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Do you realise that Christmas is less than 2 months away? Sheeessshhh, where has the year gone? Well, I guess it's time for me to start with my festive recipes then! I will start off with cookies. Since I can remember this is the time of year when my mom would start to bake cookies for Christmas. We had no less than six large cake tins and in a few days they would all be bulging with cookies. Now, I could never understand why I was not allowed to eat of the cookies till Christmas, or at least a few days before! Who of you have ever licked out the mixing bowl after your mother had spooned the dough into the mixing pans? I could lick out a bowl that it needn't even be washed! Even now I like to sneak a finger into the mixing bowl!

What other festive recipe category would you be interested in? Email me and I will try and find the recipes.

We have a plant in our garden which I understand is some type of agave? It started sprouting a growth about a month ago (click here) and this is what it looks like now. Can anyone tell me what the growth does eventually? What becomes of the growth eventually? Email me please. We call the plant Long Tom for obvious reasons!

Over 40
New exercise routine if you're over 40.
You might want to take it easy at first, then do it faster as you become more proficient.
It may be too strenuous for some.
Always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program!

A Great New Way to Try the Simple, Easy, Health Remedies From The Old Days By: Alfred Jones

How did we cure ourselves of many aches, pains and illnesses in the past? Most of the remedies worked very well, were cheap, they could usually be found in most homes and they work today as good as they did then.

Did you know that? Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately, without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."

Colgate Toothpaste
Did you know that? Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?

Altoids Peppermints
Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Aching Muscles
Aching muscles from a dose of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore Throat
Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar and the honey will kill the bacteria.

Urinary Tract Infections
Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly, even though the product was never been advertised for this use. Alternatively, its hard to beat Cranberry Juice on a daily basis.

Skin Blemishes
Honey remedy for skin blemishes. Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Toe Fungas
Listerine therapy for toenail fungus. Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Tinea. (Athletes Foot)
Dab the infected parts of the toes with Australian Tea Tree Oil. It was used in World War 1 by the soldiers for Trench Foot and it still works just as well today.

Easy eyeglass protection. To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Remove Rust
Coca-Cola cure for rust. Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.

Bug Killer
Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer. If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Astralagus is a herb still widely used in Chinese medicine, to this day and is known to be a immunostimulant, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent.
It has been said that no single compond has such wide ranging beneficial effects on the healing process of the human system. I contains Polysaccharides, they are very important in the enhancement of the Immune System. It is one of the components of the eight essential sugars or Glyconutrients

Remove Splinters
Smart splinter remover, just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Boil Remedy
Hunt's tomato paste boil cure, cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Soothe Broken Blisters
Balm for broken blisters. To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine a powerful antiseptic.

Hasten Bruise Healing
Heinz vinegar to heal bruises. Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Flea Killer
Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye to fleas.

Cure Wet Dog Odour
Rainy day cure for dog odour, Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Mites in Cats Ears
Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

Soothe Arthritis Pain
Quaker Oats for fast pain relief, It's not just for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain. Dont have it too hot, because you dont want to burn yourself, Make sure you test it for heat.

Most of the products mentioned are widely available in the United States and Canada, but perhaps not so well known in other countries.
It is not essential that you use the actual brand name, as other similar brands are available and would work just as well.
The brand names are very well known, but if you have any doubt about treatment, Please see a Physician first.
You are welcome to visit my web site for more great Health Info.

Article by Alfred Jones, Information Advisor for http://gojijuice.atspace.com
The Ancient Health Secret of The Himalayans.
This article may be freely used by Newsletters and Web Sites without permission as long as it is shown in its entirety.

Would anyone be interested in old South African Home remedies in English? We are busy translating our Afrikaans CD and the English one should be ready real soon! Email me!

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Due to a power cut at the time, only one paramedic responded to the call.

The house was very, very dark, so the paramedic asked Katelyn, a 3-year-old girl, to hold a flashlight high over her mummy so he could see while he helped deliver the baby. Very diligently, Katelyn did as she was asked. Heidi pushed and pushed, and after a little while, Connor was born.

The paramedic lifted him by his little feet and spanked him on his bottom. Connor began to cry. The paramedic then thanked Katelyn for her help and asked the wide-eyed 3-year old what she thought about what she had just witnessed. Katelyn quickly responded, "He shouldn't have crawled in there in the first place. Smack him again."


