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MARCH 2017

CONTENTS ON THE COVER MODEL: SHANNON GREEK, TMA STYLING: SUZANNE SESINK CLEE MAKE-UP AND HAIR: LIEZL LEACH PHOTOGRAPHER: DYLAN SWART

ON OUR COVER

YOU & YOUR HOME 10 HOME UPDATE Making the most of your balcony 14 SHOPPING Sporty buys 16 FASHION How to get more use out of your scarves 22 BEAUTY The latest on multi-masking 26 BEAUTY NEWS New finds at the beauty counter 28 BEAUTY UPDATE Ways to look and feel amazing YOUR INSPIRATION 30 HOW TO Recognise a medication addiction 32 MONEY SMART It’s time to create an emergency fund

34 LIVE SMART Tips, tools and gadgets to make life simpler 35 WORK SMART Get more out of your work day 36 REAL PEOPLE Four sports stars share their stories 40 FIRST PERSON Monika Human talks about inner happiness YOUR LIFE 78 YOUR HEALTH The mind-body connection 80 HEALTH NOW Be the best you can be with the latest news 82 HEALTH FOCUS Age-proof your eyesight 84 WELLBEING Stop the self-sabotage

86 RELATIONSHIPS Create your own couple ‘bubble’ 88 KIDS’ HEALTH What’s new, cool and good to know 90 PARENTING NEWS Making family life even better 92 PARENTING Take a look at how the Dutch manage 96 MAD ABOUT PETS Life on the animal front CREATIVE SPACE 100 CRAFT UPDATE The latest craft news 102 DIY Distress a table and chairs for your home 104 EASY CRAFTS Four quick weekend projects 108 CROCHET One item, two outfits


EDITORIAL EDITOR JANINE COLLINS ART DIRECTOR CARRYL BRISTOW DESIGNERS RENÉ SCHOLTZ, COURTNEY THORNTON DIGITAL EDITOR JONI NEL FOOD EDITOR MARGIE ELS-BURGER FOOD ASSISTANT NOMVUSELELO MNCUBE COPY EDITOR KIM SHAW FEATURES WRITER CANDICE CURTIS OFFICE MANAGER/PA ELSA DE BEER MARKETING & PROMOTIONS FRANCIS GERMISHUYS PHOTOGRAPHERS PETER WHITFIELD, DYLAN SWART, ANDREA CALDWELL, HEMA PATEL CONTRIBUTORS DENISE COOK, VICKIE DE BEER, DR MELVYN GREENBERG, SUZANNE SESINK CLEE, KATE SIDLEY, GUS SILBER GENERAL MANAGER ANTON BOTES JHB & CT COMMERCIAL MANAGER RICKARDT DE BEER KZN COMMERCIAL MANAGER EUGENE MARAIS HEAD OF DIGITAL JANA KLEINLOOG HEAD OF INSIGHTS DEBBIE MCINTYRE GROUP MARKETING MANAGER REINHARD LOTZ PRODUCTION MANAGER SADA REDDHI

WHAT’S COOKING

WINS & SPECIAL OFFERS 98 SUBSCRIBE! Don’t miss an issue of your fave magazine! 111 WIN 2 LUXURY GETAWAYS 117 WIN A BOOK HAMPER IN EVERY ISSUE 4 ED’S LETTER 5 GET IN TOUCH 6 YF ONLINE 8 AT OUR TABLE 75 FOOD NOTES 94 MOM’S THE WORD By Kate Sidley 112 OUT AND ABOUT Spa and retreat ideas you’ll love! 115 STOCKISTS 116 THIS WEEKEND 118 CROSSWORD 120 DAD’S WORLD By Gus Silber

MEAT & CHICKEN 49 Beef Wellington 51 Mushroom pizzas 52 Salami chips 55 Strawberry, avo and biltong salad 55 Cheat’s tacos with guacamole chicken 57 grilled pork with barley and grapefruit salad 58 Marinated chicken and salad cups 59 Marinated baby marrows and mince 60 Mango and cucumber chicken salad 60 Spicy tomato, biltong and lettuce soup 61 Kebabs with crunchy slaw 62 Asian beef salad 63 Chicken stir-fry 63 Warm basil pesto chicken salad 65 Mealie meal pizza 68 Toad in the hole 68 Chicken pineapple stir-fry FISH 49 Caesar salad 57 Lemony fish skewers 58 Mediterranean fish bake 61 Fishcake salad 62 Thai fishcakes 69 Tuna pizza

VEGETARIAN 8 Baby marrow roll-ups 48 Fettuccine alfredo 52 Spicy seed and nut mixture 53 Avo on toast 53 Creamy avo pesto sauce 53 Baked avo egg boats 53 Chopped avo salad 53 Choc avo mousse 53 Deep-fried avo 56 Turkish baked eggs 56 Mushroom patties 57 Quick pizzas with poached eggs 59 Crispy fattoush salad 63 Baby marrow pasta 65 Soft and creamy mealie meal 68 Spicy lentil cakes 69 Corn chowder DESSERTS & BAKING 45 Pavlova 51 Chocolate truffles 53 Choc avo icing 65 Mealie meal pancakes 65 Mealie meal dumplings 65 Mealie meal braai tart 71 Macadamia crust cheesecake with berries 76 Chocolate Oreo cake DRINKS & DRESSINGS 72 Strawberry candy floss milkshakes 73 Toffee apple milkshakes 74 Chocolate brownie milkshakes

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ED’S LETTER

eight loss and healthier eating make up over 20% of all New Year’s resolutions. Two months into 2017 will have seen most of us waver a little, but we’ve put this issue together to help get you back on track. In our Healthier than ever March issue we share lots of ways to regain your health and detox from stress… Hands up if you’ve ever bought new workout gear to inspire you to exercise more? Whether it’s shiny new trainers, some home exercise equipment or an activity tracker, we’re not judging you. Whatever it takes to get you motivated, we’re in! You’ll find our inspiration on page 14. On page 30 you’ll learn how to wean yourself off medication that’s sabotaging your health goals (it’s not only your weight loss efforts that can suffer). In our food section, we share some truly delicious low-carb fare, not to mention the ultimate: a low-carb berry cheesecake that’ll have you enjoying every guilt-free bite. In wellbeing this month we unpack selfsabotage. Get out of your own way on page 84 explains how you can be your own worst enemy when it comes to achieving your goals – even though your body flaws bother you, most of the people in your life probably don’t even notice them. Our expert tips can help you deal with the overthinking and procrastination that threaten to cancel all your hard work. Sometimes it’s the smallest changes that have the most dramatic effect. Working out with your partner can kill two birds with one stone: you’ll spend much-needed quality time together and get fit in the process! It might be just the thing for you, writes Candice Curtis on page 86. Whatever it is that keeps you moving, we hope you have a great month.

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What our team’s been up to this month... YF digital editor Joni, art director Carryl and I have decided healthy competition is a great motivator to increase those steps! Challenge your friends with an activity tracker like these on page 14.

Joni shares her latest DIY project with us – a cute breakfast nook where she can enjoy catch-up tea with fiancé Johan. Food editor Margie is an avo lover, and shares her ideas for avo toast on page 53. Don’t you love this pretty avo rose?

Fashion editor Suzanne Sesink Clee showed us how to make any outfit pop... with a scarf! What a budget miracle worker!


GET IN TOUCH KEEPING UP TO DATE WITH OUR READERS This month’s star letter will receive a Dr Green hamper worth R3 000! Dr Green is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new line of products that represent high-quality manufacturing and healthy eating habits. The cookware is 100% Italian, and composed of recycled or recyclable materials. It includes non-stick coatings that are completely non-toxic and coated with triplelayer water-based Greenstone. Available from @home.co.za, Yuppiechef.com, Wellnesswarehouse. co.za, Faithful-to-nature.co.za, Risoli.co.za, Takealot. com, Hirsch’s, Makro, and the Ebucks store.

STAR LETTER We’re in our late 70s and don’t have grandchildren, but we’re privileged ‘honorary’ grandparents to five special children aged between 3 and 17. As a dutiful ‘granny’ I decided to knit July’s Your Family cover scarf for Kelsey, 17, and Zoe, 15, much to their delight. Their reaction? ‘Wow! My friends are going to be so jealous!’ Thank you for 43 years of super knitting, crochet, and craft patterns, plus all the recipes. I still have my original first copy of Your Family, and taught myself to crochet from the December 1973 issue. Thanks again! – Jean Rowley, via email

A SPARK OF CREATIVITY Too many people make the mistake of thinking that only ‘the chosen few’ such as artists and musicians, are truly creative, and so they have no creative hobbies. Being creative makes you feel happy and proud. All it takes is a little courage and a bit of initiative – Your Family works as a starting point, offering excellent resources and details. I hope it will fuel a surge in creative ‘can-do’ attitudes everywhere – the desire to create is innate in all of us. When you observe children playing, you can see how powerful and creative the imagination can be. Learning how to use leisure time creatively will be a source of satisfaction for years to come. It’s also a way to express your individuality in among mass uniformity. Unless you experiment and try different things, you’ll never know what hidden talents lie dormant within you. – Marie du Plooy, via email

READER OF THE MONTH!

I was very interested in the article, Deaf is just another language, in your November issue. My sister-in-law, Diana, was born deaf. Despite my parentsin-law visiting many doctors in the UK, she was only diagnosed in South Africa at the age of three. They then set about finding a school that catered for deaf children, and moved Diana to Mill Hall in the UK when she was four. She was taught to lip read, and providing you faced her, she could easily follow what was being said. If not for the slight nasal tone to her speech, her hearing disability wouldn’t have been detected. Problems she did experience were from the few people who didn’t move their lips enough when speaking. She communicated happily, and was able to live a very ‘normal’ life. I often wonder why lip reading isn’t taught in this country as very few people understand sign language. These children only lack the ability to hear and are as intelligent as any others. – Milly Rowe, via email

Karin van Riet, 53, lives on a smallholding in Plettenberg Bay. She’s the centre manager of a shopping mall and also runs a small, selfcatering resort. She lives with her husband, Peter, and her two daughters, Ashton and Teegan, and her mom stays in a cabin on their property. They have two dogs, three cats, and four tame fallow deer. Karin’s favourite: …BOOK Historical romances. …MOVIE Erin Brockovich. ‘I’ve seen it at least 10 times!’ …RECIPE Butter chicken. …GUILTY PLEASURE Lindt chocolate. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO DE-STRESS? Watering the garden, crocheting, or feeding the deer. WHAT’S GUARANTEED TO GET YOU IN A GOOD MOOD? Hearing my husband and girls laughing. FAMILY TIME IS SPENT… ‘Our family time is precious as we‘re not often all together at once (Peter travels a lot for work and the girls are off at varsity). We love visiting markets, going to good restaurants, or enjoying a braai together.’ IN HER FRIDGE, SHE’S NEVER WITHOUT… Cheese. ‘Peter is Dutch, so we always have cheese in the fridge.’

WRITE TO US at yourfamily@caxton.co.za or post letters to Your Family, PO Box 473016, Parklands, 2121

If you’d like to be our next reader of the month, send an email to yourfamily@caxton.co.za with ‘reader of the month’ in the subject line.

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YF ONLINE

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Inject some positivity this March!

Pick-me-up! These individual Banting cheesecakes are the perfect treat – without the guilt!

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PROMOTION

SHE’S A SUPERHERO IT’S NO SECRET – MOMS ARE SUPERHEROES IN DISGUISE, BUT THEIR SUPER-HUMAN POWERS, OFTEN GO UNNOTICED. WITH MCCAIN’S HELP, JESSI GETS THE CHANCE TO SHOW THE WONDER WOMAN IN HER LIFE HOW SPECIAL SHE IS…

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There is no instruction manual for being a mom, but somehow, they just seem to know what you need. They are the undercover superheroes found in everyday life, making sure that no tummy is left grumbling, no schoolbook gets left behind and she is the one person that can always be counted on to be sitting in the front row at the school play.

‘It has been me and my mom for most of my life. Things haven’t always been easy, but my mom works super hard to give us this beautiful life and I am so grateful. I love singing, dancing and acting. Being on stage makes me feel so alive and I love it. I feel very lucky that my mom is always there to cheer me on and encourages me to do my best. She tells me to try my hardest and to be myself.

This super-human power often goes unnoticed as we forget to sometimes thank our moms for the little things that they do for us that mean everything. McCain has always been these superheroes’ secret weapon and has now taken on another role and switched sides by helping one little girl thank her mom for all the little things in a unique and special way.

‘Dinner time in our house is lots of fun. It is our special time to catch up and talk about our days. To be honest, it’s actually my favourite part of the day. It is just me and Mom chatting, laughing and eating yummy food. She is my best friend and we tell each other everything, so keeping this special McCain dinner surprise a secret from her was very hard.

Jessi is a bubbly confident 13-year-old who has just started high school and has her heart set on the silver screen. Her mom Nadine is always by her side supporting and motivating her, which is probably why Jessi refers to her as her very own superhero. This is their story.

‘The people from McCain came to help me plan the special dinner for my mom. We set up a beautiful table and I made chicken nuggets and McCain Texan BBQ crispy oven chips. Chicken is Mom’s favourite and of course we both love chips. My favourite thing about the dinner was the awesome

plate McCain helped me make. The message for mom was, “Mommy thank you for giving me this life. You are AmazeA-Licious. I love you. Jessi”. When she saw the message, she smiled so big and it made me so happy. She hugged me super tight and I am so glad that I got to make her feel so loved. She is my superhero and I don’t know what I would do without her.

‘I know that there are many other kids out there who love their mom like I love mine and I hope that this will make them want to do something special for their mom too. It really doesn’t have to be something big,it’s about showing her how much you love her. You can make her a quick snack, a sandwich or even write her a letter telling her how much you appreciate her. We need to thank our moms for the little things that they do that mean everything to us, and make sure they know how Amaze-A-Licious they are.’

For more on Jessi’s story and to watch her mom’s special McCain surprise unfold visit www.mccainjoys.co.za. @McCainSA McCainSA #JOYSOFMCCAIN McCain_SA


AT OUR TABLE MARGIE SHARES HER LATEST FOODIE FINDS

REELING

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hero! Baby marrows – also known as zucchinis or courgettes – are low in calories and therefore perfect if you’re trying to lose weight or on a low-carb diet. Banting followers love them! They’re delicious eaten raw or cooked – steamed, boiled, grilled, stuffed and baked, braaied or fried. Grate them and bake into soufflés, breads, flapjacks, waffles, muffins or cakes, or add them raw into salads. Look out for a vegetable spiralizer to make your own noodles instead of pasta. Baby marrow flowers can be enjoyed stuffed and deep-fried, as tempura.

Ocean Basket’s Mediterranean menu is reeling in families with its fresh summer flavours and lighter food choices. Think Mediterranean salad of mussels mixed with fresh tomato, olives and capers on a bed of greens; trout with prawns in a light Mediterranean sauce; Mediterrasian sushi (a fusion of Japanese sushi with added flavours like basil, red onion and oregano). Oceanbasket.co.za  

MAKE A DIFFERENCE Purchase any Sea Harvest product until the end of February and you’ll be supporting their Kids for Kids project. A portion of the profits will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Trust to purchase ICU incubators for babies.

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KITCHEN

whizz variation Use dill instead of basil and capers instead of Peppadew Piquanté Peppers. Replace the ham with smoked salmon.

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This is one of my favourite kitchen tools! This julienne cutter and slicer gives you the power to prep food quickly and accurately. R459 from Yuppiechef.com


BEAN THERE WEINTAUFE HARVEST CARNIVAL

Vegan protein ice cream

PIT STOP

Look out for the new black range of Caralishious Fit Fuel – ultra-creamy, vegan, protein ice cream! Made with coconut milk and pea protein, and sweetened with xylitol, it’s the perfect low-carb treat. Flavours include Hazelnut and Coffee. Visit Caralishious.com for stockists.

An exciting new dining experience is making waves in the winelands – Bus Stop at Stellenbosch Vineyards is located in the centre of the pond on the Welmoed farm. Options include delicious burgers featuring ‘smashed’ patties, as well as wood-fired pizzas, waffles with mouthwatering toppings, and craft beers. Open Thursday to Sunday from 11.30am to 10pm. Visit Thebusstop.co.za or phone 073 100 4716.

Spice of life Spices South Africa: Flavours and Traditions by Sophia Lindop (Jacana) brims with history and tradition. Recipes in this tantalising collection include cauliflower and chickpea biryani, chilli bites, baby marrows stuffed with lamb mince and fragrant rice, cucumber pickles, chocolate cardamom brownies, milk tart, spicy rooibos iced tea, and mosbolletjies. R170 at leading bookshops.

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HOME UPDATE TIPS AND TRICKS FOR A BEAUTIFUL HOME

Balcony living

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CREATING A BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR SPACE

Get comfy If you’re looking for comfortable outdoor seating that can be packed away when not in use, try the AirMate. It has anti-tear and antileak fabric and is supereasy to inflate, deflate, and store. AirMate, R799, Airmate.co.za

With more and more apartment complexes popping up, traditional gardens are a luxury that many citydwellers don’t get to enjoy. If you don’t have a garden and want to make the most of your balcony, check out these great tips from Robyn Gray, head of business development at Tétris South Africa.

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‘Vertical planting is a great spacesaver and there are so many creative upcycling options,’ she Tiered says. ‘The hanging popular planter, R299.99, pallet trend MRP Home is especially handy for creating a vertical herb garden, while window boxes hung over balcony railings, and hanging baskets along walls, are ideal for adding a splash of potted colour.’

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‘Don’t be afraid to bring the indoors out onto your balcony; repurpose an old cabinet or find an antique drinks trolley for serving your refreshing summer drinks.’ Scatter cushions, ottomans and throws will soften the mood and lead to long balmy afternoons on the balcony.

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Add interest to your space with pots in different shapes and colours. ‘I’m loving my hand-painted blue and white pots at the moment – I’ve filled them with bamboo palms, delicious monsters, and fiddle-leaf figs,’ says Robyn.

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Extra-large metal-lipped planter, R299.99, MRP Home

Large glass hanging planter, R359.99, MRP Home

Large geo planter, R150, Notationdesign.co.za Jacobean outdoor cushion, R199.99, MRP Home

Hexagon holders, R100-R150, Notationdesign.co.za


KEEP IT LIGHT Bougainvilleas are a great option for full-sun balconies

Just because the sun’s gone down doesn’t mean you have to head indoors. Light up your balcony and keep the party going with these great solar lamps

These gorgeous solar lanterns are made specifically for hanging, and create a romantic ambience.

This solar carry lantern has four super-bright LED lights and a USB socket to charge your electronic devices.

Cornet hanging solar lantern, R199.95, The Lighting Warehouse

Take me solar lantern, R699.95, The Lighting Warehouse

TIP If you’re going away, or even just a bit forgetful when it comes to watering your pot plants, fill an empty glass bottle with water and pop it into the soil upside down. Your plants will soak up water as they need it.

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What to plant Robyn advises that water-wise, hardy plants are the way to go in drought-hit areas. If you like a pop of colour, she suggests geraniums. ‘They love the sun and don’t need much water – great plants to have if you’re the forgetful type when it comes to watering.’ A colourful option for full-sun balconies is bougainvilleas. ‘Their gorgeous bright colour will spill over your balcony, and they won’t require intensive care. ‘Azaleas work well on balconies with dappled sun or morning sun and afternoon shade, and they wow when in full bloom! ‘If your balcony is in full shade, ferns will give a lovely soft feel to the space.’

Visit us online to learn about growing a pizza garden. STOCKISTS ON PAGE 115

Walter Jacobs, landscaper for Milp Design, shares more plant suggestions for your balcony garden. FULL SUN African daisies (Osteospermum barberae, Arctotis x hybrid) Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) Spanish blue flax (Linum narbonense) Mexican creeper/coral vine (Antigonon leptopus) Mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus) FULL SHADE Forest bell bush (Mackaya bella) Swedish ivy/Swedish begonia (Plectranthus verticillatus) Purple spur flower (Plectranthus ecklonii) Bird’s eye bush (Ochna serrulata) Bush lillies (Clivia miniata) PARTIAL SUN/SHADE Flaming Katy/widow’s-thrill (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana) Watsonias Snake flower/cat’s tail (Bulbine frutescens) Treasure flower (Gazania rigens) Agapanthus/African lily (Agapanthus africanus)

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What kind of window décor will allow natural light into my kitchen while adding a touch of glamour? – Pernell, Benoni Custom-made 50mm Aluminium Venetian Blind (Satin Gold)

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FINISHING touch THE SCARF IS ONE OF THE MOST UNDERSTATED WARDROBE ITEMS, BUT IT TRANSFORMS AN OUTFIT INSTANTLY. AND THERE ARE COUNTLESS WAYS TO WEAR IT!

THE EDGY NECKTIE BLACK SLEEVELESS TOP, R119, Zara BLACK AND WHITE SCARF, R139, Zara BLACK CLUTCH BAG, R360, Essence @ Truworths SILVER HOOP EARRINGS, R79, Accessorize

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FASHION

THE BIKINI TOP IRENA ARTIST COLAB PRINT SCARF, R299, Poetry WHITE COTTON PANTS, R399, The Look @ Truworths STRAW HAT, R299, Jo Borkett GOLD DROP EARRINGS, R349, Accessorize BANGLES, R140, Truworths SUNGLASSES, R149, Cotton On

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BLUE STRIPED NECKERCHIEF SCARF, R49.99, MRP LEMON CASUAL SHIRT, R119.99, Jet SILVER AND YELLOW BANGLES, R349, Accessorize

RED WRAP DRESS, R119.99, Jet RED COTTON NECKERCHIEF SCARF, R49.99, MRP KHAKI SUEDE BLOCK HEEL SANDALS, R699, H&M NAVY LEATHER SHOPPER, R599, Poetry GOLD DROP EARRINGS, R299, Accessorize NAUTICAL CORD THREAD NECKLACE, R225, Poetry

FLIGHT ATTENDANT CHIC WHITE DENIM DRESS, R599, Outback Red @ Truworths STRIPED SCARF, R169, Zara RED MELANGE CROCHET BAG, R199.99, MRP SILVER CUFF, R159, Truworths STONE SUNGLASSES, R129, H&M

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FASHION

CHIFFON SCARF, R199, Jo Borkett CORAL DRESS, R249.95, Kelso @ Edgars GOLD EARRINGS, R269, Accessorize GOLD LEAF CUFF, R89, Truworths

THE SECOND COLLAR PINK SHIRT, R229, H&M PINK CHIFFON SCARF, R149, Queenspark NAVY TAILORED PANTS, R349, H&M CREAM CLUTCH, R299, H&M

THE BAG ACCESSORY WHITE CAS JACKET, R799, Queenspark WHITE VEST TOP, R49.99, Jet WHITE LACE SKIRT, R675, Truworths COBALT BLUE HANDBAG, R599, Queenspark BLUE ANIMAL PRINT SCARF, R110, Queenspark PEARL STUD EARRINGS, R299, Accessorize SILVER CUFF, R159, Truworths

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STYLIST: SUZANNE SESINK CLEE MODEL: LAUREN, ICE MODELS MAKE-UP AND HAIR: LIEZL LEACH PHOTOS: ANDREA CALDWELL PRICES AND PRODUCTS WERE CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT* SEE PAGE 115

THE HEADSCARF CHARTREUSE SCARF, R299, Poetry GREEN LEAF MAXI DRESS, R699, Poetry KHAKI SANDALS, R599, Cotton On GOLD CUFF WITH YELLOW TASSEL, R199, Poetry

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ENT G DIFFER SOMETHerIN sense? kes ma ts a dress over pan FITTED HEMLINE Skinny jeans or jeggings look great with most dresses, or try other slim-fit trousers such as linen pants, cigarette or cropped pants.

