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We have just returned from a delightful visit to Kruger National Park. The weather was nice and warm and we got some nice photos. I have uploaded them to my Facebook page ( )

Most of us would welcome the opportunity to earn some extra money. I came across an eBook on the internet explaining the art of making wire jewellery. It is the downloadable freebie this month. Scroll down to the freebie section and download it, who knows, you might be making your own jewellery soon!

The recipes are a mixed bunch again, I am sure you will find something useful there, so scroll down to the recipe section and enjoy!

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Six of the most unique festivals in South Africa

By: Rachel Robinson

Bushveld Festival, Lephalale
4 to 7 July 2012
Don your wide-brimmed hat and practise your langarm for the 25th running of this festival which celebrates agricultural activities. Expect cattle and dog shows, a game auction and showjumping. Take part in the 4×4 battle or bird-and-tree identification contests. Costs R50 an adult and R20 for kids between six and 12. Cell 082-061-1382, email,

Garlic Festival, Stellenbosch
1 September 2012
Believed to ward off cancer, colds and vampires, this potent little vegetable has been used medicinally for thousands of years since Greek and Roman times. Join fellow garlic lovers for the inaugural Garlic Festival at the Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market. Indulge in all things garlic, from oils and sausages to breads and even ice cream. At the same time, stock up on fresh garden vegetables, nuts, spices, coffee beans and locally made goods. There will also be plenty of fresh parsley. Tel 021-886-8514, cell 072-416-4890, email,

Gold-Panning Championships, Pilgrim’s Rest
1 to 7 October 2012
Go back in time with gold-panning courses, try traditional foods such as tripe and pap and potjiekos or participate in the wheelbarrow race. The popular pub crawl includes historical pubs and shebeens and on the Sunday teams can try their luck at gold-panning to win prizes. Tel 013-768-1060, cell 082-522-1958, email,

Cherry Festival, Ficksburg
15 to 17 November 2012
First held in 1967, this is one of the longest-running crop festivals in South Africa. Every year 25 000 visitors descend on this Free State town. Expect a jam-packed weekend of cherry picking and tasting, farm tours, mountain biking, and a pip-spitting competition. An entrance fee is payable. Tel 051-933- 6486, email, or

Frog Festival, Chrissiesmeer
17 November 2012
These wetlands are home to 13 species of frogs and once a year amphibian lovers hop to this town for a night of frogcatching for scientific research. This year you can attend a talk, followed by a walk to record frog sounds on your cellphone which a herpetologist will identify. Expect to pay about R180 (including dinner). Tel 082-929-1219, email,

Chilli Festival, Port Elizabeth
2 to 3 March 2013
If you like it hot, this festival will have your mouth watering. Expect to find chutneys, jams and atchars, as well as plants and seedlings. You can even enter a chilli-eating competition (as long as you sign an indemnity form). Although the festival is mostly about chillies, but there are a food stalls and entertainment for all tastes, including a potjie contest. Tel 041-484-4540, cell 083-350-0676, email

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Andy Nix Photography

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

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

You think English is easy??

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear..
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig..
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick' ?
You lovers of the English language might enjoy this ..
There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is 'UP.'
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?
Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
We call UP our friends.
And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.
We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.
At other times the little word has real special meaning.
People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.
A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.
We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary.
In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.
It will takeUP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.
When the sun comes out we say it is clearingUP.
When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.
When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.
One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP,
for now my time is UP, is time to shut UP!

Thank goodness my home language is Afrikaans!

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.

West Coast National Park
Just inland from the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape are the azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, focal point of the West Coast National Park. Thousands of seabirds roost on sheltered islands, pristine golden beaches stretch endlessly into the early morning mist and brooding salt marshes are home to vast concentrations of migrant waders, including the cape gannet, the jackass (African) penguin, flamingos, and the black harrier, from the northern hemisphere.

During the spring the strandveld is filled with a tapestry of multi-hued flowers, while in the Postberg section many antelope are to be seen in a setting that is as unique as it is idyllic.

