Thursday, 26 December 2013
The perfect summer salsa!
1 Mango (ripe)
1 Red onion
1 Red pepper
Pinch of dried Peppermint
1Tbsp Olive oil
Small pinch Salt
1) Cut all of the ingredients into 'half a cm' sized cubes.
2) Mix by hand in a bowl. Turning the ingredients over until they are evenly mixed.
3) Pour olive oil over the salsa.
4) Add salt.
5) Add dried peppermint.
6) Mix by hand again to spread the dressing evenly.
7) Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate (best served ice cold!)
This salsa worked incredibly well when coupled with a traditional cheesy lasagna, It also worked well alongside roasted chicken. It is light, flavourful and refreshing for a hot summer celebration meal!
( Sorry for the awful photo! Only had my silly cellphone at hand! Xx )
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
- Add the cake flour to a large mixing bowl.
- Place your dried fruit and nuts into a Kenwood blender and chop them finely until they resemble rough crumbs, set aside 50g of the crumbs for cake decoration. Add the remaining 200g crumbs to your mixing bowl.
- Add brown sugar and mixed spice to the bowl and mix evenly.
- Add margarine and vanilla essence to a microwaveable bowl and melt in the microwave (60 seconds)
- Add eggs to the Kenwood along with the baking powder and mix on high until blended and smooth, add melted margarine to the egg mixture, mix well. Pour into the dry ingredients.
- Using a handheld beater (or whisk) blend the wet and dry ingredients – try to incorporate as much air as possible.
- Pour half of the cake batter into a 20 x 20 cm cake tin. Bake at 180 for 20 – 30 minutes (from 20 minutes check every 5 minutes with a skewer to see if the cake is baked in the center)
- One the first layer is baked and cooling, repeat with the second half of the cake batter.
"I want to make my Grandpa's life a little bit happier... so I'm taking this slice of cake to him." Savanna Bigara, 5yrs. (That's a pretty good review methinks!)
Monday, 9 December 2013
I just love this one. As an ex school Drama teacher and current Theatre Director - I love the concept, and from the sounds of the audience it was a success :)
Either buy good quality fruit mince from the store or try your hand at making it yourself:
175g shredded suet (beef or vegetarian)
250g soft, dark brown sugar
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2 tsp mixed spice
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
Grated zest and juice of 1 orange
1 apple, cored and finely chopped, no need to peel
4 tbsp brandy
Makes 3 jars of Mincemeat
In a large roomy baking bowl combine all the ingredients except the brandy. Stir really well making sure all the ingredients are evenly distributed. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave overnight.
Next day, heat the oven to 110°C/¼ gas. Remove the tea towel and cover the bowl with foil and place in the warmed oven for 2½ hours. The suet will have melted but don't worry, this is how it should be as the fat is what will help to preserve the mincemeat. Stir well and leave to one side to cool, stirring from time to time.
Once cool stir the mincemeat again, add the brandy and stir again.
Fill sterilised jars with the cold mincemeat, cover with a wax disc and a lid. The mincemeat will keep up to one year in a cool, dark place
Same deal, store bought short crust pastry is quicker but home made tastes better!!
For the shortcrust pastry
200g soft flour
pinch of salt
2-3 tablespoons of water
1. Make sure your butter's at room temperature to make it easier to work with.
2. Sieve the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the flour.
3. Using your fingertips, rub the fat into the flour, lifting the mixture up and dropping it back into the bowl - you want to keep the mixture light and airy. Keep going until all the fat is mixed with the flour and has reached a texture that resembles fine breadcrumbs.
4. Sprinkle a little cold water into the bowl and mix through with a knife. Use your fingers to bring the pastry together: it's ready when and the sides of the bowl are clean and it's formed a solid ball. You shouldn't need to add much more than a tablespoon of water so be careful not to overdo it.
5.Cover the bowl with cling film and leave the pastry to rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
For the mince pies:
1. Lightly grease muffin tins
2. Flour your work surface and roll out the pastry as thinly as possible. Cut out approximately 12 rounds with a pastry cutter (most pastry cutters have two sides, one with a greater diameter than the other, use the larger side for the base) and place them in the base of your muffin pans (I usually form a 'cup' shape)
3. Prick all the pie bases with a fork to stop them rising. Fill each case with about 3 teaspoons of the mincemeat mix - don't overfill your cases or the mixture will leak through the pastry when cooking.
