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It's leap year! To those amongst us with a positive outlook it's just an extra day with opportunities!

The recipes are a mixed bunch again this time, scroll down and enjoy! Also some helpful tips and tricks.

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Remember when.....

All the girls had ugly gym slips
It took five minutes for the TV to warm up
Nearly everyone's Mum was home when the kids got home from school
Nobody owned a purebred dog
You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny
Your Mother wore nylons that came in two pieces
All male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done nearly every day and wore high heels
You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked and petrol served, without asking, all for free, every time..
It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant With your parents
They threatened to keep children back a year if they failed the school year. . . And They did!
When a Ford Zephyr was everyone's dream car... And people went steady
No one ever asked where the car keys were, because they were always in the car, In the ignition, and the doors were never locked
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles?
Playing cricket with no adults to help the children with the rules of the game
Bottles came from the corner shop without safety caps and hermetic seals
Because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger
And with all our progress, don't you wish, just once, you could slip back in time
And savour the slower pace, and share it with the children of today?

When being sent to the headmasters office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you at home
Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
As well as summers filled with bike rides, cricket, Hula Hoops, skating and visits
To the pool, eating lemonade powder or liquorice sticks.

Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, 'Yes, I remember that'?

I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dare to pass it on. To remember what a Double Dare is, read on, and remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.

How Many Of These Do You Remember?
Coca Cola in bottles.
Blackjacks and bubble gums.
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with tinfoil tops
Hi-If's & 45 RPM records.
78 RPM records!
Adding Machines.

Do You Remember a Time When..
Decisions were made by going 'Eeny-meeny-miney-moe'?
'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching tadpoles could happily occupy an entire day?
It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'?
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was 'chickenpox'?

Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Catapult ? (sometimes called a 'ging')
(we used to unwind the core of Golf balls for the elastic!)
War was a card game?
Cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange - flavoured chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!!!!!

WAZZUB - can it work?

I am a firm believer that there is money to be made on the Internet. With all the gazillions of people worldwide surfing the net, someone has to come up with a scheme that can generate a passive income. I got the email below from a friend, my motto is "Try Anything Once"

I personally joined up and am carefully checking things out, it's free, so I have nothing to lose. Who knows, it might just work, so come join me and lets see what happens. Just click on the link below. WAZZUP will be a new search engine along the lines of Google and Yahoo. The difference is that WAZZUP will distribute some of the profits and not get stinking rich like Google and Yahoo.

Here is the link to join up for free (ore launch) :

Get Paid to Turn on Your Computer.
Yes, It's true!...
I've just joined WAZZUB and you should too.
Do you know why?...
WAZZUB is the first truly global community that pays its members for doing NOTHING different than what they are currently doing every day. Yes, you'll get paid and all you'll have to do is choose WAZZUB as your home page on April/10/2012 when they fully launch their state-of-the-art home page. That's it!
~ This has NEVER been done before! It's the NEW "Perfect" Internet Phenomenon ~
Check it out and join for F*R*E*E.
You could earn UNLIMITED PASSIVE INCOME every month for LIFE!
But you must hurry, 99.99% of the world doesn't know about this yet.

I had a look on the Internet and this is what I found about Wazzub, they seem to be above board and worth a try:

Is this some sort of a joke or a scam?

Not likely, Wazzub is a multi billion dollar project in the making. It's fairly unique from Google since it will share 50% of their profit with all the FREE members who join before 1st of April,2012. Unlike similar programs which was launched earlier like and, joining this search engine does not include any upfront, admin or monthly fees. You won't require to purchase or sell anythingto make money with Wazzub.

If we don’tbuy or sell, how can this new search engine generate income?

Good question! Why don't we take Google or Yahoo as a case study. These two search engines has 1 billion unique users every month who use their services without paying for it. These popular search engines make millions of dollars by simply displaying ads on their sitewhich meanson an average they earn about $1 per every unique user every month. Wazzub uses a similar technology as Google and Yahoo nevertheless iteven offers some additional stream of income.

How can Wazzub distribute 50% profit with FREE members?

Wazzub isearning profits from advertisement. 50% of the profit is shared with the shareholders and investors who already have invested in their project, the rest 50% will be shared with all the FREE members who use their search engine as homepage.

There are fortunes to be made on the internet, we just have to find out where!

