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South African Folk-lore tales

In South Africa we love the outdoors and camping and a very special time is sitting around the campfire in the evenings and telling stories. I recently came upon a book titled Outa Karel's Stories. Over the next few letters I will be featuring tales from this book which was published in 1914 and written by Sannie Metelerkamp. I will start off with the foreword and introduction before getting to the actual stories.


MY thanks are due to Dr. Maitland Park,Editor of The Cape Times, and Adv. B. K. Long, M.L.A., Editor of The State, for their kind permission to republish such of these tales as have appeared in their papers.
For the leading idea in " The Sun " and "The Stars and the Stars' Road," I gladly acknowledge my indebtedness to that monument of patient labour and research,"
Specimens of Bushman Folk-lore," by the late Dr. Bleek and Miss Lucy Lloyd. Further, I lay no claim to originality for
any of the stories in this collection at best a very small proportion of a vast store from which the story-teller of the future may draw,embodying the superstitions, the crude conceptions, the childish ideas of a primitive and rapidly disappearing people. They are known in some form or other wherever the negro has set foot, and are the common property of every country child in South Africa.
I greatly regret that they appear here in what is, to them, a foreign tongue. No one who has not heard them in the Taal that quaint, expressive language of the people can have any idea of what they lose through translation, but, having been written in the first instance for English publications, the original medium was out of the question.
Clear cold evenings, with a pleasant tang of frost in the air, figure here and there in these pages, but as I write other scenes, too, flit across the lighted screen of Memorynoontides of tropic heat with all the world sunk in a languorous slumber, glowing sunsets, throbbing summer nights when the stars seemed to tremble almost within one's reach, moonlit spaces filled with soft mystery and the thousand seductive voices of the pulsing southern night. And always, part and parcel of the passing panorama, the quaint figure of the old Native with his little masters.
It is nearly three years now since "Old Friend Death " took him gently by the hand and led him away to that far, far country of which he had such vague ideas, so he tells no more stories by the firelight in the gloaming ; and his little masters children no longer are claimed by graver tasks and wider interests. But in the hope that others, both little ones and children of a larger growth, may find the same pleasure in these tales of a childlike race, they are sent out to find their own level and take their chance in the workaday world.
S. M.
CAPE TOWN, January, 1914.

