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    This Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder Recipe Is Perfect For A Special Occasion

    Got a dinner party on the cards? Maybe you’re having your family over? Or perhaps you just wanted to indulge with a delicious Sunday lunch (and use the leftovers for meal prep). This slow-roasted lamb shoulder recipe will be the star of any show and it’s pretty damn fuss-free.

    Need more motivation to make this meal? Here are 4 benefits of eating lamb:

    Lamb is rich source of high-quality protein (and we all love protein that packs a punch).

    It’s an amazing source of many vitamins and minerals, including iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. Now those are some seriously important vitamins and minerals.

    Eating lamb regularly may promote muscle growth, maintenance, and performance. So you can hit the gym hard and then eat this meal rest assured you’re fuelling yourself the right way.

    It helps prevent anaemia (and we all know how common it is for women to suffer from this). Now you can eat yourself healthier.

    Sold? We thought so. Now try this flavourful, melt-in-your-mouth lamb shoulder recipe below. Want more delicious recipe just like this one? Try out the cookbook Simply Seasonal by Ilse Van De Merwe.

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    Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder On Herbed Couscous With Mint And Peas

    Lamb, mint and peas, they are a pretty solid trio you can rely on to deliver flavour in any recipe. This lamb is a great partner for the minted peas.Pro tip: Start the lamb early because it needs quite a few hours in the oven.

    Prep Time 15 minsCook Time 7 hrs 30 mins

    Course Main CourseCuisine French

    Servings 6 people

    1 Deep roasting tray
    ±12 Pickling onions, peeled but kept whole4–6 cloves Garlic, peeled but kept whole±2 kg Whole lamb shoulder5 ml Dried origanum250 ml Dry white wine250 ml Water500 ml Couscous500 ml Boiling water±30 ml Extra virgin olive oil250 grams Fresh or frozen peas10 ml ButterSalt and pepper, to taste20 grams Fresh mint, finely chopped (reserve some for topping)20 grams Fresh Italian parsley, finely choppedJuice and finely grated rind of a lemon
    For the lamb, preheat the oven to 220°C and place the onions and garlic in a large deep roasting tray. Place the lamb shoulder on top, scattering with origanum and seasoning with salt and pepper all over. Add the wine and water to the tray, then cover with a lid (or with foil). Roast for 30 minutes, then turn down the heat to 120°C and roast for another 6–7 hours until very tender and falling from the bone.About 30 minutes before the lamb is ready, place the couscous and boiling water in a bowl and season with salt. Cover with a lid or a plate and leave to steam for about 5 minutes. Fluff up the couscous with a fork, then add the mint and parsley, lemon juice and rind and olive oil. Stir well and add more salt if needed. Cover and set aside until ready to serve.Briefly cook the peas in boiling water and drain, then stir through the butter and season with salt and pepper. When the lamb is ready and completely fall-apart tender, transfer it with most of the pan juices (if the pan juices are too much, pour into a small jug and serve on the side) to a large serving platter along with the peas, scatter with a few whole mint leaves, and serve with the couscous on the side.

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    Umm, These Vegan Pizzas Might Even Taste Better Than The Real Thing