I often get asked how to make Krummelpap. Krummelpap is maize porridge with a crumbly texture popular in South Africa as a bbq side dish, usually enjoyed with a tomato and onion sauce. Here is the recipe:


750ml water
10ml salt
600g/4 cups mealie meal

1. Bring the water and salt to the boil in a potjie over hot coals
2. Pour in the mealie meal to form a cone in the centre - DO NOT STIR
3. Reduce the heat by removing some coals, put the lid on the potjie and simmer for 5 minutes until a skin forms
4. Stir with a fork until the pap is fine and crumbly
5. Cover again and let the pap simmer for another 40 minutes

Try this sauce as a variation:


30ml butter
3 onions, chopped
500ml boiling water
5ml curry powder
30ml brown sugar
5ml dry mustard
30ml cake flour
5ml salt
freshly ground black pepper
125ml vinegar
6 bananas, sliced

1. Melt the butter in a small potjie and fry the onion until translucent
2. Add the boiling water and simmer for about 3 minutes
3. Mix together the dry ingredients and the vinegar and stir gradually into the simmering water
4. Cook the sauce for another 3 minutes, then set aside to cool
5. Add the bananas just before serving the sauce with the krummelpap

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There is a dangerous virus being passed electronically, orally and by hand.This virus is called Worm-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK).

If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT.

This virus will wipe out your private life completely.If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take 2 good friends to the nearest pub.

Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolator-Neutralizer-Extractor (WINE).

The quickest acting WINE type is called Swift-Hitting-Infiltrator-Remover-All-Zones (SHIRAZ) but this is only available for those who can afford it; the next best equivalent is Cheapest-Available-System-Killer (CASK). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system.

After extensive testing it has been concluded that Best-Equivalent-Extractor-Remedy (BEER) may be substituted for WINE but may require a more generous application.

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This offer is available from Monday - Saturday between the 1st of October and the 16th of December. Should you require an evening buffet, please contact them for details. The Castle also offers special packages for Year End Functions in a private venue! Go for it - end the year in style!

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I've never made a fortune, and it's probably too late now.
But I don't worry about that much, I'm happy anyhow
And as I go along life's way,
I'm reaping better than I sowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven't got a lot of riches,
and sometimes the going's tough
But I've got loving ones all around me,
and that makes me rich enough.
I thank God for his blessings,
and the mercies He's bestowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
and the sun peeped through again.

So Lord, help me not to gripe,
about the tough rows I have hoed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

If God gives me strength and courage,
When the way grows steep and rough.
I'll not ask for other blessings,
I'm already blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy,
to help others bear their loads.
Then I'll keep drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

When I think of how many people in this world have it worse

than I do, I realize just how blessed we really are.

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Halloween Kid's Treat or Pagan Trick?

Many Christians celebrate holidays, such as Halloween, without thinking about their origins or true meaning. It is impossible to separate Halloween from the Druids because they originated the "holiday."

For several hundred years before Christ, the Celts inhabited what is now France, Germany, England, Scotland and Ireland. Celtic priests were called Druids. These people were eventually conquered by the Romans.

Information about the Celts and Druids comes from Caesar and the Roman historians, Greek writings from about 200 B.C., and very early records found in Ireland. Greek and Roman writings a bout the Druids dwell heavily on their frequent and barbaric human sacrifices. The ancient Irish texts say little about human sacrifices, but detail the Druids' use of magic to raise storms, lay curses on places, kill by the use of spells, and create magical obstacles.

Human Sacrifices

Davies, however, a 16th century writer who traced his family lineage directly back to Druid priests who fought against Caesar, clearly describes the human sacrifices of his ancestors and the secret sacrifices still performed regularly by the Druids of his time.

By 47 A.D., Rome finally defeated the Druids in Britain and outlawed human sacrifices. The few remaining Druids went underground.

Today a growing group of people claiming to be of direct Druid descent, still practice their religion, including human sacrifice. Those in England still perform ceremonies at Stonehenge.

November 1st was the Celtic new year

October 31st was celebrated by the Druids with many human sacrifices and a festival honoring their sun god and Samhain, the lord of the dead. They believed that the sinful souls of those who died during the year were in a place of torment, and would be released only if Samhain was pleased with their sacrifices.

