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24 Jun 2010

Hi everyone

After I got over my stupendous ‘We beat FRANCE!’ hangover yesterday, I found I was experiencing a strange feeling of release.

You know that feeling when your dinner party is in full swing, the guests have bonded, all the cooking’s done, and all that’s required from you any more is to kick off your shoes and enjoy yourself?

That’s how I feel about the World Cup now that SA is out.

Our boys did us so proud, didn’t they? And now we can release our collective breath and get down to the real business at hand. Because now that our eyes and hearts are no longer glued to our boys in yellow, we’ve all noticed that we are in the middle of throwing the biggest party in our country’s history. And doing a pretty good job of it.

And folks? We’re are only halfway! It’s time to kick it up yet another notch and like Kuhne during the opening game, ask: “Is this all the noise we can make?” And our answer? “Hell, no!”

Which is why our intrepid intern Lauren has rounded up more easy, delicious World Cup feasts to allow you to fake Domestic Goddessness, and still get the chance to drink a few not-Budweisers and have some corker vuvuzela moments. And why wine editor Cathy Marston has chosen her top proudly South African wines to ply all your foreign friends with.

And our bloggers, well... I had NO IDEA we were quite this cool? Between Jan’s socceritis omelette, Clever Cook’s funky flag crudités and Potjie’s, well, potjies... we’re clearly not the only people partying our rainbow-coloured socks off at the moment.

Of course, not everyone is playing nicely... and our Restaurant Editor, Cath Shone, has been dishing out red cards to those who are letting our side down by hiking up their prices. (Waterfront? We’re looking at YOU.)

And if you’re struggling to find themes for your third straight week of soccer parties, we found a tweet that should inspire you, by Put Foot Rally:

“This World Cup is working out like WW2 - France have forfeited, the USA turned up late, and England are left to fight the Germans!”

Funny, ne? Heh heh. Have you ever enjoyed being South African MORE? I haven’t. Which is why I am also cooking up some good old SA favourites like this funky boerewors goulash, oxtail stew with mealiepap and a silky milk tart.

All in all, I hope you are having as fun a World Cup as I am. And hopefully, our livers will forgive us in due course.

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