    There are many upsides to following a vegan diet — plenty of fruits, vegetables, and fibre-rich nuts and legumes. But one major downside? No vegan pizzas. At least, not at most restaurants.
    I mean, seriously, finding a good vegan pizza is kind of like spotting a unicorn in the wild — it’s the stuff of legends! Luckily, these 20 vegan pizzas will satisfy even the most dedicated cheese-lover. Don’t believe me? Get ready to have your mind totally blown.
    Vegan Green Goddess Pizza
    Okay, so this pizza doesn’t actually include green goddess dressing, but it is jam-packed with green veggies layered on a basil white hummus spread.Per serving (1 slice): 332 calories, 8.9 g fat (1.1 g saturated), 18.8 g carbs, 4 g sugar, 793 mg sodium, 7.9 g fibre, 13.5 g proteinREAD MORE: The Flavourful Chicken Club Salad Recipe You Need In Your Life Right Now
    Skinny Mexican Avocado Pizza
    Wait, avocado pizza? My dreams have come true. This pizza is like a fiesta on a plate.Per serving: 171 calories, 4.1 g fat, 28.4 g carbs, 2.1 g sugar, 4.5 g fibre, 5.8 g protein
    Socca Pizza
    Yes, socca sounds super fancy—rest assured, it’s not. It just means that instead of wheat flour, the crust is made from chickpea flour. (Hello, gluten-free pizza crust.) Think of it as a chickpea pancake topped with your favourite veggies and cashew cheese.Per serving (1/2 pizza): 364 calories, 35.3g carbs, 6.6g fibre, 12.6g protein
    Summer Red Curry Naan Pizza
    Curry, naan, and pizza—three of the tastiest things ever. Add fresh summer vegetables and you have the perfect quick and light meal.Per pizza: 540 calories, 11.8 g fat (2 g saturated), 83.5 g carbs, 11 g sugar, 1178.5 mg sodium, 12.4 g fibre, 15 g protein
    Best Homemade Vegan Pizza
    This veggie vegan pizza will convert even the biggest skeptic who believes there’s no such thing as pizza without real cheese.Per serving (1 slice): 230 calories, 7.6 g fat, 35.8 g carbs, 3.3 g sugar, 6.7 g fibre, 9.7 g protein
    Vegan Berbere Chickpea Pizza
    It may not be your first instinct to top a pizza with this Ethiopian spice blend, but it makes for an incredibly flavorful meal. Plus, the creamy tahini dressing adds a cool, tasty texture.Per serving: 438 calories, 9 g fat, 72 g carbs, 5 g sugar, 896 mg sodium, 13 g fibre, 17 g protein
    BBQ Chickpea And Cauliflower Pizza
    Can we talk about this pizza for a minute? It combines all the tangy goodness of barbecue in a vegan pizza.Per serving (1 slice): 495 calories, 16.1g fat (2.5g saturated), 78.9g carbs, 19.3g sugar, 1548mg sodium, 8.9g fibre, 13.3g proteinREAD MORE: This Beetroot Chocolate Cake Is So Moist It Doesn’t Even Need Icing
    Lemon Herb Socca Pizza
    Okay, who would have thought to add lemon to pizza? But combined with fresh herbs like basil, tarragon, and oregano, you have a zippy, zesty treat.Per serving (1/4 pizza): 279 calories, 16 g fat (4 g saturated), 18.8 g carbs, 4 g sugar, 391.5 mg sodium, 3.5 g fibre, 14 g protein
    Flatbread Pizza With Hummus
    If you’re wondering what to do with all your spring and summer vegetables, try this flatbread pizza. It’s fast and easy, making it a perfect weeknight meal.Per serving: 405 calories, 7 g fat, 68 g carbs, 14 g sugar, 437 mg sodium, 9 g fibre, 15 g protein
    Pizza Bites With Pesto
