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Whenever we go down to Durban, I make a point of enjoying the local curry dishes. I always have to remember that "mild" in Durban is "hot" in Johannesburg. A while ago I received some Indian recipes from a friend in Durban, I am placing some of them in the recipe section, just scroll down

Impress 'sophisticated' friends with your instant wine buffery

Sometimes people are so snooty about wine, it gives you the fear when you
have to serve it at a dinner party, or order it at a posh restaurant.

If you're like me, you enjoy wine but don't obsess about it. In fact,
you'd rather bluff your way through a fancy dinner than read twenty books
in the subject.

To help you, here's a cheeky guide to serving wine like a connoisseur...
Even if you're not!

* For cheesy foods like quiche, pasta dishes and pizzas, try to avoid
white wines. Try Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.

* If you're going for something spicy like chilli con carne or curry and
don't want to serve beer, then go for light, non-oaked wines. Try a
Riesling or Chenin Blanc. If you fancy red red, try something light like
Pinot Noir or Beaujolais.

* For seafood, crisp, dry white wine is best. But for oysters, why not
bring out the champagne? You may as well go the whole way!

* Roast lamb, pork and beef go great with a red Bordeaux or Beaujolais.
Red Burgundy is the traditional match for beef Bourguignon.

* With beef burgers, try a simple, southern French red.

* Smoked salmon - or any smoky foods, in fact - goes well with a strong
wine like a Zinfandel or Australian Shiraz,

* For sushi, try a German Riesling Kabinett.

* For fruity desserts, try Muscat variety wine.

And finally, here's a top tip from a wine-buff I know here in the office...
Always match the weight of the food with the weight of the wine. Heavy stuff like stew needs a full-bodied wine. Normally people reach immediately for the red - but this is the wrong approach. It's actually the weight of the wine, not the colour or flavour, which you should think about. So, despite what your sophisticated friends might say, a full-bodied white wine would match a rich meal better than a light red wine.

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It is important to find a man who works around the house, cooks, cleans, helps care for the kids, and makes good money.

It is important to find a man who loves to spend money on you, and show you a good time.

It is important to find a man who's good in bed and who loves to have sex with you.

It is important that these three men never meet!

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Goodbye to Caffeine?

Don't panic. You can still have your coffee as long as you limit yourself to a cup or two per day. Why? Because caffeine stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar. When too much insulin is released at once, the body's blood sugar level plunges rapidly, resulting in cravings. Decaf doesn't have the same effect, so you might consider switching, or at least mixing ½ caf and ½ decaf. If you do choose a full-strength cup, be mindful of how you feel an hour or two later. If you're craving a snack, chances are your blood sugar has dropped due to that cup of joe. That definitely isn't helpful if you're trying to lose weight. One more thing — if you don't drink your coffee black, be sure to use only low- or non-fat milk and sugar substitute.

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65 Year Old Mother

With all the new technology regarding fertility, a 65-year-old woman was able to give birth to a baby recently.
When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, the relatives came to visit.
"May we see the new baby?" one asked.
"Not yet," said the mother.
"I'll make coffee and we can visit for awhile first."
Thirty minutes had passed, and another relative asked,
"May we see the new baby now"?
"No, not yet," said the mother.
After another few minutes had elapsed, they asked again
"May we see the baby now?"
"Not yet," replied the mother.
Growing very impatient, they asked,
"Well, when CAN we see the baby?"
"WHEN HE CRIES!" she told them.
"WHEN HE CRIES??" they demanded.
"Why do we have to wait until he CRIES??"
"BECAUSE, I forgot where I put him..................."

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The Herb Section -  Sorrell

The indigenous yellow or wood sorrel is the one generally used in cooking. The herb has triangular, lobed leaves with yellow flowers. Sorrel likes a fairly rich, moist soil, and a sunny position, though it will grow in semi shade. Sow seeds in early spring. Cut back the flowering plant to keep the plant perennial. Leaves should be picked for cooking when still young.
The sorrel's yellow flowers give a wonderful show in spring, but try to plant it near marigolds to keep insects away from it. Old leaves make good compost, as they are excellent compost decomposers.

The leaf can be used to bleach rust and ink stains from linen, silver and wicker. Crush and pound the leaves and spread onto the area, leaving for 20 minutes. Wash off with a mild detergent.

Use sorrel leaves for acne and skin disorders. This must be applied as a poltice. The Tswana people apply indigenous sorrel to sores and pimples.

Sorrel is used to treat abscesses.
The root of the sorrel plant has a diuretic and tonic effect.
The leaves, infused as a tea, is used to treat kidney and liver ailments, but in small doses. A cup of boiling water poured over 1/4 cup of fresh, chopped leaves, left to stand for 5 minutes, then strained. Take one cup daily, but for no longer than three days.

Fresh, young sorrel leaves are delicious when added to salads, omelettes and scrambled eggs.
Cook a few leaves with your spinach and cabbage.
The leaves can be cooked as a vegetable, but change the water during cooking, to reduce acidity.
Sorrel soup, made with chicken stock, lovage, celery and onions with a sorrel base, is a gourmet's treat.
Sorrel combines well with thyme, marjoram, chives, onions and lovage.
The indigenous variety is delicious in waterblommetjiebredie.

