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July/August 2006

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From the editor

Keerbergen
Belgium
July 20, 2006

Hello everybody,

Welcome to our newsletter for July!

You must have been wondering what happened to me this month. It is already the 20th and no sign of the newsletter yet!

Well, I have been wondering myself where all the time has gone to. It has been June and now July is almost finished.

What happened to the first half of this year?

Is life really that hectic that we can no longer make time for a bit of relaxation or is it just a case of us not able to manage our lives properly?

Personally I fall in that last category. I must simply start taking time to do just nothing. Now, for those who know me, this will be a huge task if not totally impossible because I cannot simply sit around and do nothing.

But I can at least give it a good try!

I am sitting in my study overlooking the road in front of the house right now with the windows wide open to let in the small breeze that is blowing at the moment.

It is hot here in Belgium, very hot in fact. Last night when I was walking around on the outside the thermometer read 36C. And that was at 7pm in the shade!!

It has been like this for the past 4-6 weeks now and it does not seem that it will go away. Coming from South Africa you would think that I was used to the heat but boy, is this murder! Back in Linbro Park we at least had our pool! We thought about getting one of these small ones just to sit in to cool down but what is the use. Murphy says that the moment we buy one and have it all ready to go the weather will change and it will be just a hassle to keep clean.

I suppose we are never happy. It's always either too cold or too hot. But then again I keep on saying that you can dress against the cold but you can't dress against the heat!

The worst is that the aircon in my car is bust. The other day whilst driving around in France, somewhere near Normandy, I was rudely stopped by a huge Pheasant running across the road. At 120km per hour this caused enough damage to crack both the cooling radiator and the one for the aircon.

The cooling system was fixed immediately but I did not notice that the aircon was broken as well since one so seldom uses it.

How I wish it was working right now and I cannot even have it fixed because the garage is closed for the holidays and we can't get spares.



We are looking forward to this weekend because my son Tony has organized a huge party and we will be there to do a suckling pig on the spit. We have not done a pig for a very long time and it will be interesting to see how it comes out.

I will show some of the pictures next month.

Hey, I am not going to carry on for long this month.

There is so much already in this edition of our newsletter for you to read and enjoy!

It is holiday time now and I am taking a break as well. The next issue of our newsletter will be at the end of August.

Please send in your contributions for that edition and let us try and make it a bumper one. Tell us all about your holidays or about the so very cold winter you are having in the southern parts of this world.

Anything is always very welcome.

Take care and we will speak soon.

Lo



"If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves."
-Mary Edgeworth-

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."
-Sir Winston Churchill-


Food for thought

Tequila and Salt . . . . . . . . a keeper

This should probably be taped to your bathroom mirror where you could read it every day.
You may not realize it, but it's 100% true.

  • There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.
  • At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
  • The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
  • A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
  • Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
  • You mean the world to someone.
  • You are special and unique.
  • Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.
  • When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
  • When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.
  • Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.
And always remember ....... when life hands you lemons, ask for tequila and salt and call me over!


Story of the month

I discovered a web site that explains in detail how bad crime is in South Africa today. This was going to be the topic for the main story for this month. But, we have enough bad news already every single day of our lives. So, while there is a lot of truth in what is written about the crime rate and how the government does not want to release true crime figures, this month it is neither the time nor the place to discuss this in depth.

Instead let's try to forget for a moment about the bad things happening all around us every day and let us indulge in a bit of laughter and fun.

Nico Botha made us laugh last year and he will do so again this year. I am sorry for all those people who don't speak Afrikaans but this is not a story one can even attempt to translate.

It just would not do justice to it.

So, by popular request here is once again the story of "Die Vlêrmuis"


One Friday night, somewhere in Australia ..........

This is a true story by Nico Botha.

Hier is 'n stukkie wat julle heerlik sal laat lag!
Ek noem dit sommer:

"Die vlêrmuis en die dronk "Bierman"!

Die episode het sowat vyf weke gelede gebeur en toe ek dit vir ou Jannie Basson hier in die dorpie vertel dog ek hy gaan homself in 'n koma in lag !!

My klomp Aussie bure is mos van die meer begeesterde tipe mense wat hou van 'n geleentheid om 'n "partie" te hou en dan word die pensklavier, kitaar en ander instrumente stoep toe gesleep en dan moet ek "Walzing Matilda" hoor in 600 variasies van dronkenskap!
En ons moet kyk hoe die aunties al die omies se bloeddruk opjaag met hulle stywe skirts en toppies wat net die bo-kant vannie ou "dairy" se dak toemaak!
Van die aunties se ou "dairies" is so groot hulle sal nooit op hulle gesigte val nie en van hulle het jare laas hul voete en knie knoppe gesien!!

So 'n ruk gelede was dit toe weer een vrydagaand dieselfde ou storie en die bakkies, lorries en ander rygoed het hier in ons pad geparkeer en die koel "boxe" vol drank was oor die straat gesleep en die musiek was so hard die hele buurt het verniet geluister na die klomp se party!
Glo my dit was 'n moerse lekker party!!

Die polisie se vangwa het sommer aan die bokant vannie straat vir 'n lang ruk geparkeer en gewag vir die klomp om te "Drink en Drive" maar ek is seker party het die boesman twak, of soos ons dit noem pappegaai twak, gerook en hulle het lekker "ge-Smoke en ge-fly!!!

