Archive for September, 2011

Cappuccino art

I love coffee and cappuccinos are one of my favourite drinks. Some people use their cappuccinos as the ‘canvas’ for their art and create outrages cup-a-coffee- art.

These artists try to express or must say try to espresso themselves in the foam of the famous hot drink.

The question on everyone’s (foamy) lips is: Is the coffee still warm when they complete their art?

Here are a few cappuccino art examples


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For those about to braai we salute you. A famous Roman saying for  modern times.

I stumbled upon this Honey chop recipe and I think it will be a great braai meal for your National Braai Day braai.

Honey Loin Chops


2 tbs clear honey

3 tbs Worcestershire sauce

2 tbs soft brown sugar

2 tbs cornflour

Juice  of 1 orange, plus 2 tbs juice

2 tbs Seasoning

8 lamb loin chops



-Mix together the ingredients for basting sauce. Paint the sauce onto both sides of the chops.

-Grill or barbecue, basting and turning frequently for about 15-20 minutes, or until cooked.

Source: bbq.co.uk


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We are probably going to eat too much braaivleis(bbq) this Heritage weekend so why not try a new salad to balance out the protein overload.

This is a Waldorf Salad and is easy to make and really delicious

Waldorf Salad



  • – 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • – 1/4 cup sour cream
  • – 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • – 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • – 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • – 2 to 3 drips hot pepper sauce
  • – 3 large unpeeled Red or Pink apples, diced
  • – 3 stalks celery, diced
  • – 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • – Lettuce
  • – 2 tablespoons chopped chives (optional)



  1. – In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice, salt, and hot pepper sauce. Fold in the apples, celery, and pecans. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  2. – Divide among 4 plates lined with lettuce leaves and sprinkle with the chopped chives (if desired).

Source: realsimple.com

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Douglas Green’s Vineyard Creations Chenin Blanc 2010 has confirmed its celebrity status winning a gold medal at the Michelangelo International Awards on Friday. It was joined by the Vineyard Creations Chardonnay 2010 making it a double whammy for Douglas Green’s white wines.

“The 2010 Chenin Blanc has quite a reputation,” says Douglas Green Oenologist Jaco Potgieter.”It has done us proud locally and internationally with a string of awards this year.”

“This is a charming unwooded wine with all that deliciously generous passion fruit, ripe melon, yellow apple and honeysuckle that you might expect of a Chenin Blanc from the Perdeberg area. I am very pleased with the consistent performance of this 2010 vintage across the board, reinforcing the consistency and value for money that we strive for with Douglas Green.”


“The performance of our Chardonnay 2010 is also pleasing. This is a very lightly wooded style with a focused core of tropical fruit enhanced by a creamy complexity and great body from extended fine lees contact. It’s a very attractive wine at a very attractive price,” says Jaco.

The 15th Michelangelo International Wine Awards attracted a record number of entries from 226 producers. Douglas Green is delighted to claim 2 of only 176 Gold medals awarded y the prestigious panel of 15 international wine judges.

Vineyard Creations Chenin Blanc 2010 and Chardonnay 2010 are widely available from major grocers and fine wine retailers at around R35.00.

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An empty store shelf spurs shoppers to buy the closest substitute for the product that isn’t there. This is according to a recent Canadian study which found that “Sold-out products” create a sense of immediacy for customers.

Paul Messinger, a professor at the University of Alberta, found “sold-out” signs create a sense of urgency.

“Sold-out products create a sense of immediacy for customers; they feel that if one product is gone, the next item could also sell out,” Messinger said in a statement.

“Our research shows there’s also an information cascade, where people infer that if a product is sold out, it must have been good and therefore a similar available product will also be desirable.”

A study of Merlot wines found 49 percent of consumers would buy a bottle if they had one choice, but if they thought a similar wine had sold out next to it on the shelf, nearly twice the number of shoppers would buy the available bottle.

Source: upi.com

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The ever popular  Cellar Rats Spring Wine Festival was held in
Magaliesberg at “The Old Mill”, on the banks of the picturesque Magalies

This was a really fun event and we would like to thank everyone who visited
our stall. Which wine was your favourite?


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