Good Housekeeping: #GHVeryMerry event in Cape Town

Christmas, reader, event, good housekeeping south africa, cape town, table bay hotel, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsGood Housekeeping magazine’s #GHVeryMerry event at Table Bay Hotel yesterday was a festive field of red and white filled with laughter and delicious food just in time for the festive season. The sumptuous venue was a feast for the senses and you would be hard pressed to find a better setting for a Cape Town reader event.

Christmas, reader, event, good housekeeping south africa, cape town, table bay hotel, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsSiv Ngesi, who you may have seen doing the splits on SABC 3’s Strictly Come Dancing South Africa, was the MC for the event and he kept us in stitches for the full 4 hours. The darling of South African kitchens, Jenny Morris gave us handy load shedding tips as she cooked with Nestle and Potato SA who were two of the sponsors for the event. Vicki Sleet from @iwantthatnow gave us on trend table styling tips for our Christmas tables with tropical prints, pineapples and yellow/gold being the focus this season.

Christmas, reader, event, good housekeeping south africa, cape town, table bay hotel, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsThe two course lunch was interspersed with cooking demonstrations and raffle draws with a group of ladies who had bought 150 tickets between them walking away with about 10 of the bigger prizes. R10 000 was raised for the Organ Donor Foundation from the sale of those raffle tickets so begrudging winners their prizes isn’t an option. Are you an organ donor? I am and I hope you will consider signing up because your organs could help someone else after your life on Earth has come to an end.

Christmas, reader, event, good housekeeping south africa, cape town, table bay hotel, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsI’ve had the privilege of attending a few Good Housekeeping events and I’m always impressed at how well the events planning team works together. Events often fly or fail on how finely the details are planned and I appreciate how well they manage the time keeping of the event and how you leave the event feeling totally spoilt with gifts from fabulous brands and more knowledge than you walked in with.

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Caryn Wilensky’s gorgeous shoes are handmade and made with your comfort in mind.

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Visit http://www.coastandkoi.com for more information.

At R295, the ticket price is perfectly reasonable for a morning out with your girlfriends and you always get far more than what you paid for. Yesterday’s goody bag included a Tupperware hamper of bowls and glasses with airtight lids (perfect for family picnics this Summer), nail polish an Esse sample sized cleanser and moisturizer, a Nestle product and a R100 voucher for Sunset Beach Salon among other gifts and samples.

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A Love Supreme hand illustrates all the pretty printed items you can think of and are right on trend.

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Visit http://www.aLoveSupreme.co.za for more.

This is not a sponsored post. Yes, I have the privilege of being invited but I will always give you my honest opinion. Let me encourage you to keep a lookout for the next Good Housekeeping reader’s event – I promise you won’t regret it.


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Grain and sugar free banana bread (LCHF/Banting friendly)

grain free, sugar free, banana, bread, baking, LCHF, banting, recipe, banting banana bread, recipes, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsIn the interest of absolute disclosure I have to admit that my attempt to eat less carbs and no sugar has been a little hit and miss this week. The first two days were ok but then I fell off the wagon when I had to go to my daughter’s battle concert straight after work and I grabbed a pasta salad from Woolies as I would only be home after 8pm. This also happened to be the 1 month anniversary of my mom’s death so I grabbed milk and cookies before bed as I was emotionally drained.

I got right back on the horse the next day but as the weekend drew closer I felt the need to bake so I started looking for recipes. I’m happy to report I found this lovely grain free, sugar free banana bread on Nicoletta’s website and I made it on Saturday, just before Eskom turned off our electricity for scheduled load shedding. It turned out way better than I expected and, even though coconut flour is hellishly expensive, this recipe only uses 125ml so it will go a long way.

It was demolished for Saturday afternoon lunch with butter and cheese and the family demanded I make it again as soon as possible so I made a point of picking up some more (hellishly expensive – R12.99/kg) bananas yesterday. As soon as they ripen up I will be making this bread again.

