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New subscribers, right click here to download your free eBook. Are you a cat lover? Then right click to get your catfood recipe book . Next time it will be dogfood recipes.

I would like to start as section on my site featuring South Africans and ex seffricans now living abroad and who have their own businesses selling South African food and goods. I already have the SA Food section, but this will be a more in-depth section with pictures and a short article. If you fall in this category and would like to have your business featured, please email me and we can discuss. Who can say "NO" for free advertising!

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I came across some BBQ sauce recipes in my recipe collection, scroll down to take a look at the recipe section.

The Health Benefits Of Bananas

After reading this, you'll NEVER look at a banana in the same way again!

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fibre.
A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.
No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.
But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit.
It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND among people suffering from depression, many felt
much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the
body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

Forget the pills -- eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect way to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power:
200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey.
The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels,
while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture
and smoothness. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control:
Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates
your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine," eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills.

When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is
one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

The history of tomato sauce? Whenever I eat slap chips (french fries) I pour a dollop of tomato sauce on the side of the plate and dip every chip into the sauce before eating it! Of course, the Americans call it ketchup or catsup, but to us seffricans it will remain tomato sauce!

Looking back to the eighteenth century, ketchup started out as a sauce made of anchovies, walnuts, mushrooms and kidney beans. Doesn't sound very tomato like, does it? One popular theory is that the word ketchup is derived from the koechiap or ke-tsiap which is from the Amoy dialect of China. Roughly translated means the brine of pickled fish or shellfish. Around the late seventeenth century the name and samples arrived in England where it appeared in print as catchup and then finally as ketchup. It seems the name has stuck and has been made popular throughout the world! The British took in the idea and were soon using ketchup for pickling anchovies and oysters.

So what about Heinz? Sources claim that Henry J Heinz began making ketchup in 1876. The recipe has remained the same to this day. Heinz was neither the inventor of ketchup nor the first to bottle it commercially. The tomato is a native of the Andes, and early in the 1500's, while living in Mexico a group of Spanish conquistadores discovered it and the tomato followed them back to Europe.

Another source states that ketchup is a term derived from Asian cookery, where it is known to be a sweet sauce made from tomatoes.

Ever fancy yourself as a saucologist? Apparently the way we serve our ketchup is the key to our personalities. So which type are you?

Dunker Methodical and trustworthy, but may have a bit of a Monica 'control freak' streak.

Splodger Ambitious types splodge huge dollops of sauce in the middle of their plates. They know what they want and how to get it. Don't get in their way.

Swirler Flamboyant types who squirt and swirl their sauce in thin lines. Watch out, they can be impatient and don't tolerate fools or time-wasters.

Dotters The dreamers of the sauce-world, they live conservatively but dream of adventure. All mouth and no trousers.

Smotherers They're the life and soul of the party, living life on full throttle. But be careful: they're also high-maintenance attention seekers.

Painters Draw ketchup faces and words on their food and have an easy-going approach to life. Watch out, though they can be so laid-back they're practically horizontal.

Gourmet Keep their ketchup in a cruet and may appear charming, but deep down can be snobbish, social climbers.

From: Planet Ketchup

Thinking of visiting South Africa? This link below is mainly geared to the 2010 World Cup, but is valid for a visit now as well, go take a look.

Three mischievous grandmas were sitting on a bench outside a nursing home. About then a grandpa walked
by, and one of the old grandmas yelled out saying,
"We bet we can tell exactly how old you are."
The old man said, "There ain't no way you can guess it, you old fools."
One of the ornery grandmas said, "Sure we can! Just drop your under shorts and we can tell your exact age."
Embarrassed just a little, he dropped his drawers. The grandmas stared at him for a while, asked him to turn around a couple of times, asked him to jump up and down for a little while and then they all piped up and said,
"You're 84 years old!"
"How in the world did you guess?!?"
The ornery old grandmas, snickered and laughed. Slapping their knees and grinning from ear to ear, all three happily yelled in unison, "Because we were at your birthday party yesterday!"

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Top Ten Reasons Why Dogs Are Better Pets Than Cats
1. Dogs will tilt their heads and try to understand every word you say. Cats will ignore you and take a nap.

2. Cats look silly on a leash.

3. When you come home from work, your dog will be happy and lick your face. Cats will still be mad at you for leaving in the first place.

4. Dogs will give you unconditional love until the day they die. Cats will make you pay for every mistake you've ever made since the day you were born.

5. A dog knows when you're sad. And he'll try to comfort you. Cats don't care how you feel, as long as you remember where the can opener is.

6. Dogs will bring you your slippers. Cats will drop a dead mouse in your slippers.

7. When you take them for a ride, dogs will sit on the seat next to you. Cats have to have their own private basket, or they won't go at all.

8. Dogs will come when you call them. And they'll be happy. Cats will have someone take a message and get back to you.

9. Dogs will play fetch with you all day long. The only thing cats will play with all day long are small rodents or bugs, preferably ones that look like they're in pain.

