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At last we are on the road again! We spent Easter weekend in Kruger National Park at Shingwedzi camp. Weather was great and we got a few nice pictures although we did not see any big cats.

We did witness an horrific encounter between two hyena clans fighting for territory, really gory and frightening. I would have gotten some really good photos if I hadn't accidentally put my camera on a wrong setting resulting in massive underexposure. I could sort of save some pictures but could not get prize quality. Click here to see some of the photos of the trip.

We are preparing for a camping trip to my favourite destination, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The photographic opportunities are great and the park has a special atmosphere, so very different from Kruger. I will do my best to get some really nice photos to share!

The recipe section features links to larger portion recipes, for 20 people or more. I have often been asked for such recipes, so here are the links.

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If I knew what was happening during the year I wasted, man, I would have joined immediately after I  read the details of the setup.
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Super 15 Rugby - everything you wanted to know

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South African Myths and Traditions

The Ghost at Cape Town Castle

The Lady in Grey is one of the most often seen ghosts in the Castle. She is often seen with her hands covering her face, as though she is weeping. Sightings of her have also been made at Government House and some people say that there was once a passage linking the Castle and Government House. Recently the skeleton of a woman was found during excavations - perhaps those of the Lady in Grey - as she hasn't been seen since those bones were found! The ghost of Governor Noodt is also thought to haunt the Castle. He was a very strict governor of the Cape and disciplined his soldiers harshly for any wrong-doing. Four soldiers who were caught trying to escape were tried and sentenced to a beating and the deportation to Batavia. Without warning, this sentence was changed to the death sentence by Governor Noodt. Everyone thought that this punishment was far too harsh and very cruel, but van Noodt would not be moved. Just before their execution, their minister visited the four men and they prayed together. The following morning, the governor did not attend the execution, rather keeping to his own rooms. As the last man was being led forward to be hanged, he cursed Governor van Noodt and challenged him to appear before God and answer for what he had done. Then he too was hanged. When the officers went to tell Governor van Noodt that his sentences had been carried out, they found him dead - apparently of a heart attack - in his chair, an expression of fear on his face. It is said that his ghost still prowls the Castle at night.

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Andy Nix Photography

Seeing that photography is my passion I thought it about time to feature a South African photographer in my newsletter. I have been a fan of Andy for some time now and would like to share the link to her blog. She is a great photographer and is fortunate enough to live in the Fairest Cape where great landscapes just beg to be photographed.

Click here to view her blog and while you are there subscribe to her newsletter as well.

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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.

Children

I have been writing on the effects of divorce for the last couple of letters and would like to conclude with this short but powerful voice for the rights of children to be respected when a family is going through a divorce.

I found this at Children in the Middle-and added thoughts I found important for children going through a divorce. It really succinctly encapsulate the essence of going through a “good” divorce.

Children of Divorce's Bill of Rights
1. Recognize that we love and need both parents.
2. Don't turn us into messengers. Mom and Dad should talk to each other directly.
3. Don't say bad things about our other parent.
4. Don't grill us about what is going on at our other parent's home.
5. Don't ask us to take sides.
6. Don't make us feel like we're being disloyal to you if we enjoy being with our other parent.
7. If you have something angry to say to our other parent, don't say it around us.
8. We do not want to be used as weapons against the other parent.
9. Do not bribe us or give us gift because of your guilt or revenge. More than anything we need your time, patience and attention.
If parents who are divorcing could follow these guidelines – they can ensure to go through the separation with less trauma and more secure children.
May peace flow from me to you.

You are welcome to comment or send questions to her at mirnafvanwyk@gmail.com 
 

South African National Parks

I will now start a series on the South African National Parks. National parks offer visitors an unparalleled diversity of adventure tourism opportunities including game viewing, bush walks, canoeing and exposure to cultural and historical experiences.

