Month: June 2020

Creamy Veggie Soup

Creamy Veggie Soup

‘Writing is a lot like making soup. My mind cooks the idea but I have to sit down at the computer to pour it out.’ Robin Wells

I recently moved to a new suburb after spending most of my life in Pinelands, Cape Town. I have become closer to a new friend and we go to church together and also belong to the same ‘book-club” … read wine club. 

In conversation I mentioned a yummy zucchini soup I had made that morning, she asked for the recipe, so I typed it out for her.

Here it is for you to try this autumn – there are a few variations so take your pick.

Creamy veggie soup

Ingredients:
1 large Onion – diced
2 medium garlic cloves – minced
Small carrot – diced
Zucchini [or butternut/pumpkin or broccoli or cauliflower …] cut into chunks
Potato (optional)
Stock [veggie or chicken]
Salt pepper
Cream

Directions:
Gently fry onions and veggies in a knob of butter and olive oil until golden then add
garlic. Fry until garlic is cooked.

Add stock to cover the veggies, cook on medium heat until the veggies are soft.

When they are cooked, blend until smooth and add 125ml cream. (approx.)

To serve add feta cheese and chopped parsley.

Butternut/pumpkin Version
Add a spoon of curry powder to the soup when frying off the veggies
You can add a swirl of cream to butternut soup in place of feta.

 

South Africa

South Africa an attractive long haul destination

South Africa will be an attractive destination when long haul travel starts up again

We strongly believe that South Africa will be an attractive destination when Long Haul travel opens again.  Globally we have had one of the strictest safety protocols. Could our severe regulations indicate that SA is taking this virus very seriously and the safety of people is paramount?  When tourists are deciding which destination to visit, surely this will put us ahead of a number of other countries who have not been as diligent in managing the pandemic?

Open Spaces

Our vast spaces where visitors can remain largely in their ‘bubble’ while enjoying the abundant wildlife and nature on offer here.  Private escorted family tours, exclusive use game viewing vehicles and small group nature walks are already popular, this will become high priority when bookings start rolling in again.

Safety Protocols

Tourism suppliers are working hard at putting safety protocols in place to ensure guest well-being is as fail-safe as possible.  Guidelines for hotels, guest houses, transport suppliers and attractions are all being fine-tuned with the aim of ensuring maximum safety.

Value for money

Let’s not forget our attractive exchange rate for inbound visitors, the ZAR has weakened significantly over the past few months giving tourists more value for their money when they land on our shores.

Conclusion

South Africans have heart and the tourism sector, while crawling through this prolonged challenge, is hard at work sharing ideas, safety guidelines and encouraging one another.  We work in the small to medium enterprise level and without doubt the most encouraging feature of this lockdown has been support shown to one another. 

South Africa is naturally a beautiful country; nature, views, experiences, culture, adventure, food and of course wines but the greatest beauty in my mind is the heart of its people.

Thabo Mbeki’s poem ‘I am an African’ ends with these words ‘Whatever the setbacks of the moment, nothing can stop us now. Whatever the difficulties, Africa shall be at peace!’.   And so this too will pass and we will find peace and happiness and success in tourism in South Africa again soon.