By Pauline Bangirana
Ever thought of going for cooking lessons or possibly coming up with a ‘Cook Book’ of your own?
Well I have watched movies and there is this traditional cook book or rather guide of recipes passed down from a thousand generations. I mean the Kardashians boast of a famous traditional dish, even the famous chefs; Cake Boss’ Buddy Vastro always says he makes cakes using some, if not recipes from his father who got them from his father who also got them from the father and the blah blah blah…
It goes on. But who are we kidding any way. Cooking is very mysterious… even when you follow someone’s recipe to the dot, it just never comes out right. (I actually wonder why)
Well back to my topic, which is coming up with a cookbook of recipes. I have tried and failed but one thing is for sure – experience sure is the best teacher.
I have over the years mastered the art of making a fine dish no matter how basic it is… Why? because I try to do it over and over again. Even sausages do not taste the same even when they are the same kind or even viennas that just need boiling.
After all the blubbering, what is my point? Forget about the recipes or basic guides… Just do something over and over again. After a number of attempts, you will be as good as that chef you so droll over because of the food he makes and how tasty it is. Presentation! No worries, it will come with time. It is allowed to get messy before it arrives to perfection.
I love cooking and how am I nurturing this love? I am on food groups and I watch cooking shows because I know with time, I will get there. So do not stress over a failed recipe or something like that. After all, you never drove after one lesson. So no hustle just relax and always do everything with love (passion) even if you are trying it out for the first time.
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Ousted former Rubaga legislator Singh Katongole Perminder was among hundreds of thousands of students who on Tuesday waited anxiously for their UACE results.
Singh’s academic credentials were contested in 2105 and subsequently barred by Court from competing for Rubaga North seat.
Campus Bee obtained Singh’s results in which he scored 13 points including two principal passes making him eligible to enrol for any tertiary institution in Uganda.
Under the index number U1588/531, he sat the exams at Golden Secondary School located in Lungujja, a Kampala suburb.
Singh Perminder Marwaha scored credit 6 (1 point) in general paper, obtained B (5 points) in history, Kiswahili- E (2 points), SMA 5 and got C (4 points) in Art.
According to UNEB rankings, Singh’s result code is 5.
Singh spoke out on his performance saying politics is his ambition, “I was stopped from contesting because my academic documents were lacking but now let’s see what they say,” he bragged.
Singh said he sat for senior six in 1987 at City High School in Kampala and failed because the education system at that time had been destabilised by the NRA/M war.
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Kim Kardashian has managed to put her sex tape past behind her in recent years, but now new footage has reportedly emerged.
The reality star’s sex tape with ex-partner Ray J leaked back in 2007, and sent the star’s fame skyrocketing.
While it made her a household name, Kim has worked hard to make a name for herself and has since gone on to become one of the world’s biggest celebrities.
However, Kim’s world is about to be turned upside down now new footage allegedly featuring the star has leaked online.
The images, obtained by another outlet, show a woman appearing to be Kim in bed wearing a skimpy bra and showing off her cleavage to a man who appears to be holding the camera.
While Kim rarely talks about her meteoric rise to fame, she revealed how she felt about the tape all these years later during a recent interview.
“If I do have one regret in life that’s it,” she told Love Magazine.
In a later interview, she told Oprah that she’s very aware that despite her dislike for the video, it’s what made her famous.
“You know, I think that’s how I was definitely introduced to the world,” said Kim.
““It was a negative way, so I felt like I really had to work 10 times harder to get people to see the real me.”
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Work without play is boring, at least according to Swangz Avenue singer Winnie Nwagi.
The bootylicious singer decided to have a dance interlude during a recent workout session. Nwagi who was doing squats abruptly switched to twerking, leaving other gym users stunned.
In the video shared online, the “Musawo” singer is seen shaking her big booty in the gym. She captioned it: “work without play bores me.”
