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Pumpkin Pie

I was given this recipe from a family member following a Christmas dinner, & whenever I have made it since it has been a huge hit!  Yesterday we had our Christmas lunch with our friends, & it reminded me again of how popular & yummy it is – so I knew I had to share it with you.  Perhaps you could even make it for your next family celebration?


1 cup Sugar
1 cup Cake Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ginger
Pinch of Salt
2 Eggs
1 cup Cream
100g melted Butter
2 cups cooked, mashed Butternut/Pumpkin

5 tsp Butter
1/4 cup Cold Water
1 cup Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Milk
2 Tbl Maizena Corn Flour

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  1. Set oven to 160°C.
  2. Sift dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl; mix the eggs, cream & butter.  Add the butternut & mix.
  4. Add the dry ingredients & mix.
  5. Place the mixture into a greased oven dish & bake for 2 hours.
  6. While the pie is baking, mix all the sauce ingredients together & cook in microwave a little bit at a time until thick.
  7. Once the pie is cooked, pour the sauce over the top.
  8. Place back in the over for roughly 10 minutes until the sauce has soaked in & the pie is baked through.
  9. Enjoy!

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This can be served as a main with your meat & veggies, but also enjoyed as a dessert with cream on top.

I am sure that you will love it!  Please tag me in your pics when you try it yourself.



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Veg Out

Recently my husband & I began a healthy eating & lifestyle plan, & when I realised just how expensive this was going to be, I literally shuddered.  I am having to go to the shops every second or third day to buy fresh fruit & veggies, & these often go vrot before we get a chance to finish them all.  I knew there had to be an easier way of doing this.  I feel like the big supermarkets often mark up their fresh produce excessively, & these often seem to be at the end of their shelf life too – which means they have a very short life span.

And then, I heard about this amazing company called Veg Out through one of my Facebook groups.  Casey will fill a crate with fresh fruit & veggies, & deliver this right to your door!  I immediately contacted her, & placed an order with her for the 2 of us.  She makes her deliveries every Monday for the week, & I waited in anticipation for our crate of happiness.

I was not disappointed.  It was jam-packed with fruit & veggies that we enjoy, as well as a beautiful bunch of flowers to brighten my home.  I had also ordered some of her homemade bread which went down an absolute treat!  Casey asks if there is anything that you don’t eat/enjoy (no brussel sprouts for me thanks!) & thus you are guaranteed to be able to whip up a healthy, tasty meal with everything she provides.  This beautiful lady deserves all the support possible & I can’t wait for you to learn more about her & her business.


Your name: Casey Kotzenmacher

Business name: Veg Out

Social media handles: InstagramBlog & Facebook

How can people get hold of you: or on 0826813436

Tell me a bit more about what you do: I started this fruit and veg delivery service to supply great quality produce at prices far below the grocery store price point. I’m passionate about experiencing new foods. trying new recipes and living outside the classic meat & potato meal. Produce gets delivered in crates and is plastic free; with berries and such rather in brown paper bags. I want to be locally responsible, sustainably sourced and reduce my customers overall footprint by minimising their travel and plastic consumption.


Where did the passion for healthy eating come from: having kids; wanting to live longer to know them longer; and give them that better start and relationship with food.

Where do you deliver these crates to: JHB North area; within 5km of Lonehill is free and R25 per 5 km further afield. So R75 for 20km from my house etc.

What are the additional things you do: Peanut butter in glass jars made by a good friend, homemade rusks by my friends mom, homemade bread and natural health bars, so far.

What is the cost of your crates of goodies: 1-2 people is R225 for 7 veg and 4 fruit (x enough for 2 people) and 3-4 is R350. Coming soon I have braai, brunch, juicing and introducing-baby-to-solids boxes.


What is your personal favourite fruit & veg: I love spinach; I have since I used to eat it out the garden as a kid. And strawberries for the win.

Please share your favourite healthy recipe with us: Definitely this one but I add in patty pans and marrows for maximum veg goodness. Even my kids polish it off.

Quote you live by: “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted” – Christine Caine


Isn’t this a divine business?  And such a brilliant idea?

I am all for less strain on our environment, & sourcing local fruit & veggies – & Casey is really helping to make a big difference with this.  She is a beautiful soul, with the kindest heart & I cannot WAIT to see her business go to the next level with your support.


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The Part-Time Vegan

Our friend that currently lives with us is a vegan and I have always been interested to see what she comes up with for her meals.  She has even allowed me to sample some of these (yum!) & I think is secretly converting my dogs into vegans too as they sample everything on her plate & “help” her finish these all off…

We have spoken at length about why she has chosen to go vegan (her love for animals) & how this was a gentle progression from being vegetarian to a full-blown vegan.  She isn’t one of those that will force it into anyone’s face, or make you follow her beliefs – which I truly appreciate.  However, it occurred to me that she is saving the planet through her choices & she is doing the very best that she can.  What am I doing to make the world a better place for future generations?

I then met Herman at The Field Market earlier this month & was very intrigued by his business, as well as his ideas in general.  He was so kind & welcoming, & answered my questions without hesitation.


Your Name:  Herman

Business name: Theparttimevegan

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Social media handles:  FacebookTwitter; Website

How did you get started & why did you want to start doing what you do:  I had an issue with finding great veggie patties. Two years down the line I’ve perfected my recipe. So many trials and errors but slow I brought everything together. From processing the veggies to blending my own spice blend.

How long have you been a vegan for:  I’ve been vegan just under a year. I’ve been vegetarian for 5 years before.

Why have you chosen to become vegan:  There a several reason why I became vegan. My first and foremost reason was health and the benefits of eating only a plant based diet. Environmentally and humanitarian reasons are also weighing heavily on my mind

Why are your burger patties different to others & so delicious:  My patties are handmade, 100% veggies with no soy, beans or fillers. I take care that each patty is perfect and do quality control of each batch.


Where can people order your patties from, & how much are they:  My patties are available at Yan health health store in Bedford centre and online on our website.  My patties are R10 per patty with a minimum order of 6.

What markets do you attend & where can people sample your patties:  I’m at the Hippie Vegan Connection Market and will be at Vegan Food Fair SA in April.

What motto do you live by:  My motto is “do whatever you want as long as you don’t harm anyone or anything ”

Anything else you would like to add:  I would like to ask people to buy local, an imported product does not mean it’s better- but it definitely has a carbon footprint bigger than you might think.


I had a vegan burger myself tonight, & absolutely adored it!  It was crunchy on the outside & super flavourful.  Plus my body was much happier being fed with a healthier option & I will be buying more of these for the future.  Plus they arrive frozen so they are easy to store for any emergencies or when husband suddenly decides he is hungry (believe me, this happens often).

I am very excited for the Vegan Hippy Market & to try more of these delicious meals.  Will I see you there?


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