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Love Beer? Have We Got a Job For You...
by Nichol Nelson, Posted May 21st 2010 @ 5:00PM

For one lucky person in London, the 9 to 5 grind is about to be a thing of the past. Spitalfields Market, a collection of covered shops and dining venues just outside of London, has resurrected an age-old job, and they're taking applicants. The position? Beer taster.

Reps for the market call it simply, "the best job in the world." The employee would essentially stop at venues throughout the market and taste test the beers for quality. It's a role that's been around almost as long as the market itself -- almost 400 years. (King Charles I of England first gave permission for fish, poultry and produce to be sold on the site in 1638.)

Malcolm Ball, president of Wellington Market Company, says although the taster used to mainly check the beer for quality and safety issues, he wants his new hire to do more. "Although the attraction of the role may seem obvious at first, the 21st century version would incorporate many more responsibilities than the original," he says. "Our ale taster would become an ambassador for food and drink in the area,"

Sound appealing? Don't bother applying if you don't know your suds inside and out. Ball says he needs a candidate with a "sound knowledge of local, regional, national and international beers." The finalists' know-how will be tested during a blind tasting of local beers.

If you're not qualified for the gig, don't despair. The salary is disappointing, to say the least. The position is pro-bono (that means you're donating your time for free). But Ball is convinced that won't discourage most applicants. "Although the role is voluntary, it obviously carries benefits," he says.

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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.

ADHD is the abbreviation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and is one of the most debated disorders affecting children, nowadays. Mainly for two reason: firstly because its prevalence seems to be on the rise and secondly because of the medication that is usually prescribed for people suffering from ADHD.

ADHD is a disorder caused by a shortage of the neurotransmitter dopamine and noradrenaline secreted for effective management of the wakefulness of a person. It affects the impulsivity and levels of attention that a person displays. The lack of these neurotransmitters makes it (nearly) impossible for a child to focus on learning contents. If a learner canot focus sufficiently, she will miss information and develops educational backlogs. If these backlogs are not addressed as early as possible the child’s academic and personal self-esteems are bruised, and usually they fail subjects or even grades. These frustrations lead to outbursts and other emotional barriers. And of course, if you have a problem with impulse control, you get into all sorts of trouble very easily!

Sometimes children with emotional trauma react in a way that can be confused with somebody who is living ADHD. And sometimes children with barriers to learning can also seem as if they suffer from ADHD.

If a child is suffering from the “real” ADHD, she cannot achieve academic success without medication. ADHD is a medical condition and needs medication to eleviate the symptoms.

Ritalin is not a magic cure; but a necessary aid to support the progress of learners troubled by ADHD. Learners suffering from ADHD must also have behavioural help with techniques and habits that will help them to organise their thoughts and also their lives. Parents will have to help to create steadfast routines, render encouragement with homework and the making of lists. Therapy supporting probable learning problems (prevalent with ADHD) will be needed. It is also important to note that ADHD seems to be carried over genetically. One of the parents sometimes also suffers from ADHD and might need support.

There are two other products which are also prescribed for ADHD suffers: Concerta and Strattera. And with all three products side-effects are to be expected-as is with all medication. However, these products are often criticised because it has either been prescribed wrongly or are not being monitored by a skilled physician. It is VERY IMPORTANT that these products are prescribed to children preferably by a paediatrician or a paediatric psychiatrist. The dosage must be monitored often to correlate with the weight and needs of the child.

Diet and structured learning might support the progress of the “true” ADHD child but these alone will not address the learner with ADHD educational needs sufficiently. The damage to the self-esteem of a learner who fails is usually much greater than the possible side-effects of medication.

Next month I shall give pointers how parents should go about addressing the decision to medicate or not. Until then:

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South Africa's World Heritage Sites

South Africa has eight World Heritage Sites, places identified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) to be of "outstanding value to humanity".

Unesco seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world.

This is embodied in an international treaty, the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by the organisation in 1972.

Four of South Africa's World Heritage Sites are classified as cultural, three as natural and one as a mixed cultural and natural site.

They include Table Mountain National Park, with more plant species in its 22 000 hectares than the British Isles, and the Drakensberg, which has both the highest mountain range in Africa south of Kilimanjaro and the continent's richest concentration of rock art.

