Category: Food (Page 1 of 4)

Juiced by Lyn

I first met Lynnert when I visited Jozi Green Eatery and I immediately noticed her bubbly personality and passion for healthy living. She was so kind, and I have always felt like family when I walked into the restaurant.

Then during one visit she showed me her new side hustle that she has started! And I am so freaking proud of her. She is now making fruit and veggie cold-pressed juices, and I can vouch for each and every flavour and combination.

And so, I am thrilled to introduce you to “Juiced by Lyn”!

Cold pressed juice is refreshing and jam-packed with essential vitamins and minerals. For busy people everywhere, cold pressed juice can be an answer to your health prayers. Drinking a cold pressed juice is an easy and fast way to make sure you are getting enough fruits and vegetables in your diet. It’s perfect for grabbing on the go and sipping. Adding cold pressed juice to your diet is a surefire way to improve your health and ensure you’re getting loads of beneficial nutrients.

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Find out more!

Your name: Lynnert Badza

Business name: Juiced by Lyn

Social media handles: Facebook and Instagram

3 fun facts about you: I am kind-hearted, I love watching TV, and I am actually very funny!

Can you tell me a bit more about your business: Juiced by Lyn was founded in 2020 during a tough time for all of us – the pandemic. I tried to think of a way to strengthen our immune systems, and freshly squeezed cold-pressed juice was the answer. Juicing is a great way of consuming our fruit and vegetables which are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that help to protect our immune systems.

What are the different flavours you have: I currently have 4 unique flavours!

  • Kickbooster – Apple, Tumeric, Lemon and Ginger.
  • Rise and Shine – Carrot, Orange and Pineapple.
  • Can’t Beet It – Beetroot, Carrot, Apple and Ginger.
  • Mean Green – Green Apple, Cucumber, Celery and Spinach.

What makes your juices different to the others you can buy in the shops: My juices are strictly raw fruit and veg, with no preservatives, no added water, and no colourants.

Where can people purchase these from: People can purchase these juices from Jozi Green Eatery in Broadacres, Fourways; or online at RealFood4Sure; or you can simply send me a Whatsapp on 081 417 9565.

Why is fresh juice so good for you: Fresh juice is good for you because it’s packed with lots of vitamins and antioxidants that can benefit your health and help keep the doctor away!

Where did you get your experience with healthy lifestyle changes: I got my experience with healthy lifestyle changes when I started working for Lorna in 2019 at the Jozi Green Eatery.

Quote you live by: “No pain, no gain.”


Guys, I cannot stress enough how delicious these juices are, and how your body quite literally soaks in every vitamin and ounce of goodness as you consume them. Plus, the feeling of knowing that you are supporting a woman entrepreneur who is working so hard to make a better life for her and her family is something that you can’t begin to explain.

Lyn also told me that people who are going through a juice fast have been purchasing her juices in bulk, and say that they work so well.

Please support this wonderful woman and try one of her juices when you next visit Jozi Green Eatery. Your body will thank you for it!


De Crocky

If you follow me on any of my social media platforms, you will know that I really battle with tummy issues and trying to improve my gut health. There is a lot of research that has been done into the relationship between gut health and autoimmune conditions, and I can definitely feel a flare coming on when I eat badly or eat foods that don’t agree with me.

Kombucha has been something that I have always enjoyed, and I am thrilled that there are now more craft kombuchas available that have different flavours, and it is a natural way to help your digestion, rid your body of toxins, and boost your energy.

Kombucha is a fermented tea that has been consumed for thousands of years. Not only does it have the same health benefits as tea — it’s also rich in beneficial probiotics. Kombucha also contains antioxidants, can kill harmful bacteria and may help fight several diseases.

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When I heard about De Crocky Kombucha I was immediately interested (keep reading to find out more about all the good they are doing), and when I heard that they are dog people too and this business was actually named after their Cocker Spaniel, I was even more determined to try some for myself and tell all of you about them! So get ready – this is a divine product that I give 5 stars to.


