Winter Warmers: Soups
With Winter on our doorstep, we can think of no better dinner than a delicious warm soup with some fresh bread to accompany it. In this post, we look at 5 soups to suit everyone’s tastes, from beef to beans and even a vegan option or two. With all this variety, we are sure you’re bound to find your new favourite, here!
First and foremost is the well known and loved, Butternut soup. We like to pair it with a fresh, crispy roll and toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish. Bonus, this soup is vegan too.
Serves: 4-6 people
Cooking time: 1hour 30 min
Find the recipe here: https://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/spiced_butternut_squash_soup
Second on the list, is a winter warmer that is as legendary for its taste as it is for its cold-fighting capabilities. There is no better dish when you’re under the weather and we love it served with noodles rather than bread.
Serves: 10 people
Cooking time: 1hour
Find the recipe here: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/the-ultimate-chicken-noodle-soup
Tomato soup isn’t always the first choice but we think it might have something to do with not finding the right flavour combination. Next time try a grilled cheese with this classic soup, we guarantee that this will make your taste buds dance. If you prefer a vegan version, swap regular cheese for your favourite vegan brand and presto, you have a great flavour combo at your fingertips!
Serves: 6 people
Cooking time: 1hour
Find the recipe here: https://www.blissfulbasil.com/dreamy-vegan-tomato-soup/
For those who prefer a rich and hearty winter warmer, this delicious beef soup will tick all the right boxes. Perfectly paired with a freshly baked loaf or some delectable dumplings, but more importantly, a delicious glass of red.
Serves: 8 people
Cooking time: 1hour 50 min
Find the recipe here: https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/best-beef-soup/2b97b987-4495-471d-8439-5c49c9259b3d
Last but surely not least, we had to include the comforting and flavourful bean soup. We love this option just as it is; no garnish or sides needed. The best part is that this soup only takes fifteen minutes to prepare, so you will have dinner done before you can say “Supper is served”!
Serves: 4 people
Cooking time: 15 min
Find the recipe here: https://www.food24.com/Recipes/Old-fashioned-bean-soup-20091103
Soup doesn’t have to be boring or bland, try one of these scrumptious soups for dinner and wow your friends and family.
The Point Team x
OUR TOP 5 HIKING SPOTS IN CAPE TOWN
If the inner-city hustle and bustle is getting too much for you or you simply need to disconnect from reality for a bit, there really is nothing more rejuvenating than a hike in mother nature.
Thankfully Cape Town is home to many wonderful hiking trails. In this post, we are going to share our Top 5 with you.
We had to start off with the most iconic route.
Day and night people stream up and down this popular hike which offers the most magnificent views of the city. Everyone should do this at least once, preferably on a day with clear skies to allow you a view of Robbin Island.
DURATION: +- 1 ½ hours
THE PIPE TRACK
This walk starts at the junction of Tafelberg Road and Kloof Nek. The Pipe Track is precisely what it says: a path constructed to service a pipeline running below the series of peaks known as the Twelve Apostles. In several places, the path is very stony, but it is an easily accessible and popular walk, with many locals making regular use of certain sections.
This route is best enjoyed early on summer mornings and especially during winter when many of its protea species are in bloom.
DURATION: +- 4 ½ hours
Another relatively easy route and part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Crystal Pools offers hikers breathtaking views as well as swimming spots to cool down in.
Pre-booking is advised, permits are R65 per person, and gate times are from sunrise to sunset.
DURATION: 2-4 hours
The dog-friendly and relatively shaded trails are great for the family. There are numerous tracks to choose from including sights like the ruins of Lady Anne Barnard’s cottage and Rhodes Memorial.
With great picnic spots on offer as well as the Rhodes Memorial Restuarant, an early morning hike with a spot of brunch or lunch makes for the perfect day out!
DURATION: 3 hours
OLIFANTSBOS SHIPWRECK TRAIL
At the risk of repeating ourselves, this is another easy hike for the whole family.
The Thomas T. Tucker Shipwreck Trail will have you following the yellow flagged markers along the trail down to the beach. With this amazing sea view and wildlife galore, it’s not only a fun day out but educational too!
DURATION: 1 ½ hours
Some hiking tips to remember…
What to wear:
- comfortable, breathable clothing
- hat and sunscreen
- hiking shoes
What to pack:
- snacks/ lunch
- lots of liquids/ water
- swimming costume
- extra socks
- warm top
Rules for Personal Security:
- Do not attract unwanted attention by openly displaying cash, cameras or other valuables.
- If you are confronted by a criminal, don’t resist. Handover your goods as resistance might incite a mugger to violence.
- Program emergency numbers in your cell phone before your hike.
Of course, there are plenty of other hikes to enjoy but why not get started on one of these, this weekend? Just grab your mates, pack your kit and off you go.
