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March 2013 • No. 393 • R29,00 (R3,56 VAT INCL.) Other countries R25,44 (TAX EXCL.)


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On the cover in touch 30, 114 Get creative with paper and fabric 48

Trendy collars you can make in a day


Entertain your guests with Spanish tapas


Family meals for a month


Food & entertaining

Craft & décor


From the editor


Good ideas: food


Good ideas: lifestyle


Your letters


Entertainment series: Tapas with friends


Frame it



No-fuss family meals for a month

Give your home décor a stylist's touch


Make the most of your fabric remnants


Four quick and easy stitchcraft projects


Three detachable collars for you to make


Fun 50s décor inspiration

113 Join our craft workshops at the Bloem Show

118 Kids’ party series: Turn up the heat with a fire-station theme

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ow do you eat an elephant? Some people are comfortable with the approach that you do it bite by bite. And then there are those of us who struggle with delayed gratification and who want everything to happen in an instant. In all honesty, I must confess I tend more towards the latter standpoint. I love it when I wake up on a Saturday morning with a plan in mind and then have everything done and dusted by the time I go to sleep that evening. It could be rearranging the furniture in a room, or perhaps a new curtain that needs to be made and hung up. Or I’ll decide I’m in the mood for cooking and reach for my French cookbook to look for an elaborate and challenging recipe; I phone a few friends to find out if they’re hungry and that evening we sit around the table and enjoy the fruits of my labour. This edition is specifically about these types of projects – something that can make a huge difference in a few short hours. And preferably things that you can do without needing a long shopping list. (This doesn’t really apply to my French dinners, but they do fit within my complete-in-a-day rule.) In keeping with the theme, Lizel and Ciskia have come up with a few fabulous projects for leftover fabric and paper. If I had a young daughter I know what would happen to her bedroom wall! Lolla’s three detachable collars also tick all the boxes and the food team’s easy meals for a month are going to give us all a chance to enjoy the balmy summer evenings for a while before we need to start cooking. The simple fact that you don’t have to think about what’s for dinner is good enough for me. And on the weekends, you can make Louisa’s Spanish tapas, so you don’t have to rush backwards and forwards to the kitchen between courses – everything is already on the table. Now is a good time to pour yourself a glass of something chilled and refreshing, to sit back with your Ideas, and to choose one or two quick and easy projects to do that will make March fun and trouble-free. Enjoy!

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Home-made, with love

When I was a little girl growing up on a sugar farm in Natal, I was the youngest of six kids and I remember my parents didn’t have much money through the drought years. My dad would have to leave the farm and work as a ranger on a game reserve to make ends meet. So when it came time for birthday and Christmas presents we would get something home-made and were encouraged to make our gifts for others. My creative mother instilled in me a love for making presents and now giving a home-made gift brings me great satisfaction and joy. This past Christmas I handed on the passion to my four children and although it took me a while to find things they would enjoy making, we had a lovely time crafting for others. My eight-year-old son made gorgeous necklaces and matching bracelets for his granny, aunt and cousin. My seven-year-old son lovingly whittled spears for his uncle and grandpa, my five-year-old daughter made cute packs of cards and I helped my threeyear-old bake brownies for her grandparents. It was such a joy for all of us to see their faces when they opened their presents. Cath Price, Boughton

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Let it snow

Everybody loved the Christmas snowflakes I made from your December issue. I decided to make them as my fiancé had to work on Christmas morning and so the festive spirit in the house was lacking a bit. We’d put up the tree and tinsel, but the house did not look Christmassy enough. As I would rather spend money on gifts than décor, the gorgeous snowflakes were perfect. Lisa Putter, by email

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Roofing and rhinos

i lived in the seychelles for two years and, as it’s a small island, materials were not always easy to access. i was involved in setting up a café and during the construction we used aluminium roofing material. There were plenty of bits of aluminium left over, so a friend and i made a lot of things out of it, including the café lights. being the hoarder and recycler that i am, when i returned to south africa i bought my leftover bits of aluminium with me, planning to turn them into something at some stage. The kZnsa art gallery hosted an exhibition to highlight rhino slaughter in south africa. artists were invited to purchase a ceramic rhino for R50 and embellish it. This creative process gave me the idea to turn my aluminium into wearable rhinos in the form of earrings, brooches and pendants. Doing this would keep on highlighting the rhino situation, and give me the opportunity to recycle my aluminium and make some money in the process. Tessa Carlyle-Mitchell, Durban

mice of Rosebud Lane

I enjoy your magazine, partly because of its focus on creativity; I also like the entrepreneurial ‘thread’ that runs through so many of your articles. Given the realities of our economic situation in South Africa, it’s good to give people the sense that they can do something for themselves, and, hopefully, empower themselves financially. I worked as a needlework designer for many years, mainly for UK and US companies, but last year I had to accept that this work was becoming increasingly less viable as an income source, given the economic problems overseas, and also because of changes in design styles, which meant my work was not as widely accepted. About six months ago I started stitching felt mice, using an old mouse given to me as a gift many years ago for a pattern. I

made several of these for gifts and people loved them, and started asking for more, to give to others. So I decided to try this as a business idea, which I named ‘The Mice of Rosebud Lane’. Each mouse stands around 14cm high, and is handmade using quality felt and cotton patchwork fabrics, often vintage ones. Now my mice are being sold at a beautiful shop called Articles and Frames, at Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria; I am hoping to expand the market for these little collectables quite widely in 2013, and to be able to offer parttime work to unemployed women to do at home. Should anyone be interested in finding out more, they can contact me by email, at Gail Bussi, Pretoria

Horizons expanded

some people are born with two left feet when it comes to dancing. Well, that applied to my hands until i picked up an ideas magazine. cooking, baking and making a small gift bag or basket has become a breeze. i am becoming quite the hostess, if i have to say so myself. Thank you for expanding my horizons and my capabilities. Have to run, project in progress. Benita Bedford, Cape Town

TaTTing makes a comeback

Thank you so much for the article on tatting in your December edition. my late mother did tatting until she was over 90 years old and i learnt the craft about 25 years ago. i attend the somerset West and kirstenbosch craft markets where i exhibit my tatting. as well as mats and doilies, i also make earrings, and do tatting on cards, in key rings and for christmas decorations, and so on. i regularly hear that tatting is a ‘dying art’ and i spend a lot of time telling people otherwise – your article will now help me! i met a young girl at the start of December who told me about the tatting article. she bought a tatting shuttle and with your article and a little help from the internet she was able to do the ring you featured. Santa Petersen, Cape Town March 2013 IDEAS 9

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Entrepreneur’s advice

I have been a loyal reader for the past five years and am always finding something new in your magazine. Ideas has inspired me in so many ways, and I especially liked the November entrepreneur’s issue. I have started selling my jewellery and bath products to friends and family, and hope to keep growing my business. Avitha Sadanand, by email

Gardening and crafting I found a copy of Ideas from September 2010 the other day and came across a wonderful section entitled ‘Then and Now’, which included a project for making a garden holdall. I have recently taken up gardening and jumped at the chance for another craft project. I was thrilled with the results. Danielle Brown, by email

Lighting up with recycling I am part of a wonderful team at a school and I just had to share a photo of a recycling art project that our art teacher, Carey Roberts, initiated with her Grade 5 classes – a giant (working!) chandelier composed entirely of bottle caps, beads, fishing line and hardboard. It took pride of place in the annual art exhibition at our school where every child has at least one piece of art displayed – a mammoth task for our art teacher! The Grade 5 children collected all the bottle caps – tens of thousands of them! I’m not sure of the final number

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of caps that went into the making of this chandelier, but the result is nothing short of spectacular. Charmaine Holloway, by email


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Deadhead roses regularly. Prune evergreen trees to allow more sunlight into flower beds. Mulch your flower beds well to conserve water. Plant spinach, cabbage, lettuce, celery and leeks. Split and replant agapanthus, irises and daylilies (this is an easy and cost-effective way to fill flower beds).

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Make a difference

Support the following organisations this month by visiting their websites or calling them to find out more about what they do in the community and how you can get involved: Salvation Army:, 011 718 6746 The Haven Night Shelter:, 021 425 4700 12 IDEAS March 2013

WINE of the month by Diana Procter

Photos: roses: gallo images/getty • lavender scones: francois oberholster • colour insPiration: ed o’riley • others: suPPlied

March is the height of summer, perfect for drinking a well-chilled, refreshing white wine. Take a break from Sauvignon Blanc and opt for a youthful, fresh and fruity Chenin instead – you’ll be rewarded by loads of flavour and drinking pleasure, and they’re often very purse-friendly too. This style of Chenin Blanc has flavours that range from tart green apple, green plum and lime to ripe stone or tropical fruit, melon and citrus, all balanced and lifted by fresh acidity. You may also find herbal or floral characters, and mineral notes on some examples.

Pronounce it: ‘shen-ien blonk’. Drink it with: fresh fish and seafood, sashimi, roast pork or duck especially when cooked with apple or lemon, curried chicken salad, Thai green papaya salad and lightly spiced Malay dishes, or pretty much any protein in a creamy sauce. Try these: Simonsig (R38 a bottle), Stellenrust (R40; the official London Olympics 2012 white wine), Villiera (R43), Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection (R37), Mulderbosch Steen op Hout (R40), Ken Forrester Petit (R40) and De Bos Sur Lie (R55).

HERB of the month Lavender blooms in midsummer with fragrant lilac flowers on long stalks. The flowers attract bees and butterflies to the garden and it’s also a versatile herb for cooking. The flowers and leaves can be used fresh in salads and in baking, while the buds and stems can be used dried in savoury dishes like stews and sauces.

Lavender scones

Rub 80ml (75g) cold, cubed butter into 410ml (225g) self-raising flour. Add 45ml (40g) castor sugar and 10ml chopped fresh lavender flowers. Mix in 1 egg and 30ml buttermilk, but don’t over mix. If the dough seems too dry, add a little more buttermilk. Roll out to a 2,5cm thickness on a lightly floured board. Cut out scone shapes with a scone cutter. Place on a greased and dusted baking tray. Brush with a little buttermilk and dust with flour. Bake in a preheated oven at 220oC for 10 to 12 minutes. Leave to cool then serve with jam and whipped cream. Makes 10.

Must-attend market

Visit the Bay Harbour Market, which is situated in an old factory on the water’s edge in Hout Bay in Cape Town, where you’ll find local art and crafts, fashion, food, craft beer and wine, and live entertainment. Trading hours are Friday from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am to 4pm. There is also a Comedy Supper Club on the first Wednesday of every month, as well as an auction every Saturday at 11am. Find the market at 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay. Go to or call 082 570 5997 for more information. March 2013 IDEAS 13

DIARY for the month Until 10 March Pick hanepoot grapes at De Krans Wine Cellar near Calitzdorp. This fun-filled picking experience takes place every day (except Sundays) from 8am until 4pm. Grapes cost R5,40/kg and visitors are welcome to bring their own containers. To book, call 044 213 3314 or email 2 – 3 March Join in the fun as wineries from the Durbanville wine valley celebrate the harvest season at the annual Feast of the Grape, which takes place at the Durbanville Race Course from noon to 5pm on both days. Tickets cost R100 for adults and R50 for children. Book through Go to for more information.

3 March At Eikendal Estate’s Weintaufe Harvest Celebration (outside Stellenbosch), you can enjoy wine tastings, live music, craft stalls, tractor rides, fly fishing, barrel stomping and more. Entrance is R60 per person and includes a glass and barrel tasting of the 2013 Chardonnay for adults. Children under the age of 12 enter for free. The event starts at 10am. For more information or to book tickets, call 021 855 1422 or email

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7 – 10 March Applications are open for the Africa Craft Trust’s training programme, Access Markets for Profit, which is held at the SARCDA wholesale home accessories and gift fair at Gallagher Estate, Midrand. This course offers the latest trend and market information for the craft sector, delivered by industry experts. The training will prepare you to increase your business and access new wholesale and export markets in South Africa and internationally. The cost is R12 900. Learn more on the Africa Craft Trust website, resource-and-training-1.html or email

16 March Head off to Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards in Franschhoek for the annual Franschhoek Summer Wines event. More than 30 of the valley’s wineries will be showing their summer wines and there will be live entertainment and great food on offer too. The festival will be open from noon until 5pm. Tickets cost R180 per person, which includes a tasting. To book, email events@, go to www. or call 021 876 2861.

20 March Take a child to the theatre on the World Day for Theatre for Children and Young People and give him or her the opportunity to fall in love with the arts. The ‘Take a Child to the Theatre Today’ global campaign, led by ASSITEJ (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People), aims to unite theatres across the world in giving young people access to the arts. Or help sponsor a child by texting ‘Theatre4Youth’ to 38490 at a cost of R10.

21 – 24 March Homeowners, decorators, house renovators, trend seekers and food enthusiasts can look forward to the annual Decorex Durban show at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Hours are from 10am to 8pm and tickets cost R60, R50 for pensioners and students, and R10 for children under 12. Go to for more information.

28 March – 1 April Visit the annual Rand Show at the Johannesburg Expo Centre for a great day out for the whole family. Highlights include an arts festival, outdoor film festival and Bollywood film festival, rock and pop music festivals, Afrikaans music festival, a carnival and an adventure and extreme zone. Call 011 462 1989 or go to for more information.

books Blogs

Craft & faSHION

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All books Are AvAilAble At exclusive books or • photos: ed o’riley • buyer’s guide on pAge 126.

Anna Sui Fashion Idea Book by Anna Sui (Chronicle Books, R215)

Cellarmasters in the Kitchen by Wendy Toerien (Random House Struik, R395) Limoncello and Linen Water: A Trousseau of Italian Recipes by Tessa Kiros (Murdoch Books, R397)

This book celebrates the heritage of Italy and is a tribute to the women in our lives – mothers, mothers-inlaw, grandmothers – and the important lessons we learn from them. With delicious recipes ranging from family dishes to preserves and cakes, this book is a precious heirloom to treasure.

Wendy Toerien has been writing about wine for over 20 years. Her latest book focuses on the 45 members of the Cape Winemakers Guild and their thoughts, opinions and philosophies on wine. A profile piece on each of the winemakers features anecdotes and insights into their life with food and wine, and includes two of their favourite recipes each, matched with one or more of their top wines.

BlOgS Of tHe MONtH

Lana Kenney blogs about design, décor, fashion, Cape Town restaurants and more.

Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman from Missouri believe the best things in life are home-made. They share their inspirations, DIY projects and recipes.

Jennifer Hagler, a jewellery designer in Idaho, shares her loves and likes, with a focus on interior design, photography, crafts, food and travel.

Fans of the iconic fashion designer can peek into the world of Anna Sui with this sketchbook, where blank pages for drawing on are interspersed with fashion designs, scans of textiles, and inspiring quotes from Sui’s 20-year career.

Craft: Techniques & Projects (DK Crafts, R358)

From textile crafts and beadwork to soap making and glass work, Craft is crammed with more than 50 contemporary projects and over 300 techniques for crafters of all abilities. Follow step-by-step photos, simple text, and advice on tools and materials to create your own beautiful objects.


The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel by F. G. Haghenbeck (Simon & Schuster, R205)

When some notebooks by frida Kahlo were recently found, Mexican novelist Haghenbeck was inspired to write a fictional account of her life. the book is filled with memories, thoughts and recipes, as well as details of her relationships with famous personalities.

