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Each time I hear the word ‘picnic’, I get these wild childhood thoughts and I see a family in a garden that resembles the Garden of Eden, seated next to a basket filled with all kinds of juicy colorful fruits, as well as biscuits, cookies, wine and cornbread. I imagine adults with happy faces seated on a checked blanket and cheerful kids running around playing with kites. Olden day methods are less strict nowadays but they are still much into existence.

To make a perfect picnic, it requires time to make great tasting food that is usually light but filling too. You should create your menu in such a way that the meal requires easy transportation and the food should taste as good in the park as when it was just freshly made.

CHICKEN BURRITOS INGREDIENTS

*Six flour tortillas *1 tablespoon oil

*1 onion chopped

*2 rashers bacon, rind removed, and chopped

*60g button mushrooms *1 barbequed chicken

*310g corn kernels drained

*2x200g jars taco sauce

*1 cup cheddar cheese grated

 

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celcius. Wrap the tortillas in foil and place in an oven. Heat the oil in a heavy based frying pan based, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft. Add the bacon to the pan and cook until golden. Add the mushrooms and cook for 1-2 minutes or until soft. Remove the meat from the chicken and discard the skin and bones. Shred the flesh into smaller pieces, add to the frying pan along with the corn kernels and one taco sauce until and stir until heated through Place the remaining of jar taco sauce in a small pan and stir over low heat until warm through. Divide the chicken mixture among the warm tortillas, sprinkle with cheese and roll up. Place on serving plates and serve with the heated sauce.

 

EASY TIPS

Best served with guacamole A mixture of avocados, sour cream, corriander leaves, drops of tabasco sauce, red onion and lemon juice) There is so much advantage in doing picnics, food always tastes fantastic eaten outside and think of how much washing up you avoid. Do not add salt to marinades as it makes the meat tough and draws all the moisture. Heavy duty tongs are ideal for protection of your arms and a meat thermometer is very handy if you are cooking large pieces of meat or poultry. Keep inspired with recipes from me to you and for feedback and enquiry on my chaffing services inbox my FACEBOOK page Food Radio.

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Motlha to finally release debut album

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Trendsetting songbird Motlha is pencilled to release his solo album in February next year. Motlha is signed under Rok Lefatshe Records. The album will be produced by Suffocate. The vibrant singer currentlyhas three singles out and they include Hisa Hisa (featuring ATI), Mmamotse (which catapulted him to the top of the charts) as well as Nnenekwane.

Speaking in an interview with this publication last week ahead of his debut at the Mascom Live Sessions event featuring Bongo Maffin, he revealed that he started work on music for his debut album right after the release of Mmamotse.

He also says that the album is still a work in progress, and that he is yet to finalise the final list of songs that will make it into the album, as well as the name of the album. Ï am still eliminating and adding songs,” he explains.

He further says that his fans should look forward to collaborations with artists such as Zanda Zakusa (South Africa) and Soul Culture (also from South Africa). He reveals that he wants to work with a lot of artists who are in line with his vision.

He also notes that it is difficult for him to identify his genre. Some he says, classify his music as Afro Jazz, other Jazz with a fusion of RnB. Ï am still trying to classify my genre, and I might have to come up with a name for my sound,” he notes.His goal, he says, is to make music that touches and changes lives in a postive way. “I want to empower people through music.”

Meanwhile, Motlha proved his mettle as a stage performer of note when he put on an impressive performance at the Mascom Live sessions this past Friday.He gave revellers their money’s worth and many cheered and sang along throughout his energetic performance.

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Kokoamokoko entrances poetry lovers at his wedding

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TALENTED: The recently married poet is working on a new album.

Former President’s Day competitions poetry award winner Okabo Gaopelo, also known as Kokoamokoko, tied the knot in style this past weekend in Mankgodi. The energetic performer could not help but serenade guests with his rich Setswana poetic rhythm. The superb poet better known as ‘Kokoamokoko’ planned on enjoying his day while listening to other poets doing what he loves best.

A variety of poets made his day as they added the cherry to the blissful wedding by presenting poems to him. While he had sworn that he would not recite any poem, his talent itched to be shared and he asked for the mic and gladly presented poetic verses, singing praises to his gorgeous wife.

The guests cheered him in amusement, imitating his usual line “Ke kokoamokoko weeee.”Gaopelo glamorously rocked his traditional attire that he normally use for his poetic sessions, saying that it is his signature for the love of arts. The bridesmaids and groomsmen also looked the part in the African attire, and they danced magnificently, showing off their well-choreographed moves.

They danced to the poet’ traditional song Ao ntate, from his album Tswhwarelo. Gaopelo told Vibe that he performed his work on his wedding day in order to motivate upcoming artistes who enjoy poetry and traditional music. He pointed out that many people think that many people seem to think that musicians and other arts practitioners do it to earn a living, but that is not the case.

“I wanted to show that we also do this out of passion and to showcase our talent. It really felt wonderful to perform for my wife and guests, and to also dance to my own song on my wedding day.” Gaopelo added that he plans to release another album next year.

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