Romantics, it’s time to celebrate! Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, which means there’s some extra time to spend with your loved one. Like everything else in the past year, some changes are needed when it comes to celebrating the day of love, but we see it as an opportunity to enjoy some quality time together at home. Here are ten home-based date ideas to show your loved one how much you care (they can also easily include the kids for a special family night in). (more…)Read More
The time to wine and dine has officially arrived. Although we might be doing a lot of wine-ing and dining at home this year, it does not mean we cannot go all out and make our Valentine’s Day celebrations a special one. To assist you along the way, we have put together some tips to help you with your food and wine pairing during the season of love. (more…)Read More
You might find yourself in a difficult position when your 5-year-old son asks you: “No more pizza-night?”. This of course after fighting a woman in the grocery store for the last pack of frozen pizza bases. Keep in mind, I have just gotten my son to finally enjoy pizzas! After eating yoghurt and chocolate spread sandwiches for 3 years, the pizza night became his highlight! (more…)Read More
The Garden Table is a brand new feature at the 2020 InHabit HOMEMAKERS Expo brought to you by The DIY Garden Designer. Visitors will be entertained and educated during a series of food and gardening demonstrations led by celebrity chefs, landscapers and experts. The experts will use our beautifully landscaped indoor garden as a source of inspiration. We chat to Garden Table expert: Tasha Tollman.
One of the Experts
Tasha Tollman is a qualified Education, Training and Development Practitioner who grew up in a household passionate about gardening. Tollman absorbed the art of garden design through a daily process of osmosis, imitation and workshops. She has been involved in developing interactive, experiential training material for a number of companies. She also ran a successful training and development company for over ten years.
Tasha regularly writes feature articles for SA Garden and Home where she shares design tips and trendy garden advice. In 2018 she achieved the top award of Platinum and won the prestigious Waterwise Trophy at the Garden World Spring Festival.
We asked this year’s expert Tasha Tollman few questions and this is what she had to say.
When and how did your love for gardening begin?
Every family has its share of myths, legends and stories. Growing up in a home with a mother who is passionate about creating beautiful space indoors and outdoors means that I grew up on stories about the great designers.
One of my favourite stories was about great Japanese gardener designers. According to my mother when a person in Japan wishes to become a garden designer they need to find a master designer who would be willing to take them on as an apprentice and teach them the craft.
This apprenticeship lasts for seven years it is a huge commitment for both student and teacher. According to the legend in our family, and I have never been able to verify the factuality of this, the Japanese students’ training begins with the art of sweeping. This according to the master trains the student’s eye, teaching them to focus and concentrate, to become aware of the smallest details and the nuances of their surroundings.
This could simply have been my Mother’s way of getting me to sweep, but since I grew up during the time of The Karate Kid – remember wax on, wax off, I loved the idea that I was being trained in some ancient art form and that I was born to garden. My mother is Terry Moller, author of The Garden Recipe Book and a well-known, innovative thinker and designer in the South African Horticultural industry.
Where do you find your one-of-a-kind garden ideas and inspiration?
I think Mother Nature is the master designer. I love to study how dry river streams meander through the landscape or how aloes grow naturally in the wild or the combination of textures and plants in a forest or a meadow. Sometimes I find inspiration from the scenery adjoining the garden, the colours of the beach and sea or the vineyards or the forest or the vast empty spaces of the Karoo.
Inspiration from atmospheric places gets my creative juices flowing. I love the unusual, the unexpected. I find inspiration from the passion of other gardeners and am delighted daily by the DIY Garden Designer Club members and what they are creating in their own gardens.
What gardening trends can we look out for 2020?
Growing your own food is continuing to increase in popularity as people become more concerned than ever with the environment. Following on the edible gardening trend is the emergence of the outdoor entertaining trend which sees hosts taking dinner guests out to the garden to pick fresh ingredients and then making a meal together. Raised beds are trending this year, not only because they look great but they also enable a back-friendly working position.
Another major trend is a renewed interest in plants that are good for our health and for the environment. The Spekboom (Portulacaria Afra) for example helps to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It acts as a carbon sponge and improves the quality of the air we breathe.
It is edible and high in nutrients, especially Vitamin C and the perfect addition to a salad. Sucking a leaf quenches thirst and treats dehydration. Juiced leaves act as an antiseptic and to soothe skin ailments like pimples, rashes, insect stings and sunburn.
What will you be bringing to The HOMEMAKERS Expo?
