Friday, 26 December 2014

HEALTH: Sulphite Sensitivity (since this article was written, sulfites have been banned on salad bars, but food manufacturers use sulfites on many foods, and some foods have naturally occurring sulfites).

I have been semi-concious the entire week, and missed christmas due to this nonsense :( awful.


Sandy Bigara

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

RECIPE: Chocolate Cappuccino Cupcakes

Based on my hard-to-flop recipe, these cupcakes were delish! 

Chocolate Cappuccino Cupcakes – Sandy Bigara

The Chocolate Cake
3 eggs (160gr)
160gr Self Raising Flour
160gr Brown Sugar
100ml Cocoa Powder
160gr Margarine / Butter (melted in the microwave until runny – does not have to be cooled down)
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

The “Cappuccino”
1 Tablespoon Jacobs Kroning Coffee Powder (and a dash of boiling water to break down the granules)
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Essence
100ml Fresh Cream

The Icing
I tub Pilsbury Chocolate Icing

1. Preheat oven to 180C.
2. In a small cup, mix your “Cappuccino” ingredients together and set aside.
3. In a nice mixing bowl, add S/R flour, sugar, and cocoa powder. Stir lightly to blend the ingredients.
4. Add melted runny margarine, eggs and “Cappuccino”
5. Using an electric mixer to hand held whisk – whip up the ingredients to incorporate air into the mix.
6. Add baking powder – whisk again to blend it in and place immediately into the oven.
7. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and place cupcakes on a rack to cool.
8. Ice and serve.
Adding Baking Powder just before you put the mix in the oven - gives your cupcakes lift.  

I found some cute cupcake holders in the drawer... cute!

I decided to do a simple chocolate swirl, the tops of the cakes looks so yummy I didn't want to hide them!


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss WINS Miss WORLD!

Congratulations to our very own Rolene Strauss who has just won the title of MISS WORLD! 

MANILA, Philippines – Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss, 22, won the title of Miss World 2014, taking the reins from Miss World 2013, the Philippines' own Megan Young.


Combining her two passions, she says: “Miss South Africa is all about giving. One of the greatest gifts anyone can receive is the gift of a healthy life. With my passion for giving, people and health, I will be able to contribute to one of the most important things any country desires: health for all.”
Rolene finds inspiration from Professor Jonathan Jansen, the rector of the University of the Free State. “He is not afraid to stand for what he believes in, he loves what he does and gives of himself to his students. I can testify that he wants the best for his students and supports them in all they do. We can all learn from Prof Jansen. Love what you do, stay humble and let the light shine on others.”

Originally from Mpumalanga, Rolene is currently living in Bloemfontein, studying medicine at the University of the Free State.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

MISSING: Kimberly Anderson, Toti, KZN

Tuesday 9th December 20:30 UPDATE 

Kimberly has been found. 

A message regarding missing people: "Pls parents need to go to nearest SAPS and open a case. A Form 55 needs to be filed in and emailed to for us to assist. When a case is opened an alert will also be put out for her vehicle by SAPS"

Tues 9th December 9am

Please Help Urgent! Has anyone seen this girl: Kimberly Anderson?

She was last seen last-night (08/12/2014) at Lords and Legends Toti with her friends at 21:30pm and has not been seen or heard from since.

Please, if you have any info please contact 074 129 7717 urgently.

She was driving a silver Peugeot 101.

Please share and circulate.
Megan Candey shared the link above, on facebook.


Sandy Bigara

Friday, 5 December 2014


So today, without warning and not according to the schedule, the Catalina Theatre was plunged into darkness 15min before The Princess & the Frog was due to begin.
And, so, we improvised. I informed the audience that, if they were willing to have fun with us, we would go on with the show regardless. 

We opened the theatre door curtains to let in as much sunlight as possible, moved the set forward to catch the light.

I dressed as a fairy - and stood to the side reading the narration, I sang the dance songs, while Sboniso Alex Msimango (dressed as a fairy as well) played drums.
A HUGE well done to the cast for a beautiful performance!! The audience enjoyed every moment as did I.
Well done my darlings, Eskom didn't win this time!!

REVIEW: Salt Coffee Shop Chakas Rock Beach Ballito

On Saturday the Husband Francis and I went to a little cafe in Chaka's Rock on Ocean dr.
I loved the blue/white colour scheme and hand painted signage at Salt. The white wattle pole ceiling was lovely to look at...

 and their Cappuccino and Rooibos Cappuccino's were divine! (Rooibos Cappuccino was so incredible I'd go all the way there from Durban again just to have another one)

We ordered the Tikka Chicken pizza with coriander and spicy peppers - when the pizza arrived 'with a flourish' I was impressed with the presentation and colour, however, the pizza was definitely not 'tikka' it tasted like simple tomato paste, no salt (we were provided with himalayan salt to use) and loads of fresh coriander, the 'spicy' peppers were sweet and not spicy. The pizza was bland but the base was crisp and we were pleasantly full afterwards even though we shared. I would have preferred a 'tikka' chicken to have more... Tikka? More bite. But overall a very nice venue.

The managed/owner was very friendly and had a lovely chat with the Husband after our meal. The location is on a busy 3 way stop, so you sit and watch the world go by, I enjoyed watching people going about their lives.

Coffee Shop | Pastries & Croissants | Pizza | Toasted Sandwiches & Paninis.

PIZZA 12:30 - 19:30 | Wed ~ Sun
FOCACCIA...............Olive Oil, Garlic and or Mozzarella
MARGARITA............Cheese & Tomato
HAWAIIAN................Ham & Pineapple
REGINA....................Ham & Mushroom
VEGETARIAN...........Roasted Peppers, Mushrooms, Onions, Garlic & Feta
TROPICAL BACON..Bacon, Mushroom, Garlic & Pineapple
SALAMI....................Salami, Roasted Peppers & Chilli
MEXICAN.................Red Onion, Roasted Peppers, Jalapeno & Mince
TANDORI.................Red Onion, Spicy Peppers, Tandoori Chicken & Coriander
QUATTRO................Artichokes, Salami, Mushrooms & Olives
SICILIANA................Anchovies, Capers & Olives
TRIO FORMAGGIO.Mozzarella, Feta & Blue Cheese
SPICY MEAT............Tandoori, Salami, Ham & Bacon
BBQ MEAT FEAST...Salami, Mince, Bacon, Ham & BBQ Basting
BACON & AVO..........Bacon, Avo & Feta

Physical Address
13 Ocean Drive
Chakas Rock Beach

Chakas Rock the corner of Ocean Drive & Chakas Rock Main Road.


Sandy Bigara