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planned. The plan is to visit the Imfolozi-Hluhluwe Park and see if we can
get some nice photos.
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Myths, Traditions and Folklore
Nyaminyami the Zambezi River God
Nyaminyami has supposedly been seen on occasion by locals - much like the
Lochness Monster however, hard evidence is elusive. He is described by
some as looking like a whirlwind - the majority say he's dragon-like with
a snake's torso and a fish's head.
The legend of Nyaminyami has several tales. According to local folklore,
during hard times, the Tonga had free access to his flesh and were thus
sustained by removing strips of meat.
The story of the dam wall construction and the floods in 1957 and 1958 are
well documented. The local story goes as follows:
Whilst the waters of Lake Kariba were only just rising and the Tonga were
being relocated they invoked Nyaminyami in a spirit of resistance.
Although he was never used as a political symbol it was generally agreed
that he disapproved of the white man's plans to build the dam. In 1957
when a 1000 year flood was recorded on the Zambezi, construction was
halted and set back by flood damage. The locals nodded knowingly and
waited for the final destruction during the next rainy season. This of
course nearly happened with the 1958 flood which was only slightly less
violent than the previous year. Elders today claim that it was only their
intervention which placated Nyaminyami.
We in Kariba still have occasional earth tremors from the load of the lake
on the earth's surface. Locals claim that this is Nyaminyami who at the
time of the sealing of the dam wall was philandering down stream towards
Mana Pools. He's now very lonely and only the destruction of the dam will
reunite him with this wife.
A local Mashona by the name of Rainos Tawonameso has designed a walking
stick that incorporates some motifs from the area and it's inhabitants.
The Symbols on the Nyaminyami Historical Walking Stick
The Handle represents "Nyaminyami" who the Tonga people believe is their
spirit God (Mudzimu) and that the occasional earth tremor felt in the Lake
surroundings is caused by this Spirit.
The Tree is a Mopane tree which is found in the Zambezi Valley, the
Spirals represent the waves on the Zambezi River, the fish is
representative of the staple food of the Tonga people, who prior to the
building of Kariba Dam, fished daily on the Zambezi River.
The Figures represent people on the Zambezi River banks during their
The Wooden Rings represent the bangles worn by the Tonga woman as a
decoration during ceremonial dances.
The Sign of the Hand represents the holding of the "Magical Ball" used by
the Tonga fortune tellers to guard against evil spirits.
The Woman's Bubble Pipe (Incelwa) is normally a long pipe made from a
calabash and is used by the Tonga people for smoking tobacco. In the past
these pipes were used for smoking "dagga" (marijuana) - a Tonga tradition.
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True Life African
SEARCHING FOR KAPIRINENGU
Paul van Pletzen
It was about 5 years ago that I first heard about a fishing camp
called Kapirinengu, situated at the confluence of the Chewore river
and the Zambezi, on the border of the Sapi and Chewore safari areas
(down stream from Mana Pools game reserve). No amount of enquiries
through friends in Zimbabwe, or at the Zimbabwe wildlife authorities,
could produce any information about this seemingly mystical place.
Maps of the area are hard to come by, even GOOGLE EARTH will get lost
there! On a visit to Mana Pools and Mongwe fishing camp (in Hurungwe
safari area, about 10km from Chirundu) 3 years ago, not even the
warden at Makuti or the staff at Mana Pools could be of assistance.
Browzing on the internet one day, I came across a site called Zim4x4
and started corresponding with the inimitable Dick Pitman, who offers
guided self drive tours, backup and advice for people keen to explore
the lower Zambezi, or anywhere in Zimbabwe for that matter. He had
established exclusive relationships with safari operators,
concessionaires and authorities in that area, and explored and opened
the routes. And he could take me to Kapirinengu!
By sheer co-incidence, we had already planned to stay over at Doma
Safari lodge en route to the lower Zambezi, to go and search for
Kapirinengu ourselves. This was also a stopover for Dick and a group
that he was escorting down the escarpment, so we agreed to RV there
and join them, destination Kapirinengu!
My brother Pieter and I left Joburg at 5:45 on th 9th June 2010. We
spent only two hours at the border at Beit Bridge, paying a R300 fee
for assistance (if you know what I mean). Nothing had materialized
about the promises of a one stop there, and it was total chaos on the
Zim side, as usual.
The road northwards is getting quite bad now. It is bumpy and wavy,
with the edges deteriorating and potholes in sections. The fences are
down, so stray animals and wandering locals are a serious hazard. This
also a major trucking route, so one is confined to a cruising speed of
about 80km/h. Driving at night in Zimbabwe is not advisable. There are
now also toll stops ($1 fee) at frequent intervals in Zimbabwe, and
after every one there is then a police road block a few km further.
Heaven knows why they cannot be combined? We passed through 5 of these
double stops up till Chinhoyi, and a few traffic police stops as well.
We were well received and advised, and warmly welcomed at all times,
but they do waste an awful amount of time. Only once, on our way back,
did we have to pay a $15 spot fine for a faulty tail light on the
trailer (no receipt necessary).
We slept over at Rhino Camp, just by the Shell garage at Runde River.
$30 for 2 bed room, en suite. It was neat, clean and comfortable.
Electricity (and in some places water) supply in Zim is still a
problem, luckily the lights came soon after we had arrived. The
management and staff there are very friendly and helpful, and they
offer very good exchange rates for Dollars or Rands. We had a
delicious steak and kidney pot pie for supper for only R30.
Fuel is available mostly everywhere in Zimbabwe these days (one is
advised to take at least one jerry can along just in case) for around
$1.10/litre, and we filled up in Chegutu on our second day.
We were about 40km from Chinhoyi when our trailer’s brakes suddenly
jammed. Catastrophe! The trailer’s draw bar had broken. Low and
behold, a well spoken local young lad with the name of Elias
immediately came and offered assistance, and he knew a man with a
welding shop not far away. Off him and I went to fetch the man with
his welder, generator, angle grinder and the only piece of scrap in
his yard: a piece of angle iron of just the right size! One hour later
we were on the road again. Remarkable.
We could not reach Doma Safari lodge that evening as planned, so we
stayed over at the Orange Grove Hotel in Chinhoyi. $40 for a two bed
room, en suite, but the bath plug did not fit (bring your own). The
lights eventually came on around supper and we had a tasty but small
portion of spaghetti bolognaise for $4.
