• Lifestyle,  Travel

    Where to Eat around Sedgefield

    Today’s blog post focuses specifically on where to eat around Sedgefield and surrounding areas. I am lucky enough to have spent a few weekends and holidays in Sedgefield over the last five years. This place has gone from being a town I had never heard of, to one of my favourite places to visit. Situated between Knysna and George, Sedgefield is a seaside village that is surrounded by lakes and sand dunes and covered in beautiful fynbos and other colourful plants. Everyone always raves about Cape Town, but I really think Knysna, Sedge and Wilderness are some of the most beautiful places you could ever visit in SA. I plan…

  • Bliss Juicery
    Dairy Free,  Vegan

    {Win} A R500 Hamper from Bliss Juicery

    Want to win a R500 Hamper from Bliss Juicery at The Colony Shopping Centre? Then read on…😉 The Colony is an open-air lifestyle and destination shopping Centre in the Hyde Park, Craighall Park area, which I discovered at my bachelorette at The Cookery.  The centre used to be a boutique hotel but was refurbished into a shopping destination. While visiting the Colony, I also stumbled upon Bliss Juicery, who are known for their 100% natural, cold-pressed juices, smoothies and wellness shots, designed to fuel your body and provide a healthy burst of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. I am not one to ever say no to a good smoothie or juice,…

  • Lifestyle

    Healthy Gluten-Free Fruit Cake

    Today’s Christmas Inspired recipe is for my Healthy Gluten-Free Fruit Cake, which is packed full of fruit, seeds and flavour.  Let’s get real here, fruitcake is one of those desserts that you either love the taste of or it makes you gag. I have always fallen into the first category and in fact, fruitcake formed a large part of my families Christmas celebrations. My Family & Christmas Eve My Aunt Trudi would always make her famous Fruit Cake in a Bundt pan every year for Christmas Eve. The house would be decked in beautiful lights inside and out (a time before load shedding), the most delicious smells would waft from…

  • Gluten-Free Cinnamon & Sugar Doughnuts
    Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

    Gluten-Free Cinnamon & Sugar Doughnuts

    Yes, you read that right-  a recipe to make Gluten-Free Cinnamon & Sugar Doughnuts. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s possible, because I have used coconut flour instead! ❄ Today’s Christmas recipe is a yummy snack or dessert table idea for your upcoming Christmas party. What’s the secret to Gluten-Free Doughnuts? Traditionally, doughnuts are deep-fried and they absorb a lot of cooking oil in the cooking process. In addition, many bakeries cook their doughnuts in shortening, a fat often loaded with trans-fats. The solution – delicious baked doughnuts that are cooked in the oven with just a little bit of coconut oil and no added dairy. It is…

  • Christmas Brussel Sprouts
    Gluten Free

    Christmas Brussel Sprouts Recipe

    Today 24 Days of Christmas recipe is some veggie side inspiration and it’s Christmas Brussel Sprouts, pan-fried in butter, topped with toasted walnuts and juicy pomegranate seeds.  You’d be forgiven for grimacing at the thought of eating Brussel Sprouts for Christmas, because these baby cabbage-like veggies have got a bad rap. But hear me out… Maybe your mom or gran used to boil them to extinction? Or steam them to submission? This is, in fact, that worst way to cook a Brussel Sprout, because they want to be treated with a bit more respect and love. The Proper Way to Cook Brussel Sprouts These veggies need to be pan-fried in…

  • Lifestyle

    Eat Naked Peanut Butter Christmas Cookies

    It is day 6 of my 24 Days of Christmas and today’s recipe is Eat Naked Peanut Butter Christmas Cookies, a simple no-bake, just-ice recipe, perfect to make with the kids or for when you are short on time! Eat Naked have just launched their new Peanut Butter Cookies, which are vegan and preservative-free. While these cookies are not gluten-free, they have very little flour and mostly consist of oats that sandwich a thick layer of Eat Naked Peanut Butter. Making the Eat Naked Peanut Butter Christmas Cookies To give these cookies a festive spin, I created glacé icing in white, red and green, dipped the face of each cookie…

  • The Cookery at The Colony
    Lifestyle

    Visiting The Cookery at The Colony

    The Colony is a unique, open-air lifestyle and destination shopping Centre in the Hyde Park, Craighall Park area, which I recently came to know because of my Bachelorette. My beautiful sister who knows me very well booked a surprise evening at The Cookery for family, friends and myself. If it is your first time hearing about this spot, then let me set the scene. The Cookery is a small, intimate eating dining area, with a TO-DIE-FOR kitted out kitchen. When you arrive you are warmly welcomed, by the team, offered drinks from your bar and then divided up into teams. Each team is given 2 – 3 recipe cards, and…

  • Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Vegan

    Maple & Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

    Maple & Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas are yummy little morsels that are perfect for the snack table, as a salad garnish or even as a crunchy topping for ice cream this Christmas.  Day 5 of my 24 Days of Christmas and today’s recipe is s healthy snack using the humble roasted Chickpea, but with a festive twist. If you haven’t tried them yet, you are definitely missing out, as I have said before, Roasted Chickpeas are a revelation. These perfectly seasoned chickpeas are great to have on hand when hunger strikes this festive season. Plus the aroma from them roasting in spices and sugar is just delish and makes the house…

  • Gluten & Sugar-Free Coconut Cake with Berries
    Lifestyle

    Gluten & Sugar-Free Coconut Cake with Berries

    This Gluten & Sugar-Free Coconut Cake with Berries screams summer! It is dense, super moist, piled with dairy-free cream and berries and so delish it is virtually impossible to have just one piece! Well, there is no need to feel too guilty because this yummy summer cake is Gluten and Sugar-Free. It’s Day 3 of my 24 Days of Christmas and today, were baking! The mixture is a combination of almond and coconut flours, which gives the cake a rich coconutty flavour and the sweetness comes from the addition of Freesweet, a new sugar-free alternative. The Sugar Replacement has a 1:1 ratio, so there is no need to guess how…

  • Outcast Beetroot Burger Wraps
    Dairy Free,  Vegan

    Outcast Beetroot Burger Wraps

    It is day 2 of my 24 Days of Christmas and today’s recipe is for these bright, crunchy and colourful Outcast Beetroot Burger Wraps. These wraps are perfect for a quick lunch before a Christmas Dinner, and are also a great way to use up leftover salad on Boxing Day. I have previously posted a recipe using Outcast’s easy falafel mix, which you can read about here. Catering for Plant-Based Diets this Christmas Vegans and vegetarians often get the short end of the stick when it comes to the festive season. While there may be a couple of decent frozen ‘meat’ and ‘burger’ options that are plant-based, let’s face it:…

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