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Kitch 'n' Zinc

I happened to find this really nice Blog, please click on the link below and go browse around.....

Following with thanks from Brian at Kitsch'n'Zinc

Rooibos Iced Tea.
Jennifer Iserloh

Homemade iced tea is perfect for quenching your thirst on a sweltering summer day. Make it ahead and keep a big pitcher in your fridge to sip as the mercury rises.

My pick this summer is red bush. If you're craving flavor, it comes in vanilla, orange, peach and even red bush chai. If you can't find your favorite, try adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract, lemon or orange zest or a cinnamon stick while the tea is steeping.

Red bush -- or Rooibos in Afrikaans -- tea comes from the leaves of a bush that grows in southern Africa and like many teas has valuable antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin. Red bush also contains soothing compounds that work as an antispazmodic; people who have chronic stomach problems and cramps swear by it.

I like it because it's caffeine-free, yet has a rich, well rounded flavor so I can drink it in the evening and throughout the day while I'm working away. It's tasty straight without sweetener but you can choose how much sugar to add.

But if you are craving something gently sweetened, add a tablespoon of maple syrup or raw honey. To make the red bush cooler in the picture above, add 1 cup of basic red bush iced tea to 1 cup of cubed watermelon, 1/4 cup orange juice, and 4 ice cubes and blend until smooth.

Basic Red Bush Iced Tea
2 quarts of boiling hot water
4 tablespoons of red bush tea or 8 small tea bags
Ice for serving

Steep the tea in the boiled water for 3 to 4 minutes. Cool to room temperature before refrigerating in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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We will be visiting the resort at Hole in the Wall on the Transkei coast in October. I remembered that I had an article on Hole in the Wall on my South African Myths and Legends page. Here is the Hole in the Wall legend

The Legend of Hole in the Wall (click here for a photo)

Near Coffee Bay is a prominent rock formation with a big hole in the middle, which has become a symbol for the Xhosa of a great historical tragedy, the "Great Cattle Killing".

It is a unique structure with a huge detached cliff that has a giant opening carved through its centre by the waves. The local Xhosa call this place "izi Khaleni", which means "place of thunder". At certain seasons and water conditions (high tide) the waves clap is such a fashion that the concussion can be heard throughout the valley.

A young girl called Nongqawuse had seen a messenger from the realm of the ancestors at a waterhole. She told her uncle Mhlakaza about her vision. As he was an important Xhosa priest, his social rank granted a great impact to the prophecy he derived from his niece's vision. He announced that soldiers who were incarnations of the souls of dead Xhosa warriors, would arrive on the 18th of February over the sea, come onto land through the "Hole in the Wall" and defeat the hated British. But, he continued, the Xhosa had to make a sacrifice to help the warriors by destroying all their cereals and killing all their cattle. After the victory, there would be food in abundance for everybody. The Xhosa followed the instructions in his prophecy and killed their whole stock of cattle. The catastrophe took its course. Thousands of Xhosa starved and the British had an easy time conquering the remaining people.

Jonathan Elliott sent me the following article:
Love made that 'hole in the wall', they say
By Brian Msebe

