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A HOT DATE!
4 Time to relax and get a breather from the year’s stress
5 A trio of brilliant books for the holidays
6 Exciting December Shopping
8 Bikes out for blood
9 Elandré shine at Nashville
10 Hole in one
11 It’s Showtime, anytime
12 A handbag of good cheer
14 Hot summer essentials for your holiday bag
18 Ready, steady Glow
20 Let’s get creative with the Christmas table
22 A Christmas Feast with a twist
26 Their reputation is at steak
26 Tjhoko paint champ shares some tips
28 Get it December and January gardening.
30 Who grows there?
32 Seventy reasons to enjoy Roodeberg this festive
December 2019 Get It Middelburg\eMalahleni 03
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A hot date!
Time to relax and get a breather from the year’s stress
Festive Market: Christmas shopping done yet?
If not don’t miss Ben Fleur Boulevard’s Festive
Market. It starts at 09:00 until 21:00. Don’t miss out
on this shopping experience. Contact Monica Jaoa:
083 633 3459.
Emalahleni for Jesus
This year everyone will all
be meeting at CFC Church at 17:00
where they will begin the March
for Jesus which will also be ending
at CFC Church just in time to start
Carols by Glow-stick at 19:00. It
is going to be such an amazing
and fun event! There will even be
food-stalls available. All churches
and Christians are invited to join in
MMC 121 Bush Run
This Middelburg Methodist
Church fund raising project is
always a lot of fun. Come and be
part of the 121 Land Rovers parked
in a 121 formation on December 7.
This event will be held in Sabie. This
is a day filled with lots of fun, eating
and socializing. For bookings and
more information contact Sampie
Coetzee: 082 970 6763.
Ultimate four give-away
All the tension is rising as
Tsogo Sun The Ridge is getting
ready to give away the last Ford
Figo for the year. This give-away
is for reward card holders, but if
you are not a reward card holder
you can sign up for free to stand
a chance to win this fabulous car.
Did you know that by signing up
to the rewards programme you get
access to great offers and instant
discounts on shows, meals, movie
tickets and more?
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A trio of brilliant books for the holidays
Oh my. Joy of joys! A new book
from Jojo Moyes, just in time for the
holidays. Inspired by a remarkable
true story, the book is described
as ‘the unforgettable journey of
five extraordinary women living in
extraordinary and perilous times’.
The Giver of Stars is the story of
Alice Wright, a woman who leaves
England for America, only to discover
that swapping the twitching curtains
of suburbia for being the wife of an
American businessman and living in
the wild mountains of Kentucky isn’t,
actually, the answer to her prayers.
Then she meets Margery O’Hara, a
woman who isn’t afraid of anything
or anyone. And a woman
on a mission! The pair, along with
three others, join up and, ignoring
obvious dangers and loads of social
disapproval, travel hundreds of miles
a week to deliver books to isolated
families. When a body is found in the
mountains, and one of the group
becomes a suspect, their newly
formed friendship is put to the test.
The Giver of Stars is unputdownable.
Ever since reading the marvellous Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight, we’ve
pounced on any new Alexandra Fuller with delight (unlike her mother, who
thinks they’re ‘dreadful’). Just released is Travel Light, Move Fast, a tribute to
Alexandra’s father, who died unexpectedly – and not with the drama the family
expected – in Budapest, ‘the poor man’s Paris’. Read in equal parts of envy and
horror – her parents launched from one calamity to the next, fuelled with gin
and in a haze of cigarette smoke, along with the children, a handful of dogs and
a collection of orange Le Creuset pots – the memoir jumps from present to past.
Alexandra tells of the lessons her father taught her. Lessons about life, love, loss
and tragedy. Lessons that led her to cope with the loss of her father, of the fallout
with her sister, and of the unbearable final bereavement she reveals in the final
chapter, when you may find yourself, as we did, holding the book further away
than normal, so as to distance yourself from the grief she pours into the pages.
Brilliantly written, heartbreaking, and often laugh-out-loud funny. Not much more
you need from a great read, really. Profile Books, R300 • If there was ever anyone
as glam as the marvellous Jackie Kennedy Onassis, it was her sister, Lee. One the
most iconic women of her time – and the favourite of their rakish father, John
‘Black Jack’ Vernou Bouvier – she lived in the shadow of her older sister, their
mother’s favourite. Both had a keen eye for beauty – in fashion, design, painting,
music, dance, sculpture, poetry – and both were talented artists. Both loved
prerevolutionary Russian culture. Both adored the blinding sunlight, calm seas and
ancient olive groves of Greece. But the two, although extremely close, were hugely
competitive and their relationship included much rivalry and jealousy. When
Jackie died and her will read, Lee discovered that cash bequests were left to family,
friends and staff, but nothing to her. ‘I have made no provision in this my Will for
my sister, Lee B. Radziwill, for whom I have great affection, because I have already
done so during my lifetime,’ it read. The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters by Sam Kashner
and Nancy Schoenberger, who had many candid interviews with Lee, explores the
tragic and glamorous lives of these two fascinating women. HarperCollins, R310.