Fifteen of South Africa's 21 national parks offer park or camp-run accommodation. Most parks and rest-camps have retail facilities and restaurants. Across the parks, there are a total of 6 000 beds and 1 000 camping and caravan sites, which can accommodate almost
12 000 overnight guests.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in the far Northern Cape was proclaimed in 1931 to protect migrating game, especially the gemsbok. Together with the adjacent Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, this park comprises an area of over 3.6-million hectares, consisting of red sand dunes, sparse vegetation, imposing camel thorn trees and dry riverbeds.
It is nearly twice the size of the Kruger National Park, and the first Transfrontier Park to be established in Africa.
Kgalagadi is the first park to provide accommodation in three wilderness camps that, with no fences, invite the Kalahari and the tranquillity of Africa right into your room. The name "'Kgalagadi" is derived from the San language and means "place of thirst".
Wildlife to look for in particular includes gemsbok, black-maned Kalahari lions and birds of prey.
Year proclaimed: 1931
Current size: 9 591 square kilometres (South African section)
Province: Northern Cape

Source: Mediaclubsouthafrica.com

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South African English

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.

Q

quagga (kwah-gh-ah) – noun – Extinct South African zebra (Equus quagga), with stripes only on its forequarters and a reddish-brown hide behind its stripes, native to South Africa’s Cape provinces. The species was indiscriminately hunted in the colonial era, until its last living specimen died at the Amsterdam zoo on 12 August 1883.
Quena – noun – Khoikhoi
quiver tree – noun –Tree-like aloe plant (Aloe dichotoma), mostly found in the desert regions of Namibia and South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The plant’s branches were used by the San Bushmen to make quivers for their arrows.

R

rand – noun – South Africa’s currency, made up of 100 cents. The name comes from the Witwatersrand (Dutch for “white waters ridge”), the region in Gauteng province in which most of the country’s gold deposits are found.
ratel (raa-til) – noun – Honey badger, (Mellivora capensis). Found throughout Africa, as well as in the Middle East and Asia, the ratel is one of the world’s smallest but fiercest carnivores. The animal has been classed the world’s most fearless animal for many years. In acknowledgement of its fierceness, “ratel” is also the name given to the basic infantry fighting vehicle of the South African military’s mechanised infantry battalions.
red ants – noun – Security forces used by the Johannesburg city council to evict squatters and others from illegally occupied dwellings. The name comes from the red overalls they wear.
Ridgeback – noun – Formerly Rhodesian Ridgeback, a breed of southern African dog developed from a mix indigenous dogs such as the Africanis and sturdy working European breeds. A large, loyal and handsome working dog originally found on farms, the Ridgeback has short reddish fur, rising to a distinctive ridge on its back.
robot – noun – Traffic lights.
rock up – verb, informal – Arrive somewhere, often unannounced or uninvited. Example: “I was going to go out but then my china rocked up.”
rooibos (roy-borss) – noun – Afrikaans for red bush, this popular South African tea made from the Cyclopia genistoides bush is gaining worldwide popularity for its health benefits.
rooinek (roy-neck) – noun – English-speaking South African, from the Afrikaans for “red neck”. It was first coined by Afrikaners to refer to immigrant Englishmen, whose white necks were particularly prone to sunburn.

Source: mediaclubsouthafrica.com

The history of South Africa

I thought this might be of interest to overseas readers, I will be featuring more sections in future newsletters

If the history of South Africa is in large part one of racial divisiveness, today it can also be seen as the story of the creation - from tremendous diversity - of a single nation.

Colonial expansion

As the colonists began moving east they encountered the Xhosa-speaking people living in the region that is today's Eastern Cape. A situation of uneasy trading and more or less continuous warfare began to develop.

The British took the Cape over from the Dutch in 1795. Seven years later the colony was returned to the Dutch, only to come under British rule again in 1806.

In 1820 some 5 000 British settlers were placed on the eastern frontier as a buffer against the Xhosa - but many of them gave up the struggle with uncooperative land. The Xhosa reacted with heroic defiance to the pressure, but this ended tragically with the mass starvation that followed an 1857 prophecy that the whites would return to the sea if the Xhosa slaughtered their cattle and destroyed their crops.

By the second half of the 18th century, the colonists - mainly of Dutch, German and French Huguenot stock - had already begun to develop into the Afrikaner nation. Following the arrival of philanthropist missionaries (from 1806) and the emancipation of slaves (in 1834), about 12 000 discontented Afrikaner farmers, or Boers, uprooted and moved north and east: this was to be known as the Great Trek.

The early decades of the century also saw the rise to power of the great Zulu king, Shaka, whose wars of conquest caused a calamitous disruption of the interior known as the mfecane. Ironically, this denuded much of the area into which Trekkers now moved.

