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Posted in African, on 19 September 2017, by , 0 Comments

With Heritage Day approaching, South Africans are encouraged to celebrate our unique cultural heritage, diversity of beliefs and traditions. Here, we’re celebrating our heritage by taking a closer look at our favourite heritage-inspired designs by top local creatives.

Thabo Makhetha

Thabo Makhetha, who specialises in luxury African womenswear rooted in culture, was inspired by Basotho blankets for her prêt-a-porter range called Kobo by Thabo Makhetha. The talented designer utilised traditional Basotho Blankets and reinvented them into a contemporary high fashion range.

Laduma Ngxokolo

Knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo has gained international acclaim for his award-winning range ‘The colourful world of the Xhosa Culture’, inspired by traditional Xhosa beadwork. His love for textile design began in 2003 and he has since received many prestigious awards for his work. His brand, Maxhosa by Laduma, established in 2011, was designed with the desire to explore knitwear design solutions suitable for Xhosa traditional dress.

African inspired interior

Attention, attention. If your niche is interior design and home decorating, then these next creatives will intrigue you. Victor Nqakaza Ntsindiso, Jane and Jann and Shweshwe have created South African heritage inspired wallpaper that will give your space that ‘Proudly South African’ feeling as you walk through the door.

Victor Nqakaza Ntsindisos was inspired by his understanding of traditional African patterns and symbols, which he translates into a two-dimensional world, evident in his geometrical wallpaper designs.

Jane and Jann, owners of Fabricnation textile designs garner inspiration from the South African textile tradition. These traditional designs are used in a modern urban context to create a wallpaper range they call ‘the fabric of the nation’.

Shweshwe, sometimes also referred to as German print, is a printed dyed cotton fabric widely used for traditional South African clothing. The printed fabric isn’t only suitable for traditional events – now, designer Shweshwe has adapted this magnificent print into a beautiful modern wallpaper.

Stylishly contemporary furniture designer, Pierre Cronje, created a range of bespoke furniture pieces inspired by Cape Dutch Settlers and French Huguenots. These unique designs are beautifully created to fit into our contemporary lifestyles.

Last, but definitely not least, is the extremely talented 82-year-old Mama Esther Mahlangu, the first woman and first African artist to paint one of the 17 official BMW Art Cars. This saw her joining the ranks of artists such as Andy Warhol and Frank Stella. Her traditional Ndebele-inspired aesthetics of geometric, graphic and bold prints were beautifully painted on one of the BMW Art Cars in 1991. Now, BMW South Africa has installed her Ndebele painted panels into the new BMW 750Li individual. These cars will form part of BMW Group South Africa’s Heritage Collection displayed at various Arts and Cultural events.

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Posted in Food, on 27 July 2017, by , 0 Comments

Each culinary region in Africa has its own distinctive, unapologetically authentic flavour. While each region on the continent is protective of its particular tastes and recipes, variations of the same dish are generally prepared within the same area on the continent. There is no greater evidence of this than the ongoing debate about who makes better Jollof rice: Ghanaians or Nigerians? In North Africa, which is made up of diverse countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia and Western Sahara, you can enjoy cuisine that is a combination of traditional ingredients and cultural influences. The culinary tradition is always rich in colour and flavour.

Ingredients brought into the region by traders and migrants have heavily influenced the foods of North Africa. Variety, diversity and depth are added to a selection of herbs and spices. Arabs introduced spices such as saffron, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Turks brought in sweet pastries and other baked goods. Wheat and its by-product semolina were introduced early on, but the nomadic Berbers adapted semolina into couscous. Today, couscous is a staple in North Africa and enjoyed all over the world.

The Mediterranean is a stone’s throw away from North Africa, which means olives and olive oil have become integral to the cooking process. Seafood, goat, lamb, beef, dates, almonds, vegetables and fruit are all staple foods on the North African menu.

The regional nuances within North Africa create an interesting gastronomic blend. In Tunisia, turmeric, dried chilli and mint are common ways to create spicy and hot dishes. In Egypt, stews are rich in vegetables while, in Libya, its history as an Italian colony means tomato-based dishes are more common.

Although desserts aren’t a must-eat after every meal, North African menus boast a host of tasty, rich and sweet desserts. These can range from pastries and puddings drenched in honey syrup, to fruit salads (dates and figs are a favourite) and biscuits, sweet teas and spiced coffees.

With its unique tastes and diverse offering, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy when indulging in cuisine from North Africa.

