Yum: a new South African cuisine

first_img24 January 2006Two dances of the sea, four guises of salmon, iced peanut butter and kassler soup, chocolate risotto . yum, yum and yum again.And these are just the starters.These intriguing and tantalising dishes are available at Yum, South Africa’s 2005 Eat Out Johnnie Walker Restaurant of the Year, announced in November.“I am very flattered, it is very generous of them to give it to us. It is a lovely accolade – we will continue doing what we’re doing,” says owner Dario de Angeli modestly.He means it. De Angeli is a no-nonsense person who doesn’t let awards and such stuff go to his head – because his head is too busy coming up with more great creations.Sam Woulidge, the editor of Eat Out, says of De Angeli: “Since winning his first of five Top 10 awards (at Soho Square Cafe), Dario de Angeli has emerged as the undisputed trendsetter of his generation, although fame hasn’t cost Dario his passion.“His creativity has blossomed because talent learns from itself as well as from others and he is the creator of both intense flavours and beautiful presentation.”Eat Out: The Restaurant Guide of South Africa is an annual listings guide featuring independent critics’ reviews of more than 800 restaurants across the country. These critics visit restaurants unannounced and always pay for their meals.Together with a staff of seven chefs, De Angeli is going to change his menu every week this year, he says, in an effort to keep his dishes exciting and innovative. So if you fancy the soup or risotto and any of the other wonderful things on the menu this week, you had better get there quickly.Yum has been in the top 10 restaurant list five times previously, and De Angeli, 33, won the chef of the year award in 2003.No formal trainingHe has been in the industry for 16 years and dishes up his talent with no formal training. While at school he worked in a coffee shop in Hillbrow, then at a pizzeria, always in the front while angling to be in the kitchen. De Angeli then applied for a job as head chef. “It was out of my league,” he says. But he got the job, and thought, “Now I’m in trouble.”He rushed out and bought 10 recipe books, and read them from cover to cover. He also read about the world’s famous chefs and their styles and cultures of cooking. He still actively researches them, usually via the internet, enhancing his knowledge, like any good artist.But there’s also lots of at-the-table learning going on. When he goes on holiday he has lunch and dinner at different restaurants every day, tasting and observing food and its presentation.De Angeli’s menu consists of only six items per course. But that doesn’t mean it makes it any easier to choose – they all sound delectable. He is unimpressed with the American-style restaurants in South Africa that offer huge menus with repetitive food, in most cases simply adding another ingredient, for instance, to the long list of pizzas on offer.He takes the same principle through to the decor of his restaurant; the tables are simply decorated with classic white tablecloths, white serviettes, white crockery and white chairs. A single fresh sunflower decorates each table. Although he can cater for more than 80 people, he limits it to that number.“I want to focus on people, then food,” he says.Favourite chefs and restaurantsChef Charlie Trotter of Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, in the US, which is regarded as the world’s best restaurant, is one of De Angeli’s role models.“He is just clever,” says De Angeli, “he takes traditional dishes and alters them slightly, but always retains their intrinsic goodness.”Spaniard Ferran Adria, described as the “world’s most experimental chef”, is next on the list. Then it is Heston Blumenthal, whose restaurant Fat Duck in England is the winner of three Michelin awards, one of the industry’s most prestigious awards.All take cooking one or two degrees beyond the norm – experimenting and setting trends. This is something De Angeli likes to do too, like his vegetarian bunny chow with atchar and mango sorbet, or his seafood trifle, with layers of champagne jelly, steamed mussels, white fish, caviar, prawn tempura and tuna steak with saffron ice cream.Locally he lists his favourite chefs as Bruce Robinson, formerly of one.waterfront in Cape Town; Richard Carstens of Lynton Hall in KwaZulu-Natal (the 2005 Eat Out Chef of the Year); and Mike Basset of Ginja in Cape Town.His favourite Joburg restaurant is Lucio’s in Blackheath. “It serves nothing adventurous, just good, good food.”Others include Versace, in Illovo – “natural flavours, stunning food”; Auberge Michel, in Sandton (in the 2005 Eat Out Restaurant of the Year top 10); and Pigalle, in Sandton.Food conceptualisingSo, De Angeli will be getting down in 2006 with his two head chefs every week for some serious “food conceptualising”, to compile the following week’s menu. “I want out of the box thinking and the fun of trying new dishes.”He describes Yum restaurant as presenting “new South African cuisine”, which is “our interpretation of global food from South Africa – world food by South African people”.In two years when the lease on the restaurant expires, he won’t renew it, De Angeli says. He’ll close down – and doesn’t know what he’ll do next. Ultimately, however, he wants to move to Hermanus and open a small restaurant, with 20 seats, “for fun”.In the meantime, he returns to his kitchen, pops a finger into a pot, savours the mixture and says to one of his chefs: “Too sweet.” Then turns to the next pot while reaching for a checklist of ingredients, ticking them off, getting ready for the midday rush.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Funds for small media projects

