• Bio XXI Mushroom Alfredo
    Gluten Free,  Lifestyle

    Using Bio XXI Fettuccine to make Mushroom Alfredo

    Last week I attended the launch to celebrate the BIO XXI RANGE now being available in SA and I decided to use the Bio XXI Fettuccine I was gifted to make Mushroom Alfredo. Before we get into the recipe, here is some more info on this new brand that has just hit our shelves. Bio XXI hails from Coronilla, a Bolivian family-run company, internationally renowned for its exceptional eco-social business model and Quinoa-based, gluten-free foods. When they say family-owned, they mean family-owned and the founder Diego and his mom welcomed us to the launch and even got involved in the cooking process. It was such a great event to attend…

  • Review of The Northcliff Boutique Hotel
    Lifestyle,  Travel

    A Review of The Northcliff Boutique Hotel

    If you are looking for somewhere beautiful to stay in Johannesburg, here is our review of The Northcliff Boutique Hotel. Set at the top of Northcliff Hill, on the second-highest natural point in the city, sits The Northcliff Boutique Hotel, overlooking what seems to be the whole of the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. The hotel, which is about 8km away from our home in Fairland, has been getting a lot of attention from the community since opening up a few months ago. The new luxury boutique hotel, events venue and restaurant is surrounded by natural beauty and amazing views. We were lucky enough to be invited to spend a night…

  • Lifestyle

    How to Make a Dinosaur Cake Stand

    Today’s blog post is a DIY on how to make a Dinosaur Cake Stand, courtesy of Karen Kelly (kaRi) from the blog Lovilee. kaRi reached out to me to ask if she could feature one of my recipes on her site, and I was beyond excited to hear from her because she’s a well known and well-established blogger in South Africa, who’s been blogging since 2013! kaRi says she is a creative at heart that loves pretty things and sharing pretty things with others and if her blog is anything to go buy, her creativity is off the charts. She is the go-to blog for all wedding inspiration and with…

  • Lime and Poppy Seed Spelt Loaf
    Lifestyle

    Lime & Poppy Seed Spelt Loaf

    If you are looking for ways to incorporate spelt flour into your baking, this Lime & Poppy Seed Spelt Loaf is a great place to start. Traditionally, the flavour that we all know from muffins is lemon and poppy seed, but limes are in season at the moment and so I decided to substitute the lemon with lime instead. The flavour the limes gave the loaf was slightly tart, but still sweet, and I think it helped make it quite a bit more tender during the baking process. What is Spelt Flour? Spelt flour comes from an ancient strain of wheat. It’s high in protein and has a nutty, flavour that’s…

  • Lifestyle,  Travel

    What to do in Clarens, Free State

    Today’s travel post is all about what to do in Clarens in the Free state. One of my favourite little towns in South Africa, Clarens is located between Bethlehem and Harrismith and is aptly titled ‘the Gem of the Free State’. Situated at the foothill of the Maloti Mountain, the location has pristine dams, rivers and streams, ideal for fly fishing which is, of course, (for Shaun and his dad) one of the major reasons we headed there… Our 4-day stay break split up into two stays –  Clarens on Collett and Sediba Lodge. Clarens on Collett Offering mountain views and crisp fresh air, Clarens on Collett has accommodation conveniently…

  • Lifestyle

    Win a LUXURY dress fitting at The Wedding Boutique

    Want to win a luxury dress fitting experience at The Wedding Boutique in Sandton? Then read on… So, if you don’t know yet, I am getting married this year in November and in true Cat style, I have pretty much organised most of the wedding and its only May 🤣 Thing is, although I might sound like Monica from Friends, with a clipboard and a flip-file of cut out images of my dream wedding, I am not like that at all. I am pretty good at organising, but that’s about as far as it goes – I had no clue what my dream wedding would look like. So, Shaun and…

  • Lifestyle

    Eat Together at Plaka Restaurant 💙

    Have you ever visited Plaka? This Greek restaurant franchise is no newbie and has been around since 1993 and in that time, come to be known as one of the most authentic Greek restaurants in our city. Plaka’s namesake village Named after the famous village of Plaka in Athens, the restaurant takes a fresh approach to the best of traditional Greek dishes. While I haven’t yet been to Greece, it most definitely is on the bucket list for future travel plans. When I think of Greece, I think of blue and white houses, irresistible food, strong coffee, sweet biscuits, ancient ruins and high-spirited people. It is no secret that the…

  • Lifestyle

    Speckled Egg & Cocoa Nib Bark

    So, Easter is around the corner and to celebrate I am making this super delicious Speckled Egg & Cocoa Nib Bark. If you have not ever tried using cocoa nibs, you are seriously missing out! These little nibs not only add an intense chocolate flavour to foods but also a subtle and satisfying crunch. You make think that they are too bitter but you’d be surprised! They have all the benefits of eating dark chocolate, without the added sugar. They are high in fibre, protein, and antioxidants, and contain the same mood-boosting chemicals that make a bar of dark chocolate so satisfying. I am obsessed with them at the moment…

  • Mango & Black Rice Salad
    Lifestyle

    Mango & Black Rice Salad

    Here’s a very short and sweet recipe for my Sweet and Salty Mango & Black Rice Salad. I picked some black rice up when visiting The Refillery because it’s the only place I have seen it in Jozi! Black rice is known as ‘forbidden rice’ or ‘emperors rice’ because it used to be reserved for Chinese Royalty. Besides being gluten-free, it is higher in fibre than white rice, Black Rice also boasts 8.5g of protein per 100g! Here’s the recipe for a side salad using this awesome ingredient, or if you are feeling hungry – a salad for one! Print Recipe Sweet and Salty Mango & Black Rice Salad Course: Side DishCuisine: ChineseKeyword:…

  • Raspberry Powder Chia Pudding
    Lifestyle

    Raspberry Powder Chia Pudding

    Pretty in Pink right? This healthy recipe is for a gorgeously bright Raspberry Powder Chia Pudding. I used both raspberry powder and fresh raspberries to create this sweet, yet tart Chia Pudding. Eat for breakfast or as a snack. I have mentioned quite a few times that Chia Pudding is one of my favourite gluten-free snacks and breakfasts, for a few reasons. Just two tablespoons of chia seeds contain 4g of protein and they are also a good source of soluble fibre – which is very soothing to the gut. Chia Seeds also contain iron and Omega 3’s and have a neutral taste, taking on any flavour you add to…

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