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Brian Whitehorn
SAUCY CHEF CATERING

Tel Farm:  079 694 9462 (06h00-08h00 & 17h00-20h00)
Fax: 086 716 6273     Cell: 082 416 1379
Email: brian@whitehorn.co.za     Web: www.paardeplaats.co.za

Saucy Chef Recipe of the Month:
December 2012

 To all “Friends of Paardeplaats & colleagues gastronomiques”:

As we enter the last couple of weeks before Christmas 2012, I would like to wish you and your families, well over the festive season.

Gerda and I have sold one of our houses in Dullstroom, and will soon, also,  be selling the other.  We have already moved to the farm, with most of our —- ! material possessions in storage.  We really can’t wait to get this disruption behind us, for once and for all!

If you would care to look at our “Saucy Chef” page on our website you will see that I have planned several cookery courses on the farm, starting on 14th February 2013, with “Valentine’s Summer Salads”.

To whet your appetite I would like to start off by offering a recipe for the month, which would be ideal for any South African Christmas table.
It looks and tastes divine, and is very inexpensive to make.

God bless you and your families, as we wish you well for Christmas and New Year! Thank you for your support, patronage and above all your friendship through the year.

 

       ZUCCHINI, TOMATO & BOCCONCINI SALAD
                  A refreshing Summer Salad to serve on a crisp baguette.              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Serves 4
Ingredients:
Baby marrows                                                                                                              4
Sea Salt                                                                                                                          1 Tsp
Ripe, firm tomatoes                                                                                                    2
Baby bocconcini cheeses (halved)                                                                           8-10
Basil leaves (shredded)                                                                                              4
Olive Oil                                                                                                                         4 tbsp
Sherry vinegar                                                                                                              1-2 tbsp
Freshly ground black pepper

  1. Peel the baby marrows with a sharp vegetable peeler, into thin ribbon slices (length-wise). Place in a bowl and sprinkle with the sea salt. Toss well to coat, and leave to steep for about 10 minutes.
  2. Chop the tomatoes into 1cm. dice
  3. Drain all liquid from the baby marrows, and pat dry, with a paper towel.
  4. Arrange them on a white salad platter. Top with the diced tomato and the halved bocconcini.
  5. Sprinkle with the shredded basil leaves
  6. Dress with the olive oil and vinegar, sprinkle with the freshly ground black pepper.
  7. Serve with a crusty baguette and your favourite Sauvignon Blanc wine.

Saucy Chef,

Brian W.

The January Floods at Paardeplaats

The Lowveld was hit by floods in January 2012 and Paar

deplaats had our own fair share of water

Birding | Bird watching in Mpumalanga – Photo of Blue Crane

Paardeplaats Bird List – Courtesy Dawie de Swardt

BIRD LIST
Of the
PAARDEPLAATS NATURE RESERVE
&
SURROUNDS (LONG TOM MOUNTAIN PASS), LYDENBURG

Total Species Recorded in area: 198          * Breeding Records

 

Birding | Bird watching in Mpumalanga – Photo of Blue Crane

Magnificent pair of Blue Crane photographed at Paardeplaats Nature Retreat by birding enthusiasts on a bird watching excursion.

