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    Can you bake a cake in a Pyrex bowl?

    Have you ever wondered if it is possible to bake using a Pyrex bowl? I have… and I have recently tested it out. I was not at home, so I did not have my trusty and tested cake tins with me. The only thing I could find to possibly use to bake a cake were these three, different sized Pyrex mixing bowls! Pyrex is stronger than glass, so remember to check if it is a real Pyrex bowl. It is also a brand, therefore you should see the symbol or name at the bottom of the dish or bowl. You can shop this brand online at Yuppiechef. I recently tried…

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    3 layered sugar-free & gluten-free cake for everyone

    Gluten-free and sugar-free cake Baking gluten-free and sugar-free is a nice option – not only for people who are gluten intolerant, because it doesn’t make you feel so full – which is nice, especially if you want another slice! Ingredients 2 cups gluten free flour (I used Nature’s Choice gluten free, self raising cake flour (500g) that has potato flour, rice flour as well as soy and tapioca flour and some sea salt. You can buy this wonderfully versatile gluten free flour from online from Faithful to Nature or at Dischem stores). 4 sweetener sachets (You can also use some honey – I would say 4- 6 tablespoons, because this…

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    How to make the most delicious lamb stew

    Lamb stew is perfect for winter. It is also linked to a South African favourite recipe called ‘tamatie bredie’. Read the recipe below to find out how to make the ultimate wintery lamb stew! Who can guess what the secret ingredient is in this lamb stew? Spekboom Spekboom, also called elephant bush, is an incredible succulent plant found in South Africa. This plant is a super plant as it is edible, of course that is why I put it in the stew, healthy – it contains vitamin C – the taste is a bit sour and goes well with tomatoes, and it very good for the environment and the atmosphere.…

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    Where to buy beautiful jewellery? – Jonaline Designs

    More than a year later and the company Jonaline Designs has grown into a much larger and multifaceted supplier of beautiful jewellery that I am so excited about! I already introduced her in a previous blog post – to read the previous article click here. If you have been following her, you will have seen that she has recently been focusing more on jewellery. Click here to follow her and for gift ideas for Mother’s Day or for someone special in your life. And oh my! … Have I already mentioned how beautiful the earrings are! I am in love with the beautiful stones. Jonaline uses locally sourced products, local…

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    Have you met this design diva?

    Local artist #2 What is her name – her name is Jonaline Kane. Jonaline is not any local designer – she’s a girl with talent and experience. When she talks about her design plans she gets a special shine in her eyes which makes it impossible for you to resist and you just have to find out what she’s up to. Through the way that she talks about her designs and how she has made them, she seems to be much older than she actually is. When it comes to marketing and networking it is difficult to stop her. She has even previously designed for a brand that supplies to…

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    Local landscape artist

    Local artist #1 Christa Espost This artist and mother mostly paints local landscapes of places which inspire her. She was born in a barren place where the land has a different kind of beauty, one that has a certain harshness. The place is called Boesmanland or Bushmanland. It is in the Northern Cape of South Africa and not far from the Namibian border. Here people live secluded on their farms – far from their neighbours – dependent on nature. Here people experience hardships in the form of barren lands, long, dry summers and winters with little rain. The residents that live here and that had settled here long ago mostly…

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    How to make the best chicken pie

    Are you hungry for a real chicken pie? Chicken pie is always a good idea. Here is an easy recipe for those who are hungry for a real chicken pie. Ingredients Chicken fillets 200 g, cut into small pieces 1 onion, finely chopped Puff Pastry, original 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon Cumin 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon pepper 50 g mushrooms, chopped 3 medium carrots, finely chopped 1 sprig rosemary ¾ cup chicken stock 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons cream cheese 1 egg Method Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Heat a medium sized pot on the stove. Add the butter, garlic and…

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    Summer Christmas

    Celebrating a summer-Christmas in Cape Town, South Africa In South Africa it is summer in December! Over here, our summer is from December – February, because we are in the southern hemisphere. Therefore, we have a summer Christmas. It may seem strange, but activities we like doing over Christmas time in Cape Town include; playing beach bats, drinking a beer in the sun, spending time with the family and chilling on the beach  …and all of this at Christmas time! Most families like holidaying at a place where there is a beach. So, people flock to areas like the west coast, places like Blouberg and Yzerfontein, to name a few…

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    Apple dessert with coconut milk and almond flakes

    Wintery apple dessert with coconut milk and almond flakes. Light and fluffy, health conscious dessert. Ingredients 1.5 cups cake flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/3 cup brown sugar Pinch of salt 2 eggs 80 ml cooking oil ½ tin coconut milk 1 apple A handful of Almond flakes Icing sugar for dusting Method Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Beat the two eggs together in a bowl. Add the oil and coconut milk and mix well. Now add the sugar, salt, baking powder and flour and combine to form the batter. Cut the apple in slices. Grease two small cake tins or 2 large muffin tins. Add half of…

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    Have you tried to make Bobotie before?

    Bobotie is very popular local dish in south Africa. It’s a fruity mince dish from Southern Africa, for those of you who don’t know. Bobotie is always tasty, but this recipe is especially tasty. It worked out very well even though it was made very fast – we were really hungry! So here it is – a fast and easy but delicious Bobotie recipe with its perfect fruity and sweet flavours. Ingredients garlic clove, chopped 2 small yellow onions 2 carrots, finely chopped 400g beef mince 2 teaspoons madras curry or beef curry 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper half a teaspoon ginger spice half a cup bread…