SLEEVELESS STRIPED DRESS, R299, Woolworths WHITE SKINNY JEANS, R199, Pick n Pay Clothing 0, CORAL BEADS, R15 Woolworths SILVER SANDALS, R440, Truworths

PAIR WITH HEELS

Wondering wheth way spired trend is a cool new Yes, it does! This 90s-in m ady own by pairing the to update items you alre a bit differently.

ALL ABOUT TION PROPORose For a safe look, cho a mini or short dress that stops around mid-thigh, and is simple and well fitted to the body for a streamlined look – just like wearing a long tunic shirt. Pair it with slim-cut trousers to create a balanced silhouette.

COLOURFUL , PATTERNED TUNIC R350, David Jones @ Woolworths , BLUE SKINNY JEANS R159, Pick n Pay Clothing GOLD EARRINGS, R269, Accessorize BRIGHT TASSEL NECKLACE , R160, Woolworths

Unless you’re tall, it’s best to wear a mid to high heel with your dress and pants as it’ll help you feel less frumpy. 

BLUE ANIMAL PRINT 9, TUNIC DRESS, R39 Woolworths BL ACK STR AIGHT LEG PANTS, R399, David Jones @ Woolworths NUDE KITTEN HEELS, R499, Woolworths SILVER DIAMANTÉ CUFF, R499, Accessorize

Rock the trend on cooler days by adding a denim jacket. DENIM JACKET, R599, Woolworths

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BEHIND

the mask MASKS ARE LIKE SUPERFOOD FOR THE SKIN! THEY DELIVER ESSENTIAL VITAMINS, MINERALS AND ANTI-AGEING ACTIVES FOR A YOUTHFUL, DEWY AND FRESH COMPLEXION

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ou tend to think that if you have the cleanser, toner and moisturiser ritual down pat then you don’t need anything else. However, there’s another step that needs to be included in your beauty regime – masking. According to Dr Judey Pretorius from Biomedical Emporium, it’s important to realise that the skin is our largest organ. This makes it, by default, the most dynamic and demanding organ. ‘The very diverse architecture and cellular composition with complex metabolic activity is one of the few reasons why our skin behaviour changes from time to time,’ she adds. It’s these changes in the skin’s behaviour that call for the introduction and incorporation of seasonal products into your skin regime in order to accommodate changing skin characteristics. ‘The inclusion of a face mask adds an extra dimension and promotes optimal skin health,’ says Dr Judey. One of the most plausible reasons for applying face masks is to give back or remove from the skin what it needs most or has in excess. Face masks come in many varieties and forms, all catering to different skin types.

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your cheeks might need more hydration and a collagen boost – hyaluronic acid and other antiageing actives could work well here. The delicate skin around your eyes might need a mask that turns skin cells over gently to diminish fine lines. This can be achieved with retinol. While it may feel as though you’ve entered your second childhood, this face painting session will do wonders for your skin!

Multiple benefits

Face masks provide deep nourishment to the skin, but many people avoid them because they take time. Most masks need to remain on for 15 to 20 minutes, but their benefits cannot be stressed enough. Face masks are typically applied for one of the following reasons and can be applied in clay, peel-off, rinse-off, overnight and mask sheet form: NOURISHMENT You might wonder about the need to nourish your skin if you’re already using a good moisturiser. There’s a big difference between moisturising and nourishing. Moisturising generally means only your hydration levels are being addressed. With nourishing you receive more than just hydration – there are nutrients too, and your oil levels are being replenished. It’ll feel richer. This step is especially beneficial for dry skin. Masks designed to nourish are rich in vitamins and minerals. DETOXIFY AND REPAIR If you feel as though Exfoliating before applying your mask you’re struggling with blemishes and blocked pores, allows your skin to soak up all those a mask focused on detoxifying is an ideal choice. gorgeous actives for clear, supple, These masks include ingredients to promote skin radiant skin! calming and epidermal restoration. HYDRATION All skin types can benefit from It’s about multi-masking a hydrating face mask once a week, or even Trends indicate that one mask is not necessarily once a month. They’re a great way for infused the solution to all your skin’s needs. What works serums to be absorbed into your skin faster for your cheeks won’t necessarily work for your than your usual creams. They reinstate the skin’s forehead. The idea is to target specific areas and moisture content and retention. find products that suit. The main reason that one OIL CONTROL AND SEBUM SUPPRESSION mask is never enough when stocking your beauty These masks are good for stabilising oil and sebum kit is that we often fall prey to combination skin production, and blemish control. Too much sebum issues. Experts recommend a process called is usually a genetic condition. layering when masking your face. Layering is simply EXFOLIATION This is probably one of the more using several different masks simultaneously. By common or well-known masks. It targets the using products specifically made for your skin and removal of dead skin cells either mechanically, the problems you may encounter in each area, enzymatically or chemically. you’re able to tackle your beauty challenges more BRIGHTENING AND LIGHTENING Age spots are successfully. Creating a mask beauty regime to suit caused by an excess production of melanin, or your individual challenges helps you to easily treat skin pigment. Skin ageing, sun exposure, or other spot-specific problems. forms of UV light exposure, such as tanning beds, The T-zone tends to be oilier and more prone are all possible causes. The complexion-enhancing to blockages and spots, so finding a mask to clear ingredients in these masks assist with fading all that out and mattify too is important. However, pigmentation and age spots.

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Make the If you need to hydrate your skin, try one of the following: The Biomedical Emporium HA Contour Masque, R936, consists of fractionated hyaluronic acid to assist with boosting dermal moisture content and retention. Hyaluronic acid is a key molecule in hydrating the collagen fibres in the dermis in order to promote more volume, as well as tightening, lifting and plumping the skin. The Beaucience Natural Deep Hydrating Anti-Ageing Mask, R265, offers intense moisturisation and replenishes the ceramides in your skin. It also helps to restore the natural water barrier function of the skin. The mask is enriched with Proteasyl, which protects and repairs the skin. The Gatineau Aquamemory High Hydration Cream Mask, R495.75, offers immediate relief and long-lasting hydration for dry and dehydrated skin. It replenishes moisture levels and reduces tightness. Marine extracts help your skin retain moisture so it’s hydrated for longer. You’ll notice reduced dehydration lines and brighter, more comfortable and radiant skin. The Optiphi Hydra-Derm HA Masque, R465, actively targets the signs of ageing by tightening and lifting while promoting skin plumping and conquering the signs of fatigue.

When it comes to anti-ageing, and addressing lines and wrinkles, try one of these: Gatineau’s Melatogenine Futur Plus AntiAgeing Mask, R956, contains a triple antiageing treatment action, and is gentle enough to be safe around the eye area. It leaves the complexion looking fresh and rested, and skin looking visibly younger, softer and radiant. The PauseAge Perfecting Mask, R350, contains a formulation that assists the skin in moisturising, anti-ageing, firming and tightening. A unique algae-based ingredient tightens the skin immediately and at the same time provides a long-term effect by protecting the skin from stress-related factors.

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Part of your routine In our busy schedules it can be tough to find the time to focus on a beauty regime – especially one that needs about 20 minutes. Plan ahead and find time in your week that you can set aside just for you. This may sound easier in theory, but when you realise you only need 30 to 45 minutes – at home with no travelling – you can start planning. Don’t miss this date with yourself, and it’ll soon become part of your weekly routine. If it’s really difficult to find 45 kid-free minutes for yourself, let them be part of your mask painting process. Keep some face paints nearby and paint your own face with your masks once you’ve painted your kids’ faces. They’ll think it’s great fun that mom is painting her face too!

If your skin feels a little dry and in need of a ‘pickme-up’, try one of the following, which focus on rejuvenation: The Optiphi Glycolic Acid Peel, R615, is a salon treatment that includes pre-peeling preparation of the skin, glycolic acid peeling (25-35% depending on skin requirements), post-peeling care, and a detailed homecare regime. Endocil’s revitalising face mask, R69, boosts vitality, brightens tired, dull skin and smooths the appearance of lines. It contains allantoin to help soothe and calm skin, leaving you with a glowing and radiant complexion.

For brightening and lightening – ideal for targeting a dull complexion or area – try the Esse Cream Mask, R430. It’s packed with actives like hyaluronic acid, kigelia and vitamin C to firm, lift and treat uneven skin tone, and uses ionised clay particles to draw out impurities, refine the pores and brighten skin tone.

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BEAUTY NEWS NEW FINDS AT THE BEAUTY COUNTER

This mousse leaves a refreshing, cooling sensation on your skin while protecting it from the sun, making it perfect for those super hot days. It’s non-greasy too, so glides on effortlessly. R285

Paw paw has been used successfully in the the treatment of burns, chaffing, cracked skin, splinters, open wounds, insect bites and rashes.  Dr Paw Paw Ointment and Cream, R49.95, contains Carica papaya fruit extract and helps restore skin to its natural and pH balance. It’s a handbag must! Define your cheekbones and make a statement with framed eyes with the Mii Cosmetics Mineral Beautiful Bronzing Powder, R370, and Mii Cosmetics Eye Colour Crayon, R360.

Café de Bain Indulgent Bath Crème, R59.95

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L’Oréal Casting Crème Gloss, R159.95

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Real Techniques Tapered Shadow 1448, R120


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Eco-friendly

hair days

Inoar Vegan hair products, from R490, landed in SA recently and contain no ingredients of animal origin. Products in the range are formulated using vegetable oils, such as coconut and olive oil, which penetrate deep into the hair fibre. Plus they’re suitable for all hair types.

PAMPER WITH A PURPOSE Let’s be honest – sometimes life is tough. From work pressures and managing your family to dealing with ups and downs that come your way, things are not always easy. Instead of thinking time out for yourself is selfish, and that it’s not okay to splurge on a pampering product or two, focus on the importance of self-care! Pampering is a vital part of stress management. Emotional and physical stress and exhaustion have an impact on our ability to cope. The good news is that making time for yourself is highly recommended – it may not have the same direct benefits as a healthy diet and exercise, but the relaxation that comes with a bit of pampering can help prevent chronic stress from damaging your health. So what can you focus on during your time-out moments? Skin, muscles, stress management and time out can all benefit from a good pamper session.

ADULT ACNE sorted! Acne doesn’t need to be something that defines your skin – or your life! There’s hope for those struggling with spots and scarring. Adult acne is caused by: 1 Genetics 2 Hormone fluctuation 3 High levels of stress 4 Certain medications and supplements 5 Pore-clogging cosmetics Although some of these triggers are impossible to control, minimising stress, non-

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comedogenic skincare products, and treatment with over-the-counter and prescriptionbased medications can help maintain a clear complexion at any age. The La RochePosay Effaclar range,

from R180, includes medicated treatments and complementary non-medicated skincare to provide dermatologists and consumers with solutions for oily and acne-prone skin.

Oils are one of the most underrated components of skincare routines. They’re lipophilic, which means they can penetrate deep into the skin, retaining water and other moisturising goodness, while at the same time keeping toxins and other bad stuff out. Some oils, such as Abyssinian oil, help to fortify and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. Robyn Kramer, founder of My Abby Range, says, ‘Anyone who prioritises skin health and wants to better their odds with younger-looking skin for longer, should choose appropriate skincare products developed for our climate.’

Treats for ‘mini me’ A lovely idea for moms and daughters, Dream Nails Beauty Salon has launched its Candi Crush Mani, R50, and Twinkle Toes Pedi, R60, at salons countrywide. They’re specially tailored for children’s soft, sensitive skin, and treatments last 30 minutes each. They include: Hand and foot soak Nail cutting and shaping (optional) Cuticle care Hand and foot massage Application of base, colour or glitter, and top coat nail enamel

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MEDICATION ADDICTION CAN CREEP IN EASILY, AND ITS EFFECTS ON INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES CAN BE DEVASTATING hether it’s an extra tablet to help you sleep or an increased dose of medication for your back pain, keeping control over your medication intake is essential when it comes to avoiding the slippery slope of addiction. Mark Lewis, director at Jahara Treatment Centre, says it’s easy for unsuspecting patients to become addicted. ‘Addiction often starts with something very normal – trouble sleeping, stress and anxiety, or chronic pain,’ he says. Using a situation that anyone might find themselves in, he describes the possible road to addiction: ‘Jane visits her local GP who prescribes, for a limited period, a sleeping tablet, anti-anxiety tablet, or painkiller. She finds relief initially, but it’s only temporary, so she starts using the medication outside its prescribed use: ‘The original dose of sleeping tablets isn’t helping Jane fall asleep any more so she takes an extra one. ‘The painkillers are no longer effective so she takes more than one at a time, or starts taking them more frequently. ‘Jane finds herself struggling with heightened anxiety when her anti-anxiety

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medication wears off, even in situations where she was previously comfortable, so she takes it more frequently. ‘Soon, Jane finds herself running out of medication. The script the doctor gave her was meant to last the whole month but has only lasted 20 days. So she visits a different doctor to get another script so that her current doctor won’t ask questions. Eventually she starts collecting her medication from different pharmacies and paying cash for her medication because the medical aid threshold has been reached. ‘This becomes a vicious cycle and Jane’s addictive and deceitful behaviour has her trying to cover up what she’s doing, and as with any addiction, this becomes progressively worse.’ Mark advises that the problem becomes even worse when individuals consume alcohol with their prescribed medication. The mixture of alcohol and prescription medication becomes what he calls a new ‘super drug’. ‘The individual now relies on alcohol to give the medication more effect,’ he explains. ‘In some cases, individuals actually take the medication with their alcoholic drink, which creates an illicit high.’

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WARNING SIGNS

‘The easiest way to tell if you have a problem is if you’re taking your medication outside the prescribed dosages and frequencies,’ says Mark. ‘If you find yourself needing more than what’s prescribed, you may be heading towards a problem. ‘If you need more than one script from more than one doctor, you’re entering into addictive behaviour. ‘If you’re consuming alcohol when taking your medication, you’re acting irresponsibly and creating your own illicit “super drug”.’

There’s a common belief that certain medications aren’t addictive because the body cannot become physically addicted to them if taken as prescribed. But often the psychological addiction is what causes the addiction to tablets and medicines


HOW TO TELL IF IT’S SERIOUS ‘Signs of a serious addiction to prescription medication can be seen in deceitful behaviour, the increasing amount of money being spent, and the increasing need to hide your behaviour and medication from those around you,’ Mark explains. Other signs include: Individuals hiding their medication in different places. Excessive amounts of empty medication packets. Neglecting daily responsibilities. Change in appetite. Change in sleeping patterns. Weight gain or loss. Forgetfulness. Blackouts.

HOW TO TELL IF IT’S SEVERE ’Severe addiction will eventually result in serious physical problems,’ says Mark. ‘Kidney and liver damage are common as the body can’t cope with the amount of chemicals being consumed, specifically when mixed with alcohol.’ Other physical symptoms include seizures, heart attacks, and organ failure.

Did you know Some of the most addictive over-the-counter medicines: Stilnox (insomnia) Adcodol (pain, tension, fever) Myprodol (pain, tension, fever) Vicodin (pain) Tramacet (pain)

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HOW TO SPOT ADDICTIVE MEDICATIONS Mark warns about some common over-the-counter medicines that can be habit-forming: BENZODIAZEPINES Examples: Valium, Pax, Diazepam Often used to treat anxiety, muscle spasm, and even symptoms of withdrawal from other substances. OPIATES Examples: Codeine, Pethidine, Morphine Often found in day-to-day headache tablets or painkillers, and in cough syrups. AMPHETAMINES AND METHAMPHETAMINES Example: Pseudoephedrine Found in most common cold and flu medications, specifically those aimed at clearing out sinuses. You’ll also find such stimulants in some dietary tablets.

HOW TO FIGHT

ADDICTION Mark advises that the abuse of medication is the most dangerous addiction to treat because of the complications that the detoxification process can have. ‘Coming off medication isn’t easy as your body has become so reliant on the medication that it can go into shock if weaning isn’t done appropriately and under the supervision of a trained medical practitioner. There’s no way of knowing how dependent your body has become on the medication, so professional help is the only way to safely wean yourself off prescription medication,’ he advises. For example, before the detoxification from benzodiazepines, medical professionals take into account exactly what type of benzodiazepine has been taken, the dosage, and the time period. Only then can they design a personalised reduction regime using different medications to counteract any of the possible withdrawal symptoms. Most people struggle with detoxification from pain medication as the withdrawal from this is similar to that of heroin.

‘Again, certain medications need to be used to assist the individual, and need to be administered by a medical practitioner. To give someone who’s addicted and abusing medication more medication to try to wean themselves off won’t work as they’ll most likely just continue abusing the new medication.’ WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF WEANING? Side effects can be life-threatening if weaning isn’t handled correctly with medical help and supervision. ‘When an individual comes off the medication they were addicted to, the initial problems that were being treated (anxiety, insomnia, pain) will come back and be even worse than previously,’ Mark explains. ‘These issues will also be coupled with added depression and other struggles that the psychological addiction has developed.’ Individuals struggling with addiction often need to undergo a rehabilitation process in order to function normally without the threat of relapse. Other side effects include seizures, heart palpitations and failure, panic attacks, sweating, irritation, depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, restlessness, and hallucinations.

HOW TO HELP If you’re seeing the warning signs of addiction in a friend or loved one, or even in yourself, Mark suggests that you seek professional medical and psychological assistance. ‘Remove alcohol and any medication within the house that may provide temptation, and allow this person space to go through the recovery process and the associated emotions. Introduce them to a support group and make sure you’re educated on addiction so that you can better understand the bigger problems involved,’ he says. Contact Jahara Treatment Centre at 071 100 1639 or info@jahara. co.za and H.E.A.L. support group at Healministries.com – they’ll be able to refer you to the right hospitals, doctors, rehabilitation centres, and support structures to work through addiction.

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MONEY SMART TIPS AND TRICKS TO SAVE YOU A BUNDLE!

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ou start your year feeling positive, and then life happens! Maybe your car breaks down, you have a medical emergency that medical aid won’t pay for, or your child needs something urgently for school and you didn’t budget for it. Whatever it is, it suddenly highlights the importance of that little ‘emergency’ fund. The problem is that once you’ve worked out your monthly budget, there’s often nothing left to put into an emergency fund. Ester Ochse, channel head at FNB Financial Advisory, says all is not lost. There are numerous little extras you might qualify for throughout the year – the trick is remembering to save them and not spend them on spur of the moment splurges. Check with your bank and make sure you have a savings account of some sort linked to your daily account. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated – just a small savings pocket is a start. Once that’s been set up and linked to your account, saving those extras is much easier. Being sensible with finances never seems fun in the short term. However, the long-term result of using this money sensibly is fantastic. It’ll enable you to pay off your debt faster, save for those

home improvements you’re dreaming of, start that emergency fund you so desperately need, or add to your retirement fund. Research shows that only 4% of the population can retire and maintain their current standard of living. The majority must look at dropping their living standards on retirement. There’s nothing worse than having to go cap in hand to the bank, or a relative, for a loan when disaster strikes. Take your power back and always have something available when you need it most. If you have too much month left for your money and your budget just doesn’t seem to be working for you, you might want to try a different approach to managing your finances. You may already be aware that your banking can be done on an app on your phone, which is convenient and makes finances easy to manage, but are you aware that there are numerous budgeting apps you can now download to help you manage your budget daily? These are handy, especially when a crisis crops up and you need to quickly adjust your monthly spend. Most of the apps are free, just find one that works for you and add it to your monthly financial planning.

ENSURE YOU’RE COVERED

Manage your bond An accident, robbery or emergency is never part of your daily plan, but the reality is that things happen – more often than we would like. Conduct an annual self-audit of your policies, and notify your service providers if any details change during the year (address, marital status, bank account). Even a change of address can have an impact on the payout of a claim. When it comes to life policies, family dynamics such as a new baby can change the level of cover you’re insured for. It’s often the last thing on your mind when that new bundle arrives, but updating life policies is essential to your family’s wellbeing should anything ever happen.

Buying a house is one of the biggest expenses you’ll have in your life. Paying off that bond can seem overwhelming and many young people believe they’re not ready for such a big financial commitment. Once you do take that leap and buy your dream home there are a few things you can do to manage your bond well, and even reduce the term of your total repayment. Increasing your monthly bond repayment by only a few hundred rands will reduce your total bond repayments by more than a year. Watching those numbers come down makes the sacrifice well worth it! Charlotte Vermaak from Chas Everitt says that even just paying your bond a few days early can make a big difference on the total length, and expense, of your bond. If you’re paid on the 25th of each month and your bond is only debited on the 1st of the month, you can reduce your total bond amount by paying it on the 25th. Interest on bonds is calculated daily and not monthly, so paying your bond even a few days early will have a significant impact on your total amount.

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Don’t leave it too late Medical aid isn’t something to take lightly. If you feel you don’t have enough money to cover a monthly instalment for a full medical aid, at least ensure you can pay for a hospital plan. Late joiners to medical aids face a penalty payment that can be quite substantial. The number of years you have been uncovered are separated into four bands, each of which equals the additional payment a member must make on top of contributions.

