Made from many layers of rolled and folded dough, puff pastry is buttery and flaky and can rise and puff to eight times its original thickness.
Once thawed, it is easiest to handle when still cold.
And fortunately, there are plenty of stunning natural spots in Cape Town to stretch out that blanket and tuck into a delicious alfresco feast.
Fine examples include expansive botanical garden Kirstenbosch, one of the Mother City’s many pristine beaches (the idyllic Clifton Fourth at sunset is a favourite choice) or one of the several viewing sites along Chapman’s Peak Drive, a spectacular stretch of rocky coastline near Hout Bay.
Make up stories about the people who pass you, as if you’re writing a novel. Try to understand life from your spouse’s perspective. Find a book you both enjoy and take turns reading to each other, or each of you can read your own book in each other’s company. Lay out a blanket and have an indoor picnic – or at least some popcorn.
If you see someone who looks sad or distressed say a prayer or lend a hand. Even if you don’t exchange shoes, at least change roles for the evening. Turn off your cell phones, computer, the TV, and the lights. It need not be original, just something you took the effort to find. If tent camping is a new experience for you, try it, you might like it. For fun you might want to randomly read a sentence from each of your respective books and see what bizarre combinations this makes. Share what you find physically attractive about your spouse.
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