Monthly Archive:July 2016

SA Promo Post: Hardloop Beskuit – A Sure Thing

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Growing up, there were several key lessons that my mom passed down to us as kids. Many we still practice to this day, and some may have slightly fallen by the wayside (like the importance of eating apples). Most of these lessons and memories invariably stem from the kitchen, where many an afternoon, my mom would be cooking or baking up a new concoction that was to serve as our feast that evening.  But one lesson that that my mom taught the 3 of us, that still sticks with us to this day, was to make sure we ate enough fibre.

(Because Moms care that way).

And a key tool in the battle of the High Fibre war, was this wonderful rusk recipe amicably nicknamed, “Hardloop Beskuit”.

Hardloop because they’re so easy to make – and hardloop because, well… you know.

So – after adapting the recipe to suit UK ovens and ingredients lists, we thought we’d share this winner with you as a perfect rainy-day dunking spectacular.


  • 7 cups of whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1 cup of wheat bran
  • 1 cup of sesame seed
  • 1 cup of sunflower seed
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda (dissolved in a couple of tsps of milk, and added to the yogurt)
  • 500ml thin plain yogurt (or buttermilk if you’re in SA)
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 400g butter (softened)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, mix the milk, yogurt, eggs, bicarbonate of soda mixture together.
  3. Rub the softened butter into the dry ingredient mixture with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients
  5. Stir together well (I find that using a blunt knife or spatula provides the least messy result). Be careful not to overmix the mixture.
  6. Butter a large oven pan (approx. 40cm x 30cm and pour in the rusk mixture.  Bake in oven at 180 degrees / Gas Mark 4 for 1 hour.
  7. When done, remove from oven, and set aside to cool slightly in the pan.
  8. Tip the rusks onto a cooling rack – The rusks will be brittle and will look like 1 solid bread – be careful not to break the rusk mixture up yet.
  9. Allow to cool completely.
  10. Once cooled, place rusks on a flat surface and cut into bite-size squares (approx. 4cm x 4cm). (It’s at this point that you may want to pour yourself a glass of milk, steal a couple of warm soft rusk squares).
  11. Place the squares onto a flat oven sheet and return to a cool oven at approx. 130 degrees / Gas Mark 1 to dry out for a couple of hours.



Floral Photography in Beaminster


I don’t know what it is about florals, but I love them. I love looking at them. I love smelling them. I love photographing them. Perhaps it’s that the lens captures so much more than my eye can. Perhaps it’s the ability to look at the petal itself in crisp clearness against a backdrop of nothing. Perhaps it’s the contrast between the dark tennis court green and a bright fuscia or lilac.

I don’t know what it is.

And living in Beaminster – it makes it easy to fall in love with the summer garden frenzy that takes over – despite the clouds and rain. When the sunshine hits, Garden Centres are full, the smell of mulch lingers on the breeze like the carrot cake you baked that morning.

Hope you enjoy these florals, just as much as I enjoyed snapping them.


Freelancer Meetup: Bridport – 29 July 2016

Anyone who works for themselves is bound to understand the familiar feeling that is one’s own company. So every now and then, I take myself and my busy workload, off to a local cafe (which usually ends up being either The Bull Hotel for their Pain au Chocolat and free wifi, or Symondsbury Kitchen for their hot chocolate and free wifi) and spend a morning getting all the little things done that I need to get done.

Yes, I do it for the hot chocolate. Yes, I do it for the nibbles. But – there’s such a bigger reason why I do this. Company.

You see – working for yourself invariably means you are so busy getting things done, and looking for the next opportunity – that you forget to look after yourself – and sometimes, all you need is some inspiration from other creatives doing some impressive things.

So that’s what this is about.

We’re organising a get-together for anyone and everyone who is a freelancer or self-employed, and who – like the rest of us – enjoys meeting up with other self-starters for a cup of tea and a chat.  There is no agenda – no plan – just a simple Let’s have coffee and see where the wind takes us.

We believe in purposeful coincidence – and you never know who you may meet – or where you next business lead may come from.

When: Friday 29 July, 10:00

Where: Bull Hotel Bar, Bridport

Bring a friend. Bring your work. Or just bring yourself.

Please RSVP if you’re keen by popping me a quick email – so that I can give the Hotel the heads up.

Looking forward to meeting you!