The Red House by Mark Haddon (Jonathan Cape, R241)

The Red House is about the extraordinariness of the ordinary, weaving the words and thoughts of eight characters together with fainter, stranger voices. Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, has once again written a funny and insightful novel. March 2013 IDEAS 15

Food Entertaining Louisa Holst looks at a few fabulous food ideas.

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Wheat-free and easy

For quick and easy wheat-free solutions, try out the Bob’s Red Mill range of wheat-free baking products, available at Dis-Chem stores. The range includes easyto-prepare cake, cookie and muffin ready-mixes.

Indulge yourself

& cake

Relax with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake at Love Cake Café in Burgundy Estate, Cape Town. They describe the dishes on their menu as ‘honest food, cooked from the heart’. They have a range of to-die-for cakes and introduce new flavours regularly. They also sell South African-made gift goodies. Call them on 021 558 9215.

Sassy Sauvignon

Try out a bottle of awardwinning Groote Post Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (R79). Winemaker Lukas Wentzel describes it as follows: ‘An explosion of fruit driven by lime, gooseberry and kiwi fruit, and underpinned by a thread of minerality. A lively wine, with intense flavours, that has a long finish, making this a crowd-pleaser for any occasion.’

LovE To BAkE

The new Love to Bake range of baking utensils is now available at Clicks. They are fun, fresh and come in a variety of colours. The range includes cookie cutters, silicone moulds and cake stands.

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Photos: Ed o’RilEy and suPPliEd • styling: hannEs KoEgElEnbERg


If you’re a chocoholic, look for Frey Chocolates, now available in South Africa at Pick n Pay and Spar stores. With amazing flavours like Dark Lemon & Pepper and Pecan & Caramel, it’s no wonder that Frey is the number one selling chocolate brand in Switzerland.


dala Watts and Lizel Cloete share what’s new in the world of craft, décor and stitchcraft. dwa t ts@ med ia24 .com Lizel .Cloe te@m edia m Do You know of a LovELY nEw shoP oR bEautIfuL DécoR oR cRaft RangE that wE shouLD know about? If so, EmaIL us anD wE wILL consIDER fEatuRIng It on thIs PagE.

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Chic new bistro in store

Weylandts recently opened another of their popular eateries, The Kitchen, at the Weylandts shop in Green Point. Relax with friends at this chic fusion bistro, under the management of head chef Charlene Pretorius, after you’ve done your décor shopping.

Linen House has started 2013 with a new range of children’s bed linen, including this irresistible Boho Butterfly set for young girls that is inspired by Scandinavian embroidery. It consists of a duvet cover and pillow-case and costs R900 for a single bed size. Available at selected suppliers. Call Gill Pryce Lewis on 021 552 1060 or go to www.linenhousesa. for details.

The new fabric range from Hertex features geometric patterns. Lime yellow, grey and soft blue designs are printed on a creamy white background and have intriguing names such as mind games and Fluster. There are also floral patterns and a tropical damask. go to or call 0860 437 839 for details.

For you, sweetheart

Next time you’re on the N2, don’t drive past Swellendam – turn off and pop in at Hartsgoed in the main street. Take delight in all the beautiful décor items, children’s bed linen, cushions, clothes and accessories for the house. Hartsgoed is owned by Alet van Zyl, her mother Nerina Brown and sister Betty Brown. Betty also has a shop in Upington, The Mark of B. Go to if you’d like to order something by post.

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Photos: ED o’RILEY anD suPPLIED

Summer deSignS


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We’ve selected these quirky, modern and vintage-inspired frames for you to display your precious memories in. White frame (R665) from Vamp. A broad mounting board will add emphasis to your image.

Hanger-framed mirror (R230) from Abode.

Print (R300) from Vamp. Go frameless and use a clamp to display your prints. TIP Secure a small piece of cardboard on the top of either side of the print to prevent the clamp from damaging your print.

Distressed wooden frame (R99) from Loads of Living. We love this recycled wood frame. 20 IDEAS March 2013

Wall decal (55 x 40cm, R220) from Lecia De Waal. Display a photo, art piece or mirror in this semi-permanent stick-on frame.

photos: Ed o’rilEy • buyEr’s guidE on pagE 126

Oak box frame (R189) from This is the perfect frame for small three-dimensional objects.

Silhouette (R89,99) from Mr Price Home. TIP You can have your own silhouettes cut out from Supawood.

Print (R400) from Vamp. Hang your images on a piece of rope or cord using old-fashioned wooden clothes pegs.

Find a picture of frame that you like on the internet, then copy the image onto sturdy cardboard, cut it out and stick on the wall.

Wooden frame (R99) from Country Road.

Vintage print (R300) from A thin black frame gives a vintage look to an image.

Silhouette (R89,99) from Mr Price Home.

Hanger (R69,95 for a set of two) from Woolworths. Copy an image of a frame onto sturdy cardboard for an inexpensive, immediate and unique frame. Stick photo corners on the back of the frame and position your image in the middle. Attach the image to a clip hanger and hang from the wall.

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décor Focus wall

A focus wall painted with blackboard paint serves as a handy place for writing important notes and keeping track of to-do lists. Table (R1 900) from @home. Chair (R745) from Chair Crazy. Owl (R179) and clock (R179) from Typo. Ceramic container (R200) from O.Live. Selection of books from Exclusive Books. Light (R795) from Weylandts. Buyer’s guide on page 126.

by Carin Smith assistant mia GrundlinGh photos Ed O’rilEy

Think like a stylist to create picture worthy spaces in your home that have a personal touch.

A stylist’s touch

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Shot on location at the home of Lolla Orchard of and in our studio.

Display your collections

Curate your home. Display your collections of found objects, sentimental heirlooms and beautiful things around your house. Create little displays that tell a story by grouping the same kinds of items together in clusters of uneven numbers. March 2013 IDEAS 23


Accessories on show

Treasured accessories can often be as pretty as pieces of art, so display them on hooks in your bedroom to add interest to a plain wall. This way you’ll not only have them close at hand, but you’ll have solved the problem of where and how to store them. 24 IDEAS March 2013

A bit of bling

For a feminine feel, add a touch of sparkle by painting an interesting headboard design onto the wall. Silver paint has the added bonus of reflecting light, making the space appear bigger.

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dĂŠcor Get organised

Organise a collection of books by colour for a clean, uncluttered and modern look. If you have a book that doesn’t work in your colour scheme, turn it around so that only the white pages are visible. To add to the organised effect, colour coordinate your personal mementos on the bookshelf along with your books. Bookshelf (R2 500) from @home. Metal stool (R595) and wire basket (R329) from Weylandts. (From top left) White ceramic vase (R350) and glass bottle (R120) from O.Live. Clock (R595) from Weylandts. Books from Exclusive Books. A and Z bookends (R290) from Abode. Yarn ceramic container (R119) from Typo. Ceramic vase (R180) from Quirky Me. Glass jar (R59) and blue glass vase (R79) from Weylandts. Glass (R15,99) from Mr Price Home. Glass jar (R249) from Weylandts. Wooden heart (R795) from Abode. Ceramic vase (R220) from @home. Lantern (R79,99) from Mr Price Home. Wooden box (R280) from Abode.

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Personal touch

Give your living room a lived-in feel by adding personal touches such as books, comfortable cushions, photos and beautiful mirrors. A dark wall acts as a dramatic clean canvas, but be aware that it can make a small room look even smaller. To counter this, display mirrors on the wall as these will make the room appear bigger by giving depth to it.

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Create a cosy feel

A large room with high ceilings can often look quite sparse. Hanging an oversized print on one of the walls will give it a more cosy feeling. Keep the rest of your dĂŠcor items in the same colour scheme to create the sense of an intimate space.

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Invest in a tray

If you find a tray you like, buy it - we can guarantee you’ll find a multitude of uses for it. For example, a tray is a good way to keep a collection contained, it can act as a firm surface for displaying items on a soft ottoman, and it will also protect an antique table top. A pretty tray will always add interest to a room and can even be hung on the wall like an artwork. Tray (R395) from Weylandts.

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Patchwork wall

This wall is so irresistible that you will want to keep adding squares! Turn to page 32 for the instructions. 30 IDEAS March 2013

We show you some clever ways to make the most of your fabric remnants. by LIZEL CLOE TE assistant CISKIA HANEKOM st yling CARIN SMITH photos ED O’RILEY

Covered buttons, rings and brooches

Buttons are an easy way to brighten up just about anything. Use them for jewellery or to beautify a cushion. Turn to page 32 for instructions.

Fabric from Dot’s Quilts. Table (R995) from Abode. Mat (R259) from Mr Price Home. Throw (R259) from @home. Rabbit (R320) from Quirky Me. Alarm clock (R295) from In Good Company. Dress (price on request) from Karoo Moon. Buyer’s guide on page 126. March 2013 IDEAS 31


Patchwork wall We covered 490 x 490mm pieces of cardboard with fabric. Cut the fabric squares 500 x 500mm so you can fold the edges to the back and glue them down. Make sure that the fabric is ironed and wrinkle-free before you apply permanent spray glue, cold glue or modge podge to the wrong side and stick it to the cardboard. Rub out any creases, pull the fabric taut, fold the edges over to the back and stick them in place. Use double-sided adhesive tape (the thin sponge type) to stick the squares to the wall. You can also decoupage the fabric squares directly onto the wall, if you prefer. Apply a few layers of modge podge to the fabric remnant before you cut out the squares with a rotary cutter or pair of needlework scissors, then stick them to the wall with more modge podge. Or create the same effect with leftover pieces of wallpaper. Scrapbooking paper will also look lovely and is already cut in squares. Remember to choose fabric or paper that is in the same colour scheme.

Rings and brooches Sets of self-cover buttons in different sizes are available from haberdashery shops. The sets contain everything you need to cover the buttons with your own fabric remnants. To make a ring or brooch from a button, first remove the shank on the back so it won’t get in the way when you glue the button to a brooch pin or ring blank. Use a little epoxy glue to stick the pieces together. TIP You can also make earrings or bracelets with the buttons, or stick them to a hair clip for a pretty hair embellishment. Or convert them into fridge magnets by sticking a magnet to the back.

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Give a plain pillow a dab of colour with self-cover buttons. Choose fabrics that match your bed linen or other dĂŠcor items.

TIP Use the same idea to brighten up a plain-coloured blouse or jacket.

Decoupage box

To make

Cover a wooden box and use it to store all your loose needlework items.

pictures on the box, first paint the box with a coat of universal undercoat or white PVA. Leave to dry completely. 2 Place the box on the fabric and cut out a piece to cover the outside of the box. Cut the fabric a little larger than the box, so it can fold over the inside edge. Trim the corners, but leave a little seam on one side of each corner so that the other side can fold in for a neat finish.

You will need

╚ wooden box ╚ pretty fabric remnants (we used three designs) ╚ modge podge ╚ universal undercoat or PVA paint (optional; see step 1) ╚ paintbrushes

1 If your fabric is thin or if there are

3 Work on a black bag that has been

cut open. Paint a layer of modge podge over the wrong side of the fabric. Leave to dry – it will then pull away from the plastic easily. 4 Paint a layer of modge podge over the outside of the box, place the box in position on the fabric and rub the fabric onto the box to stick it in place. Seal with another layer of modge podge. 5 Decoupage the inside of the box and the lid in the same way. Leave the modge podge to dry thoroughly before using the box.

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by LIZEL CLOE TE assistant CISKIA HANEKOM ex tra st yling CARIN SMITH photos ED O’RILEY

Roses from silk Make these elegant fabric roses. We used raw silk, but you can use any type of fabric suitable for the item you are decorating.

Scatter cushion

Make roses in a few different colours and handstitch them to a cushion. Turn to page 36 for stepby-step instructions to make the roses. 34 IDEAS March 2013


Pumps become a unique fashion item with the addition of fabric roses. Choose fabric in a matching colour or with a dainty design. Stick the roses to the shoes with a glue gun.

Shoes (R59,99) from Mr Price. Mat (R229) from Mr Price Home. Buyer’s guide on page 126. March 2013 IDEAS 35

how to

1 Fabric rose You will need

• • • • •

fabric needle and thread needlework scissors glue gun pencil and ruler

To make 1 You need one long strip of fabric







for each rose. Measure 5cm along the selvedge of the fabric and make a cut about 3cm long. Tear the fabric at the cut to make a 5cm-wide strip, right across the width of the fabric. Ours was 137cm long. Work large tacking stitches along the one raw edge, about 1cm from the edge. Gather the fabric as you work. Don’t cut off the thread when you reach the end; tie it in a loop or pin it in place. Switch on your glue gun. Place a drop of glue on the other end of the gathered strip, just above the tacking stitches, and fold the fabric in half. Now start to roll up the strip, with the folded edge facing upwards and the raw edges downwards, glueing as you roll it up. Continue folding the strip double, rolling it and glueing it. Take care not to burn your fingers. Roll the strip up until there is about 5cm left at the end. Pull in the thread to gather up the base of the rose, place glue on the base and stick the loose end over it. Trim away the end around the rose. You can now use your rose as a decoration. TIP For an interesting effect, try making roses with colourful strips of fabric.

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Decorate a plain handbag with small roses for a special occasion. Sew them to the bag by hand, or stick them down with a glue gun or with strong glue.

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Sew fast,

sew easy

These four easy and inspiring projects from Sarah Moore’s book Homemade Gifts Vintage Style can be made over a weekend. Tapestry cushions

Homemade Gifts Vintage Style by Sarah Moore (Kyle Books Limited) is for people who want to make personal gifts or to save money by making presents themselves, for vintage lovers and anyone keen to get creative and give their home a personal touch. The author, Sarah Moore, is a self-confessed vintage addict and mother of three who makes and sells vintageinspired pieces at local craft fairs and Christmas markets. Go to or to your nearest bookstore to find this book.

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It’s simply not possible to have too many cushions! They can instantly alter the style of a room as the seasons change, from blousy summer pinks and greens to subtle winter tweeds and checks, and they remain a relatively low-cost way of updating a look. These cushions are made with reclaimed tapestry fronts and pieces of vintage blanket on the back, so they can be enjoyed from all sides. You can, of course, stitch your own tapestry panels, but not everyone has the time and patience for that. However, fire screens, pictures, chair seats and cushions were all made from tapestry panels in the past, and there is still a plentiful supply of these embroideries to reclaim and make into plump feather-filled furnishing accessories.

You will need • • • • • • • •

tapestry panel backing fabric cushion inner tape measure pins sewing thread hand-sewing needle ribbons (optional)

To make

1 The size of the cushion will be

dictated by the tapestry panel, so choose a cushion inner that is about 2cm smaller all around than the panel. If you need to cut the tapestry, set your sewing machine to a tight zigzag stitch and zigzag along the inside of the cutting line before you cut, which will help to prevent the stitching from unravelling. 2 For the back of the cushion, choose a wool fabric that complements the tapestry. A piece of unblemished and non-holey fabric from an old blanket or tweed coat, or any thick linen is perfect. Cut the backing to the same size as the tapestry panel. 3 With right sides facing, pin the fabrics together. Set your sewing machine to a small, straight stitch and sew around three sides of the cover. Turn the cover right side out and stuff with the cushion inner. 4 Hand sew the open side closed using slip stitch. Alternatively, you can turn in and hem the edges and sew a couple of ribbons to each side of the opening to tie the cushion closed.

