Share Your World (#SYW) ~ July 10

This entry is part 10 of the series Share Your World

How do you like to spend a rainy day? That is the first question in this week’s Share Your World Challenge, run by Cee Neuner.

SYW asks: How do you like to spend a rainy day?

I would just love to have this problem! I live in the drought-ravished Nelson Mandela Bay in the Western Cape province of South Africa. We were recently declared a disaster area, and no—it had nothing to do with politics.

When we do have a rainy day (I live by faith!) I will probably spend it following my usual program of writing on my computer, but with regular thrilled looks out the window to enjoy the sight of my long-suffering garden receiving a long-needed drink of clean water! (At the moment the plants have to exist on irregular drinks of soapy water collected in buckets from the occasional washing machine load.) We cannot use the machine often, as we have a limit of 60 liters of water a day per person. That doesn’t even allow for a daily shower!

SYW asks: List at least five favorite treats. 

(They do not have to be sugary).

  1. Nik Naks – and I will include a photo for those of you who live in poor underprivileged countries who don’t make this maize based item. 
  2. Lindt Dark chocolate with an orange cream filling. I tasted it for the first time last week and it shot to the top of my must-have-more list!
  3. Black Magic chocolate, especially the one with the orange cream filling. And herein is a family tragedy. It is my brother’s favorite, and my daughter’s favorite, and there are usually only 3 or 4 in a box. It may well be my sons’ favorites too, but they’ve never had a chance to sample them!
  4. Biltong—and this is going to require another photograph. 

What about Beef Jerky?

Now I know the Americans are going to say they also have biltong, which they call beef jerky. But I have it on good authority that it in no way rivals the South African biltong.  Here is what Wikipedia has to say on the topic:

Biltong is a form of dried, cured meat that originated in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Various types of meat are used to produce it, ranging from beef and game meats to fillets of meat cut into strips following the grain of the muscle, or flat pieces sliced across the grain. It is related to beef jerky in that they are both spiced, dried meats, however the typical ingredients, taste and production processes differ; in particular the main difference is that Biltong is typically much less sweet than jerky.’]

Biltong is a form of dried, cured meat that originated in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Various types of meat are used to produce it, ranging from beef and game meats to fillets of meat cut into strips following the grain of the muscle, or flat pieces sliced across the grain. It is related to beef jerky in that they are both spiced, dried meats, however the typical ingredients, taste and production processes differ; in particular the main difference is that Biltong is typically much less sweet than jerky.

So there you have it from the online expert’s computer! South Africans will agree: jerky is not biltong!

  1. Money in my PayPal account, so I can buy card-making goodies without feeling guilty! (You did say it didn’t need to be sugary! And this is sure one big treat.)

SYW asks: Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests?

It depends how long they’ll be with us, but one place we will really want to take them is to the beach at the bottom of our road. We will first pick up fish and chips with salt and vinegar and wrapped in paper. We will take it down onto the beach and sit on the sand, or sit on seats overlooking the sea, depending on the guests’ choice. Nothing tastes as good as fresh fish and chips eaten overlooking the waves and watching the seagulls dive-bombing into the waves looking for their own fish for supper.

SYW asks: You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with?

An editor hungry for the type of book I’m writing.

SYW asks: Optional Bonus question:  

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week I received an amazing “Christmas in July” windfall in my postbox. Four packages all the way from China, all on the same day! They contained . . . ? If you’ve been reading these posts you’ll know the answer! Unbranded Cutting Dies for use in my Cuttlebug machine. And what gorgeous dies these are.

What am I looking forward to?

Turning these into cards! The Christmas background folder will wait a little while, but it’ll soon be time to start making Christmas cards. Can you believe it?

This post is part of the Share Your World blogging challenge, headed up by Cee Neuner.

Cee posts a few questions each week, and all participants need do is answer them. It’s a cool way to get to know one another. The idea is to answer the questions without overthinking them and just have fun. If you are interested in joining this blogging challenge—just copy/paste the above questions into a new post and answer them. Then put the link for your post here: Cee’s Challenge.

How about you?

What was the best thing that happened for you last week? I’d love to hear from you. Please add your comment below.

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11 comments on “Share Your World (#SYW) ~ July 10

    • Yes, Biltong is a S.African gourmet snack. You either like it or you don’t! My mother (a Scot) hated it with a passion. I’ve heard S.Africans who tried beef jerky in the States say it’s totally different. I wouldn’t know. So you don’t have anything similar in Australia?

    • Thank you Debbie. Yes, the rain situation is pretty grim. All the dams are below the minimal level which means the water isn’t safe. Have a great day.

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