Honey, I’m Home!

After what I’m going to call a 6 month hiatus for this blog (and not just laziness and a lack of time), I’ve decided that it’s time to pull up my socks, put on my big girl pants etc. etc. and give it a big ol’ smooch to wake it from it’s slumber.

I’ve had time to think about what I want out of this blog and why I lost the motivation to write, and it turns out that it was that I had forgotten this was and is my blog. Madame Macaron’s little space on the  internet to post about whatever catches my fancy and not to conform to what I thought was expected.

So, there will still be all of my favourites like the Blogger Recipe Series and The Macaron Files included, but expect a few more  posts about places I’ve been, things that I’m doing and stuff that I love.

I hope that you enjoy all the new content, and if you do, that you take a minute to leave a comment and let me know.

So belated Happy New Year. Let’s do this 🙂

xxx Viveshni

 

Photo Credit: http://www.marklerouxphotography.co.za

 

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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

#CoveredIsCool – Behind The Scenes

There are times in life when you know that you know that you are a part of something amazing, creating memories that will stay with you for many years to come. I was privileged to be a part of a blogger collaboration, spear headed and envisioned by Faeema, the fresh and always on trend voice and beautiful face behind The Sparkling Labyrinth and Jane  Kilian ,the ass shaper and dream maker that is GI Jane, personal trainer and fitness expert, and also the entrepreneurial brain behind It’s A Bling Thing & Mielie Meisie.

The aim of the colab was to do a photo shoot to highlight that fact that in modern society less is not always more and that regardless of age, culture or race, covering up and displaying some modesty can in fact be cool. The other bloggers involved beside Faeema, Jane and myself were Inge Loker (The creator and sharer of the most delicious recipes on her blog Snap, Sizzle & Cook, and also the coolest pastor’s wife and mother I have ever met), and last but not least Mbali Ndlovu (A ball of energy and joy that can light up a room, and who is of course the voice of the blog Ms.MB)

Fashion bloggers we are not, but the amazing team that Faeema and Jane put together really did make us feel right at home in the fashion blogosphere. All egos were left at the door, though to be honest I don’t think that anyone had any diva qualities to begin with, and we spent the morning transforming to embody the concept of covered is cool. In society today people are quick to judge that which they do not fully understand and being covered is is misconceived as being oppressed. In my mind it is really an expression of a female empowerment and  her choice not to expose every single inch of her body a la Kardashian. Personally I was excited to try a hijabi and I have often admired Muslim ladies and the different simple and elaborate ways that they are able to style a scarf. I loved wearing the scarf and I think that all the ladies looked amazing in their different styles. In the end I simply felt beautiful and confident.

The amazing team of sponsors included;

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  • Wardrobe Styling by Jane and Faeema

I’m excited to share my final look tomorrow as well as the links to the other bloggers who share their own experience and final looks on their blogs.

xxx Viveshni

Blogger Recipe Series: { Run On Coffee } Nicola Meyer’s Lemon Meringue Pie

This week’s yummy recipe comes from Kloof mom Nicola Meyer. I first encountered this wonderful woman on Twitter and finally made contact when I offered up some treats for the Durban Blogger meet that was held last year. Even though I did liaise with Nicola, it was only this year that I really got a chance to get to know her better. Nicola’s blog, Run On Coffee, is a lifestyle blog where this mom of 2 shares all aspects of her life, from food to crafting and holidays. Nicola was generous enough to share both her Lemon Meringue and Milk Tart recipes (yum and double yum)

Only because it is one of my favourites, we’re going to be starting with the Lemon Meringue

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Both recipes come from a homemade recipe book that my mom-in-law made for my hubby Neil. I have no idea where she got them from (must ask her when I see her next time). I have been making these recipes since the early days of our marriage (21 years this year). I am very pleased to say that Neil prefers the way that I make them to the way his Mom does (ssshhhhhh).

They are fabulous and fast to make.

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Lemon Meringue Pie

Pastry base

Ingredients

  1. 113g margarine
  2. 2 Tablespoons suga
  3. 2 Tablespoons oil
  4. 1 egg
  5. 2 cups flour
  6. 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

Method

  1. Cream the margarine and sugar then add oil.
  2. Add beaten egg, flour and baking powder.
  3. Press into 3 tin pie plates.
  4. Prick the base and bake at 180C for 10 – 12 minutes.
  5. Can be kept in the fridge or freezer until required.

Notes :

  • This pastry recipe makes enough for 3 of those tin disposable pie plates.
  • I always make the pastry base in glass pie plates which are bigger than the tin ones. So I divide the pastry in 2.
  • I bake them both and use the one base for the lemon meringue and then cover the other in cling wrap and put it into the freezer.

Lemon Meringue Filling 

  1. 1 tin condensed milk
  2. ½ cup of lemon juice
  3. 2 egg yolks
  4. 2 egg whites
  5. 2 Tablespoons of sugar

Method

  1. Mix condensed milk, lemon juice and beaten egg yolks.
  2. Add grated lemon rind if desired. Pour into the pie crust.
  3. Cover with the meringue made by beating the 2 egg whites, adding sugar and beating again.
  4. Bake at 150C for approximately 15 minutes.

Notes :

  • I beat the egg whites in a clean glass bowl.
  • Using my electric beater I make the meringue first and then use the same beater to mix up the condensed milk etc.
  • I mix the condensed milk and egg yolks together first before adding the lemon juice as I found that the lemon juice tended to affect the egg yolks.

Thanks for sharing this delectable recipe Nicola. I cant wait to make it so I can try out my kitchen Craft blowtorch!

xxx Viveshni

What The Bundt!

I seem to be seeing a lot of bundt cakes on my social media feed of late and I have a feeling that these old school cakes are making a very welcomed come back.

There is no set Bundt cake recipe, so the cake is rather identified by its shape. To put it simply, a big, beautiful doughnut with ridged or fluted edges. These cakes can incorporate so many different flavours and range from simple chocolate or lemon cakes to the more traditional bundts, made at Easter or Christmas, that incorporate nuts and fruit into them. ( I choose chocolate! )

The idea behind the bundt cake and the bundt cake tin is that the central tube in the tin causes the hole in the centre of the cake, more of the batter makes contact with the cake tin and the cake therefore bakes more evenly. Who doesn’t love an evenly baked cake.

As you can imagine, frosting a ring shaped cake is not the easiest thing to attempt, so the cakes are usually dusted with icing sugar, drizzled with glaze or just served in their naked glory.

The name Bundt is trademarked by a company called Nordic Ware, so if you are out looking for a pan to make one of these cakes, and it’s not a Nordic Ware baking pan you’re after, you will find them labelled as fluted tube pans.

The market on bundt tins has expanded to include, not only the classic fluted rings, but designs that include cathedrals and even and octopus. I mean really, how cool is that.

What’s your favourite type of bundt cake?

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Are you up for going naked?

No this is not a 50 Shades of Grey themed post so best you be getting your mind out of the boudoir.

So, I’ve been toying with an idea… I know that naked cakes are all the rage at the moment, so it occurred to me, what about naked cake pops.

Before you say, that it’s then just a ball of cake on a stick, hear me out.

What if you could get your cake pops ‘naked’ and have with them a choice of dipping sauces? So cream cheese, chocolate ganache or even buttercream. So you decide how much or how little you would want with each bite. In fact you could have a different flavour with every bite!

Comment and let me know what you think… Yay or nay?

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