Would the real ingredients please stand up…

I have always been an avid reader of product labels. Before I could read, my Grandmother taught me the word TARTRAZINE and all of its associated evils, brightly coloured cool drinks being one of them. I would spend shopping trips scanning for the dreaded word and driving my Mother mad by refusing to eat oranges…

We love: Ki’ta Fragrances

There is cheap luxury and then there is just cheap and nasty! Unfortunately the latter was my experience of knock off perfumes until I met Tanya Ackroyd from Ki’ta Fragrances. Based in Lonehill Johannesburg, Tanya has a large range of imitation fragrances that have an amazing 30% fragrance oil, baring in mind that the eau…

Enjoy prices from 1992 in 2012!

Remember the good old days when a Chappies bubblegum only cost 2c? And a handful of small change equalled a handful of sweets? Well, did you know that bargain hunting is actually a form of time travel? Very seldom do you come across a price so good that transports you back into another decade. So…

Olive Oil @ R60 per litre – Now that’s Cheap Luxury!

I have tried my hardest to find a trace of Mediterranean blood in the jumbled northern European concoction that is my DNA. The thing is I love anything continental, ranging from tzaziki to tagliatelle and that includes my husband whose family comes from Madeira. He is convinced that I am more Portuguese than he is,…

Cheat Your Way to the Perfect Poached Egg

I love poached eggs but I’ve tried every which way of getting it just right. With some commercial poachers, they come out like little flying saucers. I’ve tried to do it the ‘proper’ way, with simmering water stirred so that the egg doesn’t just separate into threads. Too much hassle. I found a cute little…

Getting Steamy

I’m always on the lookout for new equipment for my kitchen and I was delighted to find this innovative steamer at Woolworths. It is made of durable silicone and this one is in a trendy shade of lime green. I have been using a food steamer of the ‘flower’ type for the twenty five years…

Possibilities + Cacao = Pure Indulgence

One of my favourite movies is Chocolat (if you haven’t seen it please do yourself a favour and watch it), and I must admit that fact that the lead actor is Johnny Depp is just a bonus this time, because for me the real star of the show is the chocolate! There is an idyllic…

Mmmm Vanilla Chai Tea

Do you enjoy chai tea? There are several on the market and they are very good. Recently I came across a very special one made by Woolworths. Vanilla Chai Tea. Wow. This is the best one I have tasted so far. Drink it with cow’s milk or soya milk and sweeten with honey to taste…

Be Spoilt: Phantom of the Opera

Last week I was completely spoilt, my husband took me to watch the Phantom of the Opera for our anniversary. It was my second time and yet again I was totally enraptured by the performance. The opening act always gives me goose bumps! There is something so special about going to the theatre. I have…

Which Tea Triumphs

We are both great tea lovers so it was an easy task to take on as our first To Buy or Not To Buy challenge. Here we have compared high price products from Twinings with an average priced alternative from Woolworths to see who really gives you value for money! We tried to choose similar…