Eggless Raspberry Sorbet

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Just after we got married I bought the most gorgeous Woman’s Weekly Christmas Cooking Book.

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It has the most amazing recipe for sorbet.Fast forward a few years and 2 kids and I now have to remember I can’t always bake or use recipes that incorporate egg whites (lil man is allergic to egg).

So we made the following recipe last night

  • x1 Packet of Frozen Raspberries (400g)
  • x1 cup water
  • x1 cup castor sugar
  • x1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Method:

  1. Dissolve the sugar in the water over a medium heat saucepan.
  2. Puree’ raspberries using a blender
  3. Sieve raspberry puree’ through a sieve in order to have a smooth puree without seeds
  4. Once the sugar-water has cooled down add the puree’ and whisk until combined.
  5. Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours.
  6. Remove and using a fork “rake” the sorbet.
  7. Place it in the freezer once again until you ready to serve

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Footnote:

I used my awesome Cuisipro Ice-cream Scoop and Stack when I plated the Sorbet.You can purchase them from Yuppiechef.

Link Below:

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http://www.yuppiechef.com/cuisipro-frozen-treats.htm?id=1186&name=Cuisipro-Ice-Cream-Scoop-and-Stack

I bought the Frozen Raspberry Packet from Woolworths

This was a little thicker than a sorbet as the egg whites were missing to make it nice and light but its a plus when my whole family can eat the same dessert and enjoy it.All my household critics gave it 2 thumbs up!

Enjoy!

CUPCAKES 4 KIDS WITH CANCER

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I have wanted to be part of this initiative for two years now, and I can finally

say I’ll be joining some wonderful people for such a great cause.

Visit their website or Facebook page.

http://www.cupcakesofhope.org/cancer-foundation/cupcakes-of-hope-cancer-foundation-home-page.html

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cupcakes-4-Kids-with-Cancer/240029212684318

Drop by any of the following shopping centres below and buy some yummy cupcakes.

Johannesburg

* Fourways Mall- Johannesburg

* East Rand Mall- Boksburg

* Clearwater Mall- Roodepoort

* The Glen- Alberton

* Greenstone- Edenvale

* Stoneridge Centre- Edenvale

* Cresta- Randburg

* Fountainebleau Village- Randburg *

*Carnival Mall- Brakpan

* East Gate- Johannesburg

 

Pretoria

* Woodlands Mall – Woodlands

* Centurion Mall – Centurion

* The Grove – Lynwood

* Kolonnade Retail- Montana

* Kolonnade Shopping Centre- Montana

 

North West

* Mooi Rivier Mall – Potchefstroom

* Waterfall Mall -Rustenburg

* Checkers- Klerksdorp

* Brits Mall- Brits

 

Free State

* Loch Logan-Bloemfontein

* North Ridge -Bloemfontein

* Mimosa Mall- Bloemfontein

* Goldfields Mall- Welkom

* Dihlabeng Mall – Bethlehem

 

Limpopo

* Mall of the North – Polokwane

* Pick & Pay Groblersdal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape

*Diamond Mall-Kimberley

* Khalahari Mall- Upington

* Plettenburg- Market Square

* Jeffreys Bay-Fountains Mall

* Port-Elizabeth- Walmer Park

* East Londen- Hemmingsway Mall

* Gonubie- Kings Mall

* Vredenburg-WeskusMall

* Noordhoek- Longbeach Mall

* Canal Wall- Cape Town

* Blue Route Mall- Cape Town

* Tygervalley- Cape Town

* N1 City Mall- Cape Town

* Somer Set Mall- Cape Town

* Bay-side Mall- Cape Town

* Knysna Mall- Knysna Mall

 

 

KZN

* Liberty Midlands Mall- Pietermaritzburg
* Galleria Mall- Amanzintoti

* Gateway- Umhlanga

* Pavillion- Westville Durban

* Boardwalk Mall – Richardsbay

* Shelly Centre- Shelly Beach

* La Lucia Mall- Durban

* Lifestyle Centre- Ballito

 

Mpumulanga

* Ilanga Mall – Nelspruit

* Highveld Mall – Witbank

 

Vaal Triangle

* Riversquare – Vereeniging

* Vaal Mall – Vanderbijlpark

Have a super blessed week – see you there!!!!

