From the Book Jacket to My Parlour, Raymond E Feist

A Raymond E Feist Collection

A Raymond E Feist Collection

I have been fortunate thus far in my life to have met quite a few authors, some starting out, some ending their careers, some good, some not so good, some have been really well known, some have had no ego to speak of and some have had trouble fitting those super-size-me heads through the door. It has only happened once in my entire life though that I have had the fortune to meet an author who changed the genre of books I read and thereby changed my whole life!

I have always believed in faeries at the bottom of the garden, the monster under the bed and that the garden gnomes come to life when you turn your back on them. A world of fantastical beings, filled with magic and wonder is not a stretch of my imagination to perceive. So, it is no small wonder that the first book of fantasy that I ever read, Magician, by Raymond E Feist, changed my life and set my reading on a path all of its own. I have never given up the thrillers, dramas and historical spectaculars but my one true reading love is fantasy and Ray, as he introduced himself to me when he arrived at Indulgence Cafe is the man who brought that spark into my life and introduced me to worlds not bound by the gravity and sense of the one we live in.

Magic, magicians, dragons, royal families, rags to riches, love, betrayal, elves, good and evil, light and dark, Raymond E Feist’s work brings it all alive. He paints pictures with words and weaves worlds that you can picture in your head as you read and become lost in the forests and the mud splattered roads of Midkemia and kelewan. Careful, or you will find you leave your mind behind and end up a little confused about where you are when you close the book and suddenly return, abruptly to the harsh realities of planet Earth.

This man, this Raymond E Feist, has just returned home to San Diego after a whirlwind book tour of SA with his publishers and I was lucky enough, okay, I did have to grovel quite a bit, to get him to come and speak at Indulgence  Cafe on Heritage Day, 24 September 2014, but that’s okay as well because, I know people 🙂  Of all the authors we have hosted at Indulgence Cafe, this is the first one to have had people begging me for seats and places at the event. One family even brought me a box of chocolates to say thank you for making place for them, I was quite humbled and no, I have no intention of sharing. What a remarkable event, with an incredible author.

SA’s own fantasy author, Dave De Burgh spent an hour chatting to Ray about his work, his characters and how he got started. Never before, has one hour passed by in such a flash and we would love to have had them speak for longer but duty and lunch called. Ray is awesome, funny, witty and he was incredibly patient with the fans who brought along entire collections of his work for him to sign. The poor man must have signed 300 books for the 103 people who were at Indulgence Cafe on Wednesday morning, I have to say that I was incredibly impressed with him.

Raymond E Feist chatting to Dave De Burgh

Raymond E Feist chatting to Dave De Burgh

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A Post Chat Laugh with Dave De Burgh

A Post Chat Laugh with Dave De Burgh

For me, little old me, it was a dream come true and something to cross off my bucket list. I met Raymond E Feist in the flesh, I heard him speak and I have the pictures to prove it.

The link to YouTube  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du7BpOT1R_w

So when is the next one coming out Ray?

Our 2013 in Pictures…………..

January to December 2013……

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Amiga inspecting the beanies for The Beanie Project

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Sushi Evenings at Indulgence Cafe

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Adriaan Basson and Anton Harber at Indulgence Cafe

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Easter Egg Collection for the Needy

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Naughty Cupcakes

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Hagen Engler at Indulgence Cafe

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Our New Baby

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Auriol Hays at Indulgence Cafe

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Annica at Indulgence Cafe, a taste of next month

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Gareth Crocker at Indulgence Cafe

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On Radio Today with Michael De Pinna

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20130629_153925Peter Piegl, Sean Newman and Glenn Agliotti

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20130802_193133The Bloody Book Week with Margie Orford, Stuart MacBride, Alex Eliseev, Barry Bateman, Mike Nicol, Michele Rowe, Mthuthuzeli Nyoka and Julian Rademeyer

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20130924_122758Heritage Day with James Hendry

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20131016_212818First Annual Horror and Fantasy Festival at Indulgence Cafe

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20131025_213359Second Craft Beer Tasting with Three Skulls Beer

20131027_104105_1Pieter Dirk Uys, the Return Visit

20130906_174602Lionel Bastos, live at Indulgence Cafe

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20131115_172523Wine and oyster evening with Oneiric Wines

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20131209_095040The Death of a Statesman, Nelson Mandela

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Author’s Cocktail Evening with a whole bunch of great SA authors

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Hamilton Wende Reading from Arabella, the Moon and the Magic Mongongo Nut

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A slightly Disorganized Carols By Candlelight

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We Look forward to a fabulous and fun filled 2014 with more events, more authors and a whole bunch more Indulgent Fun, share this journey with us in this coming year
Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi

Bloody Book Week Events 2013

Bloody Book Week

Bloody Book Week

Well Hello There 🙂

These are the four Bloody Book Week Events that are taking place at Indulgence Cafe on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th of August. The line up is fabulous, the talent immense, the venue delightful and the food delicious and of course you get me thrown into the mix at no extra charge! Book your place today!

