Rainbow Cake 

Yes, we know it's completely cheesy, but baking your own rainbow cake in honour of Pride is so much fun. Besides, what is lockdown but a great excuse to bake up a storm? So, get out the flour, sugar, milk, food colouring and piping bags! Enjoy your Pride cake with friends over video chat or with family allies at home. Don't worry about overindulging, you can get back to exercising next month. Here's a simple recipe from the Yuppiechef blog to follow to make a perfect, moist and colourful rainbow cake - it makes six layers so be prepared to get a little messy in the kitchen!

Dress Up Party 

Pride is all about expressing your authentic self in as many ways possible. Even though you may not be able to go out and celebrate with friends, you can still host an online dress up party. Decorate your living space with balloons, streamers, flags and any other Pride memorabilia you have on hand. Then put on a fashion parade for all your fabulous friends. We like the idea of a 1980s themed disco ball, but it's completely up to you. As long as you're having fun and being true to yourself, go right ahead!

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Fancy Cocktails

When last did you let your hair down? Even though we're still cooped up under lockdown, you can have a raving good time in your own company. Put on your favourite dance album and whip up a jug or two of your cocktail of choice. Running low on liquor? Check out these convenient online ordering apps. Alternatively, embrace the sober lifestyle and enjoy a few mocktails instead - it's all the fun without the morning headache.

Join The Community 

The best part of Pride celebrations is getting to meet and mingle with people just like you. If you don't already have a circle of LGBT friends and allies, spend some time this Pride Month getting to know people online. Or you can follow various LGBT+ organisations on social media to see how you can give back to your community during lockdown. For example, Johannesburg Pride of Africa has been running food drives for LGBT+ refugees and other vulnerable persons throughout lockdown. If you are healthy and able, help make a difference is someone else's life this Pride Month by volunteering your time or by making a donation.

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Date Night

If you're lucky enough to be spending lockdown with the person you love, treat them to a romantic date night in this Pride Month. Singeltons, you can also plan a lockdown date night, but for yourself. Spoil yourself with a few at-home beauty care routines or take some time to focus on your mental health. Remember that Pride Month is about celebrating LGBT history, as well as yourself as a member of the community. Be proud of what you have achieved and let your flag fly high!

Happy Pride Month! Stay safe and we'll see you out and about in the city to celebrate soon. 

Fruit & Nuts

A variety of fruit come into season in winter, including citrus, papayas, pears and melon. These lovely morsels of goodness are packed with antioxidants and are a natural source of fibre. Pack a handful of fresh fruit into your children's lunchboxes along with an assortment of roasted, unsalted nuts. If your child is not a huge fan of fresh fruit, pick up a Very Berry Roll or Very Berry Protein snack pack from the Checkers Simple Truth range. Checkers is now offering delivery services to select areas in Joburg, so you don't even have to leave the house to stock up on all your lunchbox essentials!

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Boiled Eggs With Healthy Veggie Snack Fingers

Boiled eggs are a great source of protein for little ones. If your fussy eater doesn't mind a hard-boiled egg, add one to their lunchbox with an assortment of celery sticks, chopped carrots and a dipping sauce of hummus, smashed avocado or chunky cottage cheese. Bulk up the protein content by tossing in two slices of turkey or chicken loaf. This is finger food at its best and should keep the kids going during cold days at school or home.

Pick n Pay's Livewell range features a super tasty beetroot hummus that the kids are sure to love. Order it online the next time you do your weekly click and shop.

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Cinnamon Banana Bran Muffins

Kids love muffins and we all know how important it is to include fibre in our diets - especially for little tummies. Vamp up the classic fibre-rich bran muffin with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon. Cut down on the sugar content by adding a smashed banana into the mixture. Or, grate an apple into the batter to create a lovely cinnamon apple flavour.

Encourage the kids to join you in baking their lunchtime treats. Baking has been proven to be a great sensory activity for kids, as it allows them to get their hands dirty while learning a new skill. Get the kids and yourself a neat 12-hole muffin pan with silicone cupcake holders from takealot.com before they go back to school.

