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Less is more<br />

5ingredient<br />

dinners<br />

COSY AT<br />

HOME<br />

Best<br />

beauty buys<br />

to look Zoom<br />

ready<br />


Life away from<br />

the limelight<br />


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WHY DON’T YOU...<br />

04 Watch great shows and movies at home, learn about wine, take in a<br />

live-stream concert or discover a new way to run for charity<br />

08 Fight the boredom blues with riveting reads<br />


10 Amazing ideas to turn <strong>August</strong> into an awesome month<br />

PEOPLE<br />

12 Forget the limelight – Dunay Darren prefers lending a<br />

hand where it’s needed.<br />


14 Zoom in on our top finds for good looking virtual meetings<br />

16 Comfy? Toasty-warm? Yes, please! Dowdy? Never! We’ve done our<br />

sums and cosy+glam fashion is the right answer<br />

HEALTH<br />

18 Give the colour purple a go … provided it’s on your plate<br />

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AUGUST <strong>2020</strong><br />

FOOD & DRINK<br />

20 Savour a smooth red wine with heart-warming comfort food<br />

24 Quick as a flash – dinner in a (five ingredient) dash<br />

30 Rising young culinary star, chef Ruth Marovatsanga, doesn’t mince<br />

matters when it comes to dishing up delectable food<br />


32 Home office buys that work<br />

34 We dig sugar snap peas, dazzling magenta geraniums and a very<br />

special lavender to help <strong>August</strong> spring towards summer<br />

TRAVEL<br />

38 Take time out to enjoy a spectacular Namaqualand mountain<br />

retreat or a spot of stress-free seaside bliss in the Cape<br />

WIN<br />

40 A bottle of Guaria Morada – a glorious Costa Rican perfume<br />

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A hot date!<br />

Yoga. A wine course. Or some<br />

jolly good shows on the<br />

small screen. All your<br />

options for <strong>August</strong><br />

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Curl up and tune in to Showmax<br />

In the mood for crime? Comedy? Drama? Look no further than our picks of<br />

the best shows and movies this month.<br />

We’re kicking off with a local film directed by Oliver Hermanus. In<br />

The Endless River, a young waitress welcomes her husband home to the<br />

small South African town of Riviersonderend after his jail sentence. When the<br />

family of a foreigner living on a nearby farm is murdered, the waitress and the<br />

grieving widower begin gravitating towards each other. Trapped in a cycle of<br />

violence and bloodshed, the two form an unlikely bond seeking to transcend<br />

their mutual anger, pain and loneliness.<br />

When Detective Felicity Dill is killed in a car bombing, her sister, Allegra Dill, an<br />

investigator working for a senator, returns home to San Bonifacio to find the<br />

killer. In the process of her investigation, she uncovers a web of corruption in<br />

the small Texas town. Briarpatch (S1) is an artistic, interesting mystery crime<br />

series based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name.<br />

Vida (S3) returns with the two Mexican-American sisters, Emma and Lyn, who<br />

couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force<br />

them to return to their old neighbourhood, where they are confronted by<br />

the past and shocking truth about their mother’s identity.<br />

In the Reckoning (S1) the murder of a teenager and the hunt for a serial<br />

killer in a suburban town sets two fathers on a course of mutual destruction<br />

that will reverberate through their quiet community. Explore the darkest<br />

corners of the male psyche through the eyes of two fathers, one of whom is<br />

a serial killer.<br />

It’s time, once again, to wreak some hilarious havoc on the spacetime<br />

continuum as Future Man (S3) debuts its final season to wrap things up. Josh<br />

Futturman, a janitor by day and a gamer by night, is recruited by mysterious<br />

visitors to travel through time to prevent the extinction of humanity.<br />

Hard-hitting cop show Bosch (S6) is back. The run of shows sees Harry<br />

playing a key role in trying to save his city after a medical physicist is executed<br />

and the deadly radioactive material he had with him goes missing. Finding<br />

himself at the centre of a complex murder case, a messy federal investigation,<br />

and an impending catastrophic threat to Los Angeles, Bosch must act as<br />

domestic terrorists threaten the fate of Los Angeles.<br />

The hit mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows (S2) is a look into the<br />

daily (or rather, nightly) lives of three vampires who’ve lived together in New<br />

York for more than 100 years – plenty of time to get on each other’s nerves.<br />

With the Whisperer War upon them, the collective communities must come<br />

together and possibly sacrifice all they have to find a way to silence the<br />

Whisperers once and for all. Otherwise Alpha will ensure they face a certain<br />

doom … The Walking Dead (S10) is the definitive zombie show, having won<br />

77 awards globally.<br />

I May Destroy You is a British comedy-drama television series set in London<br />

where gratification is only an app away. Arabella is a carefree, self-assured<br />

Londoner with a group of great friends, a boyfriend in Italy and a burgeoning<br />

writing career. But when her drink is spiked with a date-rape drug, she must<br />

question and rebuild every element of her life.<br />

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Netflix ... for a great night in<br />

The crime comedy-drama Good Girls (S3) revolves around three<br />

mothers who upend their seemingly cosy lives and descend<br />

into the world of crime to pay their family bills. Now they return<br />

to face the consequences of last season’s high jinks. The show is<br />

dark, a little outlandish – and in its best episodes, it’s gripping!<br />

The world as we know it has ended in The Rain (S3)... When<br />

a virus carried by rainfall wipes out almost all humans in<br />

Scandinavia, Danish siblings Simone and Rasmus take shelter in<br />

a bunker. Six years later, they emerge to search for their father, a<br />

scientist who left them in the bunker but never returned. Along<br />

the way they join a group of young survivors and together set<br />

out on a danger-filled quest through an abandoned Scandinavia,<br />

searching for any sign of life.<br />

After an excruciatingly long wait, the fantasy comedy drama<br />

Lucifer is back for season five. Throughout the series, Lucifer and<br />

his allies take on a wide array of supernatural threats – but they’ll<br />

be facing perhaps their most unique challenge yet this season.<br />

Good news Lucifans … the show has officially been renewed for<br />

season six!<br />

In Secret Origins, the scene is set in Madrid 2019 where a<br />

serial killer is spreading chaos. Anonymous people with no<br />

apparent connection are being murdered while imitating the<br />

first appearances of the most famous superheroes. It is up to<br />

two detectives to put together the pieces of a game with which<br />

they’re completely unfamiliar.<br />

Vegan made easy<br />

Whether you’re thinking about taking the plant-based plunge or just<br />

want a refresher on why being vegan is amazing for your body, we’ve<br />

got you covered. Join plant-based nutrition leader and creator of<br />

The Seed Blog Tammy Fry for a virtual workshop. Get the low-down<br />

on vegan hacks, bust those all-too-common myths, learn how to meal<br />

plan for a family, get some recipes and much more. <strong>August</strong> 8 at 10am.<br />

Tickets are R50 and will be available via Quicket.co.za<br />

Release your inner superhero<br />

Grab your sidekicks and capes for the Wonder Woman Justice League<br />

virtual run. Whether you’re a single runner suffering from cabin fever<br />

and creaky legs or a family wanting to put some loving distance<br />

between one other, this fun-filled day of physically distanced running<br />

/ walking will take place in your neighbourhood ... all while giving<br />

back to those who need it most, especially children! With distances<br />

of 2.5km, 5km, 7.5km and 10km, there’s something for every hero, big<br />

or small. It’s all happening on <strong>August</strong> 9, tickets from R190 a person,<br />

which include a Wonder Woman medal, T-shirt and button badge.<br />

Details: justiceleagueseries.co.za or on Facebook – Justice League Series.<br />

Stuck inside. Bored out of your mind. Desperate for things to do. You need<br />

The Self-Isolation Activity Book. Written by Ian Doors, a man who<br />

says he’s spent all his time alone in his apartments long before you all<br />

started, it’s filled with quick and easy activities ... games, mental exercises,<br />

colouring-in, handy hints and kitchen / pantry food and drink tips ...<br />

everything you need to survive your time inside. Orion, R240.<br />

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Record breaking concert ...<br />

and you’re invited!<br />

Who said you can’t have a great deal of fun watching a live<br />

stream concert at home? No standing in long queues, eight feet<br />

tall people blocking your view, getting pushed from all sides,<br />

using signals to communicate or being so far away you can<br />

barely see the artist on stage. Not for us. Instead, we’ll be getting<br />

a front row seat for a COVID Secret Session live stream concert<br />

by local legendary rock band, Prime Circle. Not only will they<br />

produce a world-class show but they aim to set a record<br />

globally for the most tickets sold for a live stream rock concert!<br />

It’s on <strong>August</strong> 8 at 7pm. We’ll be there ... join us! Bonus: Ten per<br />

cent of the money raised will be in aid of charity. Get your ticket<br />

for R120 from Computicket.com or head over to their Facebook<br />

page @PrimeCircle to keep updated.<br />

Time<br />

to wine down<br />

Wine lovers … this is your chance to<br />

sip, sniff and swirl your way through an<br />

edutaining Local is Lekker wine course by<br />

the Tops at Spar Wine Show. Wine educator<br />

Cathy Marston will take you on a humorous,<br />

interactive journey that’s more like a wine club<br />

than a wine course! Think interesting wine<br />

theories, practical tips and guided wine<br />

tastings. Four online Zoom sessions (each<br />

with its own theme) of an hour will<br />

take place over two weeks. R295.<br />

Details: wineshow.co.za/<br />

courses/<br />

Try a virtual workout … we’ve found exercise classes made for your living room<br />