Tapestry cushions

A special thank you to Kyle Books Limited and Sarah Moore, author of Homemade Gifts Vintage Style, for permission to publish these projects. March 2013 IDEAS 39


Easy peasy lace trim choker (this page) and guest soaps (facing page). Turn to page 42 for the instructions.

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stitchcraft Easy peasy lace trim choker

Delicate and very vintage looking, this lacy ruffle of a choker will only take a moment to make. You can also make some shorter ones that can be worn as pretty cuffs.

You will need

• piece of strong ribbon long enough to make a choker or cuff • Velcro or poppers • lace trims • pins • hand-sewing needle • sewing thread • spray starch • iron

To make

1 Hem the ends of the ribbon and

sew on some Velcro or several poppers in order to make an adjustable choker. 2 Lay the ribbon out, right side up, on a table and lay little pieces of lace of different lengths all the way along it. Pin them in place then sew them to the ribbon by hand using small running stitches, or with a sewing machine, removing the pins as you go. 3 Spray the choker heavily with spray starch and then press it flat.

Guest soaps

We just love these neat little stacks of soaps for the bathroom. You can also give them as gifts. Use wrapping paper, old wallpaper, an out-of-date map or even fabric to wrap up your favourite scents and size of soap. Squares of hand-cut soaps work well, or simply buy family packs from a chemist or supermarket. Pretty ribbon, thick string and bias binding all make lovely trimmings.

You will need

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To make

1 Cut a piece of paper or fabric just

large enough to fit around the soap, place the bar on it and wrap it up like a neat little present. Tie the ribbon around and knot it in a bow. Add a little tag with a handwritten note explaining what type of soap is inside, if you like. 2 Wrap up lots of soaps in all sorts of different combinations and give them as little thank-you gifts, or bundle them together and pop them into a basket with some pretty bottles of shampoo and bath oil.



Little girl’s easy skirt

This skirt is about as simple as making clothes can be and you can choose your scale, so you can make the skirt big enough for Barbie or as short as is nice for your niece. Have a good hunt for suitably pretty or patterned fabric, take advantage of any recycled fabric that already has a hemmed side or embroidery, or cut down an old skirt to just the right size. If you find some fabric that would look better in another colour, there are some really simple-touse cold-water dyes available. White damask tablecloths that are no longer fit for the table look particularly good when dyed, as colour highlights the woven pattern.

You will need • • • • • • • •

fabric tape measure cold-water dye, if required wide elastic, to fit waist size large safety pin hand-sewing needle sewing thread buttons and embellishments, if required

To make

1 You will need a rectangle of fabric

about 10cm longer than the length you want the finished skirt to be, and wide enough to be gathered to make a flouncy skirt.





Follow the packet instructions for the dye if you want to change the colour of the fabric. Wash and press the fabric first and turn over a narrow double hem at the bottom and a deeper one at the top of the skirt. Press them for a neat finish. If the fabric has an existing finished edge that is pretty, you can use that at the bottom of the skirt instead of using a hem. Hand sew or use the machine’s zigzag stitch to neatly sew the bottom hem, and use straight stitch to sew the waist hem. Make sure that the resulting casing is wide enough to thread the elastic through. If you would like to add any patch pockets, simply hem a square of fabric on all four sides, then sew it in the desired position to the skirt around three sides. Fold the skirt in half, with right sides facing, and line up the two raw edges. Starting at the bottom hem, machine-sew all the way up the side of the skirt using straight stitch, until you reach the waist. Stop short of the top so that you can easily thread the elastic through the casing. Secure the stitching and then turn the skirt right side out. Hook the safety pin through the end of the elastic and shut it carefully. Push it through the wide waist hem, scrunching up the fabric evenly as you pull the elastic through. Make sure that the other end of the elastic doesn’t disappear inside the fabric; maybe pin it to the skirt to be safe. When the safety pin emerges at the other end of the hem, hand-sew the ends of the elastic together really firmly. Then turn in and hand-sew the last little section of seam at the top. Press the skirt. Add some buttons or extra trimmings for decoration, if you like.

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s visual merchandiser and photographer at the Cape Town head office of a large clothing retailer, you would expect Christine Faulhammer to have plenty of opportunities to fully express her creativity. But she says although she has a creative job, her work – just like every other job – involves plenty of routine, restrictions on her creativity and enforced deadlines. All of these factors combine to stifle her creativity. That’s why she loves to paint when she’s at home. ‘That’s when I get to do whatever I want. I paint the things that I

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feel deep in my soul,’ says Christine. Painting is an activity that helps her stay on course mentally. ‘We all go through phases where we have to look inwards to see if the life we’re living is what we really want. At a time when I was battling to make sense of everything, I was able to find peace of mind through my painting, and also in the poems I wrote at the time,’ she relates. Priscilla Meintjies also applies the therapeutic benefits of painting at her guesthouse at Jacobsbaai on the Cape West Coast, where she helps people with wellness therapy

through the use of art. Priscilla is an artist with a background in human resources. She’s also a trained Lifeline volunteer and Christian counsellor. After presenting ABET (Adult Basic Education and Training) classes, she realised some of her students’ learning problems were actually psychological problems. ‘I encouraged them to paint, because that’s what was familiar to me. I immediately noticed how much calmer they became. And when they were in this calmer frame of mind, they found it much easier to learn.’ Priscilla’s faith in the therapeutic value of art and crafts is shared by increasing numbers of people. The support it provides to those who suffer from depression, anxiety, trauma, stress and many other mental illnesses or medical conditions, is gaining greater recognition. Then there’s also the soothing rhythm offered by activities such as knitting, crochet, kneading dough or mosaic work (where you’re repeatedly placing small pieces of tiles or glass to create a beautiful, harmonious design). These are all activities that foster a sense of inner peace. This kind of calm shifts our inner focus and helps us put distance between ourselves and our problems. This lessens feelings of anxiety and fear

Whenever things go wrong or when you are struggling to cope, at least one person will tell you that if you keep yourself occupied, things will improve. But will they? And why? by ERL A RABE st yling cARin smith photos Ed O’RiLEy

and empowers the person to face the world again. Abraham le Roux is a psychologist and recognised glass artist from Cape Town. He says the chemical imbalance in the brain that makes us feel anxious and depressed can be addressed by forcing ourselves to be active, rather than withdrawing from society and living a more passive, even reclusive, life. According to Abraham you should try to ‘fake it till you make it’. Knitting is a particularly popular form of craft-based therapy. Briton Betsan Corkhill is the driving force behind Stitchlinks (www. and has worked with medical researchers doing ground-breaking work on the therapeutic benefits of crafts, especially knitting. Stitchlinks has already established numerous groups of knitters across England, and is starting to gain mainstream recognition. Knitting is so effective because it involves two hands, which means you’re using both the right and left sides of your brain. This, in turn, will help to improve your balance, harmony and rhythm, and bring about a profoundly calm, deeply relaxed, almost meditative state of being. The work of Stitchlinks has shown that knitting can unlock the body’s ‘natural medicine cabinet’, and help to combat uncertainty by enabling this composed state of mind. Abraham agrees that the focus required to do craft work and the inherent rhythm of repetitive movements create a similarly

meditative state. This is a process that allows our busy minds to calm down, providing a refuge from feelings of restlessness, anger, aggression, fear, anxiety and concern. ‘Knitting is an example of a practical activity that can help bring this about, and enable your brain to tackle challenges with much greater clarity.’ Nowadays we have so little time for soothing rituals – the things that helped anchor our forebears, and which comfort us in times of turmoil. Making tea, unpacking your wool basket while touching and taking in the different colours and textures, choosing some music to listen to as you work, sorting paints and positioning your easel just so, and cleaning and packing away paintbrushes all become little rituals in crafters’ lives. It’s believed people who suffer from depression view the world in various shades of grey. So by working with many different shades of wool or paint, they’re forced to create patterns with those colours, and therefore harmony. Over time the positive effects of these colours spill over into other areas of their life, including the way in which they view the world. Although the predominant colour for her was blue, and not grey, Christine says she knows these feelings all too well: ‘There was a time when everything in my life was blue. My paintings were blue, our house was painted blue, I even wore blue all the time. But when I started

using other colours in my paintings, and wearing more colourful things, it helped tremendously to restore colour to the rest of my life.’ Interestingly, the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso became well known for his Blue Period, but few people realise it started in the aftermath of the death of a close friend. Kathryn Vercillo is an American blogger who has overcome a lifelong battle with debilitating, lifethreatening depression – she tells the story of how she ended up on the bathroom floor with a knife in her hand poised near her wrist – with traditional psychotherapy and crochet. Kathryn is not alone. In her book Crochet Saved My Life, she relates similar stories of women such as Laurie Wheeler, who was suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. Laurie says: ‘Whenever I sat down, I crocheted. I made things for my friends, my kids, the pets, I made rugs and doilies and even

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jam jar cosies. I did this to stay sane; it was a constant, it was predictable, it was a way to be in the here and now.’ Art and craft give us the opportunity to express our creativity and satisfy the need to create something – and it doesn’t matter whether it’s a tea cosy or a ball gown for a matric farewell. To be able to do something, and do it well, is one of the most satisfying things in life. Kathryn also says that your art and craft work become creations that you’re proud of, and they give you something other than your problems, troubles or suffering to focus on and talk about. Even if they don’t specifically like baking, crochet or embroidery, your family and friends will be only too happy to listen to you talk about these things, instead of lamenting the things that darken your moods. Making something for someone gives us a sense of pride and selfworth. Alain de Botton writes in The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work: ‘We are diluted in gigantic intangible projects, which leave us wondering what we did last year and, more profoundly, where we have gone and what we have amounted to. How different everything is for the craftsman.’ In other words, craft gives you something tangible to show for the time and energy you’ve invested, as well as the satisfaction of having mastered a part of the world, or something specific you set out to accomplish. To make something demands concentration and willpower; you can’t do it if your thoughts are elsewhere. Waldorf schools emphasise the important role of craft in our development and the curriculums of their schools all

over the world include knitting, stitchcraft, embroidery, crochet and weaving classes, as well as wood and metal work. Elana Rudolf is a remedial therapist working with therapeutic art at the Michael Oak Waldorf School in Cape Town. She uses therapeutic art when she works with pupils who have, for example, lived through their parents’ messy divorce, suffer from trauma in the aftermath of a criminal attack, or young people struggling with selfesteem or behavioural problems. She mostly lets them work with paint, clay, charcoal and pastels to express their thoughts and feelings, to help them cope. ‘The programme lasts only two short terms, but by the end of the first term I can usually see a shift starting to take place in a child. I was a remedial teacher for 15 years and during that time I’d usually start seeing a change only after about a year or so. But with the remedial therapy that I use nowadays, it takes only about 12 sessions,’ says Elana.

Therapeutic art, art therapy and craft therapy are all different. Each one works for different people, depending on their unique problems, and each form is also practised by people with varying levels of training, qualification and experience. So the scope is broad. But one thing that cuts across all aspects is the conclusion that it works. The first conference on the therapeutic benefits of knitting, with the theme ‘Knitting to Facilitate Change’, was held in Bath, England last year, the hometown of Stitchlinks. And it won’t surprise you to hear that ‘how to knit’ and ‘how to crochet’ were among the top 10 ‘how to’ searches by South Africans on Google last year.


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Make your own

loose collars by LoLL a orchard from Love LoLLa st yling carin SmiTh photos ed o’riLey

These three collars will give any dress a whole new look and, to top it all, detachable collars are right on trend in the fashion stakes.

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Peter Pan collar

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stitchcraft from * 14 times, (2 dc, 2 htr, 3 tr, 2 htr, 2 dc) in 5 ch-arch, sl st in last dc. Do not turn. Work 8 ch for button loop, then cut yarn, leaving a length of yarn long enough to sew the chain to the collar edge to create a loop for the button. Sew on button to correspond with loop.

Peter Pan collar You will need

• • • • • • • •

white fabric of your choice template on page 125 needle thread pins iron-on interfacing 1m ribbon or lace sewing scissors

To make

1 Use the template on page 125. Cut




Crocheted collar You will need

• 3mm crochet hook • Vinnis Colours Cotton DK of your choice • 1 button

Abbreviations ch dc htr rep sl st sp(s) st(s) tr

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chain stitch double crochet half treble repeat slip stitch space(s) stitch(es) treble

To crochet

Using a 3mm crochet hook, work 98 ch for the foundation row. 1st row: 1 ch, 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in each ch to end, turn [98 sts]. 2nd row: 2 ch, 1 tr in 1st dc, *1 ch, miss 1 dc, 1 tr in next st, rep from * until 1 st remains, 1 tr in last st, turn. 3rd row: 1 ch, 1 dc in each of the first 2 tr, 1 dc in 1 ch-sp, * 5 ch, miss the next (tr, 1 ch-sp, tr), 1 dc in next 1 ch-sp, 3 ch, miss next tr, 1 dc in next 1 ch-sp, rep from * 14 times, 5 ch, miss the next (tr, 1 ch-sp, tr), 1 dc in last 1 ch-sp, sl st in last tr and in top of turning ch, turn. 4th row: 1 ch, *(2 dc, 2 htr, 3 tr, 2 htr, 2 dc) in 5 ch-arch, 3 ch, miss next dc, 1 tr in 3 ch-arch, 3 ch, miss next dc, rep




the pattern twice on the fold as indicated and fold open. Iron interfacing to the wrong side of one of the pieces and place down with the right side facing upwards. Cut the ribbon in half and pin 2,5cm below each corner (the ribbon should face inwards). Now place the other fabric piece with the right side facing downwards onto the first piece and pin together (make sure you do not stitch the remainder of the ribbon or lace into the seam; the lace should be loose between the two fabric pieces). Stitch with a 2,5cm seam allowance all around the collar, but remember to leave a 5cm opening at the back for turning the collar through (remember to stitch carefully around the curves). Trim the seam allowances to half the width. Clip in the seam allowances along the curves of the collar and cut out small triangles along the inside of the curves, taking care not to cut the stitching. Turn the collar through to the right side, using a knitting needle to make it easier and to ensure neat corners. Iron the collar and sew up the opening with hand stitches.

Lace collar 1 Look for old lace at your

dressmaker’s dummy (r499) from mr Price home • Buyer’s guide on Page 126

sewing store or antique market. We were fortunate to find a ready-made lace collar. 2 Sew a button to the back, as well as an adjustable chain with hook to go around the button, and fasten it. 3 You can also buy lace per metre and make a collar using the Peter Pan collar template on page 125.

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50s fun by carin smith and trac Y GrEEnWOOD photos ED O’riLEY

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Have a bit of fun with flirty 1950s-inspired fashion and keep your garments looking as good as new by caring for them properly.

dress up

A 50s-style dress with a cinched waist is flattering on most body types. Dress (price on request) from Karoo Moon. Necklace (R230) from Lovisa. Peg bag (R69,99) from Mr Price Home.

Opposite page: Dress (R380) from Mungo & Jemima.

