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…

Comfort Food – Pumpkin fritters

It was like Mom had put her arms around us all and gave us a big, mama-bear hug. And I am telling you, there is no better kiss than the one seasoned with cinnamon and sugar. We need to record our family’s food treasures, so that we can spread comfort during tough times. You and I…

Doughnuts – Home-made

What is it that makes sweetened dough deep-fried in very hot fat such a great comfort food? Whose emotional black hole cannot be filled with the sweet angelic light that burst forth out of freshly fried doughnuts? Do you know anyone that does not like doughnuts? I do not. As a kid, every time I…

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…

Pear Cake (Torta contadina)

The story – Time Ingredients:   200 grams Plain white flour 200 grams Sugar 15 grams Baking powder 3 Whole eggs 1 teaspoon Vanilla powder 125 milliliters Milk 80 grams Sultanas 50 grams Pine nuts 100 grams Unsalted butter, At room temperature 2 Fresh pears, Cored and peeled Zest of 1 lemon Directions: 1. Line…

Salted Caramel

The Story – Salty Delight Ingredients: 1 cup Cream 1/4 cup Water 1/4 cup Corn syrup 5 tablespoons Buttter, chopped into small chunks 1 1/3 cups Sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons Flaky sea salt (like Maldon) 1 Vanilla bean Directions: Split the vanilla bean in half length-wise and scrape out the seeds. Combine the vanilla seeds…

Petite Madeleines

Story – Memories and Petite Madeleines Ingredients: 125 gs Butter, melted, then cooled 2 large Eggs 150 gs Caster sugar 150 gs Plain flour, sifted 1 tsp. Vanilla extract Pinch Salt Extra Flour, For dusting Extra Butter, for greasing Directions: Whisk eggs and sugar with electric whisk or stand mixer until pale and about three times…

Chocolate brownies with fresh goat’s cheese (Chèvre)

The Story – The 2050 Food Blues Ingredients: Brownie Batter 200 grams Unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into pieces 225 grams Dark, unsweetened chocolate, chopped 2 cups Sugar 4 large Eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon Salt 1 1/3 cup Flour, sifted Goat’s cheese filling 225 grams Soft, fresh goat’s milk cheese…

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…

Traditional Koeksisters

Story – The Day the Floods Came Ingredients: The syrup 4 cups Sugar 1 1/2 cups Water 1/2 teaspoon Cream of tartar 1/2 teaspoon Ground ginger 2 Stick cinnamon 2 teaspoons Glicerine The dough 4 cups Cakeflour 1/2 teaspoon Salt 2 tablespoons Baking powder 4 tablespoons Butter 1 Egg 250 milliliters Milk, Plus up to…

Momofuku Milkbar Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies

The story – Cookies 1.2.3 Momofuku Milk Bar Ingredients: Cornflake Crunch 170 grams Cornflakes 40 grams Milk powder 40 grams Sugar 1 teaspoon Salt 130 grams Butter, Melted The Cookies 225 grams Butter, at room temperature 250 grams White sugar 150 grams Light brown sugar 1 Egg 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract 240 grams Bread flour…

Happy New Year – 2014

I had a very quiet holiday. I even took a few naps. Something I never do. I do not know why, cause it is actually quite nice. I also walked the dog, played with the cats, smiled at obnoxious taxi drivers and spend quite a few hours on the couch researching new ideas with food….

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….

Sweet condensed milk coffee ice cream

Ingredients: 2 cups Cream 1/2 cup Milk 385 grams Sweet condensed milk 8 Cardamon pods pinch Salt pinch Cinnamon 1/2 cup Ground full-roasted coffee 5 Egg yolks Directions: 1. Mix the cream, milk, coffee, salt, cardamom pods and cinnamon in a medium size heavy bottom pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove…

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…

Time for something new?

The recipe Two weeks ago, I received a long anticipated phone call. “It’s here, you can come and fetch it”. Upon hearing those sweet words I got into the car and drove over to the Windhoek Book Den. I had bought probably the most expensive book ever sold by the shop and they needed a…

Hazelnut and chocolate spread

Ingredients: 200 grams Hazelnuts 200 grams Milk 200 grams Cream 60 grams Skim milk powder 3 tablespoons Hazelnut syrup pinch of salt 310 grams Dark chocolate, chopped Directions: 1. Heat an oven to 180℃. Spread the hazelnuts onto a baking sheet and place in the oven. Roast the nuts for about 10 minutes until the…