Watch her twerk in video below.http://bigeye.ug/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Nwagi-1.compressed.mp4
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Age and women usually don’t mix. In fact, that also applies to footballers because both always want to stay forever young unless for some reason it pops up through a family secret.
An artiste like Desire Luzinda has always said she is 25-years old until last year when she celebrated her 26th birthday. Leila Kayondo, Juliana Kanyomozi and many more have all changed the subject when questions about their age arise.
But yesterday, we got closer to finding out Sheebah’s real age, not directly but through her sister and the details are rather shocking.Sheebah while celebrating her last birthday claimed she is 26-years old but it emerged that the artiste has actually been mentioning her sisters age all along. Yes her sisters age because her younger sibling on Tuseday celebrated her 26th birthday.
Mariam Jumba although looks ‘healthier’ and bigger physically, is the little sister to Sheebah Karungi and just like a big sister, the ‘Akuse’ musician ensured that she kept by her side all the time by making her a member of the Sheebaholics the fans club behind Sheebah and other Team No Sleep members.
Now the question is, if Jumba is 26-years old and is the younger sister to Sheebah, how old is the musician herself? Well this is a question that only her family members can answer. But your guess is as good as mine.
The Katatumba family has been hit by tragedy.
We have learnt that Angella Katatumba’s father, Bonney Katatumba has died.
According to reports, he passed away at International Hospital Kampala where he had been admitted for about a week. He is said to have succumbed to pneumonia and asthma.
Bonney Katatumba was a renowned city businessman and also Ugandan consul to Pakistan.
May his soul rest in peace!
Musician Geosteady has taken parenting to a whole new level.
The “Owooma” hitmaker has decided to introduce his daughter to his line of business at a very tender age.
We have learnt that the singer’s 2-year-old baby girl, Sorayah, will appear in his upcoming video dubbed “Tokendeeza”.
According to the singer, this comes as part of his daughter’s 2nd birthday celebrations. “Sorayah features on my next video titled Tokendeeza as one of the main Characters. I got to pay her with more than love because she does business at 2 years. Still Celebrating her Birthday.” He said.
Meanwhile, “Tokendeeza” is the first single off his upcoming 2017 music album dubbed “Lovenjitis”.
Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming video.
— Blackman (@geosteadyOffici) February 18, 2017
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Latest sad news reaching our desk has it that businessman and diplomat, Bonney Katatumba has passed on. Katatumba who has been Pakistan consul to Uganda has passed on this morning at International Hospital Kampala.
A family member who didn’t go into details because he was still in a state of shock confirmed to us that Hotel Diplomate owner has breather his last. Family confirmed to us that he succumbed to pneumonia and asthma after unsuccessful operation. The family is yet to release an official statement about his death. Family sources say the statement will be released shortly. He was singer Angella Katatumba’s dad and hails from Mbarara. May his soul RIP.
And the Oscar goes to…
All that Glitters, will be gold come this Sunday, 26th February 2017 when members of the entertainment community witness which one of their favourite actors or actresses walk away with the coveted Oscar Award Live on M-Net. Jimmy Kimmel, host of the Late Night show will take center stage as the host of the 89th Academy awards to honor the best films of 2016 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Following the controversy of the 2016 Oscar awards the Academy hopes that the comedian will bring back much needed freshness and savvy of the awards.
This year’s awards has 6 African American (black) nominees following boycotts and calls of discrimination at last year’s awards. Denzel Washington leads the pack with eight nominations, (seven for acting and one for best picture) for his role in Fences.
During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will present Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories.
The nominations include:
- Best Picture – Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight.
