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Introduction to VKATZ and THE BUSHIE

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Wow, it has being a great start to an amazing year, and there is so much to share. Where do I start? Well, the story goes something like this.

Last year I had the privilege of being the “Voice of Essence” in Durban, South Africa. If you do not know what the Essence Festival is, it is a spectacular event that takes place in New Orleans. So, as the sister city, Durban hosted this festival for the very first time in Africa. During my time at the Essence Festival, I got to meet many people, and the two that stuck out the most was Sherwyn Weaich, also known as The Gourmet Bushie and the best videographer I have ever worked with Jay Mabwe.

Little did we realize that a few months later we will be producing a show together.

So here it is, a collaboration between a celebrity Chef, a fashionista and of course the videographer. We present to you, VKATZ and TheBushie.

During the course of the season, our aim is to teach you cooking skills

 

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Recipe

Greek Salad

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Travelling through Greece on my way to the airport in Athens, I stopped off at a little village for lunch. It was here that I had the opportunity to chat to the local ladies and get a few recipes. What I love about Greece is that the ingredients is so fresh that you can actually taste the food before it hits your mouth.

Coming from South Africa, I can safely say that the fruit and vegetables in Greece taste very different.

I am going to share with you a recipe for one of my favourite salads. This can be served as a starter with some freshly baked crisp bread or as a side dish.

 

Ingredients

5 Tomatoes chopped into chunks

1 Red Onion chopped

1 Green pepper sliced

10 Black olives

1 Cucumber chopped

Feta cheese

Oregano

Olive oil

 

Place ingredients in a large salad bowl, sprinkle your oregano herbs and drizzle generously with olive oil.

I prefer making the salad just before serving so that everything is fresh.

 

Enjoy!!

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Fitness

Chocolate covered protein balls

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These chocolate covered protein balls just maybe the most delicious things I have ever eaten. I am still on the quest to finding healthy alternatives to snacking and I am so happy to share this recipe with you.

Ingredients

  • 2 scoops whey protein (any flavour)
  • half a cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • coconut oil
  • as much dates as you like, I used half a cup
  • Lindt 90% dark chocolate for dipping

Method

Add all the ingredients together, I used a little milk to bind the ingredients.

Roll into bite size balls and refrigerate for an hour.

Once set, melt the chocolate and dip each ball into the chocolate.

Set in refrigerator for an hour.

Then enjoy!

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Caramel protein balls

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Caramel Protein Balls

The most difficult part of dieting or just trying to walk the healthier road, is that there is never enough products on the market to indulge the sweet tooth. So I have decided to create a few recipes to help you along your path of enlightenment.

This recipe is quite simple and perfect for keeping the sweet cravings at bay.

Ingredients

  • 4 scoops of caramel whey protein (you can choose any flavour you like)
  • 2 tablespoons of granola (I used the one that has cranberries and coconuts)
  • 1 tablespoon macadamia butter
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • fat free milk to bind

Place the whey protein, granola, macadamia butter and coconut oil into a mixing bowl. Mix together, add enough milk to ensure the mixture binds.

Roll the caramel protein ball mixture into balls at the desired size, sprinkle with desiccated coconut.

Refrigerate for 1 hour.

And now you have a healthy alternative for that mid afternoon craving.

I hope you enjoy.

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