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Author: Gwen Sparks

What inspires me – EF Schumacher, Small is Beautiful

What inspires me – EF Schumacher, Small is Beautiful

EF Schumacher inspires me every time I read something of his. How I wish that when I studied economics at university that we had been taught, Schumacher. I would have remembered the subject.   I am currently rereading his book “Small is beautiful” which has

Cooking with PJ Vadas – Christmas Gammon

Cooking with PJ Vadas – Christmas Gammon

Christmas Gammon  Ingredients 2kg smoked Farmer Angus gammon 2 onions 2 carrots cut into 5cm pieces 2 celery stalks cut into 5cm pieces 4 bay leaves 12 black peppercorns 4 tbsp honey 4 tbsp English mustard Method Cover the gammon with cold water and bring to the boil. Pour water off and add

Cooking with PJ Vadas: Crispy Chicken Skins

Cooking with PJ Vadas: Crispy Chicken Skins

Crispy chicken skins Ingredients: Farmer Angus outdoor chicken Fresh thyme Salt + Pepper   Method: Remove the skin from the chicken (as much as you wish to serve) and cut into the desired size. Scrape the fat off the back of the skin. Lay the

Cooking with PJ Vadas: Bacon and Eggs Pesto Cups

Cooking with PJ Vadas: Bacon and Eggs Pesto Cups

Bacon & Egg Pesto Cups Ingredients: 7 whole Farmer Angus eggs 200ml cream 40g feta cheese 1 cup mushrooms – roughly chopped 1 cup Farmer Angus bacon – roughly chopped 1 Tbs pesto ½ cup grated parmesan cheese   Method Fry the chopped bacon in

Cooking with PJ Vadas: Chicken wings with citrus

Cooking with PJ Vadas: Chicken wings with citrus

Farmer Angus chicken wings with citrus Ingredients: 100g grapefruit 100g orange 50g lemon 50g lime 5g chives 5g dill 5g mint 50g olive oil   2kg Farmer Angus chicken wings   Method: Segment and cube all the citrus Finely chop the herbs Mix all together

Regenerative Agriculture does reverse climate change

Regenerative Agriculture does reverse climate change

On 19th September 2019, I’ll be speaking at the TEDxJohannesburgSalon: Green Transition, which is taking place with the support of the Embassy of Denmark in South Africa. Not only is industrial agriculture one of the big emitters of greenhouse gasses, but it also pollutes the

Secrets of bacon revealed

Secrets of bacon revealed

The secrets of bacon revealed    It’s not unusual for bacon lovers to fight over the last rasher in the pan. After all, the salty, smoky flavour and seductive aroma are what tends to turn us into raging bacon junkies in just one whiff. Bacon

Cooking with PJ Vadas: Steak Tartar

Cooking with PJ Vadas: Steak Tartar

Steak Tartar Ingredients 80g chopped Farmer Angus beef 1 tablespoon garlic aioli/mayonnaise 10g gherkin chopped 10g chopped capers 5g salted mushrooms 1 teaspoon dill oil 2g watercress 5g mixed dill & coriander Pinch salt 1 teaspoon Rozendal vinaigrette   1 slice sourdough bread   Method