Fecking Flies

It started off as a lovely morning

It was warm and getting warmer

There was no wind to speak of

Our gardener arrived and was put to work

I hit the office and tried to get some work done inbetween supervising the gardener

It was getting hot

I thought that maybe it would be a good idea to cross something off my Christmas “To Do List”

So I took out the chicken livers to defrost

It got even hotter

Then I thought that maybe it would be a good idea to make the chicken liver pate earlier rather than later before the sun came around to the kitchen

So I set to work

And then they arrived

fly

In droves

They brought all their friends and family for the feast

THE FLIPPIN FLIES !

I must have swatted dozens in all

swatting

While trying to stir fry the livers at the same time

Then

Take food mixer and blender out of the cupboard  …..while swatting flies

Start transferring chicken liver mixture to blender jug  …..while swatting flies

Notice liquid dripping from bottom of blender jug

Thought I had messed  …..while swatting flies

Could it be that easy – NO

Blender jug is leaking  FECK, FECK, FECK

blender Put pan of chicken livers in oven because of the FLIES

gotcha

Unpack other blender with cracked jug …. while swatting flies

Run finger around inside of jug to see how bad the crack is just in case I could use it

Crack worse than I remembered, sliver of glass in finger, now bleeding AND swatting flies

Run to bathroom to find a band-aid

Take 10 minutes struggling to open plaster while bleeding AND SWATTING FLIES

bandaid on finger

During this time the flies must have sent for reinforcements

The kitchen was alive with them

fly

I swatted, and swatted, and swatted (AND SWORE!)

Start to make gardener’s lunch – still swatting flies

Feed gardener

Pack dishwasher …  while swatting flies

Clean surfaces

Hubby comes home for lunch

Tell him about the blender and the flies – “WHAT FLIES”, he asks

Take pan of chicken livers out of the oven and stick my head inside instead – TO ESCAPE THE FLIES! 

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Opportunity missed

Yesterday OH and I decided to use a Groupon I had purchased for a gourmet burger special at Karibu at the Waterfront. I called ahead and was told there was no need to book. On arrival we were shown to a table, there were very few diners left as it was just coming to the end of lunch time.

Kak restuarant

We were given menus but they did not list any burgers at all and when the waiter came back and saw our Groupon voucher his whole attitude changed. He presented us with a small laminated card on which the “gourmet burgers” were listed and left.

The wine list was extensive with everything on the pricey to exorbitant side, the price of a very average glass of wine was between R40 and R60 so we declined and had a soft drink instead. The waiter eventually came back and took our orders and after a reasonable wait our food was delivered by another waiter who might have been more senior.

The food was OK, not amazing, not something I would pay their full price for. Too much food for a burger meal in my opinion. The best item was the onion rings.

From here things went downhill, our waiter ambled past more times than I could count, clearly not busy, and never made eye contact with our table. The waiter who delivered our food did the same. Our waiter stood at the bar counter with his back to us 70% of the time. He checked on us once only. I would have liked another cool drink but I could not get his attention. It took more than 15 minutes from the time we finished eating till he came back to the table to ask if everything was alright.

If this had been in the height of a lunch time rush I would have been cool with it but he appeared to be deliberately ignoring us and I am sure it is because we had a Groupon voucher. Maybe he thought us cheapskates and unlikely to tip well. This became a self-fulfilling prophecy as we were so irritated that we gave him a below normal tip and he had a lot to say about it. OH told him he was lucky to get what he did because he did not deserve it at all.

Here’s what I don’t understand, when restaurants do a deal with Groupon or any of the other such schemes they do it, I would suppose, to get more people to their restaurant but this comes at a cost of heavily discounted food. Think of it as an alternative advertising spend. Why then do they treat their newly won customers with such disdain? If I was a restaurateur I would make sure my wait staff were well briefed to give voucher holders the same, if not better service, than other patrons. Surely this is when you go all out to impress to ensure that they come back again and again and happily pay the full price.

Only twice have we had exceptional service with a discount voucher. The rest of the occasions have been mediocre at best but we have always tipped on the value of the undiscounted meal. But to be treated so badly in what is an upmarket restaurant annoyed us both so much that we felt a normal tip completely unwarranted. Needless to say we won’t be going back.

Sadly this is not the first time we have had an experience like this with a discount voucher and I now feel far less inclined to take up these offers and try a new restaurant when I can get far superior service at our local Spur. 

Are food manufacturers making an ass out of us?

So now donkey, goat, “water buffalo” and soya have been found in processed meat products in South Africa according to News 24 today.

“Cape Town – There’s a fair share of fraudulent meat products on the South African market, according to a new study by meat scientists from Stellenbosch University.

The study found that anything from soya, donkey, goat and water buffalo were to be found in up to 68% of the 139 minced meats, burger patties, deli meats, sausages and dried meats that were tested. In other cases, even undeclared plant matter was detected.”

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What do bloggers think about this?  Personally I give processed meat a wide berth unless it comes from a reliable source. I generally don’t trust sausages, polonies or what I spotted at Pick n Pay the other week “Mince Mix” which had a list of ingredients longer than I had time to read.

Frozen “Beef” burger patties usually taste disgusting and I prefer to make my own, but should I now buy the meat whole and mince it myself like my mother used to do to ensure that I am not getting any unwanted additives?

We stopped eating polony type meats years ago when I learnt about the dangers of all the chemical additives needed to preserve the minced meat ingredients.

I know some people think meat is meat but if you paying for beef it is beef and only beef you should get. I don’t have a problem if people want to eat horse, donkey or goat provided they know what they are eating and the product is labelled correctly.

I have always been very suspicious of minced chicken because chicken goes off so quickly and any frozen minced chicken product that has had its cold chain compromised is a danger as far as I am concerned.

I have eaten goat stew and quite enjoyed it; it is after all an animal farmed for its milk and meat. But I won’t eat horse, dog, cat, rabbit, crocodile and don’t like venison or ostrich and I certainly would not like to find out that I have eaten it without knowing.

Then there are the rib burger patties – do people really fall for that nonsense?  Do the general public have any clue what is added to these reconstituted meat products to bind them? Pink slime Jamie Oliver called it, obtained from putting the butchered carcass in some type of centrifuge to spin off any remaining flesh sticking to the bones with some sort of glue added. The very thought of it is enough to turn me into a vegetarian!

We don’t eat any processed foods, except for bacon, which at least is still identifiable although supposedly not that good for you, but we only have it about once every two weeks.

I realise that many of these foods may appear to be cheap, although I don’t think that they are as cheap here in South Africa as they are in the UK.

Will this revelation change your shopping and eating habits?