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!!!
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…
My recipe books are now all available on Amazon. There is a selection of both English and Afrikaans books. The list is as follows:
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.
Resepte vanuit Suid-Afrika – e-boek weergawe
Hierdie 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 🙂
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.
Brighten up someone’s day by sending them a bag of these beautiful Home made Romany Creams. Place your order today. Bags are £5.40 each (12 per bag) and you can order as much as you like! We will get a quote for postage once your order is placed. Otherwise send your own courier or collect yourself. We are based in Chesterton, UK.
You can now also order nationwide via eBay. All cookies are baked fresh to order and dispatched within 3 days of placing your order. A courier will be used to send the items. Please visit our eBay listing and have a look at what else we sell…
These are the most beautiful home baked Romany Creams, fresh and crunchy made with chocolate and coconut. Please note that none of the ingredients used contain gluten, wheat, milk, egg or nuts, but because it is produced in a kitchen that handles all the above, the cookies may contain gluten, wheat, milk, egg as well as nuts…
It is almost Christmas again, can you believe it… Feels like yesterday we all got together as a family and had so much fun. This year is a bit different. Lots of things happened but at least we are still able to keep in touch through technology… This year we are running a special for Christmas. Show the person that means the most to you that you are thinking of them.
If you live in the UK, you can order Home made Romany Creams, specially baked with love xxx We are selling little bags of cookies, 12 in a pack. It will be packaged in a beautiful bag and delivered to your door via courier… We are taking orders now and all orders will be dispatched within 3 working days.
You can buy them now through eBay:
1 x 12 pack of Home made Romany creams – £5.40 + R2.90 for delivery. If you buy 2 or more packs you will save 5%…
This is an ideal way of showing the South African, or anyone else, that you are thinking of them. These are beautiful cookies made with chocolate and coconut, so don’t miss out. If you want to place an order please contact me via our blog or visit eBay. You can also contact me via facebook….
Looking forward to your orders and speaking soon 🙂
Ystervarkies is one of my favourites. I don’t know if it is the chocolate syrup or the coconut you use to roll the pieces of cake in, maybe it is a combination of both, but NOTHING can beat the taste. In English they are also known as lamingtons, but for us they will always be ystervarkies 🙂
Let me share with you the recipe…. It is easy to make but can take some time so make sure you have enough time available to enjoy the whole process. First you have to bake the cake and then you make the syrup. Have a bowl of desiccated coconut separately to roll the cake in after you dunked it in the syrup….
Bake a sponge cake in a square or rectangle pan. Cut the cake into little squares, probably about 3cm x 3cm. It is not an exact science so cut them how big you want to, different sized are also just fine!!!!
To make the sauce you need to add the following in a pan:
60ml of cacao (2 tablespoons)
375ml boiling water
600g (3 cups) of sugar
15 ml of butter or margarine (1 tablespoon)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Bring all the ingredients to the boil on the stove and cook for 2 minutes. Then remove the pan from the heat. You have to dunk the pieces of cake individually in the sauce. Try and use the sauce as warm as you can without burning your fingers. Once you covered all the sides of the piece of cake in the sauce, roll it in the coconut (you will need about 500g)…..
Ek weet ek het al voorheen hierdie resep met julle gedeel, maar jy kan nie te veel daarvan eet nie. Ek het besluit om hierdie resep weer te deel omdat ek dit bietjie aangepas het oor die laasste jare. Die geheim is om bestandele te gebruik waarvan jou familie baie hou.
4 aartappels (gekoop en fyn gedruk)
‘n Knippie sout
‘n Knippie gerookte paprika, gee ‘n heerlike geur
Teelepel fyn gerasperde ui
Groot hand vol gerasperde kaas (cheddar, mozzarella, of dalk bloukaas)
Gesnyde salami of gebraaide spek in stukkies gesny
1 eetlepel meel (nie te veel nie)
Meng al die bestandele baie goed saam. Die beslag sal soos kapokaartappel lyk, nie te slap nie. Gebruik ‘n eetlepel om lepelsvol in die pan te sit. My pan vat 4 koekies gemaklik. Ek gebruik glad nie olie om in te braai nie, sommer net my “non stick” pan. Dit werk heerlik.