The Garden Table this year will showcase nine raised planters from RainQueen, which have been planted up in themes to help you find design inspiration for your own edible garden. From planters that showcase the top herbs to grow in your garden for medicinal qualities to planters that display a variety of fresh homegrown herbal teas to delight the senses – the nine themes will inspire visitors with fresh ideas.Read More
Hosted by Lifestyle Chef, Izelle Hoffman, the Thrive For Good Theatre will keep you entertained with cooking demonstrations, competitions and a raw food market. This theatre is about learning how to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle with food that is delicious and fun to make.Read More
Eating healthy, organic meals is a growing trend globally. In today’s world of convenience, being able to make healthy meals is easier than ever before. If you have a passion for food and want to show off your cooking skills while learning the tips and tricks of healthy eating with Izelle Hoffman, you need to enter the Thrive For Good Challenge at Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo at Sun Arena, Time Square from 24 – 26 May 2019.Read More
Today’s home is a reflection of its people, gone is the need to look like the Joneses. Our homes are authentically us, stripped of pretentiousness. Product transparency is also a growing trend; we shop with a higher conscience focusing on wellness and sustainability, wanting to know the person or story behind our purchase. Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo will celebrate authentic homes at Sun Arena, Time Square from 24 – 26 May 2019.Read More
The Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo exhibitor, Van Loveren Family Wines is a wine farm were family comes first. Built on three generations of wine connoisseurs and entrepreneurs, the estate is one of South Africa’s most beloved wine brands. Their range of wines offer incredible variety, catering to almost every palette.
The vineyards are framed by some of South Africa’s most handsome landscapes. The wine farm is situated on the beautiful Breede River in the scenic Robertson Valley. The estate plays host to a bistro famed for its pizzas and contemporary food, and a shaded tasting area where visitors can sample some of the estate’s finest wine.
Try their food and wine pairing platter on the expansive deck. Platters include chocolate and wine, cheese and wine, charcuterie and wine, nougat, nuts and wine, a Four Cousins fan pairing as well as non-alcoholic pairings for both adults and children. After wine tasting, walk through the vineyards’ pristine, historic gardens and experience some peace and tranquility while sipping on a refreshing glass of bubbly.
For the more active, pack your hiking boots, binoculars and mountain bike and take full advantage of their hiking, birding and mountain biking routes.
Van Loveren Family Vineyards has big personality, big ideas and most importantly, big glasses of local, vibrant wines.Read More
There’s only one thing more enjoyable than the smell of delicious coffee, and that’s drinking it. The city of Port Elizabeth knows this. Ask Port Elizabeth HOMEMAKERS Expo exhibitors Donovan and Angeline McLagan – founders of Urban Espress Coffee Co. and acclaimed champion baristas.
“We believe our coffee culture in Port Elizabeth is growing because coffee unites people. Regardless of where you come from and what age you are. It touches one’s senses in the most magical way and who could argue about the fact that coffee smells heavenly and that a good coffee can cheer up almost any dull day.” says Angeline McLagan.
Donovan McLagan goes on to tell us that coffee shops have fast become the new office meeting place. “Individuals spend hours behind their laptops sipping a good coffee while hard at work. And many don’t even need to rent office space! They simply visit their favorite cafe on a daily basis. With awesome coffee, friendly service and wifi, a cafe is more inviting.”
“Our standard of coffee has also improved over the years. With our consumers becoming educated in what a world-class coffee should taste like. Whereas before many people had no idea what an espresso, flat white and americana even were. We have also been able to up-skill our coffee community with various programs being run in our city by different coffee company’s and organizations. This has resulted in a greater part of our city becoming aware of this delicious beverage and that naturally led to many more people are drinking it.”
Urban Espress was founded by Donovan McLagan – three times SA National Cuptasters Champion and three times Regional Barista Champ and his wife Angeline, the current Regional Barista Champ for Eastern Cape. Good coffee was hard to find and as a result Urban Espress was established. Originally Urban Espress was a mobile coffee espresso bar, enjoyed at many events around the Port Elizabeth. Years later, they have two cafés in the friendly city.
Urban Express Coffee Co. is based in the heart of Port Elizabeth. If it’s artisan coffee you’re after, then a visit to their cafés is a must. They’re cosy cafés tricked out in wood and bare wall accents and it constantly buzzes with local businessmen, creatives and of course, coffee connoisseurs.
Donovan and Angeline McLagan ethos has always been about bringing top-quality coffee to Port Elizabeth; sourcing and roasting beans from Guatemala and Ethiopia. Their roastery, Cabal Roastery opened over a year ago where hand-selected beans are roasted and ground to perfection. It supplies their two cafés and other coffee establishments in the city. It’s also home to an excellent barista school and coffee evenings.
The cafes not only offers superb coffee but also freshly-baked bread, wholesome breakfast and delicious meals. The wonderful aromatic blend of coffee and a fresh meal is a feast for the senses.
Urban Express Coffee Co. is an inspiring place, as far as spots with atmosphere go, Urban Express Coffee Company checks all the boxes.
Visit the Urban Espress Coffee Co. Facebook page to stay up-to-date.Read More