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Momo & O

Last night, to help celebrate our friend’s birthday, we tried Asian food at Momo and O on Grant Avenue in Norwood. Here’s what we thought of our experience.

The Drink

If you don’t want to end up going from restaurant to restaurant hoping someone will sell you a bottle of wine because the liquor store is already closed, then you better keep this in mind before heading to Momo and Co: They don’t sell alcohol. They do, however, allow you to bring your own poison and they don’t charge corkage so come prepared!

The Food

As it seems to be the practise with Asian food, Momo’s and Co is very affordable. You can order from the wide range of delicious Tappas or their large helpings of noodles, broth and dumpling dishes. The presentation is also so pretty! We spent a few minutes amireing the Artist presentation before actually eating!

The atmosphere

If you like trying out new food then this is the place for you! In true Asian style, you can order an number of tappas and eat together communal style. This gives you more of a sense of all the food and not just want you order! I was really a relaxed vibe, a space where you can lose track of the time while enjoying good food and good company.Debs, thank you for sharing your special day with you! I hope your birthday weekend was beautiful and file with all the love you deserve! I love you!

And the last cool thing about his spot? Has to be this strange room that leads to the bathrooms. The lighting, the mirrors and the expose facebrick walls all make for an amazing spot for a photo shoot! We. And a bit of fun in there!

Thank you so much for popping in today! It’s always a pleasure to have you here! Have a beautiful week😘

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Something Borrowed Part 3

Tuesday is National Heritage Day in South Africa. We basically spend the day celebrating our various cultures by dressing up and sharing different dishes. Did you know that there are 11 official languages in South Africa?! That’s 11 different cultures so you can imagine how colourful the next few days are going to be, not to mention more yummy dishes than you can wrap your head around! I am Xhosa ( As in Nelson Mandela? Steve Biko? We’re kind of a big deal!) So I will be sharing a Xhosa dish with you today!

At church today we had to bring a dish specific to our cultures and we’ll have to do the same at work this week as well. I thought it was fitting to add just one more recipe to the series in the spirit of things. Today’s recipe is brought to you by my very own mother!

Mom’s Mfino

Ingredients

1. Cabbage

2. Spinach

3. Baby marrow

3. A Large onion

4. Oil

5. Salt and spices of your choice

6. Water

7. Maize meal

Just a couple of disclaimers:

  • I didn’t specify portions. You’ll need to use your discretion depending on how many people you are serving,
  • The point of this meal is that it must be green. You can use any edible green leaves ( carrot, beetroot leaves, etc.) and not just the ones mentioned above.

Instructions

1. Finely chop the onions and greens ( the finer the better)

2. Saute the onions in hot oil

3. Add greens, salt and spices to taste and saute for 10 minutes

4. Add water to just about the surface of the greens and bring to a boil

5. Sprinkle mielie meal and stir until it is the desired stiffness.

6. Lower the heat and stir every 5 minutes.

7. This is my mom’s trick: make sure your pot is tightly seeled. After 3 or 4 stirs, water will spill down the lid when you lift it and that is how you will know the mielie meal is cooked.

Like most daughters, I swear by my mom’s cooking so, it was an honour to share this recipe with you! It was described as an unusual meal, but this comment was made between mouthfuls so I think it’s safe to deduce that this was meant positively! Thanks for sharing, mama!

So, happy Heritage Day to all my South African Friends! Have a beautiful week, dear readers! Thanks for stopping by!

Activities, Lifestyle, Series

Something Borrowed Part 3

Happy Sunday erbody! I hope you’ve had a good week! I’m so excited to get back to work tomorrow! I need something to keep me out of trouble and it’s good to wake up to a purpose and not one you make up for yourself for the day😏 Woaw! I’m jumping to my next post already! Let me get back to what I have planned for you today!

Ok, I’ve been waiting for the perfect recipe to share with you, so part 3 of this series took longer than anticipated – sorry! But, don’t worry, Winter is technically not over yet so the timing is still in place!

I’m pretty confident in the kitchen and I enjoy cooking. Baking, on the other hand, is trickier for me, or rather, I am less practiced at it. I was on tea duty at church today and I thought I would make something from scratch instead of buying ready made baked goods like I normally do. Also, my friend Kelly (you remember my dinner hosting Kelly, right?) baked a cake for Stacey’s birthday and she swore to me that it is super easy to bake! I was sold and today, I bring you the recipe!

Kelly’s Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup sugar

4 large eggs

11/2 cup self raising flour

1/2 cup coco

1 tsp baking powder

8th of 500 g Margarine

1 tsp Vanilla essence

1/2 cup Water

1/2 cup milk

Ingredients

1. Preheat Oven to 180 degrees.

2.Beat eggs and sugar until sugar is dissolved and well mixed.

3. Sift dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

4. Melt margarine, milk and water in a pot.

5. Mix egg/sugar mix with dry ingredients. Stir until batter is smooth. Add vanilla essence.

6. Add liquid mixture. Stir until smooth.

7. Grease baking pan with margarine and sprinkle a little flour over it. You can also use spray and cook and line the pan with paper.

8. Pour mixture in pan and bake for 25 -35 min.

But, wait. There’s more…

Since I’m new to baking I decided to keep the icing very simple:

Icing

Warm a can of caramel in a pot to “cement” the two cakes and drizzle over the top and sides. You can also melt a slab of plain chocolate with some cream and drizzle over the top.

Well, there you have it! I think it turned out great and many yummy noises were made! A huge thank you to my friend Kelly for sharing the recipe!

I’m so excited for Wednesday! I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine blogger award! I haven’t been nominated in a while! have an awesome week, erbody😘

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Victoria Yards

What started out as a surprise visit to my friend’s start-up turned into an exploration of Victoria Yards and all its wonders.

It surfaces like an oasis in the rubble that is the inner city. Victoria Yards is an incubator for entrepreneurs and start-ups from all over Johanesburg. From painters to jewelery makers, bookbinders to photographers, a fish and chips joint and even a gin distiller all in one place!

Brian Green, a property developer who also developed 44 Stanley saw fit to use this space for the surrounding community who have business and passions in the arts. People who are still honing their craft use the space and pay rent according to how much they make. Once their business takes off, they then pay rent in full.

On the first Sunday of every month, this inner city space comes alive with food vendors, craft beers and a farmer’s market. The artists’ galleries are open creating a lovely family atmosphere.

I’m sad that I couldn’t see my friend on this day, but was very happy to have met some of the artists working in this space and to see the work that they are doing. I’m really looking forward to the next market day!

So, if you enjoy these types of adventures, then Victoria Yards is the place for you! I’ll see you on the first Sunday of October!

Thank you for popping in today! It’s always great to have you here😘 have a beautiful week! I’ll see you on Wednesday.