RECIPE: Delicious Iced Coffee And A Little Birthday Talk


Hey guys!  It’s my birthday today!  If you’ve been following the blog since the beginning (2011) you’ll know I always post something on my birthday.   This time around I thought I would also share a nice recipe with you.   Every day we are above ground is a gift and with age, we get wiser and we get to find ourselves as well as our purpose.   So, I’m grateful for the life that I have been given and for this platform where I get to share recipes, industry news and stories with you.  There’s a poem I’d like to share, a poem that resonates with how I feel about life at the moment:


Be Thankful


Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfilment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

Author Unknown


We are in spring and the weather is sunny here in Cape Town.  It calls for chilled beverages.   I love coffee and lately, I have been going through withdrawal as I had to cut down due to change of weather.   Come to think of it, it’s difficult to have 3 or 4 cups of coffee on a sunny day.  The iced coffee I prepared is quite on the strong side but one can reduce the amount of coffee from two tablespoons to one.    It tastes better as the ice melts.  Hope you enjoy!


Iced Coffee

500g vanilla ice cream

125ml (1/2 cup) boiling water

30ml (2Tbsp) strong instant coffee (I used Nescafe Classic)

A handful of ice cubes

60ml (4Tbsp) sugar

125ml (½ cup) full cream milk




  1. Dissolve coffee in the boiling water and let it cool down.
  2. Blend all ingredients together.
  3. Serve.


About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

Comments ( 5 )

  • Happy Birthday, Thuli! Enjoy your day and the spring sunshine!

  • Happy Happy Belated Birthday–hope you had a good one & all the very best

  • Flee

    Happy Hapyy to you Thuli, may you have a stunning Birthday and many many amazing more to come… *HUGS*

    • Thanks Usha and Flee! Had tons of fun! Xx

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