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Want to make 2022 one of the best years yet? We’ve got 4 New Year’s resolutions worth making.

Want to make 2022 one of the best years yet? We’ve got 4 New Year’s resolutions worth making.

Want to make 2022 one of the best years yet? We’ve got 4 New Year’s resolutions worth making.

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The last couple of years have been hectic. Let’s make 2022 different with four new year's resolutions worth making.

Let’s be honest. The last two years have been challenging to say the least. We’ve seen lockdowns, unpronounceable COVID variants and have watched the world of work evolve in front of our eyes. And as the world has changed, so must we. So, let’s drop the unrealistic new year’s resolutions of hardcore diets, gruelling exercise regimes and projects we may never finish. And let’s rather focus on building do-able, wholesome habits instead? Here are four new year’s resolutions the TastyMoments team will commit to this year.

1. Instead Of the Hardcore Diet, We Want to Focus on Eating More Plants:

We all know that dieting is a psychological challenge. When we deny ourselves of something, we tend to fixate on what we can’t have to the point that we crack and give in to the temptation. Instead of demonising certain foods like chocolates and treats, we recommend focusing on getting in more of what you should be eating. Let’s say your goal is to lose weight. Encourage yourself to eat the correct amounts of vegetables and fruits so that you avoid the crashes and cravings that come with eating whatever you like. It’s a simple switch, focus on what you should and want to eat, such as, plant-based foods and develop a healthy relationship with the treats that keep you sane. Lucky for you, easy and tasty vegetarian dinners are always possible. Dr. Oetker’s Green Valley Traditional Creamed Spinach is delicious and vegetarian. Enjoy!

2. Instead Of Unrealistic Gym Regimes – Try Getting Out of The House for A Walk:

We’ve all done it. We’ve hit 1 January and decided it’s time to go our butts to the gym. If going to the gym is a part of your natural routine and something you enjoy doing – it’s easy-breezy. But if you’re not naturally inclined to gym and resist self-imposed restrictions, maybe the gym thing isn’t for you. Instead of stressing about doing weights and running on treadmills (nothing wrong if that’s your thing), look forward to daily breaks outside. Go for a walk, kick a ball in the park or go for a swim. Another astonishingly simple way of getting the blood pumping is to do housework or gardening. The benefit of that is that you end up with a clean kitchen or a beautiful garden – it’s a win-win. Try and incorporate more gentle exercise into your routine.

3. Instead of Winning At All Costs, Can We Lead With Kindness:

Over the past months, we’ve learned that everyone is going through a challenge that we don’t understand. If you feel tired, run-down, confused by all the change and uncertainty, be assured that someone else, if not, everyone else is feeling exactly the same. Let’s all resolve to lead our conversations with kindness and empathy in 2022.

4. Instead of Collapsing In Front of The TV, Let’s Read More Books:

We’ll admit that we’ve been addicted to the escape of a good series lately. However, spending hours in front of the telly isn’t great. Scientists say that adults should aim for 2 hours or less of TV per day to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and deteriorating memory. Why not read a good book instead? Remember the magic of disappearing into your own world – we call it TV for the brain. Regular Reading has been proven to reduce blood pressure, decrease age-related cognitive decline and increase your ability to empathise with others. 

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Here’s how to spoil your friends with an Italian, pizzeria-style feast in your home.

Here’s how to spoil your friends with an Italian, pizzeria-style feast in your home.

Here’s how to spoil your friends with an Italian, pizzeria-style feast in your home.

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Invite your friends! It’s time to celebrate summer with an Italian pizzeria-style feast.

It’s funny how the summertime brings out the best in South Africans. Winter feels like a never-ending, miserable affair, and when the blossoms come out, the relief and happiness is palpable. Suddenly, we’re keen to socialise and do chores around the house again. So, the TastyMoments team has come up with a great dinner party idea to celebrate summer hangouts.

For your next get-together, why not host a pizzeria night with La Mia Grande Pizzas?

Here’s how:

1. The Planning

Any good Italian feast needs a bit of planning. Italian food is incredibly straightforward but relies on good quality ingredients to really make the dishes shine. For starters, you could serve a light and easy Caprese salad, which is basically slices of tomato, soft mozzarella, and fresh basil leaves (or basil pesto in a pinch). Simply layer the ingredients, drizzle with olive oil and top with a crack or two of black pepper.
Tah-dah! You won’t have to spend a fortune on the pizza part if you want to give your guests a proper pizzeria-style experience at home. All you need to do is buy a couple of stone baked La Mia Grande Pizzas and pop them in the oven about 10 minutes before you’re ready to serve. These big and beautiful pizzas are perfect as is, but you can dress them up with a couple of fresh basil or rocket leaves if you want them to look even more appetising. For dessert, you can make a Panna Cota (a creamy dessert with a light and custardy texture) or some gelato made the Italian way. What a feast!

2. The Drinks

If it’s hot, you can serve Italian cocktails like a Negroni (gin, red vermouth, and Campari) or an Aperol Spritz (a bitter orange cocktail made with Prosecco). Alternatively, you can serve virgin versions of these. Another great one for a hot day is Italian Sangria, which is a combination of red wine, slices of fruit, lemon and orange juice) served in a jug. YUM!

3. The Set-Up

Creating a pizzeria at home is as simple as grabbing a red and white checked tablecloth and laying the table with some candles in old wine bottles. You can even make a centrepiece with fresh tomatoes and basil. The cool part is you can eat the tomatoes and basil afterwards. Not every centrepiece can become a meal after it has been used.

