Crumpets (aka flapjacks)

Thursday, 6 November 2014|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Many moons ago I had a miserable (and consequently brief) stint in a big kitchen in London. My boss thought I was a moron. Now she may have been entirely justified in her opinion of me. I may indeed be the dimmest fairylight on the Christmas tree. But I’d like to think not.

Problem was I didn’t understand a single […]

Soetkoekies with oats

Tuesday, 15 July 2014|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Shop-bought biscuits were not something I knew as a kid. Oh no, one baked. Being a diplomatic sort, gran never said it outright, but her inference was pretty clear: buying was for lazy wives, bad mums and townfolk.

The world has moved on a bit since then. I figure gran would probably have been OK with me going the shop […]

Melkkos with sago

Friday, 4 July 2014|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

There are many dishes I feel deeply nostalgic about. Sunday leg of lamb, invariably followed by souskluitjies. Tongue in a sweet mustard sauce, mum’s dinner party ol’ faithful. Gran’s chicken pie and Ideal Milk ice cream. This is the food of my childhood and, as much as I like cooking lighter, more modern for everyday, it’s still […]

Can’t-fail pancake (crepe) recipe

Wednesday, 30 April 2014|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

“Two nations separated by a common language…” Whether you credit George Bernard Shaw for this witticism about England and America or my all-time favourite, Oscar Wilde, what I can tell you is that my personal travel experiences in the US of A confirm this. Here in ‘Sefarika’ we tend to go with the Queen’s English, albeit with what some call […]

Cinnamon Dumplings (Souskluitjies)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

When I think of my gran, I think leg of lamb, cooked long and slow until it’s fall-of-the-bone soft. I think chicken pie with hints of clove. And steamed ginger pud with egg custard and home-made Ideal Milk ice cream.

She may not be around anymore, but she’s still with me in my kitchen – every time I page through […]

Banana bread with lime and coconut

Thursday, 20 March 2014|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: |

I learnt two new things this week. I’m not sure which astonished me more:

  1. Famous chefs don’t necessarily have to be wombats who prance about the kitchen swearing enough to make the Teflon peel off non-stick pans.
  2. Rooibos is not just something to drink first thing in the morning and then again at 3pm because, after having manfully (or is that womanfully?) […]