Shinybees podcast

Episode 82: Commit

Tasmania Cradle Mountain Summit Hike, by Eli Duke, via Flickr

Tasmania Cradle Mountain Summit Hike, by Eli Duke, via Flickr

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The podcast is brought to you this week from Daan Saaf, still with Real Ale though, obviously. This week I’m taking the time to point you in the direction of two of my latest little hobbies, Anchor and Snapchat. I like Anchor because its audio messaging and I have a face for radio. Get on and send me a ‘wave’ @Shinybees. Snapchat is lots of fun, I’m enjoying posting a rolling feed of 10 seconds clips that stay for 24 hours and explain my day. Come and watch my work by adding shinybees as a friend.


Episode 67: Mo’ Mohair

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Image Details: ‘ull mohair’ by AnnaKika, via Flickr

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It’s another mohair heavy episode today where we talk about different yarns which contain mohair. There really is something for everyone in terms of taste, spin, weigh and price point, along with some unusual blends to consider.

In news, we bid a fond farewell to the iMake podcast. Martine was the reason I started podcasting and without her help and encouragement, this podcast simply wouldn’t exist.


Episode 47: Calamities and Curiosities

Le cabinet de curiosité de Bonnier de la Mosson

Image Details: ‘Le cabinet de curiosité de Bonnier de la Mosson’ by Dodeckahedron, via Flickr.

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2015 poster (pdf)

The Highland Wool Festival is taking place at Dingwall Mart on 23 May 2015. The exhibitor list is now available.


Shinybees in The Knitter Magazine

The Knitter Podcast

That’s right! The podcast was recommended in the latest issue of The Knitter. It was a pleasant surprise; I bought the magazine today to get my copy of the sock heel masterclass article by Clare Devine. I spotted the mention as I was flicking through the rest of the magazine, prior to sitting down for detailed reading.

Along with Clare’s brilliant article, there were some lovely sock patterns in this issue in a separate booklet. There is also a great article on visiting Shetland, which is on our to-do list for this summer, so should come in very handy.

If you would like a quick preview of what is in this issue, you can see it on the preview video on YouTube here.

On the Road: Stellenbosch

SA’s finest!

Following on from the SA Section in Episode 5 of the podcast, here are some photos from our trip to Stellenbosch.

Ageing the vino.

The above two photos and the one below are from Uva Mira, which was the first stop of the day.

View from the rear of the farm.

After that, we stopped in at Ernie Els, followed by lunch at Guardian Peak. Ernie Els had a very impressive estate, however we preferred the wines at Guardian Peak, which also had a great restaurant.

Ernie Els

Another farm we visited was Stark Condé, which has the tasting room on an island in the middle of a lake. We bought quite a lot of wine from here!

Stark Condé.

Tokara was a notable estate, not for the wine particularly, but for the interesting collection of art and installations in the tasting area. The clock is a favourite!

Installation based on vines outside the tasting room.

Close-up of the top of the vines, which has words telling a story.

Art piece with bobbins!

What time is it, Mr Wolf?

Justus’ Malva Pudding Recipe

Malva Pudding

Image Details: ‘Malva Pudding’ by Jon Mountjoy, via Flickr.

Here is the recipe from Episode 4 of the Podcast, where I was joined by Justus to make the South African staple that is Malva Pudding. This is definitely not a diet pudding. Calorie content is unknown, but I suspect it would be red across the board on the traffic light system. You do, however, only live once, so give it a try!


1 1/4 cups of plain flour (cake flour in SA)
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs, room temperature
1 cup caster sugar
2 tbsp butter, room temperature
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 tbsp apricot jam
1/2 tsp finely grated orange rind (optional)
4 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp vinegar

For the sauce

3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cup cream (not specified but I would use single cream)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
3/4 cup water

Baking tray approximately 30cm x 25cm x 4cm.


1) Preheat the oven to 180 deg C/350 deg F.

2) Combine the cake flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Sift the whole mixture together through the sieve three times.

3) Beat the eggs together, whilst adding small amounts of the caster sugar at a time, until the all the caster sugar has been added and the mixture is light and fluffy. This step is essential to the success of the recipe.

4) Heat the butter, evaporated milk, jam, orange rind if added, orange juice and vinegar together in a pan. Stir vigorously throughout the heating process to avoid the mixture curdling.

5) Once the butter is just melted, beat the mixture together rapidly with an electric mixer.

6) Take the flour mixture and add 1/3 of it to the egg mixture and fold in gently. Repeat this step with the butter mixture. Repeat, alternating the flour and butter mixture until it is all added. Remember to fold, not stir, at this point.

7) Quickly beat the mixture for 20 seconds using the electric mixer.

8) Lightly grease the baking tray or spray it with fancy pants Cook ‘n’ Bake. Pour the mixture into the pan. This needs to be done fairly quickly after mixing, so that the mixture does not have time to cool down too much, as the butter will start to solidify again if it does.

9) Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 45 minutes.


10) When there is about 10 minutes left to go with the baking of the sponge, put all of the sauce ingredients in the pan and heat it up, stirring continuously until all of the sugar is dissolved.

11) Remove sponge from oven after the 45 minutes of baking. Take a fork and prick the top of the sponge all over. Pour the butter sauce all over the cake.

12) Serve! Usual accompaniments are custard or ice cream in SA, although I think it would work very nicely with some creme fraiche and summer fruits to cut through the sweetness.


Episode 1: Send in the Hogs!

Son/daughter of Billy

Hello and welcome to the shownotes for the first official Shinybees podcast. For those of you coming back after the Pilot Episode, great to see you again, and a warm welcome to any new listeners.

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