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your life Keep it light

This cowl neckline is versatile and looks good on most body shapes. Trousers (R659) from Zara. Top (R490) from Jo Borkett. Necklace (R119) from Accessorize. Shoes (R1 299) from Queue Shoes. Teapot (R585), cup and saucer (R250), saucers (part of a set, R230) and sugar bowl (R240) from Pip Studio, available at Isabelina. Cake from Frostings. Cake stand (R149) and whisk (part of a set of three, R19) from @home. Cupcake wrappers (R19,99 per pack), flamingo tea towel (R99) and clock (R39) from Mr Price Home. Floral tea towels (R100 each) and straws (R100 per pack) from In Good Company. Turquoise cup and saucer (R179) from Typo.

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White on White

╚ Prevent yellowing of white garments by washing them according to the care label after each wear. The item may look clean but body oils and perspiration can quickly turn fabric yellow. ╚ Sort clothing carefully and wash only whites together. ╚ Don’t overload the washing machine. Detergents can loosen dirt but will not be able to work optimally if there isn’t enough space between the garments. ╚ Never use ordinary bleach to remove stains because it can cause yellowing. Rather use a stain remover specifically intended for laundry and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. ╚ Treat stains before washing. Don’t wash whites with a stain as this can ‘set’ the stain. ╚ Dry whites outside in the sunlight whenever possible as the sun’s rays help to retain the garment’s brightness.

Polka-dot top (R485) from Mungo & Jemima. Apron (R340) and peg basket (R220) from In Good Company. Pegs (R195 per set) from L’Orangerie. Iron (R199,99), housekeeper’s box (R199,99), basket (R189) and padded hangers (R29,99 per set) from Mr Price Home.

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colourful choices

When wearing yellow, choose a dress in a simple silhouette for a grown-up look.

Dress (R560) from Mungo & Jemima Claremont. Jacket (R599) from Zara. Shoes (R1 299) from Queue Shoes. Earrings (R130) from Lulu Belle. KitchenAid (R5 990) from @home. Sugar bowl (R230) from In Good Company.

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All things bright

╚ Keep your colours vibrant by washing similar shades together. If a garment is new, wash it seperately the first time to make sure it’s colourfast. ╚ Test whether a garment is colourfast by placing it on a piece of white cloth while wet and running a warm iron over it. If some of the colour comes through onto the white fabric, it’s not colourfast. ╚ Wash like fabrics with like to prevent fluff balls adhering to other types of fabrics and always wash at temperatures of 50°C or lower. This will save your garments as well as your electricity bill. ╚ Never leave wet washing in a pile as the colours could run and stain pale garments.

Laundry basket (R59,99) and glass jar (R79,99) from Mr Price Home.

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chic & simple

A shift dress complements a bigger bust. Dress (R999) from Zara. Clutch bag (R399) from Accessorize. Brooch (R130) and bracelet (R130) from Lulu Belle. Letter K (R39) and cupcake container (R89) from Typo. Milk jug (R230), dishwashing liquid (R100) and scrubbing brush (R65) from In Good Company.

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Wonderful Woollens

╚ Follow to the letter the care instructions for the yarn (in the case of handmade items) or the instructions reflected on the garment’s care label. ╚ Where possible, wash woollens by hand using a detergent intended for that purpose and then rinse gently in cold water. Press out the excess water between two neutralcoloured towels and lie flat to dry. ╚ Do not leave wool to soak and never wring it dry or spin it dry in the washing machine. ╚ Wool blends can generally be machine-washed but at temperatures lower than 50°C and coupled with a special detergent intended for that purpose. Set your washing machine on a short spin cycle. ╚ Wool is delicate and should under no circumstances be boiled (temperatures of 60°C and higher) or it will shrink.

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Fine Fabrics

╚ Lingerie and other fine fabrics require special care. Wash by hand in lukewarm soapy water and dry flat, out of direct sunlight. ╚ Remove the pads from bras and swimsuits in order to retain the cup shape. • ╚ Never expose silk to direct sunlight to dry – it may yellow – and avoid twisting or wringing it. ╚ When washing delicate garments in the machine (on the delicates cycle), place them in a pillowcase, and use the right detergent. ╚ Fine fabrics require special care. Check the laundry-care label and, if the item can be machine washed, set the temperature to 30°C. Don’t wring out and always lay flat on a towel to dry. ╚ Silk items can be hung on a hanger to dry to avoid peg marks. Model: Gisela from 1085 Artist Management. • Hair and make-up: Melissa from Supernova. • Paint colour on walls: Dulux 30BG 64/140. • Fridge (R16 599) and washing machine (R15 999) from Smeg. • Table (R3 100) from Vamp. • Chairs (R450 each) from @home. • Flooring from Albert Carpets. • Light (R990) from Nap. Buyer’s guide on page 126

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The latest hairstyles and products make it easy to have lustrous locks in no time at all. Ensure your hair is in top condition – it’s the basis for a gorgeous style.

Slick fixes

photo: gallo images/getty

by ElSa KrügEr

for your hair

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beauty Curly

Curly hair craves moisture, which is why it frizzes if you so much as walk past a boiling kettle, never mind in humid weather. Tame it with Marc anthony Style Straight Blow Straight Potion (R99,99), schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair With Liquid Keratin Express Repair Conditioner (R47,99), schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair With Liquid Keratin Leave-In Gloss Treatment (R89,99), Vo5 Gloss Me Smoothly Shampoo For Frizzy Hair (R44,99), Vo5 Gloss Me Smoothly Conditioner For Frizzy Hair (R44,99), or Vo5 Smoothly Does It Straigthening Balm (R44,99). Spray haNNoN Anti-Frizz Silk Finishing Spray (R135) over it.


Very dry, ‘thirsty’ and porous hair needs a regular mini-miracle to keep it silky soft and shiny. Hairdryers, straightening irons, heat, chemical treatments and the elements all contribute to the drying out of your hair, making it dull and hard to handle. Such hair must be nourished often. Try Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo (R53,95), Trevor sorbie Ultimate Moisture Mask For Thick Hair (R129,95), schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Repair Shampoo For Very Damaged, Dry Hair (R47,99), schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Repair Conditioner For Very Damaged, Dry Hair (R47,99), Trevor sorbie 18-MEA Lipid Shine Complex For Longer Hair Treatment (R129,99), or Dancoly Moisture Maintenance Cream (R185).

Damaged or has split ends

These problems are usually the result of treatments such as curling, or colouring and other chemical processes. Try TrEsemme Split Mend Shampoo (R32,95) and Split Mend Conditioner (R32,95), TrEsemme Thermal Recovery Shampoo (R49,95), TrEsemme Split Remedy Intense Recovery Masque (R59,95), Vo5 Nourish Me Truly Hot Oil (R44,95), Vo5 Miracle Concentrate Intensive Leave-in Treatment (R44,99), or TrEsemme Thermal Recovery Conditioner (R32,95).

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It’s not only your face and body that change with time – your hair ages too, which affects its strength, colour and texture. Try avon Herbal Care & Cholesterol Treatment Conditioner (R39,95) or Marc anthony Advanced Colour Protect Anti-Aging Volumizing Cream (R129,99).

Thin and sparse, or fine and flat

Difficult to style

Unruly hair needs extra help. Try Vo5 Extra Body Styling Mousse (R41,95), TrEsemme Heat Defence Styling Spray (R69,95), or schwarzkopf Gel (R79,95).

sTay oN TrEND

Choose a modern, fresh and young look that is simple, quick and easy to style. If you have longer hair, get creative with these styling trends:


The correct products can add volume to thin hair and lift strands at the roots for a fuller appearance. Look out for products that are not ‘heavy’ and won’t drag down hair. Try redken Full Frame All Over Volumizing Mousse (R292), Trevor sorbie Protection Conditioner For Fine Hair (R79,95), TrEsemme Root Boosting Spray (R69,95), Vo5 Plump Me Up Shampoo For Fine, Flat Hair (R44,99), Vo5 Plump Me Up Conditioner For Fine Flat Hair (R44,99), or Vo5 Plump Me Up Weightless Mousse Heat Defense (R48,95).

Loose plaits (one, two or several) create a youthful but sophisticated look. Add texture with Vo5 Give Me Texture Choppy Cream Wax (R48,95).

In need of a wash


If you have no time to wash your hair, try TrEsemme Radiance Dry Shampoo Instant Fresh (R69,95), or Baptiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo (R69,99).


Protect your expensive tint or highlights with products that are specially formulated to keep the colour looking vibrant for longer. Try schwarzkopf Colour Brilliance Extreme Gloss Spray (R84,95), schwarzkopf Colour Brilliance Mousse (R74,95), Vo5 Love My Colour Shampoo For Coloured Hair (R44,95), or Vo5 Love My Colour Conditioner For Coloured Hair (R44,95).

The ponytail is high fashion, whether it swings from high or is tied in the nape of your neck. Use a product that keeps the hair gleaming and manageable. A few drops of Moroccanoil Treatment (R380) will leave your ponytail shiny, smooth and soft as silk.


Take a break from the straightening iron – loose, wavy curls are on the catwalks everywhere. Give waves shine with GhD Style Smooth and Finish Serum (RR180), and form perfect curls with Marc anthony Curl Envy Perfect Curl Cream (R79,95), Vo5 Smoothly Does It, Curl Defining Mousse (R48,95), or Vo5 Give Me Texture Tousled Hair Spray (R48,95).

Classic chignon, twisted updo or loose chignon

The classic Spanish chignon is a winner if there’s no time to blowdry your hair. Try Matrix Design Impulse Surround Shine Lightweight Mist (R190).

LaTEsT MusT-haVEs for your haIr

Oil! If the combination of oil and hair immediately has you thinking of oily, unattractive streaks, think again. Oil is the most sought-after ingredient in new hair formulations. The new delicate oils have the texture of a serum and nourish, nurture, moisturise and control your hair all in one. They also make it shiny and healthy. Apply the oil before or after washing your hair, and before or after you blowdry it. Try Kerastase Elixi Ultime (R445), L’oréal Serie Expert Mythic Oil (R302,99), or the Morrocanoil Treatment range (from R380). Dove’s new Nourishing Oil Care range with argan and almond oils (R53,95 – R58,95) is a winner.

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If your haIr Is . . .

Transform your hairstyle and hair condition in a jiffy with clever new hair products and handy hair treatments.

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1 Q A beauty

Which scalpel-free treatments are the quickest and most effective for looking younger?

The good news is: unless your skin has lost all its elasticity, the scalpel and cosmetic surgeon can wait – probably for a long time, or possibly forever. The not-so-good news is: for the best results, you’ll need a combination of at least two treatments. There’s no ‘silver bullet’ yet – a single procedure for a younger appearance – but the aestheticians say there is progress. There are two issues to consider: loss of firmness and loss of volume, says Dr Alistair Clark of the Sandton Aesthetic Institute( ‘Your face needs to be treated holistically, with the right products and procedures, to get the best results from non-surgical anti-ageing treatments.’ Aestheticians talk about the ‘golden triangle’ that characterises a beautiful face, says Dr Clark. In your youth you probably had a heart or triangularshaped face, with a full curve from the cheekbones to the lips. With time, your face takes on the shape of an upturned triangle as the natural volume of your features shifts downwards. Expect a double chin, skin folds in your neck and the heavy, sagging jawline that forms the base of this upturned triangle. The answer? Start with a so-called ‘liquid face-lift’ – a dermal filler such as Restylane, which restores volume and fills in fine lines. Or Botox, which evens out fine lines. Combine these with new therapies such as Ulthera (Madonna is said to use it), which delivers acoustic sound waves deep into the skin to stimulate collagen fomation, and you can expect to look up to 10-15 years younger instantly.

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With a dermal filler such as Restylane SubQ, it’s possible to rapidly restore the youthful volume of your skin. The latest eight-point technique uses a blunt-tipped micro-cannula to inject hyaluronic acid into the layer of fat contained in the skin. This reduces the trauma, bruising and associated pain – as opposed to the effects of sharp hypodermic needles. You can see the results immediately: the face is lifted and fuller. The restoration of volume in the cheekbone area automatically lifts the sagging skin of the jawline and the deep furrows between the nose and the corners of the mouth. After the procedure, which lasts no more than an hour, you can expect minimal swelling, and after 24 hours the full effect of the dermal filler will be visible. Areas where the dermal filler can augment the volume of your skin include the cheekbones, the temples (which become hollowed out over time, making the face appear tired and drawn), eye sockets, lips and lip line. You don’t have to worry about ending up with a mouth like Donald Duck. Dr Clark says a qualified and skilled aesthetician will know how to handle a hypodermic needle with the greatest of care, to ensure subtle improvements that make your face look younger and fresher without making you look like a caricature of your former self. The results of dermal fillers can last from one to two years, depending on your lifestyle and genetic profile. Botox, when applied correctly and to the appropriate areas, can make you look years younger. Minimal quantities can iron out frown lines, crow’s feet next to the eyes, bunny lines around the nose and ‘cottage cheese’ chin. Nowadays doctors give patients a ‘face map’ to take home after their treatment, which shows exactly where the needles were used and how much Botox was injected. You can then take this face map along to your next appointment or treatment. The results usually last for three to six months. Many women have started opting for preventative Botox treatments

at a younger age, to preempt the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, instead of trying to repair the damage. As with all procedures where you put your health in a doctor’s hands, it’s essential to do your homework: ask to see photos of the doctor’s work, and if you can talk to some former patients. Find out which products they will be using, and make sure they are the real thing and that they are still sealed. Avoid an inexperienced doctor who wants to stick needles into your face willy-nilly or use cheaper versions of recognised medical products. Steer clear of special online offers that advertise Botox treatments for a few hundred rand. Always go for a professional consultation before you have a treatment – these sessions are usually free of charge and the aesthetician should compile an antiageing plan for you, which suits both your budget and your requirements.

What it costs

╚ Restylane SubQ for volume around the cheekbones: ± R12 000 ╚ Restylane Lip Volume: R4 000 – R6 000 ╚ Botox for frown lines and crow’s feet: ± R3 000


ULtheRa theRapy

This is the latest anti-ageing wonder treatment. It helps to firm, contour and lift the skin by delivering ultrasound energy waves deep into the skin, to stimulate the growth of new collagen over two to three months. Usually a single session of one to two hours is sufficient. The visible effects include lifting of the eyebrows to open up the eye area; lifting of the curves of the cheeks, giving the lower half of the face a more oval-shaped and youthful appearance; lifting of lines around and under the mouth; and firming of the sagging skin under the chin and jowls. After three months the face will appear visibly lifted and the skin firmer, but it could take up to six months for the full effect to become visible, says Dr Natasha Begg-Spiro of the Laserderm clinic in Sandton.

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LiQUid face-Lift

How it works

First your face will be photographed then your doctor will give you a tranquiliser to manage the pain. The ultrasound energy penetrates the upper skin layers, entering deep into the facial muscles’ underlying connective tissue, heating the area. The cells contract, which causes a lifting effect. (The sound waves target the same tissue that is tightened in traditional anti-ageing treatments.) By using ultrasonic imaging, your doctor can see exactly where the muscular layers are, and where the soft tissue begins, so he knows how deep the ultrasound waves need to penetrate your skin. This increases the safety of the process. Afterwards, you’ll experience skin tightness and minor swelling. Some patients bruise a little, but this can be concealed with foundation. In the following months the collagen cells in the deep skin layers are stimulated to produce healthy new collagen, giving the skin renewed elasticity and a visibly more youthful look. There will also be an improvement in your skin texture: enlarged pores will appear less prominent and your skin will start feeling smoother and fresher. You can expect to look up to 10 - 15 years younger and the results to last for up to five years. A healthy lifestyle plays a major role in the longevity of any anti-ageing treatment programme. • Ulthera therapy is available from Laserderm clinics across the country. Go to

What it costs ╚ ╚ ╚ ╚

Full face and neck: R26 000 Lower half of the face: R16 000 Neck: R8 600 Lower half of the face, plus jaw and neck: R23 000

Scalpel-free anti-ageing

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TAPAS with friends

There’s nothing nicer than spending a relaxed evening around a table, sipping on sangría and sampling tasty dishes. I experienced the real thing in Spain last year and have tried to recreate it here for you. by LOUISA HOLST assistant TANI KIRSTEN photos JAN RAS st yling and craf ts HANNES KOEGELENBERG 70 IDEAS March 2013

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Go to to see photographs from Louisa’s trip to Spain.