TOTAL YEARS UNCOVERED

LATE JOINERS’ PENALTY

4 years or less

5% of contribution

5-14 years

25% of contribution

15-24 years

50% of contribution

25 years or more

75% of contribution

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LIVE SMART TIPS, TOOLS AND GADGETS TO MAKE LIFE SIMPLER

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PAY YOUR WAY It’s important to stay informed about legalities involving your domestic worker. Often she’s your right-hand person at home, and you need to do the right thing when it comes to wages! Domestic worker wages were increased by the Department of Labour at the end of 2016. Are you paying your domestic worker the correct amount? The new minimum wage is as follows: Minimum wages for domestic workers who work more than

27 ordinary hours per week: Hourly rate: R12.42 Weekly rate: R559.09 Monthly rate: R2 422.54 Minimum wages for domestic workers who work 27 ordinary hours per week or less: Hourly rate: R14.54 Weekly rate: R392.59 Monthly rate: R1 701.06 This amount is area specific. To find out more, visit the Department of Labour online and download the latest schedule.

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HOW TO DEAL WITH

fabric fatigue Your clothes are an expression of yourself, and the way you dress is usually linked to the way you feel. When clothes become tatty and old we feel less confident when we wear them. Shakil Ahmad from Personal Touch gave us a few tips on how to help your clothes last a little longer: WASH YOUR CLOTHES INSIDE OUT By turning your clothes inside out you’re letting the side that people don’t see experience most of the damage, especially if you’re washing an item with sequins and beads. WASH YOUR CLOTHES IN COLD WATER Clothes can fade and shrink in warm water so a cold water wash will extend the lifespan of your items. BE SELECTIVE WITH FABRIC CONDITIONER The right softener will help to keep your clothes in better condition. AVOID TOO MUCH TUMBLE DRYING AS HOT AIR CAN SHRINK YOUR CLOTHES Air drying your clothes is a better option, but remember that direct sunlight can fade the colour. ZIPS AND BUTTONS SHOULD BE DONE UP WHEN MACHINE WASHING as this will help to avoid snagging that could occur in the machine, and buttons loosening over time.

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Travelling with small kids can be tricky – it’s always amazing how much you need to take along for such a little body! Trunki has developed a range of ‘travelling tot’ accessories that make things easier. The BoostApak is a particular favourite as it transforms an easily portable travel car booster seat into a funky yet functional backpack: an ideal solution for those lucky families travelling on holiday! The rucksack comes in a variety of colours, and is suitable for cars, planes and public transport. From R999 at Trunki.co.za

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DID YOU KNOW The best time to clean your windows is when it’s overcast or the sun is low, as cleaning in hot weather results in them drying too quickly, which can cause streaking.

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TomTom Spark 3 Sports Watch Get motivated (or motivate your kids) to get up and go, go, go with the TomTom Spark 3 Sports Watch. Like the more traditional models, it can measure your heart rate, sleep patterns, steps and calories, but additional features include the ability to hold up to 500MB of music, wireless earphones for easy listening while working out, and navigation abilities. Smart watches make fitness and health real and tangible for children, too. It’s a fantastic tool to teach kids about living a healthier lifestyle and to show them how food turns to fuel for their bodies. The wireless headphones also add a bit of fun, allowing users to easily load and listen to their favourite tunes while working out. R2 199 from Makro.


WORK SMART GET MORE OUT OF YOUR WORK DAY

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KEEP YOUR CV UP TO DATE Applying for a new job can be daunting, especially in SA’s very competitive job market. CEO of Managed Integrity Evaluation, Ina van der Merwe, stresses that high unemployment and desperation can tempt jobseekers to exaggerate or fabricate their past successes and achievements. Both, however, constitute fraud, and having your name registered as a past offender on the National Qualifications Register can have lasting consequences. You risk being found out, ruining your professional reputation, and lowering your odds of finding similar employment in the future. Explain important facts, rather than omitting them, and be specific. Don’t say you have a degree if you’re only in your final year and haven’t passed your exams, for example. Blacklisting may also need to be disclosed if you’re applying for a position in the financial sector, and if you have a criminal record always explain the circumstances rather than omitting the truth. Be honest about reasons for leaving and periods worked. Being caught in a lie will make you stand out – for all the wrong reasons. Visit Mie.co.za for more info.

WORK WISE Three things cannot be long hidden. The sun, the moon and the truth – Buddha

1-minute

confidence

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Re-read words of encouragement. If you’re feeling down, a reminder of your good qualities can be a great boost for your self-esteem. Pick up a thank you or birthday card from a friend. Their kind words can be a timely pick-me-up: ‘Yes, I am an awesome friend and always there for others.’

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LIVING THEIR

PASSION FOUR SA SPORTS STARS ON MAKING A CAREER OF THE SPORTS THEY LOVE Jason Smith, 32, represents South Africa in various international CrossFit competitions and is currently ranked first in the country. He lives in Sunninghill with his wife and two young boys, runs a plastic packaging manufacturing business and owns CrossFit Kyalami

nlike many top-ranking sportsmen and women who start their sporting careers when they’re kids, I didn’t start CrossFit training until much later. I was 24 when my brother introduced me to CrossFit in 2008 and I’ve loved it ever since. ‘I’d always enjoyed sports and training, and I’d been involved in other sports before, but CrossFit brought a whole new challenge to my training routine and it really changed my lifestyle. ‘I’m a competitive person and I always want to be the best at everything I do. So when I first started CrossFit training, I thought it wouldn’t take long at all for me to become the best at that too. But because it was a challenging new sport, I found myself constantly falling short of finishing at the top. It was so frustrating, but it was an important lesson for me. I learnt about discipline and perseverance, and eventually after a year of giving it my absolute all and training

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seriously, I finally started to see the results of my hard work, and it felt great! ‘My brother and I continued to train together and because we’re both so passionate about this sport and the healthy lifestyle it promotes, we really wanted to share it with everyone. So we completed all our accreditations and opened our own box (gym) in January 2013. We’ve introduced so many people to CrossFit, and because all the workouts are scalable to any level of fitness, we’ve trained literally every kind of person at our box. From kids who attend our CrossFit Kids classes, to men and women who’ve never been into gyming and fitness at all, to grandparents who are brave enough to try something new! ‘I currently train twice a day, five to six days a week. It’s difficult to balance running a business and a box with family time and training for big competitions. I’m lucky to have a supportive wife and

By sharing this lifestyle with my family and involving them in my training, we’ve built a really strong family bond

two awesome boys who enjoy getting involved in the training and travelling that go with competing internationally. By sharing this lifestyle with them and involving them in my training routine, we’ve built a really strong family bond. ‘The biggest highlights of my sporting career so far involve travelling and seeing the world while competing in the sport I love. I represented Africa in the 2015 CrossFit Games Meridian Regionals where I finished in 10th place. When I returned in 2016, my hard work resulted in a

wonderful improvement and 8th place finish. I’ve also held the title of Fittest in Africa for three consecutive years, which is something I’m massively proud of. ‘After having represented Africa in Dubai in December 2016 and Greece in January, I look forward to training hard to qualify for more international competitions over the coming months. I’m always excited to train our existing members and I can’t wait to usher more new people into the CrossFit community in 2017.’


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started competing when I was just an eight-year-old little tag-along who was tired of sitting on the sidelines watching my older sister, Annelle. Once I’d started participating in sports, I soon found that my favourites were swimming, cycling, and track running; the only team sport I really loved was netball.

‘I

The most valuable lesson this sport has taught me is how to deal with failure

Mari Rabie, 30, is a retired triathlete who lives in Stellenbosch. Since her retirement from sports she has co-founded athleisure brand, MovePretty, and also works in investment holding

‘I first represented South Africa at the Junior World Triathlon Championships in 2002 when I was 16, but I only really started focusing on triathlons once I’d finished school. And when I had a taste of the bigger competitions, I was hooked. ‘Some of my fondest memories and biggest highlights in my sporting career include competing in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, finishing third in the 2008 Under 23 World Championships, my third place finish at the World Xterra offroad triathlon, and competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where I was placed 11th. I’m currently ranked 15th in the world, which is a huge jump from my 2015 ranking of 107th! ‘All my great achievements were only made possible through lots of hard work. I’ve trained every day of my

life since I was six. For the Olympics, we trained three to four times a day, and 30 to 35 hours a week. It’s not easy to combine studies and a buzzing social life with training, but it’s the kind of lifestyle I prefer. When you’re a sportsperson, you have time for little else. ‘Unfortunately, when you train as hard as I have, you’re bound to suffer injuries. I’ve suffered multiple injuries, all related to over training. The toughest was suffering from heart disease in 2014. I had to take 10 months out of a two-year Olympic qualifying period; it almost meant the end of my Olympic dream and I had to push really hard in 2016 to qualify. This was the biggest obstacle of my sporting career. ‘The most valuable lesson this sport has taught me is how to deal with failure. In sport, you fail far more often than you would in everyday life. You work so hard and invest so much, but at the end of the day, your results often depend on how it all plays out on the day. ‘I’ll carry the life lessons I’ve learned through my career as a triathlete with me into the future, and now that I’m retired I hope I can use them to help the next generation. I’m also really looking forward to trying some alternative sports like mountain biking and trail running for fun.’

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Samantha Hogg, 34, is a cheerleading and gymnastics coach who lives in Fish Hoek with her daughter, Michaela, 14, and son, Cameron, 8. She has her Western Cape Provincial Colours for cheerleading and represents a number of South African cheerleading associations

hen I was 17 and living in Joburg, a few of my friends who did cheerleading invited me to come along to a practice and I immediately fell in love with it. Unfortunately, we moved to Cape Town soon after that, and because they didn’t have any cheerleading teams there, I was forced to take a long break. But four years ago, when I was 30 years old, I started again. ‘Cheerleading is such a fun, exhilarating sport and trust is an important element. It’s

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Cape and teaches youngsters about gymnastics. We started off at two schools with only 15 children and now, with the help of another qualified coach, we coach at 14 schools throughout the South Peninsula and Southern Suburbs with over 185 children. ‘Cheer Stars was born out of Tumbling Stars in 2013. Again,

Watching kids overcome their fears and try new stunts, I get to see how their self-esteem just skyrockets. That’s my favourite part of coaching!

a wonderful team sport that builds great friendships. I really wanted to share the sport and get others involved so I started Tumbling Stars in 2009. This mobile gymnastics coaching company travels to schools around the Western

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we started off small, but we now coach three primary school teams, three high school teams, and one tertiary school team. I also compete with a tertiary school team. ‘I love being a coach; I’m so proud of all my teams and

whenever they do really well in a competition, I’m overcome with a huge sense of accomplishment. I love watching the teams building trust and working together. It takes every person on the team to keep stunts in the air, so every team member is valuable and important, and it really turns them into a family. Watching kids overcome their fears and try new stunts, I get to see how their self-esteem just skyrockets. That’s my favourite part of coaching. ‘Anyone can learn to do stunts and tumbling. Don’t feel you can’t do it; there‘s a place for everyone on a team so just join and start learning! ‘Cheerleading requires a lot of physical training over and above practice. When I’m not at practice, I do strength and flexibility training. It can be tough juggling coaching, training,

and practices with my tertiary team between family time and single parenthood. Time management is important. ‘Aside from watching the kids I coach learn and grow in the sport, the biggest highlights include being selected as the official cheerleading association representative of the South African Majorette and Cheerleading Association (SAMCA) and achieving my provincial colours in cheerleading. I’m looking forward to training more coaches so that we can get more schools involved and keep building the club by introducing more athletes to cheerleading and growing this sport in South Africa.’


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started playing hockey when I was just 10; my brother, Marcus, introduced me to the game and I fell in love with it. Growing up in Kimberly, there weren’t really many career paths outside of working on the mines for young people to pursue. I knew I was a talented hockey player and I was determined to use that talent to make a better life for myself. ‘I debuted with the South African team in 1994 at the Hockey World Cup in Sydney when I was 23. I played hockey for South Africa for six years, and in 1996 I was proud to represent our country at the Olympic Games in Atlanta. I was thrilled to meet Nelson Mandela and hand him his

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Olympic blazer; that was probably one of the biggest events of my sporting career! After I retired I was honoured to be assistant coach for the men’s national team at the 2006 World Cup and Commonwealth Games.

how to respect fellow players, commitment, courage, and most of all an understanding of where they’re at and what they need to work on to be successful. One of the biggest lessons hockey has taught me: Train harder than anyone else

One of the biggest lessons hockey has taught me: Train harder than anyone else on the team!

‘After all these years, I’m still passionate about the game. It requires a great deal of discipline if you want to be the best. I find that hockey teaches youngsters the importance of team work,

on the team! ‘Coaching keeps me busy and I have to balance my time between my family and the kids I coach. Running the Allistar Fredericks Hockey Development Trust, which

trains close on 30 kids, takes up a lot of time because aside from being a coach to these kids, I also act as a father and mentor. I aim to teach them proper life skills and emphasise that their academic achievements come first, and hockey achievements second. ‘I’m currently the convenor of selectors for the men’s national team, so we’re responsible for building a strong group of quality players for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. ‘My dream is to become head coach for the men’s national team, but for the time being I enjoy focusing on the development trust and the many talented young people I’m coaching.’

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Allistar Fredericks, 45, is a retired Olympic hockey player who lives in Bloubosrand with his wife, Nicky, and their three children, Keagan, Taylor, and Tristan. Allistar is now director and head coach at Beaulieu Hockey Academy and Beaulieu College, and runs his own Indoor Hockey Leagues and Skills Academies around Joburg

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HAPPINESS comes MONIKA HUMAN, 31, IS A FULLTIME SPORTS COACH AT BRYANSTON PRIMARY SCHOOL AND A PART-TIME FITNESS AND NUTRITION COACH. SHE LIVES IN JOBURG WITH HER HUSBAND, GARY, AND THEIR TWO GIRLS, OLIVIA, 10, AND SOPHIA, 7

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grew up in Poland with a nurse for a mom, so we’ve always been a health-conscious family. I was involved in just about every sport at school, but athletics was my favourite; I was a competitive 100m sprinter. I’ve always had amazing coaches who had a passion for sport – it sparked my love for sport too, and I’ve carried that with me my whole life. Because I was so active throughout my childhood and as a young adult, it never occurred to me that things would ever change. But then I moved to the UK. I gained about 14kg during my first six months there. I blamed my weight gain on being too busy for an active life while I was working full-time and studying, but it was just a poor excuse. I was terrible at managing my time, and my eating habits had become very unhealthy. I met Gary and as we started our family I struggled with the extra baby weight and the other changes my body was going through. I didn’t like having my photo taken throughout my pregnancies; I didn’t want people to see me that way. After both my girls were born, I managed to slim down, but not the healthy way. I cut my calories down to the minimum and spent hours doing cardio. Things didn’t get much better when we relocated to South Africa. I struggled to fit in and settle, and I went through a phase of wanting to be ‘perfect’ and skinny. I thought having that type of body would make me happy, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Starving myself and doing hours of cardio left me grumpy, miserable, and frustrated. One day, when my weight had dropped to a record-low 47kg, I woke up and actually asked myself what on earth I was doing. That’s when I realised that true happiness comes from within and from loving yourself for who you are, not what you look like or what the scale says. Perfection doesn’t exist. Imperfections are what make us unique and so amazing. I started building a healthy relationship with

food and being the healthy mom my girls need me to be. When you’re a mom it’s so important to always remember how much your children look up to you; you don’t want to teach them that appearance is all that matters. Teach them how to look after their bodies, how to eat the right foods for nutrition and energy, and how to exercise for healthy growth and a strong heart and bones. If you’ve decided to make a positive change and start a weight-loss journey, you’ve already achieved more than some people ever will. Instead of focusing on appearance alone, aim to be more healthy, more active, and more positive. I know it’s easier said than done, but taking small steps and being patient with yourself is so important. Above all else, set realistic goals and time frames, and write down how you plan to achieve them. As much as you want to see results right away, you have to remember that staying in shape is a lifetime process. You need to create a lifestyle, not rush through a quick fix that won’t have lasting results. It’s easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle if those values have been instilled in you from a young age. That’s why I love doing what I do. I don’t just show up at the school, tell the kids to run around the field five times, and go home. I’m on a mission to teach every child I work with how important it is to be active and eat well, but I need their parents’ help. So I organise regular talks on nutrition, fitness, and wellness for parents who want to make a positive change in their lives and their children’s lives, but aren’t sure where to start. I’ve been in South Africa for just over six years now, and when I look back at how much I struggled when I first arrived, I’m so proud of my own progress and the positive impact I’ve helped make in the lives of others. I’ve been coaching the children at Bryanston Primary School for about a year, and I’m still so grateful every day that I’m able to combine my passion for health and wellness and my love of parenting into my career.

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eggs are always extra large

Imagine having a delicious dish named after you – pavlova has to be one of our favourites! This month’s recipes include a salad for every taste in our Top 20 feature and 6 quick ideas for the healthy avo!

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WHAT’S IN A

name? A DISH NAMED IN YOUR HONOUR? HOW FABULOUS!

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FOOD WITH FLAIR

pavlova Serves 8-10

Takes 1 hr 40 + cooling

FOR THE PAVLOVA 4 egg whites 250ml castor sugar 5ml white vinegar 15ml cornflour TO SERVE 125g raspberries 30ml icing sugar 250ml cream 2 handfuls mixed berries mint, to garnish (optional)

1 For the pavlova, preheat oven to 150°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar until stiff peaks form. Beat in the vinegar and cornflour. 2 Spoon into an 18cm circle on the prepared tray. Reduce oven to 100°C and bake in lower part of the oven for about 1 hr 30 minutes or until it no longer sticks to the paper. Turn off oven and leave in the oven to cool. 3 To serve, crush the raspberries and icing sugar until a sauce forms. Whip the cream to soft peaks and spoon on top of the pavlova. Drizzle over the raspberry coulis and top with berries and mint, if you like.

origin This meringue, fruit and cream dessert was named after the Russian prima ballerina, ANNA PAVLOVA, who was famous for ‘soaring as if on wings’. The light, airy dessert was also said to resemble her tutu.

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origin The beef wellington – a dish of beef, mushrooms, truffles, Madeira wine and pâté cooked in pastry – was named in honour of Arthur Wellesley, the first DUKE OF WELLINGTON, who became a national hero in Britain after defeating Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815.

beef wellington Recipe on page 49

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caesar salad Recipe on page 49

origin The caesar salad is named after CAESAR CARDINI, an Italian-born chef who ran restaurants in Mexico and America. High demand during Fourth of July celebrations in 1924 reduced his kitchen supplies and Cardini improvised by using what was available.

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fettuccine alfredo Serves 4-6

Takes 20 mins

300g fettuccine pasta 100g butter 500ml cream 1 garlic clove, peeled 80ml Parmesan or pecorino, ďŹ nely grated 250ml mature Cheddar, ďŹ nely grated handful parsley, chopped

1 Cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 8-10 minutes or until al dente. Drain.

2 Bring the butter, cream and garlic to a simmer in a large saucepan on low for 5 minutes. Remove garlic. 3 Stir in the cheeses on medium until melted. Stir in the parsley and then the pasta. Serve immediately.

Go online for recipes to make your own fettuccine, plus a margherita pizza.

origin Fettuccine alfredo has been popular for centuries, but it was taken to a new level around 1914 when ALFREDO DI LELIO was trying to ďŹ nd something his pregnant wife might enjoy eating. He increased the amount of butter in the recipe and realised he was onto a winner when clients at his restaurant in Rome came back for more.

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caesar salad

beef wellington

Serves 6 Serves 8

FOR THE BEEF WELLINGTON 1kg beef fillet 60ml wholegrain Dijon mustard 8 slices prosciutto, Parma or Serrano ham 2 x 400g sheets puff pastry, defrosted 1 egg yolk 15ml milk

FOR THE MUSHROOM PÂTÉ 500g portabellini mushrooms, roughly chopped 15ml butter olive oil, for frying 15ml thyme, leaves picked FOR THE SAUCE 250ml cream handful thyme 1 rosemary sprig 50g pecorino, finely grated

1 For the pâté, blitz the mushrooms until they reach the consistency of a

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Takes 20 mins

Takes 1 hr 15 + cooling

spreadable pâté. Heat the butter and a splash of oil on high and fry the mushroom pâté and thyme for about 10 minutes or until no moisture is released. Season. Cool. 2 For the beef, preheat oven to 200°C. Season the fillet. Heat a splash of oil on high and fry the fillet for about 2 minutes on each side or until browned all over but still pink on the inside. Cool. 3 Cover the cooled fillet with mustard. Press the mushroom pâté around the top and sides of the fillet. Cover completely in the ham. Roll tightly in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes. 4 Cover the fillet in a single layer of puff pastry, pinching seams closed. Use offcuts to decorate the pastry. Combine the egg yolk and milk and brush over the pastry. Chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes or until firmed up. 5 Bake the wellington for 30 minutes for medium-rare or until cooked to your liking. Remove from the oven and rest for 10 minutes before slicing. 6 For the sauce, bring all the ingredients to a simmer on Duxelle is the term used for mushroom pâté. You can medium, then cook for about use any mushrooms of your 10 minutes, stirring often until the choice including button and cheese has melted. Strain. Serve exotic. Try chicken liver pâté hot or cold with the beef.

tip

for a variation.

FOR THE CROUTONS 30ml butter, melted 30ml olive oil 3 slices sourdough bread, cubed FOR THE DRESSING 1 garlic clove 4 anchovy fillets 15ml lemon juice 5ml Worcestershire sauce 3ml Dijon mustard 1 egg yolk 125ml olive oil FOR THE SALAD 200g romaine or cos lettuce Parmesan or pecorino shavings, to serve

1 For the croutons, combine the butter and oil and mix through the bread. Season. Pan-fry for about 5 minutes on medium or until golden and crisp. 2 For the dressing, blitz the garlic, anchovies and lemon juice until a paste forms. Blitz in the Worcestershire sauce, mustard, egg yolk and oil. Season. 3 For the salad, place the lettuce on a platter and top with croutons and cheese shavings. Serve with the dressing.

tips If you prefer not to use the raw yolk in this recipe, substitute with 15ml ready-made mayonnaise or 1 hard-boiled egg yolk.

serving suggestion

Make this salad more substantial by adding crispy bacon or roast chicken slices and boiled eggs.