Year proclaimed: 1985
Current size: 362.7 square kilometres
Province: Western Cape


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South Africa's Tourist Highlights

I am starting a new series on tourist highlights, this time it's the KwaZulu-Natal Province


Limpopo province abuts South Africa's northern border with Botswana and Zimbabwe, and was the entry point of the original Bantu peoples into the country around 300 AD. The province consists of thornbush-scattered lowveld, lush mountain areas, clusters of baobabs, wetlands and a lake district, and a profusion of game farms.

The Limpopo river divides South Africa from its neighbours; its origins can be traced to a spring in Johannesburg.

The Drakensberg mountain range rises in Limpopo, and sweeps down through Letaba, an area of lush forests, lakes and waterfalls, into Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. But there are also two smaller mountain ranges in Limpopo - the Waterberg and the Soutpansberg. The Waterberg mountains, in the west of the province, are a Unesco-proclaimed savannah biosphere with malaria-free big five game viewing, while the Soutpansberg mountains in the north are sub-tropical, and home of the legendary Rain Queen.

The northern section of the province has significant history - the Mapungubwe site is now a World Heritage Site. The recently formed Mapungubwe National Park is rich in biodiversity, great scenic beauty and the cultural importance of the archaeological treasures of Mapungubwe.

Here is where an ancient African civilisation prospered between 1000 and 1290 AD. The area was already inhabited by a growing Iron Age community from 900 AD and became rich through trade with Egypt, India and China. This is the place where archaeologists excavated the famous golden rhino and other evidence of the wealthy African kingdom of Mapungubwe.

Sandstone formations, mopane woodlands and unique riverine forest and baobab trees can be seen in the park, while impressive Khoi/San rock art shelters have also been uncovered.

The province has several other game parks and nature reserves offering good game viewing opportunities. Bela-Bela (formerly known as Warmbaths) in the south offers tourists a chance to relax in hot springs, pumping 20 000 litres at 50°C every hour.

Wetlands can be found at Nylsvlei, a 160km² nature reserve which attracts some 150 bird species, among them some of the country's rarest indigenous water birds.

Although now deceased, the Rain Queen Modjadji, the hereditary female monarch of the Lobedu people with the power to make rain, lived in the misty mountains of the Modjadji Cycad Reserve. The province is scattered with baobab trees, one of which contains a pub, close to this reserve.

The Soutpansberg mountains, named by the Voortrekker pioneers, previously salt pans but now enjoying a sub-tropical climate, produce exotic crops like macadamia nuts, avocados, mangoes and bananas. Other parts of the range offer unspoilt mountain retreats with around 250 different tree species.

The Waterberg, once an area of lakes and swamps, now hosts a diversity of vegetation, supporting cattle farming, hunting, and various conservation projects. It is a Unesco Savannah Biosphere Reserve and is malaria-free.

The Marakele National Park lies within the Waterberg mountains, and contains an impressive variety of wildlife, yellowwood and cedar trees, five-metre high cycads and tree ferns. Probably the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures (more than 800 breeding pairs) in the world can be found here.

The Lapalala Wilderness Area has the world's only rhino museum. Lapalala also has rhino orphans, in particular Bwana, who lives in the owners' back garden.

The VhaVenda people, a culturally and linguistically distinct African group, are known for their mystical legends and their arts and crafts. They have traditionally lived in the abundant north-eastern corner of the province, a place of lakes, lush forests and waterfalls. Not surprisingly their legends are linked to water and water creatures.

Venda chiefs are buried near Lake Fundudzi and the Sacred Forest, an area of dense indigenous forest north of the Soutpansberg mountains. The nearby Dzata ruins contain the remains of the royal kraal of the kings of VhaVenda, dating from 1400.

Venda arts and crafts are well known, particularly clay pots with distinctive angular designs in graphite silver and ochre. Woodcarver Jackson Thugwane is famous for his wood sculptures while Noria Mabasa produces clay and wood sculptures.

The north-eastern corner of the province offers entry to the Kruger National Park, which borders Limpopo for 70 kilometres. Punda Maria and Pafuri are the most northernly gates to the famous park.



