And a special welcome to all the new subscribers! Hope you all enjoy a
2006 full of pleasant surprises!
This time I am again
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years for certain! Scroll down to take a look. Potato pudding?? Somehow I
don't think so! Anyone adventurous enough to try a recipe?
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Honey bees are the
only insects that produce a food consumed by humans. Honey is produced in
one of the busiest yet most efficient factories in the world a beehive.
Honey bees are social insects with a marked division of labor among the
various bees in the hive. A colony contains one queen, 500 to 1,000 drones
and about 30,000 to 60,000 workers.
The matriarch of the colony is the queen. Nurtured on a special diet of
royal jelly, the queen is the only sexually developed female in the hive,
often living for two years or more. A productive queen will lay up to
3,000 eggs in a single day.
The drones, stout male bees that lack stingers, single purpose in the
colony is to mate with the queen.
Workers, the smallest bees in the colony, are sexually undeveloped
females. A colony can have 50,000 to 60, 000 workers.
The life span of a worker bee varies according to the time of year. Her
life expectancy is approximately 28 to 35 days. Workers that are reared in
September and October, however, can live through the winter.
Workers feed the queen and larvae, guard the hive entrance and help to
keep the hive cool by fanning their wings. Worker bees also collect nectar
to make honey. In addition, honey bees produce wax comb. The comb is
composed of hexagonal cells which have walls that are only 2/1000 inch
thick, but support 25 times their own weight.
Honey bees' wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their
To make a pound of honey, worker bees must forage nectar from millions of
flowers. To communicate the location of nectar sources, bees perform
several different and distinct dances.
In addition to gathering nectar to produce honey, honey bees perform
another vital function pollination of agricultural crops, home gardens,
orchards and wildlife habitat.
As bees travel from blossom to blossom in search of nectar, they transfer
pollen from plant to plant, thus fertilizing the plants and enabling them
to bear fruit. Almonds, apples, avocados, blueberries, cantaloupes,
cherries, cranberries, cucumbers, sunflowers, watermelon and many other
crops all rely on honey bees for pollination. The U.S. Department of
Agriculture estimates that about one-third of the human diet is derived
from insect-pollinated plants and that the honey bee is responsible for 80
percent of this pollination. A 2000 Cornell University study concluded
that the direct value of honey bee pollination to U.S. agriculture is more
than $14.6 billion.
A Cry for Help
from Zimbabwe - Please
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am a softie when it comes to animals, I hate seeing animals suffer, humans
can still do something to help themselves but animals can't. I am not
asking for money here (but if you are willing to help that would be
great!) What I need are suggestions on how we can help Debbie and the
Sanctuary she is involved with. C'mon, you guys, lets make this a project
for 2006 and see if we can find ways to help.
Email me with suggestions or email Debbie direct, please copy me if
possible. Click the link above to read Debbie's plea and lets give her a
helping hand (or Rand)
Thanx a lot!
As promised last
time, a Rooibos6 recipe
750 ml hot Rooibos
2 - 3 pieces crushed ginger
75 ml lemon juice
lemon slices for garnish
Add ginger to
Rooibos tea and leave for 3 - 5 minutes
Remove ginger and add sugar
Chill well, add
lemon juice and garnish
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husband called the hospital to ask about his wife who was
pregnant.Accidentally, he called the cricket stadium.
He asked, "How are things?"
He died after hearing this reply: "Fine!! Three are out; we hope to have
the remaining seven out by lunch. And the last one out was a duck."
I LOVE cheesecake!
This recipe is from the Glenacres Superspar newsletter
175g Crushed Biscuits (Keep a Little for Garnishing)
350g Ricotta Cheese
350g L/Fat Cream Cheese
3 Large Eggs
150g Castor Sugar
2 Tbsp Amaretto Liqueur
225g Mulberries (or Strawberries, Blueberries, Red Currents, Raspberries
1. Melt the margarine and mix with the biscuit crumbs
2. Press into the base of a 22cm loose-bottomed baking tin and chill in
3. Place the filling ingredients, excluding the fruit, into a bowl and
4. Stir in 125g of the fruit
5. Pour over the base and bake at 150°C for 30-40 minutes, allow to cool
and chill in the refrigerator
6. Decorate the cheesecake with the remaining fruit, and sprinkle with a
little crushed biscuits
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A man said to his
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at the same time.
"The wife responded, "Allow me to explain. God made me beautiful so you
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God made me stupid so I would be attracted to you!
Wacky Sarmie of the Month!
Go take a look at
Wacky Sarmies page, there are some great sarmie ideas!
