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My books on Amazon

My recipe books are now all available on Amazon. There is a selection of both English and Afrikaans books. The list is as follows:

ENGLISH:

Recipes from South Africa – paperback version
This is a real paperback book that you can order and have delivered. Something to keep forever and pass on to your children. This book contains interesting information as well as all my recipes for starters, main courses, puddings, cookies and treats as well as cakes. Over 140 pages.

Cookies and Cakes – e-book version
This recipe book is for everyone that LOVES baking. You will find all kinds of cookies and cakes including coffee, sweet, old fashioned sweet, oats, custard and soentjies. You will also find chocolate cake, cup cakes and fruit cake recipes. Over 20 recipes.

Tarts and Treats – e-book version
This is a special treat with wonderful recipes from marshmallow tart, milk tart, sout tart and other treats including vetkoek, melkkos and much more. If you are looking for nice treats to bake for visitors or parties, this book is for you! Over 20 recipes.

AFRIKAANS:

Resepte vanuit Suid-Afrika – e-boek weergawe
Hieride is my volle resepteboek met resepte vir alle geleenthede. Dit sluit in voorgeregte, hoofgeregte, slaaie, souse, nageregte, koekies, koeke en spesiale lekkernye…. Daar is ook ‘n paar nuwe resepte wat ek graag met jou wil deel.

Smullekker koekies – e-boek weergawe
Hierdie resepteboek is vir jou as jy daarvan hou om te bak en brou. Alles van koekies tot koeke…. Koffiekoekies, vlakoekies, soentjie, hawermout, soet, outydse soet en vele meer. Daar is oor die 20 resepte.

Terte en Bederfies – e-boek weergawe
Hierdie boek is vir jou as jy graag wil bak. Spesiale bederfies vir vriende en familie wat kom kuier of om verjaarsdae te vier. Alles van malvalekkertert, souttert, melkterk, vetkoek en melkkos… Meer as 20 resepte.

Ek is besig om aan die sagtebandboek in Afrikaans te werk. Sal baie binnekort beskikbaar wees. Geniet die e-boek weergawes vir nou…. Maklik om te gebruik en te stoor. Gebruik sommer jou telefoon of tablet om vanaf te kook en bak 🙂

GLUTEN FREE

I have now finished and published my Gluten Free book as well. This is especially for all the celiacs out there. My husband was diagnosed in 2009 and since then I have been adapting my South African baking recipes.

Halloween gift

Halloween gift

It is almost halloween…. Why not treat yourself or someone you know to a beautiful gift, something that no one else has. This is a perfect, individual gift that will be a wonderful treat for everyone in your life…. You can choose between a small bag or a large bag of cookies. The packs include the following:

Pack 1: – £15
12 cookies in a bag
1 x cauldron (choice of 3, as long as stock lasts)
1 x soy tealight candle
1 x finger knitted bracelet (choose your 2 colours)

Pack 2: – £12
3 cookies in a bag
1 x cauldron (choice of 3, as long as stock lasts)
1 x soy tealight candle
1 x finger knitted bracelet (choose your 2 colours)

If you are in England, you can order yours now. Send us a message or visit our eBay page. Delivery will be through a courier and will be £3 extra. If you order through eBay the delivery will be £3.40… Order 2 and pay for only 1 postage.

If you want to bake your own treats, have a look at our Amazon page…

Party packs

Cookies for SALE

As you already know, we are selling our home made cookies through eBay… If you want to order directly from us, just send us a message. You can pay via PayPal or Direct transfer. All cookies will be baked to order and dispatched within 2 working days. Orders will be send via courier in the UK at a cost of R3.

We have just added our newest line. This is ideal for parties at home or school. It includes our lovely home made Romany Creams and you will also get a finger knitted bracelet for every bag. Your order will include 4 x individual bags with 3 cookies each as well as 4 x finger knitted bracelets (2 colours of your choice). The cost of this will be £9.20. If you would like to buy 2 or more (8 bags and 8 bracelets) you will get your order for £9 each instead of £9.20.

