some virgin bits of business advice

Sir Richard Charles Nicolas Branson is an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies. He is an author and already well quoted, but here are just a few to remind us what business is all about…     ‘Remember it’s[…]

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how to be financially fit and fabulous

Feeling the pinch? It’s time to take control. There are ways to claw back some cash. Here’s how… find the best bank account It’s important that your bank suits your needs – yet many of us are still reluctant to switch. But, nowadays, moving accounts couldn’t be easier. The banks[…]

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AULANI DISNEY RESORT AND SPA IN HAWAII

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3701 This 5-star beachfront paradise, set on the white sandy shores of O’ahu in Ko Olina, was created with families in mind, by the people who know families best – Disney. There’s so much for the whole family to do that’s included in the cost of your stay, from the[…]

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CHICKPEA FLOUR WRAPS

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3672   Ingredients: 1 cup chickpea flour 1 cup water salt optional spices to your liking e.g. cumin, coriander, chives, sliced curry leaves etc.   Method: Combine all the ingredients and whisk until smooth. Heat a non-stick pan and pour some of the batter-mixture into the hot pan to form[…]

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THIS SUMMER’S SIGNATURE COCKTAILS

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3647 ‘When Juicing meets Boozing…’ It’s about time juicing met boozing. Vegies have fast become a new favourite among bartenders for the earthy notes and nutrients they bring to mixed drinks. Treat yourself to one of the blends below for a twist on your usual cocktail; it’s up to you whether you juice your[…]

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GWEN STEFANI HAIR RAISER

Gwen Stefani has carved a place for herself in pop/rock’s style Hall of Fame. Now, Stefani’s hairstylist and longtime friend, Danilo, shows how to re-create one of her signature updos. Apply a cream heat protectant and a spritz of flexible-hold hairspray to wet hair, then blow-dry. Next, use a 1½-inch-barrel curling iron to set your hair in medium-size rolls. “There are many ways to[…]

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ASPARAGUS PANCAKES WITH SMOKED SALMON

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3638 (Serves 4)   Ingredients: 100g buckwheat flour 100g plain four 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 284ml pot buttermilk 1 egg, beaten 50g butter, melted 2 tsp rapeseed or vegetable oil 18 asparagus spears, halved to make 36 shorter spears 140g smoked salmon 150ml pot soured cream a few lemon[…]

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THAI FRIED PRAWN & PINEAPPLE RICE

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3634 (Serves 4)   Ingredients: 2 tsp sunfower oil bunch spring onions, greens and whites separated, both sliced 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped into small chunks 140g pineapple, chopped into bite-sized chunks 3 tbsp Thai green curry paste 4 tsp light soy sauce, plus extra to serve 300g cooked basmati rice (brown, white[…]

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SOLE LEEK AND SWEET POTATO MASH

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3627 (Makes 4 servings – Suitable from 6 months)   Ingredients: A knob of butter 50g leek, diced 150g sweet potato, diced into 1cm cubes 100ml milk 1 tomato, skinned and roughly chopped 100g sole fillets, cut into chunks 50g Cheddar cheese, grated   Method: Melt the butter in a saucepan,[…]

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PORRIDGE WITH PEAR AND APRICOTS

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3622 (Makes 4 serving – suitable from 6 months)   Ingredients: 1 ripe pear, peeled, cored and chopped 4 ready-to-eat dried apricots, chopped 1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped 4 tbsp water 150ml milk 15g porridge oats (approximately 3 tbsp)   Method: Put the fruit in a saucepan with the[…]

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SWEET POTATO PEAR AND BROCCOLI PUREE

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3615 (Makes 4 servings – Suitable from 6 months) Ingredients: 15g butter 150g leek, chopped 250g sweet potato, diced 150g butternut squash, diced 200g pear, peeled and diced 500ml water 80g broccoli, chopped 100ml milk 50g Parmesan cheese, grated   Method: Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the leek, sweet potato,[…]

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WILD MUSHROOM BIRYANI

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3609 (Serves 5)   Ingredients: For the rice: 2 and half cups par-boiled rice 2-3 bay leaves 4 cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 2 pinch of grated nutmeg 5 green cardamoms 3-4 mace strands 5 cups water salt For the birista: 3 large onions sliced 4 tbsp oil For the mushroom gravy:[…]

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LOW FAT LEMON YOGHURT & RASPBERRY CAKE

