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BREAD and RAISIN PUDDING
750ml stale bread cubes
2 eggs, lightly beaten
5ml ground cinnamon
5ml grated nutmeg
250ml seedless raisins
125ml chopped, mixed candied peel
1. Heat milk, add butter and pour hot liquid over bread cubes - soak for 5
2. Stir in sugar, eggs, sherry and spices
3. Add raisins and peel and put into a buttered ovenproof dish
4. Set dish in a roasting pan of hot water and bake at 190°C for 1 hour or
until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean
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page, there are some great sarmie ideas!
My all-time favourite is a roasted chicken,
sousboontjies and pineapple sarmie, on any type of bread. Butter your
bread, reheat the chicken in the microwave (the skin must still be crispy
though!) and spread sousboontjies, chicken, pineapple and some more
sousboontjies before stuffing your stomach.
Claudine van Wyk
1955: The Freedom Charter is adopted
by the Congress of the People, the forced removal of Sophiatown residents
begins. Albert Einstein dies. Bill Haley and the Comets usher in the Rock n
Roll era. The first edition of Guinness Book of Records is published. The
first franchised McDonalds opens. 86 people die in a crash during the Le
Really, really old recipe
This dates from the late 1800's
Stew some sorrel in 2 pints of meat stock. Strain it and put to the
stock for every 1 lb. of fish:
1 oz. of butter
2 anchovies or some anchovy sauce
a small blade of mace
some lemon peel
pepper and salt
Put in the fish and stew gently, thicken with biscuit powder.
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,
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Did you know that the Rhinoceros beetle can support 850
times its own weight on its back?
Did you know that malaria parasites carried by mosquitos
have been responsible for approximately half of all human deaths since stone
age, excluding wars and accidents?
Did you know that dung beetles carry tiny mites in their
stomachs which eat fly eggs, thereby reducing the number of flies?
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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.
Shank and potato potjie
1.50 kg lamb shanks
5 ml salt
5 ml black pepper
1 onion, finely sliced
15 ml olive oil
15 ml balsamic vinegar
5 ml lemon and herb spice
5 ml indian potjiekos spices
3 tomatoes, peeled and diced
50 ml boiling water or stock
500 g baby potatoes, in jackets or peeled
10 baby marrows, sliced
10 patty pans, halved
500 g fresh mushrooms, halved or sliced
Season the shanks lightly with salt and pepper and brown a few at a time
in a heated pot until browned all over.
Remove the shanks and sauté the onion in a little olive oil until soft.
Add the vinegar and stir through. Add all the spices and stir-fry lightly.
Add the tomatoes and mix through.
Return the shanks to the pot, lower the heat, add a little boiling water
or stock and simmer until the shanks are done.
Add the baby potatoes after simmering for half an hour.
Simmer until the potatoes are almost soft and add the rest of the
vegetables and heat until they're just done but still crisp.
Season with salt and pepper to taste and another sprinkle of balsamic
vinegar if you like.
A woman called a local hospital. "Hello," she said. "I'd like to talk with
the person who gives the information regarding your patients. I'd like to
find out if the patient is getting better, doing as expected or getting
The voice on the other end of the line said, "What is the patient's name
and room number?"
"Sarah Wells in Room 302," the woman answered.
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"3-A Nursing Station. How can I help You?"
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"Just a moment. Let me look at her records. Oh, yes. Mrs. Wells is doing
very well. In fact, she's had two full meals, her blood pressure is fine,
her blood work just came back as normal, she's going to be taken off the
heart monitor in a couple of hours and, if she continues this improvement,
Dr. Murphy is going to send her home Tuesday at noon."
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that's wonderful news!"
The nurse said, "From your enthusiasm, I take it you must be a family
member or a very close friend!"
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Cinnamon, Latin name Cinnamomum zeylanicum, was used in ancient Egypt for
embalming. In ancient times, Cinnamon was added to food to prevent
spoiling. During the Bubonic Plague, sponges were soaked in Cinnamon &
Cloves and placed in sick rooms. Cinnamon was the most sought after spice
during explorations of the 15th
and 16th centuries. It has also been burned as an incense. The smell of
Cinnamon is pleasant, stimulates the senses, yet calms the nerves. It's
smell is reputed to attract customers to a place of business.
Cinnamon is also known by the names Cassia, Sweet Wood, and Gui Zhi. The
common name Cinnamon encompasses many varieties, including Cinnamomum
cassia and Cinamomum saigonicum, which are used interchangeably with
Cinnamomum zeylanicum. The parts of the plant used are the inner bark and
Cinnamons primary properties are antibacterial, antifungal, aphrodisiac,
carminative, digestive tonic, diuretic, and stimulant.