Serve with roast baby potatoes and blanched green beans.

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Vickie’s LOW-CARB KITCHEN


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LINE UP YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIES AND WHIP UP THESE EASY TREATS FOR A RELAXED EVENING AT HOME

chocolate truffles Serves 6

Takes 30 mins

200g medium-fat cream cheese 10g cocoa powder 10g xylitol, ground pinch of salt 50g 70% dark chocolate, melted 50g aked almonds, lightly roasted 30g desiccated coconut

1 Whisk the cream cheese, cocoa, xylitol and salt until smooth. Add the chocolate and almonds and stir until well combined. Roll into teaspoonsize balls. 2 Pour the coconut into a bowl and roll the truffles until coated.

mushroom pizzas Serves 4

Takes 40 mins

30ml olive oil 12 brown mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed 1 garlic clove, crushed 250g streaky bacon, chopped 400g tin chopped tomatoes 100g mozzarella, grated handful basil

1 Preheat oven to 180°C. Heat 15ml of the oil on

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medium-high and fry the mushrooms with the garlic for 2-4 minutes or until just tender. Season. Remove from the pan. 2 Add the remaining oil to the same pan and fry the bacon for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. 3 Fill the mushrooms with a few spoons of the tomato. Top with mozzarella and bacon. Place the mushrooms on a roasting tray and roast for about 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Top with basil.

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salami chips Serves 4

Takes 1 hr

100g salami, thinly sliced FOR THE SOUR CREAM DIP 1 head of garlic 45g butter 2 onions, thickly sliced 250ml sour cream

1 Preheat oven to 180°C. Place the salami slices on a baking tray and bake for 5-7 minutes or until the edges start to curl up and become crisp. Set aside to cool and crisp up more. 2 For the sour cream dip, wrap the garlic in foil and roast for 30-40 minutes or until softened. Set aside to cool. 3 Heat the butter on medium-high and fry the onions for about 15 minutes or until golden brown and caramelised. 4 Squeeze the garlic from the skin into a medium bowl. Add the onions and sour cream. Stir until well combined and serve with the salami chips.

spicy seed and nut mixture Takes 20 mins

50g each sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, almonds, pecan nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and coconut flakes 30g butter, melted 45ml xylitol syrup (available at health stores and supermarkets) 5ml salt 2.5ml black pepper 2.5ml paprika 1 sprig rosemary, chopped 2 sprigs thyme, chopped

1 Preheat oven to 170°C. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until coated.

2 Place on a roasting tray and roast for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool before serving.

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Serves 6


SHORTCUTS

SMOOTH OPERATOR THE SILKY SMOOTH BUTTERY TASTE OF AVOCADOS MAKES THEM DELICIOUS IN EVERYTHING FROM TOAST AND SALADS TO CHOCOLATE MOUSSE! deep-fried avo

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Cut 2 avocados into 1.5cm-thick wedges and cover in 60ml seasoned cake flour. Dip, one by one, in 2 beaten eggs and then in 310ml dried breadcrumbs, shaking off excess. Deep-fry in batches for about 1 minute or until golden brown. Drain on paper towel.

baked avo egg boats

avo on toast

Cut avocado in half lengthways and remove pit. Scoop out an extra 15ml of the avo. Season and squeeze lemon juice over. Crack an egg into each half of the avocado. Season. Bake at 200°C for 15-20 minutes.

Spread toasted bread slices of your choice with mayo, hummus or pesto. Top with sliced, mashed or shaved (with a peeler) avocado, or even an avocado rose. Season. Sprinkle with baby herbs.

creamy avo pesto sauce

choc avo icing

Blitz 2 avocados, handful basil, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 60ml cashew nuts, 30ml lemon juice and 45ml olive oil. Season. Serve with pasta.

Beat together 180ml mashed avocado, 4 cups icing sugar, 125ml cocoa powder, 15ml vanilla essence and 60-80ml boiling water.

chopped avo salad Chop 2 avocados, 1 red onion, 1 green bell pepper, 1 chilli and 4 tomatoes. Add 410g tin drained chickpeas, handful chopped coriander, corn from 2 cooked mealies and a squeeze lemon juice. Season.

Go online for a step-by-step guide on how to make an avocado rose.

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TOP 20

strawberry, avo and biltong salad Serves 4

cheat’s tacos with guacamole chicken

Takes 20 mins Makes 8

Takes 40 mins

4 slices low-GI bread, crusts removed 250g strawberries, stalks removed and halved 1 avocado, cubed 50g flaked almonds, lightly toasted 1 small red onion, thinly sliced 150g thinly sliced biltong, without fat 100g black pepper cream cheese 2 handfuls rocket balsamic vinegar, to serve

8 small tortilla wraps 15ml olive or avocado oil 4 chicken breasts, cut into strips 1 onion, finely chopped 2 mealies on the cob, husks removed, cooked 15ml taco seasoning handful coriander, chopped

1 Preheat oven to 200°C. Cut the

FOR THE GUACAMOLE 2 avocados, mashed squeeze lemon juice 1 red chilli, seeded and chopped (optional)

bread into 2cm fingers and place on a baking tray. Drizzle with oil and bake for about 10 minutes or until golden. 2 Combine the strawberries, avocado, almonds, onion, biltong, cheese and rocket. Serve with balsamic vinegar.

1 Preheat oven to 180°C. Make your own cheat’s taco shells by wrapping 4 wraps together in a damp paper towel. Microwave for about 30 seconds on high until heated through. Repeat with the remaining wraps. Drape each wrap directly over two bars of your oven rack. Bake for about 8 minutes, until crispy. Open slightly before they cool down to create a larger pocket. 2 Heat the oil on high and sauté the chicken and onion in batches for about 5 minutes or until cooked. Season. Cut the kernels from the mealie cobs and add to the chicken mixture, with the taco seasoning. Cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Remove from the heat and add the coriander. 3 For the guacamole, combine all the ingredients. Season. 4 Divide the leaves, chicken mixture, cheese and guacamole between the tacos. Serve immediately.

handful lettuce, shredded 250ml Cheddar, grated

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turkish baked eggs Serves 2

Takes 25 mins

handful asparagus 2 handfuls fine green beans, trimmed 80ml olive or avocado oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 onion, finely chopped 125ml plain yoghurt zest of 1 lemon 4 eggs handful baby spinach handful basil bruschetta, to serve

mushroom patties Serves 4-6

Takes 40 mins

500ml oats 500g smooth cottage cheese 1 egg 15ml soy sauce 100g sunflower seeds handful basil, chopped 250g mushrooms, finely chopped 2 celery stalks, finely chopped 410g tin butterbeans, drained 400g tomato purée wholewheat wraps, to serve mixed salad leaves, to serve

1 Preheat oven to 180°C. Cook the asparagus and beans in salted boiling water for 1-2 minutes or until bright green. Drain and refresh in ice water. Drain. 2 Heat the oil on medium and sauté the garlic and onion. 3 Combine the yoghurt and zest. Season. Add the onion mixture and spoon into a 22cm ovenproof pan. Make 4 cavities in the yoghurt mixture with a spoon and break an egg into each. Bake for about 7-8 minutes for soft eggs. 4 Add the blanched beans and asparagus to the pan during the last 2-3 minutes of baking. Serve with baby spinach, basil and bruschetta.

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1 Preheat oven to 180°C. Blitz the oats, cottage cheese, egg and soy sauce until combined. Add the sunflower seeds, basil, mushrooms and celery. Mix to combine, then season. Shape the mixture into 80ml patties using wet hands. 2 Heat a pan on medium and coat with non-stick cooking spray. Fry the patties in batches for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden. Place on a baking tray. 3 Roughly crush the butterbeans in the sauce and mix in the tomato purée. Spoon the mixture on top of the patties. Bake for about 20 minutes or until heated through. Serve with wraps and salad.


TOP 20

quick pizzas with poached eggs Serves 4

lemony fish skewers Makes 4-6

Takes 30 mins + marinating

Serves 4

Takes 25 mins

125g asparagus, halved 125g mange tout 125g sugar snap peas 125ml frozen peas 4 flatbreads (like naan, pitas or tortillas) 30ml olive or avocado oil 125ml basil pesto 4 poached or boiled eggs, cooked to your liking small handful baby salad leaves

grilled pork with barley and grapefruit salad

600g firm white fish fillet, skin and bones removed 6-8 lemongrass stems 60ml olive or avocado oil zest and juice of 1 lemon 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 lemon, halved

Takes 1 hr

FOR THE HERBY TOPPING handful coriander, chopped + extra handful mint, chopped 1 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped 100g peanuts, lightly toasted

250ml barley 15ml honey 15ml Dijon mustard squeeze lemon juice, to taste + extra 1 large green apple, grated handful mint, chopped 700g pork fillet handful rocket 1 grapefruit, segmented 1 avocado, thinly sliced ½ red onion, thinly sliced black or white sesame seeds, to sprinkle

1 Cut the fish into 3cm cubes and thread onto

1 Cook the barley in salted boiling

the lemongrass. Combine the oil, lemon zest and juice and garlic. Season. Pour over the fish kebabs and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the fridge for an hour. 2 Drain the kebabs and reserve the marinade. Cook the kebabs over medium coals for about 4 minutes on each side, brushing with the reserved marinade, until cooked. Season. Cook the lemon halves at the same time. 3 For the herby topping, combine the coriander, mint, chilli and peanuts and sprinkle over the fish. Serve with the lemon halves.

water for 25-30 minutes or until soft. Drain. Mix together the honey, mustard and lemon juice and add to the barley. Cool. Mix the apple with some extra lemon juice and add to the barley mixture, along with the mint. 2 Preheat oven to 200°C. Heat a griddle pan on medium-high and fry the pork until charred all over. Season. Place the fillet on a roasting tray and bake for about 15 minutes or until cooked through. Rest for 5 minutes, then slice thinly. 3 Scatter rocket, grapefruit, avocado, onion and sesame seeds over the barley salad. Serve with the pork.

1 Blanch the vegetables in salted boiling water for about 3 minutes or until bright green. Drain. 2 Heat a griddle pan on high, brush the flatbreads with oil and cook for about a minute on each side or until charred. 3 Top the flatbreads with a few dollops of pesto, the vegetables and poached eggs. Season and scatter with leaves.

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marinated chicken and salad cups Serves 4

Takes 30 mins + marinating

15ml coriander, chopped + extra 4 garlic cloves, crushed 60ml lemon juice 10ml ground cumin 30ml fat-free Bulgarian yoghurt + extra 4 chicken breasts, butterflied 125ml wholewheat couscous 8-12 butter lettuce leaves 100g whole peeled almonds, toasted 2 spring onions, diagonally sliced handful mint, chopped

1 Blitz the coriander, garlic, lemon juice, cumin and yoghurt until combined. Add the chicken and marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight. 2 Heat a pan on medium-high and coat with cooking spray. Shake the excess marinade off the chicken (reserving the marinade) and cook for about 5 minutes on each side or until golden. Season. Baste the chicken with the reserved marinade throughout cooking time. Add a splash of water if the marinade starts to catch on the pan. 3 Cook the couscous according to packet instructions. Arrange the lettuce on a platter, top with couscous, almonds, onions, extra coriander and mint. Add dollops of extra yoghurt and serve with the chicken.

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mediterranean fish bake Serves 4

Takes 45 mins

FOR THE CRUMBLE 30ml olive oil 2 anchovy fillets, chopped 2 slices ciabatta, finely crumbed zest of 1 lemon 80ml Parmesan or pecorino, finely grated handful parsley, finely chopped 750g red and yellow cherry tomatoes (on the vine if you prefer) 250ml Kalamata olives 1 red onion, cut into wedges 45ml olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 600g hake medallions 60ml capers zest of 1 lemon handful basil

1 Preheat oven to 200°C. For the crumble, heat the oil on medium-high and fry the anchovies and breadcrumbs for 10-15 minutes or until crisp and golden. Season. Stir the lemon zest, cheese and parsley through the breadcrumbs and set aside. 2 Place the tomatoes, olives, onion, oil and garlic in a large baking dish and toss to combine. 3 Arrange the hake on the vegetables and season. Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and bake for 25 minutes or until cooked. Add capers, lemon zest and basil before serving.


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marinated baby marrows and mince

crispy fattoush salad Serves 6

Serves 6

Takes 30 mins

Takes 40 mins

FOR THE MARINADE zest of 2 lemons 1 red chilli, thinly sliced 4 garlic cloves, crushed 5cm ginger, finely grated 60ml olive oil + extra FOR THE BABY MARROWS 80ml lemon juice 60ml orange juice 600g baby marrows, thinly sliced

FOR THE MINCE 60ml soy sauce 60ml sweet chilli sauce 500g beef mince handful coriander, chopped 100g cashew nuts, lightly toasted wraps, to serve

1 For the marinade, mix all the ingredients together. 2 For the baby marrows, mix half of the marinade with the lemon juice and orange juice and mix through the baby marrows. Season. Leave to marinate for at least 10 minutes. 3 For the mince, mix the rest of the marinade through the mince together with the soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce. Heat a splash of the extra oil on medium-high and fry the mince for about 8 minutes or until cooked. Add the coriander and sprinkle the nuts over. Season. 4 Place the baby marrows on a serving plate and top with the mince. Serve with wraps.

2 pita breads, cut open 15ml olive or avocado oil 4 garlic cloves, crushed 30ml Spanish Rub handful mange tout handful sugar snap peas 1 cucumber, sliced into ribbons 1 green pepper, finely diced small handful chives, chopped 100g cherry tomatoes, halved handful mint, chopped handful parsley, chopped

FOR THE DRESSING 60ml lemon juice zest of 1 lemon 15ml olive or avocado oil

1 Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the pita breads on a baking tray. Brush with oil and garlic, then sprinkle with the rub. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden and crisp. Snap into bite-size pieces. 2 Cook the mange tout and sugar snap peas in salted boiling water for 1-2 minutes or until bright green. Rinse under cold water. Drain and cool. 3 Combine the mange tout, sugar snap peas, cucumber, green pepper, chives, tomatoes and herbs. Scatter with the pita pieces. 4 Combine all the dressing ingredients. Season and drizzle over the salad.

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mango and cucumber chicken salad Serves 4-6

Takes 40 mins

FOR THE MARINADE 30ml olive or avocado oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed zest of 1 lemon 4 chicken breasts, butterflied FOR THE DRESSING 60ml basil pesto 125ml olive oil 45ml sunflower seeds, lightly toasted juice of 1 lemon 2 mangoes, peeled and cheeks removed 1 cucumber large handful of baby spinach and watercress

spicy tomato, biltong and lettuce soup Serves 4-6

Takes 25 mins

2 wholewheat pitas, cut open paprika, to sprinkle 1kg tomatoes, roughly chopped ½ cucumber, roughly chopped 1 red chilli, finely chopped (optional) ½ red onion, chopped 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped handful basil 1 garlic clove, crushed 10ml white wine vinegar 45ml sweet chilli sauce butter lettuce leaves, to serve thinly sliced biltong (without fat), to serve

1 Preheat oven to 200°C. Cut the pitas into wedges and 1 For the marinade, mix the oil, garlic and lemon zest and 2 3

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drizzle over the chicken. Marinate for at least 20 minutes. For the dressing, combine the pesto, oil, sunflower seeds and lemon juice. Season and set aside. Heat a griddle pan on high and fry the chicken for 3 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Season. Tear the chicken into smaller strips and set aside. Slice the mango cheeks into thin strips and set aside. Peel the cucumber into ribbons using a vegetable peeler. Place the herb leaves on a plate, top with the mango, cucumber and chicken. Serve with the pesto dressing.

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place on a baking tray. Sprinkle with paprika and bake for 15 minutes or until crisp. 2 Blitz the tomatoes, cucumber, chilli, onion, pepper, basil, garlic, vinegar and sweet chilli sauce until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until cold. Season. Top with lettuce and biltong and serve with the pita crisps.

tips This soup tastes even better after three days in the fridge. Leave out the biltong for a vegetarian option. Lettuce gives a nice crunch and can also be used to scoop up the soup.


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fishcake salad Serves 4

kebabs with crunchy slaw

Takes 45 mins Serves 4

Takes 25 mins + marinating

4 mealie cobs, husks removed FOR THE FISHCAKES 2 x 400g tins pilchards in tomato sauce, drained, skin removed and roughly chopped 1 egg 3 spring onions, finely sliced handful coriander, chopped squeeze lemon juice avocado oil, for frying TO SERVE 1 cucumber, cut into ribbons with a vegetable peeler 50g walnuts, lightly toasted and chopped 1-2 avocados, sliced or halved handful cherry tomatoes, halved lemon wedges

1 Cook the mealies in boiling water for about 30 minutes or until cooked. Drain and cut off the kernels. Set aside.

2 For the fishcakes, mix the fish and egg until well combined. Add the onions, coriander and lemon juice. Season. Shape into 8 thick patties. 3 Heat a splash of oil on medium and cook the fishcakes, in batches, for about 3 minutes on each side until cooked. Serve with cucumber, walnuts, corn, avo, tomatoes and lemon wedges.

½ onion, finely chopped 5ml ground cumin 125ml low-fat Bulgarian yoghurt + extra 500g boneless lamb, cut into chunks FOR THE CRUNCHY SLAW 2 carrots, peeled and cut into ribbons ½ white cabbage, shredded ½ red onion, thinly sliced squeeze lemon juice handful coriander, chopped 4 wholewheat wraps (optional)

1 Combine the onion, cumin, yoghurt and lamb. Season. Marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

2 Shake off excess marinade. Thread the lamb onto skewers and place on a baking tray. Season. Cook under a heated grill for about 3-4 minutes each side or until charred and cooked. 3 For the crunchy slaw, combine all the ingredients. Serve the slaw, kebabs and extra yoghurt with the wraps.

tip We asked our butcher to cut thick leg of lamb chops for this recipe.

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Serves 4

Takes 30 mins

olive or avocado oil, for frying 4 spring onions, sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed 5ml ginger, finely grated 500g sweet potato, cooked and mashed 2 x 170g tins tuna in water, drained 1 egg, lightly beaten 30ml coriander, chopped + extra sesame seeds, for sprinkling sweet chilli sauce, to serve 2 limes, cut into wedges green salad, to serve

1 Preheat oven to 180°C. Heat a splash of oil on medium and cook the spring onions, garlic and ginger for about 2 minutes or until soft. Remove from heat and mix in the sweet potato. Flake in the tuna, egg and coriander. Season and divide the mixture into 12 patties. 2 Sprinkle the sesame seeds on a plate and coat the patties with the seeds. Heat another splash of oil on medium and fry the patties in batches for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden and cooked. Serve with sweet chilli sauce, extra coriander, lime wedges and a green salad.

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asian beef salad Serves 4

Takes 30 mins

2 x 300g beef sirloin steaks juice of 1 lemon 4 garlic cloves, crushed 30ml olive or avocado oil + extra 2 handfuls each of broccolini, baby marrows, mange tout and green beans, julienned 2 carrots, peeled and grated 500ml cooked Chinese noodles handful coriander, chopped FOR THE DRESSING 60ml olive or avocado oil 15ml lemon juice 15ml soy sauce 15ml fresh ginger, grated 5ml honey

1 Mix the beef with the lemon juice, garlic and oil. Season. Heat a griddle pan on high and cook the steaks for about 3 minutes on each side for medium-rare or until cooked to your liking. Slice into strips. 2 Heat an extra splash of oil on medium-high and stir-fry all the vegetables until tender. Toss in the noodles, beef and coriander. 3 Combine all the ingredients for the dressing and drizzle over the salad.

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thai fishcakes


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baby marrow pasta Serves 4

Takes 25 mins

chicken stir-fry Serves 4

Takes 25 mins

warm basil pesto chicken salad Serves 4

8 medium baby marrows olive or avocado oil, for frying 250g diced bacon 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 onion, chopped 400g tin cherry tomatoes small handful basil, shredded

1 Cut the baby marrows into strips. Heat a splash of oil on medium and stir-fry the strips until soft. Season and set aside (in the pan to reheat later). 2 Heat another splash of oil on medium and fry the bacon until crisp. Add the garlic and onion and sautĂŠ. Add the tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes. Mix the basil through and season. 3 Reheat the baby marrow strips and serve with the tomato sauce.

1 garlic clove, crushed 60ml soy sauce 5ml honey squeeze of lemon juice 15ml olive or avocado oil 4 chicken breasts, cut into strips 400g stir-fry vegetables 300g Chinese noodles, cooked handful coriander, chopped

1 Combine the garlic, soy sauce, honey and lemon juice.

Takes 30 mins

4 chicken breasts 30ml basil pesto 4 thin slices Serrano, Black Forest or Parma ham 30ml olive or avocado oil 2 handfuls ďŹ ne green beans, ends trimmed 2 handfuls cherry tomatoes 30ml butter 80ml feta, crumbled baby herbs or basil, to serve

2 Heat the oil in a wok on high and fry the chicken for 5-8 minutes or until cooked. Season. 3 Add the vegetables and cook for 3-5 minutes or until cooked but still crisp. Add the noodles and drizzle with sauce. Heat through for 2 minutes. 4 Scatter with coriander before serving.

1 Cut a pocket in the side of each chicken breast, and season inside and outside. Spoon the pesto into the pockets and wrap a slice of ham around each breast. Heat the oil on medium-high and fry the chicken for about 8 minutes or until golden brown all over and cooked through. 2 Blanch the beans in boiling water for 1 minute or until bright. Drain and toss the beans, tomatoes and butter into the pan with the chicken and heat through for 5 minutes. Season. 3 Slice the chicken and serve sprinkled with the feta and herbs. MARCH 2017

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A SOUTH AFRICAN STAPLE, MEALIE MEAL ISN’T JUST FOR BRAAIS AND BREAKFASTS

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pancakes Serves 6

braai tart Takes 10 mins

500ml mealie meal, cooked (stiff) 250ml Cheddar, grated 500ml cake flour 20ml baking powder handful chives, chopped 3ml salt 2 eggs 125ml milk 30ml olive oil

1 Mix together all the ingredients

Serves 8

Takes 1 hr 40

Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a medium ovenproof dish with butter. Bring 1.25L salted water to a boil in a large pan. Add 700ml mealie meal and stir until it starts to thicken. Lower the heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes while stirring or until stiff. Heat 30ml olive oil on medium-high. Fry 250g chopped bacon for 5-7 minutes or until crispy. Remove and set aside. Add 1 chopped onion and 2 crushed garlic cloves to the same pan and sauté. Add 250g sliced mushrooms and fry for another 5 minutes. Add 2 x 400g tins whole peeled tomatoes and flatten the tomatoes with a fork. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until thickened. Add the bacon. Season. Spread one-third of the mealie meal into the prepared ovenproof dish. Top with one-third of the sauce. Repeat the layers, finishing with a layer of mealie meal. Sprinkle with 100g grated Cheddar. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

except the oil until combined.