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3603 (Serves 16)   Ingredients: 2 large eggs 225g golden caster sugar 225g Greek yogurt finely grated zest 3 lemons 100g ground almonds 150g self-raising flour 1tsp baking powder for the syrup: juice 5 lemons 150g golden granulated sugar 200g raspberries   Method: Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin. Heat oven[…]

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POACHED EGG TOASTIE

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3596 (Serves 1)   Ingredients: 1 tbs vinegar cooking spray 1 egg 1 slice wholemeal bread   Method: Bring a pan of salted water with a dash of vinegar to the boil. Grease a heatproof cup or poaching cup with a squirt of low-cal spray and crack 1 egg into it. Lower the egg into[…]

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3 WAYS TO A PERKIER BUST

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3581   ‘Exercise really is the fountain of youth, because if we do the right moves, we can slow down the ageing process and help keep the bust firm and lifted’ “Cooper’s ligaments” are connective tissues that lift the bust, attached to your collar bone and the underlying tissue of the pectorals – picture the ligaments as[…]

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15 WAYS YOU ARE SABOTAGING YOUR SLEEP

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3563   Struggling to drift off? Waking up groggy and tired? You might inadvertently be reponsible for your lack of sleep.   Bad sleeping habits is one of the biggest metabolism-killers out there… yes ladies! Not sleeping enough or not going through the correct R.E.M. sleeping patterns is making us burn less fat… eeeeeek! Somehow,[…]

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TAMARIND & GINGER CHICKEN CURRY

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3566   Ingredients: 2 tbs vegetable oil 1 large knob ginger, peeled and finely sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 red or green chilli, finely chopped 2 tbs tamarind paste 1 tbs honey 500g deboned, skinless chicken thighs ¼ cup fresh orange juice 2 cups coconut milk 200g sugar snap peas[…]

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13 WAYS TO HEALTHY HAPPY HAIR THIS SUMMER

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3535       ‘It’s the ultimate piece of clothing you can never take off – so make sure it’s looking its best at all times…’       It’s the ultimate piece of clothing you can never take off – so make sure it’s looking its best at all times… We all[…]

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MARINATED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS WITH PECORINO CHEESE

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3508 (Serves 6)   Ingredients:  6 large Portobello mushrooms each 12-15cm in diameter 40 g Fresh breadcrumbs 1 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley 150 g Pecorino, Asiago or Parmesan-style cheese, grated coarse sea salt freshly ground Black pepper marinade: 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar[…]

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RUMP STEAKS IN BEER MARINADE

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3505 (Serves 4)   Ingredients: 4 large Rump steaks (300g each) 30 ml Robertsons Paprika 15 ml Robertsons Thyme 250 ml Beer 30 ml Worcestershire sauce 10 ml Robertsons Garlic Flakes 30 ml seeded mustard 15 ml Lemon juice 15 ml Syrup   Method: Combine the marinade ingredients. Pour into[…]

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FLOWER ARRANGEMENT POWER

2015 inspiration!!! http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3489   Featured Image: Daisy Chain by Helena Pike Source – Fusion Flowers Magazine UK (Jun through November 2015) For more details and knowledge on flower arrangement be sure to get your copy now. Also see our article on how to care for your cut flowers for longer

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GIANT BUTTER BEAN STEW

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3482 (Serves 6)   Ingredients: 4 x 235g cans organic butter beans or 500g dried butter beans 100ml Greek extra virgin olive oil 3 small red onions, finely sliced 2 large carrots, finely sliced 3 celery stalks with leaves, finely chopped 4 sundried tomatoes, sliced 1kg ripe tomatoes, skinned, deseeded and finely[…]

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GREEK-STYLE ROAST FISH

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3477 (Serves 2)   Ingredients: 5 small potatoes (about 400g), scrubbed and cut into wedges 1 onion, halved and sliced 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped 1/2 tsp dried oregano or 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano 2 tbsp olive oil 1/2 lemon, cut into wedges 2 large tomatoes, cut into wedges 2 fresh[…]

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MOJITO MOCKTAIL

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3470 (Makes 2)   Ingredients: 1 tbs sugar small bunch mint ice, crushed juice of 3 limes soda water   Method: Muddle sugar with leaves picked from the small bunch mint using a pestle and mortar (or use a small bowl and the end of a rolling pin). Put a handful of crushed[…]