    How cute are these little pizzas? You get a little pesto, sautéed mushroom, tomato, and crispy dough all in one bite.Per serving: 136.5 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated), 15 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 239 mg sodium, 2 g fibre, 4 g protein
    Roasted Garlic And Portobello Mushroom Vegan Pizza
    Garlic and mushrooms make this vegan pizza a classic, not to mention, an easy weeknight dinner.Per serving (1/4 pizza): 237 calories, 6 g fat, 40 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 356 mg sodium, 2 g fibre, 7 g protein
    Sicilian Cauliflower Pizza
    Braised cauliflower, sun-dried tomatoes, golden raisins, and red pepper flakes—this vegan pizza hits all the major flavours. Add a couple of dollops of almond ricotta, and your taste buds will thank you.Per serving: 224 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated), 33g carbs, 16g sugar, 334mg sodium, 6g fibre, 9g protein
    Spinach Artichoke Pizza
    Think of this vegan pizza as your ultimate comfort food. Who can pass up the combo of spinach artichoke and pizza? Definitely not me.Per serving: 177 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated), 26g carbs, 1g sugar, 555mg sodium, 4g fibre, 7g protein
    Stovetop Pizza With Avocado And Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
    Don’t want to turn on your oven but still craving pizza? No worries: Your stovetop works just as well for this pie.Per serving: 911 calories, 28 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 149 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 1836 mg sodium, 17 g fibre, 22 g protein
    Sweet Potato Pizza Bites
    These mini sweet potato and pesto pizzas are a genius way to get your pizza and veggie fix. Plus, they make great party apps.Per serving: 48 calories, 2 g fat, 6 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 109 mg sodium, 1 g fibre, 1 g proteinREAD MORE: This Tasty Super Greens Pie Is The Best Way To Sneak In Your Veggies
    BBQ Chickpea Pizza
    You can’t have too many chickpeas or too much BBQ, so go ahead and make this vegan pizza the next time you need a satisfying dinner.Per serving (1/4 pizza): 301 calories, 6 g fat, 51 g carbs, 8 g sugar, 417 mg sodium, 10 g fibre, 12 g protein
    Thai Chickpea And Veggie Pizza
    Want to switch up your regular pizza? Try adding some Thai flavours and peanut sauce. Your taste buds will thank you.Per serving: 468 calories, 0 g fat, 14 g carbs, 8 g sugar, 57 mg sodium, 4 g fibre, 2 g protein
    Vegan Deep-Dish Pizza
    Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you have to give up deep-dish pizza, too. And while the thought of making pizza dough from scratch may make you nervous, don’t worry. This recipe is insanely easy.Per serving: 341 calories, 3 g fat, 66 g carbs, 6 g sugar, 540 mg sodium, 85 g fibre, 11 g protein
    Vegan Tortilla Vegetable Pizza
    Super-crispy pizza topped with spicy sauce? Sign me up. You’ll get two of your five servings of veggies for the day with this vegan pizza recipe.Per serving (1 pizza): 181 calories, 30g carbs, 5g fibre, 7g protein
    Vegan Greek Pizza
    If you’re a fan of Mediterranean flavours, you’re going to love this vegan Greek pizza. I’d totally opt for this over a Greek salad any day.Per serving: 470 calories, 19.2g fat (2.5g saturated), 66.1g carbs, 1.1g sugar, 1331mg sodium, 11g fibre, 14.7g proteinThis article was originally published on  More

