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. 

 
Sausage rolls from scratch

Sausage rolls from scratch

Ok, so baking is not so difficult after all. I have been dreading the pastry and the bread and the baking thing, as it involves recipes and I like to follow my own way. I cook with my nose, and the use of spices and 

 
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. 

 
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 

 
Tacos! Rápido!

Tacos! Rápido!

Tacos are new to us. Our kids, being the product of so many international influences through the telly, the internet and their equally enlightened friends, come up with requests for tortillas, tacos, nachos and the likes. Not that I’m complaining. I like to be a 

 
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 

 
Easter Bunny Sugar Cookies

Easter Bunny Sugar Cookies

With all three children now teenagers they are not keen on doing an Easter egg hunt any more.  In the past we made quite a do of our Easter egg hunt.  The kids had stiff competition from our pooches in finding the Easter eggs first and