To get to Doma Safari Lodge, turn off to Mhangura at Lions Den (lekker
biltong sold there!), about 25km north of Chinhoyi. We had further
directions from the lodge management, and the route culminated in an
easy bush road of about 12km to the lodge.
It is about a three hour drive from Harare to Doma Safari Lodge. They
have recently obtained a concession from the local council of about
250 square km in the Maninga Conservation Area and the Doma
Conservation Area, on the eastern border of the Doma Safari Area. They
operate hunting safaris from the lodge and can do personalized hunting
or photographic packages. Most species of game are available, except
cheetah and rhino, but elephant is mostly only shot where and when
they become a problem for the locals. Sable antelope is one of their
big draw cards. The owner, Gordon Duncan, says that they are also
actively involved with the local community in rehabilitating and
restocking the area, and controlling poaching. One can also do guided
walks or game drives.
Their self catering bungalows are cosy, comfortable and well equipped;
you only have to bring your own food and gas. The kitchen’s got most
of what you need: stove, deepfreeze and fridge, pots and pans and
cutlery. Bedding is provided, as well as cleaning staff. Each party is
also provided with a man-friday, a fire is made every day in the
donkey and fire wood is provided. The power generator only runs from
18:00 to 22:00, but if you bring some diesel, longer hours can be
arranged. We paid $25 each per day for a two room bungalow (sleeps 4
or 5). Larger groups pay $75 per day per bungalow.
As we are not hunters, our main interest was the beautiful dam next to
which the lodge is situated. The dam has also been stocked with two
local species of bream: Robustus (called Nembwe in Zim and Yellow
Belly in Zambia) and Niloticus – both good fighters, and it is over
populate with small bass and other species of bream. We spent many
pleasant hours fishing, with reasonable success considering it was the
wrong season, from our 3,5m aluminium boat, spending 6 days there.
The staff there were extremely friendly and helpful. They even took
our trailer to Mhangura and back for us, for additional strengthening
to the repairs. We could thus enjoy all or time relaxing and fishing.
Gordon invited us to watch the rugby test between the Springboks and
France on DSTV in their bar, kindly providing beer and snacks.
We met up at the lodge with Dick Pitman and his group of intrepid
travellers that he was guiding along, on the16th June. They were a
party of four families from South Africa, fully equipped with 4x4’s,
trailers and all the off road bells and whistles, and more.
They all had a mutual arrangement that one of the families would be
responsible for at least one evening meal on the trip down from Doma
Safari Lodge through Doma Safari Area, down the escarpment to the
Zambezi. It all started that first night at the lodge with a sumptuous
braai (with salads and everything). Man, these people can cook! What
was intended to be a day and a half’s trip down the escarpment,
eventually took three days to do 315km, and every night we were
treated to something spectacular, right there in the bush! My brother
and I actually started feeling awkward: how could we ever make up for
this? We can’t cater for twenty people! It was agreed that were we had
to do a fish supper, of fish that we had to catch, once we had reached
the Zambezi, Fat chance!
The road down the escarpment passed through the Doma, Chewore and Sapi
Safari areas. It was not so much 4x4-ing as slow and cumbersome –
rocky, steep slopes, deep gulleys, detours, tall grass (very bad when
this is in the ‘middle manntejie’) and a few not to bad dry river bed
crossings. First gear 2x4 mostly, here and there low gear 4x4. Dick
gave every one a radio to be able to keep in contact en route, and we
ended up being dubbed ‘sout en peper’ for our call signature. After
spending a night camping in the bush on the ridge of the escarpment,
one river crossing was a bit dubious, so we had to divert via Angwa
Bridge in order to get to Mkanga Bridge. This resulted in a 40km
detour, but one has to report to the warden at the outpost of Zim
Parks at Mkanga Bridge when travelling through that area. There we
camped at Bird Camp, an abandoned camp that used to be used by the
bird watchers of Zim. The 2km access road to that camp was horrible!
They had ice, can you believe it? There is also an old camp (used to
be a rangers dwelling) by the bridge that belongs to Zim Parks,
currently being renovated.
At about 4 o’clock in the afternoon of our third day of bundu bashing,
we finally got to Kapirinengu and the mighty Zambezi. What a relief.
One of the intrepid party, Johan Buys and family, had come all the way
from Paarl and had spent seven days sleeping over en route up till
then. They were understandably a bit “gatvol” of making and breaking
camp by then! He was blessed, how ever, with catching one of the first
nice sized tiger fish.
What a magnificently beautiful place is Kapirinengu! In the safari
areas surrounding the Mana Pools game reserve, there were some places
set aside in the old days that were intended as fishing camps.
Kapirinengu is one of them. Of late, since things started to go wrong
in Zim, it had been neglected, abused and abandoned. It is now being
renovated by Terry Kelly in conjunction with Zim Parks, and we were
some the very first people to visit again for a long time. Dick Pitman
had arranged special permission for the group, as the camp would only
opened on the 1st August 2010.
It is situated in the Chewore Safari Area where the Chewore river
meets the Zambezi, across the river from the Lower Zambezi National
Park in Zambia, so there are no settlers there (hence no netting),
lots of wildlife, and very good fishing. The river starts to converge
around there as it approaches the Mpata gorge downstream, so the water
is deep and fast flowing, and the tiger fish are mean, lean, fast and
furious. Upstream other river broadens, with islands in the middle and
There will be 9 campsites under an immense grove of huge acacias (anaboom
in Afrikaans) each with their own ablutions, a light and power outlet,
with a central freezer room and other facilities. They will also have
ice. Power will be from a generator, with a battery and inverter
system in parallel. They envisage the development of a lodge and
mooring facilities for boats in future. Campsites will be around $120
per day, maximum 6 per site. If you don’t have a boat, such could be
available, depending on demand and prior arrangement. One has to be
self sufficient, but the management (or Dick Pitman) can also arrange
an operator (details in the addendum) that can put together a package
including transport, fishing and catering.
We two “ou manne” were truly put to shame by the rest of the party,
them catching all the fish in the first few days, from the banks “nog
al” – while we had our little titanic to explore the whole river! The
river was in flood (Kariba dam being 93% full), so fishing was not at
its best. Johan buys got a 4kg specimen, Dick one a bit smaller and
Marius Agenbag’s son Karel got the best one on his dad’s rod, when dad
was napping. I put them all whole in the hot coals for our turn to
cook, wrapped in tinfoil and dosed with garlic, mild chilli, salt &
pepper, oil and lemon juice. Delicious, even if I say so myself,
luckily it went down well.