Monks Fascinated By Druids

Irish records tell of the fascination the Catholic monks had with the powerful Druids, and Druids soon became important members of their monasteries. Pope Gregory the Great decided to incorporate the Druids' holiday into the church. He made the proclamation, "They are no longer to sacrifice beasts to the devil, but they may kill them for food to the praise of God, and give thanks to the giver of all gifts for His bounty." Pope Gregory III moved the church festival of October 31st to November 1st and called it All Hallows or All Saints' Day. Pope Gregory IV decreed that the day was to be a universal church observance. The term Halloween comes from All Hallows Eve.

The founding fathers of America refused to permit the holiday to be observed because they knew it was a pagan holiday. Halloween was not widely celebrated in the U.S. until about 1900. In the 1840's there was a terrible potato famine in Ireland which sent thousands of Catholic Irish to America. They brought Halloween with them.

The modern custom of going from door to door asking for food and candy goes back to the time of the Druids. They believed that sinful, lost souls were released upon the earth by Samhain for one night on October 31st while they awaited their judgment. They were thought to throng about the houses of the living and were greeted with banquet-laden tables. People greatly feared these spirits and thought that the spirits would harm and even kill them if the sacrifices they gave did not appease Samhain. They carved demonic faces into pumpkins or large turnips, placing a candle in them to keep the evil spirits away from their homes.

The tradition of bobbing for apples and giving out nuts came from a Roman addition to the Druidic New Year's eve. The Romans worshiped Pomona who was the goddess of the harvest. They combined their harvest festival to Pomona with Halloween.

Very little archeological evidence of the Druids has been found, but there is excellent agreement between the Roman and Irish documents. Both clearly state that the knowledge of the Druids was never committed to writing but passed from generation to generation by oral teaching. This was to protect their secrets. In his writings, Davies indicates that he came under much persecution by his family for putting in writing his information about Druids. The same is true today. Nothing is put into writing. The Druids continue on secretly with much the same traditions.

The widespread problem of harmful substances such as razor blades, drugs, poisons, needles, etc. being placed in the Halloween treats here in America is no accident. Testimonies of several ex-Satanists show that these children killed and injured by the "treats" are sacrifices to Satan (or Samhain). Satanists throughout the world continue to perform human sacrifices on Halloween.

Is this something you want YOUR child to participate in?


I pulled into the crowded parking lot at the Super Wal-Mart Shopping Center and rolled
down the car windows to make sure my Labrador Retriever Pup had fresh air.

She was stretched full-out on the back seat and I wanted to impress upon her that she must remain there. I walked to the curb backward, pointing my finger at the car and saying emphatically, "Now you stay. Do you hear me?" "Stay! Stay!"

The driver of a nearby car, a pretty blonde young lady, gave me a strange look and said,
"Why don't you just put it in park?"

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old University of Notre Dame lecturer. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the lecturer went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, some plain looking and some expensive and exquisite, telling them to help themselves to hot coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the lecturer said:
"If you noticed, all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the better cups and are eyeing each other's cups."

"Now, if Life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life doesn't change."

"Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it."

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There are no unimportant people.

Realise that there are NO unimportant people. There are, unfortunately, some people who, because of an over inflated ego, treat other people as if they were unimportant. There are also, sadly, some people who, because of an under-inflated sense of self-worth, think that they are unimportant and so allow others to treat them that way.

In my seminars I show delegates a new R20.00 note and ask who would like it. Invariably they all do. I then crumple and scrunch the note, show it to the delegates and ask who would like to have it now. They still all want it. I then take the now crumpled and creased note and throw it on the floor, stand on it and grind it into the floor. Then I pick up the now very tattered note and again ask, who wants it. Amazingly everyone still does. So I ask why, why do you want this tattered note? And the answer is always the same. It doesnt matter what it looks like it is still worth R20.00. So you see the tattered R20.00 note has exactly the same value as a brand new R20.00 note.

Now you may feel that life has treated you harshly and that you are all tattered and torn. You may not be as pretty or as educated as others. You may not have what they have, but that in no way means that you are worth less than they are or that they are more important than you.

This world was created round for a very special reason. Firstly where ever you are you are on top of your world, the world can never be on top of you. Second, wherever you are there will always be someone in front of you and you will always be in front of someone. there will always be someone at your side, you will always be beside someone.

Be proud of who you are and what you do. Stand tall and treat every one especially yourself as if they were the most important person in the world.

