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Mint Iced Tea Punch

My brother turned 20 this week, and his celebratory drink was this very mint iced tea rum punch! His drink of choice is always rum with anything, but for some reason his preferred mix is iced tea. So when he came around for a birthday dinner, I decided to make this little punch for him…. Read more »

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Purist Margarita

Before we continue with the very important business of a purist margarita, I must apologize. I’ve been super MIA. But it’s because I’ve been very busy starting a business! Yay! Check out the good stuff if you’re into quality artisanal products from small local producers. I know you’ll love it 🙂 Now moving on… Is… Read more »

minted pea soup

Minted Pea Soup with a Poached Egg

A week night dinner couldn’t be quicker than minted pea soup. Not to say that it wouldn’t go down as easily on a lazy Friday night! This warm soup with its sweet and minty flavours is perfect for the season. And if the evening’s set to be a little sticky, serve it chilled. You could… Read more »

Xpresso Cafe Pretzel

Xpresso Cafe – All Menu Items R10!

Yesterday we visited Xpresso Cafe in Durbanville with relatively low expectations. I mean what even can you buy nowadays for a mere R10?! But would you believe me if I told you that we paid a measly R40 for all the items pictured below? Yup – 1 coffee, 1 tea, 1 pretzel the size of… Read more »

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Pasta Primavera Version 2.0

Pasta Primavera – a celebration of spring, spring veggies, and most importantly, carbohydrates! Pasta Primavera means Spring Pasta in Italian, and traditionally comprises of a selection of seasonal spring vegetables doused in cream and dressed over spaghetti. But that’s just so retro! The cream sauce doesn’t do it for me on a fresh spring day… Read more »

shepherd's pie

Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

A shepherd’s pie is the perfect weekday meal for a chilly mid season evening. There’s something so nostalgic and comforting about this humble dish, plus it’s perfect for packing in extra veggies! Forego the traditional white potato topping and opt for a combination of sweet potato and cauliflower instead. The pairing of rich lamb and… Read more »

chakalaka cheese braai bread

Chakalaka Cheese Braai Bread

What’s a braai without chakalaka and a cheesy garlic loaf??? Combine the two and you have a heritage day winner! Cue this chakalaka and cheese stuffed braai loaf, which may just steal the show at your braai day table this weekend. Last year I went all out with roosterkoek burgers, so this year I wanted… Read more »

merrrel spring night series trail run

Merrell Spring Night Series Trail Run at Groot Constantia

Ever done a trail run through forests and vineyards in the dark? I have! The Merrell Spring Night Series Trail Run is the perfect opportunity to do so. Where the bizarre concept of running by lead of a small head light came from, I do not know. But it’s oddly liberating! And you get a… Read more »

strawberry frozen yogurt

Strawberry Mascarpone Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

No matter the weather, froyo always goes down a treat, and these strawberry mascarpone frozen yogurt popsicles are a particular pleasure! Obviously because they taste incredible, but also because they’re a simple task to prepare. With spring abloom, icy desserts are all the more incredible, but the creamy luxuriousness of these froyo popsicles makes them… Read more »

west coast national park

West Coast National Park Free Entry!

For all of this week (Mon, 12 Sep – Fri 16 Sep) entrance into the West Coast National Park, and all national parks nationwide, is free. Why? Because National Park Week! We made our way to the West Coast National Park today in the hope of spotting the last of spring’s flowers. While there wasn’t… Read more »

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    Homemade Muesli

    Homemade muesli is everything! I love oats, but when the weather heats up, a steaming bowl of creamy oatmeal just won’t do. This is where my homemade muesli does the trick.   Muesli is actually SO simple to make. Plus, the homemade version is always healthier than the processed sugary kind you find in stores…. Read more »

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    Tapas in the Vineyards at Bramon Wine Estate, Plett

    If you’re ever in Plett or planning to go to Plett, Bramon Wine Estate is an absolute must-do! Nibbling on tapas and sipping on the crispest ever Sauvignon Blanc in the midst of their vineyards is an experience I won’t soon forget. Be sure to book in advance though to request a vineyard table. Anything… Read more »

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    Kimchi Egg Fried Rice

    Kimchi egg fried rice is what happens when you take leftover rice down to flavour town for a makeover! I always find rice is kinda like spaghetti – it’s so easy to make too much. Which is actually perfectly fine because there’s so much you can do with cooked rice. With big flavours like garlic,… Read more »

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    G&T Grapefruit and Lime Cocktail

    This G&T grapefruit and lime cocktail is EVERYTHING on a hot summer’s day! Sipping it by the pool out of a very trendy jar, only serves to heighten the experience. What’s more, it only requires a total of four very basic ingredients. I’m a sucker for a simple pink drink. If you’re avoiding alcohol, simply… Read more »

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    Summer Berry Mascarpone Tart

    Berry season is my favourite season! Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and gooseberries (which I’m actually not really fond of) are everywhere right now. And the best use of fresh berries, has to be the summer berry mascarpone tart. This recipe is the KIS (keep it simply) theory in its truest dessert manifestation. Apart from their obvious… Read more »

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    Inverroche Gin – A Distillery Visit in Stilbaai

    Inverroche Distillery’s Gins Distilled in the chilled town of Stilbaai, Inverroche has three different gin offerings – the Classic, Amber, and my favourite, the Verdant. The Classic is a traditionally styled gin with recognisable notes of juniper and citrus. The Amber is sweeter, and warmer, while the Verdant is definitely the most refreshing and floral… Read more »

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    Healthy Homemade Sushi with Brown Rice

    Now before you go thinking “but sushi already IS healthy”, consider this – how many pieces of the sushi that you order at a restaurant is deep fried, covered in that delicious Kewpie mayo, dolloped with sweet chilli sauce, or doused with teriyaki – like my all-time favourite Tiger Roll. Even still, all that aside,… Read more »

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    Roosterbrood Braai Day Burger

    It can be easy to overthink Braai Day by planning a mammoth feast that’ll only overwhelm you in the long run. This is especially true if you’re a foodie and have a million ideas racing through your mind. This roosterbrood Braai Day burger is the perfect solution! Sure, you could make your own burger patties,… Read more »

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    Braised Leeks with Lentils, Bacon and Mushrooms

    Braised leeks are banging! It makes me wonder why leeks have been such an overlooked member of the onion family – well, at least in my household that is. They provide all the flavourful umami of a brown onion, but with a lot more subtlety. Plus they offer a delicious sweetness that pairs amazingly with… Read more »

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    Asian Veg and Rice Bowl

    This Asian veg and rice bowl would place at least in the top 5 for “Most Instagrammable Dish” – it’s that pretty! I love how packed with flavour it is despite how simple it is to prepare. It makes for a stellar midweek meal, but is gorgeous enough to impress guests, and tasty enough to… Read more »