ON the road to the coastal resort of Coffee Bay, there is a turn that leads to the Hole in the Wall, one of the most beautiful spots on the southern African coast.
The creation of the natural phenomenon of the Hole in the Wall has, according to legend, a far more romantic explanation.
Many tales have been told about the impressive arch that was named in 1823 by the crew of the British survey ship, the Barracouta, because of the portal carved through an island rock castle with sheer dolerite walls.
The Portuguese had called the rock Penido das Fontes (rock of fountains), while the rock's Xhosa name is esiKhaleni (the place of sound), a name derived from the waves that continuously crash through the hole.
The hole lies directly in the path of the Mpako River and it is this, rather than the surf, that has created the hole.
Xhosa mythology tells of the water or sea people, semi-deities who resembled humans but with supple wrists, ankles and flipperlike hands and feet.
They were kind people, although sometimes a little mischievous, delighting in teasing mere mortals.
Legend tells of a beautiful girl who lived in a village on the Wild Coast near a great landlocked lagoon.
The girl was so fair that one of the sea people fell in love with her and persuaded her to come and live with him in the sea.
Her people were land people who speared fish in the river and swam in the lagoon where giant milkwood trees, with their dark, shiny leaves and comforting shade crowded the water's edge.
Long ago, they had decided that the sea was cruel and dangerous and had warned the young girl not to go there.
"Beware the sea people. They are born of the salt spray and are as cruel as the sea. They envy us because we rule the land and the sunny pastures," they advised her.
But the elders' words seemed to have fallen on deaf ears. Not even her angry father, who after discovering the unnatural liaison forbade his daughter from seeing her lover or leaving the village, could deter the young maiden, who found the sea endlessly attractive.
So attracted was she by the beauty of the sea that one night she slipped away in the dark of the night and met with her sea lover, who after hearing of the maiden's father's disapproval of the affair reassured her and asked her to watch and see what he would do to prove his undying love for her.
And so as the sun dipped low beyond the wall of the rock, the young beautiful lady watched with amazement as thin, willowy figures appeared on the top of the rock.
Excited and defiant, she started to run towards the lagoon, followed by the village folk who sensed that something strange was going to happen.
The sea people had brought with them an enormous sea serpent with green, glittering scales and a mighty head.
Using its enormous head, the monstrous creature (fish) rammed a gaping hole in the wall. A great spout of water gushed through with all the force of the tide behind it and on the wave came hundreds of sea people, singing, shouting and waving their arms with joy.
At the front of them all was the man who had come to claim her.
He rode the wave right to her feet, stretched out his arms and she moved to join him.
Then, as the wave retreated, forming and frothing its pleasure, she went with the people of the sea -- back through the hole in the rock wall and the villagers never saw her again.
That is the tale the Xhosa people tell. They say the sea went on eating away at the curved rock wall until it no longer formed a barrier between the sea and the river mouth.
They say on the nights when the tide is high, the sea people can still be heard above the noise of the waves, streaming through the Hole in the Wall in their search for a bride.
So intriguing are tales about the Hole that legend has it that boastful swimmers have attempted to go through the Hole, but the incredible force of the waves makes this impossible.
A trooper of the Cape Mounted Rifles tried it to win a bottle of whisky in a bet but was never seen again -- so the locals will tell you. Fragments of ships wrecked on that part of the Wild Coast are often found in the sheltered shore pools.
The truly awesome spectacle of Hole in the Wall, now an angler's paradise, is one of five of South Africa's myths and legends reflected a set of stamps.
Explaining why the Post Office chose to feature South African myths and legends on stamps, Philatelic Services communications specialist Louis van Niekerk said it was because of country's rich cultural heritage and diversity.
"It was decided that myths and legends would be an appropriate topic for a set of stamps, especially because this is the first time they are featured on a set of South African stamps."


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Thank you all for the letters, requests and comments. Last month I discussed ways for parents to be pro-active about disciplining their children. These great tips come from Becky Bailey and they can even help you getting along better with your boss and spouse!

1. Encourage your children during wonderful times and tough times. Do not attempt to get children to feel bad in order to behave better.

Principle: Encouragement empowers.
Application: Be your children's cheerleader. Constantly tell them, "You did it," "Way to go," "Look at you," or "Good for you." When you children are struggling you might say, "Let’s find a way to get through this, you can do it."
2. Take back your power. You are in charge.

Principle: Whoever you believe to be in charge of your feelings, you have placed in charge of you.
Application: Instead of saying, "Don't make me have to pull this car over," say, "I'm going to pull this car over until the seatbelts are fastened and everyone is safe." Instead of saying, "You drive me nuts," say, "I'm going to take a few deep breaths and calm myself down. Then I will talk to you." When children refuse to do what you ask state, "I'm going to show you what I want you to do." Help them be successful.
3. Do not save your children from the consequences of their actions.