Fortunately, there are tons of top-notch ways to<br />

work out at home. To help you get going, we’ve<br />

rounded up the best online exercise classes you<br />

can do right from your living room, whether<br />

you’re craving a serious muscle burn or fun and<br />

a fast sweat. After all, a little self-care and stress<br />

relief are exactly what we need in these anxietyinducing<br />

times.<br />

• Join yoga and meditation pro Chelsey Mcluckie<br />

on the mat for a group Yoga Zoom class twice<br />

a week. She’ll show you how to calm your mind,<br />

balance your body and breathe properly, all<br />

through mindful movements. Her classes are<br />

suitable for everyone, regardless of age and<br />

fitness levels. R70 a drop-in, R110 a week. Details:<br />

chelseymcluckieyoga.co.za/online-yoga-classes/<br />

• Think you have to be an uber-fit celebrity, athlete<br />

or dancer to even consider a Pilates class? The<br />

truth is, you don’t need any previous exercise<br />

experience. So, we’re opting for an online class<br />

with the instructors from My Pilates. They offer<br />

various levels you can choose from … think a<br />

refreshing mind-body workout which emphasises<br />

proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic<br />

alignment as well as a focused concentration on<br />

smooth flowing movement. Classes are from R349<br />

a month. Details: mypilates.co.za<br />

• If you’re serious about burning the calories from<br />

last night’s banana bread, then you should join a<br />

Zoom class with the trainers from Thrive. Choose<br />

between a 45-minute move, power or flow class<br />

targeting four main areas with each workout –<br />

upper and lower body, cardio and core. No need<br />

for any fitness equipment, you can just jump right<br />

in for R50 a session! Details: thrivefitness.co.za<br />

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Book club<br />

A book a day keeps boredom<br />

at bay. Add a glass of wine and<br />

you’re in for a happy <strong>August</strong>.<br />

In a tiny Italian village, life in the 1950s is a daily<br />

pageant of small human dramas. There are<br />

lippy signoras and earthy farmworkers. There’s<br />

a coffin-maker, a silkworm farmer and those<br />

who catch frogs for the town’s local delicacy –<br />

frog risotto. Then there’s Pistola, a teenage boy<br />

in love with his second cousin, Teresa, a girl<br />

who’s sadly, destined to marry the village thug.<br />

Don’t you already know Loves and Miracles of<br />

Pistola is going to be a magnificent read? Even<br />

more so, when you discover that to escape<br />

his heartache, young Pistola accepts the offer<br />

of a lifetime ... to travel to South Africa to work<br />

on the trains. In lively Johannesburg, he and a<br />

group of compatriots are trained as stewards<br />

and taught to speak English – and Afrikaans. It’s<br />

not all work, mind you. The Italians set up home<br />

in Hillbrow and go partying in Sophiatown<br />

with the likes of Miriam Makeba. When Pistola<br />

falls for the spunky Malikah, a political activist,<br />

the apartheid police watch every breath of<br />

their passionate, illicit relationship. It’s written<br />

by the wonderful Hilary Prendini Toffoli, who<br />

lives in Cape Town and is known for her social<br />

satire and investigative features. Just brilliant!<br />

Penguin, R280.<br />

So many of our favourite authors this month. Book Club’s going to<br />

be great. Jeffery Deaver (love!) has just released his latest thriller, The<br />

Goodbye Man. After witnessing a shocking suicide while pursuing two<br />

armed fugitives in the wilderness, Colter Shaw’s investigations lead him<br />

to go undercover in the Foundation – a cult that promises to transform<br />

people’s lives. It’s a cult led by a charismatic leader who commands<br />

terrifying loyalty from his followers, a cult that may have only one way to<br />

escape – with your life. Harper Collins, R408.<br />

From the outside, the house in Lakeview Terrace looks perfect. And the<br />

Bigelows seem like the perfect family. The respected surgeon father. The<br />

glamorous, devoted mother. Two beautiful children. A perfect family<br />

in a perfect house, living their perfect lives. But perfect surfaces can<br />

hide dark undercurrents and behind closed doors lies a very different<br />

story. Teenager Zane and his younger sister, Britt, are terrorised by<br />

their violent father and dysfunctional mother. Too afraid to speak out,<br />

Zane does his best to protect his sister and counts the days until they<br />

can finally be free. Until the night when their father’s temper takes<br />

a horrifying turn for the worse, the perfect façade is exposed for the<br />

lie it is, and Zane and Britt manage to escape. With the help of their<br />

aunt, they rebuild their lives, creating new families and putting their<br />

past behind them. But can a past like that really be put aside? Under<br />

Currents, by Nora Roberts, is a great winter read, perfect for a Sunday<br />

on the sofa in front of a fire. Little Brown Book Group, R239.<br />

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Do you remember how your heart just swelled when you read The<br />

Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?. Well, it’s time for an encore. Joyce<br />

Rachel’s Miss Benson’s Beetle is a story about a tiny insect, an exciting<br />

adventure and a deep, unexpected friendship. It’s the story of Margery<br />

Benson, whose life ended the day her father walked out of his study and<br />

never came back. Forty years later, abandoning a dull job, she advertises<br />

for an assistant, someone who will join her on an expedition to the other<br />

side of the world to search for a beetle that may, or may not, exist. Enid<br />

Pretty is not who she had in mind. But together they will find themselves<br />

drawn into an adventure that exceeds all Margery’s expectations,<br />

eventually finding new life at the top of a red mountain. Penguin, R310.<br />

Isn’t it irritating when you watch a<br />

series and someone says ‘the book<br />

was sooo much better’. Well, trust us<br />

when we tell you that when it comes<br />

to Little Fires Everywhere, the book<br />

is, indeed, so, so, so much better. This<br />

magnificently written story revolves<br />

around two families – a free-spirited,<br />

enigmatic artist and single mum, and<br />

a journalist who, with her husband<br />

and four children, lives the perfect<br />

life, where everything is strictly under<br />

control. How these women influence<br />

their own and each other’s children,<br />

and how Celeste Ng captures the<br />

angst of being an adolescent,<br />

makes for a powerful, thoughtful<br />

read and a book that’s completely<br />

unputdownable. Little Brown Book<br />

Group, R288.<br />

Twelve years<br />

ago, a child went<br />

missing. She was<br />

six years-old when<br />

she disappeared.<br />

Now she’s home.<br />

Knocking on the<br />

door. But why<br />

won’t she answer<br />

any questions?<br />

Where has she<br />

been? How did she<br />

find her way home?<br />

And who is she? SK<br />

Barnett’s Safe is a<br />

thrilling read, with<br />

twist after twist<br />

until the very last<br />

page. Penguin, R260.<br />

This is, quite simply, the most exceptional wine we could wish<br />

to enjoy this <strong>August</strong>. Elegant and complex, Glenelly Lady May<br />

