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Competition Time: Sweet as Fudge by Tasha

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Honestly, a few days ago, when this amazing box was delivered to my door I was a little overwhelmed. I knew Tasha was sending me a sample of her awesome Fudge to test out, I did not know that I was about to have it for breakfast for the next week straight. Not that any of you know that, little secret lol. Don’t worry I am already signing gym memberships.

Opening the box with absolute excitement, I was pleased to find, not one but two amazing Fudge Hampers, a Large Slab of Fudge and a Slim Box of Buttermilk Fudge inside. Not only is Tasha’s Fudge one of the top and leading Fudge Brands in South Africa, but her fudge is to be treated with the up most care. I managed to pretend that I was not going to dive straight into the box for about 2 hours, while taking some photo’s. After that it was game over.

Can you blame me?

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Having carefully opened the box of treats and laying all the pieces of Fudge down, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were all different flavors! Seriously, when you think of Fudge you think of that treat mom used to buy you at the store as a kid. You could never understand why she would only allow you one piece at a time, but when you were allowed it you saved every, little crumb……

 Now we’re adults and Tasha is not only giving us all the fudge we want but she is making it in different flavors to suit our individual needs. To be honest had you offered me some Strawberry and Cream Fudge I may have looked at you a bit funny and asked if there was any medication you hadn’t taken on that particular day. However once, I’d gotten into the Peanut Butter and Chili Fudge, there was no turning back.

From there it was Ginger, Peppermint Crisp, Honey & Horlicks and my now one true love, the Espresso Fudge. Coffee and Fudge, like Cee needed much convincing. I am going to have to talk to Tasha about having this variant so openly available to the public, if I intend to be fully stocked with it for the rest for my life, he he he he he

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Tasha’s Fudge didn’t just pop out of the blue one day. It took a very special lady, and a bit if advice from Grandma to create this now Award Winning Business and Brand. Tasha is a leading women in the South African Industry, having collected various awards over the years.

When I emailed Tasha to thank her for the amazing package, and to ask her, if I should split mine between the chosen Competition Winner, and I?

Tasha told me to share one of the hampers, with friends, family and or people I liked, and loved. To gift is a very selfless act and those who do it naturally are very special people, that we need to take care of, so South Africa, here’s me looking at you, reminding you to take care of Tasha.

It was her reply that made me smile the sweetest of smiles. I suddenly realized just why Tasha’s Fudge has and is taking the world by storm. Its simply really. Its the woman behind the Fudge, its Tasha.

What a lovely, happy, friendly, kind soul. And as they say when cooking, you need to cook with love, to poor your heart into your food. I am under the assumption that this is most certainly why Tasha’s Fudge is the best.

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You can choose between all of Tasha’s amazing Fudge on her website. Ranging from the Original plain fudge, to the Flavored pieces, and Tasha’s Fudge Sauce. I know don’t even get me started on that last one. On the site is recommends you add it to ice cream and desert dishes, you know we’ll all end up watching some Julia Roberts movie, with a spoon and our jar of Tasha’s Sauce.

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Speaking of gifting, Tasha does do corporate gift packs and make to order. Since we’re approaching Christmas season and everyone loves Fudge, I suggest you contact Tasha as soon as you can to get your orders in. and yes, Tasha’s Fudge has the Halaal stamp of approval.

You can drool all over Tasha’s Fudge on her Site: Tasha’s Fudge

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Loose track of time on her Pinterest Page

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Join Tasha on the Instagram Community

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Catch her latest on Facebook

And as mentioned because Tasha and her team, love us all so much, Tasha has kindly sponsored a Hamper to Giveaway!

The Prize Includes:

1 x Tasha’s Fantastic Fudge Hamper 

Entry Rules:

To qualify for entry, all entrants must follow @Ceecestravel @TashasFudgeSays

Tweet the following: “ I’ve entered the @CeecesTravel & TashasFudgeSays #SweeterThanFudge #Giveaway, Enter here:http://wp.me/p5kKME-y4

Entrants may tag both accounts with the Hashtag #SweeterThanFudge on twitter, with Photo-Tweets to qualify for extra chances of winning, and leave Blog comments in the below comment box. Photo’s must be #Sweet Themed.  

