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have just completed a Camping Food Recipe Book (in Afrikaans) but found
some outdoors recipes in English for the Newsletter, scroll down to the
recipe section and try something new!
love camping? Sometimes miss having an oven? Then try this!
1 large cardboard box with at least 5 sides (solid top)
Heavy duty Reynolds aluminium foil
About 4 wire coat hangers
With sharp knife or razor, cut around 3 sides of solid top so it will lift
up as a lid. Cover all sides on inside (top included) with 3 layers of
foil, shiny side up. Secure with staples. Straighten wire coat hangers.
Poke through box on both sides to form rack a little above halfway to the
lid. Bend both sides of hanger down on outside of box to
form a hook. Repeat with other 3 hangers with equal distance between them.
To Use: Start charcoal fire. Put single layer of hot coals in 22X30 cm
metal pan. Set box on top of coals, open side down. Make sure lid is
closed. Now you are ready to bake. When baking, make sure you check every
5 minutes or so. This oven has tendency to bake faster than regular oven.
Inexpensive thermostats may be used to gauge oven temperature.
love to travel and inevitably are faced with weight restrictions on our
luggage, here are some tips from
Tips for Packing Light
Let's face it, no one ever came back from vacation saying: "I wish my bags
had been heavier." A good traveller's goal is to carry the bare essentials
and leave the excess at home. How to put your luggage on a diet? Follow
these easy tips:
1. Do your homework. Call the hotel, motel, friend's house where you're
staying and ask the following: do they have a hairdryer, iron, ironing
board, beach towels, bathrobes, sand toys---basically anything that's
bulky and that you'd rather leave at home? If the answer is yes, do not
under any circumstances bring your own.
2. Check temperatures and events at your destination. Only pack what
corresponds---do not bring "just in case" clothes.
3. Choose a central colour to pack around. A neutral such as brown, black,
or tan is a good place to start, then bring accessories and accent pieces
that go with this colour palette.
4. The numbers game. A good rule of thumb for trips less than one week is
one shirt per day, one layering jacket or sweater, one bottom per every
two days (but never less than two pairs of pants), no more than two pairs
of shoes (one you wear and one you pack), underwear for every day, and
seasonal additions, like a bathing suit.
5. Wash it out. If you're travelling for more than a week, follow the same
numbers as above and plan on washing clothes instead of bringing more. If
you're in a country with a good exchange rate, or aren't on a tight
budget, take advantage of the hotel laundry service or dry cleaning.
Otherwise, bring individual packets of Woolite and a travel
stain-treatment stick (Tide to Go is the best one).
6. Write it down. Make detailed lists of everything you plan to bring.
That way you can easily see if you've allotted six pairs of pants for a
four-day trip. Be honest, note everything---including socks and
underwear---and then stick to your list when packing.
7. Downsize toiletries. Pick up travel-size versions of your favourite
products whenever you see them, not just when you're getting ready to
travel. If you can't find miniatures, buy small plastic bottles and decant
from larger products.
8. Wear your heaviest shoes, sweater, and jacket. That way, you don't have
to pack them.
9. Pack outside your bag. Before you actually pack your suitcase, pile
everything you plan to bring on your bed or dresser. This is your
opportunity to eye your clothes and cull a few more items. If you pack
directly into your suitcase, you'll be tempted to throw in a few extra
items (trust us, you will). Once you've made the final edit, pack only
what's in front of you. If you've followed our advice, your suitcase
should now be a lean, mean, travelling machine: happy travels!
you decipher this:..?
A research team of two proceeded towards the apex of a natural geologic
protuberance, the purpose of their expedition being the procurement of a
sample of fluid hydride of oxygen in a large vessel, the exact size of
One member of the team precipitously descended, sustaining severe damage
the upper cranial portion of his anatomical structure; subsequently the
second member of the team performed a self rotational translation oriented
in the same direction taken by the first team member.
In simple English what does this translate to??
