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Filling bellies and feeding minds

Support the Isabelo (Xhosa for ‘sharing and caring’) initiative, which supplies healthy meals to hundreds of school children

Thousands of children go to school hungry every day, and four years ago Le Quartier Français decided to help Franschhoek’s children.


Margot Janse, executive chef at Le Quartier Français, with the help of a dietician created a highly nutritious muffin recipe for a small local crèche. With the help of guest, Le Quartier Français managed to deliver these muffins every Friday throughout the year. Thanks to donations from guests & friends they were able to supply healthy meals to over 50 children in two preschools, five days a week.


In addition Isabelo has supported the local Breakfast Club and has helped supply 150 000 balanced breakfasts to Franschhoek school children in 2012. This year they’ll supply meals to 120 children every day. If you’d like to help them fill little tummies, click here for more information. 


Try chef Margot Janse’s muffin recipe at home. Your kids will love it!



Makes 12



115g cake flour

115g wholewheat flour

1tsp baking powder

¾ tsp    bicarbonate of soda

50g brown sugar

85g oats

115g raisins, chopped fine

125g carrot, grated

125ml canola oil

2 eggs

100g bananas

125ml buttermilk



  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together.
  2. Mix all the wet ingredients together.
  3. Fold the wet mixture into the dry mix.
  4. Fill a greased muffin tin ¾ and bake at 180°C for 17 minutes.


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