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October 2019


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Editor Rialien Furstenberg



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4 Get into the summer mood with these fab events

7 Brilliant books to keep you busy this month


8 The feeling of Summer is in the air


10 Die Sjokoladeshow

11 Womanhood celebrated in style


12 Philicity Reeken chats about her career in radio, the dating scene

and staying beautiful beyond 40

16 Sarah Ayres is amped for the SPAR Women’s Challenge

20 Pastry chef, Marcel Duvenhage, can work magic with cakes but

he also has a love for writing and funky socks


14 We’re going big, bold and beautiful this Summer


18 Survive the last stretch until the holidays with these healthy tips!


22 Experience luxury at the exclusive Roots Restaurant

24 With half a dozen yummy new cookbooks on the

shelves, it’s going to be a Delicious October


26 We’ve put together our top garden tasks and tips for the month


33 A gem at the coast


34 Win a hamper of the most agréable French cult

beauty products


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A hot date!

Get into the summer mood with these fab events

If you have a date for the Get It diary page, email the info at least a month in advance to rialienf@caxton.co.za


Cedar Tree Craft Night

Market from 6pm to 10pm at

Khosa Sports Club, Krugersdorp. There

will be secure parking, no entrance

fee and pets are welcome. Details:

Chanelle on 081 500 6884.


Wishing for an adventure

but not sure where to

start? Get to the Gauteng Getaway

Show at the Ticketpro Dome

from 4 to 6 October. Showcasing

hundreds of exhibitors, including

travel destinations, accommodation,

outdoor gear, 4x4 products and

accessories, caravans and trailers and

camping equipment, the Getaway

Show is your one-stop-shop for

adventure travel. Tickets: R80 for

adults, R40 for scholars/ pensioners,

and free for kids 12 and under. Details:



Get ready to savour the best of spring with the finest bubblies and

wines when Constantia meets Gauteng at the annual Steenberg

Garden Party in the magical gardens of The Kitchen | L’antico

Giardino in Lanseria from 12pm to 5pm. Enjoy delicious Steenberg

wines at your leisure and tuck into a harvest table laden with fresh

culinary delights. Tickets: R600 per person including unlimited wine

tastings, food and live entertainment. Details: www.webtickets.co.za.


Kick-start your summer

workout at the Trail Hunter

Summer Series at Hobby Park,

Krugersdorp. Offering three different

trails, each with its own challenges,

this activity is ideal for a family day out,

while still providing solid training for

more hardcore runners. Time: 7.30am.

Entries start at R100 per person.

Details: www.entryninja.com.


Luipaardsvlei Home for the

Aged is holding a not-tobe-missed

fair from 8.30am to 1pm

at their premises. There will be live

performances by Candy Benson

and Dylan Emslie, a jumping castle,

delectable food, desserts, cakes, a

spitbraai and loads of entertainment

for every age. Details: Amy or Rachel on

011 955 2108/ 071 509 3115.

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It’s all about mind, body and spirit at the upcoming Zumba for Mental

Health Day at the Pure Health Centre, Krugersdorp, from 7am to 10am.

You can dance your heart out, paint wooden hearts and relax with some poetry

and candle lighting. Remember to wear green to celebrate this special day.

Details: Aletha on 082 850 2527.


Visit Cedar Tree Craft Market

from 10am to 3pm at Khosa

Sports Club, Krugersdorp for their

monthly market. Secure parking, no

entrance fee and pets are welcome.

Details: Chanelle on 081 500 6884.



Global Women of Purpose

networking breakfast at

the Stitching Studio premises at

120 Vuurlelie Street, Roodekrans,

Roodepoort. Cost: R100 per person.

Details: Tania on 082 566 0602.

Elandré will be dropping by the Barnyard Theatre at Silverstar for a

special performance as part of Die Boomhuis Tour. His raspy voice gives

listeners goosebumps every time. Catch him with his guitar on stage from 8pm.

Tickets: R180 per person. Details: www.tsogosun.com/silverstar-casino.


West Side Craft & Food Night Market from 6pm to 10pm at Ramkiki

Country Restaurant & Conference Centre. There will be secure parking,

no entrance fee and pets are welcome. Details: Chanelle on 081 500 6884.


To enjoy the fresh air and

contribute to a good

cause at the same time, don’t miss

the Gardens of St Christopher

Open Gardens with SA Guide

Dogs from 10am to 4pm. It will

be a lovely day out in the sun,

surrounded by stunning gardens

and furry, lovable creatures.

Cost: R150 per person (includes

entrance, Prosecco, wrap, and a

coffee or gelato). Details: www.



Tania Sutherland’s Boutique

& Gift Shop opening from

2.30pm at 120 Vuurlelie Street,

Roodekrans, Roodepoort. Two

designer students from the Stitching

Studio will also launch their fabulous

designer collection. R100 per person.

Details: Tania on 082 566 0602.



Gather your family and

friends to visit the West Side

Craft & Food Market from 10am to

3pm at Ramkiki Country Restaurant

& Conference Centre. There will be

secure parking, no entrance fee and

pets are welcome. Details: Chanelle on

081 500 6884.

Make sure you don’t miss the Nerf Fest 2019 until 27 October. It’s the

perfect opportunity for everyone that is still a child at heart to have the

best time of their lives. Whether you team up with your friends and family or

they are your target, you are bound to have a lot of fun. The Nerf Fest will start at

9am at the GOG Lifestyle Park, Lanseria. Ticket prices vary from R50 to R250 per

person. Details: nerffest.co.za.

Book club

Brilliant books to keep you busy this month

Painful. Honest. Utterly heartbreaking.

You’ll read every page of Get Me to

21– all 436 of them – with your heart

in your mouth. It’s Gabi Lowe’s

agonizing, courageous story about

trying to save the life of her daughter.