Remember, this is worldwide, you can participate no matter where you are!

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.

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.

Mirna will be back again next month.

You are welcome to comment or send questions to her at 

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.

Tankwa Karoo National Park

The 80 000 hectare Tankwa Karoo National Park, proclaimed in 1986, protects one of the most starkly beautiful tracts of the Tankwa Karoo and is worth visiting for its koppie-studded, moon-like landscape, diversity of succulent plants, fine Karoo birding, in particular the enigmatic Burchell's courser. A dense population of black eagle breeding pairs is also found in the park.

Situated on the southern boundary of the Northern Cape, between the Roggeveld Escarpment in the east, Cedarberg in the west, and Klein Roggeveldberge in the south, the park erupts into a dazzling display of flowering succulents after a shower.

Only two southern African regions have been designated as Biodiversity Hotspots by Conservation International. One is the Cape Floral Kingdom, and the other the Succulent Karoo, of which Tankwa is part.

There is no tourism infrastructure in the park, although there are a couple of privately operated B&Bs on the periphery of the park. There are three very historical houses offering only a roof to stay under and drinking water close by. Entrance to the park is at the discretion of park management.

Year proclaimed: 1986
Current size: 439 square kilometres
Province: Northern Cape


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South Africa's Tourist Highlights

I am starting a new series on tourist highlights, this time it's the Free Sate Province

Bloemfontein, the capital of the province, is the home of the Supreme Court of Appeal, but also the birthplace of JRR Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings.

The city is on the route between Johannesburg and Cape Town, and has a number of interesting museums and art galleries, including the Oliewenhuis Art Gallery, the National Afrikaans Literary Museum, and the National Women's Monument and War Museum.

Two interesting personalities have associations with the province. Emily Hobhouse, who campaigned on behalf of Boer concentration camp internees during the 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer (South African) War, is buried at the foot of the National Women's Monument.

Laurens van der Post, explorer, writer and soldier, grew up in Philippolis, a town 160km south of Bloemfontein. Seventy-five of the town's houses have been declared national heritage sites, consisting of a mix of flat-roofed Karoo and Cape Dutch gabled houses, and Victorian broekie-lace gems.

Adam Kok's house, a small, flat-roofed house, is in Voortrekker Street. Kok was the leader of a small band of people called Griquas, originally cattle herders and raiders who were descendants of European, Khoikhoi, Asian and African settlers. They set up a mission station in Philippolis and eventually trekked into KwaZulu-Natal and dispersed as a group, although pockets of their descendants are scattered around the Cape.

The Highlands Route, a road along the Lesotho border for some 280 kilometres, runs around the northern tip of Lesotho, from Phuthadijhaba (Witsieshoek) to Wepener, taking in impressive rock formations. The route passes through Clarens and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, with its stunning mountain views and gorgeous ravines. Black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbok and Burchell's zebra can be seen in the park, as well as the rare bearded vulture (lammergeier) and the bald ibis. Clarens is well known as an arts and crafts mecca, popular for its cafes and galleries.

The Witsieshoek Mountain Resort gives access into the high Drakensberg escarpment, with a hike to the top of the grand Amphitheatre and the Mont aux Sources, at 3 278m, the source of the Tugela. The Basotho Cultural Village is nearby, showcasing Basotho traditions.

The Free State also has a World Heritage Site - the Vredefort Dome, the result of the two billion-year-old meteorite of 10km diameter that hit the earth about 100km southwest of Johannesburg, creating an enormous impact crater.

The world has about 130 crater indentations of possible impact origin. The Vredefort Dome is among the top three, and is the oldest and largest clearly visible meteorite impact site in the world.



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5th Grade Maths Problem

This is a 5th grade maths problem. If you can open the spreadsheet, you'll see it's (still) a very small list of people who have gotten the correct number.

This is not a trick question; this is apparently a real maths problem and everything you need to solve it is in the following:

There are 7 girls in a bus.
Each girl has 7 backpacks.
In each backpack, there are 7 big cats.
For every big cat there are 7 little cats.

Question: How many legs are there in the bus?

(The number of legs is the password to unlock the Excel sheet. If you open it, add your name and send it on to see who else can unlock it.)

Right click here to download the Spreadsheet
Do you know your Geography?

Click on where you think the city is and the plane will land there, then it will show where the city actually is!! Good luck !!
Take the 'Pilot's'
test below. Warning - it can become addictive!

