Keeping Warm at Honey Bun

Just when you think that winter has finally said its goodbyes and you are ready to put away your big jackets and rain boots, you are hit with another weekend of rain and hail. And I am proud to announce that this weekend we got to experience snow for the third time this winter, right here in Cape Town. And while we might not all admit it, the idea of snow is actually terribly exciting. Surely I am not the only one who gets carried away with the thought of building a snowman, naming him Charlie and giving him a carrot nose? Evidently, it turns out I have watched far too many movies as this is not at all how the weekend played out.  It was rather spent with me bundled up in my bedroom trying hard to keep warm. Plus, in order to actually see the snow meant hiking up a mountain. Enough said.

Instead, I found myself searching for something a little more cosy and comfortable. This lead me to a small little coffee shop situated in Observatory called Honey Bun Deli. Observatory is known for its alternative style and arty characters. It is a fast growing district filled with quirky restaurants, easy going bars and plenty of hippies. It also happens to hold some of the best coffee shops I am yet to find. Here is a look at my last visit to Honey Bun Deli when I celebrated my friend’s birthday….

When you arrive at a coffee shop wearing a crown (as the birthday girl does), I guess you can’t be surprised when you are handed a free brownie from the waitress. This of course, was a great way to start the morning and we were all sold on the deli before we had even placed our orders.

We then enjoyed three hot cappuccinos and soaked in the surrounding atmosphere and everything that it had to offer. The coffee, strong and hot, just as I like it. On a typical day you would be sprawled out onto the pavement enjoying the rays of sunshine and the interesting passersby. It is not the most appealing sight from the outside, however it is the sweetest little place once you step inside.

The service was commendable and we didn’t have to wait long for our food to arrive. It was made up of a breakfast smoothie for the birthday girl, a recession breakfast (which cost R19), and a gourmet toastie consisting of smoked chicken and brie. The food was delicious and the price was even better. I can highly recommend this place to anyone (especially if you are living off a student budget). It is a happy spot, with friendly service and good coffee.

Sadly, I didn’t get too many photos of the food, plenty of the birthday girl on the other hand;)

So I might not have created my snowman after all, but the Observatory adventure was way worth the sacrifice.

Honeybun Deli
Corner of Lower Main & Trill Roads
Observatory
Western Cape
South Africa
Phone +27 21 447 0606
Web www.facebook.com/pages/Honeybun-Deli/331758286947445

Rice Krispie Treats and Student Living

Today I was finally able to welcome in the weekend, (something I did with big, open arms). It was one of those weeks where the days felt long, and the nights even longer. Thanks to varsity my week has been filled with little sleep, lots of work and ridiculous amounts of coffee. The empty lecture venues and tired faces on campus tells me that I am not alone, which I guess can be reassuring.

Being a student has a fair amount of ups and downs (late nights spent in the library being the least of my worries).  No matter how ready you think you are, life has a way of throwing you curved balls that have the ability to stretch you more than you could have hoped. However, I guess this is simply the process of growing up. Looking back I can hardly recognise the person I started out as in my first year as a student. And this, I am quite happy about.

This year I spread my wings even further as I left the safe keeping of res and took on digs life. A new chapter promised to bring new life lessons (especially living in a house with five girls)! However, things have sailed pretty smoothly so far and doing life with these girls has been an absolute treat. Now, as the end of the year approaches so a new group of students take on the transition of moving into a digs.

Here are some things I have learnt so far…

1.     If you enjoy a hot shower, make sure you plan around this and muscle your way to the bathroom before any of your digs mates to avoid great disappointment and discomfort.

2.    When a group of five girls are going to the same event, at the same time, do make sure to check there is enough electricity to make it through the process of getting ready. Wet hair and no make-up will only lead to panic.

3.   On that note, realise that when the electricity goes out, so does the box in which you recharge your electricity. Double problem. Hence, always keep batteries in the house.

4.    Always, always make sure you have spare toilet paper.

5.    A pet is always a good idea, until you actually have one.

6.    Money does not, in fact, grow on trees.

This last point leads me to my next baking adventure, rice krispie treats. These are the perfect student treat as it consists of three ingredients and is therefore easy on your wallet. They are quick and easy to make and allow you to be as creative as you want. Here is the recipe.

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Ingredients

¼ cup margarine

6 cups rice krispies cereal

50 marshmallows

Method

1.  Melt margarine in large pot over low heat.

 2.  Add marshmallows and stir continuously until completely melted.

3.  Remove from heat and add rice krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.

4.  Press the sticky mixture evenly into a buttered 9” x 13” inch pan. (This is best done with your hands, leaving you full of marshmallow goodness)

 

Feel free to mix it up with anything you like. Mine were left quite simple but here is some inspiration I found online.

This was taken from the website Eat The Love

This image was taken from Bowties and Bliss

Celebrations at Common Ground Cafe

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Today I celebrate the life of my big sister. This is exciting for two reasons. Firstly, it is her birthday and I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but I absolutely love birthdays. I realise that the more birthdays I have, the less exciting they will become. This is all the more reason to enjoy them while I can. It could also do with the fact that birthdays involve presents and cake, but that goes without saying.

