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It is surprising how little time it takes to prepare our family satisfying favorites as Madeira flapjacks, cheese cakes, chocolate cakes, brownies, cupcakes, rock cakes and fruit cakes not to mention the list is endless. Like larger cakes needs to be complemented with nuts for example pecan, hazelnuts ,almonds macadamia also fruits like strawberries, peaches, pears, grapes and cherries however dozens ways in which fruits can be used as the basics in bakes. Thanks to modern transportation systems, the range of unusual and exotic fruits available in supermarkets seem to expand every week. There is also a range of common cake flavors like coconut, vanilla, ginger and my favorite cocoa powder which gives a strong chocolate flavor. It is already sweetened and does not require cooking, the resulting is less chocolatey.

*225g plain flour

*One teaspoons baking powder

*One teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

*One teaspoon ground ginger *½ teaspoon salt

*175g sugar

*225 g grated carrots

*25g grated ginger

*60g seedless raisins

*Two medium eggs beaten

*Three tablespoon oil

*Juice of 1 medium orange

FROSTING

*225g cream cheese

*Four tablespoon icing sugar

*One tsp vanilla essence TO DECORATE

*Carrot grated

*Fresh ginger [stem]

 

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180 Degrees Celsius. Grease and line a cake tin. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, ground ginger and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar, carrots, ginger and raisins. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Beat together the eggs, oil and orange juice then pour into the center of the well. Combine the ingredients together. Spoon the mixture into the tin and smooth the surface. Bake in the oven for 1hr 15 min until firm to touch or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the tin. To make the frosting, place the soft cheese in the bowl and beat to soften. Sift in the icing sugar and add the vanilla essence. Stir well to mix Remove the cake from the tin and smooth the frosting over the top. Decorate and serve

 

CHEF’S HINTS AND TIPS

  • Do not over mix cream cheese icing as the consistency becomes runny.
  • The only difference between brown and white eggs is the shell color, which is determined by genetics. They have the same flavor, taste and cooking characteristics and the nutritional content is affected by the hen’s diet.
  • If blanched almonds break when you try to split them, leave soaking in hot water for half an hour or so to allow them to soften first. Check and like my FACEBOOK Food Radio. For more recipes and feedback and enquiry simply inbox
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Local artistes steal the show at GIMC concert

Keletso Thobega

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La Timmy gave his best as usual and set the mood a notch higher with his upbeat sounds.Meanwhile, Boogie Sid took the crowd way back with a set reminiscent of the early 2000s. Robbie Rob and Brando also gave a fun set that had dancing along. Meanwhile, Sjava’s performance was quite tepid.

He didn’t seem excited to be on stage and his performance was bland from start to finish. Han C on the other hand was a fireball of energy and set the pace, proving that local is truly lekker. The Sedilaka star belted out in tune while also gyrating madly as if his life depended on it. Many sang along to his hits Mafura fura and Se-ileng.

South African rapper Nasty C also held his own fort and although his performance was nothing to write home about, he seemingly gave his fans their money’s worth as they cheered wildly. The Hell No hitmaker saved the popular song for last and everyone sang along to the jam with a catchy hook.

Another energetic performer was Master KG who has been making waves recently. His unique sound, a mix of kwaito, mosakaso had many wiggling and jiggling as if they have ants in their pants. The Situation and Skeleton hitmaker and his dancers churned infectious dance moves throughout their performance.

Meanwhile, Lady Zamar churned hits such as Collide, Criminal, Charlotte and My Baby among others, as she showed off her well-choreographed dance moves. Prince Kaybee was in his usual element and while it was not his best night, most revellers enjoyed the house tunes, especially the hit Club Controller, which can make even the most uptight person lose their morals and hump and bump in the air.

One of the revellers Tshidiso Mokaila said she had enjoyed the concert. “It was chilly but the whole show was well-organised, from the sound to security. It was my first time here and I had the time of my life. I will definitely come again next year,” she said. Another reveller who only identified himself as Tshepo said that the popularity of the bash seemed to be declining but said he was impressed that the organisers had beefed up security this time around.

“We had fun knowing that our cars are safe. The performances were just OK but I think that the no cooler box policy turned off many people especially as there was only one beer on sale and no ciders.” The MCs for the night Loungo, Sadi and Somizi did a sterling job and kept revellers in a party mood. While the previous editions were much better than this year’s instalment, there were few incidents this time around. Revellers let their hair down and partied the night away until the wee hours of the morning.

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The sky is the limit for Ginah Molodi

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In what started as only a mere passion for music at the age of (11) for Ginah Tinah Molodi, it has now changed into a big reality as she recently featured in one of the most decorated DJ in Botswana Boineelo Othusitse known as DJ Bino in a single house-track dubbed Ke Mosadi. Growing up, 23-year-old Molodi was a vital member of the Praise and Worship at her church.

In a recent interview with Vibe, Molodi said that her mother had always encouraged her to give her best. “My late mother has always been my mother, a role model, a best friend, an instigator and that really kept going because she motivated me,” she said.

The Mmadinare born aspirant artiste made her first major appearance in one of the Botswana Television (BTV) talent show called My African Dream before deciding to try her luck on this year’s My Star Show, “I have always dreamt of joining My Star from the moment it started broadcasting on BTV and I only got join this year because I wanted to share my talent with Botswana as I always believed in my singing and the talent that got has given me. Winning would have been a great bonus to me,” she said.

Molodi further reiterated on her current main enthusiast who is apparently her aunt. “The one person who was always behind me is my aunt Thusano Moseki, she has always been my biggest fan and she used to call me at my tenure at My Star wanting to find out whether I chose either the right song or rehearsed well and stuff and that really motivated me a lot as she strongly believed in me,” she said.
Molodi said being eliminated in the My Star Top 12 had not deterred her as she went on to release a single. “I did not win at My Star but that never really discouraged me because I have so many people that believe in me. I decided to do a single titled Ke Mosadi which is basically a personal song and it celebrates a women from her phenomenal transition from a young to a women with a massive help from DJ Bino as my producer,” she said.
Meanwhile, DJ Bino said that Molodi’s brother had sent him her audio. “When I first heard that our home girl is currently at My Star, I told her brother to send me the audio and she was amazing. I promptly decided to start working with her.
She did not win maybe because sometimes the judges do not see what we see as producers hence I took liberty to do a song with her because I appreciate her talent,” he said. DJ Bino added that Molodi still had a long way to go as she will soon be working with big names such as Odirile ‘Vee’Sento, Busi (Malawi) to push her promising music career to greater heights. DJ Bino also confirmed that he was working on dropping his 2nd album, which will be titled The Journey.

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