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WHY DON’T YOU ...
4 Shake off the winter chills and pencil in these events
7 Love. Laughs. And a little drama!
8 Winter outings and cosy finds this July
10 Applause for paws!
11 Groves & Vineyards
12 The first thing Marelize Kilian notices about people is their teeth
16 We chat to sous chef Franco Buys
14 Keep your face and body hydrated and moisturised
24 Winter-proof your health with these remedies, tips and DIYs
18 For Goodness Sake – this eatery is a treat to be reckoned with!
DECOR & GARDENING
20 TV room DIY for under R1 000
22 We’ve put together our top garden tasks and tips
31 A Game drive through the pages
32 Plett ... still the perfect destination for a mid-year coastal break
4 Win tickets to watch Die Sjokoladeshow
13 A teeth-whitening package worth R5 500
34 A R1 000 Volpes voucher to spend on linen
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A hot date!
Shake off the winter chills and pencil in these events
Francois and Die Gevaar will
perform many of Die Van Coke
show covers in this concert series at
the Barnyard Theatre, Silverstar from
8pm. He will also tell the story of
these song choices and explain the
thinking behind them. Tickets: R165
per person. Details: www.tsogosun.
Be flamboyant in anything
pink at Reach for Recovery’s
annual fundraiser at Usambara Venue,
corner of Hendrik Potgieter and Steyn
Roads, Honingklip from 10.30am. The
performing artist is Mia Malherbe, The
Voice SA finalist, and Dr Jowie Mbengo
from Pink Ribbon Breast Screening
Centre will be the guest speaker.
Tickets: R200 per person. Details:
Maggie on 073 145 5822.
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.
Join us at Boktown, Silverstar
to watch the Springboks take
on Australia from 3pm. Tickets: R30
per person, which includes a free local
beverage. Details: www.tsogosun.com/
Christmas in July at the
Walter Sisulu National
Botanical Garden until 4 August. Come
and experience a magical garden
where you can walk along a 500m trail
lit up with thousands of lights. There
will be various Christmas statues, an
enchanted forest of magnificent lights,
artificial snowflakes, music and family
fun activities. Time: 6pm to 10pm
daily. Various packages available.
Tickets from R60 for children and R80
per adult. Details: www.howler.co.za or
Two readers can
each win a set of tickets
to watch the show. To enter,
visit Facebook (Get It Joburg
West), like the post, tag a
friend and you’ll be in the
draw. Entries close 9
Koos Kombuis will be
performing some new
songs in between his favourite hits
such as Lisa se Klavier, Bicycle Sonder
‘n Slot, and Johnny is nie Dood nie at
Barnyard Theatre, Silverstar from 8pm.
Tickets: R150 per person. Details: www.
Join the West Side Craft and
Food Market from 10am to
3pm at Ramkiki Country Restaurant &
Conference Centre in Ruimsig. There
is secure parking, no entrance fee and
pets are welcome. Details: Chanelle on
081 500 6884.
Don’t miss Lizz Meiring and Jak de
Priester in Die Sjokoladeshow
at The Hollywood Theatre (27
Rustenburg Road) from 6.30pm.
It promises to be a lip-smackingly
good show where chocolatecovered
seduction, love, revenge,
murder, comedy and addiction
will be presented. Bring your own
picnic basket and drinks. Tickets:
R150 per person. Details: 011 660
4250, 084 770 4697 or admin@
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of the SPAR
Are you radiant, racy and ready for fun? Then
you could be exactly who we’re looking for.
SPAR and Get It are searching for The Face of the SPAR Women’s
Challenge 2019. Someone who’s an enthusiastic runner ... who’s keen
to enter the race in October ... and who wants to be queen for the day
(don’t we all?). Our winner will not only be featured in the local Get It
magazine (who knows ... you may just make cover girl) but will also
receive VIP treatment on the day of the race. This year, four runners-up
will also be in line for VIP treatment. Love it!
Pictured: Face of the Race 2018 winner,
The winner and four runners-up will have to
participate in the SPAR Women’s Challenge at
the Marks Park Sports Club in Joburg on Sunday,
October 6 and must complete the 5km race,
although they’re welcome to enter the 10km race if
preferred. They must be available to attend a media
launch on August 22 in Fourways and be prepared
to be photographed by Get It, and featured in print
and online in Get It and Caxton publications. They
must also be available for a photo shoot at Get It
magazine at a time that suits both parties.
How to enter
Simply email two photos of yourself – one headand-shoulders,
one full length – to faceofspar@
caxton.co.za. Include your name, age, the area in
which you live, and a 100-word motivational letter
about why you deserve to be our Face of SPAR
Women’s Challenge 2019. Entries close August 1.
What’s up for grabs
• A R5 000 SPAR shopping voucher
• A pair of running shoes by Asics
• SPAR Women’s Challenge T-shirts to wear in the race for her
and her partner
• A Get It tog bag, with a race towel, SPAR toiletries and a
selection of cosmetics
• The winner will be styled by a Get It stylist and will receive a
photo-shoot by a professional photographer with hair by a
professional team and make-up done by Gosh
• She’ll win a VIP package, with free race entry for herself
and a partner or friend
• She’ll appear in her local Get It magazine
• A R1 000 SPAR shopping voucher each
• A pair of running shoes by Asics
• SPAR Women’s Challenge T-shirts to wear in the race for
them and their race partners
• A Get It tog bag, with a race towel, SPAR toiletries and a
selection of cosmetics
• The runners-up will be styled by a Get It stylist and will l
receive a photo-shoot by a professional photographer r
with hair and make-up done by a professional team
• They will win a VIP package, with free race entry for
themselves and a partner or friend
The SPAR Women’s Challenge is on Sunday, October 6 at Marks Park Sports Club.
Visit www.sparjoburgrace.co.za for details.
Love. Laughs. And a little drama!
