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Die gewilde Haas Das-stories word opnuut uitgebeeld deur Vian Oelofsen se pragtige illustrasies

Haas Das se Nuuskas: Episode 1

Almal van Menseland sal verheug wees om Haas Das, die geliefde nuusleser van Diereland, en sy assistent, Piet Muis, en hulle manewales weer te geniet in hierdie veelkleurige leesboeke.

Al die ander vermaaklike karakters is ook terug; soos grootoom Flapoor Olifant, Oompie Bulletjie Wildebees; Stokkina Meerkat, Hasie Kwassie, Moeder Raaf en vele meer!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Haas Das se Nuuskas: Episode 2

In hierdie uitsending ontsnap Frekie Ystervark nouliks van Hoohoeff Hiëna, en die diere bewonder Hasie Kwassie se nuwe hardloopskoene!

Die gewilde Haas Das-stories word opnuut uitgebeeld deur Vian Oelofsen se pragtige illustrasies.

Louise Smit woon in Kaapstad. Sy is bekend vir haar suksesvolle kinderprogramme vir radio en TV soos Wielie Walie, Haas Das se Nuuskas, Pumpkin Patch, Kideo, Mina Moo, en vele meer. Louise het verskeie toekennings vir haar werk verower. Sy is die skrywer van o.a. Die Bybel vir kleuters, Wielie Wielie Walie, en Professor Fossilus en die dinosourusse.

Vian Oelofsen is ‘n voltydse kinderboekskrywer en -illustreerder. Sy werk verskyn plaaslik sowel as oorsee in tydskrifte en koerante en hy het al nagenoeg 20 prenteboeke vir kinders geïllustreer.
 
 
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Launch: Curry (1 August)

Journalist Ishay Govender-Ypma threads together the enticing flavours of South African curry. The classic KwaZulu-Natal crab and dried fish curries share the limelight with Cape Malay chicken and crayfish curries, kasi beef curries from Orlando West and Qunu, offal from Calvinia, Karoo venison, kerkbasaar kerrie en rys and vegetarian dhals from across the map. The book takes a tour through the kitchens of respected local cooks as they share their stories and recipes.

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Hoe om ’n heel vis oop te braai – laat waai met Jan Braai!

Wanneer jy ’n vars vis reg braai, sal dit vir seker ’n wonderlike maaltyd wees, ’n anker in ’n wêreld vol onsekerheid.

Ek kan eenvoudig nie genoeg beklemtoon hoe belangrik dit is dat die vis vars moet wees nie. Soos ek vroeër genoem het, kan jy ’n heel vis ‘oop’ of ‘toe’ braai, dit hang van jou smaak af. As jy hom oop braai, is ’n groter deel van die vis aan die hitte en braaigeure blootgestel en word hy ook vinniger gaar.

Die belangrikste stuk toerusting vir die resep is ’n toeklaprooster – moenie jou simpel hou en die vis daarsonder probeer draai nie.

Vis soos geelbek, kabeljou en geelstert is gewilde braaivis, maar daar is ook baie ander soorte wat jy kan toets. Vra raad by jou vishandelaar en maak seker die vis is nie op die lys van bedreigde spesies nie. Laat die vishandelaar jou vis se binnegoed uithaal, sy kop verwyder en sy skubbe afkrap. As jy self die vis gevang het, weet jy seker hoe om die dinge te doen.

 
WAT JY NODIG HET
(1,5 kg vis is genoeg vir 4 mense; 2 kg vir 6 mense)
1 heel, vars vis (iets soos geelbek, kabeljou of geelstert)
koppie botter (gesmelt)
4 huisies knoffel (opgekap)
2 suurlemoene se sap
1 sopie gekapte pietersielie
olyf- of sonneblomolie
sout en peper

LAAT WAAI!
1. Smelt die botter en meng die knoffel, suurlemoensap en pietersielie by. Jy gaan dié sous gebruik om die vis mee te bedruip terwyl hy braai.
2. ’n ‘Oop’ vis het twee kante, ’n vleiskant en ’n velkant. Smeer of verf die olie aan albei kante en maal dan die sout en peper oor die vleiskant.
3. Sit die vis in ’n toeklaprooster en braai op matige tot warm kole met die vleiskant na onder vir omtrent 3 tot 4 minute, totdat die vleis ’n ligte goue kleur kry. Draai nou die rooster om en braai die vis met die vel kole se kant toe totdat hy gaar is. Altesame sal die braaityd tussen 14 en 20 minute wees en afhang van die grootte van die vis, die hoogte van die rooster en die hitte van die vuur. Verf die vis deurlopend met die sous. Al moet jy dit tot ’n minimum probeer beperk, moet jy jou nie te veel daaroor bekommer as die velkant plek-plek effens brand nie – jy gaan nie die vel eet nie. Ek sien visvel as ’n natuurlike tipe foelie.
4. Die vis is gereed wanneer die vleis wit geword het, van die grate af wegtrek wanneer jy daaraan wikkel, en vlok wanneer jy ’n vurk insteek. Onthou die goue reël: As jy dink hy’s reg, is hy waarskynlik reg.