IT was winter in the Great Karroo. The evening air was so crisp and cutting that one seemed to hear the crick-crack of the
frost, as it formed on the scant vegetation.
A skraalwindje blew from the distant mountains, bringing with it a mingled odour of karroo-bush, sheep-kraals, and smoke from the Kafir huts none, perhaps, desirable in itself, but all so blent and purified in that rare, clear atmosphere, and so subservient to the exhilarating freshness, that Pietie van der Merwe took several sniffs of pleasure as he peered into the pale moonlight over  the lower half of the divided door. Then, with a little involuntary shiver, he closed the upper portion and turned to the ruddy warmth of the purring fire, which Willem was feeding with mealie-cobs from the basket beside him.
Little Jan sat in the corner of the wide, old-fashionedrustbank, his large grey eyes gazing wistfully into the red heart of the fire, while his hand absently stroked Torry, the fox terrier, curled up beside him.
Mother, in her big Madeira chair at the side table, yawned a little over her book ; for, winter or summer, the mistress of a
karroo farm leads a busy life, and the end of the day finds her ready for a well-earned rest.
Pietie held his hands towards the blaze, turning his head now and again towards the door at the far end of the room. Presently this opened and father appeared, comfortably and leisurely, as if such things as shearing, dipping, and ploughing were no part of his day's work. Only the healthy tan, the broad shoulders, the whole well-developed physique proclaimed his strenuous, open-air life. His eye rested with pleasure on the scene before him the bright fire, throwing gleam and
shadow on painted wall and polished woodwork, and giving a general air of cosiness to everything ; the table spread for the evening meal ; the group at the fireside ; and his dear helpmate who was responsible for the comfort and happiness of his well-appointed home.
He was followed in a moment by Cousin Minnie, the bright-faced young governess.
Their coming caused a stir among the children. Little Jan slowly withdrew his gaze from the fire, and, with more energy
than might have been expected from his dreamy look, pushed and prodded the sleeping terrier along the rustbank so as to make room for Cousin Minnie.
Pietie sprang to his father's side.
" Now may I go and call Outa Karel ?" he asked eagerly, and at an acquiescent "Yes, my boy," away he sped.
It was a strange figure that came at his bidding, shuffling, stooping, halting, and finally emerging into the firelight. A stranger might have been forgiven for fleeing in terror, for the new arrival looked like nothing so much as an ancient and muscular gorilla in man's clothes, and walking uncertainly on its hind legs.
He was not quite four feet in height, with shoulders and hips disproportionately broad, and long arms, the hands of which reached midway between knee and ankle. His lower limbs were clothed in nondescript garments fashioned from wildcat and dassie skins ; a faded brown coat, which from its size had evidently once belonged to his master, hung nearly to his knees ; while, when he removed his shapeless felt hat, a red kopdoek was seen to be wound tightly round his head.
No one had ever seen Outa Karel without his kopdoek, but it was reported that the head it covered was as smooth and devoid of hair as an ostrich egg.
His yellow-brown face was a network of wrinkles, across which his flat nose sprawled broadly between high cheekbones ; his eyes, sunk far back into his head, glittered dark and beady like the little wicked eyes of a snake peeping from the shadow of a hole in the rocks. His wide mouth twisted itself into an engaging grin, which extended from ear to ear, as, winking and blinking his bright little eyes, he twirled his old hat in his claw-like hands and tried to make obeisance to his master and mistress.
The attempt was unsuccessful on account of the stiffness of his joints, but it never failed to amuse those who, times without number, had seen it repeated. To those who witnessed it for the first time it was something to be remembered the grotesque, disproportionate form ; the ape-like face, that yet was so curiously human ; the humour and kindness that gleamed from the cavernous eyes, which seemed designed to express only malevolence and cunning ; the long waving
arms and crooked fingers ; the yellow skin for all the world like a crumpled sheet of india-rubber pulled in a dozen different
That he was a consummate actor, and, not to put too fine a point on it, an old humbug of the first water, goes without saying, for these characteristics are inherent in the native nature. But in spite of this, and the uncanniness of his appearance, there was something about Outa Karel that drew one to him. Of his real devotion to his master and the "beautiful family Van der Merwe," there could be no question ; while, above everything, was the feeling that here was one
of an outcast race, one of the few of the original inhabitants who had survived the submerging tide of civilization ; who, knowing no law but that of possession, had been scared and chased from their happy hunting grounds, first by the Hottentots, then by the powerful Bantu, and later by the still more terrifying palefaced tribes from over the seas. Though
the origin of the Bushman is lost in the mists of antiquity, the Hottentot conquest of him is a matter of history, and it is well known that the victors were in the habit, while killing off the men, to take unto themselves wives from among the women  of the vanquished race. Hence the fact that a perfect specimen of a Bushman is a raraavis, even in the localities where the last remnants are known to linger.
Outa Karel could hardly be called a perfect specimen of the original race, for, though he always spoke of himself as wholly Bushman, there was a strong strain of the Hottentot about him, chiefly noticeable in his build.
He spoke in Dutch, in the curiously expressive voice belonging to these people, just now honey-sweet with the deference he felt for his superiors.
"Ach toch!Night, Baas. Night, Nooi.Night, Nonnie and my little baasjes. Excuse that this old Bushman does not bend to greet you ; the will is there, but his knees are too stiff. Thank you, thank you, my baasje," as Pietie dragged a low stool, covered with springbok skin, from under the desk in the recess and pushed it towards him. He settled himself on it slowly and carefully, with much creaking of joints and many strange native ejaculations.
The little group had arranged itself anew.
Cousin Minnie was in the cosy corner of the rustbank near the wall, little Jan next her with his head against her, and Torry's head on his lap this attention to make up for his late seeming unkindness in pushing him away.
Pappa, with his magazine, was at the other end of the rustbank where he could, if he chose, speak to Mamma in a low tone, or peep over to see how her book was getting on. Willem had pushed the basket away so as to settle himself more comfortably against Cousin Minnie's knee as he sat on the floor, and Pietie was on a small chair just in front
of the fire.
The centre of attention was the quaint old native, who, having relegated his duties to his children and grandchildren, lived as a privileged pensioner in the van der Merwe family he had served so faithfully for three generations. The firelight played over his quaint figure with the weirdest effect, lighting up now one portion of it, now another, showing up his astonishingly small hands and crooked fingers, as he pointed and gesticulated incessantly for these people speak as much by gesture as by sound and throwing exaggerated shadows on the wall.
This was the hour beloved by the children, when the short wintry day had ended, and,in the interval between the coming of darkness and the evening meal, their dear Outa Karel was allowed in to tell them stories.
And weird and wonderful stories they were tales of spooks and giants, of good and bad spirits, of animals that talked, of birds, beasts and insects that exercised marvellous influence over the destinies of unsuspecting mankind.
But most thrilling of all, perhaps, were Outa Karel's personal experiences adventures by veld and krantz with lion, tiger, jackal and crocodile, such as no longer fall to the lot of mortal man.
The children would listen, wide-eyed and breathless, and even their elders, sparing a moment's attention from book or writing, would feel a tremor of excitement, unable to determine where reality ended and fiction began, so inextricably were they intermingled as this old lago of the desert wove his romances.
" Now, Outa, tell us a nice story, the nicest you know," said little Jan, nestling closer to Cousin Minnie, and issuing his command as the autocrat of the " One Thousand and One Nights" might have done.
" Ach ! but klein baas, this stupid old black one knows no new stories, only the old ones of Jakhals and Leeuw, and how can he   tell even those when his throat is dry ach, so dry with the dust from the kraals ?"
He forced a gurgling cough, and his small eyes glittered expectantly. Then suddenly he started with well-feigned surprise and beamed on Pietie, who stood beside him with a soopje in the glass kept for his especial use.
This was a nightly performance. The lubrication was never forgotten, but it was often purposely delayed in order to see what
pretext Outa would use to call attention to the fact of its not having been offered. Sore throat, headache, stomach-ache, cold, heat, rheumatism, old age, a birthday (invented for the occasion), the killing of a snake or the breaking-in of a young horse anything served as an excuse for what was a timehonoured custom.
" Thank you, thank you, mijkleinkoning. Gezondheid to Baas, Nooi, Nonnie, and the beautiful family van der Merwe." He lifted the glass, gulped down the contents, and smacked his lips approvingly.
" Ach ! if a Bushman only had a neck like an ostrich ! How good would the soopje taste all the way down ! Now I am strong again ; now I am ready to tell the story of Jakhals and Oom Leeuw."
" About Oom Leeuw carrying Jakhals on his back ? " asked Willem.
"No, baasje. This is quite a different one."
And with many strange gesticulations, imitating every action and changing his voice to suit the various characters, the old
man began :
To be continued…..

