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Pizza perfection

It seems to me that an awful lot of people are just not getting it when it comes to pizza. It is the simplest of perfect foods and we should leave it that way instead of buggering about with it. Like a beautiful building the secret of a great pizza is in the base or foundation. You can tart the rest up as much as you like but it will not make the pizza any better.
Judging a good pizza is a bit like buying a second hand car – ignore the glitter and shineyness, the white walled tyres and highly polished wheel rims, the glistening mirrors and the waft of pseudo leather eau de baloney scent, if you want to learn something about a car then it’s best to get down and get under it. If you want to know about your pizza forget about the pile of gunge someone has dumped on top of it and have a good look at it’s bottom. There should be a scattering of semolina showing that the pizza maker was using a fairly soft, moist, dough and that he scattered semolina onto his peel to act like like little ball bearings ensuring that the pizza slid off easily onto the floor of the oven. There’ll be bits of debris also picked up from the oven floor, oil stains and the odd black bits, this is all good. If you’re very lucky the pizza maker will have held your pizza over the flames for a moment as he extracted it from the oven, enhancing the crust and adding a more intense smoky flavour. To enjoy it at it’s best you need a thin crust, tomato and cheese, everything you add after that propels you, as the Bard said, “down the primrose path to the everlasting bonfire.”

Connie's Website

I started work on Connie's website quite a few years ago while I was at home recuperating from an operation. Over the years we have been adding stories and I have just moved the site to a new server. If you like to read inspirational and "feelgood" stories, this is the place for you. Click the link and go take a look: http://www.connienetherly.net .

Mirna van Wyk

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 mirnafvanwyk@gmail.com

This month I would like to give you PART 2 of ANCHORS AND SAILS for FAMILIES.
Families often face difficult times that can be overcome with a strong set of family values and the intimacy that it creates. Values can guide decisions on how to react to problems. I call them the anchors and the sails of 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. And it needs an anchor that will keep it safe when storms are threatening.
Previously I discussed how the values of consistency, reliability and gentleness can anchor your family during stormy times. Just like sails take a sailboat through storms, so can playfulness, creativity and encouragement help your child to gear up speed in order to get through her tough times.
With Playfulness I definitely exclude any electronic games. Electronics form a barrier between human connections, and although playing takes place, one is usually absorbed in individual activity or excitement. The conversation surrounding electronic activity is superficial and technical, not intimate or full of human connectivity. In psychology we always say: “Play is the child’s language”. Parents who play games with their children gain great leverage with their children to later get their children to pick up leaves, clean their rooms and do things they usually would resist. When you reprimand your child in a playful tone of voice they cannot react in an aggressive manner to you like they so tend to do. Human connectivity flourishes during playfulness.
Many parents believe that Creativity stops after they drop their child at music or art classes. But that is not the creativity that builds better relationships with you and their sibs. Although children love creativity, many children will not be creative instinctively – they need your help. You can help by: not answering the endless questions they ask, but by asking them what THEY think, by taking them to a library and encourage them to do their own research, by watching TV with them and DISCUSSING issues and possible solutions to problems raised in soapies and movies; by stimulating their critical and creative thinking when watching documentaries. It is not in the watching TV or reading that your child learns to think creatively but in the discussions that it generates. It is not the creativity that you expose your child to at art or music classes, but the time that you spend with them creating or even fixing things, that builds connectivity.
In tough times parents should give courage to their children: En-courage them. Not by taking over the task, or to allow them to give up but by motivating and guiding the child so that she will be successful. Sometimes it helps to tell your child of a time when you were struggling or wanted to give up hope, what helped you to overcome the situation and what you have learned from it. Sometimes (older) children should be reminded that you are on their side and that you want them to succeed, and then to ASK THEM in what way you can help.
Hopefully you will have a partner that supports your efforts and the direction you want to take with your family. And hopefully you have a clear vision to where and how you want to lead your family. If you don’t - you might find that any current can take you along into the vast ocean of life with no definite hope of ever reaching your dreams.
And again, if you have a Navigator whose clear guidelines are trusted and implemented, it will strengthen YOU during troublesome times. Only then can you be the harbour where your child believes she can find safety - no matter what.

