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The Biltongmakers.Com Newsletter
April 2007

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Keerbergen
Belgium
April 2007

Outside it can still be somber and cold. The noise of a windy April rain shower and the hail stones against the window don't exactly point to the fact that spring is on the way.

And still!

When we, in between the rain showers, take a nice long walk, we can hear the happy "wietoewiet" from a couple of Kiewiten.

Hearing that we know that spring can't be far away!

The coming back of the Kiewit heralds the start of the spring in the Low Lands.

There is this tradition in some of the northern provinces of Holland that once the first Kiewit egg is found, spring has officially arrived. The person who finds this egg takes it to the Town hall where it is, with much ceremony, handed to the Queen's representative of the province.

Well, it is so far!

The egg has been found and handed over, the trees and bushes are full of blossoms and the tulips, crocuses and a host of other flowers are adorning every garden you see. Our alarm clock is packed away because we are once again woken up with the birds singing in the trees outside our bedroom window.
Now that it is spring we can enjoy the incredible colours of the blossoms on the trees and shrubs. Bright yellow, deep pink and, well, too many to mention. Just have a look at the picture on the left!

This morning when I woke up at around 2 (like I normally do) I looked out of one of the upstairs front windows. There were Mr and Mrs Duck waddling across the road with their brood! It is amazing sometimes.

You can be driving on a major road and all the traffic will come to a halt. When you get out of your car you see that some ducks are crossing the road. And they can take their time!!

With the incredible weather we have had most of our garden is ready for the summer! Most of the winter rubbish has been cleared, compost heap moved (to the neighbour's garden with his kind permission) and the patios cleaned with the high pressure hose.

As you can see on the right June certainly did her bit!
All that remains to be done is to plant some bulbs and fill the flower boxes with our summer flowers. These go in front of the windows and also in the balcony gutters upstairs.

A couple of weekends ago Tony, Catherine and the kids came to stay. It was a long time ago that I almost saw the sun rise and my head is still sore! June made a "Pap en Vleis". Excellent as usual and so were the "smoothies"!

So, here we are, all ready to enjoy a bit of warm weather.

I know that a couple of years back we could not get enough of the winters here. I suppose it was the sun in our blood that made us yearn for snow and rain and nice cozy evenings by the open fire. We still love that but a bit of warm weather will be very welcome right now!

And then ....

It's our birthday this month. We are all of 12 years old!

So, have a look a bit further on what we have in store for you!

How time flies. I can still remember those early days when we first started with the web site and the biltong makers. We knew absolutely nothing and learned through making mistake after mistake. In the end it worked out not too bad I hope!

April promises to be a good month. The Boerewors and Droëwors orders are flying out of the door and ...... very shortly we will have biltong as well! Yep, believe it or not but after all these years we finally took the plunge and imported a pucker biltong drying cabinet.

So, all you people in Europe, you can start emailing your orders through. There won't be endless stock and we will have to restrict people to 2kg each in the beginning.

The biltong will be packed in vacuum packs of 200 gram which will cost € 7.00 each.
Orders will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis so be quick!



The Teddy Bok

Let me end on a little more serious note and make a a request for all of you to support a very worthwhile cause.

In 1980, Morne du Plessis, the then captain of the Western Province rugby team created a fund to support and take care of all rugby injuries from school age right up to professional players.

Morne started this fund after two wellknown rugby players, Chris Burger and Petro Jackson died of their injuries sustained while playing rugby.

One of the Fund's missions is to instruct children at as many schools as possible how to prevent neck damages.

Rugby coaches are trained at school and club levels. Workshops on prevention are held all the time, all year round to create a safer rugby.

You can read more on the great work of the Players Fund on their web site www.playersfund.org.za

To generate an additional income for the Players Fund a fluffy toy Springbok called the "Teddybok" was created. The "Teddybok" became the official mascot of the Chris Burger/Petro Jackson Fund two years ago.

Come on people, stick your hands in your pockets and order a "Teddybok". It is available in small, medium and large and it can be ordered from www.villagers.co.za


Well, that was it for this month.

Keep well, have a good April and we'll speak again in May!

