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Recipe: Pesto-filled salmon fillets

Recipe: Pesto-filled salmon fillets

By Lea Brink Enjoy a glass of white wine with these salmon fillets. A winner for any special occasion. You will need: 4 salmon fillets 1 cup basil 2 tablespoons thyme ½ cup chopped olives 1 tablespoon peanuts 3 cloves of garlic 1 cup olive oil Salt and pepper to  … Read more

Recipe: Toasted marshmallow cheesecake

Recipe: Toasted marshmallow cheesecake

By Lea Brink Absolutely delicious! The toasted marshmallows will remind you of your childhood. You will need: Crust: 2 packets crushed tennis biscuits ½ cup melted butter Filling: 1½ cups cream cheese 200 ml fresh cream 1 cup castor sugar ½ cup cocoa powder ½ teaspoon cinnamon 3 eggs Top  … Read more

Recipe: Chilli chicken pasta

Recipe: Chilli chicken pasta

By Lea Brink For supper with a tasty kick. You will need: 500g penne pasta 200g green asparagus 200g white mushrooms 4 eggs, beaten 100 ml fresh cream 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese 200 ml dry white wine 2 cloves of garlic, chopped Salt and pepper to taste 2 tablespoons  … Read more

My child is scared of the...

My child is scared of the dark

By Marli Naidoo A fear of the dark is common in children, and usually begins in the toddler stage. This is the time when a child’s imagination starts to develop. Unfortunately for some children this fear does not go away. Those with anxious personalities may also be affected more seriously  … Read more

Recipe: Rump steak with spinach and...

Recipe: Rump steak with spinach and bacon stuffing

By Lea Brink This dish will set your mouth drooling. You will need: 800g rump steak 4 bacon strips, cut into smaller pieces and fried 150g cream cheese 150g chopped fresh spinach leaves 1 tablespoon lemon juice 4 chopped cloves of garlic ¼ chopped onion 1 teaspoon rosemary Salt and  … Read more

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My child is scared of the dark

By Marli Naidoo A fear of the dark is common in children, and usually begins in the toddler stage. This is the time when a child’s imagination starts to develop. Unfortunately for some children this fear does not go away. Those with anxious personalities may also be affected more seriously by fear and might want to stay with you day and night and follow you from room to room. However, it is never too early to start equipping children to enable them to combat their fears. Let your child understand that it is normal to be scared of the dark ... Lees meer.

Your teenager and suicide

By Nico Strydom About one out of every 10 teenager deaths in South Africa is due to suicide. According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) there are many reasons why teenagers often see suicide as their only way out. These include depression, alcohol and drug abuse, and bullying. “People who consider suicide, feel alone and isolated and often think that nobody understands what they are feeling. Changes in their lives can be disturbing and they want to escape from a tough problem or situation. Many teenagers who consider suicide feel that they have lost control and they ... Lees meer.

At what age should my learn child how to swim?

By Nico Strydom Drowning is one of the main causes of unnatural deaths among young children in South Africa. “The sad part is that almost all the deaths could possibly have been avoided through proper supervision over children who could not swim, by informing children about the dangers of water, and by placing fences around and netting over swimming pools,” says Dr James Nutt, general practitioner at Intercare Glenfair. According to Nutt children can suffer permanent brain damage within minutes when oxygen is cut off. “Children can even drown in a basin or a small fishpond with a little bit ... Lees meer.

Keep your teenager’s love tank full – speak her love language

By Melodie Veldhuizen According to Gary Chapman, love is the most fundamental building block of parent-teenager relationships. Most parents love their teenagers, yet teenagers often complain that it doesn’t feel so. This is because parents do not know their teenagers’ love language and consequently they communicate their love in the wrong way. That is why their love tank stays empty. Chapman distinguishes five love languages – constructive words, physical touch, quality time, servitude and gifts. Constructive words: Firstly, there are words of praise giving acknowledgement and praising her for that which has been achieved. Refer to a specific situation or incident. ... Lees meer.

Only child – misconceptions, pros and cons

By Melodie Veldhuizen People’s first reaction on realising a child does not have siblings, often is: ‘Oh, spoilt brat’. This is not necessarily true. Likewise, there are also other misconceptions about only children. Although certain advantages are attached to being an only child, there are disadvantages as well. Let us look at some of the misconceptions about only children, as well as the pros and cons of being an only child. Misconceptions about only children Only children aren’t necessarily selfish, as parents can still teach a child to be generous. They don’t necessarily have a higher IQ and aren’t necessarily more ... Lees meer.


