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Join Quivertree Publications at a pop-up market in Cape Town – with discounted books

Braai: Reuben on FireThe Low Carb Solution For DiabeticsThe Great South African CookbookReal Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenEat Ting
Indigenous Plant PalettesCook BetterStar FishTartsThe Real Meal RevolutionA Life Digested

Quivertree Publications will be hosting a pop-up market from 2-3 December 2016 at 147 Main Road, Rondebosch.

There will be a Quivertree Book Shop selling your favourite Quivertree titles at a discount – come and stock up on your Christmas gifts here!

Reuben Riffel, Pete Goffe-Wood and Obie Oberholzer will be around from 3 PM on the Friday afternoon to sign books.

On 3 December, there’s a fun food workshop for children (ages two to six), hosted by experienced clinical dietician Kath Megaw’s Nutripaeds team in the photographic studio. Designed to expose children to sensory experiences, teach them about healthy ingredients, and help them develop fine motor skills, this event costs R120 per child, and prior booking is essential. (Please email or call 021 686 6849.)

But that’s not all, below is a list of stallholders that you can expect to see at the market:

Peta Becker, crochet art
Jackie Knutsen, sojo children’s wear
Dan Wickham, Garagista artisan beer
Janine Davidson, Scarab jewellery
Pete Goffe-Wood, steak rolls
Karen Canning, lis-spa, beauty products and treatment vouchers
Ilse Menck clothing
Nondumiso wine
Ceramics by Louise Gelderblom & Karen Henstra
Skinny laMinx
Amanda and Kathleen from Nutripaeds will host a Clever Cooks children’s food workshop in the photographic studio
Verushka Louw – cakes, biscuits and pastries

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, 2 and Saturday, 3 December 2016
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Quivertree Publications
    147 Main Road
    Cape Town | Map
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Join Kath Megaw, Daisy Jones and Vickie de Beer at the Good Food and Wine Show

Good Food and Wine Show
Star Fish: Top 10 Sustainable FishReal Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenThe Low Carb Solution For Diabetics

Join Quivertree Publications at the Good Food and Wine Show – Africa’s largest culinary event!

The theme for this year’s Good Food and Wine Show is “Fresh” and it’s all about the prevailing global obsession with sustainability and a healthier planet, inspired by the global trend for urban farming and the gradual urbanisation of rural contexts.

Three Quivertree authors will be at the show:

Friday, 27 May at 2 PM

“Healthy eating from pregnancy right through to weaning” – A talk with Kath Megaw and Daisy Jones

Saturday, 28 May at 11:30 AM

“Feeding children with ADHD and other special needs” – A talk with Kath Megaw and Belinda Hall

Sunday, 29 May at 11:30 AM

“Surviving Diabetes the Low Carb way” – A talk and cooking demo with Kath Megaw and Vickie de Beer – Diabetes Type 1 & 2


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Delicious breakfast recipes to carry you through the New Year

Real Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenThe Real Meal RevolutionThe Low Carb Solution For Diabetics
TartsCafe Food at Home

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to eat breakfast? It’s the most important meal of the day, after all.

Quivertree Publications has shared scrumptious breakfast recipes from their recent cookbooks to inspire you way past January.

Not a breakfast person? Read what the authors of the bestselling Real Meal Revolution have to say about the first meal of the day:

Most people find breakfast to be the hardest thing to adjust to. When you’re tired and want to do the bare minimum to feed yourself in the morning, it is VERY hard to muster up the energy to cook something, especially every day. What you will find is, if you do breakfast properly and get the right amount of fat, you won’t really need to eat until mid- to late-afternoon. You will also find your energy levels to be a lot more consistent. This is incredibly different to the peaks and troughs you experience with a cereal kick-start. The good news is that after a few weeks of no carbs, you’ll find it much easier to get out of bed, light the stove and push on through. Adding to that, if you start your day with a good, green-listed breakfast, you will stay motivated to stick to it for the rest of the day.

1. Creamy Scrambled Eggs from Real Food, Healthy, Happy Children



2. Nut Granola from The Real Meal Revolution



3. Cream Cheese Pancakes from The Low Carb Solution for Diabetics



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Kath Megaw shares 10 tips to help your teen lose weight, with love as the main ingredient

Real Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenThe Low Carb Solution For DiabeticsWhere teenagers are concerned, there are few topics as sensitive as weight control, gain and loss.