Another day has passed.....

Another day has passed
And we're all a little older.
Last summer felt hotter
And winter seems much colder.

There was a time not long ago
When life was quite a blast.
Now I fully understand
About 'Living in the Past'

We used to go to weddings,
Football games and lunches.
Now we go to funeral homes
And after-funeral brunches.

We used to have hangovers,
From parties that were gay.
Now we suffer body aches
And while the night away.

We used to go out dining,
And couldn't get our fill.
Now we ask for doggie bags,
Come home and take a pill.

We used to often travel
To places near and far.
Now we get sore asses
From riding in the car.

We used to go to nightclubs
And drink a lot of booze.
Now we stay home at night
And watch the evening news.

That, my friend is how life is,
And now my tale is told.
So, enjoy each day and live it up...
Before you're too damned old!


I never knew one word in the English language that can be a noun, verb, adj, adv, prep.


Read until the end ... you'll laugh.

This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.'It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].

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, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.

At other times, this 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.

And this UP is confusing: 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 UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 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 take UP 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 clearing UP. When it rains, it soaks UP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP.One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now . . . my time is UP!

Oh . . . one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?



Did that one crack you UP?

Don't screw UP. Send this on to everyone you look UP in your address book . . . or not . .'s UP to you.

Now I'll shut UP!


Zimbabwe Betrayed

By Sandy Botha.

All the world leaders stood with pride,
On that day when Rhodesia died.
They congratulated themselves on a job well done,
As Zimbabwe was born with the rising sun.
And the drums beat so very loud,
As Mugabe addressed the eager crowd.
He said "we've won our freedom today,
He said "I'm president and I'm here to stay",
And he made wild promises about the way,
That Zimbabwe would change on it's very first day.
Towns were renamed and streets were too,
Every time an African leader passed through.
And the cheering of the crowd as they danced in delight,
As Mugabe lit the "Heroes Acre" light.
Mercedes were ordered, they couldn't have enough,
They knew they deserved them as the fight had been tough,
The West would pay for them so they didn't need to worry,
The aid was pouring in they had to spend it in a hurry.
Mugabe was important now, he'd even met the Queen,
And of the whole world there was little left unseen.
But still Mugabe felt ill at ease,
What if someone else his power did seize.
The Matabele leaders had to go first,
It was for their blood that Mugabe did thirst.
And the whites that remained were a thorn in his side,
What to do about them he needed to decide.
But what had actually changed in the ordinary men's lives?
As a future for their children they did strive.
Inflation had spiralled out of control,
And on these people it took its toll.

And when there was a rumbling of discontent,
It was always the army that in he sent,
He silenced the people who didn't agree,
That he'd done a good job since Zimbabwe was free.
He had to find someone else to blame,
So he started his land seizure game,
So he kicked the white farmers off the land,
So many farms now idle they stand.
Farm workers jobs have all gone now,
And they wonder how they'll make a living somehow.
And now as children starve and die,
The people of Zimbabwe hang their heads and cry.
Elections were held but what a farce,
The results were in before the first vote was cast.
And as food aid continues to pour in,
Mugabe commits the ultimate sin.
For as people get to the front of the queue,
They have to prove that to Mugabe they're true.
For if they don't have a ZANU PF card.
Then its empty handed that they leave the yard.
And the leaders of the world stand by and sigh,
As they see the people of Zimbabwe die.
Why can't they admit that they made a mistake,
Why can't they do something for Zimbabwe 's sake.
And I wonder what stories the old people tell,
Of the time before they were living in hell.
Of a time when work was plentiful,
And the children were happy and their bellies were full.
Of days before they lived under a dictator so cruel,
In the days before they fought for Majority Rule...

15 South African Food Festivals

Adel Groenewald - Getaway Blog

Northern Cape


24 to 25 August 2012, Calvinia

Vegetarians, stear clear, because this is sheep country. Calvinia is known for it’s fine sheep meat and the HantamVleisfees strives to celebrate just that. Expect all kinds of meaty festivities, such as tasting different mutton and lamb dishes while listening to ‘regteboeremusiek’.