Jenna – who became the face of

organ donors in South Africa with her

#GeMeTo21 campaign – was young,

bright, articulate ... and had a rare,

degenerative lung disease. Pulmonary

arterial hypertension finally took her life

in June 2015 ... four months before her

21st birthday. An extraordinary tribute

to an extraordinary young girl, written

by a brave mother who hopes the

book will help others facing loss, pain,

challenges and adversity. MFBooks/

Jacana, R265.

Jessica Pan was an unhappy introvert.

She wasn’t, she’s quick to point out,

unhappy because she was an introvert.

But she needed to do something about

the depression she was sinking into.

When she found herself in a sauna

– weeping, clutching a copy of Men’s

Health, ‘dressed as an assassin, reading a

guide to 8-minute abs’ and screaming

profanities at a spa employee, all to

win a free gym contract, she knew

something had to change. What would

it be like if, for one year, she lived as an

extrovert? Knowingly, willingly putting

herself in perilous social situations ....

those she’d usually avoid at all costs?

Sorry I’m Late - I Didn’t Want to Come

is Jess’ story of this painful, hilarious year.

Penguin, R320.

Also well worth reading ...

Having two autistic children is every parent’s nightmare. Saving My Sons is Ilana

Gerschlowitz’s story, told with Marion Scher, of her determination to find a way to

help her sons ... Her tenacity bore fruit in the form of answers from international

experts and she has gone on to greatly improve the lives of her own two boys

as well as to help countless children facing learning challenges. Essentially, she

discovered that autism is a treatable illness and that early intervention is vital.

BookStorm, R320.

Steph is a federal agent ... one who

knows her job. She knows how to

interview people, and how to tell when

they’re lying. So when she finds a gun

in Zachary, her teenage son’s room, and

finds out he’s been in contact with a

terrorist group via email, she questions

him, and is convinced he’s telling the

truth that he has no idea about what’s

going on. But who, then, is setting up

her son? And why? Or is she just being

a typical mum and not seeing the truth

about her son? Keep You Close will

keep you guessing ... a chilling read by

Karen Cleveland. Penguin, R290.

Another thriller for October ...

Megan Miranda’s The Last House

Guest keeps you on the edge of

your seat from the very first page.

Alternating between the summers of

2017 – when a young woman is found

dead on the beach while her friends

are celebrating at an end-of-summer

house party – and 2019, when her best

friend is still not convinced the death

was an accident, this is a chilling thriller

– with a wicked twist! Corvus, R313.

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Details: 082

566 0602, www.


co.za or visit Tania at

120 Vuurlelie Street,


Drink wine … support the ellies!

Balance, the quirky range of generous, everyday wines, has been relaunched after a stylish makeover

… and besides looking (and tasting) good, also supports desert elephant conservation. With Hank the

elephant as the wine’s mascot, Balance has adopted the Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) as a CSI

initiative. For every bottle sold, a contribution is made to fund the EHRA PEACE project, an educational

programme promoting the peaceful cohabitation of local communities with desert elephants in

Southern Africa. The PEACE project empowers people living in close proximity to wild elephants with

the necessary information to keep themselves, their families and livestock safe during elephant visits.

Taking the conservation of desert elephants even further, the wine’s packaging uses digital

technology linked to an exciting online game to support this initiative. You can win Balance Bucks to

buy more wine, and every time you complete a final stage of the game, a donation is made on your

behalf. The affordable Classic range includes an easy-drinking Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot, a crisp

Sauvignon Blanc and a delicately sweet Rosé, while the Balance Winemaker’s Selection range has six

single varietal wines, including a lightly wooded Chardonnay, a fruity Pinot Grigio and an elegant Pinot

Noir. Available from your local bottle store or online, the wines cost from R47 for the Classic range, R62

for the Winemaker’s Selection white wines and R67 for the reds. To win Balance Bucks and support the

conservation of desert elephants, the Balance game can be played directly online at https://balance.

wine. The game can also be accessed through a QR code found on Balance wine bottles. So play away,

and then redeem your Balance Bucks with another bottle from https://shop.overhex.com/collections/

balance-wines. Details: www.desertelephant.org or like them on Facebook @BalanceWines.

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Wish list

The feeling of summer is in the air!

Our favourite onestop

fashion shop

We are obsessed with Tania

Sutherland Boutique’s

fashion items. Their range

boasts versatile designer

clothing that is easy to wear,

and they stock everything

from infinity dresses,

and Olga Bolga shoes

to kimono wrap gowns,

trendy handbags, coffee

mugs and pillowcases

— which also makes it

the perfect place to shop

for gifts. The boutique

premises are shared with

the Stitching Studio Design

and Dressmaking Academy,

offering not-to-be-missed

monthly workshops on

how to refashion your

clothing as well as image

consultation and style


Bring a happy story to your table!

Nature-inspired Portuguese ceramics brand Bordallo

Pinheiro evokes the beauty of imagination, creativity

and humour and is now available in SA! Lay your

table with bowls, plates and serveware inspired

by fauna and flora … What more can we say than

that the pieces are quirky, colourful and display a

whimsical exuberance! The handcrafted pieces make

fabulous birthday and wedding gifts or why not spoil

yourself with a little something to brighten up your

dining table and wow your guests!? Shop online at


As usual, H&M have

our wardrobe sorted

with their Conscious

Collection for Spring

2019, serving up

stunning new-season

pieces in a dreamy

palette of earthy

tones, blush pinks and

white. But it all comes

with an eco-friendly

twist … with all the

modern romantic

designs made

from sustainably

sourced materials,

such as organic

cotton or recycled

polyester. Visit H&M

in Clearwater Mall.

Details: www.hm.


Pencil in your diary!

There’s a massive, ever-growing

health-conscious movement

worldwide ... hooray, we say!