Nicoletta’s recipe says 5 peeled bananas will equal 560g but I found it was more like 6-7 bananas depending on the size. Try to get as close as you can to the 560g requirement.

Grain and sugar free banana bread (LCHF/Banting friendly) from Nicoletta

560g bananas, peeled and broken in quarters

4 large free range eggs

125ml sugar free peanut or any other nut butter (the Black Cat peanut butter with the yellow lid is sugar and salt free)

50g butter, melted

5ml vanilla extract

125ml coconut flour

15ml ground cinnamon

5ml mixed spice

2.5ml nutmeg, fresh grated (ground will do at a push)

5ml bicarbonate of soda (scant teaspoonful)

5ml baking powder

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius and butter a large loaf tin. Place bananas, eggs, butters and vanilla in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and blitz until well combined stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Mix dry ingredients together in a small bowl and add to the mixture in the food processor. Blitz again and scrape down the sides before blitzing one last time. Pour into loaf tin making sure to leave at least 1cm space in the tin to accommodate rising. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the bread springs back to the touch when pressed down. If the bread starts to brown too quickly, cover the top lightly with foil (dull side facing outwards) after it has been baking for about 20 minutes.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes before running a knife around the edge of the tin to release the bread. Invert onto a wire cooling rack but turn the bread over again to cool for another 10 minutes before eating. The bread is fairly delicate so work gently to prevent breaking.

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Kicking the habit

Picture borrowed from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar

Sugars; clockwise from top-left: White refined, unrefined, brown, unprocessed cane. Thx Wikipedia.

*whispers* I’ve given up refined* sugar you guys…

The word on the street is that sugar is as addictive as heroine and I’m not cool with being addicted to anything so, I am making a concerted effort to kick the habit. Of course, barely 24 hours after I’d started, I arrive at Bible study to find we were celebrating a birthday with ooey-gooey chocolate mousse cake…which I managed to resist! YAY!! It nearly killed me. *sob*

Kicking the habit

I’ve also made a decision to stop eating bread, pasta and potatoes…Well…maybe not potatoes. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. And before you ask, no…I’m not doing the hashtag banting thing. I haven’t read the book so I won’t be placing myself in that box to be judged by one and all. Simple carbs like bread and pasta turn into sugar so I can’t give up sugar without giving up freshly baked bread and macaroni cheese. *gulp*

This is obviously going to be a problem for a baker like me. How will I survive!!? While I’m okay with using honey, I refuse to use sweeteners. It’s just wrong for something ingestible to be chemically engineered in a science lab. *Ahem* Yes margarine…I’m talking about you too *side-eyes*.

I’m questioning my sanity about attending The Cake and Bake Show this weekend. I find it hard to turn down the opportunity of free tickets (thx Sasko) and I’m looking forward to spending time with a friend but I’m going to be placing myself in a VERY tempting situation. Would a drug addict, who had barely “been clean” for a week, go walking around in his dealer’s ‘hood?

So, wish me luck – I will need truckloads of it. I’ll let you know how it goes. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for pics and tweets after 12pm on Sunday.

*Not sure if refined is the right term but I know that sugar appears most foods so, avoiding it where it occurs naturally is impossible.

 

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Fetish Gift Shop

 accessories, store, jewellery, earrings, gorgeous, sparkly, watches, youthful, pretty things, review, cape town, tableview, shop, flamingo square, new store, great buys, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsI love beautiful things, especially accessories and décor items. In terms of personal accessories I love anything that sparkles and I’m a huge fan of Swarovski and other high quality brands of costume jewelry.

Yes, yes…I know last week I said I wouldn’t be buying more stuff but pretty things make me happy, ok? And it’s not really “stuff”. I can hardly leave the house without a beautiful pair of earrings, can I? Life’s too short ;).

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There have been a number of awesome stores popping up in Cape Town lately and one of them is conveniently located opposite the park-and-go area of a MyCiti bus stop in Tableview that I happen to see on my way to work most days of the week. The layout of Fetish is very bright, fresh and open and the owner has a keen eye for what would appeal to the young at heart.