Every year, Sarah writes a love-filled
birthday letter to Izzy, her now sevenyear-old
daughter. And when she falls
pregnant with her second child, she
promises Izzy that when the new baby
arrives, life will not change, only get
better. But then, when five months
pregnant, Sarah collapses and her
future, and that of her pregnancy, is in
the hands of her husband and sister,
who don’t agree about what treatment
options the doctors offer, and the
family fights begin. Sinead Moriarty’s
tales are always heart-warming (and
sometimes heartbreaking) ... Seven
Letters is both – and thoughtprovoking,
too. Penguin, R290.
Also look out for...
When Lucy’s affair with her married
boss turns sour and she’s retrenched,
she moves to a quiet village where
no-one knows her history. She’s the
incomer, as the locals call newbies,
until another arrives. Alice, also young
and single, moves into the house next
door. She’s a little strange and Lucy
doesn’t trust, or even like, her much.
Even less so when Alice suggests
starting a book club, her way of
getting in with Lucy’s friends. And
Lucy’s right not to trust her. Alice has
moved into the village for just one
reason. Revenge! Once you’ve started
CJ Cooper’s The Book Club, you won’t
put it down! Little Brown, R325.
Good friends. True love. And all the signs of the zodiac. Those of you who enjoy
David Nicholls, Marian Keyes and Jojo Moyes are going to love Minnie Darke and
her brilliant, feel-good romantic comedy. In Star Crossed, Justine Carmichael
(Sagittarius, aspiring journo and sceptic), bumps into her teenage crush Nick
Jordan (Aquarius, struggling actor and true believer) by chance. Or is it? Could it be
written in the stars? She discovers Nick relies on the astrology column published
in the magazine where she works, and makes a few adjustments to the Aquarius
horoscope, thinking it may help her love life. After all, it’s just the stars. What could
possibly go wrong? Funny, romantic ... chick-lit at its best. Penguin, R290.
When new mother of twins Lauren is
woken in the middle of the night, she
hears unusual noises from the bed
alongside hers in the maternity ward.
In that half-awake, half-asleep state
new mums find themselves in, she
thinks there’s a new arrival in the ward
... another mother, apparently also
with a set of twins. Drifting in and out
of sleep she’s not sure what’s a dream
and what’s not but she’s convinced
someone is trying to steal her children,
and she locks herself and her babies in
the bathroom until the police arrive.
The next morning, DS Joanna Harper
picks up the list of overnight incidents
that have been reported, and sees the
report of an attempted abduction,
but it’s been flagged as a false alarm.
She’s told there’s no case, but Harper
feels something’s not right, so visits the
hospital anyway. She discovers no-one
believes Lauren ... but Lauren, and
soon Harper, are convinced the twins
are in real danger. Little Darlings
by Melanie Golding is a haunting,
unputdownable read. Scary stuff!
July 2019 Get It Joburg West 7
Winter outings and cosy finds ...
Folli Follie introduced a brandnew
bag collection that winks to
one of our favourite trends, the
Style Layers. This origami-like
design opens to a roomy interior
that has plenty of space for your
daily essentials - think a wallet,
compact and cellphone. We’re
loving it so much because you
can style your bag in an array of
different ways! Shop online at
Mustard Seed & Moonshine Boutique, situated at the For Goodness Sake Bar and
Venue, Drift Boulevard in Muldersdrift was such a great discovery this month! We can
almost guarantee you won’t leave empty-handed! Despite the incredibly ‘shopperfriendly’
layout of the store, the offers are endless! Stunning clothing pieces, shoes,
jewels, accessories … and their prices are very affordable. Pay them a visit – you
won’t be disappointed! If you spend R500 or more at the boutique on Wednesdays,
you can enjoy a free lunch to the value of R100! Details: Contact them on 066 270 6827.
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WILD, WILD WEST
Looking for something
to do on a Sunday? We
found an interesting popup
market in West Village
at Cowboy Town taking
place on Sundays from 8am
to 2pm. With interesting
stalls like the Cowboy Café,
the Outlaw Gallery, Billy
the Bread, mechanical bull
rides, live entertainment,
arts and crafts, antiques,
clothes, a barber, an auction,
handmade items, clothes,
delectable treats and sweets
… there really some is
something for everyone! Pull
in at 1 McLean Street, West
Village, Krugersdorp or visit
LOVING THESE LUAH’S
The Luah boot by Zellie Footwear is
perfect in every way! Besides being
proudly manufactured in South Africa,
the sophisticated (waterproof ) boot
doubles as your secret weapon on
a day out on the town (thanks
to its elastic side panels,
insole lining and
trendy. Available in
three colours – mink, marble grey and black, in sizes 4 to 8 at R450
at Buttons & Lace Urban Chic Boutique, Kenmare. Details: Contact
them on 076 456 6147 or visit them at 46 Shannon Road.
Give yourself the ultimate glow up with these ultra-versatile
contour blush palettes – Captivate, Sparkle and Mesmerize …
MUD’s Illuminate collection is a set of pigment-rich contour
and blush palettes that appeal to any skin tone ranging
from light to dark. Each palette contains a light reflecting
shade to enhance the cheeks along with two additional
complementary shades. The
slim shape fits perfectly into
any make-up kit or travel
case. R645 from EA Academy
in Krugersdorp. Details:
Contact Elaine on 082
885 3577 or
073 681 9516.
Is there anything
the noble scarf cannot
make better? We don’t
think so. We saw this
gorgeous fringed check
blanket scarf at
A DAY AT THE RACES
6 July, 11am to 5pm – make sure to clear
your diary! The annual July Derby charity
event: A day at the Races is taking place at
the sublime Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa and
we talk from experience – it’s an event you
don’t want to miss! Dress up like you’re
actually attending the Durban July and get
ready for some great food, fab drinks, Derby
games and lovely prizes – all in the name of
charity! R500 per person. Tickets available at
July 2019 Get It Joburg West 9
Jacky De Neve and Moira Luyckx
Dean and Izabella Emin
Nadine Snyman and Elsabe Ridley
Kristen Butler and Marlene Burrell
Global Paws – specialists in arranging
pet travel worldwide and locally
– recently celebrated their 30th
birthday. The ecstatic owners beamed
with pride and gratitude towards their
staff, and those attending the party for
making Global Paws’ success possible.