Smile a While

The Husband Store

A store that sells new husbands has opened in New York City, where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates:

You may visit this store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the value of the products increase as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!

So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads:

Floor 1 - These men Have Jobs

She is intrigued, but continues to the second floor, where the sign reads:

Floor 2 - These men Have Jobs and Love Kids.

'That's nice,' she thinks, 'but I want more.'

So she continues upward. The third floor sign reads:

Floor 3 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, and are Extremely Good Looking.

'Wow,' she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.

She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 4 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Good Looking and Help With Housework.

'Oh, mercy me!' she exclaims, 'I can hardly stand it!'

Still, she goes to the fifth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 5 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Gorgeous, Help with Housework, and Have a Strong Romantic Streak.

She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor, where the sign reads:

Floor 6 - You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store.

To avoid gender bias charges, the store's owner opened a New Wives store just across the street.

The first floor has wives that love sex.

The second floor has wives that love sex and have money and like beer.

The third, fourth, fifth and sixth floors have never been visited!!!

1981 & 2005 - Two Interesting Years
Interesting Year 1981
1. Prince Charles got married.
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe .
3. Australia lost the Ashes.
4. The Pope died.

Interesting Year 2005
1. Prince Charles got married.
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe ..
3. Australia lost the Ashes.
4. The Pope died.

Lesson to be learned:
The next time Charles gets married, someone should warn the Pope.

A lady goes to the bar on a cruise ship and orders a Scotch with two drops of water.
As the bartender gives her the drink she says 'I'm on this cruise to celebrate my 80th birthday and it's today.'
The bartender says  'Well, since it's your birthday, I'll buy you a drink. In fact, this one is on me.'
As the woman finishes her drink the woman to her right says 'I would like to buy you a drink, too.'
The old woman says 'Thank you. Bartender, I want a Scotch with two drops of water.'
'Coming up' says the bartender
As she finishes that drink, the man to her left says 'I would like to buy you one, too.'
The old woman says 'Thank you.
Bartender, I want another Scotch with two drops of water.'
'Coming right up' the bartender says.
As he gives her the drink,he says
'Ma'am, I'm dying of curiosity. Why the Scotch with only two drops of water?'
The old woman replies 'Sonny, when you're my age, you've learned how to hold your liquor...
Holding your water, however, is a whole other issue.'

An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, "Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger."
The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, "What would you want talk about?"
"Oh, I don't know," said the atheist. "How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?" as he smiled smugly.
"OK," she said. "Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first.
"A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass. Yet adeer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but ahorse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?"
The atheist, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinksabout it and says, "Hmmm, I have no idea."
To which the little girl replies, "Do you really feel qualified to discusswhy there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death, when you don't know shit?"
And then she went back to reading her book.


The Wild Side - A selection of my photos


Ground squirrel


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One is never bored in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. In all the restcamps these cute critters can be found. We have spent many hours photographing their antics.
Zimbabwe update

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Cathy Buckle is writing from Zimbabwe, her letter is below.

Dear Family and Friends,
Zimbabweans don’t see or hear much from President Mugabe these days.
There’s plenty of gossip and rumours but mostly we have to wade through speculations, assumptions and a never ending supply of ‘un-named sources’ who are quoted ‘on condition of anonymity’
in order to try and work out what’s really going on. Funerals, anniversaries and elections are the best times to get an insight into the thinking of Mr Mugabe and the direction that may lie ahead for our country.
Every year Mr Mugabe gives a special birthday interview to ZBC TV. The interviewer is usually the same man and year after year he squirms and cajoles, his questions never taxing or probing, his manner never antagonistic or critical.
Mr Mugabe, in power for 32 years, has just turned 88. Every night of the birthday week, which ZBC newsreaders said was the ‘Birthday of The Year,’ the state controlled TV was awash with endless renditions of Happy Birthday all of which were annoyingly pronounced beth-day.
You would think that Presidential praise singers or even ZBC producers would ensure the correct pronunciation of the word for the much advertised occasion.
Then came the birthday interview. Mr Mugabe was asked what he thought about reports that there is a clause in the draft constitution that would bar presidential candidates from standing for election if they had already served two terms.
“Cowards, cowards, cowards!” said Mr Mugabe. “Why are they afraid of me? Why should they ban anyone at all?”
Then the President was asked if he had found a successor to replace him and he said it was the members of his party who would select someone once he had told them he was ready to retire. “But not yet,” Mr Mugabe said, “at this age I can still go some distance, can’t I?”
So there it was, in a couple of brief sentences, the road ahead for Zimbabwe had been laid out for all to see.

