakes

Helping Mike's Kitchen celebrate 25 years !

Helping Mike’s Kitchen celebrate 25 years !

Playful Dolphins, sold and now living happily  in Orange Grove

Playful Dolphins, sold and now living happily in Orange Grove

One very happy little boy got this pirate ship birthday cake

One very happy little boy got this pirate ship birthday cake

This is yours truly with the very enigmatic John Connolly

This is yours truly with the very enigmatic John Connolly

Romantic ambience, subdued lighting and lots of heaters

Home comforts and fabulous food

On the set of Laugh out Loud at Sasani Studios

On the set of Laugh out Loud at Sasani Studios

Dali Tambo helping himself to tea on the set of People of the South, the Flash mob scene

Dali Tambo helping himself to tea on the set of People of the South, the Flash mob scene

Sharing #FollowSA's birthday with them

Sharing #FollowSA’s birthday with them

Dancing in the snow

Dancing in the snow

Celebrating Spring

Celebrating Spring

Talking rhino conservation with Dr Kevin Semper, Anne Rimbault and Miss Earth finalist Middah :)

Talking rhino conservation with Dr Kevin Semper, Anne Rimbault and Miss Earth finalist Middah 🙂

Author Andrew Brown with DA councilor Pat Richards at one of the Bloody Book Week events in August

Author Andrew Brown with DA councilor Pat Richards at one of the Bloody Book Week events in August

We celebrated Halloween with loads of little evil goodies for sale

We celebrated Halloween with loads of little evil goodies for sale

We learned all about the SKA from Cecilia Van Der Merwe

We learned all about the SKA from Cecilia Van Der Merwe

Amiga met food critic Spiced Weasel

Amiga met food critic Spiced Weasel

We celebrated out 6th birthday with cupcakes, bubbly and live music

We celebrated out 6th birthday with cupcakes, bubbly and live music

This is moi with Jeffery Deaver

This is moi with Jeffery Deaver

Saying goodbye to the old roof

Saying goodbye to the old roof

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Following the Red Velvet Craze

Following the Red Velvet Craze

Shopping....

Shopping….

We had huge fun last year and we hope you did too!

We had huge fun last year and we hope you did too!

From our kitchen to yours, a very happy, very prosperous, very healthy and safe year and everything of the very best for 2013.