They all left after 4 days for further adventures, but we stayed on
for another 5 days. Pieter eventually caught a 4kg tiger as we were
drifting along the Zambian side, and I caught my first nice size on
his rod, off of a sandbank, while he was in the bushes. Terry Kelly
very kindly took us out on his boat and taught us a few tricks,
helping me to catch a 5,5kg specimen. We really enjoyed our sojourn
there, lions roaring in the distance at night, a big old bull elephant
wandering around the camp at odd hours, bokkies in the open plain
behind camp, fish eagle to wake one up at dawn……..
One does not have to do the arduous journey that we did to get there.
From the main Harare – Chirundu road, stop and get permits at the
ranger’s office at Marongora (just down the escarpment from the town
of Makuti). Take the turn off to Mana Pools, but beware that the first
30km of gravel was just about the worst of our journey. It is a real
vehicle and trailer breaker. At the boom by the T – junction, turn
right and follow the main gravel road for about 40km. Watch for the
sign to Chewore in the bushes and turn left (there might even be a
sign for Kapirinengu). From there it is a reasonable bush track of
about 60km, remember to turn right at Jesi road and stick to the main
track. There are quite a few turnoffs that are used by hunters and
Park management, but the main track is always the most used one.
Our last destination was the Kafue river. Except for the last 30km of
the Mana Pools access road (mentioned before), the many counters to
report at the one-stop border post at Chirundu, and a badly potholed
section of road south of Kafue town, things went well and we reached
Eureka Camp in Lusaka without incident on the 29th June. The next day
we met up with a friend, Terrence Scarr, who had flown in from
Capetown. After restocking food and drink and fuelling up again, we
hit the tar road for Mumbwa the next day. Yet again a few police road
blocks, but we were treated with respect and friendliness by all. It’s
just that Zambians en mass have no sense of distance or speed and
cannot give directions. We were told by one traffic officer that the
general speed limit is “more than 100km/hr”, and distance estimates
would vary from 10km to 30km for the same destination.
Following prior directions, obtained from Kafue River Camp, through
the outskirts of Mumbwa, we found the main “good gravel” road north to
Kasempa. It was actually ok, except for the first 40km or so, and one
could comfortably cruise at 70km/hr, watching out for animals and
oncoming vehicles, as one passes through parts of Kafue National Park
and the adjacent game management areas. We had to cross the Kafue by
ferry ($20) at Lubungu, go a few km down the main drag and take the
well marked turn off to the camp on a 12km dirt track.
Kafue river camp is also a new development, as are many of the lodges
sprouting up in the area, but it was the only one offering self
catering camping facilities at affordable prices (we paid only $20 per
day). They also have a lodge kind of operation, with ready pitched
safari tents, en suite (about $50 per day per person sharing, self
catering) under thatch, bar and dining area. They do offer the
services of a chef for lodgers, just bring your own food. Each camp
site has ablutions, but they are not all on the river bank. Fire wood
is provided, fire made in the donkey, and a man-friday assigned for
general camp duties. They also have a few ready pitched canvas tents
around the camp site, but I’m not sure how these are utilised. The
camp was still in the final stages of development when we arrived.
They offer fishing excursions and guided tours and/or walks in the
park and there is a full time game ranger seconded to the camp.
The Kafue river was a bit treacherous and narrow, full of hippos,
rocks and submerged obstructions, so we did not use the titanic very
much. The Kafue was also in flood, but fishing from the banks was
good, if you could find an open area between the mangrove-like trees,
and if one’s also not too scared to walk around in the bush, unarmed
by yourself. We caught a few nice pikes and bream on spinners, and
lots of smaller bream on worm. There were lots of lion (heard them
every night, and one morning there were tracks through camp) and
elephant about, but the game was generally skittish because of hunting
in the game management area we were in. Lots of bushbuck and puku
The people of Zambia are very friendly, warm and welcoming, and good
English is spoken everywhere. Even in the smallest remote villages
this is true: We spent a whole day trying to locate the northern
entrance to the Kafue Nat. Park, about 100km north of Kafue River
Camp, driving up and down one section. The road that we actually had
to take was so TERRIBLE that we would not believe any one, even after
several people had pointed it out repeatedly. This turn off was marked
“Kabanga Wildlife Sanctuary”, with no indication that it eventually
would lead to the Park, or anywhere near, or to an entrance gate, or a
town called Ntemwa adjacent to the Park. We also had no idea as to how
far we would have to travel along this road to get to the Park –
estimates by locals varied from 8km to 25km. It was badly rutted and
looked like it was last used in the rainy season, so after trying
about 5km, we gave up and turned around. We did not want to have a
vehicle break down or some other catastrophe, being only one vehicle (Pajero)
in unknown territory, on an unused road.
What a pity! Zambia stands to lose many potential visitors to the
northern section of Kafue Park due to this problem. One could reach
there in a Mercedes Benz, and even drive around the Park on good roads
they say, just to denied access by this short, impassable section. One
hopes for their own sake that they upgrade it soon.
We dropped Terrence off in Lusaka on the 7th July for his return
flight, and headed for home the next day, taking three more days to
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.
Choose how to react
reflecting with a client this afternoon on how much emotional growth and
independence she experienced over the past year because of our
sessions-and she responded hesitantly: 100% !
And you know what - she has-she has grown from a smoking, overweight,
over-emotional loner who had too much debt - to a fit, smoke-free,
debt-free young woman who is in a stable relationship. And although I
accompanied her on this tough journey, she did it all herself.
