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The Biltongmakers.Com Newsletter
September 2006

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From the editor

September 1, 2006

Hello everybody,

I am glad to be sitting here putting the finishing touches to this newsletter.
Yesterday (August 31) I was on my way to Holland and had a huge argument with an 18 wheeler. No prizes for the correct answer as to who won the argument!

So it is September and all of us, here in the northern parts of this world anyway, are back at work, back at school and generally back into a new year.

I hope all are rested and ready to tackle the challenges lying ahead.

We have had a little break as well. Not so much by going away but by doing some of the things you just don't get time for normally (or make the time for?)

One of the most memorable things we did was to go to the yearly mussel festivities in Yerseke in Zeeland, Holland.
Yerseke 'all dressed up'! We were invited to come along by Hans and Joan our friends from Holland who live just 5 or so kilometers from the town of Yerseke.

Yerseke is a fishing port located on the southern shore of the Eastern Schelde (Oosterschelde), one of the large arms of the estuary of the river Schelde.
It is the Dutch capital city of mussels and oysters.

The little town has one of its ports dedicated to the mosselkotters (mussel cutters), the boats used for mussel fishing.

The 'fleet' coming back You will find the only mussel auction room in Europe there as well as a museum dedicated to the history of the mussel, oyster, shell and sea shell fishing in Zeeland.
Yerseke also rears lobsters and is famous for its Mussel Beer (made in Belgium of course!!).
It was a day of fun, boat rides and the traditional mussel eating afterwards.
It seemed like the whole town climbed on board of about 30 cutters done out in hundreds of flags. Most of the cutters had a bar on board for those who were thirsty for the traditional Mussel beer.

It was just one big party and I wondered how many of the captains were totally sober! Once out at "sea" some of them had to show off, with ship horns blowing it seemed that we were "having races" at times.

The weather was fantastic. One of the few sunny days we have had lately.

Once we returned to harbour in one long "file" (see above) we disembarked and headed for the Mussel eating tents (see right). I have never seen so many mussels cooked at one time and certainly never seen so many mussels going to waste!Thousands upon thousands of mussels!

They were everywhere, all over the tables, on the floor (almost "ankle" deep!) and everyone just grabbed the plastic dishes handed out by the cooks.
Some people came prepared with all kinds of sauces because the only sauce you were given were the vegetables the mussels were cooked in.
It was really an eye opener and we will definitely be back there next year!

If you want to read some more about this fest just click here
It might be interesting to do some research on the history of mussels.

(Click on the pictures to see them big!)

For the rest of the holiday period we were at home doing odds and ends to the house. July/August is always a quiet period here in Europe (outside the holiday resorts). The roads are empty, the shops as well and it is generally a period where you can take a breather.

Toward the end of August my friend Wim and his wife Walda came to visit from Holland. We had not seen them for 20 years! Wim was the drummer in our band in South Africa in the late 1960s-early 1970s and we played many years together in and around Pretoria and Johannesburg.
Wim eventually left for Holland in 1976 and although we saw him and Walda a couple of times afterwards during visits to Amsterdam were they lived, we soon lost touch.

It was nice to see each other again and we look forward to visiting them at their lake-side home in Loosdrecht, Holland soon!

And so we are in the home stretch for the present calendar year. It's hard to think that Christmas is just around the corner. This year has certainly gone quick.

Don't we say that every year?

I am not going to bore you with too much in my little piece of the newsletter this month because this edition is full of much unexpected content.

It will be interesting to see what feedback we will get.

All the best and take care.

