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Frugal in SA by Natalija Cameron - 2M ago

We just love our lemon tree. It’s producing more and more lemons each year, thriving and growing in leaps and bounds. It’s an absolute joy having fresh lemons when you need them, and we’re so fortunate that the tree yields such large and fleshy lemons.

Not only does this mean we don’t have to buy marmalade, ever, but we also have enough lemons to make lemonade and lemon curd, to enjoy many a lovely cup of rooibos with honey, lemon and ginger in the coming winter months, and there are also quite a few lemons left over to freeze, both the juice and the rind, so that may continue to enjoy the lemons throughout the year.

The lemons are ready for the picking round about now. To celebrate the start of our “harvest season”, today I made us a lemon cake with chocolate icing. Yum! If you have fresh lemons at hand, and you’re in the mood for something sweet, then this is the perfect recipe for you. 

Ingredients:

For the cake:

2 Cups Cake Flour

1 Tsp. Bicarbonate of Soda

9 Tbsp. Sunflower Oil

1 ¼ Cup Sugar

3 Beaten Eggs

1 Cup Buttermilk

Juice of 2 Lemons

Grated rind of 2 Lemons

Spray ‘N’ Cook

For the icing:

1 ½ Cups Icing Sugar

½ Cup Butter

A few drops Vanilla Essence

4 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder

Optional: 40 gr. Chocolate

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 180 C°.

Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, sugar and oil until light and fluffy. Add the buttermilk and all dry ingredients. Mix everything together until thoroughly combine, for about 1 minute. Finally, add the lemon juice and rind and give it a mix.    

Lemon Cake in the making

Grease 2 x 20cm round cake tins using Spray ‘N’ Cook. Use a soup ladle to put equal amounts of batter into each cake tin. Bake at 180 C° for 35 minutes. The cakes should be spongy to the touch. Immediately put the cakes onto a cooling rack and allow them to cool down completely.

In the meantime, prepare the icing. Combine all ingredients until a nice, creamy consistency is formed. Although not necessary, you can add about 40 gr. of melted chocolate into the icing for a richer, creamier taste.

You are ready to ice the cake once it’s completely cooled down. Use a fairly sharp bread knife to cut off the risen part of the one cake. This will ensure that you have a flat base on which to rest the second cake. Using a spatula, ice the bottom cake then place the second cake on top, and cover the whole cake with icing. You can serve the cake immediately.

This cake keeps well, unrefrigerated, for several days. Enjoy!

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Frugal in SA by Natalija Cameron - 2M ago

If you’ve been following my blog for a little while now, you’ll know that I normally stay away from ready-made meals (unless they’re on reduced), or ready-to cook or bake premixes as we prefer to cook all our meals from scratch. But the other day as I was doing my month-end shopping at Spar, this little box of Pakco Chilli Bite Mix on the shelf caught my eye…

Both my hubby and I love chilli bites, but as I’m never too sure of the right combination of spices to use to make the chilli bite batter, this is not something I would normally be able to make at home. So I picked up the of Pakco Chilli Bite Mix and thought, why not, we’re going to give this a try! It cost R15.00 and as the recipe at the back of the box said you only need to add water to whip up the batter, it certainly seemed good value for money.

I couldn’t wait to give the Pakco Chilli Bite Mix a try so the first opportunity I got to whip up this easy snack, I did!

The preparation instructions at the back of the box had a few suggestions on what to add to the batter: chopped onion, coarsely chopped lettuce, watercress, chopped spinach or chopped shallots and for a stronger flavour, cayenne pepper or green chillies.

We decided to add some chopped spring onions, chopped spinach, crushed chillies and some cayenne pepper, as you can see in the photo, but I think this could be a very versatile batter and you could add just about any meat or vegetable combination to make it as interesting as you wish! I will certainly be experimenting in the future.

Whipping up the chilli bites batter was super easy and quick, and frying the chilli bites didn’t take long either. Just drop spoonfuls of the batter into fairly deep, but hot oil, and fry until golden brown. Remember to drain chilli bites on a paper towel to remove excess oil as they tend to absorb quite a bit of oil.