Bloody Book Week
We are honoured once again to be part of the Bloody Book Week with Jenny Crwys-Williams and Sunday Times. This exciting week has a host of incredible local and international, very talented crime writers at various locations all over Jozi available to you the public to meet and ask questions of. It is really a wonderful week to be a part of and we have asked for and been given four great events to host with nine top class, very interesting writers and authors! There are snacks and meals included in all the booking fees and books will be available for sale at all events. Please take note of the different start times, two are evening events and two are morning events

1 Aug
Julian Rademeyer and Mtutuzeli Nyoka, Killing in the African Bush
Mtutuzeli Nyoka: former president of Cricket SA, ENT surgeon, novelist, served as the President of Cricket South Africa (CSA) from 2008 to 2011. He currently lives in Johannesburg where he practices as an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon. His first novel, I Speak to the Silent, was published in 2004 by UKZN Press to widespread critical acclaim, and his second novel A Hill of Fools was published in April 2013 by Picador Africa http://mtutuzelinyoka.com/

Julian Rademeyer: investigative journalist, Alan Paton Award shortlisted author, is an award-winning investigative journalist who, for nearly 20 years, has written and worked for major South African and Australian newspapers and news agencies. Killing for Profit is his Alan Paton shortlisted book for 2013, a searing investigation into one of the most brutal of crimes and ruthless criminal enterprise: rhino poaching.
http://www.randomstruik.co.za/about-the-author.php?authorID=5958

We are charging R120 per head for this event which includes a light buffet dinner available from 6pm. The authors will start promptly at 7.30pm. Please be seated well in advance. Bookings please for catering purposes
The link to the FB event http://www.facebook.com/events/542142289179490/

Julian Rademeyer, Killing for Profit

Julian Rademeyer, Killing for Profit

Mtutuzeli Nyoka

Mtutuzeli Nyoka

2 Aug
Mike Nicol in conversation with Michele Rowe

Michéle Rowe: won the 2011 CWA Debut Dagger Award. Michele is writing South Africa’s second crime trilogy (Mike Nicol wrote the first). The first book in the trilogy What Hidden Lies will be launched at The Bloody Book Week. Michele Rowe is a scriptwriter for television and film. http://www.michelrowe.co.za

Mike Nicol: Journalist, writer and creator of SA’s only krimi page, Crime Beat, a journalist and writer, and convener of online writing courses on creative and non-fiction narrative. His Revenge Trilogy (Payback, Killer Country, Black Heart) is gaining stature abroad. For crime fiction news and interviews go to Crime Beat which is devoted to SA krimis, and more. A writer of stature and a wayward sense of humour, he has contributed, he has Apart from his crime writing, he is a writer of stature and his latest crime novel Cops & Robbers will be launched at the Bloody Book Week. http://mikenicol.bookslive.co.za/bout/

The link to the FB event http://www.facebook.com/events/356745727787886/
We are charging R120 per head for this event which includes a light buffet dinner available from 6pm. The authors will start promptly at 7.30pm. Please be seated well in advance, bookings please for catering purposes.

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Michele Rowe and Mike Nicol

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Michele-Rowe

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3 Aug
Barry Bateman and Alex Eliseev talking Cold Case and true crime in Africa

Barry Bateman: investigative EWN Pretoria-based newsman with fire in his belly. Broke the Oscar Pistorius story on 702, tweeter of superhuman skills. Writing Behind the Door – the Oscar & Reeva Story with Mandy Weiner

Alex Eliseev: Award-winning EWN hard news journalist; on a Taco Kuiper grant for his cold case book: The Murder of Betty Ketani, A Secret Breaks Free (2014) & part of the Barry Bateman/Mandy Weiner Oscar Pistorius bail hearing team http://alexeliseev.co.za/

We are charging R100 per head for this event, breakfast snacks will be served at the tables. Bookings only please, payment in advance. Authors will start promptly at 10am, seating from 8.30am
http://www.facebook.com/events/169116873269416/

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Barry Bateman and Alex Eliseev

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4 Aug
Peter James and Stuart MacBride in conversation with Margie Orford

Peter James: an international best-selling crime thriller novelist published in 36 languages, he has written nine Roy Grace novels (sales are astonishing: 13 million for one of these novels, 11 million for another) but there are stand alone novels as well. His most recent novel is Dead Man’s Time, a Roy Grace novel. He has a particular interest in science, medicine and the paranormal. Novels, all set in Brighton. http://www.peterjames.com

