Heritage day braai ideas

Biltong, Mushroom and feta pap tert (Courtesy of Food24.com)

This Sunday, September 24th, we celebrate Heritage Day, which has also become a popular day to invite a few friends over to have a braai (with is being coined National Braai Day ‘n all) and cook up some braaivleis.

Americans do it in style with their state-of-the-art gas barbeques; the Australians, on the other hand, like to throw some ‘shrimp on the barbie’ but we South Africans know how to make the perfect braai – well, most of us do.

What is a South African braai without its best supporting acts: first up is the braai broodjie. This South African braai staple is usually served on white or brown bread; spread with lashings of butter on the outside, and filled with thick, juicy slices of tomato, onion and cheese on the inside. Yum! 

No South African braai is complete without the original South African toasties, otherwise known as “braai broodjies”.

The standard braai broodjie recipe incorporates the following steps:

  1. Butter the bread,
  2. Place lots of grated cheese on the bread, with sliced onions, sliced tomatoes, salt, pepper and,
  3. Be sure to braai slowly.

Apart from the standard option, food lovers are opting to try many different version of this delicious sandwich.

For a gourmet version, renowned Durban caterers Blue Strawberry have some gourmet variations for you to try.

  • Brie and fig Jam – add preserved fig and some crushed nuts for texture
  • Chip ‘n Cheese -slap chips, curry gravy and oozy cheese
  • S’more Variation – Nuttella, sliced banana and marshmallows
  • Peanut butter and Bacon – crunchy peanut butter in lashings with crisp bacon and some salted peanuts for crunch
  • Black mushroom and Haloumi – sliced and fried black mushrooms well drained with sliced haloumi and a little mozzarella for the stretch
  • Croque Monsieur – good quality ham, Dijon mustard, emmentale cheese and a lathering of béchamel sauce
  • Bacon with a bite – crisp bacon, tomato sambal- tomato, onion and chilli diced with a dash of vinegar, cheddar and mozzarella
  • Cheese and sweet chilli – combine three cheeses and a good splash of sweet chilli with chopped coriander

Now, one of my favourite SA side dishes at a braai – is Pap.

FYI:  The word pap in Dutch translates to “porridge”.  In KZN it’s also called phuthu in Zulu and ipapa in Xhosa.

It’s easily cooked on a stove in a pot or over a fire and is best to cook in a black cast iron pot.

I like my pap with a twist.  Throw in onion, mushrooms, bacon, and green pepper (all chopped finely) to add flavour to the pap. This is the gourmet slant on the standard pap and tomato gravy dish and Goodersons Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort, Executive Chef Francis Hegarty gives us his take on this Creamy Cheesy Pap recipe dish:

Recipe

Cook pap and set aside, chop 1 onion, packet of mushrooms and 250g bacon. Fry it all up in a pan and add clove of garlic and salt and pepper seasoning. Add a tub of 250ml cream to make a sauce, take the pap and put it in an oven dish, pour the sauce over the top and add lots of cheese, bake for 30 minutes. If you have a vegetarian in your midst then just replace the bacon with sautéed butternut or baby marrows.  Easy peasy!

The image above shows another, slightly different, option to the above with a Biltong, Mushroom and feta pap tert… Oh. Em. Gee! See Food24.com for the full recipe.

So, will you be celebrating your Heritage day the braai way?

 

PARTY AT FUN IN THE SUN OUTDOOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL ON 30 SEPTEMBER!

21151421_1517874914938059_1727263640661560250_nWith around 3,000 party goers taking to Hazelmere Dam in 2016, 2017 is sure to be bigger and better with a hot new lineup featuring 2 international artists and over 50 local acts – which is sure to be the biggest outdoor event on Durban shores this year.

Fun in the sun 2017 will kick off on Saturday, 30th September 2017 at Hazelmere dam in Durban – a mere 20km off the shoreline of Umhlanga. Gates open at 8am.

The annual Fun in the sun outdoor music festival will feature a lineup headlined by Lost Frequencies (Belgium) and supported by Nora en Pure (Switzerland).

Lost Frequencies
Lost Frequencies

Lost Frequencies, has soared to success in the international music industry. Releasing his global smash hit ‘Are You With Me’ back in 2014 and quickly cementing himself as a name to watch, the track rapidly ascended by hitting multi-platinum status and taking the #1 spot in 18 countries.

Lost Frequencies has brought his unmistakable sound to some of the planet’s biggest clubs and recently headlined his own North American Tour, hosted his own ‘Lost Frequencies & Friends’ at the renowned Amsterdam Dance Event and headlined his own sold-out arena spectacle in Belgium. He has also performed at some of the world’s largest and most notable music festivals, Tomorrowland and Coachella.

