Guess who’s coming to dinner?…

Big Daddy and zebras get along well. They are used to grazing in the bush together. There’s Lollie in the background, as usual.

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” is a 1967 American romantic comedy-drama film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and written by William Rose. It stars Spencer Tracy (in his final role), Sidney Poitier, and Katharine Hepburn and features Hepburn’s niece Katharine Houghton.”

Tonight, Rita, Gerhard, and their friend from the US, Lee, will be coming for dinner. On short notice, I decided to make an easy meal, starting with easy snacks during sundowners: potato crisps (Gerhard’s favorite), peanuts (Tom’s favorite), sliced cheese with keto, and regular crackers chicken liver pate. (Rita and Lee are also doing keto, like me).

Norman is a regular visitor. He comes by about three times daily, along with Nina and Noah.

For the main course, we’re roasting two whole chickens on the braai with keto barbecue sauce and marinated keto lemon chicken breasts, in case the four breasts from the two chickens aren’t enough for all five of us. If we have leftovers, no problem, Tom and I will eat the chicken tomorrow.

For the sides, steamed buttered broccolini, roasted vegetables, seasoned white rice, and my traditional fresh veg salad (Rita loves this with my homemade dressing). We won’t be making a dessert since I hadn’t planned ahead and don’t have all the necessary ingredients on hand.

We love zebra visits, but they never seem to engage with us as the other wildlife.

Early this morning I started prepping all the vegetables to roast. Actually, I am cooking them now since they require tossing every 15 minutes, and I don’t want to be in the kitchen when our guests arrive; instead, spending time with them. I can quickly reheat the vegetables in the oven in an oven-proof serving dish. I’ll cook the broccolini last minute.

Tom will put the whole chickens on the braai at about 4:00 pm, 1600 hrs., and let them cook on low heat until tender and juicy. I will cook the chicken breasts in the oven to ensure they aren’t overcooked, which can happen on the braai when Tom may be busy chatting and forget about them. The two whole chickens won’t require more than occasional basting with the sauce.

This morning’s zebra visit. Again, Lollie is photobombing once again.

It’s cold and cloudy today, so I made Tom and me heaping cups of low-carb hot chocolate with raw cocoa, coconut cream, and liquid sweetener. As we’re sitting outdoors, chilled to the bone, this is an excellent way to warm up. At the moment, our only visitors are one Big Daddy, Nyala Noah, with a few warthogs along the fringes of the garden. It’s been a busy morning now that the weekend has ended.

Tulip and Lilac are enjoying my veggie scraps from this morning’s prep.

Another holiday weekend is upcoming this week, and it will be crazy busy here in the bush again. Indeed, the five of us will be heading to Jabula on Friday night, as we always did with Rita and Gerhard and often with Kathy and Don. Gosh, we missed them too.

Our lives here in Marloth Park are filled with many memories that warm our hearts. It feels like living in a unique environment surrounded by friends and wildlife, always enjoying sundowners, and homemade dinners at one of our bush houses, in the heat, in the cold, and in between. We top it off with memorable evenings at the Cheers-like bar at Jabula, and fantastic dinners shared on their veranda.

Tulip and Lilac prefer to eat inside the fence since the larger animals take over on the other side.

Right now, bushbuck Mom and Baby, Tulip and Lilac, are eating the scraps from the vegetables I cut this morning. A moment ago, little Lilac picked up her head with bits of vegetables hanging out of her mouth while she chewed with enthusiasm. What a joy! We couldn’t ask for more.

Have a great Monday!

Photo from one year ago today, August 1, 2022:

One year ago, my friend Kathy took this photo of where an elephant had knocked down the fence between Kruger and Marloth Park and managed to get into the park. The elephant returned to Kruger National Park a short time later. For more photos, please click here.