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The Holistic Fayre, Bothasig is turning 8, on 12 July 2014

The shortest distance between two people is a smile

IMG_8418_SnapseedSwap out your battered and beaten day at the Shopping Centre with an indulging day of warm hospitality and effortless chatting amidst interesting and exciting stalls. Perhaps you’d like to visit a Reader for a peep into what the future might say….

We have a great selection of Psychic, Tarot, Angel, Astrology, Rune Stones, Medium and Numerology Readers, or maybe sooth those tired muscles with a relaxing Massage, Reflexology or even some Shiatsu.

Drumming Circle

Meander through the hall with its great selection of books, CD’s, DVD’s, Incense Sticks, Aromatherapy Home and Personal Care, Crystals, Jewels, Plants, Orgonite, Water Fountains, Healing Oils, Hats, Gifts, Clothing,  and much more.  You never know where you might find your next treasure.

Don’t forget to grab a cup of gourmet Coffee and a slice of delicious Cake while browsing…. And for lunch…. Choose from delicious Vegetarian & Non-vegetarian Meals, pastries, and Asian or even Greek dish….. you’ll be spoiled for choice… Not so hungry… how about a Samoosa or Cupcake? For this special celebration we have a very invigorating and exciting day planned just for you.

Group of Belly DancersVarious Belly Dancing Studios are shimmering through the hall with veils and scarves,  following the beat of the Drummer as they fill the hall with delight. Later, you’re welcome to try your hand at some free drumming…

Listen carefully during the course of the day for the announcement of the 8 Magic Word Competition.  Be enchanted with over 20 prizes for this Competition. Exhibitors have donated over 200 prizes to be given away to Lucky Visitors.  Prizes vary from gifts to gift vouchers, treatments and sessions.  Two little Angels will be roaming through the hall giving away mini Tea Cups sets and Lucky Birthday Pegs .

Vaska serves a happy Visitor Maeve KingFor an entrance fee of only R5-, you will be entertained, no doubt receive Free Gifts, and attend Free Lessons as you mingle indoors in a positive and energizing environment.  Spend the day with us and leave feeling excited, fun-filled and re-vitalized. Situated near the N7 Freeway, The Bothasig Community Hall is easily located with ample secure parking, often under trees.  Festivities start at 10am ending at 4pm with a Closing Ceremony of Gratitude.

Arrive a Stranger, leave as a Friend.

Visit our Website www.aboutholistic.co.za for full program of monthly Fayre




MinestroneThis recipe calls for cooked pea beans or garbanzo beans (chickpeas). If you use chickpeas, begin soaking them 3 ½ hours before you make the soup. After 2 soaking hours, cook them in boiling water for about 1 ½ hours – until comfortably chewable. If you use pea beans, you needn’t soak them, but give them 1 ½ – 2 hours to cook. In either case, if you cook the beans in plenty of water, save the extra water to use as stock for the soup. You’ll have a fuller-flavoured, higher-proteined minestrone.

1½ cups cooked pea or garbanzo beans (¾ cup raw)
½ cup dry pasta
1 cup fresh chopped tomatoes
Parmesan cheese
3 tbs Olive oil
1 cup chopped Onion
4 – 5 cloves crushed Garlic
1 cup minced Celery
1 cup cubed Carrot
1 cup cubed Eggplant or Zucchini
1 cup chopped Green Pepper
2 tsp Salt
¼ tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Oregano
½ cup fresh chopped Parsley
1 tsp Basil
2 cups Tomato Puree
3½ cups water or stock
3 tbs dry Red Wine

4 – 6 servings 

  • In a soup kettle, sauté garlic and onions in olive oil until they are soft and translucent.
  • Add 1tsp salt, carrot, celery and eggplant. (if you use zucchini, add it with the green pepper)
  • Mix well
  • Add oregano, black pepper and basil
  • Cover and cook over low heat 5 – 8 minutes
  • Add green pepper, stock, puree, cooked beans and wine.
  • Cover and simmer for 15 minutes
  • Add tomatoes and remaining salt.
  • Keep at lowest heat until 10 minutes before you plan to serve
  • Then heat the soup to a boil, add pasta and boil gently until pasta is tender
  • Serve immediately, topped with parsley and parmesan

Miang Kham

Miang kham (or “mieng kham”, miang kam, miang kum, Thai: เมี่ยงคำ, IPA: [mîəŋ kʰam]) is a traditional snack from Thailand and Laos (Lao: ໝ້ຽງ Lao pronunciation: [mȉaːŋ]).

