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SHARING THE LOVE AND PASSION FOR SPICES

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Most people tend to associate spices with heat rather than flavour and aroma. Spices consist of oil, which is flavour enhancer and some spices do not go well with everything but if you stick to the basic four: cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and peppercorns they will blend well with most foods. In most homes, you always find the common black peppercorns, nutmeg, cinnamon, saffron, cardamom and vanilla. To become masterful in your cooking with various combinations, keep whole cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, ground cumin, coriander, turmeric, and good dry red chillies. Whenever you do cooking with spices in your home, be adventurous and try foreign spices and create your own blends. You do not want to overdo it so for starters you can start by two, then three or more when you familiar with the spices because the idea is to maintain that special flavour. In my kitchen, often I use them random and I tell you the results are amazing and my favourite spice blend is cloves and cardamom.

CHICKEN SALAD WITH YOGHURT DRESSING

6 boneless chicken breast

Olive oil for brushing

Salt

Ground black pepper

300g watercress

500g artichoke hearts 2

0g packet chives 1

00g walnuts

120g leaf parsley

120g mint leaves

Two red onions

Two long red chillies

300g feta cheese

FOR THE YOGHURT DRESSING

300g plain yoghurt

One garlic clove

One teaspoon dried mint

Grated rind of 2 lemons and juice Four tablespoon oil

 

METHOD

Preheat a frying pan or griddle over high heat. Place the chicken breasts between two layers and flatten them out to an even thickness by pounding them with a rolling pin or meat mallet. Start pounding from the center of each breast and work outwards towards the edges. Brush each flattened chicken breast with olive oil and season on both sides with salt and black pepper. Griddle the chicken beast for approximately 6 minutes [depending on the thickness of the breast] on each side until they are cooked through. Remove the chicken breast from the heat and allow to rest. To make the dressing, combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl with salt and black pepper to taste and stir well until they are evenly blended Put watercress in a large mixing bowl along with artichoke halves, walnuts, herbs, onions, chillies and just a little sea salt and black pepper. Break the feta cheese roughly and mix all the ingredients together well. Slice the chicken breast thinly, almost shredding them, add to the salad and toss lightly until mixed through. Drizzle the dressing all over salad before serving. HINTS AND TIPS Create your own mixture of yoghurt dressings for variety and special light flavors. You do not have to have a million ingredients; sometimes you just need a handful of spices and a few helpful hints on what to do with them. ****If you want to know more about my spice blends in the market, or send me feedback, inbox my Facebook page Food Radio.

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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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