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Homemade cranberry clementine vodka and a Christmas cocktail

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When I was a student, we loved to play Pictionary – even more so if we could convert into a drinking game of some sort.  Of course, I always insisted on being in a team with my darling future sister-in-law Paola because a) she is a talented artist, which helps a lot; and b) we know […]

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Pomegranate pavlova shots – and ten years of Cooksister

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When I was seven, I still lived next door to my best friend Andréa and we often met up where her garden wall met my driveway to shoot the breeze or plan our next play date.  I still remember the day when she poked her head over our wall and proudly announced that she was […]

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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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Mamma’s coconut tart (klappertert)

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  One of the things in life that has held a fascination for me for as long as I can remember is language. My mom always maintained that this was because she was pregnant with me while she was doing her Honours degree in English, and that I attended most of her lectures with her, but […]

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Cape brandy pudding (or tipsy tart) revisited

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[As I am currently on holiday, this is an edited re-posting of one of the first traditional South African desserts that I ever posted on this blog. ] It’s a fact – South Africans do like their brandy.  Not so much the sort that is meticulously aged and then consumed in tiny sips from beautiful blown-glass balloons.  No, […]

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Souskluitjies (cinnamon dumplings) revisited

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[As I am currently on holiday, this is an edited re-posting of one of the first traditional South African desserts that I ever posted on this blog, over five years ago in 2004.  The photo is also from 2004, before anybody told me not to use a flash in food photography...  You've come a long way, baby!] **H2Ope […]

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