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Old 01-01-2018, 09:04 AM   #21
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Lest we forget the staple braai (BBQ) meat: boerewors. Sorta the same idea as the sausages you guys have, but tastes entirely different:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boerewors
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Old 01-01-2018, 09:34 AM   #22
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Just to show the mods I do actually have a bike and this thread is not entirely about meat and wine, I present to you my sleeping peeg:
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Old 01-01-2018, 12:27 PM   #23
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Lest we forget the staple braai (BBQ) meat: boerewors. Sorta the same idea as the sausages you guys have, but tastes entirely different:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boerewors
I am just starting to make sausage. Let me know if you have a favorite recipe for boerewors.
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Old 01-01-2018, 12:33 PM   #24
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Man, Thabazimbi is a real furnace in the summer - I did a small project up there in 2008, so I felt the strain - nothing unlike certain parts of Texas, just without the well insulated & air conditioned houses. That is real bushveld though, beautiful when it gets decent summer rain and everything just turns green.

You guys shot quite a few bokke (Afrikaans for deer), well done. Have a few friends that hunt regularly and the one guy also shot a wildebees and made us some awesome boerewors (sausage) from it. Kudu makes for some spectacular biltong (kinda beef jerky). Ahhhh, this is giving me craving for meat now

Check out the following:

Biltong (beef jerky):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biltong


Droeewors (dry sausage)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dro%C3%ABwors

That stuff is worth gold! I will post a pic of my biltong cutter.


PS: I know there is an ex-South-African in Houston that makes, sells and ships biltong & droeewors. I have not tried his meat yet so cant comment on it:

http://4biltong.com
It was hot and very, very dry. That was almost at the end of a long drought. We found several sets of bones of bokke that just died, likely from the drought. It did remind me a lot of south Texas.

I love biltong, and I've tried my hand at making it, with limited success. I'll keep at it.

The best thing I ate while there was Impala Pie. It was wonderful! All the South Africans were raving about it. I guess the lady we were staying with that night is just an excellent cook. Second best was some gemsbok filet I had in Johannesburg. Yum!
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Lest we forget the staple braai (BBQ) meat: boerewors. Sorta the same idea as the sausages you guys have, but tastes entirely different:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boerewors
Do you make your own? If so, you'll find an endless supply of ferule hogs running around Texas. Shooting them is considered a public service.
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Old 01-02-2018, 02:36 AM   #26
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I am just starting to make sausage. Let me know if you have a favorite recipe for boerewors.
Will do - I will ask my dad (or buddies) if he has one and pass it along.
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Do you make your own? If so, you'll find an endless supply of ferule hogs running around Texas. Shooting them is considered a public service.
I always took my meat to a local butcher that knows his stuff and he would then make the biltong/droeewors/boerewors for me.

My grandparents, dad and dad's sister (who had a farm) would slaughter and process their own meat. That meant making and trail testing all kinds of recipes on the day before making the boerewors. I saw ALL the required equipment in Cabelas to make your own, so I will be gracing that place with my presence ..... and monetary means, soon.

I met up with those feral hogs in South Texas while I worked for a short-tempered-six-shooter-carry'n-ten-gallon-cowboy-hat-wear'n-horse-riding-cow-roping farmer. Cant believe how many there are. If I am not mistaken they were let loose waaay back for sports/hunting purposes, but they got out of hand? Makes for nice shooting though.

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Old 01-02-2018, 09:46 PM   #28
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I always took my meat to a local butcher that knows his stuff and he would then make the biltong/droeewors/boerewors for me.

My grandparents, dad and dad's sister (who had a farm) would slaughter and process their own meat. That meant making and trail testing all kinds of recipes on the day before making the boerewors. I saw ALL the required equipment in Cabelas to make your own, so I will be gracing that place with my presence ..... and monetary means, soon.

I met up with those feral hogs in South Texas while I worked for a short-tempered-six-shooter-carry'n-ten-gallon-cowboy-hat-wear'n-horse-riding-cow-roping farmer. Cant believe how many there are. If I am not mistaken they were let loose waaay back for sports/hunting purposes, but they got out of hand? Makes for nice shooting though.
Now legal from the air...https://www.helibacon.com/texas-helicopter-hog-hunting/
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:59 AM   #30
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The question is , like when do you arrive, where are you moving to and kan jy bier drink.

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The question is , like when do you arrive, where are you moving to and kan jy bier drink.

