Joburg Macaron Class 18 March

Join us at our next macaron class this March in Joburg.

Find all the details and booking form here 

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We begin again… again!

Hello!

So, starting this week I will be picking up on the blog series that I started last year. 2016 was and still is a year that has kept me extremely busy, hence the lack of activity on the blog side of things.

I will be kicking it all off with the 3rd installment of the Macaron Files, on Wednesday. If you missed the first 2, you can do a bit of catching up here…

The Macaron Files: Tip #1 and The Macaron Files: Tip #2

I also have a delicious recipe from Faeema, better known as Fay in The Maze that I’ve been keeping to myself for a while now for my Blogger Recipe Series.

There is so much left to share and I am happy to have you here with me!

 

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What does Lindt have in store for us this Easter?

I’m not sure about you, but in our household Easter has become synonymous with the LINDT Easter Bunny and the jingle of the little bell around it’s neck as the kids (and adults) rip off that beautiful gold foil to get to the delicious milk chocolate inside.

The story behind the Lindt bunny is actually a cute one of someone just being an awesome dad. It was first created in 1952 by a LINDT Master Chocolatier after his son became mesmerised by a small bunny in their garden, which scampered off never to return.  In order to cheer up the distraught boy, the Master Chocolatier fashioned the first ever LINDT GOLD BUNNY from the finest LINDT milk chocolate, fastening a golden bell to his neck with a red ribbon to ensure he never got lost. I think that we can all thank that little boy and his dad for helping to bring these bunnies into our lives.

LINDT is giving us all the opportunity to be amazing parents, just like their Master Chocolatier was all those years ago, by setting up an Easter egg hunt in their Lindt Gold Bunny Gardens where kids can fill up their baskets with delicious Lindt treats. The recommended age group is 4 – 10 yrs old,so I suggest you get on your kids good side, so that they share some of their spoils.What makes it even better though is that it’s free!

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Take note of the dates and information below so you don’t miss out.

Durban: 24 – 27 March 2016 (Easter Weekend)

  • 9am – 7pm on Thursday, 9am – 9pm on Friday and Saturday, 9am – 6pm on Sunday
  • Garden Court, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, No 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre

 

Johannesburg: 19 – 21 March 2016

  • 9am – 8pm on Saturday and Monday, 9am – 6pm on Sunday
  • Mr Price 2 Court, Sandton City, Corner Rivonia Road and Sandton Drive, Sandton Centre

Cape Town: 19-21 March 2016

  • 9am – 7pm on Saturday and Monday. 9am – 5pm on Sunday
  • Col’Cacchio Court, Cavendish Square, 2nd Floor Dreyer Street, Claremont

But wait, there’s more! ( This part really makes me wish I lived in Joburg or Cape Town)

If you are one of the lucky people in Cape Town or Johannesburg, the LINDT Chocolate Studios are offering the chance for you to bring the magic of Easter alive with this fun and interactive class, exclusively brought to you by their passionate Lindt Master Chocolatiers. First mould your very own official Lindt GOLD BUNNY followed by artistically creating and decorating an indulgent chocolate garden all made with the finest Lindt Chocolate.

The class costs R200 and is approximately 1 hour long.

For more information on the class, visit www.chocolatestudio.co.za

I will definitely be at the Easter Egg Hunt with my girls in tow! Will you be there?

xxxViveshni

 

 

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

Blogger Recipe Series: {G.I Jane) Jane Kilian Shaw’s No- Bake Chocolate Chip Cream Bars

Jane is one of the most bad-ass chicks that I know, and there is no doubt as to why she is called GI Jane. With her Honours in Exercise Science she is no average trainer and is dedicated to helping women live a healthier and fitter life. Jane is however not just a fitness diva, she is also the creator of It’s A Bling Thing and Mielie Meisie, where women, and the men who love them, can buy jewellery, shoes and so much more, including Jane’s gorgeous, locally made clutches.