Scroll down for answer...
you, Nina, for the following:
Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come to
see the daffodils before they are over"
I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead
"I will come next Tuesday", I promised a little reluctantly on her third
Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and reluctantly
I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house I was welcomed
by the joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted
"Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in these clouds and
fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that
I want to see badly enough to drive another inch!"
My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all the time,Mother."
"Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I'm
heading for home!" I assured her. "I was hoping you'd take me over to the
garage to pick up my car.
" How far will we have to drive?"
"Oh...just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "But I'll drive. I'm used to
this." After several minutes, I had to ask,
"Where are we going? This isn't the way to the garage!"
"We're going to my garage the long way,"
Carolyn smiled, "by way of the daffodils."
"Carolyn," I said sternly, "please turn around."
" It's all right,Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you
miss this experience."
After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a
small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign
with an arrow that read, "Daffodil Garden." We got out of the car, each
took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, as we
turned a corner, I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious
It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it
over the mountain peak and it's surrounding slopes. The flowers were
planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep
orange,creamy white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, and saffron and butter
Each different-colored variety was planted in large groups so that it
swirled and flowed like it's own river with its own unique hue. There were
five acres of flowers.
"Who did this?" I asked Carolyn.
"Just one woman," Carolyn answered."She lives on the property.
That's her home." Carolyn pointed to a well kept A-frame house, small and
modestly sitting in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the
On the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers to the Questions I Know You Are
Asking" was the headline.
The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs," it read. The
second answer was, "One at a time,by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and
one brain." The third answer was "Began in 1958."
For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this
woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun,
one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure
mountaintop. Planting one bulb at a time, year after year this unknown
woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. One day at a time,
she had created something of extraordinary magnificence, beauty, and
inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the
greatest principles of celebration.
That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a
time--often just one baby-step at time--and learning to love the
doing,learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny
pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we
can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world.
"It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have
accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty
years ago and had worked away at it "one bulb at a time' through all those
years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!"
My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way.
"Start tomorrow," she said.
She was right. It's so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays.
The way to make learning a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for
regret is to only ask,
"How can I put this to use today?"
Use the Daffodil Principle. Stop waiting.....
Until your car or home is paid off
Until you get a new car or home
Until your kids leave the house
Until you go back to school
Until you finish school
Until you clean the house
Until you organize the garage
Until you clean off your desk
Until you lose 5 kg.
Until you gain 5 kg.
Until you get married
Until you get a divorce
Until you have kids
Until the kids go to school
Until you retire
Until you die...
Kruger National Park is one of our favourite destinations, we try to go
there as frequently as possible. Even if we only go for a weekend we take
precautions against Malaria, here are a few tips:
Malaria Can Be Prevented In The Following Ways
The most important and effective way of preventing Malaria is to prevent
mosquito bites. The following measures can be taken:
*Wear long-sleeved shirts, and long trousers towards evening. Socks and
closed shoes are also recommended. Mosquitoes tend to be active in the
*Apply insect repellents to exposed skin areas every 4-6 hours.
*Burn insecticide oils or electrically heated insecticide tablets in the
bedroom at night.
*Spray knock-down insecticide for flying insects inside the bedroom in the
early evening with windows/doors closed if there are no window screens.
*Screened mosquito proof windows and doors and Mosquito nets guard against
As the names of medication vary from country to country, we suggest
contacting your local Travel Clinic.
Malaria In Pregnancy, Infants, Small Children and Other Special Cases.
Travel to Malaria areas is not recommended during pregnancy.
Because Malaria has a faster and harsher effect in infants and young
children, extra care should be taken to prevent Mosquito bites.
It is important to take the medication as instructed, which usually
includes several weeks after leaving a malarial area.
Should you be undergoing medical treatment of any sort, please consult a
medical professional prior to taking Malaria prophylactics.
Carmen in North Pole, Alaska:
new Supermarket near our house has an automatic mist machine to keep the
produce fresh. Just before it goes on, you hear the sound of a
When you approach the milk cases, you hear cows mooing.
When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cackle and roosters crowing.
So far I have been too afraid to go down the toilet paper aisle.