Who comes first: Husband or children?

By Marli Naidoo Perhaps you’re one of those moms who say that their children come before their husbands on the priority list because they did not ask to be here, cannot fend for themselves, and the husband is old enough to take care of himself. However, is this attitude the best for your children and your marriage? It has been found that conjugal bliss dims after the birth of children. This decline is 42% higher in our generation than in the previous one. This happiness and satisfaction decline even more with the birth of every subsequent child. This does not ... Lees meer.

Please talk to me, honey!

By Karen van der Berg If there is one thing women want the most, it is for their husbands to talk about their emotions. Most men struggle to talk about their emotions or “deeper” stuff such as relationships. The good news is, you can teach your husband to do so. This is according to Raymond Fourie, a marriage counsellor in Bellville. Most people possess an amazing ability to grow and change. Your husband does not find it as easy as you do to talk about matters of the heart, because as a child he received messages to suppress his experiences ... Lees meer.

When is divorce the best option?

By Anja van den Berg Divorce is not something to be taken lightly. The emotional and financial fallout from ending a marriage can be tremendous and traumatic for all involved. “The common conclusion to all studies on prevention of relationship breakdown and the causes of divorce is that a constellation of factors, not a single cause, is normally responsible for the breakdown of a marriage relationship,” says Bertus Preller, family law and divorce lawyer at Bertus Preller & Associates Inc. in Cape Town. Since relationships are dynamic and family circumstances alter throughout the course of the marriage (for example, the ... Lees meer.

The pros and cons of online dating

By Nico Strydom In the digital era more and more people meet online and like everything else, it has its pros and cons. Technology makes it easier for single people to meet new friends online and even to find their life partners. There are thousands of dating websites that provide for the different needs of people who decide to date online. Technology, however, can be both an obstacle and an aid to romance. Once you’ve taken the first step towards creating an online profile, there are several things to keep in mind: Do not create a misleading profile Give a ... Lees meer.

Is the first year of a marriage really the bumpiest?

By Nico Strydom The first year of a marriage is often referred to as the honeymoon phase, but also has the reputation of being one of the most difficult years of a marriage. There doesn’t seem to be any really concrete research as to whether this is really the case. In most cases the possibility that it could be one of the worst years of a marriage is ascribed to the fact that marriage comes with various challenges, such as adjustment, expectations, disillusionment and anticlimax. For many couples the honeymoon phase ends after the honeymoon when they find out that ... Lees meer.


Yes, your dog can also grieve

By Melodie Veldhuizen Some animal-behaviour scientists doubt whether dogs can really feel grief when a human parent dies. Experts claim that dogs function on the same intellectual and emotional level as children of four to five years old. They do not understand the finality of death and therefore they expect the deceased person to come back. And yet, from the behaviour of dogs it is clear that they experience loss when a human parent dies. The intensity with which dogs experience loss and the extent to which they grieve, depend a lot on how close the relationship between the deceased person ... Lees meer.

Seven diseases you could pick up from your pet

Chisanga Mukuka Just like the rest of us, your furry friend is also prone to germs, bacteria and bouts of sickness. And in the same way that you might catch a cold from other people, conditions from pets can sometimes be passed on to their owners. The good news is that most zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be transferred from animals to humans) are quite rare, and those that you could contract are treatable and can be prevented through simple measures. A great start is knowing which infections are most likely to cross over. Familiarise yourself with the following conditions: ... Lees meer.

Help your child to process the death of a pet

Marli Naidoo In many cases the loss of a pet is a child’s first introduction to death. It can therefore leave him sad, but can also fill him with feelings of guilt, fear and confusion. Some children may even resent a friend whose pet is still alive. It therefore is our duty to help our children through this difficult time. A toddler will probably not yet understand the concept of death. Explain to him that his pet is dead and won’t return, but that it definitely is not his fault. Four- to six-year-olds are inclined to see death as a ... Lees meer.

Having a dog in a complex

We all love our pets but it’s not always easy to live the communal life with an animal, especially a dog. If you’re planning on moving to a complex and have a dog, or live in one and want to get a dog, there are some things you need to consider. Firstly, is the complex pet-friendly? Some people move to a complex because they don’t want neighbours with pets, so make sure you can have a dog before you move in or buy one. Secondly, do you have the right kind of dog for complex living? Remember that an animal ... Lees meer.

Having a dog in a complex

Bryan Brook We all love our pets but it’s not always easy to live the communal life with an animal, especially a dog. If you’re planning to move to a complex and have a dog, or if you live in one and want to get a dog, there are some things you need to consider. Firstly, make sure the complex is pet-friendly. Some people move to a complex because they don’t want neighbours with pets, so make sure you can have a dog before you move in or buy one. Secondly, make sure that you have the right kind of ... Lees meer.


Family murders: Who and why

By Dr. Eugene Brink Henri van Breda was recently found guilty and sentenced to three life terms in prison for the murder of his father, brother and mother at the De Zalze luxury estate in Stellenbosch in 2015. It was one of the most sensational trials and family murders in the history of South Africa and garnered intense media attention. It seemed completely senseless and unusual for someone from such an esteemed, stable and well-to-do family to murder them in such an abhorrent manner. This perhaps explains why the case drew the amount of attention and scrutiny it did. Their ... Lees meer.

Safe holiday

By Marli Naidoo After another quarter’s hard work some families look forward to a bit of winter holiday. Time to rest, to forget about work and school stress, and to muster strength for the second half of the year. A holiday is a time for enjoying yourself and shrugging off all stress. It is therefore important to have a safe holiday and to try and avoid incidents that could cause unnecessary pressure. Plan ahead. Take along only the necessary credit cards, and don’t walk around with a lot of cash. Plan your route, even if you have GPS. Choose the ... Lees meer.

At what age should my learn child how to swim?

By Nico Strydom Drowning is one of the main causes of unnatural deaths among young children in South Africa. “The sad part is that almost all the deaths could possibly have been avoided through proper supervision over children who could not swim, by informing children about the dangers of water, and by placing fences around and netting over swimming pools,” says Dr James Nutt, general practitioner at Intercare Glenfair. According to Nutt children can suffer permanent brain damage within minutes when oxygen is cut off. “Children can even drown in a basin or a small fishpond with a little bit ... Lees meer.

Human trafficking: Closer to home than you realise

By Tania du Toit Human trafficking and human abuse are as old as man himself and is also mentioned in the Bible (think of Joseph). In our times the media increasingly reports on contemporary human trafficking, but take note: readers can easily become “accustomed” to its more generally known perception (kidnapping and/or theft of people for exploitation) and then think that this lies outside their frames of reference and therefore does not concern them. Unfortunately most awaremakers do not have full deep-level information about the total human trafficking apparatus. The low percentage (1-2%) of local successful victim retrieval and worldwide ... Lees meer.

Human trafficking: Red flag for parents, caregivers and children

By Tania du Toit Apart from the well-known “don’t talk to strangers” and “don’t leave your drink or food unattended”, there are quite a number of other guidelines and red flags that parents, caregivers and people who work with children should be on the lookout for regarding human trafficking. The latter, as was discussed in Human trafficking 1, does not include the kidnapping of people for exploitation. These strategies and mechanisms of the total human trafficking organisation is deeply rooted and subtly integrated in the community and it runs wide and purposefully (read Human trafficking 1*). In the Goodman interview* ... Lees meer.


Safe holiday

By Marli Naidoo After another quarter’s hard work some families look forward to a bit of winter holiday. Time to rest, to forget about work and school stress, and to muster strength for the second half of the year. A holiday is a time for enjoying yourself and shrugging off all stress. It is therefore important to have a safe holiday and to try and avoid incidents that could cause unnecessary pressure. Plan ahead. Take along only the necessary credit cards, and don’t walk around with a lot of cash. Plan your route, even if you have GPS. Choose the ... Lees meer.

Staying safe on a long journey

By Nico Strydom Many people go on long journeys during the December holidays to go and relax at various places across the country. How can you ensure your safety on the open road? Ian Cameron, AfriForum’s Head of Community Safety, says every person travelling during this season has a responsibility to be safe towards himself or herself as well as other travellers. Cameron gives the following tips: Make sure that your vehicle is roadworthy and does not endanger you or other road users. Make sure that you get enough sleep and are rested before you start your journey. Schedule enough ... Lees meer.