Get to know De Crocky

Your name: Jason De Freitas

Business Name: De Crocky (Pty) Ltd

Social Media Handles: Instagram, Facebook and Website

3 fun facts about yourself:
1) I love Cocker Spaniels
2) I enjoy fitness & health
3) I am a huge fan of Britney Spears (lol)

Please can you tell me about your beautiful dog that this was named after: Daphne was our beautiful Cocker Spaniel who sadly passed away nearly 3 years ago. My husband Ruaan & I got her shortly after we got married. It was a very magical time and she instantly bonded with our little family. Daphne was such a energy and we called her crocodile (the amount of times we came home to a destroyed house…). After she passed, Ruaan & I began developing our business idea that eventually became De Crocky. De Crocky is in honour of Daphne and keeps her spirit alive.

Why Kombucha: Kombucha can be such a versatile beverage. It can be tangy, sweet, sour or salty. It can be all of the above. Besides Taste, Kombucha has great health benefits from its consumption.

High in Glucuronic acid & living probiotics, Kombucha can boost your Immune system, lower your blood pressure & boost Cardiovascular Health.

When I go to a restaurant, there is not much selection for non-alcoholics. Kombucha is a great alternative for someone who doesn’t want a sugary fizzy drink or feels for something more adventurous than water.

What makes your product so unique: Our product is unique because of the way we make it. We want to ensure that every batch of kombucha that we produce is perfect or as close to as perfect as can be. On the pursuit of perfection, we know we will never achieve this, but with every batch we get closer and closer.

De Crocky only ferments in pharmaceutical grade 316 stainless steel. This allows for a more balanced kombucha. We are fully organic, juice our produce in house and have no added nasties. We have a proprietary mix of natural elements that we add to every batch of our kombucha which really harmonizes the flavours and tones of the beverage.

What are some of the benefits of kombucha: Kombucha can detoxify your liver, lowers your blood sugar & aids your gut health. Gut health is immensely important as a healthy gut contributes to a strong immune system, heart health, improved moods, healthy sleep & effective digestion.

What are your different flavours:

  • African Red (Rooibos, Ginger & Lemon)
  • Blood-Orange Bliss (Orange, Grapefruit & Kalahari Salts)
  • Cheeky Pineapple (Natal Pineapple)
  • Pink-Lady Mint ( Pink Lady Apple with Crushed Mint)
  • Winter Berry ( Winter Berries & Cape Grape)
  • Yellow-Vibes (Turmeric, Ginger & Lemon)

Please tell me more about De Crocky GREEN: De Crocky Green is our initiative to be more sustainable. With this initiative, we buy back our 500ml bottles for R3 per bottle. Simply visit www.decrocky.com and place a order. On checkout, in the promo field, simply type return12 and it will automatically deduct R36 from your total.

When we deliver to your residence, we simply trade the empty bottles with your new order. This allows our customers to save money on their kombucha supply as well as being more green.

Where can people purchase your products from: We have a few retailers in the Johannesburg are namely The Landing (Dunvegan), Gourmet Grocer (Birdhaven) & Oaklands Farm Supply (Athol).

We mostly focus on direct to customer sales. Orders can be placed on www.decrocky.com. We aim for 24 hour delivery as we know the booch cravings are real.

Which is your personal favourite flavour and why: Cheeky Pineapple. Pineapple is my favourite fruit and I believe it makes a unbelievable kombucha.

Why do you think natural health is so important: A few years ago, I was on high doses of antibiotics and my intestinal flora was so diminished. I remember how weird my body felt and it affected my moods. It is only with a good diet and exercise that I started feeling human again. We must remember that how we feed our bodies plays a essential role in our health. Instead of feeding our bodies pills and hyper sterilized foods, we need to feed it more organic vegetables and fruits, fermented foods, less meat, water, exercise & sunlight.

Quote you live by:

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

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Jason hand-delivered my kombucha yesterday – with all COVID protocols and sanitisation in place – in brown paper bags, and recommends that these are best enjoyed chilled. There was even a hand-written note included in my parcel and some information reminding me of their great recycling/re-using idea.

I completely agree with what Jason says about the choice of drinks when we go out – if you are wanting something non-alcoholic, you can either get water or something full of sugar. Wouldn’t it be amazing if De Crocky kombucha was more readily available at restaurants and shops so we could make healthier choices?

