Chicken Tikka

Chicken tikka is a chicken dish made with a spicy curry sauce. This is a simple recipe from a renowned cook, Mrs Asha Maharaj.

What do you need?

  • Chicken fillets marinated with the Mumbai spice marinade
  • Whole spices
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped onions
  • Crushed garlic and ginger
  • Coriander
  • Peas
  • Curry leaves
  • Olive oil


In a pot, add the olive oil and whole spices, these will add flavour to the oil.

Add chopped onions and sauté.

Once the onions are transparent, add the crushed garlic and ginger.

Cook for about a minute, then add a tablespoon of chicken masala.

Cook this for about a minute.

Add the chopped tomatoes and cook.

Add the marinated chicken breasts and peas

Cook this until the chicken has been cooked through.

Serve with rice or naan bread.

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Crayfish Thermidor

Seafood is one of my favourite meals, but I have always steered clear from cooking it. When you think about crayfish Thermidor, one would think you would need to be a chef to know how to conjure up this meal. Not any more. This recipe is so simple and easy to follow.


4 Crayfish

1 large chopped onion

250 ml cream

1/2 teaspoon fish spice

1/2 teaspoon cajun spice

50 grams butter

1 teaspoon mixed spice

1 teaspoon garlic

1 green pepper

30 ml lemon juice

Crayfish thermidor

Remove the meat from the shell, be careful not the break the shell.

Cut off the discoloured meat.

Chop up the meat into cubes.

Add the butter to a large pan.

Add the chopped onion, green pepper and garlic.

Wait until it is half cooked, then add the mixed spice, fish and cajun spice.

Wait for 1 minute, then add the crayfish.

Cover with a lid and wait for about 1 minute before adding the cream.

Stir well and add the lemon juice.

Be careful not to over cook the meat.

Once cooked, move the crayfish Thermidor sauce back into the shell, serve hot with rice or a side of your choice.


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How to fillet a fish

As we become more aware of our health, many people have turned their attention away from fast food meals, to a more wholesome home cooked meal.

Fish has always been a dish that is synonymous with healthy eating. I personally love fish however I don’t like the bones that come with it. The best thing then would be to have the fish filleted.

How to fillet a fish

  • The first thing you would need to ensure is that the fish is descaled, you can ask the place you purchased the fish to assist with this.
  • Cut the stomach open to remove the gut.
  • Chop off the head and gills.
  • Cut away fins along the sides, top and and underside with scissors.
  • Run your fillet knife along the spine from tail to head.
  • Run your knife over the rib cage.
  • Repeat the procedure on the other side of the fish.
  • To debone the fillet use a tweezer or a boning knife.
  • Skin the fillet and remove excess belly fat.

For a detailed outlook on filleting a fish, please see video.


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Introduction to VKATZ and THE BUSHIE


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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Greek Salad


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.



5 Tomatoes chopped into chunks

1 Red Onion chopped

1 Green pepper sliced

10 Black olives

1 Cucumber chopped

Feta cheese


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.






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Chocolate covered protein balls


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.


  • 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


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


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.


  • 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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