Drank was in oorvloed en die tannies het gerook en gesuip en gelag en die toilet het 'n laaaaaaaaaang "queue" voor die deur gehad waar die ou drank gevulde blase maar leeg getap is voor die glasies weer volgemaak is!
Dis amper soos 'n groot reën daar in die Karoo. Die aarde bly die water drink asof daar nie 'n môre weer sal wees nie!
Die klomp is soos die Karoo. Hulle is bly die drank is hier want dan kan hulle drink want die bottelstoor kan dalk môre toe wees!

Ek is nou al lekker moerig teen die tyd want die klomp het Cianan (ons een jaar oue knaap) al 'n paar keer wakker gemaak met hulle gelag en gesing en die tannies wat die oomies so staan en "skerp" maak!!
Party van die aunties staan so in die ooms ingevou hulle lyk soos n klomp Siamese tweelinge wat party hou!

Die een girl het my laat dink aan 'n lekker groot ou Afrika luislang wat 'n duikertjie gevang het en hom nou eers gaan dood druk voor sy hom opeet. Die oom se kop vas daar in "Tieties kloof" ingewurm en sy het hom in 'n greep gehou waar hy maar net kon staan en luister hoe haar hartklop versnel soos die auntie se pace maker haar aanjaag om die oom vas te hou!
"Oh watta feeling"!!

Dis ook toe net daar waar die badkamer se wegvloei pyp hier onder ons huis inkonk en ek moet gou na 'n vriend ry om 'n pyplas te gaan haal om die pyp reg te maak!

Hier langs die huis groei daar 'n tipe boom wat sulke geel bessies dra en die kinders het al vir my vertel die klomp vrugtevlermuise wat daar hang en eet en hulle is mal oor die bessies van die boom en nou hang hulle in die boom elke aand en vreet hulle trommeldik aan die geel bessies!

Dis toe waar ek 'n "gap" sien want daai vlermuise stink soos 'n Putco bus oppad daar na die woonbuurt toe en hulle is nie 'n dier wat daarvan hou om skoon te bly nie!

Gewapen met my flits en 'n stuk waterpyp sien ek toe 'n vlermuis amper so oud soos ou Jan van Riebeeck hier hang aan 'n boom tak, binne slaanafstand van my af!
Soos 'n wafferse swaard vegter kap ek hom toe mooi 'n ligte skoot hier agter sy muisoor en hy val soos 'n gewonde Zulu oppie grond en met sy vlerk rol hy hom toe om sy oe te beskerm teen die skerp lig.

Dis toe daar waar my "Stoute Nico" weer sterk na vore kom! Ek begin sommer daai party se musiek al hoe meer geniet en die vlermuis is in 'n groot blik waar hy besig is om te herstel van sy ontmoeting met die pyp en hy protesteer luidkeels oor die inhegtenis name en aanhouding in die blik!

So gaan die aand maar rustig voort. Die drank vloei en die tannies kyk diep innie oomies se oe en die "queue" doen hulle job by die toilet!!
Dit wat net liters en liters piepie wat van die toilet na die "poo-poo plaas" toe gaan om daar weer gesirkuleer te word vir "grys" water! Wat van daai lekker ou boere word, "herwinbare water"!

Dis so amper 3 uur die oggend toe die laaste paartjie hier wegkruip oor die pad na hul motor en die nag injaag want die oomies is mos nou vol druiwesap en die tannies fluister mos net die regte goeters in hul ore!
Die auntie soek gas! En die oom lyk of hy die regte konneksie het vir die gas!

Dis nou daar waar ek toe die hond maar laat uitkom en hy raak mal waar ek die vlermuis innie blik opgehang het!
Toe onthou ek die vlermuis innie blik en "Stoute Nico" se planne begin "motion" kry!! Daar kom ons nou by my plan van wraak teen die party organizers en die bure wat so hou van drank!!

Dis nou blerrie laat in die nag en die meeste in die buurt is nou teen einde laas innie bed!

Tannie buurvrou het 'n manier om haar tjor se venster oop te los, en ek vat toe vlermuis oor na hulle kant en hoor die gesnork en gekla van die twee! (MY BURE)
Hy slaap, en sy wil! Sy soek die gas van die oom af en sy kan die oom nie wakker kry nie! Al daai gewyn was toe verniet want die oom is mooi uitgepaas! Die tannie is gatvol vir die oom want dis 'n ou triek van hom om te gaan slaap voor hy die auntie behoorlik gegroet het na die aand se party!
Dis die stywe skirt en toppie, die rooi lippe, die klomp lekker ruikparfuum, die hoëhak skoene en die bottles vol wyn.
Alles is verniet want die auntie gaan nie vannie oom se gas vanaand kry nie!

Met die blik met die vlermuis in sluip ek toe na die oop tjor se venster en skut die dik gestikte en erg beswaarde groot vrugte vlermuis mooi in die motor in!
Lekker kwaad en ook met 'n kopseer klim hy toe sommer hier onder die bestuurder se sitplek in en maak hom reg vir 'n slapie voor die sports begin!

Ek is natuurlik vroeg oggend op en sit koppie op koppie koffie en uitdrink en wag vir die auntie om met haar drank gevulde ou lyf en die lus wannie geblus is nie hier na die motortjie toe te kom want sy werk naweke van agtuur tot die volgende party begin!

So net voor agt kom sy toe teen die trappies afgeslomp ook seker maar met 'n babelaas en moerig vir die omie wat eerder wil slaap as speel, half laat vir die weekend job maar reg om te gaan werk!
Daai toppie van gisternag en die stywe skirt is haar "working gear" vir die dag in die office. Al rokende met die twak tussen die vingers en dan na die lippe begin sy haar trip.
Sy skuif daai ou lyf mooi after die ou stuurwiel in en begin om in trurat na die pad te ry toe my ou vrind die vlermuis besluit hy is op die "verkeerde bus" en dis tyd om uit te klim!