Take care,


Lo



There is never enough time to do it right the first time, but there is always enough time to do it over.
[Anonymous]

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."
[Helen Keller]


Food for thought

Remember

Before the Internet or the AppleMac...
Before semi-automatics and crack cocaine...
Before SEGA or Cartoon Network...
Before Playstation and MTV...

Way, way back ....

  • I'm talking about the time of Hide and Seek in the park.....or the dark.
  • The cafe down the road?
  • Hopscotch, Donkey, skipping and hand stands, backyard cricket with a tomato box, Dandy & Beano annuals
  • French skipping, charms and "arlies", jumping the river, living on the beach, building a swing from a piece of rope tied to a tree, tennis on the street or swing ball in the backyard.
  • The smell of suntan lotion, hot tar and Oros.
  • Wicks bubble gum for a cent.
  • An ice cream cone from the kombi that plays a tune.
Wait .... can you still remember ....

  • When around the corner seemed far away and going into town seemed like going somewhere, and your Ma made you "dress up" for the trip.
  • A million mozzie bites and peeling skin in summer.
  • Sticky fingers and sand in and on everything.
  • Cops and Robbers, Rounders, Stingers, Foefie slides and climbing trees.
  • Walking or riding your bike to school - no matter what the weather.
  • Running till you were out of breath.
  • Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
  • Jumping on the bed..... Pillow fights. Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down. Being tired from playing..... Remember that?
  • The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
  • Paper water bombs and clay "lats" were the ultimate weapon.
  • A piece of card in the spokes held by a clothes peg transformed any bicycle into a motorcycle.
I'm not finished just yet!

Can you still taste and smell ....
  • Eating jelly powder from the box, ice lollies made from cold drink in Tupperware holders in the freezer.
  • Making sherbet from sugar and ENOS and boiling tins of condensed milk to make caramel - took hours!
  • Marshmallow fish and mice.
Remember when ....
  • There were two types of takkies - Tommies and the canvas ones, and the only time you wore them at school was for "PT".
  • It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
  • Nobody owned a pedigree dog.
  • 25 cents was decent pocket money.
  • When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for 5 cents and feel lucky.
  • When nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got there.
  • Remember when it was magic when dad would "remove" his thumb, or make 10 cents appear from behind your ear.
  • When it was considered a great privilege and very unusual to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant or in a proper hotel.
  • When on a rare occasion Dad stopped at a roadhouse or "Dairy Den".
  • Remember when any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to carry groceries and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
  • When being sent to the headmaster's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home. Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn't because of muggings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat...... and some of us are still afraid of them!!!
Remember when ....
  • Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo".
  • Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Nix!"
  • A "race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
  • Money was handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly".
  • The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was germs.
  • Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a BIC pen, pea shooter or a "cattie".
  • Taking drugs meant orange-flavoured chewable vitamin C or Milk of Magnesia.
  • Ice cream was considered a basic food group.
  • Skills and courage were discovered because of a "dare".
  • Older Siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.
Didn't that feel good.....just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that!!!

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!!

Pass this on to anyone who grew up in South Africa who may need a break from their "grown up" life!

Take care,



Story of the month

The Cuckoo Clock

Lake Konstanz at Ludwigshaven It was dark and misty that morning when I left Ludwigshafen on lake Kontanz, in the South of Germany, and headed back home to Belgium. The road would take me via Strasbourg in France and then on to Luxembourg and Brussels.

Suzie (my GPS) was showing me a shortcut through the Black Forest that would save about an hour in driving time. After a while on the small winding roads of the hills in the the Black Forest I saw a small little sign on my left saying "Cuckoo Clocks".

It was still early in the morning and, with most of the mist gone and a with a bright wintry sun trying to penetrate the dense pine forests on the hills around me, I thought, why not, I don't come here often so let's go and have a look.

I remember that in an earlier life we always had a Cuckoo Clock hanging on the wall in the lounge. You surely know what I am talking about. These clocks with a rabbit and bird on the front, a deer head with horns on the top and two pine cones on the chains below to wind the clock.

Every so often a little bird would appear from a little door in the front to let out a happy sound similar to what the cuckoo birds makes.

The largest Cuckoo Clock in the world! Was I in for a surprise that morning.

The road got narrower winding itself in between the mountains towards the little town of Triberg. On both sides of the road signs started to appear advertising cuckoo clocks. The area was literally littered with places making cuckoo clocks.