Stuart MacBride: award-winning tartan noir crime writer
Having failed abjectly at architecture/IT/graphic designer/undertaker/etcetera, Stuart began writing a wee book set in Aberdeen, Cold Granite. His anti hero cop is Det Sergeant Logan McRae and the book was snapped up by Harper Collins. His latest book is Close to the Bone, “a typically twisted tale of witchcraft, murder and delusion.” Dying Light, Broken Skin, Flesh House, Blind Eye, Dark Blood, Shatter the Bones and his latest book (Close to the Bone). http://www.stuartmacbride.com

Margie Orford: crime novelist, award-winning journalist, film director, children’s fiction and non-fiction, and patron of Rape Crisis
Margie Orford is a crime novelist, who is already an award winning journalist and film director, and author of children’s fiction, non-fiction and school text books. Born in London, she grew up in Namibia and South Africa.

We are charging R280 per head for this event which includes a light brunch to be served after the talk. Bookings only please, payment in advance. Please email me to confirm. Authors will start promptly at 10am, seating from 9am

The link to the FB event http://www.facebook.com/events/672938522732653/

Peter James and Stuart MacBride

Peter James and Stuart MacBride

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To book just pop me an email to lollipops@telkomsa.net or call us on 0117825062
Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi

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.

Celebrate August 2011

Greetings and salutations Puddings

Happy August tidings!

It is official we have passed the half way mark for the year and now the downhill run to the end of the year and year-end functions start………….start thinking about yours soon!

We wish all our Muslim clients well over Ramadan which begins today, hope the fast goes well.

The weather seems to be warming up very nicely, I hope I am not speaking too soon. So maybe summer is on its merry way back to warm the cockles of the heart. In any event the patio at Indulgence is always warm and friendly and ready to welcome you always

This past Saturday author Mike Nicol was at Indulgence for the second of the July AuthorTalks and I have to say yet again that he is fabulous! What a marvelous speaker and great all round guy to listen to. He held his audience in the palm of his hand as we happily lapped up everything he had to say! What an absolute pleasure thank you so much Mike and everyone who joined us as usual!

 

So what is happening @Indulgence this month:

 

August 9th Woman’s Day

Celebrate being a magnificent and magical being,  WOMAN, on this very special day that is just for us! Everyday should be Women’s Day but being such magnanimous wonderful creatures we settle for one day of the year! Join us at Indulgence and revel in your womanhood in elaborate style! Dress up to the nines, glamorous, glitzy and blingy, the more you shine the better and then come down and have breakfast with us! Eat whatever your heart desires off the menu, there are no calories in food on public holidays as far as I know. This special will run from 9am to 12 O’clock even though we DO serve breakfast ALL day!  And then the kicker of the day is that any man who comes dressed as a woman will get a surprise discount off his bill! Adventurous men, cross-dressers and transvestites this is your chance to shine as well and you will fit in 175% if not a little more!  There will be a couple of stalls for you to peruse as well with some jewellery and a few other odds and ends……………..we are not laying on a special menu, we think our breakfast menu will rock you just the way it is! Looking forward to seeing you in your finest

 

August 20th AuthorTalk

This month’s author is a mystery author at this point in time………….I promise to get back to you as soon as I have locked him/her down! Whomever it turns out to be will, I promise be just as fabulous and fascinating as all our previous authors. I am shifting the AuthorTalk time back an hour so in future the author will begin at 2pm instead of 3pm. I hope that this will not cause you any inconvenience. Thank you everyone for bringing your books with you, we are starting to get some really nice books in, and also to everyone who has dropped boxes of books here in the past few weeks, thank you as well. On behalf of Animals in Distress I thank you. In the meantime watch this space for our next exciting author!

The August AuthorTalk will also take place on the 3rd Saturday instead of the second, so please make a note in your diary that it will happen on 2pm on the 20th

 

I still have loads of soup on hand with winter starting to wind down, so I am marking it down by 20% for anyone who fancies picking up a few liters. There is a nice variety available still, pop in and take a peek in the freezer……..it is waiting just for you!

If you are having a birthday in August I hope it is happy and your year incredible, have a look at our FB group for some pictures of cakes to help make your event a whole bunch more memorable!

Wishing you a wonderful August, be good to your neighbours (I love one of mine, he moved out his house) and don’t kick the dog!!

 

Calendar:

August 9th Women’s Day Breakfast

August 20th AuthorTalk

 

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June bugs

Good morning  puddings and pies

Happy June bugs to you!

