Melissa’s The Food Shop Review

Are you looking for the best lunch spot in Cape Town? Melissa’s have a few branches, from Kloof street in Cape Town to Paarl. They have a huge breakfast menu. I have had their banana bread before and it is a must try!

Arriving here, I was served quite quick and offered a menu. I had a question about the sandwiches, but the waiter seemed to be unsure. He called another lady though who helped me really quick. Previously I’ve had a “bacon jam” sandwich here and I was really excited to have it again, but they seem to have taken it off the menu. I then settled on the BLT sandwich. I really enjoyed the sandwich, the rye bread was so fresh and the bacon just crispy enough so that it wasn’t difficult to chew (yes, I have experienced this before).

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Melissa’s will definitely see me again soon! They have a buffet style table, where they weigh the food. It looked amazing! I will be back to try this out!

Sundoo Review

As many of my close friends know, I am addicted to good Indian food. I’m always trying to convince them to try some new Indian restaurant or try out one of my Indian recipes. So, since my foodie friend from Johannesburg was here for the weekend, we definitely had to try out a new Indian place!

Sundoo is very small Indian tapas restaurant, making them slightly unique. Arriving there, we were greeted by the friendly staff. We were seated immediately. They have quite a large drinks menu, including different types of wines and craft beers. We tried the Striped Horse Pale Ale and it was really good!

I really could not decided what to eat, since everything looked so good. Fiancé and I decided to share the Mini Trio Roti’s. They were quite tasty, but I definitely recommend trying the Mini Trio Bunny. My friends had it and I would definitely have that next time! All the flavours are just amazing! For mains, we shared the Kavarati Chicken Curry. I really enjoyed all the flavours again, but I would say that they could serve a little more chicken with the meal. Also, it looks like a lot of food, because the chicken is one the bone. Personally, I am not a big fan of chicken on the bone, so that was a bit disappointing.

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who loves Indian food and just want to try something new. I really love the tapas idea. It would be good to be a big group of friends and share all the tapas.

Honeybun Review

With winter approaching, we’re all looking for some comfort food and cute little cafe’s. I have been eyeing Honeybun for a while now. Situated in a prime spot in Greenmarket Square, with big Truth Coffee umbrellas in front of the entrance, it’s definitely impossible to resist having a looking inside.

Entering the cafe, we were greeted with warm smiles on a cold Autumn day. Delicious looking croissants staring at me, begging me to take a bite! The place has a hipster vibe, something fun that caught my eye was an illustration of the different types of coffees. Kept me busy for like half an hour, figuring out the difference between a cappuccino and a flat white!

Those Truth Coffee umbrellas outside tempted me too much for some good coffee. I ordered an Americano. There is an option to have a coffee with Almond milk for R10 extra, but I feel that is a little bit expensive. The coffee arrived warm and warmed me up from the inside, just what I needed.

Unfortunately, as someone who freezes her butt off 95% of the time, I needed something warmer. I decided on the Spicy Butternut Soup, but sadly they had just given the last bit to another customer. So next choice was the Cape Malay Chicken Curry and boy, am I glad that they were out of Butternut Soup! They portion was huge for only R80! The curry was accompanied by basmati rice, a large pappadam, sambals and mint raita. I couldn’t even finish the meal! The curry was so flavoursome, the pappadam really tasty and everything combined was just amazing.

I would definitely be back soon to try some other items on the menu. The service was excellent and that croissant is still waiting for me to consume it!

Quick and Easy Curry Recipe

We all have those days. You look at the watch thinking “it must be at least 4pm now”. To your surprise, it’s only 1pm. You have eaten all your food, because you are just too hungry to focus today! You keep thinking of everything you need to do after work, cooking dinner is literally the last thing on your mind. Don’t you worry, my dear. I’ve got you covered!

I was in this situation today. After work I still had to go run a few errands and go grocery shopping! One thing is true – never go grocery shopping when hungry. I bought some yoghurt covered peanuts and had a handful immediately when I walked out of the shop! So unnecessary! So walking out of the shop, I realised I only defrosted a small chicken breast and a packet of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. What was I thinking? What am I even going to make with that? I decided to just go home, look in the fridge at what I’ve got and just put something together. It came out pretty tasty in my opinion!