Never buy another recipe book
I have put together my South African Traditional Recipes in English
and Afrikaans plus another 36 recipe eBooks on one CD.
Click here to take a look and also get your free Low Fat recipe
you think petrol is expensive?
Diet Coke 100ml @ R2.80 = R28.00 per litre
Lipton Ice Tea 200ml @ R3.50 = R17.50 per litre
Energade 250ml @ R3.00 = R12.00 per litre
Brake Fluid 100ml @ R6.00 = R60.00 per litre
Vick's Nasal Sprayl 50ml @ R9.00 = R180.00 per litre
And this is the REAL KICKER...
Evian water 500ml @ R15.00 = R30.00! R30.00 for WATER!
So, the next time you're at the pump, be glad your car doesn't run on
Water, Coke, or Vick's Nasal Spray!!!
Just a little humour to help ease the pain of your next trip to the
Do the People of Okinawa Stay So Thin?
According to Bottom Line Personal newsletter, the people of Okinawa are
the longest-lived people on earth.
There are 33.6 Okinawans over age 100 per 100,000 population. This
compares to only 10 per 100,000 in the U.S.
What can you do to live such a long healthy life. You might try imitating
the eating habits of the slow moving people of Okinawa.
Doctors attribute the Okinawans longevity to several things... but
primarily their diet. There are very few overweight people in Okinawa.
They consume an average of only 1900 calories per day... the Americans
The typical diet for Okinawans is sweet potatoes, soy-based foods, grains,
fruits and vegetables. They do consume some fish and a small amount of
Their cooking is done primarily by high heat stir frying in a wok... using
a small amount of canola oil.
started a Traveller's Forum (in Afrikaans). If you want to go take a look,
not subscribe to my
Teacher: I hope I didn't just see you looking at Harry's
Raymond: I hope so too, teacher!
A group of chess enthusiasts had checked into a hotel and were standing in
the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories.
After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to
"But why?", they asked, as they moved off.
"Because," he said, "I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer."
At long last my collection of South African Traditional Home
Remedies (Boererate) ( nearly 2000) have been translated into
English and they are now available on a CD together with my collection
of Traditional South African Recipes. This will make an ideal
gift or even an interesting collection for yourself! The CD only costs
R96 or US$22 (payment with Paypal).
Click here for payment details.
The Home Remedies are also available on their own by email in eBook
format at R60 (US$15).
Email me for the eBook payment details.
another recipe containing rooibos tea:
sauce for pudding
250 ml sugar
25 ml butter
500 ml Rooibos tea
50 ml lemon juice
25 ml golden syrup (optional)
pinch of salt
Mix all together
and pour over pudding before baking
Glenacres Superspar newsletter recipe.
PORK & BEEF BRAWN
750g pickled pork knuckle
750g boneless shin
2 bay leaves
8 peppercorns tied in a muslin bag
2 Tbsp gelatine
1. Cut the meat into small pieces
2. Cover with cold water and add spices
3. Cook gently for 3-4 hours until meat is tender and shredding
4. Add the gelatine and stir until it dissolves
5. Remove the peppercorn bag and any bones and shred the meat with a fork,
breaking down any big pieces
6. Pour the mixture into wetted moulds and leave in the fridge to set
Superspar sends out a really nice newsletter full of super recipes. To
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Another Wacky Sarmie
Go take a look at
Wacky Sarmies page, there are some great sarmie ideas!
Leoni van Loggerenberg
My wacky sarmie is peanut butter
and crispy, finely chopped bacon on fresh wholewheat bread - simply
delicious! You can also do bacon and prunes. These sarmies are made all
the more delicioius and tasty if you use real butter. I also enjoy things
like marmite and syrup. Having grown on up on a farm, my Mom used to make
kastaiings (pork or lamb fat cubes fried to make lard) and those crispy
bits of fat with freshly baked farm bread were to die for!
From the Past
1928 - The orange, white and blue SA flag is hoisted for the
first time, Mickey Mouse makes his big screen debut, Amelie Erahart is
the first woman to pilot an aircraft across the Atlantic, a successful
formula for bubblegum is invented. (YAYY)
the dieters or if you are watching your cholesterol, try this:
Serves: 2 person(s)
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
No cholesterol and big on flavor!
