Wednesday, 21 April 2021

The Coconuts Recipe Corner: MEATBALLS WITH CUMIN

Pascale's Kitchen: Food kids love - 


 , MARCH 4, 2021 

Meatballs (photo credit: PASCALE PERETZ-RUBIN AND DROR KATZ)
Meatballs (photo credit: PASCALE PERETZ-RUBIN AND DROR KATZ)

Meatballs are a favorite among most kids. What is a better way of demonstrating your love for your family than serving them nourishing meatballs that are cooked in a tasty tomato sauce?

Whenever I get ready to cook something with fresh ground beef, I hesitate between making hamburgers or meatballs with lots of herbs and other fun additions mixed in and cooked in tomato sauce. Other times, I use ground chicken or ground fish to make tasty dishes.

Alternatively, you can cook meat, chicken or fish patties in the oven. Or they can be fried on the outside and then added to a delicious sauce. In short, there is no limit to the variations you can come up with when you’re preparing meatballs. And when you’re preparing something especially for kids, you can make sure to use ingredients and flavors that even the pickiest eaters will love.

This classic meatball recipe below is highly flavored by the spice cumin, which perfectly complements beef. You can use the same mixture to make hamburgers that are grilled on a barbecue.

Makes 25 to 30 balls.

15 stalks of parsley
20 cloves of garlic, peeled
500 g. ground beef (or chicken or fish)
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 packet baking powder
2 Tbsp. olive oil

6 soft medium tomatoes
4 Tbsp. oil
10 cloves of garlic, crushed
3 stalks of celery, chopped
1½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. sugar
1 tsp. cumin
¼ tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
2-2½ cups water
400 g. frozen green broad beans

Chop the parsley or garlic. Mix together with the rest of the ingredients. Make balls that are 3-4 cm. and store in the fridge until the sauce is ready.

To prepare the sauce, cut the tomatoes into small pieces. Heat oil in a large, flat pan and add the celery, garlic, tomatoes, salt, sugar and pepper. Sauté for five minutes. Add the cumin and cinnamon. Dilute the tomato paste with water and then add to pot. Bring to a boil.

Arrange the meatballs in the pot. Cover and cook over medium flame for 30 minutes. Add the frozen broad beans, mix and continue cooking over a medium-low flame for another 1 ¾ hours. Add another ½ cup of water if needed.

Serve meatballs over a bed of white rice, mashed potatoes or spaghetti.

Level of difficulty: Medium Time: 90 minutes Status: Meat

ANC’s expensive obsession with Cuban ‘expertise’ is unaffordable and unacceptable

South Africa: ANC’s expensive obsession with Cuban ‘expertise’ is unaffordable and unacceptable

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ANC’s expensive obsession with Cuban 'expertise' is unaffordable and unacceptable
ANC’s expensive obsession with Cuban 'expertise' is unaffordable and unacceptable

The ANC government’s expensive obsession with Cuban expertise is simply unaffordable and unacceptable. It puts needless pressure on an already empty fiscus and is a slap in the face of unemployed South African experts who have more than enough expertise and are more than able to do everything that the Cubans are paid exorbitant amounts to do in our country.

This coming Thursday, 24 more Cuban engineers are expected to arrive in South Africa to assist with “water supply service delivery and related services”. The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, will welcome them in person.

According to the available information, they are not yet registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Their qualifications do not have the accreditation required by the ECSA and, thus, they are not allowed to sign off on any plans.

Over the years, the ANC’s historical ties and ideological attachment to a communist dictatorship have become a very heavy and fruitless burden on South Africa.

Ace Magashule, former Free State Premier, recently gave concrete expression to this friendship in 2015 when he appointed 37 Cuban engineers as “technical advisors” in the Free State province.

After that, service delivery in the province deteriorated at an alarming rate despite the presence of the Cuban “expertise”. It came at a cost of approximately R80 million. By last year, there were only three of those engineers left in the country.

There are many similar examples. For instance, the 150 Cuban technical experts who were supposed to assist with the maintenance of defence force vehicles, which turned out to be a billion-rand failure (Network24: Tesourie bloei vir Kubane in SA: 12 June 2020).

