Tomato Bredie (Recipe : Cass Abrahams)

Ingredients :2 large onions, sliced2ml (1/2 tsp) peppercorns 2ml (1/2 tsp) ground cloves 125ml (1/2 cup) water 25ml (2 tbsp) vegetable oil 2 sticks cinnamon 1kg (2 1/4 lb) lamb (or beef or chicken) 3cm-piece fresh root ginger, finely chopped  1kg (2 1/4 lb) very ripe tomatoes, chopped 6 medium potatoes, peeled and halved salt, pepper and sugar to taste chopped parsley for … Continue reading Tomato Bredie (Recipe : Cass Abrahams)

Mosbolletjies or Must Buns and Rusks

Ingredients :4 lb All Purpose flour (2 kg)1/2 lb Butter (250 g)1 lb Sugar (500 g)1/4 oz aniseed (7 g)1 Pint must (600 ml)1 Pint warm milk (600 ml)1 Tbs salt (or less according to taste)To make the raisin must :Mince 1 oz (30 g) raisins finely and put them in a preserve jar with … Continue reading Mosbolletjies or Must Buns and Rusks

Cheese Puff Pies

AROUND the world, the idea of what makes a pie great is oft disputed. By and large, the average South African and UK pie is of the savory variety. In America however, the pie is mostly known as a dessert, apple pie being the most famous. I never knew such a variety of fruit pies … Continue reading Cheese Puff Pies

Quick and Easy Chicken Pie

1 Rotisserie chicken8 oz Sliced white mushrooms3 Tbs butter1/4 Cup all purpose flour1 Cup milk (or half and half)2 Sheets puff pastrySalt, pepper and other spices to taste2 eggs and a splash of water Heat oven to 385F or 190C.Debone the chicken and chop into small pieces. Beat the eggs with a bit of water till … Continue reading Quick and Easy Chicken Pie

Once upon a chicken pie …

"Mother was in the pantry, setting the top crust on the Sunday chicken pie. Three fat hens were in the pie, under the bubbling gravy. Mother spread the crust and crimped the edges, and the gravy showed through the two pine-trees she had cut in the dough... " (Farmer Boy) South African chicken pie - … Continue reading Once upon a chicken pie …

Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes

I'm all for easy so when I saw this recipe I had to give it a try. The texture is delicate and airy. Cook over medium heat and flip with a very thin spatula for best results. I used my Ikea flipper which was a bit too thick and couldn't quite get it to flip … Continue reading Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes

Tuna Salad Appetizer

This simple South African appetizer can be an elegant starter on any menu. Presentation is everything and I have enjoyed it as a first course at many dinner parties!2 Tins of canned tuna (click on link below to read more about the processing of tuna)1 Tin Fruit Cocktail (keep the juice)8 oz cleaned and cooked … Continue reading Tuna Salad Appetizer

Mock Crayfish Cocktail

1 kg firm white fish fillets (skin removed)Steam fish in a little water, salt, pepper and lemon juice till done, but still firm. When cold, flake and marinate in the following sauce. Ingredients for sauce : 1/ 2 cup cream1 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup tomato sauce1 tsp Worcestershire sauce1 small grated onion1 tsp dry mustardTabasco and pepper … Continue reading Mock Crayfish Cocktail