Giggling Gourmet praises good food

first_imgJenny Morris will be appearing in the next episode of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series on Sunday, 31 August at 9pm on SABC2. Jenny Morris wears a variety of hats; she is chef, food connoisseur, author, magazine writer, radio and TV presenter, teacher, caterer and culinary tour guide. Melissa Jane CookAll your senses must be involved in tempting your palate, believes celebrity chef Jenny Morris. Known as the Giggling Gourmet, she is a sensual gourmand and one of South Africa’s most-loved food personalities. It’s no surprise: she has had an ongoing love affair with food since she was a little girl, devoting her grown-up life to her lover.Morris wears a variety of hats; she is chef, food connoisseur, author, magazine writer, radio and TV presenter, teacher, caterer and culinary tour guide. It started with making delectable treats for school fundraisers, and has grown exponentially since then. “It’s a love affair in the true sense of the word, one that employs all the senses,” she explains.Taste is the most obvious sense employed, as is aroma, but touch is also important. “Feeling your food is important. Caress it, stroke it, know it intimately.” How you eat your food will reveal what kind of lover you are, she says. “You don’t want someone who eats a sosatie [kebab] with a knife and fork, and if I can get presidents and heads of state to eat with their hands, I can do it for anyone!” And she has cooked for some of the most influential and famous people in the world, including Prince Charles, Al Gore, Charlize Theron, Thabo Mbeki and Kenneth Kaunda.Among her kitchen essentials, Morris lists garlic, butter, olive oil, trusty zester, and dhania or coriander – or cilantro as it is known in some quarters. She set up her catering company, Giggling Gourmet The CooksPlayground, in 1997. She teaches practical, hands-on cooking courses at her cooking school, such as the famed CooksParties, TeamCooking and SingleCooks. All of them have fun and laughter as a main ingredient.The CooksPlaygroundMorris’s signature ExperientialCooking method is based on her philosophy that “taking a recipe and owning it” is about a hands-on food learning experience allowing family, friends and colleagues to spend time cooking and sharing meals together.Teachers at her school include Giggling Gourmet staff, local chefs, and visiting guest chefs. They teach three basic types of classes: ExperientialCooking, which is hands-on; TeamCooking, which is a team-building course; and demonstration classes. Her formula for success is to “entertain informatively and inform entertainingly”.Combining ExperientialCooking and TeamCooking with easy-to-use recipes and top time-saving products can cut cooking time by 50% to 75% when preparing the family meal, she says. This gives families more time to spend together without sacrificing the flavour and quality of their meals.But it is not only about the cooking school. Morris is a regular on radio and television locally and internationally. She is often a participant at food festivals and expos, and is regularly commissioned by food companies for recipe and menu development, as well as to promote and demonstrate food and related products.In addition, the Giggling Gourmet is an examiner for The Culinary Academy, a judge for various food competitions, and is in regular demand as the first choice South African celebrity chef to make appearances at various functions and product launches. She works closely with a number well-known of international celebrity chefs.Jenny Morris The Giggling GourmetRude FoodEvery celebrity chef has at least a couple of cookbooks to their name, and Morris is no exception. Her bestselling Rude Food, Nude Food, Good Food was published in May 2004. It was followed two years later by More Rude Food, and in 2012 she published Cooking with Jenny Morris.She had her own show on the Food Network entitled Jenny Morris Cooks Morocco, in August 2011.It was the first time a South African chef had her own show on the channel, and was filmed over five weeks. She has also lent her name to a range of condiments.Not content to rest, Morris’s Giggling Gourmet FoodTours has grown into a successful programme of culinary trips to places where the visitor can experience the food and culture of the destination. She has done culinary tours to countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China and Morocco; future destinations will include Australia, Italy, Ireland and South America, as well as inbound trips to South Africa.last_img read more

