Our South African World Cup Final

We had a very busy household yesterday. It was the end of the World Cup here in South Africa and we celebrated this final day of soccer with good friends. We decided to make it a fun experience, our friends brought a Dutch dish and we made a Spanish one. We chose to make Paella. I have never made Paella before so it was a real treat to make. We were all in the kitchen the whole afternoon. Richard, the girls and myself all cooking together… The closing ceremony of the World Cup was fantastic! The elephants walking around the pool of water, this was truly phenomenal… And to see Nelson Mandela being driven across the soccer field was humbling and inspirational… I felt so proud to be a South African last night, I thought my heart would burst! This Cup has done wonders for our country, it has brought so many people together and has united this beautiful land of ours. I will honestly miss watching the soccer games and I can’t believe that our World Cup has come and gone. It was such a grand experience…
The Paella in progress… it really did turn out wonderful and we will definately be adding it to our menu… What a lovely family effort. Joan’s Dutch dish was also equally yummy!
Everyone tucking in…
Stan, with his guitar which is never too far away from him always plays us awesome music…
Oh and I just had to include this. Charlie is actually lying on one of my wheat grass trays, I mean really the cheek of it:)
AYOBA South Africa!
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9 Responses to Our South African World Cup Final

  1. softearthart July 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    Great tasty dishes and pics, cheers Marie

  2. Homesteadgirl July 13, 2010 at 2:17 am #

    I always marvel at how cats will find the one clean, folded thing to lie on (a washcloth, even!), or your plants. Last year mine lay on my seedlings on the first day I put them outside to harden them off…squashed them flat!!
    I’m sure the World Cup was a wonderful experience. Your country has come a long way in a short (relatively) amount of time. Your paella looks amazing! Had it once in France and have never forgotten it!

  3. Dawn July 13, 2010 at 2:51 am #

    That sounds like a great day. I love spending time in the kitchen with friends and family. Between watching parts of the World Cup and reading your blog, I want to visit South Africa more now, than ever!

  4. goldenbird July 13, 2010 at 4:38 am #

    Oh, that Charlie, what a rascal. The world cup celebration looks fun, Linda. I have never tasted paella but have heard good things about it.

    The pub/sports bar down the street from me hung many HUGE world cup flags on the front of the building. I walk past there frequently to go get yogurt and it always looked like the place was packed.

  5. Wabi-Sabi Wanderings July 13, 2010 at 4:52 am #

    What an exciting time! I know how wonderful it was for us when Canada was hosting the Olympics, so I can well imagine your experience. It is so wonderful witnessing the positive power of these events.

  6. Jen July 13, 2010 at 6:13 am #

    Hey Momma! I know I keep giving these to you, but I just love your blog and shop:D So here’s a Sunshine Award, my friend!



  7. Shannon July 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    I thought Charlie was lying in a special patch of his very own cat grass! LOL.
    Glad you all had a wonderful night of friendship and food washed down with sport and music 🙂

  8. Rachel Rubow July 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    LOL! That wheat grass looks like it is a grassy cat box made just for Charlie.

    I love gatherings where there is much laughter, cooking, and food.

    I am learning more about your Africa. Like many other countries I do not know a whole lot about it.

    I love the photos and stories you tell of your Africa and family. Such a warm blog.

  9. K July 18, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    In the states, the Super Bowl is always a big gathering and eating time. We are not terribly sports minded – but I do love it when – say on the 4th of July, or on our Thanksgiving day – family and friends gather and make special dishes and tuck in together. Connection and eating. Lovely. And a kitchen full of work and singing and laughter. I wonder if Heaven will turn out to be such a kitchen?

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