Archive for November 22nd, 2004

Our Salvation …

… is not yet at hand, well not right now anyway!

I have only been involved in politics since the early nineties. I do not like politicians at the best of times so belonging to a political party wasn’t honey and roses for me. In fact, I have resigned from the party I chose to rescue our country from the corrupt European Union three times to date. I rejoined each time after a short spell because there was no other choice I could make, other than the bigoted and, in my opinion, not very pleasant National Front – although I believe they keep changing their name trying to avoid the bad taste their name leaves in peoples mouths.

The UK Independence Party are at a critical course in their young life. The corrupt leadership have done nothing for us and, in fact, only started fighting our corner because an outsider who has done much more for the party in his short visit than they have since they have been in office. The outsider, Robert Kilroy-Silk was responsibe for three quarters of the latest batch of fat cats in the European Parliament.

However I will not dwell on this as I want this blog to be a fun blog, suffice to say that a British author and journalist, Martin Coles, who lives safely in Switzerland has written a blog about the seedy life of UKIP in the link below.

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An Afrikaans dish, previously a Cape Malay dish.

From time to time I will add recipes I gleaned from South Africa and add them to my blog.

Bobotie & Yellow Rice

Pie

1 kg minced lamb

125 ml milk

1 slice white bread, soaked in milk; crusts removed

2 each onions; roughly chopped

1/4 cup vinegar

3 each eggs, medium

1 tsp brown sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon chutney

1 tablespoon curry powder

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1 each red chilli; finely chopped

1 each green chilli; finely chopped

8 each crushed almonds

1 each clove garlic

1 each lemon; sliced in wheels

1 each orange; sliced in wheels

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Rice

2 cups rice

1 tsp turmeric

2 sticks Cinnamon

1 tsp Cinnamon sugar

Pie:

Heat oil in frying pan and add garlic, onion, chopped chilli and curry powder.

Cook over medium heat for 3 mins, then add minced meat.

Fry until meat is almost done, then using your hands, squeeze milk out of bread and add bread, vinegar, lemon juice, sugar and chutney to mince.

Fry for minute and then remove from heat.

Take a pie dish and place 3 bay leaves, 2 wheels of orange and 2 wheels of lemon at the bottom.

Scoop mince mixture into the dish.

Decorate sides of dish with rest of lemon and orange wheels by wedging them between the mince and sides of dish so that only a third protrudes.

Push almonds into mince

* Beat eggs and 125 ml milk, pour over meat.

* Put 3 bay leaves on top of dish.

* Place uncovered dish into oven and cook for 30 mins at 160 deg. C

* If you want, you can let it cool and freeze it until the next day – ideal if you are having visitors and want to join them instead of slaving in the kitchen. If you elect to do this, leave the three starred items above until the next day. Naturally you would make the rice the next day as well!

Rice:

Place all ingredients, including raisins into about 750 ml of water, bring to boil and simmer for 15-20 mins.

Drain rice, and then dot with few blobs of butter and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.

Serve with plain green salad or chopped tomato and onion, sprinkled with a little vinegar.

Make sure you have chutney to hand. “Mrs Balls” from any South African shop in London (or cities in many other parts of the world) will have it.

Yield: 4 servings. Preparation Time (hh:mm): 0.30

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Today is the first day…

… of the rest of my life! And although I love Europe, I deplore the corrupt European Union. I want the days of the rest of my life to be governed by my own politicians. They may not be the best, but I can decide whether to vote them in or out at the next four or five year period.

Some may argue that we can vote in, or out, our MEPs. However they are not really the ones who make the laws. It is the commissioners who do this, and not only are they not electedbut we are hearing that most of them are hasbeens, fraudsters and crooks. I am referring to all the newspaper reports published at this moment in time confirming this very fact.

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