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Exciting December Shopping
Fresh, sharp, refreshing …
Make coral your shade, and grapefruit
your flavour these hols.
We’re loving the new, sharp Fitch &
Leedes Grapefruit Tonic. With just a
hint of bitterness, it’s brilliant with gin,
vodka or tequila, but just as enjoyable
on its own, with loads of ice and a slice
of grapefruit and a sprig of thyme. Or
try it with Hope on Hopkins African
Botanical Gin, with a few muddled
summer berries and mint. Around R55
for a 6-pack of cans or R50 for a 4-pack
of glass bottles.
Text: ZITA GOLDSWAIN
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Buffelsfontein Beard Shampoo
There is often a certain level of stress that
comes with the festive season – numerous
commitments, challenging family engagements,
overcrowded spaces and getting
all your Christmas shopping done without
breaking the bank. We found something
for hubby, Buffelsfontein Beard Shampoo
for the man that wants keep his beard in
top condition. Made by Buffelsfontein,
this South African company understands
the need for guys to put their best beard
forward by keeping it clean, nourished
and smelling fresh with this sulphate-free
product. Available for under R200 this is a
great choice to spoil that certain someone.
Photos are memories forever
Amidst the busyness of the festive season
we don’t always get time to find the perfect
and most importantly unique gift. Why not
opt for a canvas photo collage. A photo
collage canvas is a great way to document
the highlights of the year! They are also
are a great way to show off your photos if
you don’t want to put up lots of individual
prints. You just need to choose the photos
to be included and the end result is a wonderful
display of your favourite moments.
Canvasses start from as little as R200. Details:
Idesign Photography: 082 777 4637.
Smellies for your car
Arrero Car Cologne is a South African car air freshener manufacturer
based in Sasolburg and they ship across South Africa. The company
specialises in elegant car air fresheners designed to provide you with
designer perfume scents in the comfort of your own car. There is a
strong belief that beautifully crafted scents have the ability to heighten
your mood. The sense of smell is closely linked with memory and emotion,
probably more so than any of our other senses.
Arrero Car Cologne has been built and developed around this connection,
providing fragrances that seek to convey a vast array of emotions
and feelings. You can win a hamper of Arrero Car Cologne to the value
of R2 900. Simply ‘like’ our post, ‘share’ it and of course ‘tag’ a friend, or
two or three. The competition ends on December 15.
Low alcohol. Low calories. Great
taste. What’s not to love?
This summer we’re being sensible. We’re still
celebrating everything summer has to offer
with lovely wines, but we’re choosing those
with lighter alcohol levels and fewer calories.
Without, obviously, sacrificing quality or taste.
First on our list to try is the Robertson Winery
Light Cultivar range, which is showing off
great new design , too. With around 9 per cent
alcohol instead of the average 12 or 13 per cent,
there’s a Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (refreshing, dry,
zesty, about R55), a Chenin Blanc 2019 (off-dry,
all yellow apple, pear and floral notes, around
R55); a Pinotage Rosé (a beautiful pale coral
off-dry rosé), and a Merlot (think ripe plum and
sweet black cherry flavours). All around R50 to
R55. Details: robertsonwinery.co.za
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Su-Mari and Madeleen Opperman.
Shamila Botha and Tanya de Kock.
Christa and Douglas Potgieter.
Charlene Potgieter and Neels and Letitia van Jaarsveld.
Christina and Marius Taljaard.
Bikes out for
Bikers have donated the most precious gift of life in Middelburg.
On October 26 Innocent Victims hosted a Bloodrun
at Toe Word Ons Dors. This run was to celebrate their
25th birthday. The weather played along and the bikers
had a jolly good time.
Photos ZITA GOLDSWAIN.
Chris and Corrie Els.
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Heike Hartzenberg and
Leandri van Niekerk.
Cornel Kruger, Zandalee Smit and Phillip Gouws.
Elandré visit Nashville recently and swooned everyone
with his deep and husky voice. Patrons flocked to
Nashville to see this young singer on stage on Friday,
October 25. The evening was the perfect combination
of really good music and great friends. It was the perfect
get-together to end off October.
Lettie Mostert and Sutretha van der Westhuizen.
Juanita and Pieter Vogel.
Photos ZITA GOLDSWAIN.
Nikishca and Charlie Moolman.
Sylvia Hartzenberg and Juanita van Niekerk.
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Lynette Claasen and Estelle Janse van Nieuwenhuizen.
Hole in one
A sunny morning was lightened up with the joyful chatter
of ladies as they paraded in a variety of costumes
during the Ladies Open at Witbank Golf Club. From
penguins to drunken sailors, even mermaids and some
fisherwomen participated in the fun filled day on October
Susan Visser and Nadine Botha.
Bettie de Wet.
Rozelle Erasmus and Aletta Jones.
Photos ZITA GOLDSWAIN.