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Take care,

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The Recipes
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500ml (2 cups) self-raising flour
1 large onion, chopped
3-4 green chillies, chopped
125ml fresh coriander (dhania), chopped
10ml (2 tsp) cumin (jeera)
salt to taste (+/- 2½ tsp)
oil for deep-frying

Heat oil for frying
Combine the rest of the ingredients
Mix well into a batter
Drop teaspoonsful into hot oil
Fry until well puffed and golden
Drain from oil onto absorbent paper


1.5kg filleted chicken breasts
1 tsp salt
2 tbs lemon juice
½ cup cream
½ cup mayonnaise
2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp dhania powder
1 tsp jeera powder
1 tsp fennel powder
2 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
2 tbs chilli paste
4 tbs ground mint
½ cup melted butter

Cut the fillets in even-size pieces, rinse and drain well
Add salt and lemon juice, toss and leave aside for 15-20 minutes
Squeeze out excess moisture and place in another container
Combine the rest of the ingredients and mix with the chicken pieces
Leave aside to marinate for about two hours
Thread onto a skewer, place on grill, baste with marinade and cook until done (± 10 minutes)
Serve with salads and naan


12 chicken pieces
1 cup plain yogurt
1½ tablespoons chilli powder
2 tablespoons dhania powder
1 tablespoon garlic
1 tablespoon ginger
1 tablespoon cumin powder
½ tablespoon garam masala
2 tablespoons salt

Take a bowl wide and deep enough to hold all the chicken pieces. Add the yogurt plus one cup water into the bowl. Add all the spices from numbers 3 to 8 into the bowl and stir to form a homogenous mixture. Now add the chicken pieces into to the mixture, so that they are all covered with the paste/mixture.
Cover the bowl with a lid and let stand for 6 hours or 12 – 15 hours in the fridge.
When you are ready to grill the chicken, apply melted butter to the chicken pieces with a brush or spoon all over. Turn over when they look brownish red in colour or darker if you prefer it well done.
Lemon juice can be sprinkled on the cooked pieces to add flavour.


One large chicken chopped into portions; six chicken thighs or breasts, halved, or six to eight skinless fillets of breast, halved.
The chicken must go into a marinade, so let’s do that first. You will need:

1 green or red chilli, finely chopped, seeds and all
Ό cup coarsely chopped fresh coriander leaves
1 teaspoon turmeric
a good sprinkling of salt
2 teaspoons crushed fresh ginger
2 teaspoons crushed fresh garlic
300ml buttermilk
In a large bowl mix the chicken and all the ingredients and leave to marinate for three to five hours, or
overnight in the refrigerator

For the rest you will need:

6 hard boiled eggs, peeled
6 potatoes, quartered
5 cinnamon sticks
8 cardamom pods
4 onions, thinly sliced and fried to a golden brown and set aside
2 cups of lentils (wash them, then boil them in unsalted water for about 20 minutes until they are just starting to go soft)
1 cup ghee or melted butter, mixed with ½ cup oil
700g Basmati rice (rinse the rice, then parboil until soft but firm, rinse again. Place the rice in a dish,
sprinkle with salt and pour over ½ cup melted butter or ghee)
Ύ cup warm water
½ teaspoon saffron (Mix water and saffron and put aside)

Fry the potato pieces in a little oil or butter until they start browning and are virtually done.
Now you start putting the dish together
Take a large ovenproof dish and pour remaining ghee in the bottom
Add cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods
Spread 1/3 of the rice across the bottom of the dish
Sprinkle one third of the cooked lentils over the rice
Add the chicken and marinade
Spread one third of rice over chicken
Then add all the onion
Then the potatoes
Top with remaining lentils
Arrange eggs on top and cover with remaining rice
Pour over the saffron water
Cover dish very well and place in oven pre-heated to 180 for 90-120 minutes
Serve with Indian bread
It is not traditional, but a chopped onion, tomato, cucumber and lettuce sprinkled with a little olive oil and vinegar goes well with this dish.


4 cups bread flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1 sachet instant dry yeast
Ό cup oil
1 egg
+/- 1½ cups lukewarm water to make a soft dough
oil for deep frying
Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl
Make a well in the centre and add oil
Beat egg lightly and add
Add water and make into a soft dough
Knead for 5-10 minutes until smooth
Cover and leave in a warm place for one hour
Knead again lightly
Divide into 12 portions
Pat into a ball, then roll out the size of a saucer
Allow to rest on a floured surface for 20 minutes
Deep-fry in moderately hot oil until both sides are crisp and golden


1 x 750ml oil
2 x 750ml vinegar
24 lemons
salt as needed
½ cup sugar
1kg green chillies (stemmed)
3 cups pickle masala
½ cup crushed garlic

Wash lemons and boil for 15 mins
Allow to cool, then cut into pieces and remove pips
Place in large container and add salt and sugar
Stir in one bottle (750ml) vinegar
Cover and leave for four days
Soak chillies in another bottle of vinegar for two days
Remove lemon and chillies and dry well for up to three days
Mix everything well and bottle
Add oil and cover and leave for a few days




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