Enjoy

 

 

 

My 2014 Summer Must Haves

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Who doesn’t like Summer?

Well up until a few years ago I was more of a Winter girl.I’d marvel at my coat, jacket and jersey collection.

Then I became a mom and dreaded the colder months because my new fashion items became neutralizers and nasal decongestants.

i count the days to the warmer months – the days at the beach and basically just getting out of that hibernation mode we all put ourselves into during Winter.

So, there will be no surprise that  my summer must haves always have a Summer scent…mine is coconut.

If you love the scent of Tropitone and the beach then these are for you.

My all time favourite – I go through 2 containers every Summer

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The Body Shop – Coconut Body Butter .Purchase at their stores https://www.facebook.com/TheBodyShopSA  or https://clicks.co.za/stores

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I use the gentle amazing body wash – The Palmolive Body Beauty Coconut Scrub.You can get this at any good supermarket

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Now this next one I actually bought for my boys but I sneak in a wash every now and again just because of the scent.Purchase this at any Dischem Store ( http://www.dischem.co.za/storefinder.asp ) or good supermarket https://www.facebook.com/Picknpay?ref=br_tf

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This is one of my most recent purchases and about the only make up I wear daily, a waterproof mascara.

Catrice’s “Better than False Lashes” is really doing its job.I know its working because the 1st morning I walked into the classroom

a little girls came up to me and said “you wearing makeup you look so pretty” .

If a 5 year old noticed that was all the thumbs up I needed.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/CATRICE-cosmetics/100749893349596

I bought mine at Dischem

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These Garnier Cleansing wipes are really something (notice its says – REMOVES EVEN WATERPROOF MAKE-UP) and boy does it.

Its never been so easy to remove my mascara.They make my face feel so clean and fresh.This is ideal for moms.

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I came across this via fellow blogger at http://porcelainrouge.com/  when she decided to do the 12 day challenge – clock below to have a look.

http://porcelainrouge.com/2014/08/08/loreal_rsa-infallible-nail-polish-unique-two-step-gel-result-a-12-day-challenge/

I am terrible at keeping hair and beauty appointments  (I’m more of a walk-in kinda girl when my time permits) and usually disappoint some nail tech / beautician or hairdresser by being a no show.So being able to have pretty nails and them lasting more than 3 days without any chips,I drove straight to my closes Dischem the very next day after I saw the post on Porcelain Rouge.com (added bonus because I paid nothing for it as I finally used some of my Dischem points)

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I bought  Irresistible Bonbon (a lovely pink colour ,which in Summer I think looks fab on toes and finger nails)

I was very impressed with this product because I started using it the evening before my little boy’s birthday party and with all the baking and cooking and washing up it stayed on a whole 10 days hereafter without chipping.

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I also used it again before my ladies weekend away on both my finger nails and toes and was very impressed that it withstood the beach sand without a chip.

They come in some awesome colours – remember they are exclusive to Dischem Stores

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I have been counting the days – just like its an early Christmas for me.I finally found this product locally and tried out the Coconut Milk one and its amazing,will definitely buy this again.

Keep your lips nice and soft this season with EOS.

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This is possibly my biggest shopping regret in the last few weeks .See Jhb hasn’t been fortunate enough..just yet to have a Lush Store.

I tried this in-store and immediately  fell in love with it.It feels great and hummm tastes great lol!

Why didn’t I buy it why why why???

Follow LUSH on FB to see when Joburg store opens and see their specials if you are lucky enough to live in KZN or CT – https://www.facebook.com/lushsouthafrica

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When it comes to fragrances there are a few but in keeping with my “theme” there are two I love.

There is Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess – available at selected from the bigger flagship stores such as Edgars ,Foschini and Truworths Fragrance Counters

Beach by Bobbi Brown – I tried this perfume on paper today and my handbag smells amazing,amazing,amazing!!!!!

