Thursday Dinner Menus for September 2012

Happy People Eat At Indulgence Cafe

These are the delicious menus that are lined up for Thursday Night Dinners at Indulgence Cafe…………make sure we have your booking early

For the moment, whilst our license is pending, you are welcome to bring your own alcohol

Thursday September Menu

6 Sept
Sweetcorn chowder with home-baked mini loaf bread
Beef Fillet in puff pastry parcels with mushroom sauce, separate
Mashed potato
Or
Mussels in spicy Thai peanut satay gravy served with jasmine rice, top with basil and coriander
Or
Tofu baked in vine leaves with fresh oregano and served with lemon wedges
Warm chocolate sponge pudding and berries

13 Sept
Grilled brown mushroom filled with spinach and feta topped with mozzarella & home-baked roll
Butternut pasta pillows topped with bolognaise sauce and blue cheese crumbled
Or
Baby chickens stuffed with lemon and herb, boiled buttery baby potatoes, chopped parsley, sweet corn fritters
Or
Tofu and peanut stir fry with vegetables and jasmine rice
Open apple and caramel pizzas with thick cream on the side

20 Sept
Avocado half filled with Waldorf salad
Roast pork belly with chunky apple sauce, crusty roast potatoes
Or
Seared salmon with lemony minty salsa Verde, julienned vegetables, brown rice and lentils
Or
Mushroom pie topped with puff crust, mashed potatoes
Bananas, pineapple and marshmallows with separate choc sauce

27 Sept
Fresh asparagus tartlet
Good old fashioned roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, roast giant potato
Or
Chicken and vegetable stir fry with sesame seeds, jasmine rice soy and lime
Or
Brinjal steaks with sauce
Mini trifles with sherry

We cannot wait to feed you!

The Month of Love & other Delights

Helllooooooooooo Everyone

January is pretty much us and the month of love almost upon us! What do you have planned for Valentine’s Day? Girls do you realize that as this is a leap year you are allowed and encouraged to take the leap and ask your man to marry you? I had two offers of marriage today but I think they were only because they both need someone to cook for them and they thought I owned the Lollipop Lounge! Poor boys, Lollipops Caters to your other needs! This month my baby girl, Indulgence, celebrates her 6th birthday! She should have started grade 1 primary school with all the other kids this year but I decided that she is constantly learning in the school of life and for this beautiful girl a little bit more home schooling is not going to be a bad thing, plus the text books are a whole bunch cheaper and we won’t mention the uniforms!! Come celebrate with us! Come raise your glass and toast my beautiful non-furry girl on the 25th of February from 2pm to 5pm! There will be loads of pink bubbly on ice and cupcakes galore to feast upon and best of all this is we are not charging you one cent to come to our little party! Just pop in and have a glass with us! Email me to say if you are coming so I know how many bottles of bubbly to buy and how many cupcakes to ice!

So what else is happening @ Indulgence this month of love:

AuthorTalk

This month’s AuthorTalk is a gala affair with not one but two authors on February 11th. This is THE month of the year that we hand over all the books that you guys have helped us collect over the past 12 months. Heading up our fabulous double bill is Charmaine Pauls, a South African girl living in Chile who has just published her first book. Charmaine is taking time to make her debut appearance during her fleeting trip to South Africa. She will followed by the never short of controversy, David Bullard who really needs no further introduction as far as I am concerned! For this event we are doing things a little differently so please take note of the following: There will be a two course plated set menu @ R75 per head. There will of course be a choice of red meat, white meat or vegetarian so no one will go hungry followed by a delicious desert as only Indulgence can! Serving lunch from 12h30 BOOKINGS BOOKINGS BOOKINGS only please!

Both authors will have books on sale and of course they will quite happily sign them for you. I will see if I can persuade them to each give us one to hand out in the draw! As far as Animals In Distress is concerned please bring along whatever you can that will help an animal in distress from blankets, food, toys, kennels etc! They are happy to take anything that we can give them that will help our furry friends! Amiga will hand over her pocket money that was raised from her birthday party in Decembe. And then of course this is a brand new year for collecting books so remember as always to bring along your two books, one to swap and one to donate as we begin collecting a whole new year of books for Amiga’s charity of choice!

