Apple buttercake

2021-10-04T12:35:03+02:00Monday, 4 October 2021|Baking|Tags: |

It was drizzly and miserable in the Cape this past weekend, a reminder that winter is not quite done with us yet. So I spent my time huddled in front of a fire, paging through all my old recipe books. I came upon this recipe for apple buttercake scribbled in gran’s spidery handwriting. Sometimes these super old recipes are [...]

Apple malva pudding

2020-09-30T08:19:14+02:00Wednesday, 8 June 2016|Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

Stirring memories of people, places and things long gone – for some it’s sound, for some smells. For me, it’s food. Chicken pie with feather-light pastry, flaky from the real farm butter I churned myself on gran’s back stoep, chasing the rays of a weak winter sun. ’Putu’ with real milk that just came up from the dairy, the kind [...]

Blackberry and apple galette with citrus chantilly

2020-09-30T08:19:25+02:00Friday, 7 August 2015|Baking, Sweet tooth, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

I love the transforming power of words – how just a few syllables can make things seem fancy and make you want them more. Take handbags. Say Vuitton and we go ‘ooh’. But if you think about it, it really is just a bag – somewhere to keep your cell phone and lippy, and the place where those nasty complimentary [...]

Pork kebabs with fennel and apple slaw

2020-09-30T08:19:57+02:00Friday, 10 October 2014|Dinner, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

A friend recently remarked that I am very fond of gluten. I’d never particularly given it any thought, but she’s quite right. I love carbs. Period. And top of my list is wheat. Pasta, bread, pastry… Wave these in front of me and I'm not responsible for what happens next. Frightfully unfashionable in a world where seemingly everybody is banting. [...]

Cheat’s apple strudel with salted caramel sauce

2020-09-30T08:20:00+02:00Monday, 8 September 2014|Baking, Sweet tooth, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

I had something cheesy planned for this post, but then the lovely folks from SABC 3’s Expresso morning show asked if I’d come bake something sweet for them. The pace of live TV is exhilarating to say the least, even more so when one has just a few minutes to conjure up something fabulous. Hmmm. What can I bake that [...]

Baby toffee apples

2020-09-30T08:20:24+02:00Thursday, 26 September 2013|Sweet tooth, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Little finger food morsels and I simply don’t get along. My aversion to the bite-sized party snack is, to put it mildly, considerable. I blame the seventies and eighties for this. Tooth-picked blocks of Gouda with red cocktail onions. Floppy mini sausage rolls. Teeny, tiny Vienna sausages with a sweet mustard dipping sauce – naturally served with, you guessed it, [...]