Los hulle in die pan aan een kant vir ‘n paar minute. Wanneer die koekie los is, draai dit om en braai bruin aan die ander kant. Hulle sal heerlik bruin gebraai wees. Bedien warm op.
Probeer gerus hierdie heerlike koekies en laat ons weet hoe dit gegaan het. Het jou familie daarvan gehou en wat is julle gunsteling bestandele?
I know I have shared this potato cake recipe with you before, but I just felt I had to update it a bit. I found that the egg binds it very well and the amount of flour needed is not much. You can also add anything you like to it. I have experimented with many different flavours but found what my family love. That is the trick. Stick with what your family loves…
4 potatoes (cook well and then mash)
A pinch of salt
A pinch of smoked paprika, beautiful flavour
Teaspoon of grated onion (very fine)
Large hand full of cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, why not try blue cheese?)
Sliced salami or fried and finely chopped bacon
1 tablespoon of flour (not too full)
Mix all the ingredients very well together. It will be like a soft mash consistency.. Use a tablespoon and spoon them into the pan. I can fit 4 at a time and do not use any oil in the pan. Just use a non stick pan, it works wonderful.
Leave them in the pan for a few minutes. Make sure you wait until the potato cake is not stuck to the pan anymore before you turn them over. They will be nice and brown on one side. Leave in the pan until brown on the other side as well before you remove them. Serve warm.
Please try these wonderful cakes and let us know how yours came out. What did you add that was special to you? What is your family’s favourite?
Christmas time… Feels like it comes around so quickly every year. Kids are so excited, we all are taking things slowly. And here we are another year later. We have family over from South Africa and it is VERY cold and wet at the moment, but why not bake and enjoy!!!
Enjoy your Christmas everyone !!!! Will post a recipe again soon.
I always bake small plaatkoekies but decided to make them bigger this time. A bit thicker as well which means that they are more filling and wonderfully soft and fluffy 🙂 We bake gluten free so the recipe is gluten free.
1 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 and 1/2 cup of self raising gluten free flour
1. Mix the water and eggs together.
2. Add the sugar, salt and flour.
3. Mix well and place spoons-full in a pan….
4. Bake on both sides turning when little air bubbles appear on one side.
You can add chocolate spread (which is a lovely sweet option), cinnamon sugar, melted cheese or even meats like salami or ham… Our family love this and enjoy eating it even for breakfast with bacon and syrup….
Hi there everyone!!!!!
Today I will share with you our soentjie recipe. This is specially for Alison, so make sure you give us feedback once you tried the recipe please…. Photos, remarks, anything is welcome… I would love to see what happened…
Soentjies is a wonderful biscuit. They crumble in your mouth, almost disintegrate as you bite them. They are lovely and soft but also have a slight crunch at the same time. One of my all time favourites. The secret ingredient that makes this all possible is the cornflour…
You can halve the recipes if you want to make a bit less… This will make around 2.5kg.
2 cups of margarine
2 cups of sugar
4 cups of flour
3 cups of cornflour
3 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1. Cream the margarine and sugar together and then add the beaten eggs. Mix well.
2. Sieve the dry ingredients together and add. Fist mix together with a wooden spoon.
3. Then use your hands and knead the dough together. Put through the mincer attachment of the Kenwood. Attach the cookie shape in the front.
4. Cut the dough into rectangular shapes with a pastry cutter.
5. Bake on the bottom shelve of the oven, pre-heated to 180 degrees celcius for about 10 minutes.
7. Move to the middle of the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. They stay white so don’t let them burn.
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of margarine
1/2 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Boil all the ingredients together for 5 minutes. Stir while it cools down. It is a good idea to make the filling first before you bake the cookies….
Once the cookies are cold, spread some of the filling on one of the cookies, and stick another against it…
Enjoy with tea, coffee or just on the go like I do 🙂 If you don’t have a Kenwood, just take the dough and roll little balls… Place in a baking tray and lightly press them down with a fork. After they cooled down, stick 2 together with the filling. They might not look exactly the same, but they still taste great !!!