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Good morning friends,
Thank you to everybody who always tries to alleviate the plight of those
less fortunate than themselves. Thank you to everyone who contributes,
even through times are getting tougher. Please know that your help is very
much appreciated. It is never taken for granted.
The year is slowly nearing its end, and we will be starting with our
Christmas program this week as well as with the distribution of the wish
lists for 2008. It feels like yesterday that we held more than 20
Christmas functions for those people we support. What will this year
bring? Will we once again be able to bring joy to the hearts of children
and senior citizens? I hope and believe that we can.
I have started distributing the wish lists in last week. We should be
receiving the first of the wish lists back from the end of this week - and
then the laughs starts with a tear...
BLOU DAKKIES OLD AGE HOME
Uncle Hennie and uncle Sas passed away recently. The senior citizens are
heartbroken about the double passing. We believe that time will bring
healing for them.
I have really been struggling for the past 2 weeks to accumulate enough
food and clothing to distribute to everyone. The times are really tough
and donations are very few.
I will be distributing the last food and groceries today - the cupboards
are bare!! We will have to start selling some of the second hand clothes
soon to be able to buy the basic bare necessities. Food donations are
really urgently needed - every can or packet can make a huge difference!!
We cannot even buy spinach from Andeon to distribute at the moment - the
need is very very great! PLEASE HELP!!
286 Cliffendale avenue
Tel 012 991 3914 Sel 082 8282 551
E.mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
PS Please call me before you leave
Things are very busy at Andeon. The onions are almost ready to be
harvested, and there is still a lot of spinach available. I will keep you
up to date with what is happening here. Please contact Arnold directly for
orders:- Arnold Cell 072 709 5490
Please help us to try and alleviate the need. It is really getting worse
at a phenomenal rate as people lose their jobs and homes.
Until next time,
CENTURION - Herman 012 665 0926
WINGATE PARK - Bernadette van der Walt, 754 Kendrew Street
Cell: 083 469 3682 after 14:00 in the week and any time over a weekend.
Please phone before you leave home!!
PIERRE VAN RYNEVELD PARK - Annetjie and Danie, Tooks Corner No 1,Pierre
van Ryneveld, Cell: 082 445 6453
ROOIHUISKRAAL - Werdi, Cell: 083 255 9362, Home: 012 661 8396, Email:
ROOIHUISKRAAL - Elsabe Wentzel, Pelican Lane 11, Cell: 083 287 3166, Home:
012 661 5591
I am usually at home from 18:00 - please phone and let me know.
FAERIE GLEN - Elsabe Blignaut, 286 Cliffendale Avenue, Faerie Glen
Home: 012 991 3914, Cell: 082 828 2551, Email: Elecnet@mweb.co.za
SINOVILLE - Nelia van Zyl, 394 Pointsettia street, Sinoville
Home: 012 567 7329, Cell: 082 447 7847
Please call her before you deliver.
WAVERLEY - Rina Minnaar, 889 Bosloerie Str., Waverley,
Home: 012 332 1113, Cell: 082 333 5677
BRAAMFONTEIN - Marilize Panter, Cell: 083 308 6698
KRUGERSDORP - Lorette Grove, 5 Nugget Street, Wentworthpark, Krugersdorp
Cell: 083 951 7716
Danville Hulp Projek
FNB - Brooklyn
Branchcode:- 251 345
Account No: 620 546 34128
286 Cliffendale rylaan
Tel 012 991 3914 Cel 082 8282 551
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thanks from Brian at
Security fowl up
In one of the most blatant publicity stunts of the year Col. Harland
Sanders' handwritten recipe of 11 herbs and spices was removed on Tuesday
from safekeeping at Kentucky Fried Chicken's corporate offices for the
first time in decades. The temporary relocation is allowing KFC to revamp
security around a yellowing sheet of paper that contains one of the
country's most famous corporate secrets.