4. The Vibe

Download a bunch of contemporary and classic Italian songs to help set the tone for the evening. And ask everyone to dress up with a bit of Italian flair to make it even more fun. If you’re starting a bit earlier, you can always play a bit of Bocce in the garden while you sip away at your sundowners. For an extra bit of fun. Place printouts of some Italian words and phrases around your table so that your guests can learn la lingua perfetta (the perfect language)!

Buon appetito, my friends!

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5 Awesome Office Year-End Party Ideas Your Colleagues Will Love

5 Awesome Office Year-End Party Ideas Your Colleagues Will Love

5 Awesome Office Year-End Party Ideas Your Colleagues Will Love

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Struggling to think of year-end party ideas for the office? Here are 5 thoughts to inspire you.

December is around the corner, and we’re planning our year-end office party at TastyMoments. So, we thought we’d share 5 cool ideas we’ve been tossing around the boardroom table to help inspire you and your colleagues.

1. Scavenger Hunt and Picnic

Social distancing is still one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID. Instead of going to a stuffy, expensive restaurant, why not plan a scavenger hunt and a picnic for your department? A good old fashioned treasure hunt brings out the happy child in even the grumpiest finance person. All it takes is a little bit of planning. First, you need to scout a location, a nice big park close to your office will do. Then, plan your route and work out the clues you’d like your teams to solve. Please don’t make them too easy or so impossible you’d need to be a genius to work it out. Try and keep things exciting and even include a few puzzles to help get the team spirit going. Once the hunt is done, set up a beautiful picnic with fresh salads, cold slices of La Mia Grande Pizza and lots of cold drinks. Finish it all off with a custom cake from YourCake.co.za with your company logo printed on it.

2. Set-Up A Virtual Party with Games

If everyone is still working from home, it may be easier and safer to host a virtual office party. You can download apps like House Party and play games there or get an external supplier to arrange it for you. There are some really cool ideas out there, like getting your team out of a haunted house, pub quizzes or virtual Olympics.

3. Cooking Lessons

Why not take your team to learn how to cook a new dish and enjoy the food (and maybe a spot of wine) afterwards? You can always book the kitchen for an extra couple of hours, and party like you’re inside someone’s home. Just relax and kick back with some home-cooked food and laugh about your HR lady’s chopping skills.

4. Ugly Outfits or Dress-Up Party

One way to get everyone to let their guard down is to host a themed dress-up party. One of our favourites is the Ugly Outfit theme. We borrowed it from the American tradition of wearing ugly Christmas sweaters around the holiday season. Why not hand out prizes for the worst-dressed person. It’s hilarious! Not feeling brave enough? Try a 90’s theme party instead? Whatever the theme, make sure you have some spare props for those who might have forgotten their outfits. One year we all dressed up like Christmas Trees. It was a hoot!

5. Office Awards Ceremony

Like the Oscars but for people at the office! Poll your staff on made-up categories that will appeal to your team. Ask them to vote for colleagues in categories like “Best Dressed”, “Office Comedian”. Include some off-beat ones like “Worst Parking Skills” to make it funny without being hurtful or too personal. Trust us, no matter your age, everyone likes winning an award, regardless of how silly it may be. Ask your team to dress up for a night at the Oscars and spoil them with fancy finger foods, cocktails and mocktails.

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5 Food Trends You Won’t Want to Miss

5 Food Trends You Won’t Want to Miss

5 Food Trends You Won’t Want to Miss

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Impress Your Friends with the 5 Food Trends Everyone Is Talking About!

The TastyMoments team has scoured the globe to find the 5 must-try food trends taking the world by storm.

1. Mexican Fusion Food

Here’s an idea for a dinner party! Why not have a Mexican Fiesta now that restrictions have been lifted? No, we don’t mean bland tacos and silly hats. We’re talking about Mexican fusion food which combines essential Mexican cuisines like guacamole, tortillas, and salsa with other foods to create unique new dishes. The brand new, stone baked La Mia Grande Cheesy Nachos Pizza is the perfect example. It’s topped with crispy nachos, spicy jalapeno peppers and mozzarella. Just grab a few friends, make a jug of margarita and pop a few of these bad boys in the oven. Serve it with a spicy tomato salsa in lettuce cups, and you all be saying “olé” in no time.

2. Middle Eastern Spices and Preserved Lemons

Everyone is experimenting with new flavour profiles. Since the world has basically become a village, we now have access to a host of Middle Eastern herbs and spices to inject more oomph and zing into our food. Have you ever cooked with preserved lemons? Moroccans love this simple ingredient that packs a punch. There are a million recipes online if you want to make it yourself. It’s a simple process of taking ripe lemons, layering the pieces with salt, and topping up your pickling jar with cooled, boiled water. Trust us! “Baharat” is another one to look for. It contains black pepper, allspice, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, cloves and paprika. Yum! 

3. Fermented Foods

Need to get some good bacteria in your gut? Fermented foods are the way. Rich in tummy-friendly probiotics, foods like Korean Kimchi (pickled cabbage and veg), Japanese miso or German sauerkraut will do the trick. Plus, fermented foods have a pleasant, zingy flavour that can help cut through the richness of fatty foods. Don’t want to eat it? Why not try brewing your own healthy Kombucha drink?

4. Magical Mushrooms

And no, not that kind! You can find all sorts of mushrooms at your grocers nowadays. Why have boring white button mushrooms when you can delight in meaty oyster mushrooms or chanterelles instead? The vegans are onto something! If you want to enjoy a meat-free meal, we recommend you try marinated mushrooms instead of meat. Don’t want to go meatless – give your immune system a boost with mushroom soup. 

5. Heritage Cooking – With A Twist!

We love a good boerie roll, but let’s change things up a bit, shall we? Instead of tomato sauce, why not top it with mango chutney or papaya salsa? Morogo will see new life as our homegrown side dish now takes centre stage as an essential ingredient in South African fusion foods. Koeksisters are good, but they’re even better when you make them with citrus and cardamom syrup. Whatever your favourite local meal, try and shake things up with a few new ingredients. You might even teach your Gogo a trick or two.