More and more people are looking to eat

healthily, searching for ingredients with

no artificial flavourants or colourants, no

preservatives or added MSG, non-GMO ...

and they very often also want them suitable

for vegans, too. Hello Tastebud – the new

brilliant range of spices from Cape Herb &

Spice – offers all this, and more! With seven

popular flavours to choose from – think

Savoury, Seeded, Zesty, Spicy, Herbed, Umami

and Caramel – well-flavoured food, be it spicy

or sweet, savoury or salty, has never been

easier (or tasted this good). You’ll find them at

your local stores for about R39,95 each.

Details: www.capeherb.co.za.

It’s not every day that an expo is held outdoors on a beautiful organic farm ... So make sure to attend the African

Health & Wellness Expo at Rocky Ridge Farm on 12 and 13 October from 9am to 5pm. There is nothing better

than spending the day in nature, tasting some delicious food, enjoying a yoga session and learning more about

healthy living by attending interesting talks. Tickets: R250 per person. Details: www.casalinga.co.za.

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Jak de Priester and Lizz

Meiring in action. Image

Mia Louw Creative

Heidi du Toit, Lorna Meyer and Lenie Bothma

Die Sjokoladeshow

Leani and

Wynand van


We were in for a real chocolatey

treat at Die Sjokoladeshow at

The Hollywood Theatre, with

the hilarious Lizz Meiring and

Jak de Priester ... It was a lipsmackingly

good show where

chocolate-covered seduction,

love, revenge, murder and

plenty of laugh-out-loud

moments were the order of

the night!

Marinda and Dawie Pretorius

Maria and



Janie and Jan de Beer

Maryna Pretorius and

Iema Janse van Rensburg

Wassie and Olga Wasserfall

Madeline and Wimpie Greef

Crystal Muller and Jovanet

van der Merwe

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Dalene Pretorius

and Elthia Marais

Lize-Mari Zandberg

and Angelique Keyter

Margeret Sebele and

Charmaine Pollak

Nava Annamalay

and Shantel Harley

Lee Wallace and Smitha Ramasundara

Khumsha Funani and Emma Ndlovu


celebrated in style

The Motor Industry Staff Association (Misa) Women's Forum

celebrated the women in the industry at a fabulous Women's Day

breakfast. The women were treated to a lovely morning at Avianto

with great entertainment and inspiring guest speakers. Pedro

Kruger (also known as the Boytjie van Brackenfell), the talented

pianist and singer, spoiled the women with a special performance

while they relaxed and enjoyed the morning together.

Dianah Rabalao, Ennie Rabalao and Rorisang Moeketsi

Wendy Badenhorst

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Making WAVES

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She’s witty, stylish, makes her own sauces and we can listen to her voice for hours.

Philicity Reeken of Allen’s Nek chats about her career in radio, the dating scene and

staying beautiful beyond 40.


here is really nothing

Philicity can’t do.

She is a radio

presenter, talented

actress, singer,

incredible mom,

cook, and a booming


Her latest venture is keeping listeners

entertained on the Scenic Drive on

Jacaranda FM for the past three

months. Before that, she co-hosted

the 947 Breakfast Xpress for four

years. You may also know her from

Isidingo, Scandal, Song vir Katryn, Jozi

H, Binnelanders, Great Expectations,

Coconuts, and Survivor South Africa: The

Maldives in 2011.

A natural comedian, Philicity was

bound to captivate crowds with her

witty sense of humour. She wanted to

be in the entertainment industry her

whole life but her career only took off

after she became a mother.

‘I was only seven years old when I fell

in love with acting and I was lucky

enough to attend an art school where

I studied acting. I thought I was very

smart when I was 17 and quit school,

got a waitress job and started my

short-lived singing career. When I got

married, I left the industry to become

a mom, but that wasn’t the life for me.

My daughter was about a year old

when I called an agent again and just

like that I got the role in Isidingo that

changed my life.’

She is now the mother of two teenage

daughters and can always depend on

her own mother. Philicity was a very

difficult teenager, and is very thankful

that her own daughters didn’t inherit

her temper and teenage tantrums.

‘I’m so blessed to have two angels

as my daughters. They are smart,

independent and very mature. They

know that no matter what happens

in life, you should always look on the

bright side and laugh about it. That’s

my philosophy in life – there’s a time

and a place for everything, but never

stop laughing.

‘I have an appreciation for all forms

of art. When I was in art school, I was

exposed to so many different types

of art and I feel inspired by all of them.

When I was little, I used to read a lot,

and that cultivated my imagination.

Creating art is a form of freedom.’

Philicity has recently worked on a

digital project called Deur die Blare that

won first place in its category at the

kykNET Silwerskermfees. When she’s not

making waves on the radio or screen,

she spends her time in the kitchen

or in her herb garden, perfecting her

range of sauces.

‘I was going through a tough spot

financially a while back and I had to

get a new source of income. I love

cooking and I love sauces, so I thought

why not make my own sauces. Phil’s

Saucy Sauces has been a big hit ever

since. I make all the sauces myself,

using ingredients from my garden and

I sell them on markets. These sauces

are very creamy and luxurious, and

every foodie's dream.’

When Philicity sets her mind to

something, she does everything in her

power to realise her goals. That’s what

makes her successful in all aspects of

her life.

‘Going forward, I want to do charity

work, bringing young and old

together. We have elderly people with

tons of wisdom in old age homes and

we have children that don’t get the

attention or intellectual stimulation

they need. Why not bring these two

together? The older generation has

a lot to teach the young ones and in

turn, they can teach the elderly people

a lot about life too and keep them

young at heart.’

In between everything Philicity travels

a lot (we wonder if she ever sleeps).

She is lucky that her job gives her the

chance to travel and she always grabs

these opportunities with both hands,

taking in the beautiful sights

of new cities and getting to know

other cultures.