After the birthday interview the propaganda frenzy turned to what ZBC called the “Birthday Bash of the Year.” A giant birthday party was being arranged in the Eastern Highlands city of Mutare. “All roads lead to Mutare” screamed ZBC who started their nightly news bulletins all week with a countdown to how many days were left until the birthday party.

The Independent press reported that vendors were moved out of areas near Sakubva stadium, the venue for the party. Two days before the ‘Birthday Bash of the Year,’ workers were said to be operating day and night, even under floodlights, to get critical renovations done.
These included toilets and ablution facilities described as being in a “sorry state,” a car park, VIP stand and fence around the stadium.
One day before the event TB news footage showed men trundling around with wheelbarrow loads of cement.

In my home town which is on the main highway to Mutare, traffic built up dramatically. Streams of very upmarket cars raced past, all sporting their little Zimbabwe flags on their dashboards or rear-view mirrors. Scores of extremely well dressed and undoubtedly well connected people gathered outside the Hotel on the main road, double and triple parking and obstructing traffic apparently of no consequence. Then came the security crews. Green trucks filled with helmeted men, lights blazing, speed limits ignored.

Strange, we the ordinary Zimbabweans thought, as we watched the Mutare birthday frenzy. Was there any coincidental connection between this and the recent suspension of the white Mayor of Mutare. Was there any connection between this and the continued detention in custody in Mutare of a 74 year old white ex- farmer, Peter Hingeston who was arrested when he missed a court hearing for medical reasons. Mr Hingeston had his farm seized in the mid 2000’s and retired to a house in the Vumba mountains. Now the government apparently want that too and Mr Hingeston is being prosecuted under the Gazetted Land Act for the alleged illegal occupation of his retirement home. And lastly, we wonder if there is any connection between the Birthday Bash of the Year and the third week of 16 hour a day power cuts, or the Birthday Bash and the grindingly slow, impossible to use internet and email connections all week.
We wonder in silence and we join the dots.

Until next time, thanks for reading,
25th February 2012. Copyright Cathy Buckle.
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Marmite Rolls
These delicious little pastries are so easy to make and always very popular

1 x 400g roll frozen puff pastry, thawed at room temperature
2 - 3 Tbsp Marmite
2 cups grated cheese
a little milk

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
2. Unroll the puff pastry and pat flat with your hands
3. Spread a thin layer of Marmite over the pastry, leaving 1 cm free along one of the long edges
4. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top, leaving the same edge clean
5. Dab a little milk on the free edge and roll up the pastry from the other end, gluing the free edge down to create a long sausage-shaped roll
6. Brush a little milk over the pastry and slice into roughly 1.5 cm thin rounds. Lay these flat on a baking tray and bake for 25 minutes until brown
Toast Cups
You can use slightly stale bread to make these tempting snacks

1 loaf sliced bread
oil for greasing
a little butter

scrambled egg topped with halved baby tomatoes
chunky cottage cheese topped with chopped ham and pineapple
any left-over meats with a little salsa

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
2. Remove the crusts from the bread and flatten the bread slices with your hand to thin them slightly
3. Grease a muffin pan with a little oil or spray and cook and press a bread slice into each slot to form a cup with a flat base
4. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes until golden and crispy
5. Remove the toast cup from the muffin pan and put a small slice of butter in each one to melt
6. Fill with any of the suggested fillings, or something of your own, and serve as soon as possible to avoid the toast getting soggy
Mince & Macaroni Bake

