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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

WIN 2 Tickets - CLOSED

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Have you heard about the Converse Get Out Of The Garage competition? Basically, Converse is giving one unsigned band the opportunity to play at London's 100 Club. On top of that, one of their faithful fans and a friend will get to go with them. I know, FUN!


The millions (135) of entries have been narrowed down to 10 finalists, who each have two weeks to get as many votes as possible. iScream & The Chocolate Stix have asked me to help them get their fans to vote, so on top of the whole "vote and win a trip to London", I'm also giving you the chance to win 2 tickets to Rocking The Daisies.

You want a ticket to Rocking The Daisies? 

Then you have to vote for these guys:



How to WIN:

1. Like iScream & The Chocolate Stix on Facebook
2. Vote for them on the Converse Get Out Of The Garage page
3. Share the competition on your own Facebook page, and remember to tag
    iScream & The Chocolate Stix in your status like this:

"VOTE for (@)iScream & The Chocolate Stix to WIN the Converse Get Out Of The Garage Competition and you could WIN 2 tickets to Rocking The Daisies with www.tailsofamermaid.com"

4. Comment on this post, letting me know you've voted and remember to leave your email address so 
    that I can let you know if you're the winner.

NOTE:

If you have already voted for the band, all you have to do is SHARE the competition and MENTION iScream & The Chocolate Stix, like this:

"VOTE for (@)iScream & The Chocolate Stix to WIN the Converse Get Out Of The Garage Competition and you could WIN 2 tickets to Rocking The Daisies with www.tailsofamermaid.com"

As easy as that: Like, vote, share, comment. You have three votes, so make sure you use them! The band will also throw in a couple of albums and some merch for the winners. Get all your friends to vote too, then if they win either the tickets to Daisies or the trip to London, you know you're going to be their plus 1. 

Cooking Lessons For Boys: Afrikaans Kerrie En Rys



Traditional Afrikaans Kerrie en Rys (Curry and Rice) is one of my all time favourite meals (I say traditional Afrikaans, but I suspect it may actually be traditional Cape Malay). I remember always getting my mom to stop at the local Kerk Bazaar to get my bowl of goodness with extra banana, coconut and chutney. 

That’s how we Afrikaners eat it. I also like it with apricot jam. Don’t question it. Just embrace it.

This meal is super easy to put together is awesome comfort food for winter. You don’t have to have it with all the extras, but I strongly suggest you do.

You will need

¼ teaspoon of ground cumin
¼ teaspoon of ground coriander
¼ teaspoon of ground ginger
¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of ground turmeric
¼ curry powder (mild, medium or hot –depending on your personal approach to heat)
2 teaspoons of NoMU’s Spicy Peri-Peri Rub
(you will find all those ingredients in the spice section of any supermarket)
1 stock cube (dissolved in a little hot water)
2 cups hot water
500g beef mince
1 cup of frozen mixed veg
1 potato, cut into small cubes
1 finely chopped onion
1 finely chopped clove of garlic
1 cup of cooked rice (find the recipe here)
Salt and pepper to taste

For the toppings

1 chopped banana
Mrs. Balls Chutney
apricot jam
desiccated coconut


What you need to do

In a pot, heat up some olive oil and add your chopped onion, garlic, and all your spices. Fry for a few minutes on a low heat and add about 3 table spoons on water. Add your chopped potato and fry for about 5 minutes, stirring so it doesn’t burn. Add the mince and fry until brown. Now add your mixed veg, stock cube and two cups of water. Cover and cook for about 20-30 minutes, stirring every now and then.

Serve with rice and all the toppings.

Do Not Eat Sushi Here: Bamboo Chinese and Sushi

Picture this scenario: It’s your birthday. You’ve decided to celebrate with a quiet night in after a crazy Sunday on a Wine Safari. You’re all cuddled up on the couch, eagerly awaiting the giant order of birthday sushi that you’ve ordered in. It arrives, it looks fantastic. Your mouth is watering. This night is going to be perfect. Sushi is your favourite. You take your first bite and...DISGUSTING! SPIT IT OUT!

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I know, sounds horrible doesn’t it? It was.

I am not one to give up on a plate of food. In fact, the only time I’ve ever looked a plate of food in the eye and turned away, was last year when my heart was broken. But other than that, if it is food, I will eat it. But on this occasion, I could not even force it down for the sake of Karma. Literally, it was the most revolting sushi of my entire life.

First of all, the sashimi was cut into giant, thick slabs of raw fish. Technically, sashimi should be thin, delicate slices. Dictionary: “Sa-shi-mi; A Japanese dish consisting of very thin, bite size slices of raw fish, traditionally served with soy sauce and wasabi”. These were like salmon steaks.

Even worse, was that they were all talk and no walk; thick and mean looking, but lacking in any sort of flavour. After biting in to one, I had to check what I was actually eating, as all it tasted like was cold, dead, wet substance.

