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Organic peanut butter, gluten free

Organic Peanut butter

Do you also get angry when you walk down the isles of the supermarkets and all you can find is processed foods with colours, flavourings and additives? Most of the time you don’t even know what they are using or where it comes from. Is it bad for your health, how does it influence your children?

Since my husband has been diagnosed as a celiac, our choices of products to purchase has shrunk by more than 90%, so we have had to learn to read EVERY single label, find out what exactly goes into all these funny words they add to our foods. Living in South Africa is even HARDER because they do not have to indicate ingredients in products and even if they do, no one are checking up on the companies…

So we have had to go back to the beginning, the basics… Everything we buy is fresh. Fruits, vegetables, plain meats (nothing processed or with spices) and stocks we make ourselves. I know it is VERY inconvenient, but so much healthier for us. At least we know exactly what goes into our food, every single day…

So when I found this 100% natural organic peanut butter with coconut oil, we tried it and it is lovely. Tastes totally different from the peanut butter you purchase on the shelves of supermarkets.

We sell them as well, so if you are interested, please visit our site Natural Choices. The best part is that it is organic, gluten free and produced in South Africa 🙂

Peanut butter with flux seed

Gluten Free goodies

My husband was diagnosed as a celiac in 2009, a few months before we left England to come and live in my home country, South Africa. It has been a very difficult process. We only discovered after we moved that England caters very well for celiacs, with products in every supermarket. Even Kelloggs now produces a gluten free corn flakes that is not much more than regular corn flakes.

But here in South Africa it is a totally different story… One of never ending problems. Labeling here for a start is not as strict as in England. If you go anywhere in the UK you can walk into a shop and the label will definitively tell you if you can eat it or not. It has to state all possible allergies on the label including MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF. In South Africa this is not necessary, so every time you want to buy anything you have to phone up the company and ask them if it is safe to eat. Most of the time the customer service departments can’t even help you either…

Frustration levels are very high when it comes to shopping, not knowing what you can and can’t buy… We have discovered a wonderful company though where you can buy Gluten Free goodies and you know it is Gluten Free. One of the products they sell is peanut butter. We started selling these Gluten Free products a year ago so every celiac out there can at least be certain of purchasing a product that is safe for them to consume.

Why not visit our Gluten Free Vaal or Natural Choices page and see what else we sell that is gluten free.

100th birthday cake

Happy 100th Birthday

My aunt’s mother turned 100 years old end of last month… What a great milestone to reach in your life. Hope that you had a wonderful day Tannie Sannie and enjoyed spending it with your family and friends.

Also hope you liked your cake 🙂 My mother baked the cake and she said not TOO much on the cake, just stylish and pretty…

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

If you live in the Vaal Triangle and would like to order a cake or freshly homemade cakes and cookies, please have a look at OOUMAS COOKIES

duchess potatoes

Pork with duchess potatoes

My wonderful husband cooked for us again yesterday. Pork with a beautiful sweet sauce including peaches and much more (it is a secret:) with lovely duchess potatoes. He made these for me before when we were living in England and I loved it, but it was the first time our lovely children tried it as well.

Marius loved it, thought it looked lovely and ate it in record time. Emily’s comment was “wow pappa”, so she also loved the way it looked. She requested which one she wanted as well. Was not going to get stuck with the smallest one. She picked the biggest one 🙂

The kiddies loved it and I loved it, so the verdict is that you can make it again anytime my liefie. We are looking forward to the next wonderful recipe… You spoil us and we love you!

my kiddies

Bak en Brou

Hoeveel van julle geniet ‘n lekker gebak-en brou in die kombuis? Ek is beslis een van hulle! Hoe meer ek kan bak hoe gelukkiger is ek. Vir my is daar geen lekkerder gevoel as wanneer jy vir iemand iets voorsit wat hulle vreeslik baie geniet nie.

My man is ‘n goeie voorbeeld hiervan. Hy hou van koekies en nagereg, maar veral ook van hoofgeregte soos Hoender Bobotie en ‘n lekker Hoenderpastei. Wat van roomaartappels en ‘n heerlik Dom Pedro vir nagereg?

As ek vir julle raad kan gee moet julle nie bekommerd wees as jou kombuis BAIE deurmekaar is na ‘n gebak nie. ‘n Lekker bak en brou sessie in kombuis word gekenmerk deur ‘n hele deurmekaarspul! (of ten minste in ons huis).

Panne en borde kan orals gesien word. Wanneer die koekies of koek of wat ook al dit is wat jy bak eers in die oond is, dan is dit tyd vir die groot opruim.

Onthou, as jy jouself te veel bekommer oor die netheid van die kombuis terwyl jy bak-en brou, dan gaan die hele ondervinding hiervan heeltemal verlore. Jy is so bekommerd oor dinge wat niks te doen het met die gebakkery nie, dat jy vergeet om dit werklik te geniet.

Bak eers, ruim dan op! Dit is hoe ek persoonlik dit sien. As julle hiervan verskil is dit ook wonderlik.

Geniet julle gebak-en brou in die kombuis saam met julle kinders. Hulle is net eenmaal klein en jonk. Leer hulle goed en oorhandig jou spesiale resepte aan hulle sodat hulle dit kan na-laat aan hulle nageslag. So word ons kookkuns en liefde vir ons resepte en voor-ouers lewendig gehou.