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Se7en’s Fabulous Fun Post #297

November 15th, 2015 · 5 Comments

Another week just flew by, we seem to be dashing from weekend to weekend… tons of good blog material was gathered and prepared for bloging next week…

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Despite all the busy-ness, we seemed to have found time to relax… There is very much the feeling that summer could well be on the way…

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Lovely Links from This Week

  1. My desk is looking a bit like we are skidding towards the end of the year, it desperately needs a “stop and assess!!!” Kid’s Activities Blog: has some genius mom-office ideas.
  2. Love, Love, Love these DK Books: 7 Non-fiction Books for Children that you Secretly Want to Buy for Yourself.
  3. Oh these magical lanterns on Imagine Childhood…
  4. Courtney of BabyccinoKids is traveling the world with her kids this year – everything to love about their time in Rio De Janeiro.
  5. Something to inspire creative ideas: Are you following The Sketchbook Project through Deep Space Sparkle?
  6. Oh Maps I just love… would you look at Playing by the Book’s post on all things MAP!!!
  7. Yes it is a little early, but not too early for a fabulous Christmas Dinner from Yuppie Chef, everything you need to know in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu.
  8. And the se7en + 1th link:

  9. A Blast From the Past:

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A Special Note for SIBO books

A while back we blogged about the fun SIBO science books for kids and they are trying to crowd fund their latest publication… you can take a peak at the SIBO website here and click on the image to find out more about helping them crowd fund their book launch.

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Brilliant Book of the Week

Recipes for Love and Murder, A Tannie Maria Mystery by Sally Andrew and published by Penguin Random House, South Africa. This book goes straight into my pile of top reads for the year. It is a great escape from reality into a small Karoo town, where Tannie Maria writes a recipe column for the local paper. You very quickly discover that Tannie Maria is all about the food and when she is told that the paper no longer has space for a recipe column, “But could she be the Agony Aunt?” Turns out she is a great Agony Aunt supplying recipes as solutions to any number of situations… problems of the heart are dealt with, with the most stunning buttermilk chocolate cake – it sounded so good we had to try it…

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The story quickly progresses to one of the letters claiming that a best friend is going to die at the hands of her abusive husband… then the best friend dies. And suddenly we have a murder in a very small town to solve. And all the ins and outs as Tannie Maria finds herself in the heart of it. And as it turns out the husband amongst all the players is the least of the victim’s worries. This is a great read, delightfully South African… packed with food illustrations, and descriptions of feasts that will send you dashing to the kitchen. There is a collection of very proudly South African recipes at the end of the book: Bredie, Bobotie, Melkert, Koeksisters, and muesli rusks, to name a few. It’s a light read… with some lovely tense moments that I won’t tell you about, because it is fun and I highly recommend it and don’t want to spoil it for you. I am very glad it is the first in the series, because Tannie Maria is someone I am hoping to read a lot more about in the future. You can take a peek at Sally Andrew’s Website here…

We were given a copy of Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew for review purposes. We were not paid for our review, this is not a sponsored post and the opinions expressed are as usual our own.

That’s us… Hope you all have a fabulous week!!!

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Zoe // Nov 15, 2015 at 9:32 am

    I *LOVE* bobotie – it’s what I always ask for when I visit my Mum! And thanks for sharing my maps post 🙂
    Zoe´s last blog post ..Hello World!

  • 2 Ginny Stone // Nov 15, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Thanks so much for this.

  • 3 se7en // Nov 15, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Hay Zoe, Now I know… if you are ever in Cape Town, then that’s what’s for dinner!!! Loved your post completely!!! Hope you have a great week!!!

  • 4 se7en // Nov 15, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Thank You Ginny, wishing you all the best with your project, I think it is a great endeavor!!! Have a good week!!!

  • 5 What I Have Been Reading Lately: the Penguin Random House Edition... - se7en | se7en // Nov 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    […] food will be revealed and the story will be quietly interwoven around it. Last year I read Sally Andrew’s first novel, Tannie Marie’s Recipes for Love and Murder and absolutely loved it. Wonderful to find a contemporary mystery writer, who writes in our very […]

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