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Butternut Mac And Cheese Cupcakes

Macaroni and cheese is always a winner. Spice up your children's lunchbox with a few butternut mac and cheese cupcakes. We promise these aren't as difficult to make as they sound. Simply roast half a butternut squash in the oven for 45 minutes. Then, cook the macaroni on a medium heat for 6 - 12 minutes, and prepare a basic cheese sauce out of flour, butter, milk and cheddar cheese. Scoop the roasted butternut out of its hard outer skin, and smash it up with a fork. Add the smashed butternut to the cheese sauce, cooking it down to form a thick gravy. Lastly, add the macaroni to the gravy mixture, mixing well. Scoop small portions of the butternut mac and cheese mixture into a greased muffin pan and sprinkle the tops with extra cheese or bread crumbs. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

Tip: If your mixture is too runny, beat up an egg and add it to the mac and cheese. This will help solidify your cheesy cupcakes bites.

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Cheesy Pizza Quesadillas

Pizza for school lunch? Absolutely. Trick the kids into thinking that they are tucking into a gooey slice of pizza by substituting heavy wheat laden bases for wholewheat tortilla wraps. Use a basic marinara sauce to start out your faux pizza. Add grated cheese, chopped ham or a veggie medley to the base. Then top with a second tortilla wrap. Sandwich the pizza in a toaster press or in a deep griddle pan.

Food Lover's Market stock wholewheat wraps and other assorted health products at their stores located around Joburg. Stop by their mega store at Stoneridge Centre to find the perfect melting cheese for your little one's pizza treat.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Winter wouldn't be the same without a hearty chicken noodle soup. Don't just brew up this delightful meal when the kids are under the weather. Soup packs a nutrient punch and keeps little bellies full for longer. Use whatever recipe you have, making sure to add as much vegetable content as possible. Boost the healing properties of your broth by sprinkling in a pinch of turmeric and grated ginger.

Get your little darling a funky winter flask from Polly Potters Toy Store available on Takealot.com. This vacuum flask will keep their soup warm until lunch without any messes.

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Need more recipe inspiration for fussy eaters? Check out our article on toddler-friendly dinner recipes!

Go Outside! 

If you haven't yet been for a walk outside during the allocated exercise hours, what are you waiting for? Get back out there and enjoy the outdoors for a few hours. A good helping of vitamin D is not only good for your physical health, but your mental health as well. If you are struggling with social anxiety or excessive fears over going back out into the real world, contact a mental health professional for advice. You can also practice these mindfulness exercises to keep you calm and in the moment.

Reconnect With Friends And Family

Reintroducing ourselves to the outside world is going to be tough. So, reach out to your closest friends and family for support. Chatting to your mom or your best friend everyday can also help alleviate fears of meeting new people and holding in-person conversations again. Ask them to practice with you to help regain your confidence. Simply pretend they are a stranger you are meeting for the first time and want to get to know more about. Talk with them for 10 - 15 minutes about everyday things to build up your conversational skills. You may just learn something new about them this way and strengthen your relationship even more!

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Take A Slow Drive

When last have you sat behind the wheel? If it's been awhile since you've driven to work or school, getting back on the road can be daunting. Ease your way back into Joburg traffic by taking a drive to the grocery store or around your block. To help you feel even more at ease you may consider turning your vehicle into a complete zen zone, using calming music, fresheners and charms to find your inner peace.

Enjoy Your Last Days Of Lockdown

Lockdown hasn't been all bad, has it? There have been some benefits to sitting back and taking account of what matters most to us. Enjoy your last days of slow living by chilling out in your garden or by taking a few online art courses. If lockdown has taught us anything, it's that we should be grateful for the little things. Make a list of all the small blessings you may have taken for granted before lockdown. Keep this list somewhere you can easily see it, so that even when you get back into the swing of things, you'll be reminded to be grateful for life's small mercies.

