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We Wish You a Carb-Free Christmas (and a High-Fat New Year)

The Real Meal RevolutionDie kosrevolusieChristmas is almost a week away and one question that’s been bugging avid banters and Real Meal Revolution fans is, “What will I have for Christmas lunch?” The Hello Doctor Team shared their tips and tricks for making this Christmas a banting miracle.

You can start by cutting the carbs and replacing them with protein. Hello Doctor suggests that you avoid gammon recipes that call for sugar-rich glazes.

When it comes to dessert, fruit bowls, cheese platters and high fat yoghurt are great alternatives to pastries.

Read the article for more ways to make your Christmas carb-free:

If this is your first holiday as a banter, or you’re having LCHF guests over for Christmas lunch, you might be wondering where to begin. Here are some suggestions on how to make it a fabulous and stress-free day.

When it comes to LCHF, it’s all in the name – low carbs and high fat means much less starch and more proteins and healthy fats. For traditional holiday fare, this means no floury gravies and stuffing, or sugary cakes and desserts. Your roasted chicken or turkey is great for banting, simply replace a bread-based stuffing with sausage-based one.

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Russel Wasserfall Presents the First of Four Journals on the Biscuit Mill Market: Market Day: Issue 1

Market DayRussel Wasserfall Food, a new imprint from Jacana Media, presents Market Day: Issue 1 by Russel Wasserfall, edited by Roxanne Spears:

The Market Day Journal started out as an idea for a book, but Russel Wasserfall soon realised that any attempt to tie down the iconic food market at the Biscuit Mill in Cape Town in one volume would be to disregard its nature. With designer Roxy Spears, he conseptualised a series of journasl which, like the market itself, are living things which have the capacity to change constantly, with each successive iteration.

This is the first of a series of four journals that look at the seasons and tides of the market over the course of two years. By the time you read this, things will have moved on. Steve Jeffrey will have a new sausage on offer, the price of a Dasdog Mandog will have changed, but that doesn’t matter. Each story is a glimpse of what we found at the Neighbourgoods Market on the days we were there.

Other contributors:

Adam Letch is a freelance commercial photographer based in Cape Town. As a former lecturer and naturally inquisitive photographer, his work crosses a lot of disciplines and explores the possibilities in each.

Sam Linsell is a well-known South African food blogger and cookbook author. Her own gorgeous work with ice cream made her the perfect contributor to Market Day.

Sarah Kare Schäfer is a freelance portrait and documentary photographer and writer who lives and works in Cape Town.

Hein van Tonder describes himself as a gourmet hunter, photographer and recipe developer living in Cape Town

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Words Worth Packing: What Notable South Africans are Reading on Holiday

Published in the Sunday Times

The Sunday Times books team asked an array of notable South Africans which books they will be taking with them on holiday.

When the Lions Came to TownParadiseThe Letters of Ernest HemingwayOne Midlife Crisis and a Speedo

THE COLUMNIST – Darrel Bristow-Bovey

I’ll be reading Luke Alfred’s When the Lions Came to Town (Zebra Press), about the 1974 British Lions’ tour of South Africa, because Luke is a sportswriter with heart and flair and tells a good story. I also have Paradise by Greg Lazarus (Kwela Books), a smart, funny and cosmopolitan local pair of novelists. Each year for the past two years has seen the release of a new volume of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway (Volume 2, 1923-1925 – Cambridge University Press). Last year’s volume 2 took us to 1925, and I’m desperately hoping volume 3 is about to be released. I’ll also be obsessively re-reading my own book, One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo (Zebra Press), to check for spelling errors and typos.

The Art of WarLove Is Letting Go of FearJesus CEOThe Richest Man Who Ever Lived

THE PUBLIC PROTECTOR – Thuli Madonsela

I intend reading these books during the holidays: The Art of War by Sun Tzu (Pax Librorum, R80), Love is Letting Go of Fear by Gerald Jampolsky (Celestial Arts), Jesus CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership by Laurie Beth Jones(Hyperion) and The Richest Man Who Ever Lived by Steven K Scott (Broadway Books).

Stoep ZenYoga for ChickensLost and Found in Johannesburg

THE TRAVEL WRITER – Bridget Hilton-Barber

First up is Stoep Zen: A Zen Life in South Africa by Antony Osler (Jacana), whose blurb says it’s Lao Tzu meets Oom Schalk Lourens. The question Osler poses is how do we reach down through swirling emotions into a quieter space where we can see a little further and love a little deeper? The other little gem that awaits on my bedside table is an illustrated book called Yoga for Chickens by Lynn Brunelle (Chronicle Books). “Feeling fried? Feathers ruffled? The birdbrained wisdom in this little book will have you clucking like a spring chicken in no time.” And finally, I am going to get stuck into Lost and Found in Johannesburg by Mark Gevisser (Jonathan Ball Publishers).