Hy klim toe sommer so hier van onder die "seat" tussen die auntie se twee bene deur (daar waar die oom moes wees) na die stuurwiel se kant toe! En sy stank klap die auntie se ou neusgate skoon weg van haar eie drank belaaide en sweet reuk!
Hy begin sy optog na die venster en sy begin haar gegil en geroep na die ou oom wat nog sy babelaas lê en uitslaap ! Sy skreeu so hard dat ek sommer aanbied om ook te gaan kyk waar is vlerrie nou (tussen die knieknoppe of oor die pens rif of dalk sit die auntie op ou vlerrie se vlerk?

Sy skreeu; "Brendon it's got me (gelukkige ou vlermuis), come help, come help it's gonna bite me!"
Met die laaste gesoebat vir hulp word ou Brendon toe mooi wakker en storm teen die agtertrappies af waar die "auto sprinkler system" die tuin toe al mooi nat gespuit het en die plank trappe van die huis na die garage so glad soos 'n snot paling is.
Hy koop toe sy plaas en val gat oor kop die laaste stel trappe tot op die garage vloer se sement blad waar hy in pyn sy opgeswelde ou lewer lê en troos!!

Ek is seker ek kon daai lewer hoor sing soos

"Groep Twee"

Dink jy darem nog aan my
Het jy my nog nie vergeet nie?
Al die jare drink ons saam en jy is steeds nog glad nie skaam
Dink jy darem nog aan my?
Kyk hoe swel die drank my op en ek jou lewer is aan die pop!
Dink jy darem nog aan my?


Hy lê en kreun, ek kla en die auntie wil so graag sy hulp hê dat sy nou al boos is vir die "aussie apie" (vlermuis) wat hier op haar skoot sit en stink soos 'n lokasie vark wat al die ou skille ens opge-eet het.
Moenie vergeet nie, daai vlermuis het ook 'n kopseer en hy is nie lus vir die sirkus saam met die auntie en oom wat lê en kreun nie!
Pleks dat hy (die oom) gisteraand moes kreun, kreun hy nou!
Dis toe daar waar die auntie die "aussie apie" so met 'n hand uit die motor kajuit klap terug hier in my jaart in en hy is toe gatvol vir die houe teen die kop dat sy ou pens toe so begin te werk met die veeg teen die oor en hy sit toe sy "droppings" (kakkas) mooi teen die auntie se stywe toppie vas met 'n goed geoogde spuit poep en die klank en reuk volg spoedig net daarna!!

Brendon het toe teen die tyd al mooi herstel van sy rugbyduik drie op die sement en hy hou die ou lewer so in een hand en waggel na die oop kar deur om darem die auntie te wys hy is erg beswaard oor haar ervaring met die "ding" wat tussen haar bene deurgeklim het en wat alles met haar gebeur het.
Die auntie issie impress met die knaap se aansit pyn nie en die vlermuis poo-poo onder die neusgate en die wete sy is laat vir werk is nou genoeg om sommer sy nek om te draai!

Ek help toe maar soos enige ou goeie natuurkind en vat die vlermuis na die naaste boom waar hy 'n tak aangewys word om te herstel van sy houe teen die kop in die laaste 12 uur!
Hy sing "Oh what a night"!!

Sy stink soos 'n straat vrou (nie dat ek al een geruik het nie) en hy is sommer doodreg en ontslae van sy ou babelaas van die laatnag party en sy stink erger as een van Cianan (my een jaar oue knaap) se trefferdoeke vroeg oggend onder sy pa se neus!!

Die einde van die storie is die vlermuis het sy ondervinding oorleef en ek het al gewonder of hulle, soos ons, vir mekaar vertel van hulle ondervindinge en ervarings wat hulle deurmaak hier op die aarde?
Miskien het sy vlermuisvrou hom gevra: "Waar was jy laasnag en hoekom het jy nie huistoe gekom nie?" En dan hoor ek die manlike stem in hom na vore kom met: "Ek het onder 'n seat in 'n kar geslaap en toe tussen die auntie se bene deur geklim voor sy my teen die kop geklap het en ek toe so kwaad was dat ek my vlermuis pens sommer op haar mooi ou toppie leeg gemaak het met 'n vlermuis spuit poep!"

Dan sien ek sommer die tannie vlermuis in my verbeelding en hoe sy vir hom sê: "Bly weg daar by die Botha's se huis, want hy sit dalk van daai Suid Afrikaanse witblits op daai bessies en dit maak jou dinge doen wat vir niks sal skrik nie!!
En hy, die vlermuis wat so tussen die bene deurklim, vertel sy storie vir elke ander vlermuis asof hy wil sê
Kan jy beter doen as dit??

Groete, Nico



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Special Concert in the Benelux

Coenie de Villiers

Coenie de Villiers, Suid-Afrika se geliefde en bekroonde Afrikaanse sanger, liriekskrywer en klavierkunstenaar tree 15 September 2006 in Den Haag op en 16 September in Brussels.
Kom geniet 'n heerlike kerslig-ete in Nederland saam met Coenie in konsert of woon 'n eg Suid-Afrikaanse byeenkoms by in Belgie met SA produkte, kossoorte en gratis wynproe voor die aanvang van die konsert.

Vir meer inligting en besprekings, besoek
http://www.bassons.org of stuur 'n epos aan loraine@bassons.org



Our Home Biltong Makers

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With the South African Rand at its weakest in years it is now the ideal opportunity to get your own Home Biltong Maker!!