{PS: Use code FLOWERCROWNS to save 15% off your next order!}


Timeless Inc

Being involved in the Rare Disease community, I love hearing stories of hope, of passion, and of overcoming. They inspire me to live a better life, and to never take things for granted.

Recently I attended one of the hikes organised by Fit Like Mummy (such fun! You really need to join one) and at our meal afterwards she brought out some sweet chilli jam. Now, I love trying new things and this was no exception. I reached out for a Fry’s mini chipolota and dunked it into the sauce in front of me. Oh. My. Goodness. I don’t think I have ever tasted anything quite so delicious – my tastebuds were exploding, and I knew that I had to keep trying it!

Natasha told me about how it was made by a mother and her 2 daughters – in fact the daughters both have a condition known as SMA aka Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a group of inherited disorders characterized by a loss of certain nerve cells in the spinal cord called motor neurons or anterior horn cells. Motor neurons receive the nerve impulses transmitted from the brain to the spinal cord (brainstem) and, in turn, transmit the impulses to the muscle via the peripheral nerves. The loss of motor neurons leads to progressive muscle weakness and muscle wasting (atrophy) in muscles closest to the trunk of the body (proximal muscles) such as the shoulders, hips and back. These muscles are necessary for crawling, walking, sitting up and head control. The more severe types of SMA can affect muscles involved in feeding, swallowing and breathing. SMA is divided into subtypes based on age of onset and maximum function achieved. SMA types 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 are inherited as autosomal recessive genetic disorders and are associated with abnormalities (mutations) in the SMN1 and SMA2 genes which are located on chromosome 5.

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I knew this business was one that I wanted to share on my blog, and also support personally. And I am thrilled to introduce them to you below!


Your name: Kayrashni(Pixie) and Jayrashni(Molly) Sewnarain

Business name: Pimoas trading as Timeless Inc

Social media handles: Facebook and Instagram

3 fun facts about you: Something we can never give up is finding humor in literally everything. If we could pick a time period we could live in, we would pick the 1920’s Prohibition America, it would be exciting or maybe we’ve just watch The Great Gatsby too much 🙂 and lastly we actually watch a lot of food shows and then conjure up our own recipes from there.

Tell me a little more about your business: Our business is an online store selling a range of different products, however we specialize in making our own Hotshotz sauce inspired by a traditional indian taste and a sweet chilli jam. We are experimenting with chilli chocolate and hope to launch that soon.

Tell me about the products you have available: Our two main products at the moment is the Hotshotz sauce and the Hotshotz sweet chilli jam. The sauce can be used as a marinade as well as a dip with samoosas, chilli bites and almost anything. The sweet chilli jam can be used as is or as a glaze on roast chicken, it pairs well with brie cheese and phyllo pastry and on crackers. We even made a chocolate cake with it and it is absolutely divine!

What inspired you to start this business: Inspiration came from our outlook in life and with the encouragement of friends and family to give us independence. Covid 19 has unfortunately hit a lot of industries and we feel we need to make income to support ourselves as our sister is currently not working to be able to support us.

What make your products so unique: Our products are unique because it is so versatile and can be used in almost anything. Also this is our own recipes. Each recipe has been tried and tested and perfected to how we want it.

Tell me a little more about the conditions you have: Our mom is legally blind and does not work. Our sister is in the tourism industry but unfortunately there is still no work. We have a condition called Spinal Muscular Dystrophy. We are at the advanced stages of the disease which is called atrophy. It is the degeneration of muscles over time. We have surpassed all the time lines given to us.

How can people place an order with you: At the moment, orders are placed telephonically (0827864184) or through Facebook and Instagram.

What product is your absolute favourite: Pixie: Absolute favourite is the sauce as it acts as a marinade for meats and is stunning on roast leg of lamb. Molly: Sweet chilli jam as I love the sweetness and the heat combined.

Quote you live by:

“The human spirit is one of ability, perseverance, and courage that no disability can steal away.”

