Fry’s Gourmet Veggie Feast at Harvey’s Umhlanga

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I went over to Harvey’s restaurant in Umhlanga last week for a Fry’s food fest, I couldn’t wait to try out the gourmet fare. They had Harvey’s own head chef Andrew Draper as well as Chef Nizam from Mauritius creating unique dishes using Fry’s products as the star ingredient.

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Andrew Draper and Chef Nizam


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Chicken burgers for all

My dad has been eating Fry’s products for years now. He isnt a vegetarian but enjoys the products. I only really gave them a go after the Fry’s Guy came to chat to us at Durban blogger meet. I always thought urgh soya, why would I torture myself like that. But huge surprise I was especialky surprised at the chicken style schnitzel and patties. They are really flavourful and you could be tricked into thinking you were eating meat.

We tried so many delicious things at the feast, the noshing started on arrival with canapes in the form of lamb style bunny chow, chicken style sesame bites and polenta and parmesan sausage bakes. Amazing!

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Blogger friends chowing down

We then had Wally Fry himself chat to us and explain the origins of Fry’s. They have been around since 1991 and sell in 23 countries. Chef Andrew and Chef Nizam then had turns demonstrating various Fry’s based dishes and thank goodness they had mini versions of everything circulating for us to try or the crowd may have heard my stomach crying.

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Moroccan burger on your left and a deconstructed schnitzel pop. So good!


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Crunchy chicken on butternut puree

Everything was delicious but I was most impressed with chef Nizam’s idea of a savoury cappuccino. It was a thickish spicy warmth, topped with milk foam and sausage dipping, I couldn’t believe the intensity of the flavours.
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The chefs really showed how vetsatile the products are and that you can just go crazy and make anything that you would with any meat. Also, interestingly Fry’s products are not 100% soya like most people think. So all those tales of too much soya being unhealthy and cancer causing aren’t something you need to worry about with their products. They actually only contain around 15% soya and that is less than your average beef or mutton sausage. Yes, you read right, processed meat products contain far more soya.

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Inge from snapsizzleandcook.wordpress.com and I

I enjoy and would highly recommend Fry’s products, especially the chicken style items as well as the patties. Those are my favourites but you may discover your own in the range :) a few products flavours have been developed with the help of the original SA Masterchef, Deena Naidoo, like the prawns. Fry’s products are also halaal certified!

Clicks sale Haul

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Today, we should all be concentrating on the fact that it’s the first day of spring and give Monday the boot. Although it’s rather chilly and un-spring like in Durban today.

I don’t ever do haul posts, I’m not sure they’re in the best taste. I love reading them though and seeing what everyone else is buying, or if there is a great deal on something on my lust list. I thought I would share my Clicks haul and some great deals I picked up so that you don’t miss out on anything :)

Everyone knows Clicks are having a major beauty sale at the moment and I was steering clear until I saw other bloggers post about the NYX offer. If you purchase for R250 you get a lip set free that includes the infamous butter gloss which isn’t available in SA. I’ve been really curious about their products and saw this as the perfect opportunity.

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The other deal that caught my eye was Maybelline. Purchase for R199 and get a beautiful red bag free. I took this as a sign to load up on more baby lips plus I’ve been after a lightweight powder for the upcoming heat season and read great things about their All in One Clear Smooth.

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Ta-da!

That’s the lot going clockwise:
– Clicks tissue oil has a 3 for 2 special
– NYX it list naturals set and Love in Paris eye palette in Je Ne Sais Quoi
– stock ups of my beloved The Body Shop chocomania body lotion plus dry oil, with the shower cream and scrub missing, they’re already in my bathroom
– Essence BB cream, jumbo liner, kiss lip balm and love me lavender kajal liner
– NYX lipstick in hope
– Maybelline baby lips in pink punch, hydrate and intense care, Colossal Kajal liner in Black and Clear Smooth All in One in 04 Honey with that red bag!

Look out for review posts with some of these, or let me know if there is anything in particular from here you would like a review on :)

Recipe: Minty Lemon Lassi

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The charming new foodie film, The Hundred Foot Journey sees Bombay meet Paris in a delicious way. The movie is based on the book by Richard Morais, stars Helen Mirren and is produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, those are a lot of big names!

Since it focuses of food and Paris in one movie, of course I have to see it! The lovely people at Zomato arranged a pre-release screening, which I couldn’t attend. How upsetting.

Anyway, whether you have seen the movie or not, I have a yummy recipe straight out of it for you to try.

This is a healthy, refreshing drink that will be perfect as things hot up around SA. We’ve really enjoyed this at home, the yogurt, mint and lemon make it super cooling. Also great after a spicy meal to settle things :)

Negative Space Mani Monday

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I told Michelle and Jane that I would give this a go, especially after seeing Michelle’s negative space mani. I wanted to try different patterns all using striping tape. This is what I ended up with:

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I started by taping off my bare nails then filling in the colours using Tip Top Cha Cha Cha and Revlon Elegant. And the white accents with Woolworths polish. I painted my pinky and thumb with just Revlon Elegant.

It isn’t the neatest mani and I need some practice but hey, I tried. What do you think of the colours? Hope you all have a Manageable Monday!

Gateway Celebrity Chef Showdown 2014 is boasting another delicious lineup

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Food loving people, look alive! I am so excited that this is back! Last year Gateway hosted the first Celebrity Chef Showdown and it was a fantastic time. It sees 10 local celebs go head to head at various restaurants in the mall.

Each evening, two celebs go up against each other with it all culminating in a winners final showdown at Beluga on October 1st. What makes the evenings so great? Well it is the perfect mix of amazing food, entertainment and fun. It is a great way to experience some of the centres top restaurants and maybe even meet your favourite celeb.

Take a look at some of the scrumptious meals and fun times from a few of the evenings I attended last year. The sight of that Salmon Teppanyaki from Cape Town Fish Market still makes me drool. In fact, I think that entire CTFM meal was my favourite.

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Tatum Keshwar and Stefan Terblanche cooking up a storm at CTFM ladt year

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Clockwise - sevruga vegetarian noodles, CTFM mississippi mud pie, CTFM baby squid Teppanyaki, CTFM salmon Teppanyaki, sevruga vanilla crème brulee, sevruga caprese salad

Here’s this year’s lineup:
27 August – Stefan Terblanche vs. Leeanda Reddy at Ocean Basket
3 September – Vanessa Marawa vs. Terry Pheto at Circus Circus
10 September – Deena Naidoo vs. Natarah Nadesan at Nino’s
17 September – Gangs of Ballet vs. Rosie Motene at Mo-Zam-Bik
24 September – John Webb vs. Tumisho Masha at Café Limone
1 October – All the previous evenings winners in a final at Beluga

Cost: R180 pp for a set menu that includes a starter, main and dessert
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
The meals prepared will be in line with the restaurants regular menu offering.
10% of earnings from each night will go towards the winning celebs chosen charity.

You can book for any of the evenings by calling the restaurant:
Ocean Basket: 031 584 7025
Circus Circus: 031 566 3212
Nino’s: 031 566 2070
Mo-Zam-Bik: 031 836 1574
Café Limone: 031 566 4417
Beluga: 031 584 7430

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