And then, without warning there was the little town of Triberg and right in front of me the largest Cuckoo clock in the world in the shape of a little house.

Triberg im Schwarzwald is a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, located in the Schwarzwald-Baar district in the Black Forest. It is a small little town of only about 5000 souls.

I have included some pictures I took of this clock. The mechanism is incredible and almost entirely made of wood. Do yourself a favour and click on the pictures to see them big. It's worth the trouble to wait for them to download if you have a slow internet line.

So, there and then I though that this would make a nice bit of reading and after a little research came up with the following.

The History of the Cuckoo Clock

The first cuckoo clock dates back to around 1730. It was a product of the almost 100 years of clock making in the Black Forest of Germany that started sometime in the mid 17th century.
Though there are a number stories of who built the first clock, Franz Anton Ketterer has been given the credit.

The first cuckoo clocks were primitive compared to those made later. Their movements were made with wooden plates and gears. Many of the clocks had square faces painted with water color paints.

Part of the mechanism The pendulum The Cuckoo waiting behind the door of the house As time went on, the clocks became more and more sophisticated in their designs and decorations. The birds' wings and beaks were animated and some decorated with feathers.

The many themes decorating the clocks were only limited to the imagination of the painters of the faces for the clocks. They included scenes of family, hunting, military motifs and more.
Some were even decorated with porcelain columns and enameled dials.

Some of the more famous early cuckoo clock makers in the Black Forest were Theodore Ketterer, Johann Baptist Beha and Fidel Hepting.

By the late 1800s the cuckoo industry was some what industrialized.
As well as factories where the clocks where made and assembled, families would live and work together in large cottages, each individual working on the part of the clock they specialized in. Some carved the decorations, others assembling the movement and still others fitting movements in the cases.
There were an estimated 13 500 men and women engaged in the clock making industry in the villages in and around Triberg.

I saw this clearly all along the roads leading to and from Triberg. The miriad of signs pointing not to factories but to homesteads and small homes where till today the cuckoo clocks are made by small home industries.

The Cuckoo Bird

The Cuckoo can be found in Africa, Asia and Northern Europe. They are slim bodied and are about 13 inches in length. They have a blue-grey head, breast and upper parts, and horizontal barring on the under parts.
However, the female also exists as a rare rufous (reddish) morph, so instead of being grey it is red-brown. They never build a nest, preferring instead to lay their eggs in the nests of other birds who unwittingly raise the cuckoo fledglings as their own.


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Nothing compares with out Home Biltong Makers ......

Our Home Biltong makers have given many of our customers much joy and happiness and have brought many of them "a little of South Africa" back in their homes.

It is so easy to make your own Biltong and it is ever so cost effective. In fact it only costs you just a fraction of the price you pay in the shop and, what is more important, you can make it just the way YOU like it.

Please read what these people have to say.


COMMENTS FROM BILTONG LOVERS AROUND THE WORLD!

    Hi Biltong Guys!

    WOW ..... our first batch of biltong was great !!!!!

    We have a butcher here in Canada who had a shop in Toronto in a prominent South African area, so he started making wors and biltong, not bad, but not like ours!!
    He had since relocated to our area, much to our delight! To start of our Rockeys 5kg BILTONG MAKER we made droëwors with his wors and the family consumed it in about four days.
    But when the biltong was ready from the Quick Biltong Recipe it was gone in two days! I had to hide a piece to give to my daughter in Miami, especially as she has shares in the Biltong Maker as my son's Christmas present.

    Rockey's Biltongmaker has a permanent place in the kitchen as is working all the time!!
    Thanks for keeping in touch with your newsletters, I do enjoy receiving them, as well as all the future Biltong we will be eating.

    Alles van die beste,
    Dawn Lyell
    Coldwater, Ontario, Canada (05-03-2007)
    alandawn70@yahoo.co.uk

    Dear Lo,

    Just a brief note to thank you for sending us our 5kg Biltong maker.
    It has generated a buzz in our household with and immediate competition between my lovely wife and I on the best batch of ‘tong between us.
    By day two the kids and I had already started the sampling and things are looking good!!
    We just had the Johnny Clegg concert in Dubai so the whole process of biltong making, Castle Lager and good South African entertainment was well timed.
    You obviously love what you do as you have spent a lot of time preparing your web site, filled with so many recipes and other informative stuff.