The primary known constituents include cinnamaldehyde, gum, tannin,
mannitol, coumarins, and essential oils (aldehydes, eugenol, pinene).
Cinnamon is generally available as a tea, tincture, and capsules.
Historical culinary uses include apple dishes, baked goods, chocolate,
coffee, curries, French toast, eggnog, teas, pickles, puddings, rice
dishes, and wine.
Hot apple cider just doesn't taste the same without a Cinnamon stick. And
toast, cookies, candies and fruit salads-not to mention cappuccino-all
benefit from a generous sprinkling of its sweet powder. But Cinnamon's
most popular work isn't as a kitchen spice.
This herb has been used medicinally for thousands of years to fight tooth
decay, clear up urinary tract infections and soothe stomach irritation.
Ancient Chinese herbal references cite its uses as early as 2700 BC and
Chinese herbalists still recommend it for relieving nausea, fever,
diarrhea, and menstrual problems. Modern herbalists disagree on its
ability to aid in menstrual difficulties; some think it stimulates uterine
contractions, while others believe it calms the
Barking Up the Right Tree:
You won't find a Cinnamon tree in your backyard if you live in the United
States. Most Cinnamon comes from Asia and the West Indies. To harvest the
spice, collectors strip the aromatic bark form branches of trees no more
than 3 years old. These strips are what we know as Cinnamon sticks.
Healing with Cinnamon:
Here's how to put Cinnamon's medicinal powers to work for you.
This fragrant spice:
Fights tooth decay: Several toothpastes are cinnamon-flavored for good
reason. "Cinnamon is an antiseptic that helps kill the bacteria that cause
tooth decay and gum disease," says Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D., director of
the American Phytotherapy Research Laboratory in Salt Lake City and author
of The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine. Cinnamon also kills many
disease causing fungi and viruses. Cinnamon toothpastes can be found at
supermarkets, drugstores and health-food stores.
Soothes upset stomach: Like many culinary spices, Cinnamon helps calm the
stomach. But a Japanese study of animals revealed that this spice may also
help prevent ulcers. To brew a stomach soothing tea, use ½ to ¾ teaspoon
of powdered Cinnamon per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 to 20 minutes.
Drink up to three cups
Clears up urinary-tract infections: One German study showed that Cinnamon
"suppresses completely" the cause of most urinary-tract infections
(Escherichia coli bacteria) and the fungus responsible for vaginal yeast
infections (Candida albicans).
Allows diabetics to use less insulin: Some studies have shown that
Cinnamon helps people with diabetes metabolize sugar better. In
adult-onset (Type II) diabetes, the pancreas produces insulin, but the
body can't use it efficiently to break down blood sugar.
Researchers discovered that Cinnamon reduces the amount of insulin
necessary for glucose metabolism. "One-eighth of a teaspoon of cinnamon
triples insulin efficiency," say James A. Duke, Ph.D., a botanist retired
from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and author of The CRC Handbook of
Dr. Duke suggest that people with adult-onset diabetes discuss Cinnamon's
benefits with their doctor. Taking ½ to ¾ teaspoon of ground Cinnamon with
each meal may help control blood sugar levels.
The amounts of Cinnamon normally used in food are non-toxic, although some
people experience allergic reactions after eating this spice.
Cinnamon oil is a different story. Applied to the skin, it may cause
redness and burning. Taken internally, it can cause nausea, vomiting and
possibly even kidney damage. Never ingest Cinnamon oil.
Culinary Cinnamon is on the Food and Drug Administration's list of herbs
generally regarded as safe. For otherwise healthy non pregnant adults,
there's no danger from medicinal doses.
Mouthwash, good for upset stomach. Simmer sticks with cloves for 3 min,
add 2 tsp lemon juice, 2 tsp honey, 2 tbsp whisky – as cold medication.
Cinnamon is good for yeast infection and athlete’s foot. A 2% solution
will kill both of these conditions. Boil 8-10 sticks in 4 cups water,
simmer 5 min, steep 45 min, then douche or
apply to athlete’s foot. Cinnamon reduces cancer causing tendencies of
many food additives.
A favourite drink of mine at the moment, heat a cup of milk (I use fatfree),
sprinkle over some ground cinnamon and sweeten with two low kilojoule
sweetener tablets. Stir well and enjoy!-
The FunkyMunky Herb eBook is now available. 48 popular herbs,
descriptions and uses with photos. Immediately available, will be
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I'm very impressed with what I've read so far. What I really like
is that your book is a combination of medicinal and culinary
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And the format is great - thanks very much. I have an ambitious
project to make a herb garden this year - so your section of herb
gardens will come in very handy - Shelagh
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
The following received from Cathy Buckle:
Dear Family and Friends,
It was a rare occasion this week when the electricity happened to
come back on at the same time as the main 8 pm evening news on ZBC
TV. Normally at this time of the evening the power still hasn't
come back on and we are grinding into the 15th or 16th hour of the
day without electricity. The headline story and accompanying film
clip on the local news was of President Mugabe and his wife at
Harare airport preparing to depart for the EU Africa Summit in
Portugal. Ministers, security personnel and VIP's were lined up on
the tarmac and formed a corridor of smiles and hand shakes and
inaudible little comments.