Secure your house for the holidays

By Nico Strydom The December holidays have arrived at last, which means that many people are taking a break. However, it usually also means increased criminal activity, so make sure that your house is secure while you are on holiday. Unfortunately you can’t take all your belongings on holiday with you, but you can take certain precautions to try and make sure that your house is secure while you’re away from home. According to Virseker criminals go into overdrive from October to December and incidents of housebreaking escalate dramatically. Virseker offers the following security hints for the protection of your ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Quick ʼn Easy Christmas muffins

Lea Brink These fruit muffins are quick to make and to enjoy with Christmas guests. You will need: ½ cup dates, pitted 1 cup prunes, pitted ¾ cup figs 1 cup currants 1 ¼ cups sultanas 1 cup dry white wine 1 cup brandy 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup butter at room temperature 4 eggs, beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla essence Chop all the fruit finely, add the sultanas and currants. Add the wine and brandy and stir. Cover with a cloth and leave to stand for approximately two days. Stir through at least twice ... Lees meer.

Managing your family during the festive season

Anja van den Berg Many of us will now be spending time with the extended family.  Whether you’re traveling to visit parents or whether they’re coming to stay with you, time spent with family can be filled with blessings — and also lots of stress. “There’s this idea that holiday gatherings with family are supposed to be joyful and stress-free,” says Dr Ken Duckworth, medical director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “That’s not the case.  Family relationships are complicated.  But that’s doesn’t mean that the solution is to skip the holidays entirely.” Like it or not, extended family ... Lees meer.


Recipe: Pesto-filled salmon fillets

By Lea Brink Enjoy a glass of white wine with these salmon fillets. A winner for any special occasion. You will need: 4 salmon fillets 1 cup basil 2 tablespoons thyme ½ cup chopped olives 1 tablespoon peanuts 3 cloves of garlic 1 cup olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Preheat the oven to 180°C. Combine the basil, thyme, olives, cloves of garlic and peanuts in a food processor. Gradually add the olive oil while the food processer slowly turns the ingredients into the pesto. The pesto will be a thick paste. Remove the skin from the salmon fillets. ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Toasted marshmallow cheesecake

By Lea Brink Absolutely delicious! The toasted marshmallows will remind you of your childhood. You will need: Crust: 2 packets crushed tennis biscuits ½ cup melted butter Filling: 1½ cups cream cheese 200 ml fresh cream 1 cup castor sugar ½ cup cocoa powder ½ teaspoon cinnamon 3 eggs Top layer: 200g mini white marshmallows 150 ml fresh cream 100g chopped milk chocolate Preheat the oven to 180°C. Mix the biscuit crumbs and the butter. Press onto the inside of a greased tart plate and bake in the oven for five to eight minutes. Set aside to cool. Beat the ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Chilli chicken pasta

By Lea Brink For supper with a tasty kick. You will need: 500g penne pasta 200g green asparagus 200g white mushrooms 4 eggs, beaten 100 ml fresh cream 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese 200 ml dry white wine 2 cloves of garlic, chopped Salt and pepper to taste 2 tablespoons chopped coriander ½ chopped onion 2 chopped chilli peppers 500g chicken fillets, cut into pieces Boil the penne pasta in salt water for approximately 10-12 minutes. Fry the onion, chicken and garlic in a bit of olive oil until done. Add the asparagus, mushrooms and chilli peppers. Fry for another ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Rump steak with spinach and bacon stuffing

By Lea Brink This dish will set your mouth drooling. You will need: 800g rump steak 4 bacon strips, cut into smaller pieces and fried 150g cream cheese 150g chopped fresh spinach leaves 1 tablespoon lemon juice 4 chopped cloves of garlic ¼ chopped onion 1 teaspoon rosemary Salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon chilli powder Preheat the oven to 180°C. Mix the spinach leaves, lemon juice, cloves of garlic, bacon, cream cheese, onion, rosemary, chilli powder, salt and pepper in a food processor until well blended. Spread the spinach filling over the rump steak and fold over the ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Coconut soufflé with rosewater-chocolate sauce

By Lea Brink A delicate work of art at its best. You will need: Soufflé: 1 cup self-raising flour ½ cup castor sugar ½ cup coconut ¾ cup coconut milk 1 tablespoon chopped white chocolate 1 egg 80g butter Sauce: 120g chopped white chocolate 150 ml fresh cream 1 tablespoon rosewater syrup Preheat the oven to 180°C. Spray six individual oven bowls with Spray and Cook. Sif the self-raising flour into a mixing bowl. Add the castor sugar and coconut. Combine the coconut milk, egg, butter and white chocolate and beat well. Add to the dry ingredients. Mix well and ... Lees meer.


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