    Keep it up so we all can smile,

    Best wishes,
    Liam Hamilton Potts
    Dubai, UAE (20-02-2007)
    lhp@icltdxb.ae


And so more and more people keep on telling us how fantastic it is to make your own biltong!
You can read loads more of what people are saying (we only started keeping records in 2001)
on our customers comments page.

So, to all of you who have not tried it yet, now is the time!

ESPECIALLY WITH THE BIRTHDAY SPECIALS WE HAVE FOR YOU THIS MONTH! (SEE BELOW!)

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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.

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







You can have a look at the BILTONG BUDDY here.


Our special birthday gifts to you!

It is our 12th birthday this month!

And......... we are going to make you part of the celebrations with some very special prices on most of our goodies!

Before we carry on we must mention that although we have ample stock on hand at the moment, we may run into trouble towards the end of the month and there might be a delay in shipping. So be quick and make use of this absolutely ONCE-OFF opportunity to start making your own biltong!

From the publication of this newsletter until the last day of this month or for as long as our present stocks last here are your prices .....

BILTONG BUDDY Biltong Maker
R 750.00
R 645.00
ROCKEY'S 5kg Biltong Maker
R 950.00
R 745.00
Wooden Blackwood Biltong Cutter
R 390.00
R 290.00
Small-Industrial Biltong Shredder (hand model)
R 1495.00
R 895.00
Plaaswors Boerewors Spice (600 gram)
R 65.00
R 55.00
Safari Biltong Spice (pre-mixed 500 gram)
R 65.00
R 45.00
SI30-30kg Drying Cabinet (Small-Industrial)
R 5995.00
R 5995.00

So ..... what are you waiting for??
More? Ok then, with every order for a Biltong Maker we will pack 20 special Biltong Storage bags!

(Click here to get them now with your biltong maker!)


Click here to go to our on-line shop.

Tips of the month

Here are some really useful tips!

  • The next time you boil potatoes in their jacket just add a little lemon juice. The potatoes will boil snow white and your pot won't have any marks!
  • The next time you have people in your house who smoke just put some salt in the bottom of each ashtray. The salt will absorb the smell of the cigarette ash.
  • Add two aspirins to the water in a vase and your flowers will keep much longer.
  • To remove scratch marks on a CD just rub some peanut butter on it with a soft cloth.
  • Some of the things you can do with a can of Coke!
    • First of all you can drink it of course.
    • Then you can empty a can of Coke in the toilet, leave it for an hour or so and your toilet will be sparkling white!
    • When your battery terminals are corroded just empty a can of Coke over them. The Coke will eat away the corrosion.
    • To remove grease stains from clothing put some Coke on them. The Coke will help to break up the grease marks.
    • Just imagine what it does to your stomach!!
  • Tired of all the dog poops all over the garden? Just pick them up and put them somewhere you want your dog to do his business. After a while he will go only there.
  • Are your towels "hard" after being washed? Wash them in warm water and soap and add a handful of salt (dilute it first). Don't use a softener. Rinse well and add a little ammonia with the last rinse.
  • To take ink out of carpets just put some buttermilk on the spot and rub it in with a clean cloth until the stain has gone. Wash afterwards with warm water and a little ammonia.
  • Get rid of insects on animals by washing them with the water you boiled potatoes in. Repeat a couple of times.
  • Cockroaches - Put some cloves in all your kitchen cupboards!
  • A smelly cat box? Just mix the cat sand with a little baby powder.
  • In the Kitchen:
    • Lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda works better that CIF or Handy Andy
    • Vinegar and bicarbonate of soda makes a very good disinfectant.
    • Lemon juice and citrus soda takes the "elbow grease" out of cleaning a burned pot.
  • Try keeping copper and brass clean by rubbing it occasionally with a mixture of salt and vinegar
  • Chewing gum problems? Rub it with an ice cube until hard and remove. If it leaves a mark rub it with a little turpentine
  • Crayon marks on wall or clothing? Just brush it with some toothpaste on an old toothbrush
  • To clean artificial flowers put them in a paper bag with some salt. Shake well. The salt takes all the dust and dirt of the flowers.
  • To prevent weevils in flour, pasta rice etc. just put a little white candle in the container.
  • To clean your microwave oven just heat half a cup of vinegar in the oven. No need to boil it! The vinegar will loosen all the dirt. Afterward just clean with a soft cloth.
  • Moles? The easiest is if you have dogs. Just throw the poops in the mole hole!
  • To take care of moths just put some orange peels in between your clothes.
  • Remove nicotine stains from your fingers with a little lemon juice.
  • Old soap recipe:
    • 4 kg beef fat
    • 1.5 liter water
    • 1 kg bicarbonate of soda.
    • Melt the fat till it becomes oil, add the water and the bicarbonate of soda and stir on and off for three hours. Cool and cut in shapes.
  • To keep your fridge smelling fresh just put a piece of coal inside. The coal will absorb all the smells.


