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4 Delicious Load Shutdown Recipes That Don’t Require Electricity

Eskom has done it again, ruining all dinner plans in South Africa after announcing a comprehensive phase 2 tax shutdown, starting Tuesday and continuing through Saturday morning.

This means that many people will have to come up with creative dinner ideas if they are not lucky enough to have a gas stove on hand to cook their meals and heat their water.

We’ve put together a few recipes that are so versatile, some don’t even require any appliances. Just a traditional South African braai.

Easy Garlic Bread Recipe in Gas Stove

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Garlic bread. Image: iStock



  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp powdered milk

Garlic bread filling

  • Handful of cheese
  • Chili flakes (if needed)
  • 1 tsp oregano

garlic butter

  • A small handful of chopped coriander
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp soft butter

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  1. Mix the dough ingredients well until a softball is formed. Place in a bowl and cover with cling film to rest for an hour.
  2. After the dough has risen, roll the dough and shape it into a ball. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin.
  3. Cover the bottom of a baking tin or baking pan with a baking sheet. Carefully place the dough on top.
  4. Divide the filling ingredients on one side of the dough, half on the other side. Pinch the sides and center together.
  5. Mix the ingredients for the garlic butter well. Brush the garlic butter over the dough, sprinkle with some chili flakes if desired.
  6. Score the dough with a knife, about 1 inch apart.
  7. Place over medium heat gas stove, cover and cook for 25 minutes.

You can find this recipe at Elisa’s cooking recipes

braai pie

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Chicken pie. Image: iStock


  • 2 rolls of puff pastry
  • 1 bunch spinach – not chopped or baby spinach
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 125 g bacon – pieces
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 red and/or yellow bell pepper – diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • Cheddar cheese – (and Mozarella) to taste


  1. Defrost the dough overnight and roll out the first one on the grid. Tip: use some olive oil or Spray & Cook on the grid before you put the dough down.
  2. Saute onion, bacon, and bell peppers together, and if using chicken in your recipe, fry (or braai) the chicken.
  3. Place half of the raw spinach on the dough. Make sure to dry the spinach well before placing it on the dough. The less water/moisture you have before you start, the better. Optionally, you can also put a layer of cheese on top, but usually you only have to finish it with cheese at the end.
  4. Cut the chicken into pieces and place on top of the spinach. Add the onion, pepper and bacon mixture. Chop and add the mushrooms.
  5. Add a final layer of cheese(s)
  6. Finish with the rest of the spinach. Spinach should cover the dough nicely, it will help prevent too much juice from seeping through and the dough from getting wet.
  7. Place the second roll of dough on top. Seal the dough (as if you were making pies). Tip: Wash the dough with eggs for that extra golden brown effect.
  8. Place it on high heat and turn constantly until golden brown. Added Chef’s Tip: This is not a steak: it’s better to turn too much than too little.

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“The Load-Shifting Dog”

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Image: iStock


  • 1 Cheesy hot dog bun
  • 2 Eskort Chicken and Cheese Viennas
  • ½ cup Eskort BBQ pulled pork
  • 2 tsp creamy mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Eskort tomato sauce


  1. Check your phone’s battery and calculate how long your battery will last when using the flashlight.
  2. Shake your way to the fridge and get all your ingredients out.
  3. Assemble the hot dog while balancing your phone against your coffee cup or wine bottle.
  4. Enjoy your hot dog while the sound of your neighbor’s generator sings a sweet song for you.

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Tacos with avocado and chickpeas

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tacos. Image: iStock


  • can of chickpeas
  • Avocado
  • Slaw (sliced ​​red cabbage)
  • Coriander
  • red pepper flakes
  • tortillas
  • taco toppings


  1. Simply stir and mash the chickpeas, avocado, coriander, slaw and herbs
  2. Then add the mixture to flour or corn tortillas or lettuce leaves.
  3. To spice things up, add a splash of sriracha sauce, a squeeze of lime juice and some crumbled cheese. If you prefer a more plant-based or vegan diet, just omit the cheese.

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