17 November, 2014

Nadia van der Mescht Creative Workshop Goodie Bags


It's been more than two months since I attended Nadia van der Mescht's Creative Business Workshop in Cape Town. My goodie bag has been waiting untouched in my studio for me to photograph it. Things have gotten a bit out of control in there and I finally took some photos over the weekend while tidying up.

Each of the attendees received a wonderful goodie bag filled with lovely products and there were also lots of giveaway prizes. I was lucky enough to win a canvas bag filled with m.studio products. Since I waited so long to take photos, I unfortunately can't remember which of the m.studio products are from the goodie bags and which are from my prize. So I photographed all the m.studio products separately.

My seat on the day. 

Missing from this photo is the notebook from Nadia and my Consol water bottle. That's because I've already used them and couldn't find them in my messy studio while I was taking photos.

Clockwise from top left:
  • Pouch from Zana. I've been very anxious to start using this, so I'm relieved I've finally taken photos.
  • Pen from Typo.
  • Paper straw with hearts.
  • Gift card from Hello Pretty.
  • Nadia's cute new business card.
  • File labels from Design-A-File.
  • Card from Seven Swans stationery. The envelope has a pretty floral lining.
  • Card from bvbblegvm.
  • Postcard from Terrapin and Toad. Yes, that's our business. We also sponsored a print for the giveaway :)

I forgot to add this to the group shot. A cute teabag from Toast

 Canvas bag from m.studio.

Gift bags, notebooks, twine, washi tape, stickers, straws, ribbon, tags and cake toppers all from m.studio.

Thank you again Nadia for a wonderful day and thank you to the sponsors for making it even more special.

You can see professional photos from the day here.


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12 November, 2014

Cosecha restaurant


During our stay at Vrede en Lust, we stopped at the nearby Cosecha Restaurant at Noble Hill wine estate for an afternoon snack. We were very disappointed with the vegan options in Franschhoek and were pleasantly surprised by the delicious food at Cosecha.

The menu looked really good, but we only had the fresh guacamole and I'd really like to go back and try more dishes.




Instead of bread rolls they served this little chickpea dip with tortilla chips. It was so flavourful and perfectly balanced. I could've eaten a lot more of this.



The guacamole is served with the pestle and mortar that's used to make it. The chilli powder they serve with it is incredible and you can tell it was made by someone who loves food. I'm often surprised by the lack of herbs and spices in restaurant food. In my opinion it's one of the most important parts and can make a delicious meal out of even the most basic ingredients.



The setting is also beautiful and we had the perfect relaxing afternoon.


I haven't been blogging much lately because one of our dogs, Twiggy, has been ill. I mentioned that she hurt her neck in my beach post, but we discovered more problems after that. It's quite serious, but with the help of our vet and lots of special attention and food she seems to be improving. I might do a post about it and give more info once she has recovered fully.


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02 November, 2014

Fuzzy caterpillar


Just a few photos of a very cool looking big caterpillar that was on our garden gate this morning.






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27 October, 2014

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad (BĂșn Chay)


I made this delicious Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad for lunch last week. When I cooked rice noodles for the first time I followed the directions on the pack and they turned out completely mushy. Since then I have done some research and discovered it's better to soak them in hot water than boil them. This is great news because it makes preparation much easier for a quick lunch.


I followed the directions quite closely for this recipe except for the tofu. Instead of simply frying tofu blocks, I used marinated extra firm tofu and blended it with the peanuts and a few spring onions. Then I fried the minced mixture and added a bit of sesame oil. I also added carrots and only used half the lettuce. I used my stick blender's handy chopping attachment for the tofu topping, the herbs and sauce. So despite all the ingredients in this dish, it was very easy to put together.

Thinking about it has made me very hungry and I think I'll make it again soon.


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My name is Natasha. I live in a beautiful coastal town in South African with my little human/dog family. I love cooking and share new recipes I've tried here. Sometimes I even create my own recipes. I spend way too much time on Pinterest and blogs, but I'd like to be a neat, productive person one day. We're also starting a new business. You can read more about that at terrapinandtoad.com

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