So in keeping with the Meat Free Monday theme we’re bringing you another homemade meat free recipe that you could give a try at home that is quick and easy. We thought a soup would be a nice addition for this chilly weather. This recipe is from the website Café Johnsonia by Lindsey Johnson, it is delicious and super easy.
We often come across items that WE LOVE be it health products, great books, fashion items, beauty products or cool gadgets so we’ve decided that we want to start sharing “What We Love” with all of you 🙂 Each WWL post will feature our favourite products of the moment that we just can’t live without and we’re hoping that it will inspire you to give some of them a try and give us your feedback on what you thought of them 😉
I think it’s safe to say that it’s not just a bunch of pretty girls standing up on a stage fighting for their place in some sort of beauty pageant that are the only ones wanting “world peace” ~ I believe that most of us on the planet are wishing for the exact same thing and wondering if there’s ever a way we’ll get there. I often hear of people wanting to do good things and give back to their community but they just don’t know how or where to even start……well we’ve found a solution and best of all is that it’s FUN! We give you….. Game For Humanity. The game was conceptualised by Marc Buhrer who was born in Cape Town and who has dabbled in many entrepreneurial ventures over the years coming up with fashion brands that people absolutely loved but this one we have to say takes the cake because it’s all about paying it forward with random acts of kindness and lets be serious, the world most definitely needs more kindness.
It’s Monday again and that means it’s time for another amazing Meat Free Monday story and we found the most incredible Vegan restaurant called The Hungry Herbivore that we just had to share with you. They’re situated at 11 Orphan Street in Cape Town which is just off the hustle and bustle of Bree Street and OOOOOMMMMGGGG we cannot even tell you how amazing this place is!!!
One often expects to walk into vegan restaurants and find the atmosphere to be a bit on the “hippie” side of the spectrum but we couldn’t have been more surprised by what we found when we walked into this little gem #hearteyes!!! The founders, Amy and Brent, welcomed us in to the most beautiful space which had a magnificent chandelier spanning most of the ceiling shining the most ambient light over the wooden bar that was wrapped in green faux grass and clovers and the aromas coming out from the kitchen were heavenly!
So in keeping with the Meat Free Monday theme we thought we would bring you some homemade recipes that you could give a try at home and this one is actually really easy. We found this recipe for a veg-packed stew on Jamie Oliver’s website; we did tweak it ever so slightly, just coz we didn’t have a particular ingredient in the pantry.
I think it’s quite prevalent that we as South Africans (in particular) eat far more meat than what we should #coverseyes, but then comes the question….can you blame us? We’ll be the first to admit that us girls at BornThree do love our meat and there’s nothing better than a good ‘ol braai any day of the week really, but with that said….do we really know what it’s doing to our bodies?? And without sounding too holier than thou, do we know what our meat eating tendencies are actually doing to the planet?? But I think the latter is a whole other issue for a whole other story…haha. So we’ve now decided that we’re going to commit every Monday of the week to being a “Meat Free Monday” and we’re really excited about that because there’s SO many amazing restaurants and incredible home cooked recipes for meat free meals that will absolutely blow your mind 🙂
Christmas time in the McGregor house is a very nostalgic, grossly exaggerated celebration. We use the whole month. Don’t waste a second of it… Lots of entertaining, big tree and an even bigger lunch. All the family pull in for champers and pavlova.
We thought we would provide you with a little Christmas inspiration and a very mild dose of what the 25th December looks like in our house…
It’s all too many cooks in the kitchen adding their flair to the feast but that’s how we get the best results.
We decided to do a gorgeous summer inspired decor versus the traditional kind (although our tree, decorated by the kiddies, is pretty eclectic) to our lunch this year. Some Delicious Monster, pretty flowers and candles for the table. I think one way of getting inspired is foraging through your garden, or the neighbours 😉 Pick something green or colourful and fill your vases.
Keeping with our summer trend, we had a braai (barbecue for those not in the know). Beautiful fresh crayfish and prawns – natural and full of flavour! If these aren’t in season (or just not up your alley) you could substitute anything you want really, for us it would be lamb because, well, that’s Xmas in a roasting pan…
We served it with Lemon crushed thyme roasted potatoes; Tomato, feta, red onion and basil salad; Radish avo and pine nut salad and a Caprese tart. Way too much food of course, as one has to over cater on Christmas Day but leftovers can always be reused or given to those in need.
Dessert was a Tropical fruit chocolate pavlova (all the flavours of summer for us) – mango, granadilla and lemon curd with greek yoghurt (and maybe a hint of cream… ssshhh).
For the kiddies (and some adults) Choc dipped waffle cones with ice cream and toppings in abundance. Your imagination can run wild with ideas – Peanut Brittle, Honeycomb, Sprinkles, Caramel covered popcorn, even Popping candy! Cover with a sauce of your choice and add a Flake for luck… Voila.
Light Mask therapy is a treatment for the face using a LED light mask which uses combined visible light (red and blue) and invisible infra-red light (pink). We found this amazing gem of a skin treatment at the Libi Roos Skin Care boutique in Cape Town and were so excited when the day came that she could fit us all in. Straight off the bat Libi went through all the benefits of the light treatments with us. We then each had individual consultations so Libi could determine what each of us needed in terms of treatment according to our specific skin types and worries.
Some of the many benefits include, to name a few (and the list is quite long):
- Promotes collagen production for plumper, more youthful looking skin
- Reduces inflammation in skin conditions such as acne
- Increased skin radiance
- Stimulates cell activity and cell renewal
- Increases circulation
- Helps with pigmentation
The treatment lasted 20 minutes and was so relaxing. A really nice time out from your busy lifestyle of work, family and kids…
THE RED LIGHT
The red light waves penetrate deep into your tissue and increase blood circulation and lymphatic activity in the area. This in turn stimulates collagen and elastin production and damaged cells are quickly energized and repaired. This photo rejuvenation treatment is recommended for mature skin for an Anti-ageing treatment, for devitalized or damaged skin (sun damage) and for rejuvenation and repair.
THE PINK LIGHT (infrared light)
The invisible infrared ray works in every setting maximizing the efficiency and outcomes of each light treatment. It increases cellular growth and reproduction, increases the uptake of nutrients and increases cell vitality.
THE BLUE LIGHT
The blue light is recommended for Acne and anti-inflammatory treatment. It creates an anaerobic condition so the acne bacteria cannot survive and reduces inflammation caused by acne lesions.
After each of us had finished our treatment we all felt and could visibly see a change in our skin after just one session. As Libi explained, most people generally see a difference after about 4 treatments depending on each individual’s skin type/needs. Another pro to this therapy is that it can be used in conjunction with most other treatments and there’s absolutely no downtime after.
What we absolutely loved about Libi and her boutique which she runs from her home, is she caters for both young and old, and also tailor makes the treatment process to each individual client according to their budgets and time constraints which is fab.
You’ve gotta try it!
For your tailor made package contact Libi Roos 072 850 9279 (@libi_roos_skincare) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerry, Tracy and Cindi
Starting our own blog has been something we have wanted to do for a very long time. And when we say blog we don’t mean that we’re going to try and attempt long paragraphs of creative journalism excellence (because trust me none of us have a truly inspired way with words ~ ha ha) but rather a space where we can share great stories about all the moments of inspiration and the tiniest of things that make us tick.