is all blackberry and cassis, dark cherry and spicy plum, with<br />

dense, age-worthy tannins. R520 from glenelly.co.za<br />

Two strangers are driving across<br />

America. Cait – whose job is to<br />

transport women to safety. Rebecca –<br />

who’s trying to escape something. Out<br />

of respect, Cait never asks questions.<br />

But what if Rebecca’s secrets put them<br />

both in danger? There’s a reason Cait<br />

chooses to keep on the road, helping<br />

strangers. She has a past of her own,<br />

and knows what it’s like to be followed.<br />

And there’s someone right behind<br />

them, watching their every move. Read<br />

Jessica Barry’s Don’t Turn Around with<br />

the lights on bright! Penguin, R310.<br />

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Wish list<br />

Travel and food and a touch of glam this <strong>August</strong><br />

Tapas for real foodies<br />

Tapas with Liam Tomlin is the most<br />

heavenly book imaginable. It’s a<br />

book to drool over, to sit for hours<br />

earmarking recipes and planning gettogethers.<br />

It’s all about the style of<br />

food Liam likes to cook and the way<br />

he likes to eat ... with lots of different<br />

tastes, textures and cooking styles. It’s<br />

crammed with inspiring, exceptionally<br />

styled photos of food you just long to<br />

re-create.<br />

What this isn’t, is a book for scaredy-cat<br />

cooks. Or for those with timid taste<br />

buds. It kicks off fairly safely with potato<br />

and chorizo tortilla, but before long it’s<br />

all braised pig’s head with bacon and<br />

egg, and sautéed frogs’ legs with wild<br />

mushrooms, parsley purée and truffle<br />

dressing. The Basic Recipe section<br />

includes walnut tuile and duck liver<br />

parfait and bao buns, for heaven’s sake.<br />

Delicious? Yes. But basic? Maybe not<br />

so much. You need a certain amount<br />

of skill and dedication – and time – to<br />

follow many of the recipes. Of course<br />

there are loads and loads of dishes that<br />

are less daunting ... the tomato tart<br />

with Parmesan catalan, basil and olives<br />

is time-consuming but delicious; the<br />

pancetta-wrapped prawns with crab<br />

and spring onion risotto is possibly our<br />

favourite recipe from the book.<br />

Liam, an Irish chef who worked in<br />

restaurants around the world before<br />

moving to Cape Town where he’s<br />

opened restaurants including the<br />

original Chefs Warehouse 10 yearsor-so<br />

ago and more recently Chefs<br />

Warehouse Maison in Franschhoek,<br />

describes his way of cooking as<br />

being focused on technique and on<br />

extracting as much flavour as possible<br />

to create tasty and well balanced<br />

dishes. This is the second edition of<br />

his book – the first, self-published,<br />

was only available at his restaurants.<br />

An exceptional buy for a real foodie.<br />

Penguinrandomhouse, R399.<br />

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Vanilla dream<br />

Our new absolute favourite<br />

Château Gâteaux flavour, Vanilla<br />

Dream, is now also available in<br />

the medium size (8-slice). This<br />

means you can pile two (or more)<br />

cakes on top of each other to<br />

achieve a wonderful (and very<br />

on-trend) 'tall' cake. The Vanilla<br />

Dream a moist vanilla torte<br />

layered with a Chantilly cream,<br />

infused with vanilla seeds and<br />

topped with fine white chocolate<br />

shavings. The perfect companion<br />

to a hot cup of tea, a decadent<br />

post-dinner dessert and the<br />

perfect blank canvas for creating<br />

a beautiful celebratory cake.<br />

Details: chateaugateaux.co.za<br />

WIN!<br />

This women’s month we are giving<br />

away two medium size (8-slice) Vanilla Dream<br />

cakes to three very lucky readers! To enter,<br />

follow our social media pages and look out for<br />

the post with the competition rules.<br />

IG - @getitptamagazine<br />

FB – Get It <strong>Pretoria</strong> Magazine<br />

To find your closest Château Gâteaux<br />

visit: chateaugateaux.co.za

From Soweto to Milan<br />

So you want to be an influencer?<br />

A luxurious life flitting from one<br />

fitting room to the front row on<br />

fashion week. And, with a lot of<br />

hard work, you can, says Kefilwe<br />

Mabote, one of South Africa’s leading<br />

fashion influencers. In Kefilwe<br />

Mabote Influencer de Luxe, candid<br />

autobiography-cum-guide, she<br />

reveals the secrets of her success<br />

... from her humble beginnings in<br />

Soweto, all the way to the world’s<br />

fashion capital, Milan. With loads<br />

of really useful, practical tips and<br />

real-world tools for building your<br />

digital brand, it’s an inspiring read,<br />

written by an ordinary township girl<br />

who had a goal ... and went for it.<br />

Human & Rousseau, R280.<br />

Top of our wish list ... to travel with the family<br />

Trying to keep up with can we buy wine, can we walk in the park, can we travel, is<br />

exhausting. But we’ve found one rather special travel option we think will work –<br />

just be sure to time your arrival before our 9pm curfew.<br />

Tintswalo Lodges has introduced a self-catering option for families and<br />

friends ... exclusive-use, self-catering options are available at three of the lovely<br />

Tintswalo properties.<br />

With a choice of a safari or a coastal breakaway for a group of up to 10 people, the<br />

self-catering options are available at the Manor House at Tintswalo Safari Lodge<br />

in the greater Kruger area, the Tintswalo Family Camp in the Welgevonden Game<br />

Reserve in the Waterberg, and Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa in Simon’s Town.<br />

The Manor House at Tintswalo Safari Lodge in the Manyeleti Private Nature<br />

Reserve has spacious lounge and dining areas and deep, shady patios that are<br />

ideal for relaxation. The traditionally styled private villa has five bedrooms with<br />

en-suite bathrooms, two with outside baths for indulgent soaks under starlit<br />

skies. Welcoming children of all ages, the family-friendly destination comes with<br />

a swimming pool and rolling lawns protected by game fencing, overlooking a<br />

waterhole that offers excellent game viewing 24/7.<br />

Tintswalo Family Camp Welgevonden in the malaria-free Welgevonden Game<br />

Reserve in the Waterberg ranks among SA’s largest private game reserves and<br />

boasts a great variety of game, including the Big Five. There are five spacious,<br />

freestanding luxury units, a main lodge with lovely lounges where fireplaces<br />

keep things cosy, a swimming pool with poolside loungers and a viewing deck<br />

overlooking the waterhole. It’s child-friendly and protected by electric fencing<br />

against predators and dangerous game to allow children the freedom to enjoy<br />

the outside areas.<br />

With unobstructed views across Boulders Beach and its world-famous resident<br />

colony of endangered African penguins, Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa<br />

boasts a unique beachfront location. With luxurious suites, open-plan lounges with<br />

fireplaces, a TV room, outdoor terraces, and a wind-protected courtyard with a fire<br />

pit, as well as a sea view pool on the top deck, this is indeed a luxurious getaway.<br />

The rate is R25 000 a night deal for 10 people, with a minimum stay of two<br />

nights. The lodges are fully serviced and all health precautions and safety<br />

protocols are fully complied with. Safari options also include two safari activities<br />

a day, a safari vehicle and the services of a guide, as well as a private chef,<br />

housekeeping, laundry and Wi-Fi. Excluded are food and beverages and gratuities.<br />

Details: 021-773-0900 or tintswalo.com<br />

Look out for<br />

Coach Blue, which<br />

is about to land on<br />

the fragrance scene.<br />

All lime oil, absinthe<br />

and grapefruit, black<br />

pepper, cedar leaf<br />

and amber, wrapped<br />

up in a gentlemanly<br />

blue bottle. Gorgeous.<br />

From R970, at Woolies,<br />

Clicks, Truworths and<br />

Dis-Chem.<br />

Compiled by KYM ARGO<br />

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No airs<br />

graces<br />

She’s warm. Not in slightest bit aloof.<br />

Has no airs and graces. In short,<br />

Dunay Darren is remarkably likeable.<br />

In fact, she’s a little reserved and not a<br />

fan of being the centre of attention ...<br />

despite the fact that she has quite an<br />

impressive list of achievements under<br />

her belt.<br />

‘Years ago, I had the opportunity<br />

to represent our country in Malta<br />

and Hungary as Miss Bikini SA, I<br />

was a model on M-Net’s Deal or<br />

No Deal, and I did numerous print<br />

and television adverts ... my first<br />

advert when I was just six years-old.<br />

I also did a Sun International advert<br />

with Charlize Theron, which was<br />

quite a highlight. But my biggest<br />

accomplishments are without<br />

doubt getting my master’s degree in<br />

psychology and becoming a wife and<br />

the mother of two gorgeous kids.’<br />

With her knowledge of psychology<br />

and desire to always help others, it’s<br />

no surprise that Dunay’s name keeps<br />

popping up whenever there’s need<br />

for assistance in the community.<br />

She has bucket-loads of patience, an<br />

understanding heart (both of which,<br />

she says, she gets from her mother)<br />

and a calm demeanour.<br />

‘My passion lies in helping others<br />

and, particularly in the times we<br />

find ourselves in these days, I’d<br />

love to get more involved with<br />

voluntary counselling and make it<br />

more accessible. I volunteered at<br />

SADAG (South African Depression<br />

and Anxiety Group) and what an<br />

unforgettable, enriching experience it<br />

was,’ she says.<br />

Now Dunay’s focus is on something<br />

else very close to her heart – animal<br />

shelters.<br />

&She may be married<br />

to one of SA’s most<br />

successful pop stars,<br />

but living a peaceful,<br />

private life away from the<br />

limelight is what Dunay<br />

Darren is all about.<br />

‘I was raised as an only child on a<br />

smallholding with many animals …<br />

chickens, sheep, geese, horses and<br />

10 dogs – which is where my love for<br />

animals started. I’m instantly drawn<br />

to people who show affection for<br />

animals and I’ve always assumed that<br />

compassion for animals is interlinked<br />

with compassion for humans.<br />

‘So many people have dropped<br />

off their pets at shelters since the<br />

beginning of lockdown, believing<br />

they are carriers of Covid-19 – which<br />

is, in fact, not true – or because<br />

they’re no longer able to look after<br />

them. This, along with the loss of<br />

volunteers and the sharp decrease<br />

in financial contributions, has put<br />

shelters under severe pressure. For<br />

this reason, I started a project to<br />

teach our kids about compassion.<br />

We’re making and selling kids’ shields<br />

with animal faces under the name<br />

Kiddi Shields. I’m in discussions<br />

with an animal shelter to donate a<br />

percentage of the profits towards<br />

their needs.’<br />

Lockdown has presented us with<br />

many challenges, but it’s also brought<br />

opportunities to assess what’s<br />

important to our lives and our wellbeing.<br />

Dunay doesn’t think twice<br />

when asked what lockdown has<br />

taught her.<br />

‘Family and health are everything!<br />

I’m thankful for our kids, Kyrah and<br />

Kade, because having children is not<br />

a gift bestowed on everyone. I have<br />

endometriosis and had to patiently<br />

wait three years for my firstborn.<br />

They’ve taught us a renewed<br />

appreciation for the small things in<br />

life that we don’t ‘see’ any more …<br />

to live and have fun without caring<br />

about being judged. I don’t mind<br />

how ridiculous I might look but I’ll<br />

gladly be a child with them and jump<br />

on the trampoline, run through foam<br />

or be transformed into an animal<br />

character. Most importantly, I’ve come<br />

to realise that these days, we cannot<br />

take anything for granted.<br />

‘Admittedly, the current pandemic<br />

sometimes scares me, but not for<br />

long. Good is likely to come from it.<br />

I once heard our good friend and<br />

radio presenter, Darren Scott, saying<br />

there are two types of people in the<br />

morning or afternoon traffic. There<br />

are those who are late for work or a<br />

meeting, blowing the vehicle’s hooter,<br />

throwing up their arms, irritable and<br />

stressed. Then there are those who<br />

are also late for work or a meeting,<br />

but who realise they can’t change<br />

anything, accept the situation, phone<br />

ahead and apologise, irrespective of<br />

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the response and are content with<br />

the fact that they’re doing all they’re<br />

able to at that moment. This was<br />

life-changing for me … maybe others<br />

need to hear it too!’<br />

You simply cannot fault Dunay on<br />

her public image. Apart from always<br />

looking red carpet-ready, she treats<br />

people with respect, regardless of<br />

any differences, and never makes<br />

anyone feel inferior.<br />

But behind all the glamour – and<br />

having an award-winning singer for a<br />

husband – at home Dunay is a doting<br />

wife and mother … and loving every<br />

moment of it.<br />

‘I have the utmost respect for Kurt’s<br />

complete passion and dedication<br />

for his work – he’s living his dream.<br />

He has a great work ethic and is<br />

constantly striving towards doing<br />

more and being more. I’m very<br />

happy in my role as supporting wife,<br />

seeing him shine in a role he was<br />

destined for!’<br />

Some fun facts:<br />

• Dunay would love to own and run<br />

a Big 5 game lodge. • At a gathering with<br />

friends or family, she’s the one making friends<br />

with the dog. • The Darrens have three dogs –<br />

Kiara, a dachshund and two Jack Russells, Elvis<br />

and Nikita. She admits they’d have loads more if it<br />

were allowed. • She doesn’t eat onions. • ‘Que sera<br />

sera, whatever will be will be’ is her motto in life. • A<br />

bush breakaway with family is her idea of absolute<br />

indulgence. • Her mother is her best friend.<br />

• She’s experienced the thrill of white water<br />

rafting with Kurt on the Zambezi River,<br />

paragliding over the Alps, scuba<br />

diving in Mozambique and<br />

skiing in Austria.<br />


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Va-va-zoom<br />

With more and more of us working from home, and most of our<br />

meetings being virtual ... via Skype, Facetime or Zoom ... here<br />

are our tips to help you look professional but not overdone.<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

