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Gingerbread spice persimmon cake

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December.  The final month of the year. Month of Sagittarians and Capricorns. Month of the Turquoise gemstone and the Narcissus flower. Month of Advent and St Nicholas and Christmas.  Growing up in the summer hemisphere, it was the month of endless sunshine; of school holidays and swimming pools; of beaches and braais.  It is the […]

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Rhubarb and pear muffins

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“The more you learn, the more you realise how much you don’t know” goes the familiar saying – and how true it is.  I remember the first year I knew Nick and he was living in a tiny shared cottage in my hometown, while I was still living with my parents.  I knew from the […]

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A spiced strawberry & rhubarb upside-down cake to celebrate 9 years of blogging

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Nine years. It’s quite a log time, really.  Longer than either of the two World Wars; longer than the musical Grease ran on Broadway; longer than the life of the oldest hamster ever recorded; and considerably longer than either of Britney Spears’ marriages.   Nine years ago last Thursday, I took a deep breath, sat […]

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Gingerbread cookies for Easter

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  There are two types of people in the world – bakers and non-bakers.  Bakers tend to be those with an eye for detail – the kind of people who are not at all fazed by recipes requiring “2.5 egg yolks”;  who are willing to spend as […]

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South African melktert (milk tart) revisited

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This was originally posted to CookSister! in November 2007, but seeing as I am away in Germany visiting my sister-from-another-mother Meeta this weekend and will not be online (much!), I thought I woud repost it for this week’s Sundays in South African feature. Do you know the feeling when you know something is part of […]

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Easy apple pecan cobbler recipe

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When I was at school and just starting to learn Rudyard Kipling’s classic poem If, my mom told me a story that tickled me pink and that I think of to this day every time I see Kipling’s name.  It went like this: He:  “Do you like Kipling, my dear?” She:  I don’t know, you […]

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