It will cost you so much less today than with the strong Rand from a while ago! In fact you'll be making a saving of well over 26% compared to only 4 months ago!!
(April 1, 2006 the Buddy was € 85.00, now it is € 66.00!!)

So, don't wait for the Rand to get strong again.
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Over and above the exchange rate saving you can also make use of our special pricing this month so it's a double bonus in July!



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It's as easy as 1-2-3 to make your own Biltong!







You can have a look at the BILTONG BUDDY here.


This month's specials

Make use of this opportunity!!

As we mentioned above you have another opportunity this month to make use of our special pricing.
Unfortunately not everything can remain the same as last month but there are still some very good deals to be had!

So ..... start making your own Biltong. It's as easy as 1-2-3 and it's loads of fun too!

For the whole month of July you will still be able to get the following on "special".


    Free with all Biltong Maker orders placed in July

  • 20 special Biltong storage bags
Click here to go to our on-line shop.


Tip of the month

Some useful tips

A lot of people have been asking lately about a replacement for salt in Biltong for health reasons. Last month Fred from Australia came up with a special recipe and this month we have the name of an actual salt replacement sent to us.

Jean-Luc from South Africa tells us that TROCOMARE is a good replacement and is available from
www.avogel.ch.

For interest sake, Jean-Luc is promoting the TeddyBok which is the official mascot of the Chris Burger Fund and of Ladies Springbok team as well as the National team.



The following tip comes from Eva Jordaan in Iceland.

This incident happened recently in North Texas .

A woman went boating one Sunday taking with her some cans of coke which she put into the refrigerator of the boat. On Monday she was taken to the hospital and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. She died on the Wednesday.

The autopsy concluded she died of Leptospirosis. This was traced to the can of coke she drank from, not using a glass. Tests showed that the can was infected by dried rat urine and hence the disease Leptospirosis.

Rat urine contains toxic and deathly substances. It is highly recommended to thoroughly wash the upper part of soda cans before drinking out of them. The cans are typically stocked in warehouses and transported straight to the shops without being cleaned.

A study at NYCU showed that the tops of soda cans are more contaminated than public toilets (i.e).. full of germs and bacteria. So wash them with water before putting them to the mouth to avoid any kind of fatal accident.



  • For bad garlic breath just add half a teaspoon of vanilla essence to a quarter cup of milk. Warm slightly in the microwave and drink!
  • Flowers will last longer in a vase if you add two aspirins to the water.
  • To prevent maggots getting into flour etc. just put a white candle in the bag.


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Ladies en gentlemen......

Anton Goosen!


" ... vir elke alkie, elke junkie, space cadet, buttonhead ... "
"... vir die boys in die suburbs ..."

Are you a fan of South African Rock and Boereblues?
Remember "Blommetjie gedenk aan my", "Honkie Tonk Donkie" en "Boy van die Suburbs"?

People in the Benelux can join us on the weekend of October 20th for an evening with Anton Goosen, the original "Liedjieboer", who will perform these and many more of his unforgettable songs in a cozy pub setting where everyone can sing along!

But, be quick because this show is selling out fast!
You can send an email to loraine@bassons.org for more information.
You can also check out Anton's web site by clicking right here

You can count us in Loraine! - Ed


Questions and Answers

As every month, here is our regular section on the many questions we receive from our readers all over the world.
If we have not given an answer and you can help these people could you please mail them?
(Please copy us in on your mails @
info@biltongmakers.com
so we can help other people who might have the same questions in the future)




QUESTION

Ek wil graag weet of ‘n mens gedroogte biltong in ‘n koelkamer kan stoor.
Is daar enige gesondheids risikos verbonde daaraan.
Daar is mense war vertel dat ‘n mens kan doodgaan indien jy biltong eet wat uit ‘n koelkamer kom of wat gevries was.

Dankie
Santie
South Africa
glenross@absamail.co.za



QUESTION

We are currently busy with a design for a 10m˛ x 2.5m high Biltong Drying Cabinet.
We want to be able to do the following:
Insert 1 Ton of meat.
Remove 30% Moisture over 3 days (10%/day) with a temperature of 35°C
Remove 700kg of Biltong on the 3rd day.
The process must consist of cooling the air and then re-heating it.
Your assistance will be greatly appreciated, hope to hear from you soon.

Regards,
Gerhard Jordaan
South Africa
devserve@intekom.co.za

Does anyone have any ideas on this for Gerhard? - Ed



QUESTION

Do you have a recipe voor boerewors in a Potjie?

Regards
Louise Liebenberg
Uden, Holland
info@grazerie.nl



QUESTION

I love your site and am trying to make my own Biltong and have a quick question:
What sort of yield can I expect? i.e., if I start with 10 lbs of meat, how much Biltong can I expect to get?

Thanks,
Bryan
Stanford, USA
Wolff_Bryan@GSB.Stanford.EDU



QUESTION

I was looking for a site online where I could buy (of all things) Imana Soy Mince. I lived in Swaziland for 3 years and have several recipes that call for it.
Any chance you could lead me to a place that would sell it and would ship to the US (without it costing a fortune)!

Thanks so much,
Michele Garren
USA
michelemmurray@yahoo.com



QUESTION

Goeie middag!