In the same week as our leader and his wife and the official
delegation were heading for Europe, Air Zimbabwe announced that
one return air fare from Harare to London had increased to 804
million Zimbabwe dollars. To put that price into context is the
recently publicised information by the Teachers Union saying that
government school teachers presently earn an average salary of
just 17 million Zimbabwe dollars a month.
The same week that our President flew to Lisbon, a couple of South
African visitors invited me to tea at a local restaurant. I queued
at my local bank but was again limited to how much of my own money
I could withdraw and was allowed to take just five million
dollars. Immediately I spent three million dollars
buying one light bulb and one jar of peanut butter and so with
just two million dollars left, I hoped I wasn't paying for tea. At
the restaurant three cups of tea, one waffle and one toasted
sandwich were ordered. The bill came to 7.2 million dollars.
Back in Portugal President Mugabe and his wife didn't have any
waiting around when they landed. They were ringed by security men
and hurried out of sight to their hotel. Meanwhile at home in
Zimbabwe at least three hundred people stood patiently in a
winding line to buy milk from a bulk tanker. Outside the banks the
queues went into multiple hundreds and outside a virtually empty
supermarket an enormous crowd, uncountable in size, pushed and
jostled for a chance to buy a bag of maize meal. The day before a
similar desperate queue had resulted in riot police, baton sticks
to control the crowd and injuries.
This week as our President and his wife dine with 80 other world
leaders in Portugal there are still no staple foods to buy in
Zimbabwe's shops. Our schools have just broken up for the
Christmas holidays and the search for food and lines to withdraw
pathetically small amounts of our own money from the banks are
getting longer and more desperate by the day. Roadside vendors are
selling pockets of potatoes for 11 million dollars; if you can
afford them, it means a gruelling three days of queuing at the
bank just to put potatoes on the dinner plate. If you are a
government school teacher, they will cost three quarters of your
entire monthly salary.
To put these figures into perspective, or perhaps not, this week
the Minister of Finance presented a 7,8 quadrillion dollar budget
for the coming year. None of us have worked out how many zeroes
this is yet and calculators can't help either.
Zimbabweans are facing an extremely hard Christmas this year but
as always we look for hope. Many events are drawing closer and all
hold the opportunity to bring relief to a battered and beaten
country. The summit in Portugal will be followed soon after by the
Zanu PF Annual Congress, then the result of talks in South Africa,
then the MDC Annual Congress and then, in March next year,
Parliamentary and Presidential elections.
I will be taking a short break to draw strength and calculate the
quadrillions but wish all Zimbabweans, friends and supporters of
the country a peaceful and Happy Christmas. I saw the first
crimson Flame Lily of the season in the grass on the roadside this
week and it heralds the end of another year and the start of what
must surely be a better time for us all. Until my next letter in
the New Year,
Copyright cathy buckle 8 December 2007. www.cathybuckle.com
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E is for Earth
The rock formations around Barberton in Mpumalanga and Mapungubwe
in Limpopo were formed in the earth's kindergarten period, dating
back billions of years. The Magaliesberg is said to be the oldest
mountain range on earth. The magnificent Drakensberg range of
mountains, which runs the length of the country, has been named a
Unesco World Heritage site.
And then there's the Vredefort Dome. Two billion years ago a
meteorite bigger than Table Mountain hit the earth 100km southwest
of Johannesburg, causing a 1 000-megaton blast that vaporised 70
cubic kilometres of rock and may have changed the earth's climate
to make multicellular life possible.
The resulting crater, known as the Vredefort Dome, is the oldest
and largest clearly visible meteorite impact site in the world.
Although now considerably eroded, the original crater was probably
250 to 300 kilometres in diameter. The Vredefort Dome is also a
Unesco World Heritage site.
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Apple, nut and cheese salad
3 small Granny Smith apples
2 slices day old white bread, crusts removed and cubed
100 g walnuts, roasted
150 g mixed salad greens, washed and shaken dry
125 g blue cheese, crumbled
freshly ground black pepper
45 ml white grape vinegar
15 ml prepared mild mustard
salt and freshly ground black pepper
90 ml oil
pinch of sugar
Slice apples in small wedges. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of
water, add the wedges and leave for a few minutes. Heat oil in a small
saucepan and fry bread cubes until golden brown and crisp. Drain on
kitchen paper. Divide salad leaves (or use 1 head lettuce) between 4
plates and mix with apple wedges, croûtons, nuts and blue cheese. Season
with black pepper. Mix salad dressing ingredients until well blended,
sprinkle over the salad and serve immediately.
