Struisbaai Holiday Last Day – Cooking up a Storm

I was pleased that this our last day in Struisbaai produced good fishing weather. Earl and Yasin were up early and gone.   Shahieda and I slept in late.   In the early hours of this morning their daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren had arrived but I had not heard a thing.

They were all up and about by 9 and we enjoyed getting to know each other.   Today is Yasin’s birthday and his kids just needed to be here to wish him.

The baby - Imann - is so cute

The baby – Imaan – is so cute

Yasin’s birthday wish was to catch a big yellow-tail – not a tiddly little one like those he got yesterday – and yes – he got 12, the biggest being quite to his satisfaction at about 7kg.

Yasin on Kiora with his biggest yellow tail

Yasin on Kiora with his biggest yellow tail

He thought it hilarious that Earl once again caught very little.

Early with 'very little'

Early with ‘very little’

While the men were at sea Shahieda had already begun to prepare for Yasin’s birthday lunch. She was cooking up a storm and I didn’t like to interfere!   After all there is years of training in producing a good Cape Malay meal – they girls learn at their mother’s knee, and then perfect the art!

Shahieda performing her miracle

Shahieda performing her miracle

The rooties are ready for rolling

The rooties are ready for rolling but we don’t have a rolling pin!

Muslims don't drink but Shahieda found a good use for this cold bottle of wine

Muslims don’t drink but Shahieda found a good use for this cold bottle of wine

Yasin flipping rooties

Yasin flipping rooties

Before lunch was served Earl and I took Nilfah and the girls,  Amirah and Ayesha to the beach for a swim.   Amirah loves the water but the sea was like a washing machine again today and she found the the waves a little scary.   She rushed out after a few minutes but her cousin encouraged her back in and then she thoroughly enjoyed herself.

Grandpa Earl encouraging the girls to come in deeper

Grandpa Earl encouraging the girls to come in deeper

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Ayesha (9) enjoying the sea

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Amirah (7) running from the waves

We returned in time to be served an amazing meal – there was lamb currie, rooties, braaied chicken, potato salad and garlic bread – enough to feed four families!

A Laden Table

A Laden Table

Whaheed with little Imann

Whaheed with little Imaan

We just tucked in – after my third helping I said, ‘I think I’m going to convert,’   You’ll need a scarf, joked Shahieda.

  I am a convert - The sarong will do.

I am a convert – My sarong will do.

Wow what a meal.   And that was not all – There is trifle to follow but we’re all too full to indulge now so are watching TV, playing computer games or sleeping.

Nilfah made this gorgeous trifle

Nilfah made this gorgeous fridge cake

There was also trifle made by Shahieda.

The trifle and fridge tart was enjoyed much later

The trifle and fridge tart was enjoyed much later

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