Louis Rusks


Makes 30 big rusks.

650 g of Cake flour
15 ml of cream of tartar
12.5 ml of salt
400 g of sugar
250 g butter/margarine at room temperature,
250 ml buttermilk
10 ml of baking soda
1 Egg

Preheat the oven to 200C. Grease a 45x30x2cm oven tray/ oven pan or spray with a non-sticking agent.

Sift the cake flour, cream of tartar and salt together. Add the sugar and mix. Rub the butter with the fingertips into the flour mixture until it creates fine crumbs.

Mix 25 ml of the buttermilk with the baking soda. Add it to the flour mixture. Beat the rest of the buttermilk and the egg together. Keep 25 ml of the mixture back to brush over the rusks and add the rest to the flour mixture.

Mix well into a dough. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Shape each piece on a floured dough board into a (approx)28 cm sausage and flatten it slightly. Cut each sausage into 4 equal lengths. Place the pieces slightly apart in the pan.

Brush the remaining 25 ml buttermilk and egg mixture onto the rusks.
Bake them for about 30 minutes or until cooked on the middle oven rack.
Let the rusks cool slightly, break them open and dry in a cool oven.

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Low-Carb Tuna Cheese Melt

1 serving
2 pieces of oopsie bread or other LCHF bread

Tuna Fish Salad
⅓ cup (80 ml) homemade mayonnaise or sour cream
1–2 celery stalks, thinly sliced, 60 g
¼ cup dill pickles, chopped, 30 g
1 can solid light tuna fish in olive oil, 140 g
½ teaspoon lemon juice
½ garlic clove, pressed
Salt and pepper to taste

100 g cheese, shredded
1 pinch cayenne pepper or paprika powder

Preheat the oven to 175°C. Mix the salad ingredients well. Place the bread slices on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the tuna mix on the bread and sprinkle cheese on top. Add some paprika powder or cayenne pepper. Bake in oven until the cheese has turned a nice color, about 15 minutes. For a complete meal, serve with leafy greens!

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Made righteous – by faith (1)

  Written by Bob & Debby Gass


Made righteous – by faith (1)

2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV

Here’s an amazing and life-changing truth. The God who made His sinless Son to “be sin” takes unrighteous people like us and makes them “righteous.” How does it happen? By works? No, by faith! “People are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners” (Romans 4:5 NLT). This righteousness isn’t about behaving the right way – it’s about believing the right way. You can’t become righteous in God’s eyes through human effort or keeping the law. You become righteous only through faith in Christ, and trusting in His finished work on the cross. You say, “But I feel so guilty when I sin.” And you should; it’s a good deterrent! But Christ took away all your sins; therefore He took away all your guilt. So what are you feeling? Inner conflict! Your regenerated spirit lives in your unregenerated body, and it reacts the same way your natural body reacts to something harmful. Sin feels foreign to the new you, and when you indulge in it, the pleasure is brief and the aftermath is bad. In essence, your spiritual boundaries have been violated, and your regenerated spirit is telling you that you can’t indulge in sin anymore. That’s not who you are! The old you could have indulged in sin and enjoyed it, but the new you can’t, because you are “a new creation in Christ” (See 2 Corinthians 5:17). So rejoice! Today God sees you as “righteous,” therefore you can approach Him at any time with complete confidence (See Ephesians 3:12).

Soul food: Job 15-17Matt 24:36-51Ps 55:1-11Prov 8:17-18

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1 prepared pizza crust [ready-made bread dough]
1 tbsp butter, melted
½ cup provolone cheese, shredded
1 tbsp parmesan cheese
1 tbsp dried basil
¼ tsp garlic salt

Preheat oven to 220°C. Unroll dough onto a greased cookie sheet and brush with butter. Sprinkle cheeses and spices evenly over the dough. With a pizza cutter, cut dough lengthwise into 12 long strips. Then cut those in half to make 24 strips. Do not separate strips. Bake for 10-12 min or until light golden brown. Recut along each strip and remove from cooking sheet. Serve sticks warm with hot sauce.

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Perfect peace


“Perfect peace”

Isaiah 26:3 NLT

The secret to “perfect peace” lies in this Scripture: “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” It’s not your circumstances, but how you think about them that robs you of peace. Focusing on your circumstances just causes more anxiety, because circumstances constantly change and often spin out of your control. However, God never changes, and nothing ever spins out of His control. Peace and worry are mutually exclusive. Worry throttles your confidence, chokes your perspective, and suffocates your spirit. It robs you of the peace that come s from knowing the God who can handle anything, and through whom all things are possible. The reason we worry so much is because we engage in exactly the opposite behavior to that which brings peace. Worry is like a “no-confidence” vote in God. You may not intend it that way, but every time you give in to worry, in essence, you’re saying: “I don’t believe God can or will handle this for me. I’m not sure I can trust Him in this matter, so I’ll just have to carry this burden and take care of the problem myself.” God is either the object of your trust or just a part-time helper you call on when you can’t handle things on your own. It’s reminiscent of the elephant and the mouse that walked over a bridge. When they got to the other side, the mouse said, “Man, we really shook that bridge!” When you begin to see God as playing the major role and you the minor one, you’ll begin to find the peace which has eluded you for so long.