Jane shares all her fitness and health tips on her blog  GIJane.co.za but today she isn’t here prescribing burpees, shes’s sharing her favourite paleo recipe for No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cream Bars with us. I saw coconut, cinnamon and mini chocolate chips, so consider me sold!

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I have a very very sweet tooth but being in the industry that I am, and not wanting to gain weight, I’ve had to find healthier alternatives to some old faithfuls. I try to make paleo treats because they have less sugar and processed nasties in them so my go to girl is PaleOMG.

Here is a delish treat that is quick and easy to make.

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No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cream Bars Yields: 8-10 square bars

Prep Time: 8-10 hours (includes the refrigeration of coconut milk)

Chill Time: 1 hour

For the crust:
  • 5 dried dates, pitted
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup of Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
For the toppings:
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of Thai Kitchen Full Fat Coconut Milk, refrigerated overnight
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Directions:
  • Place pitted dates in a food process and pulse until completely broken down.
  • Add almond butter and pulse until combined.
  • Then add shredded coconut, honey, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt and puree until well combined.
  • Place in a bowl and fold in chocolate chips
  • Push crust down into a loaf pan (9×5) and press down firmly as possible to keep the crust from falling apart.
  • Remove the cream from the can of coconut milk. That will be the hard coconut that remains at the top of the can, milk/water will be in the bottom and you can reuse that later for smoothies or milk in your coffee.
  • Place cream in a bowl, add honey and cinnamon and whip together with a fork until smooth
  • Add whipped topping on top of crust and smooth out throughout the pan
  • Place in freezer for 1+ hours until topping has slightly harden
  • Cut into 8-10 bars, depending on the size you would like and serve immediately.
  • Store in refrigerator.

*To make it easier to remove the bars, line a bread pan with parchment paper and pull the parchment paper out with the bars before cutting.

You can follow Jane on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

If you loved this recipe or have anything to add, please leave a comment. I would love to hear what you have to say.

xxx Viveshni

Photo credit: paleomg.com

Blogger Recipe Series: {Happiness Is} Fathima Kathrada’s Snickerdoodle Biscuits

Fathima is the creative brain behind HAPPINESS IS, which is not only her illustration and design business but also her blog where she shares her love of cats, coffee shops ,and her beautifully created illustrations.

I first met Fathima over coffee when she was awesome enough to review our MACARON OF THE MONTH BOX. Our next meeting was at the NATIONAL COOKIE SWAP where I tasted her SNICKERDOODLE BISCUITS and have been lusting after them ever since. Now you have to understand that to me any baked goods covered in cinnamon are basically heaven sent, and these beauties were no exception. So when she told me that she would be sharing her Snickerdoodle recipe I did about 100 backflips (on the inside of course) and very politely thanked her.

I personally cannot wait to try this recipe out myself and I see it possibly becoming a weekly treat in my home.

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These are probably my absolute favourite homemade biscuits. This recipe reminds me of when I was little, my mom used to make them a lot and I’ve always loved their cinnamony flavour. They’ve got a lovely warm, comforting kind of taste and are pretty quick and simple to make, so no hassle! Great to have with tea while snuggled up on a cool winter day

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Snickerdoodle Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 250g margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3ml cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp bicarb
  • pinch of salt

Sugar & Spice Mixture Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Method:

  • Sift together the dry ingredients.
  • Cream the margarine and sugar together. Add in the egg and beat well.
  • Add in the vanilla essence and the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  • Roll dough into small balls the size of a walnut and then roll in the sugar & spice mixture.
  • Place on a greased baking sheet and bake at 180ºC for 8 – 10 minutes. Allow to cool, and enjoy!

Thank you to Fathima for sharing! You can find out more about her and Happiness Is on her blog or follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Do you love this recipe as much as I do? Let me know if you try it and for an extra bit of yum, why not add a rolo to the centre of your dough before you bake it! ( You are welcome! )

xxx Viveshni

photo credit: northerncook.wordpress.com / tastykichen.com

Hello Monday : Eat All The Cake

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Hello Monday!

