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January 12, 2005
Looking at the temperatures one would think that it is almost summer here in Belgium! We are "sweating" in almost 13C.
And that in the middle of the winter! It's almost time to get out the shorts and T-shirts!
Well. not quite.
First of all our best wishes to all our readers for the New Year. May it be a prosperous, healthy and safe year for all of us.
We hope that the festive season was a fun one for all of you!
So, that's 2004 done with and we are well on our way into January. We are a bit slow off the mark with our newsletter this month but, with all the happenings over and recovering from the past couple of weeks I am sure you'll forgive me.
We had a great December!
The first two weeks was still work for us but after that June's sister Carol and her husband Peter came by Euro Star from England to visit us.
We really kept ourselves busy with shopping, cooking, eating, drinking and all the other "normal" things a human being does during this period.
We went to the Christmas market in Antwerp where it was so busy that Carol and June decided to deposit themselves in a pub on the Groenplaats. Peter and myself proceeded to raid all the little food stalls where we had lovely eats such as Olieballen (like a Vetkoek) with icing sugar all over them, Poffertjes (Mini pancakes also with icing sugar all over them) and, in the end, my all-time favourite on a cold winter evening, little fried potatoes with onions and little pieces of bacon!
Christmas day June made the most delicious Beef Wellington. I found this meat wholesaler in Brussels who sells Argentinean beef. I must have told you about that before I think.
It was a relatively quiet Christmas day. Tony, Catherine and the kids came around so it was just the six of us and the kids.
Derek, Jeanine and the boys as well as Gwendy went to South Africa on holiday. Gwendy went to Port Elizabeth where she visited her Mum and took a diving course. I am pretty proud of my daughter who is now a qualified diver!! What next will she do I ask myself?
Derek and Jeanine went to Knysna where they bought land at Sparrenbosch some time ago. Time to start building now!
And that was Christmas!
We spent one day in Worthing, bought a couple of odds and ends we cannot get in Belgium and returned home the next day.
So, back home again and back to normal and into the New Year and all that it will bring us.
Well, that's it for this month. You now know what we did over the festive season. Why don't you write about yours and let all our readers enjoy your escapades!
Keep well and we'll speak again next month!
Brussels Sprouts?? Yugh!!(By Carol James)
We were once again amazed at how many people decided to start making biltong over the festive season.
Our Home Biltong makers were ordered from places as far apart as New Zealand and the Bahamas!
But, we asked ourselves, why wait for a special occasion?
You can start making your own Biltong right now!
You can order the new BILTONG BUDDY by going to our order page or you can have a look at it first by clicking on this link.
With ROCKEY'S NEW AGE 5kg Biltong Maker you can make enough Biltong to last you over the Christmas period!
Details on Rockey's machine can be found by clicking on this link.
Our special festive seasons offers have been extended to the end of January!
We are running a bit low on the Rockey's 5kg machines so make use of this opportunity!
Biltong spices to Australia
We often have people writing to us asking how difficult it is to import spices in to Australia.
It is a well known fact that the Australian authorities are very strict on the importation of all kinds of foodstuffs including spices.
Over the years we have found that our spices are quite acceptable since they do not contain any prohibited substances. On only one occasion one of our customers was asked to produce a document stating the content of the spices. We duly mailed this to the authorities after which the spices were released.
Here is what one of our Australian customers wrote in reply to a question put to our readers in the December newsletter.
Regarding your question to Biltongmakers.Com about importing spices to Australia;
I had exactly the same concerns as you do, but eventually decided "what the hell, just go for it"!
I ordered the Biltong Maker as well as some spices and the whole order arrived safe and sound!
So I decided to order some more spices, just to see what would happen. At first I placed a small order just in case it did not get through, but it did and the order arrived with no problem. Now I order spices from Biltongmakers.Com all the time and have never had a problem.
The only thing is that it takes so long to get to Sydney if you order surface mail and airmail is expensive.
I have now actually ordered another Biltong maker to give to a friend as a wedding present.
By the way some of the recipes from Biltongmakers.Com call for locally available ingredients.
My advice to you is GO FOR IT, you will not be sorry!!
A very happy Australian Biltongmakers.Com customer!
If you have an answer for these people please mail them?
(Please copy us in on your mails (firstname.lastname@example.org)so we can help other people who might have the same questions in the future)
I was wondering if you had any recipes for drying Chicken or Turkey?
Thanks and best regards,
My name is Errol, I am looking for a Venison Potjie recipe named "BUSHPIG SHINS"
Can you help please?
Is it possible that you can send me your recipe for Droë Wors?
Thanks in advance
Hi there from a wet and cold UK!