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REALLY QUICK & EASY TART (I love anything made with condensed milk!)

1 pkt tennis biscuits, crushed
60-80g margarine to bind biscuits
500ml Dairybelle bliss yoghurt
1 tin condensed milk

1. Mix crushed tennis biscuits with the margarine, then press into a microwave pie dish
2. Combine the yoghurt and condensed milk and pour into the crust
3. Microwave on high for 3 minutes - the mixture should not boil, but fine bubble may appear
4. Cool in the fridge, then enjoy

On the wild side 
 

 

Byron

I met Byron when we visited the De Wildt Cheetah Sanctuary earlier this year, the following article is from their newsletter. To subscribe, contact vanessa at vanessab@dewildt.org.za

Daddy Byron
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Byron our first ambassador is now a father to be.

This momentous occasion has happened purely by chance. We were doing some filming with Kyknet’s Groen team and since they are also generously sponsoring a Ssangyong vehicle as we do (ours is commonly known as the Byron Mobile), we thought it fitting that Byron feature in some of the cut away links that they would need for the programme. We loaded Byron into the back of his vehicle and drove him down ambassador lane to the run area for his part in the filming. All went very well and he lazed on the newly mown grass with the presenter at his side. As always, he was the star of the show. Since they needed to do one more link with our beautiful sponsored Ssangyong – this time without Byron in frame – we decided to keep him busy with a little walk around the run area until we could load him back into his chariot.

We are in the height of breeding season at the moment and Byron has never been used in the breeding programme, so it was with much astonishment that we found him dragging us along to the fence of our prized female runner ‘Graca’. Here he proceeded to chuckle and stutter call, which is the mating call of the cheetah. I have never heard a cheetah so vocal. No amount of begging, pleading and luring with is favourite food bowl and a mountain of treats would convince him to get back into his car. I called Ann over the radio and asked her to listen to what was going on – by depressing the radio call button and holding the radio to Byron’s mouth – she was able to hear his romantic serenade to Graca. She immediately wanted to know if we were in lover’s lane and who was chuckling and was rather amused when she heard that we were in ambassador lane and that the voice was Byron. Ann hastened down to ambassador lane and we gave Byron the opportunity to walk past all the camps. He never stopped chuckling and was in fact so excited that he even made advances to Shaka, our male king cheetah. The females sadly were not interested in him at all, and let this be known by pulling their ears flat and voicing a few very deep throated growls.

It was at this point that we decided to load Byron back into his vehicle with much begging and pleading, and take him up to lover’s lane. Although Byron is probably the most well travelled cheetah in the world, he has never been driven around the farm and now – all of a sudden – with his interest sparked, there were cheetah all over the place. He chuckled all the way as we drove and could not believe that there were so many girls on the farm. Once in lover’s lane we let him out of his vehicle and it was like letting a child loose in a toy store for the very first time. He ran this way and that, not believing his luck and unable to choose from all the girls on display.

A particularly beautiful cheetah female named Crypto came to the fence and presented herself as ready. Since Byron could not seem to decide for himself, we decided to let him into Crypto’s enclosure, I tried to warn him that this would not all be fun and that the moment he had finished mating she would give him a hefty beating. He was way too excited to heed my warning and blundered into this potentially dangerous encounter with only one thing on his mind. Crypto being fully in cycle presented herself to Byron – and my little boy – bless him - not quite knowing what to do, mounted her. When mating the male grabs hold of the female on the back of the neck to hold her in place. In his eagerness, my Byron misjudged a little and grabbed her on the ear. Without the correct hold, his aim was a little high, but he persevered and when the moment came to release her and jump free from the onslaught that was to come he was unsure of what to do. By this time she was lying flat on her side and although you could see him thinking about what to do next – he was too slow and she turned under him and lashed out with a series of powerful slaps from her front feet. He jumped about 4 foot into the air to try and get away, but alas she had caught him fully across the snout with one of her vicious blows. He stood back indignantly sneezing and growling, completely perplexed at what had just happened. For a full ten minutes he growled at her, jumping nervously and running away from her every time she advanced.