The sites are:
iSimangaliso (Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park
Robben Island
Cradle of Humankind
uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
Cape Floral Region
Vredefort Dome
Richtersveld Cultural & Botanical Landscape

Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape

Year inscribed: 2007
Core zone: 160 000 hectares
Buffer zone: 398 425 hectares
Location: Northern Cape
Coordinates: 28º 36' S 17º 12' 14" E
Type: Cultural heritage
Unesco reference: 1265
Unesco selection criteria:

to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
to be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change
The Richtersveld Community Conservancy covers 160 000 hectares of arid mountains in the northwest Northern Cape, South Africa’s vast desert province. In this harsh and dry region live the Nama people, who own and manage the land communally according to their semi-nomadic pastoral lifestyle.

The Nama are descendants of the Khoi-Khoi people, the San Bushmen and Khoekhoen or Hottentots that were the original inhabitants of South Africa. The Nama’s pastoral way of life is thought to have lasted for some 2 000 years in the region. The Richtersveld is also the only area in which they still construct rush-covered domed houses, known in their language as |haru oms, portable dwellings appropriate to their nomadic existence.

A remote wilderness, with few passable roads and sparsely populated by sheep and goat herders, the Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape was nominated as a cultural site shaped by the semi-nomadic Nama pastoralists, one of the last transhumance - or seasonally migrating pastoralist - cultures in Southern Africa.

The dramatic, dry mountainous desert of the Richtersveld Community Conservancy is confined in the east by the deep canyons of the Orange River and Nababiep mountains, and to the north by the largely impenetrable Vandersterrberg Mountains. To the south and west it merges with grazing land.

The Nama live in three small villages, established as mission settlements. Many of the men work as migrant labourers elsewhere in the country. Those that keep grazing animals tend to be the elderly and are few in number, no more than 300 people at certain times of year.

Particular features of their cultural landscape that earned Unesco’s recognistion were the Nama’s seasonal migrations and grazing grounds, the stockposts or camps where their livestock are corralled, and the |haru oms rush-mat houses they erect at these camps.

The houses are small hemispherical portable structures, consisting of a wooden frame of intersecting wooden hoops, covered over with fine mats of braided local rushes. Traditionally the houses were dismantled and moved with their owners from camp to camp.

“In terms of the wider geo-cultural area, the Nama pastoralists are not unique,” the Unesco advisory body says in its report on the Richtersveld. “However ... the Nama pastoralists in the Richtersveld are exceptional as the last practitioners of a form of transhumance developed by the Khoi-Khoi branch of the San, the indigenous people of the area and represent a distinctive culture that was once much more widespread.”

The Richtersveld Community Conservancy was established in 2002, evolving out of the Richtersveld Community Heritage Area that was set up in 2000 to protect both the environment and culture of the area.


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South African English

A new section to the newsletter, by Mary Alexander
English has been spoken in South Africa for over 200 years, at least since the British seized the Cape of Good Hope territory in 1795.
Over the centuries the language has evolved into a distinct dialect, with a vocabulary strongly influenced by indigenous languages.
The strongest influence is probably from Afrikaans, a local language that developed out of Dutch. But there are also significant influences from African languages such as isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sesotho, and the Khoisan and Nama languages.
Here and there are words imported from other British and Dutch colonies, such as India and Indonesia, as well as from the languages of other immigrants, such as Portuguese and Greek.
According to South Africa’s 2001 census, English is spoken as a home language by 8.2% of the population, one in three of whom are not white.
Roughly half the population is estimated to have a speaking knowledge of the language.
Below is a glossary of the more common words unique to South African English.

I am going through the alphabet, starting with A.

café (kaff-ay, kaff-ee or kayff) – noun – Once a ubiquitous small neighbourhood convenience store stocking newspapers, cigarettes and basic groceries, found on South Africa’s fast-disappearing suburban high streets.

casspir – noun – South African armoured vehicle, infamously deployed in townships during the anti-apartheid uprisings of the 1980s. Originally designed as a landmine-proof vehicle for use in South Africa’s border war with Angola, in the same era. Casspir is an anagram of SAP and CSIR: the customer was the South African Police (SAP), and the developer the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

check you – exclamation, informal – Goodbye, see you later.

china – noun, informal – Friend, mate. From the Cockney rhyming slang “china plate” = “mate”.

chiskop, chizkop, cheesekop, kaaskop – noun, informal – Bald person, particularly one with a shaved head. Kop is Afrikaans for head; the origin of the chis part is unclear. Otherwise known as kaaskop; kaas is Afrikaans for “cheese”.

chommie – noun, informal – Friend, mate. From the UK English chum, with the Afrikaans diminutive “ie”.

chop – noun, informal – Fool, idiot; often used affectionately.