Other cookies available for sale includes:
12 x Home made chocolate and coconut cookies (Romany Cream style) – £5.40 (2 or more at £5.10 each)
12 x Home made custard cookies – £5.40 (2 or more at £5.10 each)
12 x Home made coffee cookies – £5.40 (2 or more at £5.10 each)
4 x Individual bags with chocolate and coconut cookies and 4 x finger knitted bracelets – £9.20 (2 or more £9)

Send us a message if you are interested to purchase our lovely home made cookies!

Custard

Cookies

There are not many things that are as tasty and enjoyable as a wonderful cookie. They need to crumble the right way, not be too hard or soft, just right. They have to be perfect to dunk in your tea or coffee, keep it’s shape and not fall apart when you dunk them, but also soft enough to eat without dunking.

The perfect cookie I found that is best for all occasions to eat with or without dunking is the custard cookie. This must be one of the best inventions ever. It is so soft and crumbly, but the filling gives it a little crunch. The taste is so good that you will want to go back for more.

The trick with baking them WELL is make sure they bake long enough. If you remove them from the oven too early they will be too soft and just disintegrate when you eat them. If you bake them too long they will burn so you don’t want that either. You need to keep them in long enough to give a beautiful colour and make them just a little harder. They then melt in you mouth when you eat them.

The taste of custard it very strong, but also subtle at the same time. The addition of corn flour to the flour makes it so lovely and crumbly, but also soft enough to eat and enjoy. These are beautiful cookies and you will not be disappointed.

If you are looking for this specific recipe or recipes of wonderful South African cookies, then have a look at my book sales page… You can get the cookie recipe book or the full e-book with many South African favourites. We also have a Gluten Free version available…

South African baking

Mis ons land

Vandag wil ek so ietsie skryf oor die lewe, ons liefde, die mis van jou land. Met Covid wat so ‘n ongelooflike invloed op ons lewens het, het ons nog nooit so afgesny van ons families gevoel nie. Ons huisgesinne is soveel nader aan mekaar, ons sien mekaar meer, praat heerlik en die tyd wat ons saam kon deurbring die laaste 2 jaar was en is nogsteeds ongelooflik. Dit is egter die uitgebreide familie wat ons nie kan sien nie.

Die feit dat niemand na en van Suid-Afrika af mag vlieg nie maak dinge soveel moeiliker vir almal. So baie Suid-Afrikaners bly oorsee, Australië, Amerika, Nieu Seeland, Engeland en so kan die lys aangaan… Die belofte van ons sal mekaar elke jaar sien, ons sal kom kuier, julle kan kom kuier… Nie net is pryse onbekostigbaar nie, maar niemand mag vlieg nie. Wat ‘n lang tydperk om nie jou ma of pa se hande om jou te voel nie, om hulle nie in persoon te sien nie, nie net gou kan oorstap om hallo te sê nie. Hoe moeilik is dit om nie by broers, sisters en beste vriende te kan gaan kuier nie, jou kinders om nie hul neefs en niggies te sien nie? Onthou, neefs en niggies is jou eerste vriende, mense wat jou aanvaar soos jy is…

Gelukkig is daar sosiale media, whatsapp is natuurlik die sleutel tot baie dinge. Ons kan mekaar ten minste sien en hoor, sien hoe dit gaan eerder as om net te raai. Dit is lekker om te gesels en vir my ma te wys wat ek bak, of om haar te kan bel as ek ‘n vragie het oor ‘n resep wat ek vergeet het, of nie verstaan nie.

My volgende uitdaging is om koeksisters te bak. Dit klink na so ‘n groot storie. Het BAIE lank laas my eie gebak en my ma het my nog gehelp. So binne die volgende paar weke wil ek bak. Ek sal eers net ‘n bietjie bak. Die enigste probleem is dit gaan ‘n 2 dag proses wees. Eers die stroop voorberei die aand voor die tyd en die die deeg die volgende oggend. Dan sal ek die middag bak. Ek sal julle op hoogte hou oor hoe dit uitgedraai het 🙂

Vir nou wil ek julle net herinner dat as julle so sit en die hartseer oorval julle, ‘n traan rol oor jou regter wang terwyl ‘n klein glimlaggie aan die linkerkant van die mond pluk, dan moet jy net eenvoudig jouself oorgee aan die oomblik, bietjie huil en net stil sit en onthou…. dan moet jy opstaan en vir jouself ‘n heerlike Suid-Afrikaanse resep soek en dit bak. Dan spoel al die herinneringe oor jou terug soos ‘n golf van toe jy ‘n kind was. Bak wat jou ma sou gedoen het.

