• Chocolate fondant with shards of crunchy honeycomb

    Ingredients:
    100g butter, plus extra for greasing100g dark chocolate2 large eggs2 large egg yolks120g caster sugar2T cold espresso or strong coffee100g cake flour, sifted6–8 Lindor chocolate ballscocoa powder, for dusting2–3 Crunchie chocolate bars, chocolate cut off to reveal honeycomb
    Method:
    Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease six to eight evenly sized individual moulds with butter and place the moulds in the fridge until you are ready to bake.
    Melt the butter and dark chocolate
  • Connect with Third Culture Experiment

    When we’re dining with friends and family we often feel a warm and deep-seated sense of closeness and fulfilment. But food also has the incredible power to forge new connections that might not have existed were it not for a shared meal. Inspired by her love of cooking for the special people in her life, Nobhongo Gxolo began Third Culture Experiment to share this passion with a broader audience. Essentially, it’s a supper club, where guests are treated to a me
  • The perfect sunny escape in a luxury Spanish villa

    Here is a recipe for the perfect summer-holiday house: take one part gorgeous yet under-the-radar location, add one part charming view and gently mix together while adding secluded en suite accommodation and relaxed living spaces. Stir in a few private nooks for siestas, and finally, add a refreshing swimming pool alongside a spacious outdoor living and dining area. With the recipe complete, you can sit back with family and friends and enjoy Ca’n Busquera, a renovated traditional ston
  • All eyes on Littlegig

    If you love music, delicious food, outdoor activities and fashion, Littlegig is the local festival you don’t want to miss. Following a successful first run last year, Littlegig is back on 28 January 2017 at the Wiesenhof farm in Cape Town’s Simonsberg mountains. Globally, festivals have always been a season favourite, whether you get muddy at Glastonbury or soak up the rays at Primavera in Barcelona. Littlegig is a dynamic production where
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  • Five minutes with… Anna Weylandt

    Anna Weylandt (24) is a furniture buyer at Weylandts, where she works alongside her father, Chris Weylandt, who is the founder and owner of Weylandts. Here, Anna opens up to us about her personal style, her favourite designs and what it’s like to work with her dad every day.
    Chris and Anna Weylandt
    You were exposed to creativity and design from a young age. How has your background influenced your career choice?
    I was always a creative child. Although I always knew I wanted t
  • Marsi van de Heuvel puts on a radiant show at Smith Studio

     
    Marsi van de Heuvel’s art has always instilled a sense of wonder, the only difference now being a gigantic shift in proportions. For her current solo show at Cape Town’s Smith Studio art gallery, her subject matter exchanges the galactic for the botanical. Instead of drawing meticulous spacey tableaux, Marsi has used fineliner pens to depict things closer to home. In her new body of work, we see detailed drawings of delicate flowers and open fields that “e
  • Masters of their Craft: Craig McAlister

    Having been in the furniture business since he left school, Craig McAlister, supplier for leading designer furniture producer SHF, is practiced at making things with his hands. Whereas aluminium and timber were his earlier materials of choice, he picked up the age-old skill of weaving in the early 2000s, determined to take an ancient tradition and propel it into the future in the form of beautiful, modern home pieces.
    A stately man and the manager of outdoor furniture company Macalli, Craig adop
  • Eat with your eyes: 10 foodies to follow on Instagram

     
    The start of a new year is often filled with many promises to the self, which usually focus on growth, health and a better year than the one that came before. We’d like to push forward the food-centric promises – except, instead of diets and cleanses, encourage you to opt for an attitude towards eating that’s about enjoying, experimenting, sharing, celebrating and savouring. To set the tone, we’ve selected some of our favourite local foodies who
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  • Eat with your eyes: 10 foodies to follow

     
    The start of a new year is often filled with many promises to the self that usually focus on growth, health and a better year than the one that came before. We’d like to highlight the food-centric promises – except, instead of diets and cleanses, we’d encourage you to opt for an attitude towards eating that’s about enjoying, experimenting, sharing, celebrating and savouring. To set the tone, we’ve selected some of our favour
  • A visual and drinkable delight