‘Don’t even get me started on the food

… I love experiencing new flavours. I

still want to travel the world with my

daughters. I want to see Africa because

we live on this beautiful continent, but

rarely visit the beautiful places on our

own doorstep. I want to see Zambia,

Mozambique and Morocco one day.’

Philicity has been divorced for quite

some time and is yet to find someone

she can share her dreams with. She

says that the struggle is real

and that the dating scene brings

many challenges.

‘I want to ask Joburg men to try harder

when it comes to women. I’ve tried

Tinder and all that dating apps and

websites, but they don’t work for me. I

don’t want to message ten guys a day

and talk about how their day is going.

I have friends for that and I don’t need

more friends. I feel that it’s about

quantity and not quality anymore. I

want someone to laugh and eat with.

I’m looking for someone who can carry

me through hard times and someone I

can carry as well.’

Like her personality, Philicity’s style is

very quirky. ‘I love to dress according to

themes. Some days I wake up and feel

like an inspector or an art curator, and

then I’ll dress the part. I love dressing

up because I love who I am. I’m at a

place in my life where I like my body

and I don’t want to hide it from the

world. I’ll dress how I want.’

October is her birth month, so she

confessed that her beauty secret for

looking fabulous at 40 is good genes

and a lot of smiling.

‘Don't deprive yourself. Eat and drink

what you want. Dress as you want and

follow your dreams! Depriving yourself

won’t make you live any longer.’

Philicity in short:

What sauce are you? I’m a combination of my own garlic sauce, green

Tabasco and a bit of hot chilli for that extra kick.

If you could go back in time, what message would you give yourself? I’d

tell myself to do everything the same.

Who is your celebrity crush? I’m inspired by a lot of people, but I’d die if I

heard Vin Diesel saying my name (won’t we all?).

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For bright, fresh, summer fragrance, we love Elizabeth Arden

Sunflowers Sunlit Showers. They boast it’s iridescent, playful

and dewy ... think juicy mandarin, sparkling bergamot, summer

peach and magnolia. If you like floral, fruity scents, this one’s for

you. Equally delicious is Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Pome-

granate ... a sparkling scent with pomegranate and granadilla

notes. They’re R460 each, and you’ll find them at your local

department stores and pharmacies.

You don’t get much brighter

than South Beach Pink –

these little Mavala Minis

are affordable enough

to stock up on a host

of summer shades. R87

from Dis-Chem.

Build colour in the blink of an

eye with silky soft GOSH The

One Eyeshadow. Shades are

highly pigmented and longlasting,

and create explosive,

eye-catching looks. Colour

glides on and stays put all day.

We’re wearing Mermaid this

season. R78 from Edgars.

Trust us. Pink on eyes is massively

flattering. We use this PINKtastic

Catrice Art Couleurs Eyeshadow.

Pretty and affordable ... what

more could you want? R54,95

from Dis-Chem.

If you’re a little shy to go bright on your eyes and lips, you can go wild with

nail colour. Morgan Taylor’s nail lacquers last (and last and last) and boast a

brilliantly bright selection ... think bright aqua (Feeling Swim-sical), cyan (No

Filter Needed), orange (You’ve Got Tan-gerine Lines), violet (Tokyo A Go Go)

and these two ... emerald (Go for the Glow) and lemon (Glow Like a Star).

R163 from Woolies.

Add dramatic colour with just one stroke. Clarins Waterproof Pencil accentuates and opens up the eyes. There are six

eye-catching shades to choose from. R335 each. Oh ... and try the new Wonder Perfect Mascara 4D, too. Stunning volume,

endless length, incredible curl, high definition and rose wax which makes lashes longer, stronger, thicker. R360.

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Go bright or go home

Massive hits of solid, bright colour ... we’re going

big, bold and very beautiful this summer

Amp up the colour to match

your mood. Clarins’ Joli Blush

is a strong-hold blush for a

truly colourful experience.

With special tint pigments, it’s

airy, fine, soft and lightweight

(allowing your skin to breathe),

and smooths the skin’s texture

by blending into the surface.

Irresistible cheeks in four

cheeky shades. R470.

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I like to sing

along to music

I know the lyrics

of – it helps to

steady my breathing

and pushes me

along. My favourite

is Radioactive by

Imagine Dragons –

it get me

up hills.

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Our race


She’s smart, ready for fun and amped for the SPAR Women’s Challenge. Meet our

Face of the Race winner, graphic designer and super mom, Sarah Ayres!


We have a very active German shorthaired

pointer, which needs plenty of

exercise … I started off by going for

walks with him, and eventually I started

running. Within a few months, I’d fallen

in love with the sport. Once you get

past the initial shock of a change in your

routine, the new routine feeds your

soul. Plus, the endorphins I get from

running improve my mood and keep me

focused. I also started a WhatsApp group

to encourage other young mothers to

get out and about. Initially, it was just a

couple of other moms from the school,

but the group has grown and we now

have 50 members. We exchange tips and

encourage each other to keep going.

They are not all young mothers – we are

available for anyone who is just starting

to get regular exercise.



Nope, this will be my first year and I’m

excited to make it an annual event on my

race calendar! My dad will run with me,

and my mom is going to walk the 5km

Fun Run. Quite a few of my friends will

also be taking part.


I am married and we have two children, a

six-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl.

We both run small businesses from home

so we’re privileged to be able to spend a

lot of time together and with

our children.



Banana must be in whatever smoothie

you make! I love mixing bananas,

strawberries and other berries, and even

adding in some pawpaw and pineapple.



I’m a fan of carbo-loading before a race

and like to have pasta or pizza (glutenfree

of course!) the night before a race or

a long run.



I know that I can run a certain distance in

training so I just tell myself that I can run

a race (normally further than my training

distances) easily because the only thing

that’s changing is that I have more time

on race day.