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Smile a While

7 degrees of blonde
A married couple were asleep when the phone rang
at 2 in the morning. The very blonde wife picked up the phone, listened a moment and said 'How should I know, that's 200 miles from here!' and hung up.

The husband said, 'Who was that?'

The wife answered, 'I don't know, some woman wanting to know if the coast is clear.'

Two blondes are walking down the street. One notices a compact on the sidewalk and leans down to pick it up. She opens it, looks in the mirror and says, 'Hmm, this person looks familiar.'

The second blonde says, 'Here, let me see!'
So, the first blonde hands her the compact.
The second blonde looks in the mirror and says, 'You dummy, it's me!'

A blonde suspects her boyfriend of cheating on her, so she goes out and buys a gun. She goes to his apartment unexpectedly and when she opens the door she finds him in the arms of a redhead. Well, the blonde is really angry. She opens her purse to take out the gun, and as she does so, she is overcome with grief. She takes the gun and puts it to her head.

The boyfriend yells, 'No, honey, don't do it!!!'
The blonde replies, 'Shut up, you're next!'

A blonde was bragging about her knowledge of Country capitals. She proudly says, 'Go ahead, ask me, ... I know 'em all.'

A friend says, 'OK, what's the capital of France ?'
The blonde replies,'Oh, that's easy .. it's F.'

Q: What did the blonde ask her doctor when he told her she was pregnant?

A: 'Is it mine?'

Bambi, a blonde in her fourth year as a UCLA Freshman, sat in her US Government class. The professor asked Bambi if she knew what Roe vs. Wade was about.

Bambi pondered the question; then, finally, said, 'That was the decision GeorgeWashington had to make before he crossed the Delaware ..'

Returning home from work, a blonde was shocked to find her house ransacked and burglarized. She telephoned the police at once and reported the crime. The police dispatcher broadcast the call on the radio, and a K-9 unit, patrolling nearby, was the first to respond.
As the K-9 officer approached the house with his dog on a leash, the blonde ran out on the porch, shuddered at the sight of the cop and his dog, then sat down on the steps. Putting her face in her hands, she moaned, 'I come home to find all my possessions stolen. I call the police for help, and what do they do? They send me a BLIND policeman!'

The Nasty Receptionist
An older gentleman had an appointment to see the urologist whoshared offices with several other doctors. The waiting room was filled with patients.As he approached the receptionist's desk, he noticed that the receptionist was a large unfriendly woman who looked like a Sumo wrestler.
He gave her his name.
In a very loud voice, the receptionist said,"YES, I HAVE YOUR NAME HERE;YOU WANT TO SEE THE DOCTOR ABOUT IMPOTENCE, RIGHT?"
All the patients in the waiting room snapped their heads around to look at the very embarrassed man.
He recovered quickly, and in an equally loud voice replied,'NO, I'VE COME TO INQUIRE ABOUT A SEX CHANGE OPERATION,BUT I DON'T WANT THE SAME DOCTOR THAT DID YOURS.'
The room erupted in applause

The Wild Side - A selection of my photos


In mother's arms
Photo taken during our recent visit to Kruger National Park

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Zimbabwe update

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

Dear Family and Friends,
Africa Day dawned fine and clear in Zimbabwe. There was neither water nor electricity and it was a crisp, cold morning. For some this was a public holiday destined not to be spent in the sun or garden or relaxing with a book. This was to be a public holiday spent in a queue at the post office trying to do motor vehicle licensing. Arriving at the Post Office at seven thirty in the morning there were already five people in front of me and it wasn’t long before there were another five behind me.

When you queue in Zimbabwe it is customary not only to see how many are in front of you but to make sure people agree with your position in the line so that the inevitable queue jumpers don’t get a chance to push in. Everyone in the Africa Day queue had a weary look on their face. We had all been in this same place trying to undertake this same task more than a few times in the last couple of weeks. It was my fourth attempt and this time I was determined to succeed.

