210gr caster sugar
5ml vanilla essence
3 extra large eggs
110gr fig jam
210gr gluten free cake flour
3ml baking powder
5ml bicarbonate of soda
2ml salt if using unsalted butter
1) cream butter, caster sugar and essence together
2) add eggs one at a time, beat well after each addition
3) add jam and beat once again
4) sieve the dry ingredients
5) add to the butter mixture and fold
6) lastly add the buttermilk and fold again.
7) Pour into a prepared cake tin or in a cupcake tray.
8) Bake for about 30 min at 180degC
(Test with knife)
9) whip up about a cup of cream with a tablespoon of icing sugar and decorate cool cupcakes. Top off with fanned strawberries and edible glitter.
10) if baking it as a cake instead of cupcakes, rather make a ganache or cream cheese topping and/or filling.
Please comment if you have any questions.
And remember: the secret to a successful confection is baking when you feel the urge to. Don’t ever force yourself. And talk as you go along.. Xx
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A week ago, I visited my wonderful hairstylist, Terry from Capelli in Blouberg. He has just started stocking a new brand called Kevin Murphy, and he is currently one of the only salons who are stocking this brand. I asked him, what is so special about it? He gave me a long detailed technical explanation but I am not hair expert, if you want it – go ask for him. The gist of it I got and understood and I’ll explain it as best as I can below.
Well to begin with Kevin Murphy is a luxury hair care brand hailing from the shores of Australia who produce hair products which are 100% ecologically sound, 100% cruelty free and 100% guaranteed for results. Kevin Murphy range of products stem from the same philosophy as skin care but for your hair. All the products are weightless on your hair and made to show results in delivering performance, strength and longevity. As such due diligence is taken in delivering such a quality product using only natural eco-friendly sourced ingredients through micro cultivation, organic growing practices, or ecologically sound wild harvesting techniques there is absolutely no sulphates, and no parabens present in the products. Resulting in a greener approach and more healthy approach for your hair care.
The Kevin Murphy range covers Styling, Washes, Rinses, Treatments and Styling Products. All of which will be suited to your own specific hair care need. Before curling my hair, Terry used their Full Again thickening styling agent, which with just a rough finger blow dry gave my hair incredible volume.
This was my hair after the curls. Big hair means I can keep a lot more secrets….
Kevin Murphy’s range incorporates the brands identity down to very packaging of the products. All the packaging (with the exception of the aerosols sprays) are completely bio-degradable and are designed in such shape that they take up minimal space for packaging in order to reduce waste.
Making wise choices about investing in companies that invest in the better of the planet for our future is a crucial factor in becoming the change we are all striving for, in order to reap the benefits of a better planet.
if you are looking to try some product and forever change your hair, visit any of the stylists at Capelli.
Let me tell you about a foundation I’ve recently fallen in love with…
I have used all sorts of foundations. My favorites are MAKEUP FOREVER, MAC, BB CREAMS and of course INGLOT. My sister recently showed me the KRYOLAN foundation. And all I can say is WOW. The coverage is super amazing and you don’t need a lot of it at all!
I think the best part of it is that it lasts forever. By that I mean the amount you get and how much you will actually use. It’s brilliant.
Here are pictures of my face. Half without any foundation and the other just covered with the foundation. No concealer was used.
After I finished applying the foundation, I then did my contouring and finished off with powder, after which I proceeded with my “face painting”.
I think the coverage is amazing. New favorite for sure.
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Good Friday Morning !
So on the 29th of July was my Neapolitan Mastiff Nina’s first birthday and I just had to organise her a cake and prezzies.
Here is the recipe:
1 Large apple or two smaller ones
1,5 cups rice flour
1/4 cup corn flake crumbs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarb of soda
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tub low fat cream cheese
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
2-3 tablespoons rice flour
Preheat oven to 200 deg C
Core apple then grate it or blend, set aside.
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
In a separate bol mix wet ingredients, add the cheese and apple.
Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingreidiens. Mix it together and pour into prepared small cake tin. The batter is quite thick so press it lightly into the tin.
Bake for about 30 min until golden brown.
Mix all the ingredients together until its a smooth consistency.
I added edible colour and glitter. (optional)
I used a zip lock bag to do the piping. Just spoon the frosting into the bag and cut a tiny hole in the corner and let the decorating begin.
So give it a try! Nina also received some gifts and of course shared her cake with Donatella! Let me know what you think and comment below! Also remember that a healthy dog diet should consist of good quality pellets with a higher percentage of protein. Cooking food or left overs is not good for your pet. Dogs can’t digest cooked bones, it’s not good for them. This cake is a treat that my dogs will be getting on their birthdays. Just as we have treats on special occasions. Some of us more than most. lol.
Remember that your pets should be treated with respect and love, but as the Dog whisperer puts it… remember that: first its an animal, then a species, then breed, then a pet.
Lots of Blessings
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Cancel any plastic surgery indefinitely before you try Juliette Armand. In a nutshell, Juliette Armand is a Greek company that was founded by two Greek chemists in the 1990’s that decided to enter the wide world of cosmetics by developing both new and unique formulas. If you know any Greeks in your life or even have watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you will know that everything the Greeks do, they do with the upmost pride. As the Juliette Armand brand is very well known in Greece, across the EU and internationally it is a pleasure to know that they are available in South Africa. Juliette Armand are a bespoke company as they boast quality ingredients, professional research and deliver on their promises.
The brand, Juliette Armand has 3 product lines.
1. Skin Boosters – the Anti-Surgery System. Innovative range designed to prolong the need for plastic surgery.
2. Elements – for Face & Body. The largest line of products under the Juliette Armand name. Catering for any concern with the face and/or body which all contain strong and active ingredients.
3. Sun Film – Sun Protection and Tanning. Get a beautiful glow nauturally but while being protected from the harmful UVA & UVB rays.
Juliette Armand’s mission is quite unique.
“Time does not stop, however it may be slowed down. This is exactly what our mission is, to make time elapse on the skin at a lower rate.”
Don’t shop their products by skin type but by skin mood. This is a unique concept which makes sense if you think about it. Do you really need to define what ‘skin type’ you fall into for life when there are various other items to take into account when choosing the correct products for you as they need to suit the season of life you’re in. If you too are as intrigued about this brand as I am, then watch this space for a review of their Skin Booster OPSIS THERAPY – Eye Brightening Gel which I have had the pleasure to try.
Visit their website here ; Facebook , and follow them on Twitter @Juliette_Armand.