South African Meat Cutting Charts

Below you will find three BRAND-NEW meat cutting charts.

These are displayed with the compliments of SAMIC.
(The South African Meat Industry Company).
SAMIC has a very interesting web site as well as a weekly newsletter about anything to do with the
Meat Industry in South Africa.
Now, don't think this is a totally boring web site (I thought so first) but it has some very interesting articles and statistics.





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South African Musical and other Events in Europe

For all upcoming shows by South African artists please click on the South African events web site link below.
There are a host of South African artists coming to Europe in the next couple of weeks.

Amongst those are;
  • Koos Kombuis - Aardvark Pub, London
  • Bok van Blerk - Aardvark Pub, London
  • Tidal Waves - Festival, Estival in Braschaat, Belgium
  • HA!Man - Holland, Belgium, France
  • Jan Blohm - Boom, Antwerp
  • Amanda Strydom - Den Bosch and Hoogeveen, Holland
  • Johny Clegg - France, Luxembourg and Belgium

And many, many others .........

To see all upcoming events please click on South African Events in Europe web site. There are loads of things happening!


Questions and Answers

Like 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

I have clients coming to hunt a rhino with us and would like to know if I can use the meat to eat and make biltong.
Please give me your thoughts.

Jessie Bird
South Africa
jebird@mweb.co.za



QUESTION

When meat is dried what temperature is it done at and are there any enzymes destroyed in the meat?
Thank you in advance for your answer.

Dan Kremer
Yorkshire,OH, USA
Dan@eatfoodforlife.com



QUESTION

Please can somebody help with regard to the salt.
We have purchased one of the Biltong Buddies, but I have a huge problem that I hope someone can help us with. I cannot find Rock salt anywhere here in Alberta, Canada.
I have only seen Coarse Salt and Pickling Salt. Both of these are like small peppercorns in size and very very salty. A friend of ours here in Canada used one of these salts, but the biltong was too dry and very salty.
Much appreciated for anyone's help.

Penny Mcloughlin
Alberta, Canada
machome@shaw.ca



Click to see me big QUESTION

ive made some biltong and some of its gone mouldy. i have mad sure that there not toucchinng but it continues to mould wats going on????

chris

Chris
Australia
hadlows5@bigpond.com



QUESTION

Is it possible to use mouton/sheep to make biltong and what part is the best to use.

Philip Celen
Kalmhout, Belgium
philip.celen@skynet.be



Stoep Talk

Beware the attack of the Twinkletonians ....
By James Clarke

It is now more than a third of a century since Pioneer 10 was launched by NASA - a spacecraft designed to travel beyond our solar system and into deep space.

It is now 15-billion kilometers from Earth.

It sent its last faint signal five years ago - a signal that took almost 24 hours to reach Earth.

It carries a gold plaque engraved with a message of goodwill and a map showing the Earth's location in the solar system.

That gold plaque continues to worry me. It could represent the most stupid thing mankind has ever done.

The idea is that some "Thing" out there might find our spacecraft and immediately realize there is something akin to intelligent life on a distant planet.

There is even a drawing on the plaque of a nude man and woman standing against the outline of Pioneer 10.

Thus, whatever finds Pioneer 10 will have an idea of the size and shape of humans.

I have conjectured before about what could happen after that.