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Posted in Food, on 19 June 2017, by , 0 Comments

Moyo Melrose Arch

Inspired by the traditions and values of our ancestors, moyo is a celebration of, and commitment to, the beauty of Africa. moyo’s famously warm hospitality and modern African ambiance make it the ultimate destination for a unique African experience. moyo is more than a restaurant, it is a destination and perfectly aligned with the vision of the holding company; Fournews who value innovation and creating real experiences. Most recently, under new ownership and management, the well established moyo Melrose Arch has undergone a sizeable renovation which ushers in a new era for this very exceptional moyo location.

moyo Melrose Arch franchisee, Sharlotte Naidu, took ownership of the Melrose Arch store in July 2016. With 20 years of experience as a turn around strategist consulting for various organisations, Sharlotte’s focus has for years been around strategy, structure and people. Alongside her consulting experience one could say Sharlotte has been in the restaurant industry her entire life as her parents have owned restaurants for as long as she can remember. “It is through my professional experience working closely with individuals and large groups of people, gaining insight into their perspectives and the pressures each and every one of them face that motivated me to create a destination allowing people to unwind, allowing them to breathe again and feel at ease, even if just for a moment,” says Sharlotte. She goes on to say that the newly revamped moyo Melrose Arch, as a destination, has been designed and curated for guests to reenergize during their time with the moyo family and leave the restaurant feeling rejuvenated.

“As the new owners of moyo Melrose Arch we set out to ensure the creation of a memorable experience, the ultimate African dining experience”, says Sharlotte. The venue takes guests on a journey with fantastic food, exceptional customer service, the most beautiful ambience and soulful music. A lasting African experience for guests is of utmost importance to the moyo Melrose Arch team. The store’s new design boasts a perfect combination of the warmth of mama Africa and the vibrance of elements taken from a modern, upmarket African community. The fusion between old African décor and design and new contemporary injections of energy is now evident.

moyo Melrose Arch, 5 stories deep, once filled with depth and heritage has been refined and will continue to see upgrades throughout the remainder of 2016. All upgrades are not yet complete but the first phase sees the completion of the newly upgraded popular outside entrance area. A modern African bar, the Malkia Bar, has been introduced, overlooking the Melrose Arch square, creating the perfect space for guests to enjoy those warm summer evenings and wonderful sunset experiences. It is the perfect after work drinks destination where guests are able to unwind.

As you enter further into the entrance level an all new formal dining area has been created, crowned by a breathtaking chandelier handcrafted by African women all of whom are living with HIV. The sophisticated dining area lends itself as the perfect space for exclusive dining events or high teas. All design and décor elements that form part of the revamp have been created by local designers, capturing local talent. Just above the ground level, the extremely welcoming mezzanine floor boasts an abundance of bold accents and bright colour.

As guests move one level lower they enter into the Tasting Kitchen, which is to further be developed in phase 2 of the renovation, here they can sample the various African cuisine canapé offerings. As guests move further down, once completed during phase two, this level will boast a decadent wine cellar available for booking by guests as a private room in which dinners can be served and wine pairing experiences had for special occasions. Right opposite the wine cellar a cigar lounge will be introduced, offering rare cigars, an impeccable offering for those who enjoy a high caliber experience, in a space where they can relax and unwind.

The final lower level is where the function and event area is located, commonly known to moyo as the ‘Rock Room’ which boasts a dramatic double volume bar with various art cut-outs, each symbolic with their own Swahili meaning that tells a different story. This space can hold up to 200 guests for functions, corporate events or private functions.

Additional upgrades to come throughout the year, as part of phase two include the introduction of an upmarket, plush whiskey bar on the ground level. A sure favourite destination for the sophisticated palate and tourist.

People are centric to the moyo Melrose Arch values and sentiment. The significance of people includes not only guests but the importance of caring for staff. The moyo Melrose Arch concept is centered around creating a place we can call home. Either as a guest or an employee, the moyo Melrose Arch team are a family, a family in which guests are welcomed.

