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, 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

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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

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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.

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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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Exploring Cape Town: Castle of Good Hope

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Today we went to the Castle of Good Hope. I, ahem, turned 36 last Tuesday and I’ve never been to The Castle. It is Heritage day in South Africa and the Iziko Museums have waived their entry free for the week but entry to the Planetarium and The Castle is only free for today, 24 September 2014.

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Reality of Blogging

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BlogLand: In every bunch of zebras there’s a donkey…and an ostrich.

It’s been 12 days since my last post and I feel like I need to apologize! But that’s silly, isn’t it? I may have set a standard of one or two posts per week but I’ve had nothing to say that warranted an actual post. I’ve even been quieter on Twitter lately but posted two recipes to my Facebook page that I have been well received.

Reality of Blogging

The thing is… my mom is dying. Last year I visited her in hospital on my birthday where she was recovering from colostomy surgery and this year she is trying to manage the pain she is having from stage 4 cancer. No one enjoys seeing someone they love in pain. It makes you feel helpless and frustrated and sad. It is easy to be sucked into the dark hole of depression where your words get taken away from you. Where you drown in your suffering all alone. I have always prided myself on being independent and self sufficient but those “skills” make it harder to ask for help, to confide in others.

I’ve accepted depression as a reality for me. It is not overwhelming my life (yet) so I am still functional but it is something I know I need to watch out for. It has taken me a year to realize that I won’t have my mom for much longer. I understand it in my head but my heart is taking a little longer to accept the message.

Life is short.

Shorter than anyone can ever imagine. The scary reality is that you can kiss your loved ones goodbye in the morning and not know that it could be for the last time. We all think we have time. “I can do it tomorrow.”

I am making a conscious effort to not say things like, “I will travel once the kids are finished with school” or “I will do … when I retire”. Not everyone has the privilege of growing old and I am trying to make the best of every day that God has given me. In terms of parenting my motto has become, “You are raising people not fixing a problem” and it has helped me to not try and force my kids into become duplicates of me, but rather to become people who think, make decisions and take consequences for themselves.

Future of Freelancing?

As of November 2015 I will no longer have a job as my current 5 year contract ends, then again, I might be alive to see the day. As a result I am not spinning my wheels (yet) to find another job. I feel like as long as I am on the lookout for the right opportunity, I will see it. Yes, I am applying for jobs but if it doesn’t work out then it wasn’t meant to be.

I would love to get paid to write. I think I write well and could make a success of it. I studied Multimedia Design for 2 years and only found out that I couldn’t draw after I received my diploma. I worked in a call center for 5 years where I did offered telephonic and email support for online casinos and worked my way up through tech support to 6 month short stint in site and banner optimization. I currently support people from the deep rural areas of South Africa and encourage them to complete training and make better lifestyle choices through social awareness initiatives in order that they can find a way out of poverty.

Experience

My experience is rich and diverse. I have knowledge of two very different ends of the spectrum and I would like to use that to make a difference in the lives of people all over the world.

I had my brain picked by a PR person on the bus this morning and I recommended that brands would have greater success if they allowed bloggers in on the brainstorming process. We have the skills and talents to profile their products and our honesty means more to readers than a full page ad in a magazine. We are approachable and reasonable and we can offer solutions to overcome the unanswered questions and grey areas of blogging with brands.

Brands: I will be more than happy to brainstorm with you. Come and test my knowledge and experience. Let’s work together.

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Ultimate Braai Master S3: Meet the Teams

It’s “Time for Tough” was the slogan for the 3rd season of Ultimate Braai Master and if you’ve watched the show before this should make you question the sanity of everyone who entered, since the last 2 seasons were hardly a walk in the park.

This season is once again sponsored by Pick n Pay and supported by Coca Cola, Robertson’s Herbs & Spices, Renault and South African Tourism’s Sho’t Left campaign. I’ve been a avid fan of this show from the start and you can track my virtual journey with this show by clicking through my Ultimate Braai Master articles. I’m looking forward to watching the show on ETV starting at 8:30pm on 11 September and I hope you will join the other UBM crazies and myself on Twitter during the show.

