Hastings on Food

2015-09-17 06:00
Coat the meat with the wet marinade first and then evenly rub in the dry spices.

Coat the meat with the wet marinade first and then evenly rub in the dry spices.

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Spare rib marinade



•French mustard

•soya sauce

•oyster sauce

•brown sugar

•grated ginger

•finely chopped garlic

•chopped chilies

•tomato sauce

•Khoisan sea salt

•Rainbow pepper



•fresh rosemary

•fresh thyme


Mix the dry and the wet ingredient’s separately

Coat the meat with the wet marinade first and then evenly rub in the dry spices.

SALUTATIONS all things on the fire. Yes, I am still very much in the land of the leopard­ (Thabazimbi) and I am without doubt ceaselessly endorsed, for sitting here brings an emergence towards the consciousness of a relentless manifestation of something which is neither of the physique nor the intellect, but saturates and facilitates the actuality of both.

Most certainly, long before this experience has become a distant memory to be swallowed up by love and nothingness, I will have understood complete peace and acceptance.

In my time here in the dry wilderness I have found genuineness and falsehood Ursula. A formidable local dignitary celebrated her 50th birthday here and I felt honoured to be her designated photographer.

Others chose to undermine the authority of the gate and cause general merriment, while another gentleman enlightened me to where one can dive at miracle waters situated out here in the arid bush. Resulting at times, I am tempted to ponder, if I don’t belong on another equilibrium.

Basically in days gone by when everyone started fair, in the time of the great dryness, all the animals except fat tortoise were weak from lack of food. Even leopard, who was supposed to get everyone’s old fathers and mothers, was thin. Fat tortoise was very angry with the leopard as he had eaten his mother and he wanted revenge. Tortoise was very clever as he had found a small lake with fish with which he used to feed his family.

One day thin leopard decided to watch fat tortoise and saw him slowly carrying a basket, leopard smelled fish but tortoise said it was firewood. Leopard said, “I am going to eat those fish”, whereby fat tortoise replied, “Very well lets sit under the shade you make a fire and I will go and fetch some oil, pepper and salt and we will feed together.” So leopard started to look for wood made the fire, while tortoise went and returned with the supplies as well as a piece of strong long twine.

Fat tortoise said while we wait for the fish to cook lets play a game you must tie me to the tree and when I say tighten you must loosen the rope and when I say loosen you must tighten the twine.

Thin leopard being very hungry agreed to play as it would pass the time quicker. So tortoise went first - he stood against the tree wrapped the twine around himself and said to leopard loosen, leopard quickly tightened the twine and when fat tortoise said tighten he loosened the twine and set him free. Fat tortoise said to thin leopard now its your turn and tied thin leopard to the tree, leopard said tighten, but instead of loosening the twine, fat tortoise tied thin leopard tighter. Thin leopard complained bitterly but fat tortoise just laughed and ate all the fish. When he left, fat tortoise said you killed my mother now you can remain tied to the tree and starve.

Thin leopard howled to all the animals for help but none were so brave as they knew he was very hungry. Finally a bush rat took pity and agreed to help. First he dug a hole next to the tree and then chewed through the twine until thin leopard was free. Leopard was not so thankful as he tried to catch bush rat to eat, but bush rat escaped down his hole, but not before leopard had scarred his back, which is why today all bush rats carry white spots on their skin to remind them of the dangers of leopards.

African leopards have variations in coat colour from yellow to gold and tawny. They are patterned with black rosettes while having solid spots on the head, belly and limbs. The males average a weight of about 75kg while females can reach 40kg. They appear to be successful at adapting to altered natural habitats, including near small towns and farms. They are most active between sunset and sunrise and eat everything from dung beetles to fullly grown elands which can reach weights of up to 900kg. Roughly 12 days pass between hunts and they are so powerful they can drag a carcass up a tree. Encounters with them are extremely rare and are more by chance than anything else.

Here in Thabazimbi a local man describes how he used his bicycle as a shield after an enraged leopard attacked him in the early hours of the morning. The leopard had earlier freed itself from a snare trap set by poachers. The gentleman heard something behind him turned to see what it was. He saw the leopard and just managed to hold up his bicycle, trapping its two paws in the triangle of the bikes frame. The leopards head was by the saddle and despite been incapacitated it still managed to inflict quite serious scratches to his head and face.

Finally the animal freed itself and luckily retreated and went through a fence. The farmer who assisted afterwards was astounded he said you have a greater chance of winning the national lotto twice than been attacked by a leopard on a bicycle. The gentleman was treated for a month with injections every third day and is extremely lucky to be alive as nine out of 10 of all leopard attacks are fatal and because the animal was injured it made it even more dangerous. After escaping the leopard would have tried to get as far away as possible from the incident and its survival chances would have depended on how seriously the animal was injured by the snare.


In keeping with the norm here, where everything seems to be braaiied, for my marinade for spareribs, amounts are per taste and the meat must be marinated the day before and brought to room temperature before cooking

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