Suggestions: Powdered egg replacer is available from your market. 1
teaspoon is equivalent to 1 egg.
1 small onion, sliced
1 tomato, sliced
1 tsp polyunsaturated oil
1/4 tsp salt or to taste
2 tsp powdered egg replacer
1/2 green pepper, diced
Heat oil in pan and fry onions and pepper for 5 minutes.
Prepare egg replacer according to directions om packet and pour over fried
vegetables. Allow liquid egg to run underneath the sides of the omelet.
When nearly set, place tomato slices on top and fold over omelet.
Remove from pan and serve hot.
Author: Family Health Network
Calories: 64 cals
Kilojoules: 267 kJ
Fat: 0.0 g
Carbohydrates: 10.0 g
Protein: 6.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 200 mg
Saturated Fat: 0.0 g
Fiber: 2.0 g
Total Sugars: -
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and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other
the silent treatment. Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he
would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 am for an early morning business
Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a
piece of paper, "Please wake me at 5:00 am" He left it where he knew she
would find it.
The next morning the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he
had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife
hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper
said, "It is 5:00 AM. Wake up."
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
This time I am featuring the Kudu, and I am giving the URL of a site
about the kudu!
Click here to take a look:
Section - BERGAMOT (BEE BALM)
This herb is indigenous to North America, but became popular in
Europe, after early settlers brought back the seeds.The scent of
the leaves is reminiscent of the Italian bergamot orange, from
which the oil of bergamot is made, and we think this is how it got
it's name. It is also known as Oswego.
It makes an excellent garden plant, as the flowers range in colour
through red, cerise, pink, magenta, and white (which is very
rare). It is a lovely "showy" plant. The leaves are picked in
spring or summer, and the flowers when they open. When you cut
back the plant, keep the leaves and flowers for potpourris.
Bergamot, attracts bumble bees, butterflies, and bees to the
garden. Honey bees are unable to extract the nectar unless holes
have been made by other insects.
Bergamot and rosemary make a very attractive hedge. Plant the
bergamot in front of the rosemary for the best effect, as the
flowers will be cut down in winter. Don't let the plants dry out
or they will become weak and spindly.
Both the flowers and leaves make a wonderful addition to
The North American Indians boiled the flowering top of wild
bergamot to make a hair oil.
Bergamot leaves added to bath vinegars make excellent refreshers.
Bergamot leaves infused in hot water can be used as a rinse for
Bergamot leaves can be infused into a tea, and used for nausea,
flatulence, menstrual pain and insomnia.
Bergamot leaves can be inhaled in steam to relieve bronchial
catarrh and sore throats.
The soft petals from the flowers can be added to salads.
Add the chopped leaves to stuffings or apple sauce as a condiment
Sprinkle dried bergamot on veal, for a delicious flavour.
Bergamot, added to cabbage dishes, rice and samp, enhances the
Bergamot, chopped with mint, makes a tasty addition to spanspek or
melon dishes. Remember, however, that it is strongly flavoured,
and should be used sparingly.
More links to herbs on my
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!
and we can make arrangements. Thanx a lot!
Angels on Horseback
8 strips of cheese , about 6 cm long by ½ cm thick
8 thin sliced strips of bacon
8 Wiener buns
Slit lengthwise pockets in 8 wieners, long enough to hold one strip of
cheese. Tuck in a strip of cheese into each pocket. Wind a strip of bacon
around each wiener so the pocket and cheese are completely covered. Fasten
each end of bacon to the wiener with a toothpick. Put each wiener on a
cooking fork and bake over hot coals until bacon is
cooked. When angel is done remove it from the fork and put in a wiener
bun. Take out toothpicks before eating.
