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30g fresh flat-leaf parsley

While the meatballs are baking, in a deep pot saut&233; the other half of the onion, garlic and chilli mix until onion is translucent.

The Eat In judges scrutinise where the products come from, and in the case of the aloe it&8217;s a rm in Calitzdorp where it grows wild without any pesticides or fertilisers.

Kleinschmidt&8217;s first creation, however, was the aloe and orange marmalade adapted from a mily recipe. Like its sibling aloe, apricot and almond jam, it is much lower in sugar than normal jams but still sweet enough to be satisfying, especially if, like me, you don&8217;t have a highly evolved sweet tooth. I&8217;ve been enjoying it in the conventional manner on my morning toast but it can be used in various recipes. Kleinschmidt recommends the marmalade in a fruit salad or pork and ostrich dishes, while the apricot jam marries well with chicken.

l Totally Wild&8217;s juices and Chocaloes are available at selected Pick n Pay Stores, and the full Totally Wild range is available at selected Spars, fine food outlets and health stores nationwide or online from For more information contact Totally Wild at 021 701 0744, e-mail [email protected] or see

Take the sauce off the heat and add the cooled meatballs.

Bake at 180&176;C for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Check halfway and shake tray to evenly brown the meatballs. Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Do not place in sauce while hot.

About 10 minutes before taking the sauce off the heat, add the rest of the relish to the sauce.

&8220;Eat In believes in a sense of sharing and community, of celebration of people and produce, of artistry and story-telling,&8221; says Eat In executive editor Anelde Greeff. &8220;It&8217;s a privilege to have the producers share their labours of love with us.

340g whole plum tomatoes

The award-winning product is the Totally Wild aloe and baobab juice, a powerful combination full of calcium, iron and vitamins which is refreshing and tasty on its own but can also successfully be mixed with vodka, which was one of the ways the Eat In judges sampled it.

Spicy meatballs with tomato chilli relish

30g fresh basil

1 onion

30g fresh coriander

Besides the juices, Totally Wild also produces jams, relishes and tasty little morsels called Chocaloes. These are balls of fruit pulp blended with concentrated aloe powder and dipped in chocolate. Available in two flavours, strawberry in milk chocolate and orange in dark chocolate, they can be nibbled on their own or, as we found out in the home taste tests, studded into ice cream.

Serve on spaghetti with a fresh side salad and sprinkle meatballs with some freshly grated Parmesan. – Sunday Argus

Serves 4

2 jars Totally Wild Tomato Chilli Relish (155g)

Preparation time: 30-40 minutes

Add &189; the chopped items to a large mixing bowl together with the beef mince, egg and about 2 heaped teaspoons of the relish.

My vourite was the aloe, tomato and chilli relish, which lasted all of about three days as I lashed it on sandwiches and over pasta. Slightly spicy, with jalapeno and serrano chillies, it likes potatoes, mushrooms and scrambled eggs too, or try it in a meatball recipe submitted by a consumer online and picked asdepartment oGood health from the aloe one of Totally Wild&8217;s vourites.

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2 chillies (more or less depending how spicy you want it)

1 tsp sugar

Parmesan cheese

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Finely chop 1-2 chillies and add.

&8220;Besides being super-tasty and nutritious, Totally Wild&8217;s aloe and baobab juice makes aloe wonderfully palatable.&8221;

Along with the other juices in the Totally Wild range &8211; aloe and mango and aloe with pomegranate and hibiscus extract &8211; it can happily be used in cocktails, says Kleinschmidt.

2 tsp fresh garlic

Bring to a boil, then turn down the temperature and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes.

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Mix these ingredients together with your hands and roll into small meatballs. Place the meatballs on a lightly greased baking tray, drizzle with a good glug of olive oil.

department oGood health from the aloe,Back in 1994, Kleinschmidt developed a range of cosmetics using the indigenous Aloe ferox, a plant that grows wild in the Western and Eastern Cape and is renowned for its soothing and healing properties. The unsweetened aloe drink could be recommended for various intestinal conditions.

500g lean beef mince

Only the inner flesh of the leaves is used, the bitter sap being removed at a pre-processing plant that is creating employment for people in the rming community.

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Finely chop the onion, garlic, coriander, parsley and basil and halve the ingredients.

Over the years Kleinschmidt&8217;s dream of an aloe-based drink that was 100 percent natural No Comments, healthy and delicious with no preservatives or additives evolved, along with a range of food products using the white flesh from the plant&8217;s leaves.

340g tomato puree

1 egg

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salt and pepper to taste

From a drink that, by her own admission, tasted &8220;disgusting&8221; to winning the best new product category at this year&8217;s Eat In awards, Barbara Kleinschmidt&8217;s work with aloe products has certainly come a long way.

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Add tomato puree, whole plum tomatoes and the rest of the fresh chopped herbs and sugar.

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