Clever Boys, the – noun – Affectionate term for the University of the Witwatersrand football club, Wits FC.

cooldrink, colddrink – noun – Sweet fizzy drink such as Coca-Cola.

cousin, cuzzy – noun, informal – Friend, mate.



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Weird remedies

I have been collecting Traditional South African Home Remedies (Boererate) for a few years now, mainly to preserve an old tradition. Some are funny but some actually work and have been used since the 1800's when doctors were not easy to come by and people had to make do with what they had. I will be featuring some of the weirder ones in this and future letters. These are for information only, I accept no responsibility if something should go wrong!

HAIR…Hair-loss…Add 1 tablespoon of paraffin…1 tablespoon ofbrandy and 1 tablespoon of caster-oil to a bottle and shake wellto mix. Massage some of the mixture into the hair once a week.

HAIR…Hair-loss…Rub coarse salt onto the bald patches eachmorning and evening and after a couple of weeks the hair willbegin to grow again.

HAIR…Mix ½ a ripe banana and ½ an avocado pear…add 1 teaspoon of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of olive-oil. Mash the banana and avocado pear and add the other ingredients and mix well. Massage into the scalp and hair and cover your head with cling-wrap and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse your hair in lukewarm water and use shampoo to wash the hair after the treatment. This is an excellent remedy for dry…lifeless hair.

HAIR…To clean hair quickly when you are in a hurry…just sprinkle baby powder lightly onto your hair and brush and comb thoroughly. Do not use this method if you are wearing black or dark clothing. Plan B…Take a handful of raw oats and place into an old stocking and rub the hair well to clean. Comb out. Plan C… Wet a facecloth under very hot water and wring out and rub over the hair…repeat a couple of times…then brush and comb the hair.

HAIR…To stimulate hair growth mix 1 tablespoon of paraffin…1 tablespoon of brandy and 1 tablespoon of castor-oil. Pour into a bottle and shake well. Apply to the hair and massage into the scalp.

HAIR…When you are unable to wash your hair and it is oily… just apply bicarbonate of soda to the hair and brush well. You will be surprised at the results.

HAIR…When you start losing hair…just remove all the thorns from a prickly pear leaf and then rub the leaf on the bald patches in the morning. In the evenings wash the hair to remove the juice from the leaf. After following this remedy for a while you will see fluff forming…then the hair will start growing again.

Words to live by 

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Queen's Pudding

150g fresh white breadcrumbs
30ml castor sugar
grated rind of 1 lemon
575 - 600ml milk
50g butter
4 large egg yolks
30ml raspberry or apricot jam
4 large egg whites
100 - 125g castor sugar

1. Put the breadcrumbs, castor sugar and lemon rind into a mixing bowl
2. Heat the milk and butter in a saucepan over a low heat until the butter has melted and the milk lukewarm
3. Pour the warm milk and butter on to the breadcrumbs and leave to stand for 10 minutes to absorb the milk
4. Beat in the egg yolks
5. Grease a 1 litre pie dish and pour in the crumb mixture
6. Bake in the centre of the oven @ 180°C for 30 minutes or until just firm on top
7. Warm the jam so that it spreads easily and very gently spread it over the pudding without breaking the surface
8. To make the meringue topping, whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks and, using a metal spoon, gently fold in the castor sugar
9. Pile the meringue over the pudding and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes or until the meringue is slightly browned and crisp
10. Serve hot with cream

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Smile a While

One day, a man walks into a dentist's office and asks how much it will cost to extract wisdom teeth
"Eighty dollars," the dentist says.
"That's a ridiculous amount," the man says.
"Isn't there a cheaper way?"
"Well," the dentist says, "if you don't use an
anaesthetic, I can knock the price down to R60."
Looking annoyed the man says,"That's still too expensive!"
"Okay," says the dentist. "If I save on
anaesthetic and simply rip the teeth out with a pair of pliers, I can knock the price down to R20."
"Nope," moans the man, "it's still too much."
"Well," says the dentist, scratching his head,"if I let one of my students do it, I supposeI can knock the price down to
"Marvelous," says the man,"book my wife for next Tuesday!"

