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Living the Lifestyle Workshop: The Encore



While chatting to a participant at the last Living the Lifestyle workshop for 2011, I was reminded about what drives creativity. More than anything, it is the self-belief that one is, or can be, creative. After all, the facility of creativity is innate to our very humanity.
What happens is that we tend to compartmentalize our thinking into left brain/right brain hemispheres when the mind is a more holistic space. We believe in celebrating one’s inherent ability to be transformational; to take something and make it something more.
Our last workshop for the year set out to do just that and we are busy planning a rather exciting line-up of sessions for 2012. We will post more details on these in the New Year. While most of these will be based in Johannesburg, Gauteng, we’ve found that geography proved to be no deterrent to some and we’ve been truly honoured to host participants who hail from Cape Town, Brits and Erasmia. If you’ve not done so already, be sure to subscribe to (you’ll find the sign-up box on the home page) and join the Facebook fan page to stay in the loop.
Scroll down to view pictures and recipes from the workshop.


Clay participant-badge pins by Fatima at The Lucky Packet.


Rowena Saloojee demonstrated fresh looks and hijab-styling for Summer.


Naqiyah Mayat took participants through six place-setting looks and how one could add a touch of charm to a casual table by using paper-crafted centre-pieces and handmade placemats.


Saaleha Bamjee elevated the basic lunch bag to a quick gifting solution and provided the participants with access to paper-craft templates she made exclusively for the workshop.
Scenes from the Formal Evening Tablescape


A bejewelled theme set by metallics, rich brocades, crystals, fresh peachy roses and paper-craft elements.

Find the tutorial for the Kusudama Table Trails here.


Keep dinner-table conversation flowing finely with the addition of these ‘social stirrers’ from

The Living the Lifestyle workshops always end on the high note of a well-spread High Tea table:

Red velvet cupcakes (by Roweena Saloojee)
Baked cream cheese (by Farzana Mia) – recipe below
Flourless chocolate & vanilla cake (by Saaleha Bamjee)
Fruity cream cheese dip (by Saaleha Bamjee)
Rafaello mousse (by Naqiyah Mayat)
Passionfruit cheesecake (by Naqiyah Mayat)
Chocolate cupcakes with a strawberry heart and whipped cream (by Naqiyah Mayat)
Scones with orange cream and naartjie segments (by Naqiyah Mayat)
Eton mess (by Naqiyah Mayat)
Prawn served on a bed of coriander pesto with avocado and peppadew (by Naqiyah Mayat) – recipe below
Chicken mayo sandwiches (by Naqiyah Mayat)
Cucumber and cream cheese appetizers (by Naqiyah Mayat)
Paté with oak-smoked norweigan salmon (by Naqiyah Mayat) – recipe below

Chili Prawn and Avocado on a Bed of Coriander Pesto

Recipe inspired by Farzana Moolla, adapted by Naqiyah Mayat
Marinate 400g of small prawns in:

1 tsp of paprika
1 tsp of ground garlic
1 tsp of lemon juice
half a tsp of salt
a drop or two of Tabasco or any other chili sauce
Cook the marinated prawns in one tablespoon of garlic butter and set aside to cool.
Don’t discard the juices that have collected in the pan. Make a paste of corn flour and water to thicken the sauce and coat the prawns.
For the coriander pesto:

a handful of coriander
4 TBSP of almonds, with the skin removed
1 TBSP of pine nuts (optional)
2 cloves of garlic
a glug of olive oil
1 TBSP lemon juice
2 TBSP of mint chutney, or jalepeno sauce
1 small green chili
2 hot sweet peppadews
Black pepper
Blitz until smooth, but still a wee bit chunky.
Slice your bread (rye, ciabatta or soft rolls will do) and spread a thin layer of mayonnaise or miracle whip on the base.
Top with half a teaspoon of the coriander pesto and a thin slice of avocado (I used a potato peeler, and dipped the avocado in lemon juice to prevent browning).
Place one or two prawns on top.
Garnish with a small piece of peppadew and parsley.

Salmon and Tuna Paté

1 tin of salmon, water drained
1 tin of tuna, water drained
1 small onion, finely chopped
250ml of cream, whipped
125ml of miracle whip or mayonnaise
125ml of Nando’s Perinaise
salt and black pepper to taste
6tsp of gelatine dissolved in 80ml of boiling water
Mix all the ingredients together. Ensure that the fish is mixed in well.
Coat a mould with Spray And Cook and pour in the paté mixture.
Refrigerate overnight, and serve with crackers or toast.