This batter yielded altogether just over 30 chilli bites which we thoroughly enjoyed, not only as lunch on the day but also as a quick snack in the next day or two.

The Pakco Chilli Bite Mix is definitely going to be on my shopping list from now on. I can add it to our monthly meal plans not only as a light and quick lunch, or an afternoon stack, but I think this could also be a lovely addition to party platters, if the need arises.

I will definitely keep an eye out for the Pakco Chilli Bite Mix if it comes on special, but even at R15.00 per packet (regular price, for now) I think it is very good value for money and I would heartily recommend it. Have you tried the PAKCO Chilli Bite mix yet?

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Frugal in SA by Natalija Cameron - 2M ago

Each year after Easter Sunday, we always have quite a few hard-boiled eggs left over. After all, there’s only so much we can consume on the day.

But nothing goes to waste in our household, if I can help it, and so we continue to enjoy our colourful Easter eggs throughout the week as an addition to our lunchboxes or as a quick afternoon snack if we’re at home.

Not only that, I also make sure we make at least one or two sandwich meals that include sliced, hard-boiled eggs. Our favourites include sliced ham, eggs and tomato and sliced egg, cheese and mayo.

I also often make this egg salad and use that as a spread on toast. It’s only a bit more work, and it’s an ideal choice for a quick lunch or dinner. To make your meal more substantial, you could always add a side salad.

Ingredients:

4 hard-boiled Eggs, peeled and chopped

1 Spring Onion, finely chopped

1 Onion, finely chopped

4 Tbsp chopped Gherkins

3-4 Tbsp Mayonnaise

Salt and Pepper to taste

Cayenne Pepper to taste

This time round, I used the Miami Sweet ‘n’ Sour diced gherkins, cherry peppers and onions, which is the only jar of gherkins I had in the fridge, and the Simple Truth Red Alaea Sea Salt, which is absolutely amazing by the way, especially in salads!

Egg Salad ingredients.

Method:

Chop the eggs, gherkins, onions and spring onions. Mix well. Add the mayonnaise. Usually about 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise should be enough to bind all the ingredients together, but you can add a bit more to suit your taste. Add the spices to give it a final stir, and your egg salad is ready! Enjoy on a slice of warm toast or a fresh bun.  

Mixing the Egg Salad.

I particularly like to top my egg salad slice with some avocado, if we have some on hand. Even better yet, I will mash up about ½ of an avocado, spread the avocado on a slice of toast and then top it off with a generous portion of this delicious, homemade egg salad.

Open Egg Salad sandwich with some avo on the side.

As a bit of a variation, try grating some celery to your egg salad or adding ½ tin of drained tuna, or more if you prefer. It all still tastes delicious.

Needless to say this is quite an inexpensive yet filling meal and the ingredients listed here will yield enough to comfortably serve 4 people. Enjoy!


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Frugal in SA by Natalija Cameron - 3M ago

We love dyeing Easter eggs each year! This is such fun and oh-so-easy, even for the youngest members of your family! It doesn’t cost much but the results can be amazing. I just love having a bowl of colourful Easter eggs on our table over the Easter weekend.

To start, I bought a variety of food colours at the Mondeor Bake Shop. They stock several different brands of food colouring, and each brand had so many different colours available that it was difficult to choose! The liquid food colouring bottles were R8.00 or R9.00 each and the gel food colouring bottles were R23.50 each.

Gel food colours

In any case, these are some of the colours that I’d chosen this year: yellow, teal, fuschia, lavender. I thought they’d turn out to be quite vibrant, and I must say I wasn’t disappointed! The colours are stunning, as you can see in the photos.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started with this oh-so-fun Easter egg project:

10 eggs

500 ml. of water

500 ml. white vinegar

Food colouring of your choice

A few glass containers, or glasses

Cold water

Method:

To prevent egg shells from cracking as they boil, it’s best to use eggs that are at room temperature (I usually take the eggs out of the fridge the night before).