My tire was thumping
I thought it was flat
When I looked at the tire...
I noticed your cat.

If you cross the North Korean
border illegally you get 12 years......
If you cross the Iranian border
illegally you are detained indefinitely......
If you cross Afghan border illegally
you get shot......
If you cross the Chinese border illegally
you are never heard from again......
If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally
you are branded a spy and your fate is sealed......
If you cross the SA border illegally you get:

A job
A drivers License
ID document

and probably football tickets as well!

Tips 'n Tricks

Handy Hints for the

Alleviate oven cleaner smells - reduce the unpleasant smell left from oven cleaners by baking some citrus peelings on a low heat.

Beer glasses - to prevent a flat head on your beer, wash glasses in hot water with baking soda or salt. Rinse thoroughly in hot water to which you've added a couple of drops of vinegar. Do not wipe glasses, leave to drip dry instead. When dry store your beer glasses in the fridge.

Break something glass in the kitchen - and nothing to pick it up with? Use a piece of bread to pick up the fragments.

Brighten stainless steel sinks - by using a damp cloth soaked in vinegar.

Calcium in kettles - add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the kettle and half fill with water, turn on but not to boil then let vinegar mixture sit in kettle for a couple of hours. Calcium deposits should be loosened and rinse out with water - if not scrub gently with a scourer to loosen remaining calcium.

Clean kitchen tiles more easily - by cleaning first and then applying furniture polish. If you buff the tiles to a shine, grease will not stick to them and they'll be easier to clean in the future.

Clean stains from kitchen benchtops - by rubbing with a thick paste of bicarbonate of soda and water. Leave for 1 hr then wipe off. Also good for stains on white stoves.

Clean your oven whilst it is still warm - (not hot!) and grease will come off more easily.

Cleaning an electric frying pan - To clean the outside of the pan heat for a few minutes, unplug, then turn pan upside down on newspaper and then spray the base with a commercial brand of oven cleaner (in a well-ventilated area). Rub with steel wool and wipe over with a damp sponge.

Cleaning your blender - is much quicker if you fill it about a third with hot water and add a couple of drops of your washing detergent, then turn it on!

Cutting an inch off the bottom of the stems - and adding a little bleach in the water will keep your flowers longer because the water is cleaner. Change water every day.

Garlic & onion smells - can be removed from your chopping board by rubbing with a cut lemon.

Glass kettles come up like new - when you boil water and teaspoon of boracic acid.

Keep an aloe vera plant in the kitchen - to treat minor burns. Break off a piece of the fleshy part and apply the juice to the area.

Prevent steel wool from rusting - by placing it in a jar of water mixed with half a teaspoon of bicarbonate soda. Change the mixture once a week and the steel wool will last much longer.

Reduce oven cleaning time - by lining the bottom of your oven with aluminium foil cut to size. The foil catches drips and grease and can be easily replaced when dirty.

Remove baked on stains from glass baking dishes - by soaking in a strong solution of borax and water.

Remove sticky marks left from labels - on new glasses and dinnerware by rubbing with some methylated spirits.

Remove tea & coffee stains from cups and mugs - by cleaning with a dampened toothbrush dipped in salt.

Repel pantry moths - by keeping an open packet of Epsom salts on the shelf.

Stop food sticking to pots & pans - by bringing vinegar to the boil in it before first use.

Stuck-On food in pots, pans, and casserole dishes - Fill the pan with water and place a fabric softener sheet in the water. Allow the pan to soak overnight. The food will wipe right out!

To remove tea and coffee stains - Remove these from inside cups by rubbing with either salt or bicarbonate of soda on a damp cloth. Rinse cloth. Another hint is to fill cup or mug with water to which a small squirt of Domestos has been added. Leave overnight then wash and rinse well.

Weevils - to prevent weevils in flour and grains put a bay leaf in the packet.
When washing valuable & fine glassware - line the sink with an old hand towel to help prevent slipping and chipping.

Your stainless steel sinks will shine - if you rub them hard with a wad of crumpled newspaper!