About our authors:

Charmaine Pauls South African born Charmaine Pauls followed a career in all the facets of her communications degree, including public relations, journalism, advertising, and brand marketing. Her debut novel, Between Yesterday and Tomorrow, was released in August 2011. Her second novel, Between Fire and Ice, will be released by Melange Books in August 2012. She currently resides in Chile with her husband and two children

David Bullard South Africa’s best loved celebrity “racist”. Author of South Africa’s most talked about newspaper column (Out to Lunch), TV presenter, after dinner speaker and exposer of humbuggery. Loathes political correctness and lefties. Now writing for Playboy magazine every month.

Valentine’s Day

“I love you in a place where there’s no space or time

I love you for in my life you are a friend of mine

And when my life is over

Remember when we were together

We were alone and I was singing this song for you

We were alone and I was singing this song for you” 1972 The Carpenters

Unfortunately Valentine’s Day falls during the week this y

ear so the best I can offer you on the actual day is my love! Hahaha, on the other hand of you feel like going out to breakfast we will open at 7.30am so you can bring your girlfriend, wife or secretary for a quickie breakfast on the way to work. Nothing says I love you better than crispy bacon and scrambled eggs! We have a very romantic range of heart shaped cakes, cupcakes, heart-shaped biscuits, chocolate roses and gingerbread men with big hearts if you fancy sending some to the office, the school or your home! Make my life a tad easier and order early so we can avoid disappointing anyone

! (by the way I love flowers, Lindt chocolate, Dune perfume and like most women gold, silver and diamonds work fabulously )

Calendar

Feb 11 AuthorTalk with David Bullard and Charmaine Pauls

Feb 14 Valentine’s Breakfast

Feb 25 Indulgence FREE birthday party

Next month @Indulgence we have the book about advocate B

arbie, the Fetish Flea Market and one or two other things so watch out for your next newsletter! And that is all I have to say for now!

Have a very romantic, very lovely month. Be kind to yourself, love your neighbour not his wife and be safe!

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

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Greetings and salutations fabulous People

Happy spring Puddings!

This is feeling like a long newsy, newsy newsletter so please make yourself comfortable before you begin reading.

Thank you for the incredible turnout on Saturday 20th August  for the talk by McIntosh Polela. The talk was fantastic and the audience, well you rocked. Give yourselves a round of applause.

So happy spring, finally the air outside begins to warm up, the sun is coming up earlier,  blossoms are showing up on trees all over the place, birds are building nests and love is in the air. Okay, I am getting a little carried away now so let me get down to business.

September is National Arbor Month and I thought as a really nice gesture we could attempt to raise some money to buy  some indigenous trees to donate to the city to a community project of some sort. My friend Malcolm works for City Parks and can point us in the right direction as well as ensure the trees get purchased and planted in the correct place. I am very keen to do this and hope that you are as well. If anyone has any ideas about how we should go about this please let me know and I can get the ball rolling!! (ASAP)

It is starting to warm up nicely and I still have quite a bit of soup in the freezer so I was wondering if anyone wants to purchase any at half price. The usual price is R40/R45 per liter but for the month of September I will be selling it off at R20 a bucket! I really need to do this so I can clear some space in the freezer for ice-cream! Yip, we are going to be making our own delicious full cream full sugar ice cream for the summer and if there enough time some sorbet as well! So please take some of the soup off my hands, it really is incredibly good value and  you can always  eat it cold in summer (well some of it at least)

Lollipops Catering also got a nice little mention in the online EatIn magazine this past week, so I am quite chuffed about that! The link below will take you there, just look at the article on caterers

http://newsletters.newmediapub.co.za/display.php?M=735496&C=6b3f61e09d1689f9e4e9c069a34c572a&S=4622&L=1094&N=1658