Wilna Wilson and Laverne Rogers.
Leonie van Greunen.
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Theressa and Wayne van der Walt.
JP van der Merwe and Jess Smith.
Dr Lizette Odendaal.
It’s Showtime, anytime
It was all popcorn, candyfloss, clowns and
ringmasters when the circus came to town.
The circus was held at Olifants River Lodge on
November 7 during the annual Frewin Awards.
Local journalists were awarded for their hard
work and effort at the awards evening that is
the highlight of each year.
Wilma van Vuuren.
Dewald de Beer.
Photos ZITA GOLDSWAIN.
Dirk and Willa Fouche.
Amanda Botha and Yvette Boshoff.
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Text: ZITA GOLDSWAIN. Photos: BRONWYN KATZKE. Make up and hair: CHANELE SMIT.
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A handbag of
A handbag for some is something where you put your necessities in, for others it is a
lifeline.The current Mrs Middelburg, Jo-landri Coetzee, will be using handbags as part
of a project to uplift women.
“Die Handsak-project” is about
collecting handbags and all
cosmetic and sanitary needs for less
unfortunate ladies,” the beautiful Jolandri
“I am fully for the empowerment
of women, and where does feeling
powerful for a woman start? By being
clean, smelling nice, feeling fresh,
wearing some mascara, instantly on
that moment you have got that ‘I
have got this’ feeling. Unfortunately,
not all ladies can afford it, not even
a bar of scented soap. That is where
this project comes in; I distribute
these old handbags filled with all
necessities to the ladies who can not
afford it themselves.”
Jo-landri never thought she would
strut her way on the catwalk, win
this very huge pageant and make a
difference in the lives of others.
After matriculating from Hoërskool
Reynopark in 2012 she wanted to
study Child Psychology.
“So I went and worked at a school in
Sasolburg for children with special
needs, children coming from juvie,
children with life-changing trauma
events and more heartbreaking
I became way to emotionally
attached to the kids, and decided to
Jo-landri moved to the Middelburg
area and started working at Ruby
“Oh, how nice that was meeting al
the different people and staying in
the Bushveld. I truly loved it there!
My plan was only to take a break, and
then choose a different career way
and to go for it.
But the Bushveld just kept me there.
Until I met my husband, Alwyn.
Before I knew it, I’m moved and
settled in Middelburg, not regretting
it one day.”
She stopped with the pageantry
when she got pregnant with their
oldest daughter Mia-Nette, and
decided to start again after their
youngest Karli-Me turned 10 months.
Jo-landri described her journey to
Mrs Middelburg as follows, “Every
step was worth it, from the nervous
moments after putting my entry in
the box, straight through to receiving
Wearing a crown is hard work. Jolandri
had castings, charity duties,
she had to sell Protea trees, collect
donations, host a table at the Teddy
Bear Tea Party, and attend workshops.
During 2020 she will be involved in
various charity events like CANSA
Shavathon, Relay for Life, Wags 4
Charity, CANSA Car Sit in, and the
2020 Teddy Bear Tea Party.
Apart from that, there’s also all the
awareness for all the international
days. “I bet you don’t know about half
of them, follow my Facebook page
to be kept up to date with them Mrs
Middleburg 2019 / Jo-landri Coetzee.”
We asked Jo-landri how Christmas is
celebrated in the Coetzee house
“We spend Christmas traditionally.
A big table set for the whole family,
everybody eats together. Oupa gets
to hand out the gifts and one of the
little ones are oupa’s little helper.
Christmas time is family time, I also
go the extra mile for that.”
And on the menu?
“Definitely Gammon will be on the
menu for the Christmas dinner,
drizzled with mustard and honey
glaze served with courgettes,
potatoes and roasted veggies!” For
desert, Jo-landri opts for ice cream
with chocolate and caramel sauce or
Cremora Tart for dessert.
Gift or gift card?
“I prefer thinking of gifts, they are
better than gift vouchers. It adds
value to the gift, knowing someone
saw that and thought of you.”
Do you believe in Santa?
“I do know the truth about Santa,
but I also do believe that all kiddies
must believe in Santa, the Tooth Fairy,
and the Easter Bunny, it is simply
part of childhood. I believe in Santa
whenever my kids are around.”
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Summer essentials for
your holiday beauty bag
Compiled by: KYM ARGO. Photographer: MEGAN BRETT.
Three essentials for perfect
holiday hair ... Moroccanoil Root
Boost (for va-va-voom volume, R425),
Dry Texture Spray (texturised hold
with a dry, gritty finish for effortless,
undone styles R465), and Beach
Waves Texture Mousse (tousled
texture, a windswept look with UV
for sun protection, R440) • Love a
product that multitasks ...like Vichy
Normaderm 3-in-1 Scrub, Cleanser
and Mask (R285). Also from Vichy ...
Thermal Mineralizing Spray/Mist
(perfect for hot sultry days and nights,
R250, both from Clicks and Dis-Chem).