Colourful Easter eggs

Place the eggs and add the water and vinegar (I use the cheapest, no name brand white spirit vinegar and it works just fine) in a fairly large pot and bring to the boil. Depending on the size of the pot you choose, you may need to add more water and vinegar at first. Always make sure the eggs are completely covered as you add them to the pot and adjust the amount of water and vinegar accordingly. The ratio of water-vinegar remains the same = equal amounts.

Once the water has boiled, reduce the heat and simmer for 18 minutes. Take the pot off the stove, drain the water and immediately place the pot with the eggs under running water. Hold each egg under running water (they will be hot, so be careful!) and use the sponge or a small kitchen cloth to gently rub off the egg yellow.

The egg yellow will come off the shells easily. Boiling the eggs in vinegar does make the egg shells a bit more brittle than what they normally are, so be as gentle as possible when handling these eggs. Allow the eggs to cool and to dry.

Now you’re ready to dye the eggs.

Some more colourful Easter eggs

In each individual container, or individual glasses, add just enough cold water to cover one or two eggs at a time. Add one or two or three blobs of dye in each container and give it a good stir. Make sure the dye has completely dissolved and check that you are happy with the intensity of the colour in each container. If you feel that you would like a stronger hue, add a bit more food colouring.

Then gently lower the eggs, one or two at a time, in different containers and allow them to soak for a minute or two. Check that you are happy with the intensity of the final colour. You can always let the eggs soak for a bit longer if you wish.

Use a tablespoon to gently scoop the eggs, one at a time, and lay them out to dry on egg cartons, and voila, your colourful Easter eggs are done! These Easter eggs are perfectly edible, so you can enjoy them on Easter Sunday or make them part of your Easter egg hunt!

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Frugal in SA by Natalija Cameron - 3M ago

As a cheaper and much healthier alternative to chocolate Easter eggs, have you tried Easter egg decoupage?  

Easter eggs decoupage is such an easy project, that doesn’t cost a whole lot and can provide several hours of fun for the whole family over the Easter weekend.

We enjoy decorating quite a few Easter eggs each year, using a variety of paper serviette motifs for our decoupage project. While decoupage can be done with empty egg shells, we prefer to decoupage hard-boiled eggs which can then actually be eaten while at the same time, adding a bit of a wow factor to your Easter table décor.  

Our decoupage Easter eggs

Here’s what you’ll need to get started with this awesome Easter egg project:

10 eggs

500 ml. of water

500 ml. white vinegar

Paper serviettes with a variety of motifs

Scissors

1 egg white (whisked)

A sponge (brand new)

Method:

To prevent egg shells from cracking as they boil, it’s best to use eggs that are at room temperature (I usually take the eggs out of the fridge the night before).

Place the eggs and add the water and vinegar (I use the cheapest, no name brand white spirit vinegar and it works just fine) in a fairly large pot and bring to the boil. Depending on the size of the pot you choose, you may need to add more water and vinegar at first. Always make sure the eggs are completely covered as you add them to the pot and adjust the amount of water and vinegar accordingly. The ratio of water-vinegar remains the same = equal amounts.

Decoupage Easter egg with leaves and flowers motif

Once the water has boiled, reduce the heat and simmer for 18 minutes. Take the pot off the stove, drain the water and immediately place the pot with the eggs under running water. Hold each egg under running water (they will be hot, so be careful!) and use the sponge or a small kitchen cloth to gently rub off the egg yellow.

The egg yellow will come off the shells easily. Boiling the eggs in vinegar does make the egg shells a bit more brittle than what they normally are, so be as gentle as possible when handling these eggs. Allow the eggs to cool and to dry. Rinse the sponge and allow it to dry as well.

Decoupage Easter egg with a flower motif

Now comes the fun part!

Use whatever paper serviette motifs you like but bear in mind that the motifs you choose to cut out should be small enough to fit across the one side of each egg. Cut out the motifs and peel away all the paper layers at the back. You should have only one layer with the colourful motif itself. This is the piece that you’re going to use to stick onto the egg.

Use the whisked egg white as your adhesive. Position the motif onto the egg, dab your sponge in a bit of egg white and then gently dab the egg white over your motif. This will “glue” the paper motif onto the surface of the egg. As you do this, try to avoid creasing as much as possible although this is bound to happen. Not to worry though, even if there are a few small creases these will hardly be visible. Allow the eggs to dry.

