I am Zirkie. I live in Cape Town, South Africa with my husband, son and dog. I have two daughters who are studying at the University of Stellenbosch and they come home when their studies, obligations and social life allows.
I started blogging because my family and friends always asked me for my recipes and in posting my recipes on a blog it was very easy to share them!
I love cooking and baking and started playing in the kitchen at an early age. I use to work out menus for breakfasts and suppers when I was still at school for the holidays. My mother would get all the ingredients that I required and then I would do all the cooking!
Although I did a couple of cooking courses at the Pretoria Technical College, cooking remained a hobby, until I had my own coffee shop. I had the shop for 7 years and there I really learned to cook and bake. I baked all the cakes and tarts as well as all the muffins for the shop from scratch – no tubes of muffins or cake mixtures!! The other food in my coffee shop like quiches, soups and more were also cooked by me.
I still do catering for children’s parties, which I enjoy a lot, because I can be creative. Most of my cooking and baking, however, is done for my family who love eating and tasting my latest creations!
I cannot afford to waste any food, so all my photos are from food that my family and I will eat! No funny stuff will ever be applied to my food to make it look more attractive.
I also do a number of crafts, such as mosaics, decoupage and fabric painting and I also love sewing and gardening.
I read a lot of recipe books and foodie magazines and post a food quiz on most Fridays and the answers on a Monday. I have posted more than 70 of these quizzes to date!
This blog will mainly be about cooking and baking, but will also feature my crafts and other life experiences!
I hope my blog will inspire you to have fun in the kitchen!