Secondly, the soy sauce was most definitely watered down. It was watery and light in colour and did not soak into the sushi rice. It also hardly tasted of anything at all. Come one people, have some pride. If you can’t even serve good soy sauce...

But here is the worst part; As I bit into my very first rainbow roll, expecting glowing feelings of deliciousness and satisfaction to wash over my tastebuds, I was brutally assaulted by the absolutely disgusting taste and texture...of unripe avo.

And not just a little unripe. I’m talking, wrap-it-in-a-brown-bag-and-stash-it-in-a-dark-cupboard-for-a-few-days-unpripe. Hard, cold, repulsive.

You guys, I ask you, is there anything on this earth more disappointing than bad sushi? (Besides finding out your friend is racist, losing your job, finding out your favourite band has cancelled their South African tour, not getting flowers on Valentine’s day etc. etc.)

Needless to say, I threw the whole lot out. Fashion sandwiches, rainbow rolls, sashimi... well, I ate the salmon roses, but the rest went out the door like an old pair of shoes. Which is saying a lot. I don’t even like throwing out old shoes, much less food.

So I suggest you do NOT eat sushi at Bamboo. Rather get your fix at one of these great options:

Active Sushi, Strand Street 021 422 0462

Sevruga, V&A Waterfront 021 421 5134 (my absolute favourite sushi spot in Cape Town and they have an awesome special: half price sushi, dim sum and cocktails from 12:00 to 18:00 every day)

Beluga, Green Point 021 418 2948/9

On a side note, Nash ordered Chinese from Bamboo, which was really good. Especially the spring rolls.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Virgin Active Wellness Wednesday: Moonlight Mass, Coming Up 2 August


Sometimes Cape Town just blows my mind with everything it has to offer. Add Moonlight Mass to the list of Awesome Stuff To Do In Cape Town.


Every full moon hundreds of Capetonians get on their bicycles to promote safe cycling in Cape Town. What makes this event so awesome is that it spans across all the bicycling sub-cultures of this city– from professional cyclists to daily commuters to ultra-hipsters, everyone with a bicycle is welcome.

The ride starts at 9pm and ends at midnight and is a super cool way to get out, do some exercise, have a fun time with your friends and get involved in a really rad initiative. It's super chilled and starts at Greenpoint Circle.

There are some really cool photographs that have come out of the events so far. Check out Guy With Camera's batch.





The next event is on the 2nd of August and Virgin Active is getting involved by loaning some bicycles to keen cyclists.

Check out the event on www.moonlightmass.co.za and find Virgin Active on Facebook here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Colourblind



"I bought two markers today. A red one and a black one"- Nash

My Weekend : Birthday Celebrations At Rivierbosch

On Friday Nash whisked me away to a mystery location for the weekend in celebration of my 24th birthday and our two year anniversary. With almost uncontrollable excitement (from my side) we arrived in Jonkershoek (just outside of Stellenbosch) at around 17:30 on Friday and stepped right into heaven. 


Rivierbosch is a gorgeous little cottage right on the river, lovingly decorated and set on a small holding surrounded by beautiful trees and two cute cows. The cottage is just five minutes from Stellenbosch and about 15 minutes from Franschoek.



Rivierbosch is like my dream home-away-from-home, with it's giant white bed, underfloor heating and  cozy fireplace. The kitchen is fully-equipped and with Stellies so close you can easily pop into town for a coffee or dinner, but its so relaxing and beautiful that you'd be just as happy staying locked indoors all weekend. There is also a beautiful outside area which I'm sure would be fantastic in the summer.




We spent Friday night at De Kaggel and lay in on Saturday before lunching at my absolute favourite, Bread & Wine at MoresonWe stopped by Tokara on our way back to Rivierbosch and I got completely carried away with my little shopping basket. We spent the rest of Saturday curled up in front of the fire reading and sipping bubbly as the rain bucketed down outside, before tucking into a platter of deliciousness made up of our Tokara and Moreson bounty.

We took a walk in the light rain around the grounds and watched the river, which was in flood and got very much swept up in the feeling of being in the British countryside. The weather was very romantic and perfect for cuddling and smooching.









Rivierbosch has all the comforts you could possinly need plus small touches that make all the difference (like a sewing kit and Boss Ice Tea in the fridge). We arrived to lit candles and enough firewood to keep Nash entertained all weekend long. In the comfortable living room there is an interesting selection of books to choose from (I actually got stuck into one about a couple of guys who took a 10 day roadtrip through 100 wine farms, The Good Value Guru), a gorgeous faux fur throw and some instrumental albums to set the mood.