An excellent cleanser with scrub is
this NUXE Aquabella Micro-Exfoliating
Purifying Gel (R325 from Woolies) •
Cool beach shades for nails ... Mavala
Mini Nail Colour in Sky Blue (R87, from
Dis-Chem, Clicks and Woolies).
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cleanses and exfoliates,
leaving your skin
radiant and feeling
hydrated and ready
for body treatments.
R165. Cellulite on the
beach. We think not!
Start right now to deeptissue
massage with the
Elancyl Slim Massage
for smoother, firmer
skin. Just three minutes
a day, girls. You can do
it! R495. From Dis-Chem
When you’re all hyped up from the
holiday vibe, it’s often difficult to fall
asleep. Hello Duo Calm Soothing
Sleep. One pill before bedtime
promotes healthy sleep by regulating
your circadian (day/night) rhythm.
R445 from fusionlabsonline.com
L’Oréal Smooth Sugars Clear Scrub polishes,
boosts radiance, softens and smooths and
gets rid of blackheads. R159.95 from Dis-Chem
• Our new fave is Inoar Virgin Coconut Oil ...
this amazing product stimulates hair growth,
promotes scalp health, adds lustre, shine and
softness, and prevents hair breakage and split
ends. R350. And those with Afro, natural, curly
hair will love the new Afro Vegan range from
Inoar. Six products, ranging from R350 to R550
... and trust us, your curls will ROCK! Both from
inoar.co.za • The Caribbeantan range is a trusted
holiday essential ... for an instant tan, try this Tan
in A Can, R99.95 from Dis-Chem.
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Shimmer, shine and stand out
from the party crowd. For our
nails we’re loving Essence
Glitter on Glitter Off (so
clever ... peel off nail polish)
R54.95, and Shine Last and
Go (priced perfecly for a
party ... R29.95) both from
Dis-Chem. And for eyes,
this WOW Sparkling
Corals Palette is exactly
that ... wow! R180 from
Last minute party? A quick spritz of Biosense Dry Shampoo and you’ll be good
to go. R180 from splush.co.za/brand/biosense • Loaded with vitamin E and
seven precious vegetable oils, Inoar Kalice Oil is used on hair, body and face ... it
moisturises, nourishes, restores, softens and protects. R780 from inoar.co.za • Eau
Thermale Avène has just launched DermAbsolu, a range specifically formulated
for mature skin. The star product is this Serum .. a highly concentrated serum-inoil.
Used twice daily, it unveils an illumnating effect, and leaves the skin toned and
radiant, with facial contours visibly reshaped. R499 from eau-thermale-avene.co.za
Four AMAZING shimmery shades in
this Sorbet Eye to Eye Cocoa Crush
eyeshadow quad. R179.95 from Sorbet
salons or sorbet.co.za
Compiled by: KYM ARGO
If you’re looking for hot eye shades, brace yourself. The new Urban Decay Naked Heat palette is sweltering! A dozen all-new,
can’t-live-without, amber-hued neutrals – from warm browns and burnt oranges to deep red eyeshadows. These shades look
insanely flattering on any skin tone, and there’s everything you need ... including a full-size mirror and a double-ended brush,
one for blending, one for precise application in the crease. R860 from urbandecay.co.za
We’re feeling festive ... so we’re
sharing a few of our star beauty
finds for the party season
Explosive. Alluring. Delectable. But never too sweet! We’re
wearing just one fragrance this festive season ... and it’s
Azzaro Wanted Girl. It’s a Floral Oriental Gourmand, and is
massively desirable. From R940 at your local fragrance store.
• Flirty gold eyes ... try this Essence Longlasting Eye Pencil
in Gold Blind, R29.95 from Dis-Chem • Sparkling eyes ... we’re
besotted with this Clarins Eyeshadow ... and admit this season
we’re wearing it day and night. Because ... festive! R355.
Glow all through the party season. This Vichy
Ideal Soleil Self Tanner with Vitamin E gives
you a really natural-looking tan in just one
hour, and keeps your skin hydrated for eight
hours. R245 from Dis-Chem.
Party in a pot ... Catrice Bouncy Bronzer
Caribbean Vibes, R79.95 from Dis-Chem.
from WOW, R75 from
Prep your skin
... this Sunlight
works like magic.
too. R92.95 from
Beige Biscuit is our
go to for party eyes.
R187 from Dis-Chem.
Let’s get creative with
the Christmas table
Teks en fotos: ZITA GOLDSWAIN.
Evelyn Hattingh has big dreams and ambitions. This chef, who is also the owner of La
Bendicion has a few new ideas for the Christmas feast she is sharing with us.
But let us fist kick off with the entrée
of this article.
Evelyn’s passion for food started in
her grade 10 hospitality class.
“The first moment I realized I wanted
to become a chef and go far with
my skills is when my teacher started
talking about what we can expect
of the class, that was in grade 10
hospitality class. The moment
I picked up a knife and started
cooking I knew this is where I belong.