    It’s customary to hear of good wine taking years to produce; what’s far less commonplace is for this sort of stretch of time to go into crafting the bottles that hold it too. But so it was and continues to be at private Franschhoek farm Normandie Est. 1693: every measure of passion, pinch of craftsmanship and drop of detail that is poured into making the wine within is also devoted to making the slim vessels that contain it.
    ‘We’ve taken our commitment to creating world-c
  • A boxy and bright house in Essex

    With its boxy, geometric lines and bold use of colour, aficionados of international architecture might trace the inspiration for this English country house to that of the Dutch De Stijl movement or the German Bauhaus aesthetic, both highly regarded modernist movements that were prominent in the early 1900s. So it’s hard to believe that almost a hundred years later – in the late 1990s – this incredible contemporary home was something of a pariah in the Essex village of Wivenhoe,
  • Quiet time

    There’s a tangible sense of calm as you walk into the living room of Richard and Gaby Sutton’s Oaklands home. For starters, there’s not a single iota of clutter – not even on a Monday after a busy weekend of entertaining. Summer light streams into the space, washes off the crisp white walls and emphasises the neutral palette – a quiet commingling of taupe and pale grey. ‘Fortunately we share the same aesthetic,’ laughs Gaby. ‘We like things clean a
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  • Getting To Know The Colour Manager

    Plascon’s much-anticipated annual colour forecast, is one of our go-to sources for predicting upcoming interior trends. We caught up with Plascon’s colour manager, Anne Roselt to talk about the key trends for 2017. We also gain further insight into this dynamic business.
    We’re currently focusing on the biggest trends in design for 2017. In terms of colour, if you had to choose one, which would you choose as the ‘trendiest’ shade this year?
    I think nat
  • Barbara Osorio

    T&Co Fabrics endeavours to bring you interesting and dynamic interviews, not only introducing you to local designers but international designers as well.
    One of the favoured designers is Barbara Osorio, of Barbara Osorio Fabrics, who is now being stocked in South Africa. Barbara has an amazing ability to create unique fabrics that merge the key elements of an exquisite fabric.
    After working with fabrics for over 18 years, Barbara Osorio was founded in 2015. She does not like to associate a f
  • Willowlamp showcases its art chandeliers in Australia

    Travel 8,512km and you’ll find yourself in illuminated splendour, with Willowlamp’s recently installed bespoke chandelier pieces in the new Crown Perth Hotel. This award-wining South African company has designed and built the most impressive art chandeliers. Each work weighs three tonnes and has been installed on a seven metre ceiling. As the largest project to date from Willowlamp, architectural firm Bates Smart firm commissioned this company to design the lights for the hotel&rsquo
  • Masters of their craft: Zayne Symons

    “If you take care of the trivial things, the things of importance will always fall into place.” – Zayne Symons, Distribution Leader, SHFZayne is a man of planning, precision and execution. As the Distribution Leader of SHF, his focus is on delivering products to clients safely, timeously and efficiently. This calls on him to be a man of action and discipline. As a member of SHF for 9 years, Zayne’s expertise is trusted and respected. He is a family man, whose genuine and
  • four seasons with woodenways

    Come rain or shine, Woodenways has outdoor furniture to suit any season, so much so that they’ve started stocking the TASTE collection from 4SO. The 4SO Taste collection consists of modern, classic or country-themed pieces that can withstand any climate and most weather conditions. Made out of synthetic wicker with machine-washable cushions, this internationally produced outdoor range is ideal for any time of the year – and kind on your pocket, too. Here are our favourite Woodenways
  • Festive Food by top chefs