Just click on the team names below to be taken to their Twitter profiles. Be sure to show them some love by tweeting them during the show.

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All 15 teams. Pic credit: Louis Hiemstra – Cooked in Africa Films

Ultimate Braai Master S3: Meet the Teams

Santa Annas

Business partners Piet Marais (29) and Frik Oosthuizen (24) entered Ultimate Braai Master for an opportunity to go on the road trip of a lifetime and to get away from the grind of city life for a while. While Braai Master Piet is admittedly devastated to be missing the Western Cape wild mushroom season and Braai Buddy Frik is really going to miss his girlfriend and his dog, they have big dreams if they win, including financing their business and donating money to the Rhino Fund. They think elimination rounds will be the toughest challenge to tackle. Their team mantra? “After a good braai, one can forgive anyone. Even one’s own relatives.”

Braai Dukes

Cousins Milani Motlohi (21) and Kevin Jonas (21) are two very motivated students from Durban who want to open their own restaurant if they win. Their team mantra is “Something worth doing is worth doing well” but they do admit that they think braaiing in remote places and in difficult conditions will be the biggest challenge to face. This dynamic duo believes they will miss spending time with their friends and family, but the Braai Dukes are amped and ready for an adventure!

Bushies Gone Wild

Durban friends Sherwyn Weaich (24) and Zane Jacobs (36) entered the Third Season of Ultimate Braai Master for their love of food, good company and of course, to try and get their braai-singed-fingers on the cash! If they win, Sherwyn wants to take his family on a long holiday and Zane will use some of his share to fund their charity “Full Tummies, Happy Smiles.” Sherwyn says nothing about the competition scares him, but Zane admits that the sense of the unknown will be a little nerve-wracking. Their team mantra is “Bushies, how’s our combination?” and they’re looking forward to going on what they call the food journey of a lifetime!

Team Ala Mofepe

Pretoria chefs Freddy Buyane (43) and Jabu Mahlangu (33) are both huge Jamie Oliver fans, and they believe that competing on Ultimate Braai Master will help them improve their skills and help them become as successful as their icon. With this motivation to drive them through the competition, it makes sense that their team mantra is “Skill, taste and character.” They differ on what they think the most challenging part of the competition will be; hopeful Braai Master Freddy thinks the final round will be the toughest and his colleague and Braai Buddy Jabu is dreading preparing desserts and puddings on an open flame.

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The judges. Pic credit Louis Hiemstra – Cooked in Africa Films

Simply Sisters

Don’t let the fact that these are two women competing in a braai show fool you, because Busisiwe Dhladhla(32) and Thembeka Ngcobo (31) entered Ultimate Braai Master to take the title, so no wonder their team mantra is “We shall overcome!” And if they do that, Busisiwe wants to open a Shisa Nyama and Thembeka wants to open a small coffee shop. Their icons in life are two very strong women, Oprah and Princess Diana, so this team is definitely one to take seriously, although Braai Master Busisiwe says she’s not looking forward to going fishing!

Kaiings en Afval

Jozi based couple Tippie Enslin (43) and Santie Mostert (43) are both passionate about nature and food, which is why they decided to enter Season 3 of Ultimate Braai Master. Their team motto “Take it one day at a time and enjoy the ride!” is exactly the kind of attitude you need to make it through to the finals. If they win, all they want to do is travel and eat great food but first they have to survive each other, the cold and the road for two months! Braai Buddy Santie says she’ll miss her bed and under floor heating the most while Tippie says he’ll miss the company of his two dogs.

Smokey and The Bandit

Durban siblings Barend Deminey (31) and Lente Deminey’ss(26) team mantra is “You’ll never know unless you try” and that’s exactly what they did! They entered to see what they’re capable of, to pursue new challenges and to explore the unfamiliar and that’s exactly what they can expect in this season of the Ultimate Braai Master. They hope to improve and develop after each challenge and if they win, Braai Master Barend wants to use the money towards his kids’ future education and his sister and Braai Buddy Lente wants to go on a trip to Antarctica.