Cash Corn Market Rallies

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Katie DehlingerDTN Farm Business EditorMOUNT JULIET, Tenn. (DTN) — The DTN National Corn Index settled at $4.20 on Thursday, the highest level in five years.The index, which DTN assembles from more than 3,000 cash corn bids from across the country, has increased 89 cents from the low it hit in mid-May. While the market has seen declines of that size in recent years, it outpaces the rallies from harvest lows seen last year and in 2016-17.“The main thing about this rally is that there is still serious reason to possibly expect higher prices because the situation is for real,” DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman said.U.S. farmers are likely to claim a record number of prevented planting corn acres as the soggiest spring in decades kept them from the fields. Much of what did get planted was planted late, which will likely also reduce yields.“Ending stocks at the end of the year could be significantly lower than even USDA estimated on Tuesday (June 11). That’s what really underpins and makes this move different than anything that we’ve seen in a long time,” he said. USDA forecast 2019-20 corn ending stocks at 13.68 billion bushels (bb), 1.35 bb lower than its forecast last month.The Great Lakes region, Illinois and eastern South Dakota have seen some of the strongest cash price moves, gaining 85 to 95 cents or so over the past month. Prices in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Kansas and Missouri are also up by about 65 to 75 cents.“I think given their especially wet conditions this year, and the fact that Illinois to Ohio seems to be the heart of the problem area this year, it’s no surprise that they’re getting a little extra boost in their corn price,” Hultman said.They’re also likely to see a greater increase in basis values due to the region’s higher demand and greater access to the river transportation system.DTN Cash Grains Analyst Mary Kennedy said ongoing flooding and a lack of barge movement from north of St. Louis to the Gulf is another factor in rising cash prices.“While many river terminal basis levels remained flat through the flooding, the need for corn at the Gulf for previous commitments has pushed prices higher. Railroads have faced issues as well due to flooding over tracks in the Midwest. And on top of all of this, farmers in flood areas have been unable to transport corn,” she said.Much of the Eastern Corn Belt is in line for more rain next week, DTN Senior Meteorologist Bryce Anderson said. “Our DTN forecasts call for total rain of 2.25 inches to over 3 inches from Illinois through Indiana and Ohio during the next eight days ending Saturday, June 22. The scary feature is that the upper-air pattern is showing a redevelopment of the same trough west-ridge southeast configuration that we had in May, when the skies opened up.”While crop production concerns are the primary driver of the corn market rally, Hultman said other factors lend their support to the trend continuing higher.“I don’t think we’ve seen strong participation yet from noncommercials and we don’t have strong confidence in production estimates yet, which is probably part of the reason holding them back,” he said.Brazil and Argentina also had large crops, and USDA expects them to export a combined 68 million metric tons (mmt) in the current 2018-19 marketing year, an increase of about 20 mmt, or about 800 million bushels, from last year. Hultman said he expects the U.S. to lose some export opportunities to South America as price dynamics change.While those sales shift origins, USDA anticipates global ending stocks of corn to decline for the third straight year, which Hultman said is also constructive for corn prices.Then there are things that are hard to quantify into prices, such as the fact that corn ending stocks have never been this low when soybean stocks have been this high or the volatility introduced by trade policy negotiations with Japan, Mexico and China.“As bearish as things were looking in April and early May, this is just a huge turnaround in market sentiment,” Hultman said. “It wouldn’t be surprising to see a choppy summer, especially since we don’t have a good handle yet on acres and we certainly don’t have a handle yet on what yield will be. There are a lot of moving parts this year. It’s a little more of a challenge.”Katie Dehlinger can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @KatieD_DTN(BE/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Dr. Nigel Clarke Takes Oath as Member of Parliament

first_imgStory Highlights Dr. Clarke was sworn in following his victory in the by-election held on Monday, March 5. This followed the retirement of the Hon. Derrick Smith from representational politics. Newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) for North West St. Andrew, Dr Nigel Clarke, was sworn in today (March 8), during the sitting of the House of Representatives.After taking the Oath of Office, the MP was welcomed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, as well as other Members of Parliament on both sides of the House.Dr. Clarke was sworn in following his victory in the by-election held on Monday, March 5. This followed the retirement of the Hon. Derrick Smith from representational politics.As a result of the by-election, the ruling Jamaica Labour Party retains its 33-30 majority in the Lower House.Dr. Clarke previously served in the Upper House of Parliament as a Senator, and his record of public service also includes serving as Chairman of the HEART Trust/NTA and as a Director of various public bodies.A former Rhodes, Commonwealth and Jamaica Independence Scholar, Dr. Clarke holds DPhil. and MSc. Degrees in Mathematics and a BSc. Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of the West Indies. Newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) for North West St. Andrew, Dr Nigel Clarke, was sworn in today (March 8), during the sitting of the House of Representatives. Dr. Clarke previously served in the Upper House of Parliament as a Senator, and his record of public service also includes serving as Chairman of the HEART Trust/NTA and as a Director of various public bodies. last_img read more

Ft Carson to Retain Converting Brigade

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In a change of plans, the Army has decided to convert the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT) of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo., from an infantry BCT to a Stryker unit. The Army originally was planning to convert the unit to a fully armored BCT and considering the possibility of shifting it to one of four other installations. The Army ultimately found a solution that satisfies Colorado Springs and El Paso, Texas, with officials also announcing that the 1st Armored Division’s 1st BCT at Fort Bliss will convert from a Stryker unit to an armored BCT, reported the Gazette.“We dodged a bullet there,” said Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn (R). The change will add about 200 soldiers to the 2nd BCT as the unit adds hundreds of 18-ton armored vehicles. It also means Fort Carson’s population will reach 26,000 soldiers after adding an 800-soldier security force assistance brigade announced in May. “This shows that Fort Carson remains a high priority at the Pentagon,” Lamborn said. “It solidifies and entrenches Fort Carson’s position.”The Army’s decision announced Thursday to convert two BCTs to a Stryker and an armored unit comes as the military shifts from a global focus on counterinsurgency warfare to competition against near-peer adversaries such as Russia and China, which have large formations of mechanized ground combat units, reports Army Times. Fort Bliss and Fort Carson were selected to house the two BCTs due to their extensive training areas and their capacity to deploy rapidly, said Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for operations.U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Ellen Brabolast_img read more