Your wok will last longer - and stay newer looking if you keep it smeared with cooking oil when not in use.
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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 have just returned from a glorious week at Mnarani Club, Kilifi, Kenya

We also had a really nice stay at Hole in the Wall and Caribbean Estates

  NEW    Beacon Wharf in Mossel Bay, Eagles Nest in Sedgefield, and Ocean 11 in Mossel Bay

The Wild Side


Photo by Anna Eksteen
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The Hamerkop must be one of Africa's best known water birds. Its comically wise appearance, hammerlike head and weird cries immediately set it apart from any other bird.

For centuries some rural black communities in Africa have regarded it with superstition–a fact which has guaranteed it some protection from persecution. However, apart from a vague reputation for being rather clever, the hamerkop does not seem to be a major object of fear.

A foraging hamerkop wades about in water, rapidly darting to and fro to catch tadpoles and small fishes, or it will stir the bottom mud with a foot to disturb water animals. If the water is too deep for wading, and the shoreline to steep for walking on, the hamerkop will hunt on the wing, catching frogs (especially platannas) as they come to the surface to take a floating insect or a gulp of air.

The hamerkop's nest is legendary–a huge, domed structure of sticks, grass and other plant material up to 2 metres diameter and weighing anything from 25-50kg. An entrance hole low down on one side, about 13-18cm in diameter, leads through a mud lined passage into a larger chamber, also lined with mud. The walls and roof of the nest can support the weight of a full grown man. The nest, which can take from as little as 3 weeks to 6 months to build, is sometimes usurped by other birds, mammals, snakes or bees. The 1-7 white eggs are incubated for about 30 days and the nestlings are able to leave the nest after about 7 weeks.

Words and photo by Anna Eksteen, click here to see more photos on her TrekNature page.

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,

Anyone who has had the great privilege of seeing elephants in the wild will know of the very close bonds that exist in their herds.
Mothers are extremely protective of their calves, always shielding
them from danger, suckling them until they are four years old. Other females in the herd are equally watchful of the youngsters, lifting them up with a trunk when they get stuck, giving them a push from behind when needed, waiting for them if they trail behind the herd.
If you've ever been fortunate enough to go on a game drive, you will
know that one of the most dangerous things to do is to get between a mother elephant and her calf.

In the mid 1980's I witnessed the splitting up of two young elephant
calves that had been orphaned as a result of culling operations and were being hand reared in an Harare game park. Without notice or warning a capture team arrived one morning. At government level an elephant calf had been promised to a zoo in Korea and there was nothing that could be done to stop the export. The young male elephant calf, less than a year old, was darted, loaded into a crate and taken away just one month after he and the young female had

The female elephant calf left behind was distraught, running
backwards and forwards along the fence, trumpeting, screeching and calling repeatedly for her companion. Again and again she lifted her trunk, scenting the air in all directions trying to catch his smell, rumbling and listening for his sound, charging anyone that tried to calm her. Some time later the sad news came that the little male elephant sent to Korea had not survived even a tenth of his expected 60 year life span

With this memory still fresh in my mind it has come as shocking news
that a pair of eighteen month old elephant babies are about to be sent to North Korea. The elephants are amongst a group of animals being captured in Hwange National Park and are to be taken to a zoo in Pyongyang. In an arrangement between Zimbabwe's President and North Korea, other wild animals being exported include zebra, warthog and spotted hyaenas. Zimbabwe's director of the Department of National
Parks has described the export as a business arrangement.

As I write, protests and international appeals are going on to try
and stop the export of the two baby elephants. Amongst those totally against the export is a new organization that is starting to
revolutionize animal welfare in Zimbabwe. Known as VAWZ, or
Veterinarians for Animal Welfare Zimbabwe, this private Trust organization can't have started up at a better time. Among other
things so desperately needed in Zimbabwe they are going to be
investigating wildlife poaching, leopard hunting with dogs, animal imports and exports. They are going to inspect abattoirs and research laboratories and check on conditions for guard dogs and Police horses.
And perhaps most important of all VAWZ will be involved in training
and education, working with private and government departments and with animal health personnel in their endeavour to put animal welfare back on Zimbabwe's moral compass.It is long overdue and Zimbabwe's bravest of the brave,
Meryl Harrison, has come home to lead investigations for VAWZ. They
need as much help and support as they can get and can be contacted at

I end this letter with an appeal to anyone who has a voice to speak
out for Zimbabwe's elephants: let them stay where they belong, with their family groups and herds in our hot, dusty, African bush, not in a zoo in North Korea.