Till next month,


"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."
-William Jennings Bryan-

"Never buy a coffee table you can't put your feet on"

Food for thought

Instructions for life

Many people say that the rules of life as you read them below are "Words of the Dalai Lama"

Much as we can't help but grin at the thought of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, pecking away at a computer keyboard as he sends a chain glurge advising people to "approach love and cooking with reckless abandon" winging its way around the Internet, we have to admit that this list has nothing to do with the Dalai Lama.
(Some of the things His Holiness has actually said and written can be found

Neither this chain message nor its "Instructions for Life" originated with His Holiness. The "Instructions for Life" are a truncated version of a much longer list that worked its way around the Internet in 1999 in conjunction with an ASCII art representation of a "Nepalese Good Luck Tantra Totem". The list was also sometimes identified as being a "modern Japanese good luck
  • Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  • When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
  • Follow the three Rs:
    • Respect for self
    • Respect for others and
    • Responsibility for all your actions
  • Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  • Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  • Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  • When you realise you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  • Spend some time alone every day.
  • Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  • A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  • In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
  • Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
  • Be gentle with the earth.
  • Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
  • Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  • Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  • Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

An even longer list, from which the above was taken, can be seen here

Story of the month

Going home, back to South Africa?

"We live in fear and we need somebody, a leader, to say: 'This is not the country I want to be a leader of'"
- Another mourning family's plea on September 1, 2006 -

Mourning family urge Mbeki to take a stand
The fatal shooting of Pretoria resident Zelda Saaiman has sent shock waves through the community - and has also prompted fed-up neighbours to issue a no-nonsense plea to President Thabo Mbeki.
Full story in the papers on September 1, 2006 .....

5000 people were killed in the September 11 attacks and the world is "at war".
20000 people were killed in South Africa in 2005 alone and the world turns a blind eye!

During the entire Vietnam war a total of 58148 American soldiers were killed.
That was war!
In 2005 alone, almost 20000 people were killed by violent means in South Africa.
That was peace time!!

In the first 13 days of the recent war in South Lebanon almost 400 people were killed.
That was war!
In the same period, based upon (available) statistics, 663 people were killed in South Africa.
That was peace time!!

Perhaps it's better to be at war; at least you can shoot back!

Over the past couple of months many people (readers of our newsletter) have been sending us articles and web site addresses about happenings in South Africa.

I have been holding them back because I have always believed that our Newsletter and the Biltongmakers web site is about fun and not about politics or related issues.

However, the couple of articles have become a small flood and it might be an idea to invite some reactions to what is written about our country in the press and on web sites.

A victim of violent crime myself there is no way that I would right now consider going back (or even visit) to what seems to have become an even worse crime ridden society than it was when we left.

But, many people want to return and a lot are.
One of their arguments is that there is nowhere in the world where you can have a lifestyle like in South Africa relative to how wealthy you have to be to live such a lifestyle.

My argument is simple. Even if that were true I would not want that lifestyle if I have to live behind razor wire and electric fences around my home, or the estate you live on. I don't want to live in a prison, too scared to venture outside and always having to look over my shoulder. I want to be free.

It is probably true that behind all the security systems you will be relatively safe. But, coming from other parts of the world such as Europe, Australia/New Zealand and the UK, you will never again have the freedom you find there.

You will never have girls walking home alone like they do through the streets of Antwerp at 3 o'clock in the morning. You will never have children playing in the road like they do where we live, leaving their toys and bicycles behind at night and finding that they are still there the next morning!

You will always have to look over your shoulder when you stop at a traffic light and, although you might not admit to it, you will always be a little apprehensive about going out at night.

June and I came to Europe after having lived on a small holding in Linbro Park in Sandton for 14 years. In the beginning it was great. We could even sleep with our bedroom doors open.

When we left we were even too scared to sit outside next to the pool over weekends. At night we would come home and switch on both alarm systems and lock ourselves in the house.

Our neighbour was shot dead in his garage. A good friend was raped and robbed two houses away. In the next street a man was shot through the window while watching TV. We were robbed several times. The last time was a violent attack by seven armed men who held us all at gun point for five hours.

Me? I do not even have the slightest desire to even visit the country right now.

But, if you ask me if I miss it, I will be the first one to say that I do.
I miss it terribly, the way it was. I do miss the lifestyle the way I define it, not a material- but a totally different wealth. The nature, the blue skies, the smell of a braais in the evening, the Highveld thunderstorms, the long lonely sand roads, the bush, the sun...........
But I could never enjoy this again in a country that is slowly being raped by criminals from both inside and outside the country.