After devouring the yummy birthday
cake we went to say ‘hi’ to the pets in
the kennels, and had a peek at how
the pet’s courier crates are created.
and Andrie Alberts
Claire Rubly and Jo-Anne Mansfield
Marinda Kruger, Hayley van Rooyen and Natasha Human
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Teboho Selele and Tish Magongwa
Saskia Weideman and
Anushka van Jaarsveld
Tarryn and Aria Allie
Ami Kotze and Tarryn Smith
Casalinga has found the perfect
festival formula ... great food, amazing
wines, top local musical talent
and a relaxed vibe all add up to an
unmissable celebration of flavour and
rhythm. This year’s annual Groves &
Vineyards Festival offered us plenty of
delight while we strolled among fab
pop-up boutiques and visited a craft
gin bar, all while snacking on some lipsmackingly
good eats from the various
artisanal food stalls.
Tansey and Peyton Sodeinde
Rori, Simon and Tegan Meanwell
Semoné van der Westhuizen
and Larisha van Wyk
Rachelle van den Berg
July 2019 Get It Joburg West 11
Tooth be told
Text: CHEMÈLLE VAN DER MERWE. Photographer: JACO BOTHMA. Hair and make-up: ELAINE BOSHOFF. Venue: BEGINNINGS COFFEE SHOP.
Marelize Kilian has a huge responsibility – she looks after every person’s greatest asset –
their smile. She answers all our questions about the ins and outs of teeth whitening.
Featherbrook’s Marelize says
the first thing she notices
about people is their teeth
– but no worries, not in a
judgemental way. It’s just
the way she’s always been.
By profession she’s an oral
hygienist – and no, this is
not the woman sitting beside you at your
dental appointment and handing tools to
the dentist. Oral hygienists primarily focus
on prevention of diseases and poor oral care
leading to more serious issues.
A visit to the orthodontist with my
friend, who wore braces, sparked off my
passion. I went with her to her orthodontic
appointment one day and was extremely
fascinated by these girls working on
everyone’s teeth. I just knew this was what I
wanted to do!
I was 23 years old when I decided that
I wanted to study to become an oral
hygienist. During my first year at Tukkies, I
stayed in the hostel. At first I thought it would
be very awkward, being older than most of
the other students, but I soon learnt there
were quite a few other women that weren’t
as young either. After completing a two year
diploma, I graduated at the age of 26.
I opened my practice in January 2019. It is
situated on the same premises as those of
aesthetic doctor, Dr LJ Kilian. My practice
specialises in teeth-whitening procedures.
Teeth-whitening is a huge confidence booster
– making me very proud to offer this service
to anyone who feels they could benefit.
In my free time I enjoy cycling – this year
will be the 12th time I participate in the 947
cycle challenge. Running and cycling are a
great release of stress for me. I find that feeling
after a long ride so rewarding. I also love
spending time with my family. My husband,
Julyan, and I often visit my parents, where we
load our dogs, Fondsi and Rusty into the car
and enjoy a day out with the whole family
(who also bring their dogs! At any given time
there are about seven dogs running around –
it’s pure bliss!)
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REALLY WANT A WHITER SMILE? THIS IS
WHAT MARELIZE WANTS YOU TO KNOW
1. What should you do before going for a teethwhitening
Oral health always comes first. It is essential to have a checkup
and a cleaning to make sure your teeth and gums are
healthy and disease-free.
2. What is the difference between a whitening treatment
at a dentist and a home treatment?
Legally only dentists and oral hygienists are allowed to
whiten your teeth. This was gazetted in 2009. They are
the specialists in oral health and anatomy, and will only
use material that is registered with the Medicine Control
Council and won’t cause damage to your teeth and gums.
3. Will the treatment hurt?
If you have sensitive teeth you may
experience a little more sensitivity
than the next person, but it’s easy
to work around this. The in-chair
procedure makes it easy for the
clinician to cover all these areas
during the bleaching process, and
the take-home whitening wear
time can be significantly reduced.
Sensitivity varies from person to
person but is very short-lived.
4. Does a person’s tooth enamel get affected by
Over-the-counter products will most definitely
damage the enamel, especially with repeated use. They
are usually very acidic, and in the case of toothpastes,
very abrasive too. Professional bleaching brands such as
Philips, actually remineralise the teeth during the bleaching
process, and don’t affect the enamel micro-hardness at all.
5. Can all people whiten their teeth? Please elaborate …
NO – it’s essential that each person wanting to whiten their
teeth understand that those with gum disease, primary
teeth, braces, large fillings, crowns, veneers, dentures,
implants and bridges, for example, can’t whiten their teeth.
In some cases, when fillings or crowns can be changed after
bleaching to match the rest of the newly whitened teeth,
then bleaching needs to be done first. All bleaching should
be followed up with take-home whitening in professionally
made trays, so patients that find it difficult to follow
instructions would also not be ideal candidates.
6. How long does a teeth-whitening treatment last?
All bleaching can be maintained at home with
professionally made trays. Philips has a FREE Whitening for
Life programme whereby you receive free maintenance
ampoules for LIFE. Maintenance can be as little as 30
minutes at home once a month. A good oral hygiene care
programme will also help to keep the colour looking
good for longer.
7. Please could you share other ways to keep teeth whiter?
Once the desired whiteness has been achieved,
professional whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes can
help to reduce build-up and staining. Diet of course plays a
large role in preventing staining, but good oral hygiene and
regular professional cleanings are the most important.
8. What can people eat to maintain white teeth?
I would rather say it’s more important to watch what you
should limit. Foods and drinks that can stain a white top can
stain the teeth. Sugary foods may make it easier for foods
with colour to stick to the tooth surface and stain it. A good
healthy diet always helps.
9. Are there any side effects?
Sensitivity is the most common side effect, but it really does
vary from person to person, and most of it can be reduced
or controlled by the clinician and the type of gel used,
especially at home.
