Lamb on a Spit

This Week at Indulgence Cafe

Hello Everybody 🙂
I strolled back into work today after two consecutive days off which was absolutely delicious I have to say! The downside is that now I need to scramble to get this information to you before it is too late and you wander off elsewhere!
Thursday dinners are going along fabulously but I still need to keep telling you that we are open Thursday evenings for a little while so that you don’t forget………………ever!
The menu changes from week to week, is just R100 and of course whilst our liquor license is pending you are welcome to bring along your own alcohol with NO corkage

This week’s menu:
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……..

Of course this is a long week end coming up crowned with Heritage Day on Monday the 24th and we have planned an absolutely fabulous feast for you with some incredible, incredible, incredible jazz by the Peter Auret Trio! They played here for their dinner one Thursday night and they were such a smash hit that I knew we just had to have them here again! So they will be here and there will be yummy, delicious and stunning lamb on the spit to eat, with chicken and a vegetarian option and salads and, and, and…….
Join us! R140 a head, kids under 10 are free
It is fabulous way to spend this week’s bonus day off!

The newsletter will come out next week, just watch your inbox 🙂

Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi

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!

Time Marches on…………March 2012

Greetings and Salutations wonderful People of the Indulgence and Lollipops Family!
(wow, that was a mouthful)
Happy March!

Instead of worrying about the Ides of March I think we should be marching with the faeries, eating carrots with the bunnies, hunting Easter eggs with the kids, running with the wolves, dancing to the music and in some cases listening to the voices in our heads. The last one of course not being applicable to axe murderers, psychopaths and bunny boilers because who knows where that could end! (Also if you are a little worried about the Ides of March remember NEVER to turn your back on a friend)
Am really sorry to do this to you but this newsletter is very long, there is so much going on and happening in March so I am putting the calendar at the top of the newsletter for a change in case you don’t have the time or energy to plow your way through the rest…………………

Calendar: March 2012
10th              AuthorTalk with Liezl Thom, Shattered Lives (the Advocate Barbie Story)

17th               Fetish & Kink Market, no under 18’s allowed

21st               Human Rights Day Haven’t got anything planned as yet but I’m open to suggestions
31st               Mandi goes away

6th April     First night Pesach, Good Friday
6th April     Indulgence and Lollipops Catering closed

10th April   Indulgence and Lollipops Catering open

10th  April   Mandi comes back

Want to know more…………………..feel free to read on!

Thank you everyone for the good wishes for Indulgence’s 6th birthday and to those of you who were at our party, you were awesome braving the storm. We had a blast, thank you for spending the afternoon with us, we are going to do this again next year without a doubt! Anyone who wasn’t here well just make sure you are here next year! I can’t say thank you enough to Adrian Ziller and all his musical mates who helped us pass the afternoon away with their laid back tunes and to Pat Sloane for taking such awesome pics which are up on the Indulgence  Cafe and Lollipops Catering pages on Facebook! I have included a few below for you to look at as well.

Jodene Sheer of Jodene.co.za posted in her blog on 25 Feb the following:

http://jodene.co.za/projectme/happy-6th-birthday-indulgence-cafe-project-me-day-785/

                  

              

           

Animals in Distress joined us on the 12th for the AuthorTalk with Charmaine Pauls and David Bullard during which I made a complete tit of myself in front of the entire audience of 75 odd people and went blank when talking about David Bullard. Just couldn’t remember his name for about 40 seconds or so and even with Charmaine saying David, David and David in my left ear I was thinking to myself “what is she on about, who is David?”
I have to say that I had a fabulous giggle about it for the next few minutes and old what’s his name didn’t seem too offended! We also had a VIP visitor in the form of Bruce Sutherland who was our January Author. Put David and Bruce together and you have a recipe for two naughty boys brewing up trouble! As usual I am digressing because I was telling you about Animals in Distress. They collected a wonderful amount of books and assorted other goodies from us, blankets, baskets etc and Amiga handed over her pocket-money collected from her birthday, a very nice tidy sum of R500. So well done everyone, please pat yourselves on the back and thank you to everyone who contributed to our collection, you guys rock!