Principle: Psychological pain is a signal to make changes in your life.
Application: Help your child handle disappointing choices. Offer empathy instead of lectures after poor choices. Instead of saying, "I told you not to take that picture to school. It's your own fault it got torn in half. That is what you get for not listening to me," say, "How disappointing for you. I know how important that picture was to you." Empathy allows children to take responsibility for their actions, while lecturing allows them to blame you for their distress.
4. Teach children how to handle their conflicts instead of punishing them for not knowing how.

Principle: Conflict is an opportunity to teach.
Application: When one child comes to you tattling on the other, use these moments to teach life skills. When one sibling says, "He pushed me," you say, "Did you like it?" The child will likely say, "No!" At this point you can say, "Go tell your brother, 'I don't like it when you push me.'" Use these intrusive episodes as a way to teach assertiveness skills to your children.
Most importantly, love them and have fun! Raising a child is a journey, not a destination. Sometimes the journey with lots of unpleasantness, but if you keep consistently, lovingly yet within definite rules and boundaries at it, it might even be an adventure!
Blessings from heart to heart.

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1 pkt tennis biscuits, broken
80g butter, melted
1 can condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
rind of 1 lemon
3 eggs, separated
3 fresh bananas, sliced
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 tsp vinegar
1 Tbsp cornflour

1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C
2. Combine broken biscuits and melted butter and press into a pie dish
3. Whisk together condensed milk, lemon juice, lemon rind and egg yolks
4. Arrange banana slices on top of the biscuit crust, and pour the condensed milk mixture over
5. Beat egg whites until stiff gradually adding the sugar
6. Beat in the vinegar and cornflour
7. Place on top of the banana mixture and bake for 10 minutes until golden brown - serve chilled

On the wild side 

 Aepyceros melampus

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When we visit Kruger National Park, we tend to drive past the many herds of impala because of their numbers. However, they are very interesting and deserve more attention that we give them. The article below and the photo are by my friend and brilliant photographer Anna Eksteen, you can see more of her work on TrekNature by clicking here

This beautiful, bronzed prancer of the wild has the grace of a ballet dancer and the fleet-footed thrust of a high-jump champion. Its elegant, bounding leaps clearing heights of 3 meters and distances of as much as 12 metres at a time.

Alert and extremely elusive, this gentle, fox-coloured antelope will let out a quick, high-pitched snort when alarmed, taking off with its astonishing leaps over long grass, bushes and small trees.

When it is moving more slowly, you will recognise it easily by its slightly hunched back and its habit of pressing its tail tightly against its hindquarters. The ears flick busily while it is browsing, and there is frequent, impatient foot stamping.

Impala are very gregarious, often forming herds of several hundred, especially in winter. During the mating season from January to May intense rivalry builds up between males and with loud snorts and grunts, they will resort to threatening displays, horn-thrusting and, occasionally, fatal duels with each other.

Single young, usually born in early summer, are able to join their mothers in the herd within two days of birth, a fact which favours their chances of eluding predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and hyaenas.

They are known as the "McDonalds" of the bush, because they are "fast food" and are a very popular dinner choice for predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.

Taken from: Animals of the Kruger Park and Lowveld - Heritage Publishing.

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Smile a While

A Blonde goes to Bed Bath & Beyond to buy curtains.
She tells the clerk...'I would like to buy a pair of pink curtains.
'The clerk assures her that they have a large selection of pink curtains.
She shows her several patterns but the blonde seems to be having a hard time choosing.
Finally she selects a lovely pink floral print.
The clerk then asks what size curtains she needs.
The blonde promptly replies...'Seventeen inches.'
'Seventeen inches?' asked the clerk...
'That sounds very small...What room are they for?'
The blonde says...
'They aren't for a room...They are for my new computer monitor.
'The surprised clerk replies...'But Miss, computers do not need curtains!'
The blonde says...'Hellllooooooooo...I've got Windoooooows...