2 Heat oil on medium-high and drop

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tablespoons of the batter into the frying pan. Fry in batches for 2-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

serving suggestion Stack them up and serve with an avocado, tomato, red onion and coriander salsa for breakfast or add a side salad for a quick and easy light lunch.

soft and creamy mealie meal Serves 6

dumplings Serves 6

Takes 40 mins

Takes 40 mins

Bring 1L water and 5ml salt to a boil. Add 500ml mealie meal and whisk gently until it starts to thicken. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring constantly. Add 250ml Cheddar or Parmesan and 50g butter, stirring until the cheese and butter has melted. Season with salt.

Rub 50g butter with 250ml self-raising flour, 180ml mealie meal and 3ml salt, until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add a handful of chopped parsley and 100ml grated Cheddar. Add 125ml water and mix until it forms a dough. Divide the dough into 8 dumplings and place on top of your favourite stew for the last 20-30 minutes of cooking time. Cover with a lid and leave to steam, until a cake tester comes out clean.

pizza Serves 6

Takes 1 hr + refrigeration

Line a medium baking tray with baking paper. Bring 1L chicken stock to a boil. Add 250ml mealie meal and stir until well combined. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook while stirring for 20 minutes. Pour the mealie meal evenly onto the lined baking tray. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until set. Preheat oven on the grill setting. Brush the pizza base with olive oil. Grill the base for 5-7 minutes or until crisp. Top the pizza base with 250g cherry tomatoes, 250ml grated mozzarella and 250g crispy streaky bacon. Bake at 200°C for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Top with rocket.

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Cupboard LOVE JUST A FEW PANTRY BASICS AND A LITTLE CREATIVITY – THEY’LL THINK YOU’RE SUPERMOM!

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FAMILY MEALS

chicken pineapple stir-fry

tuna pizza

corn chowder

spicy lentil cakes

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toad in the hole Serves 4

chicken pineapple stir-fry Serves 6

Takes 50 mins

60ml sunflower oil

FOR THE SAUCE 60ml reserved pineapple juice 30ml honey 60ml soy sauce

FOR THE BATTER 285ml milk 190ml cake flour 3ml salt 3 eggs

30ml olive oil 500g chicken breasts, sliced 1 onion, sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2cm ginger, chopped 1 red chilli, chopped 1 red pepper, sliced 440g tin pineapple pieces, reserve 60ml of the juice 415g tin sweetcorn, drained handful coriander, chopped noodles, to serve

8 large pork/beef bangers 4 sprigs rosemary FOR THE ONION GRAVY 30ml butter 2 onions, sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 45ml balsamic vinegar 125ml beef stock

1 Preheat oven to 250°C. Pour oil into a 15cm x 25cm rectangular 2 3

4

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Takes 25 mins

oven pan and place it in the oven to heat up. For the batter, whisk all the ingredients and set aside. Add the sausages to the pan in the oven and roast for about 5 minutes or until browned. Pour the batter over the sausages. Add the rosemary and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Heat the butter on medium-high and fry the onions for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. Add the garlic and fry for another 2 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar. Reduce by half. Add the stock and bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until slightly reduced. Season. Serve the onion gravy with the toad in the hole.

1 For the sauce, combine all the ingredients. 2 Heat the oil in a large wok on medium-high. Add the chicken, season and fry for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.

3 Add the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli, and fry for 2 minutes. Add the pepper and fry for another 2 minutes.

4 Add the pineapple and sweetcorn and fry for about 4 minutes or until heated through. Add the stir-fry sauce and fry for about 2 minutes or until well combined. Serve with fresh coriander and noodles.

spicy lentil cakes Serves 6

Takes 40 mins

60ml olive oil 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2cm ginger, peeled and chopped 15ml medium curry powder 410g tin lentils, drained 1 egg 125ml cake flour handful coriander, chopped FOR THE TZATZIKI 1 small cucumber, grated pinch salt 250ml Greek yoghurt handful mint, chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed zest of 1 lemon

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1 Heat 15ml of the oil on medium-high and sauté the onion, garlic and ginger. Add the curry powder and fry for another 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and transfer to a large bowl. 2 Blitz the lentils until roughly mashed and add with the egg, flour and coriander to the onion mixture. Season and mix until combined. 3 Heat the remaining oil on medium-high and fry tablespoon-size dollops of the lentil mixture in batches for about 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. 4 For the tzatziki, combine the cucumber and salt and set aside for 5 minutes. 5 Squeeze out the liquid from the cucumber and combine with the remaining ingredients. Serve with the patties.

These cakes are

vegetarian-friendly and great to serve at a dinner party as a main, on a mezze platter or in a bun as a burger


tuna pizza Serves 4-6

Takes 45 mins + proofing

830ml bread flour 10g dry yeast 5ml salt 375ml tepid water FOR THE TOPPINGS 410g tin Mexican Style diced tomatoes 425g tin tuna chunks, drained 100g black olives, halved and pitted 100g mozzarella, grated

1 Mix the flour, yeast, salt and water until the dough

2

3 4

5

comes together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling wrap. Set aside in a warm spot for 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size. Divide the dough into 4-6 equal-sized balls (depending on how big you want to make the pizza). Preheat oven to 200°C. Heat 2 large baking trays in the oven. Roll each dough ball out to 3mm thick pizza bases and place onto the preheated baking trays. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven. Top the pizza with the tomatoes, tuna, olives and mozzarella. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining dough and ingredients.

corn chowder

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Serves 4

Takes 25 mins

30ml olive oil 250g streaky bacon, chopped 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 420g tin cream style sweetcorn 410g tin whole kernel corn, drained 750ml vegetable stock 250ml cream handful parsley, chopped

1 Heat the oil on medium-high and fry the bacon for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside.

2 Add the onion and garlic and sauté.. Add the sweetcorn, whole kernel corn, stock and cream. Season.

3 Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Serve with bacon and parsley.

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BAKE

Low carb!

ENJOY SECONDS (AND MAYBE EVEN THIRDS!) OF THIS GUILT-FREE, LOW-CARB CHEESECAKE macadamia crust cheesecake with berries Serves 10-12

We used strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

Takes 2 hrs + cooling

FOR THE CRUST 150g raw macadamia nuts 150g ground almonds 45ml xylitol pinch salt 15ml butter, melted FOR THE FILLING 3 x 230g tubs cream cheese, at room temperature 180ml xylitol 3 eggs 250g tub sour cream 15ml vanilla essence FOR THE COULIS 500g mixed berries, chopped 15ml xylitol

1 For the crust, preheat oven to 160°C. Line a 20cm springform cake tin with baking paper, leaving an 8cm overhang.

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2 Blitz the macadamia nuts until coarsely chopped. Blitz in

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5

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almonds, xylitol, salt and butter until it clumps together. Press mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom of the prepared tin. Bake for about 15 minutes or until just beginning to brown around the edges. Cool. For the filling, reduce oven to 140°C. Beat together the cream cheese and xylitol. Beat in eggs one at a time, until combined. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Grease the sides of the baking paper (inside the tin) with cook and spray and pour the filling onto the cooled crust. Line the outside of the tin with foil. Place the tin inside a deep oven tray lined with a tea towel. Fill the tray with enough boiling water to come halfway up the side of the tin. Bake for about 1 hour 30 minutes or until edges are set and the centre has a slight wobble (it will set further as it cools). Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake to cool inside, with the door ajar. Cover and refrigerate overnight. For the coulis, blitz half of the berries with the xylitol. Serve with the cheesecake and remaining berries.

variation To make a set berry layer, cool the 250ml coulis in the fridge for 30 minutes. Combine 5ml granulated gelatine with 15ml water and set aside for 5 minutes to bloom. Heat in the microwave for about 10 seconds or until just melted (do not let it boil or it won’t set). Beat the gelatine into the coulis in a slow steady stream. Pour onto the cheesecake, leaving a 5mm rim so that it can spread slightly. Set in the fridge for about 1 hour or until firm.

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TREND ALERT! MILKSHAKES ARE AN ALL-TIME FAVOURITE – WE’VE STIRRED THINGS UP AND TURNED THEM INTO DESSERTS!

R21 per serving strawberry candy floss milkshakes Serves 4

Takes 20 mins

100g white chocolate, melted 100s & 1000s, for dipping

handful pink candy floss + extra 60ml milk

1 Dip the rims of 4 small glasses in the chocolate and then press into sprinkles. Set aside.

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FOR THE TOPPING 4 pink doughnuts colourful sweets and lollies, for decorating

smooth. Pour into the glasses.

3 Top the milkshakes with a doughnut, extra candy floss and sweets.


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toffee apple milkshakes Serves 4

Takes 30 mins + cooling

FOR THE TOFFEE APPLES 425g tin baby apples 100g butter 250ml brown sugar 125ml liquid glucose ½ x 385g tin condensed milk FOR THE MILKSHAKE 500ml vanilla ice cream 80ml caramel sauce 60ml milk FOR THE TOPPING 1 green apple, thinly sliced caramel popcorn whipped cream Wilson’s Cream Caramels (optional)

1 For the toffee apples, dry 4 of the apples (with stems) with kitchen paper.

2 Melt the butter on medium-high. Add the sugar, reduce heat to medium and stir, without boiling, until the sugar has dissolved. Add the glucose and condensed milk. 3 Increase heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil, then cook, swirling the pan occasionally, until the mixture reaches 115°C on a sugar thermometer. Immediately dip the 4 apples, 1 at a time, about three-quarters deep into the caramel. Press into the side of a small glass. Repeat with the remaining apples. Cool. 4 For the milkshake, blitz all the ingredients with the remaining apples (stems removed) until smooth. Pour into the glasses. 5 Top with apple slices, popcorn, whipped cream and toffees.

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chocolate brownie milkshake Serves 4

Takes 25 mins

100g dark chocolate, melted 375ml pretzels FOR THE MILKSHAKE 500ml chocolate ice cream 60ml brownies, crumbled 60ml milk

1 Dip the rims of 4 small glasses in the chocolate and allow to thicken until just before it sets, then press the pretzels into the chocolate. Set aside. 2 For the milkshake, blitz all the ingredients until smooth. Pour into the glasses. 3 Top with cream, brownies, Flake and cherries, and drizzle with chocolate sauce.

R20 per serving Go online for a recipe to make your own brownies.

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FOR THE TOPPING whipped cream 4 brownies 1 Flake chocolate, crushed 4 maraschino cherries chocolate sauce


FOOD NOTES MARGIE ROUNDS UP THE BEST ON THE SHELVES

Buon More is more appetito! ARTISAN

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The Cerebos artisanal range of salts has been sourced from a number of exotic locations to ensure purity and flavour. Available in Mediterranean Sea Salt Flakes, Namibian Sea Salt Pearls, Atlantic Fleur de Sel, Atacama Desert Salt (35% less sodium) and Kalahari Desert Salt (Coarse and Fine). R39.95-R69.95

Keep a few of these pasta ideas in the cupboard for those days when you need dinner in a hurry! Royco’s new range of pasta bases is available in Bolognaise, Savoury Mince, Macaroni & Cheese, Lasagne Cheese, Bacon Carbonara, and Tomato & Basil. Free of added MSG and preservatives. R19.99 per 200g pouch.

Bakers Eet-Sum-Mor buttery shortbread biscuits are now available in Chocolate Chip too. Perfect for tea dunking! R15.99

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Packed with GOODNESS The popular All Gold brand has added two new products for those who like things spicy or might be watching their weight: All Gold Hot & Spicy Tomato Sauce and All Gold Light Tomato Sauce. R25.99-R31.99 for the 500ml squeeze bottle and R14.99-R18.99 for the 350ml glass bottle.

Gluten free!

The popular alcoholic ginger beer, Dragon Fiery Ginger, has launched Double Dragon. Naturally fermented, Double Dragon delivers the same fresh, zesty flavour as the original but with an extra ginger bite and a higher alcohol content. R20-R25 per bottle.

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Chocolate oreo cake THIS FUDGY CHOCOLATE CAKE IS MORE LIKE A PUDDING, AND FULL OF HIDDEN CARAMEL AND BISCUIT SURPRISES Serves 8

Takes 40 mins + cooling

176g packet Oreos 385g tin caramel treat 180ml sunflower oil 250ml sugar 10ml vanilla essence 3 eggs 180ml self-raising flour 125ml cocoa powder pinch salt

1 2 3 4

serving suggestion Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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Preheat oven to 180°C. Split the biscuits open and place in 2 x 14cm x 19cm baking dishes or 1 large dish. Spoon a dollop of caramel onto each biscuit. Combine the oil, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating until combined. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Gently pour the batter over the biscuits. Bake for about 30 minutes or until a testing skewer comes out clean. Cool to room temperature.

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Tune in to your body any scientific experts now agree that there’s a definite link between the mind and the body – with what you feel impacting directly on how you feel. While this might still seem a little farfetched to some, you just need to think of your own body and the way it reacts in different situations. Take blushing, for example – an instant physical reaction to an emotion. And that first day of school for your child when you felt butterflies in YOUR tummy too. These reactions all have one major thing in common – they indicate a direct link between your emotions and the way you react physically. Debbie Shapiro, author and body-mind therapist, writes in Your body has a mind of its own that awareness of the role of the mind and emotions in your state of health is crucial. While most people see their minds and bodies as separate, operating independently of

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each other, she writes, ‘… we know instinctively this is not the case’. She explains that times of high stress have definite physical side effects. It could be that you sweat more or that your nerves get the better of you and you start shaking. You might even feel physically ill. Debbie says this is how your psycho-emotional state affects your physical state. Once you’ve made the connection between your emotions and your physical reactions, ask yourself whether your emotions might be affecting any chronic pain you’re experiencing. There have been countless cases where people have reported chronic pain and on investigation have discovered it’s been caused by a stressful situation in their life. Simply put, physical pain can result from your body trying to warn you of emotional work you need to do in your life.

THOSE PAINS YOU’RE EXPERIENCING MIGHT BE WARNING SIGNS. LISTEN UP, BECAUSE YOUR BODY DOESN’T LIE!


YOUR HEALTH Studies have shown that chronic pain is not always caused by a physical event, but also by stress and emotional issues

TAKING CONTROL So, what’s the good news in all of this? That the link between pain and emotions means ‘it’s not all in your head’ as people may have told you. It also shows you the power you have. You can make the choice to look at what’s happening in your personal situation and how it’s affecting your body. There are a few practical steps you can take to manage your emotions, and in turn your pain. REALISE YOUR WORTH You’re a beautiful and valuable person, and sometimes you need to take time to remind yourself of your positive attributes. While this may not immediately eliminate the pain you’ve suffered, loving yourself will have innumerable long-term benefits. EMBRACE EXERCISE From mild walks to a stricter routine, exercise does wonders for you. It keeps you supple and improves the blood flow through your body. Exercise has also been known to improve your mental state and happiness. CONNECT WITH THOSE WHO APPRECIATE YOU Being your own worst critic, it’s important to constantly surround yourself with people who appreciate and love you. Allow their positivity and love to seep into your mind. Embrace it and acknowledge you are worthwhile. FIND A NEW HOBBY Distraction is a wonderful thing, and often hobbies and interests can stop us from over-thinking things in our own lives and focusing on the negative, the stressful and the depressing. ASK FOR HELP Stress, depression and anxiety are all extremely real and affect many individuals. If you suffer from any of these and don’t feel you can overcome challenges on your own, ask for help in moving forward in a positive direction.

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WHAT COULD YOUR EMOTIONS BE SAYING? Your emotions are the first reaction you encounter in a stressful situation. It’s therefore easy to trace how an extremely stressful situation will affect your body’s reaction. Feelings of depression and anxiety have an impact on the hormone levels in your body and can lessen the brain chemical required to feel happy. This can have a negative impact on your immune system. You’re probably aware of how repressed anger can increase your stress levels. What you may not know though is that this extreme emotional response can lessen your lifespan! Research conducted by scientists shows how this emotional response can shorten your telomeres (the ’end caps’ of your DNA strands, which play a big role in ageing). So, while hypertension and cardiovascular disease may be common side effects of continued anger, ageing is a side effect too. People in high-stress situations often say they suffer from colds and flu on a regular basis. This is directly due to how these stress situations and extreme emotions weaken your immune system. You might also experience the following if you’re stressed, angry or suffering from sadness: BACK PAIN Stress has been known to lead to real pain in the soft tissue of the back. GENERAL ACHES AND PAINS Your body tenses when you’re stressed and anxious. This can have an impact on muscle groups in your body. The most common muscle groups affected are in the head and face, mouth, back of the head and neck, back and top of the shoulders, chest, arms, back, legs, hands, stomach, digestive system, elimination tract, groin, and feet. HEADACHES How many times have you felt a headache starting when you’ve been through a stressful situation? This is because the chemicals the brain releases when you’re stressed (including adrenaline) lead to headaches and migraines. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE The fight-or-flight response you experience when you’re stressed or upset has been proven to cause high-blood pressure. LIGHT-HEADEDNESS Hormones are released into your bloodstream when you’re nervous and can cause an immediate light-headed feeling. HEART PALPITATIONS These are common when you feel stressed and nervous. SEXUAL PROBLEMS When a woman is feeling stressed, or finds herself in a stressful situation, she struggles to become aroused and reach orgasm. SHORTNESS OF BREATH As your anxiety levels rise, your heart rate increases and this can lead to shortness of breath. UPSET STOMACH Because your gut is full of nerves (it has the most nerves outside the brain), cramps and tummy pains are common when you’re nervous.

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HEALTH NOW BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE WITH THE LATEST NEWS

 It seems there’s more to fruit and vegetables than what we credit them for! Certain food shapes look like different parts of the body, and they’re of particular beneďŹ t to the parts they resemble. For example:

GRAPEFRUIT = BREAST Grapefruit, oranges, and other citrus fruits are said to resemble female mammary glands, and help the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

WALNUT = BRAIN These nuts have a strong resemblance to the human brain, and have been recognised as one of the ultimate brain foods. Walnuts are a good source of omega 3, and have more antioxidants, folic acid (vitamin B9), and vitamin E than any other nut. Bones are 23% sodium, and so is celery

CELERY = BONE Celery stalks are long and slim, and look similar to bones. They contain silicon, which assists in strengthening our bones.

Did you know In 2016 work replaced health and family as the leading cause of stress in 2015 and 2014 respectively.

Bone health and YOUR NAILS Your ďŹ ngernails can provide good clues to your overall health. White vertical lines on the nails are commonly associated with a shortage of calcium in your body. They usually appear on one or more of the ďŹ ngernails, and your nails might begin to split along the white lines. This indicator is directly linked to your bone health. Certain foods are not good for healthy bones: HIGH-SODIUM FOODS The high salt content in certain foods (like junk food) can lead to a reduced peak in bone mass, making your bones more fragile. SUGARY SNACKS Sugar promotes the formation of advanced glycation end products, which weaken collagen, the substance that gives your bones a strong foundation. COLA AND CAFFEINATED DRINKS It’s thought that cola can lessen your bone density due to its caffeine content. TOO MUCH ALCOHOL Alcohol can lead to higher levels of cortisol, which can reduce bone formation and increase bone breakdown. LEGUMES Although known for their healthy properties, legumes can have a negative impact on your bone health. They contain phytates, which can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb calcium. INFLAMMATORY FOODS SUCH AS TOMATOES, MUSHROOMS, PEPPERS, WHITE POTATOES, AND EGGPLANT Also known to be healthy, these veggies can cause bone inammation, which could lead to osteoporosis.

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SWEET POTATOES = PANCREAS A sweet potato has a striking resemblance to the pancreas, and has been shown to help the pancreas do its job by helping to stabilise blood sugar levels. Sweet potatoes are also naturally high in vitamin B6, which studies have shown inhibits the growth of pancreatic cancer.

TOMATO = HEART Tomatoes resemble the heart more than any other fruit, and they’re loaded with lycopene, which has been referred to as heart and blood food. The consumption of lycopene has been proven to help reduce the risk of heart disease. Tomatoes are also a great source of vitamin C, which is crucial to heart health.

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NEVER IGNORE When it comes to your health, never ignore the following:

CONSTANT FATIGUE WITH NO EXPLANATION OR REASON Viral infections, hormonal imbalances and immune system problems could be the cause of your tiredness. SUDDEN WEIGHT LOSS WHEN NOT DIETING Factors that can cause weight loss include cancer, depression, dementia, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and hyperthyroidism. STRUGGLING TO CATCH YOUR BREATH/ FEELING CONSTANTLY BREATHLESS If your shortness of breath is accompanied by chest pains or swelling in your hands and feet, you should see a doctor. DARK STOOLS This could be the result of a bleeding ulcer, gastritis or oesophageal varices. These are dilated veins in the wall of the lower oesophagus or upper stomach. When these veins rupture, they may cause bleeding, which can cause blood to appear in the stool. AN ODD FRECKLE OR MOLE If you have a mole that shows signs of asymmetry, a scalloped or jagged border, multiple colours, is 6mm or larger and/or begins to change shape, colour, size, or becomes itchy or painful, then you need to see a doctor.

Worth its salt?

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Too much salt in your diet is bad for you, so it’s good to watch the amount you’re adding to food. Keep an eye out for these high-salt content culprits:

Salad dressing __________ (about 197mg/tbsp) Soy sauce ____________ (about 1 000mg/tbsp) Processed meat __________ (about 22mg/slice) Cheese ________________ (about 170mg/slice) Pickled foods __________ (about 313mg/spear) Instant powder soups _____ (about 757mg/tbsp) Roasted and salted nuts ___ (about 1 187mg/cup) Pretzels _______________ (about 380mg/cup) Fast foods__________(about 2 300mg/serving) Tinned vegetables _____ (about 200mg/½ cup)

DIZZINESS AND HEADACHES WITH NO REASON Although headaches are common, there are times when they can be more serious. Consult a doctor if you experience more than two headaches per week, or if over-the-counter meds are not doing the trick.