I am sitting here writing this newsletter with what feels like icicles attached to my hands. I am thinking that writers are very dedicated people to write for hours in winter. That just takes huge dedication when it’s cold and I think even more dedication when the weather is fabulous outside and you are inside writing. However I suppose in summer you can move outside to write with an extension cord. I seriously am not going to be doing that for you today. Let me set the scene for you I am sitting at my desk at home with socks, slippers, track suits pants, t-shirt, sweatshirt and a pashmina wrapped around my neck. Add to the mix a brightly coloured hand knitted throw that my mum made for me keeping my lap warm. My hair is standing on end still and my glasses are perched on the end of my red nose. I think frost bite will be setting in shortly. Adele is singing “Someone like you”  gently in the background.  What I think I am trying to say is that this is going to be a very quickly written newsletter just so that I can go back to the snugness of my bed and cuddle up to Madam Amiga with her warm fur and cold nose. She is so much better than an electric blanket or hot water bottle

Indulgence has donned her winter curtains complete with sinkers to hold them down in the wind. The heaters are out and if I can remember I will take the blankies to work tomorrow for you to keep your laps warm. There is loads of hot chocolate in stock with heaps of marshmallows so no excuse to stay away! Thick soups are on offer daily with chunks of our own home baked bread and hot casseroles will be on the specials menu daily for the duration of the cold weather. ! We will keep you warm and well fed, we promise!

So what is happening @ Indulgence this June for you:

Author talks!! Yes talks for more than one, again we have two to offer you! Two of SA’s top female writers will grace our warm patio this month. The first of which is Fiona Snyckers on Saturday, the 11th of June. And the second is Jo-Anne Richards on the 16th of June public holiday!  I do have to repeat myself here, sorry in advance. Fiona will start at 15h00 on Saturday 11th June. Jo-Anne with start @ 13h30 on Thursday June 16th.  Please as always remember to bring along your two books, one to swap and one to donate. Both of our writers this month are incredibly talented and incredibly deserving of our support so please come along and give them your rapt attention!

Fiona Snyckers:

I asked Fiona for a short bio and she was very obliging

Here is my short bio: “Fiona Snyckers is the author of ‘Trinity Rising’ and ‘Trinity On Air’, published by Jonathan Ball; as well as of the ‘Sisterz’ series of mobile phone novels commissioned by the Shuttleworth Foundation.  She lives in Johannesburg.”

I am attaching pics of both my books because I would like to talk about them as a series.

Jo-Anne Richards:

Jo-Anne was a little more forthcoming with her bio:

Jo-Anne Richards is the author of four novels. Her first was the critically acclaimed bestseller, The Innocence of Roast Chicken,, originally published in London by Headline Review, and rereleased by Rebel-e in 2011.

Innocence was short-listed for the M-Net Book Prize and nominated for the Impac International Dublin Literary Award. It was chosen as a Dillon’s Debut in London, to be showcased as an “outstanding first novel”. When it was first published, it reached number one on the South African bestseller list in the week it appeared and remained there for fifteen weeks.

Her other books are My Brother’s Book, published by Picador Africa in March 2008, Touching the Lighthouse, Headline Review, and Sad at the Edges. Her short stories have been included in six collections.

She teaches creative writing, online and face to face, through www.allaboutwritingcourses.com. She lectures at Wits University in the Honours programme in Journalism & Media Studies.

Also at Indulgence this month is the Fetish Flea Market and kink fair! I know that this is not an event for everyone but it is the only one of its kind in Jozi, it only happens every three  months and there is always something new for you to look at so please pop along and support our stall holders! The market is only open on Saturday afternoon from 2pm to 5pm. Come peruse the stalls, bump into your friends, have some lunch or a slice of one of our very delicious cakes and just hang out. It is good unwholesome funJ Regret no under 18’s allowed. So put June 25th in your diary and come visit.

Our freezer is currently stocked with all manner of delicious goodies. There is a large variety of soups and frozen meals in different sizes. Right now there are lamb shanks slow roasted, soft and delicious and packed in twos for your convenience. There is also pickled fish, chicken livers peri-peri and duck and cherry pie. Yesterday we put chicken and mushroom pasta bakes in as well!. So there is something for everyone in the freezer. Why cook when Indulgence and Lollipops can do it for you!

And that is me done, taking the ice blocks attached to the ends of my legs back to bed. Have an awesome week!

Remember to keep believing in yourself, love yourself because if you don’t……………….well you are missing out!

Love ‘n Lollipops

Mandi Friedman

Lollipops Catering

“Food, Passion, Life”

Tel: 011 782 5063  Fax: 0866 33 9331 Cell: 082 895 3698

Indulgence Coffee Cafe, 1 Mount Dev, 225 Beyers Naude Drive, Northcliff ext 5