Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,

They say they still can’t see.

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need for my care.

’Cause I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

– Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise.Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.

I wish you enough,

Wenchy

Just Add Peppadew

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Last night I attended a beautiful function at Workshop55 where the town was painted red with Peppadew South Africa!

We enjoyed an extensive menu of dishes that included Pepperdews®.

It included a Spring Garden Salad with seasonal vegetables that was pickled, roasted and pureed with herbs. It featured hot, sweet piquanté Pepperdews®.

One of my favourites were the White Fish Goujons. Hot mango atchar (also part of the Peppadew® range), hot, sweet piquanté Pepperdews®, pineapples, chimichurri, coriander and pickled carrots.

The Spicy Chicken was a bit hot for me, although the sweet piquanté Pepperdews® were mild! It was served with black rice (a first for me), ginger, garlic, mild Pepperdews® Vegetables Atchar Yoghurt and green peppers.

While the rosemary vinaigrette kicked my butt, I did enjoy the Orange and Ricotta dish. The dish included mild Pepperdews® sweet piquanté, fennel shavings, slow roast tomato and sunflower seeds. It loved the fresh orange, roast tomato and ricotta combination. Love!

The Ostrich Fillet was prepared to perfection and thus dish disappeared from the serving dish the fastest! Hot, sweet piquanté Pepperdews® with hot vegetable atchar, re-fried bean chilli, smoked baby corn and sour cream.

We ended the evening with mild, sweet piquanté Pepperdews® chocolate ganache, pistachio ice cream with rosemary and berry coulis. I enjoyed the pastry, crust texture with the smooth ganache.

Workshop55 is a gorgeous venue with a well stocked gin bar. I’ve never dined there before, so I cannot comment on their regular menu, but the service was superb. I often ask for my water to be kept topped up, and I love when it actually happens! I’m into details. 😉

I wish you enough,

Wenchy

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Die Ellen Pakkies Storie

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I attended a VIP screening of Die Ellen Pakkies Storie tonight at Ster Kinekor.

It was one of two occasions where I was so emotional that I chose not to interact with the cast, but leave to cry in my car.

To grasp #DieEllenPakkiesStorie would be to open yourself to the unthinkable. A mother killing her adult son.

You have to see this heartbreaking, raw, unbelievable true love/life story to understand the depth of a mother’s love, and the width of her despair.

I cannot rate this movie higher than I do.

Jill Jazz Levenberg portrayal of Ellen Pakkies is authentic, crippling with emotion and without pretense. Wow.

Jarrid Geduld in the role of Abie Pakkies, is pure to the point of cringing at the pain, evil and psychologically feeling the desperation every time the word “Mommy” escapes. Phenomenal.

I wish you enough,

Wenchy


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