Ek wil net graag uitvind of jy nie vir my 'n resep het om Cabanosi te maak nie asseblief!!
Ek soek al heel dag op die internet maar kry net nie een nie.
Byvoorbaat dankie
Denielle
Centurion, South Africa

U kan my gerus e-mail by
denielleh@qbcon.com


Stoep Talk

It's 2009 and Sandton is deserted.....
By James Clarke

The year is 2009. The eastern sky is getting lighter over Johannesburg. The SAPS's brand-new, six-wheel, armoured suburban patrol module is standing at the kerb outside the SAPS's heavily sandbagged Mission Control Centre on the outskirts of Sandton.

Chief Inspector Fearless Zwane is in command of the six-man crew. Constable Molefi, tense as a violin string, is manning the 88mm turret gun while Constable Naidoo is the rear gunner.

They are about to venture into Sandton - the first police vehicle to do so for two years.

Parts of Sandton had been abandoned after thousands of residents were forced to emigrate under the Prohibition of Whinging Against Crime Act of 2007.

Crime statistics, for the second time since 2004, are being kept secret because, say the police, the public misinterprets them.

Meanwhile the public has been assured that the police are in full control of crime - which is what many people had suspected.

Murders (the police claim) are down to 103 a day and the police try to investigate many of them.

Muggings carry only a spot fine. But with the World Cup due in 2010, the USAR (Union of South African Robbers) has agreed - following a plea from the minister of safety and security - to check people's ID before robbing them. This is in case they are foreign visitors who, says the minister, "might not fully understand or appreciate South African culture".

But there are a few old-fashioned cops who still fight crime. Chief Inspector Zwane and his crew are among them.

Patrol Module: (driver turns key) We have ignition!

Control: Check! Ten seconds to H-hour and counting … Five, four, three, two, one … Module: (pulling away from kerb) Speed 20. Heading for central Sandton.

Control: You're looking good.

Module: Down Rivonia Road. No sign of life.

Control: Check!

Module: Streets empty. All systems looking good. Shop windows covered in dust. Litter knee-deep. No sign of life.

Control: Don't take any undue risks.

Module: Copy.

Control: You're still looking good.

Module: Cruising.

Control: Copy.

Module: Now stationary... engine still running. Door now in unlock mode.

Control: Copy.

Module: Constable Molefi now has one foot on kerb... Now two feet on kerb! Still looking good...

Control: Copy.

Module: Molefi letting go of door handle... now he's one metre from Patrol Module. (Suddenly) Red light! Red light! Red light showing on dashboard! Oops! Sorry - handbrake was on. We're all a bit jumpy here.

Control: Copy.

Module: Checking all systems...

Control: Standing by.

Module: (Molefi's voice cuts in: "That's one small step for a policeman...")

Control: (sounds of applause in background) Congratulations all round, Chief Inspector...

Module: Molefi now dusting off wall of Sandton City ready to affix plaque proclaiming that on this day, August 1, AD 2009, the SAPS reoccupied central Sandton...

Control: We are all saluting you here, Chief Inspector... the minister sends congratulations!

Module: The minister? Has he recovered? (Dear reader, the minister had collapsed a few days before - suffering oxygen deprivation. He had been half suffocated by his 24 bodyguards, who were too tightly packed around him. Since 2007 many ministers had been whinging about not being able to see where they are going because of being surrounded by too many tall bodyguards. Shorter ministers used periscopes.)

Control: He has recovered.

Module: Mission complete. Constable Molefi safely returned to patrol vehicle.

Control: Copy.

Module: Locks activated. Seatbelts on. Moving out...

Correction. Not moving! Somebody's stolen all our wheels and put us up on bricks.



Recipe corner

Leg of Lamb Potjie

This is an excellent Leg of Lamb Potjie.
It is enough for 6 people and a size 3 Pot is recommended.

Ingredients
  • 2 kg Leg of lamb
  • 250g Bacon, cubed
  • 300g Baby carrots, peeled
  • 8 Medium potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 300g Brussell sprouts
  • 15ml Ground Coriander
  • 15ml Brown sugar
  • 1 Bottle dry red wine
  • 30ml Butter
  • 3ml Dried rosemary
  • 250ml Sour cream
  • 150g Dried peaches
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 15ml Apricot jam
  • 15 ml Cake flour
Method
  • Trim all the fat off the leg.
  • Make small cuts in the leg with a knife and stretch these cuts by pushing a finger in each cut
  • Fill each cut with the cubed bacon
  • Rub the leg well with the coriander and the brown sugar
  • Marinade the leg in the wine overnight
  • Melt the butter in the Potjie while the fire is still burning and brown the leg slightly on all sides
  • Add the rosemary and 50ml of the wine marinade
  • Cover with the lid and allow the Pot to simmer for at least 1.5 hours or until the leg is half done
  • Ensure that the coals are not too hot and turn the leg regularly adding some more wine marinade and not more than half of the sour cream
  • Add the dried fruit, cover with the lid and allow the Potjie to simmer for 30 minutes
  • Layer the veggies as they appear in the recipe and season with the salt and pepper
  • Add the remaining sour cream, cover with the lid and allow the Potjie to simmer for a further hour
  • When the leg is done, add the jam, cover with the lid and wait until the jam has melted
The Potjie is now ready to be served.
Remove the leg and carve it in slices
Add the flour to the sauce and stir until ready

Serves 6



Around the World

Bits and Bobs from people around the world

Hello everyone,

I must say I enjoy reading all your stories. Some of them are just so funny. Stoeptalk has me in stitches.

Fred - mate - so nice to see you are alive and kicking. Fred used to be our Boerewors man when I lived in Reedy Creek, Gold Coast, Australia.
Fred disappeared and then we moved back to Melbourne. Guess what Fred, nobody can make Boerie like you. We gave up trying to buy the yucky stuff in Melbourne because it was just NOT right. In fact, it was nowhere near right. I've turned vegetarian anyway. HA HA HA. Hope you and yours are well Fred.

