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recipe theme is eggs. Two of my fav dishes are bacon and eggs for
breakfast and steak, eggs and chips as a meal. Yummy!
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Following with thanks from Brian at
boil a bloody egg
I know lots of people who couldn't boil a bloody egg, many of them
professional chefs, professional only in the sense that they receive a
salary for what they do to food and so especially for them here is the
definitive method for boiling an egg. This comes courtesy of Herve This,
one of the high priests of the molecular gastronomy movement so it must
1. To prevent the egg from cracking, take a pin and make a small hole in
the large end of the egg. The egg encloses not only the white and the yolk
but a pocket of air and the little hole allows the air to escape rather
than exerting pressure on the shell. The old dictum concerning adding salt
or vinegar to the boiling water does not work.
2. However, placing the hard-boiled egg in vinegar for a few hours allows
you to remove the shell without causing damage to the egg. The acid in the
vinegar acts as a corrosive, attacks the shell and makes it easier to
3 To get the perfect egg white and yolk they both need to coagulate.
Ideally, the egg should be placed in boiling water for ten minutes. The
egg white begins to coagulate at 61°C (142°F) and the yolk at 62°C
4. The right temperature (below 100°C) also prevents the smell of sulfur
and a green yolk preventing the formation of dihydrogen sulfide which also
reacts with the iron atoms of certain proteins to create the greenish ring
found in bad eggs.
5. To have a perfectly centered yolk use a wooden spoon, roll the egg
around so that no one part of it is always facing upward; when the white
coagulates, the yolk will therefore be perfectly centered.
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A Mother's Love
Mirna is an educational
psychologist from Stellenbosch. She taught at several schools,
amongst others Stellenbosch High School, Bloemhof Girls’ High and Jan
Kriel School for learners with barriers to learning. She is a mother,
loves art, the ocean and children. You are welcome to comment or send
questions to her at
This month I would like to give
you PART 1 of ANCHORS AND SAILS for FAMILIES.
A sailboat needs an anchor for safety and sails to push it forward. Fact
is - with its sails good and strong, a sailboat can even sail against the
wind. It also needs an anchor to keep it safely when the storms are
Who knows what turbulent waters your family and particularly you children
will experience in 2009? And in these challenges that your child will face
is a chance to empower her and also form an alliance with her.
Today I would like to remind you of the following values that could
support and inspire your children. I call them the anchors of families.
They are consistency, reliability and gentleness.
To become characteristics of a child values should be followed
consistently. It provides a sense of predictability and safety for
children. Values can help to give your family a sense of identity if one
consistently reminds one’s family that many families will be openly
dishonest, nasty, gossip or swear but in OUR family we do not do that.
We have our way of doing things. This goes for family rituals as well.
Family rituals are ways of celebrating togetherness: birthdays, Christmas
or even the end of exams. It could be in a favourite game, of spending
holidays in a specific way, of reading at night before bedtime or an
ice-cream. A friend of mine calls these activities the “glue” of families.
Part of consistency is the act of being reliable. The Bible says let your
yes be your yes and your no your no. I suppose an easy way to say this is
that you should keep your promises. Therefore, do not make promises too
quickly because you can disappoint your child when you do no fulfill it.
And when you make that promise do your utmost to realize it. Reliability
gives you (and your child) the reputation of trustworthiness and will give
you great leverage with your child.
Gentleness is like a cool breeze on a hot day. It should come from mothers
and fathers. This could be eye-contact and a smile when you pick them up
at school. It could be a hug or soft touch when you stand next to them. It
could be a back rub or to tuck them in at night. It could simply be to ask
them a question, to listen quietly and patiently when they reply. It is
especially true of when you have to reprimand or discipline them. If you
want to give your child a fright - shout. But if you’d like to change
unwanted behaviour and make sure they listen carefully to you, you should
lower your voice and speak softly.
If you have a Navigator whose clear guidelines are trusted and
implemented, it will take a lot of pressure from you and your family. Then
you have a Source to guide and encourage you.
Only then can you be the harbour where your child believes she can find
safety - no matter what.
The Importance of
Walking can add minutes to your
life. This enables you at 85 years old
to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing
home at R7000 per month.
My grandpa started walking five miles a day when
he was 60. Now he's 97 years old
and we don't know where he is.
I like long walks, especially when they are
taken by people who annoy me.
The only reason I would take up walking is so
that I could hear heavy breathing again.
I have to walk early in the morning, before my
brain figures out what I'm doing..
I joined a health club last year, spent about
lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there.
Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I
wash my mouth out with chocolate.
I do have flabby thighs, but fortunately my
stomach covers them.
The advantage of exercising every day is so when
you die, they'll say, 'Well, she looks good
If you are going to try cross-country skiing,
start with a small country.
I know I got a lot of exercise the last few
years,......just getting over the hill.
We all get heavier as we get older, because
there's a lot more information in our heads.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Every time I start thinking too much about how I
look, I just find a Happy Hour
and by the time I leave,
I look just fine.