Initially, many Trekkers headed east into what is today the province of KwaZulu-Natal, under the leadership of Piet Retief. Intending to negotiate for land, Retief and his party were murdered at the kraal of Dingane, Shaka's successor. In the war that followed, the Boers won the Battle of Blood River. They began to settle in Natal, but smaller conflicts followed and the British - fearing repercussions in the Cape - annexed Natal. On the highveld, however, two Boer republics were formed: the Orange Free State and the South African Republic (Transvaal or ZAR - Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek).

By the mid-1800s the area of white settlement stretched over virtually all of what is today South Africa. In some areas the Bantu-speakers maintained independence, but almost all were eventually to lose the struggle against white overlordship - except for the mountain stronghold of King Moshoeshoe's Basotho. Known today as Lesotho, this country is entirely surrounded by South Africa, but has never been a part of it.

Source: mediaclubsouthafrica.com

Freebie!!

The freebie this time is a recipe eBook with game recipes, right click here to download!

Tips and remedies

VEGETABLES and SALADS for HEALTHY EATING

Good reasons to eat more vegetables
Provide our fuel to keep our bodies going:- The human body needs glucose for energy. The best source of glucose in the carbohydrates found in vegetables. Carbohydrates are found in many foods (flour, sugar and rice). These carbohydrates cause blood sugar spurts and can result in weight gain. The carbohydrates found in vegetables are complex, and need to be broken down before they are available to the cells for fuel. Nutritional experts recommend we get up to 60% of our daily kilojoules from carbohydrates found in grains, beans and starchy vegetables.
Rich in fibre:- We get soluble and insoluble fibre, and each has it's benefits. Soluble fibre mixes with water and food in the digestive tract to form a gooey gel that slows digestion and makes blood sugar enter the bloodstream gradually (very good for people with type 2 diabetes). This gel binds with the fats and cholesterol, making it beneficial to the heart. Insoluble fibre gives you the feeling of fullness, which is important for weight loss. It also helps with constipation and cleans the digestive track as it passes through, helping to prevent gastrointestinal diseases. Grains and vegetables are excellent sources of fibre, especially cauliflower, green beans and potatoes.

Quality protein:- Proteins from vegetables are considered incomplete when compared with animal source proteins, but they combine and are just as good and beneficial. A diet including vegetables, grains and pulses supplies the nine essential amino acids needed by the body.

Fat-free:- If you reduce your total fat intake, you reduce the risk of heart disease, cancers and chronic diseases. Healthy fats and oils come from a variety of vegetables, such as olives and corn. These fats help to keep the blood cholesterol levels down.

Weight loss:- Vegetables are right up at number one when it comes to weight loss - especially leafy green vegetables which are very low in kilojoules. Even starchy foods such as grains, pulses, sweet potato, corn and pumpkin have a great place in weight management programs. Not low in kilojoules, they are high in fibre and nutrients and can be very filling in small quantities.

Crucial nutrients:- Our bodies need fats, carbohydrates and nutrients for fuel and growth. We also need vitamins and minerals for the manufacturing of hormones and the creation of immune cells, and also for our brain and nervous system. Our bodies also need calcium and magnesium for good bones and teeth and iron and potassium for good blood. Vegetables are full of all these nutrients. The have plenty of minerals, vitamins and important chemicals we need to function 100%.

Help to fight disease:- Phytochemicals are natural chemicals found in plants and are very beneficial to the human health. Broccoli, cabbage and other green vegetables are rich in chemicals called glucosinolates which helps to fight cancer. Garlic and onions are rich in sulphur compounds such as allicin which help prevent cancer and cholesterol. Vegetables contain hundreds of disease-fighting nutrients. They give vegetables their distinctive colours, flavours and aromas. They stimulate the bodies immune cells and infection-fighting enzymes.