@Indulgence this month:

Secretaries day

Secretaries day falls on the 7th  of  September  so bring your secretary for breakfast to Indulgence, we are open for business from 7.30am. We are not making a huge fancy breakfast so just order off our regular menu. You are welcome to pre-order breakfast as well if it speeds your morning along. Alternatively order her/him a dozen of our incredibly gorgeous  cupcakes and we will deliver them to the office for youJ

AuthorTalks

In September we have two AuthorTalks booked, one for the regular Saturday afternoon on the 10th of September and a second for the Heritage Day holiday on the 24th of September.

I am hoping to bring you a double bill for the 10th, two fabulous authors for the price of two books. Not a bad deal me thinks. As yet the second author remains unconfirmed so let me just give you a little info on our first author for the 10th, Hamilton Wende

Hamilton Wende is a freelance writer and television producer based in Johannesburg.  He is a regular contributor to From Our Own Correspondent on Radio 4 on the BBC.  He has also contributed to the BBC World Service programme Letter.  He is a columnist for The Star in Johannesburg and his articles have appeared in many international and South African newspapers and magazines, including National Geographic Traveler, The Chicago Tribune, GQ, Maclean’s Magazine in Canada, TravelAfrica in the UK, The New Zealand Herald, The Buffalo News in the US, The Sunday Times, Business Day, The Sunday Independent in Johannesburg and many others.

He has been a guest on The Editors on the SABC, and has been a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, the  English Department at The University of Cape Town and at The University of the Witwatersrand, at the Durban Institute of Technology and at the Cape Town Press Club, and the Muthaiga Club in Nairobi.  He has also appeared on a number of radio and television programmes including MSNBC, SABC TV,  AM Live and on Radio 702.

In television he has worked for a number of international networks including CNN, BBC, NBC, ABC (Australia), SBS (Australia), NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Al Jazeera English and a number of others.  He has covered fifteen different wars in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  The countries he has worked in include Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Rwanda, Congo, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Angola, Sudan, Eritrea, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan.

Journey Into Darkness, a documentary on the genocide in Rwanda he worked on for the BBC with producer David Harrison and correspondent Fergal Keane won the 1994 Royal Television Society’s International Current Affairs AwardA Life Less Fortunate, a film on children in South African prisons he worked on with Belinda Hawkins of SBS won the 1999 United Nations Association of Australia Media Award.

           He has written six books the one being featured is:

House of War A love story and thriller about searching for the lost diaries of Alexander the Great in the badlands of northern Afghanistan while being hunted by Al Qaeda. published by Penguin in 2009.  It was long-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Award in 2010.

Doesn’t that just sound fabulous and girls he has that sort of James Bondy look……well that’s my opinion at least! As soon as I have some clarity on the possible second author for the same day I will let you know! Table bookings worked really well for the last AuthorTalk so I would like to continue the trend into the future, please book a table for all future AuthorTalksJ

Then on the 24th of September we are having a second AuthorTalk with author Craig Higginson and his book The Landscape Painter. Below is information about the book and the author.

It is winter in London in 1947. When Arthur Bailey, an elderly painter who lives alone, catches sight of a young woman, Felicity, about to move into the neighbouring bed-sit, he is stirred to recall in haunting detail a long-suppressed narrative. The Landscape Painter is a double tale of obsession, betrayed trust and irrepressible hope, which emerges as Arthur’s story unfolds. As a young, brilliant landscape painter he travelled to South Africa in 1898 in pursuit of his best friend’s sister, the beautiful and mysterious Carwyn Hamilton. Carwyn’s subsequent shocking betrayal led Arthur down a dark path of humiliation and haunted him for the next fifty years. As Arthur delves ever deeper into his most intimate thoughts and desires, the past and present come together in a series of surprising turns and parallels and we meet a range of memorable characters – from the malevolent German governess, Miss Klimt, to Carwyn’s flirtatious and increasingly senile grandmother, Mutti. Finally, Arthur is forced to confront Felicity with the irreducible damage done to him. From the gold-crazed streets of early Johannesburg to the epic battlefields of the Anglo-Boer War, and the austerity of post-Second World War Britain, The Landscape Painter is a spectacular historical novel packed with wit and insight and crafted in Higginson’s lyrical and sinuous but surgical prose.