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Are you an accessories junky too? What’s your poison? Handbags? Shoes? Scarves? Let me know in the comment field below. Is there one shop in particular that you feel the need to pop into as often as possible to see what the buyer found on her latest buying trip overseas? Maybe we can create a National directory for #AllThePretty.

Fetish is located in Flamingo Square on the corner of Blaauwberg and Study Roads in Tableview and can be contacted on (021) 557 1227. It is right opposite the Wood stop of  MyCiti Bus so it’s really easy to get there from most suburbs in Cape Town.

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Personal Update: My Mom

My Mom, Juanita May Johnson who died on 27 October 2014For those of you do don’t follow me on Facebook, TwitterPinterest or Instagram you might not know that my mom lost her battle with cancer last Monday, 27 October 2014. It has left me feeling numb and quite disconnected from reality.

She was so vital and alive when I saw her 2 days earlier so it feels like she was snatched away from us so suddenly! The only good thing about all of this is that she is finally free of the pain that plagued her in the last few weeks and while that didn’t dull her smile or her wit, it did leave her feeling helpless and frustrated. I am so thankful that she placed her trust in Jesus Christ many years ago and so those of us who are left behind have the reassurance that we will see her in Heaven one day.

The numbness that I feel has made it difficult for me to string sentences together. I kind of wish that Christians had a similar process to what Jewish people follow; a system that needs to be followed when sitting Shiva. I’m at a bit of a loss and feel like I’m not sure what is expected of me. The amount of paperwork that needs to get done, despite my family planning so far ahead, is mindboggling! My sister is filling out so many forms and seeing so many people and departments I actually have no idea how any one person can manage on their own, especially while they are grieving.

I have been privileged to be surrounded with so much love, support, prayers and messages that I am blown away by the number of awesome people in my life. From sms’s and meals to hugs and direct messages on Twitter, I cannot thank you enough.

I know it is the reality of many to have to bury parents at some point in our lives (the alternative is too awful to contemplate – no parent should have to bury their child) but it doesn’t make it easier. It takes my breath away every time I am reminded of how short life is and how we should never assume we will have the privilege of living until we are old.

In that light can I encourage you to join me on a journey? I’d like to start shedding the need for “stuff”. I’d like to make the focus of my day the appreciation of beauty all around. I’d like to make a point of showing my family that I love them every, single day and to start laughing and being silly more often.

Every quote flying around in my head at the moment is cliché and corny but indulge me so that I can sum up the basic idea…

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.”

― Maya Angelou

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N2ice Cream Lab

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Turkish Delight Deliciousness

I was doing my fruit and veg shopping the other day when I walked out into the mall to be met with an unusual sight. Right in the middle, next to the indoor play frame was a space aged display that looked like something out of straight out of the latest SciFi movie.

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ice cream, liquid nitrogen, n2ice cream lab, science, liquid nitrogen used to freeze ice cream, cape town, things to do, kid friendly, unique, experience, review, south africa, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsShame, the poor lab assistant answered a million questions for me and I’m sure by the end of it was starting to suspect they had a rival spy in their midst planning to steal their idea. Honestly, their idea is so cool, I’m not surprised someone hasn’t tried to steal it yet but after one spoonful of their delicious ice cream I think I’d rather resort to stealing the product of their science experiments instead.

ice cream, liquid nitrogen, n2ice cream lab, science, liquid nitrogen used to freeze ice cream, cape town, things to do, kid friendly, unique, experience, review, south africa, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsTraditional ice creams are frozen at around -30 degrees celcius which leads to fairly large ice crystals and this means the ice cream is more ice than cream. This is often why shop bought ice cream has a layer of ice crystals on top and, when the cold chain hasn’t been maintained, can often have ice crystals all the way through. When liquid nitrogen is used at N2ice cream lab, the mixture of cream, sugar and flavour is poured into industrial strength KitchenAids and beaten while the liquid nitrogen gets pumped in, freezing the mixture at -195 degrees celcius and turning into ice cream after about 3-4 minutes. This means the ice crystals are microscopic which leads to a smoother, creamier ice cream that can’t be found anywhere else.