ACHING MUSCLES AND JOINTS If you experience total body achiness, pain that increases with time, weakness, and dark urine (a late stage symptom) you need to see a doctor, as this could be signs of rhabdomyolysis, a serious syndrome resulting from a breakdown of muscle tissue that releases potentially toxic cellular contents into the blood. It can cause kidney failure if untreated. UNQUENCHABLE THIRST Unquenchable thirst together with nausea, dizziness, blurred vision, and fatigue should be checked immediately. If your thirst is accompanied by swelling in the legs and rapid weight gain, it may be a sign of heart or kidney problems.

A PROACTIVE APPROACH

TO PREBIOTICS There’s so much info out there about probiotics, but did you know that prebiotics are equally as important and extremely beneficial to your body? Prebiotics are a special form of dietary fibre that nourishes the good bacteria in your bowel and colon. They encourage growth of these good bacteria, improving the ratio of good to bad bacteria in your gut. Usually found in the skin of certain fruits and vegetables (apples, bananas, onions, garlic, artichokes, and beans), the good news is that adding these to your

diet will increase your body’s prebiotic levels. However, the amount contained in fruit and vegetables is not large enough to provide the required dosage of prebiotics you should be consuming and so you could consider a supplement to increase these levels. Leading health stores and pharmacies will be able to guide you on the type of supplement you can Prebiotics help include in your diet with digestive to increase your problems as well as bowel prebiotic levels. inflammation issues. MARCH 2017

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HEALTH FOCUS

AGE-PROOF your eyesight ONE PART OF THE BODY THAT IS OFTEN NEGLECTED IS OUR EYES. PROPER EYE CARE IS ESSENTIAL FOR GOOD EYE HEALTH LATER IN LIFE

hen it comes to eye care and health, there are quite a few myths doing the rounds. Optometrist at Execuspecs, Heather Naylor, tackles some of them head on and presents the facts. Myth Wearing prescription eyewear will weaken my eyes. Fact Numerous studies have debunked this myth. Once you appreciate quality vision it becomes difficult to function optimally without a crisp image. Myth Eating carrots will improve my vision. Fact While eating carrots may help with ocular health, it won’t change/improve your prescription. Myth The darker your sunglass lenses are, the more UV protection they have. Fact The tint of the lens has nothing to do with the UV protection of the glasses. Dark lenses without adequate UV protection are actually worse for your eyes than not wearing glasses at all, because the dark tint causes your pupils to become dilated, thus exposing your eyes to more harmful UV light.

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GOOD-QUALITY SUNGLASSES cannot be emphasised enough! UV protection helps to ward off cataract formation as well as minimise the risks UV exposure poses with developing age-related macular degeneration. The skin around the lids is extremely delicate so wearing larger frames with a wraparound effect will also slow down the signs of ageing around the eyes.

DON’T… Rinse your eyes with milk if they feel irritated or infected. Share spectacles with your partner assuming that one size fits all. Skip regular eye exams. Consume snacks or drinks that could elevate your bloodsugar levels just before you have your eyes examined, as this could result in an incorrect prescription.

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Did you know Certain medication can damage your eyes. Muscle relaxants used at night will not only relax the muscles around your neck and back, but also the muscles inside your eyes, making reading at night more challenging. Keep a copy of your chronic medication in your wallet or purse for easy reference when discussing possible side effects with your optometrist or healthcare practitioner. They can assist with correct diagnosis and treatment.

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A balanced diet is key to long-term eye health. Poor dietary habits lead to diabetes, hypertension and elevated cholesterol levels. These ultimately affect the blood supply to the retina, resulting in leakage of blood vessels as well as oedema/swelling caused by a lack of oxygen supply to retinal tissue. Heather advises that, when tackling the issue of exercise, it’s important to note that regular exercise naturally assists to ensure your heart functions better. The knock-on effect to this is improved oxygen supply to the eyes. An inactive lifestyle, especially when it comes to cellphones, tablets and home computers, has resulted in higher levels of myopia. Myopia, or short-sightedness, occurs when the eyeball is too long, relative to the focusing power of the cornea and lens of the eye. This causes light rays to focus at a point in front of the retina, rather than directly on its surface.


Get out of YOUR OWN WAY D aily life can be stressful. Between your kids, partner, finances, health and to-do list, this game of life can seem impossible. The remarkable thing about your situation is that the common denominator among all of those challenges is you. While the external world seems to pull you in every direction, it’s your internal terrain that determines how successful you are. Lucy Sheridan and Jo Westwood, life coaches and co-authors of #HigherSelfie, add to this sentiment. ‘Our thoughts are like a radio station we are tuned into all the time. What we have playing on loop will influence not only how we perceive ourselves, but our abilities to alter and change. Overthinking can really put the brakes on the positive change we want to bring into our lives. At best this can lead to procrastination, and at worst it can stop us from ever realising our dreams and potential. Our thoughts have a more powerful influence over us than anything else, no matter how dominant your boss, parents or partner might be in your life.’ Self-sabotaging thoughts can be an enemy tactic you use against yourself. For some, this can show up in constantly being late for meetings, so you remain in a state of stress. For others, it may show up as perfectionism, where you focus on being in control and being the best, which is not only unsustainable, it’s also subjective.

Practical tips Lucy and Jo suggest meditation, journaling and attitudes of gratitude for what you DO have right now as opposed to focusing on what you don’t have. They also recommend keeping an evidence journal and writing in it every day about the things that are going well, positive feedback and reminders that you’re doing a good job and trying your best. When you page back through your journal it’ll be a reminder of how supported you are and the gifts and skills that are being appreciated in the world. They stress the importance of being kind to yourself and exercising non-negotiable self-care. This means simple acts like getting enough sleep and being discerning with your energy.

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EVER WONDERED WHY GOOD THINGS ALWAYS SEEM TO HAPPEN TO SOMEONE ELSE? MAYBE YOU’RE SABOTAGING YOUR OWN ACHIEVEMENTS!

When you live in stress you might feel disorganised when it comes to reaching your goal

SO WHAT IS ‘SUCCESS’? Society tends to define success by what you own, where you live and what you do. Neighbours are used as markers, and their achievements seen as trophies. Dr Greg Venning, author of Thrive and founder of Peak Chiropractic, says, ‘Society at large would have you believe that success lies in having enough money to retire, enough time to take a holiday, enough space to live, work and play.’ He questions how you know when it’s enough, and believes ‘enough’ seems to always be ‘just a little more! It’s a moving target, a mirage designed to keep you thirsty in your desert of self-esteem.’ Lucy and Jo believe people tend to look at new habits as ‘the answer’, as though it’s the missing piece you need to gain the success you want or the improvement you seek. ‘A bit like we put “all our chips on red” and THIS time we will achieve our wellness goals or be a better communicator in our relationship because of trying this one thing.’ Another mistake people make, they add, is being ‘all or nothing’ in your mindset and practising the new approach or habit until you become bored or worn out. Dr Venning says you should rather define success to be a state where you feel equally challenged and fulfilled. ‘A place where we can feel the constructive tension between what we have created and what we are yet to create. It’s a dynamic state, always in flux, so at any one moment in our day we might feel out of balance and with the proper perspective on our life we can see some sense of order.’


WELLBEING Common traits of successful people

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Lucy and Jo believe that all the successful people they know share common traits. ‘Success’ might mean they’re in the public eye, rich in private, or living a simple, happy life. They have: GOOD BOUNDARIES They’re clear on what is and is not acceptable for them, and speak and act accordingly. They put in place the energy and expectations so that they’re empowered and not influenced or bossed around by other people’s motivations. This also shows up in a good work/life balance because the boundaries stop work encroaching on their leisure time. STRONG VISION BUT GO WITH THE FLOW Successful people have a clear idea of where they’re going. They know how it’ll feel, look, and smell when they get there, and they’re committed to striving for it. And yet they are agile, open and adaptable when it comes to reaching that end. They practice nonattachment and believe in themselves, and trust they’ll figure it out.

CHANGING THE PATTERN

GET GOING!

Understanding that you do get in your own way is one thing, but how do you change this pattern and embrace success instead? The first challenge is identifying your frustration. Dr Venning says, ‘We live in an age of distraction and many of us can have a lack of focus on what we want in life. One of the desires people bring to me when they want to improve their life is to lose weight. One person I worked with, let’s call her Jenna, wanted to look good on the beach but hadn’t yet been able to make sustainable change. Through a gentle and powerful coaching process she came to realise that she wasn’t clear on why she wanted to make that change. The lack of clarity meant that she just hopped from diet to diet, from bootcamp to bootcamp, but none of it stuck. When we really clarified why she wanted the change, Jenna realised that she wanted a family, she wanted a partner and kids. Getting her mind and body in shape was her way to attracting a partner and getting healthy to conceive, carry, birth and look after her children. With this focus she got the results she wanted and more. Last I heard from Jenna, she had a bustling family of three.’ Lucy and Jo believe you need to wake up to what you’re doing and take responsibility. ‘We are not passive bystanders in our lives; we are the designers and drivers of our lives. Understanding where we are versus where we want to be, and taking responsibility, is crucial and we can scope out the path accordingly – the next right action is the place we need to focus to go forward.’ They also believe it’s important to give yourself time and space to change – it’ll rarely happen overnight. For example, if you want to find a partner but have no social life because of your work schedule, then change is needed to create time to get back on the dating scene.’

Obstacles don’t have to be the enemy. Challenges don’t have to be feared. ‘If you are trying something new in life you are sure to run into obstacles,’ says Dr Venning. ‘Challenges are there to test your resolve and wake you up to reality. While many people think of these temporary setbacks as failure, masters see them as opportunities. In times of challenge we get to test our results so far, to get a reality check and adapt.’ Don’t look at things you’ve wanted to do and say it’s too late to try them now. ‘It is never, ever too late! Yes, time may have passed and you wish you had started sooner but there is time NOW to go for success and redefine it on your own terms,’ say Lucy and Jo. It can be overwhelming to think of change as one big thing and a mountain to climb, so if you break it down and become really clear on what lights you up then success is absolutely possible. For example, thriving in your career might include retraining or finding a mentor at your existing job to take it to the next level – you just need clarity and then anything is possible. You can turn it around starting today.

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HEALTHY

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LOVE

CREATE A COUPLE ‘BUBBLE’ BY SHARING HOBBIES AND SPENDING MORE TIME TOGETHER hen it comes to your relationship, the experts agree that a healthy lifestyle will help build trust, improve communication, and bring more happiness! We chatted to Katie H Willcox, author of Healthy is the New Skinny: Your Guide to Self-Love in a ‘Picture Perfect’ World (Hayhouse), and Franco Flach, gym owner and fitness coach at the Cape Townbased Train Station Fitness Centre, to find out more about the connection between a healthy lifestyle and a happy relationship. Katie and Franco agree that shared hobbies in a relationship are important. ‘Shared hobbies become your common ground,’ says Katie. ‘When work’s over, you’ve got each other and it’s important to spend time with one another doing things you both love.’ Franco says that whether you’re training together or collecting stamps, it’s important to do things as a couple in your own ‘bubble’. ‘A healthy lifestyle is about growing, learning, empowering yourself, and strengthening your relationship at the same time.’

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HEALTHY HOBBIES As health and wellness and shared hobbies are equally important, try combining the two. Katie and Franco both suggest setting a few shared health and wellness goals with your partner to build trust and help each other stay on track.

FIVE SHARED GOALS TO TRY 1 Drink more water. 2 Cut out sugar. 3 Complete a 5km race within a specified time.

4 Cut out carbs. 5 No more takeaways.


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Katie believes that couples are more likely to reach success when they share a common goal. ‘The term “healthy” with regards to a relationship can mean a variety of things, ranging from diet and fitness plans to the type of home life you plan to share, and a common life plan,’ she says. When it comes to health and fitness, it’s important to be on the same page. ‘For example, if you’re eating healthily and your partner’s eating pizza across the table from you, they’re not really showing you much support in your attempt to reach your goals. Working towards a common goal can help you bond and grow together; it’s a great way to grow closer to your partner and family.’ Franco sees great benefit in tackling health and wellness goals

together as a couple. ‘When one of you is in a “slump”, whether you don’t feel like training or you’re “swerving off course” with your diet, having your other half there can really help you get back on track,’ he explains. ‘However, if you both hit a bit of a slump you could end up pulling each other further down by giving in to cheat days and rationalising that it’s okay for you to skip workouts together. ‘I think that sometimes focusing on teamwork in terms of nutrition can be more important than training together; your goals in terms of fitness and the body you’re working towards and the training routines required to help you get there might be different. But the bottom line is that if you’re on a health and wellness journey together, you need to support one another,’ he adds.

FIVE DOS AND DON’TS DO make a point of knowing what your partner’s working towards so you can offer support. DO offer words of encouragement and motivation. DON’T put temptation in your partner’s way with foods they’re trying to avoid. DON’T let your partner talk themselves out of training. DO join them in their training to keep them motivated.

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Exercise is a great metaphor for relationships; you have to root for each other, motivate each other, and help each other over the finish lines of your goals

Katie believes training with your partner is a great trust-building activity that can also help improve communication. ‘You have to trust each other and make sure you’ve got each other’s back to ensure proper movements and safety against injuries,’ she says. ‘When my husband and I do weight training together, we “spot” one another during the tough weightlifting sessions. We communicate verbally by telling each other if something doesn’t feel right or if

a weight’s too heavy, and nonverbally by helping each other lift weights or putting a reassuring hand on each other’s shoulder.’ Franco encourages couples to train together whenever they can. ‘With life in general moving quicker than most of us can handle, it becomes so easy to lose out on “quality time” with your partner, so take the opportunity to train together if it comes up. Get those happy hormones pumping and strengthen your bond!’

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KIDS’ HEALTH WHAT’S NEW, COOL AND GOOD TO KNOW

THE VACCINATION

DEBATE fever facts Fevers are not fun for anyone, but when our kids get one it’s even more heart-breaking. They can be life-threatening in children, so being aware and ready to act is important. Remember that a fever is not an illness, but rather your body’s way of telling you it’s fighting an infection. An interesting fact about fevers: there’s evidence that they reduce your blood iron levels, which may be needed by the infection to survive. When it comes to the temperature, anything up to 38°C can be managed at home. If it’s consistently higher, call the doctor. You should also go to the doctor if the fever is accompanied by symptoms like earache, a rash, trouble breathing, extreme lethargy, lack of appetite, and trouble staying awake.

TAKE THE WEIGHT OFF School’s been back for a few weeks now and kids are buckling under the pressures of homework, activities, tests and packing it all in! One thing that shouldn’t cause strain is the schoolbag they’re using. When choosing a backpack or bag for your kids, think about the following:

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Choose a backpack that’s lightweight. Kids will be cramming lots into their bags, so they need them to be as light as possible. Try to find one that’s waterproof as this is an easy way to help them protect their belongings. Make sure your kids are with you when you choose their bags so that you can adjust the straps and ensure they fit well. Don’t choose a bag that’s too big just because you want it to last longer. An oversized bag can damage your child’s back. Look at different options (including wheelie bags) and find the one that best suits your child’s environment and needs. They don’t need to have the ‘latest and greatest’ or the one that ‘all the other kids have’.

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Although many people – for personal reasons – refuse to have their children vaccinated, it’s now a legal requirement to hand in a fully completed vaccination certificate when your child starts school. The certificate is kept in your child’s file for the duration of their school career. Vaccines have the potential to decrease disease, which can in turn reduce the need for antibiotics, but Annemarie Blackmore of Pharma Dynamics says South Africa is still some way off in meeting its immunisation targets. ‘Given the alarming rise in superbugs in recent years, this has now become a top priority,’ she says. The latest district health barometer conducted by the Health Systems Trust in South Africa shows that the total immunisation coverage over the 2013/2014 period was 84.4%, a drop from the previous year’s 94%. This significant decline in the overall administration of vaccines can be linked to logistics such as lack of access and long queues at clinics. The perception remains, however, that vaccines are linked to autism, and the debate around the safety of vaccines continues. While a personal decision, it’s necessary to fully investigate the approach you’ll take regarding your child’s vaccinations.


KEEP AN EYE ON THEM It’s important to have your children’s eyesight checked annually, as it can be affected by numerous factors over 12 months, and deterioration can happen quickly in children. With regular checkups any issues will be picked up early and it’ll help you to ensure their eyesight is protected for the long term. While screen usage and hereditary conditions can have an impact on your child’s eyesight, there’s no proven way yet to reduce myopia (shortsightedness) in children. Some experts recommend ensuring your children have enough playtime outdoors as they believe this can reduce eye strain.

Did you know

Sandpit play strengthens finger and hand muscles.

One in seven babies in South Africa is born premature (15% of all births). Globally, around 15 million babies (12% of all births) are born prem and 1 million die due to complications and a lack of proper healthcare. Source: World Health Organization

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EXERCISE THROUGH PLAY It’s important to keep your kids active and fit. Encouraging movement should be part of their daily programme as it helps with flexibility, agility and strength. To increase strength, show your kids how to do push-ups, stomach crunches, pullups, and other exercises to help tone and strengthen muscles. They only need to do a few of these each day, and you can introduce them in the form of a game or challenge. Kids also improve their strength when they climb, do handstands, and wrestle. Stretching exercises help to improve flexibility, allowing muscles and joints to bend and move easily through their full range of motion. Kids can stretch daily in fun ways like doing cartwheels, racing cars along the floor and reaching for things on higher shelves. Think about creating a small obstacle course in your garden with your kids. Use recycled materials to create it and run through it with them daily as a fun family activity. Include handstands, cartwheels and star jumps as you complete the course.


PARENTING NEWS IDEAS AND TIPS TO MAKE FAMILY LIFE EVEN BETTER

KEEP YOUR BOYS

CANCER FREE

One in 27 men are likely to develop prostate cancer.

Moms have an important role to play in helping their boys fend off cancer and live a long, happy life Follow these tips to reduce the risk of cancer and its impact on the lives of your loved ones: START TALKING Encourage chats around the topic of testicular cancer as soon as possible, making it easier for teens and the young men in your family to open up when something isn’t right. MAKE LEARNING FUN Find fun ways to create awareness around cancer. Events like the Hollard Daredevil Run, which takes place every March to create awareness around testicular cancer is a good place to start. GET DAD INVOLVED Rope Dad in to talk about regular testicular self-examinations with your boys. Your son can perform a simple self-check on his own by feeling for hard or unusual bumps in the testicles after showering. SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITY Keep track of doctor visits. If it’s not too uncomfortable, you could go along with your son. Or get Dad to take him to have his testicles checked when he goes for his prostate exam.

Did you know Testicular cancer is most commonly diagnosed in young men between the ages of 20 and 39, but has been found in teenage boys as young as 15, so it’s important that the whole family understands the symptoms.

BREATHE

A LITTLE EASIER Asthma is a common lung condition in kids and teens. It causes breathing problems, with symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Anyone can have asthma, even babies, and the tendency to develop it is genetic. There are ways you can help to control asthma: 1 Keep humidity levels at home down. 2 Keep indoor air clean. 3 Reduce pet dander. 4 Use your air conditioner. 5 Keep dust to a minimum. 6 Clean regularly. 7 Reduce exposure to cold air.

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BLENDED MESS OR HAPPY MESH? Broken and single homes are on the increase and some schools are reporting between 75% and 80% of children in their classes coming from these homes. Chances are, when entering a relationship, you’ll find yourself in a blended family situation. If you feel you’ve found ‘the one’ and he has a ready-made family, here are a few things to remember: TREAD CAUTIOUSLY Children have their own emotions and feelings, and they need to be considered at all costs. Don’t demand their devotion from the get-go. GET TO KNOW THEM WITHOUT THEM KNOWING IT Take note by observing. If they don’t feel threatened, you’ll soon pick up on their likes, dislikes and interests. MEET THEM ON THEIR TURF Learn what you can about their interests or hobbies. Chat to them about their passions and allow them to guide the conversations. SHOW THEM YOU’RE INTERESTED Life can be hectic, but taking time to talk to your future stepchild on their own will show that you believe they’re important and their opinions and interests matter to you. HAVE UNWAVERING BOUNDARIES While all the above is important, it’s also important to show the new children in your life your boundaries and expectations – and don’t compromise. Boundaries provide stability and security in any child’s life and when your new partner’s kids are getting to know you, they need to know that what you stand for is what they can depend on.


IT’S LIKE RIDING A BIKE… We all remember that moment we first mastered the ultimate challenge – riding that bike! It wasn’t easy, but hours of persistence and determination resulted in success. For anyone with kids approaching this particular milestone, here are a few tips on how to get them bike-ready: Choose a bike where the seat can be lowered until the rider is able to have both feet flat on the ground. Make sure your child is kitted out: helmet, gloves, and arm and kneepads. Find a gentle slope that the rider can freewheel down slowly (a grassy bank is ideal as the grass will soften any falls).

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Playing is the most effective way for children to learn life skills and find out what they like.

Let them practise rolling down the slope while they learn to find their balance. Once they’ve mastered this, let them practise lifting their feet slightly off the ground as they roll down the slope. When they’re able to hold their balance, let them practise with the pedals – starting slowly and building up speed as they grow more confident.

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‘Mom, I’m fat!’ Moms cope with so much in their children’s’ lives, and one area you may encounter – and not be ready for – is their weight. So what do you do when your children come home convinced they’re fat?

TEACH THEM TO CONTROL THEIR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS Guide them on how to do this. You can rope in professional help if you think your kids will benefit or you can work with them yourself. MAKE ALL COMPLIMENTS NONPHYSICAL Focus instead on their skills and abilities, and the effort they put into things. Find out what’s influencing their thoughts. Once you know where the comparisons are coming from, you can handle the situation more effectively.

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EDUCATE THEM ABOUT HEALTHY LIFESTYLES and how to be more in control – in a positive way. Take them to a dietician who can assist with setting up a healthy eating and fitness plan. ASK FOR HELP If you feel their weight issue is serious, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for professional help. Addressing the issue early will ensure they get the help they need when they need it.