1 packet mixed lettuce salad leaves
1 large avocado, peeled and diced
250 g cocktail tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, sliced
50 g feta cheese, diced
50 g pitted black olives
125 ml salad dressing of your choice
Rinse salad leaves and spin in salad spinner, or drain thoroughly. Arrange
lettuce leaves, diced avocado, cocktail tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese
and olives in a large salad bowl, toss together and refrigerate. Before
serving, sprinkle dressing over salad.
Banana and onion salad
25 ml margarine
6 medium onions, sliced
10 ml hot curry powder
5 ml turmeric
15 ml cake flour
5 ml mustard powder
125 ml vinegar
45 ml brown sugar
50 ml smooth apricot jam
50 ml water
Melt the margarine in a pan and sauté the onions until soft. Add the curry
powder and the turmeric and fry for another minute. Blend the remaining
ingredients except the bananas and lettuce leaves and add to the onion
mixture. Simmer until the mixture thickens and is cooked through. (Add
extra water if necessary). Cool. Slice the bananas and add to the onion
mixture. Arrange the lettuce leaves in a pretty salad bowl and spoon the
salad on top. Serves 6.
4 extra-large eggs
60 ml sugar
15 ml mustard powder
25 ml water
50 ml white vinegar
125 ml mayonnaise
30 ml milk
10 slices white bread (crusts removed), cubed
oil for frying
250 ml diced Cheddar cheese
125 ml chopped gherkins
2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
Beat the eggs until they begin to froth.
Add the sugar, beating well.
Mix the mustard powder with the water and add the vinegar, mixing well.
Beat the mustard mixture into the egg mixture.
Heat slowly, stirring continuously, until the sauce thickens and is done.
Remove from the heat, cool and beat in the mayonnaise and milk. Set aside.
Fry the bread cubes in heated oil until golden brown and crisp and drain
on paper towels.
Mix all the ingredients for the salad and moisten with the dressing just
Dried fruit salad
250 g mixed dried fruit
100 g sugar
397 g Nestlé condensed milk
125 ml grape vinegar
50 ml lemon juice
15 ml mustard powder
pinch cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
2 bananas, sliced
Soak the dried fruit in cold water overnight, or for 8 hours at least.
Drain, reserving about 200 ml of the liquid. Simmer the dried fruit and
sugar in the reserved water until the fruit is soft. (Add more sugar if
you prefer your food slightly sweeter.) Beat the condensed milk, vinegar
and lemon juice together. Add the mustard powder and cayenne pepper and
season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix well. Add just enough of the
sauce to the hot dried fruit mixture to moisten it. Add the bananas and
mix lightly. Cool completely. (The remaining sauce will keep for about 2
weeks in the fridge.)
Fruit and cheese salad
1 sweet melon, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
2 ripe nectarines, sliced
2 ripe peaches, sliced
450 g low-fat chunky cottage cheese
2 sticks celery, sliced
1 red apple, cored and sliced
125 g seedless grapes, halved
75 g dried apricots, chopped
15 ml fresh parsley, finely chopped
60 ml fat-free salad dressing
mixed salad leaves, to serve
Mix the melon, nectarines and peaches together and divide the fruit
between 4 plates. Carefully mix the cottage cheese with the celery, red
apple, grapes, apricots, parsley and dressing. Gently turn the mixture
until evenly mixed together. Pile the mixed salad leaves over the fruit on
the plates and spoon the cottage cheese mixture on top. Serves 4.
Pineapple, Peach And Ham Salad
60 ml light olive oil for shallow frying
3 ripe peaches, washed and cut into wedges
1 large pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1 cm rings
125 g paper-thin ham slices
100 g rocket leaves
50 g pecorino cheese, crumbled
60 ml balsamic vinegar
2 ml freshly ground black pepper
Lightly brush a griddle pan with oil and heat until very hot. Rapidly fry
the peach wedges and pineapple rings on both sides and drain on paper
towels. Divide the peach wedges and pineapple rings, ham and rocket leaves
among 4 plates. Sprinkle with the cheese and vinegar and season with a
twist of black pepper.
4 large potatoes
2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
1 green or red pepper, chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
3 ml prepared mustard
3 ml paprika
salt and freshly ground black pepper
375 ml mayonnaise
Boil potatoes in their jackets, then peel and dice into small cubes. Place
in a large mixing bowl.
Add all remaining ingredients, toss gently and serve garnished with fresh
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