Six retired Irishmen are playing poker in O'Leary's apartment when Paddy Murphy loses $500.00 on a single hand, clutches his chest and drops dead at the table.
Showing respect for their fallen brother, the other five continue to play standing up.
Michael O'Connor looks around and asks, "Oh, me boys, someone has got to tell Paddy's wife. Who will it be?"
They draw straws.
Paul Gallagher picks the short one.
They tell him to be discreet, be gentle, don't make a bad situation any worse.
"Discreet??? I'm the most discreet Irishman you'll ever meet. Discretion Is me middle name. Leave it to me."
Gallagher goes over to Murphy's house and knocks on the door.
Mrs. Murphy answers, and asks what he wants.
Gallagher declares, "Your husband just lost $500.00, and is afraid to come Home."
"Tell him to drop dead!" says Murphy's wife.
"I'll go tell him." says Gallagher.

Morris returns from the doctor and tells his wife that the doctor has told him that he has only 24 hours to live.
Given the prognosis, Morris asks his wife for sex.
Naturally, she agrees, so they make love.
About 6 hours later, the husband goes to his wife and says, 'Honey, you know I now have only 18 hours to live. Could we please do it one more time?'
Of course, the wife agrees, and they do it again.
Later, as the man gets into bed, he looks at his watch and realizes that he now has only 8 hours left..
He touches his wife's shoulder and asks,
'Honey, please... just one more time before I die.'
She says, 'Of course, Dear,' and they make love for the third time.
After this session, the wife rolls over and falls to sleep.
Morris, however, worried about his impending death, tosses and turns, until he's down to 4 more hours.
He taps his wife, who rouses.
'Honey, I have only 4 more hours. Do you think we could...'
At this point the wife sits up and says, 'Listen Morris, enough is enough.
I have to get up in the morning... you don't!'

A woman brought a very limp parrot into the surgery and the vet pronounced it dead.
She wailed: "You haven't even tested it."
The vet brought in his Labrador. It sniffed the dead parrot and then looked at the vet with sad eyes.
Then the vet brought in a cat that looked the parrot up and down and left the room.
The vet said: "It's definitely dead."
He handed her a bill for R400. She was outraged.
He shrugged. "If you'd taken my word for it, it would have been R60 - but with the Lab test and the Cat scan ... "

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

We are just back from a really nice trip to Mozambique - Morrumbene Beach Resort

We will be visiting the exciting Mnarani Beach Club in Kenya at the beginning of August, full report in the next newsletter


Catnip, often called catmint, is thought to originate from the Roman town Nepeti, where it was extensively cultivated.
Catnip is a hardy herbaceous perennial, and will growing any soil in sun or partial shade. I suggest you cover your cuttings or small plants with mesh to keep the cat at bay, as they love to roll in the leaves. Catnip can be planted in containers, or hung in a basket, in full sun, on the patio. The leaves are picked when young, or else the whole plant can be preserved by drying.
Catnip attracts bees and butterflies, and of course cats, to your garden. It deters certain beetles, so is beneficial to vegetable gardens. It makes an ideal edging for roses, as aphids cannot stand the plant.

Catnip leaves can be dried, and stuffed into small toys for your cat.
The smell of catnip repels rats, and makes a superb insect repellent.