    The time for festive cooking has arrived, and while we might not have the cold climate to match such warming meals, we certainly can still enjoy a little bit of the traditional Christmas spirit. Throughout the month, various world-renowned cooks will be sharing their top festive recipes, and we have hand selected some of our favourites – recipes that are evergreen and have become synonymous with Christmas. Our festive menu even ensures that vegetarians and vegans are covered. We hope you&r
  • A Whisky cocktail for Summer

    Summertime is the ideal season to hone your cocktail-making skills, especially when the recipe includes a good whisky. Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is South Africa’s first single grain whisky made entirely from 100% locally grown maize. The whisky undergoes double maturation in American oak casks and exudes subtle flavourings of vanilla, spice and pepper. If you like the sound of that, then roll up those sleeves and get ready to prepare a refreshing cocktail:
    Ingredients
    37.5ml Bain&r
  • The Kubu Range by La Grange

    Summer is here, and cane is coming back in a big way this season. For a stylish take on this versatile material, we turn to a favourite of ours La Grange, with its recently restocked highly acclaimed Kubu Range. La Grange interiors was founded in Franschhoek in 1996 in a 200-year-old barn. Nowadays you can shop their collection in their Johannesburg and Woodstock stores. We’ve picked out some of the furniture in this range that caught our eye:
    The RD ChairA classic single seat chair, that
  • SA Decor and Design Buyer’s Guide Turns 20

    If you’re an interior decorator, home owner, renovator or someone with a passion for good design, you’ll undoubtedly own the SA Decor and Design Buyer’s Guide – a comprehensive directory and to the design and decorating industry. This year marks its 20th anniversary – a benchmark for founders Marcia Margolius and Ian Hurwitz.
    20 years ago, Marcia identified a gap in the industry and seized the opportunity to produce a publication that would not only serve as an annu
  • 11 reasons to own the #HLTrends2017 issue

    The combined Jan/Feb 2017 issue of House and Leisure features a definitive trend forecast for the year ahead on everything from art and fashion to decor and design. As editor, Tiaan Nagel puts it:
    What 2017 holds for us, I don’t know. For me, at least, it’s the hope that the world will be a safer, calmer and friendlier place. That’s why I’ll be choosing gentler hues and ‘dirtier’ tones of familiar colours such as peach and moss green. In this issue, we bring
  • a home for artful living

    Before Leigh and Richard Rein moved into this sleek, linear home in the Joburg suburb of Hyde Park, Leigh used to walk her dogs past the site almost daily while it was being built. She watched with curiosity as the house went up, falling in love with it as it took shape. ‘I loved the modern lines and the fact that it was a single-storey house,’ says Leigh. ‘And I love the flat structure.’ By the time it was complete, she was under its spell. ‘There’s a large l
  • life on the bright side

    It’s easy to see why Jason Ray fell in love with this light-filled Clifton apartment. From the moment you step into the 70m2 space you’re hit by the crisp scent of briny ocean and the beautiful vistas beyond. But despite the pitch-perfect panoramas of the Atlantic Seaboard, this is no typical beach house: ‘There’s not one cream thing in sight,’ laughs Jason, owner of advertising agency Radar, who sought the expertise of seasoned interior designer, and director of JP
  • The Top AirBnB escapes in Spain

    Warm summer evenings, large pots of paella and jugs of freshly made sangria are just some of the magical things Spain has to offer. In celebration of all things summery, we’ve rounded up our favourite Airbnb rentals in Spain, the land of the setting sun.
    Nordic escape: BarcelonaA city centre apartment in Barcelona, where minimal Nordic qualities are seen throughout this contemporary space. Ideal for a group of people wanting to explore the city but who also need a reliable base for sleepin
  • Shop the colour trend: Terracotta

    The colour, terracotta is often associated with outdoor areas, where it is commonly spotted in aged brick or classic garden pots. It is recognised as a deep brown, red tinged hue that can vary in colour depending on how it is made and exposed to light. Terracotta is also a type of glazed or unglazed earthenware (ceramic).
    The colour itself is making a comeback this season and we are seeing more varieties of it within the home. It conjures up nomadic desert scenes or images of life in the Mediter
  • The Parfum Scientist