Imagine if the finder is the size of a cooling tower and has six heads and 36 arms and poor under-arm hygiene, and it views the naked couple as jelly babies.

THINKS: Wow! A planet full of living, wriggling jelly babies!

It persuades King Zog of the planet Twinkle to mount an expedition to our planet and they begin harvesting us and popping us into sweet jars for little Twinkletonians to squabble over.

"Ooh, more jelly babies! Bags I the black ones!" yell the kids.

"Naah, you ate all the black ones last time.

"Ma! Boogle's being selfish again!"

"If you kids don't shut up I'll put you both in the pot with your sister for dinner tonight!"

Or what if these giants serve us up in bowls as snacks at cocktail parties - with cheese dip? Or serve as with custard? Or in aspic?

What if they are like the Chinese and treat us like seals snipping off what they want and drying them for aphrodisiacs and discarding the rest?

Or like Westerners and raise us for meat in pigsties with troughs full of their kitchen waste?

What if they pop us into blenders?

The trouble is that on the gold plaque NASA has clearly identified our solar system and our precise location within it.

To the Aliens, our solar system might be what Kyalami Race Track is to us and we'll have them tearing around at night landing willy-nilly - like on top of the Free State, flattening Bloemfontein.

Well, that's all right I suppose. But what if it's Gauteng?

By the same token, of course, the Twinkletonians could be our size and terribly friendly and swarm here in their millions. They might like us so much they'll climb into our beds and silently snuggle up - which might be fine except what if they are slimy and cold and smell like yesterday's nappy?

But then again they could be really humongous giants who scoop up our tiny little planet, along with Mars and Venus and the rest, to play marbles with.

Whatever - it is too late now to recall Pioneer 10. The die is cast.

Sleep well.



POTES' CORNER

I have a pome from Glen Parnall of Auckland Park - derived from a series of verses he recalls as a child.

A cow stood on the railway track
He said, "I'm brave of course."
The train came round the bend, Toot Toot.

Boerewors!



And aspirant pote, Derek Rubidge, with a hint of despair, wrote:

I sit mainly at home
Penning a pome


Recipe Corner

Koeksisters

The Syrup

Ingredients
  • 4 Cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 sticks cinnamon, or 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon

Method
  • Dissolve the sugar in the water
  • Add the ginger, cream of tartar, cinnamon and bring to the boil stirring for a while
  • Boil for about 5 mins, but watch it as to not to boil over
  • Cool to cold before using (Keep in the fridge overnight before using the next day!!)

Optional:
You can add about 1-2 teaspoons of glycerine to the water before you take it off the stove. This will add a shine or gloss to the koeksisters.



The Koeksisters

Ingredients
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 or 1.5 cups of milk
  • Oil for deep fat frying.

Method
  • Sift the dry ingredients, and rub in the butter, with the fingertips or cut it in with a pastry cutter
  • Beat the egg and add the milk and mix lightly to a soft dough
  • Knead well and leave for about 2 hours or more. (I did it the night before and put it into a packet till the next day)
  • Roll out to 1 cm thickness, cut into strips and plait and twist them.
  • Fry them in deep fat for 1 to 2 minutes or until light brown. You can do about 5 or 6 at the same time.
  • When golden brown on one side,turn over with a fork and fry to a golden brown on the other side.
  • Remove them with lifter and drain on absorbent paper.
  • Dunk in the syrup

Important Tip!

When its time to dunk the fried koeksisters in the syrup, place the pot with the syrup, into a large basin with ice cubes to the prevent the syrup from becoming too warm, the syrup has to be kept cold.

Add the remaining syrup over them once finished, they taste better.

Makes about 5 to 6 dozen and you can packet and put them in the freezer. They keep better that way and won't freeze.
Enjoy!!!!

Happy baking from Lorraine Austin
Brisbane Australia


Stories from South Africa

New anti-smoking Bill to impose hefty fines

The effects of the "scare factor" of the new tobacco Bill - setting fines of up to R50 000 for owners of clubs, bars and restaurants who allow patrons to light up illegally - will be eagerly watched by anti-smoking campaigners.

The Bill was passed by parliament this week and campaigners hope it will become law before the end of June.

It will impose heavy fines on errant club, bar and restaurant owners who previously faced only a R 200.00 "smack on the wrist".