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5 Things You Can Do To Be A Better South African

5 Things You Can Do To Be A Better South African

5 Things You Can Do To Be A Better South African

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Want to be a better citizen? Why don’t you try these 5 things?

South Africa is having a little bit of a tough time at the moment. It’s time we all pull together and practice the “ubuntu” we so often speak about. Not only will the country benefit, but you’ll feel great about making a small difference in your own way.

So, with that in mind, the good people from Ital Pizza and TastyMoments have put together a list of 5 things you can do to be a better South African while you’re pondering what to make for dinner tonight.

Teach A Child the Magic of Reading

Yes, we’ve got our challenges with education – but that shouldn’t stop us, citizens, from trying to help. Many organisations offer volunteering opportunities as simple as reading stories to school children. If you’re a bookworm, then this idea should speak to your soul. So get involved. You might rediscover some of your old childhood classics and change a life at the same time.

Pick Up Your Litter

We’ve got such a beautiful country. We’re renowned for our natural beauty and biodiversity. So, let’s start with protecting our most precious asset. Encourage your kids to be litter conscious and make sure you pick up any rubbish you see floating around your neighbourhood. Join a cleaning committee, collect garbage on the beach and recycle whatever you can. If we all did our bit, the country would be spick and span in no time. When you encounter litterbugs, don’t criticise them. Instead, engage them in a conversation about the benefits of protecting our ecosystem. Remember, you catch more flies with honey – so a kind conversation can make all the difference.

Kindness Is King

With so many of our fellows in different and often difficult circumstances, the best approach is to be kind whenever possible. This is even more pertinent in a stressful time and the pandemic. We’re all tense, anxious, and a little jumpy, to say the least. Instead of defaulting to aggression when someone behaves in a way that you might not like, it’s essential to approach the matter with kindness and empathy. It’s true. You genuinely don’t know a man until you’ve walked a kilometre in his shoes. Smile when you can, greet others, laugh out loud. These are the things that make us human and South African great.

Vote!

It’s easy to roll your eyes and settle back into the couch when confronted with our political challenges. But change doesn’t happen on your couch. It happens when we’re active citizens, and we encourage others to do the same. So, participate in your local and national elections and find out what each party can offer. We’re a vibrant democracy, and all our citizens should be passionate about how our government operates. The more we get involved, the better our chances of positive change.

Learn A Language

It’s incredible what an effort some of us will make when visiting a foreign country. We learn the greetings and become enamoured with local customs and traditions. Yet, many of us can’t say the same of all the cultural richness on our doorstep. South Africa has 11 national languages, and it’s long overdue that we start learning each other’s lingo. Yes, English is widely spoken, but you cannot beat the feeling of connecting with someone in their own language. As Madiba said ““If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”

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5 Food Myths You Need to Stop Believing

5 Food Myths You Need to Stop Believing

5 Food Myths You Need to Stop Believing

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5 Food Myths You Need to Drop

Does fat make you fat? The TastyMoments team has been debating some common myths around food. And we’ve been surprised at what had come up when we dug a little deeper! 

So here are 5 common food myths we’ve debunked in our debates.

Frozen Veggies Aren’t as Good as Fresh?

Not true! This one blew our minds, but it totally makes sense when you think about it. When fresh veggies are picked, they’re transported long distances and often kept in cold storage for extended periods. Over time, we know the nutritional value of veggies decreases the longer they’re exposed to the elements. By the time your “fresh” spinach arrives at your house, it may actually be a week old. Frozen veggies are picked and blast frozen immediately! This instant freezing process retains the “just-picked” freshness of the vegetable until it’s cooked. So, frozen veggies are often more nutritious than their fresh counterparts. Something to bear in mind when you’re shopping for Green Valley’s delicious, Creamed Spinach when you need a bit of hand making a healthy meal.

Does All Fat Make You Fat?

Not if you eat good fats! Healthy fats, AKA unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, are essential for balanced nutrition. They keep you fuller for longer can lower cholesterol to protect your heart. Good fats are present in olive oil, salmon, canola, seeds, nuts and avocados. Bad fats, like artificial trans fats or saturated fats, can be found in processed foods like pies, packaged snacks, and crisps – so definitely give those a skip. Artificial trans fats increase your harmful cholesterol levels and decrease the good. Not all fats are created equal!

Does Dairy Make You Snotty?

We’ve always believed that dairy triggered our mucus production! Not true. It’s an old wives’ tale that milk makes you snotty. According to studies, there is NO link between mucus production and dairy consumption. Experts believe that the feeling of “thickening of mucus” after consuming dairy is due to the reaction of the milk and the enzymes in your saliva, which creates dense “emulsion” that feels like phlegm.

Gluten-Free is Healthier, Right?

Also, WRONG. Gluten is merely a protein found in wheat, barley, rye grains. It’s the magic “glue” that gives bread and baked goods their bounce and elasticity. Certain people, like those with Celiac disease, must adhere to a strict gluten-free diet. Gluten triggers an autoimmune reaction in their gut and can make them very ill.

People who suffer from gluten sensitivity should also avoid it, hence the growing presence of gluten-free products on the market. BUT! Gluten-free doesn’t mean healthier. In fact, many gluten-free products contain more sugar (to help bind the ingredients in the absence of sticky gluten proteins) than their standard counterparts. So, unless you’ve got a genuine medical reason not to eat it, gluten is your friend. The bread tastes better (trust us, we know a Celiac), and you’ll save money too.

