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How about a potato
theme for this newsletter! I just love potatoes, they are so versatile,
from mashed potatoes to baked potatoes to "slap chips", potatoes are
Here is a quick
sarmie idea that I particularly like, take a slice of fresh bread, butter
and spread with your favorite jam. Then layer with mashed potato and
sprinkle with grated cheese!
Where did the
potato come from?
A high plateau in the Andean Mountains of South America is the birthplace
of the 'Irish' white potato that we eat today. The plateau, known today as
the Titicaca Plateau, stretches across part of the countries of Peru and
Bolivia. The Aymara Indians developed more than two hundred varieties of
the potato at elevations greater than 10,000 feet. Potatoes formed the
basis of the Aymara Indian and Incan diet.
It's quite amazing
what an unassuming potato can contain. Within its red, yellow, white or
brown protective exterior, a potato can provide much of the recommended
daily allowance (RDA) of a number of vitamins and minerals.
For example, potatoes can have 600-800 mg of potassium, about 40 percent
more than a banana. Potassium is essential to the body because of its role
in attaining optimal muscle performance and improving the nerves' response
to stimulation. Iron, essential in helping the body convert food to energy
as well as resist infection, is also found in potatoes. A Russet Norkotah
can have 40 percent of the RDA of iron.
One would expect potatoes to have minerals, as they spend their life
underground. But potatoes are also a great source of vitamins, even
supplying vitamin C, the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin C is essential to help
maintain healthy connective tissue and heal wounds. The many varieties of
Washington potatoes are also good sources of B vitamins, helping the body
make healthy red blood cells and amino acids.
So think of a potato as a big vitamin pill you can top with butter,
cheddar, chives, sour cream, bacon, black beans, cheesy chicken...
You can add those tasty toppings to your potato because it contains no fat
or cholesterol and minimal sodium. What it does have is natural fiber, all
those vitamins and minerals, and great flavor. And a six-ounce potato
contains three grams of highly digestible protein, almost as much as half
a glass of milk, giving it the potential of being a meal in itself.
So, for some great
recipes with potato as ingredient, scroll down to the recipe section
Don't sweat the
petty things, Don't pet the sweaty things
Potatos can even
Why do potatoes
make good detectives? Because they keep their eyes peeled.
Why did the potato cross the road? He saw a fork up ahead.
Why didn't the mother want her daughter to marry the famous newscaster?
Because he was a commontater.
What to you say to an angry 300-pound baked potato? Anything, just butter
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I have a page on
Cocktails on my site, so you might find the next bit interesting! Can
you perhaps relate?? (By the way, can you add to my cocktail collection?)
* 1 star hangover
No pain. No real feeling of illness. You slept in your own bed and when
you woke up there were no traffic cones in there with you. You are still
able to function relatively well on the energy stored up from all those
vodka and Red Bulls.
However, you can drink 10 bottles of water and still feel as parched as
Even vegetarians are craving a Cheeseburger and a bag of fries.
** 2 star hangover
No pain, but something is definitely amiss. You may look okay but you have
the attention span and mental capacity of a stapler. The coffee you hug to
try and remain focused is only exacerbating your rumbling gut, which is
craving a full English breakfast. Although you have a nice demeanour about
the office, you are costing your
employer valuable money because all you really can handle is some light
filing, followed by aimlessly surfing the net and writing junk e-mails.
*** 3 star hangover
Slight headache. Stomach feels crap. You are definitely a space cadet and
not so productive. Anytime a girl or lad walks by you gag because the
reminds you of the random gin shots you did with your alcoholic friends
after the bouncer kicked you out at 1:45 am. Life would be better right
now if you were in your bed with a dozen doughnuts and a litre of coke
watching daytime TV.
You've had 4 cups of coffee, a gallon of water, 2 Sausage Rolls and a
litre of diet coke yet you haven't peed once.
**** 4 star hangover
You have lost the will to live. Your head is throbbing and you can't speak
too quickly or else you might spew. Your boss has already lambasted you
for being late and has given you a lecture for reeking of booze. You wore
nice clothes, but you smell of socks, and you can't hide the fact that you
(depending on your gender) either missed an oh-so crucial spot shaving,
or, it looks like you put your make-up on while riding the dodgems.
Your teeth have their own individual sweaters. Your eyes look like one big
vein and your hairstyle makes you look like a reject from a second-grade
class circa 1976.
You would give a weeks pay for one of the following - home time, a
doughnut and somewhere to be alone, or a Time Machine so you could go back
and NOT have gone out the night before. You scare small children in the
street just by walking past them.