Local acts at the event include Chunda Munki, Hippie Mafia, Max Hurrel, Msizi James (5fm), Striptek, Jay Jabbs. Syzo, Hendrik Joerges, Mat od, Huckleberry, Park, Ches, Paul Marks, G Major, Rogue, Murray, Alex M, Dutchman, Beebz, Ryan Stylz, Finn, Zinc, Marc, and many more.

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Picture credit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/fitsfestival/photos/?ref=page_internal

So, get your camping gear, tent, caravan, sleeping bags, sunscreen and sunnies ready for a full day programme of chilled fun with music, food and lifestyle elements including clothing stalls, a convenience store and more.

Come join us and thousands of fans from across the country and enjoy an unforgettable secure weekend party getaway experience.

Tickets cost R300 for general access and R700 for VIP which will get you onto the VIP deck with a cocktail bar & lounge, free selected drinks from 12pm till midnight and private toilets.

Limited tickets are on sale at www.fitsfest.co.za, at Webtickets or at selected Pick ‘n Pay stores nationwide.

For more information on the event or to book for the available transport visit the Fun in the sun 2017 website.

The event is open to over 18’s and no plastic or glass will be permitted in order to safeguard the environment.

Terms and conditions apply

Celebrating Spring: Things to do in Durban on 2-3 September

With Spring finally here, what better way to welcome it in than by making the most of your weekend.

Here are some random events being held in Durban this weekend:

  1. What: DUBANE SPRING BREAK 

    AKA (photo courtesy of cnnct.co.za)
    AKA (photo courtesy of cnnct.co.za)

 When: Saturday, 2 September 2017 from 9am till 9pm

Where: Wet ‘n Wild, uShaka Marine World, Durban

Why you should go: The Dubane Spring Break party proudly brought to you by Afrotainment, uShaka Marine World and the Dream Team, will present 12 hours of hip happening entertainment with a line-up of performance favorites’ such as DJ Tira, Dreamteam, Benny Maverick, Naak Musiq and the Distruction Boyz as well as multiple award nominee and winner, both internationally and locally, AKA, known for his hits, The World is Yours, Baddest, All Eyes On Me, and more.Plus, apart from dancing the day away to great music, you will also have the chance to experience the exhilarating water slides, including the highest slide in the Southern Hemisphere, the Body Tornado, Duzi river ride and much much more.

Cost: R220 for a general ticket and R450 for a VIP ticket (only 200 available.) T’s & C’s apply.

2. What: I HEART MARKET

When: Saturday, 2 September 2017

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Photo Credit: I Heart Market Facebook Page

 

Where: Moses Mabhida Stadium

Why you should go: This only happens twice a year! Join them for their September SALE! Expect bargain prices, sale rails, budget bins and more. Support Durban’s thriving local, independent and talented creative community and be a part of the #ishoplocal movement.

3. What: HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO AT GRANADA SQUARE 
When: Saturday, 2 September (from 7am) & Sunday, 3 September 2017 (from 8am)

       Where: Granada Square (16 Chartwell Dr, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban)

Why you should go: Enjoy a weekend full of all things healthy at the Health &   Wellness Expo hosted by Granada Square. Enjoy exercise Classes from 7am on Saturday and 8am on Sunday, with exhibitions from 9am and specialised health talks on Saturday, every hour at 11:30am, 12:30am, 1:30pm and 2:30pm by professionals from Discovery and Netcare as well as Dietician & Life Coach Kelly Lynch and on Sunday at 11h30, which will be a health talk by Cherise from Yoga with Cherise.

       Cost: Free

4. What: ENERGADE INTERSCHOOLS 5-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT

When: Sunday, 3 September 2017 from 08h30 with the finals at 15h00

Where: Durban High School (255 St Thomas Road, Musgrave, Durban).

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Dave Guselli, Lewis Donnely, Kyle Deutsch and Bobby Deutschmann seen at the 5-a-side last year

 

Why you should go: Over 30 KZN high schools will take part in this football tournament which is in its 17th year. Expect to see some top class schoolboy and schoolgirl talent. The public, family, and friends are all encouraged to come down and show their support.

