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Make Jenny Morris’ Lamb, Brinjal and Butter Bean Curry from Taste the World with Jenny Morris

Taste the World with Jenny MorrisJenny Morris has shared a recipe for Lamb, Brinjal and Butter Bean Curry from her latest cookbook, Taste the World with Jenny Morris, in her column for The Next 48hOURS.

Morris writes that this is the perfect winter meal: “It never fails to warm and satisfy the whole family and the leftovers taste better the next day and make for fabulous sandwiches.”

Lamb, Brinjal and Butter Bean Curry

  • 2 long, large, firm brinjals, cubed
  • 3 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 3 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 5 cm piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 15 ml coriander seeds, toasted and ground

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How to Create the Perfect Cheeseboard: Excerpt from Cheeses of South Africa by Kobus Mulder

Cheeses of South AfricaA classic cheeseboard consists of five cheeses, writes Kobus Mulder in Cheeses of South Africa: “a goat’s cheese, a bloomy-rinded cheese, a hard cheese, a washed cheese and a blue cheese”.

Although “there are no strict rules to creating a cheeseboard”, Mulder advises showing diversity in texture and suggest some cheeseboard accompaniments, as well as cheese and wine pairings.

Read this excerpt from Cheese of South Africa, shared by Aerodrome, for Mulder’s tips for the perfect cheeseboard and his interviews with some of the country’s best cheese producers:

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Excerpt from The Bulb Book by Charles Barnhoorn

The Bulb BookIn the introduction to The Bulb Book: A South African Gardener’s Guide, Charles Barnhoorn writes that South Africa is a wonderful country to grow bulbs in because of its climate, soils and wide range of producers, breeders and collectors.

Barnhoorn explains that The Bulb Book includes all the information needed for a gardener to grow a wide range of bulbs successfully in South Africa and that the book covers all levels of experience. An excerpt from the intro was shared on Namibiana Buchdepot:

South Africa is a wonderful country in which to grow bulbs. We enjoy lots of sunlight and a superb climate ranging through a pleasant selection of sub-tropical (KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumulanga), Mediterannean (Western Cape) and temperate (Gauteng) zones. The soils around most of our homes are good for gardening and, relative to many other countries, we have ample space in which to plant and nurture our bulbs as well as access to water and fertilisers.

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Excerpt from Cheeses of South Africa by Kobus Mulder

Cheeses of South AfricaThe introduction to Cheeses of South Africa by Kobus Mulder tracks how cheese has undergone a revolution in SA, with consumers becoming more discerning and cheesemakers branching out and creating new products.

This excerpt, shared by Namibiana Buchdepot, explains that the book looks at the stories of individual cheesemakers and includes Mulder’s Cheese Notes on the producer and their most notable cheeses:

In recent years, South Africa has seen something of a revolution in cheesemaking. In the past, consumers had a limited range of cheeses to choose from, but the rise of artisanal cheesemaking has changed this picture. Thanks to pioneers like Wendy Harris, of Indezi River, and Chrissie Briscoe, of Chrissie’s Country Cheese, there is a greater variety of cheeses available in retail stores and supermarkets, and an increased willingness on the part of cheesemakers to experiment with new tastes and styles. Consumers have also become more knowledgeable and more discerning about what they buy. Since 1995, South Africa’s per capita cheese consumption has increased from 1.0 kg to 1.9 kg, according to Agri-Expo, a dairy industry body.

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Excerpt from The Penguins of Boulders by Dirk Schmidt

The Penguins of BouldersIn the introduction to The Penguins of Boulders, Dirk Schmidt explains how the famous breeding colony at Boulders Beach grew from just two breeding pairs in 1982. Nambiana Buchdepot shared an excerpt from the book in which Schmidt also explains how visitors can swim with the penguins – but should be wary of their sharp beaks as they will bite if they feel threatened.

The African penguin is listed in the Red Data book as a vulnerable species. It is the only penguin species known to breed the African continent. According to the South African National Parks (SANParks), the African penguin population was estimated to be approxima 1,5 million in 1910, however by the 20th Century, less than 10% of the former population remains. The uncontrolled harvesting of penguin eggs as a source of protein, as well as the market for guano (bird droppings) as a commercial sourc of fertilizer, nearly drove the species to extinction.

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Excerpt from The Great Whites of False Bay by Dirk Schmidt

The Great Whites of False BayNamibiana Buchdepot has shared an excerpt from Dirk Schmidt’s book The Great Whites of False Bay. Read the introduction to this distinguished book about the the behavior of Great White sharks in South African waters.

