Winter is here and it’s time for comfort foods to keep you warm and to chase away the cold-weather blues. At this time of the year, we relish hot, wholesome, satisfying meals. Cooking these on our LPG gas stoves will spread some warmth across our homes too. 

Here are 3 winter recipes to tantalise your taste buds….

Easy Beef Stew

Here’s a delicious and nutritious beef stew for the whole family to enjoy.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped or diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • fresh thyme, 3 stalks or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 500g beef, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. On medium heat and in a medium-sized pot, fry the onion in the butter until soft.
  2. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for one minute.
  3. Dust the meat in the flour and then add to the pot and brown the meat.
  4. Add the tomato paste, sweet potato, carrots, chicken stock and salt.
  5. Put the lid on the pot and allow it to simmer on low heat for 90 minutes (you can extend it to 120 minutes to increase the tenderness of the meat).
  6. Take the lid off and set the heat to medium and allow to boil for 5 minutes uncovered to reduce the liquid and thicken the stew.
  7. Serve with rice, mash potato or pasta or seasonal vegetables.
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Winter Vegetable Casserole

This is a tasty but quick and easy nourishing recipe.


  • 2 onions, each cut into 6 wedges
  • 3 carrots, cut into chunks
  • 3 celery sticks, cut into chunks
  • 400g sweet potato, cut into chunks
  • 1 litre hot vegetable stock, preferably home-made
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 leeks, about 300g in total, thickly sliced
  • 150g pearl barley
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp coarsely chopped, fresh, flat-leaf parsley to garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC / Gas mark 4. 
  2. Put the onions, carrots, celery and sweet potato into a large pot.
  3. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil.
  4. Add the garlic, leeks, pearl barley, sage and seasoning. 
  5. Stir to mix the vegetables together. 
  6. Transfer into a casserole dish.
  7. Cover and cook in the oven for about 1 hour or until the vegetables are just soft and the barley is tender.
  8. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve with thick slices of bread.


Tip: The casserole can be simmered gently on the hob for 45–50 minutes, instead of cooking in the oven. Stir occasionally.



Minestrone Soup

This classic Italian soup is perfect for cold days with chunky slices of garlic bread.


  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 sticks celery, chopped
  • 2 large potatoes, chopped into squares
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1½ litres water
  • 1 cube beef stock
  • 1 cube vegetable stock
  • 2 tins peeled, chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin cannellini beans
  • 100g spaghetti
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • parmesan cheese, grated for garnish


  1. Heat the oil and butter in a large pot, add onions and cook till soft and golden brown.
  2. Add the carrots, celery, potatoes, garlic, green beans and tomatoes. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the water and stock cubes.
  4. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer semi-covered for 1-1½ hours. The soup should be fairly thick at this point. If not, leave the lid off and simmer for a further 15 minutes.
  5. Add the beans and spaghetti, season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil for approximately 15 minutes.
  6. Serve with chunky slices of garlic or fresh bread and a little grated parmesan.


Cooking good healthy winter food does not have to be complicated or time-consuming. Try out these simple, easy recipes to give your family hearty and warming meals this winter.

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At this time of the year as the temperature drops and the air becomes chillier each day, many of us think of unpacking our winter-wear, of warm comforting meals prepared on our gas stove and the indoor warmth generated by our gas heaters. 

But, are our gas appliances in good working order and do we still remember all the safety tips on using gas? With the possibility of having “load shedding” again, and the rising costs of electricity, there is even more focus now on using gas for heating or cooking. 

LPG, or Liquid Petroleum Gas, is an efficient and clean energy source.  It is produced during natural gas processing and is stored as a liquid under pressure in gas bottles, cylinders or tanks. But, whether using or transporting LPG, it needs to be treated with great caution.

Here are some general safety tips on gas:

Ensure that Gas Bottles are Stored:

  1. In an upright position.
  2. On a solid, level surface.
  3. If outside of your house and above ground.
  4. A good distance away from any drains, or any entrance or exit areas of your home.
  5. In a well ventilated, enclosed area.


