The Best Malva Pudding Recipe

closeup picture of South African Malva pudding

One of my favorite small expat joys I acquired a taste for in South Africa is Malva Pudding. I can always conjure up a tiny bit of the magic of of a fiery African sunset, the awe of watching a dazzle of zebras approach a waterhole, or the heart-stopping shock of hearing the hadeda's first cry in the morning by making this consummate South African dessert.

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What’s in YOUR (Expat) Suitcase?

jars of marmite on shelf

Even though most Brits (and also Australians) I know are VERY loyal to their Marmite, even a single ONE of those jars would be one too many in our household. But it's hard to imagine that our family would ever complain about having too many Nutella jars. Here is a list of must-have things for your expat suitcase.

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Koeksister Who?

A brief explanation about the demographics of South Africa:

Based on the latest census in 2011, roughly 9% of South Africa’s population is white. Within that group, about 61% are Afrikaans speakers, 36% are English speakers, and the remaining 3% speak other languages such as Portuguese.

A good ... 

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Put Your Zebra Lederhosen On!

Once again, when October rolled around this year, we found ourselves in new surroundings, meaning we’d have to create yet another guest list for our annual Oktoberfest.

I don’t know exactly when we started this tradition, but I remember where. It was when we lived in Raleigh, North Carolina, and ... 

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Cut the Bun Already!

Everything is perfect. It’s a Saturday night. The gin tonics are poured. The afternoon thunderstorm has passed and delicious smells are wafting from the grill.

“Honey, can you bring the buns?”

KABOOOOM! (That was me, crashing back down onto the floor of reality). Because what have ... 

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Expat Joys – Eating a Mango

mango slices

A few days ago, I ate the very first mango of the season.

Come to think of it, it was actually still very much out of season, as I haven’t seen another one for sale since then, and I seem to recall from last year that the South African mango season doesn’t start until closer to December. ... 

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