Kath Megaw – South Africa’s leading paediatrician, author of Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children and co-author of the award-winning cookbook The Low Carb Solution For Diabetics – has shared an important article on her blog, entitled “10 Things Teens Wish Parents Knew About Weight Loss”.

These 10 tips for parents follow on the principles set out in her book Real Food in which she makes a strong case for love as the main ingredient in any diet, especially where our children are concerned.

Read the article and be part of Megaw’s “loving revolution”:

1. “Don’t tell me my weight is OK.” If your teen is overweight and says he or she wants to slim down, listen to his or her concerns and offer to help find some solutions. Don’t minimise the problem.

2. “Get off my back.” Don’t nag, preach, criticize, or try to coerce your teen into losing weight. Talk to your teen like a friend – not a disciplinarian.

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Get Your Copies of Real Food and The Low-Carb Solution For Diabetics Signed at Exclusive Books Cavendish

Real Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenThe Low-Carb Solution For DiabeticsExclusive Books Cavendish is hosting a book signing event for Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children and The Low-Carb Solution For Diabetics.

Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children by top paediatric dietician Kath Megaw offers a low-carb solution for the whole family.

The Low-Carb Solution For Diabetics by Megaw and Vickie de Beer is an arsenal of the most effective strategies for practically dealing with diabetes.

Authors De Beer and Megaw will be signing copies of their books at Exclusive Books Cavendish on Saturday, 12 December, at 1 PM.

Don’t miss this opportunity!

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“The Way the Caveman would Eat” – Kath Megaw Outlines the Benefits of an Unprocessed Diet (Podcast)

Real Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenKath Megaw was recently interviewed on Fine Music Radio about Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children, which she wrote with Daisy Jones, Phillippa Cheifitz and Jane-Anne Hobbs.

In the interview, Megaw answers the question, “What’s wrong with high carb, what’s right with high fat?” She says that our food has become very processed: “We’ve been processing by adding extra sugars and extra carbs and processing by removing good healthy fats, which has removed good nutrients.”

Megaw’s aim with Real Food is to move towards a diet filled with unprocessed foods. She speaks about the multiple benefits of eating “the way the caveman would eat”.

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The BEST Approach to Family Meal Planning: Advice from Real Food by Kath Megaw

Real Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenWhat is the best approach to family meal planning, especially if you want to teach children to eat well for the rest of their lives?

In her Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Award nominated book Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children South Africa’s leading paediatrician Kath Megaw outlines easy-to-follow principles for family meals, explaining nutrition in a way that anybody can understand.

On the book’s accompanying website, The Real Megaw, Megaw has shared short excerpts and recipes from Real Food, including her explanation of “The BEST approach”.

“If you imagine eating as a pie (not eating a pie), the nutritional benefit of food is a quarter wedge. The other three wedges – the other 75 percent of the benefits of eating – are emotional, social and sensory benefits,” Megaw writes.

To explain the best approach to children’s food, especially where kids with eating problems are concerned, Megaw breaks down the word “best” and gives an easy-to-remember meaning to each letter.

Read the first article of four in the BEST series to find out how you can best apply this approach:

Body: What’s happening at this stage of development? What food best serves the child’s nutritional needs at this time?

Emotions: What is she feeling at this age? How can we meet some of her emotional needs at mealtimes?

Social life: What is he ready for socially? How can food act as a social tool at this age?

Taste and other senses: How developed are her senses at this time? How can food be attractive to her senses now?

The second article in the BEST series focuses on the emotional element of eating:

If your children are happy at mealtimes, they are getting the emotional benefit of food. When children have a good relationship with food they are less likely to use it as an emotional tool, either against themselves or others.


You already know that nagging is the best way to get a family member to not do what you want them to do. You know it applies to food too. So stop. It’s not necessary for your child to eat vegetables at every meal. It won’t kill you if food is left on the plate once in a while.

