3 steps to becoming a craft beer drinker

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Whether you’re into craft beer or not, we’re all too familiar with the growth of the industry in South Africa over the past few years with craft beer becoming increasingly available at restaurants, bars and liquor stores across the country.

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Despite its growth some of us are still hesitant on getting into it because we just never thought we’d drink beer but are still somewhat keen. So where do you start?

 

1. Visit a craft beer bar or craft beer festival for variety

If you’re looking for craft beer you’ve got to go where the craft beer is and ensure it’s where there’s variety so that you have a wide range of beer brands and beer types to choose from. Your best bet would a craft beer restaurant & bar like Beerhouse or popular craft beer festivals like the Clarens Craft Beer Festival or the SA on Tap Craft Beer and Music Festival.

 

2. Start off safe

Starting off safe is why variety is your friend. As much as you can drink a Pale Ale or Weiss with fruity undertones, when you’re starting out and you’re not a beer drinker it’s best to start off with something that is actually fruit and flavoured like a Cherry or Ginger Beer flavoured craft beer, for example. This way you’re drinking a beer but it’s not too harsh on the taste-buds.

 

3. Then play around a lil’ bit

Once you’re comfortable, it’s time to play around with everything else that’s available so you can see what works for you. In my case, I’ve settled on Lagers but there’s so much more out there. If you’re not too keen on jumping straight into the bitter, I’d suggest progressing from Weiss’, to Ales, to Pilsners and then Lagers and playing around with craft beers from various South African breweries as well. Eventually you’ll settle on a beer type and brand(s) that tickle your fancy and has you calling yourself a (craft) beer drinker.

Are you a (craft) beer drinker? What tips do you have for anyone looking to become one? Do share!

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How to have fun and not splurge until payday

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January can be a bit of a tight month after all the festive season spending but who says you can’t still have fun? Here’s how you can still have fun and not splurge until payday.

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Enjoy the outdoors with a picnic

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Since I’ve moved to Cape Town, I haven’t been on one picnic. Apparently, it’s not a Cape Town thing. But do these Capetonians (those who say it’s not a Cape Town thing) know what they are missing out on. Picnics are relaxing, free (at most parks) and a cheap way to enjoy the day with family, friends or your partner. All you need are:

  • Drinks: A bottle of wine, a six pack of beer or a 2 litre cold drink or two.
  • Snacks: Potato chips will do the trick. Grocery stores always have the best bargains on potato chips so check there first!
  • Food: This doesn’t need to be anything expensive. Fast food is usually my go-to but there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying a loaf of bread or some rolls, some cheese and mixed polony or ham and making some sandwiches or buying a box of slap chips and a loaf of bread or rolls and you’re sorted.

 

Take advantage of happy hour

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Going out for drinks is a complete downer in January because you are even more conscious of the fact that restaurants and bars actually charge double the price you’d pay at a liquor store. Thank goodness for Happy Hour. I prefer Buy One Get One Free deals but Half Price bargains give just as much satisfaction. The only catch is that it is usually on cocktails, shooters and SAB beers so if you’re a craft beer and wine drinker (like me) then you must search even harder. All you need is:

  • To hunt for the bargains and know when they happen: Keep your eyes peeled on the social media accounts of your favourite (or the neighbours of your favourite) bars and restaurants. Happy Hours are usually Mondays, mid-week or over the weekend between 4pm – 7pm. It’s an odd time but worth the save!

