Monthly Archives: June 2012

That Warm Feeling Stew

Winter rolls in like a gust of cold air that wafts over the entire country. Some areas are effected more than others, but we all feel the change in temperature. so how should we combat the cold? the first is with a hot bath and retaining that heat after the bath. My favorite trick is with food. Here is an impressive stew that’s perfect for those chilly bachelor nights…

Set oven to 200 degrees.
Get about 400g of brisket, this fatty little piece of meat will enrich the flavor of the stew all the while getting more tender as it stews away.
Cut the meat into cubes.
Crack a beer.
Cover the meat with a tablespoon of flour after seasoning it.
Using an oven proof dish to cook everything in will be the easiest, you can pop it all in the oven at the end, but its not a necessity – Fry the meat, sealing all sides.
Add half a chopped onion.
Once everything has browned add a cup of beef stock.
Bring to the boil.
Add a sliced carrot, half a punnet of sliced mushroom, a chopped chili and half a bottle of beer (the rest of your bottle… Hopefully)
Crack another beer.
Add eight whole baby potatoes.
Leave potatoes in for about 25 minutes then remove them from the pot, cooked but still firm.
Slice the potatoes into thin discs, skin on.
Pour in the rest of your second bottle of beer with some pees, corn and spinach, simmer some more – Like ten to twenty minutes.
Remove from heat, and place the sliced potato discs in a swirl on the top of the dish.
Dollop some butter on the top with some thyme and put the dish in the oven.
Bake for 45 – 60 minutes, or until those little starch discs are golden brown and the sauce is spewing up through the cracks.

Dig in and warm up.

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The Hunger Games of the KZN Coastline

“Only two will be chosen Heather. Only two from each school”
“Do you think it will be me mama? How do you know who gets chosen?”
“When you are ready, my darling, you will be chosen. But don’t think too much about it now,” and for a few more days the sardines will not know. The waters’ temperature will determine how many will be chosen and Heather’s mom was just sugar coating it, more so for herself, she did not want Heather to go.
A few days later and the waters temperatures are perfect. It is announced that almost all will be attending the run this year. And all show up, swimming from far off schools to be part of the greatest migration this far south, putting the great Nigerian migration to shame.

Millions of sardines are about to run the coast of South Africa, and it’s one of the most spectacular events spanning over two months – if you’re lucky.

So how does it start? It’s not really known.
Why does it occur? Not really known.
Ok, How do they get back? Don’t know.

So basically, my story is like scientific data of the sardine run – a great migration that is by no means a secret.
Except poor little Heather is going to die on this very large Hunger Game, seeing that the Hunger here are sharks and dolphins, giant whales and speeding fish. Good luck Heather. As for your return if you finish? Well dare I say it… I don’t care. The side show attraction is the real attraction, and once the fish and swimming mammal dissipate, so does my attention.

The season smells like it’s going to be a goodie and it’s not only that pungent salty miff that wafts past my nostrils every once in a while, but the cool chill in the air that cools my air passage down which means that the waters temperature while be kept low. Ideal for the sardines to gather and sprint their little asses off.
With the sighting of a few sperm whale already, the outcome looks promising for more and more. I have a pair of binoculars but with them coming so close to shore there is only one thing to do

Time to grab the camera click click


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