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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Making A Beetroot & Pear Salad

The days are turning warm and all of a sudden we want to have salads again. Today I share a recipe with you that is packed with goodness and brimming with vitamins and minerals. It is healthy, delicious and it looks good too. Best of all is that none of the veggies that go into the salad, are cooked, saving you loads of time on the prepping.


Take a couple of salad leaves and break or cut them into manageable sizes. I find that everyone has their own opinion on how big salad leaves should be, so I leave it to your discretion. Layer the salad as we progress through the steps.


Cut a couple of slices of English cucumber.


Dice two medium carrots into thin slices.


Cut a handful of fresh green beans into chunky sizes.


Slice a red onion very thinly.


Chop a tomato into small wedges.


Peel two medium sized beetroots. Grate the raw beetroot very finely.


Chop two medium pears into chunky pieces.


Roughly chop a handful of coriander leaves.


Mix the salad sauce in a separate bowl. Scoop out some double cream plain yoghurt. Season with salt, freshly ground black pepper and mixed herbs. Add a dash of milk if the mixture is too thick. Mix well.


Lunch is ready to be served!


Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Coloring In Techniques

My time in Hondeklipbaai is running out fast, but I still have a little time left to help the local charity shop, Die Rooi Container, with an awareness project. The lady in charge of the shop approached me with the idea of running a coloring competition for the adult women of the community, with make-up as prize. The whole idea behind this is to make the community aware of the charity shop, to get both patrons, as well as donors through the doors. I thought the idea was brilliant and quickly set about drawing up a short list of coloring techniques that could get the creative juices flowing. I then helped with drawing up the entry forms and posters that would go up around town. Lastly, I suggested they use the designs from my book, Designs By Miekie 1, to ensure no copyright was infringed upon. I share the short list of coloring techniques with you in today's blog as I find it is quite handy to have such a short list available.


To save on printing costs, I did the illustration on white paper with a normal grey pencil, which would mean that they would not need use colour ink in the printing process.


Hatching is to use diagonal lines to create texture when coloring. It also results in less solid coloring with an interesting contrast of light and shade.
Hatching is om skuinsstrepe te gebruik om tekstuur aan inkleurwerk te verleen.


Cross-hatching makes use of diagonal lines crossing each other at angles, resulting in more dense coloring.
Cross-hatching gebruik lyne wat mekaar kruis vir digter inkleurwerk.


Stippling uses stipples to color. This creates a very enticing play of light and shade. When 2 or more colours are used in stippling, it creates the illusion of a third colour, for example, using blue and yellow together, can result in creating a visual green. This same principle applies to hatching and cross-hatching as well.
Stippling maak gebruik van stippels om in te kleur, wat toelaat dat lig en donker mekaar afwissel. Wanneer 2 of meer kleure in stippling gebruik word, skep dit die illusie van ‘n derde kleur, bv. blou en geel stippels kan die illusie van groen skep. Dieselfde reël geld vir hatching en cross-hatching.


When you use the side of the pencil point to colour, it is called shading. The more pressure you apply, the darker the shading will be. When using different grades of shading, it is called graded shading.
Shading is wanneer die potlood se punt op sy kant gebruik word om in te kleur. Hoe harder jy druk, hoe donkerder is die inkleurwerk. Wanneer verskillende grade van donkerheid gebruik word, word dit graded shading genoem.


When you shade the edges of a drawing, you create the illusion of dimension. In this way you can turn a normal circle into a ball. This same technique is used to create deeper shaded areas on a drawing, for example, you can create folds in clothing by shading those areas.
Wanneer die kante van ‘n tekening donkerder gemaak word, skep dit die illusie van dimensie. So word ‘n gewone sirkel dan ‘n bal. Hierdie tegniek kan ook gebruik word om dieper skadu’s aan te dui op ‘n tekening, bv, by die voue van ‘n kledingstuk.


There are lots of natural textures around that can be used successfully when coloring. For instance, a woven basket, or a rough piece of wood.