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CUCUMBER & CORIANDER REFRESHER

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3466 (Makes 1)   Ingredients: few ice cubes few sprigs coriander stick of cucumber chilled tonic water   Method: Put ice cubes and coriander sprigs into a tumbler glass. Add a chunky stick of cucumber as a stirrer and top up with chilled tonic water. Give everything a good mix and enjoy. *BBC[…]

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BASIL & STRAWBERRY FIZZ

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3461 (Makes a jug for 4)   Ingredients: 1 small bunch basil leaves 500ml sparkling water 1,5l sprite zero 200g sliced strawberries   Method: The night before, whizz the leaves from a small bunch basil with 500ml water. Fill 2-3 ice cube trays and freeze overnight until solid. On the day, mix sparkling water[…]

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RAW RASPBERRY SHRUB

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3456 (Serves 6)   Ingredients: 300g raspberries 50g raw honey (see left) 75ml raw apple cider vinegar 1/2 small pack mint, leaves only 750ml bottle sparkling water ice   Method: Put half the raspberries in a large bowl and lightly crush some of them with a muddler or a potato masher. Pour over[…]

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PRAWNS AND BRINJALS IN OYSTER SAUCE

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3451 (Serves 6)   Ingredients: 3 tbs sunflower oil, plus 2 tsp 1 brinjal, cut into rounds then 1cm strips 1 red pepper, cut into strips 6 spring onions, trimmed and cut into matchsticks small piece finely chopped ginger 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced 175g large raw prawns 3 tbs oyster sauce[…]

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SPICY MEATBALLS

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3445 (Serves 6)   Ingredients: 500g minced chicken, turkey, lamb, or beef 1 medium onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed or chopped 2 tsp mild or medium curry powder 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp garam masala 1/2 tsp paprika or cayenne pepper 2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped 1 egg,[…]

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VEGETABLE VERMICELLI

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3440 (Serves 1)   Ingredients: 1/2 cup roasted vermicelli (cooked) 1 tbs oil 5-6 curry leaves 1 slit green chilli 1/4 sliced onion 1/4 sliced mixed peppers 1/4 julienned carrot 1/2 chopped tomato salt and pepper juice of 1/2 lemon a handful of chopped coriander   Method: Bring plenty of water[…]

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BAKED PEANUT CHICKEN

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3433 (Serves 2)   Ingredients: 2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter with no added sugar 1 garlic clove, finely grated ½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp ground coriander ½ tsp smoked paprika 1 medium egg 2 skinless chicken breast fillets   Method: Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a baking tray[…]

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MINTY PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3426 (Serves 2)   Ingredients: 200g pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks a few mint leaves 50g baby spinach leaves 25g oats 2 tbs linseeds a handful of unsalted, unroasted cashew nuts fresh lime juice, to taste 200ml water, chilled Method: Put all the ingredients in a blender, then process until smooth. If it’s too[…]

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COCONUT PORRIDGE

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3421 (Serves 4)   Ingredients: 175g porridge oats 700ml fat-free milk 400ml can low-fat coconut milk 3 tbsp soft light brown sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon a good grating of nutmeg, plus extra to serve 160ml can coconut cream, plus shaved toasted coconut, to serve for the compote: 3 tbsp light soft[…]

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SWEET SESAME CHILLI CHICKEN

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3416 (Serves 4)   Ingredients: 2 tbs sunfower oil 1 large onion, halved and sliced 3 cloves of garlic, fnely chopped 5cm piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped 4 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces 300g pak choi, trimmed, leaves separated and larger leaves halved 2 tbs sesame seeds 2 tsp cornfour 1[…]

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MUSHROOM & BASIL OMELETTE WITH SMASHED TOMATO

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3410 (Serves 2)   Ingredients: 2 tomatoes, halved 3 medium eggs 1 tbsp snipped chive 300g chestnut mushrooms, sliced 1 tsp unsalted butter 2 tbsp low-fat cream cheese (to lessen calories, substitute with cottage cheese) 1 tbsp finely chopped basil leaves   Method: Heat the grill to its highest setting and[…]

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HERB PESTO WITH SPAGHETTI

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3398 (Serves 4)   Ingredients: 100g mixed soft herbs (choose between basil, fat-leaf parsley, mint, chives, dill – or whatever you have in your garden or fridge) 300ml crème fraiche 100g parmesan, grated 100g pine nuts, toasted 200g spaghetti   Method: Put the herbs, crème fraiche and parmesan in a food processor and whizz[…]