In Thailand, it is often sold in the street, the ingredients separately wrapped in small plastic bag. In Laos and Thailand, the preparation is particularly popular at festivals and is usually prepared on-site and sold ready-made to attendees.

Miang KhumMieng Kham is a great, easy to make appetizer or snack. It’s fun to eat and healthy too! This is an excellent dish to serve at a party.

Little bowl a of salted peanuts;
roasted dried onions;
finely chopped fresh lemon pieces;
sliced lemongrass;
fresh grated ginger;
roasted coconut;
allow 2 crisp lettuce leaves to serve as “cones”.
Have ready also small bowl of Agave syrup per person.

Teaspoon a little of each condiment into lettuce, fold and eat.
Makes an amazing starter to a veg., curry. Dee- lish- ous.

Broccoli Corn Bake

Everyone who eats this dish raves about it. I love it when something so good is so easy to make

broccoli and corn bakeIngredients
3 cups broccoli florets, cooked, drained and chopped
2 teaspoons sunflower oil
1 small onion finely chopped
2 tablespoon plain flour
1 cup low fat milk
4 large eggs lightly beaten
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tin creamed style sweetcorn
Good pinch salt
Ground black pepper
Pinch ground allspice


  • Preheat oven to 180C.  Lightly coat a 2litre baking dish with non-stick spray
  • Heat oil in saucepan. Add onion and cook until soft.  Stir in flour, then add milk to make a thick sauce. Allow to cool a little then add eggs, sweetcorn, broccoli and cheese.  Season and pour into baking dish.
  • Place dish in a larger pan and fill with water to halfway up sides.  Bake for approx 55 – 60mins, or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean

Date Paste

This is a very simple but energy booster.
date paste
1 Packet pitted dates (or same amount in fresh dates
1 teaspoon honey
Warm water to soak dates


  • Cover dates with warm water, just cover, leave at least an hour,
  • Drain, but keep water,
  • If dates are not pitted, do so now
  • In blender add dates, honey, and a little date water.
  •  Puree dates in food processor or blender. Blend until the date paste is creamy. Add more soaking water if needed.
  • Store in air tight container or bottle

To Serve
Toast 2 slices of good bread, spread with date paste, sprinkle with sprinkles, cut  into “fingers”, enjoy as a tea snack, or after school snack,

Helpful Hint

  • This recipe keeps for 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 3+ months in the freezer.
  • Make your Date Paste in bulk. It will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer. Store your Date Paste in a ziplock baggy, laying it flat in your freezer. Freezing it flat will enable you to break off a small or large piece as you need it.
  • Can be used as sweetener in baking

Vegetable Curry

vegetable curryIngredients
5ml olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
10 ml minced garlic
22 ml minced ginger
10 ml ground cumin
10 ml turmeric
10 ml curry powder
2 ml minced chilli (optional) or chilli paste
3 ml salt
125 ml water
1 large potato, unpeeled, cut into cubes
500 ml cubed pumpkin
250 ml cauliflower florets
1 x 410 g tin tomatoes with juices, chopped
1 x 410 g tin chickpeas, drained
1 red pepper, thickly sliced
4 baby marrows, thickly sliced
3 ml fresh coriander

Creamy Sauce
5 ml ‘lite’ margarine
½ vegetable stock cube, dissolved in 250 ml boiling water
125 ml low-fat evaporated milk
20 ml flour


  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and garlic and gently fry until soft.
  • Add the spices and cook for 1 minute. Add the water, potato, pumpkin, cauliflower, tomatoes and chickpeas. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add the sliced red pepper and baby marrows and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the creamy sauce. Melt margarine in a small saucepan.
  • When hot, add the stock, water and milk.
  • In a glass bowl, mix the flour to a smooth paste with 45ml (3T) water. When the milk and stock are hot, pour half of it into the flour paste and stir well.
  • Pour the flour and milk mixture back into the saucepan with the other half of the milk and stock and bring to the boil, stirring until thick and creamy.
  • Add the sauce to the curried vegetables and mix gently. Add the fresh coriander.
  • Serve on basmati rice

Easy Roasted Aubergine Lasagne

Aubergine LasagneIngredients

Olive Oil
2 large (or 4 small) aubergines
Lasagne sheets (the sort that doesn’t need to be pre-cooked)
1 400g jar Ina Paarman Roasted Pepper Sauce
1 250g tub of smooth cottage cheese
2 sachets instant white sauce (or make your own – needs to be about 500ml)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated pecorino cheese or any other hard Italian cheese (I couldn’t find any so I just used mozzarella)
breadcrumbs or 1 small packet of Creamy Cheese Simba chips (crushed)


  • Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees C.
  • Slice aubergines in half-centimetre wide slices. Lay them on a greased baking sheet then sprinkle generously with olive oil.
  • Allow them to roast for 25 minutes until they start going golden-brown (no need to turn them over).
  • Prepare the white sauce as per instructions on the sachet.
  • Mix in the grated cheddar cheese.