If you are looking for an affordable weekend in the winelands, far enough from everything to be able to really relax, but close enough to some fun activities to keep yourself busy, I definitely suggest this little piece of heaven.
www.rivierbosch.com

Things to do around Rivierbosch

Stellenbosch


De Kaggel for pizzas and hearty comfort food with a fire place and some great acoustic music
De Oude Bank Bakkerij for a great vibe, fantastic coffee and great artisan breads
Mila The Cake Shop for probably the most beautiful and delicious cakes you will ever taste. How I wish they delivered to Cape Town

Franschoek

Bread & Wine at Moreson. As I said before, it's my number one spot to visit. The tasting room is friendly and any meal at the restaurant is a real treat. I suggest a bottle of Miss Molly or their Gala Brut to sip on while you linger.
Haut Espoir. Big wines made by a gentle giant. This is a wine tasting experience that will probably end in you leaving with a case of red and a renewed love for meeting winemakers. Rob is an absolute sweetheart and his wines are incredible.
Elephant and Barrel for pizza and shooters and probably some awkward dancing post-Haut Espoir.

Just bear in mind that you have to book in advance for most of these places.

Friday, July 20, 2012

WIN! A R500 voucher for Wellness Warehouse

I could literally spend a million Rand on any given trip to Wellness Warehouse. I love shopping there! I routinely go in for one thing and come out with several shopping bags full of goodness, swearing to turn our house into a rice milk-drinking, wheat-free Health Zone. Which obviously isn't great for poor Nash, but generally only lasts about a week.





Wellness Warehouse has a great range of organic and eco-friendly home care and cleaning products, skin care and body products and a fantastic restaurant that may or may not make the best chocolate muffin you will ever eat.


I also like to shop for gifts- especially for Baby Showers in the aisles of Wellness. For Nash's cousin's Baby Shower, I got her some organic baby wipes and nappies. They are so much better for the baby and don't contain any harmful chemicals or bleaches.

Today you could WIN a R500 online shopping voucher to spend on the Wellness Warehouse website.

To WIN all you have to do is:

1. Visit the online shop here and tell me what you would spend your R500 online voucher on
2. Comment below with your answer as well as your email address and Twitter handle
3. For an extra entry, you can either like their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter.

*Competition will run for one week, until Friday 27 July

Thursday, July 19, 2012

#onAssemblyRadio 19 July 2021


1. A King - Heart Of A Fool
2. Arctic Monkeys - Brainstorm
3. Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales Of San Fransisco
4. Band Of Horses - Ode To LRC
5. Biffy Clyro -Bubbles
6. Billy Myers - Kiss The Rain
7. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - 666 Conducer
8. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Ain't No Easy Way
9. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Conscience Killer
10. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Not What You Wanted
11. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Red Eyes And Tears
12. Blink 182 - Don't Leave Me
13. Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA
14. Cake - The Distance
15. Dr Dre/Snoop Dog - Still D.R.E
16. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Shuffle Your Feet
17. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Spread Your Love
18. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Sympathetic Noose
19. Fokofpolisiekar - Vernietig Jouself
20. Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
21. Iglu & Hartley - In This City
22. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Took Out A Loan
23. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - War Machine
24. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Whatever Happened To My Rock n Roll
25. Jack Parow - Katerien
26. Jay Z Pharel - Change Clothes
27. Manchester Orchestra - Mighty

Cooking Lessons For Boys: #BurgerCake

I know what I'm about to say may come as a shock to most of you, but try not to swallow your tongue...ready? Ok...Nash...doesn't...eat...cake! I know! The man doesn't know what he's saying!

Be that as it may, Nash does not allow a bite of cake nor a crumb of cupcake past his lips. Which means cheesecake every birthday. But this year I wanted to do something a little different, along with the best cheesecake Cape Town has to offer (from Puka in Tamboerskloof).

Nash has a growing obsession with hamburgers, which got me thinking...cake...burger...BURGER CAKE! Move over Epic Mealtimes and Paula Dean, I am the Burger Cake Queen.


Ingredients

For the bun:
1 custom made #BurgerCake bun from Jason Bakery

For the patty:
1 kg beef mince
500g pork mince
2 table spoons honey
2 table spoons nomu spicy peri-peri rub
2 table spoons nomu bbq rub
1 cup cooked quinoa
salt pepper

For the toppings:
1 Philadelphia cream cheese
1 onion, chopped and fried in balsamic vinegar
2 packs streaky bacon
2 sliced avo's
3 table spoons mayo
butter lettuce
200g Tussers cheese
2 table spoons Pronto Mama relish

Mix the ingredients for the patty well and form into two giant patties. Dust with flour and fry for about 5 minutes on each side before cooking in the oven at 200 degrees for about 15 minutes, until cooked through and not pink inside. Return to the frying pan and fry for another 5 minutes until brown on either side.

Slice your bun in half and start layering. Lettuce, avo, patty, bacon, onion, cheese, patty, bacon, onion, cream cheese, avo, mayo, Pronto Mama. Now slice the Burger Cake like you would any cake and serve with a side of chips and hot sauce.