In the third article in the series Megaw explains why socialisation is important when it comes to eating:

Before they turn one, babies seem to know that food is best eaten in a group. Around the time they start eating solids, babies’ mouths start mimicking what adult mouths do. Food is an excellent tool for grouping, and the benefits implied by grouping: sharing, support and comfort. Food can go a long way to teaching children how to be part of a family and part of a community.


It’s true that there’s as much pleasure in giving as there is in receiving. At the table, encourage your child to do as much offering as you do. The food is shared, it’s everyone’s to offer.

The fourth, and final, article tackles the sensory part of eating, explaining why it is important to introduce food “that is colourful, smells great and has a range of textures”:

Children are intensely sensory. They are more likely to eat from a plate that is colourful, smells great and has a range of textures. Use this to your advantage when trying out new dishes.


When I think “garnish” I think of a lettuce leaf, a slice of tomato and a ring of raw onion. It sits on the side of the plate being the most boring-looking edible display ever invented. Never do that. No one likes it. Waitresses know this. It’s always the garnish that goes back to the kitchen on an empty plate. Garnish should be food bling.

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Try Tina Bester’s Naked Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake and More Recipes in the Clicks Love to Bake Range

Clicks recently released their new Love to Bake range, with mouthwatering recipes tried and tested by the Queen of Tarts, Tina Bester.

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Love to Bake recipes include the decadent White Chocolate Panna Cotta Tart, Chocolate Heart Spoons, Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Curd and Italian Meringue Frosting, Naked Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake, Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cupcakes, Cherry Friands, Red Velvet Cream Chocolate Almond Cake with Mousse filling and Chocolate Ganacheheese Cupcakes and Iced Vanilla Biscuits.

Each recipe comes complete with Bester’s baking tips. Her words of baking wisdom include “Butter is always better than margarine” and “Always read through your recipe before starting”.

With such an amazing range of options and wonderful instructions, the only problem is deciding where to start. We’re thinking the Naked Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Have a look at the website and try the recipe:

Difficulty: easy
Preparation time: 1½ hours
Setting time: overnight

Dark chocolate mousse:
1 kg dark chocolate
4 C (1 litre) fresh cream

Milk chocolate mousse:
600 g milk chocolate
4 ½ C (1.125 litres) fresh cream

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Natural Butter can Improve the Health of Your Heart – Kath Megaw, Author of Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children

Real Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenKath Megaw, paediatric dietitian and author of Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children, has written an article for Daily News about whether or not butter is bad for you.

In the article, Megaw considers the debate about saturated and unsaturated fats. Megaw says the debate among nutritionists about saturated fats is heated, but she has come to doubt that the negative effects attributed to it are properly understood.

“Many people are shocked to hear that natural butter can actually work to improve the health of your heart,” she says.

Read the article:

The type of fats found in butter and margarine is where things differ. Butter is generally seen as a high saturated fat-containing food, while margarine, specifically non-hydrogenated, is very low in saturated fat.

There is a lot of debate in the world of nutrition about whether saturated fats are really the “nutritional devil”.

Decades after we began switching from whole milk to skim, from butter to olive oil, and from red meat to turkey breast – all in an effort to cut saturated fat – nutritional researchers have concluded that saturated fat might not be so bad for our hearts after all.

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Join Kath Megaw at Exclusive Books Canal Walk for a Signing of Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children

Real Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenKath Megaw’s cookbook for the entire family – Real Food: Healthy, Happy Children, co-written with Daisy Jones, Phillippa Cheifitz and Jane-Anne Hobbs – is unlike any other.

Identifying love as the main ingredient, Real Food promises results with both children and adults as it takes a completely new approach to healthy eating. It offers a treasure trove of nutritional information and nourishing recipes and acts as a natural progression for moms and dads who loved The Real Meal Revolution. Using easy-to-follow recipes and easy-to-grasp explanations, Megaw advocates low-carb living and holistic experiences at mealtime.

Real Food has just been announced as one of six finalists for the 2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards, along with The Low-Carb Solution For Diabetics – also co-written by Megaw.

Megaw will be at Exclusive Books Canal Walk on Wednesday, 28 October, from 10 AM to 12 PM to sign copies of her books.

Don’t miss it!

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 28 October 2015
  • Time: 10 AM to 12 PM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Canal Walk
    Shop 428, Century City
    Montague Gardens
    Cape Town | Map


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