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Newsletter #105 - July 29, 2005


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Greetings everyone!  And a special welcome to all the new subscribers!

Ever wondered what's really happening in Zimbabwe? I have started a new page, the Zimbabwe Letters, just click here and get the news first hand! Feel free to leave comments!

For this newsletter the recipe theme will be baby and toddler recipes. I will start off with "First Foods". Give them a try, just scroll down to the recipe section. Thanx for the recipes, Elzeth!

I have often been asked for Diabetic recipes and could rarely be of assistance. All that has now changed. My friend, Annie Eksteen has just completed her latest eBook called Making Diabetic Cooking Easy. The book contains 177 recipes and is available for only R65. Overseas payments also accepted via Paypal. Contact Annie at 0822946799 or by email at  anna@minimax.cc There is no delay  or postage to be paid as the book is emailed to you.


A little boy wanted to know what it was like to have R1,000. His mother told him to pray to God for it. He prayed for two weeks but nothing turned up. Then he decided perhaps he should write God a letter requesting the R1,000.

When the post office received the letter addressed to God, they opened it and decided to send it to President Mbeki. The President was so impressed, touched and amused that he instructed his secretary to send the little boy R20. He thought this would appear to be a lot of money to a little boy.

The little boy was delighted with the R20 and sat down to write a thank-you letter, which read as follows; "Dear God: Thank you very much for sending me the money. I noticed that you had to send it through the government. As usual, those thieving bastards deducted R980 for tax."

Here is a great idea from my friend Tint in Brazil:


Have you ever heard of this? (This works great! Good for when all your family is together and no one has to wait for their special omelet)

Have guests write their name on a quart-size freezer bag with permanent marker.

Crack 2 eggs (large or extra-large) into the bag (not more than 2) shake to combine them 

Put out a variety of ingredients such as: cheeses, ham, onion, green pepper, tomato,
hash browns, salsa, etc.

Each guest adds prepared ingredients of choice to their bag and shake, Make sure to get the air out of the bag and zip it up.

Place the bags into rolling, boiling water for exactly 13 minutes. You can usually cook
6-8 omelets in a large pot. For more, make another pot of boiling water.

Open the bags and the omelet will roll out easily. Be prepared for everyone to be amazed.

Nice to serve with fresh fruit and coffee cake; everyone gets involved in the process and a great conversation piece.

 Interested in Traditional South African Home Remedies? (Boererate).

My Afrikaans eBook, Boererate has now been completed, click here for more info.

We are currently working on an English version.   


A message every parent should read, because your children are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say...

"When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that little things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in God.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don't.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I felt you kiss me good night and I felt loved and safe.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, 'Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.'"

Each of us, parent or friend, influence the life of a child.

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2) You don't believe in Santa Claus.
3) You are Santa Claus.
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I must be stage 4???

The Letter
A father passing by his son's bedroom was astonished to see the bed was nicely made and everything was picked up. Then he saw an envelope propped up prominently on the centre of the bed. It was addressed,


With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope and read the letter with trembling hands:

Dear Dad, It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with mom and you. I've been finding real passion with Joan and she is so nice - even with all her piercing, tattoos, and her tight Motorcycle clothes.

But it's not only the passion dad, she's pregnant, and Joan said that we will be very happy. Even though you don't care for her as she is so much older than I, she already owns a trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. She wants to have many more children with me and that's now one of my dreams too. Joan taught me that marijuana doesn't really hurt anyone and we'll be growing it for us and trading it with her friends for all the cocaine and ecstasy we want. In the meantime, we'll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS so Joan can get better; she sure deserves it!!

Don't worry Dad, I'm 15 years old now and I know how to take care of myself. Someday I'm sure we'll be back to visit so you can get to know your grandchildren.

Your son, John

PS: Dad, none of the above is true. I'm over at the neighbour's house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than my report card that's in my desk centre drawer. I love you! Call when it is safe for me to come home.

Gauteng Metro policeman pulled a car over and told the driver that because he had been wearing his seat belt he had just won R5 000, in an Arrive Alive safety competition. Being a Zimbabwian , the driver could hardly believe his luck. "What are you going to do with your cash?" asked the traffic cop. "Well I guess I'm going to get a drivers licence," he answered.

"Oh, don't listen to him," yelled a woman in the passenger seat. "He tries to be smart when he's drunk."

This woke up the guy in the back seat who took one look at the cop and moaned, "I knew we wouldn't get far in a stolen car." At that moment there was a knock from the boot and a voice said, "Are we over the border yet?"

The cop fainted.

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There are more churches in Las Vegas than casinos. During Sunday services at the offertory, some worshippers contribute casino chips as opposed to cash.

Some are sharing their winnings - some are hoping to win.

Since they get chips from so many different casinos, and they are worth money, the Catholic churches are required to send all the chips into the diocese for sorting.

Once sorted into the respective casino chips, one junior priest takes the chips and makes the rounds to the casinos turning chips into cash.

And he is known as ..

Are you ready?