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30 Minute Curry Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 broccoli head
  • 1 cauliflower head
  • 4 medium sized carrots
  • 1 tin chopped tomato
  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (Coconut milk would work really good in this!)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a large frying pain or pot.
  2. Steam the carrots for about 2 minutes in the microwave.
  3. While the frying pan is heating, cook rice either in microwave or small pot.
  4. Add chopped red onion until softened. Add the chicken breasts. Cook for about 8 minutes until it’s almost cooked.
  5. Add the curry powder, ginger, turmeric, coriander and cumin. Cook for about 5 more minutes.
  6. Place the veggies to the pot and cook until softened. (About 8 minutes)
  7. Lastly, add the chopped tomatoes, milk and water. Let this mixture simmer.
  8. Put rice into a bowl or plate, as preferred. Add the above recipe as well as some salt and pepper according to taste.
  9. And there you have a nutritious, quick meal!

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Chocolate Oats Recipe

Everyone who knows me, knows I absolutely love oats in every shape and form! This may be in a smoothie, in cookies, in muffins, everywhere! So before writing this post, I decided I wanted to give some information about oats and why it is good for you. First thing, did you know oats’ other name is Avena Sativa. There is your piece of useless info for the day! 😜

Oats info:

We all know oats has many health benefits, such as anti-cancer properties, it helps with blood sugar and blood pressure, etc. I am not here to talk about that, even though it’s also super important! I’m here to talk about the gut health today!

So oats has insoluble fibres in them. What does this mean?? 😨  It’s not that complicated, I promise! Insoluble fibres basically helps you to not be constipated. It doesn’t dissolve in water, which means the juices are absorbed and then it makes the stool heavier and then increases the pace of their passage. (Gross talk over now). Also it helps keep you fuller for longer! Win-win!

Oats also provide you with lots of vitamins and minerals. These include Manganese, Phosphorus, Copper, Vitamin B1, Iron, Selenium, Magnesium & Zinc. Point is, Oats is very, very good for you!

So this recipe is definitely my favourite, if I do have time in the morning I usually make this! You can add anything in this recipe according to how you feel and even add some fruit to it!

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Oats

1 Tbsp Greek Yoghurt

30g Protein Powder (I used Chocolate Flavour)

Dash of Cinnamon

300 ml Water

1 Tbsp Peanut Butter

Milk optional (Just reduce the amount of water then)

Cocoa powder optional (but it taste really good!)

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Method:

  1. Bring  300 ml water to boil.
  2. Add oats and let it simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently until the water have soaked in.
  3. Add greek yoghurt, protein powder and cinnamon.
  4. Cook until you are happy with the consistency. (As you can see I like my oats a little bit runny)
  5. Top with peanut butter, fruits, chocolate or anything you feel like having.

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe! Please let me know if you made this or have any other ideas and tips for yummy oats! Also, see my Overnight Oats Recipe for the times where you want to sleep in a little: https://squatforpancakes.wordpress.com/2016/11/05/overnight-oats/

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Yummm!!!!

References:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/insoluble-soluble-fiber

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-health-benefits-of-oats/

https://authoritynutrition.com/foods/oats/

Clean Cookie Dough by Gracefituk

So I contacted the beautiful Gracefituk and asked if I could review one of her recipes. First of all, she is the sweetest girl! She always gives amazing tips and is super friendly. And then of course, she has the hottest bum in all the land! 🍑

When I heard she had 2 recipe books (sweet and savoury) I just had to have them! I bought them immediately and had to try all of the amazing recipes! The first recipe I tried was a Protein Porridge recipe which was just to die for! I’ve been making this almost every morning, using different toppings to give it variety. Point is – go buy her books! They are amazing, user friendly and provide some delicious recipes!

The most difficult thing was choosing which recipe I wanted to review. I literally chose four, then made two of them. You can never have enough sweet things in the house! I decided on reviewing the cookie dough recipe, because everyone loves cookie dough! I also wanted to try something new with things that I already have in the kitchen.

