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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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Making outstanding art through waste material

Keletso Thobega

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Following one’s vocational calling can be a tall order in a world that still believes that white-collar work is the only way to make a living. No one knows this better than 28-year-old Khumoyame

Addam Ndove, who is a police officer by profession and an artist by vocation. While he is committed to his work as a law enforcer he dedicates most of his free time to making art. Ndove runs a company called Craft-eyed Designs which specialises in upholstery designing, artistic furniture and décor ornaments, mostly made out of waste materials such as empty oil drums, tyres and pallets, among others. The Francistown born and raised lad tells Vibe that his artistic journey started with a passion he had for art and using recycled material to create distinct new pieces.

One day he got an idea to try out a few art works and he went out to collect raw material and got down to work. “I knew I was talented in hand craft but had never explored my potential. I was impressed with what I managed to do. My work was interesting and outstanding. I also received positive feedback from the public and realised that this was something I could do out of passion and to complement my earnings,” he says.

Ndove explains that Art is a way of expressing himself. “I enjoy art because that is how I communicate and share what is in my mind.” He points out that he is also a businessman so selling his craft was not too difficult as he has the acumen. He however notes that the biggest challenge he faces is that a large number of Batswana do not appreciate art and therefore do not recognise the value of his work. Other challenges he faces include lack of operational space and shortage of capital.

He says that shortage of raw materials limits him from unleashing his full creative potential. Ndove currently runs his company alone and juggles it with his day job. He hopes to one day get an investor to bolster his business so that he can employ other people and grow the enterprise. “I would like to get a spacious workshop and showroom, and also hire relevant employees.” But doing what he loves makes him content. “Bringing an idea to life makes me fulfilled. I always feel great when I see my finished products.”

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BOMU awards go on…

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The 10th annual Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) awards will be held on 26 January 2019 at GICC. Revellers should expect performances from Lister Boleseng, Nono Siile, Perion, Slizer, Matheke Letane and Kwaito Nation among others. Tickets are said to be already on sale through Webtickets.

The awards will also be broadcasts.
Over the past few weeks there has been confusion over whether the awards will go and this week Phemelo ‘Fresh Les’ Lesokwane officially confirmed that it is all systems go. Artists caused a stir this week on social media when they indicated that was confusion and miscommunication around the awards. But Lesokwane insists that there is nothing confusing going on as the interim committee had been planning the awards for a while now, and had even roped in sponsors.

He said that the awards had been organised since last week but they had to change the date due to a few glitches. Lesokwane says that they had opted for the people’s choice approach to awards. “We have given the public the power to decide who they want to vote for under the different categories. What happens is that when you vote you sms the category and name of the artist to 16565. We are then going to tally the votes when voting lines close on 23 January 2019.

We will then cut down the number of entries based on the number of votes. This will make the process easier for our judges, who will listen to the artists’ CDs and give them points.” He further said that having a high number of votes would not automatically mean that an artist makes it. “One might have many votes but with low quality music and we consider that. We are looking at quality
Lesokwane said that when former chairperson Pagson Ntsie was outsed, the awards were still open. “Registration is still on at BOMU office in Kgolagano at Main mall. Those who had registered can check their documentation.”

Last year BOMU was wrecked by infightings following a ruling that Pagson Ntsie is not the legitimate chairperson of the music body. The ruling was passed in August by the Registrar of Societies. The ruling came following investigations regarding adherence to the BOMU Constitution and corruption claims. Accusations of financial mismanagement and poor leadership also cropped up.

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