Exclusive Books Sale

The E. Warehouse Sale


Exclusive books has an amazing sale where all the proceeds are donated to literacy charities. This will take place in Kramerville, Johannesburg. Apart from the charitable gesture, R20 per book sounds like a reader‘s dream. The sale will start 31 July and will carry on up until 3 August.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/ExclusiveBooks

Organisers warned that this year will be ‘less Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and more Game of Thrones’ when asked about the previous year’s golden tickets. Ha!



Yuppie Chef and Lindt Competition

I know this will lower my own chance of winning, but I will feel better if one of you won as to a stranger. You can win a Kitchenaid mixer and a Lindt hamper. Closing date: 13 July 2015. Good luck.

Website: http://www.yuppiechef.com/lindt-competition.htm

Brooklyn Brothers


‘Fresh, interesting, new concept’- Malia

‘Enjoyed the ‘that’s the way the cookie crumbles’ shake’- Drikus

‘I like the concept’- Riaan

A brand new diner opened in Bedfordview and we decided to investigate. They specialise in gourmet burgers, buffalo wings, craft beer and you can find this modern American diner at Bedford Centre’s entrance 2. There is also an accommodating skinny and gluten free option when ordering a salad or a no bun burger. The menus are accompanied with reds pens, allowing each consumer to fill in their own order and then hand it in at the counter. I predict unlimited success for any place with a ‘that’s the way the cookie crumbles’ shake. You can find the complete menu on their website, check it out and let the interesting flavours excite and persuade you. We enjoyed the experience as a family and both the wise and youthful were impressed by the food and concept. Make the effort, it’s well worth the trip and as the terminator would say, ‘I’ll be back’.

Address: Bedford Centre, Smith Road and Van Der Linde Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg Shop U50 (Entrance 2).


Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 - 21:00

Friday - Saturday: 10:00 - 22:00


Contact: 011 615 0536


Café Nadia’s

You can find this special coffee shop in Potchefstroom, next to the Van Der Hof Park Pick ‘n Pay. They offer freshly made baked goods such as cakes, cupcakes and quiches and for lunch, a variety of interesting flavour-combinations on open sandwiches. Be patient when visiting them, because everything is made from scratch, it will most definitely take longer than a Wimpy burger and chips. My menu favourites are the Mocha Choca (which I am convinced, tastes better in a takeaway cup) and their chocolate mousse cupcakes are a real treat. The waiters are friendly and competent and the décor has a creative and calm feel. If you are in Potchefstroom and the Mall seems too busy, this is a great non-commercial alternative.

Address: Cnr. Govan Mbeki and Klinkenberg Street, Van der Hoff Park

Contact: 018 290 8501

Hours: Monday- Friday- 08:00-18:00

Saturday: 08:00-17:00

Sunday: 09:00-13:00

Apple crumble

Photo: Drikus Roets

This is one of the first recipes I made. It’s an easy, no fuss apple crumble. Once again, I found the original recipe in Wenresepte 2 by Anette Human, but excluded some of the ingredients. The main reason for this was that I found the recipe a little too sweet for my liking and I dislike too much fruit and especially raisins in my apple crumbles. This is a lovely recipe served with vanilla ice cream in the summer or just as lovely served lukewarm with a bit of cream or custard for winter evenings.



Ingredients: Crust

275 g (500ml) Cake Flour

200g White sugar

10ml Baking powder

2ml Salt

250g Butter at room temperature

On top:

4T Coconut

1 Can (425g) of baby apples with stems in light syrup

Cream (Fresh or whipped)

Ingredients: Filling

2 cans (385g each) Unsweetened Pie apples, sliced

4T Brown sugar

1T Cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 180˚C and spray an ovenproof dish with cook and spray.

Sift the cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together and work the butter in with your finger tips to form dough. Divide the dough in half and cover with glad wrap. Place the one half in die fridge and the other on the kitchen counter, to keep the lonely coconut company.

Carefully mix the filling’s ingredients together in a bowl. Use the one half of the dough (the one next to the coconut) and evenly spread and press the dough on the bottom of the dish to form a crust. Be sure to cover the sides. Spoon the filling into the bottom, then grade the remaining half of the dough (the one in the fridge) over the filling. Evenly sprinkle the coconut and place a few of the baby apples on top. Enjoy with cream, ice cream or custard. *The crumble will be more solid when served cold or lukewarm.

Marks and Spencer’s chocolates

I disobeyed one of the first lessons you could ever learn; ‘Never judge a book by its cover’ and bought a chocolate based on the aesthetic appeal of its wrapping. I am surprised to say that the wrapping did not oversell the product at all; it was just as delicious as it was pretty. You further feel a sense of pre-eminence, which is not evident when nibbling on a Cadbury. I wonder: was it the actual taste, beauty or newness of the product that persuaded a re-purchase? While stewing over the reason behind this, I can truly say I do enjoy these chocolates-regularly. Do yourself the favour of trying Marks and Spencer’s chocolate slab flavours, available at any Woolworths Food store.

Available flavours: Dark Chocolate with Italian Orange, Dark Chocolate with Mint, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate with Butterscotch (my personal favourite) and Milk Chocolate with Sicillian Sea Salt

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