Hawie en Lindsay

As I’ve explained earlier my brother lived in South Korea and there he met this wonderful American girl and they got married. The visited us earlier this year and here are some of the pictures and recollections of that visit. We went on a lot of different trips and we had a lot of fun. Hope to see them again soon. To read what my sister in law thought of South Africa click here. Find their blog here.

One of the first South African braai’s

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We had lunch at the Pit Stop diner as well. It was fun to take the American to a “true South African Diner” We saw a lot of American Indians and old cars. 20140321_162448

At the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens we had a lot of laughs. 20140601_161502 20140601_161520

We also had a braai at our house with the whole family.



20140531_191236 20140531_191252 20140531_191440My sister and I 🙂 20140531_191516 20140531_191529 Hubby and me. I love him sooo much.

Mexican-American-South African Food

I love cooking (and eating) food and I am always looking forward to learn something new. As I wrote earlier my brother and sister in law was visiting us earlier this year. Lindsay spent some time in New Mexico so she made us a Lindsay-version of Tacos.  She used mince, jalapeno’s, cheese etc. It was delicious! I think she must come back I want some more.

I don’t know a lot about Mexican food and this experience with the tacos was my first(and last up to date). I’ve read that the first record of tacos is of people living close to a lake in Mexico and filling a tortilla with small fish.

20140604_182606 Butch and Nastia was also invited to the party.20140604_181615 20140604_18214220140604_181621 Hawie and Lindsay preparing the master dish. I think they must enter Masterchef.

20140604_181629 20140604_181711Butch and Nastia kept a very close eye.

20140604_183940   20140604_183946 And finally time for eating…lekker.20140604_183954

We couldn’t think of a better way to round off the evening….playstation. 20140604_191111 20140604_191116

Time to say goodbye…with a Bunny Chow

And then it was time to say goodbye! The 3 month visit that we looked forward to for soooo long was over in a blink of an eye. We had a lot of fun. We toured through Jozi, laughed at the Botanical gardens, watched the Sound of Music at Monte Casino and went to Pilanesburg. We tr20140607_122750ied to be American at the Pitstop Diner and even had a Mexican evening. We had a braai(actually a few) and we had a good fight that only siblings can have(and understand hehe) We saw our brother and gained a sister. So now in the true sense of the word I don’t have one “Varkie” anymore but two. It seemed like we can go on like this forever but alas it was time for them to go on a new adventure a road trip through the USA and meeting the American family. I’m amazed sometimes when I think what my brother accomplished and I am so proud of him! From humble beginnings one can go far. I mean he is a world traveler now and he is going to go far in life. Watch this space.20140607_123553


We said goodbye  at the airport with a Bunny Chow. A bunny chow is a South African dish. You take a quarter hallowed out bread. Fill it with meat/beans and serve. It is also best eaten with your hands. Legend has it that the laborers (slaves) in the early days in Durban developed it when they weren’t allowed to take their food to the sugar cane fields in20140607_112514 containers. You can find a Bunny Chow recipe here. Anyways it is real delicacy now that is widely enjoyed.

It was a good meal but a sad goodbye…
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Lindsay, Mom and Hawie20140607_112452Karin, Lindsay and Me with our Bunny Chows

Good food and wine show Johannesburg 2014

Living in Johannesburg has its ups and downs. The downs being traffic and long queues everywhere. The up side is definitely great shows and other opportunities. This year we FINALLY got to go to the Good food and wine show and what a treat! I went there on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. On Thursday ‘n went with my sister to watch two other sisters Seline and Leandrie vd Watt and it was great to see them.  They are from Mafikeng and so are we so we always feel a sense of camaraderie with them even though we don’t know them. I’ve watched every episode of Masterchef which added to the experience.

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We also had a chance to see another one of my heroes Chef Benny Masekwameng. He really is a great chef and his advice helped me to make great risotto for the first time.



Hubby and I went to Romancing the stove with Wellingtons and Jenny Morris and it proved to be a lot of fun. We made breakfast and we had our own cook off- and we were the judges of each others food. He won because my one pancake was raw in the middle.lol,


20140803_11561220140803_115439 Pancakes with pear, bacon and cheese yum!20140803_11553520140803_115550The winner with his dish. 🙂

20140803_11551920140803_115526 Spinach flap jacks and steak with yummy Wellingtons steak house sauce (I’m addicted to it since then.)

20140803_120309 Empty plates.20140803_12105620140803_130855We also saw Leandrie and Jaco from Roast Re:public and were very inspired. Hopefully we will do a coffee roasting course with them soon. They really do a great job and they support schools. Visit their website and be part of the Re:public. The more coffee you drink the more people can be helped. I really love this idea!

20140731_162847   20140803_143205  20140731_16390720140731_163912Last but not least WE SAW MATT PRESTON LIVE! What a highlight! Unfortunately all of his books was sold out so we couldn’t ask him to sign it for us. Anyways his 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies made up for it!

The Good food and wine show was really a treat and I’m counting the days until next year!

Luckily for me I stay in Joburg and I have the Jacaranda Spring Walk to look forward to, Scope X next weekend and I was invited to the relaunch of the Hello Joburg Mag(yay!)! Never a dull moment. I’m loving life and will keep you posted.


More posts relating to Jozi

Good food and wine expo

Scope X astronomy expo

Jozi inner city

Eskom Expo for Young Scientists

Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge: A (not so ordinary) brother and sister

As I’ve said earlier I’m going to focus on my favorite things. So I forgot about the desert for a moment and thought of our two dogs: Nastia and Butch. I have blogged about them earlier. They really are my peace and joy. When I come home they are always happy to see me and they keep me busy afterwards too 🙂 Nastia (grey) is a Husky Boerboel cross and Butch well he was born in South Africa (he he) so he is a proper dog. (Not even the vet knows what he is)

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IMAG0507 IMAG0529Nastia and Butch when she was about 2months old.

I also came across this blog challenge(click on the picture for more info). It is really worth a visit.    logo  


Share Your World – 2014 Week 34

I just came across this blog from CEE. She is asking interesting questions each week. Here are my answers for this week:

What is your favorite smell? What memory does it remind you of? 

My favorite smell is the smell of the sea. It reminds me of good times. It also calms me down a lot.

Name a song or two which are included on the soundtrack to your life?

Holy holy by Michael W Smith

Do you play video/computer game?  Which one(s) or most recent? I only play games on my phone and didn’t have the time recently

Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best?  Plus what would the 8th dwarf’s name be? (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey) Happy

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful that I made it through the week. And I’m looking forward to new adventures this week,

Sunflowers and coffee.


I am very excited that I finally got to this point: writing a blog. I wanted to write a blog about my interests and especially about coffee. As my husband and I are only at the beginning of our journey with coffee I don’t know enough about coffee to have a blog only about that. I love to talk about coffee and food and hope that you would enjoy this discovery with me. I chose the name Sunflowers and coffee because a sunflower is my favorite flower. It reminds me to be positive and to always look up.  I chose the word coffee for reasons explained above but also because it reminds me of home and good times.

Before I go a little bit about me: I am happily married to an amazing husband. We live on a plot with our two dogs. We enjoy being out in the country. I am a very creative person always on the lookout to learn a new skill. At the moment our main focus is learning as much as possible about coffee and to become the best home barista’s possible.

Life is a journey and it is what you make of it.

I hope that you will linger next to the road with me every once in a while-hopefully with a cup of coffee in hand.