Taking Risks with Wine

“Here’s to wine, wit, and wisdom: Wine enough to sharpen wit, wit enough to give zest to wine, wisdom enough to ‘shut down’ at the right time”. – Anonymous All too often I hear “Namibians are not wine drinkers”, and for most part, I would agree. We are not a nation of wine drinkers. Beer?…

Dehydration – Apple, Cinnamon, Strawberry, and Pear Fruit Leathers

Drying under the sun is still the most common method of drying food especially in traditional societies. Most home cooks use small electric dehydrators, a device that forces warm air over the food. Drying food as a means of preservation has been around since times immemorial. During seasons of abundance, excess fresh food were prepared…

The Search For Namibian Cuisine Part 2: Techniques

Last week I wrote about the ingredients that make our cuisine distinctive. This week I want to take the conversation further by looking at the special techniques we employ to cook our food. Like the rest of the world, we boil, roast, braise, grill and bake. We also dry and smoke food to preserve and…

Prawn and Tomato Tart with Wasabi Cream

The Prawns: 300 grams Prawns, Shells removed and devained 2 teaspoons Butter 1 tablespoon Olive oil Salt and pepper for seasoning 1 Pinch Red Chili Flakes Lemon juice, to taste The Tart: 400 grams Ready-Rolled Puff pastry, (1 Packet) 300 grams Cocktail tomatoes, Sliced 1 tablespoon Caviar, Optional The Cream: 1 cup Cream Cheese 1/3…

A short history of Ice Cream

The Recipe : Tangerine Ice Cream Legend has it that Nero the infamous Roman Emperor (54-68 AD) send slaves into the mountains to collect shaved ice which was mixed with honey, nectar and fruit pulp and served as frozen desserts to important guests. The Chinese were the first to use a mixture of snow and…

Roasted Tangerine Ice Cream

The Story – A short history of ice cream  The Tangerines: 2 1/2 cups Sugar 50 grams Unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 (about 170 grams each) Tangerines, Large Ice cream base: 3 cups Cream 2/3 cup Milk 1 Vanilla bean 2 Large Egg yolks Directions   Roasting the Tangerines:  This needs to be done one day prior…

Pickled Horned Melon with Dill

Story – In a pickle Ingredients: 300 grams Horned Mellon 200 grams Water 10 grams Salt 200 grams Rice vinegar 100 grams Mirin 50 grams Sugar 15 grams Dill Directions: Peel the horned melon and slice thinly (about 5mm). Combine water, vinegar, mirin, sugar, salt and dill. Mix well until the sugar and salt is…

Blueberry Gelato

The Story Ingredients: 1 1/2 Cups Milk 1 1/2 Cups Cream 2 tablespoons Skim milk powder 4 Large Egg yolks 2/3 Cup Sugar 1/8 teaspoon Guar gum 300 grams Blueberries 1/4 cup Caster sugar 3 tablespoons Lime Juice Directions: Combine the milk and cream in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Place…

Old Recipes in Old Books

Recipe – Pork Brawn and Redcurrant Chutney  Just a few weeks ago someone very kind gave me a collection of old cook books. The collection belonged to someone dear to her, and she thought it best to pass it on to someone whom she thought might appreciate them. I remain indebted to her. It is a…

Redcurrant Chutney

Story – Old Recipes from old Books Ingredients: 250 grams Redcurrants 140 grams Muscavado sugar 200 milliliters White balsamic vinegar 2 Cloves Garlic, Finely chopped 1 tablespoon Fresh ginger, Finely chopped 1 Red chili, Deseeded and finely sliced 2 tablespoons Olive Oil 1 Red Onion, Finely sliced 1/4 teaspoon Pectin 3 tablespoons Fresh coriander, Finely…

Banana Fritters

Ingredients: 5 Firm, ripe bananas, Peeled and cut in half across the middle 200 grams Self raising flour 160 milliliters Soda Water 2 teaspoons Vegetable oil pinch Salt enough for deep frying Oil 30 grams Roasted peanuts, Coursely chopped Directions: Mix the flour, salt, oil and soda water in a bowl to form a batter….

Melktert Ice Cream

The story Ingredients: 1 liter Full cream milk 180 milliliters Cream 2 tablespoons Skim milk powder 3 Black cardamom pods 1 Stick Cinnamon 6 Egg yolks 250 grams Sugar 1 tablespoon Naartjie zest Short crust pastry 2 tablespoons Caster sugar 1 tablespoon Cinnamon, ground Directions: 1. Roll out the pastry till quite thin. Use a…

Maguni Ice Cream

The story Ingredients: 500 milliliters Cream 250 milliliters Milk 175 grams Sugar 250 milliliters Maguni juice, (juice of about 3 medium magunis) Directions: Add the cream, milk and sugar to a pot over medium heat. Heat and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Add the maguni juice and mix well. Strain the mixture into…

Chocolate, cranberry and fennel cookies

The story Ingredients: 200 grams Dark chocolate nips 100 grams Dried cranberries 1 heaped teaspoon Fennel seeds 125 grams Unsalted butter 200 grams Golden caster sugar 1 medium sized Egg ½ teaspoon Vanilla powder 100 grams Ground almonds 75 grams Cake Flour, sifted 1 teaspoon Baking powder, sifted  Method: 1.Preheat your oven to 220℃. Line a baking tray or two with silicone paper or ordinary baking paper. Or butter them if you do not have…

Cheesecake

The story 250 g Plain butter biscuits 125 g Butter, melted 500 g Cream cheese, softened ¾ cup caster sugar ¾ cup sour cream 1 teaspoon vanilla paste 1 teaspoon Lime rind 3 Eggs 1.Preheat your oven to 160°C. Grease a 20cm round spring-form cake pan with some soft butter or non-stick spray. 2.Add the biscuits to a food processor and process until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs. Add…

Chocolate and passionfruit tart

The story Ingredients: The base 150 g Butter biscuits or shortbread 30 g unsalted butter, melted 2 tablespoons white caster sugar The filling 175 g Cream, whipped to ribbon stage Pinch of salt Pulp from 6 passion fruits 50 g Store-bought, ready made custard 110 g Dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces 50…

Red Curry Duck with Lychees

Story – The last mile to Dead Vlei Ingredients:4 Duck breasts 2 cups Coconut cream 4 tablespoons Thai red curry paste 2 cups Coconut milk 8 Makut (Thai) Lime Leaves, Torn in large pieces 3 tablespoons Fish sauce 1 cup Canned Lychees, Drained 3 Red chillies, Sliced finely 1 cup Basil, fresh, shredded to taste…

Maguni Parfait

The story – The botheration with moderation Maguni Parfait ——————————————————————————– Ingredients: 500 milliliters Fresh cream 4 Eggs 150 grams White sugar 5 leaves Gelatine 500 milliliters Maguni juice 1 teaspoon Cinnamon 1 tablespoon Fresh cream, For dissolving the gelatine Directions: Soak the gelatine in ice water for about 10 minutes. Using an electric whisker (or by…

Shortcake with rosewater whipped cream and fresh cherries

The story – Claustrophobia Shortcake with rosewater whipped cream and fresh cherries ——————————————————————————– Ingredients: Shortcake 300 grams Self raising flour 1 teaspoon Baking powder 140 grams Unsalted Butter, Chilled and cut into small cubes 100 grams Caster sugar 75 milliliters Butter milk 1 Egg, Beaten Filling 250 milliliters Cream 1 tablespoon Caster sugar 1 teaspoon…