Information: Contact bobby@nusasports.co.za

Other events in and around Durban: Dutch Club Market (every Saturday); Durban International Blues FestivalThe Music of Amy Winehouse & ‘Best Friends’
Tinley Manor Market

The 2017 Durban Fashion Fair winners announced

The sixth annual eThekwini Municipality Durban Fashion Fair came to an end with the prestigious Durban Fashion Fair Recognition Awards evening held at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Saturday, August 26. The event was a glamorous one featuring an evening of music and fashion hosted by Gagasi FM’s Collen Zondo and Top Billing presenter, Ayanda Thabethe.

The most prestigious award of the evening was the Durban Designer of the Year 2017, which was awarded to award winning Durban designer, Terrence Bray.

Bray, who has played a big role in mentoring young and emerging designers through the years at the DFF, was born and raised in Durban and launched his own label in 1998. Over the years, he has built his career and brand to the point where he is now an internationally recognised designer.

The success of Terrence Bray is based on a firm and distinctive design philosophy – to strive for the best quality and design possible at that moment. This year’s collection, dedicated to his father, featured strong tailoring elements in bold black and white.

The second big award of the evening was the Durban Fashion Legend 2017 which is based on nominations from within the local fashion industry. This was awarded to Lindiwe Khuzwayo. This veteran designer and couturier of 30 years and successful business woman has been a role model for many. Her creations have graced both local and international runways in Marseilles, France and Cannes. Khuzwayo founded the Lindiwe Khuzwayo Fashion Design Studio and Lindiwe Khuzwayo Academy of Fashion in 1986. The academy was in line with her vision of supporting and actively promoting and empowering the youth which she is very passionate about.

Business support programme manager, Sindi Shangase, whose vision and hard work has made the Durban Fashion Fair a much anticipated annual event on the city’s calendar, congratulated all award winners and pointed out that both the acceptance speeches and the hard work that had gone into getting each and every collection on the DFF 2017 runway had once again proven that fashion goes way beyond glitz and glamour.

“This year’s theme, Dawn of the Arts, is about the reawakening of the creative industry and realization of the arts as a lucrative business opportunity. It also recognises the different arts within our multi-talented city and shows how they can all inspire each other and work together. The DFF is evidence of this. Six years into the journey, the DFF has gone from a single night event of just six shows featuring 12 designers to a four-day event featuring over 40 designers, including specially invited creative’s from the African continent,” she said.

At the award event, Shangase thanked all who had believed in the DFF and contributed towards making it the success story it is today. “This includes the established designers who have participated and advised us, the many professionals who have assisted, big retail brands, sponsors and, most importantly, the many people working behind the scenes handling lighting, sound, choreography, hair, catering and more.”

After much deliberation regarding the high standard of fashion that took to the 2017 DFF catwalk, the independent judge’s decision for all the categories were made up of former YOU magazine fashion director and now creative director of CHULAAP, Chu Suwannapha; the founder of G&D Apparel, Greg Wallis, Drum Fashion editor, Peta-lee Matjaola and Themba Mthethwa who is the Regional Operations Manager for Markham jointly concluded that one such designer is Zama Mathe, the lead designer of Zarth, who was awarded the Collection of the Week award for a collection that once again displayed timeless, African inspired elegance and femininity.

Founded in 2009, Zarth has evolved into a creative design house employing a fully qualified team of professionals. The fledgling brand made its DFF debut in 2013, earning Zama Mathe an internship to Milan, Italy. She has participated at the DFF every year since then and was awarded the prestigious DFF Designer of the Year title in 2016.

Another example is Mxolisi Luke Mkhize, who heads up House of Saint Luke which took home the Best Menswear Collection Award 2017.

Born and raised in Durban, Mkhize was selected for an internship in Milan in 2012 and has showcased at the DFF ever since. He also took home the Best Menswear Collection award at the inaugural awards event in 2015.

The Best Ladieswear Collection 2017 award went to Quiteria & George. Quiteria Kekana and George Malelu, one of the most talked about design pairings of late, showcased their bold African prints and elegant designs, for the second time at the DFF this year.

The Best African Collection went to West African fashion brand Quame Owusu which is owned by Ghanian designer, Samuel Owusu. This was his first showing on the DFF ramp.

This year’s Fashion Innovator Award, which goes to designers who push the boundaries and embrace technological innovation, went to Martin John Steenkamp while the Emerging Designer of the Year 2017 was self-taught designer, Muzi Innocent Mlambo of Mita-N Dzyns.

Four years ago, the DFF introduced a model search, providing an opportunity for youngsters from disadvantaged communities to not only get themselves on the DFF ramp but also to begin to build a modelling career.

This year’s New Face of the Year (ladies) was Amanzimtoti’s Samantha Jali who is currently studying shipping and logistics, while the New Face of the Year (men) was 26 year-old Samkelo Shinga from Umlazi.