first_imgThokozani MtshaliThe Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) has approved more funding for community and small commercial media projects as part of its drive to promote development and plurality of voices in South Africa’s media.The MDDA, a partnership between the government and major media operators, disburses grants to community, small commercial and media research projects in four cycles each year. Its first round of grants was approved in January.This time round, the MDDA’s board of directors approved funding for 10 media projects, five community radios, three community print and two small commercial print projects.Some of the latest beneficiaries include the Moletjie Community Radio near Polokwane, that received funds to help build a studio on land donated by a local chief. This was a Moletjie FM’s second grant; the MDDA approved a small grant in January for a technical study on difficulties it faced in terms of its coverage.One of South Africa’s oldest community radio stations, Moutse FM, has also been awarded a grant for mentoring and organisational development. Moutse FM broadcasts to Moutse village in Limpopo, but also reaches nearby areas like Dennilton, Marble Hall and Grobbelaarsdal in Mpumalanga.Worker’s World Radio Production, a non-profit radio production agency owned by trade union federations that produces programmes on labour issues for about 40 community radio stations around South Africa, was also allocated funding. Worker’s World would use the grant to train community radio producers.The National Community Radio Forum also received a grant to conduct studies into signal distribution, the establishment of joint services for community radio stations, and convergence or connectivity. The MDDA said it believed these studies would help the community radio sector to overcome some of the problems affecting its sustainability.Barberton Community Radio in Mpumalanga also received a grant, for mentoring and organisational development.In the print media sector, Amazwi Magazine, a non-profit print media initiative in the Hluhlwe and Mkhuze areas in KwaZulu-Natal, received funds to cover start-up and concept development costs. The project aims to offer writing and production training to people from the community, while producing a magazine focusing on cultural and tourism issues.Nkomazi Voice, a non-profit newspaper distributed in the Nkomazi area of Mpumalanga, also received funding.Agenda, a feminist media project based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, also received a grant to support their website training of women writers and to cover the production costs of one magazine per year over the next three years.Genuine, a family magazine in KwaZulu-Natal, received a grant for capacity building to develop a sustainable business plan.Leseding News, a small commercial newspaper based in Rustenburg in North West province, received financial support for research, training and equipment.Libby Lloyd of the MDDA said the board had also earmarked funding for two other rural community radio stations, once it had received a clear breakdown of their needs.Ten applications, mostly from new unlicensed community radio initiatives, were turned down.The MDDA had decided not to provide support for unlicensed community radio initiatives until it became clear when the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) would begin further licensing of such projects, Lloyd said.In terms of broadcasting legislation, Icasa has to conduct a review of community radio policies before reopening applications for licences.For more information, visit the MDDA website. The MDDA can also be visited at its offices on the 2nd floor of The Mills, 66 Carr Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.Source: SouthAfrica.infolast_img read more

Gallery: United for Bafana Bafana

first_imgPhotographs by Bongani NkosiSouth Africa’s largest city of Johannesburg rang with the sound of vuvuzela trumpets on Wednesday 9 June as fans from the township of Soweto to the glitzy commercial centre of Sandton took to the streets to show their support for Bafana Bafana, the country’s national football team.Click on a thumbnail for a larger low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below each thumbnail to download a high-resolution image.  • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image MORE GALLERIESlast_img read more

