A little while ago, I wrote a post about my favourite iced coffees at the time. I have since drank many, more iced lattes and frappuccinos and I’m here to give you the low-down on some worth trying if you love caffeine in its icy form.
Iced latte – Bootlegger Coffee Company
Iced Flat White – Vida e Caffe
Iced Latte – Ou Meul Bakkery
Iced Latte – The Vineyard Hotel
Muggacino Frappuccino – Mugg & Bean
There are many, many more. This could go on for a while. If you like having iced coffee at home too, here is something to try…
1/2 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of coffee
1/2 -1 cup of milk
4-5 ice blocks
Chuck it all in a blender and you’re set – its a goodie. You could replace the ice with ice cream if that’s your vibe.
What are your favourite spots to grab an iced coffee?
On Sunday, we were treated to a taste of Spring here in Cape Town, with the sun making an appearance and the iciness in the air taking a day off. My family decided to take advantage of this, and I found myself in the lovely little town of Stellenbosch. A Sunday isn’t a Sunday without a visit to a cute café for a little treat, so we visited the charming Crème de Levain, a lovely little café, bakery and creamery. The interior is simply gorgeous, and their waffles are incredible. If you’re in the Stellies area and need a place to refuel, make sure to check this little place out…
I’ve never really been a person who intentionally followed a morning ritual. When I started doing some reading about minimalism and slow living, the ‘morning ritual’ seemed to pop up.
When I thought of a morning ritual, I didn’t just want it to be things like ‘make lunch’ and ‘brush teeth’. I wanted to be more intentional with my time in the morning. It’s the time of day where you are at your freshest. It can be quite blissful and calm. It leaves me feeling refreshed and ready for the day.
I don’t really have a fixed ‘ritual’ as such. However, I do enjoy having a relaxed breakfast, watching the birds play in the garden and sipping iced coffee (I don’t drink hot beverages).
The few things I do consistently seem very ordinary, but I guess that’s what makes it a ritual. You do it repeatedly.
Something I thoroughly enjoy is listening to a good podcast whilst I get dressed in the morning. I love using those ten or fifteen minutes to listen to something thought-provoking or just interesting.
I thought I’d add my quick iced-frappe recipe:
Add one teaspoon of coffee and sugar to have a cup of boiling water
I recently spent some time in the CBD exploring mainly Loop Street and Long Street. I thought I’d sum up some of my favourite places that I found on my walkabout. I love Town and the shops and cafes are so trendy and cute!
The Company Gardens
I recently visited the Company Gardens for the first time in quite a few years. Since primary school, we frequently visited the gardens and the museums in the vicinity too. The other day, I popped in, and was amazed by the upkeep and improvements that have been made. There’s a wonderful vegetable garden and a cool restaurant and cafe. Its amazing to see that after all these years, the historical place is so glorious and beautiful. And to top it all off, the view of our lovely Table Mountain is just incredible.
Yours Truly Cafe
I’ve been drooling over photos of this cafe for a few months now, but recently when I was in the CBD, I popped into the Loop Street branch. I love little cafes that are interesting and this one is really cool! It’s so breezy and airy, with dark, reddish-brown leather seating, and wooden tables with bar-style stools. There are plants hanging outside the window of the cafe an and perched on shelves inside too. It reminded me of the whole indoor-outdoor living that is so trendy. They also make a mean frappe!
Long Street and Loop Street
I know this sounds kind of broad-spectrum, but I generally love Long Street and Loop Street. They have all the shops that I really like that sell everything from coffee to artisan clothing and ceramics. I spent some time strolling down these streets, popping into stores and looking at the interesting clothing, watches, furniture and clothing. I love all things handmade and local, so for me, I could spend the whole day on these streets. My favourite shops that I came across were Stable, Mungo and Jemima and 117 on Long. I also saw some art galleries and my favourite one in particular was Smith, that has such wonderful and colourful paintings.
I hope you check some of these gems out for yourself. They really reflect the true beauty of the creativity and artisans in Cape Town.
Over this weekend, I was really feeling for chocolate cake. So out came the Kenwood mixer and on went the oven, but I decided that I wanted to try something different. And so, I decided to make this cake!
