Name your night

When your family has something to look forward to, especially something regular, they get super excited knowing what to expect when they come to the dinner table. We ‘name our nights’ which means we have regular family rituals that make our mealtimes unique.

Monday is, of course, Meatless Monday. Or Mzansi Mondays. 

We mix it up on a Monday, so sometimes it’s Meatless Mondays or we try a dish that’s homegrown and call it Mzansi Monday.

‘Meatless Mondays’ pretty much says it all. Ditch the meat, save the planet and dish up something delicious. Try our roasted veggie moussaka. We’ve got so many amaaazing dishes in South Africa. Why not try out a new one each Monday?  We’ll help you do it.  How about bobotie at the beginning of this week?

Treat Tuesdays

Cook up your family’s favourite – we love a good stir-fry, and then like to end off the meal with a treat – a choccie, an ice-cream, a fruit platter. Something that’ll bring a smile to the table!

Wowee Wednesdays

This is fun night! Serve dinner back to front. Swap places at the table. Add something wacky to the menu. It’s a good time to try out new food on your kids. (remember the dinosaur broccoli we told you about?) Hey, you could even have breakfast for dinner or put a picnic blanket down and eat in the garden. Your choice. Just make it memorable.

Thank you Thursdays

Thursdays are special and we make a big effort to sit down and discuss things that are on our minds, and what’s happened that week. We praise our kids’ efforts and say thanks for the good things in life. It’s a good way to keep up to speed. We usually cook something the whole family loves like bangers & mash or a chicken casserole I’ve popped in the oven earlier.

Family Fridays

We like to invite another family round to share our meal. Sometimes we set the table with candles and special crockery and pull out all the stops on the food. (Fancy Friday) Other times it’s a simple salad and Chicken a la King or a braai. In winter a roaring fire and a hearty stew go down a treat.  After dinner, we bring out the board games and have a family game night that everyone can enjoy.

Simple Saturdays. That’s because the kids get to prepare something easy and delicious. With just 5 steps or less, Royco’s recipe bases are perfect for this. We especially love the Spaghetti Bolognaise.

Sunday is Super Sunday. Everyone in our family looks forward to Sunday lunches! (Ok, so Sundays aren’t officially nights!) We’ve got more time in the kitchen and we’re generally all at home. It’s also a great day to get your gogo, ouma or granny around. We do a big family lunch and while I’m cooking I prepare one other meal for the week just in case something unexpected comes up. (A lasagne I can freeze is always a hit.) The kids love helping in the kitchen, chopping veggies for the Sunday roast and setting the table. This is their chance to do something special for their grandparents.

Do you have any special nights? We’d love to hear from you.

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  1. Introduction
    1. This Competition is organised by Mars Africa (Pty) Ltd. and prizes are provided by Mars Africa (Pty) Ltd. The Competition is open to any natural person older than 18 years of age ("the Participant"), residing in South Africa.
    2. By entering this Competition, the Participant agrees to and understands that he or she is bound by these rules and thereby gives the consents referred to in these rules.
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    • To enter the Competition, the Participant must sign up to the Royco® Let'sEat! digital platform either via a Facebook Lead Ad or via the sign-up form at the website.
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    1. A Participant may only enter the Competition by signing up via a Facebook Lead Ad or via the sign-up form at the website.
    2. If a Participant has any questions about how to enter, the rules or the prize draw, he/she may, during business hours, contact Mars Africa at the following electronic mail address
    3. Participants may enter this Competition as many times as they like.
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    5. The Competition is open for entries from 24 June 2016 and will end at 12h00 on 15 August 2016 ("the Entry Period"). Any entries received after the Entry Period will not be valid and therefore not considered.
    6. Mars Africa shall not be responsible for entries to the Competition that are received after the Entry Period has expired or not received at all for any reason whatsoever including, by way of example only, as a consequence of communications or network failures.
    7. There is no fee charged to enter the Competition. The winners of the Competition will be determined by a random draw from all the entrants.
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    9. The winners of the Competition will be contacted telephonically on 16 August 2016 after 9 am.
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    1. On entering the Competition, participants stand a chance to win a R2 000 Royco® Hamper. There will be 1 winner in total. The prize will be drawn after the Entry Period expires. The draw will take place on 16 August 2016 and Mars Africa will attempt to contact the winners telephonically during business hours on 16 August 2016. Three attempts will be made to contact the winner at the number/email address provided by the Participant on the sign-up form.
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    3. A Participant who wishes to claim a prize shall be required to produce proof of identity that is to Mars Africa's satisfaction, to prove that the Participant is the winner and 18 years or older. If a Participant cannot provide proof that he or she has complied with all of the Competition rules to Mars Africa's satisfaction, the Participant agrees that he or she shall not be entitled to the prizes and shall have no claims against Mars Africa.
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