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    The Flavourful Chicken Club Salad Recipe You Need In Your Life Right Now

    Bird or bacon? No need to choose. There’s a no-membership-required policy for this club. Step right up for a feast of flavour when you try out this chicken club salad recipe.

    Best part? We know how busy you are so we’ve built in a mindful task you can do while you are cooking.

    How To Maximise Your Meal Time Prep

    A 2018 study suggested that writing about positive experiences for just 15 minutes a day, three times a week, may boost resilience and help ease feelings of anxiety and stress. Now, it’s time to embrace the power of putting pen to paper in the 20 minutes your club chicken roasts.

    Don’t know where to start? Here are some journalling prompts:

    What three ordinary things bring you the most joy?

    What is one good thing that happened to you today?

    What five personality traits are you most thankful for?

    What’s something about your health or body that you’re grateful for?

    Chicken Club Salad Recipe

    Serves 4–6

    “I like to cook this with bone-in cutlets and then, once the chicken is done and rested, I cut the bone out and slice the meat. If you find this a little daunting, just ask the butcher to debone the cutlets for you first or use thigh fillets. Thighs are forgiving; you’ll just need to reduce the cooking time as explained below.” says Lucy Tweed, author of cookbook Every Night of the Week.


    1kg Chicken cutlets (thighs), bone in, or thigh fillets

    Olive oil, for brushing

    Sea salt

    150g Round pancetta, thinly sliced

    1/4 Baguette (or 1/2 small one), thinly sliced on the diagonal

    2 Avocados, peeled and cut into wedges or slices

    1/2 Iceberg lettuce, cut into thin wedges

    3 Very ripe tomatoes, sliced into thin rounds

    125ml Vinai-no-regrette

    2 Tbsp Chives, finely chopped

    Vinai-no-regrette (makes approx. 375ml):

    125ml Lemon juice

    1 Garlic clove, peeled and smashed

    2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

    2 tsp Each sugar and sea salt

    50g Parmesan, grated

    250ml Extra virgin olive oil

    Optional Ingredients:

    Fresh bread, to transform it from a salad into the stacked sandwich you love. Be sure to use thick slices of a crusty bread, like baguette.


    Preheat your oven on grill.

    Brush the cutlets or thigh fillets with oil and season with salt. Place, skin-side up, on a baking tray and grill for 5 minutes until crispy.

    Switch to oven mode and set to 180°C.

    Cook the chicken cutlets for 10 minutes (if you’re using thigh fillets, skip this bit).

    Add the pancetta, softly scrunched or folded in little clusters, to the baking tray with the chicken.

    Place the baguette slices onto the tray too (if using), allowing them to soak up the fatty juices.

    Return to the oven and roast for a further 20 minutes until the pancetta and bread are crisp and golden and the cutlets or thigh fillets are cooked through. Good time to journal.

    Remove from the oven and allow to cool to just warm.

    Cut out the bones if you used cutlets and cut each piece of chicken into about four jaunty slabs. Assemble the roasted stuff on a platter, along with the avo, lettuce and tomato. 

    Dress with the vinaigrette and scatter with chives. More

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    This Beetroot Chocolate Cake Is So Moist It Doesn’t Even Need Icing

    Looking for a healthy food take on chocolate cake? This light chocolate cake is gorgeous and moist as is, with no need for sugary ganache or icing.
    Chocolate cake can be deadly for your kilojoule count, since it’s packed with sugar, refined flour and oil. But you can easily substitute for a higher fibre flour, like oat or chickpea flour, that doesn’t compromise on texture and flavour. Also, try substituting sugar for honey or another sugar-free alternative for a sweet, decadent treat that won’t break the kilojoule bank.
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    What You Need

    250g cooked beetroot
    200g butter
    200g 70% dark chocolate
    4 tbsp hot espresso
    135g wholewheat flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    3 tbsp cocoa
    5 free-range eggs, separated
    150g castor sugar or sugar replacement

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    Preheat the oven to 180°C.
    Grease a 20cm nonstick cake tin with a little Spray and Cook and line the bottom of the tin with baking paper.
    Purée the beetroot in a food processor.
    Heat the butter and chocolate in a microwave for 10 seconds at a time, or until just melted, then pour in the hot coffee and leave to cool slightly.
    Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa in a bowl and set aside.
    Separate the eggs, then whisk the yolks in a bowl until frothy.
    Stir the eggs into the chocolate and butter mixture and fold in the beetroot.
    Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form, then fold in the sugar.
    Fold the sugar and egg whites into the chocolate mixture, then fold in the flour and cocoa mixture.
    Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.

    SERVES 8. Per 158g serving: 2 215kJ, 34g fat (20g sat), 48g carbs, 140mg sodium, 4g fibre, 9g protein
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    This Tasty Super Greens Pie Is The Best Way To Sneak In Your Veggies

    Make this vegetarian pie and your body will defs thank you for including all these greens in your diet. Trust us! Plus, we’ll show you the ultimate time hack to get in a workout while you’re cooking.

    How To Maximise Your Meal Time Prep

    Has your week gotten off to a far more frantic start than you anticipated? Or maybe you’re struggling to find the hours or minutes to fit in some exercise? We’ve got just the solution for you!

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    While your pie bakes, you’ll have 40 minutes to get bendy with our ​​Hatha Yoga Class with yoga and pilates instructor Duduetsang Phele. You’ll just need a yoga mat or big towel, a pillow and a small towel. Easy as pie!

    Check out the video below:

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    Super Greens Pie

    Serves 8

    This vegetarian pie recipe was created by the amazing food and recipe writer, stylist and Instagram genie, Lucy Tweed. She is the creator of Every Night of the Week, an Instagram account full of recipes for people who don’t like recipes. We feel seen!

