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Congratulations to Alex Smith (@africa_alex), whose Devilskein & Dearlove has been nominated for a Carnegie Medal! fb.me/3iD79TzOa

Win a Copy of Perfect Parties by Janet Kohler Along and R500 PartySpot Voucher!

 
Perfect Parties Random House Struik is giving away a copy of Perfect Parties by Janet Kohler with a R500 voucher from PartySpot.

To stand of chance of winning the hamper, visit the Random House Struik website, fill in your details and answer this simple question:

Who is the stylist extraordinaire that author Janet Kohler worked with on Perfect Parties?

A. Samantha Smith
B. Penelope Mitchell
C. Louise de Burgh

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Sue Derwent Shares Her 11 Favourite Summer Outdoor Spots in Durban

Picturesque DrakensbergKwaZulu-NatalPicturesque Durban and Surrounds

 
Sue Derwent, author of Picturesque Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal: Adventures in Culture & Nature and Picturesque Durban and Surrounds, has shared her favourite outdoor parks and green spaces in Durban in the Sunday Tribune.

Nature lovers will enjoy Derwent’s suggestions, which include the Botanical Gardens, Makaranga Garden Lodge, Burman Bush, Pigeon Valley and many more. In addition to vivid descriptions Derwent also includes contact details and opening hours.

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There are places where you can see animals, birds, reptiles and insects. There are beaches, there are places to walk, hike and cycle and there are gardens where you can go with family and friends to picnic, listen to music, or watch a show on a sunny weekend.

Here are a few old favourites:

Botanical Gardens

(affectionately known AS the Bot Gardens)

From 1849 the first curator of the gardens, a Mark Johnson McKen, painstakingly collected and introduced vast numbers of plant species from all over the world into the Botanical Gardens and in many ways, the 15 hectares of garden still retain a feeling of “old” Durban. This cool, green oasis in the middle of the city has some fascinating trees and plants and provides a gentle change of pace from the surrounding bustle.

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Koos Kombuis wonder wat sy pa sou sê oor die huidige poskantoorstakings

I-Tjieng“Toe ek in my woeste en wilde twintigerjare was, was dit my pa se groot droom dat ek vir die Poskantoor moes gaan werk. ‘Hulle het ’n goeie pensioenskema,’ het hy gesê, asof dit alles verduidelik.”

Só skryf Koos Kombuis oor die huidige landswye staking van poskantoorbeamptes. Die I-Tjieng: ’n GPS vir verdwaalde siele-outeur vertel verder oor sy afro en hoe die poskantoor destyds snorre verkies het bo sideburns.

Lees die rubriek:

In ieder geval. Toe ek nou die dag die koerant oopslaan, en die opskrif sien wat sê “DIE POSKANTOOR STORT IN DUIE”, was dit vir my ’n geweldige skok. Dit was ’n Oomblik van Satori. Dit het my genoop om, soos nooit tevore, die verganklikheid van alle dinge te besef. As die POSKANTOOR, met sy GOEIE PENSIOENSKEMA, nie vir EWIG gaan BESTAAN nie, wat van al ons ander sekerhede? Wat van SANLAM? Wat van Facebook? Wat van die Spur se Cheeseburgers? Wat van Victor Matfield se loopbaan? Wat van die HUISGENOOT?

En ek het ook aan my Pa gedink.

Ek was dankbaar dat hy nie geleef het om daardie koerantberig te sien nie.

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Errieda du Toit deel smaaklike resepte vir pampoenkoekies – geskik vir Halloween

KokkedoorKokkedoor 2 - VersamelreseptePampoen is ’n baie veelsydige bestanddeel en ’n bekende simbool tydens Halloweenvieringe. Errieda du Toit het ’n paar resepte vir pampoenkoekies op haar Huiskok-blog gedeel.

Die samesteller van Kokkedoor: Resepte uit jou gunsteling TV-reeks en Kokkedoor 2 – Versamelresepte het tydens die Vryfees in Bloemfontein by Annette Bekker gaan kuier en heeltemal verlief geraak het op haar pampoenpoffers. “Pure goud en gepof, en soos ons daarvan hou – stroopsoet.”

Du Toit het Bekker se resep as volg aangepas: “Ek het haar resep gevolg, behalwe die stroop wat ek lemoenerig-speseryerig gemaak het om by die taaivinger-oondhoender te pas wat ek met jasmynrys bedien het. Ek vervang die koppie water met vars lemoensap en voeg gerasperde lemoenskil, ’n stuk pypkaneel, 2 steranys en 4 kardamom-peule by.”

Probeer Annette Bekker se resep vir pampoenpoffers:

Klits saam:

250 g Floro-bakkie vol klaar gekookte soetpampoen

2 eiers

2 ½ ml sout

Voeg by:

2 koppies bruismeel

15 ml bakpoeier

Bak lepels vol in ’n pan oor matige hitte (die olie nie te warm nie). Braai albei kante. Dreineer.

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Try Jess McCloskey's recipe for Cinnamon and Toffee Cupcakes from Delicious Gifts

Delicious GiftsAre you out of ideas for presents? Try a range of sweet gifts from the unique recipes in Delicious Gifts: Edible Creations to Make and Give by Jess McCloskey.

Namibia Buchdepot has shared a recipe for Cinnamon and Toffee Cupcakes from Delicious Gifts. McCloskey writes: “I use several jars to help the toffee to cool faster, and I do not use all the toffee in one cupcake recipe.”

Try Jess McCloskey’s recipe for Cinnamon and Toffee Cupcakes:

TOFFEE
200 g (7 oz) sugar
6 tbsp butter
120 ml (4 fl oz) double or
whipping cream

Pour the sugar into a saucepan over medium heat and stir briskly as the sugar melts. Continue stirring to prevent scorching until the sugar has completely melted and begins to boil. As soon as you see it bubbling along the sides, stop stirring. Watch for the melted sugar to become a dark umber colour; when this happens, add the butter. Whisk the mixture briskly until the butter melts into the sugar.

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Judging the Judges: Marston Discusses South African Wine Awards, and Whether or Not They Matter

Love Your WineCathy Marston, author of Love Your Wine: Get to grips with what you are drinking, has written an article about why we should – or should not – care about wine awards.

In the article, Marston speaks about the different wine awards in South Africa and the strengths and pitfalls of each. She says wine awards do make a difference to what people choose to drink, but that the rigour of judging processes is not standard, meaning some awards may be of more worth than others.

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It seems to be competition season again and my inbox is reeling under the weight of yet another announcement of yet another gold medal/top trophy/five star rating from yet another competition of some kind or other around the world. Excuse me if I seem a bit cynical but with so many awards stickers on bottles these days, I often wonder if people actually care?

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