She was quickly ready for the next mating and rolled around provocatively in front of him, but as he approached, every time she moved, he would jump back and growl in fear of the slap that might follow. After a little while, he made his second attempt and this time he grabbed hold of her as should be, on the back of the neck, and his aim was definitely better. He still had not, however, worked out the art of escaping the beating that was to follow. My heart bled for my little boy that was now a man, as I watched him look back with total confusion at what had just transpired.

We left the honeymoon couple together for the night and the next morning, as we drove past the camp, I called out to him “Hello my baby”, he glanced over his shoulder as if to say “Mom!!! Not in front of my girlfriend” He had learnt quickly and now chased her around to keep her in her place.

The romance did not last too long and by the third day as we drove along Lovers lane, there was Byron standing at the gate waiting for us to bring him his food, all thoughts of the new girlfriend driven from his mind by the sight of his favourite food bowl and a hearty breakfast.

 

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Smile a While

Little Johnny's at it again..... A new teacher was trying to make use of her psychology courses. She started her class by saying, 'Everyone who thinks they're stupid, stand up!' After a few seconds, Little Johnny stood up. The teacher said, 'Do you think you're stupid, Little Johnny?' 'No, ma'am, but I hate to see you standing there all by yourself!'

Little Johnny watched, fascinated, as his mother smoothed cold cream on her face. 'Why do you do that, mummy?' he asked. 'To make myself beautiful,' said his mother, who then began removing the cream with a tissue. 'What's the matter?' asked Little Johnny. 'Giving up?'

The maths teacher saw that little Johnny wasn't paying attention in class. She called on him and said,
'Johnny! What are 2 and 4 and 28 and 44?' Little Johnny quickly replied, 'NBC, FOX, ESPN and the Cartoon Network!'

Little Johnny's kindergarten class was on a field trip to their local police station where they saw pictures tacked to a bulletin board of the 10 most wanted criminals. One of the youngsters pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a wanted person. 'Yes,' said the policeman. 'The detectives want very badly to capture him.'Little Johnny asked, 'Why didn't you keep him when you took his picture ?'

Little Johnny attended a horse auction with his father. He watched as his father moved from horse to horse, running his hands up and down the horse's legs and rump, and chest. After a few minutes, Johnny asked, 'Dad, why are you doing that?' His father replied, 'Because when I'm buying horses,I have to make sure that they are healthy and in good shape before I buy. Johnny, looking worried, said, 'Dad, I think the Telstra guy wants to buy Mum .'

Some great resorts we have visited

We have just returned from a week at Ekuthuleni, click here for my report and some pictures.
You can also see some more photos here

Since Ekuthuleni we have also been to Hazyview Cabanas, for my write-up and pictures click here

At the end of this month we are visiting the Morrumbene Beach Lodge in Mozambique. More about that in the next letter.
 

Herbs


VIOLET
Violet is not usually regarded as a herb, but it has so many culinary and medicinal applications, it deserves a mention.
The violet has been cultivated for years because of it's lovely scent. It is an asset to every garden.
The Greeks considered violet to be a symbol of fertility. The Romans made wine from violet.
Violet is a perennial plant, low growing, and makes a lovely ground cover. A violet plant grows to about 15cm in height.
The leaves can be picked all year round, and the flowers on opening. The more you pick, the more they bloom.
Violets make an excellent edging, and are undemanding. They also attract butterflies to your garden.