I enjoy walking or hiking with my family

and our dogs, and I like to counter the

intensity of running with a calming

stretch routine mixed with Pilates

and Yoga.


I eat three cooked meals and at least

three snacks a day! I love food and try to

keep it as healthy as possible to fuel my

body without needing supplements.


At present, I run three to four kilometres

three times a week


I can’t do without my trail shoes; the

stability they provide makes my run

a breeze.



I am a strict perfectionist with a strong

moral compass and a sense of justice. I

love to help others and motivate them

through a positive lifestyle and an open,

unjudgmental countenance. My family is

my centre and my motivation.



I’m quite a fan of Survivor South Africa

and keep thinking about how I would

have handled a certain situation or how I

would cope with the challenges and the

cunning that the game requires. Also, the

lack of food!



All food items: milk, fruit, veggies,

and yoghurt.




I jumped off a 10m high rock into a clear

rock pool on a hike in the Wolweberg. I

still want to go somewhere completely

different from home – like Norway! There

are some incredible hot springs on a

glacier in Iceland that look like they need

exploring too …


Not famous … but my mom! She took

up exercise after my sisters and I were

already in school (about the same age I

am now) and she hasn’t stopped since.

She’s now 60 and she still mountainbikes

a distance of about 30km almost

every day. She’s strong and determined

and unchangeable.


Winning is about 5 per cent of anything

I do. Being able to compete at a certain

level means you’re already good enough,

the rest is up to chance and/or vote,

which are factors outside of your control.

I do things for me first and with my

family in mind. If I am good enough to

win, that’s just incredible!


My first fun run was a 5km charity run for

Slipper Day at a park near where I live.

Since then I’ve taken part in only one

other event – a 4km fun run on Women’s

Day, organised by Families South Africa.

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Survive the last stretch until the holidays with these health tips!


A healthy body harbours a healthy mind

and as the saying goes, you are what

you eat. Unfortunately, most of us have

unhealthy eating habits we can’t break.

Drink water in a different way – We

all know that drinking enough water

has many benefits, but by following

the simple rule of not drinking water

(or anything else) 90 minutes before

and after each meal, will fuel your

digestive fire, hydrate you properly

and assist your body to absorb

nutrients optimally by not diluting

your digestive juices. Remember

to drink enough water outside of

these times.

Spice up your life – Use herbs and

spices such as fennel, celery seed

and cumin for improved digestion.

Adding a combination of turmeric,

black pepper and ginger can assist in

fighting inflammation too.

Keep well-oiled – Olive oil

is known as a healthy fat,

but it becomes toxic when

heated beyond its smoke

point. Rather drizzle it

over your salad or use it in

homemade pestos, dipping

sauces and guacamole.

Collagen keeps you beautiful –

Gelatin is a great way to provide

your body with more collagen, and

it’s more affordable than hydrolysed

collagen. You can make the most

delicious gelatin desserts or you can

add it to stews to thicken them and

add some extra nutritional benefit

for healthy skin and hair, as well as to

assist in healing a leaky gut.

Three health hacks by

Dr Bianca De Canha:


Using homeopathy first,

particularly against viral infections

where antibiotics are powerless,

has been shown in numerous

studies to be effective and as such

reduce the necessity for antibiotics,

without complications. Homeopathy

is safe and effective, and is suitable for

young and old, in pregnancy, for those

breastfeeding and in infancy.

Guard your gut – Protecting your

gut can be the first line of defence

to prevent a variety of diseases,

such as metabolic disorders,

depression and eczema. Make sure

to supplement daily with a broadspectrum

probiotic and prebiotic to

ensure you a CFU (colony forming

unit) of at least 10 billion CFUs.

Don’t forget vitamin D3 – The

perception is that living in sunny

South Africa assures you high

vitamin D levels; however, the

shocking truth is that we are

mostly deficient thanks to highfactor

sunscreens, less than optimal

diets and a lifestyle that confines us

to the indoors. Vitamin D is not only

essential for bone health and teeth,

but has a vital role in gut health,

mood, hormone production as well as

supporting a healthy immune system.



Veggies for the win – Eating an

abundance and variety of vegetables

is fundamental to good health. Using

frozen veggies is an easy way to

include more veggies in your diet as

it will save you peeling and chopping

time, but also ensures a high

nutritional value as vegetables headed

for the frozen market are harvested

when they are perfectly ripe, as

opposed to the ‘almost-ready’ veggies

available on the fresh-produce market.

Homeopath, Dr Bianca De

Canha from Pure Health Centre

in Krugersdorp.

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IV infusions: The body-boosting trend!

If you hate needles, you probably stay far away from them unless they are necessary

to save your life. Nowadays, however, people are subjecting themselves increasingly

to needles by choice – thanks to the availability of intravenous (IV) vitamins that are

gaining popularity by the day.

What are they? The infusion treatments target a variety of wellness needs by

replenishing hydration, aiding recovery from illness or jet lag, providing hangover

relief and restoring vitamin and nutrient levels, while refreshing cosmetic

appearance and revitalising overall well-being.

Need to know: A consultation with a medical doctor is essential before any IV

infusions to rule out any liver, kidney or heart disease. High-risk patients with

epilepsy, diabetes, sickle-cell disease or cancer also need to be identified

by your attending doctor. Ask yourself the following: Is the place that you


safe? Do they have all the medical equipment and training as per the

standards required by the Department of Health?


your IV infusions done at Skin Renewal West Rand, situated at Town

Square Shopping Centre, Roodepoort. Details: www.skinrenewal.co.za.

The Real Thing PRO-Probiotic Vegicaps,

R251, www.faithful-to-nature.co.za.

Avoid burnout at work

This time of the year you might

experience low energy during the

workday, a loss of interest in your

work, and irritability with colleagues

or team members. These are typical

signs of burnout. Burnouts can lead

to low productivity, high absenteeism,

low creativity, and even health

problems which is why it's better

to avoid burnout before it harms

your career.