    In the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of House and Leisure, we admired the work of three South African perfumers who have turned their backs on large fragrance houses to create unpredictable, bespoke scents of their own. Local perfumers are making their mark on the scent scene. One of these master artisans is Tammy Frazer. Frazer’s handmade natural fragrances are created from raw materials sourced by the aroma goddess herself, and later hand produced in the Rose Street Factory studio.
    As an entrepenue
  • The Business of Botanicals

    In the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of House and Leisure, we stepped inside the home of Chris Willemse and Dané Erwee. Together, they founded floral-design studio, OKASIE in 1999 and since its inception, it has grown to become an internationally acclaimed botanical empire.
    OKASIE is a trend-setting brand, well known for floral styling that pushes the boundaries of design and aims to inspire and amaze. Its offering includes floral retail, decor and flowers for weddings and corporate events, creative
  • Jelly Ring with Edible Flowers

    In the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of House and Leisure, floral-design studio, Okasie shows us how to elevate special gatherings and dinners to a whole new level, with innovative ways to use blooms around the table. With this recipe you can create a enchanting jelly ring dessert.Ingredients
    edible flowers
    fresh berries
    pineapple or raspberry jelly
    boiling water
    chilled lemonade / champagne / sparkling wine
    Method
    Line a new or antique jelly mould with clingfilm. Place edible flowers and, if you like, fre
  • trend forecasts for 2017

    Our Jan/Feb issue covers our definitive forecast for 2017. From stained glass and polished silver to turmeric lattes and terrazzo touches, we present our round-up of what will be hot in the new year. In this exclusive online feature, we got nine of South Africa’s foremost creative authorities to give us their predictions on what lies ahead for 2017.
    donald nxumalo1. SMALL SPACE LIVING
    One of the biggest trends for next year is small space living; the idea of moving to an apartment that is
  • experts’ trend forecasts for 2017

    Our Jan/Feb issue covers our definitive forecast for 2017. From stained glass and polished silver to turmeric lattes and terrazzo touches, we present our round-up of what will be hot in the new year. In this exclusive online feature, we got nine of South Africa’s foremost creative authorities to give us their predictions on what lies ahead for 2017.
    donald nxumalo1. SMALL SPACE LIVING
    One of the biggest trends for next year is small space living; the idea of moving to an apartment that is
  • Thought for food

    Do you ever feel a bit empty spending hundreds or even thousands of Randelas on fine dining while you know that kids struggle to get even basic, nutritious food?
    Have you ever considered the terroir of beef, namely that the grass cattle eat reflects in the flavour of the steak on your plate?
    Do you know if you are a second or third wave coffee consumer?
    These were the kinds of questions raised on Day 1 of Convivium as chefs, producers, environmentalists and even an origami artist stood up to sha
  • Lemon Chiffon Cake

    Artist and baker, Alice Toich is featured in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of House and Leisure. Here, she shares her Aunt Shelee’s recipe for a summery cake.
    Ingredients
    2 1Ž4 cups (225g) cake flour1 1Ž2 cup (300g) castor sugar1Ž2t (2.5 ml) bicarbonate of soda1Ž2t (2.5ml) salt1T (15 ml) powdered cinnamon (omit for pure lemon cake)1Ž2 cups (125 ml) sunflower oil7 XL free-range eggs, separated, plus 3 additional egg whites2/3 cup (167ml) water2T (30ml) fresh lemon juice1T
  • Strawberry, pepper and rose jam

    Ingredients
    400g strawberries
    4g dried organic rose petals
    400g sugar
    squeeze of lemon juice
    1t ground pink peppercorns
    1t ground green peppercorns
    method
    Toss the strawberries, rose petals and sugar in a bowl to combine, cover and refrigerate overnight. Place the strawberries, sugar, rose petals, pepper and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the syrup thickens. Pour the soft set jam into hot sterilised jars and refrigerate.
    Serve with soft run
  • The xanadu collection by mobelli