1. Get the basics right. You’ve cleansed and toned,<br />

but a quick wipe with a good Micellar solution<br />

will ensure your face is clean and fresh, with no<br />

oily patches. Azana Spa Aloe Vera & Cucumber<br />

Micellar Water also assists in boosting your skin’s<br />

radiance. R89.95 from Dis-Chem.<br />

2. Make sure you prep with a good<br />

primer which blurs lines, hides open<br />

pores and stops shine. Essence Prime<br />

+ Studio Glow Boosting + Pore<br />

Minimizing Primer is a great product at<br />

a great price R189.95 from Clicks.<br />

3. Choose a really light foundation (you don’t<br />

want to look overdone). Even better, try a<br />

tinted fluid, like Filorga Flash-Nude Fluid,<br />

which gives an instantly flawless finish with<br />

no mask effect. R525 from cosmetology.co.za<br />

4. If you suffer from oily skin, or an oily T bar,<br />

a light dusting of NYX Professional Make<br />

Up HD Finishing Translucent Powder is<br />

great. Only use it where needed, not all over<br />

your face. R189.95 from Clicks.<br />

5. If you haven’t had time to wash your hair,<br />

or if it’s just looking a little flat and needs<br />

some volume, a spray of dry shampoo<br />

works wonders. Sorbet Drybar’s High and<br />

Dry dry shampoo adds volume and texture.<br />

R95 from Clicks.<br />

6. Too much screen time?<br />

Apply Filorga Optim-<br />

Eyes Refresh – an express<br />

revitalising eye contour<br />

stick, with instant cooling<br />

effect, which refreshes and<br />

magically makes signs of<br />

fatigue disappear. R430<br />

from Clicks and Edgars.<br />

7. Talking eyes, we all<br />

know your brows frame<br />

your face ... so make sure<br />

yours are perfect. Invest in<br />

a good pair of tweezers –<br />

Tweezerman Rose Gold<br />

Tweezer Slant (R359<br />

from Dis-Chem), are our<br />

go-to option. And use a<br />

good eyebrow pencil ...<br />

Clarins Eyebrow Pencil<br />

comes with a built-in spiral<br />

brush, so your brows look<br />

groomed and tamed. R325<br />

from clarins.co.za<br />

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8. Keep your eye shadow<br />

soft and natural – then add<br />

lashings and lashings of<br />

mascara. We recommend<br />

Essence All Eyes on Me<br />

Multi-effect Mascara. It’s<br />

inexpensive and waterproof<br />

(perfect if the Zoom<br />

meeting bores you to tears).<br />

R47.95 at Clicks.<br />

9. If, like us, you talk with your<br />

hands, make sure your nails<br />

are in tip-top condition. The<br />

Sorbet Pro Gel Effect range<br />

doesn’t chip and comes in<br />

loads of lovely shades – we’re<br />

wearing the appropriately<br />

named Let’s Say Home (R110<br />

from sorbetnailbars.co.za).<br />

We also like Essie and Sally<br />

Hansen nail lacquers, which dry<br />

in less than a minute, so you<br />

can have a quick paint while<br />

you wait to dial in.<br />

10. Last, but never least, are your lips.<br />

We’re torn here. As you’re looking natural<br />

and not too made up, we should suggest a<br />

light natural shade, like Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful<br />

Colour Moisturizing Lipstick in Breathless. But then ...<br />

no masks! So you could rock those lips with a smashing, fire<br />

engine Red Door Red. R325 from Woolies or Foschini.<br />

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Home wear<br />

Our <strong>August</strong> equation. Comfort + glam = exactly what we’re after<br />

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Fleece joggers and trainers for the school run. Casual<br />

luxe for an evening Zoom session with friends.<br />

Worldwide there’s chaos and uncertainty and lives<br />

have been turned upside down. So this month we<br />

want to snuggle down, be safe, stay<br />

warm. Does dowdy fit the brief? Not<br />

a chance. Here’s what we’ll be<br />

wearing during what’s often the<br />

coldest month of the year. • We<br />

may be staying indoors, but<br />

do we still want to sparkle?<br />

Hell, yes! This black knit has<br />

just enough shimmer to keep<br />

us happy. Bonus ... it qualifies for<br />

free delivery. R499 from woolworths.<br />

co.za • Soft, luxurious and perfect to<br />

slip on over wide leg soft pants or<br />

a pair of leggings. This light grey<br />

longline cardie is a blend of merino<br />

and alpaca wool, so it’s super soft.<br />

R1999 from Trenery at Woolworths. •<br />

Are they slip-ons? Are they slippers?<br />

Who cares ... we’re wearing these<br />

Fuzzalicious from Ugg, with long<br />

sheepskin uppers, lining and insoles<br />

... toes as warm as toast. R1699 from<br />

superbalist.com • You want glam<br />

and comfy? These wide leg pants<br />

fit the brief. High rise, elasticated<br />

waistline, soft Milano knit, they’re<br />

comfy enough to lounge around<br />

in at home, glam enough to<br />

wear going out. We’d rate them<br />

an essential buy. R1299 from<br />

woolworths.co.za • A simple<br />

white trainer. Perfect. We love<br />

these Chelsea creeper plimsolls<br />

from Cotton On. R249 from<br />

superbalist.com • You’re planning a<br />

go-nowhere-do-nothing Sunday.<br />

These cuffed track pants, with<br />

elasticated waistband, are perfect.<br />

And if, by chance, you’re suddenly<br />

inspired to go for a walk to work<br />

off lunch, they’re good for that too.<br />

Plus ... it’s a two-for-one buy, so a great<br />

deal. R220 for two pairs, online from<br />


For the school run or when<br />

you’re just popping out for your<br />

takeaway caffeine fix ... grey<br />

fleece joggers (R350) teamed<br />

with your favourite oversized<br />

sweater and topped with the<br />

palest blush pink coat, (R899).<br />

Add sneakers and you’re good<br />

to go. All from Truworths, shop<br />

online at truworths.co.za<br />

© Truworths 2017. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED<br />

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POWER<br />


Greens tend to hog the limelight, but filling your plate with purple foods<br />

may be a very smart choice right now. They’re really incredible for your health.<br />

Compiled by: RIALIEN FURSTENBERG<br />

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Registered dietician at Nutri & Flora, Dr Florence Malongane lists a few of the<br />

health benefits of purple fruit and veggies.<br />

Grapes<br />

Rich in antioxidants and nutrients such as potassium, calcium, iron, folate,<br />

magnesium, selenium, vitamins A, C and B6, among other benefits.<br />

Red grape skin is very high in resveratrol, which accounts for many<br />

health benefits such as supporting heart health, cholesterol level<br />

management, prevents signs of ageing and other skin problems, offers<br />

antioxidant support and helps the body’s ability to manage healthy<br />

blood sugar levels.<br />

Blueberries<br />

Similar to grapes, blueberries are rich in dietary fibre, calcium, copper,<br />

iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, zinc, vitamins A, C<br />

and various types of vitamin B. Not only do they protect against heart<br />

disease and cancer, but help with digestion, deliver healthy antioxidants,<br />

improve skin health, promote healthy bones, support healthy blood<br />

pressure and boost brain function.<br />

Blackberries<br />

A single serving of blackberries<br />

provides about half your daily<br />

recommended intake of vitamin C!<br />

Even more impressively, they’re very<br />

high in fibre and are a great source<br />

of vitamin K. Other benefits of this<br />

superfruit include the improvement<br />

of oral health, a healthy heart<br />

and bones, full of antioxidants, an<br />

immunity booster, have anti-cancer<br />

properties and improve brainpower,<br />

including cognitive and motor<br />

function.<br />

Eggplant<br />

They’re packed with vitamins C, K<br />

and B6 and an ample amount of<br />

potassium, manganese and fibre.<br />

This vegetable (technically a fruit)<br />

also contains antioxidants that help<br />

promote heart health, control blood<br />

sugar levels, reduce cancer risk,<br />

improve cognitive function and aid<br />

weight loss.<br />

Red cabbage<br />

Packing more vitamins (C, K, A),<br />

dietary fibre, and other nutrients in<br />

a standard serving size than many<br />

other foods, this single plant can help<br />

improve the function of your immune<br />

system, fight chronic inflammation,<br />

and even improve blood clotting.<br />

Ancient Romans apparently used<br />

cabbage to restore their bodies after<br />

heavy alcohol consumption. Try<br />

munching some red cabbage the<br />

morning after!<br />

Figs aren’t only delicious, but they’re also a great way to get fibre, calcium, potassium<br />

and magnesium, all of which are nutrients many of us don’t regularly get enough of. They<br />

have many potential benefits, including promoting digestive and heart health, along with<br />