A 1 000 SA voices against gender violence

first_imgBrand South Africa attended the A Thousand Voices Against Abuse conference held at Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, on Friday, 18 October. The day embraced South African women, who have played an essential role in the country’s democracy.The almost 1 000-strong audience, mostly women with a few men, came from across the country, and dancing, singing, clapping, ululations, and poignant reflections were the order of the day as emotions ran high at the event.As the conference celebrated the feminine and acknowledged mothers and gogos, sisters and aunties, wives, girlfriends and daughters, the prominent message was that South Africa needs drastic change to stop violence against women and children.ORDINARY SOUTH AFRICANSBrand South Africa’s Brand Manager Sithembile Ntombela believes that South Africans need to work together to deal with the crux of society’s issues The conference saw ordinary South Africans, academics and representatives from the Department of Public Service and Administration and NGOs attend.“In 1994 there was a powerful, positive shift in South Africa and the country embraced freedom. Twenty years on society is encouraged to reflect on the present; to shape conversations; to commit to dialogue and raise its voice. It needs to bring ubuntu and humanity back into South African culture,” says Khumo Mohlamme, co-founder of A Thousand Voices.“It is a conversation that we have started as South Africans to make sure that we celebrate women that have contributed to our democracy for the past 20 years. We also are increasing the awareness on the plight of gender violence.”Brand South Africa’s brand manager, Sithembile Ntombela, insists that South Africans need to work together to fight crime and deal with the root of the society’s problems.“We need to encourage the importance of social cohesion in nation building. We see it in sport, the feeling of ubuntu and togetherness. We need to adopt this same attitude into society.”She adds, “We must stay true to our identity. SA is inspiring new, creative ways through our values. We need to stand strong by our pillars; these define our fortress, our pillars of ubuntu, creating innovation, sustainability, diversity and possibility. We are a proud nation and we need to all play our part.”CHANNELS OF ENGAGEMENTThe A Thousand Voices movement aims to open the channels of engagement between government, academics, the private and public sectors, faith-based organisations and citizens from all walks of life, to profile and eradicate gender-based violence. It is an initiative by the South African envoy to the Open Government Partnership (OGP), which aims to secure commitments from governments to promote transparency and empower citizens.Mohlamme says the main issue is that the justice system is not doing enough to implement government policies as far as women abuse is concerned. She says that there are great policies; however government needs a partner to make sure that people on the ground speak up against abuse.“Last year we had 64 515 cases reported cases of rape and of course statistics do show that only one out of nine cases are actually reported, because there’s a lot of stigma that is associated with rape. There’s a lot of fear and intimidation. So we have not seen great progress, the stats are going higher and we have polices and we have talked about it but it is time we do more than talk,” Women Against Rape director, Pearl Kupe said.Ayanda Dlodlo, Deputy Minister for Public Service and Administration calls for activism to never end (Images: Melissa Jane Cook)She says that the country has been sweeping woman abuse under the table, and even though there has been more discussion about it, there doesn’t seem to be any progress.“We have lovely polices and I think if you were to interrogate you [would] find that we have lovely strategies on national crime prevention and everything but we are not seeing the benefits of it translate. So we need to interrogate those strategies, we need to see if they have been implemented. If they have not been implemented we need to ask why,” Kupe said, adding that South Africans need to pick themselves up and redefine themselves.EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITYOutcomes from the conference were that South Africans need to ask themselves how they can stem the tide of abuse and to step up, as it’s all South Africans’ responsibility.Brand South Africa also said that the widespread abuse hampered the country’s reputation abroad.Ayanda Dlodlo, deputy minister for Public Service and Administration proudly said: “This is a momentous occasion as this open partnership with government is encouraging power back to the people. We need to make sure that activism never ends. People and government must have a relationship of value, not politicking, but one of value. We need openness, transparency and good governance. Let’s not walk in the dark, let’s become beacons of hope and make it a priority to meet the basic needs of people.”Ntombela believes that, together, the country can build pride and patriotism, drive mass mobilisation, lift the spirit of the nation and achieve widespread support. She believes that united, SA must incite a strong call to action.Brand SA’s main aim is to inspire, and believes that South Africans can work together to promote optimism and never lose sight of hope.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Early Harvest Numbers Impressive

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest During Farm Science Review, Field Agronomist Alexandra Knight visited with many growers that have started a little bit of corn and soybean harvest this week. She talks with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins for this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report about what she is hearing from those growers.last_img

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast December 2, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Colder air came in to the state yesterday behind a frontal boundary that swept through the region. The weather system that brought the front also triggered some wrap around moisture that continues in some areas today. We look for this light spotty moisture, a mixture of rain sleet and wet snow, to continue to rotate through the state for at least part of the day before finally exiting to the east. The strong north flow coming across Lake Erie also means we have to watch for lake effect precipitation, especially in far NE Ohio. Moisture ends by midday to early afternoon in far western OH, if not sooner, but may linger into mid or even late afternoon in eastern areas. WE do finally dry down by sunset in all areas of the state.Partly sunny, chilly and dry tomorrow and Wednesday. We can see a bit of lake effect snow fire off again overnight Wednesday night, and at times the clouds will spread to dominate most of Ohio. However, snow totals look minor, and will be most concentrated in far NE Ohio, in the typical lake effect areas. Back to sunshine and some clouds for Thursday and Friday, with no new precipitation.High pressure parks over the eastern corn belt for the weekend, drawing down chilly air on north flow ahead of the High on Saturday, but then south flow develops on the backside of the high for Sunday, and we can see temps climb, perhaps even to normal and above normal levels. That south flow will feed into our next front, making it a bit stronger.Rains arrive Monday and continue through Tuesday of next week. Combined totals can be from .25″-1″ with coverage at 100% of the state. Rain totals will be split pretty evenly across both days. We do go drier for next Wednesday, and stay dry then into the following weekend. That means we have only 1 truly good threat of significant moisture over the next 2 weeks, and that happens early next week. 10 day liquid equivalent precipitation totals are at right.last_img read more

