Road Tripping

Features on where to go road tripping, what to pack, what’s required for your trip, safety tips and more.

  • Biltong will be eaten this Rugby World Cup Season

    With the 2015 Rugby World Cup starting, you can be sure that biltong will be eaten by us South Africans all over the world. Learn how to make your own biltong with these tips #NutsandBolts4Breakfast What you need: an electric fan a light 1 kg meat-many different meats can be used -if you do not have access to ostrich, game etc then try a cut of beef like eye of the round or flank(my favourite) some vinegar less than a table spoon of course salt (or Kosher salt) 1/4 cup of brown sugar 1/2 cup of coriander (whole)(get it at a bulk food store) 1/2 teaspoon pepper string Just to be extra square you also need a good knife, fridge, electricity, scissors, a couple of bowls, some nails or hooks, a hammer and someone to make fun of you for trying to maintain your South African heritage. A couple other ingredients that I have never used but you may wish to use are bicarbonate of soda (apparently to prevent mold setting in) and saltpetre which acts as a preservative and gives the biltong a bright red colour. Instructions: Wash the meat. Cut the meat at an angle with the grain into about one inch strips. Sprinkle vinegar over the meat Place the coriander in a bag and lightly crush the whole coriander so that the effect of the coriander will be greater. Make the “biltong mix” by combining the course salt, brown sugar, coriander, black pepper. Dip the meat into the “biltong mix” until all the mix is used up. Place the meat in a tray for a few hours, or overnight, in the fridge. After a few hours dump any blood that has seeped out of the meat. Dip the biltong quickly into a water/vinegar mixture to remove surface salt. Hang the biltong by making a very small incision through the slice of meat with a knife about an inch from the end of the meat. Cut the string into about 10 inch strips which are placed through the meat and tied to form a loop. Hang the biltong in a place not to far from an electrical outlet by taking the loop of string and place it on the hook or nail or hangar or whatever device you have created to suspend the meat. To dry the meat turn on the light(regular light bulb) and the fan and…

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  • Padkos for your Road Trip

    Packing Padkos for your Road Trip, is the perfect South African treat #NutsandBolts4Breakfast #Roadtripping We’ve all been on the road, stopped at one of those places that promises good food, pies, times, bought our padkos and hit the road only to discover once again that what we’ve bought tastes terrible. My solution is to make my own padkos before I leave home. Stuffed Vetkoek Vetkoek have been on South African kitchen table and cooked in the outdoors since Ma and Pa fell off the wagon. I use them for padkos, but also love them piping-hot, cut in half and smeared with butter and a sprinkle of sugar. If you’re away from home and forget this recipe just make simple bread dough, it works just as well. Stuffed vetkoek are lekker padkos, make them on the road, or the night before. You decide! Ingredients 250 g of cake flour 10ml baking powder 15ml sugar 2ml salt 2 eggs, beaten 125ml water Oil for frying – I use canola it’s healthier For the Filling:
 6 boiled eggs, shelled. Slices of thin cooked boerewors. Method Sieve the flour and baking powder together, then add the sugar. Mix the beaten eggs with the water and add the salt. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and knead until you have smooth dough. Heat enough oil for deep-frying in a pan. The oil must be hot, but not smoking. If you want to make normal vetkoek, drop in a ball of dough and fry until golden brown on all sides. Drain and eat. If you want to make stuffed vetkoek, it’s the same procedure except wrap the egg and piece of or sausage in dough then deep-fry. It’s as simple as that. For more information on our range of products please contact us www.midasrandburg.co.za | (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Source: http://africageographic.com/blog/padkos-road-trip-food/

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  • How to change your tire when you are alone

    Road trip disaster! Know how to change your tire when you are alone #Roadtripping Check out the gear in your car: make sure that your spare tire and tools are in good condition. Do not attempt to change the tire if they’re not. Make sure that your personal safety will not be compromised. Be seen: safety clothing (if you have any) and turn on your hazard lights! Right, here’s how to change your car tire: Block the wheels on the side not being lifted. Make sure no one’s inside. Apply handbrake and put the vehicle in park (if automatic) or in gear (if it’s a manual). Take off the wheel cover. Loosen the wheel nuts with the wheel wrench while the vehicle is on the ground. If the nuts are too tight to loosen by hand, you may need to apply pressure to the wheel wrench with your foot. If you do need to stand on the wrench, ensure it is in the horizontal position for your own safety. Put the jack together and place it on firm ground, as flat as possible. Every car is different and you can do a bit of damage if you put this in the wrong location – it needs to go in the reinforced area of the sill (if it’s a sill jack). The sill is the body section below the base of the door openings. Slowly raise the vehicle. Remove the nuts and remove the wheel, pulling towards you with both hands. Lift the new wheel. Read the manufacturer’s instructions if using a space saver. These are a temporary tire and are not meant to be driven long distances or at speeds over 80km/h. Replace the wheel nuts, making sure these go on the right way, taper towards the wheel. Tighten snugly. Lower the car, then tighten them properly – standing on the wrench handle with it in the horizontal position to give a light bounce, if you had to stand on it to loosen them. If you over-tighten the nuts you can warp the brake components, but not to tighten them enough is dangerous. Replace the wheel cover or hubcap. Take the wheel to a tire shop for repair or replacement. When you’ve finished kneeling on your plastic sheet, use it to protect your boot from the dirty tire. If you have a space saver, do not travel faster than 80 km/h and get the…

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  • Beer reduces your risk of Cancer