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Recap The Facts

Before heading out into the big, wide world, it will be important to recap all you need to know about COVID-19. You may think you've heard it all, but new facts are emerging daily. Keep an eye on reliable news sources for up to date information. It will also be important to remember not to panic once you step out into a post-lockdown world. Stick to the hard and fast laws of COVID-19 prevention and you should be absolutely fine:

Please also remember that it is compulsory to wear a cloth face mask at all times when outside or in a public space. If you haven't bought yourself a face mask yet, support these local craftspeople and small businesses by purchasing a funky mask to show off around town.

Is your child preparing to go back to school in level 3 lockdown? Help prepare them for school life post-lockdown with these helpful tips and tricks.

Good luck, stay safe and we'll see you soon, Joburg! 

Rooibos Tea Punch 

This recipe comes courtesy of the South African Rooibos Council, so you can be sure it's been tried and tested. It's perfect for a warm autumn day out on your porch, dreaming of family braais and post lockdown freedom:

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Make a pot of Rooibos tea and add 15 tea bags.
  2. Add 250ml sugar to the hot Rooibos tea and let it cool.
  3. Add cold water, pineapple and apricot juice, as well as the lemon juice and bitters to taste.
  4. Enjoy chilled!

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Mulled Cider With Hibiscus 

Hibiscus is known for its health properties and good amounts of vitamin C. Combined with these immune-boosting aromatics, this winter mocktail is the ultimate comfort on a cold night in lockdown:

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. In a slow cooker or a large saucepan on the stove, add apple cider, tea bags and spices.
  2. Simmer on low heat for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bags and use a slotted spoon or ladle to remove mulling spices; float orange slices or cranberries on top.
  4. Enjoy!

*Mulling-Spice Blend Recipe

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight jar.

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Hot Not Toddy

This may not strictly be a mocktail, but what better time than now to enjoy a non-alcoholic hot toddy? Whether it's to soothe cold and flu symptoms or just as an alternative to boring old tea after dinner, this is one spicy treat.

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. In a warm Irish coffee glass or mug, add the honey, lemon juice and spices.
  2. Top with hot, freshly brewed tea.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
  5. Serve and enjoy.

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Turmeric, Ginger & Grapefruit Mocktail

This fruity concoction is a real delight! Sip away while you treat yourself to a DIY pamper session or while soaking up some sun in the garden.

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Squeeze grapefruit to collect the juice. Grate ginger and turmeric in a glass jug and pour in grapefruit juice and 1 or 2 tablespoons honey (optional). Mix with a cocktail spoon and let sit for a few minutes to let the flavours develop.
  2. Pour juice through a strainer and discard turmeric and ginger remnants. Keep chilled in the refrigerator until serving.
  3. Rim the glasses with sugar. Add crushed ice and pour the grapefruit turmeric ginger juice over. Fill to the top (add sparkling water if you want) and garnish with a quarter slice of grapefruit.
  4. Enjoy!

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Kid-Friendly Butter Beer 

This magical non-alcoholic drink is perfect for kids and adults. Inspired by the famous drink from the Harry Potter universe, it's great for movie nights in:

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the cream, spices, butterscotch and softened butter.
  2. Whisk for 2 minutes to mix. You don't want to whip so long that it becomes whipped cream, but it should thicken and increase in volume slightly.
  3. Place the bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes to give it a good chill.
  4. Fill a frosted glass about 2/3 full with cold vanilla cream soda.
  5. Pour the chilled butterbeer batter over the back of a spoon and into the glass. It will naturally rise to the top and float on the soda. Make this layer as thick as you like, but go slow because it will grow fast.
  6. Serve it with a straw or drink it straight from the glass.

*Butterscotch Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Heat the butter in a saucepan. Add the sugar and golden syrup, and stir over a gentle heat until sugar dissolves.
  2. Stir in the cream and simmer for two minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and serve warm or cold.

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Cheers! 