AskariThe Fire Next Time

THE INTELLECTUAL – Eusebius McKaiser

I have already started on my holiday reading because, well, why wait?! I’m halfway through Jacob Dlamini’s Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle (Jacana). It is narrative writing at its lyrical best, and the moral philosophy student in me is intrigued by the complexity of black people who betrayed black communities during apartheid. I will also read James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time (Vintage Books), a classic on race relations in America. In the wake of Ferguson, revisiting this masterpiece is compulsory.

The Facts of Life and DeathEsther's HouseTales of the Metric SystemAskariUnimportanceThe Paying Guests

THE FESTIVAL DIRECTOR – Ann Donald

My summer reading will be a continuation of my reading all year: the books of authors who’ll be attending the Franschhoek Literary Festival in May, including The Facts of Life and Death by Belinda Bauer (Bantam Press), Esther’s House by Carol Campbell (Umuzi), Tales of the Metric System by Imraan Coovadia (Umuzi), Askari by Jacob Dlamini, Unimportance by Thando Mgqolozana (Jacana), and The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (Little, Brown).

Ragged GloryThe Rings of Saturn

THE HISTORIAN – Tim Couzens

For me Christmas starts very early, so I have just read Ray Hartley’s Ragged Glory (Jonathan Ball Publishers), an overview of the last 20 years of South Africa political history, which is characteristically sane and balanced. I am now reading – recommended to me by Corina van der Spoel who ran the Boekehuis before it was closed in act of barbarity not seen since the ransacking of the churches during the Reformation – WG Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn (Vintage Books) which, from the depths of his erudition and his appreciation of the complexities of history, moves seamlessly from the very local to the exciting diversity of the human and natural world.

For the King's Pleasure

THE CELEBRITY – Gareth Cliff

Surprisingly, despite starting CliffCentral.com this year, I have found some time to read. From Barry Bateman and Mandy Wiener to Pamela Stephenson to Jerm the cartoonist, there is so much great stuff being published that it’s hard to narrow things down to just one book. But to be really self-indulgent, I have to admit that my current obsession is a book by Sir Hugh Roberts, Director of the Royal Collection, about the furnishing and decoration of King George IV’s private apartments at Windsor Castle. It’s called For The King’s Pleasure (Royal Collection Enterprises Ltd).

The Texture of ShadowsThe GoldfinchYou Can't Get Lost in Cape TownI Would Die 4 UStokely

THE GONZO ESSAYIST – Bongani Madondo

I will be reading a lot! Ok, maybe I will be lucky to finish at least three of the following: Mandla Langa’s latest novel The Texture of Shadows (Picador Africa); The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown); You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town by Zoë Wicomb (Umuzi); I Would Die 4U: Why Prince Became An Icon by Touré (Free Press), and Stokely: A Life by Peniel E. Joseph (Basic Civitas Books), which is the latest biography of the revolutionary Stokely Carmichael (Miriam Makeba’s one time husband … one of the five exes). I don’t think I will get halfway through the list though. There’s just so much to do, especially with family demanding its pound of flesh of your time.

H is for Hawk

THE INDIE BOOKSELLER – Kate Rogan (Owner of Love Books)

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (Jonathan Cape). I cannot wait to get my teeth into this. It’s just won the Samuel Johnson prize, which is the biggest thing in non-fiction awards – and it’s the first ever memoir to do so. In a nutshell, Helen Macdonald loses her father, and in her grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. My ears pricked when someone said it was the next The Hare with Amber Eyes (Chatto & Windus,). Whatever it turns out to be, it’s the kind of book that needs the time I can only give it while on holiday.

Ordinary MenCatastrophe 1914Strandveldfood

THE EXCLUSIVE BOOKS CEO – Benjamin Trisk

Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher Browning (HarperCollins). For students of the Holocaust there is a fascinating debate between Browning and Daniel Goldhagen about the culpability of ordinary Germans caught up in the implementation of the Holocaust. Also in a historical vein is Max Hastings’ Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War (Alfred A Knopf). Hastings concentrates on the accidents of timing and long-held simmering nationalisms that coalesced in that fateful year. I am an adequate amateur cook, love cookbooks, and the best local cookbook that I have seen for a long time is Kobus van der Merwe’s Strandveldfood (Jonathan Ball Publishers). I think it is sensational.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of PilgrimageThe Hare with Amber EyesAi Weiwei SpeaksThe Cuckoo's Calling

THE TREND-SPOTTER – Dion Chang

I have earmarked the following for my festive break: The latest Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage (Harvill Secker). I am a huge fan and will read anything that he writes. The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal. I’m fascinated by Japanese culture (hence Murakami being on my list) and this biography also explores the exquisite art of “Netsuke” – tiny but intricate wood or ivory carvings. Ai Weiwei Speaks (Penguin Special) – a collection of interviews by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist that follows Weiwei’s incredible installation “S.A.C.R.E.D” at the Venice biennial, depicting scenes from his 81-day incarceration by the Chinese government. Finally, for much needed escapism, I’ll also be tackling The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling, Little Brown).

