Homesmart SA has introduced a new range of modern toggle switches for those interested in home decor lighting. Their toggle light switches make flipping a switch more satisfying than ever. Their light switches are designed to be easy on the hands and give homes a classy, retro modern appeal. Don’t let your rooms get you down and start living a fuller life! Ditch the switch that has been a neglected eyesore and change to a toggle switch that not only feels easy on the hand but also adds a classic vintage look to the home. South Africa trusts Homesmart SA for their ingenuity to turn mundane everyday items into products that are not only a source of convenience but are also unique, distinctive & elegant. There is no better place to start than with an item we use countless times a day. Homesmart SA sets the industry standard for quality, high performing home decor lighting products. Their line of toggle switches feature a variety of wall mounting options available with a full array of choice. Designed to outperform other lights and toggle switches on the market, Homesmart SA’s lights and light switches are specifically known to be top of the range when it comes to longevity, aesthetics, finishing, quality, and variety. Their toggle switch range are all CCCs, CE, GB/16915,1 and RoHS2 compliant.Customers get to choose from the Bastille, Classic Vintage and Houdini ranges. The panels are stainless steel and come in a selection of choices like pearl gold, deep bronze, black, grey and white. All colours are provided in 1,2,3 and 4 gang light switches and come with a wall box. These toggle switches can withstand currents up to 10 AMPS and voltages between 220 to 250. Homesmart SA offers free courier delivery, dispatched within 24 Hours. Secure credit card checkout with PayFast with an EFT option. About Homesmart Homesmart SA is known for their decor lights and light switches. They have been serving the South African market with dedication and aim to . . .
Survivor gold rush at International Wine competition Survivor, the free spirited Swartland wine range, has triumphed at the 2019 MUNDUS VINI Spring Tasting in Germany with gold medals for two of its red wines. The gold medallists are Survivor Pinotage 2017 and Survivor Wild Yeast Syrah 2017, the brand new addition to the trusty Survivor fold. Both wines were among the award winners showcased this week at ProWein in Düsseldorf, the world’s largest trade fair for wine and spirits. MUNDUS VINI, founded 18 years ago by the publishing company Meininger Verlag, is Germany’s leading wine competition. The judging panel for the 2019 Spring Tasting comprised 260 wine experts from 50 countries who assessed 7 200 wines over six days from 156 wine-growing regions across the globe. The just released Survivor Wild Yeast Syrah 2017 is a dark, full-bodied wine with luscious layers of violets, blackberries and spice supported by soft, supple tannins. This 100% Syrah was fermented in 500L French oak barrels using only naturally occurring yeasts. Survivor Pinotage 2017, the second 2019 MUNDUS VINI gold medallist in this intrepid range, is a barrel matured pure blooded Swartland wine teeming with hearty fruit flavours such as prune, plum and cherry, complemented by elegant spice and cedar notes. Survivor takes its name from the tale of a hardy Nguni cow that jumped off an open bakkie while being transported from one Swartland farm to another, landing unscathed in the middle of a vineyard. A metaphor for brave choices, the story of the Nguni cow continues to inspire this adventurous wine range from Overhex Wines International. The 2017 Survivor Pinotage and Wild Yeast Syrah are available at a cellar door price of R161 and R185 respectively. For online purchases visit www.survivorwines.com. Follow @survivorwines on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The tongue has 10,000 taste buds able to recognise five distinct tastes: sweet, sour, salty, savoury and – the most complex of these – bitter. On the hand, the nose has 10,000 more receptors than this. Both the tongue and the nose use the same types of receptors, so aromas make a huge impact on what we taste. Now let's put this in the context of gastronomy... For over a hundred years, bitters have been considered an essential component of many cocktail recipes, but less is known about when it became a part of the kitchen. Of course, bitters are seldom used in cooking or baking, with the exception of chefs and experimental home cooks. It’s about time this changed. It’s an ingredient that no home kitchen should be without! The flavours of appetisers, entrees and desserts can be enhanced with just a few dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters. Not at all bitter when added to food, it has been found to intensify the flavour of other ingredients and, for those who are sensitive, can even counteract the acidic component of tart dishes. In Angostura’s home country of Trinidad and Tobago, bitters are added to dishes like breads, soups, and marinades. In fact, Angostura is so serious about cooking with bitters that in 1960 they released a handbook called The Secret of Good Taste: The Angostura Cook Book championing recipes that called for a dash of bitters. Today, a collection of these recipes can be found on the Angostura bitters website. In celebration of bittered cooking, VinePair has released a selection of bittered recipes created by chefs across the USA from cookies to coffee, and even steak. Here are a few of our top picks from their collection for when you’re entertaining at home: SQUASH SOUP By David Baudek of The Kerryman Bar & Restaurant in Chicago Ingredients - 2 tablespoons unsalted butter - 2 large leeks, thinly sliced, white and pale green parts only - ±1kg winter squash (butternut or pumpkin) - ±1L low-sodium chicken stock or broth - . . .