Let me guide you through the steps she took. Firstly she made a list of
all her debt and set herself the goal to be debt-free within a year. She
cut up all her credit cards and asked her bank to automatically pay some
of her accounts so that she could lay not her hands on the money. This
goal she achieved within 9 months and she was so pleased with her success
that when she started walking in the afternoons she invited a friend with,
later she was doing Pilates in the privacy of her home. This motivated her
to start cutting down on nicotine and within 4 months she had stopped
smoking. She was discovering her power from within, despite the fact that
her father committed suicide when she was nine and her mother was either
over-dependent or non-present. She started to attend her church’s youth
meetings and slowly gathered a circle of faithful friends. And of course
then she met a young man who shared her enthusiasm for the outdoors…
This is not a Mills and Boon story or a fairy tale- this is the true life
journey of my client. How did she do it all? By managing her thoughts and
actions using two techniques: managing her self-talk and responding to
circumstances rather than reacting (or rather over-reacting) to
I have written regularly about the basic skill of emotional intelligence:
respond rather than react to a situation. One just need to reflect or
think for a few seconds about what is happening right there in yourself,
the situation, the other people present and the action needed for the best
future outcome, before your act. This can stop you from making bad
decisions and rash deeds and words; it can help you to control the
situation by controlling yourself. It will stop you from wasting time
because of avoidance, procrastination, and excuses - in short: it will
help you keep your eye on the prize-whatever that might be for you.
Next week I’ll let you in on the other technique: controlling your
Have the best week ever: from my heart to yours.
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questions to her at
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.
Kruger National Park
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that
ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife
of the Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares is
unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in
advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to
an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114
reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.
Man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries - from
bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and
Thulamela - is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures
represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the
history of the park and are conserved along with the park's natural
The park has 13 rest camps, 11 bushveld camps, and 11 lodges.
Year proclaimed: 1898 (officially proclaimed in 1926)
Current size: 19 623.6 square kilometres (slightly smaller than Israel)
Provinces: Mpumalanga and Limpopo
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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.
takkie – noun –
Basic running shoe or sneaker. Possibly from “tacky”, meaning “cheap” or
“of poor quality”. The spelling reflects the perception that the word is
of Afrikaans origin.
tannie (tunny) – noun, informal – “Auntie” in Afrikaans, but used for any
taxi – noun – Generally a minibus used to transport a large number of
people, and the most-used form of transport in South Africa.
to die for – adjective, informal – Wonderful, beautiful, coveted: “That
necklace is to die for.”
tokoloshe – noun – Evil imp or spirit, thought to be most active at night.
Part of South African folklore and today often the subject of tabloid
journalism. From the isiZulu utokoloshe and isiXhosa uthikoloshe
tom – noun, informal – Money. Uncertain origin.
toppie – noun, informal – Middle-aged or elderly man, or father. From
either the isiZulu thopi (growing sparsely, a reference to thinning hair),
or the Hindi topi (hat).
torchkop – noun, informal – Headtorch or headlamp (such as a Petzl), or a
person wearing one. From torch + the Afrikaans kop (head). Coined at the
Oppikoppi Bushveld Festival in August 2005.
township – noun – Low-income dormitory suburb outside a city or town in
which black South Africans were required by law to live, while they sold
their labour in the city or town centre, during the apartheid era.
toyi-toyi – noun – A knees-up protest dance. From the isiNdebele and Shona.
trek – noun – Long and often arduous journey. Best known from the Great
Trek, the long journey by oxwagon the forebears of the Afrikaners took
from the Cape Colony into the South African interior to escape British
colonialism, beginning in the 1820s.
tsessebe – noun – African antelope (Damaliscus lunatus) found in southern
and eastern Africa.
Tshivenda – noun – Language of the Venda people.
tsotsi – noun – Gangster, hoodlum or thug – and the title of South
Africa’s first Oscar-winning movie. Perhaps a corruption of “zoot suit”,
the type of flashy clothing worn by township thugs in the 1950s.
Tsotsitaal – noun – Township patois, derived from 1950s gangster slang,
made up of a mixture of Afrikaans and isiZulu, and largely spoken in
Gauteng. From the Tostsitaal tsotsi (gangster) and Afrikaans taal
Tswana – noun – Member of a group of people mainly found in Botswana and
northern South Africa, and their language.
tune, tune me, tune grief, tune me grief – verb, informal – Cause trouble;
The History of
I thought this might be of
interest to overseas readers, I will be featuring more sections in future
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.
Gold and war
The unpopularity of the
Transvaal's president, TF Burgers, opened the way for British annexation
in 1877, but Britain lost control after a rebellion at Majuba. Full
internal autonomy was granted in 1884 - by which time the conservative and
intensely pro-Afrikaner Paul Kruger had been elected president.
Two years later, when gold was discovered on the Witwatersrand, Kruger saw
a threat to Afrikaner independence as huge numbers of newcomers ("uitlanders")
In the Cape, Rhodes had become Prime Minister. His vision of a federation
of British-controlled states was well served by the discontent of the
uitlanders and exasperation of the mining magnates in the ZAR. His first
attempt at takeover, however, came to an ignominious end when his plan to
have Leander Starr Jameson lead a raid into Johannesburg in response to a
planned uitlander uprising failed. The uprising did not happen: Jameson
rode precipitously into the Transvaal and had to surrender. Rhodes
The raid made Afrikaners more sympathetic to Kruger's anti-British stance
- with the Orange Free State forming a military alliance with the
Transvaal. In Britain, however, Rhodes and Jameson were heroes. It kept up
the pressure on Kruger and the Anglo-Boer/South African War began in
October 1899. Up to half a million British soldiers squared up against
some 65 000 Boers; black South Africans were pulled into the conflict on
Again Britain suffered a blow as the Boers set siege to Ladysmith,
Kimberley and Mafeking (home at the time to a young black diarist named
Sol Plaatje). Under Major General Herbert Kitchener and Field Marshal Sir
Frederick Sleigh Roberts, however, the British offensive gained force and
by 1900, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Pretoria were occupied. Kruger
fled for Europe.
The Boer reply was to intensify guerilla war: General Jan Smuts led his
troops to within 190km of Cape Town - and in response Kitchener adopted a
scorched-earth policy and set up concentration camps in which some 26 000
Boer women and children and 14 000 black and coloured people died. The war
ended in Boer defeat at the Peace of Vereeniging in 1902.
The freebie this time is a recipe eBook from way back 1948 with
recipes from Moirs.
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You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present By worrying
over the future
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Well, a Girl Potato and Boy Potato had eyes for each other,
and finally they
got married, and had a little sweet potato, which they
Of course, they wanted the best for Yam.
When it was time, they told her about the facts of life. They warned her
about going out and getting half-baked, so she
wouldn't get accidentally
mashed, and get a bad name for herself like 'Hot
Yam said not to worry, no Spud would get her into the sack and make a
potato out of her!
But on the other hand she wouldn't stay home and become a Couch Potato
She would eat properly so as not to be skinny like her Shoestring Cousins.