4. Brush the pie edges with a little milk. Stamp out another 12 'shapes' or rounds (I like using stars) for the lids and place over the mincemeat mix.
5. Pinch the pie edges together to seal. Brush over with egg wash and pierce the tops with a fork. Bake in the oven for approx 20 minutes at 190 degrees until golden brown.
8. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 1 minute before placing on a wire rack to cool.
9. Serve warm with a light sifting of icing sugar on top.
Tip: You can keep the pies for 2 - 3 days in an airtight container and re-heat them when needed.
A HUGE thank you to Amy Wilson from Durban, for this lovely recipe! I can't wait to try it out!
Take care everyone!
Thursday, 5 December 2013
"Tata. Brother. Peacemaker. Friend.
Father of my heart. Father of my soil. Father of my humanity.
The earth cries out with a single voice once again. The miracle of your life and the dreadful song of your death.
I have not known the texture of your hand, but I have known the call of your spirit across oceans, across hatred, across the land that gave you to us, the land of the broken-hearted.
I have heard your heart beat louder than the voice of revenge, stronger than the blood-soaked soil, softer than the weeping, childless mother. For all of us.
I have been warmed by your smile, strengthened by your humility, emboldened by the lifting of a cup in your hands over a sea of green jerseys saturated with sweat and tears.
You are my sun. I can count the days of my life inside yours. I have never lived a moment outside of your rays. Until now.
You broke open your heart and poured change across an entire world steeped with injustice. You gave us all a benchmark of hope and humanity beyond what we could have ever conceived.
You return to stardust in glory and yet all I can do is mourn.
Celebrating a life lived in service should be a gift of joy, but I am angry and sad and heartbroken.
You are mine. You belong to me. And I want you here always. Not in legacy or spirit esoterica.
You have my love, my heart, my tears."
Share Please xx
Also, regarding Mandela's death, and our fear.
People of all colours have expressed fear of 'what will come' after Madiba passes... I believe this:
If you see a great example, you follow it. Either by choice or by influence, Madiba was the initial catalyst for change - in South African hearts and minds... I believe that we will be fine. There will be no earth-stopping violent outbreak, or financial crisis, just the steady beat of a country that has survive too much to 'lose it' now. With elections coming up soon, we need to put our shoulder to the grindstone and push forward to the ideals that Madiba extolled.
I love the knowledge that the African people will mourn today with beautiful haunting melodies and song, a loving send off for a great hero.
His legacy will be our continuing on.
Love to all of my FB friends, we are one! Simunye! - Sandy Bigara
A nation united in grief
06 December 2013
Today, South Africa lost the greatest son of its soil. Today the rainbow nation lost its father. Today, we are a nation united in grief. It is with deep and profound sadness that we say: Lala ngoxolo Tata. Asoze sikulibale (Rest in peace Tata, we will never forget you).
Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with Madiba's wife, Graca, his former wife, Winnie, his daughters Makaziwe, Zenani and Zindziswa, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. May they find the strength to overcome the pain of this great loss. And may the entire Mandela family be accorded the respect they deserve at this time. May they be accorded the right to mourn in peace.
The nation mourns with them.We all belong to the South African family – and we owe that sense of belonging to Madiba. That is his legacy. It is why there is an unparalleled outpouring of national grief at his passing. It is commensurate with the contribution he made to our country. Through his humility, moral conviction and bold leadership, Madiba gave us a gift for which we, and successive generations will be forever grateful. He gave us his vision of a free and inclusive South Africa and the unwavering belief that such a society could be achieved in his lifetime. He was, quite simply, the greatest South African that ever lived. We shall never see his like again.
Let all South Africans join hands as we mourn Madiba's passing and celebrate his life. Let us re-affirm his values and recapture his spirit in all we do.Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Tata Madiba: 18 July 1918 – 05 December 2013
Mandela, our beloved Tata, passed away this morning at the age of 95. Nelson Mandela endured 27 years of prison, before emerging as an icon globally - promoting peace, tolerance and garnering international respect. Building bridges globally, that had previously been non existent - due to the evils of Apartheid.
"As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison," Mandela said after he was freed in in 1990." - http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/05/world/africa/nelson-mandela/
Madiba struggled with a chronic lung infection, which drastically affected his quality of life, he died peacefully, surrounded by family members on Thursday night, 5th December.
