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South Africans living away from home crave traditional foods that are difficult to buy abroad. For me, one of those is rusks, the traditional double baked bread that other cultures know as biscotti. The African version is typically rough, robust and less sweet — and always dunked in tea or coffee. A rusk with your morning coffee is how you start a good day in Africa!

While my preference is for a wholewheat aniseed rusk, today I baked buttermilk muesli rusks instead. They’re easy to make … Read More »

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When you first read Harper Lee’s seminal work To Kill a Mockingbird you were probably tucked into bed with milk and cookies. Now it’s time to dust off the book and re-enjoy this gem, celebrating its 50th anniversary by shaking up a Tequila Mockingbird sundowner to enjoy it by …

Recipe: Tequila Mockingbird …

Ingredients: For one drink …

1 1/2 oz Tequila
3/4 oz Green Creme de Menthe
Juice of 1 Lime

Method: Shake ingredients with ice and strain into cocktail glass! Read More »

milk tartMelk Tert is the Afrikaans name of a South African custard pie, a dessert typically served at a braai (barbecue) or at tea time — this is not that!

Milk Tart is a road-side concoction bikers brew up from ingredients obtained from almost any convenience and liquor store in sub-saharan Africa.

Every year since his passing I shake up a fresh batch of my brother Alf’s recipe for Milk Tart, take a hit and sleep soundly on fond memories of our time together.

This is an alcohol based drink reminiscent of Bailey’s Irish Cream, only younger, stronger and tastes like more. Sublime on the rocks — which are the hardest things to find on the road: Ice, not rocks!

Recipe, Ingredients & Method:
One medium can of sweetened condensed milk (approx 300g).
Half a bottle of vodka (375ml).
Optional extras are a teaspoon of vanilla essence and/or a shot of espresso.
Pour can of condensed milk into half a bottle of vodka.
Shake up well and serve over ice (e.g. frozen cubes of strong coffee)

Suggested reading Wikipedia’s entry on Bailey’s Irish Cream | Melk Tert recipe