 

Hangout at home

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This has got to be the cheapest “have fun and not splurge” way to spend January. Food should be sorted so all you need to get are drinks and you can spend the rest of the day lazing in front of the TV (or your laptop) binge watching your favourite shows or movies. Or, you can simply invite people over and ask everyone to bring along something. All you need is:

  • Your fridge
  • Locate your nearest liquor store
  • TV or laptop, series and/or movies and your PJs, or
  • People who are keen to come over

 

Franchise restaurant specials are a winner

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People will say you’re cheap but take advantage of the weekday specials at restaurant franchises. You’d be surprised at how many half price, two for the price of one and eat as much as you like deals are out there. All you need is:

  • To check the social media platforms of your favourite (or competing) franchises
  • Make sure you’re free on the day
  • Go and eat for half price, two for the price of one or as much as you like

 

Split the bill

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Splitting the bill is another winner. But – and this is a very big but – be sure to discuss it thoroughly with the people you’re going out with so that you are all on the same page about the budget and how the bill will be split. You can split the bill equally, you can just pay for what you’ve ordered or delegate who’ll be paying for what when going out. All you need are:

  • People who are down for splitting the bill
  • People who will include a tip and not leave you scrambling to sort out the bill

 

How are you having fun and not splurging until payday? Share your tips below!

5 things I’ve never tried – but need to in 2018

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2018 is the year I’ve set aside to do all things I haven’t done before: I’m all about no longer holding myself back, being braver and being more adventurous – a goal I set last year but never quite got around to. So, here’s a list of the 5 things I’ve never tried but need to in 2018 – and you are welcome to remind me about it!

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#1: Chicken livers

Peri-peri chicken livers served with brown bread or bruschetta is a standard starter on South African restaurant menus and even though I’ve even tried escargot (snails), I just haven’t had the courage to try chicken livers yet. But 2018 is the year 😉! Have you tried it?

 

#2: Train trip to the Cape Winelands

So, I’ve been on the train trip to Magaliesberg and I have to say that I haven’t experienced anything as beautiful, as special and as relaxing as a train trip along the countryside – imagine even more so when surrounded by the beauty of Cape Town. Keen to do it too? Then book with Atlantic Rail. I simply can’t wait!

 

#3: Mopane worms

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Mopane worms is a popular African cuisine in Southern Africa. Although referred to as worms, it is the caterpillar of a species of emperor moth called, Gonimbrasia belina. I’m not too familiar with how it’s prepared or served but finally I’ll get to find out what Timon and Pumbaa were on about when it came to their grub.

 

#4: Soweto

I grew up in Eldorado Park, which falls under Soweto and – believe me or not – I have never properly been in and around Soweto. This is mostly because of the stereotype that exists around this township (that it’s crime ridden), a stereotype which those who frequent the area often dismiss. So, hopefully with my next trip to the City of Gold, I’ll make a booking for the Johannesburg City Sightseeing combo package, which includes a Joburg City Tour and Soweto Tour. Have you been to Soweto?

 

#5: Game drive

This is really a shame, guys. People travel thousands and thousands of kilometers from other continents to experience the beauty of our animals and I have never even been on one Game Drive. I think I’d mostly be terrified of being so close to them and would imagine the worst possible scenarios of what could go wrong 😂 but need to do it. Cross fingers for me 🤞. Which game park would you suggest?

 

Sneaky entry – #6: Consistent exercise

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I’ve always been an on-again-off-again exerciser but in 2018 I would love to exercise more consistently. Your body feels amazing. Your body looks amazing. You feel sexy. You feel confident. And, in my books, that’s more than enough reason to exercise consistently. We’re 14 days into 2018 and I haven’t exercised yet 😲 but I’ve promise myself to start again soon. I’m feeling fat and heavy – yet somehow still sexy 😂 – but that’s no way to feel this year. How do you stay motivated on days when you just don’t feel like it? Would you like me to keep a health diary as part of my Off Topic content and we can motivate each other? Let me know, lovelies 😁.

 

What are you goals for 2018? What are new things you want to try this year? Let me know and we can keep track of each other!

When your ex tells you: “Have moved on with my life with someone worthy”

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What makes someone worthy? Worthy in this context means:

“having or showing the qualities that deserve the specified action or regard.”

So, what actually makes someone worthy?