10. When choosing a home treatment – what are a few
ingredients or things to look out for when purchasing?
All professional products are only available at dental
practices and are not over-the-counter products. Whitening
and bleaching are very different. Whitening is any product
that can remove surface stains and enhance the natural
tooth colour without changing it. The tooth looks better
but is actually just cleaner. Many of the over-the-counter
products are very abrasive and acidic. Bleaching is an
oxidation process whereby hydrogen or carbamide
lucky reader can
win a teeth-whitening
package worth R5 500. To
enter, visit our Facebook
page (Get It Joburg West),
like the post, tag a friend
and you’ll be in the
draw. Entries close:
peroxide is used to change the internal
colour of the teeth. Dental practices
advertise whitening as it just
sounds so much better than
bleaching, but they are in fact
11. What is the minimum age
at which teeth whitening
should be considered?
I prefer to work on patients
that are not younger than 18
years of age. Remember that teeth
whitening is a privilege, not a right.
July 2019 Get It Joburg West 13
SoyLites has just re-launched its
innovative moisturising product,
now called Aroma Butter
Bar. This solid, dry lotion
bar, with unrefined coco
butter, shea butter and
soy wax, blended with
aromatherapy oils for a
fragrant experience, is
perfect to keep in your
bag. Choose from five ....
our fave is the coffee and
vanilla Good Morning. R90
This new Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30 does
more than just protect. The multi-tasking moisturiser also
defends your skin against UV rays, free radical damage
and pollution. It provides all day hydration for visibly
smooth skin and boosts your natural luminosity. R1 099 (or
R449 for a nifty travel size) in Dermalogica stores or online
When the colder weather arrives, it’s time to make sure
you keep your face and body hydrated and moisturised
Dr Hauschka Hydrating
Cream Mask intensely
and protecting your skin
and preventing it from
drying out. It’s excellent
for dry, sensitive or tired
skin, as well as skin
that’s been stressed
influences. R895 from
Skin Creamery’s earth-friendly Everyday
Cream is light enough to use on your face
and rich enough to use all over your body.
It’s suitable for all skin types, absorbs easily, is
hypoallergenic and is organic. Everything you
want from a cream, really. R350. Shop online, or
Moroccanoil Hydration Shampoo
and Conditioner is perfect for normal
to dry hair . . . deeply hydrates your hair,
while maintaining its natural moisture
balance. It’s rich in argan oil, vitamins A
and E and red algae ... and what’s best,
it’s sulfate-free. Available at selected
hair salons nationwide. Details:
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Chanel Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream is our new addiction. The ultra-hydrating
fluid moisturiser is enriched with white camellia active ingredients. It evens out skin
complexion, smooths out fine lines and leaves your skin looking and feeling soft and radiant.
R1 000 from Chanel stores. Details: 011 685 7000.
new Effaclar H
Cleanser is a dermasoothing,
perfect for sensitive
skin. Developed for
fragrance- and soapfree.
R200 from Dis-
Chem or online from
NUXE Multi-Purpose Dry
Oil – which nourishes, repairs
and beautifies, and can be
used on your face, body and
hair – is a top seller in French
pharmacies, and for good
reason. Made with botanical
oils, it’s an effective shield
against pollution, reduces
the appearance of stretch
marks and has a gorgeous
scent. You’ll find it in selected
Woolies, Truworths and
Edgars stores for R330.
Cream 15 PHA is a highstrength
which visibly reduces the
signs of ageing, while also
repairing the barrier function
of the skin, providing longlasting
moisture. It helps
preserve your skin’s elasticity
and suppleness, exfoliates
and restores youthful skin
texture without irritating even
the most sensitive skin, and
is fragrance-free. R531 from
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Weltevreden Park’s Franco
Buys is a sous chef at the
prestigious Four Seasons
Hotel, The Westcliff in
Joburg. We caught up
with him to ask a few
Text: CHEMÈLLE VAN DER MERWE. Photo: GRANT BUSHBY
Just after landing his
dream job in Qatar, Franco
mysteriously lost the
use of one of his legs and
thought his culinary career
might be over, but it turns
out this was only
the beginning …
You lost the use of your leg while in
Qatar – how did that happen and
did you think that your food dream
I learnt that your life can change in
one moment. I woke up one morning
and couldn't move my leg due to
excruciating pain. I had numerous
tests over the months that followed.
It was only later that an MRI scan
found I had necrosis in my hip. By
then the damage was done and I
needed surgery, which I underwent
back home in South Africa. My
rehabilitation took two years. I had
a lot of time lying flat on my back
to think about what to do next. The
answer remained the same – I wanted
to be a chef. Dreams only end if you
give up on them.
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Why did you want to become a chef?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always
loved eating. Also, people will always need
to eat, so you will always have a job. My
childhood on my grandparents’ farm in
Polokwane also moulded a lot of my journey.
What is your best food memory?
When I was asked to create a menu for the
South African ambassador and 200 of his
guests in Qatar for National Day. That was the
day I knew that I was on the right path.
How do you believe SA chefs and restaurants
compare to those internationally?
We can hold our own and we've proved it.
South Africa has such an awesome mix of
culinary deliciousness; that’s why people
always come back for more.
What do you do to stay current on
I do what every normal chef does. After a
long shift in the kitchen, I go home and sit
on YouTube and Instagram, following, reading,
questioning and soaking up all the culinary
knowledge and information. All it takes is one
moment, one idea to ignite the fire in your
What are your favourite current food trends?
I love the current ‘farm to table’ and ‘head to
tail’ trends because that’s how I was raised.
Spending every summer holiday on my
grandparents’ farm, I learnt where food came
from and how to harvest it. If we want future
generations to enjoy what we have, we must
sustain it – I believe it’s vitally important that
people know where their food comes from.
What is your favourite dish to cook and why?
Prawns in lemon butter sauce. Why? Because
it's prawns in lemon butter sauce!
What advice would you give to aspiring
chefs out there?
