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POTD: Pie January 14, 2010

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Wifey and I had 2 good friends over the other night for dinner. These friends are vegetarian, (whereas Wifey and I are not), but it meant we got to make something we’d never tried before. (When I say “we”, I mean 80% Wifey, 20% me)

So we made a Chickpea and Courgette Pie. It had some other stuff in it too (like a lot of Basmati rice, of all things), but the main point of interest was that it was made using phyllo (filo) pastry, in a spring-form pan. Anyway, the meal was a success, I thought, and it was great to try out something we wouldn’t ordinarily have eaten.

Here are one or two pics of the masterpiece, in the making:

Phyllo Pastry Preparation

Mmm, Filled with Filling!

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Wikus September 2, 2009

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Following on from my previous post on District 9, I thought I’d share this gem I found (via Stii)

It’s an awesome little site called wikus.co.za, and as the more astute amongst you might have guessed, it’s all about Wikus van der Merwe, hero of District 9!

Here’s a teaser to whet your appetite, but do yourself a favour and check out the site!

wikus-prawns

…It’s a Feature! August 17, 2009

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A bit of Geek-Humour for this Monday:

Feature

Get it?

POTD: Brand Toilet Humour July 28, 2009

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On the way to lunch today, walking down the road in Cape Town, we came across this gem. A friend of mine snapped a shot, and here it is for all to enjoy 🙂

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The Big Picture – Soccer in South Africa July 16, 2009

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I’ve always enjoyed the Boston Globe’s Big Picture series – though I don’t actively follow it: today, I was lucky enough to stumble upon a link to this week’s Big Picture set, “Soccer in South Africa”, on the SARocks website. So, check out all this week’s Big Picture photos here. To whet your appetite, however, two of my favourites:

South African goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune fails to catch a ball shot by Spanish forward Fernando Llorente, who scored the second goal, during the Fifa Confederations Cup football match Spain vs South Africa on June 20, 2009 at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. Spain won 2-0 but both teams qualified for the next stage of the tournament. (PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

South African goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune fails to catch a ball shot by Spanish forward Fernando Llorente, who scored the second goal, during the Fifa Confederations Cup football match Spain vs South Africa on June 20, 2009 at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. Spain won 2-0 but both teams qualified for the next stage of the tournament. (PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa supporters watch the Confederations Cup Group A soccer match between South Africa and Spain on television inside their home in the Matholiesville settlement, near Roodepoort, South Africa, Saturday, June 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

South Africa supporters watch the Confederations Cup Group A soccer match between South Africa and Spain on television inside their home in the Matholiesville settlement, near Roodepoort, South Africa, Saturday, June 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Cape Town Storm – POTD May 22, 2009

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Like most people in Cape Town, I’ve received numerous emails today with photographs of the thunderstorm we had yesterday morning. I thought I’d post the collection of them all here – most of the pictures seem to be very widely spread already, and its been difficult tracking down the right people for credit, so most of the pictures below are currently “unclaimed”. Where I have the photographer’s name, its included. If you know who should get credit for any of the others, please mention it in the comments section.  (And thanks to Chris for being the first to send me some pics 🙂 )

The storm reminded me a little of what it was like living in Pietermaritzburg (where I grew up) – intense thunderstorms are nearly a daily occurrence during the summer months. In Cape Town its pretty rare to get thunder, and what you do get is generally not much to talk about.

Well, to the pics (that you’ve probably already seen!) – just a quick disclaimer: because of the nature of viral emails, I can make no claim that these pictures are actually from the storm yesterday morning! But, they’re real perdy, so enjoy them anyway!

by Lisa Scott

By Lisa Scott

By Lisa Scott

Another 7 pics below….

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Planetoid Photography April 15, 2009

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Check out this cool post on Deems’ Weblog on Planetoid Photography. The picture below is one of a few that his brother Alex took/stitched together/etc.

Poolanoid by Alex Baroutsos

"Poolanoid" by Alex Baroutsos

Amazing Ice April 10, 2009

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I found some very cool pictures of icebergs and other Antarcticy-type stuff. There are some astoundingly beautiful photos at the links at the end of this post, but here are 2 of my favourites.

Striped Iceberg (photo: Oyvind Tangen)

Striped Iceberg (photo: Oyvind Tangen)

This photo was taken from a research ship about 1700 miles south of Cape Town, South Africa, by Oyvind Tangen of Norway.

Perched erratic boulders (photo: James Dragisic)

Perched erratic boulders (photo: James Dragisic)

 

The picture comes from the Australian Antarctic Division website: so clicky clicky for more great pictures.

Photo Bombing for Pros March 30, 2009

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Ever heard of Photo Bombing? It is the act, nay, the Art, of ruining a perfectly good posed photograph or portrait by having some random, uninvited person insert themselves “in-frame” just in time for the shot to be taken, (theoretically) before the photographer notices.

Anyway, I have a friend who is a master in this arcane practice, so I’ve always had an interest in it. Imagine my joy when I stumbled across this site, SpoiledPhotos.com

Here are a few samples.

Epic Timing Win

Points for Style

Wave Photos March 24, 2009

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So cool: I came across these photos by Clark Little, an (ex-?) surfer who now specialises in wave photos – the sort land-lubbers like myself never get to see.

 

© TreeHugger.com 2008 - Clark Little

© TreeHugger.com 2008 - Clark Little

 

 

Take a browse through them (there are 21 in all), there are some truly spectacular ones in there…