Follow these tips to avoid burnout:

1. Work with purpose.

2. Perform a job analysis, and

eliminate or delegate unnecessary


3. Take control, and actively manage

your time.

4. Get more exercise.

5. Learn how to manage stress.

Try this!

Aesthetic glitter bottles ...

In a transparent bottle, just add

water and glue in an 80–20

ratio. (You can use soapy water

instead of glue.) Then add a lot

of glitter! You can twirl the bottle

or tilt it upside down! Seeing the

glitter flow calms people down.

This is one of the easiest hacks

out there and many people

suffering from anxiety have

claimed that this helps.

CAKE is his art

Rant-en-Dal’s pastry chef, Marcel Duvenhage, can work magic with cakes but

he also has a love for writing and funky socks. We chat to him about his talents

inside and outside the kitchen.


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Marcel was drawn into this industry when he used to help

his grandmother and his aunt bake and decorate cakes

when he was only a child. He shared with us that their cakes

were immaculate and always looked like they could be

photographed and used in magazine articles.

'I remember licking the beater when

we were done. That's something I won't

ever forget. I guess that's what sparked

my career as a pastry chef.’

Straight out of high school, he stepped

into the kitchen to kick off his career as

a chef, but he realised that same day

that cooking wasn't for him – baking is

his real passion.

Without any formal training or

qualifications, Marcel started A Taste of

Heaven Cakery in 2016, not knowing

it would be so successful that his

creations would someday be

featured on TV.

'I did a few short courses to learn the

basics. I figured the rest out by myself.

Running a business isn't easy but if

it's what you really want to do, you make it work.'

He takes his career very seriously and all his hard work finally

started paying off when his cakes were recently featured on

Ster-Status, a reality TV show on Via ...

I love what I do. I

can create something

that people

will remember

forever, plus I get to

eat a lot of cake.

A couple of years ago, he joined forces with a local coffee

shop owner who is now his partner in the business.

'My favourite part of this job is decorating. I'm not very

patient so I'm not a fan of the timely process of baking, and

don't get me started on the cleaning-up part ... When I have

decorated a cake and take a step back and look at the big

picture, the waiting and the hard work that go into the little

details are worth it.'

For Marcel, the most important aspect of a cake is how it

tastes. His secret to creating memorable cakes is not only

in the decorations but in the unique combinations that he

uses to make the cake taste even better than it looks.

'My mom always said you should not play with food, but

when you are a pastry chef, you have to. I play with flavours

and textures.'

When Marcel isn't busy with his fabulous creations, he

does decor and flowers for functions – and he's also in the

process of writing two books.

'I'm a very creative person. I'm busy with

a very personal book about bullying and

I'm also writing my own biographical

cookbook. I'm very arty, so I always

wear crazy, colourful socks to express that

side of me.'

Marcel's friends and family are very dear

to him and they each play a different

role in his life.

'Some may call me passionate and careerdriven,

while others say I am their guardian

angel and that I am a brave warrior. I take

the lead and I'm not afraid of going for

what I want or protecting what I have in

both my career and my personal life.'

When his creative juices are flowing

and he designs a cake, he decorates his

masterpieces with ruffles, sugar roses and

his beloved piping technique. Marcel says that it's a very

challenging industry to work in because trends change

continuously, but he wouldn't change it for anything.

'I love what I do. I can create something that people will

remember forever, plus I get to eat a lot of cake.'

Going forward, Marcel wants to teach adults and children

the art of baking and decorating.

Details: 079 629 5183, atasteofheavencakery@gmail.com or

follow him on Facebook, A Taste Of Heaven Cakery.

Quick facts about Marcel:

• What is your guilty pleasure? Milkshakes,

chocolates, grilled cheese sandwiches and macaroons

(I always make extra because I know I’ll steal a few).

• If you could be any animal, what would you be?

Definitely a wolf — I’m a leader but I’m also fearless and

brave and I can weather any storm. Like a wolf, I never

give up.

• Which tool would you use for cake decoration if

you had to use only one for the rest of your life? You

can do a lot with a ball tool.

• Who do you want to bake a cake for? I have a

vision of creating a beautiful cake full of roses for my

grandmother, since she is my inspiration.

• What is the first thing on your bucket list? I want to

be on a TV show like KykNET’s Koekedoor.

October 2019 Get It Joburg West 21



Experience luxury at the exclusive

Roots Restaurant.

Text and images: JACO-MARI FUTCHER.

Salmon trout roses with cinnamon and lemon buerre blanc, pickled baby marrow ribbons, kale leaves, sesame oil

infused mushrooms, crisp-salted salmon skin, mustard sprouts, beetroot, and apple gels.

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You haven't lived until you've experienced

this extravagance ...

Roots Restaurant, Forum Homini Boutique Hotel's fine-dining

restaurant, is a dream come true for every local foodie. They

certainly know how to pull off a sophisticated and luxurious

dining experience. From the artwork from the parking lot

towards the restaurant, up to their modern yet urban decor and

furniture, they create a truly relaxing atmosphere. Their food

looks good and tastes even better. Their exclusive gourmet

meals and wine pairings will fill all your senses with bursts of

colours and flavours. While enjoying every bite of your meal, you

and your friends and family can appreciate the breathtaking

views of the bush and a beautiful pond. Their friendly and

helpful staff make the experience uniquely memorable and you

will certainly be talking about their Sous Chefs Anell Beyer and

Tharollo Tlali’s meals for days. Details: Visit them at the Letamo

Game Estate in Muldersdrift or contact them on 011 668 7000.

Layered vanilla panna cotta and apple gel with edible

flower spheres, chocolate ‘rocks’, lemon curd, berry mousse,

meringue pieces and vanilla swirl topped with flower petals.