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Posted in Food, on 6 June 2017, by , 0 Comments

Mandazi

Looking an indulgent treat? Aren’t we all! Well in an attempt to switch it up we decided to get baking and made a batch of mandazi –  traditional African doughnuts. Not all is it unbelievably delicious and easy to prepare, but they’re not overwhelmingly sweet. If you’d like to add a little extra sweetness to them we suggest you dust a little powdered-sugar on top or even better serve them with caramel or chocolate dipping sauce. Yum!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • vegetable oil for frying donuts

METHOD:

  1. In a small bowl mix the yeast and warm water and stir. Let sit for 5 minutes until yeast dissolves.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, add flour, salt, cardamom, and cinnamon and mix. Add vegetable oil, egg, coconut milk, sugar and yeast mixture.
  3. Using the hook attachment mix everything until the dough is not too sticky and it does no longer stick to the side of the bowl, add additional flour as needed.
  4. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rest for about an hour until the dough rises a bit.
  5. Heat oil in a frying pan or a wok works well for this.
  6. Cut the dough in about 6 pieces to make it easier to roll and cut. Roll each piece so that the dough is about 1 cm (less than ½ inch) in thickness. Cut into triangles and place in hot oil. Fry on both sides. Place doughnuts on paper towels to soak up the oil. Repeat with remaining dough.
  7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy.
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Posted in Food, on 5 June 2017, by , 0 Comments

Kachumbari Recipe

Kachumbari is a traditional Kenyan dish, but can be found throughout East Africa and even if you venture into parts of the Middle East. This deliciously refreshing dish can be served as either salad, side dish to accompany your main meal or even appetiser. Made with succulent, fresh ingredients how could you possibly go wrong? Not to mention it’s the ideal summer dish. We just love it with a spicy roast chicken and a green lentil bake!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Three big ripe tomatoes
  • one large onion sliced and soaked in salty water
  • one bunch coriander. roughly chopped
  • Avocado (seasonal) thickly sliced
  • juice of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • chilli (optional)

METHOD:

Slice your onions thinly and soak them separately in a bowl of salty water, we recommend you use warm water and dissolve one tablespoon of salt in the water. Set aside for approximately 15-20 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop or slice the tomatoes –depending on your preference and drain away the excess juice, otherwise your Kachumbari will be drenched, making it soggy and less crisp.

Roughly chop the coriander and other optional ingredients like chilli or avocado.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

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Posted in Food, on 5 June 2017, by , 0 Comments

flatbread breakfast

Breakfast is most definitely the most important meal of the day, and we love it! But that doesn’t mean we only have to eat it in the morning – we’re major fans of omelettes for dinner. But sometimes we need to mix it up a little which is why we love this recipe we found, with delicious flavours and a North African flare what’s not to love.

INGREDIENTS:

– For the flatbreads:
• 250g plain flour (plus a little extra for dusting)
• Pinch salt
• 1tbsp olive oil
– For the eggs:
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 1 onion (diced)
• 1 green pepper (deseeded and sliced)
• 1 garlic clove (grated)
• ½ tsp crushed chilli flakes
• 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
• salt and black pepper
• 6 eggs
• 100g feta cheese, try Danish for a creamier texture (crumbled)

METHOD:

To make the flatbreads, sieve the flour and a generous pinch of salt into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle and add the oil. Mix into the flour then add 100-150ml/3½-5fl oz warm water until the mixture comes together to form a dough.

Knead the dough for 3-4 minutes, or until elasticated a little so that the dough springs back while you knead. Set aside to rest.

For the eggs, heat a wide, heavy-based pan over a medium heat. Add the olive oil and, once hot, gently fry the onion with a pinch of salt until softened and translucent. Add the green pepper, cover with a lid and gently fry for further five minutes, or until soft.

Once the pepper is softened, add the garlic. Cook for two minutes, then sprinkle in the chilli flakes and add the chopped tomatoes. Season with a little salt and pepper and cook over a medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce is rich and flavoursome. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.

Meanwhile, divide the flatbread dough into eight balls. On a lightly floured work surface, roll each ball out to the thickness of a 50p piece (each flatbread should be approximately 12cm/4½in in diameter).

Heat a heavy-based frying pan over a high heat. Cook a flatbread in the dry pan for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until slightly charred, cooked through and a little puffed up. Transfer to a plate and wrap in a clean tea towel. Repeat the process with the remaining dough. Keep warm while you finish the eggs.

Make six wells in the tomato mixture and break an egg into each. Cover the pan and cook gently over a low heat for 3-4 minutes, or until the whites are set (cook for a further 2-3 minutes if you like your yolks set).

Sprinkle with the feta and serve with the warm flatbreads on the side.

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Posted in Food, on 4 June 2017, by , 0 Comments

When visiting a continent as diverse and as rich in culture as Africa, one can only expect to have a unique culinary experience. African food is as assorted as the population of the continent; it is a melting pot of different African and Eastern flavours, with a touch of Western gastronomy. The different tastes, smells and textures take you on a journey that is quintessentially African.