I always helped my mom in the
kitchen when I was younger and I
always loved it so much that on a
young age my mom left me in the
kitchen to cook for them. After high
school I continued with my culinary
studies and went to International
Hotel School in Sandton where I got
to learn so much about the world
out there in culinary careers. This is
where I learned I have a passion to
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work with food, cook it and plate it
in a creative way and to see people
satisfied and happy when tasting my
That mouth-full led us to the next
question, who are your favourite
Evelyn topped Gordon Ramsay on
top of her list.
“I follow him because he is strict in
his kitchens and he doesn’t take any
nonsense. He is also very good in
his work and I love how beautiful he
plates the food.”
Then she loves the boldness of Guy
Fieri, “I like the fact that he is bold to
go out there and try all the food that
he has tasted before. He has inspired
me to travel the world and try new
kinds of food. Even here in South
Africa I will go and try new kinds of
Then there is the old-time favourite,
“Buddy is the cake master. I love
his show the Cake Boss with all the
cakes he can do. He and his team are
so creative with the cakes they are
doing. I am into baking because of
him and his team. They do amazing
work with the cakes and they taught
me that nothing is impossible when
it comes to make it in a cake.”
What is your best food memory?
“Wow there is so many, but the top
one is when I was doing my practical
at a hotel and when I had to work in
the front kitchen (restaurant kitchen)
they trusted me enough to leave me
with my own station to work at. At
that point I had to do the burgers
and salads but I had to plate it in a
creative way and it only went out if
the head chef was happy. I learned so
much and I loved it.”
How do you believe SA chefs and
restaurants compare to those
“I believe that internationally there
are more skilled chefs working in
restaurants then we have. I feel that
they are a bit stricter when it comes
to the restaurants. You had to go to
a chef school before they will hire
you to work in the best restaurants
What are more important
Christmas gifts or Christmas lunch?
“Christmas lunch because there is
where you build relationships with
your family and friends. Not everyone
can afford gifts.”
For more creative ideas contact
Evelyn on Info@labendicion.co.za or
phone or Whatsapp her on 076 060
Share some tips on how to ‘jazz’ up the Christmas table a little.
“There are so many ideas that you can do for Christmas. You can go
all out with the ideas or go small. There are many DIY ideas that will
make your table look awesome and expensive even if you look for the
• To create snow you can go and buy wool from any fabric shops.
• For centrepieces on your table, you can use wine glasses; put it
upside down with Christmas decorations in the wine glass and
candles on top of the glass.
• Create a small train with coca-cola wooden crates by painting them;
use Styrofoam to create the wheels.
• You can use small Christmas stockings for your cutlery.
• Fold the napkins into small Christmas trees.
• You can also use a tree branch from outside, put it in a flowerpot
with sand to keep it up, decorate the tree with fairy lights and
• Instead of having the Christmas decorations on the tree, you can
use the Christmas balls and put it in a vase (the ones you normally
use for flowers).
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A CHRISTMAS FEAST
WITH A TWIST
This year we decided to try a new Christmas menu, one with a little twist. Dished up
in beautiful little dishes available from Westpack you can put an extra little Christmastouch
to this feast table. Chef Evelyn Hattingh prepared the dishes and we had so much
fun tasting and new crazy ideas for Christmas just popped out from everywhere on her
beautifully decorated table.
FETA AND PEPPADEW CHICKEN WRAPPED IN BACON
4 – 6 pieces of chicken breasts, 1
bottle peppadews chopped up, 1
container plain Feta cheese, 1 pack
streaky bacon, salt and pepper and
chicken spices to taste, foil and
Take the chicken breasts and cut
them in half from the side of the
breast leaving you with a butterfly
effect. Sprinkle salt, pepper and
chicken spices onto the chicken.
Crush the Feta cheese until fine and
mix the peppadews with the Feta.
Put the chicken on a piece of foil big
enough to cover the chicken.
Open the chicken so that the flat
chicken is in front of you, add about
two tablespoons of the Feta and
peppadew mixture onto the chicken,
then roll the chicken, with the filling
inside up until it looks like a sausage.
Wrap the bacon around it and pin
it with toothpicks so that the filling
does not fall out.
Cover it with foil and close the ends.
Let it rest for about 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180°C, place the
wrapped chicken on an oven pan
and bake for about 40 – 45 minutes.
Remove, cut and serve.
This dish is well complimented with
a sweet chilli mayo sauce or sweet
Text and photos: ZITA GOLDSWAIN.
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SWEET AND SPICY
250ml tomato sauce, 125ml
vinegar, 200g sugar, 1 big
green pepper, ½ onion
grated, I tsp medium curry
and 1 pack small shell
It is best to make this dish a
day before serving.
Boil the pasta al dente and
let it cool down, grate the
onion and put one side. Cut
the green pepper into small
cubes not bigger than the
In a bowl mix the tomato
sauce, vinegar, curry and
sugar together, add the
onion and green pepper to
the sauce and mix well.
