The Curious Cook

Curds and whey

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It is a complete rarity to find unpasteurised milk in this world. I was lucky to stumble across a small shop that sells local raw milk in the small Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet. The Karoo is a mythical place. Encompassing a vast area of semi-arid landscape dotted with ant-hills and thorn trees, is known for its cloudless skies, extreme temperatures and fossils, some of which have been recently discovered to be whole new species that have never been seen before. A primarily agrarian area, the Karoo is known for rearing sheep for mutton, goats for mohair and game. In prehistoric times it was a vast inland sea and, prior to colonialisation the 1700s, it was the home of indigenous peoples, the Nama and Khoi-San (formerly known as Bushmen). In fact, the last time I was there I read a fascinating article about how some of their almost extinct languages are being brought back to life through a series of workshops organised by the Pan South African Language Board (Pansalb). And thus, I digress!

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Journalism

Crucifying nostalgia: Rhodes awarded for Afrikaans play

(This is the third article I ever wrote. Behind the scenes an anonymous Grahamstown resident had written to the paper to say that he hated the play and, for some inexplicable reason, the editor agreed so this article was never published.)

Die Bannelinge (“The Exiles”) has won the Sanlam Prize for Afrikaans Theatre (Spat). Rhodes University is the first English institution to enter an Afrikaans production into the Spat competition, blowing the idea that only Afrikaans speakers can participate right out of the water.

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