10. Dogs will wake you up if the house is on fire. Cats will quietly sneak out the back door.

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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.

Ever tried Rooibos tea?

Here are some Rooibos tea facts:

Scientists have found that Rooibos Tea can protect against mutagenesis, the process whereby the genetic materical of a cell is damaged. Mutagenesis is one of the major causes of cancer and other diseases.

Rooibos Tea is full of polyphenols, flavonoids, and proanthocyanidins that help protect the body from free radical damage.

The Japanese have found that Rooibos Tea helps suppress the occurrence of herpes simplex in people who suffer from recurrent herpes.

Fights free radicals with its high antioxidant content
Shown to provide Cancer reduction and/or cancer cure in animal studies
Helps lower cholesterol
Lowers blood pressure
Strengthens the immune system
Helps stabilize blood sugar for diabetics
Sooths stomach pains
Relieves allergies
Calms colicky babies
Helps in weight loss

I actualy prefer Dry Wors to Biltong, probably because it's easier to bite and chew. I came across this Traditional recipe on the Biltongmaker's website do yourself a favour and go browse around there. Check out their biltongmakers, now you can have great biltong anywhere in the world!

Droë Wors

As mentioned previously, any good quality wors of the thin variety can be hung out to dry. This particular recipe however, dates right back to the era of the Great Trek in the early nineteenth century.

This is how Droë Wors (dried sausage) tasted hundreds of years ago!

Fundamentally the spice ingredients and the method of preparation remain the same as the boerewors recipe but the meat ingredients differ.

For the Trekkers in those days venison, beef and mutton was abundantly available, but pigs were not suitable company for them and their nomadic lifestyle.

Therefore, we use the same spices and method as for making boerewors , but the meat type and quantity is slightly different.



2 kg venison (no pork or veal)
1 kg beef.
500 gr sheep tails fat (no pork or spek)
25 ml salt.
5 ml ground black pepper.
15 ml corriander, singed and ground (see hints and tips).
1 ml ground cloves.
2 ml nutmeg powder.
125 ml brown vinegar.
25 ml brandy (optional).
25 ml marsala (optional).
200 gr narrow (thin) sausage casings.

Cube all meat.
Mix together thoroughly and mince coarsely.
Place meat in large bowl.
Add all dry spices, vinegar and brandy (if used).
Mix together lightly with a two pronged fork.
Place in fridge for +/- 2 hours to blend flavours.
Soak casings in water during this period.
Fit casings to sausage maker and fill with mixture.
Do not over- or under-stuff.

This wors is more suitable for drying than it is for cooking. Due to the absence of pork and spek, and the inclusion of venison, it is not as succulent as normal boerewors and many people find the cooked variety of this recipe a bit to dry for their liking.

Also, hang this wors a bit longer than other types of wors as most people prefer it drier than the rest. It should snap like a twig when bent.

Glenacres Superspar newsletter recipe.


6 Hake Steaks
2 Tbsp Sliced Onions
4 Tbsp Butter
¾ Cup Cream
2 Level Tbsp Curry Powder
Pinch Salt
Ground Pepper

1. Fry the chopped onion in butter until transparent
2. Spread the onion in the bottom of a baking dish
3. Put the fish steaks on top of the onions, and season with salt & pepper
4. Mix the cream and the curry powder, and sprinkle on top of the fish
5. Bake at 200°C for 30 min. but as soon as it starts to boil, open the oven door and allow to finish baking without boiling

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Another Wacky Sarmie

Go take a look at my Wacky Sarmies page, there are some great sarmie ideas!

These ideas are from a lady with a really kewl name!!

Pepper Ann ( not kidding on my birth certificate maiden name Robertson ) ( ex zim ) Johannesburg

I have a couple of really delicious sarmies:

Two slices of white bread
Crushed garlic or sliced cloves of garlic
Salt and plenty of ground black pepper

My latest sarmie is a double layer:

Cheddar cheese
Biltong and banana
Three slices white bread , buttered on first slice put the cheese and half of the banana and then a slice of bread and then biltong and banana on the top and close it with the last slice of bread.

This last one needs a really large bread roll
Cream cheese
Cucumber / pickles
Beetroot ( pickled )

Goes down really well with a nice brown cow ( coke and icecream float )

And my mom's fav is pork sausage and marmalade ( I think it stems from boarding school )

Ham cheese and strawberry jam

Toasted tomatoe and fruit chutney

And the last one or I will take up too much space

My sister and I used to make smorgasborga’s ( open Samies ) we used to put what ever was on the plate on a slice of bread when we had “bits and pieces ( any thing from a salad to cold meats and boiled eggs avo and pickles with crisps on top

A Blast From the Past

1929 - Wall street crashes, the Vatican established as a State, Table Mountain gets a cableway, Wyatt Earp (gunfighter) dies, the first Edgars store opens in Johannesburg, Tintin and Popeye make their debuts, the first Oscars are awarded,   

Source: Sunday Times.

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.

The Giraffe
The Giraffe is the tallest living land animal. Its height is up to 5.5 meters (18 feet) while its shoulders are at the height of 2.5 meters! Therefore you can easily spot any giraffe even from the long distance. It has got a long tail measuring up to 90 cm. Its weight ranges from 600 kg to 1 800 kg (2 500 lb on average). The Giraffe has got a typical brownish and yellowish colour with reticulated pattern. Thank to their specific colour and pattern we can divide giraffes into several groups.
From the anatomical point of view, this animal is a unique creature. Despite its long neck it has got the same number of the cervical vertebrae as humans have. As a mammal it has got 7 cervical vertebrae. Its neck is exceptionally flexible and moves from side to side when giraffes are running. Arteries in its neck have got valves in order to bring enough blood up to the head. Valves enable blood to move only in one way – up to the head. On its small head, there are few small horns. Its sight is extremely good as well as its hearing sense. The giraffes have got very long legs too. They can reach the speed of 50 km per hour (30 mph). When drinking, giraffes have to spread their legs so the head can reach the water level.
This long-necked mammal lives in Africa, but mainly in the southern parts of the Sahara. Plains and woodlands are their natural habitat. Breeding usually occurs from July till September. Gestation period lasts approximately 15 months with one offspring born.
The Giraffes feed on leaves, fruit etc. Their long (50 cm) and flexible tongue can reach almost every leave. In case of emergence they can use their forefeet to defend themselves. Generally the giraffes live up to 20 years long.


The Herb Section - ASPARAGUS

 Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a highly regarded herb worldwide. Chinese pharmacists save the best roots of the asparagus plant for their families and friends in the belief that it will increase feelings of compassion and love. In India, this herb is used to promote fertility, reduce menstrual cramping, and increase milk production in nursing mothers. In the Western world, it has been touted as an aphrodisiac.

These customs and beliefs are not mere superstition: Asparagus root contains compounds called steroid glycosides that directly affect hormone production and may very well influence emotions. An excellent diuretic, asparagus is also very nutritious. It is high in folic acid, which is essential for the production of new red blood cells. Many herbal healers recommend Asparagus root for rheumatism, due to the anti-inflammatory action of the steroidal glycosides. Powdered seed from the Asparagus plant is effective for calming an upset stomach.

Possible benefits in the uses of Asparagus are: stimulation of hormone production, helps rid the body of excess water and salt, and helps prevent anemia due to folic acid deficiency. Asparagus also soothes pain and swelling of joints due to rheumatism or arthritis.

There are many oral uses of the Asparagus plant. One use is to eat the young shoots and seeds. The seed is also available in powdered form. Take 1 teaspoon of powder daily in juice. There is one exception to the use of Asparagus: do not use if your kidneys are inflamed, because it increases the rate of urinary production.

 More links to herbs on my Herb Page   

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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Chicken BBQ Sauce

1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 c. cider vinegar
2 tbsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 egg

Beat egg. Add oil; beat again. Add other ingredients and beat. Soak chicken in mixture overnight before cooking on grill. Coat pieces with mixture each time you turn chicken.

Old Time Chuck wagon BBQ Sauce

1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 tsp. chilli powder
1 1/2 c. tomato sauce
1/4 c. cider vinegar
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce

In 2 quart saucepan, heat oil. Add garlic and chilli powder; cook 1 minute. Stir in remaining ingredients; heat sauce to boiling. Cover pan partially and simmer sauce over low heat 15 minutes to blend flavours, stirring occasionally. Transfer sauce to serving bowl. Makes about 2 cups.

Honey BBQ Sauce

3/4 c. honey
1/2 c. tomato sauce
1/4 c. butter (1/2 stick)
1 tbsp. vinegar
2 tsp. Dijon style mustard
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 clove garlic, put through a press

Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer the mixture for 5 minutes. Makes about 1 1/2 cups sauce. Leftover can be stored in the refrigerator for later use.

BBQ Sauce

1/2 c. oil or butter
1 c. vinegar
1/4 c. water
2 tbsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. poultry seasoning
1 tsp. garlic salt

Combine all ingredients, bring to a boil. Use on your favourite meats.

BBQ Sauce for Chicken

2/3 c. butter or margarine
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. salt
2/3 c. water or stock
Few grains of cayenne pepper
2 tbsp. chopped pickle (optional)
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 c. vinegar
1/4 tsp. Tabasco sauce
2 tbsp. flour

Melt butter and combine with all dry ingredients. Stir until well blended. Remove from heat. Combine remaining ingredients and gradually stir into butter. Return to heat and cook, stirring constantly, until thick and smooth. Makes enough for 2 chickens.

Never fail BBQ Sauce

1 c. tomato sauce
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. onion, finely chopped
1/4 c. orange juice
1/4 c. white vinegar
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Boil for 5 minutes. Pour over chicken parts, pork chops or ribs; or marinate beef steaks in 4 hours and grill. A good all purpose barbeque sauce.




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