The Pick n Pay Good Food Studio is run on the simple ethos that good food doesn't need to be difficult to make. Like Remy the Rat, their motto chants, Anybody Can Cook! Whether you have zero experience using a mixer or are a seasoned Masterchef, the PnP Good Food Studio welcomes one and all. Their state-of-the-art studio boasts superior chef's knives, SMEG appliances and great staff. Plus, they supply you with the freshest local ingredients to whip up delicious meals. You can attend a number of classes here and various foodie events. From standard cooking classes to the latest trends in food, there is always something to be learnt here.

Of course, due to the COVID-19 crisis, classes at the Good Food Studio have been postponed. However, this does not mean that you cannot still enjoy their tasty blend of healthy and hearty offerings. Under level 3 lockdown regulations, the Good Food Studio has opened their kitchen to produce an array of ready-made meals just for you. Each week, they advertise their new menu via their Facebook page and through their weekly newsletter. These delicious family-style meals are the perfect comfort during these chilly months. All you have to do to order is email Annelise at [email protected] before Thursday at 12:00. You can then collect your order from the Good Food Studio on Friday between 10:00 - 15:00 or Saturday between 08:00 - 12:00.

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What The Good Food Studio Has On Offer This Week (16 June - 22 June):

Family Favourites

Feeding your family nutrient-rich and immune-boosting meals in winter is vital. But who honestly has the time to slave over the stove? Trust in the Good Food Studio to feed your family well this winter with their selection of old family favourites made with a twist. These meals can feed up to a family of four, without blowing the weekly budget. Take your pick from these scrumptious savoury dishes and sides:

Dessert Time

We all need a little sweet treat every now and then. Spoil your family with a classic pudding made with love and care by the chefs at the Good Food Studio. This week they're offering a self-saucing chocolate pudding for four. We can't think of any better way to end off a hearty winter meal, can you?

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Father's Day Hampers

It's Father's Day this Sunday, had you forgotten? If you've failed to make adequate plans to spoil your dad this Father's Day, check out what the Good Food Studio has on offer. Their Father's Day hamper comfortably feeds four hungry mouths and comes with a variety of sides, breads, salads and desserts. Mix and match your accompaniments to build the perfect Father's Day meal.

Sides (Choose 2) 

Breads (Choose 1)

Salads (Choose 2) 

Desserts (Choose 1)

Father's Day hamper orders must be placed before 12:00 on Thursday, 18 June 2020. Place your order by emailing [email protected]

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For More Information

Visit the PnP Good Food Studio website for more information. You can also follow them on Facebook or Instagram to keep up to date with their weekly meal offerings.

Details: Pick n Pay on Nicol - Good Food Studio, Cnr William Nicol & Republic, Hurlingham, Johannesburg | 011 998 3310 | [email protected]

*Please note that these delivery services will only be available after 1 June 2020, and may be limited due to Level 3 lockdown regulations. 

Why Alcohol Delivery?

In this fast-paced modern world, most people are looking for ways to save their time and energy. Between balancing work, family and numerous forms of entertainment, there are simply not enough hours in the day to achieve everything you want. Any service that helps us manage our chores is bound to gain some traction, especially if it manages to do so in a comfortable and effective way.

This has never been more true than in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As many of us may be returning to work in level 3 lockdown, online shopping is going to become more of a necessity than ever. Limit your time spent at the store and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by purchasing your alcohol online to enjoy after a long day's work. Here are some of the best online alcohol ordering and delivery services to check out once level 3 lockdown kicks off: 

Bottles.co.za

Bottles.co.za is a mobile app available in South Africa, offering delivery to your door in 60 minutes. The app is an on demand delivery service specifically catering for alcohol and other drinks and mixers. However, their delivery service is limited to Joburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. Nevertheless, it is super simple to find out whether they deliver to your area. All you have to do is download the app, set your location and a notification will appear telling you if Bottles.co.za is available in your area or not! 

How does it work?

First download the app on the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android, then follow the steps and enjoy your online shopping experience. The app operates on a cashless basis, requiring users to register an address and credit card details which will be charged automatically once an order has been delivered.