Spicy Foods Cause Ulcers

We now know that most ulcers are caused by a bacterium, which can easily be treated with antibiotics. Unless you have ulcers triggered by medications due to excessive aspirin consumption. So, it’s a common myth that spicy food creates an ulcer. Not true. An ulcer is inflamed by spicy foods, so someone may feel it more after consuming spicy foods. But an ulcer certainly isn’t caused by a large curry meal or a chilli-fest Mexican night.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in A Microwave

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in A Microwave

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in A Microwave

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5 Microwave Hacks You Wish You Knew Earlier

Ah, the glorious microwave. What a miracle invention. And it’s not just for heating Nice ‘nEasy ready-meals! There are quite a few other things you can do with one. So, the TastyMoments team has put together a list of cool microwave hacks to consider while you’re wondering what’s for dinner tonight. Oh, and, if you need a giggle, here’s that hilarious clip of Nigella Lawson saying “microwave” as only she knows how. It broke the internet last year, but it still makes us chuckle.

Sterilise Dish Sponges

OK, so it’s no secret that our dish sponges are dirtier than the average toilet seat. A quick zap in the microwave will sort you right out. Simply immerse your sponges in water, remove them from the water and place them in the microwave for 60 seconds. And tah-dah! No more germs.

Toast Seeds and Nuts

Tired of spending extra on toasted nuts and seeds? Use the microwave instead. Simply take raw seeds or nuts in a microwave-safe bowl, add a little oil and salt and ping in the mickey for 1 minute. Then, stir and repeat until your goodies have achieved the required level of toastiness (usually about 5 minutes). You’re welcome.

BACON!

OK, so making bacon isn’t the most challenging thing. But the microwave makes it even easier! Especially when it’s for one or two people. Simply take two paper plates and place the rashers flat on one plate. We can usually manage about 6 rashers at a time. Then cover with the other plate (so the fat doesn’t spit everywhere and leave a mess) and then microwave for a few minutes. We usually only need 3-4 minutes to get the bacon to the desired level of crispiness. BOOM! Your bacon is done, and you toss the paper plates away – no washing up for us, thanks!

Sterilise Glass Jars

Are you making jam? Or looking for a sterile container? Repurpose and sterilise your old jars in the mickey.  Wash the container, fill it with a little bit of water (a few centimetres will do), and then pop it into the microwave for 2 minutes. Toss out the water, and voila, you have a sterile jar.

5. Get Gum Off Clothes

Chewing gum is great as an emergency breath freshener but not so great when it gets stuck on clothes. Now you can zap it off in the microwave with a bit of vinegar. Simply microwave a bit of vinegar and then use the warm solution to pick off the stuck-on gum. It should come off in no time.

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10 Perfect snack ideas to fuel up your weekend – and score points with the whole family

10 Perfect snack ideas to fuel up your weekend – and score points with the whole family

10 Perfect snack ideas to fuel up your weekend – and score points with the whole family

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Bite into the perfect in-between snack – complemented by a few healthy sides

Eat Your Heart Out

The TastyMoments team recommends that you get your hands on the latest innovation from Dr. Oetker – Ital Pizza Pizzetta. Think of it as snacking that just got grown-up.

Whether you favour the three cheese or chicken and peppadew flavour, here are a few mightily exciting ideas on how to turn up the heat over the weekend. Our list starts with a cheesy fondue-style sauce with pizza dippers – a fabulous and easy snack for games or movie nights.

Next up is the pizza bruschetta meze platter – an array of little eats for a bit of variety. 

And finally, the Ristorante Quattro Formaggio Pizza sandwich. When popcorn won’t fill the gap, we have the perfect TV snack sandwich.

But then we also have a list of some other ideas for sensational in between meals fillers – whether you are watching sport or just horsing around.

Sliced Red Pepper and Crudites

A little-known fact is that red pepper is choc-full of vitamin C. One red pepper offers more than 300% of one person’s daily requirement. It could probably supply 100% of the entire family’s Vit C requirements for a day. A cream cheese and tuna dip will make the red pepper magically disappear in no time. You can also include other raw veggies. Why not try some sliced celery, busting with luteolin. It is well documented as a great way to prevent a whole bunch of common diseases. So, let’s go and crunch.

Fruit with Dips

What can be easier than slicing an apple and a pear or two and arranging it on a plate? It might sound silly, but once the fruit is cut, a family seems so much more likely to tuck in. Somehow a whole fruit can be a bit intimidating and much more friendly once sliced into bite-sized pieces. What’s more, these fruits contain antioxidants that promote gut health and reduce the risk of heart disease. To sweeten the deal, you can drizzle some honey over the fruits or add a peanut butter dip (apples pair very nicely with nut butters)

Devilled eggs

Who does not love the sight of a delicious stuffed egg? Boil some of the oval delights, fill them and see them fly off the plate. Packed with protein and Vitamin B12 and K2, they are a nutritious supplement to any snack.

Dark Chocolate and Almonds

Who would have thought that choccies would have made the list? Paired with almonds, the combination is loaded with healthy flavonols. Served as the dessert to the Ital Pizza Pizzetta, the kids will love you.

Olives

A tangy must-have ingredient in a Mediterranean diet, the plant compounds are believed to reduce insulin resistance and boost the body. If the thought appeals to you, you could also serve some avocado dip on the side. Avo reduces LDL cholesterol, improves arthritis and protects the skin from sun damage. So, together, these two pack a power punch.

Most of the above side dishes could probably even sneak their way onto the leftover pizza – if there is such a thing! Let’s embrace the TastyMoments in life.

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How to make the best playlist for your next dinner party!

How to make the best playlist for your next dinner party!

How to make the best playlist for your next dinner party!

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Music makes the party! How to create the ultimate playlist!