This one is from
Christa van der Merwe, Gauteng, RSA
Sandwich with ham, cottage cheese &
Sandwich with tinned salmon, mayo,
lettuce, tamato, cheese (gerkins & peppadews optional)
Toast with Marmite & sliced banana (my
gran even mashed the banana and mixed it with butter & Marmite)
Toast with grated Cheese & sliced Paw
paw (A favourite breakfast feast I inhereted when I married a Van Der
French toast with cinnamon sugar
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wealth of bush knowledge. I have often wondered where one can read up
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Africa's Big 5
When one visits
our National Parks where they are present, the sighting of the Big 5
is always a bonus. The Big 5, of course, consists of the lion,
elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino. But why are they called the Big
5? Well, not because they are the largest, but because they are the 5
most dangerous animals to hunt.
Did you know
there is also a Small 5? Each of the Big 5 also has a Small 5
Lion = ant lion
Elephant - elephant shrew
Leopard = leopard tortoise
Buffalo = red billed buffalo weaver
Rhino = rhino beetle
Read more about
the Small 5
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Section - ANISE
A native of Greece and Egypt, Anise Seed (Pimpinella asisum) is
probably the oldest known aromatic seed. Anise has been used since
the seventh century, B.C. In biblical times, taxes were often paid
in Anise Seeds. In Europe, it is still put into wedding cakes, in
the ancient belief that it will bring good luck. The Romans widely
cultivated Anise for its fragrance, flavor and health properties.
Anise has a licorice-like taste, and is often used to flavor sweet
pickles, vegetable & fruit salads, cakes, cookies, candies, stews,
liqueurs, soups and marinades. Commercially, Anise is used to
scent perfumes and soaps, and to flavor toothpastes and
mouthwashes. The tea is soothing to sip after a large meal, and
when brewed with warm milk makes a very pleasant bedtime tea.
The volatile oil in Anise provides the basis for its internal use
to ease griping, intestinal colic and flatulence. Anise also has
an expectorant and anti-spasmodic action, and may be used in cases
of bronchitis, in tracheitis where there is persistent irritable
coughing, and in whooping cough.
Anise has middle estrogen effects thought to be due to the
presence of the elements di-anethole and photo-anethole, which
explains the use of this plant in folk medicine to increase milk
secretion, facilitate birth and increase libido. Anise is
considered an herbal stimulant and carminative; used in cases of
flatulence, flatulent colic of infants, and to remove nausea.
to herbs on my
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Take 1/2 lb. butter, 1/2 lb. sugar, 1/2 lb. maizena, 3 oz. flour,
5 eggs, 2 teaspoonfuls baking powder, a little candied peel
Beat the eggs to a froth and the butter to a cream. Rub the
baking powder into the flour and maizena. Add to the eggs
and butter very gradually the sugar, then the flour, etc. Mix
well and bake in 2 moulds, as it rises very much; or half the
quantities may be used.
Take 2 eggs, their weight each in butter, flour, sugar, and jam,
1 teaspoonful baking powder and a small tablespoonful of
Beat the eggs to a froth and cream the butter. Rub the
baking powder into the flour. Mix the sugar, butter, jam, and
eggs. Stir in the flour gradually. Add last the spoonful of
vinegar. Pour into a large mould which must not be more
than half full. Put the mould into a saucepan of boiling water,
cover it closely that the water does not boil into it, and boil
or steam 2 hours. Serve with wine sauce.
THICK MILK PUDDING
Take 1 cup thick milk, 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoonfuls butter,
2 eggs beaten. Mix all the ingredients and stir well.
Just before you put the pudding into the mould, stir in a table
spoonful Of baking powder, and boil for 1 hour.
Take l lb. mashed potatoes. 1/2 lb. butter, 3 pounded biscuits, 6 eggs,
3 tablespoonfuls flour [and 5 oz. sugar].
Beat the eggs and mix with the other ingredients. Fill a mould and boil 2
Take 1 1/4 lb. boiled mealy potatoes, mashed quite smooth while hot. Mix 3
oz. of butter, 6 oz. sugar, 5 beaten eggs, a few grains of salt, and the
grated rind of a lemon.
Stir well. Pour the mixture into a buttered mould, and bake
in a moderate oven. Turn it out and serve with sifted sugar or jam.
Take l lb. flour, 3/4 lb. sugar, 1/2 lb. butter, 4 eggs, 100 almonds
blanched and pounded, 1/2 bottle milk, 2 teaspoonfuls cream of tartar, 1
Dissolve the soda and cream of tartar in a little milk, in 2 separate
cups. Rub the butter, sugar, and almonds into the flour. Mix with the rest
of the milk, stir well, and just before putting the pudding into the
mould, add first the soda, then the cream of tartar. Tie up the pudding,
have the water boiling, and boil 2 hours.