In order to reduce the number of illegal vehicles and forged licence discs on our roads, authorities have come up with a whole new licensing system. It is laborious and time consuming to say the least.
An official A4 size form has to be obtained, filled in and signed for each vehicle. Original documents and photocopies of every log book and insurance document have to be provided and then comes the hard part:
you get in line at the post office. Unbelievably this massive national task is not to be staggered over weeks or months but has to be completed in a fortnight: bring on the national migraine headache.

In my home town, where the Post Office recently had to vacate the thirty year old Post Office building and are now situated in the old rugby club bar of the Country Club, everyone was braced for a hard, hard slog to get the new licence discs. Post Office officials had only been able to get everything that was needed for the process to commence by the 18th May, eight and a half working days before the deadline and national expiry of all vehicle licence discs. Before then there was one problem after another: they didn’t have the forms, didn’t have the computer or staff had not been trained on the processes and requirements. Worse still, if you happened to be in the queue when there was a power cut, your forms could not be processed or you new disc printed.

Within minutes a uniquely Zimbabwean camaraderie got underway outside the relocated post office in my home town on Africa Day. First there was comparing of notes, have you got the right forms, the right photocopies, the correct paperwork. A couple of people asked that their places in the line be protected while they raced off to get whatever documents they didn’t have. Then came the grumbling about the bureaucracy of this new process, the ridiculously short time frame given, the one and only counter operating and able to process your documents. People continually consulted watches and worked out that it was taking ten minutes to complete one form. Then the calculations
began: ten minutes per form being done by only one member of staff, they were only going to able to do forty eight vehicles a day in this, the one and only post office in the whole town. More calculations started, someone suggested there were ten thousand cars, buses, trucks and trailers in the town; that meant it was going to take 208 working days for the residents of our town to comply with the new government regulation, a regulation whose deadline is on the 1st June 2012. A regulation we have already been told will incur instant spot fines if we are not displaying the correct disc by the due date.

The topics diverted to the lack of electricity, water, street lights; the appalling municipal services; widespread corruption in government departments and so it went on and on as we crawled our forward to the front of the queue. There were, however, some good things about the Africa Day queue in my home town. The first was that the Post Office staff had given up their public holiday to work at this impossible task and despite our bad tempers and the barrage of complaints, just put their heads down and got on with it. Then there was the generator that roared outside the window. Not a government generator but one very generously loaned by a civic minded businessman in the town. Then there were the people in the queue – all of us regardless of age, sex, race or political persuasion – we were all in the same boat and differences were put aside in order to achieve something which seemed almost impossible in the circumstances. Leaving with the precious, highly prized new document in hand you had to smile because as much as these things are sent to exasperate us, in the process they surely do unite us.
Until next time,
thanks for reading,
26 May 2012. Copyright Cathy Buckle.

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Pita Crisps with Hummus

1 can chickpeas, about 400g, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
160g unflavoured Greek-style yoghurt
salt and pepper
paprika and ground cumin to garnish
lemon wedges to serve

Pita Crisps
6 pita breads, about 50g each
1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
50g sesame seeds

1. Put the chickpeas, cumin, garlic, lemon juice and yoghurt in a food processor and blend for 1 - 2 minutes until very smooth. For a slightly chunkier result, mash the chickpeas with a potato masher or fork until quite smooth, then stir in the other ingredients.

2. Season the hummus with salt and pepper to taste, then spoon into a bowl. Cover and keep in the fridge until ready to use.

3. To prepare the pita crisps, preheat the grill to high. Spread out the pita breads on a baking tray and lightly brush the top side with half of the oil. Sprinkle with half the sesame seeds and grill for 1 minute, or until both the bread and seeds are golden brown.

4. Turn the pitas over, brush with the remaining oil and sprinkle with the remaining seeds. Return to the grill and toast this side for 1 minute, until golden brown. Using scissors, quickly cut the warm pitas across into 2 cm fingers or small wedges. Leave to cool and become crisp.

