Meet Shirley Corder, Author of 7 African Animals

7 African Animals Author Interview

Over the next three months, I’m going to be looking at the authors who compiled the thirteen one-week books that make up the boxed set, In All Things ~ 13 Weeks of Devotions from Africa. I plan to interview all the authors and give you some insight into the background to their books, the motivation behind the themes they chose, and their general experiences of the project. 

I’m starting with the first book in the box. This happens to be my own, 7 African Animals, and what they teach us about God. Because this is my book, I obviously won’t do this in the form of an interview, but I’ll try to cover the same issues.

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Dunk and Enjoy! Buttermilk Rusks from South AFrica

This recipe is for buttermilk rusks, one of the snacks you were offered if you attended the launch party for our newly released boxed set of devotional books, In All things. Click here to order the boxed set. A LIMITED EDITION of 13 books for only $0.99. 


Background to the creation of rusks:

The South African karringmelk (buttermilk) rusk can be compared to American biscotti, but they are, in fact, only distant cousins.

The S.African rusk evolved from early Cape settlement and from the pioneers making their laborious and dangerous trip  inland from the coast via ox-wagons. They are extremely hard, almost inedible unless dipped (or dunked) in hot coffee, or as in our case at the In All Things launch party, Rooibos Tea.  (Learn about Rooibos tea over at Anna Jensen’s blog by clicking on the link.)

Enjoy a karringmelk (buttermilk) rusk - almost inedible until dunked! Then it's wonderful! Click To Tweet

Photo copyright Kyle Ueckermann. Recipe copyright Hanlie Morrison.

The best way to wake up in the morning - to a cup of steaming coffee or tea and a S.African rusk (or beskuit). Click To Tweet

So now let’s make rusks!

Sorry the ingredients are metric, but that’s our method of measurement in SA.(See Conversion  Table here.)

Ingredients:

3kg self-raising flour
2 x 500g butter
2 x 500ml buttermilk
8 eggs (beaten well)
1 desert-spoon baking powder
2.5 cups sugar
2 teaspoon salt

Method:

Mix self-raising flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
Melt butter and sugar together slowly (body temperature ONLY).
Add buttermilk.
Pour the melted mixture into flour mixture.
Add beaten eggs.
Knead well.

Press into oven pans about 1.5cm high.

“Cut” into rusks about width and length of adult middle finger by pushing a long flat object (eg. ruler or egg lifter) into the dough to separate the dough. Do not try to cut with a knife – the dough will just drag.

Bake for around 1 hour in a 165 degree Celsius preheated oven. Stick a toothpick in and if it comes out clean, they’re ready. If not and the rusks are browning, cover with foil and bake longer.

Once baked, remove and break into separate biscuits along pressed lines.

Place back into the oven pan, stacking biscuits loosely and dry overnight in a 70 degree Celsius oven.

Make sure to wedge something in the oven door that will keep the oven open fractionally—about a centimeter—so that there is airflow to dry the rusks slowly.

How to eat a rusk:

Once rusks are ready, grab a cup of coffee (or rooibos tea – follow this link to read more),  dunk and enjoy! There’s a knack to dunking. Dip the rusk too long and it’ll break off in your hot drink. Too short and you could just break a tooth! Dip twice before  popping the end into your mouth. And keep a teaspoon handy to fish out any errant pieces that bob to the surface of your drink.

“The accepted and correct way to eat a rusk is to dip it in a cup of tea or coffee. (Anyone who tells you otherwise, does not deserve to eat them.) Click To Tweet

 

Curried Mince and Vetkoek – yummy South African recipe.

This recipe is for the curried mince that we offered inside vetkoek as one of the snacks you were offered if you attended the launch party for our newly released boxed set of devotional books, In All things. Click here to order the boxed set. A LIMITED EDITION of 13 books for only $0.99. **LINK

Background to Vetkoek:

Vetkoek (literally Fat Cake, referring to the method of frying in oil) is a delightful, typically South African snack. This traditional pastry both in Afrikaans and Zulu culture (where it is called Amagwinya), is basically made from flour, water, sugar and salt formed into small balls and deep-fried until golden brown.

It’s usually served hot with curried mince but is also delicious with butter, cheese and jam (jelly).

For the recipe to make vetkoek, follow this link.

