Recipe: Peppadew® Piquanté Pepper and Garlic Pasta with Chorizo

July 23, 2014 in Recipes



It has  been a while since I posted a recipe.  Well, I thought I would feature one of the recipes developed by Paul Hartmann using the new Peppadew® Pasta Sauces. …

Paul Hartmann explains….Pasta is quick, simple and easy and can be done up to look extravagant and taste fantastic.  For me pasta is best served al dente which means “to the tooth” while some prefer softer pasta traditionally Italians cook it al dente.

He continues….We are all time poor so that is why this new pasta range from Peppadew® is fantastic, it takes 8 minutes maximum to cook a packet of dried pasta, while your pasta is boiling heat up a pan and add some chorizo, paprika, garlic and your favourite read made Peppadew® pasta sauce, dinner is served in 15 minutes or less.

Chorizo sausage with it’s top note of hot paprika works very well with the heat of this sauce while the fat provides a good balance.  Sage is strong and will stand up to the two.  Served with screw shaped pasta for added texture.” Explains Hartmann.  Continue reading and get the recipe here…

Health and Fitness: 20 Minute Workout Session At Bodytec

July 20, 2014 in Fitness




They say summer bodies are made in winter, right?

We tend to come up with all sorts of excuses for not exercising, especially in winter.  It’s cold, raining, there’s no money, no time etc.

Last week, I shared the teaser and link to Khabonina’s fitness video, Julukment.  This week I tried out a technologically advanced form of exercise.  I had an intense 20 minute workout session at Bodytec…..

What is Bodytec?  I’m quite certain that is the question on your mind.  Trust me, I was oblivious to this form of exercise until recently.

Bodytec is an advanced form of exercising which combines personal training with Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) to provide the perfect fitness and all round training solution that enables you to….Continue reading…

New Cooking Show: Hayden Quinn South Africa

July 16, 2014 in Cooking Shows


“Remember: Live Life, Eat Well, Travel Far.”  Hayden Quinn

On Monday 14th July 2014, I attended the social media launch of Hayden Quinn South Africa,  a 13-episode TV series which plays on SABC3.

Hayden Quinn, of Masterchef Australia fame,  is a marine biologist with a flair for adventure, a surfer, WWW-SASSI ambassador and a celebrity foodie.     I got the pleasure of meeting this young lad and he is not only good looking but down to earth,very sweet and has a lovely personality.

The cooking show, Hayden Quinn South Africa, showcases the  essence and beauty of our country, the people, the food and Hayden’s charming witty personality is icing on the cake.  On the first episode, we watched Hayden cooking on top of table mountain with majestic  and breathtaking views on his background.

During the series, Hayden demonstrates how he lives at 100% by exploring each destination, cooking with organic produce and mingling with the locals.   Every episode is promised to captivate viewers with adventure and we’ll get to see Hayden Quinn surfing the cold waters of the Western Cape , walking with rhinos, zip-lining through the Tsitsikamma tree tops, trying his hand at Zulu stick fighting and taking a bicycle tour through vibrant Soweto.  It all sounds very exciting, doesn’t it?  Continue reading and check out the promo video here….

New Product Alert: Sparkling Big Easy Iced Tea Lemonade by Ernie Els

July 14, 2014 in Beverage News

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What initially drew my attention to the  Big Easy Iced Tea was learning that purchases also contribute to Els for Autism Foundation, an NGO founded by Ernie and Liezl Els to help autistic children.  Then I got to try it and liked it and if I like, I share.  That’s s how it goes…..

Big Easy Iced Tea & Lemonade is  South Africa’s very first range of sparkling iced tea recently launched by golfing giant Ernie Els in partnership with Chill Beverages International, a trendsetting beverage company based in Stellenbosch.

The iced teas are available in three flavours continue reading…

Khabonina’s Fitness DVD

July 11, 2014 in Fitness


He batho!  How come I’m the last person to know about Khabonina’s fitness DVD, Julukment?

I happened to be browsing the net last night and came across the teaser and I was stunned!  Miss Khabo has been making some impressive moves, inspiring the nation to sweat it up!  Has anyone been watching her fitness TV show, GYM Ekasi?

