59 posts by Tyler Leigh Vivier

Creamy and Warming Butternut, Sweet Potato Slow Cooker Soup

Hello, again! Can you believe how cold it has gotten? I trust you are all staying home snuggled up warmly. It has been quiet here, so I have been doing lots of recipe testing and eating. I decided the next soup recipe I wanted to share was a Butternut and Sweet Potato one. As I discussed in my Spiced Apple and Carrot recipe post, I love those vegetable deals where you pay around R100 and get to buy bulk quantities. I usually use those deals to buy butternut, beetroot, onions, potatoes, ... Continue Reading

What to Put in Your Compost Pile Now for a GREAT Spring Reward!

So this is it! My first official gardening post! I have been holding off until I was confident about the information I was sharing. Tried and tested is my motto! I started composting properly in January 2020. I tried before using the bokashi method but it was pretty gross. Bokashi is done in a bucket, you can throw all your kitchen scraps in, including meats and oils which is a no-no for regular composting. The thing is once your bucket is full, you have to let it sit for two weeks to rot ... Continue Reading

Pasta Alla Puttanesca using the Best Pantry Ingredients

The pantry is just one of my many happy places. It is home to all the little things that make a great meal. When opening the cupboard, I feel great comfort in seeing all my favourite foods in one place. Pantry meals are all the rage at the minute because we have to stay home as much as possible. It is better to only head to the shops every two weeks or less at the moment, so we find we live more from the pantry than ever before. I have been loving watching the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen ... Continue Reading

Oven-roasted Root Crisps – The Perfect Healthy Snack

Oh, the extended snacking hours are really not making my body look that great. Thankfully, we have turned to healthy snacking instead. Instead of potato crisps and all the unhealthy, easy snacks; we put the effort into making healthier options. We are loving popcorn the most but I have also started adding crackers to the trolley and one nice cheese. Fresh fruit is also always on hand and to make snacking better, I will chop and peel anything in the morning so it is available without effort ... Continue Reading

Homemade Banana Bread with a cheeky Lemon Curd spread

Having bananas go bad is probably even better than just having them, it means you get to make Banana Bread which is oh so easy! I baked this recipe back in February, it has been sitting on my to-do list for ages. Then the world changed! Covid-19 has swept the globe and is causing untold amounts of damage, not just to those infected with the virus, but to family units, economies and all. Shortly after the first case of Covid-19 in South Africa, our government set up a plan and asked that ... Continue Reading

Spiced Apple, Carrot Soup – The Boost You Need Before Winter Sets In

The slow cooker has been hauled out from its hidey-hole because the chilly weather is on its way. I have been practising all my soups for the coming winter season so I can share them all with you. The very first, Spiced Apple and Carrot Soup. It is so great that stores like Woolworths and Pick n Pay have those vegetable deals where you pay around R100 and get to buy bulk quantities. I usually use those deals to buy butternut, beetroot, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes and tomatoes. The ... Continue Reading

How I bought a Bosch food processor without spending a cent – Plus Hummus Recipe

It is that time of year again when I buy an expensive cookware item off my wishlist. Every year I work hard to buy something nice for myself and this is how I do it. My goal this time; to buy myself a food processor. Loyalty programmes are a blessing here in South Africa and being an FNB client, I have the opportunity to earn eBucks (PS: this is NOT sponsored, I am just super loyal lol). eBucks are earned by simply banking according to a number of options set out by the bank. The more you ... Continue Reading

Apple Crumble Muffins – The breakfast snack everyone wants more of…

Apples, oh apples! My heart sings for desserts made with apples. Stew them, roast them, shove them in a pie, I will eat a cooked apple any way you serve it. As they say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. When I first started this blog, I shared my apple crisp recipe, just before the start of Summer. Now as we edge our way to the start of Winter, warm apple fragranced with cinnamon and nutmeg is just what you want. My brother has been living with me and to make food go further, I ... Continue Reading

5 Spice Tea – To Warm Your Soul and Balance Your Gut

In January I took a deep dive into yoga and learned all about the body, its power and how to take better care of it. That led me to learn about yogi tea. I am a full-blown tea lover and when I can use it to boost my body, I am all in! Chai latte is my go-to order at any coffee shop so I wanted to try to make my own. A typical chai has about seven spices. Focussing on just five of them, I made a mix that is great for gifting as well! My friend and fellow yoga lover celebrated her birthday ... Continue Reading

The Ultimate Kruger National Park Self-Catering Packing List – Tried & Tested!

Packing for Kruger National Park has become an art. After going the very first time with almost nothing useful, I have come up with a detailed list of things you will need if you are staying at the self-catering rest camps. The reason it is important to pack properly is that you are literally in the bush so you can't just pop to Spar to get that one thing you forgot. There is a store at each camp that is fully stocked so if you do forget something, there is a chance they will have it but at ... Continue Reading