Find a chef who is passionate, works hard and
is a great teacher. Learn from those who have
mastered their craft. The world is your oyster,
so shuck that bad boy, deep fry it, and serve
it with a lemon butter sauce … yum. For me,
my time studying at Capsicum Culinary Studio
was invaluable. It was a stepping stone to my
future. It showed me exactly what to expect
in the real restaurant world and how to
prepare for it.
Which chef (national and international) do
you find inspiration from?
Nationally, Keith Frisely from the Monarch
Hotel, Jacques Swart from De Hoek Country
Hotel and Private Chef Neill Anthony.
Internationally it has to be Gordon Ramsey,
Michel Roux Jnr and, if anyone remembers,
the late Keith Floyd (he is the one who made
Do you ever get tired of cooking?
I’ll get tired of cooking when Gordon Ramsay
stops making television shows!
If you could invite anyone for dinner, who
would you invite and what would you
prepare for her?
It would be Japanese-born South African
television host, actress, dancer and model
Lalla Hirayama. I would serve her salmon
prepared three ways – sashimi, seared and
enpapillote (in a parcel).
What is your go-to meal when you're low
Three fried eggs served with white toast and
butter. Also known as my happy place!
What would your last meal be and why?
I love this question! A platter of deep-fried
calamari, lobster thermidor, rib eye steak
(medium rare) and onion rings served with
a lemon butter sauce fountain (yes, I said
fountain) finished off with a chocolate fondant.
And no, I won’t worry about the calories and
cholesterol – it’s my last meal!
What is a good simple piece of advice for
pairing wine and food?
It’s time to upset some people. I feel you like
what you like. If you enjoy your Merlot with
your salmon or your fillet with a Chardonnay,
then by all means enjoy. When pairing food
with wine, do as every chef worth their salt
does – taste, taste, taste. You want flavours to
complement each other and not overpower.
Funniest kitchen incident?
Note to all future interns – when blending hot
green pea stock in a white chef’s uniform, make
sure the blender is closed.
CHEF! WE’D LIKE TO KNOW ...
If not a chef I’d be a … fisherman!
The kitchen gadget I cannot go without
… a cast-iron pan.
For fun I … spend time with friends, MC
events, fish and eat.
I would spend R5 000 on … hosting a
fine dining dinner experience for my
family and friends, because they are my
On any menu, you won’t catch me
ordering … asparagus!
What tricks do you use for perfect fried/
scrambled/ poached eggs?
Fried: Lower the temperature of the pan.
Scrambled: Butter, butter, butter. And if
you think eggs should feel like rubber,
please unfriend me now.
Poached: The only way a poached egg
yolk should be served is soft and oozing.
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For Goodness Sake – this eatery is
a treat to be reckoned with!
The waffle breakfast stack may be our favourite breakfast of all time! Fresh waffles topped with bacon, avo,
poached egg, rocket (or asparagus), mushrooms, roasted baby tomatoes and a hollandaise sauce that’s so good it
will derail your train of thought.
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THE BISTRO WITH A BUZZ ...
The For Goodness Sake Local Bistro and Bar Venue, situated in
Muldersdrift, is not only a feast for your senses, but also for your
taste buds! The country surroundings make the elegantly rustic
bistro something quite extraordinary. The interior is cosy, stylish
and uber trendy, thanks to raw wood elements complemented
with accents of black and the most exquisite wooden bead
chandeliers. But the restaurant’s full glory is only revealed when the
gorgeously plated dishes arrive at the table! The upmarket food
styling and unmatched flavours are in a league of their own! And
while you wait for your food to be prepared, you can stroll around
the Mustard Seed & Moonshine Boutique, situated adjacent to the
eatery, or you can plan ahead and enjoy a fun-filled ceramic pottery
class, art class or cooking class on request. They also specialise in
functions and do divine gin tastings. Details: Contact them on 066
270 6827 or pay them a visit at 72 Drift Boulevard, Muldersdrift.
PANAENG THAI CURRY WITH CHICKEN
A slightly sweeter, milder curry that is packed with
wonderful flavours. It is quick to make and utterly
delicious! Serves one generous bowl.
5ml garlic; 150g chicken; 100ml coconut milk; 15ml
vegetable oil; 15ml red curry paste (according to
taste); 15ml fish sauce; 15ml sugar; 1 makrut lime
leaf*; half a red chilli (depending on taste); 15ml
peanut butter; 15ml ginger syrup**; a handful of
coriander leaves; veggies of your choice (optional)
In a pot on low heat, mix the oil and red curry paste
well. Add the chicken and veggies and stir until
Add coconut milk, ginger syrup, garlic, peanut
butter, fish sauce and sugar. Mix well.
Bring to a boil and once chicken is thoroughly
cooked, immediately pour into a bowl and garnish
with makrut lime leaves, the chopped red chilli and
* A makrut lime is a dark green lime with a knobbly
peel, native to tropical Southeast Asia and southern
China, and often used in Southeast Asian cuisine.
Beautifully served in a mini mason jar, the frosty lemon
meringue is a show stopper dessert!
225g fresh ginger, unpeeled; 1 litre water; 500ml
sugar; a pinch of salt
Cut the ginger into thin slices. Run a knife over it
to chop it into rough, smaller pieces.
Place the ginger, water, sugar, and salt in a
saucepan. Heat to a boil, then reduce the heat
to a steady simmer, and cook for 45 minutes to
Let cool, then strain the syrup through a finemeshed
strainer. Store the strained syrup in
the refrigerator, covered, until ready to use. The
syrup should keep for at least two weeks under
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TV room DIY
A DIY project that takes less than a day, costs under R1 000 and transforms
your entire living space? – yes please! Krugersdorp’s interior designer,
Sanjo Kelbrick of SanDuvianté Interiors tells us how ...
Compiled by: CHEMÈLLE VAN DER MERWE.
Three popular TV cabinet
styles at the moment:
The wide, low cabinet. ‘As in the
picture, these cabinets are a great
way to make a major impact in your
space. Despite being so wide, they
can actually make a space look bigger.
My recommendation is to have the
cabinet stretch further than the size of
your television – and as in this case –
also past your TV unit wall panel.’
