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Archive for November, 2015

“Brewmistress” Lucy Corne is Back with Another Indispensable Microbrewery Book: Beer Safari

Beer SafariStruik Lifestyle is proud to present Beer Safari by Lucy Corne, better known as “the Brewmistress”:

Following the success of African Brew, the first ever book to showcase the South African craft beer scene, beer-centric author Lucy Corne is back with a second homage to hops and grain. Beer Safari takes readers on a journey through the microbreweries of South Africa, stopping to chat to each brewer along the way.

The book is laid out geographically to assist the reader in planning his or her own beer safari. Look out for the “Big Five Pints” – the author’s pick of the very best South African craft beers. There is also space for beer aficionados to scribble their own tasting notes alongside each brewery’s beer menu.

Beer Safari is the only South African beer book whose author has, in person, visited every one of the 100-plus breweries to get the brewers’ stories, photograph their often quirky brewing setups and of course, to taste their beers. Peppered between the inspiring tales of passionate brewers, are snippets of essential beer knowledge – ideal for the “beerginner” – alongside checklists that will appeal to newbie beer drinkers and veterans alike. Whether readers are looking for family-friendly beery weekends away, the cutest brewpubs with the finest views or a list of where to go for South Africa’s hoppiest ales, Beer Safari is a comprehensive and user-friendly guide.

The directory showcases everything needed to continue the beer journey – for those who prefer to enjoy other people’s wares, there are recommendations for liquor stores and bars offering a supreme selection of beer. Those who yearn to brew their own will find information on homebrewing stores, courses and clubs throughout the country. Written in Corne’s signature light-hearted style, and with a fresh, vibrant design, Beer Safari perfectly captures the exciting and unpretentious nature that characterises the South African craft beer scene.

About the author

Lucy Corne, a Cape Town-based, certified beer judge, has worked as a travel writer for more than a decade, with work published in magazines, newspapers, guidebooks and anthologies around the world. Beer plays a large part in her travels, and breweries often appear above museums on a trip itinerary. She also blogs about the South African beer scene under the moniker “The Brewmistress”.

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Nuwe rilroman vir tieners deur Francois Bloemhof: Liefde, moord en Facebook

Liefde, moord en FacebookStruik Lifestyle kondig met trots aan dat Francois Bloemhof se jongste tienerroman – Liefde, moord en Facebook – eersdaags op ons rakke verskyn:

Liefde, moord en Facebook is ’n tienerroman met genres van beide romanse en rillers. Die hoofkarakter, Klaradyn, raak verlief op ’n fotograaf wat dalk vir die moorde op die modelle in haar tuisdorp verantwoordelik is – die een na die ander word vermoor. Daar is ’n paar verdagtes, maar niks word te ernstig opgeneem nie. Die karakters is wandelende clichés en daar word op ’n humoristiese manier met die modelwêreld gespot, asook mense se obsessie met Facebook en die wyse waarop sosiale media deesdae die menslike gedrag dikteer. Die werklike storie bevat fiktiewe Facebook-insetsels, volledig met foto’s en ’n paar skakels na video’s en klankgrepe.

Oor die outeur

François Bloemhof is die enigste skrywer wêreldwyd wat omvattend vir die jeug, tieners en volwassenes skryf. Hy is ’n vryskut-taalpraktisyn asook kopieskrywer, resensent en joernalis en is bekend vir die eerste Afrikaanse e-boek en strokiesprentreeks. François skryf vir die verhoog, die radio en tydskrifte, en twee rolprenttekste uit sy pen word vanjaar geproduseer. Hy het heelwat toekennings ontvang, insluitende die De Kat-prys vir sy debuutverhaal, Die nag het net een oog.


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Fresh Produce, Food Trends and Dinner Guests: Phillippa Cheifitz Chats About The Supper Club

The Supper ClubThe Le Creuset blog recently caught up with renowned food writer Phillippa Cheifitz to find out more about the story behind her new cookbook, The Supper Club.

This book is a celebration of a real supper club that Cheifitz is part of, where she gets together with friends once a month to cook delicious meals and reconnect amidst the hustle and bustle of life.

During the interview, Cheifitz shares advice on how you too could start a club like this, who her fantasy dinner guests are and where she draws fresh inspiration from for new recipes. She also identifies the next big culinary trends we can look out for – Latin American and Modern Mexican – and says that a squeeze of lemon can send any dish in the right direction.

Read the article, which includes a delicious recipe for Chickpea, Kale and Chorizo Soup:

How do you draw fresh inspiration for creating new recipes like those featured in ‘The Supper Club’?

Fresh, seasonal produce that catches my eye. Right now it’s asparagus and artichokes. Or maybe a new product. Duck legs are suddenly easily available. They are delicious braised with mushrooms and red wine. I love the Oranjezicht Farm Market now next to the Waterfront. There’s always something new to try.

Of the 90 recipes featured in the book, which one is a stand-out favourite for you?

I love the slow-cooked leg of lamb with sweet-sour pomegranate molasses and a lightly spiced pilaf textured with pistachios and cranberries.

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Blending Families Can Have Happy Endings – Here’s a Beautiful Example to Prove it

Blending FamiliesBlending two or more families together can be very tricky if not managed well, especially after a painful breakup of the original family unit.

Cape Town-based counsellor and educator Flicky Gildenhuys’ book Blending Families equips readers with psychological tools to cope with transitions like this in order to blend successfully to live together in harmony.

A wedding album that went viral recently highlighted the importance of the principles Gildenhuys shares in her book, illustrating how a successfully blended family tackled one of the most emotional days a family could go through: a wedding.

“Todd Bachman started to walk his daughter down the aisle last weekend when he stopped the procession and walked over to the bride’s stepfather, Todd Cendrosky,” Eun Kyung Kim reports for US publication Today.

Read the article to see what happened next and why his gesture moved everyone to tears:

“All of a sudden, at the last second, he turned his head to me and grabbed my hand,” Cendrosky told “He said, ‘Hey, come with me. You’ve had just as big of a part in raising this child. It’s time you and me walk our daughter down the aisle together.’”

The expressions of an emotional Cendrosky as he was led by a determined Bachman back to the bride were captured in a series of pictures that have since gone viral on the wedding photographer’s Facebook page.

Have a look at the viral photo album, with over a million likes and just under 600 000 shares:

Grab tissues… because you will need it as you look through these pictures. Todd Bachman, father of the bride, brought…

Posted by Delia D Blackburn Photography on Sunday, 27 September 2015


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