    And now she has a wildly entertaining and practical cookbook filled with shortcuts and permission to do it your own way. You can get your own copy of Every Night of the Week by Lucy Tweed here. It’s filled with tons of recipes that are just as easy and delicious as the one below.


    1 Bunch rainbow chard, leaves removed and torn, stalks chopped into 1cm pieces

    6 Garlic cloves, chopped

    1 Onion, chopped

    2 tsp Ghee (olive oil is also fine)

    1 Bunch kale, chopped into 4cm pieces

    250g Frozen spinach, thawed, drained

    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    500g Fresh ricotta

    2 Eggs, lightly beaten (reserve 1 teaspoon for the egg wash)

    Handful of dill, chopped

    Handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

    Handful of mint leaves, chopped

    Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

    250g Halloumi, grated

    1 tsp Dried oregano

    1 Rectangular sheet (or 2 squares) good quality shortcrust pastry

    1 Rectangular sheet (or 2 squares) good quality puff pastry

    1 Tbsp Black and white sesame seeds

    Optional Ingredients:

    Lemon wedges

    Sriracha and kewpie mayonnaise (yes, we know it defies tradition)


    Preheat the oven to 180°C.

    In a large frying pan over medium heat, fry the chard stalks, garlic and onion in the ghee for 10 minutes.

    Turn the heat to high, add the chard and kale leaves and fry for a further 5 Minutes

    Add the spinach and season with salt and pepper, then remove from the heat and allow to cool.

    In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, beaten egg (except the teaspoon you’ve remembered to keep back), dill, parsley, mint, lemon zest and juice, halloumi and dried oregano. Now stir in the chard mixture.

    On a large (50cm x 30 cm) baking tray lined with baking paper, place one rectangular sheet of shortcrust pastry or overlap two square sheets and seal at the centre.

    Spoon the ricotta and chard mixture on top.

    Top with the sheet of puff pastry, crimp the edges to seal completely and score using long diagonal slashes.

    Whisk together the reserved egg and 1 tablespoon water to make an egg wash. Brush over the pastry and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

    Bake for 40 minutes until golden and puffed, while you do some yoga. More

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    3 No-Cook Lunch Recipes That Go WAY Beyond The Sandwich

    Load shedding starts and hunger strikes! Within a few minutes of browsing foodie videos on Instagram and TikTok; Grrrrr; your hunger pains elevate. These quick and easy lunch recipes will fuel you up in a jiffy and you don’t even have to cook anything.

    Try these delicious and nutritious no-cook recipes:

    Roast Beef Salad

    Serves 4

    Time: 15-minutes

    What You Need

    2 small heads butter lettuce, torn into pieces

    35 grams sliced roast beef

    1 large tomato, cut into wedges

    1/2 red onion, sliced

    110 grams of soft goats cheese, crumbled

    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

    Salt and black pepper


    Divide the lettuce, roast beef, tomato, onion, and goat cheese among bowls. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

    Drizzle over the salad.

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    Gazpacho Chicken Salad

    What You Need

    1 cucumber

    4 cups shredded chicken (buy a ready-cooked chicken)

    2 chopped peaches

    2 cups halved cherry tomatoes

    1 yellow bell pepper

    ½ cup diced red onion

    1 cup feta


    1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

    2/3 cup fresh basil

    2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

    1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper


    Slice cucumber into long strips with a peeler; squeeze out excess water.

    Toss with shredded chicken, peaches, cherry tomatoes, yellow bell pepper and red onion feta.

    Chill mixture. Serve on a bed of greens.

    Drizzle with dressing.

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    Fresh Spring Rolls

    What You Need

    1 large garlic clove, smashed

    1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar

    1 teaspoon Thai green curry paste

    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

    2 tablespoons fish sauce

    1/4 cup chopped coriander

    1/4 cup chopped mint

    1/3 cup mayonnaise

    4 cups coleslaw mix

    2 cups of either shredded roast chicken, ready-cooked prawns or tuna depending on your preference.