DOMESTIC USES
Violets are a lovely addition to small flower arrangements, and can also be used in potpourri.

COSMETIC USES
Add violet leaves to a facial steam.
Crushed violet leaves and flowers in almond oil soften callused skin on the feet and hands.

MEDICINAL USES
Violets have a calming effect on the nervous system, act as a gentle laxative and help relieve colds and coughs.
Chew the flowers or leaves to relieve a headache. Chew 5 at first and then 3 an hour later.
Make an infusion of leaves and flowers to alleve post nasal drip and whooping cough. The tea is also effective for mucus in the throat, nose, chest and lungs.
Bruised violet leaves make a soothing poultice for skin infections and inflammations.
Use a strong violet tea as a wash for eczema and rashes.

CULINARY USES
Violets are best used on their own in cooking because of their subtle taste, but combine well with lemon balm, bergamot, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and mint.
Add the flowers to salads and vegetables for a dash of colour.

Crystallised petals make a beautiful garnish for cakes.
Make a violet vinegar by half filling a jar with fresh violets, then covering with a good white vinegar, adding a stick of cinnamon. Let it stand in the sun for 10 days, straining twice during that time, and adding fresh flowers and leaves. Bottle in a screwtop jar, adding a few flowers for decoration. Use for salad dressings, in the bath and as a hair rinse.

 

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Zimbabwe update

For the latest on happenings in Zimbabwe, go to:  http://www.sokwanele.com/thisiszimbabwe/  and subscribe to their newsletter, a really good source of current information

Cathy Buckle has started writing again from Mozambique, her letter is below, before I get to that, I would just like to mention that on average 7000 Zimbabweans are crossing our border daily. Hoping to get a job? In a country that already has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world? But our Government just keeps on welcoming them! Sheesshh.

Here is Cathy's letter:

Dear Family and Friends,

We were disappointed but not surprised when Prime Minister Tsvangirai's planned address to Parliament on the 13th May was cancelled. By then the deadline given by the MDC to resolve outstanding issues in the very unequal power sharing had passed but, surprise, surprise, nothing happened. Ultimatums and deadlines still don't work against Zimbabwe's old order - everyone knows that, or almost everyone it seems!

Then we were told that Prime Minister Tsvangirai would make a statement on Friday the 15th May announcing what's to be done about Provincial Governors, Foreign Ambassadors, the Reserve Bank Governor and Attorney General, all of whom were appointed unilaterally by Mr Mugabe. That statement also didn't happen and so we are left to speculate and remain stuck in no-man's land as the struggle for real power continues.

Even as the stalemate continues everyone looks at the MDC to DO SOMETHING but no one looks at Zanu PF to do anything. It's like we have collectively stopped expecting anything from Zanu PF. Almost every day Zanu PF wail about sanctions and no one even bothers to correct them anymore and say: sanctions are not imposed on Zimbabwe but on specific, targeted individuals.

'Shall we come home?' is a question some Zimbabweans living in exile are already asking but so far there's not a sensible answer to give them. To people who grow food for a living we can only say: farm seizures are continuing; Title Deeds are still worthless; police still don't get involved because "it is political." To professionals we can only say: government teachers, nurses and civil servants earn just 100 US dollars a month; lawyers get arrested for defending their clients and people go to prison for months at a time for their political beliefs; none of the repressive and oppressive legislation has been repealed and dual citizenship is still outlawed. To everyone we have to say: there are no jobs; the cost of living is crippling; there is often no water and electricity and infrastructure is in a state of near collapse.

Its not all bad though because despite the tragic loss of both his wife and his grandson in the last three months,  Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is still saying he's not giving up. "There's no going back" is the phrase he keeps repeating and it is the hope that we keep holding on to.

Until next week and from under a wide blue sky, thanks for reading,
love cathy.
Copyright cathy buckle 16th May 2009. www.cathybuckle.com .