***** 5 star hangover
You have a second heartbeat in your head, which is actually annoying the
employee who sits next to you. Vodka vapour is seeping out of every pore
and making you dizzy.
You still have toothpaste crust in the corners of your mouth from brushing
Your body has lost the ability to generate saliva, so your tongue is
You'd cry but that would take the last drop of moisture left in your body.
Death seems pretty good right now. Your boss doesn't even get mad at you
and your co-workers think that your dog just died because you look so
pathetic. You should have called in sick because, let's face it, all you
can manage to do is breathe ..... very gently.
****** 6 star hangover
You arrive home and climb into bed. Sleep comes instantly, as you were
fighting it all the way home in the taxi.
You get about 2 hours sleep until the noises inside your head wake you up.
You notice that your bed has been cleared for take off and is flying
relentlessly around the room.
No matter what you do you now, you're going to chuck.
You stumble out of bed and now find that your room is in a yacht under
After walking along the skirting boards on alternating walls knocking off
all the pictures, you find the toilet. If you are lucky you will remember
to lift the lid before you spontaneously explode and wake the whole house
up with your impersonation of walrus mating calls.
You sit there on the floor in your undies, cuddling the only friend in the
world you have left (the toilet), randomly continuing to make the walrus
noises, spitting, and farting.
Help usually comes at this stage, even if it is short lived. Tears stream
down your face and your abdomen hurts. Help now turns into abuse and
he/she usually goes back to bed leaving you there in the dark. With your
stomach totally empty, your spontaneous eruptions have died back to
15-minute intervals, but your body won't relent.
You are convinced that you are starting to turn yourself inside out and
swear that you saw your tonsils shoot out of your mouth on the last
It is now dawn and you pass your disgusted partner getting up for the day,
so you try to climb into bed. She/he abuses you again for trying to get
into bed with lumpy bits of dried vomit in your hair.
You reluctantly accept their advice and have a shower in exchange for them
driving you to the hospital. Work is simply not an option. The whole day
is spent trying to avoid anything that might make you sick again, like
You vow never to touch a drop again and who knows, for the next two or
hours at least you might even succeed.
OK, now hands up all those who have never had a six star hangover!!
HOW TO START YOUR DAY WITH A POSITIVE OUTLOOK
1. Open a new file in your PC.
2. Name it "work."
3. Send it to the RECYCLE BIN
4. Empty the RECYCLE BIN
5. Your PC will ask you, "Are you sure you want to delete work
6. Answer calmly, "Yes," and press the mouse button firmly....
7. Feel better?
South Africa has
the second oldest Film Industry in the world.
The Cape Argus Cycle Tour is the largest timed cycle race in the world.
Local Big Macs are now officially the cheapest, about 30% cheaper than
anywhere else in the world.
Cape Grace Hotel (120 rooms) was voted World's Best Hotel, by readers of
Conde Naste Traveller magazine (this hotel attained the highest score ever
in the history of the awards).
M-Net is Africa's largest pay television service, delivering 24-hour
programming to dozens of countries across the continent.
The secret is to
make yourself appear as stupid as your audience, so they will think they
are as clever as you are!
I just spent
several hours observing teenagers who were hanging out at our local mall.
I came to the conclusion that many teenagers in SA are living in poverty.
Most of the young men I observed didn't even own a belt, there was not one
among the whole group.
But that wasn't the sad part . . . many of them were wearing their daddy's
Some of these jeans were so big and baggy that they hung low on their
hips, exposing their underwear. I know some of them must have been ashamed
their daddy was short, because his jeans hardly went below their knees.
They weren't even their daddy's good jeans, for most of them had holes
ripped in the knees and had a dirty look to them. It grieved me that in a
modern, affluent society like SA, there are people who can't afford a
decent pair of jeans. I have been thinking about asking my church to start
a jeans drive for the "poor kids at the mall."
Then on Christmas Eve, I could go Christmas carolling and distribute jeans
to these poor teenagers. I don't think this group of guys had even had
much to eat, because as they were walking, their heads leaned to one side
as if they didn't have enough strength to keep them up. Oh, they tried.
With each step, they tried to lift them up, but to no avail; they always
dropped back to the side. This group of guys must be from the same family,
because they all walked with their heads bobbing together in the same
But that wasn't the saddest part.... It was the girls they were hanging
out with that disturbed me the most. I have never in all of my life seen
such "poor" girls. These girls had the opposite problem of the guys
...they all had to wear their little sisters' clothes.