Enjoy!!

Ana

Truworths welcomes Spring

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I’ve spent the last month or so suffering from cabin fever after an operation I had.I haven’t been allowed to drive for 6 weeks (the horror),

it was a welcoming sight to see all the colours  and fashion when browsing through the Truworths website and their stores .

I’ve been patiently counting down the days until I can wave goodbye to Winter and welcome the warmer months.

Number one on my list is definitely the long Kaftan above #lovelove

If you haven’t got a jumpsuit in your wardrobe already then this season add one to your shopping list.

Monochromes are all over from stripes to prints

So visit their website https://www.truworths.co.za/brands/her/fashion to see what else is in store for us this season

Happy Summer and happy shopping!

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Special Kids – The Hub of Special Needs

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Our journey as a family with Special Needs is at times a very lonely one.

Lets face it , your family loves and adores you and your children , your friends give you their supporting smiles ,who truly knows what our lives are like if not another parent with a child with special needs?

Yet – it’s still a lonely one, I’ve tried to make contact with other mums at therapy sessions or even out and about in stores but its a burden that tends to be left behind closed doors and I’ve been dying to speak out, to reach out.

So when Nina Zylstra the Editor of Special Needs.co.za asked if I’d like to be part of the Meet the Parents Segment I jumped at the chance at meeting fellow parents and having them get a little insight on our family as well.

Click here to visit their website and get to know us and the other parents a little better…..http://specialkids.co.za/home/index.php/meet-the-parents#.U9oQxGOLVQU

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Chocolate AERO Cake – A slice of Heaven for our Winter

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I was given this recipe years ago whilst still in my early teens by my Aunt Fatima.
Its a family favourite and my favourite as its the one cake that has no leftovers.Its a clean plate after any occasion.
Why is it so good?
  • Its Chocolate Chiffon cake
  • Its ideal for both the Warmer seasons and Colder seasons
  • The Aero Sauce is heaven on earth speared on each slice (fyi – this is not a Nestle’ sponsored post)

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There are a few things we need to remember when baking this cake:

You need to utilize a Chiffon Tin (Angel Food / Bundt Cake Tin / Fluted Round)

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Yuppie chef has some pretty nice cake pans to choose from.

http://www.yuppiechef.com/master-class.htm?id=3270&name=Master-Class-Non-Stick-Fluted-Round-Cake-Pan

http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Angel-Food-Pan-Inch/dp/B0000VMI2M/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399361521&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=sicone+chiffon+cake

You need to have a deep cake plate/tray that will allow for the sauce to stay within.(Like the one below)

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This will be your most favourite go-to recipe this I promise.

Remember in Summer bake and make the sauce before time….make space in your refrigerator so that the sauce will be nice and cold when you serve it – an hour before serving should be fine.

In Winter serve this cake and its sauce warm – heaven on a plate!

Always Always…spread every slice with the Aero Sauce xxooxx

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Enjoy!!!!

Top 5 favourite Household Products Series – Product 1

My Top 5 Favourite Household Items 2014

I’m blessed that I have Domestic help twice a week however over December I was alone with two little boys and a house to clean.

My little boy follows me everywhere I go and I love it but it was also a major worry as I dragged around the bucket and mop when I cleaned the floors.

I had to act fast and came across probably the best invention ever……

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The Addis Spritza.

This is ideal for my home , in fact for any home as its easy, quick and safe.

No longer do we have to drag buckets of soapy water around, no longer is there a concern that an unattended bucket could be cause for a drowning child or swallowing of chemical water.

I simply place my floor cleaner and water into the bottle provided, clip it in and spray while I sweep……I love love this product!

With all the traffic coming in and out my home during the busy festive season I kept my Spritza close by at all times and it was simple and so so easy.

Addis has been a longstanding household name.