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POTATO & CHEESE BREAD
1 sachet Knorr cheese & bacon potato bake
300 ml grated Cheddar cheese
75 ml milk
300 g potatoes, peeled and grated
450 ml self-raising flour
1. Mix the flour and sachet contents together in a large bowl
2. Add the grated potatoes and cheese, stirring gently with a fork to coat
3. Beat the egg and milk together and add to the potato mixture
4. Mix well to form a soft dough
5. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently
6. Shape into a ball and place on a greased baking tray
7. Brush with milk
8. Using a sharp knife, divide the dough on top into wedges
9. Bake at 180°C for 45–50 min until well risen and golden brown
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|Guineafowls look like
fussy ladies holding their skirts up out of the dust as they run with
their wings raised to form a characteristic arch over the back, a
posture exaggerated in displays between members of a flock.
When pursued, they can run very fast, giving their staccato alarm
call. If pressed harder, the birds take off with rapidly whirring
wings, gliding intermittently until they are out of danger. They then
glide to the ground, run a little further, and gather into a tight
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To commemorate her 69th birthday, actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a
special appearance at Manhattan 's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit
of the AARP.
One of the musical numbers she performed was 'My Favorite Things' from the
movie 'Sound Of Music'. Here are the lyrics she used:
(Sing It!) - If you sing it, its especially hysterical!!!
Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.
When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.
Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.
When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.
(Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted over
four minutes and repeated encores.)
A man boarded an aircraft in New York and took his seat. As he settled in,
he noticed a very beautiful woman boarding the plane. He realized she was
heading straight towards his seat and, Bingo! She took the seat right
Eager to strike up a conversation, he blurted out, "Business trip or
She turned, smiled enchantingly and said, "Business. I'm going to the
Annual Nymphomaniac Convention in France."
He swallowed hard. Struggling to maintain his composure, he calmly asked,
what's your business role at this convention?
"Lecturer," she responded. "I use my experience to debunk some of the
popular myths about sexuality."
"Really," he smiled, "What myths are those?"
"Well," she explained, "one popular myth is that black men are the most
well endowed when, in fact, it's the Red Indian who is most likely to
possess that trait. Another popular myth is that French men are the best
lovers, when actually it is the men of Indian descent. We have found that
the best potential lovers in all categories are the Afrikaners."
Suddenly the woman became uncomfortable and blushed. "I'm sorry," she
said, I really shouldn't be discussing this with you; I don't even know
"Running Bear," the man said...."Running Bear Naidoo, but my friends call
Some great resorts we have visited
We have just returned from a week at Ekuthuleni,
click here for my report and
You can also see some more photos
Mustard has had a multitude of uses since prehistoric times - medicinal as
well as culinary.
The name derives from the Roman word "mustus", the new wine they mixed with
the seed, and "ardens", meaning fiery. The Romans believed the herb had an
Today ground mustard powder is found throughout the world. Most sauces,
vinegar, chutney and savoury dishes require a dash of mustard. It is an easy
herb to grow and very worthwhile to make your own mustard.
Mustard likes a sunny spot in well-drained soil, but enjoys some shade in
You can grow mustard sprouts by sprinkling seeds over damp cotton wool. Keep
them moist and within 3 days the seeds will have sprouted. When they are
about 5cm in height, cut them off at the roots and use for cooking.
Seeds should be sown in spring for a seed crop. Add a spadeful of manure and
compost to an area 1m square, sow seed thinly, rake over and water well.
Plants will appear within ten days.
The flowers are edible and can be picked as they open. The seed pods should
be picked before they open.
Don't plant mustard near cabbage and cauliflower. They will become an aphid
To clean very dirty pots, put in a few bruised mustard seeds, add a little
vinegar and water, stand overnight and rinse well the next day.
Pulverised mustard seeds can be rubbed into the hands as a deodoriser. Rinse
off after a few minutes. Not for sensitive skins.
Mustard is used in the treatment of flatulence, poor appetite, colds,
catarrh, chest and bladder ailments.
Add mustard to a foot bath to relieve fatigue.
Make a paste of crushed seeds, whole-wheat flour and hot water. Spread on a
cloth and apply hot to an area to be treated for rheumatism. If the skin is
sensitive, add a beaten egg white to the mixture.
Chewing mustard leaves can help avoid colds.
Grind mustard seeds to a paste, add cider vinegar and honey to make your own
Ground seeds can be used in cooking as a condiment.
Fresh mustard sprouts can be used in a salad, or sprinkled over roasts.
The FunkyMunky Herb eBook is now available. 48 popular herbs,
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is that your book is a combination of medicinal and culinary advice,
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And the format is great - thanks very much. I have an ambitious
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S is for Shuttleworth
With an appropriate name, South African internet entrepreneur Mark
Shuttleworth used the millions he earned selling his company in
his late twenties to become the first African in space. Joining a
Russian crew on the International Space Station in 2002, SA's
Afronaut has gone on to become a major philanthropist, setting up
the Mark Shuttleworth Foundation to promote science education and
Shuttleworth's Go Open Source campaign aims to create awareness,
educate and provide access to the software - which is created by
volunteers and free for anyone to download, use and modify.