I can no longer walk along my favourite beach at Hibberdene at night with out "packing a piece" as they suggest in the local pub. I can no longer stop my car along the dunes near East London Airport in the evening and just sit there in the darkness with only the sea, the sky and my thoughts, like I used to when coming back from spending a day with the kids at boarding school in King Williams Town and waiting for my plane back to Jo'burg.

There is so much I can no longer do simply because I am scared!

I can accept change and I can live in a changed and new country. What I cannot and refuse to do any longer is to live in a new and changed country that is riddled with criminality and where no-one (except the criminals) can feel safe. A country where the government keeps the criminal statistics a secret.

A country where I will not feel at peace with the world and myself.

This is my point of view.

I am sure that lots of people will agree with me and also a lot who won't.

Next is just a little of what I have received over the past months.

It might make you think ..........

The death of Johannesburg

It was with sadness that I viewed the pictures of "The death of Johannesburg". What has happened to this beautiful city? This used to be our "Hunting" ground over weekends, our playing ground. This is where I took my children to their first nightclubs. This is where we used to browse for LP's and "Seven Singles" in the Hillbrow record store.

No-one is going to deny anything to those people who, in the past, were not allowed or could not enjoy Johannesburg like we could. But why, now that they can, why does it have to be destroyed. Where is their pride or don't they have any?

Here you will see only a couple of pictures but if you want to see more about the destruction that is taken place you can click right here.

Please have a look for yourself. This was where we had so much fun!

The Chelsea Hotel, once the hub of Hillbrow
The Chelsea Hotel, Hillbrow
once so popular, now boarded up
Bezuidenhout street used to be one of the 'better' addresses in Johannesburg
Bezuidenhout street looking
towards Rockey street
The Sands Hotel - what's left of it
The main entrance to the
Sands Hotel in O'Reilly Street
.... or rather the ruins of ....
The Rosa Hotel, plundered and burned
The Rosa Hotel, Berea: boarded up and
abandoned, but broken into by
squatters and now occupied. 

Farm Murders in South Africa
(from 1994-present)
by Jan Lamprecht

There is very little official interest in the murder of white farmers.

Note: Farm attacks in South Africa are 700% higher than attacks on farms in any other country on Earth.

Note: The farm murders page on this website has been extremely popular for its gruesome photos ever since I put it up. However, I have noted, on occasion that some of the more liberal-minded people outside SA query whether the photos on this site are real. Well, now in the Video section of the Photo Gallery you can now view or download a 15 minute documentary which was shown to millions in South Africa by a reputable TV channel (MNET), which backs up everything in the photos on this website regarding farm murders.

With regard to the photos on this site, I obtained them from various sources including a senior person in the Public Relations Dept of the Transvaal Agricultural Union. These photos are actual Police Crime Scene photos. Exactly who took them and gave them to various people I do not know. To the best of my knowledge they are photos smuggled out from people with links to the Police. (Police are also interviewed in the documentary you will see).
Full story

Some articles from "Beeld" submitted by Ben Schultz from Nelspruit.

SA is volskaalse oorlog in Midde-Ooste nog voor
Jul 26 2006 08:11:31:983PM - (SA)

Ná 13 dae van volskaalse oorlog in die Midde-Ooste is die amptelike dodetal nagenoeg 400.

Ons lees oral van toeriste wat ten alle koste uit Libanon vlug en die wêreldmedia se sensasionele verslaggewing daaroor. Dít is alles héél begryplik.

Die nuwe Suid-Afrika is dié situasie egter voor met 51 moorde per dag, beraam uit 2005 se statistieke.

Oor dieselfde 13 dae het hier dus 663 sterftes plaasgevind in vredestyd. Dit laat ’n mens wonder of oorlog erger kan wees, want ’n mens kan dan ten minste terugskiet sonder dat die regering teen jou optree.

Wag tot die duisende toeriste in 2010 hieraan blootgestel word: Dít sal wêreldnuus haal!!