The big ten vegetables

Broccoli:- A prime source of vitamin A and C, calcium, anti-oxidant beta carotene, foliate, insoluble fibre and potassium.
Brussels sprouts:- Part of a family of cruciferous vegetables and contain many of the same vitamins as broccoli.
Cabbage:- A great source of vitamin C, carotenoids and foliate.
Peppers:- Rich in vitamin C. Red peppers contain lutein, zeaxanthin and carotenoids. Chillies contain capsaicin, which help with cholesterol.
Carrots:- A great source of carotene, an anti-oxidant and a precursor to vitamin A, which maintains healthy eyesight, cell growth, skin and hair. They are rich in calcium petite and insoluble fibre.
Cauliflower:- Rich in vitamin C and foliate. Also provides phytochemicals indoles and isothiocyanates. A good source of fibre and vitamin K.
Dark leafy greens:- Contain disease-fighting phytochemicals. Rich amounts of vitamin C, bone-building and anti-clotting vitamin K, beta carotene and fibre.
Pumpkin and squash:- Super rich in beta carotene, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and lutein. They contain large amounts of soluble fibre, which helps lower cholesterol. They are also a source of brain-boosting thiamine and magnesium.
Sweet potato:- High in beat carotene, potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. When eaten with the skins on, they are rich in insoluble fibre. Sweet potatoes also contain cholesterol-lowering plant sterols.
Tomatoes:- Rich sources of cancer fighting beta carotene and immunity-boosting vitamin C. They contain lycopene, a carotenoid that suppresses damage caused by free radicals, caffeic and ferulic acids, which enhance the body's production of cancer-fighting enzymes and chlorogenic acid, which may block the effects of toxins.

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Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons because, to them, you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup

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Crossings Superspar Recipe

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Secret Ingredient Chocolate Cake

185ml tomato juice
60ml water
60g cocoa powder
315g plain flour
1 tsp bicarb
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
315g sugar
125ml vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
ICING
30g unsweetened chocolate
2 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
125g cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
350g icing sugar, sifted
170g seedless raspberry jam

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and coat two 23 cm round cake pans with cooking spray
2. Bring the tomato juice and water to the boil in a small saucepan, whisk in cocoa powder until completely dissolved - remove from heat
3. Stir together flour, bicarb, baking powder and salt in a bowl
4. Beat sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla essence in a large bowl to combine - beat in cocoa mixture
5. Beat in flour mixture just until evenly moistened - divide the batter between the pans
6. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, until a skewer in the centre comes out clean - transfer to a wire rack
7. Allow to cool completely before icing
8. For the icing, place the chocolate and milk in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High for 1 minute - stir until smooth
9. Whisk in cocoa powder, cream cheese and vanilla essence
10. Stir in icing sugar until smooth and combined
11. Place one cake layer on a serving plate and spread jam and about 1/3 of the icing mixture over the top
12. Place the second cake layer on top and spread the remaining icing sugar over the top and sides
 

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Find your way around South Africa

With this really informative map, just click here:  http://www.sa.c2a.co.za/#

 Source: SouthAfrica.info The all-in-one official guide and web portal to South Africa.  
 
Afrikaans Newsletter

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Smile a While

Always forgive your enemies - Nothing annoys them so much.
If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.
I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.
For Sale: Parachute. Only used once, never opened, small stain.
Do you have trouble making up your mind? Well, yes or no?
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
Many people quit looking for work when they find a job.
When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded.
Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film.
You know the speed of light, so what's the speed of dark?
Join The Army, Visit exotic places, meet strange people, then kill them.
I poured Spot remover on my dog. Now he's gone.
Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.
Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need more.
(Friend or Money !)
Death is hereditary.
There are three sides to any argument: your side, my side and the right side.
An consultant is someone who takes a subject you understand and makes it sound confusing.
Never argue with a fool. People might not know the difference.
When you're right, no one remembers. When you're wrong, no one forgets.
Cheer up, the worst is yet to come.
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking.
They say hard work never hurts anybody, but why take the chance.

Some great resorts we have visited

We visited 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

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

In June 2010 we visited Ukuthula and Modumela in Botswana. Click the links for stories and photos

Earlier this month we visited Sandy Place in St Lucia, for story and photos click the link

In August we visited Kagga Kamma, Sutherland, Wildflowers and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, see albums below:

Photo albums:

Kagga Album - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=243611&id=741597237&l=be31067162

Sutherland - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=243617&id=741597237&l=ff5500408e

Wildflowers - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=243618&id=741597237&l=7dd7ded05a

Kgalagadi - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=243620&id=741597237&l=be1fcce6bc

The Wild Side - A selection of my photos

Lilac breasted roller

Photo taken in Kruger National Park

 

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Zimbabwe update

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

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

Here is Cathy's letter:

I wish I could tell you that Zimbabwe joined the estimated 2 billion international television viewers to watch live coverage of the royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton on Friday the 29th March 2011. Sadly I cannot as the majority of Zimbabweans were not able to watch the royal wedding because state controlled ZBC TV did not screen the ceremony.