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Those are the important questions. Even I understood the last one.
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:11 PM   #34
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About the bike importation, when I came waaaaay back in 1992, It cost me $2000 to import my Harley back to the US. Had to go pick it up in Los Angeles. Then the California Highway Patrol confiscated it because they could not verify the VIN from the factory. Took me 3 months to get my bike back. All disassembled to find numbers.

I would seriously advise against the whole exercise. Sell it there, you will get more for it in SA than its worth here. But then you Vrystaters are hardekop anyway but thats my advice.

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The question is , like when do you arrive, where are you moving to and kan jy bier drink.

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1 - Hopefully within a month or 3
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3 - Die vraag is, het julle genoeg? (see attached pic for my favorite US beer/ale so far)

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About the bike importation, when I came waaaaay back in 1992, It cost me $2000 to import my Harley back to the US. Had to go pick it up in Los Angeles. Then the California Highway Patrol confiscated it because they could not verify the VIN from the factory. Took me 3 months to get my bike back. All disassembled to find numbers.

I would seriously advise against the whole exercise. Sell it there, you will get more for it in SA than its worth here. But then you Vrystaters are hardekop anyway but thats my advice.

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Ja, seems like everybody is advising against it. Will just keep it simple and sell it here. ****, the 2nd 1150 GSA I have to let go

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Now that looks like some good fun with your clothes on!

Strom - I see you are in George West. I worked on a farm there for a short while early 2003. Is the place still standing?? Haha, I caused a mini local power outage one day - was mowing the farmer's land at the 37 & 59 intersection. It was late afternoon, hot as heck, sun was in my eyes, getting kinda drowzy - turned the tractor around for another pass, went too wide and hooked the anchor cable of the electrical overhead's pole. The overhead wires swang, jiggled and touched....BOOM! No power for a few hours. I went home and the boss told me they have been without electricity for while......

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Old 01-13-2018, 01:02 PM   #37
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I look forward to having you in the area. I've spent a bit of time on the wilddog site you told us about and found it entertaining. I'm currently working through Mr Zog's Life in America thread. It's good to see an outsiders view of the place and he points out things that we pretty much take for granted. I have appreciated his ethic and attitude. I hope you have a great experience with your new adventure as well.
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Thanks Crew, much appreciated. Looking forward to eventually getting there and buying a bike.

Yes, Wilddogs is a good forum - many guys in the know regarding bikes, although it suffers from the normal online forum niggles here and there. Zog is a hard worker and a never-say-die kinda guy. He is liking Florida a lot and I hope to meet up with him over there some day. I find my wife's views and experiences of, and in South-Africa just as amusing. Although you guys have higher temps and humidity in Texas, she struggled with the heat here as we dont have central cooling and well insulated houses like you. The mozzies were eating her up as we sleep with open windows - I had to buy all kinds of mozzie zappers and repellent as I was getting tired of being woken up during the night in order to kill the "flying dinosaurs"

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Now that looks like some good fun with your clothes on!

Strom - I see you are in George West. I worked on a farm there for a short while early 2003. Is the place still standing?? Haha, I caused a mini local power outage one day - was mowing the farmer's land at the 37 & 59 intersection. It was late afternoon, hot as heck, sun was in my eyes, getting kinda drowzy - turned the tractor around for another pass, went too wide and hooked the anchor cable of the electrical overhead's pole. The overhead wires swang, jiggled and touched....BOOM! No power for a few hours. I went home and the boss told me they have been without electricity for while......
Funny you mention electricity. After 2008 the eagle-ford shale production arrived and like a light switch, the place lit up. There are truck stops on all 4 corners of interstate 37 and highway 59 now.

Those tail wheels on shreaders really stick out. Hard to judge when doing u turns. Have taken out a water line before.

I have probably been out on some of that land you speak of putting out pasture fires.
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Nothing going on here lately?

A bunch of us old farts are riding to the Dallas motorcycle show tomorrow. On our noisy Harleys. Hehehehe.

I live in Fort Worth which is kinda close to where you are moving to.
I do make my own boeries en biltong too. Hang them inside a flyscreen in the garage . And once in a while I get a bottle of Moses in die mandjie or Klipdrif from a traveler returning.
My son and I are fixin (Texas word) to go to SA next year to see all the family and might rent bikes, depending on the price, to ride Namibia and Botswana.
we'll see.
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