EN . . .
’n Vis wat effens kleiner is, kom ons sê so 1,3 kg, met sy kop en stert verwyder, pas lekker saam met vier
halwe krewe op ’n gewone toeklaprooster. Jy kan dit saam braai vir 14 minute en só ’n top-klas ete vir
vier mense berei.

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Time is running out for Ebba in the second title of the Elevation trilogy…

Elevation 2: The Rising TideThe second title in this popular trilogy set in futuristic Cape Town.

Time is running out for Ebba and all four amulets are missing. The General is now in control of the city and he is planning a genocide.

Can she use her position as a member of the Council to stop him? Micah is heading the resistance with the gorgeous Samantha Lee.

With nothing left to lose but his love, Ebba agrees to one final sacrifice.

Helen Brain was born in Perth and grew up in Durban. She has written over 50 books for children and young adults, as well as a memoir for adults entitled Here Be Lions. Her teen novel, Tamara, won an ATKV prize in 1998. She teaches part time at an international online writing college. She lives in Cape Town with her husband and two dogs.

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Bekendstelling: Narsiste, psigopate, stalkers en sadiste (27 Julie)

Jy het vandag niksvermoedend by minstens een psigopaat verbygeloop.

En by die huis wag ‘n narsis op jou en ‘n sluiper by jou venster. Wie is hierdie ongure, gevaarlike mense?

Uitgebreide navorsing en gevallestudies – van Daisy de Melker tot Oscar Pistorius – maak hierdie mense werklik en herkenbaar. Sodat jy hulle kan vermy…

André le Roux is ‘n gesoute joernalis, wat by onder andere Beeld, Huisgenoot en Die Burger gewerk het. Hy was jare lank eindredakteur by Sarie en is ‘n gewilde rubriekskrywer. Sy boeke sluit talle topverkopers in, soos Op die man af, Nou ja toe en Op die vrou af.

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Boerekos met ’n twist gee ’n kwyllekker kinkel aan eenvoudige, voedsame huiskos wat jou ma, ouma en oumagrootjie gemaak het

Boerekos met 'n TwistIn Boerekos met ’n twist gee Annelien Pienaar ’n kwyllekker kinkel aan die eenvoudige, voedsame huiskos wat jou ma, ouma en oumagrootjie gemaak het.

Elkeen van dié 140 familieresepte vir soppe, souse, groente-, vleis- en nageregte én gebak en spenstreffers is deeglik getoets, bevat g’n vreemde bestanddele nie en sit die “resep-met-’n-les” konsep voort wat haar gelyknamige blog en Facebookblad so ’n ongekende sosialemediasukses maak.

Tussendeur help sy lesers om basiese kombuisvaardighede onder die knie te kry én sy deel nuttige raad, kortpaaie en plaasvervangers waarmee selfs groentjies vinniger, goedkoper en met meer selfvertroue vooruit sal boer in die kombuis.

As voedselwetenskaplike, kookskooleienaar, boervrou, werkende ma en blogger met haar vinger stewig op die pols van die volk weet Annelien presies wat kosmakers én -eters nou nodig het: ’n kompakte 21ste eeuse Kook en geniet vir besige mense.
 
 
 
 
Annelien Pienaar, ’n voedselwetenskaplike, en haar man, Hanru, is pekanneutboere en eienaars van die gasteplaas Bos-en-Berg by Skeerpoort (naby Hartbeespoort) van waar sy haar kookskool en haar trefferblog, BoereKosTwist, bedryf.

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Kokkedoortjie is ’n kookboek vir die kind in ons almal

Die inspirasie waarop elke gesin gewag het. Kokkedoortjie volg in die spore van die uiters gewilde Kokkedoor- en Koekedoor-reekse, met tien jong kinderkokke wat meeding vir die titel van die land se beste kinderkok.

Dié kookboek is ’n versamelstuk vir die derduisende aanhangers wat die Kokkedoortjies leer lief kry het, en wil bak en kook soos hulle.