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My ex messaged me today saying he’s moved on with someone worthy. This message was a bit out of the blue since I hadn’t contacted him for quite some time being all desperate and pathetic because I got the message that he no longer cared about me and because I’m working on me, my life and my happiness.

But reading his message took me right back to the place where I always felt so unworthy throughout our relationship:

  • I always felt ugly
  • I always felt like I needed to compete with other women
  • I felt like nothing I did or could do would make him only want me
  • I wondered if I needed to be younger or be a slut because this is what these other women were
  • I felt I wasn’t good enough to be important to someone who was important to me

I lost my confidence. I had very low self-esteem. I lost my sense of worth. I got so caught up in needing to prove myself to him to show him why I was enough and why he didn’t need to be messaging or calling all these other women. I tried to prove myself so much to the detriment of my self-worth, self-value and my mental health – I literally reached the point of insanity.

But, and it’s taken months, I had to pull myself out of that hole:

  • I joined Tinder again and (hot) guys actually think I’m hot – guys I never thought would look at me twice
  • I’ve started taking better care of me: I try and look decent every day, I’m exercising, I’m eating healthier, drinking less and I’ve started dyeing my hair again
  • I’m being positive: My life still isn’t perfect but I’m trying to look on the bright side, always hoping for a better tomorrow and I know now that you can’t depend on other people to support you even though you’ve always supported them
  • I am happy and it’s because of me: I am genuinely happy for the first time in a very long time and it’s not because of someone else or him
  • I’m trying to be more confident: I’m an introvert at heart but I’m trying to get out of my shell a bit more
  • I’ve realised my value: I know now that people who don’t see my worth, don’t need to be in my life no matter how much I still want them there

See, the thing is: there will always be someone prettier than you, thinner than you, thicker than you, smarter than you or someone better suited for that job you’re eyeing than you are – and you know what? It’s okay.

Why?

Because the right people will always stay and you will be more than enough for them because they’ll see your value and know that everything they need is right in front of them. Anything and everything that’s meant for you and that you are worthy of and that is worthy of you will be yours – when the time is right – and you wouldn’t have needed to beg for it or constantly prove your worth to or for it. And lastly, you’ve got to work on being worthy to and for yourself first then your ex telling you that, in a nutshell, he’s found someone better than you, won’t even bother you one bit.

Remember: You set your own worth! It starts with you! 💋

 

Black Friday deals for foodies

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ICYMI: tomorrow’s Black Friday and I’ve put together a little list of Black Friday deals for foodies!

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Wimpy: Buy 1 Get 1 Free Cheesy Cheeseburger and Chips for only R62.90.

Wimpy Black Friday deal 2017

 

John Dory’s: ¼ Chicken & 300g Ribs for only R89
John Dory's Black Friday 2017

 

Mike’s Kitchen: Buy 1 Get 1 free burgers between 12pm and 4pm. Available at participating stores only.
Mike's Kitchen Black Friday 2017

 

Hard Rock Cafe Johannesburg: Classic cheeseburger and a bottle of Black Label for R65 and Mojito, Bahama Mama & Pina Colada at R35
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Get Wine: Who doesn’t love wine discounts???Get Wine Black Friday 2017

 

Paul’s Homemade Ice-Cream: 50% off cakes in store
Paul Homemade Ice-Cream Black Friday 2017

 

Hudson’s – The Burger Joint: Bottomless Fries at R25 when you order your burger
Hudson's Black Friday 2017

 

Cinnabon South Africa: Buy any pre-packed Minibon 6 Pack and get the second one FREE
Cinnabon Black Friday 2017

 

Hurry and get yours, peeps! Do you know of any other Black Friday deals for foodies? Do share!

 

Please note: All images are courtesy of the official Facebook Page of the restaurant

5 feel good foods for depression and anxiety

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October marks Mental Health Awareness month in South Africa and depression & anxiety are mental health issues that I am particularly very passionate about.

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One day you’re up, the next you’re down or you’re up and down all in one day – it can be quite draining and requires constant awareness and maintenance of your balance to keep a level-head.