In the middle of the day when you couldn’t find a news channel that wasn’t covering the royal wedding, ZBC TV were dishing out the same old same old. The daily dose of propaganda jingles praising Zanu PF and Mr Mugabe followed by an assortment of political lectures and finger pointing which is thinly disguised as news reports. While the Royal couple stood at the altar and exchanged vows we were being told that Zimbabwe is a sovereign state and capable of running its own affairs. Then came a peculiar and ironic lecture from a senior Zanu PF official telling us not to belittle the efforts of SADC and to stop using the media to perpetrate hate speech.

While an antique horse drawn carriage carried the newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, ZBC TV were still ignoring the event. The real irony in ZBC TV’s non existent coverage of the British Royal Wedding, was the fact that Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to the UK, Gabriel Machinga, was on the official guest list to attend the ceremony at Westminster Abbey. It was a controversial invitation and one British newspaper, the Daily Mail, had described Machinga as a servant of President Robert Mugabe’s “murderous and kleptocratic regime.”

At the end of the day when the worlds news channels were replaying highlights of the Royal Wedding, ZBC TV were still showing the finger in what was obviously a deliberate snub. The evening news bulletin carried repeats of all their midday reports as well as politburo member Simon Khaya Moyo paying tribute to China on celebrating the 90th anniversary of communism. And then, like a jug of iced water and with an undeniably smug look on her face the news reader told Zimbabwe about the British Royal wedding in a sort of “Oh, by the way” tone of voice. Thirty minutes into the main news bulletin of the day and in a single sentence unaccompanied by either film clip or still photograph, the announcer said Prince William and Kate Middleton had got married. Without drawing breath, the news reader then turned to her colleague and said: “and now for business news we cross to…”

So Zimbabwe won’t remember the Royal Wedding of the 29th March 2011 even though Britain gives us multiple millions of pounds in aid every year. In fact just two months ago in February, the UK said they were considering increasing aid to Zimbabwe to more than a 100 million a year, as a ‘reward’ for democratic reforms. It was a very controversial proposal which political analyst Professor John Makumbe summed up beautifully when he said: “Even if they did get the money, you and I both know that ZANU PF are the kind to take the money and still beat you over the head.”

Zimbabwe will remember the 29th March as one of those strange days when heavy, unexpected, unseasonal rain came sweeping in and sent people running. Not running in, but running out, into the rain to try and cover their newly harvested maize cobs lying out in the open to dry. We well also remember the 29th March as the day when Zanu PF finally stopped threatening us with elections which they said were coming before the end of the year. Finally the state controlled Herald newspaper ran headlines that there won’t be an election in 2011 after all and Zanu PF politburo member Patrick Chinamasa said he thought Zimbabwe wouldn’t be ready for an election until 2013. It remains to be seen if this dramatic climb down by Zanu PF will see a reduction in the wave of violence and an end to the widespread arrest of MDC officials.

Until next week, thanks for reading,
love
cathy.
30 April 2011

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The Recipes

Cooking for a crowd - 20 or more people

Baked Cheese Grits  Big Appetite Pancakes  Breakfast Burritos  Breakfast Casserole 
Church Breakfast Eggs  Egg O'Brien  Hassle Free Hash Browns  Oven Fried Bacon 
Oven Scrambled Eggs  Pancake Syrup  Sausage/Egg Quiche  Scrambled Eggs for 100 

Appetizer
 

Bean and Cheese Dip  Bean & Cheese Dip for 60  Basic Dip  Bruschetta Marinara 
Cottage Cheese Dip  Crab Dip  Creamy Taco Dip  Fabulous Dill Dip in a Loaf 
Ham Balls  Holiday Ham Appetizers  Honey Dijon Wings  Hot Bacon Spread 'n Dip for 50 
Italian Cheese Balls  Office Party Crab Ball  Pizza Treats  Refried Bean Dip 
Shrimp Boulettes  Shrimp Crostini  Shrimp & Onion Dip  Tex-Mex Cheese Balls 
Tuscan Potato Spread  Vegetable Dip  Vidalia Onion Dip  White Pizza Dip 