Delicious pan-seared springbok fillet with fresh lavender,

butternut fritter, carrot puree, braised fennel, potato

fondant, charred sweetcorn and pomegranate foam.

Ciabatta Bread with edible flowers,

sundried tomatoes, and rosemary


Edible flower petals; sundried tomatoes; rosemary.

Sponge: 350ml warm water; 350g white bread flour; 5g

instant yeast.

Dough: 450ml warm water; 450g white bread flour; 5g

instant yeast; 10g salt.


Heat the oven to 220°C.

Sponge: Combine ingredients with a metal spoon

until they form a sloppy, sticky sponge. Cover with

cling wrap and leave to ferment overnight in a

warm area.

Dough: Combine flour, yeast, sponge, and salt. Mix

on low speed until combined and slowly add water,

gradually increasing speed. Mix the dough until it

comes clean off the sides. The dough will be very

sloppy and will look jelly-like.

Grease a large bowl, place dough in the bowl and

cover with cling wrap to prove for 15 minutes. Fold

dough four times before letting it prove again for 15

minutes. Repeat this step four times, adding the flower

petals, sundried tomatoes and rosemary while folding

the dough the last time.

Dust a baking tray and the work surface with flour.

Remove the dough from the bowl, place on the work

surface and portion it into three slipper-shaped pieces.

Be careful not to damage the delicate bubble structure

of the dough.

Place on the baking tray and bake for 20 minutes or

until crispy and golden brown.

October 2019 Get It Joburg West 23

My Vegetarian Braai. Gasps of

horror from the carnivores! But this

lovely book by Adele Maartens is

not about trying to convert meat

eaters ... rather to show there is more

to braai than boerewors. With the

growing trend of plant-based eating,

there’s an excellent chance one of

your guests is going to be vegetarian

... so here are a host of delicious

meals to dish up. With a few vegan

recipes too, so everyone’s catered for.

Penguin, R325


Get cooking!

With half a dozen yummy

new cookbooks on the

shelves, it’s going to be a

delicious October.

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Twin sisters Fatima Sydow and

Gadija Sydow Noordien bring the

taste of South African Malay-style

cooking to your kitchen in this

spicy new cookbook, Cape, Curry

& Koesisters. You’ll find recipes

for masalas, soups, light meals

and snacks (samoosas or pickled

salmon and onion salad anyone?).

Rice, sambals and atchar feature (of

course), followed by the big guns

of curry, breyani and ahkni. Here we

dithered happily between butter

chicken curry, frikkadel curry, slow

braised lamb chops with apricot

chutney, and steak and potato

braise. All look too, too scrumptious

for words. Puds like milk tart and

malva, along with luscious cakes

(koesisters coming up), round off the

book in diet-breaking style. Human &

Rousseau, R330.

Rebecca and Kate Lund, aka The Delish Sisters, are constantly inspired by the

everchanging food industry and love to create beautiful food experiences for

clients, friends and family. They enjoy experimenting with new and exotic spices

and ingredients, and encouraging people to be adventurous, too! The recipes

in their book are fresh, wholesome, colourful, seasonal and ‘mostly’ healthy ... so

while there are indulgent dishes and treats, they keep everything as balanced

and as inclusive as possible ... so also loads of sugar-free, gluten-free recipes,

delicious vegetarian options and tasty vegan food. Penguin, R300 .

In Summer Food, chef Tjaart Walraven

celebrates the long, lazy days of

our South African summer. With

the emphasis on easy entertaining

– including outdoor cooking – he

includes everything from great

breakfast dishes to kick off the day

to sweet desserts to end it. Loads of

background stories, great photos and

plenty of tips ... we love summer, and

we love this cookbook. Penguin, R350.

With an explosion of colour and

taste, Jamie Oliver shows just

how tasty veggie meals can be.

The recipes in VEG will, he says,

leave you feeling full, satisfied

and happy – and not missing

meat from your plate. From

simple suppers and family faves

to weekend dishes for sharing

with friends, from embracing

a meat-free day each week to

living a vegetarian lifestyle, or

for those simply just wanting to

try some brilliant new flavour

combos, VEG has something for

everyone ... and it’s crammed

with Jamie-style tips and tricks

that will excite the taste buds.

‘It’s all about celebrating really

good, tasty food that just

happens to be meat-free,’ he

said. Penguin, R430.

If you, like us, relish the Mediterranean

way of eating ... everyone tucking into

breads and dips, tapas and salads,

gorgeous roasts and seafoods ... you’re

going to want to get a copy of the

gorgeous – GORGEOUS, we tell you

– Cape Mediterranean by Ilse van

der Merwe. This Stellenbosch-based

foodie says, ‘In South Africa, especially

the Western Cape, we love the culture

of lingering, social lunch tables. We

savour coming together to celebrate

local, seasonal and sustainable

ingredients’. Fortunately you don’t

have to live in the Cape to make,

and enjoy, the dishes in her book ...

Winelands grape pizza bianca with

feta and thyme will taste just as good

in Ballito, Bo-Kaap harissa paste will be

yummy in Bloem, and Cape seafood

stew will go down a treat in Sandton.

There are more than 75 amazing

recipes that most of us will manage

with ease. There are recipes here we’ll

make again and again ... this is without

a doubt our hot buy for spring and

summer. Struik, R280.

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Garden fever

We’ve put together our top garden tasks and tips for the month.

We’re planting …

Regal pelargonium ‘Novita’ for

its knockout colours and neat,

bushy growth. It looks good

anywhere; in large containers, in

coastal gardens, and the garden

in full sun or semi-shade. It

doesn’t get leggy like older

varieties used to do and it is

a great bloomer. The colour

range is purple, violet, dark

red with a purple eye and

a pink bicolour. The

medium-sized flowers

cover the bush. Plant

in well-drained fertile

soil and protect from

the frost in colder areas.

