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The Koeksister has a humble relative – The Brood Broer

Posted on October 12, 2011 by in baked goods


The koeksister! This doyenne of the South African tea table has seduced so many with her twisted syrupy goodness. She has stripped people of their willpower and intentions to diet or lose weight. The word koeksister is from Dutch origin and literally means cookie. The koeksister is made by deep-frying dough and then dipping it […]

A fragrant Coffee Rub – Get in the mood for National Braai Day

Posted on September 22, 2011 by in beef

coffee rub

A fragrant Coffee Rub. It is National Braai Day again and it is hard to believe that a year has gone by since I posted this. With the 2011 RWC well underway, South Africans are literally spending every waking hour either in front of the telly or next to a crackling fire with a pair […]

Malva Pudding with a hint of tangerine!

Posted on August 16, 2011 by in desserts

Malva Pudding is an age old tradition in many South African kitchens and every mother and grandmother swear by their absolute there-is-no-better recipe. The one recipe asks for more butter, the other for more cream and huge domestic debates have been had over this issue. The truth is, it is the ultimate winter comfort pudding….no […]

South Africa on a plate – Biltong and Butternut Quiche

Posted on August 8, 2011 by in baked goods

This Biltong and Butternut Quiche reminded me once again how incredibly rich our South African  food culture  is, but it is a heritage that is made up of recipes borrowed from all over the world. A good example is the history of the Cape Malay cuisine in South Africa. It began with the involuntary migration […]

Traditional Smoorsnoek – Cook and Enjoy – a Cape Classic

Posted on July 11, 2011 by in seafood

“Cook and Enjoy” is a South African treasure as much as Table Mountain, Nelson Mandela, rugby and of course Traditional Smoorsnoek which I will deal with in the latter part of this post. In South Africa this recipe book was and is part of the right of passage to many a Afrikaner girl and aspiring […]

Pancakes with Creamed Spinach – A delicious Meatless Monday recipe

Posted on June 20, 2011 by in baked goods, vegetables, vegetarian

Are crêpes and pancakes the same? I  don’t know? Seriously, this debate or argument has been around for ages and I don’t think we have come to a conclusion yet. In my mind a crêpe is thinner than a pancake, a little more dainty and ladylike, but in essence a crêpe is a variety of […]

Jam and Coconut Tarts to some, but here in SA we call them Hertzoggies!

Posted on March 22, 2011 by in baked goods

Jam and Coconut tarts have a direct link to South African history as it is recorded that it was the favorite tea time treat of General Hertzog, who was South Africa’s Prime Minister between 1924 and 1939. That is why we refer to these delectable little tarts as Hertzoggies. Not only do they feature in […]

Chicken Breyani-My recipe is now officially famous!

Posted on March 9, 2011 by in Chicken

chicken breyani

Chicken breyani seems to have made my blog famous some time last year. I had no idea how in demand it will become. It is the one recipe on my blog that has done extremely well for me and in about 24 hours, I had thousands of viewers visiting my site to view this recipe. […]

Chicken Breyani from the Bo Kaap.

Posted on October 27, 2010 by in Chicken

To me Chicken Breyani and the aromas of a fragrant curry simmering somewhere are reminiscent of the Bo Kaap. Whenever I visit Atlas Trading to stock up on spices, those are the aromas that await me in the area. I imagine a family getting together around a table enjoying the fruits of the mother’s labor […]

BBQ Plans for the weekend? Let’s make Spicy Chicken Kebabs

Posted on June 11, 2010 by in Chicken

BBQ Spicy Chicken Kebabs plans for this weekend? I sure hope so. With soccer fever at an all time high here in South Africa, there is just so much to celebrate and when we here in South African have some celebrating to do, nothing works better than a good old fashioned BBQ. Although from a […]