Baked Cream Cheese
Recipe inspired by her sister-in-law Muheeba, and adapted by Farzana Mia

1 block Philadelphia cream cheese
1/2 bottle hot sweet peppadews,
A handful of basil
Lemon pepper
Garlic pepper
Chilli garlic pepper
Fresh black pepper crushed,
a bit of lemon juice,
the juice from the jar of Peppadews
Few drops olive oil
Crushed garlic,
Few squeezes sweet chilli sauce
Chop peppadews finely, add chopped herbs and spices, lemon juice, sweet chilli sauce and olive oil. The paste will be thick.
Lightly grease a biscuit sheet.
Place block of cream cheese on the sheet and spoon prepared mixture on top of the cheese.
Bake for ten minutes.
Serve with french loaf or slices of rye bread.

Photography by Saaleha at

21 Responses
  • Moeniera
    December 14, 2011

    Competition entry:

    Imagine you are a drop of water afloat in a loving sea: now ask yourself, where are my boundries?

    You are the loving sea – Niqi and the Lifestyle workshop proved that I have no boundries to be creative!!!

  • Sadia
    December 14, 2011

    Niqi gave us chickies a 3 hour quickie teaching us how she does things ‘niqi style’. She chose to share, her entertaining flare, giving us a wake-up in everything from make-up to set-up to clean-up- which definately deserved a big-UP!

  • Asma Dada
    December 14, 2011

    Wow! Truly amazing! Def have 2 add Lichtenburg 2 ure list Niqi! Will def attend w/shops in the new year!

  • Sadia K
    December 15, 2011

    One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well…
    No words can describe how your workshop brought out the domestic goddess within me…(“,)

  • shakira
    December 16, 2011

    An enlightening yet soul-calming saturday coupled with beautiful women, an alluring location & tantalizing cuisine. All whilst discovering the spectacular skills of our 3 super-artistic presenters….. leaving my brain full of ideas and my fingers ticklish to start |livingluxe….

  • zainab
    December 17, 2011
  • Sharona
    December 18, 2011

    Competition Entry:

    Creativity is mostly perspiration but must be ignited by inspiration. Niqi’s lifestyle workshops are an excellent tool in developing one’s own flair as she not only combines her love for finer things but also includes the meticulous expertise of fellow connoisseurs.

  • Taskeen
    December 19, 2011

    At the first living luxe worshop that I attended Naqiyah opened by saying “…get out of your comfort zone”. This mantra prevailed over everything I experienced at the worshops I attended, and has awoken my appreciation for the art of luxurious living. <3

  • Zakiyya
    December 19, 2011

    Competition entry :

    Self belief to be creative is what I took away after acquiring new dimensions of inspiration from Niqi’s packaging workshops.An awe inspiring boost to creativity which brought realization that true beauty lies in presentation more then the content.

  • Raddiyah Munshi
    December 19, 2011

    Imagine walking through a relaxing and an enchanting enviroment full of life,fresh air and waterfalls…it really wakes up the domestic goddess in you…

  • farzana mia
    December 19, 2011

    competition entry:

    “Do it because you love it, even if know1 cares”… naqiyah

    you women inspire not only me but all the women that attend the dazzeled us with your magic and really made it a spectecular and fun filled day!

  • Bibi Fathima Sirkhot
    December 19, 2011

    # Competition Entry

    As I sit here, eager to add my insight into my experience, a few key notes come to mind to share:
    From the awe presentation of the formal dining table as a welcome, to the

  • Sameenah
    December 19, 2011

    Competition entry:

    Attending the NiQi workshop has unlocked the creativity side to my brain, almost giving me the key that was lost- something that was dormant for a very long time.. I was taught how simplicity and elegance does not come at a price and has no boundaries..Look forward to the next!

  • farzana
    December 19, 2011

    From gorgeous gifting to elegantly styled edibles to the the most charming tablescapes”All u need is a little imagination”(naqiah).and with all the skills, tips, know how’s and tutorials from the niqi workshops that’s all I needed to create a plate of eid edibles that earned me a lot of oohs aahs omgs and thumbs up! Equipped with priceless skills learnt at the workshops. As Niqi said in the first workshop”everybody has it in them” and NiQi workshops gave me a platform to explore the creative side hidden within!

  • Amina Paruk
    July 28, 2012

    Slmz.just heard abt your is mind blowing!would love to attend your workshops,so plz do let me knw when you in Durban.shukran.

    • saaleha
      July 30, 2012

      Thank you Amina:) Naqiyah will email you directly.

  • anisa mehtar
    May 1, 2013

    slmz.just joined your website. would love to know when you’l be conducting workshops in durban

    • saaleha
      May 1, 2013

      Salaam Anisa,

      Welcome:) There are no workshops planned for Durban at the moment. If you’ve subscribed to our newsletter, you’ll receive updates on all the latest niQi happenings.