The floating shelf. ‘These are also
very popular. Everyone is aiming
for cleaner living spaces and these
provide the perfect solution. To
prevent TV cables showing behind
the shelf, opt for a thick wooden shelf
that can disguise the cables.’
No cabinet at all. ‘Many newly built
homes are taking this approach (as
the cable trunks are built inside the
walls), allowing the gadgets and
decoders to be displayed on side
shelves instead of underneath the
television.’ Creating a TV unit wall
panel can also be a great way to hide
the cables running to the side shelves
– it will just mean that the shelves s will
need to be situated in front of the
panel, allowing the cables to run in
from the back.
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HOW TO MAKE THE TV UNIT BACKDROP PANEL:
Wave those messy television cables goodbye! By using laminated flooring (yes,
you read that right), you can create an upmarket and modern TV unit that looks
like you spent a fortune.
What you will need:
Four pine wood strips (about 2,5cm thick and 2,5cm wide, and as long as the
wall is high); two boxes of laminated flooring boards of your choice (or if you
have left-over flooring from a previous project – even better!); a drill; nails; jigsaw
or hand-saw; TV mounting bracket.
Depending on the width of the TV unit wall panel
you decide on, the measurements can be adjusted
The pine wood strips will be used to support the
laminated floor board structure and create a ‘frame’
onto which the boards will be mounted against
the wall. Using strips that have a width no thicker
than 2,5cm will work best, as you only want to leave
enough space between the panel and the wall for
the television cables to run between them. (Image
for illustrative purposes only.)
The laminated flooring boards ‘clip’ into one another with ease, so you can secure
them to the mounted pine wood strips using a drill and nails. It is not necessary
to nail every strip of flooring – every third strip should do the trick.
The jigsaw/ hand-saw will be used to cut the flooring boards to the desired
width of the ‘backdrop panel’. Be sure to cut these straight and exactly to size.
The TV mounting bracket should be mounted against the wall, so once the
flooring boards have all been mounted against the pine wood strips, decide
where your television will be hung and cut a rectangle out of the floor boards
allowing space to put the TV mounting against the wall.
Taking the panel right up to the ceiling will create the illusion of a bigger space
and help hide any cables coming through the roof to the television. Details:
Contact Sanjo on 083 651 0981.
THESE DECOR ACCESSORIES WILL COMPLEMENT YOUR TV CABINET PERFECTLY:
Calla vase, R190,
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Delicious Monster leaf filler,
R29,99, Mr Price Home
Round max mirror tray, R599,
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We’ve put together our top garden tasks and tips for this month.
WE’RE PLANTING ...
Petunia ‘Lightning Sky’, the
latest in novelty petunias
that is very hard to ignore.
The speckled and starred
yellow and red-velvet petals
sparkle like a fireworks
display. Each bloom is
different, and the cooler
days and nights bring out
the markings. Like the
other novelty petunias,
the flowers are single, with
compact, neat growth that
suits smaller gardens, and
spill out of containers and
hanging baskets. Plants can
double-up as an indoor
flower arrangement for a day
or two before being planted
outdoors. They like full winter
sun, well-drained soil, regular
watering and fertiliser once a
month to ensure an endless
supply of flowers. The other
showy petunias in the
novelty range are the blueshaded
‘Night Sky’, and ‘Ink
Splash’ with ‘Baby Doll’ being
pink and white.
This mini planter gives a new meaning to the term
‘pimp my ride’ … About 40x80cm, it is big enough to
plant your favourite herbs, flowers or succulents. Choose
between different car planters (VW Combi or a VW Beetle, etle,
to mention a few). It comes in any colour you can think of.
R995 from Antique Shack in Muldersdrift. Details: Chene e on 082
824 6960 or visit them at Farm 118, Beyers Naudé Drive.
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of Kenya & Northern
Tanzania by Anne Powys
is a compact guide featuring
nearly 400 wildflowers of
Kenya and northern Tanzania,
grouped for ease of use
according to colour. R200,
Lavender ‘ Avignon
Early Blue’ is small
and bushy with deep
blue blooms and the
strong fragrance of
English lavender. Keep
flowering plants in a warm,
sheltered spot on the
patio during winter and it
will continue flowering into
spring. Use the edible flowers
in cooking or baking, and to
flavour sugar. Cut off the dead
blooms to encourage new flowers.
In summer it can be planted out
into the garden or into outdoor
containers. It is suitable for our hot,
dry summers, being able to tolerate
heat better than the stoechas varieties.
• Water spring flowering shrubs, bulbs and flowers regularly
• Fertilise winter flowers with a liquid fertiliser once or twice
• Water lawns once a month in warmer areas
• Protect tender plants with frost-guard cloth
• Water flowers in containers every second day
• Protect conifers from conifer aphid by spraying the stems
and foliage with an organic insecticide, or sprinkle insecticide
granules around the base of the conifer
Garden World’s JJ Jansen
van Rensburg offers the
Check lawns for winter grass, a
weed that actively grows when
the rest of the lawn is weak.
Pull out or spray with Lawntyl.
Prune roses and fruit trees. Seal
all cuts with Steriseal and spray
with lime sulphur. It is a good
idea to sterilise your pruners
between pruning each tree
and bush. This prevents
the spread of bacteria and
viruses from plant to plant.
A weak solution of Jeyes
Fluid or Jik and water can be
used for this.
PENCIL IN YOUR DIARY!
GARDEN WORLD SPRING FESTIVAL
See My Garden Grow is the theme for
this year’s Spring Festival at Garden
World from Friday, 26 July to Sunday, 1
September. Both the new and make-over
designer gardens will showcase the latest
garden trends and find clever solutions
for small outdoor spaces, using a diversity
of plants and natural hard landscaping
products. The emphasis in the makeover
designer gardens section is on
re-invent, re-decorate and re-vamp, and
this section will offer plenty of inspiration
for gardeners with a limited budget. To
accommodate the increased gardens, the
display area has again been expanded
to allow for this permanent display –
Outdoor Rooms on view all year round.
