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Pink Potato Salad

It’s the family/friend gathering go-to, the ultimate leftovers, some would say it’s basically a bowl of happiness. That’s right, Potato Salad! This one is so sensual and creamy, crunchy and mushy and the perfect side for everyone to enjoy! Vegan-friendly.

Pink Potato Salad

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups B-Well Thick & Creamy Mayonnaise
  • 2 kg Potatoes / Baby Potatoes, chopped, boiled & peeled
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup corn
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 stalk Spring onion, finely chopped
  • Plant milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

How to make:

  1. Place the tender potatoes in a large bowl with the B-Well Thick & Creamy Mayonnaise. Add a splash of plant milk, the chopped celery, cabbage, corn and red onion, and gently mix- slowly adding plant milk till desired consistency.
  2. Taste, then add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Garnish with fresh herbs like dill or coriander. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

Golden Milk Tart

It is the sensational story of the union of the sweet, traditional South African girl-next-door, who shared a romance with a sultry, spicy ayurvedic healer. It is the love story. The love child. The golden, aromatic sunset of turmeric, cinnamon and ginger, setting on the shores of a South African Melktert. Vegan & Delicious.

Golden Milk Tart

Golden Milk Tart

It is the sensational story of the union of the sweet, traditional South African girl-next-door, who shared a romance with a sultry, spicy ayurvedic healer. It is the love story. The love child. The golden, aromatic sunset of turmeric, cinnamon and ginger, setting on the shores of a South African Melktert. Vegan & Delicious.

What You’ll Need:

For the Crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour/ gluten-free flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • A pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp Nuts About Cooking Coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp agave syrup/rice malt syrup/maple syrup

For the Filling

  • 2 ½ Tbsp Corn flour
  • 3-4 tbsp agave nectar/rice malt syrup/maple syrup
  • 2 ½ cups Plant Milk (Soy/Almond/Coconut)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence.
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely minced
  • 1 pinch fine black pepper
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

How to Make:

For the Crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Sift the flour in a large mixing bowl. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. Add the agave/maple/rice malt syrup and melted coconut oil, and begin mixing together.
  4. Once everything has combined, use your hands to mix the mixture together crumbling it in between your fingers.
  5. When it is fully combined, place in a pie dish greased with baking spray/coconut oil. Press the mixture firmly down, and up the sides to create an even crust around the whole dish.
  6. Poke a few holes into the crust with a fork, and put into the oven.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes at 180°C. Once golden & brown remove and set aside to cool.

For the filling:

  1. In a medium pot, bring 1 ½ cups of your plant milk to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract and agave/maple/rice malt syrup. Stir thoroughly.
  2. In a separate little bowl, mix together the corn flour, turmeric, ½ tsp cinnamon, pinch of black pepper, minced ginger and 1 cup of plant milk until smooth and no lumps are visible.
  3. Add this mixture to the pot and on a low heat stir until thick. This may take roughly 3-5 minutes but do take caution as corn flour can be sensitive to heat, so ensure the stove is on a low heat. (make sure to not scrape the bottom of the pot when whisking)
  4. Once thickened, remove from heat and allow cooling for a few minutes.
  5. Gently pour the mixture onto the crust evenly, and dust with cinnamon.
  6. Allow to set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

Take care of yourself this Winter using Extra Virgin Olive Oil – by African Gold

Pink Potato SaladWinter is here, but there is no reason to neglect yourself! African Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil helps you take care of yourself during the winter months. Extra virgin olive oils nourish you from the inside out, thanks to their library of healthy properties. Here are some tips:

  1. Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) also serves as a great skin care product for all your beauty needs. Adding olive oil to your beauty routine will have many benefits for your skin, hair, and nails. We’ll give you some tips and tricks to help you get through those harsh winter months. Did you know that two tablespoons of premium extra-virgin olive oil a day provides a high dose of antioxidants, especially vitamin E and phenols, which help lower LDL cholesterol levels and increase blood antioxidant compounds? EVOO helps strengthen your immune system, protecting against viruses.
  2. EVOO contains the main antioxidants: vitamin E and polyphenols. When applied in moderation, antioxidants can help protect against premature aging. Vitamin E is part of the anti-aging benefits of EVOO as it helps restore skin smoothness as well as UV protection. Polyphenols are a compound found in EVOO, and also prevents moisturisers and make-up from damaging the skin. A little EVOO is the perfect replacement for your usual night cream! It provides antioxidant protection, as olive oil penetrates deep into the skin. It has a cleansing effect because it does not clog pores but rather improves exfoliation. A homemade olive oil-based scrub is simple to prepare: just mix 1 tablespoon of the oil with natural sea salt. Gently apply the mixture to the skin to remove dead skin cells and make the epidermis regenerated and bright. EVOO is also ideal for nail and cuticle care and also as an eye makeup remover. You can even use EVOO to replace the shaving gel!  Many men have even stopped using shaving cream after discovering how much they can shave with EVOO.
  3. Last but not least, don’t forget to stay active! Physical activity is one of the secrets of living a healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t matter whether you do some basic workouts, the slow, deliberate movements of yoga or love going for a challenging run, what’s important is that you keep active. Being aware of how your body feels is vital to a healthy lifestyle. Make sure to stretch before and after exercising, take time to enjoy working your body and feel healthy!  Whether you see it as a leisure activity, a way of carving out some time for yourself or to socialise with other people, just do it!