You haven't lived until you've tasted traditional South African Vetkoek and Curried Mince! Click To Tweet

To make curried mince:

Ingredients:

  • Beef Mince (If you’re in the US, you probably call it ground beef) – Buy mince with a low percentage of fat.2 You can also use pork mince (ground pork) or half/half.
  • Vegetables – including potatoes, onions, celery, carrots, fresh tomatoes, chopped into 1cm pieces. Optional addition of frozen petit pois (tiny peas).
  • Additions – Tomato Puree, Chutney, a pinch of sugar, and salt, beef stock which you can make with a stock cube and a cup of boiling water
  • Oil – to brown the meat.
  • Spices –  a selection including mustard seeds, fennel seeds, all spice, turmeric, and ground coriander. Finally, curry powder depending on your taste. It shouldn’t be over spicy, but should have a clear curry flavour.

Method:

  • Fry the spices then add the curried mince and let it brown. Keep stirring until the mince is brown and crumbly.
  • Add the onions and celery and fry until the onion softens.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, chutney and sugar and salt.
  • Once the tomatoes soften, add the carrots, potatoes and stock.
  • Put on the lid and allow to simmer until the mix is cooked through and juicy.
  • If there is too much liquid, allow it to boil without the lid for a few minutes.
  • Finally add the frozen peas and stir well.

Serving:

Split your vetkoek in half and fill with the curried mince. A small amount of chutney adds to the delicious flavour. Pick it up and take a large bite! Yummy!!!

Sink your teeth into this wonderful South African treat - Vetkoek and Curried Mince! Click To Tweet

(Thanks to https://www.foodleclub.com/ for the basic recipe and images for this meal.)

Alternative option

This mince mixture can also be used as a curried mince served with yellow rice.

To make the yellow rice:

Cook rice in water and salt as normal, adding a generous amount of turmeric powder and a handful of raisins.

Serve the curry and rice with

  • a small salad comprising chopped onion, tomato, cucumber and green pepper.
  • banana sliced into rings
  • desiccated coconut sprinkled on top (optional).

Have you ever enjoyed vetkoek? If not, will you try them now? Easy to make and delicious  to the taste!
Leave a comment below.

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13 Books on Preorder, the Launch Party, In All Things!

Updated since the launch party!

Last post I shared with you how ten authors of Christian Writers of Southern Africa, (CWOSA), took up my challenge to create a boxed set of 13  devotional books. Here’s some news about our amazing launch!

I now have very exciting news to share! ‘In All Things – 13 devotions from Africa’ reached #1 on Amazon in the New Releases: Spiritual Devotions category. What an exciting moment to see our boxed set boasting its little orange ribbon.

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A Mother’s Heart – 7-Day devotions for mothers of all generations

This entry is part 3 of the series 7-Day Readings
To stop the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 in South Africa, a National lock-down is currently in place. For more see: National Covid-19 website

A BOOK FOR MOTHERS OF ALL GENERATIONS

Mothering isn’t easy, but it can be fun.

Being a mother isn’t for sissies.

No one knows that better than Shirley Corder who is mother to three now-grown children, plus their married partners and six grandchildren. She is all an RN who spent many years nursing children of all ages with all sorts of mothers.

In these seven short stories, Shirley shares some life-lessons drawn from her own life as a mother that will draw you closer to God, and to your children.

A Mother's Grace includes 7 reflections to draw you closer to God, based on the personal experiences of this mother and grandmother. Click To Tweet

Chapters include

  • I’m Listening!
  • Out of Sight
  • Teacher Knows Best
  • And others.

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Series:

A Mother’s Heart is the second in a growing series of 7- day devotional reading books.

Also available 

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Email: writetoinspire@shirleycorder.com

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God in the Unexpected – 7 Day Devotions for those who want to see God in all things

This entry is part 2 of the series 7-Day Readings
To stop the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 in South Africa, a National lock-down is currently in place. For more see: National Covid-19 website

About God in the Unexpected

Colossians 3:11 tells us that God is “over all and through all and in all.”

It is easy to see Him in the birth of a new baby, the glories of
a magnificent garden, or the joy of a wedding ceremony.

But what of the times when we don’t notice him? The difficult times?
The occasions when we don’t expect Him to show up?

In these seven devotional readings, Shirley Corder encourages you
to look for God in unexpected places.

There are times it's easy to see God at work. Other times? Not so easy. God in the Unexpected tells of 7 places you wouldn't expect to find God. Click To Tweet

Places such as

  •  the technology that has so much influence over our lives today
  •  the dark prisons of life
  •  the cold place of a cancer diagnosis
  •  and more.