Francois Schutte,

Rassisme lewendiger as ooit
Aug 06 2006 10:38:35:563PM - (SA)

Daar is ’n gesegde: “You can fool some people some of the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time. You can never fool yourself.”

Na aanleiding van die herlewing van die debat rondom rassisme in ons land en Dr. Van Zyl Slabbert se opmerking onlangs op televisie dat ons in ’n “rasgedrewe bedeling” leef, die volgende:

Erge rassisme is lewendiger vandag in Suid-Afrika as in enige tyd die afgelope tien jaar of meer en as ’n mens as witte of selfs bruin mens of Asiaat in die land dit nie vandag erken nie, dan is dit soos die volstruis wat sy kop in die sand steek; wil dit nie hoor of sien nie.

Rassediskriminasie en regstellende aksie is gewettig en word toegepas en die omgedraaide prentjie van die ou apartheidsdae is klinkklaar en helder daar.

Verbeel jou dit staan in die wetboek, in hierdie tyd en plek in die wêreld dat iemand vanweë sy velkleur nie ’n werk in sy eie land kan kry nie; dat hy vanweë sy velkleur nie bevordering kan kry nie; dat die gebruik van die k-woord iemand in die tronk kan laat beland, terwyl ’n oproep soos “kill the farmer, kill the boer” ongestraf bly.

Elias Olivier

And last but not least.........

Crimewatch South Africa

Crime Expo South Africa is a web site that reports on violent crime. Here are but a few reports and if you want to see them all just click on the CrimeExpo logo on top.

But........be in for a shock.

Increase in threats:Crime Expo SA now fully operational in the United States
Posted: August 22, 2006 10:22 am

NEW YORK - I have confirmation that top South African government officials and politicians are browsing the CESA website. I also have confirmation that editors of all South African media are browsing the CESA website as well. As a result, we experience an increase in threats, even from some deputy-editors of certain South African newspapers.
Full story

Robbers try to shoot us while playing golf!
Posted: August 18, 2006 08:00 am

PORT ELIZABETH – “Die engele het na ons gekyk.” Dít was gister die slotsom waartoe ’n bekende in rugbykringe, mnr. Willie Horn, en ’n plaaslike leraar, ds. Johan van Rooyen, gekom het nadat rowers se poging om hulle by die Walmer-gholfbaan te skiet, misluk het. (English translation incl)
Full story

British guy and SA girlfriend shot, both in serious condition
Posted: August 16, 2006 23:42 pm

MARGATE - A 24-year-old East Rand woman and her 26-year-old British boyfriend were shot and seriously wounded on Tuesday night in an attack at a house in Leisure Bay near Margate, KwaZulu-Natal police said. Captain Gerald Mfeko said Jessica Webster was standing on the veranda of her parents' house in Kingfisher Road, Leisure Bay around 22:0 when three men approached the house.
Full story

Yet another Rivonia shooting : not published in the media
Posted: August 18, 2006 15:12 pm

SANDTON - A Week ago my brother was shot at the Rivonia turn-off in Sandton. He stopped at a robot and the guy put a gun to his head and got in the car.
Full story

Kan die vlak van wreedheid verder as dit?
Posted: August 22, 2006 08:47 am

PORT ELIZABETH – Nóg ’n bejaarde van het die slagoffer van misdaad geword met die wrede bylmoord op ’n 68-jarige vrou van Suideinde die afgelope naweek.
Full story

This is only a small portion of what our readers have been sending to us over the past couple of months. However, it would be futile to publish more as it would be much of the same of what can be read above.

The purpose of this article is not to promote hatred towards the country and to keep people from returning, but rather to try to find a way to make the government aware that they are being watched and that the rampant crime prevailing in South Africa at the moment cannot remain unchecked.

All of us want to live peacefully with our neigbours in a country that is probably the most beautiful and rich, not only in resources but in its beauty and possibilities for all, in the whole world.

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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 (What people say)

What a great taste and it's so easy to make .....!!
Nicolas Steenacker, Hainaut, Belgium

Hi Biltongmakers!