Catnip is used to combat varicose veins. Make a mild tea by pouring 2lt of boiling water over a cup of leaves and flowers, let stand for 15 minutes, then strain. Wring out cloths in this liquid and apply to your varicose veins for 30 minutes. Repeat for three consecutive days.
The leaf and flowering top are rich in vitamin C. A cup of boiling water poured over a quarter cup of leaves and flowers, strained, then sweeten with honey, relieves colds and fevers. The tea also induces sleep.
An infusion can be uses to treat restlessness, colic and bedwetting in children. Steep a sprig of catnip the size of your thumb together with a thumb-sized sprig of marjoram, in half a cup of boiling water, allow to stand for 5 minutes then strain. Sweeten with honey, and give a few small sips to the child before going to sleep.
Catnip tea can be used to relieve pain associated with menstruation and digestion. Take 1 - 3 tsp before meals, or sip 1/2 a cup twice a day.

Catnip leaves can be rubbed on meat to flavour it before cooking.
The young shoots can be used as a salad vegetable, but in small quantities only, as they have a very strong flavour.

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.
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Zimbabwe update

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Cathy Buckle has started writing again from Zimbabwe, her letter is below.

Here is Cathy's letter:

Dear Family and Friends,

On the side of the main highway near Harare there's a hand painted sign on a piece of battered tin. 'Bricks 4 Sale,' it says, the message wedged into a forked stick. Standing in a forlorn heap
alongside are the very bricks. Its a sad little assortment of rubble: lumps of red, odd sized, second hand bricks with eroded edges, cracks and chips and some even with splotches of white paint on them.

A few kilometres away a very battered blue pick up truck with no number plates and a seriously twisted chassis is below a bridge across the main road collecting water from a stream. The stream bank is full of litter - plastic bags and drinks bottles, broken glass and beer tins. In the back of the truck there's a huge white plastic container that must hold a thousand or more litres. Three women and four men are working in a line with buckets, pouring murky water from the polluted stream into the water tank.

A little further along the road a crooked tree branch is propped up with chunks of cement, a thin plank nailed onto the top. Standing in a line along the plank are six old plastic jam jars. They have no lids and are half filled with a murky brown liquid. "HUNEY" is the sign that's written in charcoal on a stone nearby.

A group of soldiers stand right in the road trying to wave down a lift and as you swerve to avoid them you see how very young they are, almost children still and yet wearing army camouflage. No private cars stop, no one knows who's who these days. The big 4x4's flick past, windows closed, doors locked, huge aerials swinging. On their car doors are the stickers announcing that they are the people keeping Zimbabwe alive, the international aid organizations.

Strange scenes are everywhere in our broken country after a decade of collapse, even in upmarket suburbs. Rounding a corner in a quiet residential neighbourhood its not unusual to come across a great gathering of people. At the hub is whichever house in the street is fortunate enough to have a borehole, and whose owner is gracious enough to share. A hosepipe over a wall fills countless buckets, tins and twenty litre plastic containers. Patiently men and women wait for a share, some carrying their containers in aching hands, others pushing wheelbarrows and hand carts.

Even with such abnormality around us, not to mention the disgusting scenes of hooliganism at the constitutional conference recently, there are little glimmers of light coming into view. The removal of
20 US cents worth of government levies from fuel is one, the lifting of import duty on newspapers, mobile phones and computers is another. A breath of fresh air is blowing into our country and lets hope it
turns into a gale and blows away what newspaper owner Wilf Mbanga calls Yesterday's Men. Until next week, thanks for reading, love, cathy

Copyright cathy buckle 13th June 2009.

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W is for Wine
The vineyards of the Western Cape have been producing wine since the 17th century, with perhaps the most famous estate, Groot Constantia, established in 1685. Members of the British royal house, Napoleon Bonaparte, Louis Philippe of France, Frederick II of Prussia, the Lords Seventeen of the VOC, governors, admirals and captains coveted the Constantia label and treated their special guests to it.
South Africa now has 100 200 hectares under vines for wine production, with the annual harvest some 600-million litres. The country produces 3,1% of the world's wine and ranks as number nine in overall volume production.

The Winelands are set in magnificent Cape mountain scenery, with estates offering wine tastings, restaurants and accommodation. Some of the world's top eateries are to be found in the region.

