Strengthen Your Family Bond

Strong family bonds don’t always happen naturally. But you can most certainly create a strong firm foundation that will strengthen your family’s relationships even in hectic day-to-day living.

Eat Meals Together

Studies have shown that eating meals together helps reinforce communication. Choose a few nights during the week when you expect everyone to gather around the dinner table. Don’t allow phones or other electronics, either. Just eat a meal and have a conversation together. If you unable to get together as a family for dinner because of busy schedules, try breakfast.

Do Chores as a Family

Make cleaning your home or caring for the yard a responsibility of the whole family. Create a list of chores and have everyone sign up. Set up a time when everyone can tackle their chore at the same time. If your teens need a little more flexibility, give them a deadline to have their chore completed. 

Create a Mission Statement

It may seem a little corny or too business-like, but it works. A family mission statement can remind every family member about your core values or what you love most about each other. It is simple and fun to develop as a family and it’s a great project for family night. Place your framed mission statement in a predominant place in your home. Read it and talk about it often. 

Have Family Meetings

Family meetings are a good time for everyone to check in with each other, air grievances, or discuss future plans like holidays or birthdays. These can be scheduled events or you can make them impromptu and allow any member of the family to call a meeting if they feel the need. Start each of these meetings by reading your family mission statement. If you have a large family, you might also want to begin by asking if anyone has something for the ‘agenda.’ Write down what everyone wants to talk about and go through them one-by-one.

Encourage Support

Family support is important and you can build this bond that will last your kids a lifetime, even when they’re your age and after you’re gone. Encourage everyone to learn about things that are important to everyone else and to support each other through good and bad times. Share when something goes well at work. Ask your teen how their test went. Celebrate achievements and reward good behavior by doing something special together.


Baby steps are a start and they count! Watching a series as a family can open the floor for conversations, laughter, opinions and point of views.









Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with  Grilled Pineapple

Deliciously Tender and Succulent. Whether its made for a packed lunch or home snack, this right here can make it to your top favourite list of sandwiches.


  • 2kg pound pork shoulder
  • 1 fresh pineapple, cut into 8 rings
  • 2¼ cups of pineapple juice, divided
  • 2 cups of light brown sugar
  • 1 cup of low sodium soy sauce
  • ¾ cup of tomato sauce
  • 2cm piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes
  • 8 sandwich buns


  1. Place the pork in the pot. DO NOT SALT. (There will be enough salt flavor later from the soy in the sauce).
  2. Pour in ¼ cup of pineapple juice.
  3. Cook on low heat till shredding (about 4 hours).
  4. When your pork is ready, drain the juices from the crockpot and retain the meat.
  5. To a medium saucepan, add the tomato sauce, soy sauce, 2 cups of pineapple juice, brown sugar, grated ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
  6. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Let the mixture cool slightly.
  8. Pour half of the sauce over the pork and half into a container to serve alongside the pork.
  9. Shred the pork with two forks, while combining the BBQ sauce along with it.
  10. On a hot grill or grill pan, toast the buns for 30 seconds.
  11. Then grill the pineapple slices for about a minute on each side.
  12. Place a pineapple slice on the bottom bun, top with pulled pork, drizzle with more sauce if desired before topping your sandwich.





Delicious Autumn Cocktail

Pomegranate Julep

Live in each season as it passes: Breathe the air, drink the drink and taste the fruit.


2 sprigs of fresh mint, plus extra for garnish

2 sugar cubes

60ml Pomegranate Liqueur

60ml Kentucky Bourbon

Fresh Pomegranate



In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint and sugar with liqueur and bourbon. Shake ingredients vigorously over ice and strain into a  glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, Pomegranate, lime wedge and serve.








Cold-Weather Comfort Food

Choc-Caramel Brownie Pudding & Hot Fudge Sauce

Brownie meets biscuit in this crazy good pud that’s packed with chocolate.