The first batch in my new "Biltong Buddy" turned out to be excellent!
It looks like biltong, it has the smell of biltong and especially it tastes like biltong :-)
What a great taste and it's so easy to make!
Here are a few pics.
Thanks again for everything.
I have already ordered more spices, I am going to be a biltong addict!!

Thank you to all in the Biltong Team!

Nicolas Steenackers
Hainaut, Belgium (12-07-2006)

Thanks guys, the Biltong Eagle has landed and is firing on all cylinders. It has been 3 weeks now and the third batch is in.
I told my 7 year old that he could not have any as he supports the Wallabies, to which he replied: "I was born in South Africa so I can have as much as I like and support the Wallabies!"
Thanks - a great addition to the down-under lifestyle

Alex Ihlenfeldt
Brisbane, Australia (04-08-2006)

Thanks Lo,

I just finished a batch of Biltong and braai'd a taster of my home made boerewors.
Smaak baie lekker.
Thanks for all the help, great service.
The difference between extra-ordinary service and ordinary service is that little "extra" :-)

John Maher
Kintbury, United Kingdom (12-07-2006)

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Have a look at our Home Biltong Makers and see how easy it is!!

Details on ROCKEY'S 5kg Home Biltong Maker can be found by clicking on this link.
special - special - special - special - special - special - special!!

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 special

Make use of this opportunity!!

I was just looking through the list of specials we have had so far this year and saw that there have not been as many as normal.

So, for 13 DAYS ONLY, starting on Sunday, September 3 and finishing at 12 midnight on Wednesday, September 13 the famous ROCKEY 5kg HOME BILTONG MAKER will be available at ONLY R 725.00! (Normal retail is R 950.00). That is R 225.00 below the normal retail price!!!

Add to that the weakening Rand and Rockey's 5kg Home Biltong maker only cost you
€ 78.00, £ 53.00, $ 99.00, Aus$ 132.00 or NZ$ 155.00.

So ..... surprise your family and friends with a piece of real South African Biltong made by yourself! It's as easy as 1-2-3 and loads of fun too!

here to go to our on-line shop.

Tip of the month

Some useful tips for your cell phone/mobile

Things you never knew your cell phone/mobile could do .... There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies.
Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival.
Check out the things that you can do with it:

The Worldwide Emergency Number for a mobile/cell phone is 112.
If you find yourself out of coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked.
Try it out.

Have you locked your keys in the car?
If your car has a remote controlled key this may come in handy someday. If you lock your keys in the car and the spare remote key is at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone.
Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end.
Your car will unlock and it will save someone from having to bring your keys to you.
Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away.

Editor's Note: It works fine! We tried it out, and although it took a while to find the right positions for the phone and the key, it unlocked our car over our cell phones!

Hidden Battery power
Imagine your phone battery is very low, you are expecting an important call and you don't have a charger. Most Nokia phones come with a reserve battery.
To activate, press the keys *3370# and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery power.
This reserve power will get re-charged when you charge your phone the next time.

How to disable a stolen/lost mobile phone?
To check your instrument's serial number, key in *#06# on your phone:
A 15 digit code will appear on the screen.
This number is unique to your instrument.
Write it down and keep it somewhere safe.
If your phone gets stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code.
They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card your phone will be totally useless.

You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either.

  • Balpuntink - vlekke: Sit die gevlekte materiaal op 'n droë stuk watte. Deurweek nog 'n stuk watte met brandspiritus of bensien en dep dit aan die vlek. Herhaal met 'n skoon stukkie watte tot die vlek uit is. Spuit haarsproei aan die vlek en dep met skoon stukkies watte.
  • Om kunsblomme skoon te maak moet dit in 'n papiersak saam met sout gegooi en baie goed geskud word. Die sout neem al die stof en vuiligheid op en die blomme lyk sommer gou weer vars.
  • Om kunsblomme skoon te maak moet dit in 'n papiersak saam met sout gegooi en baie goed geskud word. Die sout neem al die stof en vuiligheid op en die blomme lyk sommer gou weer vars.

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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!
Anto will appear at Bunswyck Castle in Leuven.
The tickets are only 20.00 Euros per person and that includes a light buffet!