I am looking for an old Afrikaans recipe for pickled fish "tarts" which we had from an old Radio Suid Afrika programme.
Can't find one anywhere, and came across your web site.
Any chance you could help?
Douglas M Hendry
The left-overs from Christmas
We all had leftovers from Christmas and will probably also have leftovers from New Year's eve, this is what you can do with it.....
Sauté mushrooms, onion, apple and turkey in margarine until the apple and onion are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add salt, flour and curry powder and stir thoroughly. Add juice and cream and cook until thickened. Place over hot, not boiling water for about 15 minutes to blend the flavors.
Melt margarine, add green pepper and mushrooms and sauté until tender. Lift out. Add flour to margarine, add stock and cook until thickened. Add turkey, cooked pepper and mushrooms and heat thoroughly. Remove from heat and add cream mixed with beaten egg yolks and remaining ingredients. Serve at once or place over hot, not boiling water to keep hot. Do not boil after adding egg yolks.
This recipe can also be used for chicken or salmon a la king. Just substitute the turkey with 2 cups of diced cooked chicken or 2 cups of boned, canned red salmon
Place flour and salt in a bowl.
Rub in the butter using your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
Mix in the egg yolk using a knife. The mixture should form a firm dough.
If it's too dry, add a little cold water.
Roll into a ball and refrigerate while you prepare the filling.
Making the filling
Heat oil in a saucepan and brown the onions.
Add green pepper, mushrooms and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
Stir in 400 ml water, tomato soup, turkey and origanum (5 ml if using dried origanum).
Bring to the boil and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Season to taste, then set aside to cool.
Making the Pie
Spoon cool mixture into a greased pie dish.
Roll pastry out on a floured surface.
Use a sharp knife to cut out leaf shapes.
Layer the pastry leaves over the filling.
Brush with egg and bake in a preheated oven at 200 ºC for 30 minutes, or until pastry is golden.
(With kind permission from Pete's web site)
It must still be holidays in some parts of the world because no entries were received this month!
However, we did receive a request from one of our readers in Iceland!
Eve and Paul Jordaan are starting a Biltong and Boerewors business in Iceland.
They would like to know if any of our readers could give them some pointers and/or advice.
Perhaps some of you are in the business and any help for them will be most welcome!
You can email Eve and Paul by clicking here email@example.com
Then we had a lovely email from Jackie Clark in Pretoria. Jackie is blind but says that she has a most wonderful invention called a screen reader.
Perhaps some of you would like to correspond with her?
Here is her mail;
By pure accident I stumbled onto your newsletter after having the most terrible problems with a new computer and the fact that we can not get our e-mails set up properly.
But what a nice accident!!!
I am living in Pretoria, am blind and make use of the most wonderful technology with a screen reader. I am not ashamed to admit that I am totally hooked to the Internet and I can sit for hours on end just reading.
I am madly addicted to cooking and if you could see the thousands of recipes on this computer, you would understand why I was so glad when I got your newsletter in my in-box.
Another addiction of mine is the culture and everything that is traditional to this lovely country.
But now I must admit that I do envy you so very much with your snow and chill. Yes, you have read correctly, I am longing for some cold or at least a little cooler weather.
At this stage it is terribly hot and very, very dry.
Although I am Afrikaans speaking and I love my language, I prefer working in English on the computer because of this American who is reading for me.
His Afrikaans accent is not very good and it is easier to understand his English.
I look forward to receiving your newsletters from now on and must say again that stumbling onto Biltongmakers.Com was one of the best accidents that have happened to me!
Best of South African wishes and believe me, it is very warm wishes.
Before we put her mail in our newsletter we asked Jackie if she would mind if we did.
This was her reply!
No, I wont mind at all, but on one condition. Someone must find me a place to go and stay somewhere abroad. I love my country, I love my own language even more, but I am so absolutely fed-up with this crime, violence and unfair racism.
I know there is crime all over the world, but to stay behind these electric fences, barb wire and razor wire and having to cope with alarm systems and what not more, is just toooooooooo much sometimes.
Sorry to give you it all, but I feel a little better blowing off all my frustrations. By all means. I would love having correspondents all over the world. As long as they write in English. Not because I just want to for the sake of it, but because of my voice system which was made in the U S.
(Julle moet die Afrikaans hoor wat die man praat!
Will send you a piece I always write down phonetically when I have to learn something for the church choir.
(The only way he can read Afrikaans.)
I have a couple of pen friends and I love them to bits.
Doet so voort met die lekker werk op die werf!!!!
Baie warm Suid Afrikaanse groete vir almal.
How can you live without knowing these things!