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Anything else you want to add: We would like to add that for years we were led to believe that we were not capable of achieving much, yet we knew there is so much we could do. It was only with a little support and encouragement that we found the drive to follow our dreams and make it a reality. This was possible only by surrounding ourselves with positivity and people that uplift us.


I absolutely love these products, and learning more about their journey has made me love them even more. What a brilliant way to turn COVID-19 on it’s head, and also ensure that they are still able to support themselves no matter the circumstances they find themselves in. These sauces and jams are the perfect accompaniment to nearly any meal – even for people like me that can’t usually handle any heat.

Enjoy! Your tastebuds (and family) will thank you x


Smoked Flavours

Have you ever been to a local burger restaurant that has the most delicious smoked mayonnaise? Or have you tried to make smoked food and realised that it is actually a lot of effort? I never thought that I would be able to make delicious smoked food, and it has nearly always been my choice of flavours when we are able to eat out.

And then, I discovered Smoked Flavours. Made from 100% wood chips, Smoked Flavours is an easy healthier way to get a traditional smoky flavour into any meal. It is ideal for meat, marinades, sauces, basting, cheeses, dips. Their products instantly adds smoke flavour to almost any food that would benefit from real smoke flavour and aroma. Dash or brush on any meat, poultry, or vegetable – since it is very concentrated, use sparingly as a few drops will be sufficient. These are made from smoldering damp wood chips to generate as much smoke as possible. This smoke is then funnelled into a condenser where it is cooled and so results in the formation of condensation. This condensation is collected, filtered and purified. The end product is highly concentrated liquid smoke which has the same flavour of the wood type used, you are then able to achieve the same taste that would be generated by traditional smoking processes. Hickory & Mixed Hardwood are vegan & vegetarian friendly.


Your name: Theunis Kruger

Business name: Smoked Flavours Pty Ltd

Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram and Website

How did this business start: My interest in liquid smoke started in late 2012 when I found a recipe online for Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken) where one of the key ingredients was liquid smoke. I searched high and low for it in South Africa but came up empty handed, this was when I searched for international manufacturers. Once I finally received my first bottle and was able to complete the Chicken Makhani I was hooked.

Soon I was trying it on steaks, beef burgers, chicken breasts and even pasta sauces. Liquid smoke’s versatility got me thinking and I realised that there was a gap in the market, this is when I started researching it in earnest.

It contains no PAHs (potentially carcinogenic components) and adds no calories or fat. It works wonders in curries, vegetarian dishes, sauces, cheese, dips, and marinades or even directly on meat or fish – giving indoor cooking the flavour of outdoor cooking. Plus it’s kosher and halaal. Some flavours are also suitable for vegans.

The manufacture of liquid smoke is quite complex and goes through a few stages before it becomes the great tasting product we know. It is 100% natural wood flavour and there are no artificial flavours.

Damp wood chips from your selected wood type are heated to smouldering point in a large retort, this generates more smoke than actually setting the wood alight. This smoke is funnelled into a compression chamber where this rapidly cools the smoke, causing condensation. This condensation is filtered purified and aged for anything from a few months to a year.

We have different variants; Mesquite, Apple, Cherry, Hickory, Mixed Hardwood and European Beech. Hickory is the most popular wood used for smoking and so is the one most people are familiar with. It works well with meat and sauces/marinades for pork, chicken & beef. Mixed hardwood is a combination of hickory and oak, both are hard woods so this works on the same items as the Hickory. Finally the European Beech is a softer wood and so is therefore a good all-round smoke that can be used on meat, sauces, marinades as well as seafood, fish and cheeses & dips.

The possibilities of what can be achieved with liquid smoke are endless, if you have an imagination you will be able to create some spectacular meals.
The European Beech in particular enables you to get a smoky flavour into things that you would never associate being enhanced by the flavour of smoke. Last year a catering customer of ours made a Smoked Cardamom Ice-cream! There is also a rage in the US where liquid smoke is being used in cocktails.

Which is your personal favourite product: Extremely difficult to say; I use every product myself! The smoked salt and olive oil we use on a daily basis as it provides a more complex flavour and different notes to any dish. Cherry is a favourite on nachos, Hickory and Mixed Hardwood on meats, Beech on everything and I like using the Apple to give a more pronounced smoky note to gammon, especially when prepared in the oven or a pressure cooker. Pulled pork is transformed with Beech added to it!

