Reminiscing 1995

With the clash of the titans tomorrow, it certainly feels very reminiscent of the day before the final in 1995. It’s a big game and no matter if we win or lose, once again… this game is bringing the country together and that makes me proud to be a South African.

So with this in mind, I thought I would spend a little bit of time back in 1995 and I thought you may want to come with me! Some of the things I remember about that time were…

The films I watched
I am a BIG film fan and to be honest, I have not watched a new film in almost a year (the sad truth of being a parent!) but I spent a lot of my teenage years at the cinema and the films I recall watching in ’95 are Toy Story, Braveheart and Seven. Loved them all and I have actually watched each of these a second and maybe even a third time!

The television shows
Some of the greatest TV shows came from that time and I was obsessed with Friends, ER and X-Files. I can still hear the X-files theme song in my head!

And… Oprah looked like this!

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Miss South Africa
This was the year that Bernelee Daniell won the pageant. I absolutely love her! She is now a mom and business woman and is known for her work with the charity STEPS which raises awareness and money for people with clubbed feet which she was actually born with!

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Fashion
I may have dressed like this… T-shirt under strappy dresses and the dungarees which, surprisingly, seems to come back into fashion every now and then…

James Small
Well, he was the flavour of the year for sure and I may have been known to have a small school girl crush on him. I recall in the lead up to the final game in ’95, the Springboks made appearances at various restaurants, My mom took me to meet him and she bought a bunch of flowers for me to give to him. I thought she was crazy and dismissed the idea immediately. I mean… who gives a rugby player built like a brick shit house a bunch of flowers!! We got to the front of the queue, I shook his hand and blushed… my mom gave him the flowers and wished him luck for the game. He then leaned over the counter, thanked her and gave her a kiss… A KISS!!!… ON THE LIPS!!! Arrrggg!! How did she know!!! I did not speak to her for the rest of the day.

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Winning the trophy
Of course, this happened…

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When Joel Stransky scored that drop goal in extra time, my gran dropped to her knees and cried with sheer joy, my mom pretty much sobbed the entire match and I ran outside into the streets which came alive with people everywhere, hugging each other, crying and spraying beer everywhere. There were parties in the streets until late that night. As a girl who knew very little of the massive impact this would have for my country, I still felt the shift and it felt great!

The 1995 Springboks are here in London and will be running 2 miles around the city on Saturday morning and have invited everyone to join them. It will begin at 07.30 from Trafalgar square. I wish I could go but we have ballet class for Emily which she looks forward to but if you do go, please share your experience…

So, while I bring myself back to the present, I can’t help but feel that we all need this match. A renewed unity for us all to show the world what true ubuntu means. Of course I want us to win, like I did in 1995 but coming together, sharing the experience with each other with love and acceptance… That is true winning! So good luck Boks, the nation is behind you.

Where were you in ’95, I’d love to hear!

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A cook off amongst friends – Olé!!

Because the Stassen’s won the last cook off, they hosted this most recent one and the theme they chose was Mexican. We had the most wonderful day and we even had a guest team…Team Taylor…. joining us from South Africa. So without further a do, I present to you the Mexican cook off!!

We started the day off with some nachos and desperado’s. It was a lovely warm day so we ate these outside watching the kids run about in the garden. There was a delicious, spicy guacamole and sour cream for dipping. What a great start to the cook off and a great scene setter for what was to come.

Team Breetzke
So, this team kicked off the challenge by going first. They did burritos filled with slow roast beef, spicy rice and topped with tomato and cheese. They made a home-made tomato salsa for dipping with guacamole and sour cream. The juicy beef  just melted in your mouth and the spicy tomato rounded this dish off perfectly. What a fabulous dish!

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Team May
We went next with spiced pulled pork fajitas with a mango salsa. I have to say that the pulled pork on its own was sublime and the mango salsa was amazing with chilli and lime juice. But in my honest opinion, when we put all the ingredients together it wasn’t as amazing I thought it would be. Not to say the dish couldn’t be amazing but I confess I didn’t practice our dish and in hindsight, I should have. Well, suffice to say, I shall be practising the next dish to make sure it is perfect for next time! We still scored really well with the “judges” so everyone still seemed to enjoy them…

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Team Stassen
The Stassen’s were next with chicken quesadillas with chorizo, cheese and chilli and home-made guacamole and chilli sauce for dipping. Crispy, spicy and cheesy… all the good things you expect from a good Mexican dish. Lip smackingly good and so easy to make, it would literally take you a few minutes to rustle up!

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Team Taylor
So our lovely guests, Mr and Mrs T contributed to the day and seeing as they were there for the very first cook off (steak) it was so fitting to have them join us for this one. On this occasion, they presented mince Chimichangas. They are traditionally deep fried but on this occasion we had them soft and gooey. They were filled with spicy mince and refined beans with a home-made chilli sauce for dipping. The mince and beans were such a good combination and the chilli sauce just added the kick you needed at the end. They were absolutely delicious and I would love to try their fried counterpart too!

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Team Jooste
So this team is always the one to watch and this was no exception! They did beautifully plated sweetcorn fritters, pulled pork, crushed tortilla chips, feta and a sprinkle of chipotle chilli. so so good! The feta added a depth to this dish that was instantaneous! Such a lovely combination of flavours!

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We were so stuffed by the end of the day we couldn’t eat another thing but what a fabulous afternoon! Good food, good friends and lots of laughs.  The voting for this one was nerve racking! I personally didn’t think my dish was that good and the Breetzke’s were ready for a win.

After counting, the Stassen’s gave us the great news that the winner of the Mexican feast was…..

Team Breetzke!!

They took home the small roaming trophy and a bottle of tequila. Well done guys! A very well deserved win and we look forward to what you have in store for us at the next cook off!

Keep an eye on the recipe tab of the blog for some recipes from the day. If you want one in particular, do contact me.

Nos Vemos (Till next time)…