I left South Africa almost 24 years ago and what a culture shock I had when I arrived in Melbourne. Anyway, I've since "got over myself" and I just love the country. I am now living in a beautiful country town called Paynesville, surrounded by lakes and rivers and then the ocean. It's awesomely beautiful. It's Paradise - it's Heaven in a Biscuit. It's the boating and fishing capital of Victoria. I will post some photos soon. In the mean time have a look at the
Paynesville web site for some lovely pictures.

Paynesville is about 3 1/2 hours drive from Melbourne and the weather is just wonderful. Unlike Melbourne's 4 seasons in one day and hotter than you can bear in Summer. Like I said, it's perfect.

Hope you are all well and happy in your part of the world. Stay lucky and .... as Fred always used to say on the 'phone "Have a Naughty Day". Teehee.

Hugs
Sharon
Paynesville, Australia
shazneru@hotmail.com

Thank you for such a nice "Happy" mail Sharon. Hope to hear more from you - Ed



Hi there,

I thought I would let you know how I have been getting on.
Mixed fortunes to date I'm afraid.

I tried the versatile biltong recipe from the web site first which gave a great consistency after 3 days but the flavour was too Worcestershire Sauce and not enough coriander for my taste.

I tried another recipe I found online on another web site which was a disaster. The meat was marinated mainly in coriander and brown sugar with minimal salt. It was still very wet at the end of the marinade period. I probably cut the meat a bit too thickly, and had a bit too much in the dryer.

Anyway you can guess the end result:
Mould!
I tried to control it with vinegar but in the end the batch had to be thrown away which was a big disappointment.

I have just put my third batch in this morning using the Connoisseur Biltong recipe from your web site. It is looking much more promising after the marinade and I am hopeful for a good result.
I used about 1/2 cup of roasted biltong seeds for just over a kilo of meat. Is this about right? The coating looks similar to the pictures on your site but it was a guess!
I would love to hear your views, and any tips would be appreciated!

Best wishes

Jim Ropner
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
ropnerj@hotmail.com



Interessante storie van Rapport - ingestuur deur Nico Botha van Australia

Bokveld toe!

Jul 15 2006

Daar sal vandag in Suid-Afrika waarskynlik 'n skare mense wees wat sę die Springbokke was eintlik gelukkig om gister 0 teen Australië te kry.

Daar sal vandag in Suid-Afrika waarskynlik 'n skare mense wees wat sę die Springbokke was eintlik gelukkig om gister 0 teen Australië te kry. Wel, die Aussies reken die Springbokke was eintlik gelukkig dat die telling teen hulle nie nķg groter was nie.

"Ons het baie punte op die veld gelos. Beter afronding en beter opsies kon ons nog verder laat wen het. Vanaand se oorwinning gee ons selfvertroue vir ons volgende kragmeting met die All Blacks, maar ons het nog harde werk wat voorlę voordat ons ons heel beste spelpeil bereik," het afrigter John Connolly gesę nadat die Aussies die Bokke sy grootste pak nog in die Drienasies-kompetisie gegee het.

Aan Springbok-kant is daar gekla dat die Nieu-Seelandse blaser Paul Honiss die Bokke ingeloop het.

'n Sigbaar oorblufde Jake White, afrigter van die Springbokke, het na/ sy span se nederlaag meer klem geplaas op wat hy glo was 'n vrot vertoning deur blaser Paul Honiss as 'n puik vertoning deur die Wallabies.

"Dit is die meeste strafskoppe wat ons nog vir onkantspel afgestaan het sedert ek die afrigter is. En ander strafskoppe in ander afdelings van die spel het dit baie moeilik vir ons gemaak om terug te veg nadat ons met 20-0 agtergeloop het. "Ek het agterna gehoor van die televisie-kommentators het gesę Honiss het 'n swak dag beleef. Ek stem saam met hulle," het White gekla toe hy oor sy span se skok-vertoning uitgevra is.

White het later erken dat hy die man is wat die Bokke se nederlaag op die ken moet vat deurdat hy verantwoordelik is vir die Bokke se verdedigings-patroon.

"Ons verdediging vanaand was nie goed gewees nie en almal in die span insluitend ek moet die skuld daarvoor dra. Ek sal moet gaan sit en kyk waar dit verkeerd gegaan het en indien veranderinge aan ons opskiet-verdediging gemaak moet word, sal dit moet gebeur.

"Vanaand was 'n bewys dat indien dinge verkeerd loop, kan dit sleg verkeerd loop. "Ons sal egter nie boedel oorgee voor die stryd teen die All Blacks nie. Ons moet eenvoudig opstaan anders gaan dit nog donkerder word," het White gesę.

Die Bok-kaptein John Smit, wat gisteraand lelike trapmerke op sy gesig gehad het, het sy span se vertoning as bitter teleurstellend beskryf.

Gevra oor wat hy in die kleedkamers aan sy spanmaats gesę het, het Smit gesę hy het gedink om eerder tot vandag te wag voordat hy almal nader trek en oor die nederlaag gesels.

"Somtyds is dit beter om eerder 'n rukkie te wag totdat alles behoorlik insink en 'n mens 'n beter idée het waar alles verkeerd gegaan het.

"So'n nederlaag maak seer, baie seer, maar ons sal dit agter ons rug moet plaas en so gou as moontlik daarvan vergeet.