Shot on location at the Cape Heritage Hotel, Cape Town. Call 021 4244646 or go to March 2013 IDEAS 71

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Set the scene

Keep the feeling rustic and play with a touch of colour here and there. Use a mix of old crockery and loosely woven linen to match the earthy theme. A piece of old-fashioned lace or a pretty doily will also add to the Spanish feel. Forget about flower arrangements and decorate the table with flowering plants or succulents in terracotta pots. All you need to do now is fill the table with lots of delicious tapas!


Type or write the details of the party on brown paper and cut into a square. Fold a square doily into the shape of an envelope and place the invitation inside. Round off with a piece of cord, if you prefer.

Hanging garden Hanging garden

Buy metals rings and screw them onto a door, or shutter, or wall. Place terracotta pots containing succulents and flowering plants inside the rings.

Prawn croquettes Serves: 6 Preparation time: 45 minutes, plus refrigeration time Cooking time: approximately 20 minutes • • • • • •

120ml olive oil 110g (200ml) cake flour 350ml milk 100ml prepared chicken stock 1ml grated lemon zest 250ml finely chopped cooked prawns • 2 large eggs • dried breadcrumbs • sunflower oil for deep-frying 1 Heat the olive oil in a saucepan

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starts to bubble, add a little of the milk, stirring all the time to prevent lumps forming. Stir in the remaining milk and the chicken stock. Add the lemon zest and cook, stirring, until the mixture has thickened. Stir in the prawns and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 2 Remove from the heat and set aside to cool completely then refrigerate for at least three hours (or prepare the dough the day before you need it). 3 Beat the eggs with 15ml water. Spread the breadcrumbs out in a flat bowl. Flour your hands and shape the dough into small ovalshaped pieces. Dip into the egg and then into the breadcrumbs. 4 Heat the oil for deep-frying over a medium heat. Once it’s hot, deep-fry the croquettes until golden and crisp, turning frequently. Drain on kitchen paper. Serve warm. TIP If the croquettes split while they are cooking, reduce the heat.


• Use finely chopped smoked ham or finely chopped cooked chicken meat instead of the prawns. • Leave out the lemon zest and add 1ml ground nutmeg.

Calamari with peppers and onions (recipe on page 76), and prawn croquettes.

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food & entertaining SangrĂ­a

Mix in a large jug: 1 bottle red wine, 200ml brandy, 1 sliced peach, 1 halved and sliced orange, 100ml sugar and 2 cinnamon sticks. Set aside to stand for an hour or two, then add 750ml lemonade or ginger ale and ice.

Blue table (R950), chair (R350), enamel dish (R250), flower pots (from R50) and shutter (R760) from Rustique Romance. Green bowl (R120), striped bowl (R100), green glasses (R35 each), other glasses (R40 each), wooden bowl (R350), pink plate (R350), terracotta plate (R300), tagine dish (R100) and terracotta candleholder (R80) from Moroccan Warehouse. Tablecloth, pewter platter and cutlery (prices on request) from Woodstock Vintage. Buyer’s guide on page 126.

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Calamari with peppers and onions Serves: 6 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes • 400g calamari heads and rings, cleaned • cake flour, for dusting • sunflower oil, for deep-frying • 1 onion, sliced • 1 red pepper, sliced into rings, seeds removed • lemon wedges, to serve • garlic aïoli or salsa brava, to serve (see recipes below) 1 Dust the calamari with cake flour.

Shake off the excess. 2 Heat oil for deep-frying. Fry the

calamari in batches for a minute or two for each batch, until just cooked. Drain on kitchen paper. 3 Deep-fry the onion and pepper slices and drain on kitchen paper. Toss the onions and pepper with the calamari and serve hot with lemon wedges and aïoli or salsa brava for dipping.

Potatoes bravas Serves: 6 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes Oven temperature: 200oC • 4-6 potatoes (preferably waxy), peeled and cut into wedges • olive oil • 5ml sweet paprika • 1-5ml cayenne pepper Salsa brava • 1 small onion, finely chopped • 1-2 red chillies, seeded, chopped • 1 x 400g can plum tomatoes • 3ml smoked paprika • 15ml cider vinegar • 5ml brown sugar • garlic aïoli, to serve (recipe below) 76 IDEAS March 2013

1 Put the potato wedges in a sauce-

pan and add a little water. Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes, until half-cooked. Drain and spread out on a plate to dry. 2 Pour a little oil into a roasting pan and spread the wedges out. Toss to coat in the oil. Mix the paprika, cayenne pepper and 2ml salt together and sprinkle over the wedges. Roast in a preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until crisp. Turn the wedges over halfway through roasting. Serve immediately with the salsa brava and garlic aïoli for dipping. 3 Salsa brava Heat a little olive oil. Add the onion and sauté for a minute, then add the chillies. Add the tomatoes, paprika, vinegar and brown sugar and simmer for about 10 minutes, until thickened.

Garlic aïoli

Use a liquidiser to blend 2 large egg yolks, 3 crushed garlic cloves, 15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice and 2ml salt together. Gradually add 125ml olive oil, a little at a time, and blend until thick and creamy. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

the joint. Heat a layer of olive oil in a frying pan and brown the wings. Remove from the pan and transfer to an ovenproof dish. 2 Heat a little more olive oil in the frying pan and sauté the onion and garlic until soft. Add the saffron, thyme, wine and stock and simmer for a few minutes. 3 Pour the liquid over the wings and bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes. Serve hot with a sliced baguette.

Spicy chicken livers with potatoes and artichokes Serves: 6 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 15-20 minutes • • • • • • • • •

30ml olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 5ml fennel seeds 1 red chilli, seeded and chopped 80g chicken livers, chopped 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes 10ml paprika ½ can artichoke hearts, drained and sliced 1 tomato, seeded and finely diced prepared chicken stock

Chicken wings in saffron and garlic sauce

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Serves: 6 Preparation time: 35 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes Oven temperature: 180oC

1 Heat a little of the oil and fry the

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12 chicken wings olive oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 4 cloves garlic, crushed large pinch saffron 1 small sprig thyme 125ml dry white wine 125ml prepared chicken stock sliced baguette, to serve

1 Cut off the tips of the wings and

discard. Cut the wings in half at

onion for 30 seconds. Add the garlic, fennel seeds and chilli. Sauté for a minute. Add the livers and cook, stirring until they have coloured. Remove from the pan. 2 Add the remaining oil to the pan and heat. Add the potatoes and stir to coat with the oil. Fry over a medium heat until almost done. 3 Return the liver mixture to the pan and add the paprika, artichokes and tomato. Add a little stock and simmer for a few minutes to heat the artichokes through. Season to taste, then serve hot.

Chicken wings in saffron and garlic sauce, and spicy chicken livers with potatoes and artichokes

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Cold meats and cheese

Serve platters of cheese and sliced Spanish sausage, salami and ham.

Marinated olives

Seed and cube a red pepper. Fry lightly in olive oil. Set aside to cool. Put in a bowl along with 400g large green Spanish olives, 6 whole cloves garlic, 10ml fennel seeds, zest from half an orange (cut into thin strips), 60ml olive oil, 45ml lemon juice and a sprig of fresh rosemary. Cover and marinate in the fridge overnight or for a couple of days. 78 IDEAS March 2013




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A bottle of Spier Signature Merlot is the ideal wine to accompany a laid-back Spanish-style meal.


delicious spread of Spanish tapas and a group of good friends call for a wine that is laid-back, but that makes a bold statement. The Spier Signature range Merlot 2011 is the ideal choice. It has a comfortable personality and it’s a classic

crowd-pleaser, so everyone will love it. It’s a great anytime wine and pairs up especially well with poultry and red meat dishes. The Spier Signature Merlot has an inviting nose with prominent plum and raspberry aromas, and a hint of dark chocolate. The palate is

smooth with subtle oak and berry flavours. Enjoy it now or within two to four years of harvest. The Spier Signature range of wines features seven grape varieties plus a Méthode Cap Classique Brut. Buy wine online at cellar door prices at

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food & entertaining Almond cake

Serves: 6 Preparation time: 20 minutes Baking time: 45 minutes Oven temperature: 200oC • • • • • •

8 large eggs, separated 320g (375ml) sugar 5ml grated lemon zest 5ml ground cinnamon 5ml vanilla essence 500ml finely chopped blanched almonds

Topping • 25ml rum or brandy • 4-6 oranges, peeled and segmented 1 Grease a 25cm round cake tin

with butter, line the base then dust with flour. Shake out excess.

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2 Beat the egg yolks and sugar

together until light. 3 Add lemon zest, cinnamon

and vanilla essence. Stir in the almonds, a little at a time. 4 In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold a third of the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture. Once it is well incorporated, fold in the remaining egg whites as lightly as possible. Spoon into the prepared tin and bake in a preheated oven for about 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean if inserted. 5 Remove from the oven and run a knife around the edge of the pan. Remove from the pan and cool. 6 Topping Mix the rum or brandy with the orange segments. Spoon on top of the cake and cut into slices to serve.

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No-fuss meals for a month We’ve taken the hassle out of menu planning with these easy-to-prepare family suppers. Check the shopping lists for items you might not have in your store cupboard. by LOUISA HOLST assistant TANI KIRSTEN photos ED O’RILEY st yling HANNES KOEGELENBERG

WEEK 1 Pork with cashew nuts Serves: 4 Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes • sunflower or peanut oil • 500g pork steak or schnitzel, sliced thinly • 1 onion, halved and sliced thinly • 4 cloves garlic, crushed • 10ml piece of ginger, peeled and grated • 2 small chillies, seeded and chopped (optional) • packet of snow peas, trimmed and halved • 125ml cashews, chopped • grated zest and juice of 1 lime or small lemon • 50ml oyster sauce • handful fresh mint or basil, chopped • basmati rice, to serve 82 IDEAS March 2013

1 Heat a wok or large

frying pan over a high heat. Once the pan is hot, add about 30ml of oil. Once the oil is hot, add the pork pieces and stir-fry over a high heat until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside. 2 Heat a little more oil in the pan. Turn down the heat to medium and add the onion slices, garlic, ginger, chillies, snow peas and cashews and stir-fry for two minutes. 3 Add the lime zest and juice and oyster sauce and return the meat to the pan. Simmer for one minute and stir in the herbs. Serve immediately with basmati rice.

Sausage pasta Serves: 4 Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes • 20ml olive oil • 1 pack of chicken sausages • 1 large red onion, sliced • 1 yellow pepper, seeded and diced • 6 courgettes, sliced • 1 can Italian-style chopped tomatoes • handful fresh basil, plus extra to garnish • 400g angel hair pasta, cooked and drained • feta cheese

Lemon baked fish with crunchy courgettes Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Oven temperature: 200oC • • • • • • • •

4 fish steaks or fillets 40ml butter, plus extra 1 clove garlic, crushed 15ml finely chopped parsley 4 slices lemon or lime 1 large egg 125ml cornflake crumbs or breadcrumbs 8-12 courgettes, halved lengthways

1 Heat a little of the oil

in a frying pan and fry the sausages over a medium heat until browned and cooked through. Remove from the heat and set aside. 2 Heat some more oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion for a few minutes. Add the pepper and courgettes and sauté for another 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Add the basil. 3 Slice the sausages thinly and add to the sauce. Add the sauce to the cooked pasta. Serve sprinkled with feta cheese and extra basil to garnish.

1 Place the fish on a

greased baking tray. Mix the butter, garlic and parsley together and spread a little onto the fish. Place a lemon slice on each piece. 2 Beat the egg with 15ml of water. Put the crumbs in a shallow dish. Dip the courgettes into the egg then into the crumbs, turning to coat them well. Spread out on a baking tray that has been lined with baking paper. 3 Bake the fish and the courgettes together in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes, until cooked. Turn the courgettes once during the cooking time. Top the fish with a little butter as soon as it comes out of the oven. March 2013 IDEAS 83

food & entertaining Spicy meatball roti Serves: 4 Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes • 500g lean beef mince • pinch nutmeg and ground cloves • 10-25ml curry masala powder • 125ml white breadcrumbs • 50ml milk • 50ml freshly chopped coriander • 10ml grated fresh ginger • sunflower oil, for frying • 250ml plain or Greek yoghurt • rotis and salad, to serve

Filled tofu Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes • 45ml brown sugar • 1 fresh chilli, chopped (optional) • 10ml lemon juice • 45ml sweet chilli or sweet and sour sauce • 25ml soy sauce • 750g firm tofu • vegetable oil • 375ml fresh bean sprouts • 1 cucumber, cut into strips • 45ml roasted peanuts, chopped • cooked rice, to serve • fresh coriander, to serve

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1 Heat the sugar, chilli,

lemon juice, sweet chilli or sweet and sour sauce, and soy sauce together until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat. 2 Blanch the bean sprouts and then drain. Drain the tofu and pat dry with a paper towel. 3 Brush the tofu with oil and cook on a griddle pan until both sides are slightly charred. Brush liberally with the sauce mixture towards the end of the cooking time. 4 Slice each tofu piece in half horizontally, stuff with the bean sprouts and cucumber strips. Drizzle with remaining sauce and sprinkle with peanuts. Serve hot with rice and fresh coriander.


1 Mix together the mince,

spices, breadcrumbs, milk and half of the coriander and the ginger. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 2 Roll into balls. Heat a layer of oil in a frying pan and fry the meatballs until browned on all sides and cooked through. 3 Mix the yoghurt and remaining ginger and coriander together. Warm up the rotis and serve with the meatballs, yoghurt sauce and salad.

Lamb chops with herbed potatoes Serves: 4 Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes • • • • • •

50ml olive oil 3 cloves garlic, crushed 15ml lemon juice 4-8 lamb chops 1 onion, chopped 6 potatoes, peeled and diced • 10ml beef stock powder • 5ml fresh thyme, chopped (or 2ml dried) • salad, to serve

Roast chicken with soy and plums Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes Oven temperature: 180oC • 1 whole chicken • 2 onions, cut into wedges • 50ml honey • 50ml soy sauce • 2 cloves garlic • 6 ripe plums, halved and pitted Couscous • about 450ml chicken stock • 5ml cinnamon • 5ml ground coriander • 200ml couscous • 1 packet baby spinach leaves

1 Mix 30ml oil with the

garlic and lemon juice. Pour over the chops and leave to stand. 2 Heat the remaining oil and sauté the onion until golden. Add potatoes and stir. Cover and cook for a few minutes until the potatoes have browned, then turn them. Towards the end of the cooking time, mix beef stock powder with 150ml water. Stir into the potatoes along with the thyme. 3 Cook until the potatoes are tender. Cover and set aside. 4 Grill the chops under a hot grill or on a griddle pan. Serve with the potatoes and a salad.