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This South Africa - interesting facts and information 

The A to Z of South African culture (each newsletter features a letter of the alphabet) see archive

T is for Tsotsi
Tsotsi is the first South African film to win an Oscar, and has put the country's movie industry firmly in the spotlight - and vindicated the government's multimillion-rand strategy to increase the volume of local films and market South Africa as a film-making country.
Based on acclaimed playwright Athol Fugard's only novel, Tsotsi - the word means "thug" or "hoodlum" - tells the story of a violent young street criminal who finds redemption after he inadvertently abducts a baby during a car hijacking.

The film cost $5-million to make and was filmed on location in Kliptown in Soweto, Gauteng. Written and directed by Gavin Hood, it stars Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto, Zola, Kenneth Nkosi, Mothusi Magano and Zenzo Ngqobe.
 

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Baked boerewors ring
Ingredients
750 g boerewors
500 ml apple cubes, peeled
brown sugar
70 g margarine
280 g self-raising flour
2 ml mixed herbs
1 large onion, chopped
2 ml salt
1 egg
250 ml milk

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180 ºC (375 ºF). Grease a 23 cm flan tin. Cut wors into portions, about the depth of the flan tin. Cut each portion in half, lengthwise. Mix apple cubes with a little sugar, arrange in the bottom of the flan tin. Arrange pieces of wors round the inside edge of the tin. Stand the pieces of wors upright round the inside edge of the flan tin. Rub margarine into self-raising flour. Add mixed herbs, onion and salt. Beat egg and milk together and mix with flour mixture. Spoon the batter carefully into the flan tin, taking care that the pieces of wors remain in position. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes until a testing skewer inserted into the dough comes out clean. Loosen the edges and turnout on to a serving platter.

Boerewors curry

Ingredients
10 ml sunflower oil
1 onion, chopped
500 g beef boerewors, cut into chunks
20 ml medium curry powder
10 ml crushed garlic
250 g baby potatoes, halved
1 can curry-flavoured chopped tomatoes

Method:
1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and fry until soft. Add the boerewors to the pan and fry until the sausage is lightly browned.
2. Stir in the curry powder and garlic, and cook for approximately one minute.
3. Add the potatoes, tomatoes and 300 ml hot water to the mixture. Bring it to the boil before reducing the heat and simmering, covered, for approximately 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Serve with rice and sambals or on fresh bread rolls.

Boerewors and chutney samoosas

Ingredients
10 ml sunflower oil
1 onion, chopped
500 g thick boerewors
50 ml fruit chutney
30 g freshly chopped coriander
2 fresh chillies, chopped (optional, or only use 1)
4 sheets phyllo pastry or
1 packet samoosa pastry strips
sunflower oil for deep-frying
extra chutney or sweet chilli sauce, to serve

Method:
Heat the sunflower oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion until soft.
Squeeze the meat out of the boerewors casings and add to the pan.
Stir well and fry over a medium heat until the meat has browned and is dry.
Stir in the chutney, coriander and chillies and cook for one minute. Remove from the heat.
Use samoosa pastry strips or cut phyllo pastry into eight x 24 cm length strips. Place a teaspoon of filling on the end of a strip and fold over to form a triangle.
Continue folding over until all pastry is used. Mix a little cornflour and cold water to form a paste.
Brush a little paste onto the end of the pastry and press down to stick it closed.
Heat oil over a medium heat and deep-fry samoosas until golden. Drain on absorbent paper.
Serve with extra chutney or sweet chilli sauce for dipping.

Boerewors and vegetable bake
Ingredients
2 green peppers, seeded and sliced into thin strips
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
4 plump cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
8 fairly small tomatoes
10 ml dried origanum
pinch crushed dried chilli flakes (optional)
30 ml olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 kg good-quality boerewors
cooked mieliepap to serve

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180 ºC. Arrange the green peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes in a medium-sized ovenproof dish. Sprinkle the origanum and chilli flakes on top. Add the oil and mix. Season generously with salt and pepper. Brown the boerewors , twisted into 10 cm lengths, rapidly in a little oil in a heavy-based saucepan, remove from the pan and arrange on top of the vegetables. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the boerewors and vegetables are done. (Brown under the oven grill if necessary.) Serve with cooked mieliepap and the pan juices.