"Dit het net vandag gevoel of alles teen ons gegaan het. Daar was bitter baie vreemde beslissings en veral by die afbreekpunte is ons kwaai gestraf. Ek het wel baie hande in die losskrums gesien, maar dit was beslis nie alles Bok-hande nie. Dit is frustrerend was 'n baie frustrerende toetswedstryd gewees," het Smit gesę.

Die Bok-afrigter en kaptein het voorts gesę hulle weet hulle gaan slae kry by die huis oor gisteraand se vertoning.

Maar volgens White is daar nie veel wat hy kan doen as die spelers nie op die speelveld die regte dinge doen nie.

"Hopeloos te veel duikslae is gemis. Spelers het hul rûe op die bal gedraai en lugskoppe kon nie beheer word nie. Dis nie dinge wat geoefen kan word nie. Dit was nog nooit maklik om weg van die huis te wen nie. En as 'n mens foute maak, is dit nog baie moeiliker om suksesvol te wees," het White gesę.

Connolly het gisteraand gesę sy span se oorwinning oor die Bokke is 'n soet sege wat die gevolg is van harde werk die afgelope week na/ die Wallabies se nederlaag verlede naweek teen die All Blacks.

"Ons is gelukkig en gaan vanaand lekker fees vier. Maar die volgende veertien dae voor ons volgende toets wag nog baie harde werk. Ons kan nog heelwat verbeter en het nie naastenby na ons volle potensiaal gespeel nie," het Connolly gesę.

Volgens die breier was die Aussies geensins bekommerd oor die Bokke nie. Ook nie oor hul kragtige skrumwerk wat baie spanne laat bewe nie.

"Nee wat, ons was voor-af vol moed dat ons ons man sou staan en het geweet wat ons wou doen. Met rustyd was die grondslag gesę en daarna het ons net verseker dat ons die bal hou en hulle op die agtervoet hou," het hy gesę.

Australie" se kaptein, George Gregan, het gesę gisteraand was 'n trotse oomblik vir Aussie-rugby.

"Die Bokke is 'n trotse rugbynasie en om hulle goed te klop en te keer dat hulle enige punte aanteken, is 'n trotse gebeurtenis. Dit gaan vorentoe baie vir ons selfvertroue beteken en ons Drienasies-veldtog is weer op koers," het Gregan gesę.

Die Wallaby-kaptein het voorts gesę die ree"n wat die oggend van die toets begin val het, het sake op die speelveld bemoeilik, maar nie onmoontlik gemaak nie.

"Die bal en veld was glibberig, maar nie te moeilik om te bemeester nie. Ons het gedink dit gaan veel erger wees as wat uiteindelik die geval was."





I never do forwards, but I HAD to pass this on - just love it, and realise how much I miss our gorgeous country, fabulous flaws and all!

Enjoy ..... much luv,
Kimbo
kimbo.browm@gmail.com

You are proudly South African when ................

  • You produce a R 100.00 note instead of your driver's licence when stopped by a traffic officer
  • You can do your monthly shopping on the pavement
  • You have to hire a security guard whenever you park your car
  • You can count the national soccer team's scores with no fingers
  • To get free electricity you have to pay a connection fee of R 750.00
  • Hijacking cars is a profession
  • You can pay your tuition fees by holding up a sign at a traffic light
  • The petrol in your tank may be worth more than your car
  • More people vote in a local reality TV show than in a local election
  • People have the most wonderful names: Christmas, Goodwill, Pretty, Wednesday, Blessing, Brilliant, Gift, Precious, Innocence and Given
  • "Now now" can mean anything from a minute to a month
  • You continue to wait after a traffic light has turned to green to make way for taxis traveling in the opposite direction
  • Traveling at 120 km/h you're the slowest vehicle on the highway
  • You're genuinely and pleasantly surprised whenever you find your car parked where you left it
  • A bullet train is being introduced, but we can't fix potholes
  • The last time you visited the coast you paid more in speeding fines and toll fees than you did for the entire holiday
  • You paint your car's registration on the roof
  • You have to take your own linen with you if you are admitted to a government hospital
  • You have to prove that you don't need a loan to get one
  • Prisoners go on strike
  • You don't stop at a red traffic light, in case somebody hijacks your car
  • You consider it a good month if you only get mugged once
  • Rwandan refugees start leaving the country because the crime rate is too high
  • When 2 Afrikaans TV programes are separated by a Xhosa announcement of the following Afrikaans program, and a Pedi ad
  • The employees dance in front of the building to show how unhappy they are
  • The SABC advertises and shows highlights of the program you just finished watching
  • You get cold easily. Anything below 16 degrees Celsius is Arctic weather
  • You call a bathing suit a "swimming costume"
  • You know what Rooibos Tea is, even if you've never had any
  • You can sing your national anthem in four languages, and you have no idea what it means in any of them
  • You know someone who knows someone who has met Nelson Mandela
  • You go to "braais" (barbecues) regularly, where you eat boerewors (long meaty sausage-type thing) and swim, sometimes simultaneously
  • You know that there's nothing to do in the Free State
You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from SA


Something to smile about

Peanuts

A tour bus driver was driving a bus full of seniors down a highway. He was tapped on his shoulder by a little old lady. She offered him a handful of peanuts, which he gratefully munched up.

After 15 minutes, she tapped him on his shoulder again and handed him another handful of peanuts. She repeated this gesture about eight times.

The ninth time, he asked the little old lady why they did not eat the peanuts themselves. She replied that it was not possible because of their old teeth, and they are not able to chew them.

"Why do you buy them then?" he asked puzzled.

The old lady answered, "We just love the chocolate around them."



