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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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  • Sunflowers and mountains

    In this week’s episode of the South African road trips 5 week series, we look at Bloemfontein to Durban, Sunflowers and mountains (Bloemfontein to Durban, 670km/416mi) #Roadtripping This mission through farmlands and foothills in the heart of South Africa begins on the freeway from Bloemfontein, the Free State capital, to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. JRR Tolkien was born in Bloem, but Jack Kerouac will more readily come to mind as you zip through endless sunflower fields; the blue sky is immense, the tractors are rusty and the pastoral flatlands contrast with the mountains ahead. From Ladybrand, with its sandstone buildings surrounded by jagged peaks, the route winds along the Lesotho border and through the Free State’s Eastern Highlands. This is one of South Africa’s most scenic drives, passing snow-covered peaks in winter, amber foliage in autumn and relaxed country villages all year round. Overlooked by the Maluti Mountains, arty Clarens is a picturesque pit stop; some 20 galleries crowd for space on the town’s main street and grassy square, alongside boutiques, restaurants and a brewery. Nearby, antelope run alongside the road in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, famous for its sandstone outcroppings and spectacular sunsets. If you don’t fancy camping or hiking, drivable roads head high into the hills above the park’s shimmering grasslands. Leave a few days to travel from here to Durban on the coast, and meander through one of Africa’s greatest ranges, the Drakensberg. The peak-studded Royal Natal National Park is nearby, with plenty of walking trails – including a chain ladder up the 8km/5mi-long curtain of rock, the Amphitheatre. Source: www.lonelyplanet.com

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  • Funnel Time

    When the drinking funnel comes out, you know it time to go big or go home #Tooltime The ultimate beer drinking funnels, for the ultimate party animal! Funnel head Attachable/ Detachable Pipe Attachable/ Detachable Control Valve Ideal for parties and games Bachelor’s party gift Birthday party gift for adults Source and Available from www.barstore.net Product use is strictly for ages over 18 years+. NO DRINKING AND DRIVING!

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  • What does the Distributor Caps do?

    If you have ever wondered what does the distributor caps do, then wonder no more #MidasPower Randburg Midas stocks distributor caps, rotors and points for all makes and models of cars. Distributor caps and rotors are responsible for passing the voltage from the ignition coils to the engine’s cylinders in order to ignite the fuel-air mixture inside and power the engine. The coil connects directly to the rotor, and the rotor spins inside the distributor cap. When the rotor’s tip passes a contact on the cylinder, a high-voltage pulse travels from the coil to the cylinder via the rotor. That pulse jumps the little gap between contact and rotor and moves on to the spark plug wire, eventually igniting the spark plug on the cylinder. Because of all the high-voltage activity, the rotor and cap have to be replaced relatively frequently. They wear out easily. The distributor cap and rotor are part of the ignition system, which has to work in concert with the rest of the engine in order to ignite the fuel at the proper time. The idea is to maximize the output of the expanding gases in the engine by lighting them so that they produce heat and the fuel turns to exhaust. The exhaust increases the pressure in the cylinder and pushes the piston down. The idea is to create as much pressure as possible inside the cylinder, thereby maximizing torque and power. Plus, the more efficient the cylinders are, the better the car’s mileage will be. Therefore, the real catch to the coil-distributor-cylinder system is timing. Since there’s a short delay between when the spark is created and when it ignites the mixture in the cylinder, the spark has to happen before the piston reaches the top of its stroke. That way, by the time the spark arcs its way across the gap between the rotor and the cylinder, the piston will just reach the top of the stroke and the pressure will be able to build up as it descends into its power stroke. Source: auto.howstuffworks.com

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