    24 rice paper wrappers


    In a mortar, pound the garlic to a paste with the brown sugar and green curry paste.

    Add the lime juice, fish sauce and three tablespoons of water. Stir in half of the coriander and mint.

    In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with one tablespoon of the green curry dipping sauce. In a large bowl, toss the coleslaw mix with the roast beef and the remaining cilantro and mint.

    Fill a pie plate with warm water. Dip two or three rice paper wrappers at a time in the water, then set them on a work surface to soften, for about one minute.

    Spread a scant teaspoon of the curry mayonnaise on the bottom third of each wrapper and top with a scant three tablespoons of the filling you’ve chosen (tuna etc.).

    Roll the wrappers into tight cylinders, tucking in the sides as you go.

    Transfer the rolls to a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet and repeat with the remaining wrappers, curry mayonnaise and filling.

    Just before serving, cut each roll in half and serve with the dipping sauce. More

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    This Simple Freezer-Friendly Pulled Pork Tortilla Recipe Is Perfect For Meal Prep

    Listen, we love pulled jackfruit and shredded chicken as much as the next person, but we all know pulled pork is the real deal. It takes so well to flavour and is sticky, sweet and succulent. That’s why we’re sharing this pulled pork tortilla recipe from Ilse van Der Merwe’s cookbook Simply Seasonal.

    It works great as a meal for friends (it makes at least 6 servings), or you can meal prep it for the week ahead. “I always double the recipe for the rub, meat and sauce, because pulled pork freezes exceptionally well and is a fabulous quick-fix filler for rolls, sandwiches etc,” says van der Merwe.

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    And the best part is you don’t need to be a braai master to master this meat. No smoker? This tender and sticky recipe is adapted so that anyone can make it in a regular oven (using a good quality cast-iron pot).

    It is intended to be deliciously messy, so embrace this pulled pork tortilla recipe, eat with your hands and lick your fingers.

    Oven-Braised BBQ Pulled Pork Tortilla Recipe


    Barbecue Rub

    30ml Soft brown sugar

    15ml Salt

    15ml Smoked paprika

    5ml Ground cumin

    2.5ml Ground black pepper

    Pork & Barbecue Sauce (recipe can easily be doubled)

    2kg Boneless pork shoulder, cut into 5–6 large chunks

    45ml Olive oil

    1 Bottle lager beer (or apple cider)

    125ml Tomato sauce

    45ml Apple cider vinegar

    45ml Dijon mustard

    10ml Brown sugar

    15ml Worcestershire sauce

    15ml soy sauce

    2 Cloves garlic, finely grated

    8–12 Toasted flour or corn tortillas

    To Serve

    Sour cream (or mayonnaise)

    Tomato salsa and/or cabbage slaw

    Sliced red onion, fresh coriander

    Salt and pepper, to taste

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    For the rub, mix all the ingredients together in a wide mixing bowl. Now add the pork chunks and toss to coat all over, rubbing the mixture into the meat. Cover and leave overnight in the fridge, if you have the time, or continue straight on.

    Preheat the oven to 150°C. In a large cast-iron pot (try use a 31cm oval Le Creuset casserole for the doubled recipe) over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Working in batches, add the rubbed pork and sear on all sides (remember there’s sugar in the spice mix, so it will tend to burn quickly – watch carefully).

    Place all the meat back in the pot, add the beer and cover with a lid. Transfer to the preheated oven and cook for 3 hours, then remove the lid and cook for another hour, or until the pork is very tender and pulls apart easily. Remove from the oven, transfer the meat to a clean bowl and let it rest while you prepare the sauce in the used pot with drippings.

    To make the BBQ sauce, add the tomato sauce or ketchup, vinegar, mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and garlic to the pot with the remaining drippings and stir well. Bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes over medium heat, scraping the bottom and sides to incorporate all the dark roasted bits, then taste and season with salt and pepper.

