Monthly Mingle

Mingling with Topless Tarts at the Monthly Mingle!

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  Tart, n: a) a woman of ill repute; or b) a pastry dish, similar to a pie, but different in that the top is open and not covered with pastry Hands up – who feels like a little tart??  No, luckily for sensitive readers there will be no risque pictures of an improperly attired Cooksister appearing […]

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Blackberry & pistachio clafoutis and summer memories

Thumbnail image for Blackberry & pistachio clafoutis and summer memories November 18, 2010

I have been reading that if the Autumn colours are really vivid, that is a sign that we have had a hot summer – apparently the hotter it is, the more sugars can form in the leaves, and the degree of Autumn colour that the leaves get is a function of the leaf sugar levels.  […]

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Foul mudammas – fava beans with garlic, lemon juice & olive oil

Thumbnail image for Foul mudammas – fava beans with garlic, lemon juice & olive oil October 18, 2010

  What’s in a name? Maybe we should ask some of the big companies that experienced translation problems with their products in recent years. Consider, for example… … the Mitsubishi Pajero.  These 4×4 vehicles were all the rage in South Africa’s moneyed classes in the mid-1990s.  But in Spanish slang, pajero is a term for a […]

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Living a girls’ adventure tale of cocktails and tarts – and a giveaway

Thumbnail image for Living a girls’ adventure tale of cocktails and tarts – and a giveaway August 12, 2010

  Defining your family used to be really simple when people were born and raised in the same place where they themselves would eventually settle and raise a family. Your family was your mom and dad; your siblings; and possibly a grandparent that came to live with you. Your extended family was the cousins and aunts […]

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South African waterblommetjie bredie

May 17, 2010

When most people think of edible flowers, they picture a couple of nasturtiums strewn across a salad; maybe a pansy garnish; or some sugared rose petals on a cake.  What flowers are not usually associated with are hearty stews.  That is, unless you come from the Western Cape region of South Africa! I have written before […]

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Roosterkoek – a South African braai essential

May 2, 2010

Roosterkoek (literally grill cake – say “roor-stir-cook” and try to roll those r’s!) is the traditional bread to accompany a braai or BBQ. The roosterkoek are simply balls of bread dough cooked on a grid over the coals, and are best eaten piping hot and straight off the grill. There are other traditional braai breads (e.g. […]

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Mirabelle and ginger jam

November 17, 2009

Do you still remember your first time? All that panic-stricken wondering whether you were doing it right… Whether it was firm enough yet… Whether it had gone on long enough or not… Whether it was really supposed to look like that… Whether the equipment was in deep enough… I remember my first time very well – but […]

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