Tel: 027-341-8219 or 027-341-8228

KwaZulu Natal

Durban Good Food and Wine Show

23 to 27 August 2012, Durban
Cost: Depends on event

The Durban leg of South Africa’s premier food and wine show offers all the excellence, variety and top class entertainment that can be expected from such a renowned gourmet feast. You can look forward to seeing MasterChef Australia judge, George Calombaris as well as our very own Benny Masekwameng whipping up their signature dishes in the theatre.

Tel: 021-702-2280

Ballito Prawn & Jazz Festival

28 to 30 September 2012

Even though it falls together with the Mr Price Pro Surfing Weekend, a celebration of everything prawn is reason in itself to book a weekend in Ballito. The many food marquees will bring you flavours like peri-peri, lemon butter, plain and curry, to name but a few, while the kids entertainment, stage and craft markets will keep you busy as you prepare for your second, third and fourth rounds of prawn.

Tel: 082-459-9567 


Taste of Joburg

27 to 30 September 2012
Cost: R60 for a standard ticket and R150 for a VIP ticket

Bringing together the city’s most acclaimed restaurants and carefully selected exhibitors; this renowned festival attracts Gauteng’s most dedicated and sophisticated foodies.

Tel: 011 463 0355

Food wine & design

23 to 25 November 2012, Johannesburg

This celebration of a good quality lifestyle takes place on the rooftop of Hyde Park Shopping Centre and is the first of its kind in South Africa. Browse at leisure through this boutique, outdoor market and enjoy exhibits from only the finest furniture crafters, artisan producers, wine labels and micro breweries. Indulge in speciality foods and watch the top chefs perform on site.


Free State

Vrede Paddadors Fees

30 August to 1 September 2012, Vrede
Cost: R80 for adults, R40 for children

The dry land on which the town of Vrede was established was originally called Paddadors, meaning “frog thirst” in Afrikaans. When peace came to the land, it was renamed Vrede and his festival celebrates the peace annually. It’s also known as the ‘Roovleis en Kultuurfees’, meaning that you’ll be offered lots and lots of red meat and traditional food as well as culture, in the form of live singers, bands and children’s activities.

: 082-411-6299

Ficksburg Cherry Festival

15 to 17 November 2012

This renowned festival of all thins cherry promises an even more impressive rogramme this year. Celebrating its 44th year, this is the longest running crop festival in South Africa. Expect anything from cherry bake-offs to cherry mampoer making and don’t forget about the live entertainment such as the Soweto String Quartet and the Joburg Lipizzaner Horses.

Tel: 051 933 648

Western Cape

Robertson Slow Festival

10 to 12 August 2012
Cost: Varies from event to event

Who wouldn’t enjoy a weekend dedicated to taking things slow and enjoying the finest cuisine and wines offered by the Robertson Wine Valley? Wine farms and guest houses across Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson will be presenting a series of intimate, gourmet events as well as all-day tastings. Activities like wine tasting on horseback and by river cruises should keep those who feel the need to be active satisfied and the festival will culminate into the Regional Food Market on Sunday morning, where you can purchase the freshest, and most delicious, local produce.

Tel: 023-626-3167

Hermanus wine and food fair

9 to 11 August 2012, Hermanus
Cost: R95 a day, R200 for a weekend pass

Wine farms from Elgin all the way to Elim will be featured at this premier food and wine show and you’ll have the opportunity to taste over 250 different wines while indulging in delicious cuisine in between.  All wines will also be available for purchase at cellar prices

Tel: 028-316-3988

Gourmets & Gourmands Culinary Festival

25 August 2012, George

Chefs from 15 top-class restaurants will each prepare a four-course meal for 180 guests and present it to them on the Carpe Diem School grounds. Naturally, meals will be paired with the wines from the surrounding wine farms. Every year sees a different theme, and this year, guests can dress up in the style of the ‘Roaring Twenties’.

Tel: 044-874-4074

Citrusdal local food festival

1 September 2012
Cost: R100

Celebrate spring with a get together of farmers, restaurants, local foodies and delicious wines and discover the best of the area’s country style cooking and baking. Watch live cooking shows and taste a range of beers and wines as the kids have fun in the play area or watch some live entertainment.

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McGregor Food and Wine

1 September 2012
Cost: R60

Known as one of the most affordable and unpretentious food and wine festivals around the country, spring day in McGregor promises to be a truly relaxing and enjoyable experience. Restaurants throughout the village will offer special weekend menus to enjoy after a day of festivities in the church hall.

Tel: 023-625-1954

Strawberry festival

22 to 23 September 2012, George

Enjoy a day of family fun and fresh air on the Redberry Farm as you stroll through the many food stalls, hang out in the beer tent or let the children enjoy the miniature steam train. Indulge in everything from local wines and cheeses to fresh veggies and herbs.