Team Tenacity

Cape Town based life partners Rod Hemphill (60) and Lesley Verhoef (59) entered Ultimate Braai Master for their love of adventure. While they think the most challenging part of the competition will be to keep calm while everyone else is losing their cool, Braai Buddy Lesley admits that waiting for the Judges to make a decision might be even tougher. If they win, the money will go into their bucket-list fund, and with a team motto that goes “Yes we can!” they might just have what it takes!

Sugar n Spice

Best friends Celeste Raynard (47) and Chantal Geerdes (43) don’t only share a passion for food and travelling – they also share a friendship, and now, a team motto: “Through thick and thin, sick and sin.” As first timers to the Ultimate Braai Master, they’re getting ready to be put to the ultimate test – from their cooking skills, fitness levels, intellect, integrity and embracing the unknown. If they win the competition, Braai Master Celeste wants to complete her book and get it published and Braai Buddy Chantal wants to donate some of their winnings to an animal shelter.

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Tong in Cheek

Johannesburg and Cape Town based friends Penny Rider (55) and Dee McCool (55) say they are “In it to win it!” and if they do, they’ll split the cash. Braai Master Penny wants to get a food truck on the road to sell organic and healthy fast food. They entered Ultimate Braai Master after watching it on TV because they realised they could successfully compete in the show – plus they love a good adventure! They think the most challenging part of the competition will be to deal with the unknown and long hours in the car.

The Fire Feeders

As the first and only Port Elizabeth team to make it into the top 15, friends Stuart Smith (42) and Bretton-Anne Moolman (45) say that Ultimate Braai Master is going to be tough but that they’re up for the challenge. Stuart entered his team for the chance to experience the road trip of a lifetime and Bretton-Anne happily joined him so that she could also share in the amazing experience. If they walk away with the title, the car and the cash, Stuart wants to use his share to set up a travelling food truck and journey across South Africa, while Anne just wants to buy a car.

Weskus Braaiers

West Coast based best friends John Stewart Grundlingh (35) and Bruno Julian Mori (34) entered for the love of the braai and in memory of their best friend who sadly passed away a year ago. If they win, John wants to build a house with a massive braai, while Julian is another contestant with the dream of opening a food truck restaurant. Their team mantra is “Never give up and live life to the full” and while on the road for two months, Julian says he’ll miss surfing and fishing the most, while John says he will miss his wife (although he admits that this might be the safest answer!)

Mix Masala

Farm store manager Sujith Singh (40) and wedding planner Prishen Maharaj (31) are both from KwaZulu Natal entered to meet different people and for their love of food experimentation. Sujith is excited to showcase Durban as a foodie capital and if he wins he wants to take his family on holiday, and buy himself some “larni” cooking utensils, while Braai Buddy Prishen wants to take his mom and dad on a well-deserved holiday. Their braai mantra is “To de- stress, start cooking now!” but when the pressure is on, they admit that the combination of any surprises that come their way, and having to use limited ingredients, might be the biggest challenge.

Delicious Foodies

As the only mother and daughter team to make it through to the top 15, Braai Master Brigitte Leclercq (24) and Braai Buddy Lynn Leclercq (48) plan to live up to their team motto, “Eat well, laugh often and love much.” They entered Ultimate Braai Master to challenge themselves and to get away from the fast-paced city lifestyle. If they win, Brigitte wants to build a small river cottage in Bonnievale while her mom would like to invest her share of the money. They think that cooking food they’ve never cooked before on an open flame will be the most challenging part of the show.

Tikka Boys (PICK N PAY’S WILD CARD)

Cape Town friends Mohamed Yusuf Sujee (26) and Stephen Nandes (26) are both junior sous chefs with big dreams. If they win, Yusuf hopes to open his own restaurant and Stephen wants to travel and spoil his family. Their team mantra is “Never say burn” so let’s hope they live up to their goal! While they hope to gain experience and use the show as an awesome opportunity to showcase their braai skills, they admit that the idea of not knowing what to expect is a little scary.

Tune in to ETV on Thursday 11 September 2014 at 8:30pm for the first episode and join the conversation on Twitter @ultimatebraai and hashtag #UltimateBraaiMaster.

 

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