What have been your most popular products: Hickory and Mixed Hardwood are certainly the better sellers as most people are familiar with Hickory smoked meat products. European Beech is the most versatile of the flavours, which makes it very popular for retail and commercial applications, especially for burger sauces and vegan protein options.

Tell me a bit more about these product flavours: Liquid smoke in not readily available in South Africa and smoked food is becoming increasingly popular. Liquid smoke enables you easily add a smoky flavour to any meal by adding it during the cooking process or even to prepared meals.
It is made from real wood chips and contains no artificial flavourings or colourants. The same taste you get from a traditional smoker, is the same taste you get from our liquid smoke.
 Hickory – most familiar smoke flavour, used on bacon, ribs & chicken breasts. Best results when used with “heavier” meats like beef & pork. Ideal for marinade, basting, potjie, soup or pasta sauce.
 Mesquite – Best results when used with “heavier” meats like beef & game. Ideal for marinade, basting or potjie
 Hickory & Oak – Common woods used for smoking, good with red meat, pork & game. To be used in marinade, basting sauce, pasta sauce or biltong recipe.
 Beech – Very versatile and mild liquid smoke and so the liquid smoke works well when used to flavour fish, mayo, dips, butter or cream cheeses with no bitter aftertaste. Made with hardwood chips.
 Applewood – Probably the most used fruit smoke wood, the flavour is milder and sweeter than Hickory. Ideal for poultry, beef, pork (especially ham), game birds, lamb and some seafood. A mild with a subtle sweet, fruity flavour.
 Cherrywood – Slightly sweet fruity smoke that’s great with just about everything. It is a very dark liquid smoke so will impart a deep, golden-brown finish to the meal. A sweet mild, fruity flavour.

Where can people purchase these from: We have a list of distributors (expanding all the time) across South Africa, with further expansion planned for Namibia and Botswana. We have our products available through our online shop as well; we ship to your door for a nominal fee. www.smokedflavours.co.za/shop or www.smokedflavours.co.za/stockists

Do you have any recommended recipes to try these out: My personal favourite and biggest crowd pleaser is Beech smoked mayo; it makes any dip come alive and burgers are no longer made in our house without it!! You can download our free recipes here.

What are the different products you have available:
• Liquid Smoke: Apple, Beech, Cherry, Hickory, Hickory & Oak, Mesquite – 125ml
• Smoked Salt: Hickory smoked salt – 100ml & 325ml
• Smoked Olive Oil: Smoked olive oil & Chilli smoked olive oil
• Liquid Smoke: Bulk packaging for commercial applications.

What makes your products so unique: It is immensely versatile and can be used for anything from curries, marinades, sauces, ice-cream, cocktails, chillies, olives, cheeses, meats, tofu… You see what I mean?!

Who do you think would enjoy these: Anyone with a love for food and an adventurous taste palate, as well as vegetarians and vegans. Our products are sourced from reputable production facilities in the US and Europe with Kosher and Halaal certification from the manufacturers. We are in the process of obtaining local Halaal certification from SANHA as well.

Quote you live by: Cooking is an act of love.


We are going to be launching a competition this week, so make sure you keep an eye out on our social media! No house should be without these products, and I can definitely recommend the Smoked Olive Oil and Smoked Salt for everyone – we can’t imagine making meals without them now and have definitely experimented in every possible way with seeing just how far we can push our tastebuds and what does really work for us. So far we have loved it all.

Thank you Theunis for this great product. I can’t wait to see more recipes and experiments with everything available, and to see these more readily available in restaurants and friends’ kitchens.


Cakey by Davy

Lockdown really screwed a lot of us over!  So many people have lost their jobs, and just have no idea where to turn.  I know of families that are starving, and friends that have no idea when their next income will be received.

And then, a friend introduced me to Davy.  I gave him a call to find out more about this business that started during lockdown, and I KNOW that he is going to change the world one delicious cake at a time.

