• Gulab Jamun with Royal Baking Powder
    No celebration or ritual in an Indian home is complete with a large selection of sweetmeats or mithai. All of these sweet treats are homemade and egg-free, which is important especially in Hindu homes. Gulab Jamun is one of the sweetmeats that is very popular and a firm favourite of both young and old. Gulab Jamun can best be described as a deep fried Indian doughnut dipped into a sugar syrup. This popular sweetmeat can be found in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Trinidad. Served in different ways and moulded into shapes and known by various names the humble Gulab Jamun has Persian roots. This does and does not surprise me at the same time with all the voyages of discoveries and battles around the world. The Gulab Jamun was made in medieval India, inspired by a fritter brought to India by the Persians. Gul is a Persian word for Gol (flower) and Ab (water) which refers to the rose […]
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  • Indian Shortbread getting it right with Royal – Naan Khatai
    Naan Khatai is the Indian version of a spiced Shortbread. With a soft and crumby texture, this teatime treat is very popular in Indian homes around the world. Naan Khatai is derived from the Persian word Naan which means bread and Khatai from the Afghani word meaning biscuits. Since these biscuits are eggless they are made and eaten even during fasting periods in the Hindu calendar. The humble Naan Khatai often found on a plate of Diwali treats was said to have originated in the 16th century in Surat, India during the Dutch Spice voyages. With the abundance of spices in India it is no surprise that this biscuit contains spices commonly used in Indian cookery. The story behind the Naan Khatai is that a Dutch couple had set up a bakery to meet the needs of the Dutch who stayed in the area. Often when people have moved to other parts of the world they take their recipes with them and try […]
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  • Find out why you should include Almond Milk in your diet
    We are constantly bombarded with food trends and fads.Some leave just as fast as they arrive while others stand the test of time.Almonds known for years as the miracle brain food for children was something I was fed as a kid.Whole Almonds powdered and mixed with milk was what Mum tortured us with as kids.Little did I know that Almond Milk would become a food trend and one I would fall in love with.Enter Almond Breeze a fantastic brand that makes having Almond Milk a breeze no more powdering almonds or grinding them into a pulp to make a kind of milk.   With modern medicine we have also discovered that not all of us can digest milk and are actually lactose intolerant. So in order to get our calcium intake we have to find other alternatives to meet our daily needs. So that is why Almond Breeze is a great milk substitute to the diet of anyone who is lactose intolerant but still gives […]
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  • My heart beats for an African Adventure
    One of my resolutions  and goals is to be a local tourist and explore more of the African continent.Born in South Africa makes me proudly South African and a unofficial  Ambassador for the land of my birth,I have written several posts on why one should visit South Africa  and if that is not enough check out the Foodie Guide to South Africa to feed your wanderlust. Having only travelled in South Africa, Swaziland,Mozambique (on a cruise ship) and to the North Africa Tunisia ,I am more determined to explore more of Africa.The continet of Africa is full of culture ,history ,food and music.Each country has their own way of life,customs and rituals which make them so unique and magical.Throughout time various Europeans countries have occupied several parts of the African continent and have left their mark in terms of languages as French is spoken in several countries ,religion ,and […]
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  • How to become a Travel Blogger ?