I’m getting myself a copy of the DVD, that’s for sure and you bet I’ll tell you share my experience with it here.   If the teaser is anything to go by, I cannot wait to “Fryva!”  haha!  Check out the teaser here

Let’s Talk Umphako / Padkos

July 9, 2014 in Uncategorized



I’m back, sorry for the hiatus..  I recently got news out about a high school friend’s passing and had to make a trip home to pay my last respects.  Life is unpredictable, one day you are on the phone with a friend, the next day you hear the person died from an asthma attack.  The sad thing is that the good ones, the goal orientated ones, the living by the book ones and the ones contributing more to society always go first.  In all of this, we are reminded that time is a gift and it is indeed our most precious resource.   There’s a quote that explains the significance of time by one of my favourite motivational book authors, Rick Warren.

“Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time….”

 Anyways, my trip inspired this post on umphako….

Every day in our country,  thousands of people travel  from the rural areas to the urban lights and vice versa.  They are travelling for many reasons like going on holiday, to get jobs, to go to university, to visit relatives, attend weddings, graduations, traditional ceremonies, parties or funerals etc.  Continue reading and join the conversation here……

Curried Mogodu and Dombolo (Tripe and Dumpling)

June 27, 2014 in Recipes


 I never knew that potatoes and carrots were added to tripe until I was in Cape Town.  Some folks are becoming more creative with traditional dishes, it is interesting!   Normally, tripe is just cooked until soft then salt is added to give flavor.  It sounds bland but trust me it is delicious.

Tripe comes with a lot of fat,  I know some would not agree with me but try and remove at least most of it.  Secondly, add ingredients such as fresh garlic, herbs, fresh ginger or chilli.

A lot of hardcore traditional food lovers often ask why additional ingredients are added to a simple dish such as tripe.  I am hoping that we all become conscious eaters, therefore, I’ll explain the amazing health benefits of some of these ingredients.  Continue Reading….

20 Must Have Kitchen Items for Every Household

June 27, 2014 in Uncategorized


It is easy to assume that every kitchen has all the necessary equipment for food preparation.  I’ve been to a number of kitchens and I’ll tell you one thing; there’s nothing frustrating like finding yourself in a kitchen with nothing and yet expected to make magic  job.  Lately,  I’ve been enjoying getting feedback from some of the people that have been trying out recipes on this blog.  As much as I really appreciate the feedback I would like  to make sure that you guys enjoy being in the kitchen and preparing food just as much as I do.   If you don’t have one of the items below, make sure you do.  Having the right equipment can only make the cook more efficient, more confident and yield better results.   Here are some basics you need to have in your kitchen whether you live in a flat, house, backyard, tent or caravan (I’m now exaggerating)….

1.  Hand Whisk – It comes in handy when making sauces, custard, cream, whisking eggs etc.

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Spicy Dinawaball Soup

June 23, 2014 in Recipes



Some call them Cowpeas, others call them Black Eyed Bean, Black Eyed Peas, Dinawa et….It’s confusing, I know.   In South Africa, we call them Cowpeas or Dinawa and I think I’ll just stick to that, just to lessen the confusion.

One thing I love about traditional dishes is that one can maintain a balanced diet without paying an arm and a leg.  The ingredients are healthy and yet inexpensive.   For an example, one can  buy cheap sources of protein such as Cowpeas, Jugo Beans, Mopane Worms, Kapenta, Pilchards, Fresh / Sour Milk etc.   Sources of vegetables are also not expensive e.g.  Morogo (Amaranthus), Rape, Covo, Tsunga,  Carrots, Tomatoes, Madumber, Ginger, Garlic etc.  One can consume healthy meals at a cheaper price.  Continue reading and get the recipe here

Today, I would like to focus on Cowpeas.  They are sold on the streets and you do find them at some retail stores.


Football Snack: Ghanaian Kelewele

June 23, 2014 in Recipes



Two things in the world that unite Africans, food and football.   With regard to the latter, we tend to build walls or silos around ourselves but when there’s a game of football, all those walls and silos disappear.   We all become African, not South African, not Ghanaian and definitely not Nigerian.   As I was watching the games last night, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride and it is awesome to witness the enormous support given to the teams representing our continent.  Some of the tweets from last night’s games:…Continue reading and get the recipe here



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