Davy lost his job at a well-known restaurant during lockdown where he had been a cleaner.  His new baby was only a few weeks old, and they had no idea how they were going to survive.  But Davy doesn’t give up!  He hustled, taught himself to bake by watching YouTube videos, and now is able to stay at home to look after their children while his wife is at work.  He then bakes from 5pm – 12am to ensure that his cakes are fresh for any orders that he has, and he has really found his creativity and passion.


Your name:  Davy Tsopo

Business name: Cakey by Davy

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Social media handles:  Facebook and Instagram

Tell me more about you:  Im Davy Tsopo. I am a father of two boys – Craig is  7 years and Travis is 5 months. I am married to Tatenda, who is a very hard working woman.

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Tell me about your business:  I bake delicious cakes!  I specialize in Vanilla, Carrot and Chocolate cakes, cupcakes and muffins.

How did you get into this business:  When Covid19 pandemic forced us into lock down I started teaching myself how to bake by following videos on YouTube. It was theory only because my oven stove was not yet connected. When we finally moved to level 4 of lockdown, an electrician connected my stove. I started doing muffins for my family and then moved to cakes. It was fun because I was teaching myself and I enjoyed it.

When did you start baking:  It was end of May when I started selling my muffins and cakes, and it was a huge relief for me because i was getting something for my family to eat. In June I officially started baking and I have never looked back. I have lovely friends who supports me. I can mention a few – Charlie K, Inge, JP, Luschka, Tania, in UK my friend Tendai in UK, –  all these people played a big role in starting this business.

How much are your cakes:  My cakes cost R150 medium and R250 for large.

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How can people order from you:  Most of my customers order via Instagram and Facebook but some order through my friends.  You can whatsapp me on 084 430 7326 to order yours.

Where can people collect from:  I’m located at Linden, Johannesburg.

Why do you love baking so much:  I’m loving baking because I’m learning new things everyday.

How has this business changed your life:  I lost my job at Brian Lara as a cleaner. Now I can feed my family and pay bills.

Quote you live by:  In order to write about life first you must live it.

Anything else you want to add:  Thanks so much for supporting me. I’m still new in this industry but I’m loving each and every support I’m getting from all corners of this world. Stay safe one day we gonna conquer this Covid19. Peace, love and harmony.

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Guys, please support this wonderful man.  Davy is so humble, so kind, and honestly just wants the absolute best for his family.  Order your next birthday/anniversary/just because cake from him in Linden; and tell your friends about how delicious they are.  I am going to be sponsoring a giveaway with him, so make sure you keep an eye on his social media for when this is happening.

And if there are any bakers who would be willing to take Davy under their wing to teach him more and help him to really achieve his dreams, please contact me or Davy directly.  The fact that he has managed to achieve all of this through just watching YouTube videos shows that he has a natural talent, and with a little coaching could be the next big thing!  He would also really appreciate donations of baking goods to help take his business to the next level – he was mixing everything by hand (37 cakes for Father’s Day were all beaten and mixed by him personally), and recently received a large mixer to help make this process easier and quicker.

It has been so lovely getting to know him better, and I know that you will all adore him too.


Mütea

Today is International Tea Day, so what better way to celebrate than with a fabulous local tea brand that is taking this to a whole new level!

If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.
-William Ewart Gladstone

I am a huge tea fan, and working from home means I am indulging in many more pots of tea than usual, as well as trying interesting flavours and brews.  So when I saw Mütea I was intrigued – in case you didn’t know, Muti is a term for traditional medicine in Southern Africa. It is derived from the Zulu word umuthi, and is now a colloquial word for medicine in general.  I loved this play on words, and also the fact that herbal teas are jam-packed with antioxidants and goodness – a natural muti indeed.


Your name: Melissa and Byron Denizen

Business name: Mütea

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Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram and Website

Tell me a bit more about your business: mütea is derived from the word ‘muti’, a term for traditional medicine in Southern Africa. mütea medicinal loose leaf tea was created to encourage and maintain a more sustainable approach to overall health and well-being.