Now add the pasta and mix
Let it chill overnight.
TRIXIES SUGAR BUNS
30g brown sugar, enough butter
to cover the baking tray, 1 – 2 bags
ready made bread dough and
500ml Clover cream.
Preheat your oven to 180°C. Take
some butter and smear it on the
bottom and sides of the baking
tray. Now sprinkle some sugar over
the butter until it is covered. Take
the dough and form small balls
with your hands and place it on the
baking tray until it is covered. Pour
some fresh cream over the balls
until the pan is half full. Sprinkle
some more sugar over the balls.
Bake in the oven for about 45 min
until it is golden brown.
Tips: You can buy the dough at any
of your supermarkets. Rub some
butter on your hands so that the
dough doesn’t stick. The best is
when the cream is ‘tameletjie’ like
December 2019 Get It Middelburg\eMalahleni 23
is at steak
Have you watched reality programmes and the thought of someone criticizing your dish
sends up chills up your spine. Via TV’s ‘Kom ons braai’ has seen many a host grinding his
teeth when his guests has something to say about the meat he had prepared.
Well, the summer holiday is here and
South Africans love to braai.
We visited Frank’s Meat to learn how
to prepare and braai the perfect
steak. Earlier this year this very
popular butchery took top honours
at the Cleaver Awards. They won
Platinum for butcheries with three or
fewer till points.
We popped in and got some good
Firstly did you know the temperature
at the centre of a piece of meat gives
an accurate indication of the extent
to which it’s cooked but there are
other methods that dispense with
the need for a meat thermometer.
One is timing; the other is the touch
Here’s how it works.
Hold out your non-dominant hand,
palm up and relaxed. With the index
finger of the other, gently prod the
fleshy area between your thumb and
the base of your palm. There is very
little resistance. This is what raw meat
Now make a circle with that thumb
and its index finger. The muscle at
the base of the thumb tenses up
slightly. This is what rare meat feels
As you repeat this process with the
Text: ZITA GOLDSWAIN.
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middle, ring and little finger, the
muscle below the thumb tenses
further each time. Miraculously, the
feel of that muscle corresponds to
the feel of a steak at its further stages
of cooking: medium/rare, medium
and finally well done.
So if you touch the steak as it cooks,
and compare it with the feel of your
other hand, you’ll know exactly when
to stop cooking it.
We are taking a closer look at the
degree of doneness of steaks.
Sear the steak for one minute either
side in a hot pan and for a few
seconds on each of the outer edges
using tongs. All but the outside of
the steak will look raw. If you use
a meat thermometer, the steak’s
internal temperature will be less than
Gently press the tip of your index
finger to the tip of your thumb. The
flesh beneath your thumb will give
quite a bit when prodded. This is
what a rare steak feels like. To achieve
this, sear the steak on both sides
for 2½ minutes and using tongs;
sear the narrow outer edges for 10
seconds each. The inner two-thirds of
the steak will remain blood-red. The
internal temperature is between 30˚
Lightly press the tip of your middle
finger to the tip of your thumb.
Notice how the flesh beneath your
thumb feels a little firmer. This is
what a medium rare steak feels like.
Sear the steak on both sides for 3½
minutes. When cut, the steak will
range from brown on the outside to
pink and moist with a narrow, bloodred
centre. Here we are looking at
between 57˚ and 63˚C.
Bring together the tip of your ring
finger and thumb and the flesh
beneath your thumb starts to feel
firm. This is what a medium steak
Sear the steak for four minutes on
each side. Only the inner 25 per cent
of the steak will remain pink and
moist. The internal temperature here
should read between 63˚ and 68˚C.
For medium well-done, cook for 5
minutes each side. Here the internal
temperature will be between 72˚-
Placing your little finger and thumb
together, the flesh beneath your
thumb will become decidedly firm.
This corresponds to the feel of a welldone
Sear the meat for six minutes each
side. It will appear dark on the
outside and evenly cooked to a
light grey-brown colour throughout
and have a dry texture. The internal
temperature will be more than 77˚C.
Let your steak reach room
temperature. Pat your steak dry with
paper towels and allow it to come
to room temperature during the
seasoning process. A steak that has
come to room temperature will cook
more evenly. You won’t have a hot
exterior and a chilly interior. Second,
the steak will cook quicker. This
means less time on the grill, or the
frying pan, or in the oven, and more
time spent sipping wine.
A lot of people will tell you that a
great steak needs no more flavor
than a kiss of flame and a pinch
of salt. The truth is that for any
steak, whether a great cut or an
inexpensive chunk of beef, the
right seasoning is key to getting
Experiment and make your own
seasoning. We just love this
combination: 2 tablespoons crushed
black pepper, 2 tablespoons
kosher salt, 1 tablespoon paprika,
1 tablespoon granulated garlic, 1
tablespoon granulated onion, 1
tablespoon crushed coriander, 1
tablespoon dill and 1 tablespoon
crushed red pepper flakes. Rub it in
and let it rest a few minutes before
you put it on the braai.