Tel: 044-870-7123

Spier Secret Festival

27 to 28 October 2012, Spier Wine Estate
Cost: R1500 for the weekend

During this weekend, you’ll be exploring the latest in food and wine trends. Secrets of all kind will be revealed – from secret ingredients and family recipes to South Africa’s best-kept wine secret, Chenin Blanc. The festival includes art installations, talks, presentations, workshops, tastings, Secret Home Dinners, a Saturday food and wine market, mini cookbook fair and Sunday braai-off.


Crayfish & Seafood Festival

3 to 4 December 2012, Paternoster
Cost: R130. Includes a salad, crayfish and 500ml bottle of wine

If there’s any one place in South Africa that truly know its seafood, it’s the West Coast. And what better place to indulge in all things salt water than the beautiful fisherman’s town of Paternoster? Choose your own crayfish from straight off the boat for a braai or try seafood potjiekos and snoek. Relax in the beer garden or browse the craft market while your kids have their faces painted.

Tel: 083-692-2201

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.

Africa is the place to see stars

Our latest photographic interest is photographing star trails. This seems the ideal place to visit for spectacular photos. Scroll down to the photo section and also download my tutorial on how to photograph star trails.

Southern African astronomy buffs have another reason to celebrate – hot on the heels of the awarding of the greater part of the Square Kilometre Array to the region, comes the news that the NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia has been proclaimed as the continent’s first international dark-sky reserve (IDSR), meaning that it’s one of the best places on earth to star-gaze.

The proclamation falls under the dark-sky movement, an initiative of the Arizona-based non-profit International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) which was the first organisation, and is currently the largest, to embrace this concept.

Located in southwestern Namibia, the privately owned NamibRand covers an area of just over 170 000 ha.

• Scott Kardel
International Dark-Sky Association
+1 520.293.3198
• Nils Odendaal
CEO, NamibRand Reserve
+264 61 224 882


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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

North West
Most well known for the Sun City gambling and casino resort and its neighbouring big-five Pilanesberg Game Reserve, North West's first inhabitants were hunter-gatherers. They were displaced by Iron Age peoples from the north around 1 000 years ago, who settled in the far northern corner of the province.

The province is mostly flat terrain broken by the rocky kloofs and streams of the Magaliesberg mountain range, dotted with holiday resorts and hiking trails.

Sun City consists of four hotels, a golf course, a water park, and assorted entertainment venues. Built in the 1970s apartheid era, it offered white South Africans a place to gamble legally in Bophutatswana, a spurious independent "homeland". In 1994 gambling was legalised and the resort's fortunes dwindled but these days it stands as a decadent oddity in a vast, natural landscape that contrasts sharply with its glitzy attractions.

The adjoining 55 000ha Pilanesberg Game Reserve offers excellent game viewing, with the big five visible along with hippo, giraffe and cheetah, and a large range of bird life.

The tiny but quaint dorp of Groot Marico lies on the way to the capital of the province, Mahikeng (previously known as Mafikeng). Groot Marico is now a landmark after well-known writer Herman Charles Bosman based his delightful short stories on his short experience as a teacher in the town. An annual literary weekend in his name is attended by his fans.

The capital Mahikeng, with a smattering of graceful buildings, became famous during the South African War of 1899-1902. The Siege of Mafikeng happened in 1900, when British Colonel Robert Baden-Powell (of Boy Scouts fame) defended the town against the Boers for 217 days, along with hundreds of local Barolong.

The cruel tragedy of the siege was that British regiments were given armfuls of medals while those Barolong who survived despite meagre rations, were never recognised for their role in the battle.

One of the country's first black writers and a founder member of the ANC, Sol Plaatje, recorded his poignant observations of the siege in a diary.



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Life is too short for negative drama & petty things. So laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly!

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Smile a While

A sweet grandmother telephoned St. Joseph 's Hospital. She timidly asked, "Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patientis doing?"
The operator said, "I'll be glad to help, dear. What's the name and room number of the patient?"
The grandmother in her weak, tremulous voice said, "Norma Findlay, Room 302."
The operator replied, "Let me put you on hold while I check with the nurse's station for that room."
After a few minutes, the operator returned to the phone and said, "I have good news. Her nurse just told me that Norma is doing well. Her blood pressure is fine; her blood work just came back normal and her physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged tomorrow."
The grandmother said, "Thank you. That's wonderful. I was so worried. God bless you for the good news."
The operator replied, "You're more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?"
The grandmother said, "No, I'm Norma Findlay in Room 302. No one tells me crap."