1 Stuff half an onion into

the chicken cavity. Place the chicken into a greased roasting pan. Add remaining onion wedges to the pan. 2 Mix the honey, soy and garlic together. Spread all over the chicken. Turn the chicken breast side down. Roast in a preheated oven for 30 minutes. Turn the chicken over and add the plums. Continue to roast until the chicken is cooked through. 3 Couscous Heat the stock in a saucepan. Add the cinnamon and coriander. Add the couscous. Stir well. Switch the heat off. Add the spinach leaves and cover with a lid. Leave to stand for 5 minutes. Stir and season to taste. March 2013 IDEAS 85

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Shopping list Week 1 Fresh produce

1 punnet of snow peas 3 small chillies 2-3 limes or small lemons 1 large red onion 1 yellow pepper 14-18 courgettes 375ml fresh bean sprouts 1 cucumber 6 ripe plums 1 packet baby spinach salad ingredients


mint 2 packs basil parsley

coriander thyme

Week 2


3 ripe tomatoes stir-fry vegetable pack 1 packet Swiss chard salad ingredients 1 punnet brown mushrooms lettuce or rocket 1 lemon 1 small red onion 1-2 ripe avocados 1 yellow or green pepper

500g pork steak or schnitzel 1 pack of chicken sausages 4 fish steaks/fillets 4-8 lamb chops 1 whole chicken 500g lean beef mince


fresh ginger cashew nuts 750g firm tofu 4 rotis plain or Greek yoghurt


Fresh produce


basil coriander

Pork chop pot Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes • 4 pork chops • Mexican spice or meat spice • sunflower oil • 250ml rice • 500ml chicken stock • 1 can chopped tomatoes with peppers and chillies (or tomato and onion) • 1 can of whole sweetcorn, drained • 1 can of kidney beans or mixed beans, drained • fresh coriander, to serve

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600g fish steaks or fillets 4 pork chops 350g lean beef mince 800g-1kg prawns, deveined 4 chicken breast fillets, cut into cubes 4-8 slices of ham


400g can kidney beans 400g can butterbeans 400g can sweetcorn 1 small French bread 4 ciabatta rolls fresh ginger cardamom pods risoni (pasta rice)

1 Season the chops on

both sides with the spice. Heat a saucepan and then add a little oil. Brown the chops on both sides. Remove and set aside. 2 Put the rice into the saucepan and cover with the stock. Add the can of tomatoes. Bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. 3 Stir in the sweetcorn and beans. Stir well, then put the chops on top of the mixture. Cover with the lid and simmer for 10 minutes, until the rice is tender and the chops are cooked through. Serve garnished with some fresh coriander.

Cardamom fish

1 Heat the oil in a large

Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes 2

• 60ml sunflower oil • 2 cloves garlic, crushed • 10ml freshly grated ginger • 1 large onion, grated • 3ml cumin seeds • 6 cardamom pods, bruised • 1 large ripe tomato, roughly chopped • 1ml turmeric • 2-5ml cayenne pepper • 2ml ground black pepper • 600g fish steaks or fillets • cooked fragrant rice and salad or steamed vegetables, to serve

Tangy chicken Serves: 4 Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus marinating time Cooking time: 10 minutes • 4 chicken breast fillets, cut into cubes • 25ml soy sauce • 25ml dry sherry • 120ml cornflour • sunflower oil, for deep-frying • 80ml cake flour • 90ml lemon juice • 30ml sugar • 15ml sesame seeds, toasted • noodles or rice and stirfry vegetables, to serve




wok or saucepan. Once it is hot, add the garlic, ginger and onion. Sauté until the onion is golden brown, stirring often. Add the cumin seeds, cardamom and tomato. Cover and cook for a few minutes until the mixture forms a paste. Add turmeric, cayenne pepper and black pepper. Stir to combine and cook uncovered for 5 minutes. Stir in the fish. Simmer uncovered, for about 10 minutes, until the fish is cooked through. Remove the cardamom and discard. Serve hot with rice and a salad or steamed vegetables on the side.

1 Put the chicken in a

bowl and add the soy sauce, sherry and 30ml cornflour. Marinate for 20 minutes. 2 Heat a thick layer of oil for deep-frying. Combine the flour and 80ml cornflour. Dip the chicken pieces into the flour, shake off the excess. Fry in batches until golden. Drain on paper towels. 3 Mix the lemon juice, sugar, 150ml water and 10ml cornflour together in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for a few minutes, stirring now and again until thickened. Add the cooked chicken and stir to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with noodles or rice and stir-fry vegetables. Serve immediately. March 2013 IDEAS 87

food & entertaining Vegetable fritters Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes • 1 x 400g can butterbeans, drained • 1 finely chopped onion • 1 clove garlic, crushed • 2ml each ground cumin and coriander • 15ml freshly chopped coriander • 10ml lemon juice • 1 large carrot, peeled and finely grated • 50ml frozen corn, defrosted • 80ml flour • 2ml baking powder • sunflower oil • salad and chutney, to serve

1 Drain the beans

and put into a food processor along with the onion, garlic, spices, coriander and lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Blend together. Stir in the carrot, corn, flour and baking powder. 2 Roll into balls and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Heat a layer of oil in a frying pan and fry the balls until crisp and golden. Drain on absorbent paper. Serve warm or cold with salad and chutney.


Spinach and feta toasts with poached egg Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes • 1 packet Swiss chard, trimmed and shredded • 20ml butter • 60ml feta cheese • 1 small French bread • 50ml marinated sundried tomato, sliced (optional) • sliced ham • 4 large eggs • salad, to serve

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1 Boil the Swiss chard,

until tender. Drain well. Add the butter and season to taste. Stir in the feta cheese. 2 Cut the French loaf in half lengthways. Grill both sides lightly. Top each half with the spinach mixture, sundried tomatoes (if using) and a slice or two of ham. 3 Poach the eggs and place one onto each piece of bread. Serve immediately with a salad on the side.

Beef and mushroom burger Serves: 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 10-15 minutes • 350g lean beef mince • 500ml finely chopped brown mushrooms • 45ml fresh breadcrumbs • 15ml Worcestershire sauce • 2ml dried thyme • 4 ciabatta rolls • fruit chutney and mayonnaise • lettuce or rocket • relish, cheese, tomato or other toppings of your choice (optional) • potato wedges or chips, to serve

1 Mix the mince, mush-

rooms, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce and thyme together and season to taste. Shape into patties and place on a baking tray that has been lined with baking paper or aluminium foil. 2 Cook under a grill for 5 to 6 minutes per side. 3 Cut the rolls in half and grill the insides lightly, if you prefer. Spread with mayonnaise and chutney. Add the rocket or lettuce, top with the patty and add any other extra toppings of your choice. Serve with potato wedges or chips on the side.

Pint of prawns with risoni and avocado salad Serves: 4 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes

1 Bring a saucepan half-



• 800g-1kg prawns, deveined • 200ml mayonnaise • 5ml grated lemon zest • 10ml basil, chopped, plus extra to garnish • 300g risoni (pasta rice) • 80ml olive oil • 30ml red wine vinegar • 10ml Dijon mustard • 1 small red onion, finely diced • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced • 1-2 ripe avocado pears, peeled and diced • 1 yellow or green pepper, seeded, diced



filled with water to the boil. Add the prawns and boil until they turn pink. Drain and cool. Mix the mayonnaise, lemon zest and chopped basil together. Cook the risoni in a saucepan of boiling water. Once it is tender, drain well. Mix olive oil, vinegar, mustard and onion together. Pour over the pasta. Stir to coat. Add the tomatoes, avocado pear and yellow pepper and toss gently. Add fresh basil leaves. Divide the prawns between four pint glasses. Serve with the mayonnaise dipping sauce and risoni salad on the side.

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Shopping list Week 3 Fresh produce

1 pack snow peas 250ml mung bean sprouts 2 sticks of celery 4 lemons 2 spring onions 2 red peppers seasonal vegetables 2-3 leeks 500g mixed mushrooms salad ingredients small bag of baby potatoes



coriander or mint thyme fennel, rocket or basil

Spicy fish and noodle salad Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes • 1 pack snow peas, halved • 250ml mung bean sprouts • 2 sticks celery, chopped • 1 red pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips • 100g thin glass noodles, cooked and drained • 1 can mackerel in tomato sauce • 50ml freshly chopped coriander or mint Dressing • 40ml sunflower oil • 1 clove garlic, crushed • 5ml fresh grated ginger • 25ml malt vinegar • 10ml fish sauce

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4 pork steaks or schnitzels 4 chicken breasts 400g lean beef mince 4 rib-eye steaks


1 can tuna chunks in oil 1 can mackerel in tomato sauce 100g thin glass noodles Parmesan 4 pita breads cream cheese 1 packet of ready-made potato gnocchi, cooked and drained fresh ginger 6 piquanté peppers

• 1 chilli, seeded and chopped • 5ml grated lemon zest 1 Mix the peas, sprouts,

celery and red pepper together with the noodles. Break the fish into big flakes and toss gently in to the salad along with the coriander or mint. 2 Dressing Mix the oil, garlic, ginger, vinegar and fish sauce together. Add a pinch of sugar and the chilli and lemon zest. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve.

Pork steaks with cheesy topping Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes • sunflower oil, for frying • 4 pork steaks or schnitzels • seasoning for meat • 6 piquanté peppers, sliced • 8 pitted olives, sliced • 2 spring onions, sliced • 250ml grated mozzarella or Cheddar • baked potatoes or potato wedges and salad or seasonal vegetables, to serve

Leek and mushroom pie with lemon mash Serves: 4 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 35 minutes • 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed • 500g mixed mushrooms • 60ml butter • 2-3 leeks, sliced • 2 cloves garlic, crushed • 25ml cake flour • 150ml vegetable stock • 150ml milk • 1 sprig fresh thyme (or 3ml dried) • 10ml grated lemon zest • grated Parmesan • vegetables, to serve 1 Boil the potatoes until

tender, then drain. 2 Heat half the butter

and sauté the leeks for

1 Heat a layer of oil in

the frying pan or use a griddle pan. Rub the meat with a little oil and then sprinkle with meat seasoning on both sides. 2 Fry or cook the meat on a griddle pan until almost cooked. 3 Remove from the pan and place on a baking tray. Top with the piquanté peppers, olives, spring onions and cheese. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 4 Cook under the grill until the cheese bubbles. Serve hot with baked potatoes or potato wedges, and salad or seasonal vegetables.

3 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. 3 Add the mushrooms and cook until browned slightly. Sprinkle with the flour. Stir well. Stir in the stock, a little at a time. Add the milk and thyme. Simmer until the mushrooms are tender and sauce has thickened. 4 Mash the potatoes. Add the remaining butter and the lemon zest. Add more milk, if necessary, and stir to make a smooth mash. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. 5 Spoon the mushrooms into an ovenproof dish. Top with the mash. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Grill for a few minutes, until golden. Serve with steamed vegetables.


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food & entertaining Tuna pita wedges Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 5-10 minutes • 4 pita breads • 125ml cream cheese • 1-2 can tuna chunks in oil, drained • 2 onions, sliced • handful green olives, pitted • 80ml mayonnaise • 20ml tomato sauce • 20ml lemon juice • fresh fennel, rocket or basil, to serve • salad, to serve

1 Toast the pita breads on

both sides under a grill for a few minutes but don’t let them brown too much. 2 Remove from the oven. Spread cream cheese over the top of each pita. Spread tuna, onions and olives over the cream cheese. Mix mayonnaise, tomato sauce and lemon juice together and drizzle over the top. Place under a hot grill for a few minutes until warm. 3 Remove from the heat, top with the herbs and slice into wedges. Serve with salad.

Spiced chicken breasts Serves: 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20-30 minutes Oven temperature: 180oC • 30ml Moroccan spice rub, or other spice rub of your choice • juice of half a lemon • olive oil • 4 chicken breasts • small bag of baby potatoes, halved • 1 red pepper, seeded and cut into wedges • 2 cloves garlic, crushed • salad, to serve

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1 Mix the spice, lemon

juice and a little olive oil together. Pour over the chicken breasts and rub to coat them. 2 Put the breasts into a roasting tin. Add the potatoes and red pepper. Mix 25ml olive oil with the crushed garlic and drizzle over the potatoes and chicken breasts. 3 Bake in a preheated oven for 20-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are tender. Serve with salad.

Gnocchi bolognese Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes • • • • • • • • •

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20ml olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped 400g lean beef mince 1 can chopped tomatoes 15ml tomato paste 5ml mixed Italian herbs 1 packet of ready-made potato gnocchi, cooked and drained Parmesan and fresh basil, to serve salad, to serve

1 Heat the oil. Add the

onion and sauté for a minute. Add the garlic and pepper and sauté for a further 30 seconds. Add the mince and cook, stirring for five minutes. 2 Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and herbs. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. 3 Add the gnocchi and simmer for a further 3 minutes. Serve sprinkled with grated Parmesan and fresh basil. Serve a salad on the side.

Rib-eye steak with peri-peri vegetables Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Oven temperature: 200oC • 4 rib-eye steaks • olive oil • Portuguese spice or meat spice • 2 red chillies, seeded and finely chopped • juice of 1 lemon • 2 cloves garlic, crushed • 5ml sweet paprika • 2ml dried oregano • mixed roasted vegetables, to serve

1 Rub the steaks with

olive oil and sprinkle with Portuguese spice. Set aside. 2 Mix the chilli, lemon juice, garlic, paprika and oregano together. Add 20ml olive oil. 3 Spread the vegetables out on a baking tray or in a roasting tin. Drizzle with the sauce mixture. Toss to coat well. Roast in a preheated oven for 40 minutes or until tender, tossing once or twice during cooking. 4 Just before ready to serve, grill or fry the steaks over a high heat for about 2 minutes on each side. Set the meat aside to rest for 10 minutes then slice, if preferred. Serve with the vegetables.

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Shopping list Week 4 Fresh produce

3-4 courgettes seasonal vegetables 1-2 small cabbages (purple or green) 4 spring onions 2 large tomatoes lemon 1 green pepper 1 red pepper 1 punnet mini tomatoes 250ml fresh orange juice 1 packet cubed butternut 1 brinjal


Vegetarian scotch eggs Serves: 4 Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus refrigeration time Cooking time: 20 minutes • • • • • • • • • • •


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6 large eggs 25ml olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 5ml dried crushed chillies (optional) 3-4 courgettes, coarsely grated 1 x 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 5ml garam masala 100g cake flour 150g fresh white breadcrumbs sunflower oil, for deepfrying salad and creamy salad dressing, to serve


thyme parsley rosemary


500g minute steaks 4-6 chicken breast fillets 4 fish steaks 1 pack of bacon bits 600-800g pork fillet


400g can chickpeas 200ml beer dried cranberries 150ml apple cider or apple juice

1 Boil four eggs for 8

minutes. Remove from the saucepan and put under cold water. Once cooled, peel and pat dry. 2 Heat a little oil in a frying pan and add the onion. Sauté for a minute, then add the garlic, chillies and courgettes and cook for a few minutes. Put the mixture into a food processor with the chickpeas and garam masala. Blend. Add seasoning to taste. 3 Wrap mixture around the cooked eggs. 4 Beat the remaining eggs. Dip the covered eggs into flour, then into the beaten egg and then into the breadcrumbs. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes. Dry fry until golden. Serve with salad and creamy dressing.