Ensure that Gas Bottles are Not Exposed to:

  1. Heat or to any heat or power source, or sunlight.
  2. Flammable items such as grass, leaves, fabric, paper etc.
  3. Any interference and damage by animals, children or other persons.

Reject Your LPG Gas Bottle

  1. If the seal is broken.
  2. If its next test date has already expired.


Ensure that you

  1. Only have a single gas bottle connected to a single cooking appliance at any one time.
  2. Switch off your gas bottle and gas appliance properly at all times.
  3. Only buy your gas bottles from authorised vendors or gas suppliers.
  4. Only have your gas bottles filled or exchanged at an authorised dealer.
  5. Service all your LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) appliances regularly.
  6. Turn off the gas supply at the emergency stop valve, if you are going to be away from home for a long period of time.
  7. Keep a fire extinguisher in your home.

Applying the Gas Safety Tips 

Knowing these tips, but applying them at all times can often be two different things. 

Think of... those winter evenings when you are snugly reclining on your couch in your gas heater-warmed lounge watching TV. It’s been a hard day at the office or doing your at home chores, your tummy is filled with a hearty and winter-warming meal - isn’t it just too easy to succumb to the evening’s lull and cosiness and to find one’s eyes closing? Yes, it does happen and perhaps all too often...sometimes with disastrous outcomes!

So be prepared and be proactive always. To avoid any disasters, ensure that you, before using, and whilst using, your gas heater: 

  1. Do not stand, or sit, too close to it as gas burns are most unpleasant.
  2. Position it at least one metre away from all flammable objects such as furniture, curtains, magazines, blanket or throws.
  3. Position it well out of the reach of children and pets.
  4. Do not cover it with, or place on it, any clothing or other fabric items, like towels, which may catch alight.
  5. Allow the room some ventilation to avoid it becoming too stuffy. Low amounts of carbon monoxide are produced by gas heaters but this can cause serious illness if allowed to build up in a confined space over a period of time.
  6. Wait for the appliance to cool down first before moving it.

Always follow the safety tips when using gas and always ensure that
all your gas appliances are switched off after use and before going to bed or leaving your property.

Then you will always be secure in the knowledge that your home and family will be safe and warm with LPG Gas and LPG Gas Appliances.

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LPG, or Liquid Petroleum Gas, is an efficient and clean energy source.  It is produced during natural gas processing and is stored as a liquid under pressure in gas bottles or tanks.

It is on its way to being the energy source of choice in South Africa for its affordability, reliability and for cooking, heating, cooling or drying purposes. 


LPG Gas is cheaper than electricity, here are 4 reasons why...


  1. LPG Gas is cheaper to purchase than electricity. Our electricity is becoming increasingly more expensive and less and less affordable.


  1. LPG Gas heats up quickly and it reaches maximum heat almost immediately unlike electricity. This means: 
    1. Costs for cooking and heating your home will be lower. 
    2. You use less due to its fast heating ability.
    3. It is more economical as its heat effect spreads, and can be felt, more widely across the home. Electrical heat is contained close to the appliance in use.
    4. Less maintenance of gas equipment over time. 


  1. LPG Gas is bottled in refillable cylinders also making it more cost-effective. 


  1. Gas appliances are mostly very energy efficient, their running costs are far less than those of electrical appliances and, in a short space of time, they will pay for themselves in electricity savings.


Do consider the above. And, remember, that as LPG Gas is a natural gas, it is a reliable source of energy. It is always available as it originates from an underground pipeline. Therefore your fuel supply is constant, it will not run out and you will still be able to braai and cook and keep yourself and your home warm, or cool, during load-shedding or any power outages. 


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We will be serving the whole of Gauteng and Kwazulu Natal during the lockdown, although deliveries to outlying areas may take slightly longer than expected.


Follow these simple steps to order LPG and Diesel with Sims Gas online.


