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Homemade mayonnaise is not only delicious in its own right, for serving, hard boiled eggs, fish, warm vegetables, and chicken, it also provides an admirable vehicle using chopped fresh herbs and garlic. It can be mixed with natural yoghurt or fresh cream to make a variety of different tempting sauces. You must not use extra virgin oil for making mayonnaise for it will be rich, heavy and cloying. I personally prefer to use a light olive oil: pale, fairly thin and almost lacking in flavor. You can also try a mixture of a good but not the very best [olive oil and light sunflower or nut oil. If desired, a couple spoonfuls of extra virgin oil may be added at the end, for added flavour.


*300ml light olive oil or olive oil and sunflower oil mixed in equal parts

*2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

*2 tablespoons lemon juice

*2 tablespoons extra virgin oil [optional]


Place a large heavy bowl with a firm base on a damp piece of cloth on a wooden surface so it will not slip. Have the oil [s] in a jug, and the vinegar and lemon juice to hand. Place the egg yolks in a bowl, add the salt and beat for a little with a wooden spoon. Now using an electric hand beater, or a balloon whisk, start to add the oil very slowly indeed, almost literally drop by drop to begin with, and beat without cease until an emulsion is formed. Continue to add the oil slowly, beating constantly until about half has been used then you may start to add it more quickly in a thin stream, stopping every now and then until it has been absorbed. If the mixture becomes too thick, thin it with half the vinegar or lemon juice. When all the oil has been used and lemon juice, add the remaining vinegar and lemon juice, also slowly then taste, adding the extra virgin oil if desired!!!



  • The mayonnaise may be stored in the refrigerator, covered with foil for 3 days and this can make 4 to 6 serving which is about 325ml.


* If making mayonnaise for the first time, it may be helpful to use a large spoon, holding only a little oil at the very beginning of the process, letting the oil drip at the end of the spoon into the egg yo


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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

Irene Shone



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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