Greetings everyone! And a special welcome to all the new subscribers!
A Happy Mother's
Day to all the moms out there!, here is something about you for all
the moms -to-be!
For those of you
that are not moms yet……………LEARN THIS OFF BY HEART!!!!
Was your Mom mean? I know mine was. We had the meanest mother in the whole
world! While other kids ate candy for breakfast, we had cereal, eggs, and
toast. When others had a Pepsi and a Twinkie for lunch, we had to eat
healthy sandwiches. And you can guess our mother fixed us a dinner that
was different from what other kids had, too.
Mother insisted on knowing where we were all times. You’d think we were
convicts in a prison. She had to know who our friends were, and what we
were doing all the time. She insisted that if we said we would be gone for
an hour, we would be gone for an hour or less.
We were ashamed to admit it, but she had the nerve to break the Child
Labour Laws by making us work. We had to wash the dishes, make the beds,
learn to cook, vacuum the floor, do laundry, and all sorts of cruel jobs.
I think she would lie awake at night thinking of more things for us to do.
She always insisted on us telling the truth the whole truth and nothing
but the truth.
By the time we were teenagers, she could read our minds. Then, life was
really tough! Mother would not let our friends just honk the horn when
they drove up. They had to come to the door so she could meet them. While
everyone else could date when they were 12 or 13, we had to wait until we
Because of our mother we missed out on lots of things other kids
experienced. None of us have ever been caught shoplifting, vandalising
others property or ever arrested for any crime. It was all her fault. We
never got drunk, took up smoking, stayed out all night, or a million other
things kids did.
Now that we all left home, we are all educated, honest adults. We are
doing our best to be mean parents just like mom was.
I think that is what’s wrong with the world today. It just doesn’t have
enough mean moms anymore.
I see this is
letter #99! Wow, how time flies! I started this newsletter some years ago
to get votes for the Culinary Top 100 competition I had entered. The site
eventually made it to the Hall of Fame but doing the Newsletter was such
fun that I continued with it. Over the years I have made many friends, so
much so that I started a Yahoo Group with a small group of really great
Hands up all who love
cheesecake! I am featuring some mouthwatering cheesecake recipes in this
newsletter. My mother-in-law used to love cheesecake and whenever there
was some sort of family celebration she would makes sure that there was at
least one cheesecake. For dieters and cholesterol watchers cheesecake is
only for VERY special occasions!
Now after enjoying a
slice (or more) of cheesecake one inevitably checks the scales to see what
damage has been done. Here are some weighing tips!
How to Weigh
1. Weigh yourself with clothes on after dinner and without clothes in the
morning before breakfast. It's nice to see how much weight you've lost
2. Never weigh yourself with wet hair.
3. When weighing, remove everything, including glasses.
Blurred vision is an asset. Don't forget the earrings, nose rings, nipple
rings, belly button jewelry and any other things put into holes in your
body - they can weigh at least a pound.
4. Use cheap scales only, never the medical kind, because cheap scales are
always five pounds off ... to your advantage.
5. Always go to the bathroom first, get rid of ALL fluids, solids, and
heavier than air gas!
6. Stand with arms raised, making pressure on the scale lighter.
7. Don't eat or drink in the morning until AFTER you've weighed yourself .
8. Weigh yourself after a haircut. This is good for at least half a pound
of hair (hopefully).
9. Exhale with all your might BEFORE stepping onto the scale
(air has to weigh something, right?).
10. Start out with just one foot on the scale, then holding onto the towel
rack in front of you, slowly edge your other foot on and slowly let off of
the rack. Admittedly, this takes time, but it's worth it. You will weigh
at least two pounds less than if you'd stepped on normally. Avoid the
SHOCK of a high number that will scare you.
And still on the
subject of eating and weighing......
by James J. Kenney, PhD, RD, FACN
Ghrelin is a recently discovered hormone produced by the stomach and other
parts of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. High levels of this hormone are
released by the GI tract into the blood and correlate with subjective
feelings of hunger. When ghrelin is given to people intravenously, it
increases their hunger level and causes them to eat significantly more
calories at meal time than when given a placebo.
Ghrelin is one of the first hormones that has been shown to stimulate
appetite. It seems to be involved in short-term satiety after a meal and
in long-term hunger and food intake regulation as well. It is one of the
most promising biomarkers yet discovered for hunger and food intake
When people lose weight on calorie-restricted diets, ghrelin levels
increase and people report they are hungrier than before they lost the
weight. In one study ghrelin levels rose 24% after subjects lost 17% of
their initial body weight.
Eating food dramatically lowers ghrelin levels in the blood and eliminates
hunger. But simply drinking water does not lower ghrelin levels and does
not reduce hunger. Not all foods have the same impact on ghrelin levels.