"We are hoping there will be a high degree of voluntary compliance once it becomes law," said the Director of the Campaign Against Smoking, Peter Ucko.

'We are hoping there will be a high degree of voluntary compliance' "We don't want to use the big stick, but we will press for the prosecution of those who fail to comply."

Ucko hoped the big fines would act as a strong deterrent to those clubs and bars which had thus far ignored the ban on smoking in public places.

"We already have a high degree of compliance in shopping centers. Let's hope the same thing now happens in clubs and bars."

He said press reports this week that referred to "clubs and bars where smoking is permitted" had been very misleading.

"Smoking is not permitted in any clubs and bars. It is only permitted in a section of a club or bar that has been specially set aside in accordance with the regulations."

 'Smoking is not permitted
in any clubs
and bars'
 Ucko said his organisation was ready to help the Department of Health to gear up for the enforcement of the Bill, which would amend the Tobacco Control Act.

"The Health Department has indicated it wants us to go round the country with it to train officials about the new legislation."
He hoped there would be a new enthusiasm among health authorities and the police to prosecute offenders now that the penalties for smoking in public places had been increased.

The penalty for smoking in clubs and bars - the fine of R 200.00 that came into effect on January 1 2001 - had not been a strong deterrent and had not encouraged the authorities to prosecute, he said.

"But if I go to a policeman with an offense that carries a fine of R 50 000.00, it is worth his while to do some leg work and take it to a prosecutor."

Ucko said the new amendment that allowed the minister of health to regulate the ingredients, additives and emissions of tobacco was very important.

"Some producers have been adding chocolate and liquorice to make their cigarettes more attractive," he said.

"Cigarette smoke is harsh, but it is less so if you add liquorice. And this encourages children to take up smoking."

He said the amendments would allow the minister to limit the amount of addictive nicotine in tobacco.

The amendments would also allow the minister to regulate cigarettes' ignition propensity, those additives that made them burn right down to the filter "when left alone".

This ignition propensity, he said, started fires that cost South Africa a "fortune" each year. "Without the additives South Africa would have what we like to call self-extinguishing cigarettes."

Ucko said the Bill would now go to the National Council of Provinces for approval. "It will then go to the president to sign and finally to the printer of the Government Gazette.

"It is a total guess, but I would say it is reasonable to expect the Bill to become law before the end of June."


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Around the World

Bits and Bobs from people around the world

We don't know who send the following to us but we can all relate to it, especially now in the Spring!

The Daffodil Principle

Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come to see the daffodils before they are over." I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead "I will come next Tuesday", I promised a little reluctantly on her third call.

Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and reluctantly I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house I was welcomed by the joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted my grandchildren.

"Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in these clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see badly enough to drive another inch!"

My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all the time, Mother." "Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I'm heading for home!" I assured her.

"But first we're going to see the daffodils. It's just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "I'll drive. I'm used to this."

"Carolyn," I said sternly, "Please turn around." "It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience."

After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign with an arrow that read, " Daffodil Garden ." We got out of the car, each took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, as we turned a corner, I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight.

It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it over the mountain peak and its surrounding slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, creamy white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, and saffron and butter yellow. Each different-colored variety was planted in large groups so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.
"Who did this?" I asked Carolyn. "Just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home." Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house, small and modestly sitting in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house.

On the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking", was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs," it read. The second answer was, "One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and one brain." The third answer was, "Began in 1958."

For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. One day at a time, she had created something of extraordinary magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration.

That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time--often just one baby-step at time--and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world .

"It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!"

My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said.

She was right. It's so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask, "How can I put this to use today?"

Use the Daffodil Principle.

Stop waiting .....

Until your car or home is paid off
Until you get a new car or home
Until your kids leave the house
Until you go back to school
Until you finish school
Until you clean the house
Until you organize the garage
Until you clean off your desk
Until you lose 10 lbs.
Until you gain 10 lbs.
Until you get married
Until you get a divorce
Until you have kids
Until the kids go to school
Until you retire
Until summer
Until spring
Until winter
Until fall
Until you die ....

There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

So work like you don't need money.

Love like you've never been hurt, and, Dance like no one's watching.

If you want to brighten someone's day, pass this on to someone special.