WHAT’S IN THE MELTING POT OF AFRICAN FOOD?

The African culinary experience is enjoyed by many locals and tourists, and it is infused with a complex and rich history. There is much more to African food than biltong, boerewors, maize and meat. Each African culture offers culinary uniqueness and traditional tastes that give you a glimpse of what different countries enjoy.

TRADITIONAL ZULU FOOD

As it is with many African cultures, maize and sorghum are key elements of Zulu cuisine. The following are common Zulu food types:Uphuthu:

Uphuthu: This meal is made from maize meal and has a crumbly texture. It is mostly enjoyed with spinach, milk or amasi (sour milk).

Amadumbe: This is a root vegetable that is akin to a sweet potato.

Ujeqe: Ujeqe is steamed bread that is often served with meat, curry or chakalaka.

Ugqoko: At a traditional Zulu ceremony, meat is often served on Ugqoko – a traditional Zulu meat tray.

TRADITIONAL CAPE MALAY FOOD

Cape Malays were involuntarily brought to South Africa from South Eastern Asia; they came with aromatic flavours and tantalising spices which we enjoy in curries – which is a traditional Cape Malay meal. Most of their meals are enjoyed with rotis, which adds a neutral touch to the immensely flavourful curry. Other Cape Malay meals include samoosas, atchaar, boboties and koek sisters.

TRADITIONAL XHOSA FOOD

The most popular Xhosa dish is uMngqusho; this meal consists of dried maize and beans. It used to be Nelson Mandela’s favourite meal and his chef, Xoliswa Ndoyiya, used to prepare it for me every Wednesday.

The following are common Xhosa foods

Umpokoqho: Maize porridge.

Isopho: Corn soup.

Imithane: A medley of pumpkin leaves and butter.Ilaxa: A mixture of cooked pumpkin leaves, pumpkin, and butter.

Ilaxa: A mixture of cooked pumpkin leaves, pumpkin, and butter.

TRADITIONAL NIGERIAN FOOD

Jollof rice: Jollof rice is a popular Nigerian dish; it consists of rice, tomato, onions and peppers, with a touch of scotch bonnets. The spiciness of the meal ranges depending on how much an individual’s taste buds can take – hot or mild, the taste is still spectacular. Jollof rice can be served with beef or chicken.

Akara: These are deep fried bean cakes made from peeled brown beans which are grounded and mixed with onions and spices, and then fried in vegetable oil. Akara is usually served with pap or rice.

Pounded yam and egusi soup: to make this delicious meal, yams are boiled and pounded. the egusi soup is a mixture of melon seeds, beef, fish, Nigerian pumpkin leaves and spinach. the two come together to make a meal that will leave you wanting more.

TRADITIONAL MOZAMBICAN FOOD

Since Mozambique has a long coastline, it’s small wonder that Mozambican cuisine consists mostly of seafood. PRAWNS A Mozambican dish is incomplete without big, scrumptious prawns. The prawns are usually grilled or fried and served with peri-peri sauce or garlic. They are usually served with rice or chips. MATAPA Matapa is made from stewed cassava leaves, ground peanuts, garlic and coconut milk; it is an explosion of exotic flavours. Matapa can be enjoyed with prawns and rice.

Prawns: A Mozambican dish is incomplete without big, scrumptious prawns. The prawns are usually grilled or fried and served with peri-peri sauce or garlic. They are usually served with rice or chips. MATAPA Matapa is made from stewed cassava leaves, ground peanuts, garlic and coconut milk; it is an explosion of exotic flavours. Matapa can be enjoyed with prawns and rice.

Matapa: Matapa is made from stewed cassava leaves, ground peanuts, garlic and coconut milk; it is an explosion of exotic flavours. Matapa can be enjoyed with prawns and rice.

Prego Rolls: Põa rolls are white bread rolls with a bit of flour on top. A prego roll is a põa roll with a piece of steak which is slathered with peri-peri sauce.

TRADITIONAL MOROCCAN FOOD

Get a taste of North Africa by indulging in traditional Moroccan cuisine. Moroccans are well-known for their flavourful and hearty tagines. A tagine is a clay pot in which lamb or chicken and vegetables are slowly cooked to perfection; the meals are usually served with bread or couscous.

If you are looking for a quintessentially African fine dining experience, look no further than Moyo. We serve a wide selection of food from different parts of the continent. From the North Africa, to the South, from the West to the East, come on a culinary journey with us.

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