Dec 2019 - Middelburg



Jo-landri Coetzee talks

about her handbags

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a peaceful Christmas and a most

enjoyable Festive Season.






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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


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If you have a date for the Get It diary page, email the info at least a month in advance to

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

the fun.

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?

Talentkompetisie uitdunne


Dit gaan heerlik jolig wees

by Olifants River Lodge wanneer

die uitdunne van dié kompetisie

plaasneem. Vir inskrywings skakel

Gerhard Supra: 082 307 5560 of 081

383 5180.


Die jaar word paslik afgesluit

word by Pienaarsdam

met die gebruiklike Oujaars-

Mandjiedans. Skakel 013 282 7817 vir

meer inligting.

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Book club

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.

Penguin, R270

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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Wish list

Exciting December Shopping

Fresh, sharp, refreshing …

hello Summer

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.


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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:

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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.


Chris and Corrie Els.

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Karl Thomas.

Heike Hartzenberg and

Leandri van Niekerk.

Elandré shine

Cornel Kruger, Zandalee Smit and Phillip Gouws.

at Nashville

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.


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.


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.

Arisja Misselhorn.

Wilma van Vuuren.

Dewald de Beer.


Dirk and Willa Fouche.

Amanda Botha and Yvette Boshoff.

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A handbag of

good cheer

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

break away.”

Jo-landri moved to the Middelburg

area and started working at Ruby

River Resort.

“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

the crown.”

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 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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Elancyl Energizing

Foaming Scrub

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

and Clicks.

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

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 • 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 • 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 • 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

Four AMAZING shimmery shades in

this Sorbet Eye to Eye Cocoa Crush

eyeshadow quad. R179.95 from Sorbet

salons or

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

Ready, steady


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.

Shimmer bronzer

from WOW, R75 from

Prep your skin

... this Sunlight

Light Correcting

Serum Primer

from Catrice

works like magic.

Reasonably priced,

too. R92.95 from


Love an





Lumiere Eye

Shadow in

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 Valastro.

“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 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

cheaper decorations.”

• 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

Christmas decorations.

• 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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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.


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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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.


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

sticky sauce.

December 2019 Get It Middelburg\eMalahleni 23

Their reputation

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

feels like.

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


24 Get It Middelburg\eMalahleni December 2019

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.

Blue Steak

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˚

and 51˚C.

Medium rare

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

feels like.

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

something spectacular.

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.

December 2019 Get It Middelburg\eMalahleni 25

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.


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 said.

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,”

Elicia said.

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

this project.

“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

just flew.

“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,”

Elicia explained.

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.

Briza, R350.

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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

Shani Krige.

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. , email hello@ , follow Candide 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

Roodeberg’s 70th anniversary year by joining the Roodeberg community on Facebook or follow @Roodeberg_

Wine on Instagram and Twitter. For one incredibly lucky reader, this party season is about to get a whole lot

more festive. To celebrate Roodeberg’s 70th birthday, we’re giving away 70 bottles (nope, that’s not a typo). One

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