You can send an email to loraine@bassons.org for more information or go to their web site.

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 @
so we can help other people who might have the same questions in the future)


I want to make droëwors but I can't get venison here.
What can I use instead of it?
Is it alright to use bacon or spek instead of sheep tails fat (not very fond of the taste).
Is there anything else I will have to change in the recipe?
(Droëwors recipe on the Biltongmakers.com web site)

Isa Kahn


I need to make some sausages and droëwors. Will the quality still be the same if I use artificial sausage casings?

Please help
Shakira C Wirth


I have a hand mincer and I am battling to fill the casings. Must the blade or mincer plate be in the machine? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Bruce Knight
South Africa


I have marinated freshly cut venison for 12 hours using the quick biltong recipe.
Mould has not been noticed.
After the 1st day, we noticed a rotten smell and the biltong had a tacky touch.
We carried on leaving it to dry but the smell got stronger. The cuts were of good size approximately 1cm thick. No Maggots were noticed.
We have changed from normal vinegar to wine vinegar.
We used the marinade sauce which we collected from the previous batch.
All the pieces had to be thrown away.
What could have caused the complete disaster?

Kind Regards
Eric Maingard


I’m an ex Rhodie/South African living in Finland (of all places!) and I’ve found your boerewors recipe on the web (oh! Technology); the problem is, I would like to know which cuts of meat to use.
I realise that the better the cut, the better the wors but there is probably a compromise on expense and quality vs a good sausage.

Many thanks, in anticipation.
Lyn Gunell


Why is a Potjiepot black?

Chanelle Newman
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Feedback from last month

Q: Kan mens biltong vries sonder gevaar?

A: Hallo Santie,
Het jou vraag gesien omtrent biltong in 'n koelkamer of vrieskas. In 'n vrieskas kan jy dit onbepaald hou.
Ek jag graag en het al biltong gehad wat 2 jaar oud was en dit was soos die dag toe dit gevries was behalwe bietjie droëer.
In 'n koelkamer behoort dit ook te hou solank jy kan sien dat dit nie muf kry nie.
Ek sal dit eerder in die spens hou waar dit uiteindelik kurkdroog sal word en steeds eetbaar is.


Q: What is the weight loss between wet meat and biltong?

A: Depends on how wet you eat it. Still wettish you will get 50%, dry 40% and very dry 35%.

Cape to Cairo (Springbok Foods)
Wembley, WA 6913, Australia

Stoep Talk

You can never be too clear about rubbish......
By James Clarke

Attentive readers will recall that from time to time I piously go on about the need for plain English and how I support the current UK Plain English Campaign by shouting "Bravo!" and avoiding long words such as pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

Lylie Musgrave has drawn my attention to an item highlighted by the campaign.

It concerned Donna Challice (30) of Exeter in England, a mother-of-three who appeared in court last month for "contaminating recyclable rubbish".

Now, just as I support plain English, I also support recyclable rubbish. Ring ring!

Threnody! See who's on the phone, please. What? It's the E*D*I*T*O*R and he's rung off? What did he say? He said everybody knows I am in favour of recycling rubbish because I keep doing so in my column?

Anyway, Britain's Environmental Protection Act specifies what sort of material householders have to place in special bins (after cleaning it) on specific days for recycling. Donna, on six occasions this year, put items in the wrong bins. She says it is because the rules are so confusing.

Exeter City Council's waste disposal chief, Arthur Dimson, says Donna's excuse is nonsense.

"It's quite simple," he says. "On the second and fourth Monday of each month, plastics go in the red bins and aluminium in the blue bins. On the first and third Tuesdays of each month - provided there has already been a first Monday, paper goes into the red containers and other non-aluminium metals go into the blue containers.

"If there hasn't been a first Monday, the schedule is pushed back a week. On alternating Wednesdays, glass goes into the red cans and miscellaneous recyclable refuse goes into the blue bins.

