A winning wors recipe

first_imgPiet Nkambule is the 2012 Shoprite boerewors champion, he was crowned by the supermarkets chain after tasting his traditional wors at their annual competition.Piet Nkambule, top of podium, is 2012’s best boerwors maker. (Image: Shoprite)Wilma den HartighPiet Nkambule from Newcastle in Kwazulu-Natal makes South Africa’s best boerewors. He was selected as the winner of the 2012 Shoprite Checkers Championship Boerewors Competition, an annual event hosted by the supermarket group to identify the country’s best traditional boerewors recipe.Before Nkambule made it into the top 10, his award-winning recipe was put to the test and tasted by a panel of high profile food experts. Over a period of four months, the judges tasted thousands of pieces of boerewors across the country to find a recipe that stands out.Nkambule’s recipe was selected from more than 1 000 entries that went through three rounds of elimination.Martin Kobald, one of the judges, who is a chef and honorary past president of the South African Chefs Association (SACA), says Nkambule’s boerewors recipe was exactly what the judges were looking for.“It had an authentic flavour and you could taste the coriander and cloves nicely,” Kobald explains. “When it was cooked the combination of flavours unfolded better than others.”Another judge of the competition and executive chef, Jeff Schueremans, says the winning boerewors had a prominent beef and pork flavour. “That was the best one of all of them,” Schueremans says.Determination pays offIn addition to receiving the coveted title, South Africa’s boerewors champion should also be commended for his perseverance. Even though he has participated 19 times in the competition, without ever reaching the finals, he never gave up.But this was his lucky year.“I can’t believe I actually won,”Nkambule says, and he can’t wait to receive his prize which includes a new Toyota Hilux 2.7 double cab raised body raider, R2 500 (US$286) holiday voucher from food company All Gold, R2 000 ($229) Coca Cola cash prize and R750 ($86) worth of vouchers from snack food manufacturer Simba.“In my life I never thought I would drive a new car,” he says.Developing the perfect recipeBoerewors is a type of sausage that is synonymous with South African food heritage. The name comes from the Afrikaans words boer (farmer) and wors (sausage).Boerewors is usually braaied, a method that cooks food on an open fire, but some South Africans would, somewhat reluctantly, concede that it can also be grilled under an electric grill, fried, or baked in an oven.Kobald says that the recipe for traditional boerewors is legislated and must strictly adhere to certain guidelines. Although it is up to individuals to adjust the ratios of the ingredients, boerewors must contain at least 90% meat, always containing beef as well as lamb or pork, or a mixture of lamb and pork. Not more than 30% of the meat content may be fat and it can’t contain any mechanically recovered meat.Apart from the meat content, no other ingredients may be added except vinegar, spices, herbs, salt or other harmless flavourants and water. Cereal products such as oats or bread crumbs may be used as binding agents, but it should be suitable for mass production and a specific shelf life.“Although the ingredients are legislated, there is always someone’s boerewors that stands out and this is what we wanted to find,” Kobald says.Nkambule isn’t a newcomer to the meat industry. He’s worked in butcheries since 1977, when he started out by making deliveries. After many years, he’s learnt the tricks of the trade and, of course, what makes a good boerewors.He says he has taken a lot of time to perfect his winning recipe, now a closely guarded secret.“Over the years people have given me many tips and tricks about how to make a good boerewors,” he says.Although he is reluctant to divulge the ingredients of his winning recipe, he does reveal a few pointers for aspiring wors makers.“My secret lies in the special ratio of pork to beef meat I include in my mixture,” he says. “The right quality spices are also very important.”Boerewors under scrutinyFinding the country’s best boerewors is no small feat and an independent judging panel of respected food experts had the tough job of making the final decision.It took 85 regional and 10 provincial elimination rounds, during which 400 judges from the SACA had to taste and assess more than 55 000 pieces of raw and cooked boerewors to eventually find the top ten that would battle it out at the final.The judges included Martin Kobald; Arnold Tanzer, Sunday Times chef of the year 2008; Carmen Niehaus, YOU and Huisgenoot food editor and author of more than 20 cookbooks; Peter Veldsman, author of several cookbooks; and Lungile Nhlanhla, junior food editor at Drum magazine and one of the five finalists of the 2012 Masterchef SA programme.Schueremans explains that the judges have to taste both the raw and cooked boerewors, and contestants also have to provide the spices for a separate tasting to ensure that the correct spices have been used.“When the wors is raw it reveals a different flavour,” Schueremans says.Kobald adds that by tasting the raw product, the judges can also determine if the ingredients are correct and correspond with the specific recipe provided by the contestant.Cooked to perfectionBecoming the country’s boerewors champion isn’t just about combining the right mix of ingredients – the contestants must also cook the boerewors to perfection. If it is undercooked or overdone the judges can’t get a good sense of its taste.Kobald points out that cooking the wors is as important as developing the best recipe, as contestants could achieve a high score for their raw product, but get marked down at the cooking stage.To ensure that each individual tasting is accurate, the judges clean their palettes between tastings by eating a dry biscuit and drinking water.In his 13 years of involvement with the competition, Kobald has noticed how contestants have changed and evolved their techniques, and are taking the annual event more seriously.The new Championship Boerewors is in-store and available at all Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores countrywide.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Human Capital Advantage

