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    Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:53 am
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    Madeleine, that sounds great. I think I'll copy-and-paste it to WORD for use later.

    (We're supposed to be packing for Stellenbosch. As usual I've finished packing and my chores in shutting up house for a couple of weeks, and DH is still in his study after putting 3 shirts on our bed ... And I cannot pack for him. Won't, either. icon_twisted.gif )

    Madeleintjie, for feta that's low in salt (maybe a little more expensive) try Danish feta. Whether that's the real thing, I don't know, but I like the milder taste and smoother texture.

    It's quiet here, yes, we're still missing a few old regulars.

    And this morning Scripps did some updating -- must say Zaar has suddenly improved its speed for me -- and for hours I could not get in here.
    Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:22 am
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    Well first off the recipe Madeleine, sounds great, I have just copied it as well - yep, there are a few regulars missing...

    We did not do that much over Easter as I just could not - BUT I am going out today to the supermarket, (luckily the car is automatic) and try doing a bit of shopping, slowly and just take one arm calliper with me , it shows that being forced to do so little for so long, that its exciting just to be able to get out - how we usually take things for granted eh!

    The sun is shining, but its cold outside - but will get warm quicker..... by the weekend we will be up to the 20's and I have a couple of racks of ribs just waiting for a braai

    Heck - its not long for the world soccer and the newspaper reports regards recent events infuriate me - why do they always have to make mountains out of molehills.

    I am off to shower, have a great day everyone - I see that the English have been knocked out of it - to the newspapers horror..... chat later
    Sat Apr 10, 2010 4:59 am
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    Hi, everyone!

    We took our usual (unnecessary) 2 days to get to the Cape, but what is nice about taking it slowly is that we have time stop at some of the cute roadside shopping places -- some like tiny malls, with a coffee shop or restaurant, always one shop full of touristy stuff, and who-knows-what-else we might find!

    It's verrry picturesque along the Garden Route now. Even with the wide highways there are so many interesting turn-offs.

    Roads were awfully busy, because schools start on Monday after the Easter break.

    Maddie, I owe you e-mail big time, but haven't had time so far.

    About any goings-on locally, I am happy to report that no match struck the tinderbox, and things went peacefully. We had a few worries about individuals going off their rocker during the Terre'Blanche funeral.

    Joy, is your back better now? I do hope you have braai weather!!!

    Here, it's one of those perfect autumn days, no wind, blue skies, peace reigns. I am waiting for DH to get dressed (it's almost 11 am!!!) because we need to go shopping.

    I want to have a lovely salad at a pavement cafe, with a glass of wine .... icon_cool.gif
    Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:14 am
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    Which is what we had, eventually! Salads and wine in an oak-shaded courtyard, with the kids and grands.

    Shelley, (DIL) with Ouma's darling grandson, Dehan:

    Shelley and Ouma Zurie with Aleza:

    Bokenpop aka Madeleine
    Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:46 pm Groupie
    Hey everyone! It's been one of those weeks again for me dealing with far to much bs to be much good on here.

    Without going into too much detail, son had to appear in court which was remanded til next month and if that was not enough drama, all through this week we have had an ex-girlfiend of his decide to hone her evil side on us, by sending vicious threatening text (SMS), email and voice messages to the point that we had to get a restraining order out on her!!!

    On a lighter note, I got my bread machine this weekend and wow am I in my element! I found out how to make government white!!!! icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif My first attempt was a plain white bread and it came out exactly as I remember the bread in SA being. Dense and springy on the inside with the crust being soft and chewy. Yum! That loaf was devoured with butter and bovril and a piping pot of tes - the last of the 5 Roses, unfortunately. My stash of home comforts goodies is running low but fortunately my sister is coming to visit in June and will help stock up again!
    Chef Africa
    Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:37 am Groupie
    Zurie, your grandson looks just like you, especially across the eyes.

    I've been scarce pretty much for a while now. School holidays kept us quite busy. My inlaws came for a few days prior to flying out to Australia for a few weeks. They come back on the 22nd of May and will stay over for a few more days before going home.

    So glad the kids are finally back in school, even if it is only for a short time before the next break. I still cannot fathom why our government deemed it necessary to close schools during the world cup!

    Zurie, I posted in that soccer thread of yours initally saying that my inlaws were in the process of putting their house up for rent as a self catering unit during the cup but they've seen the light and pulled out. The agency they went through, FIFA affiliated and all above board, suggested they cancel rather than waste their registration fee of R500. They weren't getting any bookings at all for the private homes they were advertising for rent. I can understand why after looking at some of the places, the areas and the amounts people wanted. It's insane!
    Chef Africa
    Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:39 am Groupie
    Madeleine, hope it's nothing too serious with your son. And what's up with the crazy stalker ex?? Glad you finally got your government bread.

    Joy, how's the back holding up?
    Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:51 pm
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    Chef A, I agree.