Two ways I do this is through comfort food and yoga. Now comfort food isn’t always a bad thing. What comfort food is to you, isn’t necessarily what comfort food is to me. For some people, it’s simply having a healthy, balanced meal filled with all their favourites and for others, it’s luxuries, luxuries and more luxuries. I’m definitely a mixture of both! But if you’re all about keeping balance the healthy way, here’s a list of five healthy foods that happen to help you feel good too – with some recipe suggestions from me!

 

Spinach

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When I was younger I absolutely hated spinach but Popeye was onto something! It’s rich in iron so it restores your energy, increases your vitality and improves blood quality.

Serving suggestions:

  • Creamed spinach and feta: For me this is best served on top of an awesome steak, chicken breast or piece of hake.
  • Spinach and feta stuffing: If not on top then definitely inside of a chicken breast
  • In a pasta: Pasta, like soup, feels just like a hug on the inside – and even more so with spinach!

 

Avocado

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Avo is life – this is what I live by. And, if you love avocado, you know how people like it is pretty much each to his own. For the avo lovers, you’ll be happy to know that it protects against heart disease, lowers blood pressure and keep your eyes healthy.

Serving suggestions:

  • On bread (not toasted) with salt and pepper
  • On bread (slightly toasted) with topped with salt, pepper and feta
  • On bread (not toasted) with scrambled egg and gouda or cheddar (very, very rarely!)
  • On bread (slightly toasted) with bacon and feta
  • On a pizza with bacon and feta
  • In a pasta with either prawn or bacon and feta

 

Mushrooms

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Mushrooms is also life but only few would agree, though – or at least that’s what I think. It supports the immune system, prevents damage to cells and tissues, helps lower cholesterol and maintains healthy blood pressure and circulation.

Serving suggestion:

 

Green tea

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Green tea gets me through the day. Whether it’s getting through a rough day at work or just fighting the urge to snack on a pack of Lays Salted, it sure helps me. For those who absolutely hate it, green tea actually helps improves blood flow, lowers cholesterol, keeps your blood sugar stable and is a great alternative for sugary drinks. Yes, i know, it’s not food…

 

Vitamin D – and for me, that’s sun!

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Sunlight’s not food for your tummy but it’s food for the soul if you battle seasonal depression. Exposure to sunlight increases the amount of serotonin released by the brain, which boosts your mood and helps you feel calm and focused. So, sunlight is your friend!

 

Do you battle with depression and/or anxiety? Which foods help you deal? Let me know!

Mouth-watering chocolate recipes from Beyers Chocolates

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This was the first time I attended the chocolate demos hosted by Beyers Chocolates at the Coffee & Chocolate Festival.

ABOUT BEYERS CHOCOLATES
Beyers Chocolates was founded 30 years ago by Belgian-born, Kees Beyers. They manufacture their own range of confectionery, including local favourites like Sweetie Pie, Amarula, and Dream Bear, and also supply an extensive range of sub-brands and private label products to airlines and the hospitality industry, which makes them the largest independent manufacturer of boxed chocolates in South Africa.

 
THE CHOCOLATE DEMO AT THE COFFEE & CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL CAPE TOWN 2017
During the Chocolate Demo, the Beyers team showcase a series of chocolate treats and desserts, offering tips, tricks and hacks for working with chocolate while preparing each dish. Here’s are a few snippets from the demo:

Chocolate tempering/Chocolate moulds

 

Piping

 

Pretzel Monsters

 

Understanding cocoa percentage

 

Caramel pots

 

Chocolate mousse

 

Here’s a full list of the recipes they shared with attendees*:

Tempering Chocolate

Ingredients

Dark, milk or white couverture chocolate

Method for stove

  1. Put a glass or metal bowl of chocolate on a pot full of simmering water, but be sure the bowl does not touch the water
  2. Slowly met two thirds of the chocolate until it reaches a temperature of 45-50⁰C, then remove the bowl from the pot
  3. Add the remaining third of the chocolate, stirring until all the chocolate has completely dissolved
  4. Check the temperature. This should be 32-33⁰C for dark chocolate, 30-32⁰C for milk chocolate and 28-30⁰ for white chocolate. If the temperature is too high, keep stirring the chocolate until it reaches the correct temperature.