You're going to love this-

The Chip Monk


Search my website, type in any key word and if that word is on my site you will see it in the results, search for recipes, ingredients, place names etc




The Herb Section -  PAPRIKA

It is thought that a Turkish native brought paprika into Hungary in the 15th or 16th century when the Turks conquered Hungary and allowed Bulgarian farmers to settle there.
They were the first to cultivate the new red pepper, known as Hungarian pepper. It was so mild and sweet, and full of flavour, the Hungarians started to include it in their diet, and it became so popular it was known as their national spice.
Paprika contains an unusually high amount of Vitamin C and is important in boosting the immune system to resist winter colds and 'flu.
In Hungary, children sprinkle paprika powder in their milk when suffering from a cold.
This a very decorative plant in a garden, reaching about 50 cm in height, with big elongated fruit which change from bright emerald green to the fiery red colour we know.
Paprika is a sturdy annual, bearing fruit right up to the first heavy frost.
The seed saved from the largest fruits, can be sown again next year with no fear of deterioration in quality.
The fruits must be picked when fully ripened and bright red, at the end of summer.
Paprika looks lovely when grown with tomatoes, parsley, sweet basil and strawberries.

Paprika is used to boost the immune system as it is full of vitamins, particularly A and C, minerals and beta carotene. It can also ease sore throats and stop constant coughs.
In Hungary, Russia and Czechoslovakia all medicine shelves have a bottle of paprika on hand. In rural areas it is still used to clear wounds, scratches and grazes by sprinkling into the washing water. Paprika is also taken with milk to stimulate sluggish bladder and kidney function.
Medical science has proved that the brilliant red colouring is an important anti-cancer food.
It contains a small degree of the fiery capsaicin which is present in large quantities in most of paprika's cousins, the peppers, and so helps to ward off colds and flu, and strengthen the immune system.

The Hungarians have perfected the art of cooking with this delicious spice. We sprinkle it on our grills and pastas in powdered form, but it is delicious using your own fresh paprika. It has a sweet yet pungent, rich flavour.

Paprika was once used in creams to brighten up the complexion of people living under sunless skies and long, dark winters. Girls would experiment with lip creams as well, adjusting the amount of powder in it to deepen the colour. Remember, paprika is mild enough to be used this way, but should you try doing the same with chilli powder or cayenne pepper, it will burn your skin badly.

Thanks to everyone who has mailed us fridge magnets depicting your State, City or Country. If you collect fridge magnets, I will gladly swop with you!
email me and we can make arrangements. Thanx a lot!

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Any comments, positive or otherwise on this Newsletter will be appreciated!

That's it for now,
Take care,

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Peas with a hint of Mint
Yield: 4 portions

2/3 c Shelled fresh peas
1/2 c Trimmed green beans
Sprig of fresh mint
1 c Water

Put all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain,
remove the mint, and puree the vegetables in a food mill to get rid
of the indigestible husks from the peas. Add water or formula, as
needed. In addition to perking up the flavor of the vegetables, mint
is well-known carminative, and can help relieve baby's painful gas or

Gem Squash Delight
1 Gem Squash
1 Small Potato (Diced and Peeled)
Boiled Water

Add the the above to a small pan and bring to the boil,
reduce heat and simmer until the squash and potato are both very soft.
Take off the heat, strain the water into a bowl and allow to cool slightly.
Scoop the gem squash out into a bowl and add the potato, make a puree out of it.
I use a liquidiser but you could use a fork or a masher, or you could also push it through a sieve.
If it becomes to dry, add some of the water you drained, this is full of goodness.
Make sure there are no lumps and that it is smooth enough for your baby, it should be quite runny.

Butternut Temptation

1 Butternut (Diced and Peeled)
1 Small Potato
Boiled Water
Add the the above to a small pan and bring to the boil,
reduce heat and simmer until the butternut and potato are both very soft.
Take off the heat, strain the water into a bowl and allow to cool slightly.
Make a puree out of the butternut and potato.

Root Vegetable Harvest

1 Carrot (Peeled and Diced)
1 Potato (Peeled and diced)
Boiled Water

Add the above to a small pan and bring to the boil,
Reduce heat and simmer until both are very soft.
Take off the heat and allow to cool slightly.
Puree the vegetables..

Double Potato

1 Sweet Potato (Peeled and Diced)
1 Potato (Peeled and Diced)
Boiled Water

Add the above to a small pan and bring to the boil,
Reduce heat and simmer until both are very soft.
Take off heat and allow to cool slightly.

Mixed Veggie Supreme

1 Potato (Peeled and Diced)
1 Carrot (Peeled and Diced)
1 Swede

Prepare and cook a potato, swede and carrot until soft. You can steam, microwave or boil them.
Then mash the veg into a purée using a little of your baby's usual milk (breast or formula).
The swede and carrot can be puréed in a processor, but mash the potato with a fork because the food processor will break down the starch and make it too sticky.

Give it a twist: For a sweeter tasting mix, use a sweet potato instead of a normal potato. Or substitute the swede with a meat purée made from lean minced beef or pork.




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