Craig Higginson is the Literary Manager of the Market Theatre in Johannesburg and teaches creative writing at the University of the Witwatersrand. In February 2010, Craig’s novel Last Summer was released to critical and popular acclaim. He is also well known as a playwright. The Girl in the Yellow Dress has had sold-out seasons at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town and the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. It is currently on at the Market Theatre. His first play, Dream of the Dog, appeared at the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End in a sold-out production featuring Janet Suzman.

What an incredible double bill we have lined up for the month of September and I promise to let you know soonest if it is to be a triple bill!

As always please bring along two lekker books, one to swap and one to donate! The cause is a good one I promise. Please note that authors now start at 2.15pm promptly!

All events are posted on Facebook as well

Jewish new year

Then finally for September’s newsletter it is the first night of the Jewish New Year on the night of the 28th. If anyone would like the price list for all the yummy foods we make for this holiday please let me know and I will forward it to  you! Herrings, Tzimmes, kichel etc, etc

Let me take this opportunity to wish all our Jewish clients and friends a very happy New Year, Chag Sameach and well over the fast.

A last little favour to Mandi. Lollipops Catering and Indulgence Café please would you, when you get a gap, go onto our Facebook pages and “LIKE” them, the links are posted below. Pretty please and very pretty thank you.

Indulgence Café http://www.facebook.com/pages/Indulgence-Cafe/136482686444382?ref=ts

Lollipops Catering http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lollipops-Catering/6174591596

Have a fabulous September, a wonderful spring and remember to come and visit us @Indulgence real soon!

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

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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tut tut it’s July already!

Greetings and salutations to you, my fellow ice lollies and frozen popsicles 
I hope that you are loving winter’s cold embrace at the moment. No, don’t shake your head, winter is almost over the solstice has passed and summer is on the way back. I know it doesn’t feel like it now but soon you will be complaining to me that it is too hot, too wet and when is there going to be a little respite from the heat
July is a mere few days away, have you RICA’d your cell phones yet? Traders have you RICA’d the sim cards in the credit card machines? Heaven forbid they should cease to work on the 1st of July, just in time for the week end! Note to self………..go RICA your sim Mandi!

So June is almost behind us and what a month it was at Indulgence! We had two fabulous authors grace our floor, Fiona Snyckers and Jo-Anne Richards, both these ladies were incredible to be around, informative, friendly, intelligent and incredibly engaging! I only had a back view of Jo-Anne because the shop was so packed I couldn’t get to the front to take pictures! Then this past weekend we had the 4th or 5th, I have now lost count, Kink and Fetish Flea Market which was a huge success with all the traders doing some business and the coffee shop doing a roaring trade. We lit a fire outside and the wind very politely died down for the afternoon so we could enjoy the winter sunshine!

The shop freezer is bulging at the seams again. We have to keep re-stocking it with soups and ready-made meals. At the moment there is ox-tail, lamb curry, beef curry and beef lasagna in abundance! Don’t cook when we can cook for you! The biscuit shelves are also groaning under the weight of the wonderful stock our kitchen keeps producing so come and stock up today! A quick reminder about the 5 day meal packs we do, aimed mainly towards the elderly. We prepare these for collection on a Monday afternoon, 5 different meals for you to take home and freeze for just R150 for the pack. Great value and fabulously convenient. We don’t offer you a choice in the meals but you are welcome to tell us if there is something you don’t or cannot eat.

Is there anyone who would like to play chess? We would like to start a chess hang out at Indulgence one afternoon or morning a week. This is open to all levels of chess playing individuals….apart from Olympians Author Diana Duff is looking to get this going ASAP so get in touch with me post haste!