Beef with beer sauce Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes • sunflower oil, for frying • 500g minute steaks, thinly sliced into strips • 30ml butter • 2 onions, halved and sliced • 20ml flour • 300ml beef stock • 200ml beer (or use beef stock) • sprig of fresh thyme or 1ml dried • mashed potato and vegetables, to serve

Cider chicken with cabbage stir-fry Serves: 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes • 4-6 chicken breast fillets • olive oil • 125ml apple cider (or use fresh apple juice) • 5ml Dijon mustard • 15ml freshly chopped parsley • 1-2 small cabbages (purple or green), shredded • 10ml light soy sauce • 10ml sesame seeds • 50ml dried cranberries • rice, to serve

1 Heat a large, heavy-

based frying pan over a high heat. Once it’s hot, add a little oil and then some of the meat. Stir-fry until browned. Remove from the pan and repeat with the remaining meat. 2 Heat the butter in the same pan. Cook the onion over a medium to low heat until golden brown. Stir in the flour. Add the stock gradually, stirring continuously. Add the beer and the thyme. Simmer for 5-10 minutes, until thickened, stirring now and then. 3 Add the meat to the gravy and season to taste. Serve with potato and vegetables.

1 Cut the chicken breasts

open lengthways. Flatten them out with your hand. 2 Heat a little oil in a frying pan and cook over a high heat for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan. 3 Add the cider and mustard to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley. Return the chicken to the pan. Coat with the sauce. Serve the chicken hot with cabbage and rice. 4 Cabbage Heat some oil in a frying pan. Add the shredded cabbage and stir-fry until just tender. Add the soy sauce, sesame seeds and cranberries. Stir through and serve immediately.

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food & entertaining Paprika fish Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes • 30ml olive oil • 2 cloves garlic, crushed • 2 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped • 4 spring onions, sliced • 5ml paprika (smoked, if you have) • 4 fish steaks • lemon juice, to taste • vegetables and couscous or rice, to serve

Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Add the tomato, onions and paprika. Sauté for 2 minutes. 2 Add the fish to the saucepan. Cover with a lid and simmer for a few minutes. 3 Turn the pieces of fish over and spoon the tomatoes onto the fish. Cover again and continue to cook in the saucepan or put under the grill for a few minutes until the fish has cooked through. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Serve with vegetables and couscous or rice. 1

Macaroni cheese with baby tomatoes and olives Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes • • • • •

60ml butter 60ml flour 500ml milk 200g grated Cheddar 400g macaroni or penne pasta, cooked and drained • 1 punnet mini tomatoes • handful pitted olives • 1 onion, sliced


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1 Heat the butter in a

saucepan, then stir in the flour. Cook over a medium heat, stirring until mixture starts to foam. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. 2 Add the milk, a little at a time. Whisk until smooth. Continue until all the milk has been added. 3 Return to the heat and cook, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon until thickened. Stir in half the cheese and season to taste. 4 Pour over the pasta. Stir to coat well. Spoon into an ovenproof dish. Top with tomatoes, olives, onion and remaining cheese. Cook under the grill for 5-10 minutes, until golden.

Bacon and sweet pepper jaffles Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes • • • •

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butter 1 pack of bacon bits 1 small onion, chopped 1 green and one red pepper, seeded and diced 5ml dried Italian herbs 8-12 slices white or brown bread 500ml grated Cheddar salad, to serve

1 Heat a little butter in a

frying pan and fry the bacon until cooked. Add the onion, sweet

peppers and herbs and continue to fry until the peppers are just tender. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove from the heat. 2 Butter the bread on one side. Divide the filling between half the slices of bread, spreading it onto the unbuttered side. Cover the filling with grated cheese and then the remaining slices of bread. 3 Cook the sandwiches in a jaffle maker or, if you don’t have one, cook in a frying pan until crisp and golden on both sides. Serve immediately with a salad on the side.

Pork fillet with orange and coriander marinade Serves: 4 Preparation time:10 minutes plus marinating time Cooking time: 40 minutes Oven temperature: 200oC • 250ml fresh orange juice • 80ml soy sauce • 15ml freshly chopped rosemary • 10ml crushed coriander seeds • 3 cloves garlic, crushed • 5ml white pepper • 600-800g pork fillet • 1 packet cubed butternut • 1 brinjal, cubed and salted • olive oil • rice, couscous or noodles, to serve

1 Mix the orange juice,

soy sauce, rosemary, coriander seeds, garlic and pepper together. Pour over the pork and leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes or until you are ready to cook. 2 Spread the butternut and brinjal out onto a baking tray, season to taste and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes. Toss. 3 Put the pork and the marinade into a roasting tin and roast next to the vegetables for about 20 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through. Allow the meat to stand for 10 minutes. Slice and serve with vegetables and rice, couscous or noodles. (Strain the pan juices in the roasting tin and serve as a sauce.) March 2013 IDEAS 97



Pulling off perfect celebrations – from

weddings and corporate functions to baby showers and birthday parties – is all in a day’s work for this slick operation.

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Theresa Lazarevic

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entrepreneur entrepeneur


nce this industry is in your blood there is no cure. You are hooked for life. In a good way.’ So says Theresa Lazarevic, owner of Creation Events, a specialist wedding and events planning business in the Western Cape. With her having this much passion for the industry, it’s no surprise to learn that Theresa completed a Bachelor of Consumer Science at the University of Stellenbosch after matric. After graduating she went to the United Kingdom where she worked at one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies. ‘I travelled to Europe frequently during that period, which gave me the opportunity to learn more about European countries, their people and their cultures,’ she says. On her return to South Africa in 2004 Theresa took a post at a leading wedding and events coordination company. ‘Within three years I had been promoted

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to senior coordinator and had by then worked on more than 100 weddings and events. At that point I turned my attention to events that featured intricate décor. I went on to work on a number of high-profile weddings as well as large corporate events, including the J&B Met and the Nederburg Auction,’ she says. After taking a short break to focus on her family, Theresa was drawn back to the industry she loves. ‘I can’t imagine myself being involved in any other line of creativity and starting my own company seemed like the next, most natural step,’ she says. Although she had always wanted to run her own business, for many years the timing was simply not right. ‘Then in 2011 the company I was working for went through a rocky financial patch. One afternoon my husband, Michael, and I slipped away to a local wine farm for some cheese and wine. It was there over a glass of crisp rosé that Creation Events was born. Were it not for my husband’s encouragement and belief in me, my business might still have been no more than a pipedream. ‘Fortunately there are hardly any start-up costs involved in a business like this. The challenge is that because it takes up to 12 months to plan a wedding, you need funding for things like marketing and living expenses,’ says Theresa. For this reason she continued working for about a month while setting up the business and securing financial backing from her father. ‘I don’t know how I could have done this without the support of my family. Michael was a great support right from the start and the rest of my family have been amazing. Whether I’ve needed financial backing, a shoulder to cry on or someone to fetch the kids from school so I could go to a meeting, they are always there for me. Now I can truly live out my passion.’


• Starting a business when you have young children isn’t easy, but a new baby isn’t born as a four-year-old so there is enough time to adapt. • People asked me why I wanted to go into an industry that is ‘such hard work’, to which I replied, ‘Because I love it!’ I had been out of the industry for a few years when I started the business so I had to brush up my knowledge of current trends, colours and themes quickly. • I have a four-year plan for Creation Events so I am ploughing any profits we make straight back into the company. • Most of my research is done between 10pm and midnight.

Tailored solutions

Creation Events offers clients customised packages depending on their specific needs. ‘We believe that no two events are alike, so we gather as much information about a client as we can and then tailor a package to suit them. We try to get to know them as individuals and form an idea of their style. Then we work with professionals to make their vision a reality,’ says Theresa. ‘When doing a styled photoshoot like in these pictures I like to put a team together to allow us to showcase our own vision and, in a sense, show our clients what other possibilities are out there. The inspiration for this shoot was triggered at a white elephant sale . . . the little ceramic mommy and baby hippopotamus caught my eye and so the theme evolved. I approached my friend Marida Steyn from Paradiso Flowers ( and together we dreamed up all the different

For informationemail call 076 533at 3884, For more more information Theresa email or go to or go to

elements for both the boy and girl looks. Cotton Cloud Letterpress ( did such a cute job with translating the theme onto paper. Stationery is an essential part of table décor and is often forgotten with smaller events like birthday parties and baby showers. Friends Make Do ( is a new venue in Somerset West that offers a facility for workshops, birthday parties and baby showers. The clean décor of this venue was the perfect setting for the shoot. Lastly, but in no way the least, Cheryl McEwan from Cheryl McEwan Photography ( was a superstar and if it was not for her we would not have had anything to show for our efforts.’ Creation Events is best known for its fabulous weddings and serves both a local and an international client base. ‘South Africa has been a favourite wedding destination for some time now,’ says Theresa.

‘Couples tend to choose the Cape particularly to tie the knot, especially if one or both of them have South African ancestry. Foreign-based couples often prefer having someone on the ground here to help with planning and executing their big day.’ Weddings are not the only events the company takes on. Smaller functions such as kitchen teas, baby showers and birthday parties are all on the agenda and services offered include organising preevent functions such as rehearsal dinners, function selection and booking, site inspections, equipment hire, menu planning, flowers, wine lists and so on. In fact, Creation Events takes care of each and every detail to ensure that everything runs smoothly on the big day. ‘We work hard at Creation Events,’ says Theresa. ‘But we laugh hard too and our motto is always to present an attitude that delivers exceptional results.’ March 2013 IDEAS 101

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Listed bliss

Compiling lists is the sure road to happiness, according to American list guru Sasha Cagen. All you need is a pen and some paper. by JoCelyn de K wAnt / Flow MAgAzine (w w w.f photos ed o’Riley


welve years ago, Sasha Cagen (26 back then) was fed up with her job. She decided to create a magazine for doubting 20-somethings (and 30-, 40- and 50-somethings) just like her. She called it To-do List, because of all the stuff we tell ourselves to do. She placed an ad in a national magazine calling on people to send their todo lists to her, even though she had no idea what she’d be doing with them. In the months that followed thousands of people responded. Their lists ranged from ordinary shopping lists to ‘10 things I want to do before turning 80’ and ‘the pros and cons of marriage’, dug up from drawers, pockets, and wallets, written on the backs of old envelopes, subway stubs, school writing pads, diaries and even Excel sheets. Some of the lists were over 20 years old. Sasha: ‘It became a daily ritual for me to hurry home from work to my letter box. I’d rip open the envelopes on the pavement outside my door. I just couldn’t get enough of reading other people’s lists, even if I couldn’t quite decide why

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that was. It felt like I was having a sneak peek into how other people ran their lives. Each list was a small reality soap opera.’ She decided to start publishing the lists in their original form in her magazine and on the To-do List blog and it has ended up with a whole list-making community, with Sasha as their list-making guru. The inevitable follow-up book became a best seller.

Pure poetry

The fact that the blog and book were such instant hits probably has to do with the almost therapeutic effect that reading other people’s lists has. Sasha: ‘Sometimes you can feel like you’re the only one who is struggling. It’s such a relief when you see that other people have “renew passport” on their to-do lists for weeks as well, or a “tackle administration”. Other people are also having a hard time organising their grown-up lives. You see that we are all far more neurotic, silly and imperfect than we like to present ourselves.’

When you browse through To-do List you see how other people try to pep themselves up to go to the gym, find a good new job, or get rid of a lurking depression. You’ll see that you’re not the only one who’s ever put an item that you’ve actually already done onto your list, just so that you can tick it off. How familiar! Because reading other people’s lists turned out to be so much fun, Sasha introduced List Slam, where complete strangers read out each other’s lists, like in a poetry reading. In San Francisco, where Sasha lives, there are weekly list slams, but the phenomenon is catching on in other American cities and at house parties. If blog and book prove one thing, it’s that avid list makers are a huge variety of people, from professors and psychologists to 12-year-olds and the unemployed.

What makes it so great?

Very simple: it’s a way to structure your life when you are feeling chaotic, a way to remember stuff when you’re very busy. It can be such a relief to quickly jot down stuff that’s been bothering you for a while. That way you can forget about it until you actually get around to it. It’ll make you feel together, even if only for a second. It will provide a bit of peace of mind, creating room for new ideas and creativity. Or, as Sasha puts it, ‘Lists have been my default response to sadness

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your life and confusion, a dependable way to get new inspiration and regain control. Just sitting down with a piece of empty paper and a pen makes me feel better.’

Free life coach

The great thing is that even if you’re the worst organiser in the world, you will get things done thanks to making a list. Sasha: ‘According to my doctor I suffer from some psychological condition that doesn’t allow my brain to order information correctly. This should totally stop me from planning and organising work, and estimating how long something will take, but I seem to get quite a lot done anyway. I think it’s because I make lists for absolutely everything. From “Get lunch” to “Send mail”. When you write something down, the odds of it getting done are much higher than when it’s merely in your head. Actually, it’s a cheap life coach, even better, it’s totally free!’ Things that appear overwhelming are much easier to handle once they are down on paper. A great tip is to divvy up a big chore into lots of smaller, concrete tasks. Some people take this to extremes, like the woman who sent in ‘Things I need to do before I go on holiday’. It read ‘brush teeth – shower/get dressed – vitamins + food – dishes – floor’. Her explanation: ‘It’s not as if I’ll forget to get dressed, but I do this because I often overestimate what I can get done in an hour. The list helps to remind me that everything takes time, and in this way I train myself to take that time. It calms me down, as if the list is taking care of me a little bit.’

Mini diary

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but in bullet points. They are the conversations we have with ourselves that nobody else ever gets to hear. If you read them back 10 years down the road they can bring back the exact same feeling you had when you wrote them down. Maybe that’s why it’s so hard to throw some of them away. A great tip is to simply paste them in a notepad, as an alternative to a diary. The result is an enlightening peek at your own life.

╚ Things I sh ould always stock in my fridge (seaso nal, to keep in your wallet). ╚ Why I love you (easy way to put in to words why yo u love someone). ╚ My moods during the day and what caused them (sheds light on your stress factors and w hat makes you ha ppy).

Find happiness

Usually, a list is a device to help you to make decisions and get into action. A list can also be a means to order your life. Like a list with ‘Things I am proud of’, or ‘Stuff I want to do before I hit 80’. Making lists can be a way of life, a way to gauge yourself. And then there are the happiness lists. According to a lot of coaches, compiling a list every day of things you are thankful for or things you have done well is the ultimate way to quickly feel better. After all, what really makes us happy? You won’t find ‘new car’ on many happiness lists. Instead you’ll find things such as: ‘the smell of rain’, ‘eating sushi’ and ‘having coffee with friends’. A list of ‘Stuff I hate’ can be wonderful as well. Simply to get rid of all the rubbish and negativity churning around in your mind, so there’s more room for fun stuff. However, Sasha advises not to make those lists just before going to sleep.