The brand's top executive admitted that his nerves were aflutter despite
the tight security he lined up for the operation. "I don't want to be the
president who loses the recipe," KFC President Roger Eaton said. "Imagine
how terrifying that would be." Strangely enough he didn’t seem too
concerned letting the world know that the secret document would be removed
from a safe and transported across town. According to KFC, only two
company executives are allowed to know the recipe, while a third executive
knows the combination to the safe where it’s kept; the three are not
allowed to travel together. Now the thought that crossed my mind was “ Who
the hell cares ? “ I mean what would you do if you suddenly came by this
secret recipe ? It’s not as if anyone else with any brains would want to
open a business like “Kentucky Fried Clone – the guys with the stolen
recipe”. I can’t imagine that customers would be beating a path to your
door and on a personal level you surely wouldn’t want to cook that crap at
home would you ? Would you ?
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It's braai time again, try this as a side dish with your next braai or
1kg self-raising flour
3 tsp sugar
1 can sweetcorn
1 can beer
1. Mix all the ingredients together
2. Bake for 1 hour @ 160°C
I put the batter into a flat bottomed cast iron pot and bake the bread
over coals (charcoal) with four briquettes on the lid and five underneath
Go take a look at
page, there are some great sarmie ideas!
Andrea from South Orange, NJ
Here are a couple of my favorite Sarmies
1: Cream cheese and Strawberry jam (or jelly) on rye.
2: Peanut butter and chocolate on white bread
3. Peanut butter with marshmallows on white bread
From Tint in Sao Paulo, Brazil
My alltime favourite? Peanut butter and marmite!! But then I love cheese
and jam too lol I do eat some 'normal' sarmies too. You may be interested
in a local favourite tho... its called a Romeo and Juliet. Normally, its
just the 'queijo minas' and 'goiaba', but some folk do put it on bread.
Queijo Minas is a soft, white, bland (sort of solidified cottage cheese)
type of cheese. The 'goiaba' is guava that's been made into a jelly-like
paste that you slice. The favourite way of eating Romeo and Juliet is as
is.... a slice of cheese with a slice of guava. Now, you can buy the
'mixture' to put on bread.
Really, really old recipe
Soak 1/4 pound of bruised carraway seeds and some pieces of cinnamon
in 3 bottles of brandy for 14 days. Strain and add three pints of syrup.
Bottle and cork closely.
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
Greater kudu - Tragelaphus strepsiceros
They are considered to be the most handsome of the tragelaphine
antelopes, which includes the bongo, eland, nyala, bushbuck and
sitatunga. Their beautifully shaped horns have long been prized in
Africa for use as musical instruments, honey containers, and symbolic
ritual objects. Some cultures believe the horns are the dwelling
places of powerful spirits, and others say they are a symbol of male
They have five to six stripes and some spots on the body, and a
chevron of white hair on the forehead between the eyes, with a long
mane below their neck. Their ears are large and coloured red inside.
They have spectacular long, spiral horns that can grow as long as
1.83m, making 2½ graceful twists. The horns are seldom used in defense
against predators; nor are they an impediment in wooded habitats
as-the kudu tilts the chin up and lays the horns against the back,
moving easily through dense bush.
Male kudus sometimes form small bachelor groups, but more commonly
they are solitary and widely dispersed. Dominance between males is
usually quickly and peacefully determined by a lateral display in
which one male stands sideways in front of the other and makes himself
look as large as possible.
Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zaire, Zambia,
Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Habitat includes mixed scrub woodland, acacia, and mopane bush on
lowlands, hills, and mountains. They disperse in woodland in the rainy
season and in the dry season they would cluster along rivers and the
bases of hills where the nutritious, evergreen growth is found.
Herbivorous, browsers; Kudus eats many kinds of leaves, herbs, fallen
fruits, vines, tubers, succulents, and flowers, sometimes varied with
Only during mating season males join females, who form small groups of
6-10 with their offspring. Mating annually, calving February and March
when grass is high. Gestation 9 months; females may conceive at age 2.
Males mature at age 5.