So what is happening @Indulgence this month:
Again I am going to spoil you with two authors in one month you lucky puddings!!
On the 9th of July we have author and journalist Nikki Temkin coming to chat to us about her book, Jozi Chic. This is a one stop guide to all the hottest places in our beloved city of gold, Johannesburg.
A brief bio about Nikki
Nikki Temkin barely passed home economics at school but excelled at creative writing, which set the tone for her future as a young woman
determined to become a paid writer and a better cook.
Her colourful career has included a stint as an advertising copywriter, a TV producer/screenwriter, website editor and various other jobs in the media industry. Over the last eight years she has written prolifically for magazines and newspapers; her longest gig was with The Sunday Times Magazine as TV columnist, critic and features writer. Other than living in the UK while completing her Master’s degree in 1997, Nikki has always lived in Johannesburg, through each of this exciting city’s incarnations.

Here comes my usual blurb…………please be seated by 14h30, the author will start promptly at 3pm. Don’t worry the patio will be heated and if it is on the cold side we will set up in the shop instead, there are also blankies available to put on your laps!
Please, please, please remember to bring along your two books. One of these is to swap and the other is to donate. In February we will hand over all the collected books to Animals in Distress, Amiga’s charity of choice! Please support this very worthwhile cause. Books really are the price of entry into this event, the authors give us their time, sometimes they sell a few books, Indulgence just provides a venue so your books really are important to us and the animals. Amiga will thank you later.

At the end of the month 30 July, author Mike Nicol is coming up from Cape Town to launch his new book Black Heart. He was so blown away by you guys the last time he was here that he is coming back to visit Indulgence specifically! Is that not awesome?! Mike will start at 2pm, this is a whole hour earlier than usual so please bear that in mind!!
Mike Nicol is a full-time writer. He is the author of seven novels, five of which have been published in both the UK and the US, and have been translated into several languages. He lives in Cape Town
Internationally acclaimed, and regarded by many to be one of South Africa’s top crime thriller writers, Mike Nicol concludes his Revenge Trilogy with the fast-paced, compelling Black Heart.
Published in the UK as well, the trilogy sees characters Mace Bishop and Pylon Bishop again making their appearance as in Payback and Killer Country, books one and two of the series.
Pitted against archenemy Sheemina February, Mace is in the kill zone when his and Pylon’s security company is contracted to provide security to a local arms designer tendering to supply a weapons system to the SA navy. The tender process is fraught with danger and bribes and threats abound. Enter the National Intelligence Agency that puts pressure on Mace and Pylon to steal the weapons system. Gradually, the hidden hand of Sheemina February becomes all too clear.
Hailed by John Connolly as one of the brightest thriller writing talents of the last decade, Nicol brings to a nail-biting close the story of Mace and Pylon with this riveting grand finale.

Then on the 24th we will have our annual Christmas in July lunch. This is the same day as the 702 Walk the Talk, so book your table and come join us afterwards if you are walking. As always there will be a full buffet with tables groaning with food. I will make my delicious Gluwein recipe. Christmas crackers will be on the tables, all you need to bring are inexpensive pressies for your friends at your table. There will be gammon, turkey, Christmas pudding and brandy custard and a whole host of other yummy, delicious and delectable delights! The cost is R165 per person, booking is supremely essential so I know how many Christmas crackers to hide. Kids are at a reduced rate as always and your full, happy and content tummy is our main concern
We will be seating from 12h30 for lunch at 1pm.

Next month @Indulgence:
There will be a Woman’s Day breakfast on the 9th of August, the Author Talk in the 13th of August, and one or two other exciting things!
I am away from the 17th to the 21st of July so don’t call me, I will call you………………..but the kitchen will run full steam ahead and you will be well looked after I promise!