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A Place of Safety for All in Any Storm

To stop the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 in South Africa, a National lock-down is currently in place. For more see: National Covid-19 website

Keep you safe?

He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases. He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you.
(Psalms 91:3-4 GNB)

Really?

He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases. Really? Read on.... Click To Tweet

 

As I type these words from South Africa, we are in extremely strict lockdown from the deadly microscopic COVID-19 virus. Our borders are mostly closed. Schools, businesses, shops, factories, are shut down. Only essential services are in operation. People are restricted to their homes except for essential reasons.  The army has even been called out to support the police to enforce the ban.

Why?  In an attempt to limit the spread of this killer disease and return our lives to some form of normalcy.

Yet God’s Word says You need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day or the plagues that strike in the dark or the evils that kill in daylight.

God's Word says, You need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day or the plagues that strike in the dark or the evils that kill in daylight. Click To Tweet

Really?

COVID-19 is by no way the first plague to ever hit mankind. Over the next weeks, we’re going to explore a few of them. I would really encourage you to respond to these posts in the comment section. Add anything else that you think should be included, so we can encourage others as we struggle through this monstrous storm.

 

THE BIGGEST STORM EVER

In Genesis chapters 6-9 we read of another world-changing event, one so massive that it destroyed all of mankind.

Nothing microscopic here. We’re talking about the flood God sent upon the world.

Can you imagine the terror growing among the people of Noah’s time as they began to realize that the gigantic monstrosity their strange neighbor had been building for years was actually going to be needed? They had laughed and jeered.  Humiliated him and his family. Carried on with their partying and lawlessness.

And then the rains came. And the storm began.

Did the skies turn black? Rumble with a thunder never heard before?

What was the reaction when well-behaved rows of animals lined up in groups, apparently without any type of herding, in order to enter the ark?

 

WHEN DID THEY START TO BELIEVE?

At what point did panic set in?

Sadly, it was too late. All but Noah’s family perished in the worst human calamity ever.

As I look at the havoc and devastation caused by out-of-control weather patterns or invisible-to-the-naked eye viruses, I cannot help but wonder. We are so dependent upon God’s laws of nature. We rely on going to bed one night and waking the next morning to a world that’s operating the same way as the night before.

Yet how often do we thank Him for this global routine?

Suddenly, it is no longer operating the same way. We may go to our beds one evening and awaken to a whole new reality as COVID-19 continues to cause disease that thrashes the continents, and governments take drastic steps to try and flatten the curve of the pandemic.

 

Do we ever stop to praise Him for the routine and normalcy of life as we know it?

Or have we taken it all for granted?

 

Noah’s ark must have been the most horrific lockdown of all time. Imagine how you would feel if you learned our current lockdown (or whatever your country is observing) would last for over 360 days*?

The only way the people of Noah’s day could experience safety from the dreadful storm which was about to hit their world was to enter the door to the ark. And there was no back way in. There was only one door. All those who entered also stepped out over a year later, to see God’s glorious rainbow. The assurance that He was still with them.

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In the same way, for us today, the only salvation we can experience during this horrific pandemic of disease is by entering the door–the only door–God has given to us. The door of Jesus Christ. Only through Him, do we receive a guarantee of eternal life. Unfortunately, some of God’s own people are testing positive with COVID-19. Some will probably pass on. But there’s the beauty. If they have entered into the salvation offered by Jesus, their death will be a move into eternal life in Heaven.

I think there must have been times when Noah and his family wondered if it was really worth it. What a terrible experience it would have been. But God saw them through it. And He’ll see us through it too. If we only take that step and put our trust in Jesus.

How about you? Have you taken that step? Are you secure in your relationship with God? I pray you are.

 

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He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases.

He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you. You need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day or the plagues that strike in the dark or the evils that kill in daylight. A thousand may fall dead beside you, ten thousand all around you, but you will not be harmed. Whoever goes to the LORD for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty  (Psalms 91:3-7 GNB).

 

LET’S PRAY:

Lord Jesus, please help us to appreciate every moment of the lives you have given us. Thank you for Your goodness in providing us with a place of safety, and a Door that will lead us to Heaven. Lord, please help me to take that step through the door, and encourage me to stretch out a hand to those around me to help them on board as well. Oh Lord, we do plead with You to end this pandemic. But Lord, help us to learn lessons from this time. Help the people of this world to listen before it’s too late.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


*https://bibleanswergirl.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/how-long-was-noah-on-the-ark/
*https://creation.com/how-long-was-noah-on-the-ark

A Unique Anthem and a Prayer

To stop the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 in South Africa, a National lock-down is currently in place until midnight 16 April. For more see: National Covid-19 website

If ever South Africa needed prayer it’s now.

