Madame Macaron features in the August issue of Get It Magazine ( Umhlanga / Ballito )

2015 has been a year filled with wonderful experiences and opportunities and we are proud to be featured in the August issue of Get It Magazine (Umhlanga/Ballito ) .

A big thank you to Get It Mag and Monique De Villiers-Delport for an amazing piece.

You can read the online version of the article here or have a look at the digital version of the magazine HERE ( we’re on page 30-31 😉 )

Let us know what you think and be sure to enter the competition at the end of the article!

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Photo credit for featured image: Get It Mag (NC) and Mark Le Roux Photography

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Fry’s Family Food, Chef Jacqui Brown and #FOODMADEGOOD

I’m going to honest with you, I’ve never been a fan of soya products. It may be because of my varsity days when a quick meal for dinner on the days that I was vegetarian meant a couple of soya hotdogs in the frying pan, tomato sauce and bread. Not the most imaginative or inspiring dish at all. So, believe me then when I say that I have been converted! A week ago I attended the Fry’s Family event hosted by Chef Jacqui Brown at The Ginja Kitchen Studio in Durban North. The event turned my idea of Fry’s food on it’s head when we were welcomed with amazing appetizers that left everyone saying mmmm after every bite, and marveling at the fact that they were all vegan.

After brief introductions,a bit of mingling and being informed that we would be doing the cooking ( surprise!), we all headed into the kitchen space. The kitchen is  any foodie’s dream space, with steel tables, top of the line gas ovens and a wall full of all the gadgets you could want or need to use.

With the wine flowing, help from the chefs and a little humour from The Fry’s Guy, we split into groups of 3 and got cooking. On the menu was Fry’s Schnitzel and Creamy Mushroom Parcels with Mediterranean Vegetables. I have to say that the recipe is so easy to follow. Between the Instagramming, Tweeting and selfies, we managed to put up what was a pretty delicious meal.

If you’ve been living under a rock or in a carnivorous haze and have no idea about Fry’s Family Food, allow me to enlighten you. Their tagline, ‘ Its not just what we put into our food that makes it good, its what we leave out ‘ say it all. Fry’s products are free of MSG, Preservatives, Artificial Colourants, Cholesterol, Trans Fats, Hormones and Antibiotics. Their products are made from grains and legume and contain all 8 essential amino acids, making them a complete protein.This family owned company has 27 vegan products that are in stores in 20 different countries around the world. I think that they must be doing something right, don’t you?.

Fry’s is running a competition. Simply buy any box of Fry’s and SMS the word Frys and the last four digits on their barcode to 33711 ( e.g. Frys1256). Entrants will be entered into a weekly lucky draw to win a feast with a gourmet chef for themselves and nine friends at the Ginja Kitchen Studio worth R5000. The competition runs from the 15th of February 2015 at 7am to the 15th of May 2015 at 12pm so don’t miss out!

The evening was topped off with a delicious Litchi and Gin sorbet courtesy of the Chef and we were each given a little goodie bag to take home with us.

Thank you to Fry’s Family and Chef Jacqui Brown for an amazing evening. It was great fun and definitely good food with good company. The Dirty Fork Studio (Ginja Kitchen Studio) is a great venue in Durban and hosts many other foodie events from cooking classes to exclusive chef’s tables, and will soon be the venue for my Macaron Classes.

Visit the Dirty Fork Studio website for more information.

Here is the recipe by Chef Jacqui Brown for the dish that we made… ( You can get more recipes using Fry’s products here)

My Creation

Fry’s Schnitzel and Creamy Mushroom Parcels with Mediterranean Vegetables (serves 2)

Ingredients

  • Fry’s Chicken Schnitzel
  • 100g Chopped Mushrooms
  • ¾ Onion
  • 30ml Olive Oil
  • Fresh Thyme, Rosemary & Parsley
  • 250ml Orley Whip
  • 50g Flour
  • 4 Sheets Phyllo Pastry
  • 4 Garlic Cloves Mashed
  • 100ml Soy Milk
  • 50g Melted Butter

 For Vegetables

  • 100g Sweet Potato
  • 100g Butternut
  • 100g Red and Yellow Pepper
  • 100g Baby Marrow
  • ¼ Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • Fresh Chopped Rosemary and Thyme

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Fry some onions in olive oil until translucent, then add the chopped mushrooms and freshly chopped herbs
  3. In a separate bowl, make a smooth paste with some flour and soy milk
  4. Once the onions and mushrooms have fried off and are nice and fragrant, add the Orley Whip and reduce the heat. Fry for a few minutes for the Orley to take on all the flavours
  5. Add a small amount of the paste at a time, this will make the sauce thicken. Cook until you have a lovely mushroom flavour, it should not be floury.
  6. Place the phyllo on a flat, clean surface and brush with melted butter. Cut into large squares.
  7. Place the schnitzel on the pastry and top with the mushroom sauce, then fold the pastry into parcels.
  8. Place the parcel on a baking tray lines with baking paper and bake for +- 20minutes until golden brown.
  9. For Vegetables: Chop and Cube all ingredients, place on a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Plate up and Enjoy!

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Win With Madame Macaron and Be Pampered Spa

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Jayshree and Mellissa, better know as the Mystic Sisters, are well know here and as well as abroad. These wonderful sisters opened the Be Pampered Spa with the community in mind. The fantastically affordable packages and their signature buy 1 get one free specials means that the feeling of wellness and relaxation that accompanies a spa treatment is now available to more people than previously.

I was lucky enough to be treated to a pedicure and lunch at the spa during the Spice Goddess Event that was held there in December, but by no means was I unaware of its presence prior to that. My sister and her husband had booked a spa evening (because the spa is open until 9pm!) and had raved about not only the value for money but also the quality of the treatments and the yummy food, made to order at the spa. I found out from Jayshree during my visit that even my parents had booked and enjoyed a spa day with them.

The spa is beautifully set up ,and Jayshree has really cultivated the spa into a tranquil sanctuary to relax and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. Jayshree’s motto is: “Heal Yourself – Heal Your community. Helping people to heal by focusing on their wellness helps to build stronger, positive individuals, creating happy & healthy lifestyles.”

Trust me when I say that the Be Pampered Spa is doing everything to live up to those words.

In the spirit of wellness and getting 2015 off to a happy, healthy start, in conjunction with the Be Pampered Spa, I will be giving away a spa package for 2.

The spa is located in Durban, so the competition is only open to those that are able to redeem the prize in Durban.

What’s up for grabs?

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How to enter:

Qualifying Entry

1. Follow this blog

For additional entries: ( Important: Be sure to leave a comment below and list all the ways that you entered )

2. Follow @madamemacaronsa and @be_pamperedspa on Twitter and tweet “ I want to win the ‘Absolutely Amazing” spa treat for 2 with @madamemacaronsa and @be_pamperedspa http://wp.me/p2Myuu-4tv
3.Like Madame Macaron SA on Facebook
4. Follow Madame Macaron SA on Instagram

The competition closes on 22 January 2015 at 10pm and the winner will be announce on 23 January 2015 here and contacted via email thereafter.

In the mean time you can head over to check out all the specials available at the Be Pampered Spa on www.bepamperedspa.co.za or contact them for more information.

Tel: 0829545804 / 0312622572
BBM pin:2B068BD8
Email:Jayshreemallaya@yahoo.com
Address : 49 Chearsley Rd, 3629 Westville

Get entering and may the odds be ever in your favour!

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Please note:

• The prize cannot be exchanged for cash
• The packaged cannot be exchanged or traded for another
• The winner will be chosen via random.org
• The decision will be final

***This competition is now closed***