"On Thursdays, non-recyclable refuse may be put into the red or blue receptacles. All discards must be washed, except clothing - which may be washed or dry-cleaned, depending upon the fabric - and paper.

"Paper with coloured printing should only be placed in the red cans on the first Tuesday of each month. Paper with only black ink may be placed in the red containers on any other qualifying Tuesday.

"On weekends the bins remain empty for cleaning. These rules are all posted on the bottom of each recycling bin, so it's not as if people have to memorise them.

"Mrs Challice could wait until the weekend and look in the bottom of the empty bin to refresh her memory on the rules."

Apartheid - The lighter side

This reminds me of a Cape Town City Tramways announcement during the apartheid years. I am quoting from Ben Maclennan's 1990 book, Apartheid: The Lighter Side.

"A new bus apartheid system of seating will come into force on some routes on Monday. In the new system the front four rows of seats and the longitudinal seats over the off-side wheel in the lower saloon are reserved for Europeans, and the long seats over the near-side wheel for non- Europeans. The rest of the seats in the lower saloon and all seats in the upper saloon are for all classes.

The system changes slightly on Sundays, when non-Europeans have both of the long seats over the rear wheels, the Europeans having the first four rows. The trunk-route from Wynberg to Sea Point will be segregated only between the city and Sea Point, conductors change the boards before reaching the city stop at the Waldorf. In an interview, the manager of City Tramways denied that passengers were confused.

Lost bid

Scene - an auction room. The auctioneer suddenly announces: "A gentleman in this room has lost a wallet containing $10 000. If it is returned, he will pay a reward of $2 000."

A moment's silence. Then from the back of the room: "$2 500!"

Recipe corner


June asked one of her Spanish friends for a Tortilla recipe.
This is the email she got (We've just put it into lists for easier reading) ........ love the writing!

You need:

  • 1 or 1.5 kg of potatoes ( it depends the size of the potatoes)
  • 6 eggs or 8 if little eggs
  • 3 onions
  • olive oil
You do:
  • You have to cut the potatoes in chips and the onion in small pieces
  • When the olive oil is hot ... put the onion and the potatoes in the pan
  • You need to be there when you cook because you need to turn and turnover the ingredients
  • When you see that the potatoes become like "puré".... you mix the ingredients with the eggs (before doing that don't forget to "beat" ???? the eggs) in another dish ...
  • You still follow me ????
  • Goed .... if not, ask me tomorrow morning
  • So, you mix the potatoes, onion with the eggs
  • You throw the surplus of oil ... and you keep only a little one in your pan
  • You put the ingredients again in the pan and you will have like the large "omelet" (it will takes the form of the pan)
  • You cook during some minutes after that you take a dish, you put the dish on your pan, you turn over on your dish and you put again the "omelet" on your pan ...
  • You still follow me ????
  • Otherwhise I will show you tomorrow ...
  • You cook again some minutes and you will have a beautiful "tortilla"
Good luck
Let me know


Around the World

Bits and Bobs from people around the world

Boerewors and Braaivleis in Finland

Here we were last week, in the middle of the deep dark woods at our "summer cottage" in the Finnish archipelago, pathetically attempting to create an authentic braaivleis (or "grilli" in Finnish) for a collection of unimpressed locals. The weather was perfect, a balmy 30 degrees C; humidity was suitably "African", we even had a pall of heavy smoke from over 300 Russian forest fires on Finland's eastern border (evoking smells of Africa). The worst drought in 100 years added to the African feel but, oh! The braai! It was the sausages actually; sausages with paper casings instead of natural intestine casings! What I would have given for a good, old-fashioned boerewors the way my father used to make them back in Rhodesia.

It's hard to imagine but in Finland they have stopped using intestine casings in favour of "paper". They use a fancy word for the paper (a type of cellulose) but it feels like paper, tastes like paper and it's made from wood so let's call a spade a spade. Now, I can understand using paper on some sausages - salami, perhaps, but on every-day sausages, not to be peeled sausages, to be eaten from the braai sausages?