Secondly, I get to look back over the past couple of years and appreciate the role that my sister has played in my life. I especially admire the way she approaches everything she does with such enthusiasm. Whether she is working, playing, travelling or just hanging out, she will always do so with her whole heart.  Some might say that she is my role model. After all, she studied at UCT and I followed her there a few years later. She majored in marketing and then I majored in marketing (okay so not quite yet, but here is hoping).  When asked the question of what I want to do when I graduate I find myself giving a slightly adapted version of my sister’s story. So yes, I guess you could say she is my role model after all.

This year we celebrated her birthday at the Common Ground Cafe in Rondebosch. Overall, the morning was spent drinking coffee. The ladies got to admire the sweet little tea bags delivered to the table in their own special packaging while the men got to complain about the rugby as South Africa took on New Zealand in the rugby championship. This was topped off by some delicious food found on the breakfast menu (still one of my favourite places to enjoy a good breakfast in Cape Town).

Common Ground is a great venue to enjoy a morning breakfast as it gives a great view of the Rondebosch Common, with UCT placed perfectly in the background. It is a very relaxed atmosphere as it is fitted with couches as well as tvs. Personally, I enjoy the atmosphere as it is located away from the general hustle and bustle of the city. It is also very reasonably priced and even a student can enjoy a breakfast at a managable price. If you are a coffee lover (I might have mentioned that I am I fan…) then I would encourage you to check out the cappuccino art. Their designs are always entertaining, and their coffee isn’t half bad either. Every time I have eaten at Common Ground Cafe I have been stuck ordering the same french toast and bacon, (it is simply delicious that I could not help myself). This time I decided to branch out and go for something a little more adventurous.

Here is a look at what we ate…

Eggs benedict. No matter where you are, this is always a good idea.

Salmon filled croissant, for the ladies.

This is perfect if you are looking for something light.

Sun Riser. Bacon, poached eggs and mushrooms.

This is what I ate and it was delicious. Do not be fooled if the picture does not look too appetizing, after all we are not focusing on my photography skills (or lack there of).

I would highly recommend Common Ground Cafe. They create a warm atmosphere and a yummy meal. Also, if you have not yet had the joy of meeting my older sister, I would recommend that too. Happy birthday Lauren, you are great.

Address: 23 Milner Rd,
Cape Town
7701
Phone: 021 686 0154
 
Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, 5:30–8:30 pm
Monday to Friday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
 

Lemon Bars and the Promise of Spring

Home. Nothing says I am home quite like waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Actually, no matter what the time of day, you are guaranteed to find a fresh cup of Thornton Coffee somewhere in our house. This might have to do with the fact that my mother owns a coffee business. (Yes, she makes coffee for a living, can you believe it), or it could simply be that my family is made up of coffee addicts. Either way, it works for me.

Besides the coffee, being at home comes with some other added benefits. I get to sleep in, spend the day in my jarmies and  enjoy a pantry that is overflowing with sweet treats, (seems like coffee isn’t the only addiction my family has). Also, I get to watch the beautiful night sky. In Cape Town I get to watch the city lights, at home I get to lie in the grass and watch the stars. I can never fully grasp how incredible they are. Not only that, but star gazing is an effective way for me to gain some perspective. I am small but God is big. He is bigger than my thoughts. He is bigger than my problems. And he is way bigger than the finance test I stressed about last week. The same God who created this masterpiece is the one who determines my future. If that isn’t an exciting thought, then I don’t know what is.

Although living on a farm comes with many added bonuses, by far my favourite of them all would be the people. You have heard it all before that “home is where the heart is” and I guess this makes sense if your heart is with your family. This holiday I came home to a relatively empty house. With just my dad and I at home, our evenings are pretty standard. I can look forward to watching re-runs of every crime investigation program you can think of, eating all the chocolate we can handle while nestled by the fire for warmth (although I don’t believe it is always cold enough for a fire, it does give us points for a cosy atmosphere). Home, what is there not to love?

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This week we also welcomed the start of spring and the promise of new life. So, I did the obvious thing and celebrated by whipping up a batch of lemon bars. I am a fan of lemons and spring felt like the perfect excuse to use them in a recipe. These turned out a lot better than my first attempt. Be careful not to keep them in the oven too long, that said make sure not to under cook them either. Give it a try!

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Lemon Shortbread Bars

Ingredients for the crust:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened (not melted)
2 cups. all-purpose flour
1 cups castor sugar
pinch of salt

Ingredients for the lemon filling:
6 large eggs
3 cups sugar
4 T. grated lemon zest
1/2 cup. fresh lemon juice
1 cup all-purpose flour
additional castor sugar for dusting

Method
1.  Preheat oven to 180°. Spray a 9″ x 13″ pan with cooking spray.

2.  To make the crust combine the butter, flour, castor sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix with a large spoon or your fingers until well combined. Press dough evenly into your prepared pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until crust is slightly golden brown.

3.  While the shortbread is baking, prepare the lemon filling: Beat together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour mixture over the hot, baked crust and bake for an additional 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

4.  Let them cool completely, then sift additional castor sugar over the top.

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Did you know:  These keep very well on the kitchen counter for a few days. They are also good at a slight chill. Store some in the refrigerator and pull them out about 10 minutes before serving. They also freeze well.

This recipe was adapted from “A Farm Girls Dabbles” and La Figi Mama. Thank you for your wonderful blogs, such a treat to follow!

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