When she went off to Europe, Mr. And Mrs. Potato told Yam to watch out for
those hard-boiled guys from Ireland and the greasy
guys from France called
the French Fries.
And when she went out West, she must watch out for the Indians so she
wouldn't get scalloped.
They sent Yam to Idaho P.U. (that's Potato University ).
So that when she graduated she'd really be "in the Chips".
But in spite of all they did for her, one-day Yam came home and announced
she was going to marry Richie Benaud.
"Richie Benaud!!!!", they cried. They were very upset and told Yam "You
t possibly marry Richie Benaud because he's just
........ just a COMMONTATER!"
A chicken farmer went to a local
bar.... Sat next to a woman and ordered a glass of champagne..
The woman perks up and says, 'How about that? I just ordered a glass of
'What a coincidence' the farmer says. 'This is a special day for me.... I
'This is a special day for me too, I am also celebrating!' says the woman.
'What a coincidence!' says the farmer! As they clinked glasses the man
asked, 'What are you celebrating?'
'My husband and I have been trying to have a child and today my
gynecologist told me that I am pregnant!'
'What a coincidence,' says the man. 'I'm a chicken farmer and for years
all of my hens were infertile, but today they are all laying fertilized
'That's great!' says the woman. 'How did your chickens become fertile?'
'I used a different cock,' he replied.
The woman smiled and said, 'What a coincidence.'
A new school inspector is
assigned to the grade 4 class in one of the
local schools. He is
introduced to the class by the teacher.
She says to the class: "Let's show the inspector just how clever you are
by allowing him to ask you a question."
The inspector decides to ask a biblical question.
He asks: "Class, who broke down the walls of Jericho ?"
For a full minute there is absolute silence. The children all just stare
at him blankly. Eventually Sipho raises his hand. The
excitedly to him.
Sipho stands up and says: "Sir, I do not know who broke down the walls
of Jericho , but I am innocent."
The inspector looks at the teacher for an explanation. She says: Well,
I've known Sipho since the beginning of the year and I
believe that if
he says that he didn't do it, then he didn't do it."
The inspector is shocked at the level of ignorance and storms down to
the principal's office and tells him what happened. The
replies: "Look I don't know the boy, but I socialise
every now and then
with his teacher and I believe her. If she feels that
the boy was not
involved, then he must be innocent."
The inspector can't believe what he is hearing. He grabs the phone on
the principal's desk and dials the Minister of
Education. He relates the
entire episode and asks her what she thinks of the
education standard in
The Minister sighs heavily and replies: "Eish wena. You know I am very
busy. I don't know the boy, the teacher or the
principal. Just get three
quotes or put it out to tender and have the wall
Some great resorts we have visited
We visited Ekuthuleni,
click here for my report and
You can also see some more photos
Since Ekuthuleni we have also been to Hazyview Cabanas, for my write-up
and pictures click here
We are just back from a really nice trip to Mozambique -
Morrumbene Beach Resort
We 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:
Kagga Album -
Our latest visit to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park:
The Wild Side
- A selection of my photos
click to see larger image
Photo taken at the Marievale Bird Sanctuary near Nigel.
The Reed Cormorant (Microcarbo africanus), also known as the
Long-tailed Cormorant, is a bird in the cormorant family
Phalacrocoracidae. It breeds in much of Africa south of the Sahara,
and Madagascar. It is resident but undertakes some seasonal movements.
This is a common and widespread species, and is not considered to be
threatened. It breeds on freshwater wetlands or quiet coasts. Two to
four eggs are laid in a nest in a tree or on the ground, normally
hidden from view by long grass.
This is a small cormorant at 50–55 cm length and an 85 cm wingspan. It
is mainly black, glossed green, in the breeding season. The wing
coverts are silvery. It has a longish tail, a short head crest and a
red or yellow face patch. The bill is yellow.
Sexes are similar, but non-breeding adults and juveniles are browner,
with a white belly. Some southern races retain the crest all year
The Reed Cormorant can dive to considerable depths, but usually feeds
in shallow water. It frequently brings prey to the surface. It takes a
wide variety of fish. It prefers small slow-moving fishes, and those
with long and tapering shapes, such as mormyrids, catfishes, and
cichlids. It will less frequently eat soles (which can be important in
its diet locally), frogs, aquatic invertebrates, and small birds.
For the latest on happenings in Zimbabwe, go to:
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to their newsletter, a really good source of current information
Cathy Buckle has started writing again from Zimbabwe, her letter
Here is Cathy's letter:
Dear Family and Friends,
Walking out in the early mornings there are two things you can
almost guarantee this winter. One is the delicate, rosy-pink glow
at sunrise, announced by the voices of scores of roosters all over
the neighbourhood. The other is the thin blue spirals of wood
smoke that rise from cooking fires in all directions and fill the
Yet again winter has bought gruelling power cuts back to Zimbabwe
making marathons out of the smallest of chores. It’s always the
Mum’s that carry the heaviest burden and you don’t have to go far
to see the proof. Looking out of a small prefabricated wooden
cabin I caught a glimpse of a young teenage girl and her Mum one
morning this week. It was a cold morning and a thick blanket of
white mist was lying in the nearby vlei and across the grassland,
waiting to be dissolved by the sun. Through the open door of the
cabin I could see that the place was full of smoke and Mum was
bending into the flames stirring the contents of a pot. The door
and walls of the cabin were covered in black soot and the girl
emerged from the smoke to pick up a few branches of firewood that
were stacked in a pile outside. It was a little after six in the
morning but already the girl was dressed for school, a bright
green uniform, brown shoes and a thin green jersey.
After breakfast, cooked on a smoky little fire eaten in a smoke
filled room, she would set out on her walk to school and later,
when she got home, she would undoubtedly have to go and help her
Mum collect more firewood and carry it home.
Every afternoon lines of women and girls trudge out of the bush
with huge piles of sticks and branches on their heads, balanced on
a small cloth ring. It’s not from choice they do this but from
From little wooden cabins to big brick houses and blocks of high
density flats – all have the same struggle with cooking food and
heating water. Visiting a friend in an upmarket Clinic in Harare
this week, I noticed a sign stuck onto the silver doors of the
lift. “Due to erratic power supply, we advise you not to use the
lifts to avoid the risk of getting stuck.”
