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Love Beer? Have We Got a Job For
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
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 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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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
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.
iSimangaliso (Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park
Cradle of Humankind
uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
Cape Floral Region
Richtersveld Cultural & Botanical Landscape
Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape
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
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
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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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
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
Below is a glossary of the more common words unique to South African
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
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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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
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.
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150g fresh white breadcrumbs
30ml castor sugar
grated rind of 1 lemon
575 - 600ml milk
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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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
Looking annoyed the man says,"That's still too expensive!"
"Okay," says the dentist. "If I save on
and simply rip the teeth out with a pair of pliers,
I can knock the price down to
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"Well," says the dentist, scratching his head,"if I let one of my students
do it, I supposeI can knock the price down to
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Handy Hints for the home!
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
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
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
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
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
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
Weevils - to prevent weevils in flour and grains put a bay leaf in the
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,
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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 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
Beacon Wharf in Mossel Bay,
Eagles Nest in Sedgefield,
and Ocean 11 in Mossel Bay
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,
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Cathy Buckle has started writing again from Zimbabwe, her letter
Here is Cathy's letter:
Dear Family and Friends,
wild will know of the very close bonds that exist in their herds.
Anyone who has had the great privilege of seeing elephants in the
Mothers are extremely protective of their calves, always shielding
them from danger, suckling them until they are four years old.
females in the herd are equally watchful of the youngsters,
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
If you've ever been fortunate enough to go on a game drive, you
know that one of the most dangerous things to do is to get between
mother elephant and her calf.
In the mid 1980's I witnessed the splitting up of two young
calves that had been orphaned as a result of culling operations
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
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
trunk, scenting the air in all directions trying to catch his
rumbling and listening for his sound, charging anyone that tried
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
60 year life span
With this memory still fresh in my mind it has come as shocking
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
in Pyongyang. In an arrangement between Zimbabwe's President and
North Korea, other wild animals being exported include zebra,
and spotted hyaenas. Zimbabwe's director of the Department of
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
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
laboratories and check on conditions for guard dogs and Police
And perhaps most important of all VAWZ will be involved in
and education, working
with private and government departments and with animal health
personnel in their endeavour to put animal welfare back on
moral compass.It is long overdue and Zimbabwe's bravest of the
Meryl Harrison, has come home to lead investigations for VAWZ.
need as much help and support as they can get and can be contacted
I end this letter with an appeal to anyone who has a voice to
out for Zimbabwe's elephants: let them stay where they belong,
their family groups and herds in our hot, dusty, African bush, not
a zoo in North Korea.
Until next time,
thanks for reading,
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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
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.
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.
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.
Bean and pasta soup
30 ml oil
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
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:
Traditional South African Recipes - A comprehensive collection of
Traditional South African recipes.
Tradisionele Suid Afrikaanse Resepte - Traditional South African Recipes
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
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
A Homemade Christmas - 100 Simple and delicious recipes for your special
Holiday Candy and Fudge - 42 Great candy recipes, a hit with kids of all
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
appropriate link below:
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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.
to join . Ideal gift for children and grandchildren.
Just another reminder to join the Africam fan page
They will be posting photos / videos and other udates and
articles on the fan page from now.
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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