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Newsletter #82  - August 15 ,2004

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Hope you are all keeping well!
For my recipes this time I am featuring a category on Cheesecake from Anna Eksteen's great recipe eBook. She has compiled the best 5 South African recipes in various categories, so scroll down to see the yummy recipes she has in the Cheesecake category. This eBook, available in both English and Afrikaans makes the ideal gift, just download it, send Anna the bargain price of R60 ($12 US) and you are free to send it to your friends and family anywhere in the world at just the cost of an email! With Christmas present time coming closer fast, this is the cost effective way to go. Click here for more details!

Water, water everywhere.....
I found this email forward quite interesting. I personally think Coke is the best thing since sliced bread! Probably even before sliced bread! Nothing more refreshing on a hot day than a tall glass filled with ice then covered with Coke! If you mention America to me, the first thing I think about is a hamburger and a Coke. Just a thought, I wonder if American hamburgers are all that nice?? Anyway, enjoy the following bit on water and Coke!

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This is really an eye opener!
We all know that water is important but I've never seen it written down like this before.

1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half world population.)
2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.
4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?

1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in two days.
3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for sumptuous brown gravy.
8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.
1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis.
2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.
3. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!
Now the question is, would YOU like a glass of water or coke.

Like they say in their ad: "Always Coca-Cola!"   OK, Coke, I have done my bit for you now, you may deliver a case to my doorstep, thank you! Anyone from Coke out there???? If I do get my Coke, I will write about Mercedes next time!!!

We visited Kruger Park at the end of July, click here to see some of the pics I took! At long last I managed to get my pic of a leopard to complete my Big 5 collection! We also had a rare sighting of a "blue moon"  that only happens when you have two full moons in the same month. I took quite a lot of moon pics , click here to see one of them.

While trying to take the long awaited pic of the leopard, I came across one of the most selfish people ever! They were sitting in their car, hogging the one vantage spot from which to see and take photos of the leopard. They just sat there, taking pics, chatting, enjoying refreshments for t least half an hour! By that time there was a line of very irate drivers also wanting to get a glimpse of the leopard, but our friend was in ignore mode and took his time. Click here to see a pic of his car and the license plate!
The leopard pic is at the bottom of my Big 5 Page!

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Thanks to everyone who has mailed us fridge magnets depicting your State, City or Country. If you collect fridge magnets, I will mail you a South African one for every one I receive from another country. Please email me and we can make arrangements. Thanx a lot!

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200g Marie biscuits                       125ml butter melted
1 packet orange jelly powder         410g apricot halves
250g smooth cottage cheese          250ml fresh cream
410g apricot halves                       125ml whipped fresh cream
chopped nuts of your choice

Crush the Marie biscuits. Melt the margarine and mix with the crushed Marie biscuits. Line the base of a large dish with the mixture and chill in the refrigerator while you are preparing the filling. Drain the syrup from the apricot halves and make up to 150ml water if necessary. Bring the syrup to the boil and dissolve the jelly powder in the hot syrup. Set aside to cool at room temperature. Puree the apricots and stir into the jelly mixture. Whisk in the cottage cheese until the mixture is smooth and thick. Whip the fresh cream and fold gently into the mixture. Pour filling onto crust and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Decorate with apricot halves, whipped cream and chopped nuts.

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but we are responsible for who we become. -Unknown


200g digestive biscuits, crushed              50g ground almonds
80ml butter, melted
120ml butter, at room temperature           500g Creamed cottage cheese
4 large eggs, separated                           180g castor sugar
45ml corn flour                                       25ml lemon juice
250g sugar                                             125ml thick cream
100g unbleached almonds, toasted

Mix together crushed biscuits, ground almonds and melted butter . Press into the base of a greased 22cm spring-form tin. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
Beat together the butter, 480g cottage cheese and egg yolks until smooth. Add the castor sugar, corn flour and 20ml lemon juice and beat well. Using clean beaters, whisk the egg whites until stiff. Fold into the cheese mixture. Spoon mixture into the tin and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until set. Switch oven off and allow cheesecake to cool in the oven. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Place sugar in a heavy-based saucepan. Heat over a low heat, stirring until sugar melts and starts turning a light caramel colour. Stir in the almonds, then pour onto a greased baking tray. Set aside until hard, then break into pieces. Just before serving, mix together the remaining 20g cottage cheese, thick cream and remaining lemon juice. Spread over cold cheesecake. Scatter with the brittle pieces and serve.

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.-Henry Ford


1packet Tennis biscuits, crushed            125ml butter, melted
250g smooth cottage cheese                   397g condensed milk
10ml grated orange rind                         60ml orange juice
2 eggs, separated                                  125ml castor sugar

Combine crushed biscuits and melted butter. Press into the base and sides of a 20cm springform pan. Chill. Blend cottage cheese, condensed milk, orange rind and juice and egg yolks well. Pour into biscuit base and bake at 150C for 20 minutes. Whip egg whites stiffly, gradually add sugar. Spread over filling and return to oven for a further 10 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned.


packet Marie biscuits, crushed          80ml butter melted
1 packet (60g) strawberry jelly            5ml gelatine
125ml boiling water                             410g Ideal Milk (light) well chilled
250g smooth cottage cheese

Combine biscuit crumbs and butter and press into a greased dish. Dissolve jelly and gelatine in boiling water and allow to cool and become syrupy. Whip ideal Milk until light and fluffy. Beat in the cooled jelly, then the cottage cheese. Pour into the prepared biscuit crust. Chill for 2-3 hours, until well set. Decorate with fresh berries before serving. (optional)
Makes 8-10 servings.


90ml butter, melted                              5ml cinnamon
1 packets Marie biscuits, crushed       500g smooth cottage cheese
379g condensed milk                           440g crushed pineapple
110g can granadilla pulp                      12.5ml gelatine
250ml cream, whipped

Combine melted butter, biscuit crumbs and cinnamon. Press evenly over base and sides of a 30cm springform pan. Refrigerate until set. Beat together cottage cheese and condensed milk. Drain pineapple, reserving 37,5ml of juice. Fold pineapple and granadilla pulp into cottage cheese mixture. Sprinkle gelatine over reserved pineapple juice. Dissolve over hot water. Fold into cottage cheese mixture along with half the whipped cream. Pour into biscuit base. Refrigerate until set. Decorate with remaining cream and fruit of your choice.




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