And that’s pretty much as easy as that! The most time-consuming part is cutting out the paper serviette motifs and peeling away the extra layers of paper that you don’t need, but once that’s done, it’s all fun, fun, fun from there!

These Easter eggs are perfectly edible, so you can enjoy them on Easter Sunday or make them part of your Easter egg hunt! These eggs are healthier, of course and a much cheaper alternative to chocolate eggs. Enjoy!

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Frugal in SA by Natalija Cameron - 3M ago

One of the easiest and most popular herbs to grow in your garden has to be Basil. It’s great in salads, pasta dishes, as a pizza topping and of course, as the main ingredient in basil pesto. I just love having fresh basil in the garden during summer.  

Basil is super easy to grow, and it practically costs you nothing. We initially bought a tray of 6 basil seedlings probably about 7 or 8 years ago and we haven’t bought any since. As our basil plants mature towards the end of summer, and the seeds appear, I harvest the seeds and keep them until next spring.   

Your basil plant will grow just about anywhere! We have planted basil in pots, on its own, as well as around trees and also around other flowers, also in pots. It just grows. I sow the seeds directly in soil, so no seedling trays are needed. You’ll begin to see the first sprouts appear within two weeks.

Basil does need regular watering as it continues to grow so if you are in a drought prone area, make sure that you keep the soil moist, but avoid drenching. Another good thing about basil is that it does, at times, self-seed and you’ll see little plants pop up in early spring, near and around the mother plant of the previous year.

It is an annual plant though, so you will have to keep re-planting it each year. It usually takes about 2-3 months for the basil plant to grow tall and bushy, but the more you pick the leaves, the more leaves your basil plant will grow.

In the photo below, you can see some of our basil plants growing quite happily around the fig tree in our garden. These still get plenty of sunlight coming through and they are still thriving now, at the beginning of autumn.

Our basil

In this photo, you can also see that our basil plants have begun to seed. I won’t be harvesting the seeds just yet, as they are still a bit green, but in just a couple of more weeks the seeds will turn to light brown in colour and will feel dry to the touch. At that point, the seeds will come off the stem easily. I store my basil seeds wrapped in a small piece of paper.

Basil seeding

If you’re a fan of basil, you really should be growing your own basil. For me, no other packaged basil that you can buy anywhere in the shops can beat the flavour and the fragrance of freshly picked basil from the garden! We use our basil regularly in the summer months.

I love sprinkling fresh basil on top of pasta dishes, once they’re cooked, and as a pizza topping, also once the pizza is done. Basil loses its flavour and colouring when cooked so it’s really always a last-minute addition to meals. I also quite often whip up some basil pesto and we have that with pasta as a meal on its own.

To preserve basil, I have successfully dried basil leaves when they’re most abundant at the end of summer, but I must say that once dried, the leaves don’t retain much flavour, so I wouldn’t recommend doing this.

Instead, you can freeze basil by pureeing washed leaves in a blender or food processor, adding water as needed to make a thick but pourable puree. Pour the puree into ice-cube trays and freeze, then pop them out and store them in freezer bags to use as needed in sauces or pesto.

Do you grow your own basil? Or any other herbs? If you have any tips to share about growing basil, please share with us in the comments below. I’d appreciate it.

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If you are looking for a pet lodge for your furkids for the upcoming holidays, Best Friends Pet Lodge may very well be the ideal holiday resort for your dog(s) that you’ve been looking for. They are based 20 minutes from Midrand, in the beautiful mountains between Hennops River and Hartbeespoort dam – a lovely and relaxing holiday spot for your furkids.

Best Friends Pet Lodge offers 12 luxury cabanas and is run by qualified Dogtown SA  staff members who provide personal care and attention to ensure your dogs’ stay is as enjoyable as possible. Think of sunset walks, T-touch sessions (read all about it here) and games and cuddles.

As for their rates, you might find it interesting to learn that dogs adopted from Dogtown SA receive a 15% discount, dogs adopted from other organisations receive a 10% discount and pensioners (humans and dogs) receive a 10% discount as well. Dogtown SA receives a percentage of the income from Best Friends Pet Lodge so knowing that you support the work they do, is an added bonus!