We all understand the importance of keeping clean throughout the day, to not only feel confident but also to minimise unwanted bacteria, especially when going in and out of bathrooms. This is why Baby Soft® toilet paper is proud to introduce new “SoftWave Design”. The brand continues to create innovation that is will give you not only a softer experience, but to also provide you with a better clean. Baby Soft® conducted a consumer survey where it was found that 55% of their consumers claim that dry bath tissue alone does not get them clean enough. Research also shows that most people feel shower clean during the morning until the activities of the day start creeping in whereas after midday that fresh shower clean feeling starts declining, resulting in their feeling uncomfortable and less confident. This is why Baby Soft® introduced a more efficient clean through this new innovation. “Baby Soft® commits to providing a noticeable experience of clean that resets how you feel, so you can leave the bathroom feeling renewed and ready for what is next. Baby Soft® is doing this by introducing the “SoftWave design” that works hard so you don’t have to.” says Li-Anne Hide, Marketing Manager of Family Care at Kimberly Clark. Baby Soft® continues to provide a thick, soft and absorbent range, offering families good value with every purchase. Not only does the range now carry out all those same great benefits that we love but now also promises you a clean that renews you. The new design provides a superior clean efficiency through its active textures and ultimate skin comfort through Baby Soft®’s trusted softness. Baby Soft® also offers their Moist Toilet Tissues to add to your clean routine. By using both the Dry Toilet Tissue and Moist Toilet Tissue you are sure to experience a new hygienic clean. With the new Baby Soft® “SoftWave design” and clean routine you will feel at your absolute best and maintain the confidence that you need throughout the day. The new . . .
Though we are already three months into the year 2019, school essentials, such as stationery, are still a great need for many children. It is never too early or too late to ensure that children are equipped with the necessary tools in order for them to thrive at school. It is for this reason that Wimpy donated a significant amount of stationery to Nokuphila School. The Wimpy team recently gathered SpongeBob stationery that was part of a promotion and hand-delivered it to the children and Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers from Nokuphila School. The school is owned and run by the Love Trust and assists children from Tembisa and Ivory Park who are from poverty-stricken backgrounds. “When we heard about the wonderful work that is done by the Love Trust for the community of Tembisa through Nokuphila School, we wanted to contribute in a meaningful way – and what’s better than donating stationery that children will use as they get an education that will better their lives’, said Jacques Cronje, Wimpy Marketing Executive. “As a brand that is centred around family, we know that children are a very important component of the family unit, and we hope this donation of stationery will bring much-needed relief to families that aren’t able to provide it for their children.” The stationery that was donated will not only benefit Nokuphila School but also over 30 ECDs in Tembisa such as Ikamva Lethu, Kopano keMatla and Future Nation Day Care, only to name a few, that the teachers that are trained at Nokuphila School teach at. The quality education that is provided by the school filters beyond the premises of Nokuphila through the ECD teachers that teach in the community. Since the school is run by a Non-Government Organisation (NGO), the upkeep and operations are completely dependent on donations from businesses and independent donors. If you’d like to join Wimpy and make a difference in the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, please visit: . . .