    Now shred the rested pork using two forks. Toss the shredded meat with about half the barbecue sauce (or more if you want). Serve warm with freshly toasted tortillas, sour cream or mayonnaise, salsa and/or cabbage slaw, red onion, coriander and some extra BBQ sauce on the side. More

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    These 13 Simple Mocktails Are So Good, You’ll Make Them Long After Dry January

    Like it or not, alcohol is a major part of our daily lives. People enjoy wine with dinner, grab drinks with friends or co-workers after a long week, and raise glasses of Champagne to toast newlyweds. And while consumption in moderation (especially of wine) can offer a few benefits (it has antioxidants), too much alcohol can seriously put a wrench in your healthy-living goals. Enter mocktail recipes.

    For those of us looking to drink less booze, the non-alcoholic drink options out there aren’t exactly exciting. And they don’t quite serve the same purpose that many alcoholic drinks can when it comes to elevating your food. After all, nothing quite goes with steak quite like red wine, or pretzels with beer.

    That’s why we found 13 amazing non-alcoholic mocktail recipes that will work with your own cooking. These mocktail recipes are easy to make, delicious, and aren’t just juice.

    READ MORE: What Is Dry January — And What Are The Health Benefits? Experts Weigh In

    1. Lemongrass Iced Tea

    Cals 24 | Fat 0G | Carbs 6G | Protein 0G | Serves 6


    3 Lemongrass stalks

    6 Green teabags

    2 Tbsp Honey


    6 Sprigs of mint, plus extra, to serve


    Halve the lemongrass stalks lengthwise, then smash with the back of a knife (careful, now).

    Pop them in a pan, add 1.4l water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 mins.

    Take off the heat, add the tea bags and honey, and allow to brew for 5 mins.

    Strain into a jug and stir in 470ml of cold water. Serve over ice with mint. Zing.

    2. Rosemarie Pear Spritzer

    This pear variety is native to SA. Yay!

    Cals 169 | Fat 0G | Carbs 41G | Protein 0G | Serves 2


    65g Sugar

    1 Vanilla pod

    5 Cardamom pods

    2 Ripe Rosemarie pears

    6 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar


    Sparkling water


    In a saucepan, bring the sugar, vanilla, cardamom and 125ml of water to a boil.

    Cut a few pear slices for garnish and roughly chop the rest; add to the pot.

    Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 mins, then let it stand for 30 mins.

    Strain, then stir in the apple cider vinegar. Pop in the fridge to cool.

    Line 2 glasses with the pear slices, add ice and divvy up the mixture. Top with sparkling water.

    3. Cherry Crush

    Cals 119 | Fat 0G | Carbs 30G | Protein 1G | Serves 6


    50g Sugar

    4 Cloves

    1 Star anise

    3cm Piece of ginger, sliced

    1l Cherry juice

    Crushed ice, to serve


    Pour 125ml water and the sugar into a saucepan.

    Stir in the cloves, star anise and the ginger, bringing gently to a boil.

    Reduce the heat and simmer (refrain from stirring) until the sugar dissolves – it should take about 3 to 4 mins.

    Once cool, strain the syrup into a jug and stir in the cherry juice. Fill your glasses with crushed ice and pour in your cocktail. Berry nice.

    4. Tangerine Sour

    Cals 74 | Fat 0.5G | Carbs 16G | Protein 2G | Serves 1


    125ml Naartjie juice (you’ll need about 6 naartjies) plus some peel to garnish

    1 tbsp Lemon juice

    1/2 tsp Real maple syrup

    1 tbsp Egg white

    3 Dashes orange bitters



    Pop all the ingredients except the peel in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously (see, that hen do cocktail-making class wasn’t a complete waste of time) for 1 min.

    Pour over ice and garnish with a sliver of naartjie peel. Voila.