    Introducing the Xanadu collection by Mobelli – a set of furniture that transitions effortlessly between indoors and outdoors. This contemporary collection is made from neatly woven rope around structural frames to reflect a light, airy style. Xanadu means an ‘exotic place of luxury and contentment.’ Whilst the shaping of the sofas could suit indoor settings, the materials that make up the furniture items can withstand outdoor conditions. Perfect for modern interiors.
    Mobel
  • Summertime Entertaining Ideas

    Balmy summer evenings bring back fond memories of outdoor entertaining under gentle lighting, a table surrounded by friends or family and adorned with delicious food. It’s not difficult to get people outdoors during the hot summer months and there’s something about dining alfresco that instantly makes us feel more relaxed.
    Here, Shereen Fihrer, design guru at interior design consultancy Head Interiors, suggests five things to keep in mind when readying a table for entertaining:
    When
  • Mod-Tropical Durban Treasure

    The updated island style popular in the chic coastal resorts of such fabled spots as Nassau in the Bahamas was Kim Rowan’s inspiration for the home she shares with her husband, Sean, and son, Hunter, in Mount Edgecombe, Durban. Kim’s a huge fan of style maven India Hicks, whose lifestyle is the epitome of island sophistication, and this house had some essential details that she knew would bring her vision to life. ‘The wraparound verandas and tongue-and-groove ceilings immediat
  • Capturing the Spirit of Stern

    If asked to name the greatest artists that have called South Africa home, most would dare not fail to mention Irma Stern. So far-reaching is her legacy that 50 years post her passing, she’s still very much alive in the minds and conversations of the art community.
    To mark this milestone – half a century since her death – the UCT Irma Stern Museum commissioned Michael Chandler of Chandler House to curate a show, The Spirit of Stern, that would honour her memory. Becaus
  • Print, Pattern and Colour Inspiration for Bedrooms

    Whether you choose to cover your couches with bold prints or adorn your walls with luxury wallpapers, Home Fabrics and Fabric Library is a brilliant local resource with a plethora of fabrics and surface coverings that appeal to myriad styles and tastes. A brand that’s passionate about innovation and durable, quality textiles, Home Fabrics and Fabric Library stocks leading local and international brands, and currently boasts one of the largest textile collections in the world.
    With colour,
  • Pattern and Colour Inspo for Bedrooms

    Whether you choose to cover your couches with bold prints or adorn your walls with luxury wallpapers, Home Fabrics and Fabric Library is a brilliant local resource with a plethora of fabrics and surface coverings that appeal to myriad styles and tastes. A brand that’s passionate about innovation and durable, quality textiles, Home Fabrics and Fabric Library stocks leading local and international brands, and currently boasts one of the largest textile collections in the world.
    With colour,
  • Cape Town’s New Pamper Palace

    We live in an age where health, beauty and fitness have begun to merge with high design. The new Lume Beauty Atelier is an example of how these elements have intermingled in Cape Town.
    Based amidst the cobbled streets of the De Waterkant neighbourhood, this combined hair salon, nail bar, treatment spa and colour lab is the work of the ARRCC interior design studio (part of the renowned SAOTA architectural firm), who met owner Jenny Kouwenhoven’s brief to create a novel beauty experience in
  • West Coast Dreaming

    Exploring the Cape West Coast, the last thing you expect to see in the dusty fynbos is an expanse of calm blue water. But there it is: Langebaan Lagoon. It’s home to a flock of flamingos, and buck and bat-eared foxes frolic in the spring bloom when the West Coast National Park opens its famous Postberg Reserve. The lagoon opens into the curving sweep of Saldanha Bay, and it’s there, on the edge of the beach, that Marc de Fondaumiere suggested to his interior designer wife Carla, of G
  • Poached Persimmons with Kataifi and Vanilla Ice Cream