And last year, 187 medical professionals from Cuba were brought into the country to assist with the Covid-19 pandemic, while there are thousands of unemployed medical experts locally who could have done the work.

This is clearly not about bringing expertise into the country to benefit the people, on the contrary, this is done at the expense of the country and all its people.

Read the original article in Afrikaans by Wouter Wessels on FF Plus

Derek Chauvin's defense team may reference Rep. Waters' comments as proof trial was unfair


Derek Chauvin's defense team may reference Rep. Waters' comments as proof trial was unfair

Judge Peter Cahill suggested on Monday Waters' comments would play a part in the appeal

The jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty in the death of George Floyd on Tuesday, but the fight is not over for Chauvin’s defense team, which will likely use Rep. Maxine Waters’ comments on the case as one reason the trial was not fair.

"There’s so much and so many different directions for the defense to go," Randy Zelin, head of the criminal practice at Wilk Auslander LLP and an adjunct professor of law at Cornell University, told Fox News.

The first step will be to file post-trial motions with the trial judge to have the case thrown out, which Zelin noted are typically summarily denied.

Next comes the sentencing process, which includes an investigation conducted by the probation department and a comprehensive workup presented to the judge. Both the prosecution and defense teams will present their cases.

The state has sought to have an aggravated sentence imposed via the Blakely motion.

After the sentencing, the appeal time starts.

Zelin said the defense will argue for appeal on the basis that Chauvin did not get a fair trial for a number of reasons, including pretrial publicity, failure to change the venue and intra-trial publicity – including Waters’ comments and even potentially comments made by President Biden.

The defense will likely also bring up the fact that jury members saw the video before it was introduced into evidence, Zelin said, and that members were unfairly burdened by the idea that Minnesota would "burn to the ground" if Chauvin was not convicted.


As previously reported by Fox News, Chauvin’s attorney argued on Monday that Waters’ comments, in addition to other external factors, were grounds for a potential mistrial.

"And now that we have U.S. representatives … threatening acts of violence in relation to this specific case, it's mind boggling," Attorney Eric Nelson said, as he attempted to argue that the jury may have been unduly influenced by external factors.

Judge Peter Cahill conceded with Nelson that "Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned."

Cahill also said that he wished elected officials would stop referencing the case "especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law" so as to let the judicial process play out as intended.

Waters urged protesters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, where Duante Wright was recently shot by a police officer, to "stay in the street" as she joined the protests on Saturday and violated the local curfew.

"We've got to stay in the street and we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational," Waters said, referencing a scenario where Chauvin is not convicted. "We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business."

Biden on Tuesday said he was "praying the verdict is the right verdict."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pointed to comments from both Biden and Waters as proof that a fair trial is sometimes "difficult" to carry out.

"It is certainly not helpful for a member of Congress, and even the president of the U.S. to appear to be weighing in in public, while the jury is trying to sort through this significant case," McConnell said.

Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death. He was found guilty on all three counts.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Dershowitz: Maxine Waters’ Tactics ‘Borrowed Precisely from the Ku Klux Klan’


Maxine in Hot Waters

Tactics ‘Borrowed Precisely from the Ku Klux Klan’

Tuesday on Newsmax TV’s “Stinchfield,” Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz addressed Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) tactics amid the Derek Chauvin trial, saying she is trying to “influence” and “intimidate” the jury.

Dershowitz said Waters is taking a page out of the Ku Klux Klan’s playbook to influence court cases by threatening violence.

“First of all, the judge should have granted the motion for a mistrial based on the efforts of Congresswoman Waters to influence the jury,” Dershowitz declared. “Her message was clearly intended to get to the jury — ‘If you will acquit or if you find the charge less than murder, we will burn down your buildings. We will burn down your businesses. We will attack you. We will do what happened to the witness — blood on their door.’ This was an attempt to intimidate the jury. It’s borrowed precisely from the Ku Klux Klan of the 1930s and 1920s when the Klan would march outside of courthouses and threatened all kinds of reprisals if the jury ever dared convict a white person or acquit a black person. And so, efforts to intimidate a jury should result in a mistrial with the judge, of course, wouldn’t grant a mistrial because then he’d be responsible for the riots that would ensue, even though it was Waters who was responsible.”