As jy opsoek is na iets heerlik, maak gerus ‘n draai op my Amazon blad en sien of daar iets is waarvoor jy lus is 🙂

Drakensberg

Roughly translated, the Drakensberg means “dragon mountains” or “mountains of the dragon”.  The mountain range stretches more than a 1000 km from the Eastern Cape Province in the South through Kwa-Zulu Natal, Lesotho, the Free State , through Mpumalanga Province and ends up North through Limpopo where it is known as” klein Drakensberge”.   

Some of the peaks are mammoth in size and is on average 2900 meters high.  The highest peak is Thabana Ntlenyana and reaches 3482 meters above sea level.  The mountain is a dynamic wonderland and home to river valleys, foothills, stunning waterfalls, rock pools, mountain streams as well as caves.  These majestic Drakensberg is over 180 million years old.

The Drakensberg is the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment which encloses the central Southern African plateau.  It is within the borders of South Africa as well as Lesotho.  In the summer it is very warm and many travellers will visit this region during December to February.  During the winter the mountains are dusted with snow and is transformed into a winter wonderland.

Within the Drakensberg of Kwa-Zulu Natal lies the 243 000 hectare mountain region that is a world heritage site.  It is known as Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park that has around 300 San rock art sites with over 35 000 paintings in caves all around the park depicting humans, animals and complex spiritual life of the San stretching over a period of 4000 years.  It is also home to a huge diversity of plans and animal species.

The very high treeless peaks of the Drakensberg are the furthest South in Africa and farther away from the equator.  Therefor this provides cooler habitats and lower elevations than most mountain ranges in Africa.  High rainfall generates mountain streams and rivers.  These rivers include the mighty Orange River as well as the Tugela River. 

The mountains are very rich in plant life and includes 119 species listed as globally endangered.  There are more than 2000 plant species and 98 of them are endemic.   The flora of the high grasslands is mainly creeping plants as well small shrubs.  Included in this is the rare Spiral Aloe which has a spiral shape.  In the meantime, the lower slopes are home to conifers (Podocarpus) which are rare in Africa.  It contains a great number of endemic plants and grasses found here includes oat and caterpillar grass to name just two.  In the highest part of the mountains the flora depends on the slope and varies depending on the hardness of the rock clasts. 

The Drakensberg area is home to 299 recorded bird species.  This makes up 37% of all non-marine avian species in southern Africa.  This is a wonderful place to visit for all bird lovers, you will probably not even have enough time to see even half of them on a visit.  You will also find 24 species of snakes of which two are highly venomous.  So be careful when you go for walks!

There is one bird that is endemic to the high peaks, the mountain pipit, and another six species are also found mainly in this area.  Th endangered Cape vulture and lesser kestrel are two birds of pry that hunt in the mountains.  There are also mammals found here including the klipspringer, eland and mountain reedbuck.  These are all types of antelope.  You will also be able to see three endemic species of frogs in the mountain streams.  Fish are also found in many rivers and streams including the Maluti redfin. 

The lower slopes of the Drakensberg support a lot of wildlife.  Perhaps the most important of these are the rare southern white rhinoceros as well as the black wildebeest.  It is also home to large herds of grazing flowers and antelopes.  Endemic species include a large number of chameleons as well as other reptiles.

This is a wonderful are to visit, something you must see.  The view is absolutely breath taking and you will not be disappointed in the beauty of the snow on the mountain tops or the wonderful grass cover in the summer.  Go and visit, you will love it. 

pannekoek

Pancake day

How wonderful that there is a day dedicated to baking and eating pancakes. Not that I ever need a reason for baking these wonderful treats. I love eating them warm with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. If I close my eyes I can just smell that now. Why no treat yourself and your family to these wonderful treats.