Kokkedoortjie is ’n gesinskookboek, ’n kinderkookboek, ’n kookboek vir die kind in ons almal. Dit verweef elke dag se staatmakerresepte met ’n unieke bestanddeel – die kleurvolle verbeelding van ’n kind.

Dit wissel van eiernessies vir ontbyt, die beste kosblik-toebroodjies ooit, koekies vir Entrepreneursdag, trooskos, sportiewe hamburgers, piekniekslaaie in flesse, poetsbak-poedings, plaatkoekies en pannekoek. Daar is kreatiewe visgeregte en die finaliste se wengeregte wat die land se monde laat water. Die beoordelaars deel ook hul gunstelingresepte in die boek.
 
 
Errieda du Toit, inhoudsvervaardiger: kos van Kokkedoortjie, vang die hoogtepunte van die reeks in dié boek vas. Kokkedoortjie is haar agste boek. Sy is ’n geliefde kok en radiopersoonlikheid – haar weeklikse koerantrubrieke en kosblog Huiskok.com word verslind en haar mees onlangse boek, Tuistafel, word uit alle oorde besing.

Edwin Theron (13) van Worcester – wenner van Kokkedoortjie – is die spreekwoordelike klein pakkie met groot verrassings. In sy eie woorde: ‘die kleinste sleutels maak die grootste deure oop’. Hy is ‘n self-geleerde jong kok wat elke aand kos maak vir sy ma Marietjie en sussie Martli, wat hom baie selfvertroue in die kombuis gegee het.

Hy is vreesloos (hy is ‘n bekroonde stoeier, boer nou met bye en eet brandrissies soos lekkergoed) en avontuurlik, maar weet ook hoe om kos te maak wat almal van hou om te eet.

Sy gunsteling-resepte uit die kompetisie is almal in die Kokkedoortjie-boek opgeneem, van sy selfie-suurlemoenkolwyntjies wat hy vir die oudisie gemaak het, monsterkoekies uit Sesame Street, Franse roosterbroodvingers met graanvlokkie-kors, tregterkoekies tot sy Spaanse pizza, Usain Bolt-hoenderburger, beur-jou-op-bobotie en die souserige sjokoladekersiepoeding wat
hy in die finale rondte gemaak het.

Sy kenteken-gereg “Beesfilet-Cordon Bleu balle met sampioenroomsous” is sy persoonlike gunsteling.

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“I am reminded that my son was indeed greatly loved, and is still missed by countless others, too – that I am not alone.” An excerpt from The Twinkling of an Eye

The Twinkling of an EyeTwelve-year-old Craig Brown is a high-achiever at one of the country’s top schools. He is smart, popular and adored by his family – an exuberant boy who dreams of going ‘straight to the big time’ as a high-flying lawyer.

Then a series of inexplicable events turns Craig’s world inside out: he develops academic problems and is accused of being a bully.

There’s vomiting, migraines and facial paralysis. An MRI scan reveals that a cancerous tumour, the size of a golf ball is slowly colonising Craig’s bright young brain. Now his parents must confront a grim reality: that their child’s high school years will be spent fighting for his life.

Told through the eyes of his mother, Sue Brown, this transformative tale charts Craig’s extraordinary battle, Brown’s personal struggles, and, above all, a mother’s heroic ability to face the unthinkable. Told with courage, humour and heart, this life-affirming memoir reveals that there is indeed a light that shines in the very darkest of places
 
 
 

PROLOGUE

‘Little man,’ I said, ‘tell me that it is only a bad dream, this affair of the snake, and the meeting place, and the star …’
– The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Craig clatters, two steps at a time, down the wide wooden staircase of our big Victorian home. Slowing only briefly to take the corners, and all dressed in his khaki school uniform, punctuated by the dark-and-light blue stripes of the Bishops Preparatory School tie. His hastily tucked in shirt tails are already escaping from underneath his navy pullover.

The ten-to-eight chapel bell peals out across the clear, cold outside.

Craig hops on one leg while pulling up the other long grey sock, stubbornly slipping down.

‘Quick Mom, I’m going to be late!’ his gravelly voice urges. He has shoved his homework folder and piano file into his outsized navy backpack: its transparent little window still reads, ‘Craig Brown, 6A.’ I breathe in his warm-from-bed boy smell, relishing that round, earnest face so close to me again.

The two of us half walk, half jog, to his nonstop, excited chatter.

Looking right and left as we cross Stone Pine Avenue, then onto the dew-wet grass of the rugby fields, the mown cuttings clogging the soles of our shoes. The sun is just lighting up the top of Table Mountain, where some first-light mist clings.