Their jeans were about five sizes too small. I don't know how they could
even put them on, let alone button them up. Their jeans barely went over
their hip bones. Most of them also had on their little sister's top; it
hardly covered their midsection. Oh, they were trying to hold their heads
up with pride, but it was a sad sight to see these almost grown women
wearing children's clothes.
However, it was their underwear that bothered me the most. They, like the
boys, because of the improper fitting of their clothes, also had their
underwear exposed. I have never seen anything like it. It looked like
their underwear was only held together by a single piece of string.
I know it also saddens your heart to receive this report on the condition
of our SA teenagers. While I go to bed every night with a closet full of
clothes nearby, there are millions of "mall girls" who barely have enough
material to keep it together. I think their "poorness" is why these two
groups gather at the mall....the boys with their short daddy's ripped
jeans, and the girls wearing their younger sisters' clothes. The mall is
one place where they can find acceptance. So, the next time you are at the
mall doing your shopping and you pass by some of these poor teenagers,
would you say a prayer for them?
And one more thing . . . Will you pray that the guys' pants won't fall
down, and the girls' strings won't break?!?!?!?!?!
You know you're
flying SAA when you ask the air hostess for the black pepper and she
brings you THE SOWETAN...
jumper cable walks into a bar.
The bartender says, "I'll serve you, but don't start anything."
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It is better to
keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all
doubt. -- Mark Twain
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type in any key word and if that word is on my site you will see it in
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Herb Section - Green tea
The most popular beverage in the world, but so many people don't
recognise it as a herb.
Green tea has been used in Chinese medicines for 5000 years.
Scientists, in the 1970's, discovered that people who drank green
tea, were less prone to heart attacks, high cholesterol, strokes,
cancer, infections, and high blood pressure.
Today, and tea that contains flowers, bark, buds, leaves, or
seeds, is called tea, but real tea is Camellia sinensis, and can
be either black or green.
Tea loves acid soil, with lots of leaf mulch dug in. Their leaves
like to be kept moist, with a mist sprayer system. The top 3-4
leaves are nipped off the top sprig of every branch.
Green tea is an excellent skin refresher. Pour cooled green tea
into a spritz-action bottle and use as a cool, refreshing toner.
Mix some green tea into your aqueous cream to use as a cleanser
and make-up remover.
Green tea is a powerful antioxidant. The powerful antioxidant
phenols boost the immune system and ease chronic coughs and colds.
These antioxidants help prevent and repair cell damage that is in
the beginning stages of cancer, heart disease, cataracts and
Green tea is also a stimulant, antibacterial, diuretic and
Green tea helps reduce blood cholesterol levels, has anti-tumour
properties, and is a general tonic.
Dentist believe that gargling and rinsing with green tea helps
reduce tooth decay, as it is rich in natural fluoride.
** Please note that people with irregular heart beats, pregnant
woman and nursing mothers should not take more than 1-2 cups of
green tea daily.
Cooled green tea can be used as a lotion to treat skin cancer.
If you are overtired and aching all over, sip a cup of green tea
in a hot bath, to which a big pot of green tea has been added, for
Two teaspoons in a cup of boiling water, makes a delicious,
refreshing cuppa. Add a squeeze of lemon juice, or a teaspoon of
honey if desired. Cooled tea can also be added to fruit juices,
jellies, syrups, cakes, jams and iced teas. Add to stocks, stews
and even soups for extra nourishment.
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WARM POTATO DISH
4 Large Potatoes
1 pkt. Brown Onion Soup
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 Large Tin Ideal Milk
1 Tin Creamed Mushrooms
1 x 250ml Cream
1. Cook the potatoes until don, but not too soft and cut into slices
2. Mix ideal milk, soup powder, mushrooms and baking powder
3. Pack potatoes in layers in a greased ovenproof dish and sprinkle with
4. Add the other ingredients and pour over the cream
5. Bake for 30 minutes at 180°C
1 large egg
30 ml milk
4 potatoes, scrubbed and sliced into wedges
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into wedges
100 ml dried breadcrumbs
1 lemon, sliced into wedges
40 ml sunflower oil
sweet chilli sauce, to serve
Preheat oven to 180 ºC. Beat the egg and milk together lightly. Place the
potato and sweet-potato wedges in a greased ovenproof dish. Drizzle the
egg mixture over the wedges and toss to coat. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs
and toss to coat again. Add the lemon wedges to the dish and drizzle with
oil. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until cooked through and crisp.
Serve hot with sweet chilli sauce as a dip. Serves 4.