To help you decide on a pet lodge for your furkids, the team at Best Friends Pet Lodge have put together 7 important points for you to consider before making your decision.

1.Go and look at the facility. Looking at a Facebook page or website is not enough. Make the time to visit the facilities and see what they offer first hand. If the facility is hesitant about booking your viewing, some red flags should pop up. Make sure to check all areas of the facility, including their kitchen and food preparation area. Check to see if all the areas are clean and that the water bowls are clean and contain fresh water.

2. Is the facility secure? Will your pets be safe? This is very important in the decision making process. You need to be 100% sure that your dog will be safe inside the facility and that there is no way for them to get out. Have a look at the perimeter fencing. Are all the gates closed on arrival? Are the gates all secure and lockable? You need to be sure that when you leave your furkids at the facility, they will be safe. When you arrive at Best Friends Pet Lodge you will notice their attention to detail in terms of security straight away. Once inside the office area, you go through 2 gates to get to the gardens and cabanas. All their fences and walls are at least 2.4m high and each garden gate is lockable, so you know your furkids are secure in their garden at all times.

3. Will your dog have an adequately sized garden? It is important to make sure that your pet has enough space to move around comfortably and that they are not cooped up in a small area, even for a short period of time. The required garden size will depend on the age, size, breed and energy levels of your dog. The Best Friends Pet Lodge gardens vary from 100m2 to 150m2 which is an ideal size for dogs of all shapes and sizes.

4. Do the staff seem knowledgeable and caring? This is another reason why it is so important to visit the facility in person and meet the people who will be taking care of your dogs. Do they seem caring? Is the person who will be caring for your dog qualified and capable? Always ask questions as you will also get a good gut-feeling after you have met the people who will be working with your dog.

5. How often will your dog be exercised? This is crucial especially if you are going away for a longer period of time. Even though the garden might be sufficient in size, your dog needs exercise and stimulation. High energy level dogs will need to be taken on regular, long walks to help them burn off some steam. It is very important to discuss the exercise regime with the facility that you are considering.

6. Are pets required to be current on their vaccinations? Any reputable boarding facility will require vaccinations to be up to date and the manager will ask to see proof of the vaccination certificate. This is important to make sure that all dogs who visit the facility are healthy and protected against any diseases. The health and safety of your furkids should always come first so the vaccination policy should be very strict.

7. Finally, check what other services are available such as grooming, training, bathing? Do they cater for special requests such as medication and special diets? Are they prepared to put on doggy jackets for your dog when it gets cold? This will mean that the boarding facility you are considering goes the extra mile, which is what you want.

To view the Best Friends pet Lodge you can call them on 083 656 2230 or contact them by email bookings@bestfriendspetlodge.com

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Everyone loves items on reduced! Especially grocery items. Checkers usually has quite a few items on 50% less, and sometimes even more, on most days. I’m sure you’ve seen them at Checkers and may have even bought some items (if not, have a look at my blog post Reduced to Clear Items at Checkers to find out more). These items do sell quite fast though, which is no surprise.

The reduced to clear items are unpredictable in that you never know what you’re going to find when you get to the store so these are not really items you can count on or use to plan your dinners ahead of time. I often end up finding some bargains close to month-end which gives me a bit of wiggle room, as I’m still figuring out our meals for the month ahead at that time.

If I’m at the shops halfway through the month, or even just a week after payday, then it’s a bit different. I’ve already bought food for the month, and planned our meals so what do I do then? I often just walk past the shelves with the reduced to clear items, and leave it at that, but sometimes I’m also tempted to buy an item or two, especially if it’s something we don’t generally buy at full price.   

Even then, I still have to figure out how to incorporate the reduced to clear items into our monthly meal plan. It simply means that I have to substitute one or two meals off our plan, which I’ve not only planned for already but have bought food for those meals as well. In that case, I’ll normally substitute for one or two ready-cooked meals, which are already in the freezer, and I know can still be utilised early on the following month.

