Boitumelo Vero Rikhotso

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5 places to have the best SESWAA in Gaborone November 21, 2018

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Goat seswaa from Botswana Craft

 

On my first Sunday in Gaborone I was stuck in a hotel room and missed home, more specifically my mom’s Sunday lunch. I called room service to ask about their lunch specials and got to hear about this dish, ‘seswaa’ for the first time. On enquiry, the lady on the other side of the line described it as beef that had been pounded, a Botswana delicacy, something I just had to have. “You mean like a schnitzel?” I asked, “Exactly!” Well, when it came, it resembled more of shredded beef, as per the photo. Well, it turns out seswaa is actually overcooked meat which is usually cooked for funerals in South Africa called ‘tshotlho.’ This is my number 1 favorutie thing to eat in Botswana. I have sampled quite a bit of this dish and have found that these places serve the best.

 

1.  Cresta Hotel Mahalapye

Ok ok ok, Relax!. I know Cresta Hotel Mahalapye is about 200km from Gaborone, but man, I had to place it as my number 1 because their lamb seswaa is the best I have had in Botswana – hands down! When driving north, do yourself a favour and stop by this hotel for this treat, and it will be a treat – that much I can guarantee.

 

2.  Botswana Craft

This is my favourite eat out spot in Gaborone and their seswaa is the business. I especially love their goat seswaa but hear it from me, everything at this eatery is good. Their fried goat and oxtail – delish!

 

3.  Pavillion Restaurant, Fairgrounds

A group of guys and I visit this place for lunch every Friday.  This restaurant serves a traditional menu on Fridays (12:00 – 14:00) and it can be quite packed so go early. They also offer goat and mogatla (oxtail), and setswana chicken (free range chicken) which are always very well made.

 

4.  Grand Palm Hotel

The buffet restaurant at this hotel sells seswaa as part of their buffet and it is yumness. It’s a pity you can’t order the seswaa à la carte.

 

5.  Main deck

Such a cool hangout spot in Gabs right in the middle of Main Mall, more a square than a mall actually but definitely one to check out.

If you know of other places I should try out, please do send them my way so I can check them out.  Pula!

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21 days of no sugar and no grains March 5, 2018

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First of all I didn’t think it was possible. No grains maybe but no sugar? Now that was going to test me to the limit and to the limits I was stretched.

 

By no sugar this is what I mean:

No…

– white / brown sugar

– honey

– sweeteners

– added sugar in products (e.g juice, fizzy drinks, sauces, spices etc…)

 

Sugar I had:

– fruits

– sugar from dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt)

 

No grains: 

– wheat (bread, pasta, cake, pies, biscuits etc…)

– rice

– oats

– potatoes (fries & crisps)

 

Week 1

I thought I was going to die. I had monster headaches and very little energy. The cravings were thick and fast. I wanted everything but I stuck with it.

 

Week 2

This week was much better. I was starting to feel live again and the cravings were a little better although walking past Doritos every morning at reception was not easy. This week I decided not to take fruits anymore so essentially only got sugar from dairy products.

 

Week 3

I was away at a work conference for this week. This week tested my resolve because at these kind of meetings, we tend to eat a lot. For example, welcome teas with muffins and scones, tea break with sandwiches and croissants, lunch was much the same. So suffices to say, this week my body didn’t get enough food but I ensured that I had a substantial breakfast at the hotel and I would be ok throughout the rest of the day and had a nice rich dinner. I am very proud of myself that no sugar and grains touched my lips at this meeting. I am surprised at myself.

 

What my meals comprised of:

I will take pictures next time…. (yes there will be a next time :))

 

Breakfast: Combo of a few of the following items; Eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese, mushrooms, egg noodles veg stir-fry, sausages. Nuts, berries & plain yogurt.

Lunch: Vegetables, Avo and meat.

Dinner: Vegetables and fish or Salad.

Snacks: Nuts (Almonds, pecans, macadamian), Cuppa and herbal teas

 

Observations:

Pros

-My skin is glowing!!! That was the first thing, I couldn’t get over.

– My waistline is smaller :), lost 3kg.  I will take pics and exact measurements next time.

– No constipation. As someone who struggled with IBS, I have had no such trouble. My tummy is happy and so am I :). On week 2 I had a bit of bloating and decided to reduce my dairy intake to only one piece of dairy a day or every 2 days and my tummy went back to normal.

 

Cons

– Cravings are bad

– Headaches are really bad in the beginning

– No energy in the first week but it gets better. If you eat sufficiently during your meals, you should be a-ok.

– It is easy not to eat enough, so make sure you eat the right foods in reasonable quantities.

 

The trick to not yielding to temptations is to plan ahead of time. So on Sundays I would write down a plan of what I’ll be eating for all the meals and then buy groceries for the week. If I didn’t plan ahead and go to work with no lunch box, I then got easily tempted to visit the vending machine. When I had a substantial breakfast, I found that I was full for the day and wasn’t really hungry at lunch and rather had an early dinner.

 

Post 21 days

So this past Saturday (3 March 2018), I figured I was so well behaved for 3 weeks that I decided to have a slice of red velvet cake to celebrate. First, I couldn’t believe how incredibly sweet it was and battled to finish the slice. Although I enjoyed it, I wasn’t interested in having another one anytime soon. Which is completely out of character for me. I could eat cake everyday for breakfast lunch and dinner.  Yesterday a friend and I went to a lunch buffet and I had absolutely no interest to taste, let alone look at the sweets section. She went to town sampling all the desserts and lobbied me try the Nutella cheese cake she had. One spoon was all it took. What has happened to me?

 

 

What I missed the most

– Hot/slap chips (fries)

– Coffee with 1 sugar and coffee creamer.  I do not enjoy coffee with fresh milk.

– Pop corn

 

Final words…

I can definitely live without sugar. Now I know it is possible and I think I am going to explore this further. I may make concessions now and then, but the amount of wheat and sugar I was taking – no no no. In a nutshell, I will definitely watch what I eat a lot more than I did in the past. I loved how I felt and I love how I look when I eat fresh whole foods and less processed ones. Could it be my everyday lifestyle? I am definitely determined to explore the possibility.  This year I am placing a demand on myself to do the tough things; not only in the area of diet but also my faith, my finances, my academic and professional life.