ZZ2 Tomatoes (Romanita) Chorizo and chickpea shakshuka

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large-based pan and fry the chorizo over a high heat until the pan oil turns red, about 2-3 minutes. Remove and set aside until later. Turn the heat down and another tablespoon of oil to the pan along with the onions. Sauté until softened, 8-10 minutes. Stir in the garlic and spices and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the Romanita tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add the passata and stock. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes. The sauce should be thickened and reduced. Add the chorizo back into the sauce along with the chickpeas and heat through. Make 4 hollows in the sauce with the back of a spoon and carefully break the eggs into each. Simmer for about 6-8 minutes, depending on how you like your eggs done. Swirl the yoghurt over the top and scatter with chives. Serve immediately with warm pita breads or sourdough toast.

January 7th, 2019|

Rehabilitated owls find a new home in ZZ2’s eco-friendly farmlands

Natuurboerdery®, ZZ2’s environmentally-friendly approach to farming, contributed to the release of rehabilitated owls in their eco-friendly tomato fields and avocado orchards. Not only are the owls a natural way to control rodents, but the farmlands are a food rich environment for these top predators. The landscape is populated with small game which is a direct result of Natuurboerdery®, where the harmful impact of commercial farming on the ecosystem has been mitigated over two decades.

June 15th, 2018|

Large-scale synchronisation & AI programme at ZZ2’s cattle unit

Many farmers, especially in the western parts of the country, have been experiencing a dry spring and summer. These conditions are not optimal for reconception in cattle as the condition of cows will decrease after calving, or because they did not undergo an improvement in body condition at the start of the breeding season. The main result of synchronisation of cattle at the start of the breeding season, is a focus on the condition of the cattle. Bulls should not merely be put with cows. In such a programme, every animal is handled three times within two weeks and each one’s condition score is physically recorded during the first handling.

February 9th, 2018|

ZZ2 gears up for second cherry export deal

South African produce company ZZ2 is preparing for its second ever cherry export campaign of fruit from a recently purchased farm, with volumes expected to rise this year. The entity bought a farm in the North West province’s Rustenburg region in 2015 and enjoyed a successful inaugural season of around 40 metric tons (MT) last year.

October 2nd, 2017|

ZZ2 sponsors cattle for annual Merensky Youth Show

On Saturday, 24 June, the annual in-house Youth Show was hosted by Agri-Merensky at Merensky High School. 23 Learners were eager to prove their knowledge and showmanship concerning animal husbandry. After completing a written test, they were tested on cleaning and grooming the cattle. They were judged on their showmanship in the ring by Pieter Gerber and Willie Stevens. In the junior category Phillip du Preez took first place. Runner-up was Luandie Visagie, with Charize Taylor in third place. The seniors had a tough battle, but Iszabella le Roux came out on top, followed by Timothy Venter 2nd and Nicky Smith 3rd.

July 19th, 2017|

Beer Battered Onion Rings with Blue Cheese Dip

Beer Battered Onion Rings with Blue Cheese Dip Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes + 30 minutes waiting time Cooking time: 15 minutes Ingredients Beer Batter: 2 c (500 ml) cake flour ½ c (125 ml) corn flour 1 tsp (5 ml) salt 1 T (15 ml) baking powder 500 ml ice cold beer or [...]

May 3rd, 2017|

Tomato, Goat’s Cheese & Thyme Galette

Tomato, Goat’s Cheese & Thyme Galette Serves: 4 Prep time: 20 minutes + 30 minutes chilling time Cooking time: +- 45 minutes Ingredients Pastry: 1 c (250 ml) cake flour ½ tsp (2.5 ml) salt 2 sprigs of thyme leaves 3 Tbs (45 ml) finely grated parmesan 80 g salted butter 1 large egg, beaten [...]

May 3rd, 2017|

Spanish Rice Stuffed Classic Round Tomatoes

Spanish Rice Stuffed Classic Round Tomatoes Serves: 6 Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Ingredients: ½ c (125 ml) long grain rice, cooked according to package instructions and cooled slightly 6- 8 large ripe ZZ2 Classic round Tomatoes 125 g chorizo, chopped ½ onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp (5 [...]

May 3rd, 2017|

Salmon & Avo Poke Bowls

Salmon & Avo Poke Bowls Serves: 2 Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Ingredients: ½ c (125 ml) brown rice, cooked according to package instructions and cooled 200 g Norwegian salmon, cut into cubes 1 tsp (5 ml) sesame oil 1 tsp (5 ml) black sesame seeds ½ cucumber, seeds removed and julienned [...]

May 3rd, 2017|

One Tray Italian-Style Chicken

One Tray Italian-Style Chicken Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 1 medium onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges 2 garlic cloves, sliced 4 x free range chicken breast fillets 8 x Prosciutto or Speck slices 100 g green beans, trimmed 100 g Kalamata olives, pips removed 1 punnet  (200g) [...]

April 26th, 2017|