Software developed by Shuttleworth companies includes Ubuntu, a
leading open-source operating system used, among others, by Google.
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Egg and Dill Cheesecake
250ml cake flour
125ml Clover butter
250ml Clover mature cheddar, grated
15g Clover Butter
2 large leeks, washed and thinly sliced
250g cream cheese, plain
250ml Clover sour cream
6 eggs, beaten
125ml La campania pecorino, grated
125g Clover feta, crumbled
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
125ml fresh dill, finely chopped
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Mix all the crust ingredients together and press into the bottom of a ring
pan. Cover the dough with grease proof paper and fill up with dried beans.
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and let cool slightly.
Heat the butter and sauté the leeks until soft and translucent. Remove
from stove plate. Beat the cream cheese, sour cream, eggs, pecorino and
the feta together. Flavour with salt and pepper. Add the dill and mix
well. Spoon into baked crust. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until done. Remove
from oven and leave for 10 minutes before removing from pan.
Hint: Serve with crisply fried bacon strips
Egg and bacon breakfast
25 ml butter
30 ml cake flour
375 ml milk
marjoram, basil, thyme and black pepper to taste
250 ml Cheddar cheese, grated
6 extra-;large hard-;boiled eggs, shelled and sliced
250 g streaky bacon
190 ml dried breadcrumbs
Preheat the oven to 180 °C and butter a 20 x 22 cm oven dish or spray with
non-stick spray. Melt the butter and stir in the cake flour. Simmer for a
few seconds and remove from the heat. Gradually stir in the milk and herbs
and return to the heat. Heat over low heat, stirring continually, then
bring to the boil and simmer until slightly thickened. Stir in the grated
Cheddar cheese. Arrange layers of eggs, sauce and bacon in the prepared
oven dish, repeating the layers until all the eggs, bacon and sauce have
been used. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top and bake for about 20 to 25
minutes until warmed through.
4 extra-large egg yolks
60 ml sugar
10 ml cornflour
500 ml milk, warmed
5 ml vanilla essence
5 ml butter
30 ml thick cream
Whisk egg yolks in a saucepan until creamy, then stir in sugar and
cornflour. Whisk until smooth. Pour in warmed milk and vanilla essence and
simmer, whisking gently, over moderate heat until thickened. Stir in
butter and leave to cool. Fold in thick cream. Chill until needed or serve
30 ml brandy
30 ml dark rum
15 ml sugar syrup
90 ml milk
Blend egg, brandy, dark rum, sugar syrup and ice. Pour into a glass and
top up with milk.
Egg in a cup
6 White mushrooms
1 tbsp butter
4 tbsp cream
4 tsp butter
Melt butter in a pan. Fry the mushrooms for 10 min until light brown.
Flavour with salt and pepper. Divide mushroom in four portions and place
in ramekin-cups. Place a teaspoon on butter on top of the mushrooms and a
tablespoon of creme. Brake two eggs in every cup and flavour with salt and
pepper. Place four cups in a baking tray and fill tray with water until it
covers a half measure of the cups. Place in oven for 20min at 180 degree
C. Bake until eggs have settled, and egg yolk still runny for easy dipping
3 medium potatoes, cooked and peeled
salt and pepper to taste
25 ml milk
15 ml butter or margarine
2 onions, chopped and fried
2 tomatoes, diced
250 ml grated Cheddar cheese
6 eggs, hard-boiled and sliced
4 rashers bacon, chopped and fried
250 g mushrooms, sliced and fried
1 packet thick white onion soup powder
500 ml water
1. Preheat oven to 180 ºC. 2. Mash the potatoes and add the salt, pepper,
milk and butter or margarine. 3. Line a pie dish with the mashed potatoes.
4. Arrange ingredients for filling in layers as follows: fried onions,
diced tomatoes, grated cheese, egg slices, fried bacon and mushrooms. 5.
Mix soup and water in a saucepan and heat until it thickens. 6. Pour over
the layers. 7. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. 8. Serve with salad.
Eggs in a blanket
2 eggs, hard-boiled and shelled
2 slices toast, buttered on one side
75 g white or Cheddar cheese, grated
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 ml mustard powder
pepper to taste
30 ml chopped fresh parsley or other herbs (optional)
Slice the eggs thinly in rings and arrange on the buttered side of the
slices of toast. Season lightly with salt. Mix the remaining ingredients
together, divide in half and spoon on to each slice of toast. Place under
the oven grill or in the microwave oven until the cheese has just melted.
Serve hot. Serves 2.
Eggs with curried banana
25 ml butter
2 leeks, sliced
1 rasher bacon, chopped
1 banana, sliced
50 g prawns (optional)
5 ml curry powder
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Melt the butter in a pan and fry the leeks (or use 1 onion) and bacon
lightly. Add the banana, prawns and curry powder and stir-fry for about
another minute. Move the mixture to the sides of the pan and break the
eggs in the centre on the exposed base of the pan. Season to taste with
salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover with a lid and reduce the
heat. Heat until the eggs are set and done. Serve immediately. Serves 2.
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