Special home issue * Autumn 2014
Renovation DOS AND DON’TS HOME
DO IT YOURSELF
Breathe new life into an old bathroom GARDEN
Best gardening advice TASTE
Be a better
Find out what kind of saver you are WELLNESS How to childproof your home
TRAVEL Wonders on your doorstep
HOME CHEF WHEELS 5 fuelefficient cars
To celebrate the home, our autumn edition features some great reads – and you can enjoy an advanced preview of them here. Transform the place where you live into your dream home with our renovation dos and don’ts (pg6); stay in and cook for your family with a selection of easy home-made favourites (pg12); and make sure your home is just as safe for your kids as it is for you (pg10). Plus, when you feel the need to escape the nest, visit one of South Africa’s eight home-grown wonders – our UNESCO world heritage sites (pg8). Keep an eye out for your print magazine in the post – we’ve got a great new Reality benefit to tell you about. Enjoy!
inside 6 HOME
Renovation 101 8 TRAVEL
World-class wonders 10 WELLNESS
Childproof your home 11 WHEELS
Five fantastic fuel-savers 12 TASTE
Home-made with love 14 SPECIAL OFFERS 16 ON THE WEB 18 CONTACT US
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Renovat Before you start tearing down walls or ripping out cupboards, it pays to take an informed look at what will add value to your home… especially if you’re selling soon. Gillian Warren-Brown investigates…
tion 101 Selling soon?
BATHROOM: For a two-bedroom house or apartment, buyers usually want at least one complete bathroom tiled with modern ceramic-ware, and containing a bath, shower, toilet and hand basin. Most prefer to have a second bathroom (en KITCHEN: It doesn’t have to be topsuite is popular), with a shower, toilet and of-the-range if the price of the house doesn’t warrant it, but it must be modern, basin. with attractive cupboards and surfaces, a GENERAL: Paint walls and ceilings in pale, double sink and a decent floor. It should neutral colours and make sure everything also be plumbed and plugged for all electrical appliances and, preferably, have is spotlessly clean, faults are fixed and everything works. a fitted stove. Carol Knopf, a Pam Golding property consultant in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, gives some tips that will help make your home attractive to buyers.
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We’re blessed with no fewer than eight world heritage site doorstep, and they’re all worth a visit; it just depends on y wild, old or awe-inspiring, as Don Pinnock explains.
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1. Caves of human antiquity The limestone caves
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2. Kingdom of stone palaces The untouched remains of the Mapungubwe Kingdom in Limpopo Province.
3. Lands of an ancient desert people The Richtersveld
Cultural and Botanical Landscape in the Northern Cape.
4. Wild subtropical wonderland The iSimangaliso Wetland Park near St Lucia.
5. The teeth of the dragon The Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park.
6. Smackdown of a wandering meteor The
Vredefort Dome in the Free State.
7. Island of sighs Robben Island outside Cape Town.
8. Flowers and more flowers The Cape Floral Region (and its fynbos).
Home, safe home In South Africa, parents are acutely aware of stranger danger, but some of the biggest threats to your childrenâ€™s safety and wellbeing are in your own home. Catherine Hofmeyr gives tips on childproofing your home.
CHILDPROOF CHECKLIST 1. Remove any potential chokeables. 2. Poisons and medicines should be locked away and stored out of reach. 3. Cover electrical plug outlets. 4. Attach heavy furniture like TVs and bookshelves to the wall. 5. Block access to danger areas like stairs and open windows. 6. Blind cords and curtain ties must hang out of reach of the crib. 7. When cooking, use the back plates of the stove, and turn pot and pan handles inwards where little hands canâ€™t grasp them. 8. Cover pools and never leave children unattended near water. 9. Prevent burns: hide the matches, screen the fire and supervise the braai at all times. 10. Install smoke alarms. 11. Turn down the geyser temperature. 12. Make sure all windows, doors and coffee tables are made of safety glass. 13. Knives, tools and glass objects must be packed away or displayed out of reach. 14. Pad sharp edges of furniture with special corner covers. 15. Be vigilant.
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Dust off Granny’s old recipe books, because 2014 is the year to make your own. From pizza, pasta and puff pastry to bottling home-made tomato sauce and whipping up your own cheese, Katelyn Williams explains how easy it is to make these by hand. Pasta
pasta dough and leave it to rest for 20 minutes. It’s hard to believe that pasta is made Don’t have a pasta machine? Roll out with only two ingredients. Eggs, the pasta on a floured surface until flour and a little love and attention 1mm thick (you should be able to see are all that stand between you and a the colour of your hand through the steaming bowl of tagliatelle that you dough). Lightly dust the surface with can proudly call home-made. Making pasta with kids is especially rewarding; flour, then roll the pasta up and slice it into ribbons. they’ll love making a floury mess, but Drape the ribbons over a stick to dry, most of all, they’ll learn where their or dust with flour and boil immediately. food comes from. Yes, I have a pasta machine! Roll out Serves 4 the pasta using a rolling pin or flatten it with your hands. Set the machine 200g bread flour to its widest setting and roll the pasta 2 large eggs through. Dust the pasta with flour and roll it through again, this time on the Place the flour onto a flat surface or next setting, making the rollers thinner. into a bowl and make a well in the Keep dusting and feeding the pasta middle of the mound. Crack the eggs through the machine until you reach into the middle of the flour. Then, using a fork, gradually mix the egg and the thinnest setting. Finally, roll the the flour until they form a thick paste, pasta through the cutting attachment to make tagliatelle. Cook in boiling bringing the flour in from the sides salted water until al dente before as you go. The dough should form a serving with home-made tomato sauce soft but firm ball. Knead the pasta for (see recipe in print edition) and a liberal 5-10 minutes or until it’s smooth and grating of Parmesan cheese. springs back to the touch. Cover the GET MORE ONLINE Don’t know what to cook for the family
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