Independent Media walked off with the Fashion Business Award and Athenkosi Mfungula, Claudia Novuka and Leona Pillay were recognised as the 2017 rising stars from the Mentorship Programme which is an initiative developed by the eThekwini Municipality to grow the fashion industry in the city and to create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young designers and assist them with skills relating to the business of fashion!

 

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It’s here! The Durban Fashion Fair officially kicks off!

 

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Courtesy of @dbnfashion_fair Instagram

It is officially the Dawn of the Arts at the Durban Fashion Fair 2017 which takes place from tonight,  August 23rd and runs until Saturday, August 26th

For four days, the Durban ICC and surrounds will be transformed into a fashion extravaganza as some of the city’s hottest designers celebrate the reawakening of the creative industry and the realization of the arts as a lucrative business opportunity.

Tickets to the various showings by both local fashion talents and invited designers from throughout the African continent will go on sale from today.

Themed the Dawn of the Arts, the Durban Fashion Fair 2017 presented by the eThekwini Municipality will be spread over three days – from August 23rd to 25th and will wrap up with the Recognition awards on August 26th.

Tonight (Wednesday, August 23rd), the official launch opening hosted by Khaya Dladla (from SABC 1’s Uzalo) together with Londiwe Nqobile Cele (DYR co-breakfast show host) will take place followed by the 2016 DFF Mentorship Programme Designers – Azola Tanzi (Azee Tanzi), Martin John Steenkamp (Martin John), Narcissi Madisha (Kameo Kids), Ceri Williams (Evaelathil Designs) and Zimbili Shezi (ZimbyLees Apparel). They will be followed by the 2017 Mentorship Programme designers: Athenkosi Mfungula; Bongekile Sondezi; Casey Hutchinson; Cheryl Jafta; Claudia Novuka; Leona Pillay; Nishthi Sewnath; Nivadni Sewnath; Ntokozo Buthelezi and Wanda Majubana at 19h30 with invited designers Thokozani Mbatha (Black Pepper) and Sandile Duke Mngadi (Duke “Clothe Your Soul”) taking to the ramp at 20h30.

Our invited African designers for the evening will be Clement Effanga (Clemas Couture) and SidumisoTshuma (Shadow by Sidumiso) at 21h30. The evening will culminate in a Markham retail collection showing at 22h30.

On Thursday, August 24th, the DFF will begin slightly earlier with emerging designers Kwenzi Nkomo (Indoni Fashion House), Treasure Cindi and Melinda Corrine (Noice) exhibiting their collections from 17h30. Next on the ramp will be Muzi Innocent Mlambo (Mita-N Dzyns), Zama Gumede (ZAVIAR Fashions) and Eli Ball (Eli Ball Made in Africa) at 18h30.

Invited designers Quiteria Lebohang Kekana and George Malelu (Quiteria and George) and Amanda Laird Cherry will showcase their creations at 19h30. African invited designers Charity Nyirongo (Mo’ Creations & Couture), Rodrigue Tchatcho (Rodrig Couture), Yolanda Ngwenya (Bakhar) and Samuel Owusu (Quame Owusu) will be up next at 20h30.

Invited Designer Sandile Mlambo (House of Alfalfa) will host his show, off site, at 82 Hunter Street (behind the ICC) at 21h30.

During the day on Friday, August 25th  between 09h30 and 12 noon in Hall 5 at the ICC, there will be a panel discussion taking place whereby leading industry players within the fashion related industry will discuss various topics relating to the “Business of Fashion” – the panellists include: Linda Makanya (Creative Director & Head Designer for Linda Makhanya Tailored Suits); Paledi Segapo (Founder & Creative Director – PALSE); Noёl Paulson (General Manager Quality Assurance – EDCON); Lukas Nangolo (Junior Brand Manager – Markham); Masana Chikeka (Programme Manager: Design – Dept of Arts and Culture) and Drum Fashion editor, Peta-Lee Matjaola. It is free admission to attend the panel discussion! The facilitator for the discussion is Top Billing presenter Ayanda Thabethe.

After the discussion, it is back to the business of the fashion shows on Friday, August 25th, with invited designers Kireshen Chetty, Brenda Quin (Diva Designs) and Jacqui Emmanuel who will be dazzling the Durban audiences at 17h30. Vanessa Pillay (Hombre`), Mxolisi Luke Mkhize (House of Saint Luke) and emerging designer, Musawenkosi Sebeko (Afro Amanno) will follow at 18h30.