The Great White shark is undoubtedly one of the most well-known and most awesome apex predators of the seas and is also the largest predating fish on earth. The Great White sharks visiting Seal Island annually display a unique behavior during hunting and predation of seals, by occasionally launching themselves out of the water in pursuit of their prey. These breaches are spectacular and can be seen nowhere else in the world on such a consistent basis as in False Bay, South Africa, making it the prime destination for viewing these sharks in their natural environment.

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Excerpt from The Romance of the Cape Mountain Passes by Graham Ross

The Romance of Cape Mountain PassesGraham Ross drew on a series of 18 articles called “Reminiscences about Cape mountain passes”, which he had written for the magazine Civil Engineering, and his research on the history of civil engineering works in the Cape, to produce the book The Romance of the Cape Mountain Passes.

Read his introduction to the book, shared by Namibiana Buchdepot:

The reasons for writing this book are twofold. Firstly, I feel that there is far too little record of the history of civil engineering works in our country. And as Winston Churchill is alleged to have said, ‘the further backward you look, the further forward you can see’, such a record should have merit. I decided to see if I could do something about it, seeing that I am now retired and supposedly my own master. So I got stuck in, researching and recording the various sources which are available here. I started on the Cape, as that is where the major portion of my engineering has been done, and I soon realised that I must in fact restrict myself to the Cape: my available time is limited, and the Cape offers sufficient challenge to keep me on my toes.

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Excerpt from Getaway Guide: Eastern Cape and Wild Coast by Michael Brett

Getaway Guide Eastern Cape and Wild CoastThe Eastern Cape and Wild Coast’s “moderate coastal climate is ideal for beach holidays”, writes Michael Brett in Getaway Guide: Eastern Cape and Wild Coast. December and January is the peak holiday season for this area, so start planning your trip now!

Read the following excerpt from Getaway Guide: Eastern Cape and Wild Coast, shared by Namibiana Buchdepot, for more on what the province has to offer tourists:

The Eastern Cape’s diversity of landforms, biomes and vegetation units is incredible. It is indeed possible for a traveller to struggle through a midwinter snowdrift in the Amatoles and later on the same day to be swimming in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The region’s moderate coastal climate is ideal for beach holidays, and can be visited at any time of the year even though thoroughbred Eastern Capers tend to regard December and January as the peak holiday season. In fact, all that this means is that the other months of the year are perfect for relaxed holidays for people from other provinces when the area is not too crowded. In a province where there is so much to see and do, the main tourist attractions can be summarised as beach, landscapes, wildlife, culture and history.

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Excerpt from Cultures of South Africa: A Celebration by Peter Joyce and Roger de la Harpe

Cultures of South Africa In Cultures of South Africa Peter Joyce celebrates the different language communities in South Africa. Beautiful photographs of these people are supplied by Roger de la Harpe. In the following excerpt from the book, shared on Namibiana Buchdepot, the history of South Africa’s eleven official languages is traced:

There is an inherent risk in writing about the languages and group identities of the many and various peoples of South Africa. The lines are blurred, sometimes imperceptible. Over the centuries, migration, merger and change have been the main historical constants on the human landscape; all is mix, nothing is absolutely clearcut. The territorial coverage of this book is, therefore, inevitably arbitrary, chosen for practicality and clarity, roughly centred on but by no means restricted to artificial borders dictated by society and history and, most significantly, colonialism.

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Excerpt from The Ultimate African Wildlife by Nigel Dennis

The Ultimate African WildlifeNot everyone is fortunate enough to get to see African wildlife up close, but with Nigel Dennis’ photographs in The Ultimate African Wildlife, the reader is provided an extraordinary glimpse at these animals.

“Nigel Dennis has a rare talent for producing close-up, pin-sharp and vibrant images of African wildlife, and it is this remarkable ability that sets him apart from the common herd,” it is stated in the introduction to the book. Read the excerpt from The Ultimate African Wildlife shared by Namibiana Buchdepot:

The vastness of southern Africa – an area of 3.5 million square kilometres and just less than three per cent of the planet’s land mass – is of a place largely unspoilt by industrialisation, where humankind shares this space with the animals whose kingdom it has always been. Here you may still see thousands of wildebeest or springbok, watch a lion at its kill, or admire the untiring and single-minded pursuit of the wild dog. And even the landscape, deceptively empty, is an evocation of adventure.Southern Africa is blessed with enormous biodiversity and this is reflected throughout this book.

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