Month: June 2016

Water Infusions

Although water is great for many reasons, I particularly need it for once specific reason: dry skin. Now that winter is in full force here in Cape Town, my dry skin has become worse than ever before. I have read on multiple articles, nooks and crannies on the internet that water is good for hydrating skin (a no brainer, right?).



Wine for dummies

I never really fancied myself a wine person, but as I became older, I started liking it. Now I know that the concept of wine can be rather daunting and complicated for some and you can look like a down right idiot if you don’t know what you are talking about so hopefully this offers a bit of guidance. (more…)

Must have food apps

If I had a penny for every useless food app I have downloaded on my phone…

When Riaan and I started dating, we would go out for dinner practically every weekend. And although this was lovely in the beginning, it had become rather tedious going to the same places over and over again.


The Holiday Diaries: No bake Gooseberry Cheesecake

I must admit that I was quite apprehensive about making this cheesecake. I had never made it before even though I am a huge fan. I scoured the internet for what seemed like forever trying to find one that suited my…capabilities (or lack thereof) in this specific department. I had found one which I liked, but once I had made it, I found it to be too sweet and not have enough tartness. The next time I made it, I changed things up a bit and came up with this recipe which I love. I decided to use tiny individual casings for this instead of a big dish and got 8 servings out of this recipe.


*A note on the gooseberries

I have always loved berries in any way, shape or form; be it as a juice, yogurt a topping, ice-cream- you name it, chances are, I like it. As I was growing up, one of my aunts had a gooseberry tree outside her house and I remember stealing from them every time we visited. Now I know that gooseberries aren’t exactly the popular choice when it comes to selecting berries for any purposes. However, when I went shopping for this recipe, the ONLY berries in the shop were gooseberries. So I guess it forced me to be a bit more creative and was a lovely reminder of my childhood. As it turns out, the gooseberries were perfect because the filling of the cheesecake was rather sweet. The tartness of the gooseberries cuts the sweetness perfectly and I definitely think that when I make this cheesecake in the future, I will be using gooseberries again. However, they can be substituted for any berries or other topping you wish to have on top of your cheesecake. Be creative!