    Good grief, the way people are going over the top with prices ... no wonder interest is low. And then, taking into account the latest publicity stunts (ET and Malema), what can you expect?? icon_eek.gif

    Where we live, on the Eastern coast, we actually have lots of foreigners during summer. Some have bought houses -- the stay in Europe in summer, then flee the European winter to our moderate coast.

    Just to say, it's not a question of whether they're feeling safe. They DO!! I hear a lot of German spoken, especially.

    But about the soccer thing. If people had kept to normal prices they might have had a rush. But this greediness isn't doing anyone any good.

    Madeleine, what drama. Yikes. Funny how life sort of breezes along, and then all of a sudden things erupt. I wish you the best in handling the situation ... icon_rolleyes.gif
    Bokenpop aka Madeleine
    Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:46 am Groupie
    Gosh, you guys must think I am the rudest woman alive! Come in, dump my news and disappear again, without even so much as a grunt of acknowledgement to others.

    Zuri, the family photos are gorgeous as always. Those babies eyes are extremely beautiful!

    Joy, thought I would share with you : I have discovered that if I use Vicks Vaporub on the very sore areas it reduces the pain. Don't use Deep Heat or Icy Hot or whatever it is they have in the UK for muscle rubs. Somehow the Vicks helps for bone pain. Don't ask more than that because I can't explain better. When my hands are particularly crippled I rub Vicks all over and put on gloves and it does wonders for me. Sometimes I ask husband to rub Vicks on my back when I can't take any more pills and I am still feeling it. Try it and see if it helps you.

    Chef Africa, nice to meet you (wo)man! You have no idea how excited we are to have a bread machine in the house. Next to the electric kettle, this is going to be the most used small appliance in the house from now on. He he he, there goes my nubile form.... icon_wink.gif

    Does anyone have an interesting recipe for bread made with oats/oatmeal? Would love to try it out if you do.
    Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:11 pm
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    Maddie, the Vicks ... are you talking arthritis? I missed something somewhere. I have arthritis only in my fingers, I think it's affected by the weather, and my once-slender fingers look terrible. Also sore, sometimes .... Vicks??? icon_eek.gif

    The oats: remember that oats have no (or very little) gluten. Nothing to hold the bread together. The best would be to add a good handful of oats to a normal bread recipe.

    This is the problem with things like oats, plain wheat bran, and some other grains. Bread is bread because of the gluten, which creates sticky strands in the dough mixture.

    Without gluten the bread won't rise.

    Actually, the expert on breads is host duonyte, and it will help to post in the Bread and Baking forum and ask for advice. They know SUCH a lot, and will be able to advise ... NOT ME!! icon_eek.gif
    Bokenpop aka Madeleine
    Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:19 am Groupie
    Zuri, yes we are talking arthritis. It is unfortunately a familial illness and I seem to have inherited all of it! Of all five siblings, only I have the arthritis.

    I discovered that Vicks helps arthritic aching fingers quite by chance. Daughter had a blocked nose so I used Vicks on her chest and feet to help her sleep. I felt a difference in my hands and so I rubbed more on me and put on gloves. Now it is a regular thing for me use Vicks and gloves. Try it, you will be pleasantly surprised. icon_smile.gif
    Bokenpop aka Madeleine
    Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:20 am Groupie
    Thanks for the tip on the bread forum. I forget that there are all the other forums besides ours!
    Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:09 am
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    I must remember about the Vicks!!

    Currently the arthritic fingers are fine, but (wonder if it's weather and barometric pressure changes!!) sometimes some joints in my hands act up.

    Maddie, you're supposed to drop in here and vent if necessary!!! icon_wink.gif icon_lol.gif It's good for psychological health! icon_lol.gif
    Bokenpop aka Madeleine
    Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:03 pm Groupie
    icon_sad.gif icon_cry.gif icon_cry.gif icon_cry.gif My bread machine committed suicide!
    I don't know what happened but for the last four mornings I have made a 1 lb loaf of plain white. This morning was no different... I loaded up as per the book instructions, water first flour and dry things next start and the machine does its thing quietly and efficiently. Husband and I take a cup of tea at the kitchen table around the time of the third rising and nearly jump out of our skins as the bread machine leaps off the counter and smashes to the floor! It's badly damaged and I have no idea why it would have done this.

    Boy, if you guys are ever bored, just come visit me - it's non-stop action in this house!
    Sat Apr 17, 2010 3:07 am
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    That sounds a bit spooky, Madeleine!!! icon_lol.gif

    A bread machine is quite heavy. How on earth did it do that?? It might mean a new machine!

    In a much smaller way I was so annoyed a few minutes ago.

    Last night I read the Peggy thread, where people chat as well, and saw someone ask something.

    I answered: about Peggy being off in the bundu and not having Internet connection right now.

    This morning I open the thread ... to find that between the post I made, and the original question, there is now a long line of chat (very funny) about Peggy's aunt Esther.

    I read it, amused, ---- and then came upon my lone post in the middle of nowhere.

    So somehow I must have had and out-of-date page last night! There were certainly NO Aunt Esther stories!!!!

    I feel so silly -- and it's not my fault! icon_evil.gif
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