    ‘If you, like me, don’t like to make too much of a fuss about dessert, this recipe is perfect for you. The addition of a popular Greek dessert adds texture and a wonderful nutty flavour,’ explains Khanya.
    ingredients
    4 persimmons, halved1t vanilla extract½ cup brown sugar3 cardamom pods4 store-bought kataifi250g Madagascan-vanilla-bean ice cream
    method
    Place the halved persimmons, vanilla extract, sugar, cardamom pods and 1½ cups water in a medium-sized
  • Poached Persimmons with Kataifi

    ‘If you, like me, don’t like to make too much of a fuss about dessert, this recipe is perfect for you. The addition of a popular Greek dessert adds texture and a wonderful nutty flavour,’ explains Khanya.
    ingredients
    4 persimmons, halved1t vanilla extract½ cup brown sugar3 cardamom pods4 store-bought kataifi250g Madagascan-vanilla-bean ice cream
    method
    Place the halved persimmons, vanilla extract, sugar, cardamom pods and 1½ cups water in a medium-sized
  • Mixed Tomato Salad with Szechuan-Pepper Cream

    ingredients
    For the dressing½t each salt and black pepper2T sweet sherry vinegar1T olive oil
    For the Szechuan cream250g mascarpone cheese2T Szechuan pepper, roughly ground1T chilli flakes1t sumac10g mint leaves, roughly chopped10g chives, roughly chopped20g spring onion, roughly choppedzest from one lemon
    For the salad1kg mixed tomatoes, halvedbasil leavesmixed micro-herb leaves30g pine nuts, toasted
    method
    To make the dressing, mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and refrigerat
  • 8 Treasures from Anatomy Design

    Since the concept was first initiated by the gifted Megan Hesse and Andrea Kleinloog back in 2010, Anatomy Design has become a name synonymous with beautiful design, timeless quality and understated luxury. It’s an association that’s helped the brand to grow to a point where change and expansion was essential. In 2016, the founders decided to split the two wings of the business – retail and interior design – and open a bespoke Anatomy Design store on the Keyes Art Mile in
  • Pretty in Pink

    In a city sprouting hipster hotels like nouveau beards, those who book into the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel come for something different. They’re drawn, many from Europe in darkest winter, by the promise of sunbathing beside a pool while Lion’s Head basks overhead, birds flit among pink hibiscus flowers, and the fragrance of frangipani wafts across the lawn. There’s an air of comfortable tradition at the ‘Nellie’, which opened in 1899 and has hosted international her
  • Assemble Your Own Flat-Packed Home

    A very special project that ties in with the Tiny House Movement is taking place in Vancouver. The Backcountry Hut Company, which is part of Leckie Studio, is redefining the way we approach future housing developments by launching a prototype for a flat-packed cabin that is delivered to your site to build your very own small home. Essentially, as Dezeen noted, this genius project means that homes are now being approached in a similar way to pre-packed furniture items from the likes of IKEA. In t
  • Asian Bento Box

    Asian Salad
    Ingredients
    50g baby spinach leaves
    1t black sesame seeds
    115g water chestnuts, thinly sliced
    small handful alfalfa sprouts
    2 sticks celery, finely sliced
    2 radishes, very finely sliced
    62g mangetout, blanched
    50g cauliflower florets, finely sliced
    1.5T vegetable oil
    ¼t sesame oil
    ½T rice wine vinegar
    ½t sugar
    ½T soy sauce
    ¼t grated fresh ginger
    Method
    Place the spinach leaves, sesame seeds, water chestnuts, alfalfa, celery, radish, mangetout and ca
  • A Sea-Facing Sanctuary in Scarborough

    By the time you reach the remote scattering of houses that’s known as Scarborough, you’ve succumbed to the sense of serenity that draws people to this special spot on the edge of the Cape Point Nature Reserve.
    For Craig Price there’s something almost sacred about the land on which he has created his glass, wood and steel house. ‘I pick up on the natural energy of this place,’ he says. ‘I’ve always felt extremely relaxed here. That’s why I decided t

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