What I'm lov­ing this month...

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1 SANTA SHOE­BOX

If it’s Septem­ber, it must be the dead­line for Santa Shoe­box. Fill­ing a shoe­box with treats and es­sen­tials (like toiletries and sta­tionery for school) is a really re­ward­ing way to give to un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren at this time of year. All you need do, if you haven’t signed up al­ready, is go to san­tashoe­box.org.za, se­lect a name (you’ll be given the child’s gen­der and age), and then set about mak­ing that child’s Christ­mas really spe­cial.

2 VIN­TAGE WITH LOVE 2017

Look­ing for a bar­gain? If you’re any­where near Cape Town this month, you need to make sure you’re at African Pride 15 on Or­ange on 1, 2 and 3 Septem­ber for the unmissable Vin­tage With Love sale. Trust me: the three-day pop-up shop has the most in­cred­i­ble clothes and ac­ces­sories – any­thing from vin­tage de­signer to gen­tly worn high street chic – and, best of all, ev­ery sin­gle cent you spend sup­ports lit­er­acy in South Africa, and we all know that’s a crit­i­cal part of the fu­ture we want to see in our coun­try.

3 STEP ASIDE, CÔTE D’OR

I’ve re­cently re­dis­cov­ered halva (thank you, ve­gan friends who eat honey), and it is fan­tas­ti­cally more-ish, nutty and de­li­cious. Ba­si­cally made from crushed nuts and honey, this an­cient sweet just may be the per­fect way to end a meal – with a cup of gor­geous espresso on the side. Yum.

4 UNIVER­SITY CHAL­LENGE

Go nerds! Not sure why, but I am to­tally ob­sessed by the to­tal boff ex­trav­a­ganza that is Univer­sity Chal­lenge, where teams from the top UK uni­ver­si­ties com­pete in an im­pos­si­bly dif­fi­cult quiz. It’s sad, I know. But the thing is – how can one per­son pos­si­bly know ev­ery­thing about physics and also ev­ery­thing about ob­scure 17th cen­tury Flem­ish artists all at the same time? And ac­cess all that boffinry in a split nanosec­ond? HOW?

5 RUBY GRAPE­FRUIT

Spring is sprung, and ruby grape­fruit are ev­ery­where at the mo­ment. And, com­bined with chicory, Bavaria-style blue cheese and red onion, they make a really beau­ti­ful pink and green spring salad.

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