Summer vibes are here! The blossoms are out, and restrictions have dropped. It’s time to have a (COVID-safe) get-together with all the people you’ve been missing. The only things you need are a couple of our brand new, ultimate pizzeria-style pizza, La Mia Grande, some of your besties and, of course, great tunes!

So TastyMoments, the kings of easy dinner ideas and other cool stuff, have come up with a couple of tips on how to make the BEST playlist for your next get-together. So, whether you’re into the golden oldies or the latest trap-rap, you can build your vibe with confidence. There is no greater compliment than someone saying, “Cool tune! Where did you find this track?”.

Know Where to Go

First things first! The easiest way to make a playlist is to subscribe to (or use the free versions of) Spotify, Tidal or YouTube Music. The free versions will contain ads, but you can go ad-free when you subscribe to the service. If you’re a music-nut, the small monthly fee is completely worth it to get access to HUGE libraries of any music under the sun.

Ask Yourself – What Vibe Are You Going For?

If it’s a driving playlist, it might be very different to a lazy Sunday-chill-out playlist. So, think about your context and where you’ll be listening to the music. If you’re building a playlist for the gym, you might want some high-energy bangers to keep the blood pumping. If you’re having a braai, you might want to balance a bit of pop with some old-school classics. While it’s tempting to build a one-size-fits-all list, you may find yourself skipping songs and getting irritated if the music doesn’t match your vibe. We’ve got playlists called “Saturday Breakfast” and “Work Zone Vibes”, which are totally different. Context matters!

Not A DJ? Borrow From Someone Who Is

Not confident? Don’t worry. You can always start with a playlist curated by one of your favourite DJs and artists if you don’t know where to start. Simply add their playlist into your app, and you should be able to customise it from there.

Variety Is the Key!

A good playlist is like a mixtape; it should contain a blend of artists and sounds. And this doesn’t contradict our first point – because you can still spice things up within a set theme. It’s about delighting your ears with a bit of variety.

The Magic Number

According to the world’s top DJs, a decent playlist is between 30-50 songs long. Any shorter, and you’ll be out of songs after a while, and any longer, you may get lost and not hear the songs you want.

A Good DJ Always Looks for New Sounds

With so many new artists being discovered every day, we recommend you get brave and explore a bit. Don’t go in with any preconceived notions and just dip your toe into some new music – withhold judgement and just listen. You might just surprise yourself!

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5 Ways To Make Your Romantic Dinner Even Better

5 Ways To Make Your Romantic Dinner Even Better

10 Perfect snack ideas to fuel up your weekend – and score points with the whole family

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Love Is in The Air – All Year Long! 5 Ways To Make Your Romantic Dinner Even Better!

We’re only starting to come out of winter. That means Valentine’s Day is still a long way off. Time to take charge!

Food, Glorious Food!

The TastyMoments team thinks that no one has to wait for the day we celebrate romance to think ‘love sweet love’ and about what food will thrill your sweetheart.

It is all so much easier than you think. Order your favourite dessert from Château Gâteaux or pop by a shop to get a pack of yummy Dr. Oetker Patisserie Baked Cheesecake, perhaps? What’s more, you’ll have double the pleasure if you serve it as the dessert after a Ristorante Pizza as your main. There is sure to be some serious affection around after such a fantastic spoil.

Then there are the other things that make for a perfect evening at home.

The Tunes:

You’ve got to set the mood for the evening! Whether you’re into jazz, rock, hip-hop or house, find a playlist that speaks to your heart and the vibe you’re trying to create. Whether you’ve made the playlist yourself or found one on a streaming app, you’ll feel a lot more relaxed when you find “the sound” you’re looking for to make the night special. TOP TIP: Many streaming apps allow you to share playlists, so why not share it with your loved one afterwards as a reminder of the date?

Candlelight

It is remarkable what effect a candle, or better yet, a fire in winter, can have on the mood. So, remember the matches to make sure you light your babe’s fire.

Flowers

It is remarkable what effect a candle, or better yet, a fire in winter, can have on the mood. So, remember the matches to make sure you light your babe’s fire.

A Special Drink

Why not make the night extra-special with a signature cocktail or mocktail? There are so many new kinds of flavours and aromatics one can play with to create a delicious, one-of-a-kind drink for your loved one.

With the cake for dessert, you are superset for a beautiful, restful evening. With social distancing still the word of the day, you don’t need to venture out to a restaurant to set the mood.

Make the most of the TastyMoments we get to spend together. They are precious. Celebrate them with the best things in life – the chef’s favourite food recipes and fun.

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You’re Only Human Mom – 7 Things You Should Remember

You’re Only Human Mom – 7 Things You Should Remember

You’re Only Human Mom – 7 Things You Should Remember

For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time

7 Things All Busy Moms Should Remember

We can all sometimes become frustrated with the demands of the family – and modern life in general. Both are excellent reasons for moms to take time out for self-care. Undoubtedly, you will be better able to take the best care of everyone around you once you have made sure that your life is relaxed and balanced.

Here are a few essential principles from the TastyMoments team – let us remind ourselves:

Accept That You Cannot Control Everything All the Time:

As mothers, we may feel that we are responsible for everyone’s wellbeing. But moms will only be able to be at their best if they are not stressed. So, spoil yourself by taking a warm bath once in a while, read that book you’ve been putting off, take a walk with or without the family, meditate and come to rest. You should still have more than enough time left for everyone else. And, what’s more, you will be a sunny, bright shining presence in their lives.

Be Flexible:

Children are littlies for only a few years of their lives. Embrace them for who they are – even if they want to wear their Superman costume to school. Be as malleable as is reasonable. If you get tense, they will too, and these emotions can create distance between family members.

