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September 16, 2017 – 2:31 am

In this insightful gem, journalist and life coach Wanda Hennig writes wisely, hilariously and sometimes poignantly about sex and food; living for three-and-a-half years at the San Francisco Zen Center; moving solo from one continent to another; meditation; creative mindfulness strategies and more. Cravings: A Zen-inspired memoir about sensual pleasures, freedom from dark places, and living and eating with abandon (Say Yes Press). Edition Two (Mouth Orgasm edition) published August 2017 (ISBN 9780996820523 paperback; ISBN 9780996820523 eBook).

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An unlikely crocodile adventure in KwaZulu-Natal

October 17, 2019 – 9:20 pm
Croc man Raphael Tsaurayi

Krocodile Dheli’s Raphael Tsaurayi.
Croc shisanyama. Feta, strawberries and grilled crocodile salad. Croc strips marinated for 24 hours in …

The Extraordinary Journey of Steve Clements

September 6, 2019 – 6:13 am
Steve Clements with chefs Tubby Madlala and Glynis Khawula

St Clements restaurant in Durban is where Steve Clements lights the fire out back four nights a week and cooks the speciality dishes he’s passionate about. Prepares the type of food that, along with his enthusiasm for the culture, the colour and the friendliness of the people, physically pulls him back to Southeast Asia year after year.

What’s cooking with Kayla-Ann Osborn?

August 17, 2019 – 10:59 am
Kayla-Ann Osborn

While delegation and management are key in Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn’s position, she says she must physically cook. “I love it. I am not a particularly happy person when I’m not cooking.” Her style being “all about flavour” and cooking “what I would like to eat” with “a focus on the natural flavours of the produce and working out what complements it”.

Buddhist Retreat Centre: flavour and mindfulness

July 9, 2019 – 5:12 am
Zen Garden BRC

Fruitful days and mindful nights at the BRC. Photo Wanda Hennig
Too many chefs. Zen food. Monkey thieves. Ensconced. Sangoma recipes. …

Foraging at Durban’s eclectic markets

July 5, 2019 – 5:43 am
Early Morning Trader Romila Chetty

Cool chilli sage, Money Govender, can offer hot tips on habaneros and local red and green chillies. She has been trading at the market for 30 years.

Florida Fields: for art, fun and food in Durban

June 28, 2019 – 6:13 am
Florida Fields Durban

Durban has a sunny new food-all place to hang out: it’s arty, upscale, has loads of attitude, and it’s creating a buzz.

The CBT mouth orgasm scale

June 9, 2019 – 10:19 am
Sunday Indepent article on mouth orgasm scale

Eating mindfully is the key to healthy eating and no-diet weight loss. Zen memoir, Cravings, inspires CBT expert Helen Perry to share her unique and effective ‘conscious eating’ tool: the mouth orgasm scale.

Sandile Ngcobo: Going to BAT for Durban

June 7, 2019 – 5:25 am
Chef Sandile Ngcobo

It feels auspicious, for Durban, to know that Chef Sandile Ngcobo has opened Café Chidos, his African-themed, Mexican-inspired (chido translates as awesome), Durban-focused (yes, there are bunnies) eatery in the familiar BAT Centre restaurant space that flanks the bar.

Nose to tail, beak to claw: all about offal

May 31, 2019 – 4:44 am
thymus and liver

If you don’t like a particular item of food – for argument’s sake brains or liver, tripe or tongue, cow cheeks or bull testicles – it’s most likely because you haven’t been served them prepared the right way. Offal delicacies are being served at upscale dining establishments far and wide. We speak to a Polish and a South African chef and talk about world trends.

Chef John Moatshe puts Africa on a plate

May 17, 2019 – 5:07 am
Chef John Moatshe

Polokwane-born John Moatshe is likely the only chef in South Africa who has cooked for both President Nelson Mandela at his inauguration (the main table and the VIPs) and for the Queen of England (when she visited Durban in 1999). Executive chef at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, he is the leader of a team of 30 full-time chefs plus around 15 trainee chefs and interns