- Best Actress – Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Ruth Negga (Loving), Natalie Portman (Jackie), Emma Stone (La La Land), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
- Best Actor – Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Ryan Gosling (La La Land), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), Denzel Washington (Fences)
- Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis (Fences), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (Lion), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
- Best Supporting Actor- Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Dev Patel (Lion), Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)
- Best Director – Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea), Barry Jenkins
- Best Animated Feature Film – Moana, Kubo and the Two Strings, My Life as a Zucchini, The Red Turtle, Zootopia
DStv audiences can tune into the live broadcast of the 89th Academy Awards on the following channels: LIVE on M-Net Movies Premiere (104) at 03:30 CAT and the Prime Time repeat on M-Net East at 19:30 CAT. Just in case that wasn’t enough, join the fashionistas on E!Entertainment (DStv Channel 124) Live from the Red Carpet on 27 February at 00:00 CAT for the most exciting and glamorous breakdown of what and who the celebrities were wearing to the Academy Awards.
City socialite and Makerere University student Merisa Sheila Pellegrini has a strong but challenging call for ladies. While posting on her social media, the socialite said having one boyfriend is so risk.
The call didn’t go down well with male followers who said having multiple sexual partners is risky because it exposes one to dangerous diseases that are sexually transmitted. “Having one boyfriend is so risky…what if he dies,” Merisa Sheila Pellegrini posted.
Odrek Rwabwogo has called for farming and agriculture support across the country. Odrek who was on a farm tour in Northern Uganda and Hoima over the weekend said agriculture is key to development.
He crititised some of the ministries’ officials of government have been discouraging farmers from growing Shea butter trees and yet offer no alternative to the farmers who have for several decades grown this crop.
Odrek also called for sensitization of farmers on commercial farming.
“I met this young man in Keri Muco, Longira parish in Upper Maddi in Koboko district yesterday. He is doing his best to preserve some of the Shea butter trees that peasants have been cutting and burning for charcoal. Shea butter has natural vitamins and is often used for skin therapy. A large part of Northern Uganda have these trees growing naturally. This young man is a trained agronomist from Gulu and oversees the planting of a large eucalyptus tree plantation of 103 acres expecting a growth of 515,000 trees in the next six years.
The trees will be bought by the Tobacco curing companies instead of the people cutting down natural forests. Some of the ministries’ officials of government have been discouraging farmers from growing the crop yet offer no alternative to the farmers who have for several decades grown this crop.
I was so pleased to find one person making a difference to recover our natural environment and help keep the Shea butter tree rejuvenating,” Odrek said.
“Today I spent the day with the farmers of Opit in the new Omoro district, formerly Gulu, before crossing over to Kiryandongo where I met Eseru Paul and his wonderful team of extension officers and later, Buhanika in Kyabigambire in Hoima district.
In Hoima we took time and calculated the total annual income from one common crop they grow- Tobacco. At about an acre, the average for a farmer both in Bunyoro and West Nile, with 12,000 seeds, a farmer makes up to UGX3m for one cropping a year. Because government does not offer fertilisers, crop finance and other inputs, for the crop sector, the tobacco sponsoring companies offer these and instead recover well over UGX1m off the 3m they pay to the farmers.
If we assume a figure of UGX120,000/= a month the farmer retains, we calculated with them their monthly needs which include: Paraffin, soap, sugar, salt, school fees for the I children, family medication, small amount of air time at 10,000/= a month (because almost all the farmers have a cellphone), transport to the shops etc, we got a total expenditure at a household level of UGX150,000/=.
This means the farmer simply can’t live on one acre of Tobacco even if the incentives might be good. You must introduce to him sorghum or maize or a crop to supplement both the food and income.
This gave me an Idea. Suppose government did a partnership with private companies that are already in the sector; some of them have very highly trained extension service officers (remember the whole of NAADS and OWC doesn’t have even half of the 5000 extension officers needed by our country to reach at least a minimum of two parishes for one officer- Uganda has about 7500 parishes), who only handle one crop. The companies among themselves have about 500 extension officers in villages and parishes who they pay monthly and on average 80% of them have a motorbike.
Let’s assume NAADS signed a partnership with these companies and utilized the private sector resources now used on simply one crop, would we not introduce another cash crop for the farmers at a fraction of the current government expenditure on extension service?
