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Picnics and barbecues



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.


*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



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.



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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BOSJE elevates jazz education in Botswana



CHANGING LIVES: Music has the power to empower youth.

The Botswana Society of Jazz Education (BOSJE) will host the 9th annual International Jazz Day for the 3rd time this year at the Maitisong theatre. According to the founding chairperson Akhutlheng Mogami, the society was formed to create a platform for jazz musicians and aspiring jazz musicians to grow and share ideas and even have their work documented.

“As a society, we have realized a need for jazz education. There is also no documentation about jazz in Botswana, which makes it difficult for both the teachers and students when it comes to teaching and learning about jazz as there is no local content to refer to. It is also for purposes of funding applications to run workshops and host festivals and exchange programs that we needed to have a legally registered nonprofit making entity as this one,” she said.

BOSJE was officially registered on the 31st of August 2015 with the registrar of societies and some its objectives include to ensure the growth of Jazz in Botswana and development of jazz education; to build jazz community by advancing education and research; to document, preserve and archive our Botswana jazz heritage; to promote skills development and performance through jazz camps, exchange programs and jazz shows and festivals, and to also develop new audiences.

In January 2017 the society formed a youth jazz big band (Big Bands). Mogami noted that they managed to bring together young people from all walks of life to teach them about jazz and how to play jazz. Since then, the band has been growing substantially both musically and professionally. She noted that The Big Bands in Botswana project which aims to put together jazz bands in schools and communities all over the country. “The project brings together young people and teaches them to play music in an ensemble set up.

The project commenced on the 15th of February 2019 with the primary objective of this project is to bring positive social change through music. Children who are involved in this music program receive a music education, which we believe will lead them to improved overall academic success. The children will also learn the essential skills needed for the 21st century workforce.

In addition to that, these children will also have a platform to exercise their creativity, and all this will in turn grow their confidence.” The band has graced the Masire foundation annual gala dinner, International Jazz Day, Annual De Beers sight holders Dinner, and Gaborone toastmasters among others.

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Diva Vebrok and Benson Phutego drop love sin gle

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NEW OFFERING: Benson & Diva Vebrok’s listening session rocked

Diva Vebrok and Benson Phutego recently released their joint single titled Ha o ka leba. The two launched the song at a listening session at Greenberry Gardens. Music artists including Nono, Franco and promoters PP and Gloria Dzwikiti as well as other industry role players flocked the venue to listen to what the two have to offer and they were not disappointed.

The single is good quality – from the melody, lyrics, rthyme and production. The divine diva Diva Vebrok adds a golden touch with her smooth voice while the bold and eloquent Phutego’s voice complements hers as he breaks out into poetry.

Director of ceremony at the listening session Berry Heart also kept the crowd galvanised throughout the night with her energetic spirit. President of Music Promotions Zenzele Hirschfield expressed appreciation for the support rendered to the two and highlighted that it is important for artists to support one another. “I am honoured to see that that many people in the local music industry have come out to support their fellow artists.

This means a lot and we really need to unite as artists all the time,” she said. She sang praises for Diva Vebrok who she said was passionate and hard working. “She is more than just an artist but also an influencer and entrepreneur. She is one of the women in the music industry who work hard and never give up on their craft,” she said.

Phutego impressed the crowd with his words of wisdom as he appreciated being featured by Ve brok on the single. “It was great working with her as she is passionate and hard working. Women are the pillars of society and as such they should be respected. I have no regrets about this project because I am confident that we produced a great love song.”

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