Until next time,
thanks for reading,
love cathy.
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The Recipes

Asparagus and pea soup
400 g fresh green (young) asparagus spears
250 ml water
30 ml butter
10 ml sunflower oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 large potato, peeled and diced
400 g frozen peas, defrosted
500 ml chicken or vegetable stock
salt and milled black pepper to taste
250 ml thick cream
Cut off asparagus tips and set aside. Chop stalks coarsely. Bring water to boil and steam stalks for 3 to 4 minutes (see tips).
Set aside. Using same water, cook tips until tender (2 to 4 minutes, depending on thickness). Reserve water for soup. Heat
butter and oil in a large saucepan. Add onion and sauté until glossy but not browned. Add potato and toss to coat with
butter mixture. Add reserved cooking liquor and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until potato is tender. Add peas, asparagus
stalks and a quarter of the tips. Add stock (use 2 cubes) and bring to boil, then reduce temperature and simmer for 10
minutes. Purée soup until smooth, then return to saucepan. Season with salt and pepper, reheat (but don't allow to boil)
and stir in cream and remaining asparagus tips. Serve in heated bowls, with crusty bread.

Bacon and bean soup
Preparation time: 15
Cooking time: 30
15 ml olive oil
1 onion, chopped
150 g rindless bacon, chopped
2 cloves garlic cloves, crushed
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
400 g tinned chopped tomatoes
400 g tinned mixed beans, rinsed and drained
1 litre vegetable or chicken stock
1 small Savoy cabbage (about 90g), thinly sliced
2 pinches salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 handful Italian parsley, chopped
1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a moderate temperature. Fry the onion and bacon for 3-4 minutes or until the
onion is soft and begins to colour.
2. Stir in the garlic, carrot and celery and stir-fry for another few minutes. Add the tomatoes, beans, stock and cabbage and
bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the soup (with the lid on) for about 20 minutes.
3. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper, stir in the parsley and serve.

Bacon and cabbage soup
125 g streaky bacon (rind removed), chopped into small pieces
Pg No: 5
1 onion, finely chopped
15 ml olive oil
500 ml potatoes, peeled and finely chopped
1 head of cabbage, shredded
2 litre chicken stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
lemon juice
100 g Brie cheese
few extra rashers bacon, grilled
Fry the bacon in a saucepan until done. Remove from the pan and set aside. Fry the onions in the remaining fat until glossy.
Add the olive oil and stir-fry the potato cubes until glossy. Add stock and bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer
until the potato cubes are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper and a dash of lemon juice. Remove the rind of the
Brie and cut the cheese into 1 cm cubes. Place the cheese cubes in the bottom of soup bowls and ladle the hot soup on
top. Garnish with grilled bacon and the remaining cheese cubes and serve. Serves 6-8.

Beef Soup
Preparation time: 30
Cooking time: 150
3 medium carrots, peeled
2 large celery stalks
3 large leeks
3 bay leaves
500 g stewing beef pieces (with bones)
250 ml celery leaves, chopped
20 ml butter
100 ml semolina
10 potato fritters and ready-made apple sauce, to serve
1. Pour 2½ litres of water into a large saucepan. Roughly chop one carrot, one celery stalk and one leek and add to the
saucepan along with the beef and bay leaves. Cover the saucepan and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer
for 2 to 2½ hours until the meat comes off the bone easily.
2. Remove the vegetables and bay leaves and discard. Take out the meat and remove the bones. Cut the meat into smaller
pieces and place back into the stock in the saucepan.
3. Chop the rest of the vegetables and add to the soup, along with the celery leaves. Return to the boil, then reduce the
heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a frying pan. Add the semolina and fry over a medium heat, stirring until golden. Remove
from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Add the semolina to the soup and simmer for another 10 minutes. Season well
with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve with potato fritters and apple sauce

Beef and barley soup
Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 1hr 45 min
2 litre beef stock
Pg No: 6
400 g beef shin, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 large carrots, sliced
400 g chopped tomatoes
250 ml pearl barley
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
45 ml freshly chopped parsley
4 crusty rolls to serve
Heat the stock in a large saucepan.
Add the beef and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 1 hour.
Add all the remaining ingredients, except the parsley and allow to simmer for a further 45 minutes.
Remove the meat from the soup and discard the bones.
Dice the meat and return to the soup.
Stir in the parsley and serve with crusty rolls.