The world mourns the loss of a great man.
Rest in peace Tata, I will never forget meeting you. You were gracious when a very 'young' me called out in greeting during one of your speeches... Thank you for saying "Hello there!" back at me! Xxx
- Go along Umhlanga Rocks drive (From Northway go towards Umhlanga, from Umhlanga go towards Durban North)
- Go DOWN Longwoods,
- LEFT at Rinaldo rd,
- RIGHT at Clematis,
- The Tea Garden is at the TOP of Clematis.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
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Thursday, 21 November 2013
John Steenhuisen MP
DA Shadow Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
The DA is pleased that the City of Cape Town has made significant strides in creating a safe, well-run, caring and inclusive city of opportunity for all its residents.
In her Mid-Term Review speech yesterday, the Executive Mayor of Cape Town Alderman Patricia De Lille, revealed:
- A 278% increase in the number of toilets provided in informal settlements, from 14 591 in 2006 to around 40 700 in 2013;
- The City has prioritised a massive allocation of resources to improve living conditions in informal settlements, specifically in the provision of electricity, water and sanitation, refuse removal, area cleaning and rodent control.
- The City is funding Eskom to the amount of R190 million to connect over 20 000 households in informal settlements and temporary relocation areas with electricity;
- The City has provided over 37 000 work opportunities created from 228 projects, with more than R60 million paid out in fortnightly wages;
- 27 separate out-dated legacy zoning schemes were integrated into a single Cape Town Zoning Scheme, reducing 1 507 pages of regulation to 185;
- The City has handed 3 710 residents keys to their newly-built units;
- The City has transferred 3 308 title deeds related to historical housing projects, as well as 404 title deeds to Council rental stock transferred to home buyers;
- Moody's International's latest Credit Rating report, released in April 2013, reaffirmed the City's strong credit rating of Aa3, the highest rating a South African municipality can obtain from Moody's;
- The 2012/13 financial year saw the City spending a record R5.78 billion, comprising 92.9% of its budget; and
- The City received its eighth consecutive unqualified audit.
The DA-led City of Cape Town remains the best-run municipality in the country, with the best record of providing basic services and financial relief to the poor - 64% of the City's budget is spent on the provision services to the poor – the most extensive cross-subsidisation in the country.
In the run-up to the 2014 general elections, the DA encourages South Africans to use their votes to elect DA governments where they live.
The DA has demonstrated that with political will and a commitment to clean governance it is possible to ensure that the poor benefit from the delivery of basic services. We want to bring the same to all of South Africa.
PLEASE SHARE THIS and help spread the message of how the DA delivers for all, and wants to deliver improved basic services in government throughout South Africa.
Dianne Kohler Barnard MP
DA Shadow Minister of Police
During a post Cabinet briefing this morning, the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, levelled a threat against members of the media when he stated that people who publish photographs of President Jacob Zuma's private residence in Nkandla could "face the full might of the law". The Minister was basing his threat on the unconstitutional National Key Points Act of 1980.
Minister Mthethwa would do well to refrain from making such threats when he has also acceded to the fact that the National Key Points Act is highly problematic in a constitutional democracy. He must now do the right thing and unconditionally retract these comments.
It is clear that the Minister of Police, like his colleagues in the Security Cluster, are hell-bent on using this unconstitutional law to hide details surrounding the inexplicable splurging of hundreds of millions of rands of public money on President Jacob Zuma.
These comments are even more worrying if one considers the steadfast refusal of Minister Mthethwa to reveal the list of National Key Points, as I have asked him to do so in numerous parliamentary questions. This means that if he were to apply this as a law of general application, members of the public could also be arrested for taking photographs of the Government Printing Works (revealed by the Minister of Home Affairs), the SABC or pictures at the opening of Parliament.
If anything, these comments highlight the need once and for all to repeal this draconian Apartheid-era law. The DA has submitted a Private Members Bill, the Protection of Critical Infrastructure Bill, to do just this. This Bill would:
- Establish an inter-departmental board to oversee the functions surrounding the protection and classification of critical infrastructure installations, as opposed to the Minister of Police having sole responsibility and discretion for declaring areas or structures that require government protection;
- Create strict criteria for the classification of critical infrastructure installations under specific sectors, based on national security and vulnerability;
- Allocate the responsibility of managing the costs associated with declaring a place or area a critical infrastructure installation to the government, and not to the owner as is the case under the current legislation;
- Ensure that there is a publicly available list of all critical infrastructure installations and that this list is regularly reviewed and tabled in Parliament; and
- Ensure that the Police Portfolio Committee oversees the implementation of the Act, allowing for, regular open committee sittings.