When a couple of thousand women in Bulawayo tried to protest to
electricity supplier ZESA , they were met with a brutal response
from riot police. WOZA estimated that 40 women, unarmed and
singing, were beaten by riot police when they tried to present a
yellow card (a football warning) to ZESA and tell them to improve
WOZA were asking for fair load shedding, an end to 18 power cuts,
transparent billing and pre-paid meters. ‘ No more luxury cars, we
need transformers ‘ they said. Undaunted by the truncheons of
police whose wives, mothers and daughters also go out and collect
firewood and cook over smoky fires, WOZA have promised to continue
their campaign until their demands are met. The main one being:
“ZERO service, ZERO bill.” A slogan that could as well apply to
any number of other parastatals and municipal councils around the
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Light and Luscious Strawberry Cheesecake
with Fresh Strawberry Sauce
Yield: one 9-inch cheesecake (14 servings)
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons melted margarine or butter
1 carton (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup sugar, divided 3/4 and ¼
2/3 cup flour
4 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup non-fat light sour cream substitute
3 pint baskets California strawberries, stemmed
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup strawberry or red currant jelly, melted
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In medium bowl mix crumbs and margarine. Press onto bottom and 2 inches up
sides of lightly greased 9-inch cheesecake pan; set aside.
To make filling, in mixer bowl beat ricotta cheese until smooth. Add 3/4
cup of the sugar, the flour, egg yolks, lemon peel and vanilla; mix well.
Stir in sour cream substitute to blend thoroughly.
In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry; fold into cheese
mixture. Pour into prepared crust; smooth top.
Bake 1 hour. Turn off oven; cool in oven 1 hour with door ajar. Remove
from oven; chill thoroughly.
Meanwhile, to make sauce, in blender or food processor puree 2 baskets of
the strawberries with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the lemon juice;
strain sauce to remove seeds. Cover and chill.
To complete cake, halve remaining strawberries; arrange on top of cake.
Brush strawberries with jelly. Cut cake into wedges; serve with sauce.
Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon margarine or butter, softened
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup un-sifted flour
1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can Eagle® Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated
1/2 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
2 medium all-purpose apples, cored and sliced
Cinnamon Apple Glaze
Preheat oven to 300°. In small mixer bowl, beat 1/2 cup margarine and
sugar until fluffy. Add flour, oats, nuts and cinnamon; mix well. Press
firmly on bottom and halfway up side of 10-inch cheesecake pan. Bake 10
Meanwhile, in large mixer bowl, beat cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat
in Eagle Brand until smooth. Add eggs and juice concentrate; mix well.
Pour into prepared pan.
Bake 45 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched. Cool.
In large skillet, cook apples in remaining 1-tablespoon margarine until
tender-crisp. Arrange on top of cheesecake; drizzle with Cinnamon Apple
Glaze. Chill. Refrigerate leftovers.
Cinnamon Apple Glaze: In small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup frozen apple
juice concentrate, thawed, 1-teaspoon cornstarch and 1/4 teaspoon ground
cinnamon; mix well. Over low heat, cook and stir until thickened. (Makes
about 1/4 cup.)
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
Indulge in this decadent cheesecake to satisfy your chocolate cravings!
2 (3-oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
1 (14-oz.) can Eagle® Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mini-chocolate chips
1 teaspoon flour
1 (6-oz.) Ready Crust Chocolate Pie Crust
Chocolate Glaze (recipe follows)
Chocolate Curls (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°. With mixer, beat cheese until fluffy, gradually beat
in Eagle Brand until smooth. Add egg, vanilla; mix well. Toss chips with
flour; stir into cheese mixture. Pour into crust.
Bake 35 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched. Cool
and top with glaze and curls. Serve chilled. Refrigerate leftovers.
Chocolate Glaze: Melt 1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips with 1/4 cup whipping
cream; cook and stir until thickened and smooth. Immediately spread over
Tip: To prevent chocolate chips from floating down to bottom of pie add
chips after baking cheesecake for a short period. Remove cheesecake from
oven after 5 - 10 minutes, sprinkle chocolate chips over the pie and then
continue to bake for remaining baking time. Be careful when handling
cheesecake, pie pan will be very hot.
Chocolate Mint Cheesecake
Give this yummy mint-and-chocolate cheesecake a St. Patrick's Day touch by
piping melted chocolate into a shamrock shape on each piece
1/2 cup (3 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (14-ounce) can Eagle® Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (6-ounce) purchased chocolate flavored crumb pie crust
11 ounes cream cheese, softened*
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
Several drops green food coloring
Preheat oven to 350°. In small saucepan, melt chips with 1/3 cup of the
Eagle® Brand. Stir in vanilla. Spread on bottom of a crumb pie crust.
With mixer, beat cream cheese in large bowl until fluffy; gradually beat
in remaining Eagle® Brand, mint extract and green food colouring. Add egg;
beat on low speed just until combined. Place piecrust on baking sheet;
place on oven rack. Carefully pour mint mixture over chocolate layer in
Bake 25 minutes or until center is nearly set. Cool. Chill at least 3
hours. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.
18 Oreos, crushed in blender
1/4 cup melted butter
24 oz cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz) can condensed sweet milk
2 tsp. vanilla
Mix Oreos and butter and press in a greased 9 inch spring-form pan.
In a large bowl, cream remaining ingredients until well blended. Pour into
Break up 8 Oreos and drop on top of the batter. Bake 45-60 minutes at 300
degrees F. Don't over-bake your cheesecakes or they will crack on top.
Cool to room temperature and chill in refrigerator before removing pan.
Toasted Almond Cheesecake
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted & chop fine
1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
24 ounces cream cheese, softened
14 oz can condensed milk
1 tsp. almond extract
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Preheat oven to 425.
Combine graham crumbs, nuts, sugar, and butter, press firmly on bottom of
9-inch spring form pan.
In a large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in
milk until smooth. Add eggs and extract. Pour into pan.
Bake at 325 for one hour. Turn off oven and leave inside for 1 hour. Do
not open oven door!!
Top with toasted almonds and chill overnight.
Springtime Raspberry Cheesecake
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Brown sugar
1 Cup Margarine
1 Cup Walnuts, finely chopped
1 lb. cottage cheese, cream style
1 lb. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 pint sour cream
1 Tbs. Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
1 tsp. almond extract
1/4 cup raspberry jam, seedless
1/4 tsp. raspberry oil or extract
1 tsp. cornstarch
Heat oven to 325 degrees.
