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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
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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
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
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
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
"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
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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BANANA MERINGUE PIE
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
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
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
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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
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
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
"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
"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
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 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
You can also see some more photos
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
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.
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Cathy Buckle has started writing again from Zimbabwe, her letter
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
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
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,
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.
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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.
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,
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
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.
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
60 ml butter
120 g Parmesan cheese, grated
5 ml chilli sauce
190 ml cake flour
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
4. Heat oil and stir fry chicken with marinade until tender for about 20
5. Serve over pap with a salad.
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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