Yet every time we sing our anthem, we pray.

If ever South Africa needed prayer it's now, yet every time we sing our anthem, we pray. Click To Tweet

As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, South Africa started behind many of the big countries, partly because we were in summer while other countries were in winter. Evidently, COVID-19 doesn’t like heat. However, we have now joined the pandemic and sadly, we’re catching up.

Only God can save this land –  as indeed is true of the world. 

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As a country, South Africa has some unique problems, including a huge population suffering with AIDS and TB. We also have huge residential “townships” jam-packed with people, many of whom are not able or willing to cooperate in the call to a total lockdown of 21 days.

But we have also some amazing factors in our favour.

  • Our president called for a national day of prayer.
  • He and the government have issued strict regulations to control a nation-wide lockdown of at least 21 days.
  • The police, supported by the army, are trying to enforce these regulations. Why anyone wants to rebel is quite beyond me, but there you have it.
  • But perhaps the biggest factor of all is our National Anthem. You see, it is actually a prayer.

South Africa is famous for many “firsts” but I wonder how many people know that our official anthem, Nkosi Sikilel iAfrica is the only neo-modal national anthem in the world. That means, it ends in a different key to where it begins. It is also a multi-language anthem.

The national anthem of a country is normally sung in the language used by most of the people of the nation. But we have twelve official languages! So read on . . .

The South African anthem developed along with the history of the nation as follows:

 

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History of Anthem

  • 1897: a Methodist school teacher by the name of   Enoch Sontonga composed a hymn in Zulu, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. This was first sung in churches, but later became used as an act of political defiance against the apartheid government.
  • 1918: South African poet, C.J.Langenhoven, wrote an Afrikaans poem called, Die Stem (The Call).
  •  1921: Rev. Marthinus Lourens de Villiers set the song to music.
  • 1936: Die Stem van Suid-Afrika became the co-anthem with God Save the King/Queen.
  • 1942: Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was published in Sesotho by Moses Mphahlele.
  • 1957: Die Stem became the sole national anthem.
  •  1994: The S.African government adopted both Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika and Die Stem as the national anthems, and they were both performed at the inauguration of Nelson Mandela.
  • 1997: All of these were merged to form the current anthem. New English lyrics were adapted from the last four lines on the first verse of Die Stem and part of the Sesotho version was included.

The Result

The result is a stirring anthem sung in the five languages of  Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans and English.

The national anthem of South Africa is the only neo-modal anthem in the world. And it's a prayer in five languages! Click To Tweet

After you’ve read the words below, listen to the song.

Language Lyrics English translation
Xhosa Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo
God bless Africa
Let its (Africa’s) horn be raised
Zulu Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.
Listen also to our prayers,
Lord bless us, we are the family of it (Africa).
Sesotho Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Setjhaba sa, South Afrika, South Afrika
Lord bless our nation,
Stop wars and sufferings,
Save it, save our nation,
The nation of South Africa, South Africa.
Afrikaans Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,
From the blue of our skies,
From the depth of our sea,
Over our everlasting mountains,
Where the echoing crags resound.
English Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom
In South Africa our land.
Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom
In South Africa our land.

Click here to listen to this magnificent anthem (less than 2 minutes).

Will you offer up a prayer for South Africa right now? Afterwards, please add the name of your country into a comment below and I promise to add your country

ROUND UP OF AFRICA BOOK SAFARI

This entry is part 1 of the series Africa Book Safari
Round up of a fantastic Africa Book Safari. Read all about how a virtual safari across Africa became an incredible success. Please RT Click To Tweet

The Initial Idea

It all started several months ago, when Marion Ueckermann and I had a long phone chat discussing ways we could showcase some of the Christian authors of Africa, i.e. authors who either live in Africa, or were born and brought up here before emigrating to lands afar. We also felt they needed to have at least one book published that was based in Africa to qualify for what we had in mind— a book safari. read more

Let’s Visit Val Waldeck and her book With My Own Eyes

This entry is part 10 of the series Africa Book Safari
Visit Africa with author Val Waldeck on the Africa Book Safari. Read her interview and learn about her new book, 'With My Own Eyes'. Please RT. Thank you. Click To Tweet

The Africa Book Safari

During the month of October, a group of authors, who either live in Africa or are rooted in this amazing continent, teamed up for an exciting adventure. read more