In large bowl, combine flour and brown sugar and mix well. Using fork or
pastry blender cut in margarine until coarse crumbs form. Stir in walnuts.
Lightly press mixture in un-greased 10 inch baking pan.
Bake at 325 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Let
Puree cottage cheese in blender until smooth and pour into large mixing
bowl. Add cream cheese and beat with an electric mixer on high speed until
blended and creamy. Add sugar.
On low speed, add cornstarch, Grand Marnier, eggs and almond extract. Beat
until blended. Add melted butter and sour cream; blend at low speed.
Measure out 3/4-cup cheesecake batter. Add raspberry preserves and
flavouring. Mix well, and then add cornstarch and mix again.
Pour some cheesecake into crust, spoon on half the raspberry mixture. Add
remaining cheesecake mixture, then the remaining raspberry mixture. Cut
through the batter with a knife or rubber spatula to create a marbling
Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until firm around edges.
Turn off oven; leave cake in oven for 2 hours. Remove and cool completely
on wire rack. Chill, remove sides of pan.
Top with fresh raspberries and serve.
1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
4 Tbs. ground walnuts
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 Tbs. sugar
1 tsp. ground lemon peel
1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. ground lemon peel
3/4 Cup sugar
1 tsp. grated orange rind
1 tsp. grated lemon rind
1/4 Cup lemon juice
2 Tbs. orange juice
2 Tbs. butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine crumbs, nuts, sugar and lemon peel. Stir in butter until
thoroughly blended. Press mixture firmly against bottom of 9" spring-form
pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
In a large bowl beat cream cheese until creamy. At medium speed add sugar
gradually, then vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon peel. Blend well.
Add eggs, one at a time and beat at medium speed for ten minutes, until
fluffy. Pour into spring-form pan.
Bake at 250°F. for 35 minutes. Turn off heat and cool for 30 minutes in
the oven with the door open.
While cheesecake is baking, whisk eggs in a small saucepan until foamy.
Combine with sugar, rind, juices & butter in saucepan. Cook over low heat,
stirring constantly until smooth & thickened. Cool.
Just before serving, spread evenly over cheesecake.
Fresh Fruit Cheesecake
1 1/2 Cups Graham cracker crumbs
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/3 Cup Margarine; or butter; melted
16 oz Softened cream cheese
14 oz Eagle sweetened condensed milk
1/4 Cup lemon juice, (use real lemons)
8 oz Sour cream at room temp
1 cup strawberries, fresh
15 oz can peach halves in heavy syrup
1/4 cup berries (raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry, etc.)
10 oz Apricot preserves
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Combine crumbs, sugar, and margarine. Press firmly on bottom of 9-inch
spring form pan.
In large mixer bowl, beat cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened
condensed milk until smooth. Add eggs and Lemon juice, mix well.
Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 50-55 minutes or until center is set; top with sour cream. Bake 5
minutes longer. Cool and Chill.
On a clean towel lay about 4 peach halves and berries to drain. Remove
skin from Kiwi by peeling with a knife. Cut kiwi into about 5-6 pieces (it
will be circular in shape and you will be able to see the seeds.) Cut
Peach halves into about 6 pieces lengthwise.
Cut stems off strawberries and cut them into 3-4 pieces.
Arrange peaches first. Use 3 sliced peaches in each area of the cake. You
should have about 6-7 areas of 3 sliced peaches each. next lay a piece of
kiwi next to each set of 3 peach area. Finally arrange strawberries on the
open areas trying not to cover kiwis and peaches.
Top with a few berries.
Pour Apricot preserves into a small saucepan adding 1/3 cup water and heat
over medium until melted. Using a pastry brush, brush fresh fruit with the
Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
1 1/2 Cups (18) Cream filled Cookies, crushed
2 Tbs. Margarine, Melted
32 oz Cream Cheese, Softened
1 1/4 Cup Sugar
3 large Eggs
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 tsp. Vanilla
6 oz Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips, melted
1/3 Cup Raspberry Preserves, Strained
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
Combine crumbs and margarine; press onto bottom of 9-inch spring form pan.
In a large bowl, combine 24 ounces of cream cheese and sugar, blending
with an electric mixer.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in sour
cream and vanilla. Pour mixture over crust. Combine remaining cream cheese
and melted chocolate, blending well with mixer. Add Red Raspberry
preserves; mix well. Drop dollops of chocolate cream cheese batter over
plain cream cheese batter, do not swirl. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 1 hour
and 25 minutes.
Loosen cake from pan and cool before removing.
Melt chocolate pieces. Dip a fork in the melted chocolate and go back and
forth in a waving motion over cheesecake to make a line design. Chill.
Garnish with whipping cream and fresh raspberries.
Best No-Bake Cheesecake
This recipe was sent to us from Jasmine Holt, a daily recipe subscriber.
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
8 oz. Cool Whip
1 9 oz graham cracker crust (we use Keebler)
1 12 oz can pie cherries (we use Wilderness)
Beat cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Add sour cream and
vanilla. CAREFULLY beat in Cool Whip- if you aren't careful, you may end
up decorating your kitchen with the filling!!! Pour into crust- invert top
plastic cover of crust- chill 3-4 hours OR freeze 15 -30 minutes,
depending on your freezer. Top with pie cherries.
For an almond version, substitute the vanilla for 1 1/2 tsp. of almond
extract. Create a design out of sliced and/or slivered TOASTED almonds. If
you don't use toasted, they will get very soggy and soft- it can be quite
icky, unless you like soft almonds.
If you want to really make this a cute cheesecake, reserve a heaping
tablespoon of filling. Add to the top of cheesecake after you put the
What is Tiramisu?
Tiramisu is a cool, refreshing Italian dessert that once tasted, leaves an
indelible impression on you. Also known as "Tuscan Trifle," the dessert
was initially created in Siena, in the north-western Italian province of
Espresso syrup: (or you can use Torani syrups)
4 teaspoons dried instant coffee or espresso
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur
12 to 16 lady fingers http://www.pastrywiz.com/season/tira3.htm</a>
1 lb cream cheese
1/2 lb mascarpone cheese
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon khalua liqueur (optional)
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup heavy cream
cocoa powder or cinnamon for dusting
16 to 20 lady fingers – quartered
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. espresso or instant coffee dissolved in 1-2 tbsp. hot water
non-stick cooking spray
Chocolate bar - for shavings
Lightly spray a 9-inch spring-form pan or tart pan with non-stick cooking
spray. Preheat oven to 350 F.