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Ingredients:

  • 240g Chickpeas (soaked and drained)
  • 4 Tbsp Peanut Butter (I used Yum Yum Crunchy Peanut Butter)
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 3 Tbsp Oats

Filling:

  • Cocoa Nibs
  • Dried Cranberries (or any other dried fruit)

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients and blend thoroughly

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     2. Place mixture in bowl and add the filling

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3. Knead the cookie dough, roll into balls and place it in the fridge

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Easy as pie? Maybe not. I do not have the best blender so I really struggled to blend all my ingredients thoroughly. So my biggest tip would be to use a nice blender!😂  I cannot wait to snack on these all week long! Thanks Grace for the amazing recipes!

Go check out her website and buy her books!

http://gracefituk.co.uk/

Cardio? I think you mean Cardi-no!!

Everyone has their own opinion about cardio. Some feel it will take away their muscle, others do it for fat loss. I feel that cardio is very important. Cardio gets your heart rate up in order to burn some fat. You will burn fat during cardio exercises as cardio increases your metabolism and will improve your body’s ability to recover faster. I love just talking a walk on the treadmill after my weights sessions. It’s a nice cool down and also relaxes my muscles a bit.

So as you may know, you get different types of cardio. I divide mine into 2 groups: LISS (Low Intensity Steady State) and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). I usually do LISS on the days I am a little more tired or drained from work. I’ll do HIIT when I am short on time and need to fit in a quick workout. Sometimes, if I have a lot of time, I do both LISS and HIIT in one workout. Below are some things I do at the gym:

LISS:

  1. Walking on the treadmill

Yes, it sounds easy, but you work up quite a sweat! I do a warm up of just walking for about 3 minutes, then I set the incline up to the highest level (on the treadmill I use it is on 15), then I up the pace a bit to about 5.5 km/h to 6km/h. I walk like this for about 45 minutes to an hour, trying not to hold on to the bars. If I do feel like I need a break, I hold onto the bars for about 30 seconds and take a sip of water.

     2.  Cycling

I used to hate cycling until my boyfriend took me to a spinning class. Now I absolutely love it! The spinning classes at our gym is a bit late in the morning, so I only go on Saturdays. If I do feel like cycling though, I still do it! Find a nice fast pace that you feel like you would be able to keep up for about 30 minutes and adjust the resistance accordingly. I usually do this for about 30 to 45 minutes and try to keep my heart rate above 160. This is such a good fat burner and it tones your legs. It’s a win-win situation!

HIIT:

  1. Running

I love doing this if I don’t have a lot of time. I walk for about 2 minutes as a warm up, then start running. I start with 8 km/h and every 30 seconds I go up with 0.5 km/h until I feel like I am running at a good pace (about 11.5 km/h). I run for 30 seconds and just step off the treadmill for 15 seconds. (Hence “interval” in HIIT). I do this for about 20 – 30 minutes. As a cool down I walk for about 5 minutes.

2.  Cycling

As mentioned before, cycling is my favorite thing now. On the bicycle at the gym, there is an interval option. The warm up is about 2 minutes long at a resistance of 2. (I try to cycle as fast as I can during the whole workout) After 2 minutes, the resistance increases to about 8 for a minute and a half. Then another minute of the resistance at 2. After about 5 sets of these (depends on how long I am cycling) the resistance that went up to 8, goes up to 10 now, so you have to work a lot harder! This lasts for about 3 sets. I love those last 3 sets as I can feel my heart rate going up even more. This also motivates me to push harder as I know I am almost done with my workout!

3.  Rowing

Rowing works with the same concept as mentioned above. I usually only row for about 15 minutes. I have a 2 minute warm up, and then for 30 seconds I row as fast as I can and 30 seconds rowing a little slower. Cool down for another 2 minutes.

 

In conclusion, there are so many ways of doing cardio. Other examples include jumping rope in intervals or tabata exercises. If you are interested in doing tabata workouts, you can literally just type it into Google, you will find so many ideas, pictures and explanations of what it actually is!

Also I just want to mention, I listen to my body. If I don’t feel like running today, I am not going to push myself into doing it. I do what I feel like on the day, sometimes I walk for 5 minutes on the treadmill and realise that I don’t want to be on it, so I move on onto something else. There’s no point in forcing yourself to do something that you won’t enjoy. Do what makes you happy 🙂

 

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