One night outside a small town, a fire started inside the local chemical plant.
In the blink of an eye, it exploded into massive flames.
The alarm went out to all fire departments for miles around.
When the volunteer fire fighters appeared on the scene, the chemical company president rushed to the fire chief and said, "All our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant.
They must be saved. I'll give $50,000 to the fire department that brings them out intact."
But the roaring flames held the firefighters off.
Soon more fire departments had to be called in as the situation became desperate.
As the firemen arrived, the president shouted out that the offer was now $100,000 to the fire department who could save the company's secret files.
From the distance, a lone siren was heard as another fire truck came into sight.
It was the nearby Chasidic Jewish rural township volunteer fire company composed mainly of Jewish, ultra-orthodox men over the age of 65.
To everyone's amazement, that little broken-down fire engine roared right past all the sleek newer engines that were parked outside the plant.
Without even slowing down, it drove straight into the middle of the inferno.
Outside, the other firemen watched as the Chasidic old timers jumped off right in the middle of the fire and fought it back on all sides.
It was a performance and effort never seen before.
Within a short time, the Chasidic old timers had extinguished the fire and saved the secret formulas.
The grateful chemical company president announced that for such a superhuman feat he was upping the reward to $200,000, and walked over to thank each of the brave fire fighters personally.
The local TV news reporter rushed in to capture the event on film, asking their chief, "What are you going to do with all that money?"
"Vell," said Moishe Goldberg, the 70-year-old Fire Chief, "Da foist ting ve gonna do is fix da brakes on datfocking truck!"

A married man was having an affair with his secretary. One day, their passions overcame them and they took off for her house, where they made passionate love all afternoon. Exhausted from the wild sex, they fell asleep, awakening around 8:00 pm. As the man threw on his clothes, he told the woman to take his shoes outside and rub them through the grass and dirt. Mystified, she nonetheless complied. He slipped into his shoes and drove home.
"Where have you been?" demanded his wife when he entered the house.
"Darling, I can't lie to you. I've been having an affair with my secretary and we've been having sex all afternoon. I fell asleep and didn't wake up until eight o'clock."
The wife glanced down at his shoes and said, "You lying bastard! You've been playing golf!".

It's 2012 and it's the Olympics in London.
A Scotsman, an Englishman and an Irishman want to get in, but they haven'tgot tickets.
The Scotsman picks up a manhole-cover, tucks it under his arm and walks to the gate.
"McTavish, Scotland," he says, "Discus," and in he walks.
The Englishman picks up a length of scaffolding and slings it over hisshoulder.
"Waddington-Smythe, England," he says, "Pole vault," and in he walks.
The Irishman looks around, picks up a roll of barbed wire and tucks itunder his arm.
"O'Malley, Ireland," he says,

The Wild Side - A selection of my photos



A few weeks ago we tried our hand at photographing startrails. This photo is my first effort. If you want to try as well, right click here to download a tutorial I wrote

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Zimbabwe update

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

Dear Family and Friends,
Despite the mayhem with soldiers trying to take over our census and the brewing storm over our proposed draft constitution, all eyes turned south this week. With an estimated three million Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa, both legally and illegally, for many people our southern neighbour has become a second home. We all have friends, family and relations living in South Africa; we have their currency in our pockets and ninety percent of the food we eat is imported from South Africa because we still haven’t worked out how to grow our own food on all the government’s seized farms.

It’s not hard for us to follow events over the border because so many Zimbabweans have resorted to satellite dishes and decoders enabling them to receive television channels from South Africa and Botswana. Our one and only local TV station has such poor programming and is so bombarded with political propaganda that most people just can’t stand watching it anymore.

We could be forgiven for at first thinking that what we were seeing on South African news channels was happening in Zimbabwe. Situations of police using force, usually with baton sticks and tear gas, have become commonplace in Zimbabwe in the last twelve years but we haven’t become immune to the horror of it by any means. Appalled we watched South African news channels broadcasting film footage of scores of police opening fire on striking mine workers. The police were not wearing tear gas masks, were not wearing helmets and visors and were not holding riot shields to protect themselves. Instead live bullets poured out of their automatic weapons; the dust rose and a police member wearing a blue beret raised his arm, flinched from bullets flying from behind and alongside him, and with a clenched fist he shouted out twice: ‘Cease Fire.’ When the dust settled many bodies lay on the ground.

South African news channels described a ‘media blackout’ and hospital ‘lock down’ that followed. No one was talking, not miners, not police not hospitals and not family members. It was only at lunch time on the following day, that the police finally held a press conference. Thirty four miners lay dead and seventy nine injured at the end of what the South African Police called ‘self defence’
and South African media called the Marikana Massacre.

Suddenly the shoe was on the other foot. Instead of South Africa being shocked and appalled about events in Zimbabwe, we looked with anguish and horror at what was happening there. How could this be happening in South Africa we asked? The most progressive, prosperous country on the continent. The country which boasts the most enlightened constitution in the world and yet police used live ammunition against striking miners and used it to kill.

Since February 2000 countless ordinary South African citizens, churches, civic society organizations and NGO’s have been tireless friends of Zimbabwe. They’ve taken us in when we were on the run, protected us when we were scared, fed us when we were starving, shouted out for us when we’ve been silenced, tended our wounds when we’ve been beaten. They’ve sent food parcels, blankets and medicines and for years churches and others have continued to fill boxes with groceries for people in Zimbabwe. What can we say to our neighbours now except we are sorry, saddened and shocked.
Until next time,
thanks for reading,
love cathy

For information on my new book “IMIRE”, about Norman Travers and Imire Game Park, or my other books about Zimbabwe: “Innocent Victims,” African Tears,” “Beyond Tears;” and “History of the Mukuvisi Woodlands 1910-2010”, or to subscribe/unsubscribe to this letter, please visit my website or contact

Handy Home Hints

Before closing a paint tin, float a cork on top of the paint. When using the paint again ease around skin which has settled on top. Lift cork out and the skin will come off in one piece.

