Lydia Knoop (Street Articles Author)

Hi, My name is Lydia Knoop, a 44 year old wife and mother. I've been a stay at home mum all my married life, and have always had a desire to write. Both our sons have left home and managed to get settled at last, so this mother now has the time to combine both her passions. Making homemade preserves, pickles, chutneys and jams. And writing.

My husband, Mark, is retired and a workaholic gardener! He's also my biggest supporter.

I am also currently constructing my own website on making homemade preserves, which has been a very rewarding experience so far.

We live in a very rural, large diary farming area, in the village of Underberg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. It's the perfect setting to find inspiration for many things.

My journey is only starting and it will obviously go slow, but it's something that I intend savouring every step of the way.

Your partner in writing,


Making Sweet Pickled Cucumbers - The Way Grandma Did
Can you remember your grandma making sweet pickled cucumbers when you used to visit her during the holidays? You probably can't quite recall just how she did it, but I am pretty sure that you can still taste that burst of vinegar when you bit into a plump, juicy gherkin!…
By:  in  Food and Drink  >  Recipes   Jan 28, 2014  
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How To Pickle Chillies - The Easy Way!
The other day I found some red and green chillies on special. So out comes the compulsive buying side of me! I just have to have them. Why? Because I have a recipe on how to pickle chillies that I've been itching to try out. Now you have to get…
By:  in  Food and Drink  >  Recipes   Dec 11, 2013  
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Chunky Apricot Jam Recipe
Apricots are my favorite fruit! There, I've said it, and apricot jam is my number one ranked jam, no lies. So in my search for the best recipe ever, I came across a "Chunky Apricot Jam Recipe. But before I can share this most delightful recipe with you, there is…
By:  in  Food and Drink  >  Recipes   Dec 07, 2013  
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