I feel anxious as we near the classroom buildings. How will Craig’s now-teenaged friends react to finding him in their midst again? How can I possibly explain to the teachers that we were wrong in believing the worst – that our son was terminally ill two years ago, when suddenly here he stands, still just the same age … still twelve years old?

Then I remember we have an appointment with his neuro- surgeon in the afternoon. He will hopefully be able to clear up all my confusion, I’m sure. I imagine him ordering new brain scans that will show what actually became of those rampant tumours – too many to count – on those last nightmare scans … after which we stopped looking.

In this subterranean dream dawn, I find great comfort in this conceived proximity to my son. The dream’s perplexities cause me to struggle up, through heavy layers of sleep, to perforate the surface of a common new day.

Our two cats are heat-seeking dead weights against me, resistant to being shifted as I adjust to my bearings to the inside of this smaller house, where we moved after Craig died. From where we no longer have to hear his school chapel bells toll each morning, a trumpet practice in the afternoon, or the bounce of tennis balls in the evening.

Soon Neil’s radio alarm will sound, and he will leave for his day’s work as a fund manager. I will wake our daughter, and drive her through the winding, tree-lined roads of Wynberg to
Springfield Convent School in Cape Town’s southern suburbs.

Where this achingly beautiful autumn morning will speak of the magnificent world still awaiting her.

And I will say, ‘Goodbye, love you,’ to her closing car door, with that longing to hover, to intercept all the heartache that life must still bring her way. That maternal need-to-protect so magnified (if that was ever possible) by my helpless observance of her brother’s brave reckoning with his own, impending death.

Craig’s absence in the car is a real, raw presence on the drive home, so I turn on the radio for some distraction. Owl City’s Adam Young, Craig’s favourite artist, is singing a new hit which
he will never hear, about a shooting star shining. It hurts more than the quiet, so I snap it off, and tears smart.

At home Craig’s little dog ‘Russell’, named after the Jack Russell part of his mix, waits impatiently for a walk, which keeps me from seeking escape in a little more sleep. The city hums at the foot of Table Mountain as it gears up for the day’s routine and, when Russell and I return, our Virginia creeper is glowing with its own, scarlet light. And there are brightly painted pansy faces in the blue pot at the door. A friend pops in for tea, and I am reminded that my son was indeed greatly loved, and is still missed by countless others, too – that I am not alone.

My head tells me that all of our days are numbered; that we will all be where he is, one day. In an eternal form – impossible to comprehend, even dream, this side of death – where the pain
of loss does not exist. But it is hope enough for a welling up of great thankfulness for this child, with whom I was entrusted for his thirteen years.

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Bekendstelling: Radbraak deur Jolyn Phillips

In dié digbundel verbrokkel sy taal, draai sy rug op haar vel-taal, pleeg sy ‘radbraak’ op haar eie taal. Dit is die enigste medium wat sy het, maar sy breek dit, sy vernuwe dit, sy ‘ont’taal dit.

Phillips is ‘n nuwe stem in Afrikaans – by tye liries maar deurgaans skreiend en ook uitdagend.

Volgens bekroonde digter Petra Müller is Radbraak ‘n ‘klein aardbewing van ‘n bundel’.

Ook uit Müller se keurverslag:’Hierdie skrywer het die engel in die klip beet.’

Jolyn Phillips, 27, is gebore en getoë in Blompark, Gansbaai. Haar debuutkortverhaalbundel, Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and other stories, verskyn in 2016. Sy is tans besig om met haar doktorale tesis aan die Universiteit van Weskaapland (UWK). Sy beskryf haarself as ‘n woordswerwer maar werk ook deeltyds as ‘n dosent en sangeres.

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Two funky crochet patterns from Hello, Crochet

In this unusual crochet book, each pattern is used as a base for four different interpretations, depending on your style – bohemian, artistic, contemporary or romantic.

The patterns range in difficulty, and include pretty things for yourself, your home, babies and children, and for use as gifts.

There are also suggestions for using the same pattern for more than one project.

The perfect book for anyone who loves to crochet.