250g macaroni
1 Tbsp oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
500g lean beef mince
1 x 400g can Italian tomatoes
1/2 cup tomato puree
2 - 3 Tbsp basil pesto or 2 tsp fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg yolk
cheese sauce (see recipe below)
1 cup grated cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease an ovenproof dish with a little oil or spray 'n cook
2. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil over a high heat. Add a drop of oil and a pinch of salt and add the macaroni, stirring once to separate. Cook at a rapid boil for 10 - 12 minutes, then drain and put the macaroni in the greased dish
3. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and fry the onion and garlic over a medium heat for 3 - 4 minutes. Add the mince and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring continuously, until browned all over. Chop it with a spoon into crumble bits.
4. Mash the tomato into the mince with a fork, and then mix in the tomato puree and pesto of fresh basil. Cover and simmer over a low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste
5. Pour the mince mixture over the macaroni and mix well
6. In a small bowl mix the egg yolk with the cheese sauce. Spread this evenly over the macaroni and mince, and sprinkle the grated cheese on top
7. Bake for 20 minutes until bubbling and golden on top

60g butter
4 Tbsp cake flour
2 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste
2 handfuls of grated cheese

1. Melt the butter slowly in a saucepan over a medium heat. Mix in the flour and heat gently for 1 minute, stirring occasionally (we call this a roux)

2. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in a little of the milk, making sure there are no lumps. Add the rest of the milk slowly, stirring all the time, and then return to the pan to the heat. Keep stirring until the sauce thickens and comes to the boil. Use a whisk if there are any lumps. Season to taste

3. Add the grated cheese to the sauce, stirring until the cheese melts. This will thicken the sauce further, so add a little more milk if it is too thick
Spaghetti Bolognaise

2 Tbsp oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
500g beef mince
1 x 400g can Italian tomatoes
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
4 Tbsp tomato puree
1 beef stock cube
400g spaghetti
grated Parmesan or cheddar cheese to serve

1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and fry the onion and garlic over a medium heat for 3 - 4 minutes, stirring occasionally
2. Add the mince and keep stirring to brown the meat all over. Chop it with a spoon into crumbly bits
3. Mash in the tomato and add the herbs, tomato puree and stock cube. Mix well and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a little more water if it gets too dry
4. Meanwhile lets cook the spaghetti - bring a large saucepan of water to the boil over a high heat, adding a drop of oil to make the water boil faster. Add the spaghetti, breaking in half, and stir once to separate. Cook for 10 - 12 minutes. Drain and serve with the bolognaise sauce. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top before you serve it
Baked Potatoes

1 large potato per person
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
2. Wash the skin of the unpeeled potato and cut a cross in the top of each
3. Bake for 90 minutes until soft inside and crispy on the outside

Add one of these topping to make your potato a tasty meal
Cut the cooked potato in half and mash some butter into each half with a fork, then sprinkle with grated cheese. Place under the grill for 3 minutes

Fry diced bacon in a little oil until brown and crispy and scatter over the cheesy baked potato above

Squeeze the cooked potato open, keeping the cross shape on top, and top with sour cream, chopped chives and a generous pinch of ground black pepper

Cut the cooked potato in half, add butter to melt in and top with garlic, mayonnaise or cream cheese

Cut the cooked potato in half and top with savoury mince or bolognaise (left overs)
Sausages in Tomato and Onion Sauce

4 Tbsp oil
8 - 12 large pork sausages
2 small onions, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 x 400g can tomatoes
4 - 6 Tbsp sweet chilli sauce
1. Heat half the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and fry the sausages for 10 - 15 minutes, turning to brown evenly and cook through. Remove the sausages from the pan and keep warm in a serving dish. Discard any watery pan juices and rinse the pan
2. Heat the remaining oil and gently fry the onion and garlic over a low heat for 5 minutes, then mash in the tomatoes and their juices. Simmer for 5 - 7 minutes until the liquid has reduced a little. Mix in the sweet chilli, stir, then pour over the sausages
3. Serve with mashed potatoes
Hot Fruit Crumble

1 x 410g can peach slices, drained - or any fresh fruit
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
6 Tbsp oats
2 Tbsp cake flour
45g butter
3 Tbsp brown sugar (if using fresh fruit, add an extra 1 - 2 Tbsp sugar)

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C
2. Place the drained peaches in a small shallow baking dish and sprinkle with the cinnamon. If using fresh fruit, sprinkle with the extra sugar, depending on how sour the fruit is. No extra liquid is needed, as the fruit makes it's own juice
3. Blitz the oats, flour, butter and sugar in a blender for a few seconds, keeping the mixture fairly chunky. Alternatively, rub the flour and butter together until it resembles fine crumbs, and then mix in the oats and sugar
4. Shake the oat mixture over the fruit, covering it in a thick, even layer. Bake in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes until brown and bubbling
5. Serve hot or cold, on it's own or with custard, cream or ice cream
Bar One Ice Cream