ice cream, liquid nitrogen, n2ice cream lab, science, liquid nitrogen used to freeze ice cream, cape town, things to do, kid friendly, unique, experience, review, south africa, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsYou can be assured that only the best quality ingredients are used. Not only in the ice cream but also the toppings. In terms of flavours you can currently choose from banting vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, regular vanilla, Turkish delight and peanut butter. They’ve also had pina colada, lemon meringue, Nutella and blueberry cheesecake in the past. A small tub (around 200ml) is R20 while a large tub (around 300ml) is R30 with the option of adding toppings like Astros, flake, Oreo crumble or salted caramel sauce for R5 per topping.

ice cream, liquid nitrogen, n2ice cream lab, science, liquid nitrogen used to freeze ice cream, cape town, things to do, kid friendly, unique, experience, review, south africa, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsThe owners will shortly be expanding to a food truck that can come to your function or event for a memorable dessert experience that will leave your guests talking about it for months to come. Have a look at their website  for more information and follow them on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

You have to believe me and get to The Emporium Shopping centre on Sandown Road in Parklands, Cape Town (call 084 516 1818 for more info and directions). You will be so glad you did!

Disclaimer: I discovered this store on my own and was not approached to write about it. All thoughts are my own honest opinion and an unbiased review of the product.

 

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The Broken Window Effect

litter, pollution, caring for environment, poverty, squallor, broken window effect, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsI attended a work related training course for the whole of last week and one of the most memorable points for me was learning about The Broken Window effect. Most of us have walked or driven past a derelict area at one point of another and noticed the graffiti’ed walls, accumulation of rubbish and broken windows and doors on buildings.

While we know that it wasn’t always like that, most people who live there have become so accustomed to living in an area where these conditions are the norm that, for them, they don’t really see the degradation anymore. (Please know that as a public servant I understand poverty and infrastructure issues but people who take pride in where and how they live will always make a plan to improve. There is always something that can be done).

The thing about this “Broken Window Effect” is that it is very contagious and sneaks into other parts of our lives as well.

Do you drive a car? Well, when I got my driver’s license over 15 years ago I obeyed the rules of the road much more closely than I do now. It’s the little things, you know? When you see a taxi driver getting away with speeding and not stopping at stop streets, it doesn’t take long before you are doing it too. But it isn’t right!

I live in an area with a million traffic circles and stop streets and I noticed when I drove home from Bible Study last night that when you stop at stop streets, it seems to make people who are driving towards you on the opposite side of the road, also stop at the stop street. I know it’s because they think you’ve seen a traffic officer hiding in the bushes at the intersection but maybe it will make a small impact in the long run where people start imitating good behavior rather than bad.

The opposite of The Broken Window effect is The Butterfly Effect. This effect speaks to the idea of each person making a small, positive impact on the world and the more people who do this, the greater the impact on a global scale. An example of this would be signing up to be part of a beach cleanup project or volunteering your time at an orphanage or soup kitchen. It’s not much when one person does it but if we all make a choice to have a positive impact on the world then maybe we can start reversing some of the negativity that exists. Eventually we can start reversing The Broken Window effect and encourage others to GET INVOLVED!

I feel like I’m preaching to the converted here though. I know I have the best readers who are awesome people every day and already play their part and I’m not really sure how to get the word out there to the people who are contributing to the Broken Window effect. What do you think? I feel each and every one of us has the power to make a difference. Do you have a suggestion or thoughts on this matter? Let me know!

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Exploring Cape Town: High Tea

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This past weekend my family and I had the pleasure of Tea by the Sea at the 12 Apostles hotel in Cape Town thanks to a voucher I bought on auction at the Cookie Swap in August. The kids were beside themselves to walk on plush carpets and see the sparkling Atlantic Ocean from the balcony of the Leopard Bar. They were on their best behavior and it was a fantastic way to finish off a sunny, Sunday afternoon.

