Cooking something yourself from scratch is a great feeling!! You feel like you actually achieved something wonderful. Specially if your husband and son likes the end result 🙂
It is very easy to make… Thanks to my husband and mother’s help I had success. You need only a few ingredients and off you go:
1kg of tomatoes (I bought the jam tomatoes)
1 cup of sugar
4 peppadews (you can use fresh chilli if you wish, just don’t add too much of it 🙂
a pinch of salt
juice of half a lemon
1. Place the tomatoes in a large bowl and pour boiling water over it (it must be covered).
2. Once the tomatoes have been soaking for about 15 minutes, peel the skins off and cut into little cubes.
3. Put the sugar in a pot on the stove and start melting it over a low heat.
4. Add the tomatoes, salt, lemon juice and peppadew. Mix everything together and bring to the boil.
5. Once it is boiling, turn the heat down and let simmer for about 1 – 1 1/2 hours. Stir in between and make sure it doesn’t burn. Don’t put the lid on the pot.
6. Once all the water is gone and the sugar has turned into a syrup, remove from heat and let it cool down.
7. Place in glass jars and store in fridge.
This tastes really nice and goes well with anything 🙂
We have been experimenting with different flours and recipes for my husband who has celiac disease. We baked the most wonderful biscuits a few weeks ago and it came out tasting lovely.
The kiddies couldn’t eat enough of it and my husband had snacks for a few weeks 🙂 These wonderful South African biscuit recipe is as old as time… A soetkoekie (which translates directly to sweet cookie/biscuit) is as it’s name suggests, sweet, but wonderful with a hint of coconut inside.
This is the recipe for the wonderful recipe from South Africa, soetkoekies:
2 cups of margarine
2 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
9 cups of gluten free flour (mix of white rice, tapioca and soya/chick pea)
1 cup of coconut
1/2 teaspoon of xhantam gum
1 tablespoon of gluten free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
1 tablespoon of bicarb of soda (mixed in a dash of milk)
1. Cream the sugar and margarine together.
2. Add the eggs and vanilla.
3. Sieve the flour, xhantam gum, salt, baking powder and cream of tartar together and add.
4. Add the bicarb of soda and mix everything together.
5. The dough should rest for about 15 minutes. It should not stick to your hands too much.
6. Roll into little balls and place on a baking tray. Press lightly down with a fork.
7. Bake for 10 minutes at the bottom of the oven and then about 10 minutes at the top of the oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
8. Make sure they don’t burn.
Banana bread is a wonderful recipe from South Africa that is easy to make. It might take an hour in the oven but the smells coming from the kitchen while it is baking is well worth the while.
½ cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 cups of flour (Gluten free flour)
2 teaspoons of baking powder (Gluten free)
a pinch of salt
5 small bananas
1. Cream the butter and sugar together and add the vanilla.
2. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.
3. Sieve the dry ingredients together and add.
4. Mash the bananas with a fork and add last. Mix well.
5. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 1 hour.
When the banana bread is removed from the oven, leave it for a few minutes in the pan to rest. Remove and let it cool down. Cut the banana bread while it is still a little warm and add butter. It tastes at its best when the butter just starts melting.
You can very easily make this recipe Gluten Free by substituting the baking powder and flour for gluten free versions. Remember to also add 1/4 of teaspoon of xantham gum to help it bind. The banana bread in the photos that I made yesterday is gluten free 🙂
If you are interested in my Gluten Free version of Recipes from South Africa, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org If you want to purchase the real book from Amazon, click here to have a look or buy the downloadable version here.
My husband is a wonderful cook and loves spoiling us on a daily basis. The other day he made us the duchess potatoes and not long after that, he made a beautiful chicken dish with chirizzo, chicken and wonderful vegetables cooked together in a paella pan outside on the braai.
The meat was so tender and juicy and the vegetables tasted like the sauce it was cooked in for hours and hours… Never thought you could make such a wonderful dish outside on the braai. You braai the chicken first and then add the vegetables and sauce and they cook together for a long time.
If you are interested in this Spanish chicken recipe, have a look on his website for step by step instructions. He first shows you the ingredients you will need, then he explains step by step how to prepare every part of the dish. You will also be spoilt with videos showing you how to follow some of the steps.
The wonderful part of all these recipes is that they are all GLUTEN FREE. My husband is a celiac and whenever he cooks for us, it is all 100% Gluten Free. The flavours are so wonderful, you won’t believe it until you try it.
This is a wonderful recipe. My husband cooked it over the weekend. We love chicken wings and it is always a treat when Martin cooks this. Every time it tastes different… a new flavour, a new taste, a new sauce. He is the best sauce maker I know 🙂
Try this recipe and let me know what you think. It is Gluten Free and tastes supreme.