Bonnier Picks Up UFC Mag to Enter Martial Arts Ring

first_imgThis story first appears on FOLIO: sister publication, minonline.The two-year-old UFC magazine is a leading source of news and features on the emerging sport of mixed martial arts (a.k.a. Ultimate Fighting Championship). And as of this December 27, the magazine will be published on newsstands and in digital under the Bonnier flag. The magazine had been working with Bonnier TransWorld and is extending the relationship to the main company, which will help give it a reach into 17 countries and also on ubiquitous digital platforms via Bonnier’s Mag+ business serving the digital magazine world.Read the rest of the story here.last_img

NASA telescope discovers three intriguing planets hiding around nearby star

first_img Tags TESS discoveries NASA’s planet finder discovers weird new world and 6 exploding stars NASA’s TESS planet hunter spots super-Earths around star that’s visible to naked eye null Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects 2:02 TESS found TOI 270’s intriguing planets by looking for a dimming of the host star that indicates a planet passing around it. The planet closest to the star is about 25% bigger than Earth and is likely rocky. This “super-Earth” is called TOI 270 b. Don’t expect to send colonists there. NASA described it as “oven-hot” thanks to its proximity to its star.   The other planets, TOI 270 c and TOI 270 d, are likely closer to gas-giant Neptune in makeup. “Planet c and d might best be described as mini-Neptunes, a type of planet not seen in our own solar system,” said NASA.toi270-infographicEnlarge ImageThis NASA infographic shows how TOI 70’s planets compare to Earth. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Scott Wiessinger The exoplanets’ discovery is just the start. “TOI-270 will soon allow us to study this ‘missing link’ between rocky Earth-like planets and gas-dominant mini-Neptunes, because here all of these types formed in the same system ” said Maximilian Günther, lead author of a paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy on Monday.TESS launched in 2018 and has been on a roll with exoplanet finds, including spotting a planet with three suns.Astronomers plan to take another look at TOI 270 after NASA’s next-generation James Webb Space Telescope launches, hopefully in 2021. TESS is great at spotting exoplanets of all kinds, but what we’re really excited about is finding planets that may have liquid water and could potentially support life. Don’t count TOI 270 out on that front. There may even be more planets in the system waiting to be discovered.  NASA Space Share your voicecenter_img 0 Now playing: Watch this: TESS before launch. NASA NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) just scored another science triumph with the discovery of three fascinating planets hanging out at a nearby star. One is a super-Earth, slightly bigger than our own planet. The other two are Neptune-like exoplanets, the likes of which you won’t find in our own solar system.The star is known as “TESS Object of Interest 270,” or TOI 270 for short. Its more formal name is “UCAC4 191-004642,” but that’s a mouthful. The star is 40% smaller than our sun and is also about a third cooler. It hangs out 73 light-years away, which qualifies it as a neighbor.  Sci-Tech Originally published July 29, 10:39 a.m. PT 27 Photos This satellite could find alien lifelast_img read more

BSE closes points 4634 up on Jan 16

first_imgBSE closes points 46.34 up on Jan 162K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 46.34 up on Jan 162K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 46.34 points up to stand at 28,121.89. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 19.65 points up to stand at 8,513.80. SUNTV and Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 11.04% and 9.09% along with TV18 BROADCAST and SUZLON with an increase of 8.12% and 7.54% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and RASOYPR with a decrease of 4.92% and 4.49% along with JETAIRWAYS and Welspun Corp LTD. with a decrease of 3.95% and 3.12% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 35.42 points at 19,342.32 while the banking sector is down 1.89 points at 22,021.41 and the reality sector is up 8.44 points at 1,619.87. The Indian currency is up 0.05% at Rs 62.03 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 46.34 points up to stand at 28,121.89. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 19.65 points up to stand at 8,513.80. SUNTV and Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 11.04% and 9.09% along with TV18 BROADCAST and SUZLON with an increase of 8.12% and 7.54% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and RASOYPR with a decrease of 4.92% and 4.49% along with JETAIRWAYS and Welspun Corp LTD. with a decrease of 3.95% and 3.12% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 35.42 points at 19,342.32 while the banking sector is down 1.89 points at 22,021.41 and the reality sector is up 8.44 points at 1,619.87. The Indian currency is up 0.05% at Rs 62.03 per dollar.last_img read more