A. One thousand
A. All invented by women.
A. Father's Day
At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.
Proteas preparing for Wanderers encounter
Two weeks ago it looked as though the Test career of Mark Boucher might be over after 20-year-old AB de Villiers was selected as wicketkeeper for South Africa and had a good match with the bat in Durban.
Now Boucher has been recalled to the national squad and the keeper whose Test career may have been ended is WP-Boland's Thami Tsolekile.
Boucher's inclusion at the expense of Tsolekile was the only change in the South African squad of 14 announced for the final two tests, after the Proteas' 196-run victory over England at Newlands on Thursday.
The scoreline in the series is 1-1 with matches at the Wanderers (January 13-17) and Centurion (January 21-25) remaining.
After performing adequately behind the stumps in the difficult Indian conditions, Tsolekile had an excellent game in the first Test against England in Port Elizabeth despite the home team's defeat.
However, the selectors dropped the Cape gloveman for the next Test in Durban, moving De Villiers down the batting order from opener to No 7 when Herschelle Gibbs returned.
That was an attempt to improve the batting depth in the team, and De Villiers came to light with a valuable undefeated 52 in the second innings as he and Shaun Pollock got together in the partnership that saved the game for South Africa.
In naming the revised squad on Thursday, selection convener Haroon Lorgat said: "With the series poised at 1-1, we have a real opportunity to win it. We want to bring more experience into the squad."
As to the starting XI, Lorgat said there were several options, but the change the selectors seem likely to make is to drop batsman Hashim Amla and pick Boucher to keep wicket.
Amla could consider himself unfortunate if he is indeed dropped. After a disappointing one and nought in the Durban Test, he got a rough lbw decision on 25 in the first innings at Newlands and like several others perished senselessly in an untidy lower-order batting performance leading up to the second innings declaration on Wednesday, for 10 runs.
Another option for changing the team would see De Villiers promoted to open the innings again, with Gibbs finally making the drop down a couple of places.
Of Gibbs, who has scores of 15, 35, four and 24 in the series, captain Graeme Smith said on Thursday that he hoped to see the liveliness his opening partner was displaying in the field transferred to his batting soon.
The only injury concern in the South African camp is the fractured bone in Charl Langeveldt's left hand.
The cocktail of Langeveldt's swing and the pace and bounce of the Wanderers wicket make him a certain choice for the Johannesburg Test.
He will have intensive treatment for the injury, and faces a fitness test on Wednesday. If he is ruled out a replacement will be called up, although squad member Dale Steyn, who played in the first two tests in the series would probably be included in the starting line-up.
South African squad:
Graeme Smith (captain), Nicky Bojé, Mark Boucher, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Jacques Kallis, Charl Langeveldt, Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Jacques Rudolph, Dale Steyn
This article was originally published on page 16 of Cape Argus on January 07, 2005
The winners of the December Competition
Wayne Goodall from Perth who won the Biltong Buddy.
Louise Terreblanche from Dallas who won the Barbecue Utensil kit and
George van Staden from Vancouver who won the Blackwood Biltong Cutter.
Congratulations to all of you, your prizes have been shipped and will reach you shortly!
The answer to the December competition question was:
An old potato!
This specific one had been taken up to our bedroom by our cat, Miss Muffett. She had a habit of bringing potatoes up to us from the kitchen and depositing them in our bed (as a present?). This potato somehow ended up under the bed where it was discovered by me a long time later.
Remember the following:
The prize for the January Competition
The winner for the competition for January 2005 will receive each of the 12 Nice 'n Spicy spice packets complete with recipes!
Click here to see a picture of it on the competition page!
To enter the competition all you have to do is to visit our home page at www.biltongmakers.com and click on one of the two competition links.
The winners of all competitions are notified by email.
Some of the other prizes for the year
So, don't wait!
You can enter right now by clicking on the competition link on our home page.
It's easy to earn a free Biltong Maker!
As a South African orientated web site we are constantly looking to contact more and more South Africans across the world.
Not only to tell them about how they can make their own Biltong but also to give them a chance to share their stories with other South Africans the world over.
So, here is your chance to help us.
If you know about a South African family or friend living near you or perhaps somewhere far away, why not tell them about us and then us about them.
Perhaps you can send us their email address so that we can mail them a copy of this newsletter.
If they like it they can stay on the mailing list, if not they can just let us know and we will remove them.
If the response we receive is large enough and, directly due to your efforts people place orders with us, you could be rewarded by receiving one of our products totally free of charge.
What an easy way to perhaps get your own Home Biltong Maker without having to pay a cent for it!
You can mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
During August many people went to the trouble once again of submitting their friend's and family's names and we would like to thank all!
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