5 load shed­ding din­ner hacks to save you when the lights go out


YOU’VE just had a rough day at the of­fice, and you’re yearn­ing for com­fort food. As you drive home, you sali­vate at all the pos­si­ble meals you could pre­pare, count­ing the min­utes un­til you can start cook­ing.

But when you get home, you find your­self in dark­ness. Eskom had other plans on how you should spend your evening.

For­tu­nately, hav­ing no elec­tric­ity does not mean you have to go hun­gry or set­tle for bread. Theo Man­nie, self-styled “culi­nary artist” at Granny Mouse Coun­try House & Spa, shares his load shed­ding sur­vival tips.

A gas cooker is your friend

A gas cooker with mul­ti­ple cook­ing at­tach­ments is a musthave in any house­hold. If you don’t have one, best in­vest in one for load shed­ding. Man­nie says that these days you can get lit­tle por­ta­ble cook­ers that are ver­sa­tile and con­ve­nient. “One minute you’re making a stir fry over a gas flame, the next you’re hav­ing a braai,” he says.

Lay on mul­ti­pur­pose veg­eta­bles

Carrots, broccoli, cau­li­flower, baby mar­row and pep­pers take lit­tle prepa­ra­tion time. They come in handy when pre­par­ing a salad, stir fry, curry or wrap, and re­quire lit­tle time on gas.

Stock up on tinned goods

Tinned goods are es­sen­tial in any house­hold. Keep your shelves loaded with baked beans, chakalaka and tinned fish such as tuna. “Tinned items re­duce cook­ing time, and many, like baked beans, can be used in var­i­ous ways. The tinned items also have a longer shelf life,” Man­nie says.

Keep smoked or cured sausages

These freeze well, add flavour to dishes and re­duce cook­ing time.

“The butcher sec­tion of most su­per­mar­kets has a good se­lec­tion at af­ford­able prices,” Man­nie says.

Lay on fresh fish

Use fil­lets like but­ter­fish and hake – they are more af­ford­able than big-brand frozen fil­lets. “Fresh fish can be frozen and doesn’t take long to cook, which is handy when you’re us­ing gas while load shed­ding.”

Con­sult the fish counter at your su­per­mar­ket for op­tions.

DUR­ING load shed­ding, mul­ti­pur­pose veg­gies and tinned goods can be saviours.

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