Some call it Shepherd’s Pie, I call it Cottage Pie, either way, this vegan cottage pie rocks! In my continued pursuit of finding new vegetarian recipes, last week I attempted a vegan cottage pie. Vegan cottage pie Original recipe: https://minimalistbaker.com/1-hour-vegan-shepherds-pie/ Ingredients Filling: 1 medium onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/2 cups uncooked brown lentils, rinsed and drained 3 cups vegetable stock 1 teaspoon dried thyme 250g frozen mixed veggies: peas, carrots, corn, etc Mashed potatoes: Enough sweet potatoes to form a layer on top of the filling 3-4 Tablespoons butter Salt and pepper to taste Directions:  Peel and then…

Vibe along to the Soul Tunes from the brand new SoulCycle GATO studio. There’s nothing worse than wanting just a sliver of the SoulCycle experience, but being continents away their nearest studio. I’d even settle for vibing to their awesome Spotify playlists at home or in my local gym. But sadly, Spotify is not supported in South Africa. I have decided to take matters into my own hands. Yes, I have decided to recreate their playlists on my 8tracks and YouTube account. Because, why not! SoulCycle GATO So, here’s the first playlist I’m recreating, a selection of the Los Gatos…

These are the best spinning stretches you can do as a warm up before class. You shouldn’t be left feeling sore after a workout. If you are, it’s a buildup of lactic acid in your muscles. Stretching before and after spinning class (or any workout actually), not only warms up your muscles to prevent injury, it also lowers your risk of lactic acid buildup and muscle pain. I don’t think I need to say this, but just in case, if you do a stretch on one side, make sure you do it on the other side as well. The Stretches…

For the last couple of years, I’ve always envied those who’ve been able to transition into a plant-based diet. I know it’s what my body needs, but I’ve made excuses to avoid the transition. What would I eat? My husband won’t do it with me so would I have to make two different types of dinners at night? Where will I find the time to search for these recipes? I actually really like chicken and fish, am I really ready to give them up? And the excuses continue. Add to that the fact that my body doesn’t allow me to…

Wild Thing yoga studio sits in the shadow of Lion’s Head, on the 3rd floor of The Point mall in Sea Point. I’ve always been hesitant to practice the yoga asanas in a heated room, because I’ve never been a fan of sweating. I have an obsessive compulsion to wick away even the tiniest of droplets as soon as they push through my pores. But, the whole point of visiting the various yoga studios in and around Cape Town is to break out of my at-home practice comfort zone. So why not break out of another comfort zone right? Because…

Wrap your head around the different spinning hand positions and body movements. All sports have their own unique set of jargon. And spinning is no different. It’s very easy to get lost during a spinning class as the instructor calls out getting the class to shift into different positions on the bike. Keep reading and you’ll soon know exactly where to shift your hands and how to place your body on the bike during a spinning sesh. Hand positions Hand position 1: place your hands next to each other in the centre of the handlebars. You can use this in…