For more exciting cuts and advice
visit Frank’s Meat at 23A Walter Sisulu
Street or in Middelburg Mall, 35B
Dolerite Crescent, Shop 7 @retailcity.
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Tjhoko paint champ
shares some tips
A little paint can do wonders in your home. In Elicia Badenhorst’s case, it won her a prize
worth a whopping R38 000.
Text: ZITA GOLDSWAIN; Photo MUDENE PHOTOGRAPHY.
Elicia decided to redo her kitchen
and painted my entire 80’s looking
kitchen with Tjhoko paint. Where a
new kitchen would of cost her about
R68 000 she forked out about R5 000
to redo her kitchen.
“I painted the tiles, melamine
countertops, cabinets, knobs, hinges,
bar chairs and my linoleum (novilon)
flooring with Tjhoko paint and we
use our kitchen like a normal family,”
Elicia entered the won Tjhoko
Champs 2019 competition in South
Africa hosted by Tjhoko and Home
magazine and won.
“I was on holiday and bought a
Home/Tuis magazine and I saw the
competition. I did not think I was
going to be done by the closing
date and when I was done with that
section, I took photos and sent it in,”
There were 493 entrants that entered
and after the top 20 was chosen
by votes, Home/Tuis Magazine and
Nadine Vosloo from Tjhoko chose the
winner and runners up.
We asked Elicia how she approached
“I painted everything in my kitchen.
I painted all the tiles and melamine
counter tops Cloud White from
Tjhoko. The cabinets are Sheriff Stone
from Tjhoko which is dark grey. I have
27 cabinets that needed knobs so I
decided to rather paint the existing
steel knobs and hinges with Am’s
Rose Gold. I then attempted to paint
my Linoleum (novilon) flooring with
Stone Wash from Tjhoko and I sealed
all my tiles, countertops, cabinets,
knobs and flooring with Tjhoko
Clear Glaze which helps with waterresistant
and makes surfaces smooth.”
That sounds like a lot of work, but
Elicia said once she got started time
“I started on August 9 and I finished
on September 15. I am not entirely
finished as the second part of the
kitchen is where all the fridges are
and need to be moved so I can paint.
But the biggest part that you see on
the photo was painted in that time.”
Preparation is key and planning
essential if you decide to take on a
project of this size.
“I did follow a plan and with all
painting preparation is key. I firstly
watched all the videos Nadine Vosloo
from Tjhoko had on YouTube and
the Home channel. I then tested on
all the surfaces, the colours I wanted
and sort of a patch test with glaze
to see if it will work with the surface,”
Advice from our own Tjhoko paint
champ is that the importance of
preparation can not be stressed
Elicia said Pinterest was great for
ideas and Tjhoko was a great help
in that regards as you need to
clean surfaces before painting with
thinners, then after 20 minutes you
can start painting and after your last
coat, paint needs to cure for four
hours before the glaze is applied.
That is why research is important.
Tjhoko also has excellent tips on its
website that also helps. You can paint
anything from fabric to fridges with
Tjhoko. If you are scared to tackle a
project, maybe do a small patch test
on the surface to see if it will work
with surface or colour.
Elicia won a Aquila Private Game
Reserve and Spa stay over for two
nights for two adults to the value
of R30 000, R5 000 cash and Tjhoko
Paint projects to the value of R3 000.
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We’re planting…a fiesta of colour for the festive season. Hot
pink, fiery fuchsia, sizzling orange and knockout yellow are
the colours of the samba, the rumba and Portulaca Nano, a
heat-loving groundcover that is always covered with flowers.
Although not indigenous, it is extremely drought and heat
tolerant, able to keep flowering through times of low rainfall.
Plants do best in full sun and grow in ordinary garden soil. The
flowers open early in the morning, creating a ball of colour
well into the evening. It is an easy to care for summer annual
that will perform as a perennial in frost free areas. Use it as a
garden groundcover or on pavements, in hanging baskets and
window boxes and as a ’spiller’ in mixed containers.
Best for patio and indoors: Impatiens
‘Clockwork’ is a pot-impatiens
(Impatiens hawkerii) with a wide
colour range, including the two-tone
Pink Star and Orange Stripe. Great for
instant colour indoors and in pots or
hanging baskets on the patio. Plants
have the ideal compact growth (25cm
high and 30cm wide) for pots. Plant
in a good quality potting mix, with a
controlled release fertiliser. Indoors, the
best position is bright light. Keep soil
moist but not waterlogged. For patios,
place in a position with morning sun
or dappled sunshine. Water pots once
a day in midsummer and feed with a
liquid fertiliser once a month.
Veggies and fruit. Nuts and
herbs. Spices and edible flowers.
There’s a massive trend globally
towards growing your own …
and Grow Your Own is a hugely
comprehensive, practical guide.
Written by two well respected
South African garden gurus, JJ van
Rensurg and Tinus Oberholzer, this
book really does cover absolutely
everything you need to know,
presented in a style that will please
beginners as well as those with
more established green thumbs.