Predators & Threads
Many predators, such as lions, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs, eagles,
and pythons hunt kudus and their young. Humans affect their numbers by
hunting them for their meat, hides, and horns, or using their habitats
for charcoal burning and farming. Kudus are highly susceptible to the
rinderpest virus, and ostensibly the disease has reduced kudu
populations in East Africa.
I took the above photo at the
Kgalagadi Transfrontier park - Click on the photo to see a larger
to my Afrikaans newsletter .
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.
45 ml oil
1 kg mutton chops
12 baby onions peeled
1 bunch spring onions, sliced
4 carrots, sliced
10 ml mixed dried herbs
250 ml dry white wine
12 baby potatoes, peeled
250 ml beef stock
65 ml flour
Heat oil in a large heavy based saucepan or drie-voet, fry mutton until
browned, season to taste while frying, remove and keep warm.
Add flour to remaining fat in saucepan, making a roux. Add the beef stock
to make a sauce and pour over the chops.
Arrange potatoes, baby onions, spring onions and carrots in layers over
the meat, sprinkle with herbs and pour white wine over.
Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer gently for about 1 hour.
Serve with pap.
Some wacky Nursery Rhymes
It's Raining, It's Pouring
Oh sh!t, it's Global Warming.
Jack and Jill went into town
To fetch some chips and sweeties.
He can't keep his heart rate down
And she's got diabetes.
Mary had a little lamb
Her father shot it dead.
Now it goes to school with her
Between two chunks of bread.
Simple Simon met a pie man going to the fair.
Said Simple Simon to the pie man
'What have you got there?'
Said the pie man unto Simon
'Pies you dummy!'
Mary had a little lamb
It ran into a pylon.
10,000 volts went up its @rse
And turned its wool to nylon.
Georgie Porgie Pudding and Pie
Kissed the girls and made them cry.
When the boys came out to play
He kissed them too cause he was gay.
Jack and Jill
Went up the hill
And planned to do some kissing.
Jack made a pass
And grabbed her @ss
Now two of his teeth are missing.
Mary had a little lamb
Its fleece was white and wispy.
Then it caught Foot and Mouth Disease
And now it's black and crispy.
Fennel was one of the first plants to be cultivated by man. It is highly
valued for it's culinary uses, but also has numerous medicinal and cosmetic
Fennel is easily identified by its flat yellow flower clusters borne from
stalks radiating from it's main stem.
It grows to an average of 60 cm, but in some places, such as the Cape, it
has been known to grow as high as 150cm.
The ripe seeds are collected, and the stems and flowers are picked as
Keep fennel away from coriander, bush beans, cucumber, tomatoes and caraway.
Do not plant under wormwood. If planted next to dill, it will
cross-pollinate with the dill.
Fennel attracts butterflies to the garden.
Crushed and mixed with cinnamon and nutmeg, fennel smells lovely in
Fennel leaves added to compost, makes it friable
45g of fennel leaves, infused with a litre of boiling water, stood for 5
minutes and then strained, makes a super eye bath.
This liquid can also be drunk, as a tonic, and is believed to aid memory,
digestion and obesity. Do not take more than 2 cups daily, and not for
longer than a week.
Fennel seeds and leaves, added to boiling water can be used for steaming the
Chewing fennel seeds, freshens the breath
The seed is an antiseptic. The infusion of 2 tsp finely crushed seeds, In a
cup of boiling water, allowed to stand for 10 minutes, then strained, will
help expel poisons from the body after a snake, dog of insect bite.
Fennel is a good digestive herb. Chew a leaf or piece of stem after a large
meal, to prevent indigestion
Fennel water in soups and stews aids weight loss:- Boil 250ml chopped leaves
and stalks in 750ml of water for 10 minutes, covered. Allow to cool and
drink at intervals during the day, not exceeding 2 cups a day for more than
Fennel has a very distinctive flavour and does not blend well with other
herbs, except for parsley and chives.
The bulb can be boiled and served with a cheese sauce. It is also delicious
when finely shaved into salads.
Finely chopped fennel leaves enhance the flavour of fish dishes and green
The young stems can be chopped into salads, and served like asparagus.
The chopped leaves, mixed with cream cheese, and sprinkled with lemon
pepper, makes a delicious dip.
