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“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.


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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Josh Thirion (13) Wins “The Best of the Best” Award with Gourmand at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Bake with JoshBak met JoshOn 15 October, the Gourmand Awards celebrated 20 years of awards at a ceremony at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

As part of the celebration, they honoured the “Best of the Best” from the last 20 years of awards. We are thrilled to announce that Josh Thirion won the award for “Best of the Best Children Food Book” for Cook with Josh (Afrikaans: Bak met Josh).

Thirion is a talented boy with a passion for food and cooking. Besides cooking and baking, Thirion loves to draw, especially comic strips. His other favourite activities include sport, drama, reading and singing. Bake with Josh is his second book.

Read about what the award meant for the world’s youngest published author and chef on the Josh in the Kitchen blog:

Josh had previously stated that just by virtue of merely being a nominee for the award was enough honour for him. But he exceeded even his own expectations by bringing home the award.

Related stories:

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Looking for the Perfect Summer Meal? Try Sam Linsell’s Recipes

SweetAs days are getting warmer and longer and the outdoors more and more inviting we know you might be looking for the perfect summer meal to share with your friends and family.

Why not try Sam Linsell’s recipes for Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken Wings, Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries with Garlic and Rosemary and Crunchy Summer Salad with a Balsamic and Honey Vinaigrette?

The Cape town-based food stylist and writer has shared these dishes on her Drizzle and Dip blog.

Try the recipes:

Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken Wings

Recipe for Barbecue Sauce – from FreshPreserving

20 cups chopped cored peeled tomatoes (about 21 medium)
2 cups finely chopped onions (about 3 to 4 medium)
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp hot pepper flakes
1 Tbsp celery seeds
1-1/2 cups lightly packed brown sugar
1 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 Tbsp salt
1-1/2 Tbsp ground mace or nutmeg
1 Tbsp dry mustard
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 (16 oz) pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands

Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries with Garlic and Rosemary

I’m a fan of vegetable fries, crisps or chips. In fact these zucchini shoestring fries are right up there amongst my favourite food. Not at all healthy, but superb for a special treat. The rosemary sizzles in the oil as they fry and the garlic imparts a subtle flavour. You could eat the garlic crisps but I found them a little too bitter.

There is no recipe here because this is just sweet potatoes cut into the thinnest julienne and fried with rosemary and garlic. I used a mandolin to cut ribbons and then sliced these to make the chips.

Crunchy Summer Salad with a Balsamic and Honey Vinaigrette

Salad ingredients: red and green cabbage, red onion, radish, carrots, pumpkin seeds, baby spinach or baby kale leaves

Dressing recipe – enough for one medium salad bowl

1/4 cup olive oil
2Tbs balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp Dihon mustard
1T honey
sea salt flakes and back pepper

For dessert ideas you could turn to Linsell’s latest cookbook Sweet, a celebration of the sweetest temptations.


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Haunted Landscape by Peter Clarke Put on Auction for R200 000

Listening to Distant ThunderHaunted Landscape along with a number of other works by Peter Clarke were recently auctioned at Russell Kaplan Auctioneers.

Clarke’s first Haunted Landscape painting is, according to the authors of Listening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clarke, a seminal work in art history. The collage, which reflects on the original and shares its title, was expected to fetch between R150 000 and R200 000 at the auction.

Stacey Vorster wrote an article about the collage for Art Times:

In 1975, Peter Clarke spent 9 months in Ohio, USA on a writing residency. During this time he completed a large oil triptych titled Haunted Landscape,which was littered with ominous symbols of the turbulence that was going on in his home country: a black cat atop a fence, a lonely pram, a trash can, a wheel-less bicycle, a barking dog and two white doves in a brawl, mid-air while three children make their way home. The painting is one of his most famous and interpreted works: Phillipa Hobbs and Elizabeth Rankin dedicate a whole chapter to it in his 2011 monograph titled Listening to Distant Thunder, The Art of Peter Clarke. As they argue, the artwork’s seminal place in art history is because of the prophetic quality of the haunted landscape as a “harbinger of the trauma that children would suffer in South African townships” (2011: 137). Preceding the Soweto Uprising of 1976, the painting begins to suggest the loss of innocence that the country would face during the violent clash between school children and police.

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Win 1 of 2 Copies of TWO by Seline and Leandri van der Wat (Plus: R1000 Yuppiechef Voucher)

TWOPenguin Random House is offering two lucky readers the chance to win a hamper including a personalised copy of TWO by Seline and Leandri van der Wat and a R1000 voucher from Yuppiechef.

To stand a chance of winning, answer a simple question and enter the competition on the Random House Struik website before 10 November. Terms and conditions apply.

What are you waiting for? Enter the competition!

Head on over to the Penguin Random House Facebook page for a video of the two sisters inviting you to enter the competition, explaining what is meant by “personalised copy”:

GREAT NEWS! We’ve got TWO stunning hampers up for grabs! Each hamper will include a personalised copy of TWO (think handwritten notes, tips and anecdotes by Seline and Leandri) PLUS a R1000 Yuppiechef voucher!

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Party Time: Create Yummy Jelly Tots Flower Pots with Help from Lizelle de Kock (Video)

Party TimeAre you looking for ideas for your child’s next birthday party? Look no further! With Party Time by Lizelle de Kock planning an exciting party has never been so easy.

For a taste of what you can expect from this book watch a video in which De Kock shows you how to create Jelly Tots flower pots for a garden-themed party.

To replicate this beautiful idea you will need Marie biscuits, Jelly Tots, ice-cream sticks, scissors, styrofoam, ribbons, flower pots, decorative candy and icing sugar. It’s so easy you can even ask the kids to help!

Watch the video for this yummy idea:

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“The Book Plays to Our Strengths” – Leandri van der Wat Chats to Pippa Hudson About TWO (Podcast)

TWOLeandri van der Wat, co-author of the beautiful new cookbook TWO, recently chatted to Pippa Hudson on CapeTalk’s food show.

TWO is a collaboration between Leandri and her sister Seline, showcasing recipes where they use the same main ingredient to create different dishes. South Africa first met these siblings in 2013 when they came second (Leandri) and third (Seline) on the second season of Masterchef SA.

“The book plays to our strengths. Seline always likes to complicate food and see how much she can challenge herself, and I enjoy approaching food in a simple almost therapeutic way. I like to relax while cooking, and Seline likes to be challenged,” Leandri explained.

Listen to the podcast for more about the Van der Wats and their new book:


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