Before I make the purchase though, I will also have to consider my budget and see if we can spend more on food. If we can, then I’ll go ahead and ‘splurge’. I know it’s not really ‘splurging’ but that’s what it feels like to me knowing full well that our grocery shop for the month is done and we have enough food at home.

Another thing for me to consider is whether or not I need to buy any additional grocery items to make a meal or two out of the reduced to clear items. If it’s a ready-made meal on its own, then great, I don’t need to think any further! But if not, then I have to think about what I actually have at home, and if I can put a meal together without any additional purchases.

To give you an example. I was at Checkers earlier this week and I found the following items, priced at 50% less:

4 Pitta breads at R10.00

Deli slices at R11.00

Hummus at R10.00

Pizza bases at R24.00

Reduced to clear groceries

I thought about all of this for a while and decided that we can actually get several meals out of those reduced to clear items, and that I didn’t need to buy any additional items! So this is how I incorporated the above into our meal plan for this month:

We had leftover roast chicken from the other night which we were going to polish off soon anyway, so I made us some humus and roast chicken pitas. I added lots of lettuce, tomato, cucumber and spring onions to the mix, all of which we already had in the fridge. We had enough for two main meals out of this, and we also finished the roast chicken so there was no waste at all.

We then made pizzas on another day, and again we had enough for two main meals, plus leftovers to take to work the following day. I used some of my homemade tomato sauce as well as the deli slices as topping. I then added some mushrooms and grated cheese, which we had in the fridge as well. I topped the pizzas, straight out of the oven, with some fresh basil from our garden and slices of ripe avos (these were on special at Apple Tree Food Market – 8 avocados for just R15.99). We really enjoyed the pizza, especially with the thin, rustic base which was very different from the usual homemade pizzas we make.

All in all, I was quite pleased with how I managed to incorporate the reduced to clear items into our monthly meal plan. We finished our leftover roast chicken plus we had all the ingredients we needed for pizza. The leftover humus and deli slices we used for sandwiches later on in the week, so that was yet another meal. There was no waste, and there were no additional expenses. I spent just over R50.00 and we had 5 meals plus. The meals we would have had I simply kept back in the freezer to be used at a later stage.

Another thing to consider when buying the reduced to clear items is the fact that these are more than likely just one or two days away from their expiry date! Most of the time, it won’t be foods that you can freeze but will have to consume them within a day or so. My solution to this has always been to buy just enough for a couple of meals which can be eaten before they reach their expiry date.

Do you ever buy the reduced to clear items at Checkers, or elsewhere? If so, how do you incorporate these into your monthly meal plan? I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below!

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Frugal in SA by Natalija Cameron - 4M ago

Grapes are still in season at this time of year. They are plentiful and extremely affordable when buying in bulk! You can buy a whole box of grapes (1.5kg) for just over R20.00! This is the time when we make quite a few jars of delicious grape konfyt, and we enjoy it throughout the year.

Grape konfyt is not difficult to make, and it’s not expensive to make either but it yields a good amount. For 1 kg of fresh grapes you will get about 800 gr. of grape konfyt. It can be stored unrefrigerated, provided the jar was sealed properly.

Cooking time totals between 2 to 3 hours, and involves quite a bit of stirring, so you can’t leave it unattended, but other than that, the whole process is easy. And you all know how much I love recipes that are easy!

We enjoy grape konfyt throughout the year. We use on pancakes, flapjacks and toast. Sometimes we serve a teaspoon or two of grape konfyt over vanilla ice cream or a plain sponge cake. It’s really very versatile! And did I mention, delicious?

Grape konfyt served on flapjacks

Ingredients:

1 kg. grapes, washed and destalked

1 kg. sugar

50 ml. water

1/2 lemon, washed and thinly sliced

You can increase the amount of grapes you use. For each kilogram of grapes, use 1 kg. of sugar and 50 ml. water. The method of cooking remains the same.

You can use any kind of grapes that you have at hand for this recipe – red or white, seedless or not, small or large. I have made grape konfyt using all of those! It is best to stick to one type of grapes per batch, but I have also mixed them at times, depending on what I had. It will still turn out lovely and delicious!