first_img To read the original article, please click here. Until the information age, companies needed scads of people to run machines in plants and warehouses all over the country. The assets their shareholders valued most were tangible. Today, 80 percent of the asset value of the S&P 500 is intangible. These assets cannot be seen, touched or physically measured. The knowledge economy appreciates the fact that trade secrets, trademarks, patents, knowledge and know-how are what matters. This is why they spend so much on research and development. Last year, the world’s top 20 R&D spenders dished out $153 billion. Eight of these companies participated in the healthcare sector, seven were in software, computers or electronics, and five were automakers. Competitive intangibles are the source from which competitive advantage flows or goes, and human capital is the primary source of every competitive intangible. Finding the right people, motivating them, retaining them, facilitating their personal and professional development isn’t easy. CEOs come and go. Wall Street demands quarterly results. Recessions thrash well thought out strategic intent and pressure CEOs into a mish mash of tactical “quick fix” solutions. If these leaders are not careful, chaos will rule in the complexity they create. My soapbox rants on leadership, strategy and executional principles and practices are for naught without the right human capital in the right place at the right time, every time. This is the first goal of running a successful business. Unlike objectives, goals are intangible. One never quite gets there. In the pursuit of the best human capital, this is a very good thing because great leaders never stop trying.  center_img Without leadership, a business enterprise will eventually fail. Survival is possible without a strategy but seldom over the long haul. Great strategy with lousy execution isn’t worth the piece of paper it is written on. The consequence of these proclamations is obvious. Get it right, bring it all together and you have commercial magic. The glue that binds leadership, strategy, and execution is people – quality individuals at the board level, in the C-suite, in the office, on the factory floor, and in the field.     last_img read more

Scandals Continue Casting Spotlight on Sexual Harassment

first_imgCBS Chief Les Moonves has become the latest high-profile executive accused of harassment in the #MeToo era and surely won’t be the last. Six women have accused him of sexual harassment or misconduct from the 1980s to the 2000s. But give Late Show host Stephen Colbert credit for taking time during an opening monologue to address the controversy surrounding Moonves, the man who hired him, head on.“Everybody believes in accountability until it’s their guy, and make no mistake Les Moonves is my guy. He stood behind this show while we were struggling to find our voice, and I like working for him” said Colbert. “But accountability is meaningless unless it’s for everybody—whether it’s the leader of a network or the leader of the free world.”It was fitting that Colbert used his powerful pulpit to make a statement because sexual harassment is so often about power—who has it and who doesn’t. And it would be hard to find someone more powerful in the media industry than Moonves.But as Philadelphia employment attorney Jonathan Segal noted on our most recent XpertHR podcast, “Sexual Harassment 2.0, Now What?,” power doesn’t just start at the top. “If you’re a $10-an-hour person who works in a hotel and the $12-an-hour employee comes onto you, he has Harvey Weinstein-like power [over that person],” said Segal.Weinstein was the low-hanging fruit that launched the #MeToo movement, a bully and serial predator whose alleged conduct went way beyond the pale. And it remains to be seen where the independent investigation will go surrounding Moonves, a more well-liked executive with a record of promoting women but who nonetheless faces serious claims of forcible kissing, unwanted advances and retaliation.But most cases don’t rise to this level of publicity. And still more fall into an area where there are shades of gray, especially when the harassment claims may have arisen out of a workplace relationship gone bad. Segal also points to hugs in the office as another example.So what role can HR play in investigating sexual harassment claims? In cases against high-level executives, the best course is an outside investigation. But in many other situations, Segal said, HR can be a valuable resource in taking action despite some of the criticism the profession has received. According to Segal, leadership teams need to show that they value HR and that it plays a critical role in decision-making.So long as HR is empowered, he said, then employees will have more confidence in its ability to solve problems, including those involving sexual harassment.“You don’t read about the hundreds of cases where the problems have gone away because HR took appropriate corrective action,” noted Segal. “But no one calls the New York Times and says, ‘HR did a great job.’ And HR often does do a great job.”For more of Segal’s insights on sexual harassment in the workplace and what employers need to know, listen in to the latest XpertHR podcast.Originally posted on XpertHR blog.last_img read more