    Beer reduces your risk of Cancer is news that could change your life #NutsandBolts4Breakfast We might not be able to supply you with beer but we can definitely help you drink it www.midasrandburg.co.za | (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. The 12 benefits of drinking beer.  One benefit would have been enough for me but hey 12 is even better! Beer keeps your kidneys healthy A Finnish study singled out beer among other alcoholic beverages, finding that it was better for your kidneys. In fact, each bottle of beer you drink reduces the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%. Beer for better digestion Beer, and especially dark beer, contains up to one gram of soluble fibre* in each 300 ml glass – unlike wine, which doesn’t contain any fibre at all. Fibre plays an important role in intestinal transit (a fibre deficiency can cause gastric and intestinal disorders such as constipation or diarrhoea). Beer to lower your bad cholesterol The fibre in beer can also help reduce your levels of LDL cholesterol, i.e. the “bad” type of cholesterol. Beer can increase your vitamin B levels Beer contains several B vitamins (B1, B2, B6 and B12). A Dutch study found that beer drinkers had 30 percent higher levels of vitamin B6 than their non-drinking counterparts, and levels that were twice as high as those of wine drinkers. Beer is also a generous source of vitamin B12, an anti-anaemic factor not found in many foods. Beer for stronger bones! A 2009 study concluded that the elevated levels of silicon in beer can contribute to higher bone density. Beer as a cure for insomnia Lactoflavin and nicotinic acid, which are both present in beer, can promote sleep! Beer reduces your risk of a heart attack Beer drinkers have a 40 to 60 percent reduced risk of suffering a heart attack compared with non-beer drinkers. Beer helps prevent blood clots The ingredients in beer help prevent blood clots from forming. Beer boosts your memory According to studies, beer drinkers are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than non-beer drinkers. Beer helps combat stress Researchers at the University of Montreal found that two glasses of beer a day can reduce work-related stress or anxiety. Beer as a cold remedy Drinking warm beer is an excellent cold remedy! When barley is warmed up it improves blood circulation and…

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  • Ditch the Diet Breakfast

    Ditch the Diet Breakfast means bacon, sausage, cheese and any other unhealthy things that have been banned from meal time #NutsandBolts4Breakfast At Midas Randburg we believe a full man is a happy man. There is nothing better than an amazing breakfast after a good night’s rest. If you need any tools for that DIY project to work that breakfast off, come and see us www.midasrandburg.co.za | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Breakfast has always been the man’s meal. It’s usually men who are in charge of whipping up glorious fire cooked breakfasts on camping trips, and dad who’s flipping pancakes on Saturday morning. I’m not sure why this is. Maybe the hard working cowboys and frontiersmen of yesteryear understood the value of a hearty breakfast in the morning and always gave that meal extra attention. Perhaps back in the day when women were expected to make dinner, cooking breakfast on the weekend was a way for the man to take a turn in the kitchen. Maybe it’s because men have always had an affinity for greasy spoon establishments and have a deep appreciation for the diner breakfast. Or maybe it’s just because we love sausage and bacon. Most likely it has to do with the nature of breakfast food. It’s simple and straightforward-never fancy or fussy. There are no five star gourmet breakfast restaurants, no wine pairings with your pancakes, and no foie gras omelets. Breakfast is food without affectation. At any rate, men love breakfast. We love to make it and we love to eat it. And there’s no better time for a good breakfast than the winter months. It’s cold, dark, and dreary, and you want something in the morning that will stick to your ribs and fuel your day. Food so hearty and tasty that the anticipation of it actually gets you out of bed in the morning. Portuguese Breakfast Casserole Breakfast casseroles are awesome. Their possibilities are limited only by your imagination. They can accommodate any combination of eggs, vegetables, meat, and bread; you can thus concoct one from anything you have hanging out in the fridge. But if you want a specific recipe, here’s a good one. Prep: 20 minutes, Bake: 40 minutes Serves 6 people or 1 SOUTH AFRICAN Ingredients: 500g of Portuguese Chorizo sausage, thinly sliced or thickly depending on your preference 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped red pepper…

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  • A motorcycle road trip

    A motorcycle road trip can be super fun, just make sure you have what you need for your trip #Roadtripping We are avid motorcycle riders ourselves at Midas Randburg, so if you have any questions regarding motor bikes please feel free to contact us. We also carry a wide range of motorcycle spares and accessories www.midasrandburg.co.za | (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg What to pack First things first: There are no rules, only guidelines. There is no “right” way to do things, only personal preference. And experience is the best teacher. But with a little practice and the proper attitude, packing can become an exciting time of anticipation rather than a tedious chore. Many people feel packing a motorcycle is more about what you leave behind than what you take. One technique is to put everything you would like to bring into a big pile on the floor. Remove the least-essential items first. Eliminate items one by one until the pile becomes manageable – and packable. (And don’t forget to check your owner’s manual for the cargo weight limits of your bike. We’ve provided a list of packable items, consider this list a starting point – a “virtual” pile on the floor. Travel tips from experienced riders Lightweight synthetic clothing – such as T-shirts and underwear – can be washed in a hotel sink and dried overnight (cotton fabrics take too long to dry in this manner). Zipper-lock plastic bags of various sizes can be extremely useful for organizing items in saddlebags and duffle bags. They can make it easier to find and retrieve particular items without unpacking your entire motorcycle. Use the 3 – 4 liter size to pack one day’s worth of clothes – jeans, undergarments, and shirt. This makes it easier to unpack just what you need. Don’t fold your clothes – roll them. They take up less space that way. Pack items that have more than one use. A multi-tool is handier than a basic pocket knife. When traveling with other riders, conserve space by comparing packing lists and eliminating duplicate items. When traveling (two-up) with a spouse or “significant other”, ask yourself questions such as: “Can we share a tube of toothpaste?” or “Can I get by using her shampoo for a week?” On long trips, consider bringing your rattiest underwear (or other clothing), then just throw it away when…

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