Soul food: Job 8-10Matt 24:15-25Ps 116:12-19Prov 8:10-13

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Fudgey Cookie Squares

250g butter
500g icing sugar
250ml good quality cocoa powder
1 egg, slightly beaten
1tsp vanilla essence
1 packet Marie biscuits broken into pieces (bash in a packet or use a food processor)

Melt the butter in a large pot until melted. Remove from the heat and add the icing sugar and cocoa. Mix well until well combined and there are no dry bits. Stir in the beaten egg and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add the broken biscuit bits and stir until well combined and evenly coated with chocolate. Spoon the mixture into a greased 24 x 24 cm and smooth out with a spatula.
Once cooled and firm (pop into the fridge to speed up the process), cut into 16 squares and keep in an airtight container.

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2 tbsp olive oil
2 leek, sliced
200 g mushrooms, sliced
2 large carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
1 tbsp seasoning, we used Schwartz Moroccan
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 can KOO Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
100 g cheddar, coarsely grated
4 slices granary bread torn into pieces
Burger buns, lettuce, tomato and other favourites, to serve
Salt and pepper to season

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a shallow saucepan over a medium flame. Tip in vegetables, seasoning and soy sauce, then cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes until soft. Tip veggies into a food processor with the beans, cheese and bread, season, then pulse to a thick paste. (Can also be left rough, for extra texture, just pulse a few times, so it is easy to bind into a burger).
With wet hands, mould mix into 8 burgers. These can be kept in the fridge for 2 days or frozen, stacked between greaseproof sheets for up to 2 months.
To cook, heat oil in a frying pan and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until crispy. Season with salt and pepper while cooking.

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Know when to say nothing

 Written by Bob & Debby Gass


Know when to say nothing

Isaiah 50:4 NIV

Isaiah writes: “The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.” Let’s face it; if you told a person everything you thought, you would hurt them or they would leave you. There are private parts of you. Maturity means you don’t have to say everything you think. Indeed, much of what you think hasn’t been thoroughly thought through! That’s why you need to pray and ask God for “a well-instructed tongue.” Read these three Scriptures carefully: “Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin” (Proverbs 13:3 NIV). “Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity” (Proverbs 21:23 NIV). “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless” (James 1:26 NIV). There are two occasions in particular when your tongue can get you into trouble: (1) When you’re angry. Emotional outbursts usually result in harmful comments you don’t mean and will regret later. (2) When you’re tired. Exhaustion lowers your guard, and at such times thoughtless comments can slip out. Always wait until your judgment is clear and you can think things out before you speak. Paul said, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:6 NIV). What does salt do? It flavours, preserves, cleanses, and heals. And that’s how your words should be.

Soul food: Job 1-4Matt 23:23-39Ps 19Prov 8:6-7

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Frikkadels with a pumpkin sauce

350 g Eskort Mini Frikkadels
500 ml (2 C) pumpkin, diced
45 ml (3 T) olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
250 ml (1 C) fresh cream
125 ml (½ C) tomato puree
250 ml (1 C) vegetable stock
1 pinch cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 190°C. In a large bowl, mix pumpkin, olive oil, cayenne pepper and garlic. Transfer to a lined baking tray and bake for 15 minutes. Place roasted pumpkin in a food processor and blend until smooth. Heat blended pumpkin in a frying pan over moderate heat. Add tomato puree, cream, vegetable stock and season with salt and pepper. Add frikkadels and cook for 7 minutes.

Serve on a platter with your choice of pickles, preserves, breads and cheeses.

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You need a sabbatical

  Written by Bob & Debby Gass


You need a sabbatical

Luke 4:16 NLT

When someone takes a sabbatical, it’s because they need time to rest and recharge their batteries. God took a sabbatical: “On the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day” (Genesis 2:2). Now, the Bible says that God “neither slumbers nor sleeps” (See Psalm 121:4). So if He took a day off in the week, you need one too! Not long ago most families went to church on Sunday morning, came home and ate lunch together, and spent the afternoon resting and enjoying one another. Now we huff and puff seven days a week, hurtling down the road toward burnout or even an early demise. Scientists say that our bodies are genetically wired to require one day out of every seven for physical, emotional, and spiritual restoration in order to perform at our highest potential. When Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant in 1946, The Dwarf House, he established the tradition of closing on Sundays. Back then that was an accepted practice, but now it’s extremely unusual, especially for a restaurant chain with hundreds of outlets in malls. But Cathy, a committed Christian, never wavered. And rather than costing him, it paid huge dividends. He built one of the most popular and profitable food chains in the USA – Chick-fil-A. God knows that the fastest way to burn out is to try and burn the candle at both ends. That’s why the Bible says, “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work (Exodus 20:10 NKJV). Every week you need a one-day sabbatical, so take it!

Soul food: 1 Thes 1-5Matt 23:13-22Ps 11Prov 8:4-5

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