After a 500 3 week long school holiday the kids are back to school today and life will return to somewhat normal programming.

I have to say that although I did endeavour to take some time off and enjoy the holidays with my girls, it was a very busy period for me filled with many, many cakes, so I don’t really think that that they minded at all.

This Wednesday I will be posting Tip # 2/20 in my Macaron Files series (Know Your Almonds). If you missed the first tip you can find it here.

Then on Friday will be a healthy but delicious recipe from GI Jane in the Blogger Recipe series and somewhere in between I will be sharing my recipe for Gluhwein and my Chocolate Gluhwein Cake. So, stay tuned for an awesome week ahead!

Here are a few photos of my favourite bakes from the past few weeks.

If you’ve seen something that you like, you can always head over to our contact page and send us an enquiry or just leave a comment here to let us know which one you loved the most 🙂

xxx Viveshni

Hello Monday : 21 Questions

 

Hello Monday and hello again blogosphere!

So after about a month’s absence, during which I was battling the flu in all it’s glory, I decided what better way to get my blogging mojo back than by answering these 21 questions that I was tagged by both Jane Kilian-Shaw and Faeema Sader to answer.

So here it is…

1. What is your current fashion obsession? Bangles, bracelets, cuffs. All wrist accessories.

2. What are you wearing today? A superman Tshirt, joggers, Puma sneakers and a zip up hoodie

3. Hair? Faux straight ala GHD

4. Do you nap a lot? I have a fixation on wasting time, and to me a nap is essentially wasting time that I could be doing something. So no to naps.

5. Why is today special? I’m not sick after a month long case of the flu and I’m feeling much like my awesome self again. Also I got to sleep in past 8am (happy dance)

6. What would you like to learn to do? Play the electric guitar

7. What’s for dinner today? Braai vleis 

8. What are you listening to right now? Years & Years – King

9. What is your favorite weather? Rainy but not super cold

10. What’s the last thing you bought? Lindt Chocolate for baking 🙂

11. What are your essentials when traveling? Comfy shoes, versatile clothes that I can reuse in different looks, GHD, makeup, perfume and of course a tooth brush 🙂

12. What’s your style? It depends on my mood but in general it’s comfortable but classy.

13. What is your most challenging goal right now? Losing weight, getting fitter and healthier but I’m working on it.

14. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be? Goa

15. Favorite vacation spot? Anywhere really that I can relax.

16. Name the things you cannot live without? My family & friends, my phone, data, a good pillow and hot shower.

17. How was your childhood? It was great. I was a kid in the days before technology ruled the world. It was the days when we would be out with friends playing unsupervised in the neighbourhood until supper time with no fear that we would not make it back home. So there are lots of memories of playing outside, family visits and just fun that didn’t include a screen. 

18. What would you like to have in your hands right now? A cheque in my name for a bazillion Rand Euros 😁

19. What are you most excited for? Life. It’s cheesy I know, but there are so many wonderful things happening in and around my life that I can’t help but be excited for all of it. 

20. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? Laudree in Paris

21. Which countries have you visited? Austria, America, Botswana,  France, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, Swaziland, Switzerland, UK.

I’d like to share the love, so I tag Sue Levy, Kerry Heathfield and Megan Deane 

xxx Viveshni

#CoveredIsCool: The Big Reveal – My Final Look

Drum roll please……

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A special thank you once again to all the sponsors involved and especially Jared and Zuki for making me feel so comfortable during the photoshoot even while dislocating hips and shoulders 🙂

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It really was a special day that I hope I  to have many more of with these phenomenal women.

If you missed the behind the scenes action you can catch up here .

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If you would like to see how the other beautiful ladies looked in the single shots of their final looks ( and trust me you do!), head over to their blog using the links below.

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Also show some love for the sponsors

XXX Viveshni