In the most recent Mundus Vini Spring Tasting, De Grendel’s signature red wine, Rubaiyat, scooped yet another prestigious gold medal to add to its long list of accolades. The award-winning 2015 vintage already bagged one platinum, 3 golds, 1 double gold as well as the Trophy for the South African Wine of the Year from China Wine & Spirits Awards. The Mundus Vini is regarded as a prestigious international competition for wines from all wine-growing regions around the world. The aim of the competition is to promote wine quality and to award wines of excellence. An international jury delivers an independent, neutral and expert verdict on the wines, thereby guaranteeing that the competition is both fair and professional. This bestows a high level of recognition upon the medals awarded at Mundus Vini, the prize-winning wines and their producers. For a wine to receive a gold medal, a minimum of 90 points should be awarded by the jury. A long-held dream by the late Sir David Graaff to produce a first-class Bordeaux-style red blend, was realised in the spring of 2009 when the maiden 2006 vintage was released. The current 2015 vintage is a thoughtful construction of only the finest grapes by Cellar Master Charles Hopkins and consists of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are situated in the Firgrove area, approximately 6 km from False Bay. The grapes are selected from specific sites focusing on lower yields, the age of the vines, and the soil types. The aver¬age berry weight of the selected vines is less than a gram, making them small and delivering excellent flavour concentration. The Cabernet Franc thrives in Cape coffee stone while the Merlot and Petit Verdot both perform well in weathered blue Durbanville shale. The name Rubaiyat is the Persian word for a quatrain: a verse comprising four lines reflecting the four varietal components of the blend. Inspiration came from the Graaff . . .
The AGA cooker excels at every style of cooking…! At the heart of its classic looks lies a cast iron heart, the entire cooker is an energy store, steadily transferring the heat from its core into its ovens and hotplates. Ideal for preparing a delicious Easter Feast with this Master Cook. AGA roasts are more succulent, vegetables crunchier and cakes are lighter. Yorkshire puddings rise higher, steaks are juicier, and pizzas are always crisp to perfection. There is nothing the AGA cannot do and everything it does…. it does better! AGA ovens are made from cast iron, which is a fantastic material for retaining and, even more importantly, radiating heat. Radiant heat means that the heat comes from all directions and is transferred directly from a heat source to an object, as opposed to through the air, like a convection oven. Radiant heat is gentle on food and locks in moisture, flavour and goodness, meaning the food you serve tastes delicious. AGA cookers are also synonymous with the gentle, comforting warmth it brings to your home, ideal for Easter time when the weather edges towards Winter. This Easter enjoy a superb roast, with potatoes and Yorkshire Pudding, with the family and your AGA oven. Try this special Easter Feast Recipe, courtesy of AGA: Beef Ingredients: 3 x rib of beef on the bone, weighs about 5kg ½ tsp olive oil Sea salt Black pepper 3 onions, peeled and each sliced into four circles Roast Potatoes Ingredients 1.3kg Oil Simnel Cake Ingredients 200g plain flour 1 tsp mixed spice ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg 175g butter 175g light soft brown sugar 1 lemon, grated rind 4 eggs, beaten 55g ground almonds 700g mixed fruit with peel 85g glace cherries, quartered 55g blanched almonds, chopped 700g white almond paste 1 egg white or 1 tbsp apricot jam Roast Beef – Serves 8-10 Take the meat out of the refrigerator an hour before cooking to allow it to come to room temperature. Massage the olive oil into the fat of the . . .
