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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Women's Day Celebrations!


This weekend (in South Africa) we celebrate National Women’s Day. Men’s noses are often out of joint, around this time of the year, “What makes women so special that they get their own public holiday” some say, or “If there is a women’s day, then why can’t we have a men’s day too”, our usual response to these questions would be “But its men’s day every day of the year, you don’t need a special day” or “When was the last time you gave me flowers!”

So it got me thinking, how many of us actually know why we celebrate this day, as it’s not just, women being recognised for their strength, beauty, intelligence and sensitivity (although, that would be enough), there has to be another more important reason. After a bit of research, I discovered, that there is-

9th August commemorates the national march of women, when in 1956 they petitioned against the legislation that required African persons to carry the “pass“, special identification documents which curtailed an African’s freedom of movement during the apartheid era.

On this day, women stood silently in protest outside the Union Buildings for 30 minutes, many with their children on their backs. The women sang a protest song that was composed in honour of the occasion: Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo! or: Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock! In the 54 years since, the phrase or its latest incarnation: “you strike a woman, you strike a rock” has come to represent women’s courage and strength in South Africa.

http://www.topblog.co.za/blog1.php/2009/08/09/national-woman-s-day

So, now you know. Next time when a man asks you why women are so special, you can ‘tune‘ him, that women played a small but vital role in the process of eradicating the apartheid regime in South Africa… oh and where are my flowers? or better yet - where are my cupcakes?

So, this one is to you - all the mommy;s, the gogo's, the tannies, the sista's, the nanny's, the friends, the support system, MY mom and my sisters - i salute you all on this special day - not for what just happened in 1956 - but just to celebrate this day as being your own unique person, you're smart, you're special, caring, creative and soooo sexy! so go ahead, bake a few cakes this weekend, lay a table with fresh linen, some flowers and the BEST cuttlery or papercups you can find and invite all your female friends for "womens day high tea 2010" YOU DESERVE IT

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BAKING TIPS

· Use icing sugar instead of flour when rolling out biscuits.

· To prevent cake from sticking, place the cake that has come out of the oven on a damp cloth for a couple of minutes.

· Add a pinch of baking soda to icing to prevent hardening and cracking.

· To avoid dried fruit or nuts from sinking to the bottom of a batter, coat them lightly with flour first.

· Add a few drops of lemon juice when creaming butter and sugar to make the job easier.

· Cool baked goods completely before freezing or they will end up soggy.

· 1Tbs dried yeast is equivalent to 25g fresh yeast

· To turn plain flour into self –raising flour sieve 2tsp of baking powder into 225g plain flour

· To make self-raising whole-wheat flour add 10ml of baking powder to every 250ml whole-wheat flour

· To make your own baking powder, sieve 10ml cream of tartar into 5ml baking soda

· Always chill pastry dough before rolling and cutting, as it relaxes the gluten.

· For feather light muffins stir only until the ingredients are moist. Extra stirring will make them tough.

· Bake for the minimum time given in the recipe before opening the oven door. If the door is opened too soon, it may cause some cakes to flop.

· If a cake looks as though it is browning too quickly, cover the top loosely with foil.

· If baking several cake layers, arrange them on the oven shelves so that they are not directly beneath one another.

· When measuring with a spoon, don’t hold the spoon directly over the bowl or you may accidentally add too much.

· All spoon measurements are level unless otherwise stated.

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