potentially helping manage blood sugar levels and promoting healthy skin.<br />

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Beetroot<br />

That bright red root isn’t just a looker. Beets<br />

and beet greens are loaded with life-giving<br />

minerals, including magnesium (which has lots<br />

of benefits, including Alzheimer’s prevention),<br />

potassium (which aids heart, kidneys, muscle,<br />

nerve and digestive functions), copper, iron,<br />

and phosphorus, an essential mineral aiding<br />

cell function throughout the body – and it’s<br />

good for bones and teeth, too. Beets are also a<br />

great source of vitamins A, B, and C, as well as<br />

healthy fibre.<br />

Red onions<br />

Not only are they pretty and colourful on<br />

your plate, but they could also help give<br />

your body a health boost. Why? Because red<br />

onions are packed with vitamins and minerals,<br />

including folate, thiamine, calcium, magnesium,<br />

potassium, manganese and vitamins C, K and<br />

B6. Other benefits include that they may stop<br />

cancer cell growth, control diabetes, help<br />

ease arthritis, cure sore throats and help with<br />

constipation.<br />

Black rice (also known<br />

as purple rice) – an<br />

antioxidant-rich grain that<br />

has a nutty flavour profile<br />

– has more anthocyanins a<br />

gram than blueberries and<br />

has been found to reverse<br />

the effects of alcohol on<br />

the liver! Organic black<br />

rice, R84.95, Wellness<br />

Warehouse.<br />

Grow your own<br />

Purple cauliflower? No … it’s not some experiment gone wrong.<br />

The purple colour is caused by the presence of anthocyanins (an<br />

antioxidant), which can also be found in red cabbage and blueberries.<br />

It packs a bit more flavour, and cooks a little faster, than its white cousin.<br />

This cauliflower is a great source of vitamins C, K, B6 and fibre. Because<br />

it’s not always available you can grow your own. Shop for the seeds<br />

online for R24.99 from Woolworths.<br />

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Fill your skin with<br />

There’s no denying the fact that all the anxiety<br />

and stress are seriously messing<br />

up our good looks at the moment.<br />

Yes, we’ve all had a rejuvenating facial that felt great for<br />

a few days, but then lost all the benefits. Well, what if we<br />

tell you we’ve found the answer to a natural, youthful<br />

appearance without going under the knife?<br />

The Thesera L is one of those luxury beauty treatments you<br />

seriously need to know about. It’s the ultimate solution for<br />

lifting and minimising the appearance of lines and wrinkles,<br />

it’s painless, non-invasive and there’s no downtime! In<br />

fact, Thesera L is a new generation of PDO thread lifts.<br />

It acts no less efficiently, but PDO threads are injected<br />

with needles, whereas Thesera’s lifting course is based on<br />

silk melting threads. It consists of five stages, for which<br />

different cosmetic products are used. The amazing benefits<br />

include giving the skin a youthful appearance, tightening<br />

pores, lifting, boosting elasticity, hydrating skin and<br />

improving volume, as well as improving the appearance<br />

of pigmentation and dermal density. This incredible nonallergic<br />

treatment not only lifts the skin by 29 per cent<br />

but lasts up to three months. However, a course of four<br />

is recommended to build on threads and maximise the<br />

production of collagen, which in turn, allows results to last<br />

up to 18 months. Depending on the results you want, you<br />

can do a second treatment as soon as one week after the<br />

first one. Thesera L is so marvellous (yes, we cannot praise<br />

it enough) that you can even do it in the comfort of your<br />

own home. The lifting kit consists of everything you need<br />

for four treatments, and you’ll even get online support from<br />

the official distributor and trainer of the Thesera Aesthetic<br />

Beauty Products, Celest Antiga. After the 75-minute<br />

treatment, your face will feel lifted and taut immediately.<br />

Your skin will feel hydrated, with a healthy glow. Sounds<br />

too good to be true? Nope, the Thesera L does even more<br />

than it says … but go and experience it for yourself …<br />

you’ll thank us later! One treatment costs R1 800 or you<br />

can purchase the Thesera L kit for R4 500. Countrywide<br />

courier options are available. There are also two equally<br />

fabulous Thesera treatments available – Thesera H, which<br />

is a moisture regeneration treatment and Thesera O, which<br />

firms, boosts elasticity, minimises nasolabial folds, smooths<br />

skin and gives a brighter and clearer complexion.<br />

Details: Celest on 082-788-7026, to houseofblpm@gmail.com<br />

or visit thesera.celestantiga.co.za<br />


VOLUME<br />

We know you’d love to experience the Thesera L,<br />

so we’re giving away one treatment ... to stand in line<br />

to win, simply like our Facebook page, like our post<br />

and tag a friend, and you’ll be in the draw.<br />

Entries close <strong>August</strong> 31. Ts & Cs apply.

RED WINE<br />


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&<br />

Lamb shank and oxtail and a bottle of<br />

smooth, luscious red. We’re loving winter<br />

Slow-braised Karoo lamb shank<br />

(Serves 4 – 6)<br />

Warm up with a hearty meal of slow-braised Karoo lamb<br />

shank ... rich and delicious, cooked until the meat falls<br />

off the bone. The recipe was shared by Spier Hotel ... it’s<br />

winter food at its best. Serve it with a bottle of Spier<br />

Creative Block 3. Subtle, perfumed notes of blackcurrant,<br />

blackberry, raspberry, pomegranate and mulberry are<br />

followed by spicy flavours of black pepper and coriander<br />

... it’s a silky, rich mouthful.<br />

You’ll need:<br />

30 ml (2 Tblsps) vegetable oil; 4 medium-large lamb<br />

shanks, trimmed of excess fat; 1 large white onion, diced;<br />

2 large carrots, peeled & finely chopped; 6 garlic cloves,<br />

finely grated; salt and freshly ground black pepper, to<br />

taste; 500 ml (2 cups) beef stock; 375 ml (1.5 cups) good<br />

red wine; 4 large tomatoes, chopped; 30 ml (2 Tblsps)<br />

tomato paste; 4 sprigs rosemary; 4 sprigs thyme;<br />

5 bay leaves<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat the oven to 160 °C. Heat the oil in a large, wide<br />

oven-proof pot over medium-high heat. Brown the shanks<br />

on all sides, then remove from pot and set aside. Add the<br />

onions and carrots to the pot and fry over medium heat<br />

until softened, then add garlic and cook for one minute.<br />

Return the shanks to the pot and season generously with<br />

salt and pepper. Add stock, wine, chopped tomatoes,<br />

tomato paste and herbs. Bring to a simmer, then cover<br />

the pot with a lid. Transfer to the oven and cook for 2 ½ - 3<br />

hours, or until the meat starts falling off the bone.<br />

Remove shanks from pot and set aside. Discard bay<br />

leaves and herbs from the sauce and place pot on stove.<br />

Simmer sauce over medium heat until thickened to your<br />

desired consistency. Add the shanks and serve warm with<br />

(optionally) herbed pap and vegetables.<br />

You can order Spier Creative Block 3 online for R179 from<br />


Oxtail with green olives and orange<br />

Winter is the time to bring out full-bodied reds, best enjoyed by the fireside or with heart-warming<br />

comfort food. New Roodeberg Reserve, a blend of the finest wines in the cellar, is the perfect<br />

freezing-day food companion ... think meaty casseroles, roasts and game dishes. An intense and<br />

richly textured wine, its intricate layers of red plum, blueberries, crushed herbs and tobacco leaf<br />

with hints of dark chocolate are rounded off by soft, silky tannins. The wine infuses rich flavour<br />

when added to hearty winter dishes like this one, from foodie Elmarie Berry.<br />

You’ll need:<br />

2,5kg oxtail; olive oil; 2 onions, diced; 2 Tblsps soy sauce; a few sprigs fresh rosemary; 4 bay leaves; 1<br />

glass Roodeberg Reserve; 1 cup beef stock; finely grated rind of 1 orange; 200g pitted green olives;<br />

200g button mushrooms<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat oven to 200°C. Heat the olive oil and fry the onion until soft. Spoon it out and add oxtail<br />

to the hot pan. Fry until golden brown. Add the cooked onions, garlic, bay leaves, rosemary, wine,<br />

stock and orange rind. Place in the oven and bake for 3 to 4 hours. Check on it and add extra liquid<br />

if necessary. Add the olives and mushrooms and bake for another 1 hour.<br />

Roodeberg Reserve Red 2017 costs around R165 a bottle, and can be found at selected Pick n Pay<br />

stores, or ordered from kwvemporium.co.za<br />

Compiled by KYM ARGO<br />

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Chocolate fondant with Lindor<br />