How the idea to start this come about: I was drinking herbal tea for health reasons versus resorting to noncritical medication, which I was unprepared to take with its long list of side effects. After 2 months of drinking herbal tea I had resolved my health issue entirely. Byron joked (as my maiden name is Melissa Oosthuizen, emphasis on the double ‘o’ in Oosthuizen) that we should start a tea company calle mootea. We settled on mütea instead.

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What makes your tea so special: All the ingredients used are locally, organically and ethically sourced. Our blends make use of a health shotgun effect incorporating numerous herbs with similar health benefits and properties into each blend. Everybody is different, and because our teas are designed for a slow sustainable approach to health and wellness they are gentle enough for daily use to encourage lasting long term health habits. Our teas are also plastic free products making use of a corn starch environmentally friendly plastic alternative for our packaging.

Why do you recommend loose tea leaves: We recommend loose tea leaves for environmental and meditative reasons. Most tea bags have been chemically treated and is an unnecessary manufacturing process which has a negative effect on the environment. It is also a more intentional process to brew loose leaf tea, encouraging a slower more meditative lifestyle.

What are your different flavours: We use various mints, buchu, rooibos and other herbs that enhance the fresh botanical flavour profile of our teas.

Which is your personal favourite: Our detox tea is awesome, rooibos and buchu are two of the eight herbs in that blend giving it an amazing flavour and our sleep tea is also fantastic and works a treat.

What makes your honey different to that you can get in the shops: Our honey is infused with CBD.

I see you have extra & standard strength honey – please explain more: Our honey is meant to be taken daily as part of one’s dietary plan, the extra strength has a bit more CBD in it so it can also be used for more immediate pain management assistance. It is also a richer honey flavour being the fynbos.

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Quote you live by: Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.

Anything else you want to add: We intend on expanding into other ethically sourced food and beverage products, which we are looking forward to launching hopefully early next year.


I am all for more natural health treatments, and if it is included in a comforting cup of tea what could be better?  I also adore the fact that Melissa encourages us all to slow down – lockdown has shown me that so often we are rushing around doing 10 million things for other people, and not truly taking care of ourselves.

So why not pour yourself a lovely cup of tea, sit outside (before it gets too cold!) and just BE.

There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.
-Lin Yutang


Bean Stew

Guys, this lockdown has got all of us thinking about our finances, our future, and how to spend our free time.  I have been loving spending a little extra time in the kitchen, and trying out recipes that I don’t usually – or trying out new recipes that can ensure our food stretches a little further and lasts us for a few meals.

This bean stew is one of husbands favourites, and I added some bacon bits this time (yum yum!), although the original recipe is from my vegan friend so this would be perfect for Meat Free Monday.  You can also chuck in some Chick Peas to an alternate texture.  It’s quick, easy, and super delicious.


Ingredients:
2 tablespoons Oil (sunflower, canola or olive)
1 Onion (chopped)
2 Garlic Cloves (crushed)
2 chopped Chillies/Chilli Flakes (optional & according to taste)
2 heaped dessertspoons Tomato Puree or Paste
1 Stock Cube (veg or beef) dissolved in 250ml boiled water
2-3 tins of Beans (black or speckled) (drained)
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 teaspoons Sugar

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Method:
1) Sauté onions in oil on medium heat, until softened.
2) Add garlic & chillies (if using) to onions & sauté for a few seconds.
3) Add tomato puree/paste to onions & garlic & allow to cook for +- a minute (remember to stir, to make sure the mix does not burn).
4) Pour in about a quarter of the stock & stir it in, to prevent the mixture from drying out.
5) After a minute, add the drained (but not rinsed) beans plus the rest of the stock & give it a stir.
6) Add the salt, pepper & sugar, then stir in.
7) Place the lid on the pot & allow to cook at a medium heat, until most of the liquid has reduced.

NB : Remember to keep an eye on the stew while it is cooking & stir frequently because beans will catch & burn very easily.

Serve with rice or mash & enjoy!!  It should produce 4 to 6 decent servings.

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This is a staple in our house, and we have really been enjoying it during lockdown – you can buy nearly all the ingredients in the house and have them ready in the pantry for the next meal.

Enjoy!


