Grandma’s hot-milk chocolate cake

Wednesday, 6 February 2019|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

Cake is not really a thing I would cross the Kalahari barefoot for – with two possible exceptions: 1) cheesecake, but only a decent oven-baked one and… 2) chocolate cake – the darker and richer, the better. Chocolate cake recipes made with hot milk are not exactly something new. Every self-respecting church fête baker has a trusted recipe that’s mostly guarded […]

Milk tart mille feuille

Monday, 12 November 2018|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Christmas is coming folks! I know this because this past Saturday I finally capitulated – and put up all my Christmas decorations. It may seem early, but given that I’ve been contemplating doing so since the beginning of October, I think I’ve shown remarkable restraint. I obviously feel about Christmas the way a 5-year-old does – super duper excited. So now […]

Whole roast lamb neck

Friday, 29 June 2018|Dinner|Tags: , |

There’s a whole lot of stuff that gran’s generation knew how to do that we have forgotten. For some of them I don’t have much use – how to turn animal fat into soap, for instance. Or crocheting covers for clothes hangers. But when it comes to food, boy did they get it right. Gran knew that beef ‘drippings’ kept […]

A 200-year-old soetkoekie recipe

Tuesday, 13 February 2018|Baking|Tags: |

It’s not everyday that one gets to experiment with a recipe that’s over 200 years old. Last Saturday was such an occasion. Early morning saw me nursing my first cup of coffee on the front stoep. My neighbourhood’s resident guinea fowl came calling; territorial squirrels chased each other along the telephone line running from the street to my house; and […]

Herby sourdough mozzarella braai toastie

Friday, 29 September 2017|Nibbles|Tags: , |

Braai Day was a damp squib at M&M. Grey clouds and chilly winds don’t exactly make me want to reach for the charcoal. A fire was made to be sure – in my teeny Victorian fireplace in the lounge. By the second glass of red, I was no longer minding so much about missing out. Summer is around the corner […]

Old-fashioned baked sago pudding

Thursday, 3 August 2017|Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

Baked sago pudding with apricot jam and a feather light meringue topping… Hmmm. This is the stuff of my childhood – when Sunday lunch on gran’s farm was by far the biggest treat of the week. Out would come the snow-white crocheted tablecloth, big enough for a table that would seat grandma, grandpa, 9 kids and their offspring. She must […]