Place the part of your drawing that you would like to color over the textured surface, and simply simply shade it with your pencil.
Wanneer jou papier op ‘n growwe oppervlak rus, kan die tekstuur van daardie oppervlak suskesvol in inkleurwerk geïnkorporeer word.


Circular movements can also create interesting variations of light and dark, and also helps to create the impression of texture. Once again, consider using more than one color.
Sirkelbewegings skep ook interessante afwisseling van lig en donker en skep ook tekstuur. Oorweeg weereens om meer as een kleur te gebruik.


When the coloring is rubbed with a tissue, ear bud, rag, or similar item, it appears more even. This is called blending. Depending on what you use to blend with, it can even result in a shiny finish, which is called burnishing. Feel free to experiment.
Blending is wanneer die inkleurwerk met ‘n snesie, oorstokkie, lap, of iets dergliks gevryf word om dit meer eweredig te laat voorkom. Afhangend van waarmee dit gevryf word, kan dit selfs blink vertoon, wat burnishing genoem word. Eksperimenteer gerus.


At this stage, I redrew the techniques talked about above for the next part of the illustration.


Some pencils are water-soluble, while others aren't. Test yours to see if they are. Pencils that aren't water-soluble can be 'painted' using rubbing alcohol. Most grey pencils are slightly water-soluble.
Party inkleurpotlode is wateroplosbaar, terwyl ander nie is nie. Toets gerus joune om te sien of dit met water geverf kan word. Nie-wateroplosbare potlode kan met Rubbing Alcohol geverf word. Meeste grys potlode is tot ‘n mate water-oplosbaar.


Consider using pen or ink in your coloring. This can be used in conjunction with pencils, or on their own.
Oorweeg ook om pen of ink in jou inkleurwerk te gebruik. Dit kan saam met inkleurpotlode gebruik word, of op hulle eie.


The scanned copy of the illustration.


Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
You can subscribe to any of these blogs and receive regular updates by email. Simply register your email address at the top of the applicable blog.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Build A Port Edward Special

When I was small, we would often visit the coastal town of Port Edward during the winter holidays. I remember one of Mom's treats on these holidays, was to buy some kind of special bread, which she would slice open and fill with all kinds of goodies. It would then be wrapped in foil and placed in the oven for those flavours to blend and bake through. This treat became known as the 'Port Edward Special' in the family and the tradition still prevails. In today's blog I share some ideas for building your own Port Edward Special.


You can choose your own favourite cheeses to add. I opted for a moulded Camembert.


I would also use butter, mustard and tomato paste.


Some pitted olives, ham and grated cheddar cheese.


Half an onion is finely chopped.


I start with the wholegrain goji loaf, I shared with you in the previous blog, but you can use any special bread of your choice. I used the bread as it came hot from the oven, which is an added bonus when baking your own bread.


I divide the loaf in three slices horizontally. Each slice is lathered in butter.


2 sides are spread with mustard - the bottom and the top parts. The middle part does not get mustard.


I spread tomato paste on the middle part.


The Camembert is spread over the bottom part of the bread.


Half of the chopped onions is placed on top.


This is followed by half of the olives.


A layer of ham follows.


The middle part is place on the bottom and buttered on the reverse side.


More tomato paste is added.


The remainder of the olives are added.


The rest of the onions are added.


This is followed by loads of grated Cheddar cheese.


Another layer of ham follows the cheese.


The top is replaced on the sandwich.


With the shiny side facing up, place the loaf in the center of a sheet of foil.


Wrap neatly and place in a preheated oven at roughly 200°C for about 30 minutes.


Remove from the oven and allow the loaf to sit in its own steam for a while to soften the crust a little.


Remove the foil to reveal the deliciousness.


Slice and serve manageable chunks. Experience has taught me that my idea of a manageable chunk varies greatly from that of a teenage boy, so you need to decide for yourself what that is.


Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
You can subscribe to any of these blogs and receive regular updates by email. Simply register your email address at the top of the applicable blog.