2 x 55g Bar One chocolate bars
90g dark chocolate
1 1/2 cups cream
2 eggs

1. Break the chocolate bars and chocolate into a saucepan and add 1/2 cup cream. Melt over a gentle heat and whisk well until smooth. Remove from the heat
2. Crack 1 egg, pouring the white into a mixing bowl, and the yolk into the chocolate mixture (kids - ask Mum to help with this). Whisk in the yolk, then repeat with the second egg. Allow the mixture to cool
3. Meanwhile beat the egg whites until they stand in stiff peaks
4. Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg whites very carefully and slowly
5. Whip the remaining cream into peaks and fold into the mixture
6. Pour into a small loaf tin or serving dish. Cover with clingfilm and freeze for several hours until firm
Bran Muffins

1 1/4 cups cake flour
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 cup wheat bran
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
1 cup milk
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla essence

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing well and mix well. Chill overnight in the refrigerator
2. Preheat the oven to 180°C
3. Grease a muffin pan with a little oil and place a large spoonful of muffin mix into each slot, to roughly 2/3 full
4. Bake for 15 minutes until risen and cooked through. Test by lightly pressing the top of a muffin - it should be firm
Cheese Bread

2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
3 Tbsp thick white onion soup powder

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and lightly grease a small loaf tin (about 20 x 9 cm) with oil and dust with 1/2 tsp flour
2. Mix all the ingredients into a dough and place in the loaf tin
3. Bake for 50 minutes until golden brown. Test if it's ready by inserting a skewer or toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean, the bread is done

Facts and Tips

To keep blocks of cheese fresher longer, wrap them in aluminium foil instead of plastic wrap. It will help prevent mould.

Extend the shelf-life of cottage cheese by storing it upside down in its container.

When you get home from the store, separate bananas from the main stem. They will not ripen as quickly. And to avoid having strings on a banana when you peel it, take the peel off from the bottom — the primates do it that way.

If you love the taste of garlic, push it through a garlic press before adding to the rest of your ingredients. If you like a milder taste, chop or slice it. Pressing garlic makes the taste of garlic much stronger because there is more surface area of the garlic exposed. Also, be sure to add garlic towards the end of cooking when sautéing so you don't burn it and turn it bitter.

Soak diced or sliced raw onions in ice water for 15 minutes to make them less pungent — ideal when adding to salads or sandwiches and you don't want an overwhelming onion bite.

To make rich and creamy scrambled eggs or omelettes, beat in a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, softened cream cheese or heavy cream.

To reheat pizza without creating a soggy mess in the microwave, heat it in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove over medium-low heat until warm. You may need to put the lid on the skillet to melt the cheese.

If a bell pepper has three bumps on the bottom it is sweeter and better for eating raw. If it has four bumps on the bottom, it is likely firmer and better for cooking.

For super-simple devilled eggs, put cooked egg yolks and additional ingredients in a zip-top bag and seal. Mash until well combined. Slice one of the tips off of the bottom of the bag and squeeze mixture into the cooked egg white shells. Clean up is easy — just throw the bag away.

To reheat refrigerated bread products, like loafs, biscuits, pancakes or muffins, and keep them soft, reheat in the microwave with a cup of water. The water will keep the them moist and help them reheat faster.

To avoid teary eyes when cutting onions, cut them under cold running water or briefly place them in the freezer before cutting.

To keep bacon from curling while cooking, lay it flat on a cookie sheet. Edges may touch but not overlap. Bake in the oven at 200°C for crispy bacon about 30 minutes for softer bacon about 20 minutes. No splatter mess on the stove top.

Fresh lemon juice will remove onion scent from hands.

Add raw rice to the salt shaker to keep the salt free flowing.

Separate stuck-together glasses by filling the inside glass with cold water and setting both in hot water.

Clean corningware by filling it with water and dropping in two denture cleaning tablets. Let stand for 30 - 45 minutes.

Always spray your grill with non-stick cooking spray before grilling to avoid sticking.

In a large shaker, combine 6 parts of salt and 1 part pepper for quick and easy seasoning.

Unbaked cookie dough can be covered and refrigerated for up to 24 hours or frozen in an airtight container for up to 9 months.

