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An Easter Tradition

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Traditional Easter Food

The pickled fish tradition lives on either as custom passed down by their parents or because they consider eating meat on Good Friday as “unholy”. Most people are totally oblivious of where the tradition originated, but the absence of facts don’t stop them from following the tradition.

Surprise your family with scrumptious Eater Pickled fish, using this recipe courtesy of the Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market. You’ll be their hero for a long time to come. Perhaps until next Easter, when you’ll have to make it again.

Easter Pickled Fish Recipe for 4


400g – 500g hake or any firm white fish
2t (10ml) Seasoned Sea Salt
2T (30ml) flour
Canola oil
2 onions, finely sliced into rings
½ cup (125ml) water
½ cup (125ml) cider or white wine vinegar
1t (5ml) turmeric
1t (5ml) Seasoned Sea Salt
1 x 200ml Yogurt with 1T curry mix
Fresh coriander


Cut the fish into bite sized pieces and season with salt. Heat oil in a frying pan, coat the fish in flour and fry for about ten minutes or until cooked. Set aside. Combine the onions, vinegar, water, turmeric and salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Place cooled fish in a deep casserole or large jar and pour the sauce over. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Serve with curried yoghurt and fresh coriander.

To completely blow their minds, also give them:

Easter Hot Cross Buns

These spicy Easter pastries are delicious.


2 cups white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
2 cups all-purpose white flour
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup warm milk
1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
2/3 cup raisins, currants, or golden raisins (or a mix)
Finely grated zest of half an orange
1/4 heaping teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice
2 teaspoons fine salt
3 1/2 tablespoons castor sugar
1 medium egg
3 1/2 tablespoons butter


In a bowl, combine the flours, water, milk, yeast, salt, and sugar. Add the egg and butter and mix to a sticky dough.

Add the dried fruit, orange zest, and spices and knead until silky and smooth. Cover the dough and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, until doubled in size.

Deflate the risen dough and divide into 8 equal pieces. Shape into rounds and dust with flour. Place on a floured board, cover with plastic or cloth, and leave for about 30 minutes, until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 200 °C. For the crosses, whisk together flour and water until smooth, then transfer to a pastry bag and snip off the end to make a fine hole. Pipe a cross on top of each bun, then bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Melt jam and water in a pan. Brush over the buns to glaze as you take them from the oven.

Now see if you don’t get the biggest Easter egg ever!

Ref: http://www.capetownmagazine.com/recipes

The true meaning of Easter

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The true meaning of Sacrifice and Go(o)dwill

I have been lucky. For some years I taught at a diagnostic unit attached to a large hospital. It was for language disabled children.  Although many years ago, even then it was a cultural conglomerate so rich in diversity that one could not but absorb some of the flavour and values of several religions. Because we worked with children that were disadvantaged (in terms of learning), we shared at a deep level with the parents of those children. After all, we all had the children’s best interests at heart. During that time I was privileged to experience the very best forms of expression of several major religions, as we celebrated all the festivals and holy days of all the children in the unit. I recall Moslem, Hindu, Protestant, Catholic and Greek Orthodox Christian, Sufi, Jewish and Seventh Day Adventists families. One mother and her mute child were brought to the unit by a traditional Shona healer, a man who was also a sculptor who upheld universal ideals through his art. Somehow I do not recall any judgement. How enriching to the soul it was to share – ideas and sound moral principles, wonderful food and songs, symbolic exchanges of gifts and blessings.

EASTER –   No…. it does not mean “long weekend” or “marshmallow egg”

I am lucky still. I live far away from shops and the bling that seems to shout the odds for every possible occasion, encouraging a consumer interpretation of even the most sacred religious times. It is easier for those of us that lead a simpler life, to remember the true meaning of Easter. Remember that Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days and that this rigorous time of discipline and abstention is the forty days of Lent. I am not religious, but there are certain traditions in every religion that help me to reconsider what is important.

The last day of Jesus

The Stations of the Cross or Via Dolorosa (the way of grief) symbolises the events leading to the death of Jesus. He was betrayed by Judas, condemned by the Sanhedrin (the religious leaders of the time), denied by Peter, Judged by Pilate, crowned with thorns, and took up his cross. Simon of Cyrene helped him to carry his cross. He is nailed to the cross and is crucified. He promises the kingdom of heaven to the good thief. His mother suffers at his feet. He dies and is placed in the tomb.

 Hope of a new life

And then, on Easter Sunday, we think on the empty tomb, the terrible loss of Jesus of Nazareth who suffered for the sins of the world. But, as the sun rises, we arise with the resurrected Christ. One does not have to buy into the factual truth (or dispute it) to understand the powerful significance of the risen Christ. Jesus the man was crucified and died, but the Christ light is now within us. We have to continue with the task of unconditional love.



Author: Suenel Bruwer Holloway is a playwright, poet, speechwriter, translator and editor as well as guest writer. She specializes in satirical social commentary, the arts, education, book reviews and three course picnics. She comes from a long line of hat wearers.

Suenel is available for guest posts and can be contacted at the e-mail address provided.

Contact: florabundu@lando.co.za   

Ref: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markroberts./


Easter Fun with your kids!

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Chocolate Cakes & Cookie Bakes for hours of Easter Fun

Have some fun and quality time with your kids this Easter

Are you looking for fun ideas to keep the kids happy and busy this Easter? Your children will love all the ideas and things they can make from Diane Muldrow’s exciting new book, Chocolate Cakes and Cookie Bakes. Maggie Swanson contributed all the lovely and colorful illustrations throughout this beautiful book and even though the book focuses on age group 3 – 6 years old, older kids will love all the easy, delicious recipes and creative ideas just as much.

Princesses, fairies and little girls cook up a storm in their little kitchens. They are whipping up the most delicious treats – cookies, cupcakes, muffins, great frosting, a sugar castle and so much more! Entertaining your kids has never been this easy or this much fun!

You even get 100 lovely stickers included for hours of enjoyment and Easter fun.

Your kids will love it and so will you.

Diane Muldrow is the author of quite a few popular children’s books and her latest book, Chocolate Cakes and Cookie Bakes, will entertain just about any family this Easter.

Chocolate Cakes and Cookie Bakes is available from kalahari.com right now. Allow 14 days for shipping.

This lovely book is available for only R72.57, so order right now!

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