Cream Cheese and Lemon Cake

Cream Cheese and Lemon Cake

Noudat ons oudste kind in Stellenbosch studeer en hy net elke drie maande by die huis is, het ek besef hoe belangrik familietradisies is.   Ons het so om die etenstafel gesels oor ons gesin se tradisies wat hulle die meeste geniet en die beste onthou het. 

 
Jippo (mock) pannacotta

Jippo (mock) pannacotta

So we may by now have established that we love programs like Masterchef. Not for the display of egos or the dramatic music score. For what we can learn from other home cooks. And every now and then you get a recipe mentioned or made 

 
Strawberry Swirl Ice cream

Strawberry Swirl Ice cream

My friends’ birthday was coming up and as I sifted through the things that would make a really great birthday present I came across the perfect gift – ice cream. Who wouldn’t be glad to receive a whole tub of creamy goodness just for them 

 
Ice-cream season, vanilla flavoured

Ice-cream season, vanilla flavoured

Ah, as the days get longer and the morning chill turn from frosty white to dewdrop diamond, the mental menu adapts. It’s ice-cream season. Over the weekend, Lara had an ice-cream stand at the school’s Spring Carnival. She produced 25kg of ice-cream with our 1,7l 

 
Baguettes, glorious baguettes

Baguettes, glorious baguettes

And here I thought that making baguettes was a very difficult thing. I thought that it’s up there with ciabatta and croissants. Difficult and only to be mastered by the chosen few. The artisans.   Not true. It is actually quite the opposite. We have 

 
Puff pastry

Puff pastry

We love cooking shows like Masterchef. It intrigues me how the guys (and gals) get things done in an hour and make the most interesting dishes using different doughs and techniques. For this reason we invested in the epitome of technique manuals written by the 

 
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

A while ago we had store bought lemon poppy seed muffins.  It had a very strong chemical taste, no subtlety in their lemon flavouring.  The kids were hungry and their tummies were rumbling, they ate the store bought muffins with no smile on their faces. 

 
Never-a-failure Fudge

Never-a-failure Fudge

In comedy, timing is everything.  You can say exactly the same when you work with sugar, making various candy and fudge.  My timing has always been way off with fudge and I become the laughing stock of my family.  Just the idea that I have 

 
Piesangbrood! (Banana Bread)

Piesangbrood! (Banana Bread)

A picture is worth a thousand words.  Before I could take a picture every slice of banana bread was gone! Banana bread is more than just a teatime treat. It’s Ouma Mona’s kitchen, its growing up in sunny days with heady banana odours drifting from 

 
The easiest buttermilk rusks

The easiest buttermilk rusks

There’s so many variations on buttermilk rusks but I keep coming back to this recipe.  It from one of my favourite food authors, Lynn Bedford Hall.  Traditionally you have to roll the dough in small balls and pack them in a bread pan.  I prefer