Salad
 

Apple Cabbage Coleslaw  Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad  Buffet Rice Salad  Cabbage Slaw 
Carrot Raisin Salad  Chicken Salad for 50  Cold Pesto Salad  Crab Salad 
Crowd Size Classic Creamy Coleslaw  Double-Decker Gelatin Salad  Everyday "Maine" Potato Salad  Fruited Chicken Salad 
Great Garlic Dressing  Honey Mustard Dressing  Hot Chicken Salad  Hot Potato Salad for 100 
Hot Vinaigrette  Low-Cal Vinaigrette  Macaroni Salad  Macaroni Salad for 100 
"Maine" Potato Salad  Mann's Mangia Mangia Pasta Salad  Melon and Grape Salad  Molded Cranberry Salad 
New Orleans Cabbage Slaw  Overnight Salad  Potato Salad  Quick Fruit Salad 
Seafood Pasta Salad  Seafood Salad  Shrimp Rice Salad  Spaghetti Salad 
Sunflower Slaw  Tossed Green Salad  Turkey Salad for 60  Vanilla Fruit Salad 
Zesty Slaw 

Main Dish
 

All-in-One Casserole  Au Gratin Potatoes and Ham  Baked Cajun Fish  Baked Potato Ham Topper 
Baked Ziti  Beef/Cheese Casserole  Black Bean and Tortilla Casserole  Cabbage Rolls 
Cajun Meat Loaf  Cajun Sausage and Turkey Jambalaya  California Chicken  Chicken and Rice Casserole 
Chicken Broccoli Fettuccini  Chicken Casserole  Chicken Church Casserole  Chicken Macaroni Casserole 
Chicken Pot Pie  Chicken Pot Pie  Chicken Rice Casserole  Chicken Gumbo 
Chicken Rolls  Chili Con Carne  Chili Corn Pie  Chuck Wagon Stew 
Chunky Turkey Chili  Church Tuna Bake  Classic Red Beans & Rice  Crabmeat in a Blanket 
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Meatloaf  Easy Lasagna for a Crowd  Easy Stuffed Chicken Breasts  Fried Rice with Ham 
Glazed Meat Loaf  Ham Salad Sandwiches  Hamburger-Corn Bake  Hamburger Pie 
Hamburger-Vegetable Casserole  Hawaiian Fish  Indian Stew  King Ranch Chicken Casserole 
Lasagna  Layered Casserole  Meatball Pie  Mexican Casserole 
Mexican Lasagna  Meatloaf  Picnic Hot Dogs  Plain Spaghetti for 500 
Planet Hollywood's Captain Crunch Chicken  Pita Pizzas  Pizza Casserole  Potato Crab Cakes 
Potato Tamale Pie  Reuben Casserole  Salmon and Potato Chip Casserole  Saucy Chicken for 250 
Sausage and Peppers  Seafood Casserole for a Crowd  Shepherd's Pie  Shrimp Fried Rice 
Simple Marinara Sauce  Sloppy Joe Sandwiches Smoky Spareribs  Spaghetti Casserole 
Stagecoach Spaghetti  Supreme Meat Sauce  Tangy Meatballs 