We’re fond of a good Pinotage ... the FAT Bastard Pinotage is a great<br />

choice. This deep ruby red, medium bodied wine is all lush dark fruit<br />

with hints of chocolate and mocha. Perfect to serve with one of our<br />

favourite desserts ... a rich chocolate fondant. This one, created for FAT<br />

Bastard by Sam Linsell, is a wonderful way to end a winter meal.<br />

You’ll need:<br />

200g dark chocolate, chopped; 100g salted butter; 1 tsp good quality<br />

instant coffee granules or ½ tsp espresso powder; 2 free-range eggs;<br />

2 free-range egg yolks; ½ cup (110g) caster sugar; ¼ cup flour; 4 white<br />

or milk chocolate Lindt Lindor balls or 3 x squares from a slab; cocoa<br />

for dusting<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat your oven to 200°C / 400°F and grease 4 dariole moulds or<br />

ramekins ( each with an approx capacity of 250ml / 1 cup). In a small<br />

pot melt the butter, coffee and chocolate until smooth. While it’s<br />

melting, using an electric beater, whisk the eggs, egg whites and sugar<br />

until pale and fluffy – about five minutes. Add the chocolate mixture<br />

and flour and briefly mix until well combined. Divide the mixture<br />

evenly between the four moulds and lightly press the Lindt Lindor<br />

balls/squares into the mixture in the middle. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes<br />

on a baking tray until they’ve puffed up and are firm on the top. Gently<br />

scrape a knife round the edges to loosen and tip out onto plates to<br />

serve hot.<br />

This makes 4 generous fondants, so you could quite easily make 6 to 8<br />

much smaller ones. Just reduce the cooking time down to 12 minutes<br />

and halve the quantity of Lindor chocolate you add to the middle.<br />

FAT Bastard Pinotage can be ordered for around R120 a bottle from<br />

shop.fatbastardwine.co.za<br />

After-dinner coffee<br />

What was the worst thing about lockdown? Not<br />

getting our daily Starbucks fix. Even though<br />

we’re now able to pop down to our nearest<br />

Starbucks, we’re delighted that Starbucks<br />

At Home has just been launched. The same<br />

premium, instant coffee in a choice of medium<br />

and dark roast coffees we’re used to ... as well as<br />

a variety of coffee beverages. An add-on to the<br />

existing range (we’re already fans of the Nescafe<br />

Dolce Gusto by Starbucks capsules), the new<br />

range is available in multi-serve tins and singleserve<br />

sachets. You’ll find them at stores including<br />

Checkers, Pick n Pay, Spar and Makro as well as<br />

convenient online platforms such as Pick n Pay<br />

Online and Takealot.<br />

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Nothing beats finding that<br />

perfect Cabernet Sauvignon.<br />

One that’s structured and<br />

accessible enough to drink on<br />

its own, but also pairs perfectly<br />

with a weekend pizza, a posh<br />

pasta dish, or a good old<br />

braai. Hello De Krans Basket<br />

Press Cabernet Sauvignon<br />

2018. You’ll smell cassis, ripe<br />

berries, fresh prunes and cedar<br />

spice; you’ll taste soft plums,<br />

mulberries and dark cherries.<br />

Really well priced, it costs<br />

around R76 a bottle and you’ll<br />

find it at your local wine store<br />

or order online - dekrans.co.za.<br />

Martin Melck Cabernet<br />

Sauvignon pairs perfectly<br />

with Ouma Annatjie Melck’s<br />

Marinated Beef Pot Roast. For<br />

the recipe - click here<br />

Every wine tells a story<br />

Every wine tells a story. This is the motto at<br />

Muratie, the historic estate tucked away<br />

in the beautiful Knorhoek Valley north of<br />

Stellenbosch. Established in 1685, Muratie<br />

is one of the oldest farms in South Africa,<br />

rich in history and heritage. And with this<br />

age comes a myriad fascinating tales of the<br />

many extraordinary characters from the farm’s<br />

colourful past, which have been proudly<br />

commemorated in the naming and labelling<br />

of Muratie’s wines. All the Muratie wines have<br />

been named after these remarkable characters,<br />

each wine with its own enchanting story<br />

described on the back label. Buy the wines,<br />

read the labels, enjoy the history.<br />

The Muratie Martin Melck Cabernet<br />

Sauvignon Family Reserve 2016 (named after<br />

the great Martin Melck who was a major force<br />

in the wine and brandy industry for more than<br />

20 years) boasts four-and-a-half stars in Platter’s<br />

<strong>2020</strong> SA Wine Guide. It has an intense ruby-red<br />

colour in the glass, opulent and polished, with<br />

the blackberries, currants and plums almost<br />

crème de cassis-like in their intensity. Even<br />

after the last sip, this red wine, with its lingering<br />

finish, will be remembered for a long time. It<br />

costs R460 a bottle and is only available at the<br />

estate or online.<br />

Muratie Martin Melck Cabernet Sauvignon<br />

2015 is classically styled and restrained. Aged<br />

for 20 months in French oak, it’s a full-bodied<br />

wine and will reward cellaring for at least<br />

another six years. Also a four-and-a-half star in<br />

the Platter <strong>2020</strong> guide, it costs R200 a bottle,<br />

and you’ll find it at wine merchants or online.<br />

Muratie Ronnie Melck Syrah Family<br />

Selection 2015/2016 (named after Ronnie<br />

Melck who, when asked to single out his<br />

favourite wine, always answered, ‘the wine in<br />

my glass’, which was often a Shiraz). A robust<br />

statement wine produced in extremely limited<br />

quantities (only 2200 bottles, each individually<br />

numbered), it’s described as expressive,<br />

intriguing and unharnessed. Rich concentrated<br />

blackberries, red currants and cherries burst<br />

onto the palate, while hints of black olive,<br />

pepper, smoke and bacon add savoury appeal.<br />

It’s only available at the estate or online for<br />

R530 a bottle.<br />

Ronnie described Muratie wines as ‘humble,<br />

honest and full of integrity, with quality being<br />

the only answer’, and the Muratie Ronnie<br />

Melck Shiraz 2016 certainly delivers on all<br />

those fronts. It’s an intensely red wine with a<br />

violet edge, offering rich floral and berry notes<br />

with hints of green peppercorns and gamey<br />

nuances, supported by a sweet spiciness with<br />

a vanilla, crème brûlée aftertaste. You can buy<br />

it at wine boutiques or online for R190 a bottle.<br />

Details: muratie.co.za/wine/buy-wine<br />

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Working from home certainly has its perks, but somehow the day slipped right<br />

through your fingers and now you’re facing the dinner time rut. Luckily, these<br />

easy, five ingredient dinner ideas are ready to swoop in and save the day!<br />


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Chef Jackie Righi-Boyd, owner of Dolci Café, Craighall Park.<br />

Chef Jackie Righi-Boyd’s<br />

prawn pasta<br />

(Serves 2)<br />

You’ll need:<br />

1 crushed garlic clove; 5ml finely<br />

chopped chilli (or less if you’re not<br />

a spicy food fan); 100ml olive oil; 14<br />

uncooked prawns, de-veined and<br />

peeled; 350g spaghetti (or pasta<br />

of your choice)<br />

Method:<br />

Heat olive oil in a pan over medium<br />

heat. Add garlic and chilli – be careful<br />

not to burn – and fry for about three<br />

minutes. Add the prawns and cook<br />

until pink. Season with salt according<br />

to taste.<br />

In a large pot, bring water to a boil<br />

over medium-high heat. Stir in 1 tsp<br />

of salt. Add pasta and cook until al<br />

dente. Drain off excess water. Plate<br />

pasta, top with the prawns and garnish<br />

with parsley.<br />

Chef Fortunato Mazzone’s<br />

Pesce all’ Aqua Pazza<br />

(fish in the crazy water)<br />

(Serves 6)<br />

You’ll need:<br />

6 fillets of fresh white fish (hake works<br />

brilliantly); half a tin peeled chopped<br />

tomatoes; 125ml pitted black olives; 2<br />

cloves garlic, diced; 125ml dry white wine<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat oven to 180°C. Place fish fillets in a<br />

baking pan drizzled with olive oil. Season<br />

and top with tomatoes, olives, garlic,<br />

wine and mix well, making sure to coat<br />

everything. Place in the oven for 12 to 14<br />

minutes, turning the fish halfway through.<br />

Place fillets on a plate and top generously<br />

with the sauce from the pan. Add a spritz<br />

of olive oil.<br />

Serve with boiled baby potatoes doused<br />

with Maldon salt, olive oil and chopped<br />

Italian parsley. You can also add sautéed<br />

spinach seasoned with garlic.<br />

Chef Fortunato Mazzone, owner of Forti Bar & Grill, Time Square.<br />

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Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated. That’s why Jamie’s 5 Ingredients<br />

– Quick & Easy Food is sure to become your go-to in the kitchen. Every<br />

recipe uses just five key ingredients, ensuring you can get a plate of food<br />

together fast – finished and on the table super-quickly after minimal handson<br />

prep, with the oven doing the hard work for you. With more than 130<br />

recipes and chapters on chicken, beef, pork, lamb, fish, eggs, veg, salads,<br />

pasta, rice and noodles, as well as sweet things, there’s plenty of quick and<br />

easy recipe inspiration to choose from. penguinrandomhouse.co.za, R445.<br />

The recipes in this book delighted us so much we just had to share a few<br />

with you.<br />

Chicken pot pie<br />

(Serves 4)<br />

You’ll need:<br />

2 onions; 600g chicken thighs, skin off,<br />

bone out; 350g mixed mushrooms; 1<br />

bunch of fresh thyme (30g); 400g puff<br />

pastry (cold)<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat the oven to 220°C. Place a<br />

30cm non-stick ovenproof frying pan<br />

on high heat, with a smaller non-stick<br />

pan on a medium heat alongside.<br />

Pour 1 Tblsp olive oil into the larger<br />

pan. Peel and roughly chop the<br />

onions, adding them to the larger pan<br />

as you go. Roughly chop two-thirds<br />

of the thighs, finely chop the rest,<br />

and add to the onion pan. Cook for<br />

six minutes, or until golden, stirring<br />

occasionally.<br />

Meanwhile, place the mushrooms<br />

in the dry pan, tearing up any larger<br />

ones. Let them toast and get nutty for<br />

four minutes, then tip into the chicken<br />

pan and strip in half the thyme leaves.<br />

Remove pan from the heat, add a<br />

pinch of sea salt and black pepper,<br />

then stir in 1 Tblsp red wine vinegar<br />

and a cup of water.<br />

Working quickly, roll out the pastry<br />

so it’s 2cm bigger than the pan,<br />

then place it over the filling, using a<br />

wooden spoon to push it into the<br />

edges. Very lightly criss-cross the<br />

pastry, then brush with 1 tsp olive oil.<br />

Poke remaining thyme sprigs into the<br />

middle of the pie. Bake at the bottom<br />

of the oven for 15 minutes, or until<br />

golden and puffed up. Easy!<br />

WIN!<br />

We know you’d love<br />

a copy of Jamie’s book, so<br />

we’ve got two copies to give<br />

away. To stand in line to win, like<br />

our Get It National Facebook page,<br />

like our post, tag a foodie friend<br />

and you’ll be in the draw.<br />

Entries close <strong>August</strong> 30.<br />

Ts & Cs apply.<br />

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Lemony zucchini/ baby marrow linguine<br />