Stain Removal From Washable Fabrics

Vegetable and food dyes: Sponge with metholated spirits and rinse thoroughly.

Fats, creams, mayonnaise, salad dressings: Rub heavy-duty liquid detergent into the stain then rinse thoroughly. Wash in hot water.

Chewing gum: Apply ice to harden the gum or put the article in the fridge. Scrape off excess gum. Rub heavy-duty liquid detergent or eucalyptus oil into the stain. Rinse in hot water, then wash normally.

Paint (oil based): Treat while wet! Rub paint thinners into the stain until the paint is softened, then wash using a heavy-duty detergent. If the paint has dried, removal may be impossible.

Paint (water based): Treat while wet! Soak in cold water. Wash in cool water with heavy-duty detergent. Dried paint may be impossible to remove.

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Simple rules to live by:

1. I can only please one person per day. Today is not your day.Tomorrow is
not looking good either.
2. I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as
they go flying by.
3. Tell me what you need, and I'll tell you how to get along without it.
4. Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days the statue.
5. Needing someone is like needing a parachute.
6. If he/she isn't there needing him/her again...
7. Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky, and I
thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?
8. My reality check bounced.
9. On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.
10. I don't suffer from stress. I am a carrier.
11. You are slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut
12. Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, because you are crunchy and
taste good with ketchup.
13. Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.
14. Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat
you with experience.
15. A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt.
16. Don't be irreplaceable-if you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.
17. After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month
than you did before.
18. The more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get.
19. You can go anywhere you want, if you look serious and carry a clipboard.
20. Eat one live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will
happen to you the rest of the day.
21. If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done.
22. When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.
23. Following the rules will not get the job done.
24. When confronted by a difficult problem, you can solve it more easily by
reducing it to the question, "How would the Lone Ranger handle this?"


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We are currently working on an English version.   


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Bush Buzz
Nature is wonderful. I envy the jobs of the game rangers and their wealth of bush knowledge. I have often wondered where one can read up on all the interesting facts. I would like to make this a regular feature of this newsletter, if you are able to contribute or would like to comment on the contribution below, please email me.

This story is actually more of a Surf splash than a Bush Buzz, from the Getaway Magazine Newsletter:

The other day a great white shark hit the headlines again. But there was no sensational horror story about a surfer getting munched or the remnants of a red bathing cap being all that was left of a swimmer. This time, the story told the incredible journey of Nicole, the great white who had swum from South Africa to Australia and back - in just 99 days.

The story did much to improve the image of great whites. Since news of Nicole's trip was published (she was named after Nicole Kidman), shark-tale dinner conversations have turned from the usual horror and gore to ones of amazement. Did you know Nicole once swam to a depth of 980 metres? (Most of her time was spent close to the surface and scientists believe she might have used the skies to aid her navigation.)

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The Herb Section -  DANDELION

The dandelion is a common weed, which grows all year round. Take care when picking it, as it can be confused with other weeds. It seeds itself and benefits from picking, so pick the flowers frequently
Do's & Don'ts: Dandelion exhales a gas, ethylene, which inhibits the growth in nearby plants, but helps them mature early. They love to grow near lucerne

Domestic Use: Dandelion provides vital nourishment to a compost heap, and hastens the breakdown of the compost
Cosmetic Use: It can be added to cleansers and used for dry or mature skins. The milk from the stem is an excellent treatment for pimples

Medicinal Use: The leaves have a laxative effect, and improve digestion and strengthen tooth enamel. A Tsp of dandelion root in a cup of boiling water is a very good diuretic. The milky juice from the stem and leaves can be applied to warts and blisters. It should be applied daily. The juice, diluted, can be wiped on the outside of the eyes, to relieve tired and sore eyes

Culinary Use: Dandelion leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals and can be added to salad, but used sparingly, as they have a bitter taste. The entire plant can be used in soups, stews and vegetable dishes. The flowers can be used to make a therapeutic dandelion wine.

More links to herbs on my Herb Page  

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email me and we can make arrangements. Thanx a lot!