5. Sprinkle the hummus with a pinch each of paprika and cumin, if desired, then serve with the pita crisps and lemon wedges. The pita crisps can be kept in an airtight container for 1 - 2 days.
Baked Potato Skins with Smoked Salmon and Dill

8 small baking potatoes, about 200g each
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
1 Tbsp (20g) butter
125g smoked salmon
1 Tbsp lemon juice
160g unflavoured Greek-style yoghurt
1 Tbsp capers, drained and chopped
2 Tbsp chopped, fresh dill
small sprigs of fresh dill to garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Scrub the potatoes and dry them with a paper towel. Thread them onto metal skewers - this helps them cook quicker. Brush the skins of the potatoes with 1 Tbsp of the oil, then sprinkle with a little salt. Arrange on a baking tray and bake for 1 - 1 1/4 hours, or until tender.

2. Remove the potatoes from the skewers and cut them in half lengthways. Scoop out the flesh leaving a layer of potato next to the skin about 1 cm thick. (Keep the scooped out flesh for fish cakes, mash or a savoury topping on a pie). Cut each piece in half lengthways again, and place flesh side up on a large baking tray.

3. Melt the butter with the remaining oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Lightly brush this mixture over the flesh side of the potato skins. Return to the oven and bake for a further 12 - 15 minutes, or until golden and crisp.

4. Meanwhile, cut the smoked salmon into fine strips and sprinkle with the lemon juice. Mix together the yoghurt, capers and chopped dill in a bowl, and stir in the salmon.

5. Allow the potato skins to cool for 1 - 2 minutes, then top each with a little of the salmon and yoghurt mixture. Garnish each piece with a small sprig of dill, and serve while the potato skins are still warm.

Note:- If time is limited, boil the potatoes for 10 minutes before putting them in the oven. Tuna, which has been well drained, can be used instead of the salmon, but the smokey taste of the salmon is really delicious. This also make a delicious starter.
Potato and Zucchini Tortilla

600g waxy potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 cm cubes
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 zucchini, about 150g, grated
2 slices, rindless, lean back bacon, chopped
6 eggs
2 Tbsp chopped parsley

1. Add the potato cubes to a saucepan of boiling water, bring back to the boil, then reduce heat slightly and cook for 3 minutes - drain.

2. Heat the oil in a heavy-based non-stick frying pan that is about 25 cm in diameter. Add the potatoes, onion, zucchini and bacon, and cook over a moderate heat for 10 minutes, turning and stirring from time to time, until the potatoes are tender and lightly golden.

3. Preheat the grill to high. In a bowl, beat the eggs with 1 Tbsp cold water. Add the parsley and pepper to taste. Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables in the frying pan and cook for 3 - 4 minutes, or until the egg has set on the base, lifting the edges to allow the uncooked egg mixture to run onto the pan.

4. When there is just a little uncooked egg on the top, place the pan under the grill and cook for a further 2 minutes to set the egg on top. Slide the tortilla out onto a plate or board and allow to cool for 2 - 3 minutes. Cut into small wedges or other shapes and serve warm, or leave to cool completely, before cutting and serving.
Hot and Spicy Tuna Rolls

4 large, rounded crusty white bread rolls, about 10 cm across and 100g each
2 Tbsp sour cream
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp hot or medium chilli sauce
2 tsp lime juice
1 can tuna in water, about 200g, drained
1 can corn, about 200g, drained
1 can red kidney beans, about 200g, drained and rinsed
1/2 green pepper, seeded and diced
2 Tbsp chopped, fresh coriander
salt and pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Slice the tops off the bread rolls and set aside. Scoop out most of the soft interior leaving a 'shell' about 1 cm thick. Place the hollowed-out rolls on one side with the bread lids.

2. Make the scooped out bread into crumbs, either with your fingers or a food processor. Spread 85g of the crumbs on a baking tray and toast them in the oven for 10 minutes or until the are dry and crisp. Remove from the oven and set aside. Leave the oven on.

3. Mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, chilli sauce and lime juice. Add the tuna, corn, red kidney beans, pepper, coriander and dried breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix together, taking care not to break up the chunks of tuna too much.

