Thursday, December 11, 2008


Judy herewith some info re potato bake mix - it is a ready made mix to which milk is added.

Hope this will give you some idea of what it is.  

If no ready mixes is available, the following recipe is an alternative to the mix:

1 packet of French onion soup mix / Mushroom soup mix / Chicken soup mix
1 500ml jar of thickened cream
1 cup of grated cheese
2 tablespoons of milk

Below websites re potato bake mixes:

Cheese & Chive Potato Bake
Available in
A classic potato bake dish with Cheddar cheese and delicate chives in a creamy sauce.  Select fresh baking potatoes for the best results.

Pack contents 35g

Thickener (Modified Maize Starch), Wheat Flour, Skimmed Milk Powder, Yeast Extract, Salt, Onion Powder, Yeast Extract, Cheddar Cheese Powder (5%), Cream Powder (4%), Cheese Blend (Cheese Powder, Whey Powder, Yeast Extract, Maltodextrin, Flavourings, Lactic Acid, Lactose), Maltodextrin, Chives (2%), Whey Powder, Colour (Beta-carotene).

Allergen Advice:        Contains: Milk, Wheat


Cheese & Chive Potato Bake

1 packet Schwartz Mix for Cheese & Chive Potato Bake
600ml (1 pint) milk
900g (2lb) potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
100g (4oz) Cheddar cheese, grated

1.  Pre-heat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4.

2.  Blend the packet contents with the milk and bring to the boil, stirring continuously.

3.  Simmer for 1-2 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.

4.  Layer the potatoes in an ovenproof dish and pour over the sauce.  Top with grated cheese and bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until the potatoes are cooked through.


Add a Mediterranean touch to your potato dish with this bake.
Pour Over SaucesMeal KitsBakesCook in Sauces
Pasta SaucesSoupsGravyMarinadesSalad Dressing
Modified Starch, Creamer [Corn Syrup, Vegetable Fat, Casein (Milk), Stabiliser, Emulsifier, Colourants, Free-Flowing Agents], Flavourants (Soya, Gluten), Cream (Milk), Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Stabiliser, Garlic, Thickener, Maltodextrin, Vegetable Oil, Cheese (Milk), Spice, Parsley, Flavour Enhancer, Colourants.
PER 100g
PER 10g
ENERGY1609 Kj161 Kj
PROTEIN2.4 g0.2 g
TOTAL FIBRE0.5 g0.05 g
SODIUM4876 mg488 mg
FAT18 g1.8 g
   Servings per pack:4

Values per 100g/100ml
351.0 KCal
19.5 g
49.9 g
of which sugars:
14.0 g
8.1 g
of which saturates:
5.1 g
5.3 g
3.5 g

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


The monkeys and their babies came to visit us at our home at the feeding tables.  The little turtle now comes every day and loves pawpaw and bananas. 

The photos below was taken in the game reserve - isn't it beautiful after the rains? Look at the beautiful little baby impalas - this is especially for my daughter in the UK, she loves the baby Impalas.

My blog heading is quite a mixture of different topics but just had to share all of this with you.

After the problems experienced with my cholesterol tablets found this very interesting facts re cinnamon for high cholesterol levels.  It was found that the following mixture drinked as a tea can actually decrease cholesterol levels within a short time after taken : 
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 3 tablespoons of honey mixed with hot water.
On further investigation found that there is actually now natural products on the market made from cinnamon extract.  
I have decided to test these as the cholesterol tablets with statin does not agree with me.  Will inform you of results when I next have my cholesterol levels tested.

Back to baking and sorry again a bread recipe - we all love bread as a starter before a "braai"(barbeque) or other meals.  I was given this recipe the other day and it is delicious (not actually for my diet with the cholesterol problems, but defnitely for all others to enjoy.

500g white bread dough (made with yeast)
1 packet Potota bake mix (in South Africa we have Royco and Knorr, in UK I saw that Schwartz makes a Pototo bake mix, not sure of USA product)
250 ml cream (or for lower fat purposes Low fat Milk)
250 ml grated cheese (cheddar or any other cheese to liking)

After first rise of dough form into small balls and place next to each other in a baking dish or pan which is quite deep - height of a bread pan.
Leave in pan to double in size.
Mix pototo bake mix with cream. 
Pour mix over dough balls.
Cover with grated cheese and bake in an oven at 180 degrees celcius (356 degrees fahrenheit) for about 20 - 25 minutes until nice and brown.


Sunday, December 7, 2008


Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I have not disappeared.  With the festive season and holidays ahead I have been very busy at work and finalising some audits as previously mentioned for my ex-boss.  Also have experienced some health problems as I was diagnosed with high cholesterol levels and the medication has caused some other side effects which drained all my extra energy.  
My husband and I are currently again in Marloth Park at our holiday home and although I have some accounting work to finish I will hopefully have some time in this week coming to blog again.
Must say I have missed the blogging.
We will be at our holiday home till the 17th December, then a week of work and then I will be flying to England to visit my daughter "Mrs Linen Cupboard" - I am really looking forward to the visit. Weatherwise it is going to be a big change as they are experiencing extreme cold weather and at our holiday home again we have very high temperatures ranging from 34 to 42 degrees celcius. 
Luckilly we have had very good rains in the past few weeks and everything is back to the beautiful green of summer time.  All the Impala buck babies have arrived, beautiful small bouncy babies, will take some photos and post on the blog - incredible how they can keep the babies from being born when in drought times.  Usually the babies arrive during October/November annually, now most of them only arrived during December and still a few pregnant Impalas around. 
Have a lovely evening and a blessed week.