Prepare syrup: in a small saucepan, stir water with coffee and sugar and
heat just to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and cool to room
temperature. Stir in coffee liqueur.
For cake, arrange lady fingers in pan, cutting or trimming to fill out pan
bottom with cookies. Brush syrup over cookies and allow to soak in.
Re-apply until all the syrup is gone.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on slow speed, cream the cream
cheese and sugar. Add vanilla, (Khalua liqueur), eggs, egg yolks and heavy
cream. Pour over prepared cake crust.
In a small saucepan, over low heat, melt the butter with the sugar. Using
a whisk, briskly blend in the dissolved coffee. Pour into a medium sized
bowl. Toss quartered lady fingers into this mixture. Arrange on top of
Bake until just set - about 30 minutes. Chill for 4 hours or overnight.
After removing from pan, grasp a handful of chocolate shavings and put
them all around the sides of the cake. Right before serving dust each
slice lightly with cocoa powder or cinnamon
New York Cheesecake
1 cup Graham Cracker crumbs (store bought works well also)
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
5 packages (8 oz each) Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup sour cream
1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
Mix crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch
spring form pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
Mix cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, flour and vanilla with electric mixer on
medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low
speed after each addition, just until blended. Blend in sour cream. Pour
Bake 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until center is
almost set. Run a small knife around the rim of the pan to loosen cake;
cool before removing rim of pan. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Top
with Cherry pie filling.
Other serving suggestions:
1. Cut up fresh strawberries and arrange them on each slice of cheesecake,
then glaze with Strawberry Preserve
2. 2. Using a milk or dark chocolate bar (Ghiradelli works well,) shave
off chocolate curls, using a knife. Arrange them on top of each slice of
Tips: To cut perfect cheesecake slices, use a wet knife.
1. This will stay fresh up to 3 days in refrigerator and 1 week in
freezer. Cover with plastic wrap or a cake box with a lid.
White Chocolate Cheesecake
1 cup shortbread cookie crumbs (store bought or recipe)
3 Tbs. finely chopped slivered almonds, toasted
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 Pkg. cream cheese (8 oz), softened
1 Pkg. (6 oz) white chocolate baking bar, (melted and cooled) Instructions
on melting chocolate.
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
In a small mixing bowl, combine cookie crumbs and almonds. Stir in melted
butter. Press onto bottom of 9-inch springform or cheesecake pan. In a
large bowl, beat cream cheese and cooled white chocolate baking bar until
combined. Beat in sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla;
beat on low speed till just combined. Pour over prepared crust. Bake in a
350 degree F oven for about 45 minutes or until center appears almost set.
Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes. Loosen cake from sides of pan. Cool 30
minutes more; remove sides of pan. Cool completely. Refrigerate for at
least 4 hours.
Other serving suggestions:
1. After slicing cheesecake, top with Raspberry sauce. Serve with whip
2. Cut up fresh strawberries and arrange them on each slice of cheesecake,
then glaze with Strawberry Preserve. 3. Using a milk or dark chocolate bar
(Ghiradelli works well,) shave off chocolate curls, using a knife. Arrange
them on top of each slice of cheesecake.
CREAMY BAKED CHEESECAKE
1 1/2 c Graham cracker crumbs
1/4 c Sugar
1/3 c Margarine; or butter; melted
16 oz Softened cream cheese
14 oz Eagle swt.condensed.milk
1/4 c Real lemon lemon juice
8 oz Sour cream at room temp
21 oz Cheery pie filling; cold
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine crumbs, sugar, and margarine press
firmly on bottom of 9-inch springform pan. In large mixer bowl, beat
cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until
smooth. Add eggs and Real Lemon, mix well. Pour into prepared pan. Bake
50-55 minutes or until center is set; top with sour cream. Bake 5 minutes
longer. Cool, Chill. Top with pie filling. Refrigerate leftovers.
1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup ground nuts
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup margarine
mix together with hands and press into a 10" cheesecake pan, covering
bottom and 1" up the sides. set aside.
3 (8oz) packages Philadelphia cream cheese softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
juice of 1 lemon
6 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 pint sour cream
Cream sugar and cheese until smooth. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating only
until incorporated. Add remaining ingredients and blend well. Pour into
cheesecake pan. Bake at 325 for 1 hour, turn of heat. Leave in oven with
door closed for 1 additional hour. Cool completely and refrigerate at
least an hour before removing from pan.
EASY BAKED CHEESE CAKE
1/2 lb. cream cheese
1/2 pt. fresh cream
1/4 lb. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
Put all ingredients into blender or mixer. Blend all ingredients for about
Preheat oven to 340 degrees. Put a baking sheet on round cake pan. Pour
mixed ingredients into cake pan. Bake for about 40 minutes.
BAKED CHEESE CAKE
1 c. graham cracker crumbs
3 tbsp. melted butter
1/3 c. sugar
2 (8 oz.) cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. sugar
1 pt. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. sugar
Grease springform pan. Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar.
Press in bottom of pan. Chill. Beat cream cheese 2 to 3 minutes. Add
vanilla. Gradually beat in sugar, eggs 1 at a time. Beat until light and
creamy. Pour over crumbs. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove. Let
stand 15 minutes. Stir sour cream, vanilla, sugar. Spread over cake.
Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs (plain) on top. Bake 10 minutes at 475
degrees. Cool on counter. Then chill in refrigerator.
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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
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Traditional South African Recipes - A comprehensive collection of
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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
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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
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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
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The Bread Book - The bread and biscuit baker's and sugar boiler's
Chocolate Delights - Deliciously decadent and delightful recipes for the
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Carolina Mountain Cooking - Created from the recipes and memories of two
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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
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Wings - The ultimate chicken wing cookbook
The Barmaster - Essential tips and techniques for bartenders
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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
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Various Rice Dishes - 32 Great Rice Dishes
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Salad Recipes - A Collection of Easy to Follow Salad Recipes
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Organic Secrets - Everything you wanted to know about organic food
Profitable Crafts- Vol 1
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20 Vintage Crochet Patterns
Everything you wanted to know about making, marketing and selling your
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