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Coconut cake

Coconut cake

Coconut cake Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided 6 large eggs,...

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas Odd Thomas is the name of a fictional character created by Dean Koontz. This character first appeared in the novel of the same name. He is a twenty year old man who...

Heliconias will add drama to your garden

Heliconias will add drama to your garden

Heliconias will add drama to your garden Heliconias will add drama to your garden:  First of all, heliconia, which is derived from the Greek word helikonios,  is a genus of flowering plants in the...

Chicken fettuccine casserole

Chicken fettuccine casserole

Chicken fettuccine casserole Ingredients: 1- 16 oz package fettuccine noodles 1- 10.5 oz can of cream of chicken soup 1 cup of sour cream 2 cups of cooked, shredded chicken breast* Salt & pepper,...

Ghostwritten

Ghostwritten

Ghostwritten Ghostwritten:  A gallery attendant at the Hermitage.  A young jazz buff in Tokyo.  A crooked British lawyer in Hong Kong.  A disc jockey in Manhattan.  A physicist in Ireland.  An elderly woman running...

Hollyhocks come in a variety of colours

Hollyhocks come in a variety of colours

Hollyhocks come in a variety of colours Hollyhocks come in a variety of colours:   Alcea, commonly known as hollyhocks, is a genus of about 60 species of flowering plants in the mallow family...

Wholewheat pancakes served with strawberries

Wholewheat pancakes served with strawberries

Wholewheat pancakes served with strawberries Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup skim milk 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour 2 eggs 4 egg whites 1 Tbsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt Method: Wholewheat pancakes served with...

Before the Fall

Before the Fall

Before the Fall Before the Fall:  On a foggy summer night, eleven people, only ten privileged, one, down on his luck painter, all depart Martha’s Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the...

Fire lily plant care

Fire lily plant care

Fire lily plant care Fire lily plant care:  The fire lily belongs to a group of many bulbs numbering across different plant species. This Amaryllis family member can be found primarily in South Africa,...

Lentil stew

Lentil stew

Lentil stew Ingredients: 3 Tbs olive oil 2 garlic cloves 1 ½ quart vegetable stock 2 cups brown lentils ¼ cup  tomatoes, chopped 1 pound red skinned potatoes, diced 12 oz. organic spinach ½...

Please Help Monya

Please Help Monya

Please Help Monya: Little Monya of Van Riebeeck Park was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in May. She is receiving intense chemotherapy through a tunnelled catheter which goes through her chest directly into her...

The Colour of Magic

The Colour of Magic

The Colour of Magic The Colour of Magic:   First of all,  the Discworld floats through space on the back of four elephants that, in turn, stand on the back of the Great A’Tuin,...

Accident At Modderfontein And More

Accident At Modderfontein And More

Accident At Modderfontein And More: Max Cohen, spokesman for Emer-G-Med, said paramedics responded to the accident just after 6pmon Saturday evening. Fourteen people were injured when a taxi and a car collided at the intersection of...

Carefree Peonies

Carefree Peonies

Carefree Peonies Carefree Peonies:  Peonies are outrageously beautiful in bloom in springtime,  with lush foliage all summer long. Peony plants need very little maintenance.  This is as long as they are planted properly.  They...

Emperors Gambler Robbed

Emperors Gambler Robbed

Emperors Gambler Robbed: A Rhodesfield resident’s stroke of luck did not last long when he was robbed of R1-million he had won while gambling. According to Ekurhuleni North District’s Capt Neldah Sekgobela, the 43-year-old victim won...

Mushrooms stuffed with spinach and feta

Mushrooms stuffed with spinach and feta

Mushrooms stuffed with spinach and feta Ingredients: 20 medium mushrooms 2 cups chopped fresh spinach 1/4 cup chopped shallots, or onion 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce 1/2 cup Greek yogurt 1...

Residents To Receive Homes

Residents To Receive Homes

Residents To Receive Homes: THE MMC for Human Settlement, Lesiba Mpya, will on Saturday hand over 160 title deeds to the residents of Esselen Park and Vosloorus. The hand over will start in Esselen Park in...

Farewell, My Lovely

Farewell, My Lovely

Farewell, My Lovely Farewell, My Lovely,  is the story of private detective Philip Marlowe. Hence, the novel follows Marlowe’s movements in and around Bay City. Bay City is a fictional town in California not...

Glen Marais Family Ordeal

Crime In The East Rand

Crime In The East Rand: The domestic worker reportedly said she noticed a silver Toyota Corolla in the driveway at about 10.30am on Monday, November 14. The occupants of the car then jumped over the fence...

Plant a peach tree and reap the fruits

Plant a peach tree and reap the fruits

Plant a peach tree and reap the fruits Plant a peach tree and reap the fruits:  Choose a site in your garden, with well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun.  Be sure to avoid...

Collision On The R21 And More

Collision On The R21 And More

Collision On The R21 And More: Four vehicles and a truck were involved in an accident on the R21 north near the Voortrekker Road off-ramp yesterday afternoon. The accident caused delays as traffic came to...

Yogurt and honey cheesecake

Yogurt and honey cheesecake

Yogurt and honey cheesecake Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup honey 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1/3 cup water 3 x 8oz packages reduced fat cream cheese 2/3 cup brown sugar 1 cup  whole milk...

East Rand Crime Run Down

East Rand Crime Run Down

East Rand Crime Run Down: SARS Commissioner, Tom Moyane, praised the vigilance of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) Customs Detector Dog Unit when a cleverly concealed cocaine stash was discovered inside books at OR...

The Eye Of The World

The Eye Of The World

The Eye Of The World The Eye Of The World: The Wheel of time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. This book,  is the first book of the fourteen...

East Rand News Round Up

East Rand News Round Up

East Rand News Round Up: Alderman Johann Jordaan has warned motorists to avoid using Pretoria Road, as the bridge damaged during the floods on Wednesday afternoon is not safe. Despite the metro police closing the road...

Heavy Rain Causes Havoc

Heavy Rain Causes Havoc

Heavy Rain Causes Havoc: Severe flooding has occurred in Kempton Park and surrounding areas following an electric storm yesterday evening. Chaos erupted on several highways, including the N3, R24and N12. According to some reports a section of...

Spinach frittata

Spinach frittata

Spinach frittata Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. butter 1/3 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup diced ham, optional. Small pieces 1 cup cubed crusty bread . Small cubes 2 cups loosely packed fresh spinach leaves Salt and freshly...

Eastrand News Round Up

Eastrand News Round Up

Eastrand News Round Up: The police are searching for six suspects who fled with an undisclosed amount of cash after bombing a safe at a service station in Birchleigh. The bombing took place at 3 am...