Fennel seeds can be used in pickles and sauces, and for flavouring breads
Lay fish on top of fennel stems, and grill. The fragrance and flavour
permeates the fish. Discard the stems after cooking
The FunkyMunky Herb eBook is now available. 48 popular herbs,
descriptions and uses with photos. Immediately available, will be
emailed to you. Only R50 ,
send me an email for payment details.
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
advice, unlike many other herb books I've read.
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
not what Zimbabweans voted for but it seems we must make the best
of it if
we are to save the country from complete ruin. The very people who
and implemented the 9 year collapse of Zimbabwe will now sit
victims of their ruinous policies. What will be top of the agenda?
Dear Family and Friends,
A power sharing deal between the MDC and Zanu PF has been agreed.
Should it be electricity? Supplies are down to 6 or less hours a
most places. Businesses, manufacturing and industry are close to
Schools, hospitals and institutions are barely functional.
Should it be water? Supplies to urban, residential and industrial
down to 2 hours a day in most places and non-existent in others.
and other water born disease are commonplace.
Should it be food? Shops are empty of all basic goods and
resorted to importing their own supplies in order to survive. Food
on seized farms is negligible and in most cases barely enough to
or two families. Almost half the population will need
aid by Christmas.
Should it be money? Bank queues run into thousands as the Reserve
Governor restricts daily withdrawals to the current equivalent of
British pence per customer. Without access to their own money
buy food or medicines or pay their bills.
Should it be Health? Hospitals have no drugs, equipment, food,
staff. Pharmacies increase their prices at least once every day
are dying for lack of basic, simple life sustaining medication.
Should it be education? Teachers earn less than street cleaners
and so they
are always on strike. Pupils have no books. Parents cannot afford
and examination fees, uniforms or even food for their children.
for our next generation.
Should it be land and the environment? Restoring property rights
Deeds. Controlling gold panning, diamond digging, tree cutting,
streambank and roadside cultivation and fires.
Perhaps it should be repealing legislation which has destroyed
speech, movement and association; freedom of the press and media
citizenship laws which have made born and bred Zimbabweans into
I could go on and on but perhaps my own favourites will be top of
agenda: law and order and accountability. Until Zimbabwe's Police
saying "It is political" and start arresting people who break the
regardless of their political affiliations, we can surely not move
So too the people who raped, murdered, burned, looted, tortured,
incited others to do likewise - they must be held accountable and
for their deeds. Zimbabwe stands at the threshold and we pray that
trust is not betrayed because we have suffered so much and for so
Until next week, thanks for reading, love cathy
Copyright cathy buckle
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The A to Z of South African culture (each
newsletter features a letter of the alphabet) see
M is for Mbube
In 1939 a tall, shy Zulu migrant worker named Solomon Linda
stepped up to the microphone and produced a three-chord song with
lyrics something like "Lion! Ha! You're a lion!", inspired by
boyhood memories of chasing lions stalking the family cattle. The
song was called Mbube, Zulu for "lion".
It's estimated that Linda received a total of 10 shillings for the
song. Yet the tune went on to become Pete Seeger's runaway hit
Wimoweh, then the Tokens' The Lion Sleeps Tonight, on to at least
160 covers, before ending up in the voices of Timon and Pumbaa,
the meerkat and warthog characters in Disney's classic movie and
Broadway hit The Lion King.
Along the way, it is said to have earned some US$15-million
(R90-million) in royalties - but not for Linda. The musician died
in 1962 with less than R100 in his bank account. His widow
couldn't afford a headstone for his grave.
In February 2006, Linda's legacy finally received some justice.
After a six-year battle his daughters, who had claimed almost
R10-million from copyright holder Abilene Music, settled their
dispute for an undisclosed sum.
Linda's Lion sleeps - at last
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1 kg white bread flour
7 ml sugar
2 ml salt
10 g instant yeast
500 ml lukewarm water
15 ml melted butter or margarine
Combine the flour, sugar and salt and sprinkle the instant yeast on top.
