pork fillet stir-fry…

… With Green Chilli Paste and Coconut Milk

Lately, I’ve started doing meal plans for the week. It actually helps tremendously when I do the grocery shopping. I quite enjoy grocery shopping but the usual way I go about it is to start from one end of the store and weave my way through every aisle picking and choosing what I feel like and what I think we need. Often this means we’ll have five bags of carrots and no tomatoes in the fridge, plus it’s not so good for the budget. So now, with the meal plan, I actually have a better idea of exactly what to buy when I go the shops and I save money. Bonus.

I made this delicious Pork Fillet Stir-Fry from The Real Meal Revolution last week. It’s worth a try, delicious!

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You’ll need:

400g pork fillet, thinly sliced
3 tsp Thai green curry paste
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup coriander, chopped
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 cup chicken stock
200ml coconut milk
1/2 cup carrot, shredded
1/2 cup spring onion, shredded
1/2 cup mange tout, shredded
1/3 cup basil leaves, thinly sliced

1. Combine the green curry paste, garlic and coriander in a small bowl and mix well.

2. Heat the oil in a wok, swirling to coat the surface. Add the curry mixture and stir-fry until garlic is aromatic, about one minute.

3. Add the pork and stir-fry, stirring often, until meat is cooked (about five minutes).

4. Add the oyster sauce, fish sauce, chicken stock and coconut milk. Stir to combine and heat thoroughly.

5. Add the shredded vegetables and toss for one minute.

6. Stir in the basil leaves and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

— Liza

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spree s/s 2014

We had a great time at the Spree spring summer look board on Thursday night. Spree.co.za is Naspers’ online shop, which offers ladies and men’s clothing, decor, gifts, kids clothes and beauty products.

Their look board event was attended by all the designers, Marianne Fassler, Malcolm KLûK, Christiaan Gabriël du Toit, Gert-Johan Coetzee and Thula Sindi. We mingled and sipped Tanqueray cocktails, checking out the models posed in Spree’s trend selections for spring summer 2014. All in all a great night out, with some gorgeous fashion to feast our eyes on.

Spree S/S Lookboard 2014

Spree S/S Lookboard 2014

Spree S/S Lookboard 2014

Spree S/S Lookboard 2014

Spree S/S Lookboard 2014

Pics courtesy SDR

— Emily

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“A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Willow:I took her out for a spontaneous lunch date. We both loved it
James:I hate wasting water, but he just loves running the tap. I have to be very alert because it can turn on the bathroom taps by himself now.
Bailey: Having a blast at her Frozen party
Robert: An apple in the bath

— Liza

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prepping for summer with a paraffin pedi

It’s that time of the year when you slip your feet into sandals for the first time in months and think, yikes I need a pedicure. I had such a moment the other day so I went to L at beauty for an indulgent treat.

The paraffin pedi is extra moisturising and perfect for the beginning of sandal season.

You get the usual wash, buff and massage, then you dip your feet into a vat of hot paraffin. Sounds painful, but it’s so relaxing I almost instantly fell into a deep sleep. The paraffin dries and forms a waxy layer on the skin. Feet are then wrapped in plastic and booties to keep them toasty and left for a couple of minutes. The therapist pulls off the plastic and the wax just slides off with it, leaving your feet soft and ready for the world. Bliss!

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It’s relaxing and indulgent and totally affordable. Lisa-Marie at L at Beauty in Diep River is offering a special for R220 until the end of October. Call to book on 021 712 4318.

— Emily

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bailey is five!

For some reason, five seems like such a big milestone to me. It’s all the fingers on one hand, it’s five years! I cannot believe my special baby girl is this big now. She told me last night that she’s going to listen much better to us when she turns five and for the first time in her life asked if she could go to bed early, so that morning time could come sooner.

This girl has the brightest, happiest, personality and she literally beams light wherever she goes. Unless she’s in a bad mood, and then she’s just impossible. She’s headstrong, helpful, polite (sometimes), knows exactly what she wants, chatters non-stop and we’re still trying to teach her to wait her turn to speak, especially when we’re having a conversation with each other or we’re on the phone. She loves her family, her friends, her toys, colouring in, painting, riding her bike, playing iPad, swinging, wearing dresses, cuddling the dogs, rumbling with dad, teasing her brother, frozen yoghurt, babycinnos, dancing and singing.

Bailey Stella West, we love you. Never stop being you because you are your best self!

That was then…
five

This is now…
five

— Liza

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the street store

I love the creativeness of people in this city.

Woodstock is a suburb of such extremes. Super trendy boutiques, restaurants and office space slam dunk in the middle of poverty stricken local community. Last year two advertising creatives, who came face to face with this juxtaposition of rich and poor on a daily basis, thought up The Street Store. It’s the world’s first ever rent-free, premises-free, free pop-up clothing store and it is a brilliant way to donate to the homeless so they can receive with dignity, choosing things they actually want and like.

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Street Store poster boards with hangers are hung from fences over which donors can lay their clothes. Boxes are placed in a neat row for shoes and accessories. Watch the video to see it in action.

The concept has grown to see street stores being duplicated in the city streets of Brussels, Vancouver, San Diego and São Paulo, to name a few. More than 263 cities from around the world have signed up to host a Street Store.

So if you see these posters, give freely and generously.

— Emily

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#whatbaileywore

The latest outfit posts for Bailey from my Instagram feed.

what bailey wore

Mr Price dress, Saltwater sandals

what bailey wore

Mr Price shirt, Woolworths leggings, Nike trainers, leg warmers as arm warmers

what bailey wore

Cotton On t-shirt, factory shop swim shorts, Woolworths socks, leg warmers #dressedherself

what bailey wore

Cotton On cardigan, Zara dress, vintage shoes

what bailey wore

Pick n Pay mini yoga set, elephant plaster

— Liza

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