In case you missed it, during last month’s Budget Speech then finance minister Malusi Gigaba announced that VAT would be increased to 15%.
The good news is that there are 19 basic food items which are zero-rated, which means those prices won’t increase.
The bad news is that these food options are very limited and unless you’re a culinary magician, creating a VAT-free meal may prove to be quite challenging. The food items include maize meal, samp, rice, brown bread, dried beans, vegetables, fruit, eggs, pilchards, milk and lentils.
Chef Jenny Ward, head chef at Chefs restaurant in Cape Town, shares one of her pocket friendly VAT-free recipes.
Beetroot-and-carrot salad with feta
3tsp cumin seeds
50ml olive oil
Julienne the carrots and raw beetroot. Mix the orange juice, cumin seed, olive oil and coriander together to make the dressing. Coat the thinly sliced carrots and beetroot with the dressing and season well.
Top with crumbled feta.
Spiced-lentil and crushed-pea falafel
1c brown lentils (cooked)
1c split peas (cooked)
1x garlic clove
1x lemon zest
2tsp cumin seeds
1tsp fennel seeds
1x green chilli
1c brown flour
1c brown breadcrumbs
Strain the cooked lentils and split peas very well.
Sauté the onion, garlic, lemon zest and green chilli until soft. Add the spices and sauté lightly.
Add the lentils and split peas and allow to cool.
Blend the lentil mixture together with the fresh mint, coriander and 2 eggs. Season well.
Shape the mixture into small patties and coat them in brown flour, 4 eggs and brown breadcrumbs.
Allow the patties to set slightly before deep-frying them in vegetable oil. Fry until golden brown (best served warm).