Charmaine Pauls wrote us a fabulous thank you in her blog http://www.charmainepauls.com/charmainesblog/?p=204

                               

     

  

Onto other stuff now……………what’s happening at Indulgence Café this month:
Coffee talk:
This month we introduce you to Jacaranda from Brazil, You can try this coffee as one of our plungers @ R30 or take home a 250gram paper bag for R75
FAZENDA JACARANDA
Country: Brazil
Region: South of Minas Gerais state, municipality of Machado
Farm: Jacarandá Estate
Farm Size: 90 hectares
Shade grown: 30 % of the farm is shaded coffee
Type: Pulped Natural
Varieties: 30 % Yellow Bourbon, 30 % Mundo Novo, 20 % Yellow Catuai, 10 % Yellow Icatu,10 % others
Certification: Organic
Lot: PBO 900713
Altitude: 1100 – 1200 meters
Packing: Special PP Bags
Harvest year: 2010-2011
Carlos Franco and his family own the Jacarandá Estate, a 200 hectare coffee plantation in the mountains of Minas Gerais in southern Brazil. The old farm, which has been in the Franco family for 6 generations, was founded in 1856. “The coffee produced at the Jacaranda farm supports a community with its own social and cultural identity. The work of planting, cultivating, and processing is an essential part of the development of the community”

AuthorTalk
10th of March we bring you Liezl Thom with her book Shattered Lives about Cezanne Visser aka Advocate Barbie! Given all the hype about a possible early parole that is going on at the moment this one should be very interesting! Do I need to say more?
About the author:
Liezl Thom covered the sex crimes trial of Cezanne Visser and her co-accused, Dirk Prinsloo from day 1 for Eyewitness News. Listeners of Talk Radio 702, 567 Cape Talk, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 Kfm were simultaneously repulsed and enthralled by the salacious details revealed in the courtroom – both when Prinsloo and Visser were standing trial together and later, after Prinsloo skipped bail and fled the country, when Visser remained alone in the dock.
By her own admission, Liezl had to sanitize her daily accounts of the trial to make it suitable for her radio audiences. In Shattered Lives, the Story of Advocate Barbie she tells the story in its shocking entirety, with added insights from her co-author and state witness, Laurie Pieters.

Liezl Thom Shattered Lives, The Advocate Barbie Story
Liezl resigned from Eyewitness News in 2010 – but her association with the brand continues to this day. She regularly stands in for Kate Turkington on Sunday nights’ Believe it or Not on 702 and still does the occasional story for EWN on a freelance basis. The rest of her time is divided between her life coaching practice, writing and being a mom to her two boys

Fetish & Kink Flea Market
On St Patrick’s Day, the 17th of March we will hold our first Fetish & Kink Market of the year! Yes, I do know this is not an event that sits comfortably with everyone but it is a very relaxed, very fun experience and you get a glimpse of a chunk of life you know absolutely nothing about. What is life if we are not being exposed to new and different things all the time. Every day we should learn something new even if it is just the name of that really ugly spider crawling up your wall right now. So join us, come browse maybe buy an item or two, make a few new friends, see a few old friends, eat a burger, have a slice of cake and top it all off with a delicious cappuccino. I will see what the story is with scrounging up some green beer to dish out on the day or just bring your own green beer along. Leprechauns are welcome but under 18’s aren’t, sorry about that, so no dressing your kids up as the little guy and trying to sneak them in, I SEE LITTLE PEOPLE!
2-5pm, dress casual, no entry charge just pay for what you buy and bring loads of cash with! Did you know that St Paddy

is the patron saint of kinks…………no? Well neither did he!

Human Rights Day

open to suggestions……………….got any?

Holidays:

The Jewish holiday of Pesach falls at the exact same time as Easter this year. The first night of Pesach being April 6th which is Good Friday. So to all of you dear ones, Happy Pesach and Happy Easter! Seeing as I am covering both bases at the same time in this one post  let me just say that a range of small Easter eggs will be in stock in the next two to three weeks and if any of our Jewish clients would like and food for Pesach I am busy with the price list at the moment. Please feel free to let me know if you would like me to mail the price list to you! Whilst on the subject I wrote a fun blog on some of the more traditional Jewish foods based on a short email that I received.

If you feel like reading it, please have a look at the post prior to this one entitled “Traditional-jewish-food-or-weapons-of-mass-destruction-hahahah”

I am going to be away from the 31st of March to the 10th of April. While I am away please deal directly with the kitchen on 011 782 5063 or email me but allow me time to respond as I am not in the country and have limited access to the internet. Indulgence and Lollipops Catering will be closed from Friday the 6th of April and will re-open on the 10th of April. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause!
If you are traveling be safe, if you are staying home eat copious amounts of Easter eggs, especially the marshmallow ones and if you are indulging in large doses of matzos…………well, need I say more

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Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi Friedman

“Food, Passion, Life”

Greetings and salutations all you fabulous people!
Happy Spring, happy summer, happy life and happy Halloween! It is the SCARY month and this month’s news letter is so jam packed full of interesting goodies it may look at little scary first glance to read through but persevere it will be worth the effort! Hope you are all well and dandy and ready for the beginning of the downhill run to the end of the year!!