Bean and potato
3 large potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated
1 large onion, finely chopped and lightly sautéed
410 g chilli beans
2 eggs, whisked
225 ml cake flour
5 ml baking powder
5 ml mixed herbs
5 ml sugar
salt and pepper to taste
oil for frying
Pat the potatoes, dry and mix with all other ingredients except the oil.
Heat the oil in a pan and drop in spoonfuls of the mixture. Fry till
golden brown and cooked inside. Makes about 30 potato patties.
45 ml oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, crushed
7 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and boiled
250 g bacon, grilled and chopped
150 ml grated Cheddar cheese
6 eggs, whisked
125 ml mayonnaise
125 ml chutney
10 ml mustard powder
10 ml salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a large, flat-bottomed pan and sauté the onion and garlic
until tender. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside. Dice the
potatoes and add to the onions along with the bacon and half the cheese.
Mix gently. Beat the eggs, mayonnaise and chutney together. Dissolve the
mustard powder in a tablespoon of water and add to the egg mixture. Season
well, pour over the potatoes and stir gently so the egg can run
underneath. Cover the pan and return to the hot plate. Bake for 10 minutes
over low heat until set and cooked. Remove the cover. Heat the oven grill
and quickly brown the potato bake. Slice and serve immediately with fresh
bread rolls and a green salad. Serves 6-8.
500 g baby potatoes, scrubbed
100 g green beans, topped and tailed
125 g bacon rashers
1 small cabbage, shredded
100 g feta cheese
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
balsamic vinegar or fresh lemon juice
15 ml chopped mixed fresh herbs or parsley
Boil the potatoes in a little salted water until just tender. Cook the
beans in rapidly boiling water to which a little lemon juice has been
added until just tender. Drain the beans and plunge into ice-cold water
for a few seconds. Drain and mix with the potatoes. Grill or pan-fry the
bacon until crisp, chop into smaller pieces and mix with the cooked
potatoes and beans. Blanche the cabbage in boiling water for a few minutes
and drain. Add to the rest of the vegetables and crumble the feta cheese
on top. Season with salt and plenty of black pepper and drizzle with olive
oil and balsamic vinegar or lemon juice to taste. Scatter the herbs on
top, mix and serve lukewarm with crusty bread and extra olive oil and
lemon juice or vinegar. Serves 4.
Potato and sweet
2 large potatoes, boiled, cooled and chilled overnight
2 large sweet potatoes, boiled, cooled and chilled overnight
30 ml chives, snipped
2 ml fresh thyme
60 ml olive oil
30 ml chives mixed with creamed cottage cheese or sour cream
salt and pepper
Peel potatoes and grate into a large bowl. Mix in chives, thyme and
seasoning. Heat 15 ml oil in a large heavy frying pan. Spread half potato
mixture evenly and cook over a moderate heat until firm and brown
underneath, about five minutes. Put a plate over pan and turn potato
pancake onto plate. Add 15 ml oil to pan and slide pancake into pan to
brown the other side. Repeat above two steps with the remaining potato.
Cut each pancake into six wedges. Pile three wedges on each plate and
serve with a dollop of cream cheese or sour cream. Serve as a supper or
brunch dish, topped with fried or poached eggs.
500 g onion
5 ml salt
5 ml paprika
500 g stewing beef
250 ml hot beef stock
500 g potatoes
2 ml dried marjoram
50 ml chopped pickled gherkins
Peel and chop the onions roughly. Heat a little sunflower oil in a
heavy-based pot and fry and onion without browning. Sprinkle salt and
paprika over it and set the onion to one side. Cut the stewing beef into
cubes. Stir-fry a couple of pieces of meat at a time in the same pot in a
little hot oil until brown. When all the beef has been browned return all
the pieces to the pot. Add the fried onion, pour in the beef stock and put
the lid on. Let it stew slowly for about an hour. Peel and chop the
potatoes into cubes. Add them to the bredie about 25 minutes before the
cooking time has elapsed and sprinkle the marjoram on top. Allow the
bredie to cook until the potato cubes are done. Stir in the pickled
gherkins and just let them heat through before serving the bredie
6 rashers bacon, chopped
2 onions, chopped
25 ml butter
25 ml flour
250 ml cream
500 ml milk
500 ml chicken stock
500 g potatoes, cooked and cubed
15 ml fresh thyme
salt and ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
100 g Cheddar cheese, grated
1. Fry bacon until crisp. Spoon out and sauté onions in bacon fat until
transparent. 2. In a separate pot, heat butter and add flour. Add cream,
milk and stock gradually, bring to the boil. 3. Add bacon, onions,
potatoes, thyme, salt, pepper and garlic. 4. Heat thoroughly and add
cheese just before serving.