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Mealie pie
410 g creamed sweetcorn
410 g whole kernel corn
3 mealies, corn cut off the cobs
3 large tomatoes, chopped
5 large eggs
5 ml vanilla essence
45 ml brown sugar
125 ml milk
80 ml cake flour
15 ml baking powder
salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg, to taste
500 ml Cheddar cheese, grated

Mix the corn and the tomatoes. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, vanilla essence, sugar and milk. Mix the dry ingredients together and add the cheese, reserving some for the top. Bake in a preheated 170 ºC oven for 75 minutes or until set. Serve warm or cold.

Cabbage bake
2 large potatoes, diced
1 small cabbage, shredded
30 ml butter or margarine
500 g bacon, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 tomatoes, skinned and chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper,
pinch sugar
125 ml grated Cheddar cheese
250 ml fresh breadcrumbs

Preheat the oven to 180 ºC. Boil the potatoes until tender, add the cabbage and simmer until done but still crisp. Drain and add the butter. Mash slightly. Meanwhile fry the bacon in its own fat until done. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towelling. Sauté the onions in the bacon dripping until tender and add the tomatoes. Simmer until tender and flavourful, and season generously with salt and pepper and the pinch of sugar. Mix with the cabbage mixture and season to taste. Turn the mixture together with the bacon, into an ovenproof dish. Combine the cheese and breadcrumbs and sprinkle on top. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Serve hot. Serves 4-6.

Cheddar and mealie meal muffins
250 ml mealie meal
250 ml cake flour
15 ml baking powder
5 ml salt
3 ml bicarbonate of soda
1 ml cayenne pepper
250 ml buttermilk
90 ml butter, melted
1 extra-large egg
250 ml Cheddar cheese, grated

Preheat the oven to 220 ºC and grease a muffin tray or spray with non-stick spray. Line the muffin tin with paper cups. Mix the first 6 ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat the buttermilk, butter and egg together. Add to the dry ingredients, stirring until just blended. Fold in the grated cheese. Spoon the batter into the muffin tin hollows, filling them three-quarters full. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and done or a testing skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the muffins. Let the muffins cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Serve lukewarm or at room temperature. Makes 12 muffins.

Cheese and corn tart
400 g frozen puff pastry, defrosted
410 g cream-style sweetcorn
100 g chopped ham or Vienna sausages
15 ml chopped chives
100 g grated Cheddar cheese
2 large eggs, whisked
50 ml cream
salt and pepper to taste
paprika to taste

Preheat the oven to 200 ºC 400 ºF). Grease a medium-sized pie dish. Roll out the puff pastry thinly and line the pie dish with it. Prick the base of the crust and trim the edges. Line the pastry with a layer of wax paper and fill it with dried beans. Bake for about 10 minutes. Remove the wax paper and beans and bake for another 5 minutes or till the base of the crust is done but not yet browned. Mix all the ingredients together for the filling and pour into the baked crust. Reduce the heat to 180 ºC (350 ºF) and bake for 20-30 minutes or till the filling has set. Serve with a crisp green salad. Serves 4-6.

Cheese And Biltong Frittata
50 ml sunflower oil
3 small potatoes, sliced in thin wedges
1 small onion, halved and sliced
4 extra-large eggs
30 ml fresh parsley, chopped
125 g thinly sliced moist beef biltong
125 ml Cheddar cheese, grated

1. Heat the oil in a medium-sized, non-stick frying pan. When hot, add the potatoes and fry for about five minutes, until golden and tender. Add the onion and fry for a further two minutes.
2. Beat the eggs, stir in the parsley and set aside. Sprinkle the biltong and half the cheese over the potatoes, then pour the egg mixture into the pan. Keep pushing the mixture into the centre of the pan, allowing the raw egg to flow to the edges.
3. When almost set, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and place the pan under a hot grill for two or three minutes, until golden. Remove from the pan, cut into wedges and serve immediately with crusty bread or toast.