Example, your baby doing something sweet, someone helping an elderly person across the road, your boyfriends surprise gift or even new born wildlife -Image must be taken in South Africa. 

Competition open ONLY to SA Residents
Delivery of prize only in SA

Prize will be delivered directly from Tasha’s Fantastic Fudge

Prizes may not be swapped or exchanged

Competition closes at 10h00 on Sunday 13th September 2015, No entries will be accepted after this

Judges Decision is FINAL

Please note Fudge Contains, Nuts and Other Allergens

And As Always….

#LoveAndTravelHugs©

Cee

Updated Coffee Routine

 

I just don’t know what has happened with the days lately. Time is flying by at a rapid rate and there never seems to be enough of it to complete tasks. The saying of “running around like a chicken without a head” seems very apt to me at this moment. The last time I blogged was the 12 July and that is crazy!

So to get back into the swing of things I thought I should start with an update on My Coffee Routine and the original post can be read over here

 
The big change in our coffee routine was that we purchased a coffee grinder, and what a change that has made. If you think that you are enjoying great coffee by buying it ready ground I can confirm that you are not! My friend Inge Loker gave us two bags of coffee beans and that was the driving force to buy a grinder. Firstly the smell of the freshly ground coffee is amazing and once you have brewed it and had that first sip ............ oh my oh my oh my.
 
We also decided to branch out with our coffee drinking and bought coffee beans from the Coffee Magazine’s Discover Great Coffee Club. I just ground the last of the last packet this week and I think we will be buying the Spring batch next. The Spring batch has coffee beans from Terbodore Coffee Roastery and Bean There Coffee Company (that is just 2 of the beans).
 
So if you are a lover of great (not just good) coffee you really need to buy yourself a grinder and coffee beans from the amazing local coffee roasters in South Africa.
 
Here is information that could help you out in your great coffee endeavours :
 
The latest magazine
 
The Autumn batch (we ended with Flat Mountain)

 

Coffey and Cake – a guide to great coffee shops and places where you can buy beans
 
South African Country Life magazine – I have been enjoying reading about coffee (the jargon, tips on making better coffee) written by Jamie Braun in her #CountryCoffee section
 
Krups burr grinder – a great entry level grinder that works very well. We bought it online from Boardmans


Lynn Bedford Hall's Coffee Cake

I have wanted to make a coffee cake for quite some time now and yesterday was the day I finally made it. The first book I looked in and my favourite and most used recipe book had a recipe for coffee cake.

Neil and I are coming up for our 21st wedding anniversary in August this year and we received this recipe book from an aunt and uncle of his. The recipe book is by Lynn Bedford Hall and is called “Best of Cooking in South Africa”. There are recipes in this book that I make often as they are so delicious. One of Neil’s all time favourites and my daughter’s as well is Lemon Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce (we actually had it last week). My Christmas cake is made from the Favourite Fruit Cake recipe and we also love her Spiced Pumpkin Soup.

 
My favourite recipe book
 
I love this book so much that I buy copies of it from the SPCA bookshop so that I can give it to friends that do not have it or know about it. I just gave a book to the mother of my son’s friend when I collected him from school after his exam this morning. I don’t have any more copies left after that so I better keep an eye out for more the next time I am at the SPCA.

 

Anyway! Let’s get back to the making of the coffee cake. I had never made this recipe from the book before but I wasn’t worried as I have never had a failure with any of her recipes. The recipe I used is her “Beat and Bake Coffee-Pecan Cake”. I did not add any pecan nuts even though I did have some in the cupboard. The pecan nuts are destined for pecan nut pie, which I have not made in years.

Beat and Bake Coffee-Pecan Cake

The flavours may be changed by omitting cinnamon, coffee and pecans and substituting 5ml vanilla or grated orange and lemon rind.
 