Without further ado let me get straight down to business. There are some new and exciting items on the menu in terms of drinks for the summer season as well as new coffees for you to try out!
For our more discerning coffee drinking customers we are introducing coffee in two different varieties, in a plunger @R25 for 3 cups making this fantastic value! Monthly we will change one of the types of coffee bringing you a new taste sensation every month unless you tell us you love the taste so much we shouldn’t change it again for a while! To start with we are bringing you Colombian Espresso and Honduran Organic to try out! Both types of coffee with be available ground on our shelves to purchase as well and are very reasonably priced @ R65 per bag.

Organic Coffee from Honduras in South America
A superb coffee where the beans have been allowed to grow wild and free from any chemicals and pesticides. Very smooth and light with a subtle after taste this is the perfect cup of coffee to enjoy anytime, anywhere. As a cappuccino, Americano or espresso this superb 100% single origin Arabica coffee is extremely fresh and simply awesome.

Colombian Coffee
In true Latin American style comes a beautiful full bodied, full flavour single origin coffee. Very smooth, very distinct with a superb aroma this coffee leaves a medium after taste that has you asking for more. 100% Arabica and extremely fresh this coffee will have your mind whisked off to distant shores where stress is forbidden and siesta’s are the order of the day.

Staying with coffee is our new Iced Coffee Granita (Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee) 100% home made . We freeze the coffee in ice trays and then blend it when you order it giving you delicious brain freeze from REAL coffee, not an instant powder! For the more health conscious is our Strawberry Granita! YUMMY! Made with 100% real strawberries frozen and blended with a little fructose, fresh, crisp, cold and delicious. A definite MUST for summer 2011/12 Granitas are R30 each

So we have a jam packed bunch of things to do this month @Indulgence starting with …………………….

AuthorTalks…………yip two of them and both real corkers!
The first one is on the 15th of October at 2pm with Athele Oosterbroek sister to the slain photographer Ken Oosterbroek. Ken was featured in the Bang, Bang Club (you guys remember we had ? here last year to talk about the book and the movie that has just come out) Please note this is the 3rd Saturday in October. I have moved it because of the Jewish holiday that falls on the 8th. This sounds like an interesting read, especially for those who are spiritually inclined. Please book with me!
It takes honesty, guts and sustained hard work to find and give birth to the authentic you. We make the same mistakes again and again until we don’t. We think
we’ve arrived only to find we’re back where we started. And we may well give up entirely or feel that we’re failing because all the same things keep coming around again and again.
This is an autobiography of the brave and honest kind. Athelé – metaphysician, spiritual teacher and professional numerologist – takes you on a guided tour of some of the events, processes and relationships that formed and expressed her obsessive drive for approval and its resultant co-dependency and self-sabotaging behaviours. She gives an open-hearted recounting of how difficult it can be to become the person you are meant to be, especially when dealing with the dynamics of close and often difficult relationships – in her case, the relationship with her father and the men
in her life. At the core of this book lies Athelé’s burning hope that the reader will evolve through understanding where she went wrong, rather than have to struggle themselves through endless passages to arrive at the same simple, but life-changing truths. Each chapter explores a central esoteric theme – forgiveness, healing, truth, release, understanding, synthesis, courage, transformation
and independence – and suggests practical shortcuts to those spiritual destinations. From the quiet place where soul meets spirit and the ego disappears, Athelé gives you profound insight into what it means to live consciously and how to maintain that state of grace.

Then on 22nd October @2pm we have retired SAPS detective extraordinaire Piet Byleveld with the book written about him by Hanlie Retief. Hanlie is Cape Town based so Piet himself will be here to chat to you about the book and you are welcome to ask him questions………………… This is a bookings only event, no walk ins will be able to squeeze in on the day so please get your booking in early. The usual format will apply here those who haven’t eaten when the speaker starts will have to wait until he is finished to get their food. Books will be available and Piet will be happy to sign them for you!
Random House Struik Press Release
Recently retired, detective Piet Byleveld’s name has become legendary. He is the man who solved some of South Africa’s most famous crime investigations, including the Leigh Matthews kidnapping. He has a 100% success rate with serial murders. In this book, Rapport journalist Hanlie Retief, who had exclusive access to Byleveld’s dossiers, writes about twenty of the most notorious serial-killer cases and many other murders Byleveld solved. She weaves into it the story of Byleveld’s own life. The book includes full-colour photographs from police records throughout.
Author Hanlie Retief is a journalist for Rapport. She is known for her interviews with well-known people.

As always please bring along two books per person one to swap and one to donate……………THIS IS THE TICKET PRICE FOR THIS TALK, NO BOOKS NO ENTRY
The books are collected and in February we hand over all the collected books to Animals in Distress, a most worthy charity of Amiga’s choice.
Both authors will start at 2pm so please be seated and comfy with orders in well before that time!

