Last Week’s Top 5 Favourites

1. I went roaming in Kalk Bay with the parentals for a late birthday supper

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My dad’s suggestion actually and I good one too because Kalk Bay is one of my favourite places in Cape Town and I don’t get to experience it enough. We went to this place called Satoni, a cute little Italian restaurant on the main road. My first time as well, but I found it very cosy and it’s very nice if you want to be close to your date or something like that. Lots of candles, comfortable seating and a very eager team of waiters trying to make it even that much cosier. Gave me an opportunity to catch up with the folks in a pleasantly content and warm environment. I’d go there again, and when any of you find yourself in the area, you should go there too.

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2. Seeing my crazy/beautiful university girlfriends

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We studied together…obviously lol! Why they started speaking to me, I have no idea why. They were always in class and I really wasn’t but when I was I found myself laughing my head off with them each time. We each have our unique traits and I think that’s why we’ve managed to stay friends after graduation. I got the opportunity to spend some time with them last week and we spoke for 3 hours straight. We’ve all changed a lot since becoming bright eyed and bushy tailed designers. They all doing so well for themselves and I couldn’t be prouder but more than I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls to have a part of my life.

3. Any advice from Warren Buffet is good advice

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Mostly because he’s one of the most successful investors of our time and he has enough money to buy a country if he wanted to while still being the most humble individual on this planet. He’s cool, and super intelligent and I think that whatever he has to say is always worth reading up about or listening to. Follow the link below and have a quick read and some more tips offered by him.

http://www.lifehack.org/290599/warren-buffetts-10-inspiring-tips-for-young-people mid=20150710&ref=mail&uid=531913&feq=daily   

4. I visited Lemeez during Ramadaan and she gave me vegetarian samoosa’s

I’ve been a vegetarian for 3 months now and the struggle is very real when all you can eat are fruit, veggies and soy food stuffs. Not the best of varieties but I think I’ve gotten used to munching on everything else that isn’t meat so can you imagine when Lemeez told me that she had veggie samoosa’s for me! The best ever!!!! You can always count on that one muslim friend to have the yummiest food, even if you are only veggie friendly. I’ve attached a veggie samoosa recipe compliments of kenwoodworld.com that I hope to get the chance to make soon. Looks and sounds yum!

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INGREDIENTS

225g (8oz) plain flour
2.5ml (½ tsp) salt
60ml (4 tbsp) vegetable oil

For the filling:
400g (14oz) potatoes, unpeeled
1 onion, peeled and quartered
30ml (2 tbsp) vegetable oil
1 carrot, peeled and finely diced
2.5cm (1 inch) piece fresh root ginger, peeled and sliced
1 green chilli, de-seeded
5ml (1 tsp) ground coriander
5ml (1 tsp) garam masala
50g (2oz) frozen peas
handful fresh coriander leaves
30ml (2 tbsp) lemon juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper
vegetable oil for deep-frying
lemon wedges and coriander leaves, to garnish

METHOD

  1. Place the flour and salt in the Kenwood Bowl. Using the K Beater on minimum speed gradually blend in the oil. Gradually add about 90ml (6 tbsp) water and mix to a firm dough. Mix for 2-3 minutes, until smooth. Knead into a ball, cover and set aside to rest, whilst preparing the filling.
  2. Boil the potatoes in lightly salted water for 15 minutes, until just tender. Drain, cool slightly, peel and cut into 5mm (¼ inch) dice.
  3. Using the Multi-Mill, finely chop the onion, in 2 batches, if necessary. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the carrot and fry for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Using the Multi-Mill, finely chop the ginger and chilli, then add to the pan and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the ground coriander, garam masala, potatoes and peas and cook for 2 minutes. Finely chop the coriander in the Multi-Mill and stir into the vegetable mix with the lemon juice. Season and set aside to cool.
  5. Divide the pastry into 8 balls. Keep covered until needed. On a lightly floured surface, roll one piece into an 18cm (7 inch) circle. Cut in half. Place a tablespoonful of filling on each semi-circle, dampen the edges with water and fold the pastry to form a cone. Press together the edges and crimp together to seal. Repeat with the remaining pastry and filling.
  6. Heat the oil in a wide deep pan to 180°C/350°F or until a cube of bread browns in 45 seconds. Fry 2-3 samosas at a time for 3 minutes, or until golden. Drain on absorbent kitchen paper, keep warm whilst frying the remainder. Serve garnished with lemon wedges and coriander leaves.

Serves: 6-8

5. This is how I spend Sunday afternoons…most times and I love it

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I never figured myself to be the gaming type, especially at this age. I had tendencies when I was younger but dating a serial gamer is another story but a fun one. We started playing X-Men origins, and on Sunday I had the opportunity to kick ass with Wolverine and it was so much fun. The graphics are cool and the action sequences are quite intense. He had me playing on level easy but I believe that the harder the level you play on, the better the challenge. I’m not there yet but give me some time and I’ll be a Wolverine puppet pro yet.

As always thank you for reading and I hope each of you has moments worth smiling about this week.

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