  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 200g dark cooking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 200g butter, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 270g (1 1/4 cups) caster sugar
  • 115g (3/4 cup) plain flour
  • 35g (1/3 cup) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 200g Arnott’s Caramel Crowns


  • 200g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 250ml (1 cup) thickened cream

Vanilla ice-cream, to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Brush a 16 x 26cm slice pan with melted butter. Line with baking paper, allowing the sides to overhang.
  1. Place the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Stir with a metal spoon until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. Transfer to a large bowl.
  1. Whisk the eggs and egg yolks in a jug until combined. Add to the chocolate mixture and stir until combined. Stir in the sugar, flour and cocoa powder.
  2. Pour half the mixture into the lined pan. Place the biscuits on top of the mixture, spacing evenly and pressing down slightly into the mixture. Pour over the remaining chocolate mixture and gently spread to cover the biscuits. Smooth the surface.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes or until crumbs cling to a skewer inserted into the centre. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. To make the hot fudge sauce, place the chocolate and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until smooth.
  5. Cut brownie into pieces. Serve with ice-cream and hot fudge sauce.







Mother’s Day Events JHB 2018

Mother’s Day Events Johannesburg 2018

Mother’s Day is on Sunday the 13th of May, just in case you forgot. And if you did, no worries, we’ve listed a bunch of places and things to do for your mother this weekend.

oneNINEone (Rosebank)

Spend the day celebrating your mom with a gourmet Mother’s Day brunch buffet. The day will begin with a glass of MCC on arrival followed by an oyster station; a selection of breakfast favourites; an egg station; a prawn station; a taco station; and a hot selection offering. End off the feast with a visit to the flapjack and dessert counter.

Cost: R650
info: or 081 877 6981

Flames Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel (Westcliff)

Few spots in the city boast a panoramic view that beats the Four Seasons Hotel at The Westcliff. For a special brunch, Flames restaurant will serve up a lavish start to your Sunday. Or – for an unforgettable lunch of cured wagyu beef, butter-poached langoustine and more – opt for the hotel’s signature View Restaurant for a four-course treat.

Cost: R795 – R950
info: 011 481 6000


AtholPlace Restaurant (Atholl)

The boutique villa has just conceptualized a six-course feast fit for queens that includes an amuse bouche, cured salmon, wild mushrooms in pecorino and garlic, dry-aged rump with raspberry pureé, pan-fried linefish, and macaroon with basil ice cream and a yoghurt emulsion. If mama likes it fancy, indulge her in this royal treatment.

Cost: R650
info: 011 615 4303


Mother’s Day Concert (Joburg Zoo)

Something different for Mom and the whole family, a day of musical performances, animal tours and luscious lawns. There’s even a kiddies play area for those parents who’d like to lay back and enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Cost: TBA
info: 011 646 2000


Mother’s Day Makeup Workshop (Rosebank Rooftop Market)

Nadine Hocter will be doing talks on the following topics: Eyebrow shaping – 15 min Contouring – 20 min Applying eye makeup – 20 min Skincare – what to use and when – 20 min

You can drop in throughout the day and pick up tips on how to do your makeup like a pro!

Cost: Free


Mother’s Day Sunday Lunch (Fairway Hotel)

Although the day is all about the Moms, there will be some fun for the children including a jumping castle, face painter and babysitters.

Want to stay- over for the weekend? Book on these amazing Accommodation specials during 11 – 14 May 2018:30% off all room types and they have also created an amazing Mother’s Spa Package valid for the entire month of May. R 1 000 per person will get you: Paraffin pedicure, 90 min facial and hot chocolate.

Cost: R 425
Info: 011 478 8000


Mother’s Day Opera & High Tea (1 Fox Street JHB)

The Gauteng Opera performance starts at 1pm and all market food stalls will be open on the day.

P.S. They are working on a special big screen display for Mom on the day, so please email RSVP “GOING’ and send a pic of your mom.

Cost: TBC




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