The speedy delivery of 60 minutes depends on traffic conditions. Your alcohol selection is purchased directly from retailers in your area.

How much do they charge?

The company only charges R45.00 per delivery, plus a R15 service fee.

For more information

Email them at [email protected] for more information. 

Wine.co.za

If you're all about wine, then turn to Wine.co.za for fast, efficient delivery. This proudly South African company has been around since 1996, promoting South African wines and helping wine lovers find their perfect match. Wine.co.za delivers nationwide, offering premium wines at an affordable price.

How does it work?

Shop online at Wine.co.za to find a selection of world-class wines and champagnes from South Africa's most renowned wineries. Add your choice of red or white to your cart and proceed to checkout. From here you will be directed to a secure server where you can make payment via credit card or direct payment.

How much do they charge?

Delivery charges differ according to your location in relation to the winery you are buying from. 

For more information

Email them on [email protected] for more information.

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The Good Wine Shop

How about a curated, seasonal collection of the Cape's best wines? The Good Wine Shop delivers across the country, bringing you specialty wines that you wouldn't normally find at your average liquor store. No more mulling around the store trying to decide what to pair with your steak dinner. The Good Wine Shop does it all for you! Their online store also hosts regular specials on premium wines, so get shopping.

How does it work?

Visit The Good Wine Shop website to browse through their collection. Here you can also read up on the up and coming wineries in the Cape winelands, how to pair your wines and top picks for the season.

How much do they charge?

Delivery is free for orders over R1 500. You should receive your order within three to five days of payment.

For more information

Email them on [email protected] for more information.

Netflorist

If you thought that Netflorist was only about flowers, you were mistaken. Their delivery service includes fine alcohols, including limited edition and specialty wines, whiskies and bubbly. But, that's not all! Netflorist takes alcohol delivery to the next level with their custom gift packages, bringing together the finer things in life to spoil yourself or someone special. Netflorist also offers nationwide, next day delivery, perfect for those last-minute gifts and sweet surprises.

How does it work?

Browse Netflorist's selection of fine beverages here. Add your chosen gift to your shopping basket and proceed to checkout, where you can pay by debit/credit card or through various mobile banking applications.

How much do they charge?

Their standard delivery fee is R89.95. 

For more information

Email them on [email protected] for more information.

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Takealot.com

Takealot.com really is a one-stop shop for all your household needs. Their online store sells a range of local and international wines, gins, whiskies and ciders. With brands like Bavaria, The Duchess, Van Loveren, Ginologist and Darling Cellars in their stock, Takealot.com offers something for every taste.

How does it work?

Register on the Takealot.com website or download their app on the Apple App Store or Google Play and then browse through their liquor section online. Make your selection from their wide range of products and proceed to checkout. Pay with your debit or credit card, PayFast, eBucks or Discovery Miles.

How much do they charge?

Standard delivery is free on orders over R450. Click here to see all their delivery rates and options.

For more information

Visit the Help page to track your order.

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Frost Popsicles

We all need a touch of whimsy in our lives, even when it comes to our choice of drink. Frost Popsicles is South Africa's first stockist of a premium range of alcoholic popsicles (ice lollies to us). With nine fantastic flavours, Frost Popsicles caters to every kind of palate. Plus, most of their delicious icy treats are dairy-free and vegan-friendly. However, the best part about their offering is that they deliver direct to your door. So, the next time you are in the mood to throw a cool backyard beach party, give them a call!

How does it work?

Simply select a product at the Frost Popsicles online store. Once you have the product in your cart, you will be able to review everything in your order and proceed to checkout. They use a secure payment gateway (PayGate) to process your online payment. Thereafter, a qualified staff member will contact you (within 24 hours of placing your order) to process your delivery further.

How much do they charge?

The final product pricing displayed on the website includes the delivery fee. They deliver up to 50km from their head offices in Sandton.

For more information

Email them on [email protected] for more information.

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Please drink responsibly! 

**You must be 18 years and older to use these services.

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