So look after yourself, follow our advice and keep yourself looking and feeling youthful and vibrant.

Cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil – by African Gold

There is a widespread misperception that extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) cannot be used for cooking outside of the Mediterranean area. We’re here to dismiss any misunderstandings and assure you that EVOO is absolutely suitable for cooking.

Extra virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest cooking oils, according to studies. This means that people in Italy, Spain, and Greece, who have been using this liquid gold for hundreds of years, have been on the right track all along. Here is all you need to know about using extra virgin olive oil safely and efficiently.

EVOO has a higher smoke point that you may think

The majority of people claim that extra virgin olive oil is unsuitable for cooking because it has a low smoke point, or the temperature at which oil stops shimmering and begins to smoke. The temperature at which undesirable tastes and harmful substances might begin to form is known as the “smoke point.” But what’s this? Actually, EVOO doesn’t have a low smoke point!

In reality, the majority of research indicate that the smoke point of extra virgin olive oil is between 176 and 210 degrees Celsius, which covers the majority of cooking methods. Because the smoke point of an oil varies on its free fatty acid (FFA) composition—the lower the acidity, the higher the smoke point—EVOO has a smoke point range rather than a particular value.

Even higher smoke points for other EVOO varieties are possible. Fresher, higher-quality oil may not begin to smoke until it reaches a temperature of roughly 218 degrees Celsius, much over the frying temperature.

How to cook with EVOO

Extra virgin olive oil is a fantastic all-purpose cooking oil due to its moderate to high smoke point, plenty of heat-stable monounsaturated fats, and high quantities of polyphenols and antioxidants. It may be baked, roasted, sautéed, fried in a skillet, or blended into soups to add a little more creaminess. Do not forget that EVOO also works wonders as a salad dressing, a finishing touch for completed foods, and a dipping oil for fresh bread.

Remember that the precise taste you desire in a meal can also influence the best kind of olive oil to use while cooking. The distinctive flavour of EVOO may transform ordinary stir-fries and even baked products.

Consider using normal or light olive oil instead if you like a more delicate or neutral flavour.

When different types of oil are called for in a recipe, olive oil can be used in place of them both. But do bear in mind the conversions below when using olive oil in place of butter or margarine.

The bottom line is; forget everything you’ve been told about cooking with extra virgin olive oil! In addition to being excellent for salad dressings, bread dipping, and finishing oils, scientific research indicates that using EVOO in almost all culinary situations is completely safe, stable, and nutritious. You may easily maximise the nutritional value of your meal by using premium extra virgin olive oil for baking, roasting, sautéing, pan-frying, and other cooking methods as long as you like the flavour.

Overberg welcomes cyclists

The popular cyclist event – Around the Pot Overberg Gravel Race is the biggest cycling race in South Africa that has a new headline sponsor; B-well. This fitting duo is excited to offer this year’s cyclists a race they deserve on Saturday 23rd July 2022. Cycling South Africa sanctioned this event which will depart from Swellendam, and this once quiet town will be buzzing with the desire to showcase all its beauty to locals offering beautiful views and delicious bites.

Established in 2017 the ride along the Overberg region offers riders four distances to choose from; the Mini Pot (25 miler) through Bontebok National Park, the Half Pot (60 miler), The Full Pot (100 miler) making use of the famous Malgas ferry and lastly, the Double Pot (200 miler) covering almost the whole Overberg region. Riders will depart from Swellendam and will experience 160km of gravel road, racing towards the Potberg mountain. They will then cross the Malgas ferry in a 45min neutral zone before riding the last 60km back towards Swellendam where the Gravel KING and QUEEN will be crowned each year.

The B-well Around the Pot’s main focus is ensuring that the riders have a fantastic time.

‘The Around The Pot team are thrilled to once again be hosting the greatest gravel race in South Africa, after being forced to put it on hold for two years in a row. To be hosting the event is a relief, and to be doing it with B-well as our title sponsor, is an honour’ said Rohan Germishuys, race director. Around The Pot is owned by the events company Petrichor Adventures, who initially encountered difficulties in securing sponsors to assist in bringing The Around The Pot vision to life.

Hosting an event requires more than passion and effort – the simple fact is that we need
money to make it happen too. We are appreciative of B-well coming on board and supporting
Around The Pot and could not have asked for a more ideal fit.

Rohan Germishuys

Canola is the name of the game in Swellendam; Canola oil strives to give customers healthier options when it comes to cooking. It is through this that a magical atmosphere was created for the riders alongside the canola fields and it was this joy that inspired the start of the ATP.