Look For Agreements

Negotiate, agree, and shake on a deal. Try phrases such as “If you finish your homework, I will make your bed this morning – but tomorrow morning, you will make your bed. Agreed?” This avoids a battle of wills, and everyone understands what to expect.

Easy Dinner Ideas Make for Leisurely Evenings:

If the kids get hungry early, simply pop a few Ital Pizza Minis in the oven. Mealtimes should be relaxed, comfortable and easy. You might like to play some happy music in the background and perhaps even have a fun swirl around the dance floor together to experience the warmth and love of a happy home.

Set The Morning Alarm a Good 30 Minutes Before the Usual Wake Up Call:

Morning rushes can be overwhelming. But, if the family is up and awake early, everyone can take it easy. It also allows time for a good breakfast – an excellent start to the day. And, of course, pack lunch boxes the night before.

Let Your Partner and Kids Share the Chores:

Whether it is folding the washing or taking the little ones outdoors, the family should share the load. Every mom is entitled to some ‘own’ time, now and then. And while you’re at it, you could ask the older kids to take on dinner duty one night a week. There are some easy peasy ways for them to achieve this. They can simply choose some toppings and a side dish and use delicious pizza bases, which can then simply be popped into the oven.

Sleep and Exercise:

Adults ideally need around 7 – 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. So, make sure that you are comfortable, snug and warm so that you can capitalize on this important part of your day. A bit of exercise during the day is beneficial and helps to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Our advice is to enjoy your family every day and try to be a playful friend to your children—good food and a good mood that is the formula for happiness and joy. Enjoy.

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WHY EATING DINNER TOGETHER IS GREAT FOR KIDS

WHY EATING DINNER TOGETHER IS GREAT FOR KIDS

4 REASONS WHY EATING TOGETHER IS GOOD FOR CHILDREN

4 REASONS WHY EATING TOGETHER IS GOOD FOR CHILDREN

4 REASONS WHY EATING TOGETHER IS GOOD FOR CHILDREN

For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time

4 REASONS WHY EATING TOGETHER IS GOOD FOR CHILDREN

THE GREAT BENEFITS OF EATING MEALS TOGETHER

Find out why it’s so important to eat dinner with your children.

With so much to get through in a day, the TastyMoments team knows all too well that coming up with easy dinner ideas can be a proverbial pain. So, it’s good to remember that everyone absolutely loves a crisp, fresh Ital Pizza Familia. Keep a few in the freezer, simply stick one in the oven when you’re pressed for time.

What is more important than the side dish is that there are significant benefits to eating together. Take a look.

A Sense of Belonging

By sharing a meal, you are signalling that all who sit at the table belong to the same ‘tribe’ – the same group of family and friends. It is pure proof that everyone is important and has an equal right to participate in what the family can provide.

It is also an opportunity to make your kids understand that they, too, have a responsibility toward the group. So, don’t be afraid to divvie up the chores. One person gets to set the table (even if it is in front of the TV) and another to de-set. Then everyone pitches in to wash or pack the dishwasher. Initially, they may be grumpy, but soon everyone will feel a sense of importance in knowing that they are making a useful contribution. They will also start to understand why good housekeeping is essential and how participating contributes to family bonding.

Time to Set The Example

Supper time is the ideal opportunity to teach kids good manners. Sure, table manners are essential, but other manners are equally valuable. Simple things such as allowing a sibling to tell a story without interruptions, praising a fellow family member for an achievement or expressing empathy for someone else are critical social skills. What’s more, they will stand children in good stead for the rest of their lives.

What’s News?

Being surrounded by mobile phones, TVs and other devices, your little ones are bound to hear some stories which may be disturbing to them. Mealtimes are opportunities to listen to and understand their concerns. This is your chance to guide them on how to interpret events. Now that the Don has vacated the White House, there may be less fake news out there, but with the disruptions of the ever-present virus, your children may be tense about the future. Talking openly will help. Even if you do not know all the answers, your willingness to chat about current affairs will be a great comfort to them.

Explore New Worlds and Tastes

Ask everyone to introduce a weekend theme. Take Italy, the home of pizza, for example. Everyone could bring a fact about this fascinating country to the table. Heard of the Tower of Pisa? Or the Vatican – the smallest independent state in the world, housed in the city of Rome. This information may stimulate an interest in a subject they may never otherwise have considered.

Now’s the time to set the time – for your family’s dinner date. It will soon become everyone’s favourite time of day. Now, let them slice the pizza, pass around the salad, enjoy the companionship and say thanks for the privileges of the day.

Top tip: Ask the kids to make a tomato and onion salad or another all-time favourite, beetroot salad. Make it fun, turn up some music, and they will love being involved.

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Lockdown Food Trends That Are Here To Stay

Lockdown Food Trends That Are Here To Stay

Lockdown Food Trends That Are Here To Stay

Lockdown Food Trends That Are Here To Stay

For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time

Lockdown Food Trends That Are Here To Stay

As we settle into the “new normal", as everyone calls it, we're seeing a few significant food trends that will stay around long after the regulations have changed.

The team from TastyMoments have scoured the web to keep you in the loop. Do any of these sound familiar?

1. Friday Fakeaways

Yes, we can order takeout and go to restaurants lately. Still, many people are opting to make their own favourite takeaway foods on Fridays. According to BBC Good Food, “there was a mammoth rise in online searches for takeaway favourites like ‘homemade sweet and sour sauce’ (up 120%), ‘chicken katsu curry’ (up 300%) and, by far the most popular, ‘how to make southern fried chicken’ (up by over 5000 %)!” One thing you won’t have to make from scratch is Dr. Oetker Ital Pizzas because their new and improved bases taste just as good as a takeaway, if not better. Thank goodness for that!