You will need:
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of oil
2/3 cup of self raising flour
2/3 teaspoon of baking powder
1 tablespoon cocoa
1/4 cup boiling water (with a teaspoon of coffee)
A handful of pistachios for the top
Pre-heat your oven to 180º/C
Beat the eggs and sugar
In a different bowl, sift the dry ingredients
Mix the dry ingredients into the eggs and sugar
Add the oil and mix well
Add the coffee
Pour into a greased loaf tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until baked through
Top with icing and pistachios
This cake is so yummy and it’s perfect for a weekend treat as its just enough to eat before the week starts again. Lately, I’ve been so inspired, but not in a way that I just want to make stuff. I want to explore! There’s SO much creativity here in Cape Town and its so exciting to discover! The Design Indaba is coming up soon and I’m really hoping to pop in there.
What a wonderfully busy time this has been for me! Although,the holidays have been wonderful and relaxing for me, hope yours have been too!
I love peanut butter cookies and so does my family. This is a recipe I swear by! I found a recipe in a kids cookbook, tweaked it up, changed quantities here and there and landed up with this perf’ recipe. I baked a batch for a road trip a few weeks back, and I was so busy that I totally forgot to take a snap for this post. Anyways…
You will need:
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 cups cake flour
4 tablespoons Maizena
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 180°/C
Cream butter and sugars together
Add the egg, vanilla essence and peanut butter
Beat until fluffy
Sift in the dry ingredients
Mix mixture well together
Spoon onto a greased baking tray
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the bottom of a cookie is golden brown
Leave to cool
If your mixture is the right consistency to roll out and use cookie cutters to make the biscuits, then you can obviously give that a shot too!
My exams are finally over and it feels so great to just be able to do whatever I like. I’ve been planning to post this for a while, but naturally, in between studying and school, I didn’t have much free time to blog. But hey, it’s almost holiday time and I have some really cool posts planned that I’m looking so forward to sharing with you.
A little while back I tried this really great cookie recipe and they were SO yum, so I thought I just had to share.
You will need:
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of caster sugar
1 cup of cake flour
1 1/4 cup oats
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
50g of chocolate (you can substitute it will nuts, or sweets. Anything really)
Preheat your oven to 180°/c
Cream butter and sugar together
Next, add the egg and beat well
Seperately, add the flour to oats, baking powder and bicarb
Add the butter and chocolate
Spoon onto a greased baking tray
Bake for 8-10 minutes (time may vary depending on how big they are)
I definitely recommend you give this recipe a shot. Please leave your bog links in the comments, I’d love to read them!
I am in the midst of exams at the moment and decided to do a little post that’s super-yum just to chill.
Here’s a really easy waffle recipe I found and absolutely love! I poured the batter into a mini doughnut machine to make mini waffle doughnuts, but you could always just go traditional and use a waffle iron.
You will need:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence (I prefer vanilla extract)
1 1/2 cups of milk
1/4 cup of cooking oil
Combine all dry ingredients
Make a well in the centre and add the eggs, vanilla essence and milk
Add the oil and stir until everything is combined
Pour into waffle iron/ doughnut machine and bake!
These are super yummy!
I am also super-excited because I wrote a letter to Ideas magazine and they published it!
Today I’ll be sharing some pictures from my visit to the Outeniqua Farmers’ Market today. It’s a super-cute market in George, South Africa. They had really cute stuff and really yummy goodies to eat. They also had divine hand-made soaps that smelt so great! I got an amazing lemon-grass soap.
In my family, my dad is known for the amazing steak he cooks, my mom I known for her to-die-for cheesecake and I am known for my pancakes (if I may say so myself). I love everything about pancakes from making them right until eating them up. Today I’ll be sharing my pancake recipe with you.
1 ½ tablespoons of sugar
a pinch of salt
¾ cup milk
1 cup of cake flour (I’ve used self-raising flour too, and it still tastes great!)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (You could also use vanilla essence but extract smells way better and has a richer flavour.
Add egg and sugar in a bowl and whisk well.
Add in milk, water and vanilla extract and whisk again.
Add in flour and salt and mix until there are no lumps in the mixture.
Add butter to a hot pan and pour in mixture.
Fry until golden brown on each side and cooked all the way through.
One of my favourite books of all time is Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. I fell in love with Pippi and the beautiful illustrations by Lauren Child when I first read the book. (Pippi loves baking too…)