Live Well - Laugh Often - Love Much


Sport talk

All about the Tri-Nations

Mallett hits out at White; The Boks 'are not so clever'

By Morris Gilbert
Die Beeld, 17-07-2006


Wellington - The Springboks are said to be brain dead.

This was the "revelation" a New Zealand newspaper, The Dominion Post, published on its sports front page on Monday.

After South Africa's record defeat in the Tri-Nations rugby Test against Australia last Saturday, Spiro Zavos wrote in his column, "The Roar", that the Springboks had surpassed all previous lows with their performance against the Wallabies.

He not only described the Springboks as brain dead, but also had a go at them for criticising New Zealand referee Paul Honiss after the match in Brisbane.

Zavos wrote that the Springboks had to deal, for the first time in many years, with a referee who "accurately and unperturbedly" acted against offside play.

Because Honiss enforced the offside law properly, the Springboks were unable to get their defence pattern working, he added.

 'Honiss justly penalised them  "Paul Honiss may be controversial in New Zealand, but he did not become the country's most-experienced Test referee because he makes mistakes.

"Honiss kept the Springboks on-side and justly penalised them when they did not listen to him."

Zavos felt the Springboks were "as flat-footed as statues" because they suddenly had to defend from an on-side position.

In another report in the same newspaper, the Tri-Nations Test between South Africa and New Zealand on Saturday was described as "a massively uneven battle".

In his reaction to the reports, Springbok coach Jake White said he and his players would be nervous wrecks if they took any notice of reports of that nature.

"The easiest reply is still to prove them wrong on the field. Just think how nice it would be if we beat the All Blacks; just think," White said.

The latest war of words follows the insults the team had to endure in Australia last week.

It was said in Brisbane the Springboks were not clever enough to outsmart the Wallabies in the front row to the same extent New Zealand had done the previous week.

 We should not be fooled  However, All Black coach Graham Henry feels the Springboks' huge defeat in Brisbane is not necessarily good news for his team.
"We should not be fooled by their performance against the Wallabies."


"They will certainly play better against us and it will be even more necessary for us to concentrate on our own preparations."

"Who knows which Springbok team will turn up on Saturday," asked Henry.



 All the latest about the Tri-Nations
Tri-Nations
Click on the left for the latest Tri-Nations log, scorers, fixtures and results and Kiwi, Wallaby and Springbok squads.



Rugby chiefs on carpet in Watson row
The parliamentary sports committee has accused Springbok coach Jake White of being "reckless" in blaming transformation for his failure to call up Luke Watson.
Full Story...

Rossouw could make speedy return
Springbok lock Danie Rossouw could be back on the field for the return Tri-Nations Test in South Africa.
Full Story....


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Let's hear from you too!!

Come on, let's hear from you too!

We are already in the second half of this year and have received some very nice contributions to our newsletter from all over the world. But we can do better!!

Many people have subscribed to our newsletter and many more are joining every day. Mostly they do so because they enjoy reading it and they like to hear from people in other parts of the world.

They would love to hear from you too!!

Why not put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard!), and tell us about anything interesting. About life in your part of the world, what you do and how you live. Perhaps something that happened to you.
You might have a nice recipe to part with or perhaps a question to ask?

Perhaps you have some advice to give?
You never know how you could help somebody else with your own hints and tips.

Of course it does not have to be about Biltong or food. Anything that is of interest is welcome!

Share it with other people around the world!



Boerewors in the Benelux

Boerewors

Our Boerewors has again proven to be as popular as last year (and all the years before)!

Boeries on the braai! Especially very well received is the vacuum packing of the wors and the posting!
All our customers in Holland, Belgium and Germany raved about the packing of and the condition in which the wors arrived.

You too could have some real South African Boerewors on the braai next time!!
Just give us a call on +32 (16) 53.96.25 or email us.

Our Boerewors is vacuum packed in quantities of about 500 gram.

The normal price is € 8.45 per kg but during July it's only € 7.95 per kg!!


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Droëwors for the UK and Europe!

Droëwors ...... a typical South African delicacy all of its own!

Droëwors, as it is known in South Africa, is as much part of the country's culinary culture as Biltong, Pap, Boerewors and Potjiekos.

Real South African Droë Wors! Our new drying facility can handle up to 25 kg and it takes at least one week to dry the normal wet sausage to the "cracking" dryness of Droëwors.
The spices are of course imported especially from South Africa so you will get the "real" thing!

Our normal price is € 29.00 per kg but during July your can get it at only € 19.95 per kg.

Droëwors travels well and posting is an ideal option. We can mail it to you in Europe and the UK via priority mail in minimum quantities of 1 kg.
See all the mailing rates by going to www.boerewors.be

Interested? Give us a call or email.

 
Lamb on the Spit

Lamb on the Spit ....... something special!

Lamb on the Spit is a way of entertaining as only known by very few mainly because it is thought to be very expensive.

Not so!

Click to see me big! We will do a lamb on the Spit for parties of between 30 and 50 people for just € 18.00 and € 15.00 a head respectively.

Together with the lamb we will treat you to a big pot of curried potatoes as well as a choice between a pasta salad or three-bean salad. Garlic or bread rolls are included as well.
For venues more than 50 km from our home base in Keerbergen there is a small transport fee.

There are not many dates left this year. If you are planning a function or party with a Lamb on the Spit in mind it is advisable to book early. Remember that we are doing these functions only during weekends.

Booking early is essential and you can do so on
+32(16) 53-9625 or email us.

(A Lamb on the Spit can only be done outside because we cook on coals!)

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