Calendar:
9 July Author Talk with Nikki Temkin
24 July Christmas in July lunch
30 Author Talk with Mike Nicoll

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Feeding you is our absolute pleasure so come and visit us again soon! Have an awesome July, enjoy the school holidays! Stay safe, be wild, insane and always incredible

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

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

Autumn colours beckon, April 2011

Hello, hello, hello Everybody

 Hope that this email finds you in good spirits, hale, hearty and full of the joys of life! I am starting to sound like a stuck record but can you believe with the arrival of April we are already a quarter of the way through the year?! I can’t! I mean do I need to be thinking about what stock to get in for Christmas already? Speaking of stock, we will soon be cooking up some awesome soups for the winter months that we will keep frozen for you to pick up anytime you like! However I am getting a tad ahead of myself at the moment so let me start at the beginning! This is going to be a long newsy newsletter, so grab a cup of coffee with a nice shot of something in it, put your feet up and kick back and relax!

April @Indulgence

 This is a busy month with so many public holidays to get through. It is going to make it a little confusing knowing when we are open and when we are closed, so before I go any further let me lay it all out for you! Unusually we will be CLOSED the entire Easter week end that is the 22nd, 23rd , 24th and 25th of April. Every other regular trading day we are open! Simple

Whilst on the subject of Easter……the big white bunny with the floppy ears and bushy tail has promised to have all the eggs in this basket by the 4th of April so pop in and have a look at what we have, I promise there will be a few different ones from the norm, big ones, small ones and something to fit every budget! April also brings us the Jewish holiday of Pesach and as usual we will have all the food in store that you are going to need!

Have a look at the list below and let me know what we can make for you! Please order well in advance so I know exactly how much fish to mince, taigels to boil and herrings to pickle! Please remember this is Jewish food but not kosher! You are welcome to phone the order in or email me! First night is Monday 18th April. Indulgence will be open right through Pesach.

Pesach 2011 price list

 

Chopped herring R100.00 per kilo

Danish herring R100.00 per kilo

Dill mayo herring R100.00 per kilo

Herring in cream and pineapple R100.00 per kilo

Pickled fish R95.00 per kilo

Pickled fish balls R95.00 per kilo

Fish balls, plain R80.00 per kilo

Fish cakes R80.00 per kilo

 Gefilte fish R100.00 per kilo

 Baked gefilte fish loaf R100.00 per kilo

Chopped liver R95.00 per kilo

Chicken soup R50.00 per liter

Kneidlach R7.00 each

Curried butternut soup R50.00 per liter

Roast chicken R45 per chicken

Roast leg of lamb R205.00 per kilo

Roast potatoes R4.50 each

Potato latkes R7.00 each

Chocolate brownie cake, dairy and flour free, 8 slice R120.00

Orange cake, dairy and flour free, 8 slice R120.00

Meringue and fresh berry roulade, dairy free R185.00

Taiglach R130 per kilo

 Author Talks!!

Yip, there are two of them this month!!! How exciting is that! We figured that seeing as there are some days to spare this month and you may not have anything else planned we would spoil you!! The first Author Talk is April 9th with Tom Cottrell whose book, “5 hour Pilgrim”, has a lovely tale to tell of his monumental promise to himself to run a marathon on every continent in his 50th year! I am, as you may have noticed, not a runner but even I loved this book (yes, for once I have read the book ahead of the time!) You don’t have to be a runner or sporty to enjoy this book, it is an easy read and inspirational as well. We may even have a surprise visit from Bruce Fordyce for this talk, you just never know! As always please be seated by 14h30 for the author to start at 15h00 promptly. Please, as always, remember to bring along your two books, one to donate and one to swap!

How do you measure personal success? After reading this book, your definition will change forever.

This is a story of life; a search for meaning. Tom Cottrell spends his fiftieth year on a personal pilgrimage, running a marathon on every continent. His quest – the growth of his Soul. The standard marathon is made up of twenty miles of hope followed by six miles of truth. Join the Five Hour Pilgrim’s marathon effort as he discovers his own Spirit. Tom Cottrell was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Renowned for his best-loved annual The Runners’ Guide to Road Races in South Africa, he has inspired hundreds of athletes at all levels to achieve their goals. Tom is chairman of Hospice-in-the-West.

