Category Recipes

Cheesecake: easy retro recipe

Purists would not call this strawberry fridge cheesecake a cheesecake.  And I would be more comfortable calling it a 70’s retro fridge tart.  But what’s in a name? I was prompted by the first strawberry (yes, only one) in our garden, and my sisters’ constant requests, to recreate this standing feature on our family table […]

Bobotie: The flavour of our nation

Bobotie, pronounced ba-boor-tea, is best described as a light-textured meat loaf, flavoured with typical Cape Malay spices and topped with a savoury custard.  It is the South African version of an  English Sheperd’s Pie or a Greek Moussaka. Bobotie is one of South Africa’s signature dishes, and probably the most popular dish in the Cape.  It is […]

Easy coconut ice recipe for kids

Coconut ice with condensed milk is a delicious (and safe) sweet treat kids will love to make.  It does not include boiling sugar syrups, hot ovens or sharp knives.   And the super sweet, pink-and-white squares bring back memories of Ferris wheels, school fêtes and church bazaars to the young and old. With the school holidays in full […]

South Africa celebrates its heritage with a braai

You can barbeque anywhere in the world, but only in South Africa, can you enjoy a braai or chisa nyama or ukosa, to name a few.  Today, thousands of South Africans headed outdoors to start fires to celebrate our nation’s favourite pastime. Yes, braaing is so popular in South Africa that we have a special […]

Hawermoutkoekies alias oat crunchies alias oat meal biscuits

Is it an oat biscuit?  Is it an oat meal cookie?  An oats health bar or an oat crunchie?  Maybe it is all of the above.  The Australians call this classic from my childhood, Anzac biscuits, but in South Africa, it is popularly known as hawermoutkoekies. These quick and easy oat crunchies were always in […]

Melkkos – traditional or with a modern twist?

Every mother needs one dish in her repertoire that is fast, nutritious and tastes yummy!  My mother’s “old faithful” is a traditional South African recipe, called melkkos.  It is also my first food memory. Melkkos was our family’s number one comfort food on cold winter days.  Everyone just loves this simple dish that fills you […]

Delicious banana bread for a healthy lunch box

Didn’t manage to eat all the bananas you bought?  And now all you’re left with is half a bunch of soft, black bananas that no one wants to eat?  Bake a banana bread! Ripe bananas are perfect for this delicious, moist banana bread.  Each slice is packed with potassium and it is easy to make. Banana bread is very […]

Easy, melt-in-your-mouth meringue

Meringue is a brilliant sweet treat that every good cook should learn how to make.  The perfect meringue will be your “old-faithful” when you need a plate of something sweet.   Or make meringues when you’re stuck with leftover egg-whites after making that fantastic Hollandaise or homemade mayonnaise. My mother makes her legendary meringues for every occasion.  […]