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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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CHARMA GAL DROPS NEW ALBUM

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GOING PLACES:The singer has a new offering

CharmaGal is back with a bang. After a hiatus, following her hit Jabu last year, she has released an all Setswana thriller album just in time for festive.

The local music sensational is back into her stardom feat, the album brings yet another set of tracks in her 8-track album titled Lekgamu la bananyana. Touch Records in Gaborone officially released the album this past week.

During a media brief held at Botswana Craft in Gaborone this past week, CharmaGal revealed that she has been working hard on the album thus having high expectations on it. According to Charma, Lekgamu la bananyana is a notch high than her previous music deliverables.

Speaking to Vibe a day before boarding a plane to the United Kingdom where she was performing alongside South Africa’s BabesWodumo, she said that what makes her unique is staying to her craft. The Mmokolodi hit-maker said that it is giving what you are to the people that then opportunities arise for artists.

“People need to stay true to their uniqueness, this new album represent my style of delivering music, that represents my key and my melody that is why it is easy for people to react to it,” shared CharmaGal.

She also said that piracy is a concern in the music fraternity, adding that she has targets she has set for herself in regards to the number of copies she wants to sell on the album. “New technology remains a mystery for us artists, in a day after the release of the album, people will be she sharing out the music through Whatsapp and other social media networks and that is amazing.”

Meanwhile, a week after the release of the album, track 3, dubbed Banyana, is driving CharmaGal fans crazy. The song has already been played on various radio stations in the country. In the song, CharmaGal says that she does not need to get to work because she has hangover garnered from the weekend. **The album is available at most music stores.

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Shamele drops solo kwaito offering

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omolemo Thepa aka Shamele says kwaito music has taken out the artiste in him and he plans to elevate the genre as time goes. The 27-year-old recently released his first-ever solo single dubbed, ‘Dula S’tilo’.

He tells Vibe that the new single was actually written to honour the president of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi as he sat on the presidency throne. He explains that he has been in the music industry for the past six years, featuring other artistes but decided to [produce his solo work this year.

“I have written this song and composed it to dedicate it to Masisi as a way of welcoming him to his new position,” he says.Shamele is confident that having worked with a variety of well-established artistes has given him light and direction to grow the Kwaito genre. Asked why he chose Kwaito of all other genres, he said that Kwaito is unstoppable and just needs nurturing.

“I found Kwaito in existence when I was growing up, and I have never come across any boring rhythm of Kwaito music. It is just unstoppable and thus, I want to be associated to it.”
He also shares with Vibe that local talent kept him motivated to also have a dream of becoming a solo artiste.

“The Real Magosi group inspired me to be where I am today together with all the local artistes in general because I embrace local music.” Shamele further says that he takes pride in the fact that he has already performed his song in the president’s presence recently in Moshupa at an event.

He also appreciates the positive feedback that he already has on his new work. Dula S’tilo currently enjoys airplay at Duma Fm, RB1 and RB2. The single was produced at True-African Studios. Shamele says that at the moment, he is focused on building his brand and give his fans and the local music industry the best.

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