(Serves 2)<br />

You’ll need:<br />

150g dried linguine; 2 mixed-colour zucchini/ baby marrows; ½ a bunch of fresh mint (15g); 30g Parmesan cheese;<br />

1lemon<br />

Method:<br />

Cook pasta in a pan of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain, reserving a cupful of the cooking water.<br />

Meanwhile, slice the zucchini/ baby marrows lengthways, then again into long matchsticks with a knife or julienne<br />

peeler. Place a large non-stick frying pan on medium-high heat with 1 Tblsp olive oil, then add the zucchini/ baby<br />

marrows. Cook for four minutes, tossing regularly, while you finely slice the mint leaves, then stir them into the pan. Toss<br />

the drained pasta into the zucchini pan with a splash of the reserved cooking water. Finely grate in most of the Parmesan<br />

and a little lemon zest, squeeze in all the juice, toss well, then taste and season to perfection with sea salt and black<br />

pepper. Dish up, finely grate over the remaining Parmesan and drizzle with 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil before tucking in.<br />

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Meltin’ mustardy beef<br />

Although very easy to prepare, you have to start early as this is slow cooked for<br />

four hours. But it’s worth the wait!<br />

(Serves 6)<br />

You’ll need:<br />

900g beef shin, bone out (ask your butcher for the bone); 500g carrots; 2 onions,<br />

125ml Worcestershire sauce; 2 heaped tsps wholegrain mustard<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat oven to 160°C. Place a large shallow casserole pan on high heat, with<br />

a large non-stick frying pan on a high heat alongside. Dice the beef into 5cm<br />

chunks and toss with a generous amount of black pepper and a pinch of sea salt,<br />

then dry fry in the hot frying pan with the bone for eight minutes.<br />

Meanwhile, wash and trim the carrots, chop into 5cm chunks, and place in the<br />

casserole pan with 1 Tblsp olive oil. Peel and quarter onions and break apart into<br />

petals, straight into the pan, stirring regularly.<br />

When meat is nicely coloured, tip it into the casserole pan, then stir in<br />

Worcestershire sauce and mustard, and cover with 800ml<br />

boiling kettle water.<br />

Cover, then cook in the oven for<br />

four hours, or until the beef is<br />

meltingly tender. Loosen<br />

with a splash of water,<br />

if needed. Taste,<br />

season to<br />

perfection,<br />

and serve.<br />

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Sticky lamb chops<br />

(Serves 2)<br />

You’ll need:<br />

6 lamb chops, French-trimmed (600g total); 200g baby rainbow carrots; 8 cloves garlic; 3 oranges; ½ a bunch of fresh<br />

thyme (15g)<br />

Method:<br />

Score fat of the lamb chops, season with sea salt and black pepper, then line them up, like a rack, and sit them<br />

together fat edges down in a large shallow casserole pan on medium-high heat.<br />

Leave for five minutes to render and crisp up. Trim and add the baby carrots (halving any larger ones) and the<br />

unpeeled garlic cloves alongside, turning the carrots regularly.<br />

Gently turn the chops onto their sides, to cook for two minutes on each side, or until golden but still pink in the<br />

middle. Meanwhile, use a vegetable peeler to peel strips of zest from one orange. Sprinkle them into the pan with<br />

the thyme sprigs, and toss together for just 30 seconds to get the flavours going. Remove chops to a plate to rest,<br />

then squeeze the juice from all three oranges into the pan.<br />

Let the juice bubble and reduce until sticky, quickly toss the lamb chops back in with their resting juices, then hey<br />

presto, time to dish up.<br />

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Compli-mince<br />

to the chef<br />

Give mince a makeover with this magnificent recipe from rising culinary star, chef Ruth<br />

Marovatsanga. We’ve also got a few nifty mince tips up our sleeves to share…<br />

When 27-year-old Rutendo Ruth Marovatsanga<br />

scooped up the coveted Young Star Chef of the<br />

Year Award at the One&Only Reaching for Young<br />

Stars project in 2018, little did she realise it was<br />

the start of what was to become the culinary<br />

adventure of a lifetime.<br />

As part of her prize, Ruth jetted off to Dubai to<br />

take up an intense mentorship experience at the<br />

One&Only The Palm and the One&Only The Mirage<br />

in Dubai.<br />

Her time in Dubai included a spell working in<br />

various restaurants under the wings of executive<br />

chefs and she further built up her culinary<br />

experience in 12 bars and restaurants, one of these<br />

being the three Michelin star restaurant, Stay, with<br />

chef Yannick Alléno.<br />

Ruth barely had time to unpack her bags before<br />

she flew off to the US to take up a six-month<br />

work experience opportunity at Winslow’s<br />

Tavern, a highly-rated restaurant in Cape Cod,<br />

Massachusetts. This top heritage restaurant,<br />

housed in a historic building, is run by South<br />

Africans, chef patron Phillip and Tracey Hunt.<br />

‘My <strong>2020</strong> plan includes increasing my knowledge<br />

in the front of house aspect of a restaurant<br />

and paying more attention to food and wine<br />

pairing. Now I’ve gained sufficient experience<br />

and knowledge about the food, it’s time to<br />

also understand the wine and service side of a<br />

restaurant. Within the next few years, I want to be<br />

a restaurant manager who can roll up her sleeves<br />

when the commis chef doesn’t show up for duty,<br />

as well as a chef who can easily recommend a<br />

wine to pair with the food.’<br />

If Ruth had the opportunity to cook for five famous<br />

people, she’d make beef Wellington for Gordon<br />

Ramsey; southern fried chicken for Michelle and<br />

Barack Obama; something sweet – maybe a toffee<br />

pudding – for Jamie Oliver and chicken biryani for<br />

Alex Guarnaschelli, the executive chef at New York<br />

City’s Butter restaurant.<br />

Ruth shares her favourite mince recipe with us.<br />

From<br />

exceptional<br />

burgers to her<br />

own terrine<br />

recipe, Ruth’s<br />

cooking up a<br />

culinary storm.<br />

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Chef Ruth’s terrine<br />

This works really well for a light lunch<br />

and can be prepared three days ahead<br />

and stored in the fridge. Simply bring it<br />

to room temperature before serving.<br />

(Serves: 8)<br />

You’ll need:<br />

350g rindless streaky bacon rashers;<br />

250g chicken livers; 300g minced<br />

pork; 450g minced beef; 1 large finely<br />

chopped onion; 2 cloves crushed<br />

garlic; 5ml dried oregano; 2.5ml ground<br />

allspice; 115g unsalted melted butter;<br />

120ml dry sherry; salt and ground black<br />

pepper according to taste<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat the oven to 180°C.<br />

With the back of a knife, stretch the<br />

bacon rashers. Use them to line the<br />

terrine dish or other ovenproof dish,<br />

leaving the rasher ends hanging over<br />

the sides.<br />

Finely chop the chicken livers and mix<br />

with the minced pork, minced beef,<br />

onion, garlic, oregano, allspice, and<br />

melted butter. Stir in the sherry and<br />

season with salt and pepper.<br />

Spoon the mixture into the dish and<br />

fold the ends of the bacon over the<br />

top. Cover tightly with foil or a lid, then<br />

stand the dish in a deep roasting tin.<br />

Fill the tin with enough hot water to<br />

reach halfway up the sides of the terrine<br />

dish. Cook in the oven for 90 minutes,<br />

then remove and cover with fresh<br />

foil. Place a weight on top and leave to<br />

cool, chill for up to 24 hours, then turn<br />

out and cut into slices.<br />

Serve with warm crusty bread or toast,<br />

topped with gherkins.<br />

Tips for jollying up your mince<br />

It always pays to keep mince on hand. It’s your budget-friendly bestie, ready to<br />

help out with quick-and-easy meals. Think cottage pie, spaghetti bolognese (kids<br />

love it!) and bobotie. From Italy ... lasagne, from SA ... vetkoek with curried mince.<br />

There are also sausage rolls and burgers, chilli con carne, tacos, meatballs and<br />

meatloaf. All you need is a kilo of mince, with chopped onions, garlic, salt and<br />

black pepper, oregano, basil and coriander – and you’re already halfway there!<br />

We found these five great tips to master mince.<br />

1. By swapping to a leaner mince, traditional recipes can become healthier. For<br />

classics like spaghetti bolognese, cottage pie and chilli con carne, a lean mince<br />

is the best choice. For burgers and meat loafs, mince with a higher fat content<br />

helps to achieve the right texture.<br />

2. Looking for a simple way to spice up your beef mince? Just add dry onion soup<br />

mix. Loaded with onions and a variety of other spices, who knew a little packet<br />

could pack so much punch?<br />

3. If you like the salty, tangy flavour Worcestershire sauce gives your meat, why not<br />

try substituting it for soy sauce? If the soy sauce is making your meat a little too wet,<br />

just add a few bread crumbs or ... peanut butter! Think of it like beef satay.<br />