Dip cookie cutters in flour or powdered sugar and shake off excess before cutting. For chocolate dough, dip cutters in baking cocoa.

Instead of folding nuts into brownie batter, sprinkle on top of batter before baking. This keeps the nuts crunchy instead of soggy.

To test if spaghetti is done, throw one piece at the wall or ceiling. If it sticks then it is done.

When frying meat, sprinkle paprika on meat to make them golden brown.

Scaling a fish is easier if vinegar is rubbed on the scales first.

A few drops of lemon juice added to simmering rice will keep the grains separated.

Pumpkin and other custard-style pies are done when they jiggle slightly in the middle. Fruit pies are done when the pastry is golden, juices bubble and fruit is tender.

Achieve professionally decorated cakes with a silky, molten look by blow-drying the frosting with a hair dryer until the frosting melts slightly.

When baking bread, a small dish of water in the oven will help keep the crust from getting too hard or brown.

To keep hot oil from splattering, sprinkle a little salt or flour in the pan before frying.

To prevent pasta from boiling over, place a wooden spoon or fork across the top of the pot while the pasta is boiling.

Boil all vegetables that grow above ground without a cover.

A little vinegar or lemon juice added to potatoes before draining will make them extra white when mashed.

To absorb the pungent odour of foods like fish or cabbage, place a small bowl filled with white vinegar on the stove while cooking.

If food from a bubbling casserole spills over on the stovetop or oven floor, sprinkle salt on the drips to absorb the burned smell while the dish is still cooking (that will also make it easier to clean up the mess later). 

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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

A List of the very old digitally scanned recipe eBooks.

A Calendar of Dinners with 615 recipes - 1922
A Dozen dainty recipes for preparing wartime canned meats - 1920
A Home Guide - or a book by 500 ladies - 1877
Aunt Carolines Dixieland Recipes - 1922
A Practical Dictionary of Cookery - 1200 tested recipes - 1898
Best recipes for baking - pre 1908
Buckeye Cookery and Practical Housekeeping - 1877
Burke's Complete Cocktail and tasty bite recipes - 1936
Catering for special occasions with menus and recipes - 1911
Diabetic Cookery - recipes and menus - 1917
Fifty Choice Recipes for Spanish and Mexican Dishes - 1905
Fifty valuable and delicious recipes made with corn meal - 1917
Heart of the Wheat - a book of recipes - 1910
Hospitality - recipes and enteertainment hints for all occasions - 1922
Hotel Management - quantity food recipes
Household hints and recipes - 1877
Ice Cream - practical recipes for making ice cream - 1886
Information for everybody - 1859
Jane Hamiltons Recipes - 1909
Just the thing - dainty dishes at small cost - 1899
Larger cookery book of extra recipes - 1891
Leather Manufacture - 1891
Light entertaining - a book of dainty recipes for special occasions - 1910
Mom's Cookbook
On Uncle Sam's Water Wagon - 500 recipes for delicious drinks that can be made at home - 1919
Our candy recipes - 1919
Practical Household Cookery - 1000 recipes - 1891
Preserves and Pickles - 1912
Recipes - dainties, salads and clever hints - 1919
Recipes for the preserving of fruit vegetables and meat - 1908
The Candy Maker's Guide - 1896
The Housekeeper's Friend - 1897
The Hygenic Cookbook - 1881
Tried and Tested Recipes - 1921
Two Hundred and Seventy Five Wartime Recipes - 1918
Two hundred recipes for cooking in casseroles - 1914
Two hundred recipes for making desserts - 1912
War Time Cookery - 1917
Wheatless Recipes - 1918
Wrinkles and Recipes, including farming and household hints - 1877

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


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

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Biltong in Australia?

It's not only the South African immigrants to Australia who are fond of biltong. More-and-more Australians are finding that biltong made with South African spices is so much tastier than the simple dried-meat product they call jerky. That's created a local market for South African spices, and an opportunity for a Brisbane-based business called Biltongspice.

Biltongspice now supplies a wide range of traditional and new spice products ideal for making biltong, jerky, droewors, boerewors and similar meat products. Their products include the Freddy Hirsch, Meister, Crown National, Aromat and Marina ranges, together with accessories such as biltong machines and biltong cutters. They also carry the top quality Protea biltong and droewors products, and ship locally throughout Australia. See their website

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