A great gift for a gardening friend.
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Garden tasks for December and January
Water early morning or late afternoon, to minimise
Lightly mulch beds to keep plants roots cool and
moist for longer
In hot, dry weather, don’t cut the lawn too low. Leaving
it longer shades the roots.
Trim off dead flowers to encourage new flowers.
Fertilise annuals and perennials with an organic
granular fertiliser in mid-December
Going on holiday?
If your garden will be watered less or not at all while
away, here are some survival tips:
Don’t fertilise at all: you don’t want to encourage new
growth which needs more water.
Spread a 1-2cm layer of mulch over the soil to conserve
Place pot and container plants in the shade or on saucers
so that they can use any excess water.
Pinch off all buds and new growth on the roses. This
also saves water.
Spray the roses with Ludwig’s Insect Spray and
Chronos (a fungicide) to repel pests and prevent black
spot while you are away.
Check the automatic irrigation and unblock any spray
nozzles so that all the plants receive water.
After holidays away, don’t mow the overgrown lawn
too low. Reduce the height of the lawn gradually over
two or three mowing’s so that it doesn’t burn.
Who grows there?
Fun, inspirational, user-friendly and absolutely free, Candide the gardening app that no
green-finger should be without, is growing! Announcing two brand new features to let
you know, and be part of, who’s who and what’s what in the gardening world.
What is that plant?
You don’t need to wonder anymore
because Candide, the community
gardening app that is free to
download, is going to tell you, at the
click of a pic. A brand new feature on
this handy info-guru is ‘Plant ID’. To
help you identify an unknown plant,
shrub, herb or tree all you have to do
is go to the ‘Knowledge’ section on
Candide, snap a shot of the mystery
plant, or upload one from your
phone, then press the identify tab.
You will then get not only the name
and short summary or overview
of the plant and species, but
details of its origins, environmental
preferences, propagation, personality,
problems, geography, uses and
much, much more.
Especially noteworthy about Candide
is that it is designed for all levels of
gardener, from beginner to wellestablished
so information is both
practical and invaluable as well as
easy- to-understand. And because
it’s used by a whole community
of gardeners with different
backgrounds and experience,
elsewhere on the app, you can also
learn and benefit from everyone
else’s questions and answers.
Let your business take root
To say the gardening world is
growing would be not just a pun, but
an understatement. Just as interest in
all things green and environmental
from a new generation is taking
root, so too are green businesses,
enterprises, online sites and services.
Millennials, locally and abroad are
discovering the power of plants
and secrets of the soil, big time.
With the climate facing crisis on an
unprecedented scale, the state of
planet is of increasing concern, most
especially to young people facing
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the future with their eyes wide open.
A single gardener or pot plant owner
may not be able to change the world,
but a movement, a community of
gardening entrepreneurs can most
certainly raise awareness, up the
game on planet protection and
inspire others to follow suit.
But as with any new business
venture, spreading the word is
vital for sustainability and Candide
can help you do just that. By
downloading the app you’ll have
access to golden opportunities
to a) speak directly to your target
audience, b) tell the world exactly
what you do and c) raise your profile.
In the ‘Places’ section post complete
details of your plan, passion project,
mission, vision or fully fledged
establishment - from small garden
service, to brand new nursery,
landscaping, tree felling, plant or pot
supplies. Then under ‘Feed’ you can
add your thoughts, tips and opinions
to the wonderfully fertile list of ideas,
trends and inspiration to be found
there. There is also the opportunity
to contribute to Candide’s ‘Discover’
section where users can explore
curated ideas, articles and advice.
Candide is place where every
gardener has a place in the sun.
“Candide’s objective is to be in every
gardener’s palm, and grow with
them, to experience the joy that
comes from being surrounded by
plants,” says Candide SA Market Lead
Candide is free for download in
the Google Play Store and Apple’s
App Store. Once the app has been
downloaded, users are able to utilise
it worldwide. To find the app, simply
type ‘Candide’ into the search bar.
For more information visit www.
candidegardening.com , email hello@
candide.co.za , follow Candide on
Instagram @candideappsa, Twitter
@candide_SA and like them on
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SpoilSeventy reasons to enjoy
Roodeberg this festive season
Roodeberg, the legendary red blend that has been bringing friends together since 1949, celebrates its 70th
anniversary this year. A true South African original that’s stood the test of time, the wine was developed by a
pioneer of the SA wine industry, Dr Charles Niehaus, and was one of our country’s biggest export wine brands. It
wasn’t until 2004 that it became readily available to us here at home ... and for a long while, locals could only get
their hands on a bottle through a wine farming acquaintance with a KWV quota. The stories go that bartering
sought-after test match tickets, biltong and the like in return for a bottle or two was a common occurrence.
For many Roodeberg still conjures up fond memories of people, places and occasions, and of sharing special
life-changing moments with family and friends, often with rare vintages squirrelled away. Catch all the action of
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