Monday, 23 March 2009

Taking it Easy

Last week I hurt my knee during our hike, nothing serious - just a little cartilage problem. I was advised not to take any strenuous walks or do any running for a week.

I have been feeling so much better, and the knee is doing great, so we decided to take a long walk along Blouberg Beach. I have never been to Blouberg when the wind is not blowing, and when ever I think of Blouberg, I think of kites and wind surfers!

What a surprise yesterday to find a perfect wind free day! I actually had an ice cream without sand - and after all these years I thought that was the only flavour you could buy in Blouberg!

As you can see from the photos the views from Blouberg are postcard beautiful.

The weather is cooling down now, and the evenings are bearable again. I am once again making time to cook meals, rather than just having salads every night.

This simple Monk Fish and Chorizo Sausage dish is quick to prepare and filled with warming flavours.

Monk Fish and Chorizo Sausage

2 Monk Fish Fillets (enough for 2 people)
10cm piece of Chorizo sausage (or spicy sausage equivilent)
½ teaspoon chilli Flakes
Oil for frying (only use if needed)

Slice the sausage into 1cm thick slices.
Fry in a dry pan until you have rendered most of the oil and they are nice and crispy.
Slice the monk fish into medallions about 2cm thick and add to the sausage, together with the chilli.
You can add a little oil to stop it from sticking (this will only be needed if your sausage did not contain much fat).
Keep frying the fish until it is just done and coated in the juices.
Give a squeeze of lemon juice and season to taste.
Serve hot with oven baked chips.

I also served this with home grown aubergine, stacked with roasted butternut.

I ended my wonderful weekend watching "The Bucket List", I would recommend this movie to everyone - it is an eye opener as to how little time we have on this earth and how important it is to live life to the full - don't miss a thing and never leave something for tomorrow, because : "Forty-five years goes by pretty fast." - " Like smoke through a keyhole."
Here is another quote from the movie which really touched my heart :

Edward Cole: I envy people who have faith, I just can't get my head around it.
Carter Chambers: Maybe because your head's in the way.

1 comment:

Kit said...

Blouberg beach without wind really is a rare occurrence! We often go there and sometimes have our legs sandblasted by the wind whistling up the beach!
I hope your knee gets better quickly so you can keep up all your hikes.
We also caught some of the Bucket List last night and really enjoyed it.

Jeremiah 17: 7-8

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water."

It is not your business to succeed, but to do what is right : when you have done so, the rest lies with God.
C.S. Lewis

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