These are matters that bother me and lack a platform in our party and government to drive the current slow processes so as to introduce these incremental changes in our systems,” Odrek Rwabwogo said.
Songbird Irene Ntale has opened up about her music plans for 2017.
The “Gwe Aliko” singer, who recently announced that she was parting ways with her longtime label Swangz Avenue to take charge of her music career, is indeed doing just that.
We have learnt that the singer will explore new things with her music this year. She revealed that she is stepping out of her shell and incorporating more dance routines in her videos.
“This year my only plan is to make my fans dance. That only means I am also stepping out of my shy shell and dancing too,” she said.
Meanwhile, Ntale is working on a brand new video dubbed “Omutima Gwesibye”. The singer who started shooting the video early this week is expected do a lot of dancing in the video.
The new video will be released soon.
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The Minister for ICT Hon. Frank Tumwebaze has said for any country to grow, it must have ICT innovations. The Minister said this while addressing the 53rd Governing Council meeting of the African Advanced level telecommunications Institute ( AFRALTI)in Kampala earlier this week.
“Without ICT Innovations, the digital growth of any country will remain stagnant,” Frank Tumwebaze said.
“I have this Monday morning, the 20th of February 2017, addressed and officially opened the 53rd Governing Council meeting of the African Advanced level telecommunications Institute( AFRALTI) convening here in Kampala. Delegates from 11 African member countries are in town to attend the council meeting. As Uganda and the ministry of ICT in particular, through our regulatory agency UCC, we are honored to host this regional meeting. In my opening remarks, I challenged the Institute to deepen research in ICT innovations and advise us the Policy makers on how best to support talents that drive innovation. Without ICT Innovations, the digital growth of any country will remain stagnant. I am looking forward to an enriching conversation with these delegates throughout the week,” Frank K Tumwebaze posted.
The National Water Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) Five Year Strategic Direction (2016–2021) comes at a time when the Corporation is at cross roads with a good historical performance record, but increasing demand for services across the urban divide in Uganda.
As Albert Einstein said, “the challenges we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when they were created. We therefore have to put on a new mind if we are to succeed in our search for solutions.” This statement summarises the predicament of increasing expectations and demands that the Corporation is currently faced with The Five Year Strategic Direction is therefore aimed at gearing the Corporation for transformational changes in its operational and geographical mandate.
In formulating the Strategic Direction, due cognisance was given to the history of the Corporation that has defined its current status, the existing NWSC Corporate Plan (2012–2015) aspirations and the various stakeholder expectations, key among which are the Government Policy expectations. In summary, the Five Year Strategic Direction is premised on the four (4) perspectives of the Balance Score Card, namely: Business Process and Growth, Customer Perspective, Financial Perspective, and Learning and People Perspective. Key among the strategic focus areas will be increased coverage and supply reliability, improved asset management aimed at tackling the current water losses, improved customer interface and delight coupled with enhanced collaboration with stakeholders, increased revenue growth and mobilization of resources for investment, improved staff capacity development and welfare, and enhanced research and innovation.
It is envisaged that the Five Year Strategic Direction will be operationalised and streamlined through the Corporation’s annual budget and respective Division Annual Plans and One Minute Management Goals for the staff within the Divisions. The activities of the Strategy will further be cascaded to the various areas of operation in a bid to ensure collective responsibility and effectiveness in the implementation of the strategies. This will be undertaken through tactical Performance Improvement Programmes (PIP), including the STEP–UP–90 Programme that was launched recently. As is always the case, growth and development comes at a cost.
Musician Fille Mutoni is lucky to be alive.
This after she was attacked by robbers in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
She was reportedly waylaid by thugs outside her gate as she returned home presumably from a night gig. According to our sources, her car was then vandalized and the singer ordered to surrender all her valuables including money and her gadgets.
However, the “Katijjo” singer escaped unscathed and is doing okay. “I am fresh from hospital, and by Gods grace, I am alive and very fine,” she revealed following the ordeal.
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