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When Racism Hit close to Home

A few weeks back I witnessed racism hit close to home. It was my most intimate encounter with this phenomenon thus far, and it didn’t leave me indifferent. I promised myself I will use my voice, as a writer, to raise awareness.There had been an act of disapproval towards a friend of mine, on the [...]

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Reach out: Someone out there might need you

For a while now I’ve noticed that one of my colleagues had been quite withdrawn recently. At first I thought it was personal: perhaps, for whichever reason, he was just withdrawn with ME (funny how we make it all about ourselves when, in reality, it has nothing to do with us). I soon learned, though, [...]

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Simple Mango Compote Jam (no Added Sugar)

Our jam today is made entirely out of ripe mangoes. It retains a lively fruity flavor rarely found in factory-made jams. The secret? Our jam is not a regular jam, but rather a very concentrated compote, cooked down into a paste. Go grab two ripe mangoes and let’s get to work. Sweetened by: fruit only Preps: 10 minutes (cook [...]

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Simple Homemade Tuna Salad

Our tuna salad today is great on crackers or toast or as a light meal. The following recipe is how I make mine, but really, there’s nothing set in stone here. Tweak it whichever way you want. Preps: 5-10 minutes Serves: 1 You will need: 1 small can tuna in water, drained (120 g) 1 tbsp. plain yogurt/plain Greek yogurt/sour [...]

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Homemade Beef Stew with Potatoes and Vegetables

Our beef stew today is a meal all on its own with a rich and flavorful sauce. Totally worth dunking a slice of bread into it.Preps: 40 minutes (cook time: 1 hour) Makes: 1 extra large potYou will need: 4 lb stewing beef cubes 3 lb multicolor mini potatoes (I found them in packets at [...]

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A Side of Multicolor Steamed Carrots

Carrots, carrots, carrots.An easy-peasy side dish made entirely out of carrots is what I’m offering you today.Compared to cooked vegetables, steamed veggies retain a livelier texture, color, and flavor.Preps: 5 minutes (steaming time: 15-20 minutes) Serves: 2-3You will need: 6-7 multicolor carrots, sliced into rings WaterSpecial equipment: steamer basket, a cooking pot [...]

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Homemade Orange Vegetable Soup

There’s nothing like a bowl of homemade steamy soup to warm us up from within when the season changes and it’s gray and frosty outside. With that thought in mind, let’s get working on the lovely orange soup you see in the picture. Preps: 25 minutes (cook time: about 50 minutes) Makes: 1 large pot You will need: 750 [...]

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A Very Pink Salad

Our salad today is a variation on a potato salad with two main ingredients: potatoes and beets. The beets will color everything they touch with a pink hue, and I mean everything! This is really not the time to show off your new white silk blouse which cost you an arm and a leg. Time to [...]

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Yogurt Parfait with Soaked Cereals and Fresh Fruit

On the menu today is this lovely yogurt parfait, inspired by a similar treat my youngest daughter had gotten herself during a recent trip to the grocery store.It’s simple and exquisite and lends itself to many possible variations.Without further ado, here we go:Preps: 10 minutes Serves: 3You will need: 3 cups plain yogurt/plain Greek [...]

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Bounty in a Fruit Bowl

I’m of the opinion that a bowl of fresh fruit is a beautiful centerpiece on a dining table, much like a flower arrangement.It would have been wonderful if the fruit featured in the bowl came from our very own garden, or at least, if we picked it with our own hands straight off a tree, [...]

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