Minister Mthethwa must bring his Department in line with our constitutional democracy and stop levelling threats at South Africans who are committed to our Constitution.
He must now do the right thing and unconditionally retract these comments without delay. Anything less would reveal that he is more committed to Apartheid-era draconian legislation than to accountability and transparency.
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Sunday, 17 November 2013
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Thursday, 14 November 2013
14 November 2013
This week, the DA, as the official opposition, with the support of opposition parties in the Police Portfolio Committee succeeded in preventing the Private Security Industry Regulation Authority (PSIRA) Amendment Bill from being debated in Parliament.
Backed by all opposition parties who participate in the Police Portfolio Committee, the DA sent a letter to the Speaker, Max Sisulu, requesting his intervention regarding the unilateral, 11th-hour re-insertion of a xenophobic expropriation clause in the PSIRA Bill.
The Speaker agreed to have the PSIRA Bill sent back to the Portfolio Committee for further deliberation on this clause.
The expropriation clause was unilaterally slipped in by the Chairperson of the Committee who was presumably acting on instruction of the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa. It allows for the state to expropriate at least 51% of any foreign-owned security-related company. The clause further stated that the Minister could at his discretion, prescribe a different percentage of ownership and control for different categories of security businesses. This could, of course, mean that 100% of any security-related company with a head office in another country, would be expropriated in their entirety.
Equally, for example, a Greek locksmith who has been a permanent resident for 30 years, would be branded a threat to state security, and have to hand 51% of his tiny business over to a South African citizen. As would any foreign owned firm that imports, manufactures or exports any security-related equipment, such as cameras that are commonly used by householders who want to see who is at the door before opening it.
As many security firms are listed on the stock exchange, the nationality of individual shareholders is unknown.
The clause had already been exhaustively debated during extensive public hearings at which time the DA raised all these and many other issues time and time again. The offending clause was then removed from the Bill.
The DA looks forward to deliberating on this clause when the Bill comes once again before the committee and with the backing of other opposition parties, ensuring that it is not included in the final version of the Bill. Expropriation, or indigenisation as it is otherwise known, is the fastest way to destroy international investor confidence and our economy.
The DA will at all times fight all Bills that are deemed unfair, discriminatory and non-beneficial to the public.
Monday, 11 November 2013
Blue Monday Platform is on a mission to change the perception of arts, get newcomers involved in the industry and new audiences into theatre foyers, and also as a showcase for eventors, theatre managers and the public to see what is out there and available. The Blue Monday Platform is trying to make theatre universal, accessible and appropriate for all walks of life - and appealing and challenging to newcomers – and youth in particular - to engage with their culture.
Get involved in Blue Monday Platform. Entry is free and all are welcome. The bar is open, and it is a perfect opportunity for networking.
Where: Catalina Theatre, Wilsons Wharf
When: Monday 11 November
Entry: free and all are welcome
For more info: Radwinn on firstname.lastname@example.org / 0312014750
Friday, 8 November 2013
|Chanel is on Facebook!|
|Savanna is on Facebook!|
|Ndalo is on Facebook!|
|Kim is on Facebook!|
|Sandy is on Facebook!|
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Tuesday, 5 November 2013
I saw the image below on a friends wall and thought it was rather interesting, the following dieting images and links are food for thought (punny...) and something that I struggle with personally.
Use it. Don't use it.
I'm under a pile of paperwork for an upcoming show, so haven't been able to write more! Forgives mee!
Have a great day people! xx
Sunday, 3 November 2013
Sheraine Reddy is Miss P's Mom. Miss P is Autistic and struggles with the loud 'bangs' that come with Diwali/Guy Fawkes/New Years celebrations.
Please share. Not to spread any 'hate' but to encourage awareness and compassion for neighbours and children who don't always understand the 'loud bangs' at all hours day and night for up to SIX weeks after Diwali and New Years have passed.