‘World Sleep Day 2019: ‘Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging,’ Vencasa, The World Leaders in Sleep, celebrates World Sleep Day this 15th March 2019. This annual event focuses on one of our most basic needs. Sleep is crucial not only to our basic survival but to our overall health and well-being. Lack of sleep can lead to numerous long and short-term health problems, this means that the earlier you find the best sleep solution for your life-stage, the better! The ideal sleep solution is a vital investment in you and your family’s lives. This year, World Sleep Day focuses on healthy sleep and its impact on healthy aging. Dr. Erik St. Louis, Co-Director of the Mayo Centre for Sleep Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, says, “For most adults, getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep tonight might be the most important thing we can do to improve our future physical and mental health. Recent research has shown the importance of adequate amounts of sleep for brain health, since during sleep, the brain washes away toxins that can potentially damage the aging brain that accumulates during the day while we’re awake. Sleep also keeps the brain’s wiring and connections healthy and working at their best, especially when learning and remembering new things”. Good quality sleep contributes to aging well – physically and mentally. Getting good sleep during youth and middle age reduces the risk of obesity and hypertension and even prevents against age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease later in life. Regular sleep has even been attributed to fewer signs of aging in facial skin and better tissue tone. Beauty sleep is not a myth! Emerging evidence also suggests a connection between premature cell aging and poor sleep. Sleep is our time to regenerate and recharge and we need to make the best of this time. World Sleep Day reminds us to make quality sleep a high priority. Can you afford not to invest in the very best sleep solutions and technology available? Arianna . . .
Since 1972, Monitor Audio, has been at the leading edge of loudspeaker design and technology, renowned for exemplary speaker cabinet construction and finishes. The quest to design an elegant and powerful loudspeaker that will grace any setting led to the creation of their Studio range. With a sleek silhouette, unique design touches, and featuring technologies from Monitor Audio’s flagship Platinum II series, Studio sets a fresh audio benchmark. Studio is a premium loudspeaker offering absolute performance from within the clean lines of its compact cabinet. The speaker’s architecture has been configured to deliver the most faithful sound reproduction possible. The grille-less design ensures the speaker’s voice is clear and true, and lets the drivers become an eye-catching focal point. The two metallic-silver RDT II speaker cones deliver an optimum high-end performance that will delight music lovers. The honeycomb tweeter cover adds a contemporary edge to the speaker’s form, and the bespoke aluminium badge at the cabinet’s base gives a stylish design touch. Handcrafted and available in a sleek satin black, white or grey finish, Studio is a stunning addition to any room. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
KWAZULU-NATAL – WHEN members of a small Kranskop community drilled down in search of water to meet the daily needs of community members, they could not have known that from it would spring one of South Africa’s purest and most beloved bottled water brands – aQuellé. Found to be too pure for domestic use, the spring water “had to be bottled” and was introduced to the local market in 1998 – with immediate and unexpected success. Now, 20 years on, the water business continues to support community development projects, with 100% of the profits ploughed back into these initiatives. Reflecting on two decades as one of the country’s leading water brands, aQuellé managing director Arno Stegen said joy and thankfulness were the defining themes of the brand’s journey so far as well as its 20-year celebrations. Stegen said people, and especially the brand’s community work, had always been the driving force or the “why” behind the business. “The reason for our existence is our calling to help people in need and make their lives better. Therefore, by extension, aQuellé is not just about making profits but about giving the consumer a high-quality, affordable, value-for-money product.” This market strategy has seen a sustained growth in consumer demand, with the fully automated Kranskop plant continuously expanding from just 360m2 in 1998 to over 18 000m2 today, and the addition of a second bottling plant in Franschhoek in 2016 to provide the Western Cape with aQuellé’s natural spring water range. Whereas staff initially loaded product onto a few small bakkies by hand, aQuellé’s automated warehouse today has a 6,000-pallet storage capacity, with product distributed nationally via a dedicated fleet of delivery trucks. After starting out with the natural water range plus four typically South African flavours including marula and naartjie, aQuellé today bottles 13 flavoured variants and the natural range, each with its own customised, lightweighted bottle in . . .