Bean soup
Cooking time: +/- 4 hours
500 g sugar beans
25 ml butter
1 onion, finely chopped
250 g streaky bacon, rind removed, finely chopped
few pieces beef shin
65 ml fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
2 litre cold water
finely grated rind of lemon
45 ml fresh parsley, finely chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Soak the beans overnight or according to the quick soaking method (see Tips). Drain and rinse. Heat the butter in a large
saucepan and fry the onion until glossy. Add the bacon and stir-fry until done. Add the drained beans, shin, parsley, bay
leaf and cold water and simmer slowly for about four hours until both the beans and meat are tender. Mash the beans
slightly and season with lemon rind, more parsley, salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve hot with vetkoek.
Serves 5.

Bean and pasta soup
30 ml oil
1 onion
2 carrots
2 stick celery
2 litre chicken stock
3 ml garlic pepper
100 g fusilli noodles
410 g red kidney beans
Pg No: 7
Sauté the onion, carrots and celery in oil until soft.
Add chicken stock and seasoning, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the fusilli and cook for a further 10 minutes or until tender.
Purée half the kidney beans, add to the soup with the remaining whole beans and stir well.
Heat through for 2 minutes.


Two Recipe CD's

These CD's are very popular and I have sold quite a few, if you are overseas you can even pay with Paypal (US$20). Here are the CD details once more. they make an ideal gift and are light and cheap to send to someone by email. Much cheaper than sending 50 recipe books by mail!

I now have two CD's available, one English, one Afrikaans, each with more than 50 recipe Ebooks on them, here is a list of the recipe eBooks on the English CD:

FunkyMunky Traditional South African Recipes - A comprehensive collection of Traditional South African recipes.
Tradisionele Suid Afrikaanse Resepte - Traditional South African Recipes in Afrikaans
Christmas Recipes - A selection of Christmas Recipes for you to try!
101 Camping and Outdoor Recipes - Recipes for you to try next time you go camping
400 Refreshing punch recipes - Some great ideas for liquid refreshment at your next party
Favourite Christmas Cookies - 34 Great cookie recipes for you to enjoy!
Christmas Cookie Recipes - A delicious collection of Christmas Cookie Recipes
A Homemade Christmas - 100 Simple and delicious recipes for your special holiday meals
Holiday Candy and Fudge - 42 Great candy recipes, a hit with kids of all ages!
Kids Fun Recipes - 120 Fun and Delicious Recipes
Delicious Puddings - A Collection of 167 Pudding Recipes
Pumpkin Pie - Pumpkin pies and more!
Salad Recipes - A Collection of Easy to Follow Salad Recipes
Summer Party Cookbook - The name says it all!
Pampercat and Pamperdog - Recipe treats for your feline and canine friends
80 Seasonal Recipes from around the world - A selection of festive recipes from the four corners of the globe!
Crockpot Recipes - In South Africa we would probably call this Potjiekos
International Recipes - A selection of recipes from all over the world
Fish and Game Recipes - A selection of mouthwatering recipes
Lemonade - A large selection of lemonade recipes
Pizzeria - Try some of these great pizza recipes
Casseroles - 17 pages of mouthwatering casserole recipes
Low Fat Recipes - Watching your cholesterol? Then this is for you!
Soup Recipes - Ideal for those cold winter evenings
Chicken Recipes - 300 Delicious Chicken Recipes
Amish Recipes - 65 Tried and True Traditional Amish Recipes
Apple Recipes - Mouth watering apple recipes
Blue Ribbon Recipes - 490 Award Winning Recipes
The Bread Book - The bread and biscuit baker's and sugar boiler's assistant
Chocolate Delights - Deliciously decadent and delightful recipes for the chocaholic in you
Carolina Mountain Cooking - Created from the recipes and memories of two of the Carolina Mountain's most talented cooks.
Egg Recipes - 111 Great Egg Recipes
Great Gifts in a Jar - A personally made gift is usually more appreciated!
Italian Recipes - A collection of 185 delicious Italian dishes
Smoothies - 126 Easy recipes for maximum sports performance
Top Secret Recipes - Top secret famous recipes
Wings - The ultimate chicken wing cookbook
The Barmaster - Essential tips and techniques for bartenders
Be a Grillmaster - How to host the perfect bbq!
101 Good Jam Recipes - Make your own jams, 101 recipes for you to try
Deep Fryer Recipes - 101 Recipes for the Deep Fryer
Frozen Dessert Recipes - From ice cream to yoghurt - 170 pages of mouthwatering recipes.
Recipes from South of the Border - 247 pages of typically Mexican recipes
Various Rice Dishes - 32 Great Rice Dishes
The Appetizer Collection - More than 150 pages of great ideas for appetizers
The Big Book of Cookies - From Almond Bars to Zucchini Bars, they are all here, 233 pages of cookie recipes
Salad Recipes - A Collection of Easy to Follow Salad Recipes
Delicious Diabetic Recipes - A Collection of over 500 yummy recipes.
Cheesecake Recipes - Nearly 100 pages of yummilicious cheesecake recipes!