Side Dish
 

Au Gratin Potatoes  Baked Beans for 50  Baked Onions  Basic Potato Patties 
Beef and Barley Soup  Beefy Baked Beans  Big Batch Bean Soup  Boston Baked Beans 
Broccoli and Cheese Casserole  Broccoli and Cheese Soup  Broccoli Cheddar Soup  Broccoli Polonaise 
Broccoli Rice Au Gratin  Brown Rice Pilaf  Broccoli Swiss Soup  Cauliflower Rice Au Gratin 
Cheese and Corn Chowder  Cheese Soup  Confetti Rice  Cooked Cabbage 
Cooking Rice  Corn Custard  Corn Pudding  Cream of Broccoli Soup 
Cream of Mushroom Soup  Creamed Pearl Onions  Deviled Eggs  Deluxe "Maine" Potatoes 
Duchess Potatoes  Easy Ranch Beans  Escalloped Corn  EZ Baked Beans for 200 
Fried Rice  Fried Rice with Almonds  Frozen Hash Brown Potato Casserole  Glazed Carrots for a Crowd 
Glazed onions  Green Rice  Hash Brown w/Peppers and Cheese  Hashbrown Casserole 
Hashed Brown "Maine" Potatoes  Hawaiian Baked Beans  Jalapeno Rice  Lyonnaise "Maine" Potatoes 
"Maine" Potato Croquettes  "Maine" Potatoes on the Half Shell  "Maine" Potato Puff  Mexican Black Bean Soup 
Navy Bean Soup  O'Brien Potatoes for 100  Onion Casserole  Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes 
Oven Roasted Potatoes  Parsley Buttered "Maine" Potatoes  Pinto Beans  Ranch Style Beans 
Ratatouille  Savory Refried Beans  Scalloped "Maine" Potatoes  Scalloped Potatoes 
Scalloped Potatoes #2  Scalloped Potatoes #3  Shrimp Bisque with Dill Wafers  Spanish Bean Soup 
Spanish Rice  Spicy Hash Browns  Spicy Italian Roast Potato Chunks  Spinach Parmesan 
Split Pea Soup  Thick Vegetable Soup  Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes  Vegetable Beef Soup 

Dessert
 

Applesauce Cake  Apricot Bread Pudding  Boston Cream Pie  Cheesy Apple Crisp 
Coconut Chocolate Cake  Coffee Break Cake  Dutch Apple Cake  Eclair Dessert 
Freeze 'n Bake Apple Coffee Cake  Fresh Pear Crisp  Fruit Pan Dowdy  Gingerbread 
Oatmeal Cherry Cookies  Oatmeal Raisin Bars  Peach Dessert  Peach Dessert #2 
Pineapple Rice Pudding  Raisin-Chip Oatmeal Cookies  Shortcake for 50  Upside-Down Apricot Gingerbread Cake 

Bread
 

Baking Powder Biscuits  Banana Nut Bread  Bran Rolls  Bread Sticks 
Buttermilk Pan Rolls  Cheese 'n' Garlic Bread  Cheesy Corn Squares  Cinnamon Apple Muffins 
Cornbread  Dill Wafers  Dilly Bread  Dried Cherry Muffins 
Herbed Corn Muffins  Jalapeno Cornbread  Jalapeno Monterey Jack Cheese Spoonbread  Parmesan Twists 
Potato Dinner Rolls  Red Lobster Cheese Biscuits  Yeast Bread 

Beverage
 

Banana Brunch Punch  Blackberry Fizz  Cider Punch  Citrus Iced Tea 
Cocoa for a Crowd  Cranberry Punch  Golden Glow Punch  Hot Mulled Orange Cider 
Party Punch  Snow Cone Syrup  Sparkling Apricot-Pineapple Punch  Spiced Cider 
Spiced Cranberry Juice  Texas Punch  Tropical Punch 

Miscellaneous
 

Balsamic Vinegar Marinade for Vegetables  Barbecue Sauce (Cooked)  Basic Sauce for Cream Soup  Bechamel Sauce 
Cheese Broccoli Sauce  Cheese Sauce  Cheese Sandwich Sauce (American Cheddar)  Cheese Sandwich Sauce (Swiss) 
Mushroom Sauce  Raisin Sauce for Ham  Shrimp Sauce  Spanish Sauce 
Swiss Cheese and Mushroom Sauce  White Sauce 

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Recipe CD

I have decided to simplify the way I sell my recipe eBook collection.

I am putting them all on one CD in an English and Afrikaans folder, over 100 recipe eBooks in all. That means less than R1 a recipe book, a real bargain! Most of the books come with resale rights so you can sell them individually if you wish.

Price will be  R100 per CD excluding postage.

Postage as follows, registered mail, add R20, overnight counter to counter add R50

If you are interested in my Super CD just click here and I will send you my banking details. Remember to include you postal address.

As soon as I mail the CD I will email you the post office tracking number as proof of dispatch.

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:

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

Allerlei

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.


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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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