Details: Visit Garden World on Beyers Naudé
Drive, Muldersdrift or contact them on 011
957 2545/ 011 956 3003 or 083 997 6142 or
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Winter-proof your health this season with these remedies, tips and DIYs …
DIY SHOWER STEAMERS
Shower melts or shower steamers are made to sit in a
corner of your shower away from the main flow of
water. The shower disk will slowly dissolve from the
small amount of shower water it gets. As the shower
disk melts it releases whatever essential oil you have
added to it.
YOU WILL NEED: (about six pods)
250ml bicarbonate of soda; 20 drops of essential oil
of your choice; 45ml to 90ml water; silicone moulds
or a muffin tin; glass bowl; metal spoon
Put the bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Now add the essential oils followed by
enough water to get a paste-like consistency.
Measure the mixture out into the moulds or muffin tins. Allow the pods to dry
and harden. If you’re in a big hurry you could opt to put them in the oven on
very low heat – about 20 minutes in a 120°C oven. But beware, the smell when
taking them out will be intense!
These can also be stored in an airtight container for a month or two.
TRY THESE OILS FOR DIFFERENT EFFECTS:
For wellness – try equal parts of peppermint and lavender
For relaxation – lavender
For an energising boost – equal parts of citrus and peppermint
OTHER GREAT OILS TO TRY ARE: Eucalyptus, wintergreen, camphor and lemon.
All these essential oils are known for helping to invigorate your senses and
support the respiratory system.
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LIQUID GOLD ...
Bone broth has gained a reputation as a nutritional
powerhouse. (Bone broth is made from grain-fed, free-roaming
animal bones and connective tissue, typically from cattle,
that have been roasted and then slowly simmered into a
broth for 48 hours with organic herbs, vegetables, and
HERE ARE JUST A FEW BENEFITS YOU CAN GET FROM
• Heals a leaky gut
• Helps your liver detox
• Helps joint and
• Fights infections
• Increases mineral
• Helps digestion
• Smooths skin
• Helps repair and
• Promotes good sleep
No time to
make your own?
Then get in contact with
Roodepoort’s Wanita Marinovic
from Everything Healthy and
order yours online. It is sold in
300ml bottles, in batches of 15
and 30 at a time for about R45 a
bottle. Details: Contact Wanita
on 081 307 1442 or visit www.
BOILED RICE FACE PACK
A facial mask that gently exfoliates your
skin, add moisture and brighten your
YOU WILL NEED: 45ml rice flour;
water; 10ml milk; 5ml honey
Add the rice flour and a small quantity
of water to a pan. Mix it well (it should
Bring to a boil while stirring
continuously. After 10 minutes turn
off the heat, and pour into a clean
bowl and let it cool. Add the milk
and honey and mix well. Apply it
to a clean face and leave on for 15
minutes. Rinse off.
Use a 10ml bottle for this
serum and fill it with two drops
of lemon essential oil and two
drops of lavender essential oil
– the rest of the bottle can be
filled with coconut oil. Before
using it, remove your make-up,
wash your face and gently coat
your eyelashes with the serum.
Fire cider is an immune-boosting health tonic that’s been used
for decades to naturally protect against colds and flu, and ease
sinus congestion. There are a few brands on the market but we
reckon it’s easy enough to make at home.
The basic recipe includes horseradish, ginger, garlic, onions,
cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar. But don’t worry,
the last step before drinking is to add honey and any other
flavouring to sweeten/ balance it to your liking.
Packed with plenty of health benefits:
Apple cider vinegar – digestive aid among many others.
Horseradish – helps alleviate sinus congestion and
Ginger – helps with digestion, infections and nausea.
Garlic – a secret superpower with antimicrobial and
Onion – has similar properties to garlic but is also great for
preventing (or recovering from!) colds and the flu.
Cayenne pepper – helps move blood through your
cardiovascular system. Blood circulation = healing.
Honey – soothes inflamed
tissues and organs. Using
local honey can
also help with
HOW TO DRINK IT?
Take a shot (about 15ml to 30ml) straight up.
Dilute the fire cider tonic with warm water, juice
or apple cider. Swap vinegar in a salad dressing
for fire cider. Add to fried rice or cauliflower fried
rice. Use in Bloody Marys — alcoholic or not! Drizzle
over steamed veggies. Use as a marinade for meat, etc. Add
to soup. Use as a hangover cure.
125ml freshly peeled and grated ginger root; 125ml freshly
grated horseradish root; 1 medium onion, chopped; 10
cloves of garlic, crushed or chopped; 2 jalapeño peppers,
chopped; 1 lemon, zested and juiced; 30ml dried rosemary
leaves; 15ml turmeric powder or 30ml freshly grated
turmeric root; 1,25ml cayenne powder; organic unfiltered
apple cider vinegar; 60ml raw honey, or to taste.
Combine ginger, horseradish, onion, garlic, peppers, lemon
zest and juice, rosemary, turmeric and cayenne powder in
a large glass jar.
Pour apple cider vinegar into the jar until all the
ingredients are fully covered and the vinegar reaches the
top of the jar. You want to be sure all the ingredients are
covered to prevent spoilage.
Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to
keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or use a plastic
lid if you have one.
Shake the jar to combine all the ingredients and store in
a dark, cool place for four to six weeks, remembering to
shake the jar a few seconds every day.
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A GAME DRIVE
through the pages
A leisurely read through this new
coffee table book is (almost) as good
as being on an actual game drive.
What’s more, you’re guaranteed to
experience The Big Seven.
‘We ran on wobbly legs back to our vehicle about 100 metres
away ... we collapsed into our seats laughing and giddy with
the after-effects of the adrenalin rush that being charged by
the biggest predator in Africa brings on.’
Gerald Hinde and Will Taylor are both hugely experienced
in big African game ... spending more than three decades
photographing and working with the five that have always
been considered the hunters’ most dangerous wild animals.
