Homemade Hangover Cure

We are all guilty of this. You’ve had a tough week, you cannot wait until Friday to see your friends and relax. So what happens? Usually in my case, my friends invite me for a braai (or Barbecue for the Americans).

So the process goes as follow: I finish work, stop by the shop, buy myself a bottle of wine, snacks for the braai (usually popcorn) and any sides needed. We get there, I have a glass of wine and dig into the chips! By the time the chips are finished, it’s about 8pm and I am stuffed. The boys are having such a good time, they don’t even realise that none of us have actually eaten a good meal. By the time they do realise this, it’s after 10pm already. They start to prepare the braai for the food, put the meat on and we only eat at after 11pm.

Next, everyone gets tired and we all go home with full tummies and feeling sick. The next morning we wake up feeling terrible. People tell you to have a greasy meal afterwards, but that is actually the worst thing you can do. Feeling this one too many times, I decided to do some research regarding foods to eat the next day. Here is what I found:

1. Bananas

The first thing that most websites lists are bananas. Bananas are easy to digest and they contain pectin, which firms up loose stools.

2. Ginger and Cinnamon

Ginger relieves nausea as well as vomiting. Add some fresh ginger to herbal tea, with some lemon and honey in order to mask the flavour. Add some cinnamon to toast or oats.

3. Yoghurt

Most people advice you not to have any diary while having an upset stomach, but plain yoghurt helps to balance out the stomach and restores all the good bacteria in the tummy.

4. Eggs

Eggs are filled with amino acids, such as cysteine and taurine. Cysteine assists in breaking down acetaldehyde while Taurine boosts liver function – remember, your liver worked pretty hard last night!

I found all of this so interesting, but I wanted to create a quick and easy recipe to fight the hangover blues. Something that you can quickly get up and make, and slip right back into bed and rest for another hour or so.

Easy Hangover Cure:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup oats

1/2 teaspoon honey

1 banana

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Method:

  1. Add oats to a bowl with some warm water. (Enough to cover oats and a little more)
  2. Microwave for 1 min 30 seconds.
  3. Add cinnamon to oats and mix.
  4. Slice banana in coins and add it on top of the oats. Add some honey to sweeten it a little.
  5. To drink, have some herbal tea (I drink green tea) add some lemon juice and honey (optional) to sweeten.

Yuzu Review

Some days, you want something that you are familiar with. Pizza, burgers and all that kinds of comfort food. Other days, you might feel adventurous, try something that you have never eaten in your life before. The issue? You don’t want to pay a lot of money for this “something new”. What if it doesn’t taste good? So when I heard Yuzu had an opening special, of course I had to go try it!

The special: 1/2 price sushi and R99 for a bowl of Ramen and a drink. We decided to try the sushi as well as the ramen. The sushi is quite pricey, but the portions are huge!We had the Tuna and Avo Maki and the Salmon and Avo Onigirazu. It was 8 pieces in total, which fiancé and I shared. I only managed to have 3 pieces! I promise you guys, the portions are huge, but so good!

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So next up: the ramen. We were both really scared, but really excited to try this new dish. The verdict: when are we having ramen again!? It was amazing! The ramen consisted of a soft boiled egg, udon noodles, spring onion, toasted sesame seeds, chinese leaf and bean sprouts in a lemongrass broth. I went for the chicken option, thinking it would be a little healthier. The chicken was deep fried (but lets be honest everything deep fried is good anyways). The flavours are amazing! I absolutely loved the noodles as well as the lemongrass broth. Again, the portions were huge. Neither of us could finish the bowl of food!

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I definitely recommend this place for anyone who wants to try something new. Especially since they have a special. Support this new restaurant guys! You will be pleasantly surprised, I promise!

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/