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups of water (you can replace the half cup with milk)
2 eggs
1/4 cup of oil (I use sunflower oil)
2 cups of self-raising flour (you can use regular flour with 2 teaspoons of baking powder. If you are a celiac, replace with self-raising Gluten Free flour and add 1 teaspoon of baking powder and a 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum)
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of sugar

Method
1. Beat the eggs, water and oil together.
2. Add the flour, salt and sugar and mix very well.
3. Bake as many pancakes as you can eat!!!

The nice thing about pancakes is that you can either fill them with beautiful mince and sauce or chicken as a main meal, or sprinkle with cinnamon sugar as a wonderful snack. Enjoy your pancake day!!

pannekoek

Pannekoekdag

Kan jy glo!! Internasionale pannekoekdag. Die perfekte verskoning om pannekoek te bak al reën dit nie. Nie dat ek enige rede nodig het om pannekoek te bak nie. Vir my is daar niks lekkerders as ‘n lekker warm pannekoek besprinkel met kaneelsuiker nie. As ek my oë toemaak kan ek die geur van kaneelsuiker in die lug ruik. Waarom bak jy nie ook vandag heerlike pannekoek nie!!!

Bestanddele
2 1/2 koppies water (jy kan die 1/2 koppie water vervang met melk)
2 eiers
1/4 koppie olie (ek gebruik sommer sonneblomolie)
‘n knippie sout
2 koppies bruismeel (jy kan gewone meel gebruik met 2 teelepels bakpoeier)
1 teelepel suiker

Metode
1. Klits die eiers, water en olie goed saam.
2. Voeg die meel, sout, en suiker hierby. Klits goed.
3. Vul ‘n pan met die deeg en bak soveel pannekoeke as wat jy kan eet!

Jy kan gevulde pannekoeke bak met heerlike maalvleis en sous of sommer net met kaneelsuiker.

Brazilian cheese puffs

Brazilian cheese puffs

This is a wonderful recipe we stumbled upon by accident. My husband was diagnose as a celiac in 2009 and ever since we have been trying out new recipes, trying to make things the way we used to with gluten free ingredients.

It is not as easy as you might think and has taken over 10 years to get to where we are today. I published my Gluten Free South African recipe book a few weeks ago and there is one recipe in there that saves us all the time.

My husband went to the USA in 2013 and there he tasted the most beautiful little cheese rolls served with gluten free meats. He loved it so much he looked it up when he returned home. We have made these ever since and they are really tasty. You can eat them as they are, warm out of the oven or fill it with whatever you want. Cheese, jam, little sliders (mini burgers), the options are endless.

They are so easy to make and tastes wonderful. Try a stick blender if you don’t have anything else.

Ingredients:
1/3 cup of olive oil
2/3 cup of milk
1/2 cup of grated cheese
1 1/2 cups of tapioca flour
1/2 teaspoon of Dijon Mustard for extra taste! (optional)
Pinch of salt

Method:
1. Add all the ingredients in a bowl and use a stick blender to mix it together.
2. Pour the mixture into mini muffin pans and bake in a pre-heated oven of 180 degrees Celcius for 20 minutes.

Don’t use the large muffin pans or the cup cake pans. They are all too big and the cheese puffs will not rise correctly…

That’s it!!! Easy and lovely…

When I bake my cheese puffs I use a stick blender, the Russell Hobbs one… The price is not too high and It really does work wonderfully…

Outydse soetkoekies

Redbubble shop

I have just launched my Redbubble shop. This will be for selling products, anything from coasters to T-shirts, with photos about South African food and South African scenery. Something you can buy and keep to remind you of home if you are living overseas somewhere. Keep a look out. I uploaded my first picture today. There are many more to come. Remember to keep checking back!!!

My OWN SHOP!!!!

Click on the link above and have a look. What do you think? What kind of things would you like to see on my next design? Let me know…

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