The Three-Body ProblemCollected Haiku of Yosa BusonMicrocosmsPlenty MorePereira MaintainsBoyhood Island

THE NOVELIST – Imraan Coovadia

I’m reading The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin (Tor Books), a great Chinese science fiction writer, the Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson (Copper Canyon Press), translated by WS Merwin, Microcosms by Claudio Magris (Gallimard Education), Plenty More by Ottolenghi (Ebury Press) and Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi (Canongate, R180). Five books which promise to be miraculous. I just finished Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Boyhood Island (Alfred A Knopf). Great.

Fortunes of AfricaA Man of Good HopeTales of the Metric SystemThe Texture of ShadowsAskari

THE MAVERICK – Marianne Thamm

I have quite a neglected stack next to my bed, including Martin Meredith’s The Fortunes of Africa: A 5 000-year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavour (Jonathan Ball Publishers). This “vast and vivid panorama of history” offers a renewed opportunity to engage with the backdrop to contemporary political developments. I’m halfway through Jonny Steinberg’s extraordinary A Man Of Good Hope (Jonathan Ball Publishers), which charts the journey of refugee Asad Abdullah from Somalia to Cape Town. And in a further attempt at understanding the physical, political and intellectual geography of South Africa, there is Imraan Coovadia’s novel, Tales of the Metric System, Mandla Langa’s The Texture of Shadows and Jacob Dlamini’s Askari.

THE LIT MAG EDITORS

The KeeperLost and Found in Johannesburg

Alex Matthews, editor of Aerodrome

I’m a huge fan of both lighthouses and Marguerite Poland, so The Keeper (Penguin) is therefore an irresistible prospect. I also can’t wait to finish Mark Gevisser’s Lost and Found in Johannesburg, which is an eloquent, vivid merging of maps and memories.

Helen Sullivan, editor of Prufrock

One of the best things about summer for me is magazines. Thick Christmas issues full of beautiful things, and stories and articles that seem to be more moving when it’s the end of a year. I’ll also be looking out for South African literary mags like Prufrock – uHlanga (an anthology of poetry from KZN – R50 on uhlangapress.co.za), Aerodrome (R140 from aerodrome.co.za) and New Contrast (R90 on newcontrast.net).

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The Real Meal Revolution Co-Author Sally-Ann Creed Shares Her 10 Commandments of Banting

The Real Meal RevolutionDie kosrevolusieThe Real Meal Revolution movement has shared 10 commandments of banting on their website.

Co-author of The Real Meal Revolution and nutritional therapist Sally-Ann Creed says that weight loss is unique to each person. She created a set of 10 general rules to abide by if you get stuck on the banting “plateau” – rapid weight loss followed by a period of no weight loss.

Creed says it is important to stick to these rules and not to become disheartened. Animal fat is central to the low carb high fat diet, and snacking is forbidden.

The Real Meal Revolution is also available in Afrikaans as Die kosrevolusie. Read the article:

The ten commandments

1. Eat enough animal fat. This is central to banting. Animal fat DOES NOT make you fat, and you need to eat it. Small amounts at a time make you feel full and stop you from overeating.

2. Eat enough vegetables. Vegetables should be your bulk-food and this means that you must try to have veggies with every meal. Green vegetables are the best – low in carbs and full of nutrients. There are a great many different vegetables on the Green List. Make sure that you have variety in your diet.

3. Don’t snack. For the first week or so of banting, that is, when you are going carb-cold-turkey, you may need to snack periodically, if only to keep your sanity. Make sure that you have banting-friendly snacks at hand. Remember that it is essential to have a good breakfast to set you up for the day. If you aren’t losing those hunger pangs, increase the animal fat in your diet.

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Video: Waar kom die idee vir Kreatiewe inkleurboek vir grootmense vandaan?

Kreatiewe inkleurboek vir grootmenseHuman & Rousseau het onlangs ’n opwindende nuwe boek gepubliseer met ’n heel ander geur: Kreatiewe inkleurboek vir grootmense.