4. To brown mince correctly, you should only put some of the mince in the pan<br />

at a time, not all of it. Adding too much mince at once reduces the temperature<br />

inside, meaning it won’t brown. It also causes all the beef’s liquid to be released,<br />

making it turn grey and tough.<br />

5. Browning meatballs before baking them gives extra flavour, and coating them<br />

in a tomato sauce as they cook helps keep them nice and juicy. Meatballs, along<br />

with a bowl of spaghetti, a glass of red ... and dinner’s served!<br />

Compiled by: RIALIEN FURSTENBERG<br />

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Make it work …<br />

a stylish home office<br />

For many of us, working from home is a new situation, and it’s one that’s probably<br />

going to be around for a while. Whether you’re looking for some temporary solutions to<br />

home office space, or thinking long term, here are some workable options.<br />

Accessorise your desk with a Manikin<br />

Man (he’s like your own little work<br />

colleague), and a set of pencil pens,<br />

R99.99 and R50, both from Typo.<br />

Details: cottonon.com/za<br />

Keep track of the (over)time<br />

with this Country Road Della<br />

desk clock (R449). And if you<br />

do end up working late, you’ll<br />

need a good desk lamp …<br />

this one is stylish and functional,<br />

(R1099). Both from Woolies.<br />

Here’s a dual purpose<br />

buy. Use this matte black<br />

planter on a wooden<br />

stand on the corner<br />

of your desk to keep<br />

pens, pencils, rulers and<br />

stationery while you’re<br />

working from home,<br />

once you’re back at<br />

your office, plant it up<br />

with something green<br />

and lovely. R250 from<br />

Woolworths.<br />

We really like this slender writing<br />

desk from Houtlander. It’s great<br />

as a work station, but then will fit<br />

happily elsewhere in the house.<br />

R8500 from houtlander.co.za<br />

Yes. We know it’s a drinks<br />

trolley. But now, you’re going<br />

to use it as a spot to keep<br />

your storage boxes of papers,<br />

files and whatnot. No longer<br />

working from home … you’ve<br />

an elegant spot to keep the<br />

gin! R1699 from home.co.za<br />

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Another desk lamp<br />

... elegant LED<br />

lamp, R299 from<br />

woolworths.co.za<br />

Keeping notes of the rules and<br />

regulations is a full time job! A4<br />

recycled notebook, R99 from<br />

Typo. Details: cottonon.com/za<br />

Stylish Noah<br />

magazine rack,<br />

R495 from<br />

weylandts.co.za<br />

If you’ve had to set up in the corner of a sitting<br />

room or dining room, this wicker screen is<br />

fabulous. Pop it up in front of your work station<br />

and … you’re off duty. R3999 from home.co.za<br />

For ideas, inspiration and exceptional office buys, pop into your closest Weylandts, or visit their online site. Great<br />

home office set-ups … desks and office chairs, and really stylish shelving options too. Perfect if your home office is<br />

here to stay. Details: weylandts.co.za<br />

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Peas v& posies<br />

Veggie of the month<br />

Heirloom sugar snap pea Cascadia is a cool<br />

season vegetable for sowing this month. It<br />

produces unusually sweet, crunchy, edible<br />

pods which are perfect for eating straight<br />

off the bush or adding fresh to salads, but<br />

equally delicious steamed, sautéed, or stirfried.<br />

It’s an easy-to-grow vegetable for<br />

beginners, is a compact vine type, and has<br />

extra disease tolerance to powdery mildew<br />

and mosaic virus. The 7cm to 9cm long, dark<br />

green pods are a produced in abundance,<br />

almost smothering the plant. Be sure to plant<br />

it in a position that receives full sun and has<br />

well-composted soil. For good germination,<br />

soak the seeds overnight before sowing.<br />

Space the plants about 20cm apart, and<br />

keep the soil moist during germination. Pods<br />

should be ready for harvest 60 days from<br />

germination. Depending on the garden’s<br />

micro-climate, Cascadia can be germinated<br />

indoors in seed trays, or sown direct into the<br />

soil. Order online from gropak.co.za<br />

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This month we’re planting ...<br />

Geranium Marcada in hanging baskets and containers. If, like us,<br />

you’re longing for sunshine and summer, Marcada’s dazzling<br />

magenta flowers are just the tonic you need. This is a stronggrowing,<br />

semi-trailing geranium that spreads up to 45cm,<br />

spilling flowers prettily over the edges of pots and<br />

baskets. It grows and flowers well in cool, as well as<br />

hot, conditions and is drought tolerant, needing<br />

to be kept drier than other geraniums. Being selfcleaning,<br />

the dead flowers drop off easily, so there’s<br />

no need to trim. Details: ballstraathof.co.za<br />

Garden tasks for <strong>August</strong><br />

Fertilize spring flowering annuals<br />

with a liquid fertilizer for flowers.<br />

Increase watering as the temperature<br />

rises.<br />

Wait until the last frost has passed<br />

before sowing summer annuals and<br />

perennials like marigolds, alyssum,<br />

cosmos, Californian poppy, gaillardia,<br />

sunflowers and zinnias.<br />

Fork compost round summer<br />

flowering perennials, fertilize and<br />

water well.<br />

Prune winter flowering shrubs and<br />

neaten evergreen shrubs with a trim.<br />

Clean and weed pathways, driveways<br />

and treat and fix wooden furniture<br />

and garden benches.<br />

Sow spring vegetables like lettuce,<br />

peas, cabbage, spinach and Swiss<br />

chard into trays or small pots and<br />

keep them in a warm, sheltered area<br />

that’s protected from frost.<br />

Prevent snail and slug damage by<br />

using organic snail bait like Ferramol<br />

and eradicate aphids with an<br />

organic insecticide.<br />

Whether you have a large garden or a tiny apartment, you can (and<br />

should) grow herbs. They’re easy to cultivate and it’s hugely rewarding to<br />

be able to pick a few fresh leaves to use when you’re cooking.<br />

Jane’s Delicious A-Z of Herbs is a beautifully illustrated, hands-on<br />

guide to growing and using herbs. There’s info on more than 80 of them<br />

... planting and growing, medicinal and culinary uses, as well as healing<br />

properties. Sunbird Publishers, R292 from Exclusive Books.<br />

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Our indoor plant for <strong>August</strong> …<br />

While it’s still nippy outdoors, enjoy the spring fragrance of<br />

Lavandula Stoechas indoors. Besides being very pretty, the scent is<br />

also a natural stress reliever ... so whenever you walk past the plant,<br />

rub its leaves to release the delightful fragrance. Stoechas flowers<br />

are unlike other lavenders. The bracts on top of each bloom<br />

resemble bunny ears, or the open wings of a butterfly. Grown<br />

indoors, Stoechas lavender needs bright light and can take some<br />

morning sun. Let the soil dry out moderately between watering<br />

and snip off dead flowers to encourage more. In warm, bright<br />

conditions, such as a patio or living area, it may flower for up to<br />

three months. After flowering, you can lightly trim it, then plant in<br />

the garden – choose a spot that receives full sun and has soil that<br />

drains well. Details: plantimex.co.za<br />

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A blooming marvellous<br />


Intimate, hidden, isolated retreats are those worth<br />

exploring right now. With now-you-can-travel-now-youcan’t<br />

regulations, self-catering options for families wanting<br />

to get away for a while are the way to go ... if not now,<br />

then as soon as we can. One we think is marvellous is the<br />

Naries Namakwa Retreat in the Northern Cape. This<br />

privately-owned 6000ha farm, dedicated to conservation<br />

and sustainable living, is situated between Springbok<br />

and Kleinzee. A beautiful and romantic hideaway, it’s well<br />

positioned for exploring the greater Namakwa region – from<br />

the Richtersveld in the north, to the shipwrecks in the west as<br />

well as, in season, the wild flowers. Perched on the top of the<br />

Spektakel Mountain, its views of the spectacular Namaqualand<br />

landscape, and the dramatic sunsets over the Atlantic seaboard<br />

some 60 kms away, are unsurpassed. As a retreat, it offers space,<br />

peace and tranquillity ... and three excellent accommodation<br />

options. There are classic rooms in a Cape Dutch-style Manor,<br />

as well as self-catering cottages, and, for a real spoil, luxurious<br />

Mountain Suites – domed, exclusive, thatched units built into<br />

the magnificent granite boulders, each with a view of the<br />

plains below. Besides the Wildflower Tours in season, there’s<br />

also Orange River rafting, hiking, birdwatching, stargazing and<br />

game viewing. Or you can just relax next to the swimming<br />

pool. Naries, accessible from Springbok via a 27 km tarred road,<br />

is one of the Cape Country Routes properties, so you know<br />

it’s going to be excellent. Rates from R1210 a person sharing.<br />

Details: capecountryroutes.com<br />

There are three options at the reserve … each as lovely<br />

as the other. Stay in the Cape Dutch-style Manor …<br />

… or the luxurious Mountain Suites … domed,<br />

thatched suites built into the granite boulders …<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

… or the lovely self-catering cottages – perfect for a family<br />

wanting to isolate from the stress of the city for a while<br />

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Spoil<br />

<strong>August</strong><br />

Costa Rica in a glass bottle<br />

We’re longing to travel. Somewhere warm and exotic with<br />

tropical beaches and a bit of adventure.<br />

Let’s go to Costa Rica ... all spider monkeys and keel-billed<br />

toucans, volcanoes and forests, waterfalls and exotic<br />

foliage. We’ll eat ceviche and tres leches cake and drink<br />

guaro and be happy. Or ... we’ll buy a bottle of<br />

Guaria Morada. The Berdoues Collection Grands Crus<br />

is described as ‘an art form creating unusual fragrant<br />

experiences of travels through the world’s most beautiful<br />

destinations’. They’re perfumes inspired by travel, and<br />

Guaria Morada – which is the name of the country’s<br />

unique and iconic flower and is a symbol of good luck and<br />

fortune – is, quite simply, Costa Rica in a glass bottle. It<br />

has a tender scent, with velvety floral notes and exotic<br />

fruity hints ... think amyris from Haiti, patchouli from<br />

Indonesia and orange from Brazil. Glorious! You’ll find it<br />

for R1595 at Foschini (foschiniforbeauty.co.za) ... or, you<br />

could enter our <strong>August</strong> Spoil competition. Simply travel<br />

over to GetItNationalMagazines on Facebook and follow the<br />

prompts. Entries close <strong>August</strong> 30. See you in Costa Rica x<br />

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