Bonus eBooks

Something for the gardeners
Organic Secrets - Everything you wanted to know about organic food

Profitable Crafts- Vol 1
Profitable Crafts - Vol 2
Profitable Crafts - Vol 3
Profitable Crafts - Vol 4
20 Vintage Crochet Patterns

Everything you wanted to know about making, marketing and selling your crafts.

Big Fat Lies - A shocking expose of the 12 biggest scams, cover-ups, lies, myths and deceptions
in the diet and weight-loss industries.

10,000 Dreams Interpreted

And here is a list of the recipe eBooks on the Afrikaans CD:

101 Kraakvars slaaie, 101 Onweerstaanbare poedings, 110 Spyskaarte vir die werkende vrou
5 Beste van alle geregte, 217 Egte Afrikaanse resepte, Aartappels, Beskuitresepte, Afrikaanse Resepteverskeidenheid, Brood resepte, Vul die beskuitblik, 'n Broodjie vir die blik, Blokkieskoek, Burgers Patties Frikadelle, Brood resepte, Drankies, Drinkgoed, Gemmerbier, Groente, Eet jou groente, Hoender resepte, Happies en Poffers, Kaaskoek, Ietsie anders resepte, Kerskoeke, Karavaan resepte, Kleinkoekies, Kinderlekkerte, Koekiedrukker resepte, Koeke, Likeur, Lekkergoed resepte, Nog resepte, McCain resepte, Moedersdag resepte
Mikrogolf resepte, Peterjasie se boek, Pastageregte, Peterjasie se Kersresepte versameling
Peterjasie se eBoek van vernoemde resepte, Poeding, Peterjasie se Tradisionele SA resepte
Resepte met biltong, Resepteverskeidenheid - ook grootmaat, Slaaie, Sommer net resepte, Sop in die pot, Sop resepte, Terte, Sous, Verskeie resepte 1, Souttert & Pannekoek, Vis en hoender, Veelsydige hoender, Vleisgeregte vir Kersdag, Verskeie resepte 2, Warm en koue drankies, Vleisresepte, Wille samies, Wafels en Pannekoeke, Wors en worsies


Annette se Boererate, Boererate en Verbruikerswenke, Hartstigting dieet, Lennons medikasie, Mate en gewigte, Sop dieet, S A Boererate eBoek, Metrieke omskakelingstabel, Werk van die huis

Pricing: The CD's are R100 each (R130 for next day Speed Services delivery in SA). Order both and the price is R160. If you prefer the Speed Services option I will give you a parcel tracking number once payment is received.

Click the appropriate link below:

Send me banking details for the English CD
Send me banking details for the Afrikaans CD
Send me banking details for both CD's

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Children's Stories on CD
Find it hard to get quality children’s stories? Join the popular Anna Emm Story Club in Afrikaans or English, and start adding to your child’s CD collection at an early age! Collect al 96 original stories (on 48 CDs!) over 2 years, or join for a minimum of 3 months - you decide! Receive 2 new CDs with original children’s stories every month! Anna Emm Productions has already produced more than 500 new children’s stories on CD. Click here to join . Ideal gift for children and grandchildren.

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The FunkyMunky Herb eBook is now available. 48 popular herbs, descriptions and uses with photos. Immediately available, will be emailed to you. Only R50 , send me an email for payment details.
I'm very impressed with what I've read so far. What I really like is that your book is a combination of medicinal and culinary advice, unlike many other herb books I've read.
And the format is great - thanks very much. I have an ambitious project to make a herb garden this year - so your section of herb gardens will come in very handy - Shelagh

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