Seoul’s 5 Hot Hanok Cafes – 한옥 카페

If you love learning about new cultures, chances are you will love Hanok, a Korean traditional style architecture. Why are Hanoks so intriguing and beautiful? This style of architecture gives thought to nature and its surroundings. They are known for having an eco-friendly function and healing effects.

Raw materials such as timber, oil and rock are used in the construction of Hanok. Hanok’s have their own tiled roofs (Giwa), wooden beams and stone-block construction. Cheoma is the edge of Hanok’s curvy roofs.

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Seoul’s 5 Best Summer Chill Cafes’

Summer in South Korea is a time when a lot of us feel overwhelmed by the humidity and want to hide away at home, shaded away from the heat. Fortunately for you, Seoul is PACKED with great cafes perfect to chill in this summer. I scouted around over the last month (or more) to find my 5 favourite summer chill cafes. Ranging from aircons blasting to rooftop bars, you will definitely find good interiors, good coffee and good vibes at these cafes.

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Happiness Is Home Made Jam / Spring Jam Recipe

Spring season in South Korea is by far my favourite. Cue blossoms, pretty colours and an abundance of strawberries. I was given a HUGE box of strawberries as a gift and even after enjoying plenty bowls of strawberry and yoghurt for breakfast, I was still left with too many strawberries. I dislike wasting fresh fruit so I decided to make strawberry and black currant jam. It was so delicious and I especially enjoyed slathering it on toasted bread with ghee and slices of fried banana.

Watch the video above for the recipe.

 

Happy jamming

xx

 


Foodie Day in Suwon / Cake and History

 

A slice of cake with a slice of history

What was meant to only be one cup of coffee turned into a foodie exploration of Suwon, South Korea. Coffee and sumptuous cake with the most AMAZING views ever of the Hwaseong Fortress (Unesco World Heritage Sight), followed by deliciously cheesy pizza and a beer.

First stop in Suwon, Cafe One More…

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Seoul Spring Blossoms/ Rose Mojitos / Bongeunsa Temple

Yay yay It’s FINALLY spring in South Korea. I arrived in Korea at the beginning of winter and my immune system went on strike. I’ve been so sick with all sorts of horrible things (Tinnitus, Tonsillitis, Bronchitis etc!) Thankfully I’m on the mend and this weekend was time for me to venture out in to the sunshine and smell the sweet aroma of newly blossomed blooms. After walking around Bongeunsa Temple, I opted for cake for brunch (obviously) and a delicious spring inspired beverage.

Watch the blog below to see all of the fun and beauty.

Arabic Inspired Mezze Meal

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I absolutely love travelling and have created numerous boards on Pinterest of my dream destinations as well as the food of these countries.

As I mention in the video, two of the countries I have a deep desire to visit are Morocco and Turkey. I can already visualize visiting the markets bursting with mountains of spices, dates, and various other beautiful and interesting ornaments. I can hear the music, smell the incense, and picture the electric blue, and greenish turquoise, coloured doors of the riads (traditional houses) and villas. Morocco is known for its vivid and colorful designs, and interesting architecture.

I do admit to having a colourful and vivid imagination, and an interest in architecture, so I do believe that Morocco will be a good fit! And as for Turkey, I believe that the Turks enjoy their food, so I foresee no major problems there. I just have one concern…The Turkish word for breakfast, kahvaltı, means “before coffee.” Whaaat? No coffee before breakfast?!
Oh well, I’ll just have to get around that one by indulging in a very, very early Turkish breakfast!

I’ve digressed…One of the dishes I LOVE making for guests is Tabbouleh. It’s a great mezzo style meal, but also goes well served as a side salad with a main meal.

This Tabbouleh recipe is a Middle Eastern inspired dish.

Ingredients:
One cup of bulgur wheat, but I used pearled wheat, instead. (To cook this required one cup of pearled wheat to four cups of water.)
A fresh punnet of parsley
Juice of one lemon
Olive oil
Sachet of pitted olives (about 200 grams)
One large purple onion (peeled and cut in to four)
300 grams Sundried tomatoes.
Clove of garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Rinse the pearled wheat with cold water and place in a pot with the water and bring to the boil, once it has reached the boil, turn the heat down, cover, and simmer gently for about 40 minutes- to an hour until tender. Drain
Let the wheat cool down in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, place your fresh parsley, purple onion, sundried tomatoes, pitted olives, teaspoon of cinnamon, garlic, 4 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. (I love olives so, in addition, I used two teaspoons of olive tapenade)
Mix all together
Place the contents of the bowl into a food processor.
Blend together.
Add to the cooled down pearled wheat. Mix and serve cold.

This dish goes really well with crispy, warm flatbread, cheeses, and wine, etc. The flatbread also goes really well with roasted beetroot hummus, so I’d like to suggest that you make both of these dishes when next you are entertaining and want to serve something out of the ordinary.

Ingredients:
5 large beetroot
1 can of chick peas (400 grams)
2 large chili peppers
3 whole cloves of fresh garlic
2 tablespoons of butternut
1 punnet fresh coriander
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil to drizzle
Flat bread for serving. (I bought mine from the store, alternatively, make my spelt flat bread I made on this post)

Method
Wash the beetroot, and cut off both ends of each beetroot.
Cut each beetroot into four pieces.
Place the cut up beetroot, the onion, the garlic, and the two chili peppers, on a baking tray, and drizzle with olive oil.
Place in the oven at 180 degrees until fully cooked.

 

Once the ingredients have cooled down, place them into a food processor along with all the other ingredients. Mix together for four minutes (or until smoothly blended)

Place in a bowl, and serve when cooled down.

Watch the video below for the full recipe and tutorial on how to make the Tabbouleh.

Beetroot Hummus Byrd and Bean

Roasted Beetroot Hummus byrd and bean

Roasted Beetroot Hummus byrd and bean

Nieu- Bethesda Vlog


Every town holds mysterious and intriguing stories within its perimeters. The Eastern Cape village of Nieu-Bethesda, hidden between the Sneeuberg Mountains is no exception. If you are a traveller, an explorer, an artist or just enjoy a good getaway with a good story, you will enjoy this.

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It’s How You Say It.

It’s not what you say it’s how you say it!

Nina Millin is performing Beyoncé Knowles’s record winning songs as monologues. Although they are funny to watch, they are such a good reminder that how way we say things can totally change the way it is received.

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