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Archive for April, 2015

  • How to Change an Air Filter

    We have showed you how an Air Filter works now it’s time to learn how to change one #MidasServiceParts Randburg Midas stocks service parts for all makes and models of cars so be sure to come and see us when your next service is due. Instructions Buy your air filter. Most air filters are pretty cheap. Between R50-R200. Swing by Randburg Midas and pick an air filter. Figuring out what air filter to get for your car is easy. First, you can check your owner’s manual, but let’s face it, you’ll probably forget to do that. Lucky for you, Randburg Midas has highly skilled staff who would be able to track down what the correct filter is for your car in no time. You just need to know the year, make, and model of your car, and they will be able to tell you what parts you need for your car. Open your hood and locate the air filter box. It’s the black plastic box sitting on top of or to the side of your engine. The filter box usually has a giant hose sticking out of its side. Open the air filter box and remove the dirty air filter. Opening an air filter box is a cinch. Just unclasp the big metal clips that hold the top down and open the box. Remove the dirty filter. Check the old air filter. Give your old filter a look over to see if it’s past its prime. Look inside the folds. See a lot of dirt and gunk? Time to replace it. Put in the new air filter. Place your filter in the filter box. Make sure it sits snuggly in the box. Close the top of the box and snap the clips. That’s it. Your engine will no longer be gasping for air like a fish out of water. Total time: about a minute. Source: www.artofmanliness.com

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  • Follow us on Instagram

    For this week’s #FollowUs we are highlighting our Instagram account To be kept updated on all things vehicle related including: service information, DIY, car care, power tool, spares, news, spots educational posts and much more, be sure to follow us on our Instagram account. Username @RandburgMidas

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  • An amazing Potjie

    Nothing tastes more South Africa than an amazing Potjie #NutsandBolts4Breakfast A Potjie is a perfect weekend meal. It can be made in the morning while you socialise with friends or tackle some DIY projects around the house. Here is a recipes for an awesome Lamb Potjie Potjie Pot No: 3 Serves: 6 Ingredients Cooking oil to brown meat 8 neck of lamb slices, 15 mm thick 8 lamb knuckles, 15 mm thick 8 pork knuckles, 15 mm thick 8 small onions 10 ml salt Meat stock 8 carrots, each cut into 3 pieces 3 large potatoes, cubed 24 young green beans, halved 6 baby marrows, each cut into 3 pieces 250 g button mushrooms 2 large onions, finely chopped 6 large ripe tomatoes, skinned and diced 2 – 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 2 – 3 drops Tabasco sauce 15 ml soy sauce 15 ml Worcestershire sauce Freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 stalk celery, cut into 5 mm pieces Coarsely chopped fresh parsley Method Heat a little oil in the potjie, add pieces of neck and brown on all sides. Remove cooked pieces. Repeat this with the lamb and pork knuckles, placing the lamb in a circle around the neck, then the pork knuckles around the outside edge. Place whole small onions on top and sprinkle with salt. Pour in hot meat stock to almost cover meat. Arrange vegetables on top in layers: carrots, potatoes, lastly green beans. Cover with lid and allow to simmer. As soon as the potato is almost soft, arrange a layer of baby marrow and then a layer of mushrooms on top. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Braise onion and tomato in smaller potjie. Add remaining ingredients, except parsley. Simmer for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve. Source: www.potjiekosworld.com

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  • South African road trips Cape Town to Lambert’s Bay

    In this week’s episode of the South African road trips 5 week series, we look at Cape Town to Lambert’s Bay week 3 #Roadtripping Be sure to come past Randburg Midas for all your camping, fishing and outdoor lifestyle needs. South Africa is perfect for jumping in the car and hitting the tarmac. It’s easy to navigate, with tempting freeways leading out of the cities, and it packs a bulging lunch box of scenery – from snowy mountains to sandy beaches. With African villages and picturesque settler towns for resting your steed, you’ll never tire of the road on these trips. Go west (Cape Town to Lambert’s Bay, 240km/150mi) From Cape Town, head north along the west coast, which remains a local secret despite appealing spots such as Paternoster (www.paternoster.co.za). This whitewashed fishing village, on a peninsula north of Langebaan Lagoon (www.langebaaninfo.co.za), has long been known for its kreef (crayfish). In recent years, new restaurants and galleries have added a dollop of sophistication to the coastal hideaway. Source: www.lonelyplanet.com

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  • Braai-ing fresh fish

    Now that you have learnt how to clean a fresh fish, the next step is learning how to cook it #NutsandBolts4Breakfast Come and speak to us at Randburg Midas for all your fishing and outdoor needs. A truly Capetonian fish-braai-recipe What is truly South African? A braai! What is a truly Capetonian braai? A snoek braai. Jan Braai, the man behind National Braai Day, celebrated on Heritage Day, September 24th, shares with us his snoek braai recipe. What is snoek? It is one of the Cape’s most popular exports, growing up to 200cm in size. Snoek forms schools near the bottom or midwater, and prefers water between 13° and 18°C. Although it’s a treat to buy this fish fresh, snoek freezes well and is available all year round. Snoek can be baked, poached, fried or smoked, but the traditional way to serve it is grilled over the coals with boiled sweet potatoes. Where can you buy the fish? In Cape Town snoek can be purchased at most working harbours, including, Kalk Bay harbour, Hout Bay harbour or Granger Bay harbour. Snoek can also be found at Texies in Seapoint and at Texies by the Cape Town station. In season, fresh snoek is also available at many local supermarkets. But let’s hand the word over to the braai-master, Jan Braai. “Once you have mastered what follows below it stands to reason that you will experiment and develop your own special way of braaing snoek using this as a foundation.” Ingredients 1 fresh snoek Olive oil Salt Pepper 150 ml apricot jam 100 ml butter or olive oil Juice of 1 lemon 4 chopped garlic cloves 25ml soy sauce (optional) 50 – 100 ml white wine (optional) Dash of chili sauce (optional) Method 1. When you buy your snoek, ask for it to be cleaned and for the head and tail to be cut off. 2. When starting the actual snoek braai process at home, wash the snoek under cold running water. 3. Now the snoek needs to be dried. This can be done in one of three ways: By hanging it in a cool area with a draft blowing over it. Hanging up a snoek is not always easy if you don’t live in a fisherman’s village on the West Coast so an easy way of hanging the snoek to dry is by already putting it in the grid that you…

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