    5. Green Mary

    Cals 75 | Fat 1G | Carbs 17G | Protein 2G | Serves 6


    225g Tomatillos, husked (Can’t find them? Use green tomatoes or unripe red tomatoes with a squeeze of lime)

    1 Cucumber, peeled and chopped

    4 Stalks celery, chopped

    50g Fresh coriander

    1 Jalapeño chilli, deseeded

    115ml Lime juice

    30g Fresh horseradish, squeezed of excess moisture

    2 Tbsp Peppadew brine

    1 tsp Green Tabasco

    ¼ tsp Salt

    ½ tsp Pepper


    Celery, to garnish

    Pepperoncini or jalapeño, to garnish

    Aleppo pepper, to garnish


    Pop the tomatillos or tomatoes, cucumber, celery, coriander, jalapeño and lime juice in a blender and whizz until smooth (about 1 min). Strain through a medium-mesh sieve into a measuring jug, pressing to extract as much juice as possible.

    Next, whisk in the horseradish, Peppadew brine, hot sauce, salt and pepper.

    Serve over ice, garnished with celery and pepperoncini or jalapeño, in a glass rimmed with Aleppo pepper for max presentation points.

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    6. Guava Margarita

    Cals 78 | Fat 0G | Carbs 20G | Protein 1G | Serves 1



    115g Guava nectar

    3 Tbsp Orange juice

    2 Tbsp Lime juice


    Lime wedge, to garnish


    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the guava nectar and the juices and shake it like a Polaroid picture. Don’t have a cocktail shaker? Just chuck everything in a blender for a frozen version. (Don’t have a blender? Haai shame.)

    Strain into a salt-rimmed glass filled with ice. Serve with a slice of lime, as fancy as you like.

    7. Ginger Hibiscus Spritzer

    Cals 23 | Fat 0G | Carbs 6G | Protein 0G | Serves 8


    5cm Piece of ginger, sliced

    6 Tbsp Dried hibiscus flowers

    3 Tbsp Agave syrup


    Sparkling water


    Bring, the ginger, hibiscus, agave and 240ml water to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 5 mins.

    Remove from the heat and let it stand for 10 mins before straining into a jug and stirring in 480ml of cold water.

    Pour a few tablespoons into each glass and top with sparking water or PURA Soda Cranberry. It’s low in sugar, natural and colourant free.

    8. So-Cal Mule

    Sylvie Gabriele, owner of Love and Salt, in Los Angeles created this mocktail recipe that pairs best with fish. | Serves 1


    80ml sparkling lemonade

    60ml pear juice

    20ml fresh lime juice

    20ml maple syrup


    In a highball glass, combine limeade, juices, and maple syrup and stir.

    Add ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.

    9. Ginger Fizz

    This mocktail recipe created by Sylvie Gabriele pairs best with chicken. | Serves 1


    1/2 tsp grated ginger

    2 thin slices fresh mango

    60ml mango juice

    120ml ginger beer


    In a tall glass, muddle ginger and mango slices.

    Add mango juice and ginger beer and stir.

    Add ice and garnish with a slice of lime.

    10. Sparkling Tart Apple

    Another Sylvie Gabriele creation. This one pairs best with steak. | Serves 1


    150ml sparkling apple-grape juice

    1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar


    Pour juice into a wine glass and add vinegar.

    Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

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    11. Lyre’s Penicillin

    A modern classic with warm, soothing flavours of honey, citrus, ginger, and Lyre’s American Malt.



    Shake briefly with ice.

    Strain over large ice cubes and serve in an old-fashioned glass.

    12. Lyre’s Amalfi Spritz

    A tall refreshing, slightly citrusy beverage is perfect for those warm summer nights.



    Add all ingredients in a glass.

    Stir and fill with fresh cubed ice.

    Serve in a large or stemless wine glass.

    13. Lyre’s Mojito

    What’s not to love about a classic mojito? Serve in a highball glass with a lime wheel and mint sprig.



    Add all ingredients into the glass.

    Fill with fresh ice cubes and stir.

    Add soda and garnish.

    Text: Jessie Van Amburg, Isobel Bridge and Trish Clasen | Photography: Chelsie Craig, Getty Images/iStockphoto | Food Styling: Rebecca Jurkevich More