I just did!

Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day!

Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.

~anonymous


Something to smile about

Found on women's T-shirts

  • I child proofed my house, but they still get in.
  • (on the front) 60 is not old.... (on the back) if you're a tree.
  • I'm still hot... it just comes in flashes.
  • At my age, getting lucky means finding my car in the parking lot.
  • My reality check just bounced.
  • Life is short, make fun of it.
  • I'm not 50.... I'm $49.95 plus tax.
  • Annapolis - a drinking town with a sailor problem.
  • I need somebody bad... are you bad?
  • Physically pffffft!
  • Buckle up, it makes it harder for the aliens to snatch you from your car.
  • I'm not a snob. I'm just better than you are.
  • It's my cat's world. I'm just here to open cans.
  • Earth is the insane asylum of the universe.
  • Keep staring.... I may do a trick.
  • We got rid of the kids - the cat was allergic.
  • Dangerously under-medicated.
  • My mind works like lightning. One brilliant flash and it's gone.
  • Every time I hear the dirty word; exercise, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.
  • Cats regard people as warm-blooded furniture.
  • Live your life so that when you die, the preacher will not have to tell lies at your funeral.

Sport talk

Snippets from the papers

Left takes power in World Cup
Left is proving to be just right at the World Cup. Bowlers are finding it difficult to keep their reputation intact against teams having a left-handed power-hitter at the top of the order in the Caribbean.
Full Story ....

Sangakkara praises Sri Lanka's golden oldies
[ Cricket ] Wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara believes golden oldies Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan are proving to be the inspiration as Sri Lanka target a second World Cup title.
Full Story ....

Lions feel the crush after 10 weeks of rugby
After 10 weeks of gruelling Super 14 rugby, the Lions' bubble finally burst. And with it, possibly any hopes of reaching the semifinals.
Full Story ....

Cape braces itself for 200 000 soccer fans
At least 200 000 soccer fans will visit Cape Town during the 2010 World Cup, according to MEC for Transport and Public Works Marius Fransman.
Full Story ....


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Let's hear from you too!!

Let's make the next issue a Bumper one!

It is now April and we have not had much response to our request for contributions to our newsletter. It is not easy to come up with new stuff all the time and we largely depend on you, the reader.

So, to all those people who subscribe to our newsletter and to those who send us enthusiastic emails about how they enjoy reading it ........ why not put pen to paper yourself and lend us a hand.

You are probably sitting at the computer right now so how about it. Let our readers enjoy your story!
It does not have to be about Biltong or such. We'd love to hear where you live and how you have adapted yourself to your new life style and surroundings.

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.

Share it with other people around the world!



Boerewors in Europe

Boerewors (Europe only, sorry people!)

Click to see me bigger The braaing season has started in Europe and the air was heavy with the smell of fires and the cooking of meat Easter Weekend.
Nothing though is as recognizable and delicious as the smell of some real South African boerewors on the coals.
Boeries on the braai! Our customers took heed and came in their droves to stock up for the Easter Weekend!
We always have ample stock of boerewors, droëwors and .......... we also now have limited quantities of biltong.
The way I used to like it back home, with a little bit of fat and still a little wet.

So if you need Boerewors just click on
"all about our boerewors". You can either collect or we can mail it to you.
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.

Just imagine some "lekker" pap and wors with a nice tomato and onion sauce!

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 our birthday month of April it's yours for only € 7.95 per kg!!



Droëwors

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 spices are of course imported especially from South Africa so you will get the "real" thing!

We have around 150kg Droëwors in stock right now but please hurry because it always seems to disappear like snow before the sun.

The price is € 28.00 per kg or € 7.00 per 250 gram packet.

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 500 gram.

See all the information and mailing rates by going to
www.boerewors.be

Interested? Just complete the order form you find when you go to the www.boerewors.be web site or give us a call on +32 (16) 53.96.25 or email.


Lamb on the Spit

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

Spring is here and the summer is nigh and it is time to start planning your special functions.

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 from just € 15.00 per person.

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.
Just keep in mind that quite a number of dates in May and June are already booked and remember that we are doing these functions only during weekends.

Booking early is essential and you can do so on
+32 (16) 53.96.25 or email us.

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


Lamb on the Spit

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