GOINGDUTCH IF YOU’RE FEELING FRUSTRATED AS A PARENT, TRYING THE DUTCH TECHNIQUE MAY YIELD THE RESULTS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR arents know how important boundaries are for kids; they work well when instilled consistently. But what if you turned traditional parenting on its head, and looked at your children and their discipline in a completely different light? The Dutch education system has been in the spotlight for their abolishment of the homework system, and the Netherlands topped the list twice in UNICEF surveys on the happiest kids in the world. Many South African parents, frustrated with homework, often joke about adopting the Dutch style of education. The Dutch way comes under the spotlight in The Happiest Kids in the World: Bringing up children the Dutch way by Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison (Penguin Random House). Michele says, ‘In the Netherlands, there’s a more realistic expectation of what children are capable of and much greater tolerance. Dutch parents tend to be authoritative rather than authoritarian.’

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Parenting in an ‘authoritarian’ manner automatically assumes that children are strong-willed and self-indulgent, and that the parent needs to have parameters in place to control this behaviour. Parents love children, but expect them to do as they’re told, without questions, and to the level required of them. While this is not a bad thing, and while this method may have worked well in the past, the Dutch believe there’s a different way to parent, and that a more cooperative approach can yield better results. They view parenting discipline (and parenting in general) in a more authoritative way, which means that, although strict, they’re more willing to listen to the arguments and opinions of their children when disciplining them. While the children’s arguments might not change the way parents eventually hand out punishment, or make a decision, it does mean they’ve given their

children an opportunity to speak up, think about the situation, and offer their own reasons. Michele follows this sentiment by adding that in the Netherlands, children are encouraged to act spontaneously. ‘Play is more important than being quietly obedient and the Dutch believe in inspiring children to explore the world around them and to learn from that. For this reason their play can be seen as noisy and disruptive to other people.’


PARENTING An equal footing

Lead by example

Michele says, while rules and regulations are important, discipline in the Netherlands tends not to be punishment based, but rather focused on teaching socially acceptable behaviour. ‘Dutch children are expected to be friendly and helpful towards their elders but not to automatically defer to them,’ she explains. Although children are not likely to be wilfully disobedient, they’ll probably stand up for themselves if they feel it’s warranted. Arguments are encouraged and while the authoritarian parent might see this reasoning or arguing as disobedient behaviour, authoritative parents see it as a learning opportunity for their kids: a time to encourage them to explore a conflict situation and work towards a resolution themselves.

In the Netherlands, parenting by example is always encouraged. Parenting is practising what you preach and giving a good example that your children can follow. Michele says, ‘Experts also advise parents not to ask a child to do something, but to tell it, to say firmly, “I want you to…” The idea is to not give the child a choice of options but to give clear directions.’ They don’t see discipline as forcing children to do things, or getting into power struggles with them, spying on them or checking up on them, threatening them, screaming or shouting. The focus is rather on rewarding good behaviour with praise while poor behaviour is dealt with immediately.

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In their book, the authors make reference to the Australian ‘Triple P Parenting’ system, which is now being widely promoted by the Dutch government. It focuses on five basic principles, namely: CREATING A SAFE AND ENGAGING ENVIRONMENT When a child feels safe and secure, they’re more willing to open up. This type of environment provides a welcoming and safe space for them to think on their own. CREATING A POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT When something happens and your kids do the wrong thing, often you’ll react first and punish in anger. However, the alternative approach places more pressure on the parent to rather take a step back and look at how you can use what has happened as a learning opportunity. Bearing in mind that most learning today is done in a collaborative way, this approach sees parent and child working together to solve the situation while learning. USING ASSERTIVE DISCIPLINE Question, question, question. This step is about having the confidence as a parent to ask clear and concise questions that will guide the child to think outside the box and find a solution to their problem. It’s important to keep the situation calm and peaceful, and work with your child towards a solution. HAVING REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS Parents often have their own expectations for their children. You might have in mind a certain requirement for them and certain levels you expect them to reach. This step requires you to look at reasonable expectations, in line with their abilities and level, and not to base your response on your own expectations. TAKING CARE OF YOU AS A PARENT Parenting can be disheartening and you often question your own decisions and reactions. Second guessing yourself can be detrimental to your parenting journey. Having these practical steps in place can assist you in making sure you as a parent are in a good place. These checks and balances create a formula to help you maintain a calm and less stressful approach to parenting your children. The underlying objective with these steps is towards assertive discipline – the loosely termed name of the new approach to parenting and discipline in the Netherlands. ‘This approach requires a certain level of effort from the parent in order to achieve the outcome,’ says Michele. The parent needs to ensure they always prepare in advance, set good ground rules, give clear and calm instructions and always praise good behaviour. ‘All of this indicates that the child is at all times viewed in their own right, at their level and treated fairly and calmly.’

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Rules have their place This different approach to discipline and parenting still has place for rules. Michele says, ‘Most Dutch parents agree to basic rules of behaviour with their children. What is important to note is that these rules need to be clear, easily understood and always in keeping with what the child is capable of. The rules provide structure and boundaries and, if they are broken, there is more likely to be discussion and persuasion than punishment,’ she adds.

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Did you know ‘Planned ignoring’ refers to deliberately ignoring a plea, comment, question or argument your child may be trying to have with you. This tactic would only be used at a specific time and to teach a specific lesson. It’s especially effective in a temper tantrum situation where you need your child to calm down quickly and where you need to remove emotion from the situation.

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NO REGRETS      IT’S HARD KISSING THE BABY YEARS GOODBYE, BUT THERE ARE DEFINITE BENEFITS TO HAVING OLDER KIDS, WRITES KATE SIDLEY

You can say goodbye to the Children’s Menu Can there be two more dispiriting words in the English language? The Children’s Menu is a collection of beige foods that have been fried and then served with another fried beige food, chips. Often, for variety, the meal will feature melted cheese. Occasionally, tomato or tomato sauce. Look, the meals are cheap and small and simple, and there is absolutely no chance you’ll be faced with the question ‘What’s that green stuff?’ But nonetheless, it’s quite lovely to say goodbye to the beige and get a bit more variety in the diet.

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some civilised architect has factored in the rather alarming sounding ‘family toilet’). He obviously can’t accompany her into the ladies, but nor can he walk her past a bank of chaps at urinals in the gents. When your children reach a certain age, you can stand outside the door of the public bathroom while they go about their business. It’s OK to shout neurotically ‘You alright in there darling?’ every 20 seconds. They can swim There are few feelings in this world that quite match the relief it is to have your youngest child conďŹ dently water safe.

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You can say goodbye to the baby car seat No more lifting a heavy kid into the car seat and then trying to fasten those ďŹ ddly childproof buckles around her while she squirms and complains and generally

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behaves like a grumpy octopus. Hard as it is to imagine, there will come a time when the child can hoist herself into a nice simple booster seat and you can simply clip on the seat belt. It’s right lovely, it is. You don’t have to go to every birthday party There comes a time too when you’ve had your ďŹ ll of bouncy castles and magic shows and endless conversations about The Children. And at about that time, lucky for you, it becomes acceptable and safe to take your child to a birthday party and leave for an hour or two. Sometimes you might feel like hanging about chatting to the other parents and helping yourself to the NikNaks meant for the kids. But you don’t have to.

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They can tell you what’s wrong When your four-month-old is miz, there’s no knowing whether it’s an air bubble in the tum, a scratchy label, or thirst. Heck, it could be a deep existential sadness brought on by the sudden recognition of the hopeless and arbitrary nature of human existence. You don’t know, because she can’t tell you. Within a few years, your child will be able to express her needs, desires and problems – and chances are she won’t stop!

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ll of life is change, as they say. The whole point of parenting is to grow your kids up in size and smarts and independence. But it’s a process that’s inevitably touched with loss and regret. Well, I’m here to tell you that you’re bound to welcome some of the changes that you’ll experience as your child gets older. Yes, you will miss the eager snuggles of a tiny person clad in a uffy onesie. You’ll remember nostalgically being your baby’s only source of food, love, security and even transport. But hey, now she can blow her own nose!


MAD ABOUT PETS LIFE ON THE ANIMAL FRONT

with Dr Platzhund I have a sterilised Staffordshire Bull Terrier male, Djed, and a spayed Border Collie female, Shep. Before I’m even aware of a thunderstorm, he’s hyperventilating and can’t settle, and she’s whining and trying to escape from the high-walled property. They also have similar, but not as severe, reactions to fireworks. My dogs suffer throughout and all I can do is offer them places to hide. What’s the best way to alleviate their suffering during these periods? Unfortunately these are two of the most sound-sensitive breeds in the country. The brontophobia (fear of lightning and thunder) is worse for them because of the changes in pressure and ions in the atmosphere, which they react to long before any human is aware of the onset. Many dog owners seek medication from vets to help their pets cope, but whether you administer natural calming remedies, sedatives, or psychotropic drugs, the dogs will still feel and hear the sequence of events. Is it fair to sedate dogs so they experience these sounds and atmospheric changes but cannot seek a means of escape? The majority of dogs that fear lightning, thunder, and fireworks do so due to negative reinforcement by their owners. When dogs first show signs of panic, most people usher them indoors, pat them, and comfort them. When dogs are first exposed to these traumas, it’s important for them to be walked, turning it into a pleasant, meaningful experience. It starts with puppy socialisation where pups are playing, being trained, and enjoying themselves, and loud noises are created in the background. This training has to be continued by the owners throughout their dog’s impressionable imprinting period and adulthood. Many dogs relax if the owners and other dogs around them relax. Pet owners who feel strongly about using anxiolytic drugs should realise that their dogs need to be on medication at all times during sound threatening months. The dogs hear these sounds long before their human owners, so it’s useless administering anything when the pet is already in a state of stress. Many psychotropic medicines prescribed and dispensed by vets can take up to three weeks to have positive results in taking the edge off these fear-stricken dogs. Many people are under the false illusion that their dogs are better after a single dose but it’s usually the diversion of interacting with their owners that brings about the change. Owner behaviour modification is the most ideal application.

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Dogs actually aren’t colour blind. They can see the same colours that we can, just not as vividly.

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DID YOU KNOW

4 Checking if ‘a dog’s nose is wet’ is an old wives’ tale and doesn’t tell you anything about your pet’s health!

Happy,

Each dog has a unique identity. In humans fingerprints reveal our identity, but dogs can be identified by their nose prints. Humans aren’t the only dreamers. Dogs have the same rapid eye movement (REM) sleep as we do, so when you see your pup moving around in its sleep, it’s probably having a dream. We know dogs have an incredible sense of smell, but did you know that humans have about 5 million scent receptors while dogs have as many as 125 million? Dogs have double the amount of muscles in their ears as humans do… maybe that’s why their hearing is 10 times better than ours.

healthy pets

Dr Ebeneze Ginsberg, a Western Cape-based vet, says there are ‘five freedoms’ when it comes to ensuring the welfare of all animals: 1 Freedom from thirst and hunger. 2 Freedom from discomfort (adequate shelter, bedding, and environment). 3 Freedom from pain, injury or disease. 4 Freedom from fear and distress. 5 Freedom to express their normal behaviour.

‘If these needs are met, your pet should be happy and healthy’


What does a healthy pet look like?

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‘A healthy pet is a pet that looks happy,’ says Dr Ginsberg. She offers the following guidelines when it comes to checking up on the health of our dogs and cats:

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Bright eyes free from discharge, and pink eyelids. Pink gums and clean teeth free from tartar build-up. Check the back of the mouth too as problems occur frequently with these teeth. Tooth and gum disease is one of the most common and most frequently missed conditions in dogs and cats. Bright, alert, and responsive demeanour. Glossy coat free from external parasites such as ticks and fleas. Wagging tail (most of the time). Comfortable gait with no limping when walking and running. Regular urination and defecation (at least once or twice a day). Healthy appetite and willingness to drink water regularly. Their body condition should be good; not too thin and not too fat. ‘You should be able to feel each individual rib and the spine, but not see them sticking out; there should be a slight indentation at the waist just behind the rib cage. Anything more is too fat and anything less is too skinny,’ Dr Ginsberg advises. Some breeds, such as greyhounds, are thinner by nature and others, such as bulldogs, are slightly plumper, but the same guidelines apply.

‘Cats are slightly different to dogs because they don’t necessarily show their excitement and discomfort the same way dogs do; they give more subtle signs,’ says Dr Ginsberg.

TIP Take note of how much your pets usually eat and drink, and remember that a sudden increase in appetite, water intake, urination, or defecation can also indicate illness or disease.

Visit us online for tips on feeding, grooming, and exercising with your pets.

Bright, alert, and responsive. Bright eyes free from discharge, and pink eyelids. Pink gums and clean teeth free from tartar build-up. Glossy coat free from matting and external parasites. Your cat should groom itself regularly; if their coat starts looking unkempt, something might be wrong. Healthy appetite and willingness to drink water regularly. Regular urination and defecation (at least once or twice a day). As far as you can, make sure your cat urinates regularly. Bladder disease is very common among cats; early detection is key. If bladder conditions remain untreated they could be life-threatening. Relaxed and comfortable demeanour, erect ears, coat lying flat on their backs and generally showing interest when interacting.

NOTE ‘Cats don’t usually show pain as easily as dogs. Look out for these signs of pain or discomfort: increased vocalising, slight limping, decreased activity levels, not jumping or moving around as they usually do.’

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CRAFT UPDATE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR CREATIVE SIDE

Take a step into the wide world of 3D drawing! Cast your mind back to when you were little and would daydream that the pictures you drew on paper might somehow magically lift up off the page. Well, that’s now actually possible with the 3D printing pens that are taking homes and design studios by storm.

How does it work? ‘Sticks’ of plastic filament are fed into the back of the 3D pen (it’s basically the same principle as a glue gun), the pen is plugged into an electricity supply and set to one of two different temperatures depending on which type of filament is used (PLA or ABS), and once the pen has heated up it’s ready for you to begin your creation. The pens are available online from outlets like Takealot.com and you can also feed your creativity by joining with the 3Doodler community at the3doodler.com. The only limit is your imagination!

Make a note in your diary to visit the Cape Town Art Africa Fair, which takes place from 24 February until 5 March in the Jubilee Hall, Watershed, V&A Waterfront. The event will showcase some of Africa’s most exciting contemporary talent at an alternative, museum-styled exhibition with thought-provoking artistic visions of Africa, by Africans. Participating curator Uche Okpa-Iroha says, ‘Our story starts with us. It is an exciting journey, and who better to tell it than Africans?’ In addition there will be That Art Party with performances by some of the most exciting musicians on the continent. Tickets are available at Webtickets.co.za or call Tarn de Villiers at Conversation Capital on 021 422 2342 or email tarn@conversationcapital. co.za for more info.

HOOPS of fun! If you’re looking for a touch of quirkiness in your craft area (and ALWAYS looking for your scissors), try this nifty solution to keeping everything in its place: Using an embroidery hoop and an old pair of jeans, place the hoop into position with one of the pockets centred in the hoop. Secure with second hoop ring. Carefully cut the excess fabric off around the edges of the hoop, either

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trimming it exactly at the edge of the hoop or trimming the fabric, leaving about 5cm of extra fabric, then tacking around the circle and pulling the tacking tight to gather the fabric securely at the back. Find a convenient spot on the wall to hang your hoop and use the pocket to keep your scissors or useful tools (that aren’t too heavy) handy. It’s a quick and simple solution using everyday objects.

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I am creative. You can’t expect me to be neat too!

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TEA FOR TWO QUALITY TIME IS BEST SPENT IN A PRETTY SPACE – CREATE A LITTLE ‘NOOK’ AND START YOUR DAY OFF ON A HAPPY NOTE!

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FEATURE AND PHOTOS: JONI NEL

table and chairs (we used untreated pine) dropsheet paintbrush chalk paint (we used Fired Earth chalk paint in Arc pure white, from Builders Warehouse) wax (we used Harlequin furniture finishing wax in Antique, from Builders Warehouse) old rag star screwdriver sandpaper

DISTRESSED BREAKFAST TABLE

Place your table and chairs on the dropsheet, in a well-ventilated area, and paint with a coat of chalk paint. Allow to dry for about 30 minutes. Don’t worry about being too precise as you want the grain to come through. Distress your table by bashing and scratching it with the screwdriver to make it look worn – focus on areas that would naturally wear out first, such as corners and legs. Add to the distressed look by sanding through the chalk paint layer with sandpaper to expose the wood beneath (again focusing on areas that wear out more). Dust thoroughly. Using the rag, add wax to the table, buffing in circles as you proceed. This wax dries quickly so be careful that it doesn’t ‘sit’ anywhere as it’ll dry much darker on that spot. Allow to dry for about 15 minutes. Repeat the wax process. Your table will take a month before it’s fully set, so be gentle with it in the meantime and wipe only with a damp cloth.

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TAKES

45 mins

Quick easy THESE SUPER PRACTICAL CRAFT IDEAS WILL GET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING!

A pretty way to make use of old craft supplies!

DIY GLITTER VASES clean glass bottles chalk paint glitter craft glue paintbrush

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Cover your work surface with newspaper. Paint each bottle using chalk paint (it won’t need priming as chalk paint can adhere to most surfaces). Allow to dry. Using a clean brush, paint craft glue onto the lower third of each bottle. Cover with glitter and shake off the excess. Allow to dry completely.


CLEVER CRAFTS

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Wrapping STATION 5 wooden finials (optional) 5 x 8mm dowel sticks, cut to 90cm lengths 2-3m ribbon, 1cm thick 10 wooden rings or rubber washers wood glue

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Glue finials to the ends of the five dowel sticks and leave to dry. To make the hanging loops, measure the height for the top rod. Hang using ribbon secured to two of the wooden rings or washers (sew or staple closed around ring). Add 8 more ribbon loops of equal lengths to attach the remaining wooden rings or washers (4 on each side.) Slip the dowel rods through one side, and insert the roll of wrapping paper before slipping rod through the ring on the other side. Repeat with remaining rods and rolls.

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A winner for ‘cake’s-not-cool’ teen boys!

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No-cake BIRTHDAY TREAT 2 round or rectangular trays (one should fit into the other with a slight gap) craft knife or scissors a piece of artificial grass or green felt a soccer figurine set (from a cake decorating shop or toy shop) white chalk selection of mini chocolates

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Place the smaller tray inside the larger one. Using a craft knife or scissors, cut the grass or felt to size to fit inside the smaller tray. Arrange your goal posts and figurines on the pitch. Draw on goal and centre lines using chalk. Tuck the chocolate bars into the grooves between the trays as spectators.


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80 x 60cm piece fencing or chicken wire pencil spirit level 4 x 6mm wall plugs and screws drill with 6mm masonry bit

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Hold the wire against the wall in the desired position. Mark the position for all four screws using a pencil. Make sure to mark positions so that the wire grid will not shift. Draw a line between the two top screws and check that it’s level, using a spirit level. Drill the holes to the same depth of your wall plugs. Insert the wall plugs. Screw in your ďŹ rst screw, then slip the wire over the screw. The head of the screw must protrude to hold the wire. Place the remaining screws. Use bulldog clips to attach important notes, mementoes and reminders.

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Skill rating

ABBREVIATIONS 2dctog – 2 double crochet together beg – beg/inning ch – chain chsp – chain space dc – double crochet dc spike – insert hook into st indicated 1 round below last round worked, yarn over and work dc as normal

SIZE Small: 30-34 Medium: 36-40 Large: 42-46

INTERMEDIATE

MEASUREMENTS Width at bottom: (full circumference) Approx: 144(148;156)cm Length to shoulder: 37(39;40)cm

sk – skip/ped slst – slip stitch tr – treble

BOHÈME, DESIGNED AND CROCHETED FOR NURTURING FIBRES BY BRENDA GROBLER STYLING: SUZANNE SESINK CLEE MODEL: LAUREN FROM ICE MODELS HAIR AND MAKE-UP: LIEZL LEACH PHOTOS: ANDREA CALDWELL

IMPORTANT PATTERN NOTES: Pattern is written in UK terminology. Work ch1 at the beginning of dc rounds. This doesn’t count as a stitch. Work ch3 at the beginning of tr rounds. This counts as a stitch. Chains in the stitch pattern count as a stitch. When working in spaces around the collar, work stitches in the space, NOT in the chains, unless otherwise indicated.