Raise awareness. Be considerate. Stick to the time schedules set out by local and national government. Internationally 5pm - 10pm are considered the appropriate and respectful times to let off any fireworks - this allows for people to tranquilise their pets and calmly prepare their small children for the often scary bangs, squeals and crashes that accompany these festivals and celebrations.
“Fireworks” - that is goods that intended to be of pyrotechnic effect that are classified low hazard fireworks such as firework showers, fountains, golden rain, lawn lights, pin wheels, sparkles and volcanoes etc.
“Fire Cracker” means small fireworks with entwined fuses used solely as noise makers and not for pyrotechnic effect.
“Nuisance Fireworks” means a fireworks product that produces an effect involving a screech or noise, or is being altered or misused that has the effect of creating fear or disturbance to residents. These include fireworks such as air bombs, supersonic bang, sound shells, fountain whistle, screeches etc.
“Family Package”- means outdoor low hazard recreational fireworks.
An interesting quote from a Hindu gentleman:
"Fireworks has no links with Diwali whatsoever. I am an educated Hindu who read scriptures and meditate on a daily basis, so I have some authority on Hinduism. There is no instruction from any God to burn fireworks, so Hindus stop saying this is our culture. Exploding bombs (fireworks/firecrackers) amongst babies, children, animals, birdlife and ordinary human beings is not satvik (divine vibrations)." (He did not name himself and was commenting on a firecracker newspost)
Worth thinking about xx
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Date and Caramel Balls (Truffles)
- Divide the pitted dates into 3.
- Divide the stick butter into half, put half aside for the caramel balls and divide the remaining butter into 3.
- Group your dates and butter into 3 piles.
- Keep the biscuits aside.
- Using the blender – whizz up the dates and butter in three lots. Adding each processed lot to the first mixing bowl. The consistency should be mildly lumpy but glistening and smooth (the butter will do this)
- Once all 3 lots of date/butter paste are done, add half a tin of Caramel Treat and mix in well.
- Place the biscuits into the blender and whizz until fine crumbs (I did this in 3 as well, as my Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender is small) add to the date/butter/caramel mixture and fold in with a spatula until all is sticky resembling cookie dough. Use your hands if you must – finger tips only – to get the dough uniform throughout.
- Using your clean hands, scoop out teaspoonfuls of the dough and roll in your palm. (You may need to wash your hands after a while because they will get sticky and stop the balls from rolling nicely.)
- Roll each ball on a plate that has coconut shavings sprinkled liberally on it. Place each rolled, coated date ball onto the baking tray.
- Remember to keep aside a liberally sprinkled plate of shredded coconut for coating the caramel balls.
- Pour the remainder of the bag of shredded coconut into the second mixing bowl.
- Add the remaining half of the stick of butter.
- Add the remaining half of the tin of Carmel Treat.
- Whizz half a packet of Tennis Biscuits in the blender until fine crumbs, and add to the mixture.
- Using the spatula – get the mixture to a wet and crumbling evenly blended dough.
- Using your clean hands, scoop out teaspoonfuls of the dough and roll in your palm.
- Roll each ball on a plate that has coconut shavings sprinkled liberally on it. Place each rolled, coated caramel ball onto the baking tray.
|The Date Dough|
|My Kenwood fitted with a S blade|
|Try not to eat them as you make them...|
|The mixed Date and Caramel Balls|
|Guess who was peeking into the bowl... ;)|
We arrived on Sunday the 14th October - very stressed and tired.
|We've missed the sound of the waves...|
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
A short while ago I found a beautiful handwritten and decorated ORIGINAL piece of music called "True Till Death" and I felt that I wanted to program the music into my computer, learn the lyrics and tune - and do a recording of the song. So far it is delightful! A little art song inspired by marriage or unending love. I'm hoping to find out more information!
There is not ONE error despite it all having been written and drawn with a calligraphy-type pen. SO much love went into this song - I hope that I can do it justice and give it sound for the first time in 163 years...
|So lovingly written out.|
|Loads of detailed line drawings on the cover.|
|I wish I knew who this song was written for!!|
|Our only clue - Initials A C P|
|The watermark that covers most of each page. Only visible when held up to a light.|
I've done the first page - VERY haunting and chilling to hear the music come to life. Can just imagine the person playing this song...
CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE FIRST SOUNDS AND SEE THE PHOTOS OF THE MANUSCRIPT Share if you can!
(1800’s hand written musical manuscript found in a box in Durban, South Africa 2013)