Method for microwave

  1. Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl
  2. Melt it in short bursts (15 – 20 seconds at a time), stirring each time it stops, to evenly distribute heat
  3. Keep doing this until the chocolate has melted and has reached a temperature of 45-50⁰C
  4. Follow steps 3 and 4 above

Salted Caramel Pots with Caramel Sauce

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Ingredients

300ml cream

400g milk chocolatengs

50g butter

6 tbsp caramel sauce

A few pinches of black sea salt (or Himalayan sea salt)

Method

  1. Heat the cream in a pot until it comes to a boil. Add the chocolate and butter and mix until incorporated
  2. Pour a tablespoon of caramel sauce into the bottom of six small ramekins and swirl it around a little to coat the bottom
  3. Distribute the chocolate mixture evenly between the ramekins, on top of the caramel sauce
  4. Place the ramekins in the fridge for a couple of hours or until fully set
  5. Once set, sprinkle a pinch of salt on the top of each dessert and serve

Superfood Chocolate Bark

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Ingredients

Tempered dark chocolate

Dried fruit and nuts of your choice

Method

  1. Line a tray with a greaseproof paper
  2. Pour some tempered chocolate on the lined tray and use a palette knife to spread the chocolate as evenly as possible but not too thin
  3. Sprinkle the fruit and nuts on top of the chocolate before it sets
  4. Place the tray in the fridge
  5. After it has set, remove the tray and break the chocolate into medium to large pieces
  6. Enjoy!

Chocolate Dippers

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Ingredients

Tempered dark chocolate

Tempered white chocolate

Mini marshmallows

Sprinkles

Lolly sticks

Method

  1. Pour some dark chocolate into a chocolate mould about halfway up. You can also use a ice cube tray.
  2. Into each mould, quickly add one lolly stick, two to three marshmallows and sprinkles
  3. Add a layer of white chocolate to each mould
  4. Place in the refrigerator until all the chocolate has set

Serving suggestion

You can use one type of chocolate for your dippers if you prefer. You can also use different sweet spices such as cinnamon or aniseed for a spicy option.

Coffee and Chocolate Martini

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Ingredients

160ml Kahlua

90ml chocolate liqueur

60ml vodka

60ml low fat or full cream milk

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and add a few blocks of ice
  2. Give it a good shake to mix all the ingredients
  3. Pour into two martini glasses and serve immediately

Serving suggestion

Coat the rim of each glass with chocolate or dip the glasses into cocoa powder, ground coffee or sugar. To impress, decorate the inside of each glass with chocolate sauce.

Chocolate Pretzel Monsters

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Ingredients

150g pretzel sticks (broken)

200g white chocolate (melted)

Dark chocolate

Green or purple food colouring

Pre-made eyes

Method - Monsters

  1. Put the white chocolate in a bowl and start adding your colour, small quantities at a time and stir. Keep adding the colour until you are happy with the shade
  2. Stir in the broken pretzel sticks
  3. Scoop up a tablespoon of the mixture and place it on a greaseproof lined tray and then add two eyes. Keep doing this until the mixture is finished
  4. Place in the fridge until completely set

Method - Eyes

  1. Place some white chocolate into a small piping bag
  2. Pipe small white dots onto a tray of greaseproof paper
  3. Allow to set
  4. Put dark chocolate into a small piping bag and pipe smaller dots in the centre of the white chocolate dots
  5. Allow to set

Chocolate Mousse

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Ingredients

110g milk

425g dark chocolate, chopped

900g whipped cream

Method - Monsters

  1. Bring the milk to boil
  2. Pour the hot milk over the chocolate and mix until the chocolate has melted
  3. Cool the mixture down to 50⁰C
  4. When cooled, fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture until well combined
  5. Spoon into cups or bowls and place in the fridge to set

Please note

Make sure the chocolate mixture has cooled when you add the whipped cream. If it is too cold it will separate, too warm and wit won’t be smooth.

