Sommerset Rice Bowl

So, ever since I ate this breakfast dish in South Africa (Sommerset West area to be specific), I’ve been dying to remake it at home.
Since I’m generally not a big breakfast person, mornings have been slipping by and this dish going unmade.
Whether I overslept, didn’t have some of the ingredients or we went out early, it just wasn’t happening !!

Well… today, that was fixed 😏

Now, this is an (easy) rice based breakfast and I know that may sound odd but trust me, its delicious, healthy and filling 😁

(Mom didn’t totally trust me… but now she’s a believer too, so go ahead, give it a shot πŸ˜‰)

Sommerset Rice Bowl

Serves 4


2 cups brown rice
3 cups water to cook rice with

5 large strawberries, sliced
2 small mangos, diced Continue reading “Sommerset Rice Bowl”

South Africa Chicken and Rice Salad

During our trip in South Africa, I ate a cold, chicken and rice salad and though very different than what I was generally used to, I loved it.

So naturally I tried to replicate it once I was back in Canada πŸ˜‰

Here is the recipe I came up with and I hope someone is brave enough to attempt it and that it’s enjoyed! 😁🍴


South Africa Chicken and Rice Salad

Serves four.


Brown rice to serve four

10 olives*, diced

Half a cucumber, diced

1 heaping cup Arugula leaves

12 cherry tomatoes to serve beside

4 medium chicken breasts

Roasted sunflower seeds (optional)

1 lime sliced in four

Plain yoghurt or tzatziki to serve with as a sauce.




1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon thyme
1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne
1 tablespoon paprika
Dash of salt





Prepare rice as directed.

Mix seasonings together and set aside.

Lightly coat a frying pan with the oil you use for cooking and heat over medium-high heat.
It should be hot enough to singe the chicken when it’s laid in as you want a blackened chicken effect.

You will sprinkle the spice mixture evenly on one side of the chicken and lay the seasoned side, down, into the oiled pan, causing the seasoning to slightly char onto the meat, about 2 minutes.

Sprinkle the remaining spices on top of the chicken and flip over to singe that side as well.

Once both sides of the chicken have been seasoned and singed you can turn the heat down for the rest of the required cooking time, so the meat doesn’t dry out.

Dish the prepared rice onto the plates and spoon the olives, cucumber and arugula leaves on top.

*** I know olives aren’t everybody’s thing so they CAN be left out of the recipe… but as a so-so olive person myself, I still enjoyed the extra salty/pickled flavour they gave.

A roasted sunflower seed could be an add in with the olives or used as a substitute for them, so you still get some salty crunch in there πŸ˜‰ ***
Once the chicken is done it can be added to the plate.

Serve with cherry tomatoes, yoghurt or tzatziki sauce and a slice of lime for some extra zest!

(and bread if desired, which it always is, in our house πŸ˜‰)


This meal can be eaten hot, or cold!
I found the cold version to be very refreshing in the South African heat.


Looking forward to hearing what you thought of it! 😁


Remembering And Reconnecting

Sunday April 16th –

An Easter Sunday service was attended that morning and I think we were all trying to reflect on the meaning of the day, though to our small minds it’s pretty hard to grasp the reality.
That our God would love us so much, that He’d give His son to die for us and that Jesus would stay on the cross, suffering for our sins and everything we’d ever face, when a host of angels was ready to save Him in a second, had He asked.

(A piece I did later that day)

After church we went out for lunch in a small town between there and home, burgers filling our bellies πŸ˜ŽπŸ”

Once we were home, the classic Sunday nap was able to happen and I took full advantage of it 😴❀️
Sunday, the day of rest in so many ways πŸ˜‰

I was awoken quickly though, when Mike came to tell me that four black bears had been spotted by Dad when he’d went out for a little drive and Mom, Dad and he were now going back to see if they were still around.

Mom and I had walked along the very road Dad seen them and Becca and Nathin live just across as well, so the unpleasant feeling of having possibly been watched was real 😜
Dad says bears won’t eat us, especially right now since they are just out of hibernation and looking for berries and plants.
Mom doesn’t believe him… I’m not sure if Mike does either.
I don’t know what to think 😜

But sure enough, we drove past where he’d seen them earlier and caught a glimpse of them further on.
A momma bear and her three cubs from last year, all larger than I’d be comfortable meeting on the road 😏🐻

That was our evenings excitement… unless you count the juice Mike tried to make us, including ingredients such as lemon, lettuce and a baby tomato πŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

You can use your thinking skills and assume how it tasted 😜

Spencer didn’t mind it too much, when he and his parents came over for a short visit.
Then again Spencer eats and drinks, many things a child shouldn’t enjoy and he grins hugely after each, so he isn’t a reliable source when it comes to food or drink consumption.

Monday April 17th –

After lunch, Becca and Spencer joined Mom and I at the house, bringing some fruit to contribute to the juice I was going to make for us to consume after taking a walk.

The few inches of snow that had fallen Sunday, had pretty much melted away and we had fairly good weather during our 6 1/2 km trek.

An orange, watermelon, strawberry, apple and dragon fruit juice awaited us.

(Dragon fruit was thrown in purely for nutritional value because none of us girls like the actual taste and luckily we found that we couldn’t taste It among the other flavours πŸ˜‹)

It turned out to be just as tasty as it looked, the colors reminding me of orange sherbet, or a sunset πŸ˜‰

After a grocery trip, I’ll have to get more adventurous and try some ‘green’ juices… the kinds that are actually good for you, not just natural, liquid sugar like the fruit juices 😏

After said healthy walk and juices… Mom began making cinnamon buns πŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

I received little chunks of dough here and there, while listening to a podcast about unsolved, real life mysteries and working on lettering.

A dumb podcast to listen to if you don’t like not knowing the ending to something πŸ˜’

Supper was my job and it was a bit of a fail since I didn’t realize the steak meat had to be cut in a specific direction to be edible and I cut it in the NOT right direction… meaning it for sure made you do the recommended ten or however many chews per bite 😜

Thankfully we had Moms cinnamon buns to save the evening πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Mike and I then had to deliver some to the neighbours (Becca and Nathin) and somehow we ended up visiting a while, even though Mike had worked with Nathin all day and I’d seen Becca that afternoon… but whatever, we had months of reconnecting to work on πŸ˜‹

Jem Moment: Marshmallow Juice


So today was the day we bought a juicer πŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‹πŸŠπŸπŸπŸŒπŸ‰πŸ‡πŸ“πŸ₯πŸπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ₯’πŸ₯•

Prepare yourselves for juice recipes and reviews and for those of you who may have a juicer already, suggestions what to do/make would be appreciated!

Also, have you ever seen a bag of mini marshmallows that was this big?!!

Now these aren’t just ANY mini marshmallow.
They are the little crunchy kind, like the lucky charms you’d find in cereal.
Little textural delights, addictive and magnificent 😍

Compliments of my sister, as a delayed Valentines day gift and worth every second of the wait πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œ

Maybe I can create a dessert juice with themπŸ˜‚

Kidding, that sounds awful 😏

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