Invited designers Karen Monk-Klijnstra and Zama Mathe (Zarth) will wow our audience at 19h30 and Paledi Segapo (PALSE) at 20h30. To wrap up the evening at 21h30, Kathrin Kidger and Terrence Bray will show what has made them household names in the Durban Fashion industry for decades.

The highlight of the Durban Fashion Fair 2017 will be the DFF Recognition Awards on Saturday, August 26th. Starting at 19h00 and hosted by Gagagsi FM on air personality Collen Zondo together with TV personality and Top Billing presenter, Ayanda Thabethe.

 This fashion forward evening will feature live entertainment by Aewon Wolf, DJ Siyanda and a “downsized” version of the SAMA award-winning instrumental pop group, the Sterling EQ Duo (consisting of electric violin and cello, electric violin and flute, or electric cello and flute).

The DFF Recognition Awards will recognise the Durban Fashion Legend of the year, the Best Ladies’ Wear Collection, the Best Menswear Collection, the Next Generation/ Emerging Durban Designer of the year, the Fashion Innovator and the Collection of the Week. Three rising stars – our top three 2017 mentees – will also be identified.

Guests can also look forward to the presentation of the Fashion Business Award, the DFF New Face Award, the Best African Designer Collection Award and, last but not least, the Durban Designer of the Year Award.

Tickets are R100 per person per show with students (with a valid student card) paying R50 per show. There will be a 3-night show pass at R225 or the 5-night show pass at R350 a person. The DFF Recognition Awards show tickets are R250 per person.

Tickets are available at webtickets.co.za or selected Pick ‘n Pay outlets as well as limited tickets at the door!

Follow all the fashion action on Facebook , Twitter  & Instagram #DFF2017

 

August #InspirationForTheNation

With so much ugly, cruel and negative news in the world, it is important for us to embrace anything positive (to not only retain hope in humanity but to be inspired too), like this amazing and proudly South African story.

Mndebele Mnotho is a five-year-old little boy from Newcastle in KZN who suffers from dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). He is my August #InspirationForTheNation. Read his story here

 

 

South African wedding guest outfit ideas when the degrees drop

So an email about the weather arrived in my email inbox this week stating that there may be cold, wet weather on the weekend. I sigh, as it is a close friend’s wedding and I would have loved for the weather to be gorgeous and sunny –  which we have experienced for the most part of the week.

So with a potential bout of colder, wet weather fast approaching and the wedding on Saturday, I decided to get some advice from friends, family and pinterest (of course) on the best kind of outfit to wear to a winter wedding, so that I am both comfortable, warm and stylish.

I have to be realistic as I am always on a budget, so when I prepare an outfit I first look at what I have in my wardrobe. If I don’t find something in there to wear, I take to the shops. Here, I look at the price, quality, and versatility of the outfit. (Can I wear it again?)

Here are some ideas I was advised to try.

Jumpsuit

Now, I don’t have a jumpsuit at home, so if I had to shop on a budget, my first option would be to visit Mr Price, Jet or Legit (yes, these are some of my favourite shops when a bit cash strapped). 

Here is an option from Mr Price:

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Black Embroidered Jumpsuit from Mr Price

Little black dress

So, I do have a long sleeved black dress in the wardrobe, which I have only worn a few times and no one I know has really seen me in it, thank goodness. I have had it for a while, but it still looks amazing, and of great quality. I purchased it from Legit. Pair it with tights/pantyhose and a pair of ankle boots or closed heels and I am sure I will be set!

Here is the kind of look I would go for (courtesy of Pinterest)

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Black long sleeved dress with tights and ankle boots

Long sleeved shirt dress

If I were to purchase a dress that is versatile – one that I could use for a wedding and for work, this would be the one. I just have to try it on to see what it looks like on me. This one retails for R149,99 at Jet.

Graphic Shirt Dress from Jet

Formal maxi dress

My sister has this beautiful navy maxi dress which I have worn before. It looks really great, but it is a bit long, so I have to wear really high shoes to ensure there is no drag.

It is quite comfortable, but if I want to spend the night dancing, I wouldn’t say it is extremely ideal. Plus, it boasts shorter sleeves so it may not be as warm as I would like, BUT it is an option. If I pair it with a blazer or coat, I am sure it would work.

It looks similar to this one from Lulus

Navy Formal Maxi Dress

 

With only a couple of days to decide, I shall be trying out a few of these ideas to see what suits me best. I have only added in a few ideas and obviously, the list of ideas is endless and suited to one’s taste.

If you are attending a wedding soon and need outfit ideas, why not try some of these out for yourself.

Happy days

xoxo