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living in johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things i love

homemade ice cream sammies


I picked up these Tovolo ice cream sandwich molds on a whim since I’m craving ice cream sandwiches that you apparently can NOT find in South African grocery stores (let’s blame my recent ceaseless sweet tooth on the running, shall we?).

You do not technically need to spend money on some plastic ice cream molds, you can use cookie cutters and parchment paper a la Smitten Kitchen (you can also just use her entire recipe because, let’s not kid each other here, she’s the Queen).

But if you’re like my mom and like a little brownie with your ice cream, might I suggest using brownie batter and making them reeeally thin?

You need:
Your favorite brownie recipe (store bought if you want to blaspheme/be REAL)
Your favorite ice cream (I used madagascan vanilla, IT’S RIGHT NEXT DOOR)
Ice cream molds
Saran wrap for storing

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masala street corn

masalstreetcorn2I like to put Sriracha on everything so it’s no surprise that recently people are slathering it on corn all over the food trucks and blogs and calling it a day. I can do you one better- while it’s not advisable for foreigners to buy street food in India there is a delicious (mythical to you, foreigner) masala corn that, like most Indian things, is chat-pata.

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haute tech series 4: christopher plummer is on your iphone

dachshundwebSince I was feeling in an illustrative groove this week I made an iPhone/iPad screen saver for you. This one goes out to the folks at the Department of Home Affairs. No explanation needed.

(click through above for the higher resolution picture)

PS Check out my DIY at the Minnetonka Moccasins blog. I’ll be doing one more and then hosting a contest for one lucky reader to win my favorite pair of moccs. It will be open to US and South African residents!

**Welcome to haute tech, wherein I fool around with CS6 to produce pretty illustrations to for your tech

smoothie bliss


Let’s be honest- sometimes the only thing that gets me through my runs is the promise of a smoothie at the end. A smoothie that packs lots of nutrients and a little bit of protein is the perfect lunch or post run snack. After my long runs I usually buy myself a smoothie for a treat, but can’t really justify it 5 times a week. Because it is entirely too much work to make a smoothie evvvery daaay (the cleaning lady doesnt come daily??) I make one big batch and put them into popsicle molds, and have a freezer full of healthy smoothie pops that I can eat as-is or put into a glass in the fridge to melt before my run.

Afterwards I feel light and healthy. Some people like protein powder, but I’ve tried it and makes me feel like I have cement in my stomach. If you’re a protein powder person you can add it, the possibilities are infinite.

What are your favorite smoothies?

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consumerist series 5: vintage neutrals


 All the early 20th century period films plus my recent main-lining of Boardwalk Empire are creating a hunger for that Prohibition era look.

1. Caroline paneled dress by LRK. It would go fab with my new MAC lipstick in Girl About Town.

2. I’ve been craving a head dress since my wedding. This is the perfect (& cheap!) solution.

3. Karen Walker cat-eye sunglasses. We are going to Zanzibar in a couple months for some fun in the sun. It will go perfectly with my…

4. High waisted 50s style bikini. Though I’ve recently come to terms with the fact that the one piece and high waisted suits are even harder to look good in than a skimpy bikini.

5. Loeffler Randall Octavia high top sneaker. They would feel and look divine while traveling.

**Welcome to the consumerist column, where I detail things I want. Because I want a lot of things and I’m not ashamed to say it.**