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Spice up your pantry and power up your immunity

Spice Up your pantry and power up your immunity

The chilly season is well and truly here and there’s still a few more cold snaps to be expected before we can look forward to the prospect of warmer weather! So, what better time to unleash the full potential of your winter pantry and strengthen your immune system to combat the flu and colds. To support your quest for optimal health and well-being, incorporating certain foods into your diet can have significant health benefits. There are a number of superfoods that can provide the necessary nutrients to boost your immunity during the colder months, some of which include:

  • Garlic – Prepare to wield the power of garlic, the flavorful powerhouse that packs a punch! Garlic not only adds a delicious kick to your dishes, but it also fights off winter invaders with its natural antibacterial and antiviral properties. Let garlic be your kitchen ally and keep those pesky bugs at bay!
  • Berries – Bursting with vitamins, berries are nature’s gift to supercharge your immune system and boost your body’s defences. Filled with antioxidants and essential nutrients, berries offer a scrumptious way to stay healthy and brighten up your winter days. Eat berries raw or add a handful to your smoothie or breakfast cereal to give your body an additional boost.
  • Onions – The bold and versatile guardians of good health, onions bring bold flavours and nutritional benefits to the table. With immune-enhancing quercetin and gut-friendly fibres, they add a tasty twist to your winter recipes and are a good base for soups, stews curries and everything else for that matter! Let onions be your trusty companions on your journey to wellness!
  • Chillies – Spice up your life and fight off the cold season with the fiery flavour of chillies. Not only do they bring the heat and warm you up, but they are known for their immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. Add a playful kick to your winter dishes by using chopped fresh chillies in your cooking or drizzling chilli-infused oil on top of your dishes such as the innovative, flavour-packed Banhoek Chilli Oil made from locally grown chillies that are sun-dried, crushed, and infused into a hand-crafted oil that offers a rich source of vitamins A, B, C, and E.

Ul-rick Mowers, Head Chef at the Banhoek Chilli Oil Taste Kitchen states: “As a chef, I believe that the true essence of cooking lies not only in crafting delicious dishes but also in using the power of food to nurture and protect our health. Embracing the winter season with immune-boosting superfoods enhances the flavours on our plates and strengthens our bodies from within so that we are better able to fight against common ailments.”

Keep these superfoods as your pantry staples and get ready to rock the winter season with a vibrant and invincible immune system!

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Exploring the health benefits of Banhoek Chilli Oil

Are you ready to ignite your taste buds and supercharge your well-being? Look no further than Banhoek Chilli Oil, locally grown, sun-dried, and hand-crushed chilli-infused canola oil that promises to take your culinary experience to new heights. Not only does this fiery delight add a kick to your favourite dishes, but it also packs a powerful punch of essential nutrients that can significantly benefit your health. Let’s dive into the nutritional wonders of Banhoek Chilli Oil!

The Fiery Goodness of Chillies

Chillies are more than just a spice; they are a powerhouse of essential vitamins and minerals. Banhoek Chilli Oil derives its fiery essence from carefully selected locally grown chilli peppers. These chillies are not only responsible for the tantalising heat but also contribute to a range of health benefits. Chillies are known for their high content of capsaicin, which gives them their spicy heat. Capsaicin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, aid in digestion, and even help boost metabolism.

Abundance of Vitamins A, B, C, and E

Banhoek Chilli Oil is an excellent source of vitamins, all of which are essential for maintaining a healthy body. Vitamin A promotes good vision, supports the immune system, and maintains healthy skin. The B vitamins play a vital role in energy metabolism, nerve function, and cognitive health. Vitamin C is well-known for its immune-boosting properties and as an antioxidant that helps combat oxidative stress. Vitamin E is essential for healthy skin, hair, and immune function.

Nutrient-Rich Canola (rapeseed) Oil

The base of Banhoek Chilli Oil is made from non-GMO canola oil, which is renowned for its nutritional profile. This golden oil is cholesterol-free, low in saturated fats, and abundant in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Canola oil contributes additional vitamins, particularly E and K. Vitamin E serves as a potent antioxidant that protects cells from damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting and maintaining bone health.

Halaal, Kosher, and Vegan Certified

Apart from our oil’s nutritional excellence, it is also proudly certified as halaal, kosher and vegan. This means that individuals following specific dietary requirements or preferences can savour the delightful flavour and health benefits without any concerns. The certification ensures that the production process adheres to the respective guidelines, providing consumers with a trustworthy and inclusive product.

The best part about Banhoek Chilli Oil is its versatility in the kitchen. Whether you’re cooking up a storm or simply drizzling it over your favourite dishes, this chilli-infused oil can elevate any meal.

So, if you’re looking to spice up your well-being and tantalise your taste buds simultaneously, Banhoek Chilli Oil is your ideal companion. It certainly is a delightful way to introduce a burst of flavour and nutrition into your life.

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Spicy Gypsy Salad Recipe

It is the dressing that makes this vegetable salad captivating. The vegetables themselves are as colourful as gypsies and the salad is busy, so you’ll need little more to accompany most any main dish. This tasty gypsy salad also makes for a wonderful starter dish!


5 beautiful tomatoes, diced

1 cucumber, partially peeled, seeded and diced

1 red onion, peeled and finely diced

2 carrots peeled and diced

2 yellow peppers, diced

30g very roughly chopped Italian Parsley


2 tsp crushed garlic

1 tsp sea salt

½ c Greek yoghurt

3 T extra virgin olive oil

1 T Banhoek Chili Oil + 2 tsp Chilli Oil for garnishing

Juice of 1 lemon

¼ chilli, seeded and finely shredded

2 tsp ground cumin

Freshly ground white pepper


Put the tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, carrots and yellow pepper into a large bowl and toss gently.

Whisk the yoghurt in a separate bowl with the salt and the garlic and the remaining dressing ingredients.

Arrange the vegetables in a shallow salad bowl and pour over the yoghurt dressing. Drizzle over 1 T Banhoek Chilli Oil over the yoghurt dressing. The vegetables will become dressed as the salad is served.  


Karen Dudley (born 1968) is a South African cheffood writer and restaurateur best known for her restaurant, The Kitchen in WoodstockCape Town, which was visited by former First Lady Michelle Obama in June 2011.

Karen has appeared on CNN and TEDx and has been interviewed by New York Times and The Guardian. She has been a guest judge on the reality cooking show My Kitchen Rules South Africa and is often interviewed on national TV.

If you loved this Gypsy Salad recipe, You’ll need some more chill oil!