* Ghrelin levels drop in proportion to the amount of carbohydrate in a
meal or snack.
* The consumption of fat or a fat-rich meal does not suppress the release
of ghrelin nearly as effectively as does a meal with more carbohydrate and
little fat. This may explain why most people who lose body fat and keep it
off do so on fat-restricted diets.
* Fructose, like fat, suppresses ghrelin less than glucose suggesting it
too may contribute to overeating and weight gain.
Research on ghrelin suggests that people are more likely to be able to
control their appetites and lose weight and keep it off without having to
deal with increased hunger if they consume less fat and fructose.
[Source Communicating Food for Health]
We are more valuable than any of the younger generations:
We have silver in our hair.
We have gold in our teeth.
We have stones in our kidneys.
We have lead in our feet and ....
We are loaded with natural gas.
Any cat lovers out
there? This was sent to me by a friend an is dedicated to Eric, Mig's cat!
The Naming of Cats
is a difficult matter;
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first that I'm mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey---
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames ;
Such as Plato, Amadeus, Electra, Demeter---
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified.
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Corocopat,
Such as Bombalureena , or else Jellyorum---
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess
The name that no human research will ever discover---.
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same .
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought,of the thought, of the thought of his name;
His ineffable, effable, effaneffanable,
Deep and inscrutable, singular Name.
Failure is the
opportunity to begin again more intelligently.-Henry Ford
Think a litre of
petrol is expensive?
This makes one think, and also puts things in perspective.
Diet Coke can 340ml R4.50 = R13.24 per litre
Lipton Ice Tea 200ml R2.50 = R12.50 per litre
Energade 250ml R3.50 = R14.00 per litre
Brake Fluid 100ml R6.00 = R60.00 per litre
Vick's Nasal Sprayl 50ml R9.00 = R180.00 per litre
And this is the REAL KICKER...
Evian water 500ml R13.00 = R26.00! R26.00 for WATER!
So, the next time you're at the pump, be glad your car doesn't run on
water, Coke, or Vick's Nasal Spray!!!
Just a little humour to help ease the pain of your next trip to the
Is your middle
ear causing you problems?
Ever feel dizzy and off balance, like the room's moving round you at
Well, it could be because of your middle ear.
This is a section of the inner ear, which controls your sense of
equilibrium and balance. And if you're suffering, it could be that your
middle ear has a deficiency of key nutrients.
Try taking a daily course of multivitamins and minerals, containing 25 to
50mg of the B vitamins, 200mg of magnesium and 2 to 5mg of manganese.
But if it continues, it's best to see your doctor in case the dizziness is
a symptom of something else.
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Herb Section - Catnip
Catnip, often called catmint, is thought to originate from the
Roman town Nepeti, where it was extensively cultivated.
Catnip is a hardy herbaceous perennial, and will growing any soil
in sun or partial shade. I suggest you cover your cuttings or
small plants with mesh to keep the cat at bay, as they love to
roll in the leaves. Catnip can be planted in containers, or hung
in a basket, in full sun, on the patio. The leaves are picked when
young, or else the whole plant can be preserved by drying.
Catnip attracts bees and butterflies, and of course cats, to your
garden. It deters certain beetles, so is beneficial to vegetable
gardens. It makes an ideal edging for roses, as aphids cannot
stand the plant.
Catnip leaves can be dried, and stuffed into small toys for your
The smell of catnip repels rats, and makes a superb insect
Catnip is used to combat varicose veins. Make a mild tea by
pouring 2lt of boiling water over a cup of leaves and flowers, let
stand for 15 minutes, then strain. Wring out cloths in this liquid
and apply to your varicose veins for 30 minutes. Repeat for three
The leaf and flowering top are rich in vitamin C. A cup of boiling
water poured over a quarter cup of leaves and flowers, strained,
then sweeten with honey, relieves colds and fevers. The tea also
An infusion can be uses to treat restlessness, colic and
bedwetting in children. Steep a sprig of catnip the size of your
thumb together with a thumb-sized sprig of marjoram, in half a cup
of boiling water, allow to stand for 5 minutes then strain.
Sweeten with honey, and give a few small sips to the child before
going to sleep.
Catnip tea can be used to relieve pain associated with
menstruation and digestion. Take 1 - 3 tsp before meals, or sip
1/2 a cup twice a day.
Catnip leaves can be rubbed on meat to flavour it before cooking.
The young shoots can be used as a salad vegetable, but in small
quantities only, as they have a very strong flavour.
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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.
TOPPED WITH ALMOND BRITTLE
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
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.
1 packet 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.
½ packet Marie biscuits, crushed
80ml butter melted
1 packet (60g) strawberry jelly
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
1½ packets Marie biscuits, crushed 500g
smooth cottage cheese
379g condensed milk
440g crushed pineapple
110g can granadilla pulp
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.