2. Sourdough Mania

Online searches for homemade sourdough bread and sourdough starter (the bacteria-based concoction you need to leaven the bread) have skyrocketed since lockdown. It’s obvious why – sourdough smells and tastes divine. The process of making the starter and baking the bread can be quite laborious and time-consuming. But, there is nothing that beats the taste of freshly baked bread that you created yourself. Besides, what has lockdown given us, if not a lot more time to bake delicious things?

3. Bake The World

Another huge at-home trend is the rise of amateur baking. Remember the banana bread everyone was making? Well, this is another trend that seems to be here to stay. Baking is a well-known stress buster and a fantastic creative outlet for those who may be feeling a little frustrated with all the restrictions.

4. Local is ALWAYS Lekker

Yes, we’ve seen a whopping increase in online shopping during the pandemic. However, some local, neighbourhood shops are also seeing an uptick in trade. People are less willing to travel to crowded malls and are much more comfortable popping into the local grocer to pick up daily essentials. Besides, we all know the economy isn’t thriving; so many people are opting to support smaller, family-owned businesses to help them survive through the lockdown.

5. Happy Hour At Home

Despite local restrictions, international booze sales have been soaring. According to new research from OnePoll on behalf of John Lewis and Waitrose in the UK, 25% of people who drink have said they’ve been drinking more since lockdown. What’s more, tequila sales have soared 175% during the lockdown, with gin and rum also popular, and liqueurs up 78% as consumers try new cocktails. Locally we do know that pineapple and yeast sales also exploded at the beginning of lockdown. There are obviously many South Africans who have tried their hand at brewing their own beer. Where there is a will, people will find a way. 

Any other lockdown trends we may have missed? Let us know in the comments below.

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5 Ways To Zhoosh-Up Your Bacon

5 Ways To Zhoosh-Up Your Bacon

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5 Ways To Zhoosh-Up Your Bacon

5 Ways To Zhoosh-Up Your Bacon

Zhoosh-Up Your Bacon

Ah bacon. To some, it’s considered the best food in the world, to others, not so much.

If you fall into the “bacon-IS-a-way-of-life” grouping of people, you will love these 5 ways to jazz up your bacon.

Paprika and Garlic:

Take 1/3 cup of water and put it into a pan. Take a teaspoon of teaspoon of paprika and a teaspoon of crushed garlic to mix into the water. Grab your bacon and place it in the spiced water mixture. Turn up the heat and let the bacon simmer until the water is evaporated. Then, drop the temperature to a medium heat and continue to fry the bacon as normal. The result will keep everyone coming back for more, trust us.

Moreish Maple or Honey:

We can thank the Americans for this insane combo: bacon and maple syrup. Whoever would have thought that something so sweet and so salty could taste so good? Just fry-up your bacon as usual and then just before its done, drizzle it with maple syrup (honey will do in a pinch). Let it caramelise slightly in the pan before removing the bacon. Bacon bliss!

Thyme to Shine:

Thyme is probably one of the most underrated herbs in our opinion. But pair it with pork (or chicken) and your taste buds will never look back. Adding thyme to your bacon while you’re frying it takes it to the next level.

Coffee and Cocoa Bacon:

This is a bit of wild one. For the brave we think. Grab your uncooked bacon and add a cup of strong black coffee and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Then grab a tablespoon of brown sugar and some cocoa and add it to the mix. Let the bacon marinate in the mixture overnight and fry as normal. It’s got a sweet, smoky and rich finish that cannot be beat.

Add Some Veggies:

If you’re looking to freshen-up your beloved bacon with some healthier options, why not try and add some fresh spinach and garlic to your fry-up? Bacon also loves potato, so why not try and make a hash with some chopped tatties, green pepper and some fresh herbs. Brussels sprouts also shine with a bit of bacon. Even the fussiest of eaters will love their greens when infused with a bit of the good stuff.

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Five Ideas To Keep The Kids Busy

Five Ideas To Keep The Kids Busy

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Five Ideas To Keep The Kids Busy

Five Ideas To Keep The Kids Busy

Ice Lollies

The little people are home but what do to?

Keep them entertained with these clever ideas.

1. Make Ice Lollies

If you’ve got moulds, this one is a lifesaver for kids who need a bit of distraction. Grab the kids and ask them to make their ice-lolly flavour. Think orange juice with mango bits, yoghurt and berries or chocolate milk mixed with chopped marshmallows. Let their imaginations run wild and get creative with the flavours they want to create. Help them pour it into the moulds and let them play outside until they’re frozen solid.

2. Play Detective

If you’ve got a bit of time, think of a mystery for the kids to solve. What about the case of the missing teddy bear? Place a couple of clues around the house and get the other adults to play along. Let the kids dress-up in detective or police gear and let them solve the case. You’ll be amazed at their acting skills.

3. Make Pizzas

Who doesn’t love a pizza? Nothing is more rewarding than making and eating your pizza creation. Grab a couple of Happy Days Pizza Bases, some grated cheese, their favourite toppings and let them make the kids make their master-pizzas?

4. Make a Movie

Got a little drama queen at home? Ask your kids to come up with a movie idea that they want to film. Let them raid your cupboard to make costumes and help them with some “stage” make-up. We recommend you help them with the make-up so that your expensive cosmetics survive the experience. 

Then, allow them to rehearse the scenes before you film it on your phone. It will keep them entertained for hours. Who wouldn’t want to be the star of a movie, even if it’s made at home?

5. Bake Something Delicious

The Internet is crammed with ridiculously easy baking recipes you can find in a click. Ask the kids what they’d like to eat and find the easiest recipe to get there. Think sugar-cookies studded with chocolate chips, think jelly and custard, if it’s quick and tasty, we approve!