Boerewors hash
Ingredients
1 kg boerewors
1 onion, coarsely chopped
6 rashers bacon, chopped
400 g can tomatoes
50 ml chopped fresh parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
45 ml chutney
410 g can butter beans, drained
Method:
Fry the boerewors until done, remove from the pan and cut into bite-sized pieces.
Fry the onion and bacon in the same pan until done.
Add the tomatoes and parsley and bring to the boil.
Simmer until the sauce is thick and fragrant.
Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Add the chutney, butter beans and boerewors and simmer for 5 minutes.

Boerewors pie

Ingredients
500 g boerewors, casings removed
1 onion, sliced into rings
oil
2 extra-large eggs, beaten
125 ml milk
salt and pepper
2 ml mustard powder
25 ml finely chopped parsley
50 g grated Cheddar cheese

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180 ºC (350 ºF). Spray a 20 cm oven dish with non-stick spray. Roll the sausage meat into balls and arrange in the prepared dish. Sauté the onion in a little oil till soft and spoon over the meat. Mix the remaining ingredients well and pour over the meat. Bake for 40 minutes or till the egg mixture has set and the meat is done. Serve with a salad. Serves 4.

Pap and wors
Ingredients
600 g boerewors
120 g mealie meal
625 ml water
salt
80 g Cheddar cheese, grated
410 g tomato and onion mix
25 ml chilli and garlic sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180 ºC (350 ºF). Spray a round ovenproof dish with non-stick spray. Arrange the boerewors in a spiral and fry in a heated pan till brown and done. Blend the mealie meal with 125 ml water and heat the remaining water. Add the blended mealie meal when the water boils. Add a pinch of salt and stir till the porridge boils and thickens. Simmer till done. Stir in a little Cheddar cheese, reserving the rest to sprinkle on top. Turn the porridge into the prepared dish. Still keeping the boerewors in a spiral, place it on top of the porridge. Heat the tomato and onion mix and chilli and garlic sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer for about 5 minutes. Spoon over the boerewors and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes or till heated through. Serves 4-6.

Mieliebieliebolle

Ingredients
500 ml water
2 ml salt
250 ml maize meal
250 ml cheese
300 g boerewors
oil for deep frying

Method:
1. In a glass bowl pour boiling water, add salt and maize meal, stir to mix until smooth.
2. Place bowl in microwave and cook on high for 4 minutes, remove and give it a thorough stir. Add cheese return to microwave and cook for another 4 minutes on high.
3. Fry boerewors and cut into pieces. While the pap is still hot, take a handful, flatten it and insert a piece of wors.
4. Wrap pap around wors so that the wors is completely enclosed to form balls. Roll balls in corn crumbs and deep fry in hot oil until golden.
5. Drain on a kitchen paper. Serve warm with your favourite sauce.

Quick sausage rolls
Ingredients
500 g pork sausages, frankfurters or boerewors
8 thin slices white bread, crusts removed
200 g butter, softened
7 ml mustard powder

Method:
Turn on the oven grill. Grease a baking sheet with margarine. Cook the sausage by frying in a pan, boiling in water or grilling in he oven. Flatten each slice of bread with a rolling pin and spread both sides with the mustard butter (add the mustard powder to the butter amd mix well). Wrap a sausage in each slice of bread and secure with toothpicks. Place the sausage rolls an the prepared baking sheet. Grill until the bread is golden brown. Remove the toothpicks and serve with extra mustard and coleslaw. (If your children don't like mustard, serve their rolls with tomato sauce.) Makes 8 sausage rolls.

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