HERITAGE DAY CELEBRATING “THE BRAAI”

Heritage Day ArticleThe word “braai” probably originated from the Dutch word Braden, meaning to roast, which is logical as Dutch evolved into a sister language known as Afrikaans.

 

Besides being very local, this sociable cooking method is also to be found in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.  The word “braai” is truly South African in this beautiful country not only because of the food but the vibe brought about by the union of friends and family.

 

Historically some time shortly after humans took control over fire, cooking meat commenced in this way, probably by accident when raw chunks fell into the fire.These primitive folk then realized that meat was far tastier, easier to chew, more easily digested than in the raw state and had a higher nutritional value.

According to the “purists” braai’ing is not a simple process, even an art form and that it is sacrilege to omit meat from the fire. Those cooks under scrutiny might have to endure comments such as “OH boy, does he need some lessons on how to braai !”

 

However, a large number of people have opted to become vegetarians and this by no means excludes them as many non-meat foods are quite suitably cooked on the coals.

 

Certain braai etiquette should exist, the host normally letting the invitees know what to bring such as snacks, salads and alcohol. Much of the gaiety arises from the initiation of cracking open beers, pouring of wine and passing around biltong - the experience truly begins !

 

Much chatter then ensues which often progresses to inebriated blabbering by late afternoon with all and sundry having the solution as to how the country should be run !

 

But dear fellow South Africans whatever activities are on the agenda or how you intend to braai, have a wonderfully , peaceful and happy well deserved Heritage day this Sunday the 24th !

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REPERCUSSIONS

Repercussions“If only” is such a powerful phrase that can distort one’s judgement regarding future choices made in life.

 

It is inevitable that some choices will result in painful experiences but regret can make a bad situation even worse and blame, guilt and punishment are frequently unwarranted.

 

As the famous late comedian Robin Williams said  “if you are gonna make bad choices, rather earlier than later in life.”

 

Or “I have a good memory. I wipe out the memory of bad choices fast !”

 

Crucifying oneself for having “travelled down the wrong road” only provokes more negativity.

 

Certain outcomes can engage readers in thought provoking exploration as to what might have been prevented had a second decision been considered. Yet what was previously considered disastrous may be beneficial in the future. In many instances, regret can deter opportunities for future growth and renewal.

 

Yes indeed, life is intricate !!

 

Historically, how different would the world be today had Hitler won the war, JFK decided against a visit to Dallas or Mahatma Ghandi been assassinated ?

 

There is much exposure in the media right now covering the death of princess Diana whose life came to a tragic and abrupt end. “What if” she had kept to her original plan to leave Paris a day earlier to be with her boys. Is it possible to envisage what future events she may have had to face up to?

 

She has now forever been captured in her beauty and youth. Youth that all women aspire to attain.

 

Lastly dermatologists are generally of the opinion that after the age of 30 years one’s skin will start to deteriorate and therefore more attention should be given in attempting to arrest the aging process.

 

Having said this, there are many competing products on the market and unwittingly bad choices can be made.

 

To mention just one example, an unsuspecting woman bought an imported night cream having such high levels of vitamin A resulting in her skin reacting so violently with flaming red patches as is seen with the condition shingles.

 

Matsimela has a reputation that cannot be compromised

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Spring

springSpring is an exuberant time, the very word has a “Bounce” to it, a season of renewal and even hope.  It is uplifting to know that Winter is on the retreat and for some that the gloom of Winter is no more.

 

Many changes occur such as fresh, greener grass sprouting, birdsong on the rise, the sap rising and an increase in colours and aromas.

 

As for “falling in love”, Scientists put this down to increased levels of the brain’s dopamine, the feel good hormone!

 

Some countries have their unique traditions of celebrating this season. In our beautiful, diversified country there are umpteen reasons why Spring offers a unique ambiance. Visits to reserves will reveal wildlife nurturing and caring for their fluffy young offspring, whales in cold waters can at times be seen with young calves alongside their giant bodies and magical floral carpets appear in the western Cape.

 

As for other activities, many will welcome the traditional outdoor Braai,  picnicking, wine tasting crisp blends in our famous vineyards, surreptitiously testing the temperature of the ocean or digging into fresh turf; planting with anticipation, the fruits of one’s  labours.

 

It must be said that many will experience some not uncommon bodily experiences manifesting as allergies, simply reactions to pollens, grasses, moulds and mildews which thrive in these warmer periods. No wonder Spring is often called “the itchy, sneezy season”.

 

Readers may come  across promotional displays of bottles containing thermal water with minerals,  intended via a fine spray of mist to hydrate the skin.