Have “fuuuun”!

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How to Make Trail Mix For Lunchboxes

How to Make Trail Mix For Lunchboxes

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How to Make Trail Mix For Lunchboxes

How to Make Trail Mix For Lunchboxes

trail mix

Your favourite new nibble has arrived! Ever heard of trail mix? Americans have loved this high-energy snack for decades. It's an ideal lunchbox companion, great as an energy booster while hiking the trails (hence the name) or just as a quick at-home snack.

It’s usually packed with fibre and is designed as a pick-me-up. Perfect for when you need a bit more go-go-go when your day is slow-slow-slow.

What is it?

In principle, it’s a mixture of nuts, pretzels, seeds, popcorn, bits of chocolate and dried fruit. The mix is often packed into smaller packets for lunchboxes or car-snacks.

Ingredients:

You will need (but can substitute the ingredients and play with the quantities here)

  • 1 x cup of toasted pecan nuts (we recommend dry toasting the nuts in the oven because it adds a deliciously rich flavour)
  • 1 x cup of toasted peanuts
  • 1 x cup of toasted almonds
  • 50 grams of milk or dark chocolate chopped into chunks (candied chocolates or nuts also work super well)
  • 1 x cup of pretzels (whichever shape you like)
  • 1 x cup of dried fruit (chopped into chunks if in large pieces)

How To Make It:

Mix it all together in a large bowl and portion into re-sealable packets to grab-and-go as you need it.

It will change the way you see snacking forever!

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The Easy Way To Make Ice Cream Without A Machine

The Easy Way To Make Ice Cream Without A Machine

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The Easy Way To Make Ice Cream Without A Machine

The Easy Way To Make Ice Cream Without A Machine

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We all love a bit of ice cream. Some people call it the food of the gods but we just call it an essential part of any happy family. Plus nothing is quicker and easier than serving a couple of scoops with some fresh fruit and crushed biscuits when you’ve got guests.

Yes, ice cream is a sure-fire crowd pleaser and we’ve got a secret to making it at home without a fancy appliance. All you need is a bit of freezer space and a bit of patience.

You will need a mixer, a couple of bowls and only 3 ingredients

This recipe is ideal for school holidays when your kids want to make a sweet treat at home.

Ingredients:

  • 500ml of heavy whipping cream
  • Tin of condensed milk
  • 5ml vanilla essence/extract

How To Make It:

  • In a large bowl, use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks. TOP TIP: Be careful not to over whip the cream. The rule of thumb is that the cream is done when you pull the beaters out and the cream is firm.
  • In another large bowl, whisk the vanilla essence into the sweetened condensed milk. Gently fold in the whipped cream with a spatula, slowly mixing the two together so it stays light and fluffy.
  • If making individual flavours, scoop the cream mixture into smaller bowls and gently fold in your desired mix-ins, or if making just one flavour, mix the ingredients directly into the cream mixture.
  • Transfer the mixture to an insulated tub and freeze for 4-6 hours.

Ideas For Flavour Mixes:

  • Take some chopped strawberries and add it to the mix with some strawberry milk powder – it tastes just like a milkshake!
  • Take some chopped chocolate and add it to the mix with some chocolate milk powder – you can go even further and add in some chocolate biscuits or toasted nuts if you like. YUM!
  • Add your favourite sweeties – we love jelly babies or sugar-coated chocolates.
  • Add some tinned mango and add the syrup for a fresh and tropical taste sensation.

It cannot be easier. All we can say is, GET INTO MY BELLY! Enjoy!

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Leftover cheese

Leftover cheese

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Leftover Cheese? Try This.

Leftover Cheese? Try This.

Leftover Cheese

We all love a bulk deal. Especially when it comes to the best thing in the world: cheese. Some households may manage to gobble up a giant yellow brick in a couple of days. But, most of us end-up staring at the leftovers wondering what to do with them.

Well, here are a few ideas of what you can do to maximise your cheesy investment.

Grate It and Freeze It

Cheese doesn’t freeze well when left whole. It gets crumbly and doesn’t slice well once defrosted.

The solution? Grate your leftover cheese and place the cheese into a re-sealable freezer bag. Put it in the freezer and whip it out when you need it. It works like a charm to zhoosh-up frozen pizza or makes toasted cheese sarmies on a Sunday night.

Get Saucy

Leftover bits of cheese make the best sauce. Grab some milk and some flour to make a white sauce (or a béchamel for you fancy people out there). Then add the leftover cheese to make a delicious and rich sauce. Cool and pour into containers to freeze. 

Voila, there you have cheese sauce whenever you need it. Think Wednesdays pasta meals when you don’t feel like cooking after a long day. WINNING!

Make a Soup or Pasta

Broccoli is best friends with cheese. Why not try making broccoli–cheese soup that you can freeze and take to work for lunch? Pasta also freezes well. 

 

We recommend making some macaroni and cheese and freezing it in portions. Perfect to whip it out when the kids are hungry.

Make a Dip

Give your leftover cheesy bits new ooey-gooey life with a delicious cheese dip. It’s easy! Grab 2 cups of cheese, a clove of minced garlic and a cup of white wine (non-alcoholic if you prefer). 

 

Then add a half a tablespoon of fresh herbs for an extra punch of freshness. Blitz it all together in a food processor (or a stick blender) and put in the fridge. It’ll be ready to serve with some crackers or fresh bread in an hour.

Use Parmesan and Hard Cheese Rinds in Soups and Stews

Got a chunk of ancient Parmesan hanging around the back of your fridge? Toss it into a stew or a soup for an extraordinarily rich and almost meaty taste. Italian Grandmothers have been using it as their secret weapon for years and now you can too. Just make sure to remove the rind before serving and no one will be the wiser.

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