Use a drawing pin to stop a new tube of glue from gumming up.

To stop clocks clogging up with dust, sprinkle paraffin on cotton wool and place in the bottom of the clock. This will draw the dust.

To clean broom bristles pressed together by long use, hold bristles over a kettle of boiling water.

To stop mop or broom handles falling from walls they are leaning against, slip a finger cut from an old rubber glove over the handle top.

To find the exact colour of paint when it is dry, blob a little on blotting paper. This will soak up the solvents and leave the dry colour.

Stick adhesive tape into fingertips of new rubber gloves for longer wear.

For curtain runners that stick, rub rail and runners with vaseline or furniture polish.

Prevent after party smells by sprinkling bicarb into the ashtrays.

To clean a rusty mincer, mince lard. Leave for a few minutes and then pour some boiling water over.

When shoe polish is all broken up, heat the tin in a warm oven and it will met into a useable piece.

Nails and screw kept in an empty polish tin will never rust.

When covering the backs of pictures, moisten the brown paper, then when dry, it shrinks and becomes taut.

Cotton wool pads behind the lower corners of pictures allow the dust to fall through.

Re-attach a bath plug to it's chain with a key ring.

Use the red hot tip of a knitting needle to pierce a hole through suede belts.

Fig tree twigs in dried fruit prevents weevils.

If your shoes are too tight, put meths into them, then wear them.

If shoes are very wet, never put near heat, rather stuff full of newspaper.

For a sticky iron, iron some powdered household cleaner for a few seconds.

Spread left-over egg white on a plate to dry, then keep in a cork dried white mixed with 200g of water and left overnight is good enough for snow and it will keep for years.

Use a nutcracker for difficult screw caps.

If a knife breaks, push the blade into a piece of hosepipe. It can then be used for odd jobs.

If a paint job can't be finished in a day, seal the brushed in foil and they will be soft the next day.

Old toothbrushes are good for defluffing the sewing machine and taking the polish off silverware.

To clean suitcases beautifully, use lemon juice and water.

To stop copper bracelets from tarnishing, polish well and paint with clear nail varnish.

To make brass and copper shine bright for a longer time, clean well then polish with floor polish.

To clean a narrow necked glass flower vase, fill half full with water and add a little fine grained sand. Shake well. Glass cleans without scratching.

Unblock a sink by pouring a handful of bicarbonate of soda down and following it with a cup of vinegar. Hold the plug down and the violent frothing with clean your drain miraculously.
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Recipe Requests

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The Recipes

One Pan Wonder

375g mini pork sausages
400g par-boiled baby potatoes, halved or quartered
1 red onion, cut into wedges
4 sprigs thyme
olive oil
30ml balsamic vinegar (optional)
250g button mushrooms
3 tomatoes, cut into wedges or 200g cherry tomatoes
salt & freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
2. Place sausages, thyme, onions and baby potatoes into a roasting pan and drizzle with oil. Roast for 15 minutes.
3. Add the remaining ingredients, season, and roast for a further 10 - 15 minutes until cooked.
4. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve.

Vienna, Spinach and Feta Pie

250g Vienna sausages, sliced
400g short crust pastry, defrosted
15ml butter
150g baby spinach, washed
150g feta cheese, crumbled
3 eggs
250ml milk
125ml sour cream
10ml lemon juice
80ml cheddar cheese, grated
2ml mustard powder
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
2. Line a pie dish with the pastry and allow to cool in the fridge.
3. In a saucepan, over a medium heat, melt the butter, then add the spinach and fry quickly until wilted
4. Spoon the vienna slices and spinach into the pastry base and follow with the feta cheese.
5. In a bowl, beat together the remaining ingredients and pour over the base.
6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until browned and cooked. Serve immediately with a green salad and crisp bread.


Polony Risotto

250g polony, thickly sliced and cubed
1 litre hot chicken stock
25g butter
45ml olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
500ml rice
375ml dry white wine
20ml basil or sage, freshly chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
salt and freshly ground black pepper
45ml parmesan cheese, grated

1. In a deep saucepan or frying pan heat the butter and oil and sauté the onion until soft. Add rice and cook for 2 minutes.
2. Add half the wine and bring to the boil, stirring constantly.
3. As the mix gets drier, slowly add the stock, then the rest of the wine.. Stir continually until the stock has been absorbed. Add the basil, garlic and polony.
4. Season, remove from the heat and stir in the cheese. Serve immediately.