62 [ ] Grey Heron
63 [ ] Black-headed Heron
65 [ ] Purple Heron
71 [ ] Cattle Egret
81 [ ] Hamerkop
83 [ ] White Stork
84 [ ] Black Stork
91 [ ] Sacred Ibis
92 [ ] Southern Bald Ibis
94 [ ] Hadeda Ibis
102 [ ] Egyptian Goose
104 [ ] Yellow-billed Duck
105 [ ] African Black Duck
118 [ ] Secretary Bird
122 [ ] Cape Vulture
127 [ ] Black-shouldered Kite
131 [ ] Black Eagle*
134 [ ] Lesser Spotted Eagle
136 [ ] Booted Eagle
137 [ ] African Hawk Eagle
139 [ ] Long-crested Eagle
140 [ ] Martial Eagle
142 [ ] Brown Snake Eagle
148 [ ] African Fish Eagle
149 [ ] Steppe Buzzard
150 [ ] Forest Buzzard
152 [ ] Jackal Buzzard*
155 [ ] Red-breasted Sparrowhawk
158 [ ] Black Sparrowhawk
160 [ ] African Goshowk
169 [ ] Gymnogene*
170 [ ] Osprey
171 [ ] Peregrine Falcon
173 [ ] Hobby Falcon
180 [ ] Amur Falcon
181 [ ] Rock Kestrel
188 [ ] Coqui Francolin
189 [ ] Crested Falcolin
190 [ ] Grey-wing Francolin*
191 [ ] Shelly’s Francolin
192 [ ] Red-wing Francolin
199 [ ] Swainson’s Francolin*
200 [ ] Common Quail
203 [ ] Helmeted Guineafowl*
208 [ ] Blue Crane
229 [ ] African Finfoot
231 [ ] Stanley’s Bustard
233 [ ] White-bellied Korhaan
249 [ ] Three-banded Plover
255 [ ] Crowned Plover
257 [ ] Black-winged Plover
258 [ ] Blacksmith Plover
260 [ ] Wattled Plover
297 [ ] Spotted Dikkop
349 [ ] Rock Pigeon
350 [ ] Rameron Pigeon
352 [ ] Red-eyed Dove
354 [ ] Cape Turtle Dove*
355 [ ] Laughing Dove*
370 [ ] Knysna Lourie
371 [ ] Purple-crested Lourie
377 [ ] Red-chested Cuckoo
378 [ ] Black Cuckoo
386 [ ] Diederik Cuckoo*
391 [ ] Burchells Coucal
392 [ ] Barn owl
401 [ ] Spotted Eagle Owl
405 [ ] Fiery-necked Nightjar
406 [ ] Rufus-cheeked  Nightjar
408 [ ] Freckled Nightjar
411 [ ] European Swift
412 [ ] African Black Swift
415 [ ] White-rumped Swift
417 [ ] Little Swift
418 [ ] Alpine Swift
421 [ ] Palm Swift
424 [ ] Speckled Mousebird
426 [ ] Red-faced Mousebird
428 [ ] Pied Kingfisher
429 [ ] Giant Kingfisher
432 [ ] Pygmy Kingfisher
435 [ ] Brown-hooded Kingfisher
438 [ ] European Bee-eater
449 [ ] Purple Roller
451 [ ] African Hoopoe
452 [ ] Red-billed Woodhoopoe
454 [ ] Scimitar-billed Woodhoopoe
464 [ ] Black-collared Barbet
470 [ ] Yollow-fronted Tinker Barbet
473 [ ] Crested Barbet
474 [ ] Greater Honeyguide
475 [ ] Scaly-throated Honeyguide
476 [ ] Lesser Honeyguide
478 [ ] Sharp-billed Honeyguide
480 [ ] Ground Woodpecker*
483 [ ] Golden-tailed Woodpecker
486 [ ] Cardinal Woodpecker
488 [ ] Olive Woodpecker
489 [ ] Red-throated Wryneck
494 [ ] Rufus-naped  Lark
500 [ ] eastern Long-billed Lark
518 [ ] European Swallow
520 [ ] White-throated Swallow
524 [ ] Red-breasted Swallow
526 [ ] Greater Striped Swallow*
527 [ ] Lesser Striped Swallow
529 [ ] Rock Martin
534 [ ] Banded Martin
536 [ ] Black Saw-wing Swallow
538 [ ] Black Cuckoo-shrike
541 [ ] Fork-tailed Drongo
542 [ ] Square-tailed Drongo
545 [ ] Black-headed Oriole
547 [ ] Black Crow
548 [ ] Pied Crow
550 [ ] White-necked Raven
560 [ ] Arrow-marked Babler
568 [ ] Black-eyed Bulbul*
572 [ ] Sombre Bulbul
576 [ ] Kurrichane Thrush
577 [ ] Olive Thrush*
580 [ ] Ground-scraper Thrush
581 [ ] Cape Rock Thrush
582 [ ] Sentinel Rock Thrush
588 [ ] Buff-streaked Chat*
589 [ ] Familiar Chat*
593 [ ] Mocking Chat
596 [ ] Stonechat*
598 [ ] Chorister Robin
601 [ ] Cape Robin*
639 [ ] Barratt’s Warbler
643 [ ] Willow Warbler
644 [ ] Yellow-throated Warbler
645 [ ] Bar-throated Apalis
651 [ ]  Long-billed Crombec]
661 [ ] Grassbird*
657 [ ] Bleating Warbler
664 [ ] Fan-tailed Cisticola
666 [ ] Cloud Cisticola
667 [ ] Ayres’ Cisticola
670 [ ] Wailing Cisticola*
679 [ ] Lazy Cisticola
681 [ ] Neddicky
686 [ ] Drakensberg Prinia*
689 [ ] Spotted Flycatcher
690 [ ] Dusty Flycatcher
700 [ ] Cape Batis
710 [ ] Paradise Flycatcher*
712 [ ] Long-tailed Wagtail
713 [ ] Cape Wagtail
716 [ ] Grassveld Pipit
717 [ ] Long-billed Pipit
718 [ ] Plain-backed Pipit
727 [ ] Orange-throated Longclaw
732 [ ] Fiscal Shrike*
733 [ ] Red-backed Shrike
736 [ ] Southern Boubou
740 [ ] Puffback
741 [ ] Brubru
746 [ ] Bokmakierie*
748 [ ] Orange-breasted Bush Shrike
750 [ ] Olive Bush Shrike
751 [ ] Grey-headed Bush Shrike
753 [ ] White Helmetshrike
759 [ ] Pied Starling
761 [ ] Plum-coloured Starling
769 [ ] Red-winged Starling*
774 [ ] Gurney’s Sugarbird*
775 [ ] Malachite Sunbird*
785 [ ] Greater Double-collared Sunbird*
787 [ ] White-bellied Sunbird
792 [ ] Black Sunbird*
796 [ ] Cape White-eye
801 [ ] House Sparrow
803 [ ] Cape Sparrow
804 [ ] Grey-headed Sparrow
805 [ ] Yellow-throated Sparrow
813 [ ] Cape Weaver*
814 [ ] Masked Weaver
824 [ ] Red Bishop
826 [ ] Golden Bishop
827 [ ] Yellow-rumped Widow
828 [ ] Red-shouldered Widow
831 [ ] Red-collared Widow
832 [ ] long-tailed Widow*
840 [ ] Blue-billed Firefinch
841 [ ] Jameson’s Firefinch
846 [ ] Common Waxbill
850 [ ] Swee Waxbill
852 [ ] Quail Finch
857 [ ] Bronze Mannikin
860 [ ] Pin-tailed Whydah
869 [ ] Yellow-eyed Canary
872 [ ] Cape Canary*
881 [ ] Streaky-headed Canary*
884 [ ] Golden-breasted Bunting
885 [ ] Cape Bunting*
886 [ ] Rock Bunting*

List compiled by: Dawie de Swardt
National Museum
P.O.Box 266
Bloemfontein  9300

051 447 9609 Work
083 638 1604 Cell
dawie@nasmus.co.za

Dawie de Swardt has been engaged in extensive research on the Gurney’s Sugarbird on
Paardeplaats, for the past 25 years. The above is his list of birds observed while doing this research.