Add just enough lukewarm water to form a stiff dough. Knead the dough
until it is elastic and no longer sticks to your hands. Brush the dough
with melted butter or margarine and cover. Leave to rise in a warm place
until doubled in bulk. Knead down and shape into medium-sized balls. Place
the balls in the hot ashes – not among coals – and cover with ash. Bake
for about half an hour. When baked knock them together to remove most of
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
250 g soft butter
215 g castor sugar
60 ml condensed milk
2 large eggs
6 medium-sized ripe bananas
15 ml lemon juice
540 g cake flour
22 ml custard powder
5 ml ground ginger
5 ml ground cinnamon
5 ml baking powder
5 ml bicarbonate of soda
2 ml salt
415 ml milk
Set oven temperature to 180 °C.
Mix butter, castor sugar and condensed milk until creamy.
Beat eggs and add to butter mixture. Mash bananas with lemon juice and add
to the butter mixture.
Sift all dry ingredients twice. Alternate adding dry ingredients and milk
to the butter mixture. Stir well.
Pour into two greased loaf pans and bake for 45 minutes until golden
brown. A cake tester should come out clean when inserted.
Leave in pans to cool, then place on wire racks to cool completely. Store
in an airtight container.
Basic flat loaf
Cooking time: 20-30 min
800 ml white bread flour
7 ml instant yeast
15 ml coarse salt
15 ml olive oil
seasonings (see variations)
350 ml lukewarm water
seasonings (see variations)
30 ml coarse salt
30 ml olive oil
Combine the flour, yeast and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a hollow in
the centre and add the oil and half the seasonings. Add the water and mix
with a wooden spoon to form o soft dough. (The mixture makes a moist,
slightly sticky dough.) Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and
knead lightly for 10 minutes until smooth and no longer sticky. (Tiny air
bubbles will form on the surface when the dough is lightly pressed between
your hands.) Place the dough in a large oiled mixing bowl, brush with o
little oil and cover lightly with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place
until the dough has doubled in volume, about 40-60 minutes. Remove the
dough from the bowl and knead lightly four or five times, taking care not
to knead out the air. Shape the dough into a neat oval by tucking the
sides under to enclose even more air. Cover lightly and leave to rest for
7 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200 ºC and spray a fairly large baking
sheet with non-stick spray. Lightly roll out the dough an a floured
surface until it is the size of the baking sheet. Alternatively, flatten
it with the palm of your hand until it is the required size. Place on the
baking sheet, cover with a cloth and leave to rise until double in volume,
about 20-30 minutes. Make holes in the proven dough with your fingers and
fill with the remaining seasonings. Sprinkle with olive oil and coarse
salt. Bake for 25 minutes until risen and done. Remove from the oven,
place on a cooling rack and drizzle with extra olive oil if desired. Makes
1 large loaf which serves 6.
Basic pizza dough
500 g bread or wholewheat flour
5 ml instant dried yeast
salt and milled pepper
300 ml tepid water
30 ml olive oil
Mix flour, yeast and salt together. Make a well in centre of mixture and
add water and oil. Hand mix thoroughly until dough leaves sides of bowl
clean. (You may need a little extra tepid water, especially with
wholewheat flour.) Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for
about 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth and elastic. Roll out and place
on baking sheets. Season and drizzle with olive oil. Allow to stand in a
warm place for 20 to 30 minutes, or until dough looks puffy around edges.
Use as needed. Makes 2-3 x 20 cm bases.
750 ml cake flour
5 ml salt
15 ml baking powder
2 ml bicarbonate of soda
30 ml brown sugar
340 ml beer
1 small egg white
2 ml salt
Preheat oven to 160 ºC. Grease a small loaf pan. In a large bowl, sift
together flour, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Stir in
sugar. Pour in beer and knead lightly to form a stiff dough. Place dough
in loaf pan. GLAZE: Whisk egg white and salt well. Brush over loaf and
bake for 1 hour, or until loaf recedes from sides of pan. Turn out and
cool on a wire rack. Makes 1 small loaf.
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