Whenever our friends (actually they are work colleagues of hubby's but we have become friends - super super folk!!!!) .... come out to SA, they always bring something small from Colombia ... always coffee which is the most delicious coffee you have ever tasted! ... and then added to that, there is always something else like coffee flavoured toffees ... yummm! .. or alcohol in the form of Pisco (from Peru) or Colombian Rum, Algarrrobina (which is a syrup which can be added to icecreams etc as well as a very delicious cocktail which has a spanish name .. and .. it's yummy!). CS who originates from Lima, Peru, makes a deliciously hot chillie paste and always brings a jar or two ... and this time she also brought some Peruvian chocolate .... will have a tasting test today !!
In the parcel was also a little birthday prezzie for me from one of the other girls in the office who came out here last year with another colleague. That was so sweet of her - I was absolutely thrilled!! She is such a lovely woman - happy, friendly - just so genuine. Actually they all are - they are beautiful people. The minute you are in their company, you feel as if you have known them forever. Isn't my gold froggie pin beautiful?! It comes with a certificate and explanation of the region where the original artwork comes from.
They always enjoy our braai's (bbq's) so that's what we always have when they come for a meal. One chap, Mr T, is an Aussie living in Bogata and he LOVES our lamb as he says they don't have much lamb in Colombia so we always, always, always have to have lamb chops on the braai. They all don't like our boerwors (traditional sausage) so we always have pork sausages as well. I have tried varying the menu for them but I always get long, disappointed faces ... !!! So lamb chops and pork sausages it is ... everytime !!! Mr T also always, always, always loves my chocolate eclairs for dessert!! ... tried varying that menu too .. also long, disappointed faces!!
But poor Mr T, had a seriously bad tummy bug yesterday and was laid up in his hotel room. One of the other chaps had to delay his flight here too, so he didn't make it either. So I didn't make them this time as Mr T was not here to enjoy them!!! I will no doubt have to make them when he comes for dinner before he goes back - and that will have to be roast lamb !!
It was just the two girls then .. we had a lovely evening, chatting and catching up with them. I can listen to them all night with their Spanish accents! CA is getting married in June so we had lots of girlie talk !!! ... comparing different traditional weddings between ours, Colombia and Peru.