The Flamjangled Tea Party – What’s it all about?

Once a year in a beautiful town at the foot of Africa, a magical little festival unfolds. The Flamjangled Tea Party needs no introduction to those who have been and witnessed its splendour. This is a party quite unlike any other you may have experienced in Cape Town. It’s not a trance party, a deep house jol or a rock festival – but a glorious mix of all things crazy, magical and wonderful – a melting pot of delicious dress up, musical mayhem and artistic tomfoolery. Beautiful girls parade in cupcake costumes, giant praying mantises bend and sway to the music while others get lost in a hazy mix of feathers, glitter, tequila, tassels and turbans. Flamjangled welcomes all – freakish party animals, candy-floss cowgirls, greased-up rockers, and cross-dressing queens amongst others.

What is Flamjangled all about? It’s an upside-down gypsy circus dream come true. The music is as eclectic and wild as the party-goers – Balkan Beats, Electro Swing, Big Brass Band, Acoustic Folk, Nu Disco, Thumping Techno, World Beats and more. The last few years have seen acts such as Jeremy Loops, Toby2Shoes, James Copeland, Good Luck, Bambeano, Gazelle, Bateleur and many more providing ear-tingling deliciousness. There are dress up competitions, talent shows and dancing lessons – in the past we’ve been taught to Foxtrot, Charleston and Line-Dance – with everyone getting involved and discovering their inner line-dancing rodeo queen!

Pitch your tent under the trees, swing past one of the amazing food stalls to have a bite to eat or a cup of tea, swim in the river, groove on the dancefloor and bask in the glory that is the Flamjangled Tea Party – a wondrous gift to you, a place where dressing up and playing your part is the only way to go down the rabbit hole and into the land of Flamjangled, where tea is king and craziness reigns supreme! We are all MAD here …


THE FLAMJANGLED TEA PARTY |  27 – 29 MARCH 2015 | Elandskloof Farm, Helderstroom

Facebook Event link HERE

Photos by Jonx Pillemer

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Healthy eating doesn’t have to break the bank

When it comes to eating well and losing weight, I often hear people say “But it’s so expensive to eat healthy!” … We are tempted everyday with cheap, tasty snacks and in most places a toasted cheese sandwich costs far less than a salad. There is also a huge trend on expensive superfoods such as chia seeds, maca powder, goji berries etc, which in my honest opinion are not necessary in ensuring a healthy balanced diet.

The truth is that you don’t need to fork out tons of money to give your body great nutrition and keep the pounds off. Here is a list of delicious, healthy and inexpensive ways to fill your tummy and keep your wallet full too. I’ve added some recipes at the end of this post, but you have any cheap & tasty recipes that you would like to share, please do!

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1. Eat your vegetables
Ahhh the humble veggie. When your mum always said “Eat your veggies!” She wasn’t lying – locally farmed veggies are less expensive, and they are packed full of nutrients, anti oxidants, fibre and more. My favourites? Spinach, Sweet potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, butternut, beetroot, broccoli, cauliflower and so many more. One my favourite quick cheapie office lunches is sweet potato & feta salad. Simply chop up & boil one sweet potato until soft, once cooled crumble feta over the sweet potato, toss with olive oil, salt & pepper and you’re good to go! Much better for you than 2 minute noodles.
The key with veggies? The brighter the better – green, orange, yellow, red – eat the rainbow!

2. Get fruity!
Fresh fruit is healthy, full of vitamins and not expensive! Throw them into a blender with some baby spinach and filtered water and it’s smoothie time! Check out your local farmer’s market for fresh seasonal produce. Berries are also amazing – high in fibre, vitamin C and a host of other nutrients. Here in South Africa berries are very expensive, but if you can find them at a good price – go for it! My favourite fruits? Bananas, kiwis, apples, pineapple, citrus
3. Embrace Indian cuisine
A large part of Indian cuisine is vegetarian and made up of veggies, legumes and rice in different spicy, fragrant sauces. Legumes such as lentils are super cheap, tasty and full of fibre! Stock up your cupboards with key Indian spices such as Garam Masala, Turmeric, Cumin, Chilli Powder and Coriander seeds.
Here is a useful guide to Indian dal, lentils, beans & pulses: http://indiaphile.info/guide-indian-lentils/
4. Get your prep on!
The good old office lunch. We often succumb to cheap fast food because we don’t have the time to prepare healthy lunch options beforehand. Failing to plan means planning to fail.
Prep your office lunch the night before and you won’t be reaching for those chips/cookies come lunch time. Some easy delicious ideas:
  • Brown rice: Make a batch at the beginning of the week and it should last you a few days. Make brown rice salads with cucumber, feta, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, tinned tuna, roast vegetables, fresh herbs, hummus – you name it! Dress with a delicious vinaigrette and you’re good to go.
  • Chickpeas: Same rules apply as above – chickpeas are a great source of veg protein!
  • Dressing: Try this herby lime dressing to give your salads a kick: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/herby-lime-dressing
  • Salad jars: A salad … in a jar! Easy to prep, doesn’t get soggy and tastes delish. Head over to this blog for more info: http://www.organizeyourselfskinny.com/2014/03/17/the-ultimate-mason-jar-salad-tutorial-and-recipe-round-up/
  • Boiled eggs: Easy, cheap, and full of nutrients
  • Roast veggies: Roast up some veggies the night before, slather them in hummus, some tahina, and olive oil and you’re good to go.

5. Eat locally and seasonally
Imported food costs more, so rather support your local farmers and eat locally farmed fresh produce. Find out where there are local markets in your area and stock up on seasonal produce. You are supporting farmers rather than supermarket chains, and avoiding food packaged in plastic is much better for the environmement!

Last but not least – My top 10 healthiest cheapest food choices
(Buy organic where you can)

1. Eggs: Protein, Vitamins A, B & D
2. Oats: Zinc, magnesium, iron, fibre
3. Spinach: Vitamins K & A, folate, manganese, magnesium
4. Sweet Potato: Vitamin A, Potassium, Fibre
5. Lentils: Fibre, protein, folate, magnesium
6. Bananas: Potassium, Vitamin B6 & C, Fibre
7. Beans: Folate, Iron, Fibre and protein
8. Cabbage: Vitamins K and C, iron, calcium, and potassium
9. Brown rice: Fibre, low GI
10. Carrots: Vitamin A, thiamin, niacin, folate, vitamin B6

Cheap, healthy & tasty recipes: