Winter is fast approaching here in South Africa, what better time to
give away some soup recipes?
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Replace unhealthy food
Have a close look at your pantry; do you have a mix of healthful and
unhealthy food items? So how do you replace the unhealthy food items? Here
is a basic guideline to follow:
Toss out any cereals and breads that are refined, presweetened or made
with white flour, and replace them with organic, high-fiber cereals, oats
or organic, natural instant varieties of hot cereals (weetbix), and
Replace instant soups (which can very high in sodium), rice or noodle
mixes (often high in sodium and undesirable fats) and instant drink mixes
(such as iced tea, instant coffee and sugary hot chocolate mixes), with
cooked whole grains, dried beans, peas and lentils, and high quality
green, white or oolong tea.
Add some spices - an important part of the anti-inflammatory kitchen and
diet. Herbs are best when used fresh, but dried herbs, such as basil,
sage, thyme, and rosemary, can keep their healthful characteristics and
aroma very well.
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Peanuts are a popular ingredient in sub-Saharan cuisine but here is a
yummy recipe, much closer to home:
3 eggs, separated
25ml peanut butter
5ml baking powder
1 litre milk
100ml unsalted peanuts, ground finely
250ml castor sugar
250ml cake flour
5ml vanilla essence
1. Pre heat oven to 180°C and grease a 1.5 litre dish
2. Beat the egg yolks until lemon coloured, add sugar by the spoonful
beating each time until light and creamy
3. Add peanut butter and beat
4. Sift all the dry ingredients together, and add with the milk to the
sugar and eggs a little at a time
5. Add essence and peanuts, mixing well
6. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into mixture
7. Pour into prepared dish. Place pie dish in a bowl half filled with
8. Bake for 45 - 55 minutes until golden brown and set
9. Serve hot with custard
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page, there are some great sarmie ideas!
Rentia from Millington,
2 slices toast
Spread jam on toast, sauté the onions and fry the egg on top of the
onions. Place egg on one slice toast, season with salt, cover with the
1946: The Leaugue of
Nations is dissolved, a tsunami hits Hawaii, H G Wells (writer) dies, the
bikini is unveiled in Paris (yayyy - Peter) the Cannes Film Festival
is launched, Tupperware goes on sale, London's Heathrow airport opens for
Really, really old recipe
This dates from the late 1800's
10 lb flour
6 lb sugar
2 lb tail fat
½ lb butter
12 eggs beaten
1 teaspoonful roode bolus (commercial ferric oxide)
2 packets baking powder
as much milk as will make into a paste
Rub the fat, butter, sugar, etc etc into the flour, moisten with the
eggs and milk. Roll out the paste, cut into shapes and bake in brisk oven.
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
The Secretary bird is a bird of prey, but unlike other raptors it has
long legs, wings and a tail. The single species of its family, the bird
gets its name from its crest of long feathers that look like the quill
pens 19th century office workers used to tuck behind their ears.
The bird is basically dove-grey in color, with black on the wings, thighs
and elongated central tail feathers. The short, down-curved bill is backed
by an area of bare, red and yellow skin. The Secretary bird stands three
The Secretary bird is widespread throughout Africa south of the Sahara.
It is found in open areas of plains and savanna country, and often
congregates at areas that have been recently burnt, where mammals are
deprived of cover and often injured.
These birds are basically terrestrial, taking to flight only when
hard-pressed. Usually only single birds are found, with members of a pair
some distance apart.
The Secretary bird walks well on extremely long legs, and a bird may plod
up to twenty miles in a day. When pursued, it relies on its speed to
It finds most of its food on the ground and has a partiality for snakes.
It grabs the snake with its strong toes and beats it to death on the
ground, while protecting itself from bites with its large wings. Finally,
it seizes its prey and hurls it into the air several times to stun it. (In
South Africa, these birds are kept in captivity to destroy snakes and
In addition to finding food with its beak, the Secretary bird will also
stamp on grass tussocks with its feet to scare up lizards, grasshoppers,
and small mammals or birds.
Secretary birds consume snakes, other reptiles, amphibians, tortoises,
rats and other small mammals as well as young game birds.
Secretary birds pair for life and are remarkably faithful to their nest
site. The nest is generally placed low in the fork of a tree, usually an
acacia. The huge bundle of sticks grows year by year in the manner of an
The two, occasionally three, rough textured, white eggs take about 50 days
to hatch, and the downy young are fed on a diet of small mammals. They fly
after about eight weeks.
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Another new feature, from now on I will feature a potjie recipe with
each newsletter. For those of you who are not familiar with a potjie
(cast iron three legged pot) you may use a dutch oven.
is not my favourite, but I am sure a lot of you love it, so here goes:
Beef and Beer Potjie
15 ml cake flour
5 ml paprika
1 kg beef fillet, cubed
15 ml butter
15 ml cooking oil
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
15 ml white sugar
8 green beans, sliced
4 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
5 ml mixed dried herbs or marjoram
375 ml beer
250 ml beef stock
1 packet tomato soup powder
1 bay leaf
15 ml vinegar
10 ml cornflour
salt and pepper to taste
Combine the paprika and flour and place in a plastic bag. Add the meat cubes and shake well to coat the meat. Melt the butter and oil in the pot and brown the meat over medium hot coals. Remove and set aside. Fry the onions and sugar, stirring now and then until the onions are tender. Add the beans, carrots and garlic and simmer for 5 minutes.
Return the meat to the pot and stir in the herbs, beer, stock, soup powder and bay leaf. replace the lid and simmer till the meat is tender, approx 45 minutes to 1 hour. Stir occasionally, using a wooden spoon.
Mix the vinegar and cornflour and stir in. Simmer until the gravy has thickened and season with salt and pepper.
Serve with mealie meal porridge.
ATTORNEY : Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for
WITNESS : No.
ATTORNEY : Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS : No.
ATTORNEY : Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS : No.
ATTORNEY : So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you
began the autopsy?
WITNESS : No.
ATTORNEY : How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS : Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY : But could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS : Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing
Three women, two younger, and one senior citizen, were sitting naked in
a sauna. Suddenly there was a beeping sound.
The first young woman pressed her forearm and the beep stopped. The others
looked at her questioningly. That was my pager," she said. I have a
microchip under the skin of my arm."
A few minutes later, a phone rang. The second young woman lifted her palm
to her ear. When she finished, she explained, "that was my mobile phone I
have a microchip in my hand."
The older woman felt very low tech. However, not to be outdone; she
decided she had to do something just as impressive. She stepped out of the
sauna, went to the bathroom. She returned with a piece of toilet paper
hanging from her rear end. The others raised their eyebrows and stared at
The older woman finally said, "well, will you look at that... I'm getting
Ginger is grown mainly in the tropics, with the best ginger coming
Ginger is one of the easiest plants to grow, and is also
attractive in your garden.
Please note that ornamental ginger is not edible.
Ginger needs deeply dug soil and lots of compost. Plant in full
sun, although a little afternoon shade is okay. Give the plants a
twice weekly soaking. Flowers appear in summer, and then all
watering must stop to enable the leaves to die down. Don't cut
them off, they must die down on their own, returning nourishment
to the swollen root.
Ginger is harvested in July. Carefully lift the tubers with a
fork, and rinse them in cold water.
Freshly grated fresh tubers can be stored in brown grape vinegar
in a dark bottle.
They love to be planted near lilies, hostas and elephant ears.
Ginger tea is wonderful for respiratory ailments and nausea, even
the nausea associated with chemotherapy.
It is excellent for colic, flatulence, poor peripheral
circulation, lack of energy, diarrhoea and nervous exhaustion.
Medical tests have proven ginger helps to lower high cholesterol.
Make a tea using 2 - 4 teaspoons of thinly sliced ginger root in a
cup of boiling water. Stand for 5 minutes and sweeten with honey,
if preferred. Leave the ginger in the cup, and chew a little of it
while drinking the tea.
Ginger circulatory cream (recipe below) massaged into the hands
and feet, are good for cold hands and feet.
Add thinly sliced fresh ginger to fish dishes.
Make your own ginger beer with fresh ginger.
Marinades, soups and sauces are enhanced by this precious spice.
Ginger added to a foot bath, helps to deodorise smelly feet and
also softens hard skin.
Thinly sliced, or grated ginger, added to your bath stimulates
circulation and helps to remove toxins from your body. Remember,
ginger can irritate sensitive skins, so always test the mixture
first on the inside of your wrists.
Leftover grated ginger can be added to spent coffee grounds, and
sprinkled under tender plants to kill snails.
Sprinkle ginger powder and cayenne pepper to deter ants and mice.
GINGER CIRCULATORY CREAM
1 Cup Minced Fresh Ginger
1 Cup Aqueous Cream
2 teaspoons Powdered loves
½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Peppermint Essential Oil
Gently simmer the ginger, aqueous cream, cloves and cayenne pepper
in a double boiler for 15 minutes. Strain and add 6 drops of
peppermint oil. Mix well and spoon into a sterilised jar. Seal
I used to have a regular feature on my website that I called the
Zimbabwe Letters. sadly my contact "went silent" and I
didn't have a source any more. I am looking for another source
(any volunteers?). I received this in my email and am sharing it
with you. My heart goes out to the poor Zimbabweans...
The Zimbabwe Bird
Today the Matsheumhlope River meanders lazily past Bulawayo. It
was a raging torrent when the area was known as Munhumutapa.
A boy named Ndhlovu lived in a kraal on the banks of river
Matsheumhlope. One day as he washed in the river, an enormous
crocodile appeared, sunk his teeth into Ndhlovu’s legs and dragged
him into deep water. As Ndhlovu struggled to free himself, a giant
falcon swooped down out of the sky and began harrying the
Ndhlovu, even with the aid of the falcon, was no match for the
monstrous creature but just as he was on the verge of giving up he
saw the falcon dive at the crocodile’s head and pluck an eye out
with its razor-sharp beak. The crocodile thrashed its tail about
wildly, making the water appear to boil. In its agony it released
its grip on Ndhlovu’s leg. The falcon made another dive for the
crocodile’s other eye but it disappeared under the water.
Ndhlovu struggled weakly to the bank and dragged himself out of
the river. Both of Ndhlovu’s legs had been bitten off and he fell
unconscious as the falcon circled overhead. Fortunately a member
of the tribe found Ndhlovu and took him to the nyanga (witch
doctor) who tended his wounds.
In time, Ndhlovu recovered his health. He never got his legs back,
and could no longer work alongside the other men of the tribe. He
spent his time telling the story of his ordeal and the heroic
deeds of the falcon which was never seen again.
The story, and Ndhlovu, became something of a legend and children
from other tribes along the river and further afield came to
listen to his story. Ndhlovu became an accomplished orator but
could never describe the falcon to his satisfaction, so he began
to sculpt figurines of the bird from the soft sandstone that was
plentiful in the area. He made many of these figurines and they
became very popular with the children who had heard his story.
Every child who came to Ndhlovu’s kraal had to have a figurine to
take home. This helped the legend spread.
Ndhlovu grew old and eventually passed away but the stone birds
carried the magic of the legendary falcon on. Many decades later
the legend had almost been forgotten, but some of the great stone
Legend amongst Zimbabwe's black population has it that there were
originally 7 Soapstone Birds at the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, all of
which had mysteriously been taken out of the country. Only 4 have
since been returned. It is said that peace will never return to
Zimbabwe until all seven of these artifacts have been returned to
their rightful place.
South Africa is a multilingual
country. Besides the 11 officially recognised languages, scores of
others - African, European, Asian and more - are spoken here, as
the country lies at the crossroads of southern Africa.
The country's Constitution guarantees equal status to 11 official
languages to cater for the country's diverse peoples and their
cultures. These are: Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa,
isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga.
In each issue I will feature
one of the languages.
This is the last of the nine official languages....here are some
Indigenous creoles and pidgins
Tsotsi taal, an amalgam of Afrikaans, English and a number of
African languages, is widely spoken in urban areas, mainly by
males. The word "tsotsi" means "gangster" or "hoodlum" - given the
association with urban criminality - while "taal" is Afrikaans for
Otherwise known as Iscamtho, tsotsi taal developed in cities and
townships to facilitate communication between the different
language groups. It is a dynamic language, with new words and
phrases being regularly introduced.
Fanagalo is a pidgin that grew up mainly on South Africa's gold
mines, to allow communication between white supervisors and
African labourers during the colonial and apartheid era.
It is essentially a simplified version of isiZulu and isiXhosa -
about 70% of the lexicon is from isiZulu - and incorporates
elements from English, Dutch, Afrikaans and Portuguese. It does
not have the range of Zulu inflections, and tends to follow
English word order. Similar pidgins are Cikabanga in Zambia and
Chilapalapa in Zimbabwe.
Fanagalo is a rare example of a pidgin based on an indigenous
language rather than on the language of a colonising or trading
The languages you will hear most frequently spoken in South Africa
depend on where in the country you are.
IsiXhosa, for instance, is spoken by more than 80% of South
Africans in the Eastern Cape, while almost 80% of people in
KwaZulu-Natal speak isiZulu. IsiZulu is also the most frequently
spoken home language in Gauteng, but at a much smaller percentage.
In Cape Town and its surrounds, Afrikaans comes into its own.
Predominant languages by province (census 2001 figures, rounded
• Eastern Cape - isiXhosa (83%), Afrikaans (9%)
• Free State - Sesotho (64%), Afrikaans (12%)
• Gauteng - isiZulu (21%), Afrikaans (14%), Sesotho (13%), English
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2 cups flour
4 ozs butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon bi-carbonate of soda or baking powder
1/2 lb seeded raisins
strips of citron peel (orange peel)
Beat sugar and butter thoroughly to a cream, then gradually add flour,
sifted with soda and salt, alternately with well-beaten eggs and a
little milk, if necessary. Lastly, add chopped raisins, pour into a
well-greased mould that has been decorated with strips of citron peel.
Steam for 3 hours and serve with a Sweet White Sauce or custard.
Important warning. At high altitudes all measures must be level,
particularly the Baking powder while at sea level the measures must be
slightly rounded or an extra teaspoonful used otherwise the cake will be
heavy and of a close texture, owing to the "high pressure" In another book it says use half as much baking powder as it calls form at sea
level viz 2 teaspoons baking powder should be 3 at sea level.
4 tablespoons Apricot Jam
2 cups flour
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
2 cups sugar
3 cups boiling water
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
Place sugar in deep (baking) pan, add boiling water and stir
until sugar is dissolved. Cream margarine and jam, add flour, baking
powder and ginger (sifted together) alternatively with beaten eggs.
Lastly add bicarbonate of soda dissolved in a little milk. Add last of
milk. Place spoonfuls of the mixture in the syrup. Bake in a moderate
oven (375 degrees Fahrenheit) until dark brown. This is a self-saucing
pudding but if wish can serve with custard or cream.
De Preez Speculaas
1 and 1/2 lb yellow (brown) sugar
1/2 lb chopped almonds
1 dessertspoon soda (bicarbonate or baking soda
1 teaspoon cloves
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon mixed spice
3/4 cup port wine
2 teaspoons salt
Rub butter into flour with the finger tips until fine like breadcrumbs,
add the rest of the dry ingredients excepting soda, and mix well. Make
a hollow in the centre, pour in the wine mixed with soda. Form into a
smooth dough and leave overnight in a cool place, then roll out and cut
into shapes. Bake about 20 minutes in a moderate oven of 350 degrees F.
Jan Smuts, dining with
my grandfather, enjoyed this dessert so much that he insisted on
personally extending his compliments to the cook, who thereafter named it
1 tin (410g) evaporated milk
1 cup (250 ml) orange juice
125ml sugar adjusted to taste
3 tablespoons gelatine powder
1 tablespoon hot water
Dissolve gelatine in hot water and mix carefully with orange juice. Whip
up evaporated milk until light and fluffy. Slowly add orange juice
mixture. Refrigerate for at least two hours until set.
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