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I firmly believe that kids need to be exposed to a wide range of experiences and learn to behave in a manner appropriate to the occasion so this tea experience gave us an opportunity to teach them not to bang their teaspoons on the edge of their tea cups and to use their “inside voices” so that they didn’t disturb other diners. Our waitron was fantastic and answered all their questions and offered to take a family picture to commemorate the occasion (something we have too few of as usually one of the grownups find themselves behind the lens).

It is interesting to note that The Mount Nelson Hotel and The Table Bay Hotel offer their high teas as buffet options while The Cape Grace Hotel and 12 Apostles Hotel offer individual stands per person or couple groaning with a selection of savoury and sweet treats. This is great for people who find taking trips up and down to the buffet area to be overwhelming and prefer to just relax and chat at their table or couch.

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**BONUS** I attended Taste of Cape Town earlier this year and watched 12 Apostles Hotel Pastry Chef Nathan Jacobs demonstrate making macarons. He gave his permission for me to share his recipe with you.

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Ingredients:

250g  ground almonds

300g  icing sugar

200g  egg whites

200g caster sugar

1tsp food color ( water based ) orange

Method:

  • preheat oven to 140’c.
  • prepare a small baking tray with wax paper to fit the tray.
  • Prepare a piping bag with a small plain nozzle.
  • place ground almonds and icing sugar in a blender and blend for 30 seconds.( TPT )
  • Now sieve the tpt ( tant pour tant ) into a clean mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Place egg whites in a small stand mixer attached with a whisk, turn on high speed and whip for one minute, the egg whites should be at stiff peak.
  • Now turn the speed down to medium and slowly add the caster sugar within 1 minute. Turn the machine off
  • Now add your food color and whip on high speed for 1 minute.
  • Your meringue is now ready.
  • Place the meringue in a clean mixing bowl and in 3 stages add the T P T ad fold in gently.
  • Fold until the mixture is shiny.
  • To know when the mixture is ready to pipe on your tray, place a little mix in a piping bag and pipe onto your prepared tray, it should smooth out by itself.
  • Now you ready to start piping. Pipe small rounds on the tray until all the mix is used.
  • Rest the macarons at room temperature until a skin forms around the macaron. About 30 min.
  • Bake for 11 min at 140’c.
  • Remove from the oven and rest at room temperature until cool.
  • Now fill macarons and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Filling :

Chocolate ganche:

Ingredients:

  • 100g heavy cream
  • 50g glucose
  • 1 orange, peel only
  • 550g  70% dark chocolate( lindt )
  • 100g butter, room temperature.

Method:

  • place cream, glucose and orange peel in a small pot and bring to the boil, remove from the heat and steep for 15 min for orange flavor to enhance.
  • After 15 minutes, bring cream back to the boil and strain over chocolate, stir unti chocolate is melted.
  • Set at room temp until firm, about 6 hours.
  • Prepare a piping bag fitted with a small nozzle.
  • Once ganache has set, place in the piping bag and fill macarons.
  • Its best to do the filling the day before making the macarons, you can leave the ganache at room temperature overnight.

What is your favourite way to celebrate milestone occasions in your family? Have you had a fabulous dining experience that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below! ;)

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The Sunflower Fund needs YOU!

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Cancer sucks! Big time. There are very few occasions when you can do something to help when someone you love gets The Big C but when it comes to leukemia YOU CAN HELP! I’ve been registered as an organ donor for a long time because I want to help those in need after I’ve left this world and I donate blood as often as my anemia will allow but I feel like I need to help spread the word about how you can get involved.

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If you can’t donate, buy a bandana and wear it on 12 October.

If you live in South Africa you know what these bandanas are about. You’ve seen them at Pick n Pay and maybe you’ve bought them every year. If you’ve supported The Sunflower Fund before I applaud you. You have raised essential funds for someone to be tested to see if they match someone else in South Africa who needs their bone marrow.