He predicted Chauvin will be convicted at least on the charge of manslaughter but believes it will go to the Court of Appeals.

“[S]o now, if there is a conviction, and I think there will be a conviction, at least on the manslaughter charge, the issue will go to the Court of Appeals,” he advised. “And will the Court of Appeals have the courage to reverse this conviction on the ground … that the jury was subjected to intimidation tactics, not only by Waters but by others as well who threatened violence in the event of an acquittal or a lesser charge than murder.”

Farm attack, couple in their 80’s assaulted, tied up, farmers arrest 2, Fochville


South Africa: Farm attack, couple in their 80’s assaulted, tied up, farmers arrest 2, Fochville

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Farm attack, couple in their 80's assaulted, tied up, farmers arrest 2, Fochville
Farm attack, couple in their 80's assaulted, tied up, farmers arrest 2, Fochville

A farm attack took place on Sunday 18 April 2021, on a smallholding in the Fochville area in the Gauteng province of South Africa. A couple in their 80’s, Mr Molzahn and his wife Marie were attacked by three black males.

Mr.Molzahn, who farms with cattle, was sitting outside his house when he was attacked and then forced into the house. He was taken to the bedroom where his wife Marie was and he was then assaulted and had his hands and feet tied.

The couple were threatened with a firearm as the attackers demanded firearms and money.

The attackers then ransacked the home. Marie managed to send out a message for help from her cell phone and a farmer who received the message contacted the local safety groups for assistance.

The 3 attackers wanted to flee with their loot in the couple’s bakkie but abandoned the attempt and fled on foot, maybe because they realised that people are approaching the farmhouse. The attackers did however flee with a rifle and handgun that they robbed from the house.

A helicopter taking part in the search for the attackers spotted them from the air after which local farmers managed to arrest two of them.

The stolen firearms and guns used by the attackers were however not recovered. The third attacker is still on the run.

There is no other information available at this stage.

Read about more farm attacks here

Monday, 19 April 2021

Caregiver discovers bodies of elderly couple at retirement village, PE


South Africa: Caregiver discovers bodies of elderly couple at retirement village, Port Elizabeth

South African Police Service

Caregiver discovers bodies of elderly couple at retirement village, PE
Caregiver discovers bodies of elderly couple at retirement village, PE

SAPS Humewood detectives are investigating a case of murder and have opened an inquest following the deaths of an elderly couple (husband and wife) found in their home on the morning of 18 April 2021.It is alleged that at about 07:00, a caregiver went to check on the couple aged 79 and 81 years old at their home at a retirement village in Park Drive. The caregiver became suspicious as the couple was last seen on Thursday, 15 April 2021.

When she arrived with the security, they opened the house and found the couple lying in the bathtub. The woman, 79-years-old sustained multiple stab wounds while the male, 81-years-old had no signs of any injuries.

Nothing was taken from the house and there were no signs of forced entry. Post mortems will be conducted to establish the exact cause of their deaths.

Names of the deceased are withheld until their next of kin has been notified.

South Africa Today

Why President Putin Chooses Siberia as Holiday Destination


Kremlin Spokesman Explains Why President Putin Chooses Siberia as Holiday Destination

Kremlin Spokesman Explains Why President Putin Chooses Siberia as Holiday Destination

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained why President Vladimir Putin chooses Siberia as a holiday destination. At the end of March, Putin’s trip to the region with Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu made headlines across the world.

Answering reporters’ questions, Peskov said that the president fell in love with Siberia after visiting it, but noted that the politician spends his weekends in other parts of Russia, including the Far East and Krasnodar region.


During the recent trip, President Putin and Defence Minister Shoigu took a walk in the forest and crossed a suspension bridge hanging over a river and watched local wildlife.

​The defence minister showed the president his workshop where he makes wooden crafts, while Putin gave Shoigu a ride in an all-terrain-vehicle.

Sputnik / Aleksey Druzhinin

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