A recherche blog by a mettlesome lass who seeks the reconditeness of Cape Town & yonder. Feast on soupcons of love, deluxe design, urbane music and simple style.
  • August in Africa

    In August, I embarked on an incredible adventure through Africa! I started in Victorial Falls and ended up in Zanzibar, and travelled by rail on board the Shongololo Express!

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  • All things bunny.

    Oh what adventures I have had since I last posted, almost too many to share. In the meantime have a peak at some of my bunnies which I have collected over the years:

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  • Baba Yes Please

    I love stumbling upon new and refreshing online shops, it’s almost as nice as finding a secret shop in a side road in real life, well, almost.  Here is my latest fave: Baba Souk. I want to buy everything!






  • Easy does it

    I made this sneaky cake yesterday for my Dad’s birthday. It was so easy and quick to make, so is perfect for last-minute baking urges or impromptu tea-parties. It was soft and crumbly and moist and delish.

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  • Lemony Gold

    Last christmas I was given a pretty little Cath Kidston “jam making kit”, which I have only had the chance to make use of now. 

    Not too long ago, I posted about the handsomely stocked lemon tree in my courtyard in Joburg. Well, I ventured back to Cape Town with a rather large bag filled of this juicy gems! I set some aside to make lemon curd with, but earlier this eve I made Moroccan preserved lemons.

    I shan’t even post a recipe for this, as they are almost too easy to make! Simply sterilise some glass jars in the oven, and layer slices of lemons with coarse salt crystals in between. One the jar is filled to the brim, fill the empty spaces with lemon juice and a dash of olive oil. These beauties will only be ready in about a month’s time, but yikes are they worth the wait!

    Before I was vegetarian, my Mum used to make the most scrumptious chicken dishes with this lemony gold. Simply use the rind (which will be soft after a month) in couscous, with fish or chicken. The flavour of the preserve is quite pungent, so only a little is needed, leaving plenty of jars to give away as gifts!

  • Urban Farm Charm

    My darling boyfriend has a lush guava tree at the bottom of his tiered Sea Point garden. This weekend we plucked fragrant guavas off the bountiful tree, leaving the unreachable fruit for the birds. 

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    Having never been fond of this strange fruit with tough seeds and a grainy texture, I thought I’d give these organic gems a chance -and oh what a good idea this was.. 

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    This morning we had the most scrumptious poached guavas with yogurt for breakfast -utterly heavenly. Here is the ever so easy recipe:

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    Next I made an upside down guava pudding, which we ate too quickly for me to photograph. The guavas turned into a scrummy saucy dream, which didn’t even need custard! 

    The tree is still flourishing, so I’ll have to find a million more ways to use guavas.

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  • Another trip to another home

    This week I am in Yobes, visiting my bests, and spending sibling time with my not so baby anymore brother. Yesterday the sun was out, the sky was blue, and I was wearing my new Pippa Torrison Lace dress from Jane Sews. I plucked lush lemons off our courtyard tree, and then had a cup of tea in the tree house. I miss our enormous garden terribly when I’m in Cape Town, so it was lovely to frolic around the almost-blossoming plum tree, and lie under the bamboo forest. 

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    I was so overwhelmed by the perfect lemons, that I promptly decided that a whole bag full will be coming back to Cape Town with me so my love and I can make lemon curd. 

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  • Buy Some Damn Art

    Although many of these shows have come and gone on Buy Some Damn Art, I thought I’d share some of my fave artists whom have been showcased. Feast your eyes. 

    Monica Ramos 

    I have fallen in love with these llamas and don’t quite know what to do.

    Rachel Levit


    Yelena Bryksenkova 

    Amanda Blake

    Amy Greenan

    Anna Emilia Laitinen

    Becca Stadtlander

    Rebecca Volynsky

    Rachel Mosler

  • July Wish list

    When it comes to perfectly purchasing birthday presents, there are two types of people: those who can, and those who cannot. I seem to think I flirt and flutter between the two in phases. 

    I found these beautiful scarves from Rawaan Alkhatib whilst on Miss Moss' blog, and well, it is my birthday quite soon -just saying.

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  • Gorgeous July Desktop Wallpaper

    I’ve just downloaded my July desktop wallpaper from the gorgeous Marimekko blog -and I think you should too.

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  • We hang the pictures on the wall

    One evening on Pinterest, I came across the delightful designs by Michelle Carlslund. I’m rather tempted to order one or two of her quirky posters..

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  • Home for a while.

    My Mum always makes everything with such love, it was good to be home for a few days.

  • Rose bowl

    A lucky Milnerton Market find -an enamel bowl similar to one we had at home when I was growing up. 

  • Turning Two

    We Look Like Yes has just turned two! To celebrate, I made this delicious cake, which I posted the recipe to some time ago. I really do recommend that you make this, it is quite scrumptious!

    Get the recipe here.