Riders will experience a superbly well-organized event with some great goodie bags, well- stocked water points, and spectacular on-route scenery

It is the ATP priority to ensure that through this event, they are able to support the community, local schools, and charities, in a positive way. Each rider will receive a roosterkoek at the Malgas ferry and a finisher hamburger with all food prepared by Swellendam High & Primary Schools. The start and finish venue for this event will be the Swellendam Showgrounds where safe parking, security, chill zones, and showers at the finish will add to a great rider experience for all.

For media enquiries:
Wade Lawrence – Public Relations and Communications Assistant
Tel: 028 514 3441 (x5154)
Cell: 073 269 7726

Kitchen simplicity with single-mom comedian, Mel Jones

B-well’s guide to kitchen simplicity with single-mom comedian, Mel Jones

B-well has partnered with comedian Mel Jones this season to bring you the easiest-peasiest cooking tips at the intersection of comedy and practicality. Mel Jones, born and raised in Cape Town and a proud resident of Mitchell’s Plain, Mel Jones describes herself as “the favourite” of three siblings. She is a single mother, hilarious stand-up comedian, award-nominated producer and an energetic MC and entertainer. Below are some tips from Mel’s repertoire for the kitchen…

  1. Buy containers with matching lids:

The first tip is to NOT be in the kitchen with me. The kitchen will be too small for the both of us. I used to have storage anxiety. Every time I opened up my Tupperware cabinet, I knew I’d be faced with a baffling array of containers in all shapes and sizes, none of which would have a matching lid. But no more.

These days, I get inexpensive plastic containers in three different sizes to take care of 90 percent of my storage needs. It’s easy to see what’s inside them, they’re flexible, which makes them great makeshift pourers and funnels, they stack super-efficiently, they’re dishwasher safe and reusable, they have tight-fitting tops, and best of all, provided you stick with one brand, they all use the exact same lid.

  • How To Reduce Excess Sugar:

We all love the salty treats and me the most as I’m a BIG foodie! But remember, a spoon full of sugar does not make the medicine go down, it gives you diabetes.

There are many ways to limit sugar when you prepare foods. Use fruit such as raisins, dried apricots, dates or bananas instead of sugar, which naturally add sweetness.

  • How To Peel Garlic Quickly:

My third tip is knowing what they say about eating with a small fork – if you eat with a small fork you trick your body into eating less.

We all love adding garlic to our dishes, but let’s admit we hate peeling the small buds, and it certainly takes up a lot of time. If you want to make your garlic peeling time faster, put the garlic buds in a container and shake them so that the skin comes out from the pods.

  • Add oil in boiling water:

I always say “fake it ‘til you make it.” Take my advice as I’ve got this far by doing just that.

There are many things which we boil before having and sometimes after boiling they get stuck together. For dishes like pasta or noodles, add some oil to keep the strings detached from each other. You can even add potatoes to boiling water as it helps to peel them off easily.

  • Use heavy-bottomed pots for boiling milk:

If you are new to cooking, then there are high chances that you might get the measurements wrong sometimes. My tip is to not eat someone’s cooking who says that they don’t eat their own cooking because that sentence alone is a big red flag.

We all know the struggle of cleaning the kitchen after the milk vessels over boil. So to prevent that from happening, take a heavy bottomed vessel and boil the milk in it. This is also good for making dishes such as kheer.

“I hope these tips help someone who can’t find their way in the kitchen. before I stepped into the B-well kitchen, I couldn’t cook and now I still can’t cook but I can sit at the table with a delicious healthy meal filled with Omega-3 in front of me and appreciate the time and effort spent putting it together”, says Jones.

So, the next time you are cooking, try these B-well tips and tricks and level up your cooking game in no time!

When is it time to change your cooking oil? 

When it comes to healthy eating, we cannot deny the love for crispy, deep-fried foods however do you know when it is time to change your cooking oil and what cooking oil will provide you with the best long-term cooking and most of all is it still healthy?

The longevity of your cooking oil depends on many factors, however most cooking oils need to be changed after every 8 to 10 uses by immediately taking it off the deep fryer after every use, straining it, and storing it correctly in a cool/dark place for the next use.

Cooking oil undergoes chemical changes during heat as well as exposure to light which can break the oil down into toxic chemicals therefore it is important to understand what the change of colour means. When the oil is very light in colour to medium it is safe for use however you will notice a change of the ‘crisp’ once you continue cooking when the oil darkens in shade. The food then begins to not look as appealing and not as golden brown for serving. At this time the stability/healthy aspects of the oil have changed and now would be the best time to change your cooking oil.

B-well Pure Canola oil offers you peace of mind in knowing that the healthy aspects of your oil are taken care of under extreme heat when frying. Canola oil is low in saturated fat, correct composition of Omega 3 and Omega 6 ratio, is low in cholesterol and is able to sustain its fatty composition at high temperatures. This surely places B-well canola oil as the best oil for re-heating and for longer frying life.

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