Eggs in the nest
1 can corned beef
Butter or margarine
Make six, 15 cm squares with aluminium foil. Butter each square. Make a
nest with corn beef hash on each square of aluminium foil, big enough to
hold one egg. Heat nest on foil for 2 minutes in skillet. Break egg into
centre of nest. Salt and pepper to taste. Add one teaspoon water to
skillet and cover. Remove from skillet when eggs are done. Serve
with toast for great breakfast.
Raw hamburger patties
Salt and pepper to taste
Wrap hamburger patty, onions, carrot, potatoes, salt and pepper in piece
of aluminium foil. Place on coals and cook until tender.
2 kg ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup grated raw potato
Mix together and form into patties. Fry on each side until done.
Make a peanut butter sandwich. Dip entire sandwich into egg and milk
beaten together. Fry in butter or margarine, as you would French toast.
Top with jam or anything sweet.
10-12 potatoes, scrubbed & sliced
2 onions, chopped
2 bell peppers (red, green or both),
Salt & pepper
Butter or margarine
Optional: for variety add 1 or 2 scrubbed & sliced sweet potatoes
Layer potatoes, onions, spices and butter on a large sheet of aluminium
foil. (Double foil for extra strength.) Repeat 2 to 3 times until all
potatoes have been used. Top with more foil and crimp edges to seal.
Cook on bbq or in coals, turning frequently to prevent burning, 60 to 90
minutes. This recipe is also excellent cooked
in a frying pan for breakfast. Just cut down the quantity and stir all
Foil Chicken and
4 chicken breasts
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2/3 cup uncooked instant rice
Cut 4 (35cm) square pieces, doubled aluminium foil. Place a chicken breast
in the centre of each one. Mix soup and rice together and spoon over
chicken breasts. Sprinkle with paprika if you wish. Wrap securely in foil.
Place on grill 12cm from hot coals. Cook about 40 minutes or until done,
turning once. Serves 4.
Cake Cooked in
1 white or yellow cake mix
10 to 12 oranges
Mix cake mix according to package directions. Slice off 1/3 down from top
of oranges. Spoon fruit out of bottom 2/3 of oranges, leaving an empty
shell. Fill the hollow shell 1/2 full with cake batter. Place lid back on
orange. Wrap orange in piece of foil. Place in coals 10 to 15
minutes. Yields 10 to 12 servings.
½kg ground beef or any other meat
3 or 4 potatoes
1 onion, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
This is good for the kids, they can make their own dinner! Use heavy foil;
pat ground beef into a patty and lay on foil. Add potatoes, carrots, onion
and season to taste. Wrap with foil and put in camp fire to cook. Anything
goes with this, add corn, beans, cheese or whatever you like.
2 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 tbsp. sugar
Mix dry ingredients at home and place in plastic bag. When ready to cook,
gradually add enough warm water (about 1 cup) to make a soft dough. This
can be done in the plastic bag. Flour dough lightly. Pat small amount into
circle (very thin). Fry quickly in hot oil. (Dough that is over-handled
will tend to make a tough bread.)
Breakfast in an
One of each ingredients per person. Cut orange in half and carefully
remove the meat of the orange without tearing the cup shaped peeling.
Break on egg into one orange cup and fill the other with your favourite
muffin batter mixed in a ziplock bag. Place each cup on its own square of
double thickness foil, then bring the four corners of the foil to the top
and twist securely to seal. (Be sure to leave enough room for the muffin
to rise.) Set the foil enclosed cups on hot coals for 10 to 15 minutes,
then enjoy a delicious breakfast of orange slices, eggs and muffins.
Camp pudding -
here is something to keep the kids occupied!
Any flavour instant pudding mix
Ziplock bag (4.5 litres)
Ice cream cones
Put pudding mix and milk directed on package in ziplock bag. Seal bag and
"depress" to get out excess air. Have group sit in circle and pass bag
around getting each person to squeeze the bag about 30 seconds.
After 10 minutes, open one corner of the bag and squeeze into ice cream
Take a piece of lettuce and lay it out like a piece of paper. Spread
peanut butter on the piece of lettuce. Put banana in the middle and
wrap with lettuce.
Jack and Jill went up the hill
to fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
and Jill came tumbling after.