Layered Chocolate Dessert

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Ingredients

Chocolate mousse

Crushed Oreos/chocolate biscuits

Whipped cream

Mason jars/glass tumblers

Method - Monsters

  1. Scoop or pipe a layer of chocolate mousse into the bottom of the Mason jars or tumblers
  2. Gently spoon in a layer of crushed biscuits
  3. Scoop or pipe a layer of whipped cream
  4. Follow with another layer of chocolate mousse and another layer of crushed biscuits
  5. Serve immediately or leave in the fridge until ready to serve

Serving suggestions

Decorate with chopped chocolate. You can also top the dessert with whipped cream or start with any ingredient when creating the layers.

Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows

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Ingredients

A bag of marshmallows

Tempered chocolate

Sosatie sticks

Sprinkles

Method - Monsters

  1. Insert a sosatie stick into the middle of one marshmallow and repeat until you have three marshmallows on each stick
  2. Dip the sticks into the tempered chocolate, making sure all the sides of the marshmallows are covered with chocolate
  3. Gently shake each stick to get rid of any excess chocolate
  4. Before the chocolate sets, decorate the marshmallow sticks with sprinkles
  5. Leave upright in a cup or container until completely set

Serving suggestions

You can replace the sprinkles with nuts or smarties.

Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate

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Ingredients

150 ml milk

150 ml cream

50g milk chocolate

100g dark chocolate

Mini marshmallows

For decoration

For the decoration:
Digestive biscuits (roughly crushed)
Melted chocolate (milk,dark or white)

Method - Decoration

  1. Dip the rim of the mugs into the melted chocolate and shake off the excess
  2. Then dip the rim into the crushed biscuits, ensuring all the chocolate is coated with the biscuits
  3. Allow to set

Method - Hot chocolate

  1. Heat up the milk and the cream
  2. Add your chocolate and stir
  3. Pour the hot mixture into two mugs, leaving space at the top for the marshmallows
  4. Place a generous handful of marshmallows on the top of the hot chocolate mixture
  5. Using a kitchen blow torch, gently toast the marshmallows
  6. Serve immediately

Moulded Chocolates

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Ingredients

Tempered chocolate of your choice

Sprinkles (nuts/fruit/sprinkles)

Chocolate moulds (silicone/plastic)

Method

  1. Using a spoon, scoop the chocolate into your mould until each cavity is full of chocolate
  2. Take a scraper and carefully scrape the top of the mould to get rid of excess chocolate
  3. Sprinkle your toppings on the chocolate while wet
  4. Refrigerate until set
  5. When set, turn the mould upside down over greaseproof paper and gently knock out the moulded chocolates

Please note

Silicone moulds are very pliable, so you can “pop” each chocolate once set, instead of knocking them out.

Chocolate Stout Float

  • Servings: 2
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Ingredients

Chocolate ice-cream

2 tbsp chocolate syrup

340ml bottle of chocolate milk stout

Whipped cream

Method

  1. Put three scoops of chocolate ice-cream into two separate glasses
  2. Add the chocolate syrup to the ice cream
  3. Tilt the glass ad slowly pour the stout into the glass
  4. Stir the float just a bit to incorporate the syrup
  5. Add whipped cream to the top of the float
  6. Enjoy!

Serving suggestions


Add a chocolate flake, chocolate sprinkles or drizzle chocolate syrup on top of the stout creation.