The Sunflower Fund needs YOU!

Registering to be a bone marrow donor is FREE! This is a relief because the tests cost R2000 per person just to see if you match someone who needs help. The tricky part comes in where matches are usually found in people in similar race groups or ethnicities. When I encouraged my office to register as blood donors I heard about cultural beliefs, the fear of needles and the misunderstanding of the procedures. If you needed the bone marrow transplant, how would you feel about this?

sunflower fund, bandana day, bone marrow transplant, donate, blood, the big C, cancer, cancer sucks, help, register, buy a bandana, pick n pay, R25, support, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsIt seems like people are dying unnecessarily when somewhere out there, there is a match available. There is someone who has the same tissue type that couldn’t be found in the cancer sufferer’s immediate family. The chance of finding a donor is 1:100 000. The Sunflower Fund is nowhere near the target of 400 000 registrations that they need.

Are you healthy (i.e. not over or underweight without any lifestyle or chronic illnesses)? Do you live a healthy lifestyle (i.e. practice safe sex, not abuse drugs or alcohol etc)? Do you want to help? The Sunflower Fund needs people from all ethnic backgrounds. They have a major shortage in donors from black, Indian and coloured ethnic groups. We all know that cancer doesn’t recognize race, age, gender or cultural beliefs. It is heartless and relentless in it’s pursuit of people from all walks of life.

PLEASE CALL 0800 12 10 82

for more information or to register.

You are someone’s PERFECT MATCH!

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Gooi and Enjoy with Paperkutz

gooi and enjoy, paperkutz, lazer cutting, lazer, engraving, cooking, make a recipe, gamr, recipe, fun, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsA few weeks ago I was contacted to find out if I’d be interested in receiving a #GooiAndEnjoy kit to try out and review and I said yes. The kit arrived with a personalized wooden spoon, a lazer engraved spoon rest with an owl (my latest obsession) and a R100 voucher from Pick n Pay to get me started. BTW: PR Agencies – this is a great example to follow!!

Gooi and Enjoy with Paperkutz

I started playing with the kit immediately but no matter how often I rolled the blocks, I ended up with turnips as part of the suggested combo. I don’t like turnips and especially when they are meant to be in a meal with eggs/cheese and bread. So, I cheated. I flipped the block over and it landed on baby marrows. Then I flipped the egg/cheese block over (a few times) until it landed on beef. That’s more like it. Then I pretended bread was pasta and I was closer to what I was craving. The cooking method landed on steam and I thought to myself, I’m sure it meant to land on bake.

I popped down to my local PnP to pick up what I needed. Beef strips, linguine, baby marrows, tomatoes and yogurt. I had rosemary in my garden and I decided to throw some paprika into the mix. I fried up some onion and dusted the beef in some seasoned (30ml flour, 5ml salt, 5ml paprika) flour. I added that to the pan with some finely chopped marrows and stirred until the meat started to brown. I deglazed the pan with some white wine then added the tomatoes and a Knorr vegetable stock pot. I added a can of water and seasoned well. I placed the lid on the pot and placed it in a preheated oven to bake for 40 minutes at 190 degrees celcius. About 10 minutes before the time was up I cooked the pasta. Once I removed the pot from the oven I stirred in 250ml full cream Bulgarian yogurt and some finely chopped rosemary and adjusted the seasoning again. I stirred the sauce into the cooked pasta and served it to my family.

gooi and enjoy, paperkutz, lazer cutting, lazer, engraving, cooking, make a recipe, gamr, recipe, fun, tami magnin, rumtumtiggsMaybe I shouldn’t have cheated as much as I did and found a way to incorporate the turnips. I might just do that next time and play WAAAAYYYY out of my comfort zone. But hey, no judgies until you try it for yourself. I’ll do it if you will… ;)

Follow @paperkutz_SA on Twitter or visit the Website to place to order for your #GooiAndEnjoy kit. It’s time to play with your food.

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