Mini Vienna Stir-fry

250g mini cheese viennas
10ml oil
1 onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
200g cherry tomatoes, halved or 4 tomatoes, chopped
100g snow peas
100g julienne carrots
1/2 red pepper, sliced
1/2 yellow pepper, sliced
salt & freshly ground black pepper
2.5g sugar
2 x packets of 2 min noodles

1. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan. Stir-fry onion over a high heat for 3 - 4 minutes, add garlic and stir-fry for a further 1 minute.
2. Add vegetables and sugar. Stir-fry for a further 2 - 3 minutes. Stir in the mini viennas and season with salt and pepper.
3. Cook noodles according to the packet instructions and add to the stir-fry.


Bacon and Butternut Pasta

250g diced bacon
15ml olive oil
1 small butternut, peeled and cubed
400g pasta of your choice
100g baby spinach, rinsed
1 chilli, finely chopped (optional)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
parmesan or pecorino cheese for garnishing

1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Season the butternut and place on an oven tray and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss to coat evenly and roast until tender and slightly caramelized (25 - 30 minutes).
2. Cook pasta according to packet instructions.
3. In a frying pan, cook bacon until crispy, add spinach and chilli. Cook briefly until spinach wilts, then add the roasted butternut and season.
4. Toss together with cooked pasta, then drizzle with extra olive oil. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.


Chicken Liver and Bacon Rolls

4 rashers streaky bacon
1 crusty roll
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 red pepper, sliced
1/2 yellow pepper, sliced
250g chicken livers
2 - 4 ml Tabasco sauce or 30 - 40 ml sweet chilli sauce
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1.Halve and butter the roll. In a frying pan cook the bacon until crisp, remove then drain most of the oil from the pan, leaving about 15ml of oil in the pan.
2. Sauté the onion until softened, then add the peppers and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the chicken livers and Tabasco or Chilli sauce. Season and cook for 6 - 8 minutes until the livers are cooked through.
3. Pile the liver mixture on to the half roll and top with bacon.


Vienna, Bacon and Sweetcorn Pie

300g viennas, sliced
250g diced bacon
15ml olive oil
15ml butter
1 small onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
2 sticks celery, finely sliced
45ml flour
420ml milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper
pinch paprika
400g puff pastry, defrosted
1 egg, beaten
handful of fresh thyme leaves
2 sweet mielies, kernels cut off or a tin of whole kernels, drained

1. Preheat the oven to 220°C. In a large saucepan heat the oil and butter and sauté the onion for 2 - 3 minutes. Add the bacon and cook for another 2 - 3 minutes.
2. Add the carrots, celery and thyme and cook over a gently heat for 4 - 5 minutes. Stir in the corn and vienna slices.
3. Turn the heat up a little and add the flour. Keep stirring for a minute before removing from the heat and slowly adding the milk.
4. Return to the heat and cook while stirring for a further minute or two. Season to taste and add a little more if necessary.
5. Pour into a pie dish. Egg wash the rim of your dish, drape over the rolled pastry and trim the edges with a knife. Egg wash the top of the pastry.
6. Cook in the centre of the oven for 10 minutes, reduce temperature to 200°C and bake for a further 15 minutes or until golden brown on top.


Russian Potato Bake

5 Russians, sliced
800g potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
salt and freshly ground black pepper
250ml cream
125ml milk
250g cheddar cheese, grated

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Lightly grease a casserole dish and place a single layer of potato slices in the dish.
2. Scatter over a few Russian slices and some grated cheese. Mix the cream and milk together, season and pour over enough to just cover the layer.
3. Continue the process until all the ingredients are used and finish with a layer of cheese. Bake until the potatoes are tender, 90 - 120 minutes, depending on how deep the dish is. A shallow dish will cook quicker.


Garlic Polony Loaf

150g garlic polony, sliced and quartered
1 loaf French baguette
125g butter
15 - 30 ml sweet chilli sauce
15ml fresh parsley, chopped
150g mozzarella cheese, sliced
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
2. Soften the butter, add sweet chilli sauce, parsley and seasoning.
3. Slice the baquette without cutting right through the base of the loaf.
4. Spread seasoned butter on both sides of every slice and place a slice of polony and cheese between each slice.
5. Wrap loaf in tinfoil and bake for 15 minutes, opening foil on top to crisp slightly for the last few minutes.


Russian and Sweet Potato Salad

250g Russians, thickly sliced
500g sweet potato, washed and cut into wedges
45ml olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
45ml fresh lemon juice
5ml whole-grain mustard
5ml honey
1 chilli, finely chopped (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Place sweet potatoes onto a baking tray and drizzle over the olive oil. Toss to coat. Season and bake for 30 minutes, until tender and lightly browned.
2. Fry Russian slices until crisp, remove and drain. Combine sweet potato and Russian in a bowl. Mix dressing ingredients together and season.
3. Pour over the salad and serve with chilli and rocket leaves.

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My Super Duper Recipe CD

I have just added 37 very old digitally scanned (you see the actual pages of the book) recipe books to the CD, at no extra cost. Here is your chance to have a really unique recipe book collection.

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

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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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