 

Marshmallow Icing

This is the icing my mum has made for me ever since I can remember!  They were on all my birthday cakes, & she would often make cakes for us through high school & we would still fight over who got to lick the bowl once she had iced the cake.

You need a double boiler, or a make-shift version of one, as this is what really makes the icing work.  And an electric beater – if not, rope your husband in to do the beating with a whisk (as I had to early this morning!).

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Ingredients:
1½ cups Sugar
¼ tsp Cream of Tartar
⅛ tsp Salt
⅓ cup Water
2 Egg Whites
1½ tsp Vanilla Essence

Method:
1. Place sugar, cream of tartar, salt, water and egg whites in the top of a double boiler.
2. Beat with a handheld electric mixer for 1 minute.
3. Place pan over boiling water, being sure that boiling water does not touch the bottom of the top pan (if this happens, your frosting could become grainy).
4. Beat constantly on high speed with electric mixer for 7 minutes.
5. Beat in vanilla.
6. Use this immediately to ice the cake as it sets/hardens quite quickly.

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I usually make my mum’s flop-proof chocolate cake with this icing on top & it is absolutely divine.  Enjoy!


 

Children’s Biscuits

Last night husband said he felt like something yummy, but we didn’t have anything available on hand.  I searched through our cupboards & found a few ingredients to make his favourite childhood treat – Children’s Biscuits aka Smartie Biscuits aka Butter Biscuits.  They are so easy & super delicious.  Although he wasn’t happy with the size of the first batch I made so the next few were much bigger – I think his memory is a bit skewed as to the comparison from when he was much smaller himself…

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Ingredients:
500g Margarine/Butter
1 ½ cups Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
4 ¾ cups Flour

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Method:
1. Cream margarine/butter and sugar.
2. Add vanilla essence and sifted flour.
3. Beat until smooth (quite a stiff dough).
4. Roll into balls, place on baking sheet and press down with a fork.
5. Decorate with Smarties.
6. Bake at 180° for 18-20 minutes.

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We initially pressed the Smarties into the biscuits, but then husband requested I add them to the dough & we then get a surprise as to whether there will be some chocolate in the cookie we’re eating.  You could even add chunks of chocolate bar, cocoa powder, chocolate drops, or anything yummy that you would like.  Hundreds & thousands also work a treat!

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This recipe also allows you to fill your entire cookie jar, so you don’t need to bake on a daily basis – unless you can scoff them in one go!


 

Easy Microwave Fudge

If you are anything like me, this nationwide lockdown has made me eat my feelings.  I have found every excuse under the sun to bring out my recipe book and try something new – and majority of the time it has eased my sweet tooth.  There is not much available at the shops in terms of baking ingredients, so I boxed clever and made a staple that I could actually find the ingredients in my grocery cupboard.  PLUS you can make it in your microwave, and it is so quick and easy that you will find yourself reaching for this time and time again.  Just please be careful of the hot sugar – this can cause serious burns and I would hate for any of you to get injured.

Ingredients:
125g Butter
400g (500ml) Sugar
1 can Condensed Milk
5-10ml Salt
25ml Vanilla Essence
10ml White Vinegar

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Method:
1. Line a pan with silicone paper or foil.
2. Spray with Spray & Cook.
3. Microwave the butter for 1 minute in a deep microwaveable dish at 100% power.
4. Add the sugar, condensed milk and salt (to taste).
5. Do not stir, then microwave for 1 minute on 100% power.
6. Stir well with a wooden spoon.
7. Microwave for 10 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes.
8. Add the vanilla essence and vinegar.
9. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens.
10. Spoon into your pan, and smooth out.
11. Leave to cool slightly, and cut into squares before the fudge gets too hard.
12. Leave to cool completely and turn out from pan.
13. Break into blocks and enjoy!

 

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This is honestly the easiest fudge recipe, and we have been making this since I was a small child.  I love that you can make it in the microwave as well so you don’t have to stand for ages stirring the mixture in the pot.  I add the salt to help break the extreme sweetness, but my mum has been known to add coffee or nuts too.  Let me know any additions that you add too – I am sure I will be making this a few more times over the coming weeks…

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