Chocolate Popsicle Sticks

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Ingredients

2l of cream

2 tins condensed milk

10 ml vanilla paste

Cocoa powder

Tempered chocolate

Sprinkles

Ice lolly moulds

Method

  1. Whip the cream, condense milk, vanilla and cocoa powder together
  2. Pour into the moulds
  3. Place in the freezer until set
  4. Once set, drizzle the tempered chocolate onto the lollies or dip the lollies into the chocolate
  5. Decorate with sprinkles of your choice and place on a greaseproof lined tray and allow to set in the freezer

Sweetie Pie Cupcakes

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Ingredients

Chocolate cupcakes

Tempered dark or milk chocolate

½ cup sugar

¼ cup water

2 egg whites

¼ tsp cream of tartar

Method

  1. In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Allow it to come to a boil and remove from the heat when there are no visible sugar crystals
  2. Add cream of tartar to the egg whites and use an electric mixer to whip until stiff
  3. Slowly add the hot mixture
  4. Into the eggs with the mixer on high speed
  5. Keep mixing until the consistency is thick, shiny and fluffy
  6. Pipe the mixture onto the chocolate cupcakes
  7. Carefully dip the cupcakes into the tempered chocolate, covering the whipped mixture
  8. Leave to set

Chocolate Dirt Pudding

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Ingredients

Chocolate mousse

Crushed Oreos/chocolate biscuits

Sour worms

1 Mason jar or clear cup

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Method

  1. Nearly fill a mason jar or large clear cup with chocolate mousse
  2. Insert the worms into the mousse, so that two thirds of each worm stick out
  3. Carefully add the crushed Oreos or chocolate biscuits to the top
  4. Enjoy!

Strawberry Dream Bear Craft Milkshake

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Ingredients

3 scoops of strawberry ice-cream

½ cup cold milk

2 tbsp strawberry syrup

2 strawberry Dream Bears

1 large glass mug

1 straw

Ingredients: Decorations (optional)

Candy floss

Melted chocolate

Sprinkles

Mini doughnuts

Whipped cream

Strawberries

Strawberry syrup

Method

  1. Blend ice-cream, milk, syrup and Dream Bears on the lowest speed in the blender
  2. If the mixture is too thick to drink through a straw, add a tablespoon of milk at a time until you reach the desired consistency
  3. Pour the mixture into a large glass mug

Method - For decorating

  1. Dip the rim of the glass mug into the melted chocolate. You may add some sprinkles to the chocolate
  2. Pour in the milkshake
  3. Add the doughnut to the top of the glass and insert your straw through it
  4. Place the strawberries and whipped cream on top of the milkshake
  5. Place the candy floss on top of the whipped cream
  6. Drizzle strawberry syrup on the top

*Disclaimer: Please note that all recipes are courtesy of Beyers Chocolates. Click here for more recipes from Beyers Chocolates.

 

 

Good tunes out at the Coffee & Chocolate Festival Cape Town 2017

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One thing I was looking forward to at the Coffee & Chocolate Festival Cape Town 2017 was the live music. I’m not sure if I’m just really out of the loop (which I think is probably the case) but Cape Town’s live music scene doesn’t seem as buzzing as Joburg’s, so I was keen to see what these Cape Town peeps had to offer.

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The line-up included:

  • Astrafunk & the Space Cats: They’re a Cape Town-based live looping band made up of a trumpet, trombone, multi-instrumentalist soul singer/rapper, and drummer. Their music production is fantastic – the quality is superb! Take a listen. An Astrafunk and the Space Cats collab with Power of Thought and Greedy Greg would be AMAZEBALLS – hint hint, nudge nudge!
  • Stone Jets: They’re an Afro/Pop/Rock Cape Town-based band. Listening to them on SoundCloud right now and I’m sure lovin’ what they have to offer.
  • Grace de la Hunt: She’s a singer-songwriter from Cape Town and semi-finalist for SA’s Got Talent 2015.
  • Sean Hayz: He’s the lead singer from The Motherland, a popular (and my favourite) Indie/Folk/Rock band down in the City of Gold and the only act I knew.