What the critics say – “Tom Cottrell writes with raw honesty about events and feelings that most of us try to suppress, much less express in public. His philosophy of goodness and indestructible optimism has been forged by hardship that began before his birth. This is a story of a life lived to the full. A life without the need for excuses. Not now. Not ever.” Professor Tim Noakes, University of Cape Town and Sports Science Institute of South Africa.

Author of Lore of Running “Husbandhood, fatherhood, Southafricanism, travelogue, success and failure and which is which, a pinch of Gibran and a dash of Descartes … Tom turns his runner’s eyes to a startlingly wide world, and records it with unveiled pen. ” Denis Beckett, Award-winning author, publisher, TV producer “Tom writes and runs in the heartbeat of every moment. The reader runs with him”

Dr Dorian Haarhoff, former Professor of English Literature, University of Namibia. Writer, mentor, poet, storyteller. Author of The Writer’s Voice.

Then because I love all of you sooooooo much on Freedom Day, Wednesday, April 27th Diana Duff will be joining us with her book, Leaves From the Fig tree. I have read an excerpt from the book and I loved reading it and my brain in crying out for more! Diana is a very entertaining speaker so come and join us on the 27th for these lovely extra event! This talk is starting earlier! So please be seated by 13h30 for the author to start promptly at 14h00! This is an hour earlier than usual so please remember that and it is on Wednesday, not Saturday!!

About Diana Duff………………….. Born in Africa but Irish by descent, Diana Duff went to live, aged two, with her grandparents in a Georgian stately home, Annes Grove, set in world-renowned gardens. Enveloped by this rich tapestry, her world seemed magical – the Judas tree reputed to flower only on Good Friday; rare rhododendrons from Tibet; a Chinese coffin tree and blue meconopsis poppies – with talk of horses and fishing juxtaposed with tales of banshees, ráths and the foxy-haired ghost, visits from Elizabeth Bowen, Vita Sackville-West, David Cecil and many others. Aged 18, she returned to Africa to a father she scarcely knew; to Ruanda and Uganda; to crystal lakes and forest gorillas; to Kenya, where she met the legendary Grogan and Raymond Hook who raced cheetahs in Haringay; where she doubled for Grace Kelly in Mogambo; a transfer to Johannesburg, where she challenged the authorities at the height of apartheid – and emerged victorious. With humour, eloquence, empathy and candour, Diana shares her adventures and her arrival at a place from her childhood, where family truths are learned, along with the realisation that Africa has real magic all of its own.

Our biscuit shelves are groaning under the weight of some really yum goodies, there are potted peaches in brandy, potted apricots in brandy, plums in port, jams, preserves and other what-nots like olive oil, salt and pepper, teas and awesome hand bags from Mexico and Easter eggs on the way! Come shopping please, the bank manager is asking very nicely! We have loads of lovely stock in at the moment so we look forward to seeing you soon!

Indulgence has also just had a facelift bit of a nip and tuck with a hint of a Botox injection so she is looking really lovely at the moment. The patio is at its most warm and welcoming even with the lousy weather that we are having and Amiga is missing you if she hasn’t seen you lately so just pop in and say HI!

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Calendar:

 April 1st April : April Fools Friday!

9th Author Talk Tom Cottrell

18th Pesach first night

22nd-24th Easter week end (closed)

27th Author Talk Diana Duff Next month

@Indulgence Author talk with Joanne Richards and of course its our Mother’s Day lunch 

One final parting incy wincey little note, we would like to wish all our Jewish customers, friends and family a very happy Pesach, Chag Sameach and everything of the best and to our Christian customers and our staff we wish you a very Happy Easter filled with lots of love and family and really, really good food.

As always if you would prefer not to receive these newsletters then please just send me a mail with “unsubscribe” in the subject line!

Remember to be nice to yourself

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