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SESAME PANEER WRAPS

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3393 (Serves 4)   Ingredients: 4 tbs chilli sauce 100g natural low fat yogurt 450g paneer, cut into cubes 100g sesame seeds 2 tbs sunfower oil 1 carrot, peeled and grated ½ cucumber, halved, deseeded and sliced into batons 2 little gem lettuces, shredded 4 small whole-wheat tortillas wraps, heated according to pack[…]

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ADDICTIVE AVO SMASH

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3373 (Serves 1)   Ingredients: ½ ripe avocado 2 cubes goat’s cheese pinch chilli flakes handful pumpkin seeds (pepitas) pinch sea salt and cracked black pepper 1 piece whole-wheat seeded low GI bread, toasted squeeze lemon juice   Method: Put the avocado and goat’s cheese into a bowl and mash using[…]

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PICNIC PERFECT SPINACH AND HALLOUMI MUFFINS

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3355 (makes 12 muffins)   Ingredients: 250g flour 2 tbs sugar (or honey) 2 tsp baking powder 100ml olive oil 125ml plain low fat yoghurt 180ml low fat milk 1 chilli, de-seeded and chopped (optional) zest of 1 lemon 100g halloumi, grated or cut into cubes (or feta) 300g baby spinach leaves[…]

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SUMMER OUTDOOR PROJECT GOALS

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3342 We are all looking for inspiration to get the motivation we need to move on outdoors… yes spring is upon us! Get productive and creative and accomplish something this season. Set a goal according to how much time, money, space and creativity you have available and learn a new[…]

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PERI PERI FISH & BAKED CHIPS WITH SPICY PEAS

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3334 (Serves 2)   Ingredients: 375g potatoes, cut into chips 2 tsp olive oil juice ½ lemon 2 tbs piri-piri marinade 2 white fsh fllets   Method: Turn oven to fan 180C/conventional 200C/gas 6. Toss the chips with half the olive oil and half the lemon juice, arrange in a layer on[…]

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CAULIFLOWER CHEESE BURGERS

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3324 (Serves 6)   Ingredients: 1 very small head of caulifower (about 200g), trimmed and separated into forets 140g tinned haricot beans, drained 85g fresh breadcrumbs 140g mature cheddar 2 tbs chopped fresh fat-leaf parsley a sprinkling of grated nutmeg fnely grated rind of 1 lemon 1 tbs roasted chopped hazelnuts[…]

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ROASTED SQUASH, GOAT’S CHEESE AND ASPARAGUS SALAD

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3313   Ingredients: 650g/1lb7oz butternut squash, peeled 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 dried chillies, crumbled 1 cinnamon stick, broken into slices leaves of 1 bunch of sage 200ml/7floz olive oil 5 tbsp balsamic vinegar salt and freshly ground black pepper 2½ tbs brown sugar 55g/2oz fresh goats’ cheese, crumbled 20 asparagus[…]

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CHICKEN WITH COUSCOUS

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3271 (Makes 4 portions – Suitable from 9 months)   Ingredients:  15g butter 25g chopped onion 25g frozen peas 175ml chicken stock 65g quick-cooking couscous 50g diced cooked chicken   Method: Start by melting the butter in a saucepan and sauté the chopped onion until softened but not coloured. Stir[…]

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SWEET POTATO, SALMON AND TOMATO MASH

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3267 (Makes 4 portions – Suitable from 6 months as a puree, or from 7/8 months as a mash)   Ingredients: 350g sweet potato, peeled and chopped 100g salmon fillet 4 tbs milk 25g parmesan cheese, grated 2 tomatoes, skinned and chopped 1 tbs basil, chopped   Method: Cook the[…]

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CHICKEN, CHEESE AND TOMATO TOAST FINGERS

http://yummiberry.co.za/?p=3243 (Makes 8 fingers – Suitable for babies from 12 months)   Ingredients: 2 slices of wholemeal bread a knob of tub margarine 50g cooked chicken, chopped 20g mozzarella cheese, grated 1 tbs snipped fresh chives 1 tbs mayonnaise 1 tomato, deseeded and diced   Method: Preheat the oven grill. Toast the[…]

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