When Hendo’s met Freddy

Many of you will remember the DIY Biltong post from a few weeks ago.
Well, since then I have experimented with many different sorts of meat and many different blends of spices in an attempt to create the world’s best raw-meat based snack. And while I was getting there slowly, my efforts received a huge boost on my birthday last week with a gift of 3kg of Freddy Hirsch biltong spices.
That’s enough to make 75kg worth of biltong.
I’m going to be busy.

The only issue is that since anyone can go and buy spices from Freddy, anyone can make first class biltong. But I don’t want to be one of the crowd.
I want my biltong to stand out; I want it to have a personal touch.
And that’s where Henderson’s Relish comes in. This “spicy Yorkshire sauce” has been made in Sheffield (right next door to the hospital I was born in) since the late 19th century.
It is to my home town what biltong is to my adopted country.

And, much like when Harry met Sally, the results of Hendo’s meeting Freddy are mindblowing.
It’s South Yorkshire meets South Africa.
It’s a pint of Magnet with a Klippies chaser in the pub on the corner of Bramall Lane and Voortrekker Road.
It’s bluddy bakgat, dun’t tha’ know, china?

It’s very me.

Why me?????

Why me?????

Oh, alright then… Twist my arm, why don’t you?

The Percy Bartley House Post

Incoming from Amy:

As you may know, I work at Ogilvy and over the past 6 months have been trying to get this amazing project approved and moving and finally its happening and I need your help. When we moved into Woodstock a few years ago we wanted to help uplift the area and therefore adopted Percy Bartley House as our un-official charity. PBH is an NGO operating out of an old home in the area which looks after troubled teen boys – those involved in petty crime or living on the streets – and aims to not only provide a home for the boys but to give them a second chance; whether that’s enrolling them in school or skills training, or teaching them life skills.

PBH is run-down and has lost its sense of life and colour. We’ve therefore collaborated with Write-on-Africa – a not for profit initiative also based in Woodstock, that mobilizes creativity in Africa for inspiration, social change and urban rejuvenation. We’re giving the home a new coat of paint, we’re planting a sustainable garden and we’re providing them with donations of linen, towels and furniture from our clients. However, most importantly, we’ve brought on a crew of well-known graffiti artists and illustrators (Faith47, black koki, mac1) to breathe new life into the home, making it a work of art which inspires the youth, while also getting them involved in the process and teaching them responsibility.

This after I saw this video yesterday featuring some of the kids they are helping and Farlane Nsinale – the Director and “Mom” of the house. It’s a great advert for the work they are doing there and the opportunities PBH is providing street kids who would otherwise be in a lot of trouble. It’s also evident that, like Farlane, Amy is extremely passionate about making a difference and it’s for these reasons that I am more than happy to help her – and them – out.
Back to Amy’s email:

I have initiated a fundraiser – selling tickets to a movie – Long Street – set in Cape Town, directed by well-known SA director, Revel Fox and starring his daughter – Sannie Fox – you may know her as lead singer from Machineri. I booked out a cinema at the Labia on Orange for opening night on Thurs Sept 23rd at 20h00 – 20h30.
See the facebook event link here.
Anyone who wants tickets (R50 each) just needs to email me here – I have 60 tickets left to sell.

That would be your safest option, but if you’re feeling lucky, we have 2 pairs of tickets for the opening night of Long Street to give away. To stand a chance of winning a pair of tickets, firstly make sure you are able to make it along (i.e. you will be in Cape Town and not doing anything else that evening) and then simply tweet this: “#PercyBartleyHouse http://u3.co.za/id”.

The winners will be drawn at random from entries at 21:00 on Monday evening, giving you enough time to plan your week accordingly. Judges decision is final etc etc.

I’m not expecting this to be quite as big as the #AfrihostRelaunch thing.
But I think that’s for the best, don’t you?

And well done to Amy and all those involved in making a difference at PBH.

Is summer finally coming?

As proven by this weather forecast for Cape Town for the week ahead?

Things are looking up. It’s a good sign when even the cloudy days are warm. And I have it on good authority that we may be in for a 29°C scorcha!™ on Sunday. Bring forth my ceremonial braai tongs and slaughter that bloody sheep, Jennifer. Then make a salad.

Meanwhile, less good but far more spectacular weather for my parents in the Isle of Man as a particularly virulent area of low pressure rolled in across the Irish Sea:

This was taken by my Dad this morning in Port St Mary and has a distinctly Kalk Bay feel to it. A quick look at the latest weather report from the local airport suggests that the pressure is still falling there – not good news when you have a three-hour long boat crossing of that sea tomorrow like they do.

Bon voyage…

Double Header

I was at the well-organised, well-attended and most enjoyable “Loving Local” PSL Double Header at the Cape Town Stadium last night – the first big event there since the World Cup semi final in July.

Cape Town’s PSL new boys Vasco da Gama were edged out 2-1 by Orlando Pirates in the first game and then Ajax Cape Town put in a great performance against Bloemfontein Celtic to win 2-0.
That second game was billed as the clash of the strikers – by me anyway – with SA legend Thembinkosi “Terror” Fanteni for the Urban Warriors and ex-Ajax favourite Nathan Paulse up front for Bloem Celtic.
Fanteni was disappointing, despite all the good service he got from his Ajax collegues and Paulse had an absolutely brilliant game despite having no help at all. Neither scored.

Here is Paulse finding space to get in a (single) header once again and here are the rest of the pics I took last night.