Life’s for living, and we love being part of yours. Addis – Making it easy

Click on their website  http://www.addis.co.za/  for more fantastic Addis Products ( I know I found a few things I’ve added for my next shopping trip)

Father’s Day Gifts – Ideas from my family to yours

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I try to make a big deal of any celebration.
My husband is of the opinion that days such as Valentines Day , Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are just commercialized money-making days.
I don’t care – I believe that children learn from our actions and I want my little boys to be thoughtful gift giving men.
Father’s Day isn’t just for Sunday – My husband’s festivities begin earlier in the week – From Monday and ends on Father’s Day Sunday.
Everyday he gets a small gift or treat shall we say….Its funny to see both the excitement in our boys and shockingly the eagerness my husband has to come home and receive his gift that evening.(now tell me who doesn’t like getting presents?)
 
We don’t spend too much money and they quirky little gifts or treats.
 
For instance:
 Monday – A Personalized Shirt
Tuesday – Jar of Shortcake Chuckles (his favourite)
Wednesday – Dad mug
Thursday – Homemade cookies served with warm milk on the Personalized cutting board
Friday – Just in time for the World Cup – show off his supporting team with a personalized cellphone cover
Saturday – Barber Treatment
Sunday – All Day Daddy treatment:
Breakfast
Lunch of his choice
Final Gift – A hint a few months ago……. a traditional Shavette
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Where to buy:
Shirt Graphics – Cool Beans Design Agency – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cool-Beans-Design-Agency/140760239299227?ref=br_tf
Jar of Chuckles Shortcake – Chuckles @ Woolworths Jar @Osbros
Mug – https://www.kidslabels.co.za/Catalogue/Coffee-Mugs/Personalised-ceramic-mugs/
Personalized  Cutting Board – http://www.lovelettersstationery.co.za/A%20Wooden%20Boards.html
Cellphone Cover – https://www.facebook.com/tickledbluecustomcases
 
 
Enjoy and Happy Father’s Day
 

Yuppiechef.com – Nutella Pancake cake

This arrived in my Inbox this morning and has my taste buds tantalized.How yum does this look?

I’ve died and gone to chocolate heaven – Nutella and Ferrero Rochers in one recipe.Chocoholics……… Welcome

There’s def a jar of Nutella in our household and I can foresee exactly what we will be doing this weekend!Well Done Annie.

Visit the website for more inspirational recipes and ideas – http://www.yuppiechef.com/spatula/?ref=toolbar

Visit the Yuppiechef Online store for amazing, amazing kitchen gadgets you cant live without – http://www.yuppiechef.com/index.htm?ref=toolbar

Make a Nutella pancake cake

A jar of Nutella probably doesn’t last very long in many households. And if a teaspoon of the good stuff can cure a broken heart, can you imagine the secret powers this Nutella pancake cake holds? If you love the hazelnutty goodness as much as we do, then this pancake cake will go down a treat.
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Makes 1 extra large cake. Halve ingredients for a smaller version.

Ingredients:

5 batches of classic pancakes (about 40–50 individual pancakes)
2 cups Nutella, softened

For the chocolate ganache
300g dark chocolate, chopped
300ml cream

Ferrero Rocher chocolate balls, to serve

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Method:

1. Make approximately 45–50 pancakes using this basic pancake recipe. Allow them to cool completely before arranging the cake.
2. While the pancakes are cooling, make the chocolate ganache. Place the cream in a saucepan over medium heat. When it starts to boil, remove the saucepan and stir in the chocolate until it has melted and the mixture is smooth. Let it sit for 5 minutes to thicken slightly.
3. Set aside ½ cup of the chocolate ganache to pour over the top of the cake. Assemble the cake by layering the pancakes and alternating between softened Nutella and chocolate ganache between each layer. A good spatula comes in really handy.

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4. Garnish with chopped Ferrero Rochers and allow to rest for an hour or two before serving.

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Warning. This is a slightly labour intensive cake to make, but we guarantee eyebrows will pop, tongues will loll and plates will be licked clean,

which is always worth the effort, eh? Plus, by pancake 49 you will be a seasoned pro.

by Annie Kolatsis

Fresh out of UCT, Marketing degree in hand, Annie is one of the newest additions to the Yuppiechef Grad Programme.

When not baking up a storm, you can find this self proclaimed travel and series addict

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