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Happy Story from North Carolina US of A

Yaovi Mawuli Amaglo, a high school student from outside Greensboro, North Carolina, warmed hearts this week when he gave a pair of Jordans to a classmate with worn-down shoes.

Yaovi noticed a classmate of his was getting made fun of for having shoes that were falling apart, so he went on Facebook and asked a group of local sneaker fans the best way to give him a pair of shoes without embarrassing him.

What an amazing Happy Story from North Carolina US of A Yaovi noticed a classmate of his was getting made fun of for having shoes that were falling apart, so he went on Facebook and asked a group of local sneaker fans the best way to give him a pair of shoes without embarrassing him.

“I could not leave with the fact that such a cool guy would be made fun of in this way,” Yaovi told NiceKicks. “I remember I got made fun of for wearing some shoes that had 2006 on them while we were in years 2008. But nobody knew what I did to get that pair of shoes. I would cut my neighbors lawn and take out her trash and she would give me $20 which I save to buy in order to buy that pair of shoes. So I understand not everyone if fortunate enough to afford new pairs of sneakers.” Yaovi, who refurbs and sells on trainers, had a spare pair in the right size and gave them to his classmate, who judging by the picture was very happy to receive them.

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Happy Food from North Carolina for these cold winter months

Brunswick Stew by Jamie Deen (with some additions by moi) stand by for amazing smells in your house!

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter or 2 if you are feeling healthy!
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large white onion, finely chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes and juice
  • 1 ltr chicken stock or ½ ltr of juice from your pulled pork mixed in with stock (see below)
  • 325ml good quality BBQ smokey sauce ( I use Roadhouse)
  • 2 tbsp Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp medium chilli powder
  • Pinch of smoked paprika
  • 350g pulled pork (see below)
  • 350g pulled beef (see below)
  • 400g can baby corn
  • 400g can lima beans, (I use butter beans if you can’t get lima)
  • 400g can flageolet beans

(muddy trainers are optional)

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Melt the butter gently and as soon as it starts to foam add onions and garlic, saute until soft, add all your other ingredients, stirring to combine with shredded pork and beef last, bring to boil then slow simmer with lid off for around 1 ½ hours, check for seasoning and serve. As with most stews, it tastes even better if left overnight.

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You should end up with a thick, robust stew with a sweet, smokey, barbecue taste that will drive you and your family insane with the smell and taste.

Serve with crusty bread and a nice hot chilli sauce of your own choice on the side.

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Make your own slow cooked pork and beef then shred it, to add to this recipe:

Slow cooked Pork & Beef

  • 350g pork shoulder trimmed
  • 350g beef shin
  • 2 white onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 200ml chicken stock

Combine the sugar, chilli, salt, cumin, cinnamon and rub the meat all over, making sure it’s fully coated and leave overnight in fridge for around 8 hours, next day place onions and garlic  into a slow cooker, sit meat on top and add stock, cover and cook on low for 10 hours or in a fan oven cover with 350 ml stock and cook on 150c for around 5 hrs, check that it doesn’t go dry. Either way, after cooking time has elapsed reserve juice for above recipe, shred meat to bite size chunks and add to pot.

Get it into the pot quickly or you’ll eat the lot on it’s own as it tastes that good, can also be added to burgers for a delicious topping with a dash of bbq sauce on top.

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