To-dream lists

A list can be much more adventurous and mysterious than just practical assignments, one after the other. Actually, many a list maker considers it an alternative to prayer – a way to let the universe know what you want, whether it’s a new belt or a new man. Rather than focusing on checking off each item on your list, you could add a beautiful dream as well. Sasha has

started doing this as well: ‘Before all this started, I was a compulsive list maker; I was addicted to crossing out every single item on the page. Now I sometimes add something really wild. Because as many list makers know, writing down a wish often magically makes it come true.’

More great lists

╚ Things I should always stock in my fridge (seasonal, to keep in your wallet). ╚ Why I love you (easy way to put into words why you love someone). ╚ My moods during the day and what caused them (sheds light on your stress factors and what makes you happy).

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84% female 16% male 89% use pen and paper 11% prefer a computer 89% really enjoy the process 11% don’t enjoy it at all (consider it a way to survive) 66% cross out 21% check off 4% put an x next to a completed task 5% do nothing 96% say that his/her life has improved thanks to the lists 4% says their life has become worse because of the lists

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Yes, it’s tradition in our house – 61% No, not really. The children usually sit in front of the television – 5% Only when we have people over –16% We usually braai on Sundays so it’s very informal – 18%

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From making jewellery blanks to cooking salmon, we have the answers. compiled by CISKIA HANEKOM photos ED O’RILEY

Good idea

Buy fresh berries when they are in season and cheaper. Freeze them in small portions, so you have berries available all year for smoothies, sauces, baking, and so on.

Is there an alternative I can use if I can’t find the jeweller’s blanks that you refer to in your February 2013 issue?

Yes, use the metal containers that eye shadow comes in and stick a metal ring to the back or make a small hole in one side and place the ring through the hole.

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your life How can I update my look without spending too much money? Visit factory shops and go to end-ofseason sales for basics. Also look out for classic items in a good quality fabric that will last and that you know you will wear for several years. Mix and match these with less expensive accessories, shoes and handbags for an updated look. And don’t ignore what you already have in your cupboard – with a few tweaks and alterations you can easily update any good quality item.

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ProPs: @home and mr Price home • Buyer’s guide on Page 126.

• When hemming a garment, stand up straight and have a friend or tailor pin it. For a maxi length, don’t measure from the waist down; rather stand in front of a mirror and hem it where it appears to sit at your narrowest point. often if you hem it at the narrowest point, particularly for a more voluminous garment, it will appear longer. • a good hairstyle and manicured nails will finish off any outfit with flair, no matter how plain it is.

What can I do with leftover red wine? GOOD IDEA To make ice that is completely transparent, freeze boiling water.

Freeze wine in ice trays. First measure how much liquid is in one block so you know how many blocks you will need when a recipe calls for wine. Wine doesn’t freeze as hard as water, but it will be hard enough for you to place the blocks in bags, to keep in the freezer to use as needed when cooking.

Iron a little baby powder into the underarms of your white shirts. It will stop oil from seeping into the threads, thus keeping them white.

I have lost quite a few single earrings from ornate pairs. What can I do with the ones I have left? You can either turn them into brooches or alternatively attach a loop to one end and thread a chain through to make a necklace. March 2013 IDEAS 107

your life What’s the best way to cook salmon? The most popular ways are to fry it or grill it in the oven. If you plan to fry the fish, it is best to use a non-stick pan with a thick bottom. Heat a little oil and butter in the pan and fry the fish with the skin side down for 3-4 minutes, then turn it over and cook for another 3-4 minutes. To grill salmon, line a baking tray with foil, sprinkle the fish with salt, black pepper and olive oil and place it with the skin side down on the baking tray. Grill for 10 to 15 minutes, or to taste.

I can never remember what colour I’ve painted my walls. Any advice?

Write the name of the paint colour on masking tape and stick the tape on the inside of the light switch cover in the room. You’ll never have to struggle to match it again.

Can I drop kilos by cutting fat? Results of a recent study suggest that exchanging fatty foods for lower-fat alternatives will help people shift around 1,6kg – without any other form of dieting. Study participants also had decreased levels of bad cholesterol and slimmer waists. The study was commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) following a request to update their guidelines on total fat intake. Dr Lee Hooper from Norwich Medical School, who led the study, said: ‘The weight reduction when people ate less fat was remarkably consistent. The effect isn’t dramatic, like

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going on a diet. The research looked at people who were cutting down on fat [for at least six months], but continuing to consume a normal amount of food. What surprised us was that they lost weight, their BMI decreased and their waists became slimmer. On top of this, they kept their weight down over at least seven years.’ To cut down on saturated fats, have low-fat milk and yoghurt, eat less butter and cheese, and cut the fat off meat. Have fruit instead of fatty snacks like biscuits, cake and crisps. Source:

I’m teaching myself to embroider, but my work looks so messy. Even my basic running stitches are different lengths. What can I do? Often all you need is practise, but to get started, draw a series of dots using a dressmaker’s pencil on the outline of your embroidery motif the correct distance away from each other. Use a ruler if the outline has straight lines. Use these marks to show you where to insert your needle for every stitch. This will give you perfectly sized stitches.


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Light the way Here are a few speedy ways to dress up plain candles. Your guests will be impressed by LIZEL CLOE TE projec t CISKIA HANEKOM ex tra st yling CARIN SMITH photos ED O’RILEY

Tracing-paper pictures

This technique works best on large pillar candles that melt in the middle.

You need

• • • •

pretty picture, text or photo thin tracing paper wax paper scissors

To make

1 Copy or print your picture onto thin

tracing paper. Allow the ink to dry. 2 Cut out the picture, leaving an

edge of 3mm right around. 3 Use a hairdryer to blow hot air onto the place on the candle where you

want to position the picture – just enough to make the wax slightly softer. Place the picture in position on the candle. 4 Place a piece of wax paper over the picture, with the wax side towards the candle, and blow hot air over this section again with the hairdryer until the picture has melted onto the candle. 5 Remove the wax paper and ensure the picture is firmly in position. Repeat if necessary. TIP Experiment with different types of candles; some types of candle wax will deliver better results than others.

Pin decorations

This method works especially well with graphic or geometric patterns.

You need

• simple design such as a heart, letter or geometric pattern • short map pins • graph paper • adhesive tape • scissors

To make

1 Place your candle on its side on a piece of graph paper and mark off a piece of paper that will fit around your candle. March 2013 IDEAS 111

craft 2 Draw your design in the marked-

off section and mark where you need to press in the pins – remember to take into account the size of the pin heads. Stick your paper pattern around your candle with adhesive tape. 3 Press the pins halfway into the candle at the places you marked. 4 Carefully tear away the paper pattern from the candle so only the pins remain. Now press the pins into the candle all the way.

Candle stickers

We bought our transfer pictures for candles at a craft store. They come in a variety of different designs and are an easy way to quickly make your own designer decorated candles.

You need

• candle transfers • scissors • damp cloth

Go to to learn how to stamp a design onto candles.

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To make

1 Cut out your picture, leaving a

border of 3mm all around. 2 Leave the picture to soak in a

container of water for about 20-30 seconds, until the film layer (the section with the picture) comes loose from the backing paper. 3 Place the picture on the candle and use a damp cloth to smooth out all the air bubbles. 4 Leave the candle to dry before you use it.

Transfers for candles (R18 per pack) from Merrypak. Pink canister from Pip Studio at Isabelina. Buyer’s guide on page 126.

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Paper pleasure

Here are two fun projects you can do using a sheet of scrapbooking paper. by LIZEL CLOE TE photos ED O’RILEY ex tra st yling CARIN SMITH



Heart envelope

Enclose a love letter in a heart.

You will need

• • • •

heart template on page 125 pretty paper bone folder scissors

To make

1 Copy the heart on page 125 and

cut it out. Trace the heart onto your pretty paper. Mark the fold lines so that you can fold the envelope neatly. 2 Cut out the heart and fold the two side edges in on the lines. Use your bone folder to ensure the folds are sharp. 3 Turn the heart over so the point faces upwards then fold the underneath section in on the line. 4 Now fold the point in on the line to complete the envelope. You can seal it with an attractive sticker, if you prefer.


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Gift box

Cut and fold a cute box and place a gift inside it.

You will need



• box template on page 125 • scrapbooking paper or other firm paper • matching ribbon • bone folder • hole punch and hammer • paper glue or double-sided tape • ruler • scissors

To make

1 Copy the box template on


3 4






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page 125 and cut it out. Trace the template onto your pretty paper, on the side that will be facing inwards. Include the fold lines. Cut the pattern out neatly – take care not to cut off the incorrect sections. Punch the holes for the ribbon. Trace over the fold lines with your bone folder. Use your ruler for neatness. Fold on the fold lines. Make the folds sharp by using your bone folder. Apply glue or double-sided tape to the flaps as indicated and stick them to the facing side. Fold the box’s base closed. Turn the box right side up and press the flaps to straighten. Place your gift inside, close the box and thread ribbon through the holes to keep it closed.

Go to to download the templates

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kids’ party ideas

Red-hot ride by SUZANNE SMUTS from iMAgiNE ThAT photos ED O’RiLEY

Turn up the heat as you treat the young man in your life to a vintage fire-engine party.

Set the scene

We worked with the colours red, white, cream and black and created a vintage look using old cool-drink crates and hessian cloth. The red-and-white stripes add a more modern element. Build your party theme with affordable props sourced from party shops – look for items such as fire suits, helmets, whistles and red buckets in which to serve your party treats. Use assorted themed items such as a ladder, flags and balloons to decorate the party area further.

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Fire-engine cake Turn to page 123 for the recipe and icing instructions.

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kids’ party ideas

Popcorn and candy

Cut Turkish delight into slices and thread onto wooden skewers. Insert into a bucket filled with popcorn then place on the party table.

Table and invitations

We used a red tablecloth and cut our table runner and invitation bags from hessian cloth.

Fire station party area

Think of ways in which you can make the party area look like a real fire station. Find pictures of fire extinguishers and fire engines on the internet, make colour printouts and use them to decorate your party table. We used cardboard to cut out the word ‘fire’ and glued the individual letters onto the red buckets. We spray painted the badge on the helmet with silver matt spray paint to give it a more weathered look.


Type or write out the party invitations. Use a glue gun and hessian cloth to make a bag for each one. Cut out the different sections of the fire-engine template on page 124 from coloured cardboard, then assemble and glue together with spray glue. Use a glue gun to attach one fire engine to each hessian bag.


Cut a flag template from thick cardboard and use it to trace more flags onto fabric in your party colours. Cut out the flags and sew them onto a length of ribbon, then hang on the wall near your party table. 120 IDEAS March 2013

Imagine That does décor and styling for parties. Call Suzanne Smuts on 072 766 6897. Model: André Louw

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Hot dogs

Lightly fry or heat cocktail sausages and use small bread rolls to make mini hot dogs. Serve with mustard and tomato sauce.

‘Flaming’ cupcakes

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Fire-engine party packs

kids’ party ideas Fire-engine cake

large enough piece to cover the big cake. Carefully drape it over the cake and tuck in, then cut off the excess. Repeat to cover the small cake. Place the small cake on top of the big cake and trim with red ribbon. Use red colouring to colour a small ball of plastic icing, then roll it out and cut out the fire engine. Use more red plastic icing to form the helmet. Colour a small ball of plastic icing black for the wheels of the fire engine. Roll a fire hose out of grey plastic icing. Cut out the water from light-blue plastic icing. Use a little water to secure all the fire-engine ‘components’.

Makes: 25cm cake Preparation time: about 3 hours Baking time: 45-60 minutes Oven temperature: 180oC Basic vanilla cake • 240g (200ml) butter • 320g (370ml) castor sugar • 15ml vanilla essence • 4 large eggs • 480g (880ml) cake flour • 20ml baking powder • 250ml milk Butter icing • 225g (245ml) soft butter • 460g (885ml) icing sugar, sifted • 40-60ml milk Icing • 2kg plastic icing • red, black and light-blue gel-based food colouring 1 Beat the butter until light.






Gradually add castor sugar and beat well. Add the vanilla essence, then add the eggs one by one, beating well after each addition. Sift the cake flour and baking powder with a pinch of salt. Gradually fold into the butter mixture, alternating with the milk. Pour the batter into greased and lined 25cm round cake tins. Bake in a preheated oven for 45 to 60 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely. Prepare another 3/4 quantity of cake batter, for the top layer. Bake in a 20cm cake tin. Butter icing Beat the butter until light. Gradually add the icing sugar. Add just enough milk to make a spreadable consistency. Icing Spread both cakes with butter icing, then refrigerate for 30 minutes to set. Roll out the plastic icing on a surface dusted with cornflour, making sure you have a

Toffee apples Makes: 8 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: about 30 minutes • • • • • • •

8 small to medium-sized red apples 8 sticks (for the apples) 470ml (400g) sugar 10ml vinegar 75ml golden syrup 25ml butter red food colouring

1 Wash and dry the apples and

insert a stick into the stem end. 2 Heat the other ingredients. Add

125ml water and stir until sugar has dissolved. Brush any crystals from the sides of the saucepan using a damp pastry brush. 3 Bring to the boil, then simmer until the mixture reaches 138 oC on a sugar thermometer, or a little dropped into cold water forms a hard and brittle ball. Remove from the heat and place the saucepan into a basin of cold water to stop it cooking. Place the saucepan on a work surface next to the apples. 4 Dip each apple into the toffee and coat well. Place the toffee apples on a tray lined with greaseproof paper. When the toffee has set, wrap the toffee apples in cellophane paper and tie closed with a colourful ribbon.

Home-made lemonade • 250ml sugar • 250ml fresh lemon juice Pour the sugar into a small saucepan, add 250ml water and heat over a low heat, stirring continuously, until all the sugar has dissolved to form a syrup. Pour into a large jug, stir in the fresh lemon juice and dilute to taste with between 750ml and one litre of cold water. Add more fresh lemon juice if the lemonade is too sweet for your preference. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, then pour into small bottles and serve with red-andwhite striped straws. GOOD IDEA Fill a jug with lemonade, ice and slices of lemon for the parents.

‘Flaming’ cupcakes Mix a half quantity of the cake batter and pour into a cupcake tin lined with paper cupcake cases. Bake in a preheated oven at 180oC for 12-15 minutes. Mix half the amount of butter icing you used for the large cake and use it to ice the cupcakes. Cut out the ‘flames’ from red and yellow plastic icing, and use to decorate the cupcakes.

Fire-engine party packs You will need

• boxes with handles • fire-engine template on page 124 • A4 cardboard in red, white and black • spray glue

To make

1 Photocopy the fire-engine

template on page 124. Enlarge or reduce it to the desired size, photocopy onto red cardboard, then cut out one for the front and one for the back of each box. 2 Cut out the white and black sections and use spray glue to attach them to the red cutouts. 3 Glue the fire engines to the side of the boxes, then fill with sweet treats and small toys or trinkets. March 2013 IDEAS 123


Fire engine party packs (page 123)

Fire engine invitations (page 120)

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Heart envelope (page 114)

fold lines

Folded box (page 116) Glue


fold lines

Peter Pan collar (page 50)


Cut 2 on fold Front and back

Enlarge to 200% for actual size. Seam allowance included.

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On sale from 20 March 2013


& reinvent

Beach house makeover – loads of ideas and projects Revive the art of dinner party conversation with our memory game Four trendy looks for one vintage coffee table Kids’ party: science has never been this much fun Salads that are far more than a side dish Clever plans with old crockery

2013 03 ideas  
2013 03 ideas