  • Visit our website -
  • Choose your location - We are situated in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal
  • Select a cylinder size - We offer a range of cylinder sizes (9, 14, 19, 48kg)
  • Select the quantity and number of cylinders to return (optional) and add to cart
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  • Fill in your billing details
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Our contact details are linked to a sophisticated call routing system that sends your call to the nearest Sims Gas branch.


Because replacing your gas is a recurring event, it makes sense to register on the system so that you don’t have to capture all your details each time you want to order again.

Sims Gas is a distributor of LPG and Diesel and specialises in the supply of liquid petroleum gas and associated products such as Forklift Hyster gas, paraffin and motor industrial lubricants.


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It’s autumn in South Africa. The days are getting shorter and each morning is a little darker. And, although the weather is generally warm, we can already feel the slight chill in the air as we head towards winter. People are already thinking about bringing out some of their winter woolies and talking about having warmer, heartier, evening meals.


When planning your meals, be sure to include the fruits and vegetables of the season.  The benefits of using seasonal fruits and vegetables are:

  1. Produce is fresher and tastes better because it has not been artificially chilled or ripened. Instead, it has been allowed to ripen naturally in the sun, is picked immediately when ready and then quickly displayed on sale in our stores.
  2. Produce is always cheaper when it is plentiful and easily obtainable.
  3. Eating seasonal produce also gives our body its nutrients which are appropriate for that season. It’s why we crave certain foods during certain seasons like hearty stews and soups in winter.


Here is a list of our Autumn Fruits and Vegetables:


Autumn Fruit:

Apples, avocados, figs, granadillas, grapefruit, grapes, lemons, naartjies, oranges, pawpaws or papayas, pear, pineapples, plums, pomegranates, quinces, sweet melon, watermelon.


Autumn Vegetables:

Artichokes, aubergines (eggplant), baby marrows, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, butter beans, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, courgettes (zucchini), cucumber, mushrooms, onion, parsley, peas, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, sweet peppers, squash, turnips.


Some of the Benefits of Cooking with LPG Gas (Liquid Petroleum Gas) are:

  1. Heating of the pan is evenly distributed as the flames on a gas cooktop are central.
  2. Less heat is wasted as the heat dies immediately when switched off whereas electricity takes longer to cool down.
  3. Operating costs are cheaper as gas is cheaper than, and cooks faster than, electricity.
  4. Gas is more eco friendly as it’s clean power and so creates fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
  5. You are not impacted by load shedding or power cuts.

Here are some great recipe suggestions for cooking with gas and using our wonderful autumn produce.


Autumn Vegetable Recipes


Using Aubergines (Eggplants) which are: great sources of vitamins B1 and B6, potassium, dietary fibre, copper, magnesium and manganese, and antioxidants, especially nasunin which is found in the skin and gives this vegetable its purple colour.


Aubergine Parmigiana

This is an easy to make, delicious, baked, Italian dish made with layers of aubergines, tomato sauce and cheeses.

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Using Pumpkins which are: classed as a superfood, full of iron, zinc, vitamin C, beta carotene and fibre. They contain the substances, lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help in preventing the formation of cataracts and reducing the risk of macular degeneration. Their flowers are edible too.


Roasted Pumpkin

This is a tasty vegetarian dish which can be used a whole meal on its own, or served as a side dish.

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Autumn Fruit Recipes


Using Plums which are: a great source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre; and known to contain characteristics that may help in reducing the risk of several chronic diseases, like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.


Plum and Cinnamon Tart

This is a tea-time, crowd-pleasing flavoursome tart.

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Using Figs which are: a great source of calcium, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, iron, natural sugars, fibre and the antioxidant vitamins A and K which enhance health and wellness.

Roasted Figs Wrapped in Parma Ham with Blue Cheese and Rocket

This is a quick, easy but rich meal which is ideal as a starter for two.

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Try out these recipes! Have fun at home in the kitchen this autumn! Have fun creating your own mouth watering meals using autumn season fruits and vegetables! But be safe! Adhere to all gas safety tips and use your gas appliances wisely!

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Safe Domestic Use of LPG Gas. Here’s what you need to know…


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