3 eggs separated
200ml castor sugar
100ml oil
2ml salt
150ml milk
350ml flour
10ml baking powder
5ml cinnamon
10ml pure instant coffee powder
5ml water
100ml chopped pecan nuts
 
Put egg yolks into bowl and add all the ingredients, except the egg whites, coffee, water and nuts, in the order listed. Dissolve coffee in water and add. Using an electric beater, mix on medium speed for 90 seconds. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites and nuts. Pour into to greased and lined 18cm cake tins and bake at 180C in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes. Stand for 5 minutes, then invert onto a cake rack, remove paper and cool.
 
Icing
  • 10ml pure instant coffee powder
  • 25ml water
  • 60ml soft butter
  • 750ml sifted icing sugar
  • 2ml vanilla
Dissolve coffee in water; add remaining ingredients and mix, adding a dash more water if necessary.
 
Ice the coffee cake and decorate with pecan halves.
 
This cake was quick and easy to make and I can guarantee that it is delicious as Neil had two slices last night after supper.
 
 
Coffee cake with decorations

Other Lynn Bedford Hall recipe books that I own are : “Scrumptious”, “Fabulous Food” and “Nice n’ Easy Cookbook”.

Do you have a favourite recipe book that you turn to time and time again?

Skinny laMinx Launch of Diggi Dot Collection

On Tuesday 2 June I went to the launch of Skinny laMinx’s new fabric range called Diggi Dot in Walnut Interior Fabrics at 111 Peter Mokaba Road Durban.
 
Heather Moore is the owner of Skinny laMinx, a self-taught illustrator and designer, who started the business as a hobby in 2006. Now Skinny laMinx is to be found in stores throughout the world.
 
Here she tells how the collection came about :
 
“Last year, I went off to Jaipur at the invitation of Ritchie Ace Camps, to teach a three day course in pattern generation and design as part of a seven day experiential tour focused on traditional Indian block printing and dying techniques. My role was to teach how to design and create pattern using lino printing blocks.
 
We stayed in a charming old hotel in Jaipur called Hotel Diggi Palace, where I taught my course at in the leafy poolside courtyard.
 
While prepping for the trip, I did a lot of lino block printing in my studio, and found this method of generating pattern very exciting, because of the way the simplest shapes can generate endless combinations and variations, with just a shift of direction or colour.
 
Upon my return, I thought I might make an India-inspired collection, which would be vibrant, decorative and generally quite excessive, but instead, I found myself drawn to soft colours and delicate lines. I wrote this in my journal on my last day in Jaipur:
 
“I’ve come away with a sense of sweetness and calm beneath the clamor and chaos of the traffic. Delicate fabrics, the finest lines, the softest tones: My experience of India has been all about exquisite skill, craftsmanship and attention to the finest detail.”
 
The result is the Diggi Dot collection, where the simplest block printed motifs - a line, a half circle and a dot – combine with the fresh, light colours of Jaipur and Hotel Diggi Palace.
Diggi Dot collection



Heather explained to us about her fabrics and how they fit into her original range and even showed us by putting various fabric colours and designs together. Her range, new and old, is so versatile and can be used in a baby’s room to a teenager’s room.

New and old collection in red


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 2015/16 Colour Book contains the following designs and colours :

Simple Stripe

-          Lemon
-          Mint
-          Liquorice
-          Steel
-          Signal Red
 
Sway

-          Steel / Signal
-          Lemon / Mint
-          Liquorice / Fog
 
Gridly

-          Steel / Signal
-          Glass / Mint
-          Lemon / Fog

Block Circle

-          Liquorice
-          Steel
-          Signal Red

Skinny laMinx fabric is priced at R545 per meter and is available from 201 Bree Street in Cape Town and online at www.skinnylaminx.com

Refreshment table

The all important coffee!

If you are Durban based you can also go and see the new Diggi Dot collection and Skinny laMinx’s other collections at Walnut Interior Fabrics.

Thank you to Heather Moore for coming to Durban to show us the new range and to Walnut Interior Fabrics for hosting such a lovely morning.

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Myself and Heather Moore

Lovely practical bag as a gift for attending
 
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