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Mini Petals
Combine the two designs, one with a two-dimensional flower and the other one with a three-dimensional flower, to create texture and an interesting pattern.
Size: 8 x 8 cm
Colours: Two colours are used for these patterns
Difficulty rating: Relatively easy

FLAT MOTIF
With colour 1; crochet 4 ch, join into ring with ss in 1st ch.
Rnd 1: 3 ch, 7 dc in ring, ss in top of beg-3 ch. Fasten off.
Rnd 2: with colour 2; 5 ch, *1 dc in next dc, 2 ch; rep from
* to end, ss in 3rd of 5 ch.
Rnd 3: 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 2 sc in 2 ch-sp, *1 sc in
next dc, 2 sc in 2 ch-sp; rep from * to end, ss in beg-sc.
Fasten off.
Rnd 4: with colour 1; 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 1 dc in next
sc, 2 tr in next 2 sc, 1 dc in next sc, 1 hdc in next sc, (1 sc
in next sc, 1 dc in next sc, 2 tr in next 2 sc, 1 dc in next sc,
1 hdc in next sc) 3 times, ss in beg-sc. Fasten off.
Rnd 5: with colour 2; join yarn in 1st dc with 1 ch, 1 sc in
the same st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next 2 sts, 1 sc in next
2 sts, 1 spike st (in rnd 3) in next 2 sts, (1 sc in next
2 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts, 1 sc in next 2 sts, 1 spike st in
next 2 sts) 3 times, ss in beg-sc. Fasten off.
Rnd 6: with colour 1 (work in back loops); 3 ch in st just
after the spike st, 1 dc in the same st, 1 hdc in next sc,
1 sc in next sc, 2 ch, skip 2 sc, (1 sc in next sc, 1 hdc in
next sc, 2 dc in next sc, 2 tr in next sc, 1 picot, 2 tr in
next sc, 2 dc in next sc, 1 hdc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc,
2 ch, skip 2 sc) 3 times, 1 sc in next sc, 1 hdc in next sc,
2 dc in next sc, 2 tr in next sc, 1 picot, 2 tr in next sc, ss
in beg-3 ch. Fasten off.
Rnd 7: Complete this rnd for the 1st motif only.
Crochet the 2nd and following motifs together in
this rnd. With colour 2; join yarn in 2 ch-sp with 1 ch,
1 sc in the same st, 1 sc in next 6 sts, (1 sc, 5 ch, 1 sc) in
next picot, 1 sc in next 6 sts, [1 sc in 2 ch-sp, 1 sc in next
6 sts, (1 sc, 5 ch, 1 sc) in next picot, 1 sc in next 6 sts]
3 times, ss in beg-sc. Fasten off.

Rose Hat

Perfect for wearing while cutting roses for the house, this hat is made with variegated yarn that looks faded for real old-world charm. The little roses on the side band are reminiscent of roses on an antique porcelain tea set. Wear this hat for a romantic, relaxed look.

Difficulty rating: Easy
Yarn
• 2 x 50 g Elle Premier 4 ply
Bleuet
• 1 x 50 g Elle Premier 4 ply
Millstone
• 1 x 50 g Elle Premier 4 ply
Moss
Crochet hook
3–3,5 mm
Finished size
Adult hat approximately 60 cm
Special technique
Crab stitch (see page 161)
Notions
• Stitch marker
• Tapestry needle
• Scissors
Note
See anatomy of hat on
page 46.

PATTERN
TIP OF CROWN
Use Bleuet for rnds 1 and 2 of MOTIF 1 on page 198 and
continue in Bleuet with:
Rnd 3: ch 3, (work 4 trs in next ch-sp, tr in top of 3 tr-gr) 7 times,
work 4 trs in next ch-sp, ss in 3rd ch at beg of rnd 3.
Rnd 4: ch 3, [tr 2 tog, ch 3, tr 3 tog] in same sp as last ss of rnd 3,
(ch 3, skip 4 trs, [tr 3 tog, ch 3, tr 3 tog] in next tr) 7 times, ch 3,
ss in top of 1st tr-gr of rnd 4.
Rnd 5: ch 3, (work 4 trs in next ch-sp, tr in top of 3 tr-gr) 15
times, work 4 trs in next ch-sp, ss in 3rd ch at beg of rnd 5.
Rnd 6: ch 3, [tr 2 tog, ch 2, tr 3 tog] in same sp as last ss of rnd 5,
(ch 2, skip 4 trs, [tr 3 tog, ch 2, tr 3 tog] in next tr) 15 times, ch 2,
ss in top of 1st tr-gr of rnd 6.
Rnd 7: ch 3, (work 3 trs in next ch-sp, tr in top of 3 tr-gr) 31
times, work 3 trs in next ch-sp, ss in 3rd ch at beg of rnd 7,
fasten off.
SIDE BAND
Use pattern for MOTIF 1 on page 198 and crochet:
Rnd 1: Millstone
Rnd 2: Moss

 

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