Garden plants need regular watering

but allow the soil to dry out before

watering again. Plants in containers

need watering more often. Fertilise

monthly with Vigorosa fertiliser.

Details: www.ballstraathof.co.za.

Garden tasks:

• Plant summer colour. Annuals that grow quickly and easily from seed are alyssum, cosmos, lavatera, portulaca, California

poppy, and nasturtium. They all do best in full sun. • Trim back invasive groundcovers to give other plants room to grow.

• Renew containers. Replace the potting soil and fill with summer annuals, trailing groundcovers or grasses. • Fertilise

perennials with Vigorosa or granular fertiliser 3:1:5 or 5:1:5, and annuals with a liquid fertiliser. Use either pink or blue

hydrangea food for hydrangeas. • Water regularly and spread a layer of mulch over beds to conserve water and keep the

roots cool. • Mow lawns at least once a week, but if it is very hot and dry, mow less frequently and set blades higher.

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Click & grow

Imagine growing your favourite plants all year?

The Smart Garden 3 takes care of your plants

automatically by making sure they have enough

water, light and nutrients at all times. The NASA

inspired Smart Soil makes sure your plants get

the optimal configuration of water, oxygen, and

nutrients, while special LED grow lights provide

them with the energy they need to thrive. No

pesticides, plant hormones, or any other harmful

substances are used. With a modular lamp arm,

updated LEDs and a sleek design, this is the

ultimate self-growing garden. Comes with three

complimentary basil plant pods so you can

start growing right away! Various plant pods

available – rosemary, basil, oregano, marjoram,

thyme, salad greens, decorative flowers, mini

tomato, wild strawberry and several varieties

of peppers. R1 650 from Builders Warehouse

Strubens Valley.

Garden Day!

There’s nothing like the joy of gardening. Connecting to nature, the

pride of growing your own plants, flowers, food and of course, the

amazing health benefits. It’s also been said that gardens, no matter

how big or small, have the potential to bring people together, which

is why on Sunday, 20 October you should down tools, and invite

neighbours, friends and family round to celebrate Garden Day.

Some ideas:

• Use fresh flowers and greenery from your garden to make flower

crowns for everyone. • Invite friends for a bring ’n’ braai – use herbs

from the garden to flavour their meat. • Instead of a book club, have a

plant club. Ask guests to bring a rare or interesting plant to swap with

one of the other guests. • If you don’t have a garden, visit someone

who does and enjoy it with them.

For more ideas and Garden Day inspiration, visit www.gardenday.co.za.

Framed rabbit, R205,

Antique Shack,

082 824 6960.

Pencil in

your diary:

13 October – Do

not miss the

launch of the new

Hannon Rose at

Garden World

from 1.30pm. Cost:

R250 per person

which includes

the launch, a

goodie bag and

a high tea in the

garden. Booking

essential. Details:

Magriet on 011 957

2545 or magriet@


Perfect for patios …

Snack-sized sweet orange peppers are easy to

grow in pots on the patio or a sunny windowsill.

‘Sweet Snack’ pot peppers produce loads of

crunchy, delicious fruit, about 25 to 30 fruits in

two flushes. It’s a healthy snack for kids and good

for chopping into salads, platters and stir-fries.

The more you pick, the better they produce. The

plants are just as pretty and stay compact (50cm

high). They just need regular watering, plant food

once a week and a warm, sunny spot. Details:


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A gem

at the coast

We’re fussy travellers ... and have a long list of

non-negotiables when we travel for business or

pleasure. And in Umhlanga’s The Capital Pearls,

we’ve found a real gem (see what we did there!).

It has everything, and we mean everything, we

need. There’s a selection of rooms depending

on when we visit and who we’re travelling

with (from studios when we’re there alone

for a day or two doing business, through to

between one and four bedroom apartments

when we’re with the whole family shebang ...

think noisy grandkids and tired in-laws). You can

eat in (there’s 24-hour in-room dining, and the

apartments have fully equipped kitchens) or

pop downstairs and within a stone’s throw you’ll

find dozens of restaurants for all tastes. There’s a

kids’ play area, complimentary entrance to Planet

Fitness (work off that breakfast!), and (be still my

beating heart) more than 60 shops in The Pearls

Mall. And so, so much more. Splashed champers

on your evening dress? ... a laundry service. Kids

want to go back to the beach? ... a comp shuttle

service within a five km radius. An urgent work

mail? ... high-speed Wi-Fi. Add a resort pool, a

pool deck and bar, and Indian Ocean views

to take your breath away and you’ve got the

(postcard) picture. Rates obviously vary hugely

depending on type of room and time of visit.

Details: Central Reservations on 011 290 9700 or


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Win a hamper of the

most agréable French cult

beauty products

Let’s be honest ... French women really do

always seem to get it right. And one of

their favourite ranges is ours, too. We adore

the NUXE range of products, and can’t live

without the French cult multi-purpose dry

oil, Huile Prodigieuse, which has botanical

oils that nourish, repair and protect your

face, hair and body. Each of the NUXE Rêve

de Miel creams is a joie to use ... from the

Ultra Comforting Body Cream and Hand

and Nail Cream to the exceptional Ultra

Rich Cleansing Gel for face and body. We’ve

just discovered the honey-scented Super

Skin Repair Balm which works wonders to

soothe areas which need it the most (think

windburned chin or sides of the nose,

dry elbows and heels ... and though we’re

not often keen to share our creams, this

one really does work for the whole family.

The products, which cost between R370

and R695, are available from Woolworths,

Truworths, Edgars and Foschini stores.

We’re giving away a hamper of these NUXE

products ... to stand a chance of winning,

simply visit our Facebook page (Get It

Joburg West) and like our October French

Spoil post. Entries close October 25.

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