Interview and Interrogation Training: Perspective

first_imgIn this week’s WZ / IAI interview and interrogation training tip, Dave Thompson, CFI, discusses the importance of having an understanding perspective.When I say “perspective,” what I’m really trying to talk about is how I might view a situation versus how you may view a situation, versus somebody else, versus the way a situation actually occurred.There’s no better way to look at this than going onto your favorite social media platform, click on a news headline, and read all the comments. When you look at comments and the way that people communicate, you’ll see that often people have made up their minds about how they feel regarding a certain situation. Unfortunately, we sometimes close ourselves off from understanding how other people may see the same situation.- Sponsor – Putting yourself in somebody else’s shoes and trying to imagine why they felt a certain way, or why they described an event a certain way, or why they did something they wouldn’t normally do–that may help you better understand their thought process and reasoning.This step is especially beneficial for us as interviewers. First, having perspective helps you understand what somebody thinks of you when you walk into the interview room. Secondly, taking yourself out of your own perspective helps you think, “If I were this [interview subject], what would I need to be able to tell the truth today?” Lastly, having perspective helps remove bias. It helps you realize that there are multiple versions of every story. There are multiple perspectives of each story based on the context in which we see it. It’s important as an investigator that we remove bias and try to see things from each perspective of a situation in order to establish reliable information and get to the truth.  Every loss prevention investigator should strive to enhance their investigative interviewing skills as part of an ongoing commitment to best-in-class interviewing performance. This includes holding ourselves to an elite standard of interview and interrogation training that is ethical, moral and legal while demanding excellence in the pursuit of the truth. The International Association of Interviewers (IAI) and Wicklander-Zulawski (WZ) provide interview and interrogation training programs and additional guidance to investigators when dealing with dishonest employees, employee theft, sexual harassment, policy violations, building rapport, pre-employment interviewing, lying, denials and obtaining a statement.By focusing on the latest information and research from experts in the field as well as academia, legal and psychological resources, these video tips provide interview and interrogation training techniques that can enhance the skill sets of professionals with backgrounds in law enforcement, loss prevention, security, asset protection, human resources, auditors or anyone looking to obtain the truth.To learn more about interview and interrogation training and how you can further develop your professional skill sets, visit www.w-z.com or www.certifiedinterviewer.com.This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated July 30, 2018.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal midfielder Iwobi: We can’t dwell on Southampton defeat

first_imgArsenal midfielder Iwobi: We can’t dwell on Southampton defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi says they cannot dwell on defeat to Southampton.Iwobi admits they let themselves down for the 3-2 loss.He said, “I guess we weren’t concentrating throughout the 90 minutes. We had spells where we weren’t defending well as a group. It’s something we have to dust ourselves down from and keep on going. We can’t let our heads drop from this defeat, we just have to push on to the next match.”Of course, they deserve some credit. They had a gameplan and they stuck to it and did well against us. But it’s disappointing from us and we have to keep going again.”We had a lot of chances to win this game, I believe. But we have to give ourselves a bit of credit that we were able to go on this unbeaten run and now we have to start over again.”We have to react well, we have to keep on going. It’s a bit unfortunate that there were a couple of injuries but we have to keep on going and keep on fighting throughout the season.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoFenerbahce rival Caen for Leicester striker Fousseni Diabate

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fenerbahce rival Caen for Leicester striker Fousseni Diabateby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe race for Leicester City striker Fousseni Diabate is heating up.Caen are keen to set up a loan deal for the 23 year-old next month.However, Le 10 Sport says Caen face competition from Turkish giants Fenerbahce for Diabate.Like Caen, Fener are eager to discuss a loan deal with Leicester for Diabate.The forward joined the Foxes a year ago from Ajaccio. last_img read more

19 days agoReal Madrid boss Zidane delighted with Modric ‘cracker’

first_imgReal Madrid boss Zidane delighted with Modric ‘cracker’by Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was delighted with Luka Modric’s goal for victory over Granada.Modric hit a screamer on the day.Zidane said, “I’m delighted for Modric. He scored a cracker. “He’s got that in his locker, three or four years ago he scored that very same goal in Granada. “He doesn’t always go for it, but with the shot that he’s got on him… he certainly should.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Vine: UNC Student Drills The Half-Court Shot On College GameDay

first_imgNorth Carolina student drills half-court shot.Vine/@StephLaurenThe half-court shot on the basketball version of ESPN’s College GameDay is often the highlight of the program, and that is definitely a fact for one lucky North Carolina student today. UNC junior Forrest Reynolds, who also serves as a student manager with the basketball program, took two very strong attempts before absolutely drilling his third shot, netting him $18,000.Kid just made the half court shot on College Gameday at UNC https://t.co/MqGH2psO6i— Stephanie Haberman (@StephLauren) March 7, 2015A win over hated rival Duke today would definitely be the icing on the cake for Reynolds, although he’d probably admit that he’s made out pretty well no matter what happens tonight.last_img read more