Fetish Flea Market
On October 29th we bring you our 6th and best Fetish and Kink Flea Market yet! This is the last one for the year and is going to rock your socks off, if that is your thing at least. There will be everything from sexy toys, lingerie, medical supplies, videos and leather gear to peruse and buy, buy, buy and no one will look at you funny! Please pop in and support this fabulous and fun event that only last about 3 hours from 2pm to 5pm. Food will be available as always off the menu. Come hang out in the outside lounge area and have an awesome afternoon amongst old friends and a few newer ones! We regret no under 18year olds are allowed but you can smoke in the lounge

Halloween 31 October 2011
We are not having an event here for Halloween which falls on a Monday but what I will have is an assortment of Halloween edible goodies for the kids trick or treat bags so pop in and pick some edible uglies up…………….and tell people you got them @Indulgence!

Calendar
15th AuthorTalk with Athele Oosterbroek
22nd AuthorTalk with Piet Byleveld
29th Fetish and Kink Flea Market
31st Have a fabulous and scary Halloween

Have you booked your year end function yet? Speak to us at Lollipops Catering about our fabulous catering, let us see what we can do for you!

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And that folks is more than enough for one day I say! What say you! Have an awesome October, lots of sun, delicious rain and remember to wear sun block!!
Love you madly!

Love ‘n Lollipops
Mandi Friedman
Lollipops Catering

“Food, Passion, Life”

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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

Frustration is…………..

We live in a very, very busy world. Life today appears to be all about working, rushing, getting the job done, everything done at a frenetic pace. All you manage to get done in a day is if you are lucky wake up, rouse kids, feed them, drop them at school, squeeze in a quick gym session, get to work, work, fetch kids, shop for groceries, crawl home through rush hour traffic (an oxy moron in itself), cook dinner, do home work, fall asleep in front of the TV, wake up and go to bed and the next morning do the whole thing all over again. Finally the week-end rolls around and you breathe a sigh  of relief, a little time to kick back, relax, unwind apart from dropping kids at parties, friends and ballet lessons. You try to carve out for yourself a life between all the rushing, spend time with friends and catch up on old times………….the good old days when you were younger, when money went further, before you had your own business, before you had kids and could actually sleep late…………yes, the good old days!

My industry, the food industry, in my experience is no different apart from the fact that our week works in reverse. The week tends to start off a little slowly as you re-group from the weekend just passed and then all hell breaks loose as you head over the hump and downhill  towards the weekend!  We too rush to and fro making meetings with new customers and calling on old ones, ordering stock, doing quotes, deliveries and being nice to bank managers, understanding to your staff, bending over backwards to accommodate your ever demanding customers, getting the food out, getting the stock in, finding that missing ingredient, finding the time to breathe…………getting to gym, wtf is that!

 And we do this all for the love of food because it sure isn’t for the fabulous working hours, the awesome remuneration package with medical aid and  the wonderful car allowance. Why do I do this I ask myself when I wake up and plant m y two aching feet firmly on the ground, as I unwind my twisted neck and stretch my aching lower back?

The hours are unsociable, the work is back-breaking, the tasks often thankless and all of it often fraught with frustration. Is it because I have been doing this for so long, 18 years is indeed a while, that  the thought of doing something else is quite scary, not to mention the fact that I have worked for myself for so long that with all due respect to my eminent self I am most definitely unemployable by any one else mad enough to own a catering company or restaurant or because at this point I have no idea how to do anything else? I don’t know the answers to the questions myself.

What I do know is that everyday I get up and come to work. Everyday it doesn’t feel like a chore. Everyday is different to the one before it. Everyday I meet new people, get to make new food, experiment with old food, laugh with my staff, shout at my staff, laugh at myself. For the all the bitching and moaning I do, I love my business. It is like nurturing a small child who turns into a petulant teenager but like Peter Pan never really grows up to stand on its own two feet with still needing you.

So why am I frustrated this morning you are wondering……….or maybe you not, but I will tell you anyway……..

Money is tight, food is expensive but I don’t have to tell you that, you are fully aware of it! It’s cold outside, it’s raining, it’s  miserable in general out there so a thick, indulgent and delicious soup would be a good thing to make. I go through the walk in fridge there is some left over beef curry from yesterday. Add some lentils, some veggies a little rice and a couple of litres of beef stock and bang curried beef and lentil soup with rice…………….simple, easy and cost-effective. Just the way I like it! With the help of one of my many minions we do this, we make this very yummy looking soup to serve today with a hot crusty bagel. However it is still a little on the thick side so I reach for the just boiled kettle and pour steaming “fragrant” smelling water into my pot of soup! My cleaning bunny neglected to mention that she was de-scaling the kettle.

The end result; now I am minus the curry, minus the lentils, minus the stock and minus the soup but hot damn, I have a clean kettle!

Happiness in my world:)