TENSION (AFTER BLOCKING) 17 tr x 11 rows = 10x10cm using a 4mm hook when working the collar section Using a 4mm hook, and colour Paris loosely make 120 ch. Close with a slst but be careful not to twist the ch. Round 1: Ch3, 1tr in each ch around, close with slst in 3rd ch. (120 sts) Fasten off. Round 2: With Cornflower join yarn in any st, ch4 (count as tr, ch1), sk next tr, *1tr in next tr, ch1, sk next tr*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 3rd ch. (120 sts) Fasten off. Round 3: With Denim join yarn in any st and work *1tr in next 9 sts, 2tr in next st*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 3rd ch. (132 sts) Fasten off. Round 4: With Cornflower, rep round 2. (132 sts) Fasten off. Round 5: With Paris join yarn in any st and work *1tr in next 10 sts, 2tr in next st*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 3rd ch. (144 sts) Fasten off. Round 6: With Cornflower join yarn in any st and rep round 2. (144 sts) Fasten off. Round 7: With Denim join yarn in any st. *1tr in next 11 sts, 2tr in next st*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 3rd ch. (156 sts) Fasten off. Round 8: With Cornflower join yarn in any st and rep round 2. (156 sts) Fasten off. Round 9: With Paris join yarn in any st. *1tr in next 12 sts, 2tr in next st*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 3rd ch. (168 sts) Fasten off. Round 10: With Cornflower, join yarn in any st. Ch4 (count as tr, ch1), sk next st, (1tr, ch1, sk next st) 5 times, 1tr, ch2, sk next st, *(1tr, ch1, sk next st) 6 times, 1tr, ch2, sk next st*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 3rd tr. (180 sts) Fasten off. Round 11: With Denim join yarn in any st. Ch3, *1tr in next 14 sts, 2tr in next st*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 3rd ch. (192 sts) Fasten off. Round 12: With Cornflower, join yarn in any

Nurturing Fibres Eco-Bamboo 50g/125m: 4(5;5) balls Cornflower; 1(2;2) ball/s Denim; 1(2;2) ball/s Paris 4mm crochet hook tapestry needle scissors

st. Ch4 (count as tr, ch1), sk next st, (1tr, ch1, sk next st) 6 times, 1tr, ch2, sk next st, *(1tr, ch1, sk next st) 7 times, 1tr, ch2, sk next st*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 3rd tr. (204 sts) Fasten off. Round 13: With Paris join yarn in any st. Ch3, *1tr in next 16 sts, 2tr in next st*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 3rd ch. (216 sts) Fasten off. Round 14: With Cornflower, join yarn in any st. Ch4 (count as tr, ch1), sk next st, (1tr, ch1, sk next st) 7 times, 1tr, ch2, sk next st, *(1tr, ch1, sk next st) 8 times, 1tr, ch2, sk next st*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 3rd tr. (228 sts) Fasten off. Round 15: With Denim join yarn in any st. Ch3, *1tr in next 18 sts, 2tr in next st*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 3rd ch. First size only: Complete round as indicated, but at regular intervals omit 2 decreases, ending with a stitch count of 238. (240 sts second and third size only) Fasten off. Second and third size only: Round 16: With Cornflower, join yarn in any st. Ch4 (count as tr, ch1), sk next st, (1tr, ch1, sk next st) 8 times, 1tr, ch2, sk next st, *(1tr, ch1, sk next st) 9 times, 1tr, ch2, sk next st*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 3rd tr. (252 sts) Fasten off. Round 17: With Paris join yarn in any st. Ch3, *1tr in next 20 sts, 2tr in next st*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 3rd ch. Second size only: Complete round as indicated, but at regular intervals add 2 more stitches, ending with a stitch count of 266. (264 sts, third size only) Fasten off. (CONTINUED OVERLEAF)

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Third size only: Round 18: With Cornflower, join yarn in any st. Ch4 (count as tr, ch1), sk next st, (1tr, ch1, sk next st) 9 times, 1tr, ch2, sk next st, *(1tr, ch1, sk next st) 10 times, 1tr, ch2, sk next st*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 3rd tr. Third size only: Complete round as indicated, but at regular intervals add 4 stitches, ending with a stitch count of 280. (280 sts) Fasten off. All sizes: Next round: With Cornflower, join yarn in any st. Ch1 (doesn’t count as st) 1dc in same st, ch4, sk next 2 sts, 1dc in next st, ch3, sk next 3 sts, *1dc in next st, ch4, sk next 2 sts, 1dc in next st, ch3, sk next 3 sts*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 1st dc. Next round: Slst in 4chsp, ch3 (count as tr), work 8 tr in 4chsp, 1dc spike in the 2nd sk st of 1 round below, *9tr in next 4chsp, 1dc spike in the 2nd sk st of 1 round below*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 3rd ch. 34 (38, 40) scallops. Fasten off. Cornflower is used for the rest of the rounds up to the border. It is highly recommended that the yarn is fastened off after every two rows. This will ensure a much more seamless finish as slip stitching to the correct stitch might be too visible. Next round: With Cornflower, join yarn in the 7th tr of any scallop. Ch1 (doesn’t count as st), 1dc in same st, ch4, 1dc in the 3rd tr of next scallop, ch3, *1dc in the 7th tr of current scallop, ch4, 1dc in the 3rd tr

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of next scallop, ch3, sk next 3 tr*, rep from * all around, close with slst in first dc. Next round: Slst in 4chsp, ch3 (count as tr), work 8 tr in 4chsp, 1dc spike in the 2nd sk st of 1 round below, *9tr in next 4chsp, 1dc spike in the 2nd sk st of 1 round below*, rep from * all around, close with slst in 3rd ch. 34 (38;40) scallops. Fasten off. Rep the previous 2 rounds, another 8 times. BORDER With Cornflower, join yarn in the 5th tr of any scallop. Next round: Ch1, 1dc in same st, ch9, *1dc in the 5th tr of next scallop, ch9* rep from * all around, close with slst in first dc. Next round: This round only! Work all stitches in the actual chains, not the chain space. Ch3 (count as tr), 1tr in each ch across, but do not work any sts in the dcs. Close with slst in 3rd ch. Fasten off. Next round: With Denim, join yarn in the first tr of any 9tr group. Ch1, 1dc in same st, 1dc in the next 4 sts, *ch9, sk next 8 tr, 1dc in the next 10 sts*, rep from * to last 13 sts, ch9, sk next 8 sts, 1dc in last 5 sts, close with slst in first dc. Next round: This round only! Work all stitches in the actual chains, not the chain space. Ch1, 1dc in same st, 1dc in the next 2 sts, *ch2, 1tr in each of the next 9chs, ch2, sk next 2 sts, 1dc in the next 6 sts*, rep from *to last 9chsp, ch2, 1tr in each of the next 9chs, ch2, sk next 2 dcs, 1dc in the next 3 dc, close with slst in first dc. Next round: Ch1, 1dc in same st, 1dc in the next st, *ch3, 1tr in each of the next 9tr, ch3, sk next dc, 1dc in the next 4 sts*,

rep from * to last repeat, ch3, 1tr in each of the next 9 tr, ch3, sk next dc, 1dc in the next 2 dc, close with slst in first dc. Next round: Ch1, 1dc in same st, *ch3, (1tr in the next tr, ch1) 8 times, 1tr in the last tr, ch3, sk next dc, 1dc in the next 2 sts*, rep from * all around, ch3, 1dc in the last st, close with slst in first dc. Fasten off. Next round: With Paris, join yarn in any first dc, ch1, 2dctog over this and next dc, *ch3,

(1dc in next tr, 1dc in next sp, 1picot) 8 times, 1dc in next tr, ch3, 2dctog over next 2 dc*, rep from * all around close with slst in first 2dctog. The last repeat will not end with a 2dctog, but will end with a ch3. Fasten off.

FINISHING Weave in all loose ends. Block according to measurements given.


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TWO READERS EACH STAND THE CHANCE TO WIN A TWO-NIGHT STAY AT VAL DU CHARRON, WITH BREAKFAST AND PERSONAL WINE TASTING, WORTH R27 000 HOW TO ENTER To stand a chance of winning this prize, SMS ‘COACHHOUSEMAR’ together with your full name, contact number, email address, physical address, postal code, and your ID number to 48412. Each SMS costs R1.50. Errors will be billed. Free SMSs do not apply. Entries close on 31 March 2017.

COMPETITION Ts&Cs Prizes are non-transferable and cannot be converted to cash. Transport is not included. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. See page 115 for Ts&Cs.

his month’s competition is bucket list material! Up for grabs is a treat of a getaway – two nights for two at the five-star Coach House boutique hotel at the Val Du Charron Wine & Olive Estate, Guesthouse and Spa. Breakfast and an exclusive wine tasting experience are included too! Located on a working farm, Val Du Charron is just 10 minutes from the winelands town of Wellington, and an hour away from Cape Town. Half of the 42-hectare farm is dedicated to vineyards, while 4.5 hectares is under olives. Guests visiting the wine farm can enjoy the balance between traditional wine estates and modern-day comforts and technology, all of which combine to deliver superb wines. Val Du Charron produces hand-crafted premium red and white wines for export. The Coach House offers a boutique winelands escape for guests who enjoy privacy. Each of the three spacious suites has its own queen-size room with en-suite bathroom, plunge pool and private patio. Features include built-in fireplaces, spa baths, showers for two, free Wi-Fi, and – of course – the magnificent views of the winelands and mountains. For more info, visit Vdcwines.com

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HEALTHY PLEASURES IF YOU’VE DECIDED 2017 IS ABOUT ALL THINGS HEALTHY, ONE OF THESE STUNNING RETREATS COULD BE FOR YOU!

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HAMMAM TURKISH BATH AND SPA AT YADAH CASTLE, GAUTENG A truly matchless experience, you’ll want to spend your whole day at this remarkable spa. Filled with decor and artwork from Turkey, the beautiful surroundings transport you far away from the stress of everyday life. TO DO: The spa offers seven journeys that touch on experiences from all seven continents, seeking to approach wellness from a holistic point of view. This spa journey ignites all your senses and leaves you feeling well rested. There are also five sensory lounges, an indoor pool, sun terrace, jacuzzis and treatment rooms. The treatments incorporate Babor facial products, which are an absolute dream, and you can take a bit of relaxation home if you’d like from the retail store on site. VISIT: Yadahcastle.com

THE BLUE BUTTERFLY RETREAT CENTRE, WESTERN CAPE

ST FRANCIS HEALTH CENTRE, EASTERN CAPE For the past 25 years the St Francis Health Centre has been a haven for those in need of a safe space to clean out all life’s mental and emotional toxins as well as balance the physical (with a strict vegan diet). Dr Hanli Rautenbach, one of the directors and in-house registered homeopath, believes in her predecessor’s (the legendary Anneliese Cowley) legacy: ‘Love is the best healer and health is more than just an absence of disease’. The grounds include a labyrinth and are set in the tranquil natural bush of the stunning Sunshine Coast. TO DO: A six-day stay is recommended, which includes daily hands-on therapies, aquarobics, steambaths, a weekly meditation, and two consultations. There’s a range of additional therapies to choose from, including sound healing, a flotation tank, shiatsu and lymph drainage as well as various beauty treatments. The spa also offers cranial sacral therapy, colour therapy, kinesiology, counselling, ozone therapy, and neurolinguistic programming. VISIT: Stfrancishealthcentre.co.za

THE HYDRO, WESTERN CAPE Located in the Welbedacht Nature Reserve, The Blue Butterfly Retreat Centre offers a number of options for kicking back, relaxing and savouring the environment. There are several paths and trails for walking, a large dam for swimming, and natural fynbos, wetland and mountain slopes to explore. Zebra, springbok, a pair of wildebeest and many other small game species roam freely here, as does a herd of wild horses! TO DO: Guests can join one of the many retreats taking place at The Blue Butterfly, bring family and friends to stay with them, or alternatively, they can book a private retreat in one of the stone cottages. With every option, the majestic mountains of the valley and the opportunity to be immersed in nature offers both a tranquil and healing experience. VISIT: Thebluebutterfly.co.za

For those who love South Africa’s winelands, The Hydro is a super option for a few days of health and wellness. Situated in the Idas Valley near Stellenbosch, The Hydro focuses not only on a healthy body, but also on clearing the mind, and working towards a positive mental attitude. The staff comprises fully trained medical professionals offering therapies and sports science, and there’s also a private swimming pool, gymnasium and onsite health shop. TO DO: Packages range from 1-14 days, and include Mothers to Be and Golf Wellness options. The Ocean Aqua experience is a water treatment with different settings consisting of steam, Vichy showers and massage. VISIT: Thehydro.co.za

BROOKDALE HEALTH HYDRO, KWAZULU-NATAL Brookdale Health Hydro provides a tranquil escape from stress in the picturesque Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal. It’s situated in the village of Nottingham Road, a popular spot on the Midlands Meander. TO DO: Packages range from 2-6 night stays and include three healthy meals each day, snacks, teas, use of facilities such as the ozonised indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, talks, exercise classes and various treatments (massage, reflexology and facials) depending on the package. There’s also a holistic health package designed to bring balance back to life, and encourage guests to take charge and invest in their health. VISIT: Brookdale.co.za

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THE SPA AT BRAHMAN HILLS, KWAZULU-NATAL The Spa at Brahman Hills was once home to horse healer, Winks Green, and her racehorse patients. Well known for her technique, she was the ‘go to’ person as a healer of horses from far and wide. The space now proudly houses a modern, fresh spa, which comprises eight treatment rooms, a dedicated manicure and pedicure room, a tranquillity lounge and a champagne, coffee and chocolate bar. The therapists are highly skilled and friendly, making your visit to the spa even more special. TO DO: Treatments are currently focused around massage with eco-friendly products that are sourced locally. The spa menu changes from time to time, but the classic massages are always available and you can experiment with different scents and oils, depending on whether you seek a rejuvenating or relaxing treatment. VISIT: Brahmanhills.co.za

TEMENOS RETREAT AND WELLNESS CENTRE, WESTERN CAPE Situated in the heart of McGregor in the Western Cape, Temenos is renowned for its beautiful gardens. It’s like an oasis that’s been designed to promote a sense of rest and renewal. The grounds offer abundant birdlife as well as many contemplative spaces where you can quietly reflect or just relax. Two libraries located in the gardens are perfect for browsing and relaxing, plus there’s a lap swimming pool. TO DO: A wide range of healing therapies include Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, reiki and reflexology. There’s also yoga, qi gong, optional morning and evening meditation, retreats and workshops. Accommodation ranges from selfcatering Cape cottages each with their own private patio and fireplace to the Cape Georgian cottages in the library quarter. For those who prefer not to self-cater, the restaurant offers delicious and healthy country cuisine from Tuesdays to Sundays. VISIT: Temenos.org.za

SPA @ DE HOOP, WESTERN CAPE Spa @ De Hoop is situated on the beautiful vlei, offering the ultimate escape as you’re surrounded by the pristine fynbos nature reserve. The spa has partnered with Africology, a South African brand inspired by local ingredients. Guests can choose from an extensive range of traditional massage treatments. TO DO: The treatment menu includes traditional massages, body treatments, facials and grooming options like manicures, pedicures, waxing and tinting. Included in the traditional massages are the therapeutic massage – a gentle massage to loosen stiff, sore muscles, and the deep tissue massage for loosening the buildup of lactic acid. The Africology tailored massages include the Intonga Amasatchi – a deep tissue and stress-relieving treatment, and the Soul of Africa body conditioning massage. VISIT: Dehoopcollection.com

HOOGLAND HEALTH HYDRO, GAUTENG Set on a private game reserve outside Pretoria, guests of the Hoogland Health Hydro not only have the opportunity to view hundreds of wild animals such as impala, zebra, caracal and wildebeest and a host of birdlife, they can relax and de-stress as they focus on personal wellbeing and rejuvenation. TO DO: Hydro therapies include a swimming pool, water jet pool, outdoor jacuzzis, steam rooms, saunas and baths. There’s a range of treatments, and for those looking specifically at weight loss, diet programmes, exercise and health lectures are also available. Doctors consult at the hydro several times a week. VISIT: Hoogland.co.za

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Step into a more traditional escape at the Rosendal Wine Estate, where the retreat has been established in the original farmhouse. The eight luxury rooms, each en-suite and elegantly furnished in a colonial style, provide the perfect relaxation and retreat from the bustle of daily life. The clever design allows every room to overlook the vineyards, ponds and garden. TO DO: Aimed at de-stressing, guests are able to relax in peace while they focus on their overall wellness – and nothing else. Experience the unique Theravine balancing facial, which proves wine is not just for drinking! The treatment products are enriched with antioxidants and high concentrations of grapeseed polyphenols. VISIT: Rosendalwinery.com/spa

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THIS WEEKEND NEW MOVIES, BOOKS, AND ACTIVITIES TO ENJOY THIS MONTH

TAKE A TRIP TO THE MOVIES A DOG’S PURPOSE Based on W Bruce Cameron’s 2010 novel of the same name, this is more than just another charming dog story. Josh Gad plays the role of a devoted dog and his search for his purpose over the course of several lifetimes and different owners. By touching the lives of each of his owners and teaching them to laugh and love, he finds the meaning of his own existence. Comedy/drama, 24 February

THE HOLLARS When New York City artist, John Hollar (John Krasinski), learns his mom (Margo Martindale) has fallen ill, he and his girlfriend, Rebecca (Anna Kendrick), head back to his hometown before his mom’s brain surgery. They try to work through the difficult situation while John’s dysfunctional family, high school pals, and over-eager ex flood back into his life. Comedy/drama, 3 March

HIDDEN FIGURES This feel-good film tells the incredible and little-known story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson (brilliantly portrayed by Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae). These three trailblazing AfricanAmerican women worked at NASA and were the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Biographical drama, 24 February

KEEPING UP WITH THE KANDASAMYS Director, Jayan Moodley, describes this proudly South African film as a ‘love letter to Chatsworth’, where it was shot on location. Shanti Naidoo (Maeshni Naicker) and Jennifer Kandasamy (Jailoshini Naidoo) are matriarchal rivals who plot the break-up of their young adult children, Prinesh (Madhushan Singh) and Jodi (Mishqah Parthiephal). Comedy, 3 March

PLACES TO GO TRANSFORMERS ANIMATRONICS Emperors Palace, Joburg, March-May 2017 Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, and the Rescue Bots will invade the African continent for the first time in Transformers Animatronics at Emperors Palace. Following a massively successful Latin American tour, visitors can look forward to breathtaking sculptures (made from wrecked cars) on display against the scenery of the legendary planet, Cybertron, which will be brought to life through eye-popping performance technology. Visit Webtickets.co.za for tickets.

KEVIN FRASER: LIFE ON THE HEDGE Mandela Theatre at Joburg Theatre, 17 March Age restriction 16 Internet and YouTube sensation, Kevin Fraser, is all set to turn up the bass with his unique and overly sensitive, politically ‘incorrekt’ illustration of life as we know it! This DJ is mixing up all the gluten-free drama you need to laugh along with the music and understand the Top 10 reasons why you should not overthink the side effects of an avocado! Life On The Hedge forms part of a 20 city comedy tour. Visit Webtickets.co.za or Joburgtheatre.com to book tickets.

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YF Read of the month

ON THE SHELF

Cousins by Salley Vickers (Penguin Random House) This beautifully written and descriptive novel covers 70 years of family history, from World War Two to the present day, and is told through the eyes of three women in the household. It uncovers the dark family secret around Will Tye, a teenage boy who develops his first intense crush on his own cousin, Cecelia. When Will is involved in a life-changing accident, Cecelia is deeply affected by his suffering, and her life is changed by how she responds to it.

Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes (Penguin Random House) This first collection of short stories from award-winning author Jojo Moyes (she’s won the Romantic Novel of the Year award twice), contains 11 entertaining tales of love, loss, liberation, and laughter. Paris For One and Other Stories is a quick and enjoyable read, and is ideal for fans of Me Before You (this bestseller sold 8 million copies worldwide) and After You.

When Zuma Goes by Ralph Mathekga (Tafelberg) When Jacob Zuma retires to Nkandla, what will be left behind? Will we be able to fix the damage, and how? Since May 2009, scandals and corruption have been synonymous with the Zuma era, and South Africans have been left feeling quite disheartened. With Zuma’s time running out, this important read addresses how his absence will affect us too.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid 11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney (Penguin Random House) The 11th book in this series sees the pressure really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants him to put down the controller and explore his ‘creative side’. As if that’s not scary enough, Halloween’s just around the corner and the frights are coming at him from every angle. When he discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie... and will it make him rich?

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AUTHOR’S CORNER The Starfish Story by the Starfish Greathearts Foundation and Retroviral (available from the app store for Apple iPad) About the ebook… The Starfish Story has been created as a fundraiser for The Starfish Greathearts Foundation, which supports vulnerable children. The story follows Nozi, who heads off on a magical adventure once her mother has tucked her in and she’s

drifted off into a deep slumber. The story is ideal for a child’s first ebook as parents can read it aloud or play the narration by Lebo Motsoeli. Plus there are fun interactive surprises for older children who are learning to read. Look out for special lighting, animals that spring to life on the screen when they’re clicked on, and other interactive features when the iPad is hugged, tapped, or moved from side to side.

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YOUR TIME RELAX AND TAKE SOME ME TIME

UP FOR GRABS: 3 GLAD HAMPERS, EACH WORTH R1 000!

No 227

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HOW TO ENTER Solve the crossword and the circled letters will spell out an occupation. The solution and winners of Crossword No 227 will appear in the June 2017 issue of Your Family. To enter, SMS the solution, your name, ID number, delivery address (including postal code), phone number and email address to 48412. Each SMS costs R1.50. Errors will be billed. Free SMSs do not apply. Closing date 31 March 2017. See page 115 for terms and conditions. 118 yourfamily.co.za


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MARCH 2017

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DAD’S WORLD

Creature

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he fishing net, bought on the beachfront to scoop silver slivers from the tidal pools, lift them wriggling into the sunlight, and set them free with a splash, is weathered now, its green threads slipping from the wire rim, its bamboo rod splintery to the touch. But still, even this far inland, it serves its purpose. One night, as a storm threatened outside, the thunder grumbling to itself, the wind whipping filaments of lightning across the sky, I followed the scream to its source, and there on the carpet, flung down like a gauntlet, was the net. Beneath it, trapped and frozen, except for the twitching of its feelers, was a creature possessed with the power to strike terror into the hearts of homes across the suburbs of Gauteng. ‘Oh please,’ I said. ‘It’s just a Parktown Prawn.’ There was a scuttling sound, like a rustling of old parchment, as the creature stirred inside its cage, propelling itself into the air with a kick of its giant hind legs. The room emptied in a flash, elbows shoving, doors slamming, people screaming. I stayed. I had a job to do. But first, I leaned in for a closer look: at the orange-brown exoskeleton, like a rusted suit of armour; at the thin, thorny limbs; at the beady black eyes reflecting the light. I blinked. For a moment, across the gulf of species,

I felt a wave of understanding shimmering between us. The Parktown Prawn only wanted to find shelter from the rain; I only wanted to help it find shelter from the humans. Very carefully, I lifted the net, hoping that the creature would slip to the bottom and stay there for the short ride to the patio and the garden beyond. Instead, it leaped in a huge parabola and landed behind the bookcase.

The room emptied in a flash, elbows shoving, doors slamming, people screaming. I stayed ‘Is it out yet?’ came a voice from the other side of the door. ‘Not quite yet!’ I replied, peering down the back of the bookcase. Nothing. Just a faint rustle of paper. Net in hand, I began removing books from the bottom shelf, one by one. Novels, books of poetry, school textbooks, emerging with little puffs of dust into the light. Then a loud rustle, and a bolt of rust, onto the dressing table. It sat there, contemplating its next move, multiplied by the mirrors, as I approached with a magazine held high. Swiftly, I swept the creature into the net, and as it lay there clinging in the dip, I ran out, the net held before me, like a kid in an egg-and-spoon race. Just before I reached the front door, the creature jumped free again, and I froze. I looked up, down, all around. Nothing. And then, the sensation of something crawling slowly up the leg of my tracksuit pants. I looked into those beady black eyes again, and together we walked out of the doorway and into the glistening garden, where I shook my hitcher free. Goodbye, Parktown Prawn. If you’re ever in the neighbourhood again, do pop in, and apologies in advance for the screaming.

IMAGE: FOTOLIA.COM

A MUTANT OF THE SUBURBS MAKES ITS WAY INDOORS, AND GUS SILBER DISCOVERS THAT THE NET RESULT IS A MAD SCRAMBLE AND A CLEAN GETAWAY

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