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Darren’s Top 10 Tips for Today’s Youth | 21 June 2018

In honour of Youth Month, Darren Maule decided to share some of his top tips for the youth of today. There’s a lot of pieces of advice for millennials going around and I thought that I would just jump on the bandwagon and give you MY TOP 10 TIPS TO YOUNGSTERS/KIDS/MILLENNIALS; from an older person. Slightly older. Just slightly… If you would like to watch the video, click HERE, alternatively read his tips below: Learn to cook and garden. If nothing else, it will save you money. Love everyone. Don’t reserve your love for one or two people. Spread that …

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The Last Word with Darren Maule – Dec/Jan 2017

“The expression “You can choose your friends but not your family” has never been more relevant than during these inevitable, festive quagmires.” If you think that “al fresco” means “Dining out doors” you would only be half right. The phrase “al fresco”, borrowed from Italian for “in the cool”, is not used by Italians to refer to dining outside. Real Italians – from Italy (as opposed to those who are part of our rich multicultural tapestry) prefer to use the phrases “fuori” or “all’aperto”. To real Italians, residents of Italy, the expression al fresco usually refers to spending time in …

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The April Fools’ Day of Food

There are certain foods, it would seem, that came into being as a result of an April Fool’s joke gone wrong. With April Fool’s Day on the menu – a day dedicated to testing our incredibly credulous nature when confronted with stories and scenarios which are clearly absurd, and that got me thinking about in-credible food. In-credible as in with little or no credibility! There are certain foods, it would seem, that came into being as a result of an April Fool’s joke gone wrong.

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How Many Senses Do We Have?

How many senses do we have? Of all our assorted senses, I would assert that we have Six Senses, when it comes to food.   You might be wondering what the sixth sense is. I’ll get there, but let’s first establish that the five senses we know are equal in importance, and that no one sense is greater than the other. Obviously, when it comes to food the first sense that comes to mind is taste and yes – the taste sensation is what you gravitate towards when you are cooking and preparing a meal – How sweet or sour – how …

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Rooibos Coffee (Yes, Really)

Isn’t it funny how every country has their own October fest? Beer and music is literally a global, if not a universal, construct, but the Germans somehow managed to get us to make a month dedicated to Germany and beer. I’m sure South Africans drink more beer than the Germans! We also crash more of their cars because of it.  But let’s move on. I’m racking my brain trying to discover the thing that the world eats or drinks that we can lay claim to or plant our flag in. We eat more pizza and pasta than the Italians (or …

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Heritage Month

So, it’s Heritage month and every year we are encouraged to embrace and celebrate our heritage. But, what exactly is the start date of our heritages and, why is it that we get to cherry pick what it is about our heritage, that we choose to celebrate? I am an African. I am the first person in my family who can boast this.  But – as I was born and raised in Africa – I am an African.  Granted, I am one generation removed from Scotland, and two centuries removed from France. If I were to be completely honestly and …

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Manly Monikers

Have you ever wondered why so many things are named after women or are given girls’ names? I have. Some make complete sense. Until recently, all hurricanes and tropical storms were given girls’ names, and this is completely understandable: as any long standing bachelor who has a woman thrust into his life can attest to. Men are simple, logical and constant. Add a woman to the mix and all semblance of normality is turned on its head as emotion, sensibilities, and cushions, are added to the mix. Why any fisherman would name his boat after a woman still baffles me. …

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Hot and Wild

I have been tasked with writing a column for you on the subject of “Hot and Wild” whilst at the same time been given the strict instruction not to venture into the realm of the wanton and carnal. That is like telling a 12 year old boy to watch the cookies cool down but not to nibble. With that in mind I will gird my loins and venture bravely forth into the culinary universe of “Hot and Wild.” (Note to self – although Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger’s scene on the kitchen floor lit by the light of a single …

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