Cheese and green fig tart
200 g self-raising flour
pinch salt
30 ml icing sugar
120 g cold unsalted butter, diced
1 egg yolk (keep white for filling)
30 ml iced water
30 ml smooth apricot jam
50 g soft, unsalted butter
50 g castor sugar
2 egg yolks
30 ml milk
120 g smooth cream cheese
30 ml self-raising flour
120 g grated Gouda cheese
3 egg whites
30 ml castor sugar
5 preserved figs, sliced

PASTRY: Sift flour, salt and icing sugar into a bowl. Rub in butter until crumbly. Mix egg yolk and iced water and sprinkle over flour mixture. Stir, using a fork, until mixture just begins to clump. Roll out to line a fairly deep 23 cm diameter pie plate. Trim off excess pastry and crimp edge. Spread apricot jam over bottom and slightly up sides and refrigerate. FILLING: Beat butter and first quantity of castor sugar until light and creamy. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, then milk and cream cheese. Fold in flour and grated cheese. Whisk egg whites until very stiff, then whisk in remaining sugar, a little at a time, to make a stiff meringue. Fold batter into meringue and spoon most of it into pastry case. Arrange sliced figs on top, spoon rest of filling over and bake at 180 ºC for 20 minutes on second shelf from bottom of oven. Reduce temperature to 150 ºC and bake for a further 20 minutes in centre of oven, or until golden and risen.

Cheese biscuits
250 ml cake flour
500 ml finely grated Cheddar cheese
100 g butter, grated
30 g cheese and onion potato crisps, finely crushed

Preheat the oven to 200 °C and spray two large baking sheets with non-stick spray or grease lightly with butter. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process or mix by hand to form a soft dough. Chill for about 15 minutes until slightly stiff. Roll into walnut-sized balls and make a small indentation in the centre of each ball with your finger. Arrange the balls on a baking sheet, leaving enough room in between for them to rise, and bake for about 10 to 15 minutes until a pale golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container

Cheese straws
60 ml butter
120 g Parmesan cheese, grated
5 ml chilli sauce
190 ml cake flour
poppy seeds

Preheat the oven to 190 ºC. Keep two ungreased baking sheets on hand. Cream the butter until soft and gradually add the Parmesan cheese. Add the chilli sauce followed by the flour and process until a soft dough is formed. Remove from the food processor, cover and leave for about 30 minutes in the fridge. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 3 mm and cut into strips about 1 cm wide and 8 cm long. Place the strips on the ungreased baking sheets. Brush half the strips of dough with milk and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake for about 15 minutes or until done and lightly browned. Cool and store in an airtight container. Makes about 30 cheese straws.

Cheesy pap with oriental chicken
1½ litres water
salt to taste
10 ml Aromat
750 ml maize meal
65 ml Melrose cheese spread
4 chicken breast fillets
65 ml soya sauce
65 ml honey
65 ml Worstershire sauce
15 ml chopped fresh mixed
salt and cayenne pepper to taste
45 ml oil

1. To make pap; bring water to a boil, season with salt and Aromat, slowly add maize meal a little at a time while stirring vigorously to make sure that no lumps form.
2. Reduce heat, stir in cheese spread and cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently to make sure it does not burn.
3. For the chicken; mix soya sauce, honey, Worcestershire sauce, herbs, salt and cayenne pepper, add chicken strips and marinate for at least 30 minutes.
4. Heat oil and stir fry chicken with marinade until tender for about 20 minutes.
5. Serve over pap with a salad.

Welsh rarebit
250 ml mature Cheddar cheese, grated
30 ml butter
15 ml Worcestershire sauce
15 ml pesto
30 ml dry white wine
4 slices wholewheat toast

Mix together the cheese, butter, Worcestershire sauce, pesto and wine. Spread the mixture over the toast and pop under a hot grill for a minute or so until the mixture melts and singes in places. Eat piping hot.


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