The Point Team x
I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM!
Ice cream must be one of our favourite treats, from Froyo to Gelato and all the toppings in between.
Have a look at our top 5 places to grab a scoop in Cape Town so that you’re covered when your next craving hits!
We couldn’t go without mentioning our froyo masters, we love that they are open late, offer a new flavour every week and they even have a vegan option made with coconut milk. If you are a topping fan you won’t be disappointed here, from fresh fruit to sweets, they have a topping to conquer any craving!
GROUND FLOOR| THE POINT MALL| SEA POINT
There is nothing ordinary about Unframed! You can expect out of the box flavours like beetroot, matcha and turmeric on the menu and yes, they are all DELISH! They also offer vegan options and the flavours are changed often so you will always find one you haven’t tried yet. They focus on the art of ice-cream making and what great artists they are! Get ready to tantalise your taste buds with a scoop today.
V&A FOOD MARKET OR KLOOF STREET| CAPE TOWN
Locals know the brightly colour walls all too well but if you haven’t gotten the scoop on Regents Roads coolest ice-cream spot, then best you listen up. We love having the best of both world and as their name would suggest that’s exactly what you get. Have your choice of any two biscuits, pick your favourite flavour (or two) and presto! You have a creamy, crunchy and totally satisfying sandwich. We love the originality, the flavours and the option to have a sandwich ‘cake’ for parties too. What’s your favourite Crumbs and Cream combo?
REGENT ROAD| SEA POINT OR V&A WATERFRONT
If you love creamy, handmade ice-cream using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients then this is the place for you! Love them as much as we do? Why not get a tub to take home or hire their vintage scoop stall (that comes fully staffed) for private functions? We couldn’t think of anything better than their amazing flavours and staff on hand to serve us as much as we want.
BEACH RD| MOUILLE POINT
It’s not just gelato, it’s so much Moro! In fact, it’s exactly how Nona Moro would make it in Italy. This quaint gelato shop with its mint green and pastel pink decor will have you feeling like all your gelato dreams have come true. Try out the traditional flavours like vanilla and hazelnut or push the gelato boundaries with a “Ricotta e Fichi”, a Ricotta and fig flavour. Whatever your choice, make you get Moro!
LONG STREET| CAPE TOWN
Summer might be coming to an end, but let’s face it, ice cream is always a good idea!
The Point Team x
How to stay healthy with minimal effort
Have a look at some of her meal ideas below:
1. Poached salmon and smooth cottage cheese salad:
I love this combination and could enjoy this meal everyday actually! I bought the ready made poached salmon from Woolworths, fat-free smooth cottage cheese and added it to a bulky salad of mixed greens, sweet peppers, sprouts and avocado. I enjoyed this with some Provitas on the side and scooped up a good combination of the ingredients. This could also be delicious with some quinoa or buckwheat as a base instead of the Provitas (It would be nice and easy to make a bigger batch of one of the grains and add it to a few meals for the week).
2. Mexican style salad
I love Mexican flavours so much and it is such a tasty way to make a salad come to life! I use tinned corn, quinoa, coriander, baby spinach, tinned black beans, chopped tomato, jalapenos, salsa, mashed avocado and grated mozzarella.
Such yummy flavours and a great balanced, easy meal! You can also make corn/ wholewheat tortillas with these fillings.
3. One pan – shakshuka
Always a great way to get veggies into a meal and so quick and easy! Sautee’ veggies of choice in a pan until soft. Pour whisked eggs over the veggies and cook on low heat for 3 mins. Then put the whole pan in the oven under the grill for another 2-3 mins to get crispy on top. Serve with a slice of seeded/rye toast or a side salad. Easy peezy!
Pasta is always an easy meal because it takes so little time to cook. I also love using the Woolworths spinach and cauliflower noodles as an alternative, which takes only one minute in the microwave! Add some protein like chicken strips/beef strips or some mozzarella or ricotta cheese and then vegetables, tinned tomatoes and some herbs and you are sorted with a quick, easy, nutritious meal.
My favourite thing about stir fry is that it is only 1 pan of mess, so it leaves very little to clean up. It also takes about 15 minutes in total to whip together so when cooking for one it is a great easy choice. It also tastes really good the next day or two for lunch/supper round 2.
Choose a grain e.g. wild rice/quinoa/wholewheat/buckwheat noodles, choose 3-4 veggies and soya, ginger, garlic and onion for flavour. Chicken/tofu are my favourites to add to stir fries but also try Haloumi or beef strips to change things up.
Thank you Gabi for the healthy meal inspiration, these will definitely come in handy on the days we’re short on time or just having a lazy night.
For a personalized meal plan and more healthy lifestyle tips, tricks and recipes visit Gabi’s website www.gabilaskerdietician.com/book-online to book a consultation.