The problem, you see, is that Finns don't complain. It's true. They are a pretty hard working, honest bunch and they never complain. Within the EU they are the best at following the rules; they follow the rules to the letter. Finland is also the only country ever to have paid war reparations (to Russia)…. But I digress.

About the complaining - in January whilst in Cape Town I bought boerewors from Woolworths and, horror of horror, it had PAPER casings. Well, I flew to the phone and told them what thought. Take that! I thought, fluffing myself up. (Yeah, I know, even the insides aren't that good, from even this supermarket but tell me where you can buy a decent "boerie" in Cape Town these days). Needless to say I never again found sausages snugly wrapped in paper from this chain and for sure it wasn't only my complaint that stopped them in their tracks.

Back to Finland; Lennart (my husband, business partner, fisherman, hunter - ducks, not bambies - amateur cook but damn good at cooking fish and wild duck, guitar player) decided to surprise me with a sausage making machine - just a little table-top job. And the search for a decent recipe is what brought me to Google and biltongmakers.com. Now, who would have thought that there is a whole world-wide community of biltong and boerewors makers out there? Well, I have now joined the merry band of boerewors makers (or I should say, in my case, potential boerewors maker). I have been advised by a gourmand, or more politely a gourmet friend (French/Finnish) that there is a secret location where intestine casings can be ferreted out. I'll keep you posted! Long live biltong and boerewors!

Lyn Gunell
Finland/South Africa

Something to smile about

One for the ladies

One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his T-shirt.
Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me, "What setting do I use on the washing machine?"
"It depends," I replied. "What does it say on your shirt?"
He yelled back, "University of Oklahoma."
And they say blondes are dumb ...........?

This, just for the Ladies ............

A couple is lying in bed. The man says,
"I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world."
The woman replies, "I'll miss you ....."

>"It's just too hot to wear clothes today," Jack says as he stepped out of the shower, "honey, what do you think the neighbors would think if I mowed the lawn like this?"
"Probably that I married you for your money," she replied.

He said - Shall we try swapping positions tonight?
She said - That's a good idea... you stand by the ironing board while I sit on the sofa and fart.

Q: What do you call an intelligent, good looking, sensitive man?
A: A rumor

Q: Why do little boys whine?
A: They are practicing to be men.

Q: What do you call a handcuffed man?
A: Trustworthy.

Q: What does it mean when a man is in your bed gasping for breath and calling your name?
A: You did not hold the pillow down long enough.

Q: Why do men whistle when they are sitting on the toilet?

A: It helps them remember which end they need to wipe.

Q: How do you keep your husband from reading your e-mail?
A: Rename the mail folder "Instruction Manuals"

This was especially for all bright, funny women to make their day and....
for all bright men who have enough sense of humor to take it!

Sport talk

Snippets from the papers

Quotas forced me to leave SA, says Pietersen
England batsman Kevin Pietersen says he decided to leave South Africa because of the racial discrimination in cricket in the country.
Full Story...

Ajax get a chance to upset 'big brother'
A 200-strong delegation from Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam will visit Cape Town in early 2007.
Full Story...

Don't judge us on Tri-Nations, pleads White
Springbok coach Jake White says it is "bloody unfair" to judge him and his players on the performances during the Tri-Nations.
Full Story ...

Too early to make a noise - White
Coming off possibly their greatest victory in Test rugby, Springbok coach Jake White watered down any thoughts that his team had completely turned the corner.
Full story ...

COURT RULING: Wellington NZ. July 24, 2006
-Received from Nico Botha in Australia-

A seven year old boy was at the center of a courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him.

The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with the child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible.

The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him.

After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the Judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.

After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Springbok rugby team, who the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.

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Boerewors in the Benelux


Braaing time is not over yet and we have plenty of Boerewors available.

Boeries on the braai!
The mailing of the wors has been a tremendous success.
All our customers in Holland, Belgium and in fact, all over Europe are raving about the packing of and the condition in which the wors arrived at their doorsteps.

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 September we will keep it at only € 7.95 per kg!!

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!
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 September you can get it at only € 12.00 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 will probably not many good weekends left this year weather wise. So 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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