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That's it for now,
Take care,

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The Recipes
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  Old-fashioned ginger biscuits

2 kg self-raising flour
30 ml cream of tartar
30 ml bicarbonate of soda
30 ml ground ginger
5 ml salt
500 g butter or margarine
1 kg golden syrup
1 kg soft brown sugar
6 eggs, whisked

Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F) and spray a few baking sheets with non-stick spray or butter lightly. Sift together the dry ingredients and rub the butter into the flour mixure. Heat the golden syrup until runny and stir in the brown sugar. Stir until nearly dissolved and cool slightly. Beat the eggs and add to the dry ingredients. Mix well and shape into walnut-sized balls. Arrange on the baking sheets and flatten slightly with your fingers. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, remove and cool completely on a wire rack. Store the biscuits in a cool place in airtight tins lined with wax paper. Makes about 300 biscuits.

Hertzog cookies

100 g butter
265 g sugar
3 large eggs
500 g self-raising flour
160 g desiccated coconut
smooth apricot or peach jam

Set oven on 200 C.
Beat together butter and 50g sugar until light. Beat in the egg yolks.
Stir in the flour and add enough cold water to make a soft dough.
Roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface until it is about 5mm thick. Using a biscuit cutter, cut out rounds and line greased patty pans with the dough.

Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
Add remaining sugar, a little at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat until thick and glossy, then fold in the coconut.
Place about half a teaspoonful of apricot jam into the centre of each pastry base. Top with coconut mixture and bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until pastry is crisp and golden

Traditional Spicy Biscuits

A firm favorite of mine from since I can remember, try them, you will thank me!

500 g cake flour
15 ml baking powder
5 ml salt
2 ml ground ginger
2 ml ground cinnamon
2 ml ground mixed spice
250 g margarine
250 g white sugar
2 large eggs

Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon and mixed spice into a mixing bowl. Cream the margarine and sugar then add the eggs one by one, beating well after each addition. Fold in the flour mixture and mix well. Roll out the dough on slightly floured surface (about 5 mm thick) and cut out rounds with a biscuit cutter. Place rounds on greased baking sheets and bake at 180C for approx 10 minutes. ( Makes about 100.)

Choc-chip biscuits

100 ml butter
60 ml white sugar
40 ml brown sugar
1 large egg
2 ml vanilla essence
250 ml self-raising flour
100 g chocolate chips, Smarties or Astros

Grease and line a baking tray.
Cream the butter and the white and brown sugar.
Add the eggs and vanilla essence, and beat until light and fluffy.
Sift flour over the butter mixture and fold in.
Add the chocolate chips and mix well to combine.
Place spoonfuls on the prepared baking tray and bake in a preheated 180 C oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack

Chocolate biscuits

250 g butter
190 ml brown sugar
500 ml cake flour, sifted
250 ml cocoa, sifted
250 g dark chocolate
125 ml cream

Preheat oven to 180 C. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until well-blended. Stir in sifted flour and cocoa and shape dough into a ball. Pinch off pieces of dough and roll into little balls. Place on a greased baking sheet and flatten each ball with the bottom of a cotton reel or the back of a fork. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. FILLING: Place ingredients in a saucepan and stir over low heat until smooth. Refrigerate until firm. TO ASSEMBLE: Sandwich biscuits together in twos, using a teaspoonful of filling. Serve with tea or coffee.

Condensed Milk biscuits

225 g butter or margarine
125 ml castor sugar
196 g  Condensed Milk
2 ml vanilla essence
750 ml flour
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 180 C.
Cream butter and castor sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the  Condensed Milk and vanilla, beat well.
Sift flour and salt together and gradually add to the creamed mixture to form a soft dough.
Use as required, rolling into balls or rolled out and cut into shapes with cookie cutters.
Bake for 10 - 15 minutes until golden brown.

Custard biscuits

125 g soft butter or margarine
100 ml icing sugar, sifted
50 ml custard powder, sifted
1 ml vanilla essence
250 ml cake flour, sifted

Switch the oven to 180 C. Grease the oven pan with margarine.
Place the butter or margarine in the mixing bowl.
Stir in the icing sugar, custard powder and vanilla essence.
Add the cake flour and knead the mixture with your hands until it forms a smooth piece of dough.
Press the dough into the bottom of the oven pan, spreading it evenly with the spatula.
Prick holes in the dough with the fork.
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, using the oven gloves and place on the wooden board.
Cut the pastry into about 20 squares with the knife and leave to cool.
Lift the biscuits out of the pan using the knife and arrange on a plate.
Makes about 20 biscuits




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That's enough for the first day. Great job.
Have a Glass of wine.