Capetonians came in numbers and gathered around the V & A Waterfront amphitheatre to witness the iconic gatsby’s new makeover during National Nutrition Week (9-15 October)
We all know gatsby to be a hearty, delicious and filling meal with all the works and we love it like that. Now, Pharma Dynamics, a prevention minded pharmaceutical company, issued a challenge to create a heart healthy gatsby in a bit to promote the importance of a healthy and balanced diet and keep diseases at bay.
Mariska Fouché, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics says the challenge is in line with the company’s on-going drive to promote healthy eating via its popular Cooking from the Heart initiative. The latter is a free online recipe book containing more than 70 heart-healthy local dishes, which forms part of its umbrella campaign, called iChange4Health.
“More than 40% of all deaths in the country are attributed to chronic diseases of lifestyle, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer hypertension and diabetes, and most of these are preventable if changes are made to the way we live and attention is given to what we eat,” says Fouché.
Food specialist and author of Cooking from the Heart, Heleen Meyer, created South Africa’s first official heart-healthy gatsby. The gatsby was 8.24metres long, big enough for everyone that was at the amphitheatre to taste. Gatsby retailers around the Cape such as Cosy Corner got to taste and shared their opinions of the heart-healthy gatsby with the crowd. This is what she had to say about the gatsby:
“Most fast food meals can be turned into a simple, lean and healthier version by making some modifications. In this instance I’ve replaced traditionally deep-fried chips with oven-baked chips, polony with baked beans and lean red meat, and I’ve added fresh ginger, lemon juice and masala for extra flavour. These modifications translates into a delicious, nutritious Gatsby that is lower in total fat, unhealthy saturated fat and salt, and higher in fibre, making it a better choice for the heart,” .
For more guilt-free local recipes visit the site:
Visit www.ichange4health.co.za for inspirational stories by fellow South Africans who have turned their lives around by making healthy and concious food choices. They also provide some guidelines on healthy eating.
For information and advice on healthy lifestyles, visit: http://www.heartfoundation.co.za/
SA’s First Official Heart-Healthy Gatsby Recipe
Adapted by Heleen Meyer from Cooking from the heart
10ml (2 tsp) olive or sunflower oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
15ml (1Tbsp) finely chopped fresh ginger
1 green pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped
5ml (1tsp) masala of your choice or more to taste
1x 410g tin baked beans in tomato sauce (choose a Heart Mark approved product)
5ml (1tsp) sugar
Lemon juice and black pepper to taste
3-4 medium potatoes in the skin
20ml (4tsp) olive or sunflower oil
Black pepper to taste
1.25ml (¼tsp) salt
2.5ml (½tsp) dried thyme or rosemary
2.5ml (½tsp) salt
Black pepper to taste
10ml (2tsp) masala of your choice or more to taste
480g steak, excess fat removed
10ml (2tsp) olive or sunflower oil
15ml (1Tbsp) lemon juice
1 large wholewheat “gatsby” baguette (30cm) or 6cm hamburger rolls
2-3 fresh tomatoes, sliced lettuce
Cape Town…What comes to mind at the mention of this city?… breath taking views, a happening night life, diverse nationalities, wine farms, taxi tout with missing front teeth screaming “Mowbray! Claremont! Wynberg!” LOL!
However, before coming to Cape Town, making myself a permanent resident and adopting the cape coloured accent, I knew it as a city of people with missing front teeth, table mountain and lots of fish. Up until this day I still wonder why so many capetonians have missing front teeth! Some say it’s from eating the fish bones haha but we love them anyways!
I can go on and on about the fascinating stuff about the mother city but for now I’d like to share with you one of my favourite Kaapse cuisines, the Gatsby. It’s a long bread roll usually filled with a variety of ingredients from chicken, mutton curry, viennas, polony the list goes on. The Gatsby originated from the Cape Malay.
As a student my friends and I used to club and buy a Gatsby and a cool drink…..that’s how I got hooked up. My personal favourites are the Masala Steak and the Mutton curry gatsbys! I don’t know about you but for me the two is “baie lekker” (very delicious). Ok, confession time…..my colleagues and I club from time to time to buy a Gatsby ….I must say clubbing for a gatsby is cheaper than buying two pieces of chicken and chips and its very filling. Four people clubbing for one Gatsby can contribute up to R15.00 each depending on the type….I’m sure by now you get my drift.
I won’t deny the fact that you’ll only get the best here in the Cape but you can always try and make your own at home. The nice thing about the Gatsby is the fact that there are no rules as to what goes into it. You can add anything you like. I decided to make my own version using chicken cooked in Castle Milk Stout beer which I got from my fbi2011 goodie bag :-).
For the chicken:
15ml (1Tbsp) olive oil
1 onion, chopped
±400g chicken thigh fillets, diced (medium sized dices)
200ml castle milk stout beer
30ml (2Tbsp) chutney
5ml (1tsp) pesto princess red pesto
2.5ml (½tsp) medium curry powder
6 button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
For the Gatsby:
1 French roll, cut lengthwise
Potato chips (from two potatoes)
Castle Milk Stout chicken
3-4 lettuce leaves, shredded
Assembling the Gatsby: Layer the chips, chicken and lettuce inside the roll. Divide into two or three pieces. Geniet / Enjoy! Down with a cool drink of your choice!