Method:

Use a non-stick pot for cooking. Pour the sugar and the water in the pot, and let it heat up slowly. Keep stirring until the sugar melts, and cooks through a little, for about half an hour on medium heat.

Then add the washed, destalked grapes and the sliced lemon into the pot. Continue to cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally and carefully skimming any foam that collects on top during cooking.

When ready, pour the grape konfyt into sterilised jars, close the lids and leave to cool down to room temperature before storing in your pantry.

To test whether or not the konfyt is ready, drop half a teaspoon of syrup into a small bowl, allow it to cool for a minute. Check the consistency. The consistency you’re looking for is slightly less runny than what you would need when making jam. Enjoy!

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Frugal in SA by Natalija Cameron - 4M ago

As one of Ecoegg South Africa’s brand ambassadors, I’m very excited to share with you my review of the Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover. I just love trying new household products, especially eco-friendly products. So I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when I received, not only my very own Ecoegg Laundry Egg by Ecoegg South Africa but also the Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover to try. I just couldn’t wait to get started!

Alas, it was not to be. If you’ve read the story about our washing machine, you’ll know what a difficult time we had getting our washing machine up and running again. It took a good couple of months! But thanks to my hubby’s perseverance, our washing machine is now back in action! It’s been a couple of weeks now and I’m back to using my Ecoegg Laundry Egg once again. Plus, I also got to try the Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover on quite a few stains.

My bottle of the Ecoegg Instant Stain Removal

To be honest, I can’t remember when was the last time I got excited about stains on our clothes that needed attention, if ever! Normally, that’s more of a bother than anything, figuring out how to get rid of the stains, but now that I had my very own bottle of the Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover close at hand, it was no problem.

So let me tell you what I loved the most about using the Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover over the past few weeks:

It is completely odourless, which I think is just great! One of the reasons I don’t normally like using stain removers is because of the harsh smells, which I assume must be from all sorts of chemicals that are added to the regular stain removers that we can buy in the shops. But the Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover contains no peroxide, no chlorine bleach, no phosphates – it is an incredibly effective, natural cleaner. The Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover has been dermatologically tested and is hypoallergenic.

All it takes for the stain to go away is two or three spritzes of the Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover, which means that your bottle should last you a while and that’s a good thing, in my books. Each and every time I used the Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover, I only had to spray in one go and the stain was gone! There was no need to repeat the process, saving you time, money and product.

The Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover worked wonders on all sorts of stains! One of the first stains I tried it on (in fact, I was just dying to try it on that stain!) was a 2-year old stain on one of my favourite jerseys. I don’t even remember how the stain got there but it was a completely stubborn stain, having defied previous washes, many times over! This is the only stain I had to treat twice, but in fairness to the product, it was a 2-year old stain that no other product that I’d used previously managed to remove.

Over the past couple of weeks, the Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover also successfully removed oil stains, tomato sauce stains, general food stains as well as stubborn dirt! And all I had to do was spray the stain a couple of times, pop the item of clothing into the washing machine, along with my Ecoegg Laundry Egg, and the stain was no more.   

I remember we had quite a bit food stain on one of our white t-shirts, which really looked awful. No one like stains on white clothes especially, as they can be difficult to remove. But, just a couple of spritzes of the Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover and the stain was gone after the first wash! It was like the stain was never there to begin with. I was super pleased.

Finally, the Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover was really easy to use each and every time. There was no need to rub or scrub or wash or soak anything – the only thing I had to do was spritz the stain and let the Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover do its magic!

All in all, I am really impressed with how effective the Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover was each and every time, and I heartily recommend this eco-friendly product. It’s got the thumbs up from me!

Have you tried the Ecoegg South Africa Instant Stain Remover yet? Let me know if you decide to give it a try – I’d love to hear about your experience of using the Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover in the comments below.

You can find out more about the Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover on their website, and give them a like on their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram to stay in touch and receive all the latest announcements and specials.

Disclaimer: as one of Ecoegg South Africa’s brand ambassadors, I have received my very own complimentary Ecoegg Instant Stain Remover to try, but the opinions expressed in this blog post are honest and my own. I absolutely love using this eco-friendly product!

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