But the pair felt that two more special species deserved
to be included on the list, two animals that visitors to our
big reserves are keen on seeking out. Welcome wild dog
and cheetah ... these two extraordinary animals, along with
the original lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard, are
featured in this astonishingly beautiful, recently released
book, The Big Seven.
Shot over more than 15 years, the photos are, as expected, sublime. But this is
more than just a photo-filled coffee table book. Will, who started off as a ranger
at Mala Mala, has written about their experiences in the bush ... and it makes for
an intimate, evocative read. So there’s the tale of the lioness charge when he and
Gerald were a little too close to her cubs for comfort. He tells us about an enormous
group of elephant ... ‘water splashed, trunks gurgled and there was a high level
of excitement as this huge gathering of 300 or more of the world’s largest animal
saw out the spectacular end to an African day’. He writes about them filming a
cheetah chase ... ‘amazed at how we could hear the paddle-shaped tail of the
cheetah cracking like a whip as it jinked by our vehicle at top speed in pursuit of
a steenbok’. He talks of hanging on for dear life while a chase is on, attempting to
stop expensive camera equipment from crashing onto the floor, of being chased
at high speed by black rhino, of the privilege of being around young leopard cubs,
and of slowly following a pack of wild dogs home in the sunset. With truly glorious
photos to study and fascinating facts about these animals, this book is an absolute
joy to those of us who love and appreciate our wild animals and the South African
big game areas. HPH Publishing. Available from hphpublishing.co.za, R650.
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Plett ... still (and always will be) the perfect
destination for a mid-year coastal break
With its plush boutiques and
smart complexes, Plettenberg
Bay is hardly a sleepy seaside
village getaway. But, in spite of the
dramatic development that has
taken place in recent decades, the
town remains a shrine to nature’s
bounty. And there’s nowhere
better to enjoy the view than
at the Sky Villa Boutique Hotel,
part of the Cape Summer Villas
‘Plettenberg Bay always has the
most wonderful sunrises,’ my
mother tells me, reminding me
of how we used to sit, hands
wrapped round mugs of steaming
coffee, watching a small red ball
slowly climbing the horizon. That
was back in the nineties, when
Plett was our family holiday spot.
And, although much has changed
since then, the grandeur of the
sunrise certainly hasn’t. That’s
what I’m thinking as I watch that
same red ball from my balcony, its
rays refracted in a golden splash
on the surface of the lagoon. Just
beyond this gilded spectacle, the
It’s no wonder that Plett’s
legendary scenery draws legions
of holidaymakers, local and
international alike. But the same
craggy beauty which makes it a
joy for the eyes also makes for
outstanding exploring. While it’s
tempting to sit and take in that
balcony view, I know there are
even greater splendours beyond
There’s the famed Robberg hike,
for instance – a favourite way for
locals to spend the weekend. The
walk takes you from rocky dunes
(watch out for the views of seals
at play) to wave-splattered beach.
Then there’s cruising down the
Keurbooms River, where shadow
plays on fynbos-festooned
mountains and amber-coloured
water laps at private beaches. If
ever there was a place that called
you to spread out your towel and
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turn off your phone, this would be
it – but, then again, that would be
a wasted opportunity. The smooth,
calm waters also make this an ideal
spot for trying out your stand-up
paddling skills. But if that idea
doesn’t grab you, perhaps the
thought of cruising slowly down
the river, bubbles in hand, will.
Plett’s beaches are also a favourite
party spot for whales and dolphins.
We played tag with them out in the
ocean, and although the dolphins
proved somewhat shy and elusive,
nothing could beat the exhilarating
sensation of streaming over azure
Then there are those boutiques and
bakeries. Those who love browsing
stores will find time
flies as they meander
down Plett’s high
occasionally with a
flat white and slice
of buttery cake.
As much as all
are food for
the soul, there’s just as much
fulfilment to be found at the hotel
itself. It’s as though every angle
and corner of Sky Villa has been
carefully designed to make you
stop and stare – inside the hotel,
a luxe palette of metallics is offset
by moody wallpapers and floral
fabrics. Clearly, this establishment
hasn’t been created merely as a
place to relax; it’s also intended as
a treat for the senses.
The hotel’s gardens are even more
pleasing. Flurries of fynbos make
for a smudgy pastel landscape,
while the vista rolls all the way
down to that sapphire sea. You
can’t blame a girl for wanting
to take it all in – which is
why I spend much of my
stay at the heated pool
on the rooftop bar. The
espresso martini I’m sipping
certainly doesn’t hurt, either.
The panorama from the
restaurant is similarly
spectacular. That might be the
reason the hotel is fast gaining
a reputation as a favourite
breakfast destination, although
it’s the dinners that really get my
mouth watering. The menu draws
on Mediterranean influences,
so expect plenty of fresh, bold
flavours that pair perfectly with
your coastal location. My all-time
hero dish is Live By Chocolate, a
chocolate experience so densely
delicious it will take care of all
cravings for the next week: think
a duo of mousse, lashed with
butterscotch sauce and finished
off with a dollop of home-made
ice cream. Of course, life isn’t
just about dessert (would that
it could be). I also loved the
avocado and salmon tartare,
with a liberal drizzle of sesame
oil complementing the Asian
complexity of the dish, while the
pork belly received lavish praise
from my companions. A word of
advice – go hungry! Sky Villa’s
portions are generous, to say the
least, and you’ll definitely want to
do them justice.
After just one weekend here, I feel
cosseted and cocooned – and more
than ready to tackle life below
Rates (per room on a bed and breakfast basis) range from
R2200 for a standard mountain-facing room in low season up
to R9900 for the presidential suite in high season.
Details: Sky Villa: Capesummervillas.co.za; Ocean Blue
Adventures (whale and dolphin watching): oceanblueadventures.
co.za; SUP Keurbooms (stand-up paddling and champagne
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Fine bedding for
OUR JULY SPOIL
Fancy a new set of linen or a warm
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Good luck (and stay warm).
There’s nothing like the colder months to make your bed a cosy haven. Add loads of layers ... think throws
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a quilt too ... no longer just for granny’s room, they’re making a huge comeback – and the reversible quilts
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