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For super, quick light and delicious starters, peaches and nectarines are a must go to. You can always serve slices of the fruits with a salty cured ham and add peppery rocket leaves. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are also a winner…yes!! You can wash and toss strawberries with a few teaspoons of castor sugar then leave them at room temperature. Serve with a drizzle of your best balsamic vinegar. Sweet cherries also work just as well as with savoury foods. Belonging to the same family as the cucumbers, courgettes are best roasted, griddled or lightly sautéed in olive oil. Add them to stir fries, or grate and use in courgette fritters with some feta cheese. Beetroot, a wonderfully versatile vegetable, when roasted its favour is intensified –simply drizzle with olive oil and cumin seeds or try it raw juiced with carrots or grated into salad. There is an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables to easily help you reach your five a day. Take a trip to the farmers or vegetable market where fresh fruits in season are often available.

FRUITY BRULEES INGREDIENTS

*450g assorted summer fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, and cherries.

*4 small heatproof ramekin dishes.

*¾ cup double cream. *150ml low fat plain yoghurt.

*One-teaspoon vanilla essence.

*4 tablespoon brown crystal sugar.

 

METHOD

Divide the strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants and cherries evenly among 4 small heatproof ramekins. Mix together the low fat cream alternative, plain yoghurt and vanilla essence. Generously spoon the mixture over the fruit. Preheat the grill to hot. Top each serving with one tablespoon demerara sugar [brown crystal sugar] and grill the desserts for 2-3 minutes until the sugar melts and begin to caramelise Serve hot!!!

 

CHEF HINTS AND TIPS

*Apricots sweet sour taste is perfect for a snack or starter. Roast them with a little honey or vanilla sugar and serve with cream for a quick dessert or with muesli and Greek yoghurt for dessert.

* Serve the avocado on small pieces of bread with lots of sprinkled black pepper and salt or mashed with chilli and tomatoes for a guacamole.

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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…

Keletso Thobega

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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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