Since I was there on the Saturday, the only act I didn’t see was the Stone Jets.
Verdict? Astrafunk & the Space Cats and Grace de la Hunt are absolutely awesome – definitely my kinda vibe. Here are some snippets of their performances. What do you think?

 

Grace de la Hunt

 

 

 

 

Astrafunk & and the Space Cats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S: Astrafunk & the Space Cats will be out at Beerhouse Cape Town for First Thursdays this November. Head on down if you can. I’m hoping to pull through too.

 

Have you heard of these guys? Do you like or do you hate them? Is there anyone else you can recommend? Let me know!

Coffee and Chocolate Festival Cape Town 2017… disappointing!

It's A Date

Late, I know! Work’s been busy and no Internet access at home, but i was out at the Coffee & Chocolate Festival Cape Town this weekend and oh my, what a disappointment. Even the SA on Tap Craft Beer and Music Festival was better and you know how I hated that.

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VENUE

It was held at the Durbanville Racecourse so the venue was absolutely shit, literally (yes, I am swearing, that’s how bad it was). You really don’t want to be walking in random shit when you’re trying to make your way around. There was really no effort in presentation from the event organisers and and from the vendors. Stage looked sad. Vendor stands looks sad. Toilets… horrible. I hate those portable blue toilets. Please find out from Monte Casino where they hire their toilets from.

 

AMBIENCE, FOOD & DRINKS

Boring. Went alone because I was “in a working capacity” but even then you should enjoy yourself and feel some sort of ambience in the air but nothing! Food… nothing outstanding. There were like two craft beer stalls (if I’m mistaken, I’m sorry). But I found new live music peeps to check out so that’s a positive (will post that soonest). There was Coffee In A Cone, always a plus, and the Chocolate Demo by Beyers Chocolates wasn’t too bad either! Other than that it was terrible.  Seriously disappointing. I realise now why they record those website videos in Johannesburg.

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Chocolate Demo with Beyers Chocolates

 

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Layered Chocolate Dessert (left) and Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate (right)

 

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Lager Ale from Riot Beer

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Death By Chocolate Stout from Havoc Brew

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Chocolate Mousse (right) and Layered Chocolate Dessert (left)

 

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Chocolate Pretzel Monsters

 

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Chocolate Dippers

 

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I’ll share some stuff over the next few days, dudes.

 

RATING: 1/10.

 

Did you enjoy it? Or, did you absolutely hate it too? Let me know! xxx

It’s Coffee & Chocolate Festival Cape Town 2017 this weekend: Let’s recap JHB 2016!

It's A Date

It’s the Coffee and Chocolate Festival Cape Town 2017 this weekend! Whoop-whoop!

[PICTURE COURTESY OF itickets.co.za]

Now, I’m not a big fan of chocolate and I’ve cut down quite massively on coffee but I’ve always just loved the vibe at the festival. Nothing quite like lazing in winter sun with great food, cold beer and great live music.

Unfortunately, I missed the Coffee and Chocolate Festival Johannesburg earlier this year since I was driving down to Cape Town so I’m super keen to check it out down here. But one thing that stuck out last year at the Jo’burg league of the festival last year was that the vibe wasn’t quite there. The music line-up wasn’t particularly amazing except for The Graeme Watkins Project and even though they pulled in Lady Lea, her set was quite a let down so I’m not sure what to expect this year.

It’s bound to be the usual in Cape Town though: some coffee over here, chocolate over there, a workshop here and a pairing there. I’m not too familiar with the music line-up except for Sean Hayz (yes, from The Motherland, my all-time fave Jo’burg band so super excited for him).

Anyway… didn’t take many pics last year but here are some short snippets of performances by The Motherland, The Graeme Watkins Project and Lady Lea!

 

The Motherland

The Graeme Watkins Project

 

Lady Lea

 

See you this weekend 😉 !