4. Spoon the tuna mixture into the hollow bread rolls and replace the lids. Set on the baking tray and cover loosely with foil. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for a further 5 minutes, to crisp the bread crust. The filling should be warm, but not bubbling. Serve immediately.
Mushroom and Thyme Toasts

125g ricotta
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
15g finely chopped parsley
good pinch of cayenne pepper
500g chestnut mushrooms (if not available, use white button)
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
2 Tbsp crème fraiche
1 tsp lemon juice
salt and pepper
8 thick slices cut from a small loaf of mixed seed bread, about 400g in total

1. Put the ricotta, celery, parsley and cayenne pepper in a bowl and mix well together. Set aside in a cool place until needed. Preheat the frill to high.

2. Leave any small mushrooms whole, and halve larger ones. Place them in a large, heave frying pan, preferably non-stick, and add the garlic, thyme, crème fraiche and a tsp water. Cover and cook gently for 3 - 4 minutes, or until the mushrooms are just tender and have given up their juices. Add the lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

3. While the mushrooms are cooking, toast the bread slices on both sides under the grill. While still warm, spread one side of each piece of toast with some of the ricotta mixture, then cut in half.

4. Arrange the toasts on individual serving plates. Spoon the hot mushroom mixture over the toasts and serve immediately.
Cheese and Onion Rarebit

100ml low-fat milk
1/2 tsp mustard powder
125g grated, mature cheddar cheese
40g fresh wholemeal bread crumbs
4 thick sliced wholemeal bread, about 50g each
1 small onion, very thinly sliced

1. Preheat the grill to high. Put the milk, mustard powder and cheese in a small heavy-based saucepan and stir over a gentle heat until the cheese has melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the breadcrumbs. Cool for 3 - 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened to a spreading consistency.

2. Meanwhile, arrange the slices of bread on a baking tray and toast on both sides under the grill.

3. While the bread is toasting, make a delicious salad to serve with the rarebit.

4. When the bread is toasted top it with slices of onion, then spoon over the cheese mixture, spreading it out to cover the toast completely. Return to the grill and cook for 2 - 3 minutes, or until the cheese mixture is golden brown and bubbling. Serve the rarebits with your salad for a delicious light lunch.
Spiced Couscous Tomatoes

8 large tomatoes, about 170g each
salt and pepper
1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
60g flaked almonds
1 small eggplant, about 170g, cut into 1 cm dice
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
pinch of ground cinnamon
1 cup boiling vegetable stock
125g couscous
2 Tbsp chopped, fresh mint
60g dried apricots, chopped
1 tsp harissa sauce (red pepper sauce)

1. Cut the tops off the tomatoes and scoop out the insides using a teaspoon. Place the hollowed out tomatoes and cut off tops on one side. Put the seeds and scooped out flesh in a sieve set over a small jug or bowl and press with the back of a spoon to extract the juices, you will need about 4 Tbsp. Leave the jug or bowl of juice on one side and discard the seeds and flesh.

2. Sprinkle a little salt over the insides of the tomato shells and place the upsides down on a plate covered with paper towel and leave to drain while making the filling.

3. Heat 2 tsp of the oil in a non-stick saucepan. Add the flaked almonds and cook over a low heat for 2 - 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.

4. Add the remaining oil to the saucepan. Stir in the eggplant and cook for 5 minutes, turning frequently, until browned and tender. Stir in the coriander, cumin and cinnamon and cook for a further few seconds, stirring constantly.

5. Pour in the stock and bring to a rapid boil, then add the couscous in a steady stream, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat, cover and leave to stand for 5 minutes.

6. Uncover the pan, return to a low heat and cook for 2 - 3 minutes, stirring with a fork to separate the couscous grains and fluff them up. Stir in the toasted almonds, mint and dried apricots.

7. Add the harissa sauce to the reserved tomato juices and stir to mix, then pour over the couscous. Season with pepper to taste and mix well. Spoon the couscous mixture into the tomato shells, replace the tops and serve.
Mushroom and Herb Omelette

2 large eggs
1 tsp chopped fresh chervil
1 tsp chopped fresh tarragon
1 tsp chopped fresh chives
salt and pepper
55g mushrooms, sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp butter

1. Crack the eggs into a bowl, then add the chervil, tarragon and chives, 1 Tbsp water and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk just enough to break up the eggs but not too much or you will spoil the omelettes texture. Set to one side while preparing the mushrooms.