Hillary Clinton And Queen Rania Al Abdullah Of Jordan To Take Part

first_imgAs millions around the world raise their voices to celebrate women’s achievements on International Women’s Day March 8th, Vital Voices will pay tribute to co-founder the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, honor Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan for her work on women, girls and refugees, and recognize four visionary women who are engaged in the most urgent issues of our time.Since 2002, Vital Voices has shined a spotlight on women who innovate, taking the road less traveled. Their voices are resounding and clear. In the face of adversity, they don’t step down, look away or watch from the sidelines. They innovate, they cross lines that divide. They lead. They create the world they imagine and drive transformation in their communities and beyond, improving the world for us all.What: 16th Annual Global Leadership AwardsWho: Speakers and Special Guests
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton; Kay Bailey Hutchison, Former U.S. Senator from TexasBeth Brooke-Marciniak, EY Global Vice Chair of Public Policy;Donna Langley, Chairwoman, Universal PicturesGary Muto, President & CEO of ANN brands; Alyse Nelson, President & CEO, Vital Voices Global PartnershipMary Robinson, Former President of Ireland; Deborah Rutter, President of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing ArtsAmb. Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and SecurityDiane von Furstenberg, Fashion designer;HonoreesHer Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan (Global Trailblazer Award);Ariela Suster (Economic Empowerment Award);ElsaMarie D’Silva (Light of Freedom Award);Nadia Bushnaq (Human Rights Award);Senior Chief Theresa Kachindamoto (Leadership in Public Life Award)When: March 8, 2017 (International Women’s Day) at 8:00 PMWhere: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Eisenhower TheaterRSVP: For more information, or for credentialed members of the media who would like to RSVP, contact Katherine O’Hearn: 917.885.4489 or kathyohearn@vitalvoices.orglast_img read more

Small businesses band together for Small Business Saturday

first_imgNEW YORK — Many small and independent retailers who are holding Small Business Saturday shopping events Thanksgiving weekend are banding together with others, believing that there’s strength in numbers.Small Business Saturday, started in 2010 to encourage consumers to shop in their small local stores rather than national chains and what are called big box stores, has become an event in neighbourhoods, towns, even cities as retailers recognize they can draw more customers as a cohesive group than by offering discounts and promotions on their own.Mama Java Coffee, an online coffee retailer, is joining with seven other online businesses that cater to mothers to offer a joint discount. A shopper spending $40 at any of the companies on Small Business Saturday will get $10 off purchases at the other seven. Kim Roman, owner of Mama Java Coffee, says the group, which will market the event on Instagram and other social media, came up with the idea just a few weeks ago.“We were chatting about ways to be unique and help promote each other,” she says.Many communal Small Business Saturday events have grown to the point where they’re organized by local chambers of commerce and community business organizations that have big marketing budgets. About 200 indie retailers throughout Portland, Oregon, are banding together in a marketing effort called Shop Little Boxes that will run from Friday through Sunday. The stores are offering discounts, many of them 10 per cent, and shoppers get raffle ticket numbers for each visit and purchase they make. Shop Little Boxes has a smartphone app that shoppers can use to find participating stores and to register their raffle ticket numbers.Retailers say they do see sales blip up during Small Business Saturday, but their aim is also to remind shoppers that they are there year-round.The event in Henderson, Nevada, like many others, is aimed at fostering goodwill; Shop Small Henderson will be a five-hour block party with activities for children. Parents may not be able to do much shopping during such events, but owners say they do return to shop after the party is over.Landlords also sponsor Small Business Saturday events at their developments. Pier Village, a residential complex in Long Branch, New Jersey, has about 30 retail tenants, and many will be taking part in a communal Small Business Saturday event.Some of the events aim at giving craft makers and artisans a place to sell their creations; about a dozen craft makers will take part in a pop-up event at Broadway Market, a retail complex in Seattle. And some companies with surplus space are inviting small vendors to set up shop on their premises — in Elmhurst, Illinois, Brewpoint Coffee is hosting small retailers in its roastery._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more