 

Many experts are dubious as the skin with an impermeable membrane does not have much ability to absorb much moisture in this manner or act as an organ of excretion.

 

However, whatever the season, moisturizing creams are an essential beauty item.

 

MATSIMELA body butters are rich and soothing, creamy and buttery. They have a 10% Shea butter component, making them not your average body butter. They are excellent for dry skin that needs quenching. Look out for the very popular Ginger and Lime range which has just surfaced in stores it is our seasonal range available from September to March. The range consists of a Hand cast soap, fizz ball, salt scrub, bath soak, body crème and palm soap.

 

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SKIN IN YOUTH AND MATURITY

Skin in Youth Maturity Article

 

Readers may be familiar with a term “one’s salad days” perhaps somewhat mystifying.

 

This is a Shakespearian expression relating to a youthful time of inexperience, enthusiasm, innocence and the immature state of mind, in a way all of which act as a defensive mechanism for those more realistic times ahead, the least of one’s worries; the aging process.

 

Although chronological years cannot be reversed, one does have some influence over other factors, especially early care of the skin. A rather daunting thought exists that there is no escaping the fact that from the time of one’s birth it is downhill all the way !

 

Women in general are not terribly perturbed about the state of internal organs, but rather of that of the skin, the largest organ of the body and forever on display !

 

Reaching the early or mid-twenties, a person is generally seen the last of the skin’s woes like excessive oiliness which promotes blackheads and acne.

 

Although dryness of the skin seems like a blessing, much more lies ahead like finelines and wrinkles, so it pays to be ahead of the game.

 

In a premature state of panic, some may rush out for expensive anti-aging creams, but one has to analyse what form of deterioration is occurring, be it the  lack of underlying support or surface dehydration.  Epidermal dehydration is a cause, not a condition and relates to the moisture content and when lacking, excess keratinization can occur manifesting as a horny outer layer. Another consideration is the known fact that oil sits on top of water, creating a barrier therefore a good moisturizer is essential, not to be confused with greasy night creams.

 

Relevant humidity in the atmosphere allows for moisture transmission from the inner to outer skin layers. Factors like sun, wind and dry climates are major factors. Enzymes are the first workers within the body and transmit vitamins and minerals, thus the need for a healthy diet with food as fresh as possible to benefit the skin.

 

Then an oft discussion arises whether the consummation of water plays a role in skin hydration?

 

According to a number of Dermatologists, the answer is unlikely as one’s bodily thirst indicates the shortage of water to be balanced within.

 

However, this is not an indication to cut down on liquids or to neglect skin care.

 

Matsimela is in the throes of developing and launching a specific skin care offering that will be available at selected salons and spas.

 

Specially formulated for all skin types, the array of products will be the perfect addition to your beauty regime ! Watch this space for more info. 

 

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THE PRO’S AND CON’S OF LABELLING

Pros and Cons of Labelling

To commence this week’s article, it must be said that not only South Africans are notorious for being colour conscious as this exists elsewhere too. Skin tone has not stopped humans from assigning each other to categories like black and white with no basis in biology but never the less this action goes on to determine social, political and economic wellbeing and contributes to some of the deepest problems that face our species.

 

On the other hand “stereotyping” normally provides a generalization opinion of a group.

 

Stereo types emerge as a result of our hard-wired thinking as people build mental categories to sort information. These “short-cuts”  allow us to make sense of the world.

 

Psychologists say that this is a tool to resolve the complexity of the environment that we grapple to perceive.

 

Take for an example,  just generally speaking, the view commonly taken of medical specialists. Certain expectations arise regarding appearance and behaviour from such a group !

 

However labels shape more than only our perception of skin colour.

 

In another scenario, the outcome of a video shown to a group of students was interesting. This featured a girl who frequented a sub-economic neighbourhood to visit a friend. When asked for comment she was labelled “poor” and this social/economic status even deferred from her fine academic abilities.

 

It is fascinating that a type of innocent discrimination can occur. Consider the case of a high profile celebratory couple being turned away from a restaurant as they were unkempt. The concept that “shabby chic” and that the understated look ` being ‘de rigueur’ is obviously not appreciated by all !

 

Regarding labelling in the commercial world,  this plays a vital role in conveying the correct message to consumers.

 

Labels that are not only eye-catching can “tweak” the emotions. Adjectives like successful, affordable, epic, mind blowing, free and essential can lure the unsuspecting public.

 

According to research shoppers decide within 90 seconds of interaction with a product whether to buy it or not.

 

The Matsimela team are aware of being part and parcel of this highly competitive world.

 

Each label be it the colour, wording or luxurious design truly relates to the outstanding quality offered to you, the consumer.

 

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