2. Heat an 18 cm omelette pan or non-stick frying pan. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook gently for 3 - 4 minutes, or until the mushrooms have softened and released their juices. Increase the heat a little and continue cooking for a further 1 minute, or until he mushroom juices have evaporated. Tip the mushrooms into a small bowl and set aside. Wipe the pan clean with paper towel.

3. Heat the pan over a high heat for a few seconds until hot. Add the butter and melt it, tilting the pan to coat the bottom. Pour in the egg and herb mixture. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring gently with a wooden spatula and pulling the cooked egg from the edge towards the centre to let the liquid egg flow into the pan.

4. When the omelette holds together, stop stirring and cook for a further 30 seconds, or until the underside is golden brown. The top surface should be just setting.

5. Scatter the mushrooms along the middle of the omelette. Using a spatula, fold an outside third of the omelette into the centre, covering the mushrooms, then fold the opposite third over that. Quickly slide the folded omelette onto a warmed serving plate and serve immediately.
Home-Style Potato Cakes with Baked Tomatoes

1 kg baking (floury) potatoes, scrubbed
1 large leek, white part only, about 225g, sliced
2 Tbsp low-fat milk
2 tsp wholegrain mustard
3/4 cup grated mature cheddar
20g chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
plain flour for shaping
1 egg, beaten
1 cup fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
4 large tomatoes, halved
2 Tbsp garlic-flavoured olive oil
fresh flat-leaf parsley to serve

1. Cut any large potatoes in halves or quarters. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and add the potatoes. Bring back to the boil, then reduce the heat and cook for 15 minutes, or until tender. Add the leek to the pan for the last 5 minutes of the cooking time.

2. Drain the vegetables thoroughly, then spread them out on a tray and leave them to cool. Preheat the oven to 220°C.

3. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel them and put in a large bowl with the leek. Crush the potatoes with a fork. Add the milk, mustard, cheese, parsley and thyme and mix well together.

4. Divide the mixture into 8 portions. Shape each into a rough ball, then press on a floured surface into a flat cake about 9 cm across and 3 cm thick.

5. Set the potato cakes on a clean tray or platter. Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle over half the breadcrumbs. Turn the potato cakes over and coat the other sides with egg and breadcrumbs. Transfer the cakes to a lightly greases, non-stick baking tray and bake for 15 minutes.

6. Meanwhile, place the tomatoes in an ovenproof dish, cut side up. Brush with the garlic oil and sprinkle over any remaining breadcrumbs.

7. Turn the potato cakes over carefully with a spatula or palette knife. Put the tomatoes into the oven with the potato cakes and bake for a further 10 minutes, or until the potato cakes are golden, then serve with a sprinkling of parsley.
Cheese and Watercress Soufflé

1 tsp butter
2 Tbsp freshly grated parmesan
2 Tbsp dried breadcrumbs
30g cornflour
300ml low-fat milk
4 eggs, separated
90g watercress, trimmed and finely chopped
1 Tbsp wholegrain mustard
90g grated gruyere
salt and pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Lightly butter the inside of a 1.5 litre soufflé dish. Mix together the parmesan and breadcrumbs and sprinkle half of this mixture over the bottom and sides of the dish, turning and tilting to coat evenly. Set aside.

2. Mix the cornflour with a little of the milk to make a smooth paste. Heat the rest of the milk until almost boiling, then pour over the cornflour mixture, stirring constantly. Return to the pan and stir over a moderate heat until the sauce thickens and is smooth.

3. Remove from the heat and add the egg yolks, beating them thoroughly into the sauce. Stir in the chopped watercress, mustard, gruyere and salt and pepper to taste.

4. In a clean, dry bowl, whisk the egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Fold 1/4 of the whites into the sauce mixture to lighten it, then gently fold in the rest of the whites.

5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared soufflé dish and sprinkle the top with the remaining parmesan and breadcrumb mixture. Bake the soufflé for 30 - 35 minutes, or until well risen and golden brown. Serve immediately.  
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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

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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
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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
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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