Hot cross crumpets

Wednesday, 12 April 2017|Breakfast, Nibbles, Sweet tooth|Tags: |

I’m a bit stunned that a quarter of the year is gone and Easter is mere days away. My response to this freakishly quick passage of time is the same as my response to the scale on the infrequent occasions I bother to get on it – how the heck did it happen? But Easter it is and something Easter-themed […]

Raspberry ‘bazaar’ pudding

Monday, 9 January 2017|Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

Church fêtes were a big deal back when I was a kid. Pretty much the biggest deal other than the annual Boswell Wilkie circus visit to town. You must understand that the era I’m referring to predates DStv, computer games, malls of any kind except in the ‘big city’ and whatever the heck else kids these days do for fun. […]

Liver patties (lewerkoekies)

Wednesday, 14 December 2016|Dinner|Tags: , |

This recipe for what I’ve decided to call liver patties caused some consternation amongst my English family and friends. In Afrikaans these patties of minced liver, grated onion and a few other things are called ‘lewerkoekies’. They’re as quintessentially South African as a recipe can be.

I hadn’t given these morsels any thought for a couple of decades because, to be […]

Sweet pot bread, a south african braai classic

Friday, 2 December 2016|Baking|Tags: |

Pot bread is as South African as rugby, braai, and brandy and Coke. This recipe for sweet pot bread is so simple, it can’t really be called a recipe. It’s also not my creation, but a well-known braai favourite. If this is not yet in your traditional South African food repertoire, here it is.

All you need is…

1kg store-bought […]

Mustard the old-fashioned way

Tuesday, 11 October 2016|Uncategorized|Tags: , |

I have at least five different kinds of mustard in my fridge at any given time. Good old hot English, wholegrain (great for salad dressings), Dijon (great for anything) and some gourmet ones with exotic ingredients like black truffle and Chablis. Sophisticated stuff.

And then I have the other kind. The one of my childhood, the one that grandma made – […]

Breakfast rusks, packed with goodness

Friday, 22 July 2016|Baking, Breakfast|Tags: , |

My friend, Eats-like-a-bird, is a darling heart. No favour is too big for her, no effort too great. She’s pretty much a 10 too, so I think it says a lot about me that I am willing to be seen in public with her. I find solace in the fact that she’s not a terribly keen cook. So when she saw […]