’n Inkleurboek met ’n verskil. Waar inkleur gewoonlik ’n aktiwiteit is wat klein kindertjies ure lank besig kan hou, verskuif die fokus hier na ’n ander teikengroep – gespanne en bekommerde volwassenes. Behalwe dat inkleur stres verminder, span baie terapeute ook kunsterapie in. Dié prettige boek met sy 128 bladsye vol van die mooiste ontwerpe sorg vir ’n inkleurervaring wat jou nie net na ’n ander wêreld sal meevoer nie, maar ook die kreatiewe siel in jou na vore sal bring.

Flits het met Anneke Muller, uitgewer van hierdie boek, gesels om uit te vind waar die idee vandaan kom. Sy vertel dat die gier van volwassenes wat inkleur in Frankryk begin het en gesels oor die Suid-Afrikaanse teikenmark en konteks. Muller gesels ook oor die patrone in die boek, die kreatiewe proses en sielkundige effekte van inkleur.

Kyk na die video vir uittreksels uit die boek en om uit te vind waarmee mens kan inkleur:

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Boks are being milked by a bloated bureaucracy

NOW that the Springboks’ disappointing performance last month has been thoroughly picked over, perhaps it is time to look at the contribution of rugby’s off-field team to this demoralising episode and, hopefully, learn some lessons from it.

Last year, the Springboks played 12 games. This year, an extra two were loaded on to what was already a heavy schedule. In the last, disastrous Wales game on November 29, the Boks looked worn out, which was hardly surprising. Most of them had been playing one high-intensity, all-or-nothing game after another since Super Rugby began in February, 10 months earlier. The effect of this on their bodies was brought home by the devastating injury suffered by Jean de Villiers, whom Heyneke Meyer had days earlier identified as the one man critical to SA’s chances of winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

To add to the problems, the large squad felt messy: there were too many players brought along for the ride, never even getting a shot at warming the bench. There were too many black faces in this contingent not to suspect some window-dressing. But for all the passengers in the squad, both black and white, it must have been a disheartening experience.

There were questions as to why Meyer didn’t include more newcomers in his match-day squads, particularly against Italy. I think the answer lies with the off-field team.

The performance indicators in Meyer’s contract are all about winning every game. Development — racial or otherwise — will not win him a second term.

So, why did the South African Rugby Union (Saru) insist on the Boks adding on the Wales game to their schedule after the international Test window was over? The risks of this additional burden outweighed any advantage to the team.

Next year is the most important year in world rugby. Surely preparation for that should have been uppermost in everyone’s minds?

The Boks had already played Wales twice this year, so they were not gaining experience against a little-known opponent. Meyer had already had three games in which to test players’ ability to adapt to wet weather. The inevitable downside — the damage done to the Springbok brand and to team morale by a humiliating loss that will haunt them for another six months until they get a chance to redeem themselves — is huge.

The answer is money. Saru was reportedly paid £750,000 for the Wales game. When Jurie Roux, the CEO of Saru, announced that the two additional games — against the World XV in June and Wales in November — he said the extra income earned would go towards funding preparations for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Have the Springboks not already earned their keep, then? A look at Saru 2013 annual report shows its turnover for 2013 as just under R800m.

Almost of all Saru’s income is from two sources: sponsors — chief among them Absa — and the sale of broadcasting rights.

A mere R194m is allocated to “high performance”, the category that includes the Springboks, the Springbok Sevens and the Springbok Women’s team, and that sum is split among all three teams. So less than an eighth of Saru’s income goes to the team which attracts the bulk of it.

Springboks? Cash cows might be a more appropriate name. They are being flogged to the limit in order to keep afloat a bloated organisation.

My (very modest) New Year’s wishes for South African rugby are that:

• Saru transforms itself into a rational, streamlined, visionary organisation in which all its constituent parts forget self-interest and work together for the greater good of rugby;

• Saru sets the professionals free to get on with the business of producing world-beating teams that make all South Africans proud;

• The smaller unions and the clubs attached to the Super Rugby franchises stop living off the earnings of the professionals and dedicate themselves instead to semiprofessional and amateur rugby. They could have a huge role to play in restoring club rugby to its former glory — with all the concomitant benefits to the community — but for that to happen, they have to give up their pretensions of professionalism; and

• Saru and all its stakeholders think through what it means to be a flagship South African brand in 2015 and then formulate an effective policy to make it happen, starting from the top down. The Springbok coach needs to be contractually incentivised to select and develop a more racially diverse team, as do the Super Rugby coaches.

Saru should acknowledge that channelling development, particularly of black players, through its constituent unions does not work and it needs to come up with a better plan for nurturing and promoting black rugby talent.

It is pointless waiting for the government to sort out education and school sport. Saru should take the lead.

*This column first appeared in Business Day