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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
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
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
As well as summers filled with bike rides, cricket, Hula Hoops, skating
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!
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!!!!!!!
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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
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I had a look on the Internet and
this is what I found about Wazzub, they seem to be above board and worth a
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 homepagepays.com and viradyne.com,
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
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.
fortunes to be made on the internet, we just have to find out where!
this is worldwide, you can participate no matter where you are!
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.
to view her blog and while you are there subscribe to her newsletter as
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
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
Year proclaimed: 1986
Current size: 439 square kilometres
Province: Northern Cape
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I am starting a
new series on tourist highlights, this time it's the Free Sate Province
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
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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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,
will show where the city actually is!! Good luck !!
Take the 'Pilot's'
test below. Warning - it can become addictive!
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
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
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
'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
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
"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
click to see larger
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.
For the latest on happenings in Zimbabwe, go to:
http://www.sokwanele.com/thisiszimbabwe/ and subscribe
to their newsletter, a really good source of current information
is writing from Zimbabwe, her letter is below.
Dear Family and Friends,
Zimbabweans don’t see or hear much from President Mugabe these
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
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
These included toilets and ablution facilities described as being
in a “sorry state,” a car park, VIP stand and fence around the
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
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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These delicious little pastries are so easy to make and always very
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
1 1/4 cups cake flour
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 cup wheat bran
1/2 cup brown sugar
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
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
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
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
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
In a large shaker, combine 6 parts of salt and 1 part pepper for quick and
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
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
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
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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
Christmas Recipes - A selection of Christmas Recipes for you to try!
101 Camping and Outdoor Recipes - Recipes for you to try next time you go
400 Refreshing punch recipes - Some great ideas for liquid refreshment at
your next party
Favourite Christmas Cookies - 34 Great cookie recipes for you to enjoy!
Christmas Cookie Recipes - A delicious collection of Christmas Cookie
A Homemade Christmas - 100 Simple and delicious recipes for your special
Holiday Candy and Fudge - 42 Great candy recipes, a hit with kids of all
Kids Fun Recipes - 120 Fun and Delicious Recipes
Delicious Puddings - A Collection of 167 Pudding Recipes
Pumpkin Pie - Pumpkin pies and more!
Salad Recipes - A Collection of Easy to Follow Salad Recipes
Summer Party Cookbook - The name says it all!
Pampercat and Pamperdog - Recipe treats for your feline and canine friends
80 Seasonal Recipes from around the world - A selection of festive recipes
from the four corners of the globe!
Crockpot Recipes - In South Africa we would probably call this Potjiekos
International Recipes - A selection of recipes from all over the world
Fish and Game Recipes - A selection of mouthwatering recipes
Lemonade - A large selection of lemonade recipes
Pizzeria - Try some of these great pizza recipes
Casseroles - 17 pages of mouthwatering casserole recipes
Low Fat Recipes - Watching your cholesterol? Then this is for you!
Soup Recipes - Ideal for those cold winter evenings
Chicken Recipes - 300 Delicious Chicken Recipes
Amish Recipes - 65 Tried and True Traditional Amish Recipes
Apple Recipes - Mouth watering apple recipes
Blue Ribbon Recipes - 490 Award Winning Recipes
The Bread Book - The bread and biscuit baker's and sugar boiler's
Chocolate Delights - Deliciously decadent and delightful recipes for the
chocaholic in you
Carolina Mountain Cooking - Created from the recipes and memories of two
of the Carolina Mountain's most talented cooks.
Egg Recipes - 111 Great Egg Recipes
Great Gifts in a Jar - A personally made gift is usually more appreciated!
Italian Recipes - A collection of 185 delicious Italian dishes
Smoothies - 126 Easy recipes for maximum sports performance
Top Secret Recipes - Top secret famous recipes
Wings - The ultimate chicken wing cookbook
The Barmaster - Essential tips and techniques for bartenders
Be a Grillmaster - How to host the perfect bbq!
101 Good Jam Recipes - Make your own jams, 101 recipes for you to try
Deep Fryer Recipes - 101 Recipes for the Deep Fryer
Frozen Dessert Recipes - From ice cream to yoghurt - 170 pages of
Recipes from South of the Border - 247 pages of typically Mexican recipes
Various Rice Dishes - 32 Great Rice Dishes
The Appetizer Collection - More than 150 pages of great ideas for
The Big Book of Cookies - From Almond Bars to Zucchini Bars, they are all
here, 233 pages of cookie recipes
Salad Recipes - A Collection of Easy to Follow Salad Recipes
Delicious Diabetic Recipes - A Collection of over 500 yummy recipes.
Cheesecake Recipes - Nearly 100 pages of yummilicious cheesecake recipes!
Something for the gardeners
Organic Secrets - Everything you wanted to know about organic food
Profitable Crafts- Vol 1
Profitable Crafts - Vol 2
Profitable Crafts - Vol 3
Profitable Crafts - Vol 4
20 Vintage Crochet Patterns
Everything you wanted to know about making, marketing and selling your
Big Fat Lies - A shocking expose of the 12 biggest scams, cover-ups, lies,
myths and deceptions
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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
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
Mikrogolf resepte, Peterjasie se boek, Pastageregte, Peterjasie se
Peterjasie se eBoek van vernoemde resepte, Poeding, Peterjasie se
Tradisionele SA resepte
Resepte met biltong, Resepteverskeidenheid - ook grootmaat, Slaaie, Sommer
net resepte, Sop in die pot, Sop resepte, Terte, Sous, Verskeie resepte 1,
Souttert & Pannekoek, Vis en hoender, Veelsydige hoender, Vleisgeregte vir
Kersdag, Verskeie resepte 2, Warm en koue drankies, Vleisresepte, Wille
samies, Wafels en Pannekoeke, Wors en worsies
Annette se Boererate, Boererate en Verbruikerswenke, Hartstigting dieet,
Lennons medikasie, Mate en gewigte, Sop dieet, S A Boererate eBoek,
Metrieke omskakelingstabel, Werk van die huis
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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
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