    Most people I meet often say “gosh you travel for free so amazing!” and then promptly go on to say “I am going to become a Travel Blogger so I to can travel for free.” Sorry to pop your bubble but nothing is for FREE and there is a lot more that happens behind the scenes than just the pretty  pictures and videos.A blogger is defined as : A blogger is defined as a person who keeps a Web log “blog” who publishes a regular record of their thoughts, opinions, or experiences which is shared on the internet for people to read. Struggles of a Travel Blogger : Late nights spent working. Editing blog posts. Editing photos. Learning to take better pics. Running out of space of your mobile phone. Learning the technical jargon. Using social media to share your work and create a following. Running out of battery life. Missing out on enjoying a moment because we are busy […]
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  • Confessions of a Sneaker Addict
    Hello everyone , I am Verushka and I am a sneaker addict.My addiction is fairly recent and started in February of this year.I buy sneakers and hide them in my handbag. After a media trip that January to Dubai I realised I needed to change the shoes I wore for several reasons.My trip was 48 hours and it was so much of walking and literally go go go.I literally jumped off my plan got to my hotel ,showered and left in two hours.By 9pm that evening my feet were swollen,on fire and I could barely walk and our Day 1 was still not over.The kind folk who hosted us for dinner brought me some slippers.On return to the hotel that night I had to put my feet into cold water to calm the burning and elevated it that night.The next day was pretty much the same as Day 1 and it was go times 5.We returned to our hotel that evening at midnight and with early morning flights we had to be up at the crack of […]
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  • Travel Movies to inspire your Wanderlust
    I love watching movies but not often do I get the chance to go to the cinema and watch a new release. So more often than not I end up watching movies on TV or on my flights. As  a kid I recall watching movies like James Bond and Indiana Jones and how in awe I was of this amazing places in the world where these heroes would head off too. Bollywood movies are a firm favourite of mine and more than often the music scenes and some movies are shot in various exotic  locations around the world.I am mildly obessed with all things British so any movie set in the UK especially London becomes a firm favourite of mine. With passions in food and travel , it is no surprise that several of my all time favourite movies are a combination of food and travel.Read more here http://spicegoddess.co.za/6-foodie-movies-leave-hungry Watching a movie captures your imagination and takes you to places you have […]
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  • A guide to MUST EAT South African food
    South Africa is a rainbow nation well more like a rainbow cake in my opinion filled with all sorts of wonderful tastes. South African food is soul food , food passed down through generations cooked in simple kitchens using basic equipment and ingredients.Each cultural group in South Africa have brought their culinary expertise to the table in creating a wide variety of amazingly delicious must eat dishes around the country With the Heritage Day Holiday coming up soon what  better way than to share our heritage through our food. Besides all the amazing things to see and do in South Africa http://spicegoddess.co.za/50-reasons-to-south-africa-atleast-once/   here are a list of dishes you must eat. Be prepared when visiting South Africa that you might pile on a few extra kilos as the food and wine are utterly divine. For many South Africans , meat is the centre of the meal and this is […]
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  • Aubergine Parmigiana a great vegetarian meal
    Aubergine, Eggplant or Brinjal is an edible fruit used in various dishes around the world. With its deep purple colour it is indeed a thing of beauty but does come in white and shades of pink. As a child I hated this vegetable and would literally pull faces when Mum cooked this vegetable. My lil well when she was three had a total block against eating Aubergines and her theory was that they would break your bones but in actual fact it is the opposite.I know have a love affair with aubergines especially since I tasted an Aubergine Parmigiana.To me this such comfort food and reminds me of lasagna basically the healthy option with no carbs.A few weeks ago Mum and I headed out for lunch at found ourselves at Remo’s Italian , as Mum is a vegetarian there is often not much on the menu for her. On seeing that there was Aubergine Parmigiana on the menu Mum was very happy. This lunch was […]
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  • Find your chi at Brahman Hills
    The name Brahman Hills to every Hindu evokes images of a spiritual retreat and home to the sacred Brahman cows which are worshipped.Brahman Hills proved to be a retreat one that would help me find my chi and so much more. Situated on the famous Nottingham Road which is home to the Midlands Meander.When I told friends I was off for the weekend to the meander instantly they all asked if I was off to play with the cows.Technically yes and no. For the weekend, I was joining six phenomenal women on this media trip.Having met only one of them before and communicated with the others online I was a tad bit nervous. But within 30 seconds of meeting everyone I felt at ease and like I was hanging out with friends. Our itinerary for the weekend was  filled with lots to see , do and eat. Included were tips on packing warm clothing , costumes and shoes for a hike such a mix bag and I was a bit […]
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