Don’t let tough times make Fido go without doggy treats
My sister has a very nice riempie stoel, but unfortunately the seat section has come adrift and needs replacing. Do you perhaps know of anyone who could fix this and make it usable again? – HW, Port Elizabeth.
I have spoken to Gert Spamer of Madiba Weavers, who gave an emphatic “Yes, we can”. The staff includes blind and disabled workers who are expert in this field. I am sending you Gert’s contact details.
On the subject of cane furniture, sagging seats are some- times a problem. The solution is to scrub them with hot, soapy water – both on the upper and lower sides. Rinse with salty water and allow to dry away from heat, preferably in the open air. The seat should shrink back to its original shape.
We have been growing the herb, basil, in the garden and enjoy it with our salads, and in our cooking, especially with scrambled eggs. I wondered if one could store it for use in winter when it’s not available? – GR, Jeffreys Bay. Basil does not retain its flavour well when dried out, but you can certainly store it for winter cooking. Snip the leaves from the stems, pack in a jar, fill with olive oil, cover tightly and keep in the fridge. Remove leaves as required.
Some other uses for basil on balmy summer days:
Add to salad dressings and blend into butter for sandwiches; sprinkle on pizzas and pasta before baking; sprinkle on lamb chops and liver before cooking; stir a little into the pan juices after cooking chicken, meat or fish. Everything is getting so expensive, and pet food is no exception. I was wondering if I could make dog biscuits at home. Do you have such a recipe? – FR, Port Elizabeth.
Here is a straightfoward recipe containing healthy ingredients, but note that dogs should have no more than two or three biscuits a day, depending on the dog's size.
5 cups wholewheat flour
1 cup milk
10 tablespoons vegetable oil pinch of garlic powder 1 teaspoon salt
½cup cold water
1 tablespoon beef fat or bacon fat for extra flavour (optional) Method
Mix the flour, milk, eggs, oil, garlic powder and salt in a bowl with a large wooden spoon. Add the beef fat or bacon fat as you like. Dough will form. Slowly add the cold water to the dough, stirring until it is very stiff.
Sprinkle flour on to a large square of waxed paper. Flatten the dough on the waxed paper with your hands until it is about 1cm thick. Pinch off pieces of the dough and roll them into 4cm balls. You will have about two dozen balls.
Place them on a greased baking tray. Bake at 175°C for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Now that summer holidays loom, day trips and picnics are a happy thought. I plan to use our vacuum/thermos flasks, and would like to freshen them up. What would you suggest? – LR, Port Elizabeth. One of my old books says that flasks can be cleaned by adding raw rice to warm water and shaking this up. Another method is to add one tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda to a flask filled with boiling water. Rinse well in both cases.
Bicarb is such a good cleaner that it will remove tannin from the inside of a flask. Fill the flask with hot water, add a generous amount of bicarb and leave to soak overnight. In the morning, the flask will be shiny again.
Flasks can be used for keeping drinks cold as well as hot.