The secret ingredient

The secret ingredient

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The art of conversation around the dinner table is slowly being lost. Too many people sit with their cellphones. They are not entirely present’ – Brett

VegTable is a special restaurant in South Africa, where Brett cooks and hosts guests in his magical home. He invited us to share a meal with him. To book a delicious meal with Brett, visit VegTable

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Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

• We love eating out
• Fancy food
• A toasted cheese and tomato sandwich
• Tasteless tomatoes
• There’s a big difference
• Present them on a palette
• By the time it reaches your mouth
• He became a mentor to me
• Pick everything out of his garden
• Dinner parties
• Multi-course meals
• It was all very new to me
• I got hooked I suppose
• Let that rest
• The art of conversation around the dinner table
• Not really entirely present
• People who are all just living in their own bubble
• People are fractured and separated
• I host people to try and make them happy
• My ultimate goal
• Step back and hear all the chatter
• Then I’ve achieved my objective
• If you love something then you put everything into it
• I guess that is probably the secret ingredient



There is no other place that could match it

There is no other place that could match it

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Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Existing here is a very fragile existence
  • There’s a balance
  • Mapungubwe is an ancient, ancient band
  • The enormous history
  • Time has carved its way through this area
  • There is no other place that could match it
  • The beautiful magnificent Baobabtrees
  • They’re primordial (existing at or from the beginning of time)
  • They stand dormant and sentinel (watch over so as to protect) in winter
  • There is so much life, it’s in the earth, and it’s in the environment and it’s in the animals
  • Some small experience that is just totally memorable
  • Without this pristine (in its original condition) wilderness, this place would be a much sadder place
  • We need to protect it from industrial development
  • Once we’ve lost this battle, there is nothing left for anybody

“Location – Mapungubwe is set against the northern border of South Africa, joining Zimbabwe and Botswana.



Vanessa Bristow is well acquainted with the traces that ancient life has left behind. She feels that at Mapungubwe there is an overwhelming sense of “enormous history, and evidence of how time has “carved its way” through the landscape.

However, the announcement that authorisation has been given to an Australian company called CoAL to construct an open-cast mine just outside of the boundaries of this conservation area will affect this fragile natural harmony. To Vanessa, without these pristine wilderness areas, “the world would be a much sadder place.”

Vanessa, like many others, believes that Mapungubwe should be preserved and protected from infrastructural development, and allowed to remain pristine for future generations to come, because as she says, “if we lose this battle, there’s nothing left, for anybody.”

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Read more about this World Heritage Site @ UNESCO : Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape