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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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Motlha to finally release debut album

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Trendsetting songbird Motlha is pencilled to release his solo album in February next year. Motlha is signed under Rok Lefatshe Records. The album will be produced by Suffocate. The vibrant singer currentlyhas three singles out and they include Hisa Hisa (featuring ATI), Mmamotse (which catapulted him to the top of the charts) as well as Nnenekwane.

Speaking in an interview with this publication last week ahead of his debut at the Mascom Live Sessions event featuring Bongo Maffin, he revealed that he started work on music for his debut album right after the release of Mmamotse.

He also says that the album is still a work in progress, and that he is yet to finalise the final list of songs that will make it into the album, as well as the name of the album. Ï am still eliminating and adding songs,” he explains.

He further says that his fans should look forward to collaborations with artists such as Zanda Zakusa (South Africa) and Soul Culture (also from South Africa). He reveals that he wants to work with a lot of artists who are in line with his vision.

He also notes that it is difficult for him to identify his genre. Some he says, classify his music as Afro Jazz, other Jazz with a fusion of RnB. Ï am still trying to classify my genre, and I might have to come up with a name for my sound,” he notes.His goal, he says, is to make music that touches and changes lives in a postive way. “I want to empower people through music.”

Meanwhile, Motlha proved his mettle as a stage performer of note when he put on an impressive performance at the Mascom Live sessions this past Friday.He gave revellers their money’s worth and many cheered and sang along throughout his energetic performance.

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Kokoamokoko entrances poetry lovers at his wedding

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TALENTED: The recently married poet is working on a new album.

Former President’s Day competitions poetry award winner Okabo Gaopelo, also known as Kokoamokoko, tied the knot in style this past weekend in Mankgodi. The energetic performer could not help but serenade guests with his rich Setswana poetic rhythm. The superb poet better known as ‘Kokoamokoko’ planned on enjoying his day while listening to other poets doing what he loves best.

A variety of poets made his day as they added the cherry to the blissful wedding by presenting poems to him. While he had sworn that he would not recite any poem, his talent itched to be shared and he asked for the mic and gladly presented poetic verses, singing praises to his gorgeous wife.

The guests cheered him in amusement, imitating his usual line “Ke kokoamokoko weeee.”Gaopelo glamorously rocked his traditional attire that he normally use for his poetic sessions, saying that it is his signature for the love of arts. The bridesmaids and groomsmen also looked the part in the African attire, and they danced magnificently, showing off their well-choreographed moves.

They danced to the poet’ traditional song Ao ntate, from his album Tswhwarelo. Gaopelo told Vibe that he performed his work on his wedding day in order to motivate upcoming artistes who enjoy poetry and traditional music. He pointed out that many people think that many people seem to think that musicians and other arts practitioners do it to earn a living, but that is not the case.

“I wanted to show that we also do this out of passion and to showcase our talent. It really felt wonderful to perform for my wife and guests, and to also dance to my own song on my wedding day.” Gaopelo added that he plans to release another album next year.

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