To assemble the lasagne

  • In a greased casserole dish, spread a thin layer of the cheesy white sauce on the bottom.Lay the lasagne sheets over.
  • Place slices of aubergine over the lasagne, then a third of the roasted pepper sauce.
  • Dot a few blobs of cottage cheese all over.
  • Add another layer of cheesy white sauce, then lasagne, then roasted pepper sauce & cottage cheese dots.
  • Put the final layer of lasagne sheets on top, then cover with cheesy white sauce.
  • Sprinkle the pecorino cheese & breadcrumbs (or chips) over the top.
  • Bake at 200 degrees for 45 minutes.


Once the top of the lasagne starts getting brown, switch the top element of the oven off & just cook with the bottom element.

Carrot Juice

Top 10 Benefits of Carrot Juice

  1. Carrot juice contains less calories and is very beneficial for weight loss.
  2. The functioning and health of liver and digestive tract improves by the intake of carrot juice.
  3. Carrot juice contains Vitamin E which helps in preventing cancer.
  4. Aches and pains associated with aging lessen with the intake of carrot juice.
  5. Vitamin A present in carrot juice improves eye-sight and helps in bone disorders, osteoporosis etc.
  6. It contains potassium which helps against cholesterol.
  7. Carrot juice is extremely beneficial for the liver as it reduces fat and bile in the liver.
  8. The juice revitalizes and tones the skin.
  9. Carrot juice is very rich in beta-carotene which is an antioxidant and it prevents cell degeneration. The aging process is also slowed down.
  10. Carrots contain beta-carotene which is converted into Vitamin A by our body. This natural vitamin A is very good for our body.

Home Remedies using Tomatoes

When it comes to home remedies using tomatoes, you will probably never look at ketchup (tomato sauce) or a glass of tomato juice the same again. While the fruit (and not a vegetable) is versatile in the world of health (helping to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower high blood pressure, and fight cancer cells), there are also plenty of other everyday uses for tomatoes to consider.

Health Factors Of Tomatoes
The tomato offers high nutritional content and provides a good source of calcium and iron. Eating tomatoes also delivers phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin B, lycopene and potassium to your body. Rich in vitamin C, the amount increases as the fruit ripens. This is why the tomato is helpful in treating a range of minor health ailments. As for home remedies in the household, the tomato offers acidic powers, which can come in handy when cleaning a variety of materials.

Tomato Home Remedies
Tomatoes aren’t just for decorating a side salad, a sandwich or making your favourite pasta sauce – the acids and other components of the fruit can provide a wide range of solutions in the household.
Eating lots of tomatoes, any way you can, is a great thing. This fruit that acts like a vegetable is loaded with health properties
To begin exploring the effectiveness of home remedies using tomatoes, consider the following suggestions:

  • Revamp Chlorinated Hair:   For blond headed swimmers, the chorine has a tendency to turn locks green. When taking a shower, massage ketchup into the hair and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash it out using baby shampoo. Not only will the colour fade, but the scent of pool will also vanish. You can also use undiluted tomato juice as a rinse. Cover with a shower cap, and wait 10 to 15 minutes before thoroughly rinsing and shampooing out of your hair.
  • Polish Copper Pots:  Reverse the damage of dull and tarnished copper pots by coating the surface with a thin layer of ketchup. Leave on for five to 30 minutes, and then rinse the pan. Dry immediately. It is the acids found in the ketchup that reacts with the tarnish to remove it.
  • Add Sparkle to Your Silver:  To add shine to tarnished silver, dunk your jewellery in a small bowl filled with ketchup, and leave in for a few minutes. To treat detailed surfaces, use an old toothbrush to work in the ketchup into small spaces. Do not leave the jewellery in the ketchup for too long or you run the risk of damaging the material. Rinse the jewellery clean, and dry it.
  • Skin Rejuvenation:  The vitamin C and antioxidants found in tomatoes offer an effective method of treating your skin. With the ability to tighten pores, kill bacteria and brighten the skin, start by cutting a tomato into two halves and rubbing one half on your face. Concentrate on working the pulp into your skin. Let the remedy stay on the skin for 10 minutes, and then rinse with cool water. Use this remedy to fight oily skin, treat blackheads, and reduce the size of your pores.
  • Treat Eczema:  To fight the skin disease called eczema, try drinking tomato juice on a daily basis to see results.
  • Fight Diarrhea:  When you are suffering from a bad case of diarrhea, drink a concoction made out of the tomato paste that comes from 12 dried slices of tomato that has been placed in a cup of water.
  • Treat Bloodshot Eyes:  Treat bloodshot eyes by eating one or two fresh tomatoes first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • Fade Acne Scars:  Slice up a tomato and place on your face to rejuvenate skin plagued with acne scars. It is the vitamin C in the tomato that helps refresh damaged skin.
  • Decrease Acne Breakouts:  The vitamin A in tomatoes helps prevent the overproduction of sebum that causes acne, which can contribute to clearer skin. Apply tomato slices to your face.
  • Treat Mouth Ulcer:  Raw tomatoes can provide relief from the pain of a mouth ulcer. You may also gargle tomato juice three to four times per day to see results.
  • Treat Dark Circles:  A paste made out of one teaspoon of tomato juice, ½ teaspoon of lemon juice, and a pinch of turmeric powder can be used to treat dark circles under your eyes. Apply the paste to under your eyes and leave on for 10 minutes. With regular use, you should see results.
  • Fix a Sore Throat:  To temporarily soothe a sore throat, gargle with a mixture of ½ cup of tomato juice and ½ cup hot water that has 10 drops of hot pepper sauce added to it.
  • Ease Morning Sickness:  Drinking a glass filled with fresh tomato juice (with a pinch of salt and pepper) first thing in the morning can help ease the symptoms of morning sickness.
  • Deodorize Plastic Containers:  When plastic containers start to absorb unpleasant odours, remove the scent by pouring a small amount of tomato juice onto a sponge, and wiping around the inside of the container. Wash the container and lid in warm, soapy water. Dry them well and store in the freezer as separate pieces for a couple of days. The container will be free of scents when you remove from the freezer.
  • Clean Out Refrigerator Odours:  To rid a refrigerator and freezer of spoiled food odours, thoroughly wipe down the insides of the fridge with a washcloth or sponge soaked in undiluted tomato juice. Rinse out using warm, soapy water and then wipe dry. If the smell lingers, repeat the process.
  • Soothe a Sunburn:  Soaking peeled tomato slices in buttermilk before applying directly to sunburned skin can provide relief. It is the acidity that snaps shut your pores. Tomatoes also contain soothing agents that can make your damaged skin feel better.
  • Heal Wounds and Sores:  The leaves of wild tomatoes have been known to heal wounds and sores. Take a fresh tomato slice and place it on a wound. The infection will clear faster – usually within two to three days.
  • Treat Anaemia:  Anaemic can benefit from drinking a mixture of apple and tomato juice, as the tomato offers a rich source of iron.

Energy of Number 6


The number 6 vibrates to the energies of ownership, possessions and material wealth, love of home and family, care of others and nurturing, empathy and sympathy, responsibility and selflessness, provision and providing for the self and others. Number 6 signifies the need for stability in all aspects of your life.

The message of Number 6 is to keep a balance between your material goals and aspirations, and your spiritual, inner-self. Be grateful for what you have already, as an ‘attitude of gratitude’ encourages further positive abundance.

Number 6 encourages you to be loving, caring and nurturing of yourself and others.

ImageSpirit of Six: Self-harmony; compassion; love; service; social responsibility; beauty, the Arts; generous; concerned; caring; children; balance; community service.

Influence of Six: Six is a center for harmony and balance, an excellent place for a family, especially with children. Six can contribute to feelings of wanting to help others and community service. Six is also excellent for those wanting to develop their artistic abilities or for nurturing and caring, such as a counselor or medical professional. In a Six it is easy to get to the heart of matters in a caring and compassionate way. Close loving relationships with your partner, roommates, friends and family come to life in a Six. Beautifying a Six as well as the surrounding area will drive those under this influence.

Challenges of a Six: Six is so geared toward giving there may be a tendency to give too much — seek a balance between giving to others and taking care of your own needs. The comfort in a Six may make one reclusive — push yourself out into the wide world!