• How to Create a Seafood Feast on a Budget

    How do you feel about seafood? I hated it for the first 20 years of my life. Now I wish I could turn back time because I missed out on so much of good food! It’s only now, that I am trying out different fish and playing around with flavours. The health benefits of eating seafood is well known but here’s a little refresher for you. Fish is high in many important nutrients including high-quality protein as well as various vitamins and minerals. Generally, fatty fish is better for you because it is higher in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D Eating at least one serving of fish a week…

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    Book Review: Kill the Angel by Sandrone Dazieri

    Genre Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Psychological Thriller Plot The story starts with a horrifying mass murder that is quickly attributed to a terrorist attack. Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli seems to be the only person who thinks that the event was too neatly packaged. She tries to investigate further but keeps getting blocked. When no-one at the police department is willing to listen, let alone help her, Colomba calls on Dante Torre to assist. Dante is himself the victim of a heinous crime. He spent most of his childhood as a captive in a concrete silo, which inadvertently taught him how to master facial cues and body language. Colomba and Dante…

  • Recipe : Microwave Fudge

    One of the most memorable smells from my early childhood, is the smell of microwave fudge. My mum would make this over school holidays when I was in primary school, together with peanut brittle. The whole house would smell like a bakery and it felt like forever waiting for the fudge to cool down. Something about the greyish weather triggered that memory for me today so of course I HAD to make some! Here is a really easy recipe and I can vouch for the end result. Ingredients 100g of margarine (aren’t you glad I didn’t say butter!) 1 tin of condensed milk 2 cups of castor sugar 1tsp of…

  • Book Review: The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

    I received a Kindle for Christmas and it has completely changed my life! Reading is a more than a hobby for me, it's a passion and often times an addiction. I need to read. Losing myself in a story is still the magical experience it was when I was a kid immersing myself in a Famous Five adventure.

  • Giveaway: Philips Electric Pasta Machine

    If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Instagram then you would know that I have been playing around with the Philips Electric Pasta Machine. Have you ever tried making pasta by hand? There’s a real knack to getting the dough right and then you have to crank it through a pasta machine that will make even the buffest dude sweat. Thank goodness this process has now gone Electric! Even though loadshedding and power outages are a reality, you can go from flour to pasta in less than 10 minutes. Which means you can literally have a meal ready in 10 minutes if you warm up some pasta sauce while…

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    5 Dinners for R500? Piece of cake!

    I love my Monday mornings. I bet you don’t hear that very often! It’s true though. My Monday mornings are for making To-Do lists for my week ahead as well as for meal planning the weeks dinners quietly while drinking a latte and nibbling on an almond square. It is a little oasis of peace amidst the organized chaos of normal momlife and besides enjoying the down time, it also ends up saving us money. How does having a coffee and a square of buttery goodness save me money? I’m glad you asked! Meal planning Taking the time to work on a meal plan is what ends up saving us…

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    35 Life Lessons on my 35th Birthday (Part1/3)

    I turn 35 this weekend. That’s quite a milestone birthday I think. The ‘find yourself’ twenties are a thing of the past and the ‘reinvent yourself‘ forties are around the corner. Since I am of a ripe old age, I thought now would be as good a time as any to impart some knowledge on the younguns (basically anyone younger than 35). Here is Part 1 of my Life Lessons: Life Lessons as a Daughter Before I was anyones sister, girlfriend, wife or mother, I was a daughter. This is something that I will always be regardless of what age I am. I am so grateful to have the parents…

  • Let’s talk Baby Weaning with Chicco

    Is there anything more exciting than weaning your child onto solid food?? Ok, there’s loads more exciting stuff but it’s still high on the list of parenting milestones in my opinion. When your child starts feeding themselves, what you’re really witnessing is their very first step away from needing you as much. I actually feel a bit sad now that I type this because it’s so true. Their foray into the land of independence begins with that first handful or spoonful of food that successfully goes from plate to mouth. Baby steps Weaning isn’t easy. Watching food fall left, right and centre with possibly one fistful of carrots actually making…

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    Recipe – Quick and Tasty Baked Meatballs

    I asked my kids what they wanted for Valentine’s Day supper…Guess who was making 1kg of meatballs on Valentine’s morning 🙋🏽‍♀️ They came out really great though so here’s my recipe for you to try. You can halve the ingredients for a single meal. Ingredients ▫️ 1kg of beef mince ▫️ 1 small onion ▫️ 5 medium garlic cloves ▫️ A handful of coriander ▫️ 1 egg ▫️ 2 carrots ▫️ Robertson’s Rustic garlic and herb spice Method ▪️ peel the onion and garlic and chuck it into a food processor with the coriander. Stop when the onion is chopped up into tiny bits. Don’t let it turn into a…

  • Dating my husband

    Jarrod and I have been dating since 2003, which is a whole fifteen years of hanging out together. As Valentine's Day rolls by, it's got me thinking about how our dates have evolved over the years.