Enjoy the cooking 🙂
Cheese puffs is a favourite for both children and adults. Therefor it is a guaranteed hit for the whole family. Cheese puffs is a very easy recipe and quick to prepare. Get your children involved and let them help you. They will love it!
This recipe can very easily be made GLUTEN FREE.
1 cup of flour (gluten free flour, a mixture of chick pea, white rice and tapioca flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder (gluten free baking powder)
1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
1 egg, filled up with milk to make one cup (250ml)
1. Sieve all the dry ingredients together
2. Add the grated cheese.
3. Mix the egg and milk mixture and add.
4. Pour spoons full into patty tins.
5. Bake in a pre-heated oven a 180 degrees celcius for between 15 and 20 minutes.
Serve the cheese puffs with butter and cheese, marmite or apricot jam. My favourite is a teaspoon full of cream. Nothing can beat the taste of the cream and jam combined. You have to try it!
This really is very easy to make and is a light snack that everyone will enjoy, anytime of the day! My mother used to bake this for us when we were growing up and we couldn’t get enough of it! Now that I am married, I do the same. I love baking recipes my mother used to bake for us.
My husband loves South African recipes and putting a smile on his face is worth while!
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Kaaspoffertjies is die oulikste naam… klink so lekker vars en fluffy. Kaaspoffertjies is ‘n groot gunsteling onder kinders en volwassenes. Hierdie resep is baie eenvoudig om voor te berei. Laat die kinders jou help, hulle sal dit vreeslik baie geniet.
Hierdie resep kan baie maklik gluten vry gemaak word.
1 koppie meel (gebruik gluten vrye meel. Meng chick pea, wit rysmeel en tapioca meel saam)
2 teelepel bakpoeier (gluten vry)
1 koppie gerasperde kaas
1 eier, opgevul met melk in ‘n koppie (250ml)
1. Sif all die droeë bestandele saam.
2. Voeg die gerasperde kaas hierby.
3. Meng die eier en die melk saam en voeg by.
4. Skep lepelsvol in ‘n klein muffin pannetjie (die kleintjies)- patty tins.
5. Bak in ‘n voorverhitte oond teen 180 grade celcius vir tussen 15 en 20 minute.
Bedien die kaaspoffertjies met botter en kaas, marmite of appelkooskonfyt. My gunsteling is ‘n teelepel vol room.
Hierdie is ‘n ligte ete wat almal sal geniet, enige tyd van die dag. My ma het altyd die resep vir ons bemaak, nou maak ek dit vir my gesin. Probeer dit gerus.
As jy graag my resepteboek wil koop, kliek hierdie link… Dit sal jou na my e-book toe vat.
As jy belangstel in my sagteband boek, gaan besoek gerus Amazon.
Pampoenkoekies is a wonderful addition to any meal… You can use many types of pumpkin and in South Africa the most common pumpkin used is Herbert Squash. When we lived in England we could not find it though, so we tried butternut. It worked wonderfully…
The trick is to make sure the pumpkin is very dry. If it is watery, the pampoenkoekies will stick and won’t be easy to make.
2 cups of pumpkin (1 medium sized butternut squash)
4 tablespoons of flour (mix white or brown rice, tapioca and chick pea flour in equal quantities)
2 teaspoons of gluten free baking powder
# If you are not a celiac, you can just use regular wheat flour instead of the mix
1. Boil the pumpkin in a bit of water until soft (between 10 and 15 minutes). Make sure the pumpkin is very dry before using. Mash the pumpkin.
2. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and egg. Mix well.
3. Warm up a bit of oil in a frying pan. Place spoons full of pumpkin in the pan and fry on both sides until light brown.
4. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top or make a sweet syrup to pour over.
1 tablespoon of butter/margarine
3/4 cup of water
3/4 cup of milk
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 tablespoon of cornflour
1. Bring the butter, water and sugar to the boil.
2. Mix the cornflour with a little bit of water and add. Let it boil for about 2 minutes.
3. Pour warm syrup over the pampoenkoekies instead of the cinnamon sugar.
Being a celiac does not mean that you can eat nothing enjoyable… Take the plaatkoekies for instance… They taste wonderful and is very easy to make. So make sure to try this recipe. You can feed your family with this wonderful recipe and they won’t even know it is Gluten Free…
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of melted butter
1 tablespoon of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 cup of flour (equal quantities of chick pea, tapioca and brown rice flour)
1/2 teaspoon of xantham gum
1. Beat together the eggs and the water.
2. Add the melted butter and the sugar.
3. Sieve the dry ingredients (salt, baking powder, flour and xantham gum) and add to the mixture.
4. Mix well.
5. Place spoon full of mixture to a warm pan. You can make the plaatkoekies as big or small as you like.
6. Add cream, syrup or whatever you prefer on your plaatkoekies.