Homemade Pickled Radishes – Fast Results, Ready in Less Than 1 Hour

With every second drawing closer to Christmas and the festive season, my time seems to be slipping. My brain is so ready for a good long holiday sipping cocktails in my pool. I have been so focused on cooking for my Jamie Challenge, I have not had a spare moment to write for the blog. Don't worry though, by the time this year is up I will have cooked 70 new recipes so I will have (and do have) a few in my pocket to test. Also, I am on holiday from the 13th of December to the 3rd of January ... Continue Reading

Tomato and Basil Homemade Focaccia – A Delicious Starter

Darroch and I love homemade pizza, we often make it but I am always left with additional dough. Thankfully, my recipe is freezable so I just roll it into a ball and pop it in the freezer until it is needed again. The other day we had a last-minute braai with friends so I hauled out two balls of frozen dough and let it defrost. I then made delicious focaccia as a starter. I personally love garlic and butter focaccia that is super thin and crispy. I crack some salt and pepper over it and ... Continue Reading

Festive Cherry and Litchi “Home-Made” Mampoer for a Boozy Christmas

Ok so it isn't actually mampoer, it's just the name the family has called it every year. This is a festive tradition that Darroch and I have adopted from his late father last year and now plan to do each year in his memory. The mampoer is basically just cherries and dark rum, and litchis and vodka stored away so the fruit becomes deliciously boozy. The alcohol in turn becomes flavoured by the fruit. In December last year we only made a jar of litchis but this year we decided to start a ... Continue Reading

The Trip of a Lifetime – Mala Mala Private Game Reserve, the Big 5 & more

2018 was the year of travel as I was given the chance to see so much of South Africa. From visiting sweeping mountains of the Limpopo timber district and farmlands to the breathtaking heights of the Mpumalanga Panorama Route. The year ended off with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Mala Mala Private Game Reserve. It is truly something special, to be able to see animals living their lives out in the wilds. There is no greater sense of satisfaction than seeing a lioness provide for her pride ... Continue Reading

Travel Dreams continued – Pilgrim’s Rest & Mac Mac Falls, Just Magnificent!

The Panorama Route is truly one of the most beautiful sights to see in South Africa. The second leg of our trip took us through to Pilgrim's Rest. If you missed the first part, you can read it here. When my boyfriend said we needed to find a place to stay over on our trip I started googling for different accommodation options. While Pilgrim's Rest was a little more expensive than most of the other options, I knew I needed to stay there because of its history. The entire town has been ... Continue Reading

Sustainable Christmas Wrapping & DIY Cards for Family

Christmas is the best time of year but sadly commercial Christmas Wrapping paper and cards can be quite bad for the environment. The materials that go into making some wrapping paper mean it's not always accepted for recycling. It is often dyed, laminated or contains non-paper additives. These additives include things like gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter or plastics, which can't be recycled. So this year I decided to go the eco-friendly route and buy only sustainable supplies. While ... Continue Reading

Travel Dreams – The Panorama Route of South Africa and All Its Beauty

Growing up in Cape Town, I was blessed with a beautiful environment. Table Mountain is exquisite and the great stretches of wine farms could make any person envious. I spent holidays travelling up the West Coast to places like Langebaan and Paternoster or down the Garden Route. Wilderness is one of my favourite places in the world because it has trees and ocean for days. I love trees! Forests and woodlands are my ideas of peace. Recently I was in Tzaneen, a town in Limpopo filled with ... Continue Reading

A DIY Coffee Scrub that will awaken your soul!

Winter is upon us and being a resident of Johannesburg, that means dry skin. I have intensified my moisturising routine, thankfully a good scrub helps combat dry skin too. This coffee scrub recipe is the perfect winter DIY! Body scrubs are some of the easiest DIYs to do and they are always sensational! There is nothing better than the feeling of using a handmade scrub. I am not much of a coffee person so when I was sent a bag of Sihle's Brew, I knew it would be put to better use as a beauty ... Continue Reading

Setsong Tea – Indigenous Tea from Limpopo Filled with History & Heritage

Setsong tea is a locally made brand featuring indigenous teas. The teas are harvested in rural Limpopo which helps develop the economy and create jobs within rural South Africa. Over 5 decades and multiple generations have consumed these teas. They have passed down the knowledge, heritage and history. Every purchase of the tea contributes to social upliftment. Which is obviously incredible! I purchased three of the teas a while ago and have loved them. My favourites have been the ... Continue Reading