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Friday, July 20, 2012

Melkos ~

A real treat...soft, comfort food.....
my husband's favourite food......

8 cups of milk
1 cup flour (all purpose)
1 tsp salt
2 T ground cinnamon
1 t baking powder
2 T butter
2 T milk
(I halved the quantities and also added sugar to our taste with the milk)

In a deep saucepan over a medium heat, heat the milk with the sugar until warm.
In a mixing bowl combine the flour, salt, b/powder and cinnamon
Rub the butter into the mixture, then add the 2 T milk and combine until the mixture resembles bread  crumbs.
Add this buttery flour mixture to the warm milk and simmer for 20 minute,stirring occasionally.
Serve hot in teacups or small bowls, sprinkled with a little cinnamon sugar.

Seascape Fantasy

With all this unusually  cold weather we are experiencing.....we woke to a beautiful sky this morning...
the perfect opportunity to set an outdoor table.....
Longing for summer again, aqua shades and white were the perfect combination....

Love my starfish.....

        and these gorgeous big heads of chrysanths with turquoise shells and fynbos

        freakalee jug.........

Under the sea!!!

And just one last collage.......

 Have a great weekend!


PS: All the above was definately inspired by this image from Colin Cowie's website......

photo credit...Colin Cowie

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Monday, July 16, 2012

It's snowing on our doorstep!

Whilst we are in the grips of a very cold winter by our standards, it's so good to be indoors........
Here are some good old faithfuls to keep warm......

Lamb Bredie and dumplings....

                                                       2 kg of lamb stewing meat
 2 tablsp flour for dusting the meat
2 onions sliced
8 medium whole onions
2 stalks of celery chopped
6 - 8 potatoes
10 carrots cleaned and roughly chopped
fresh herbs chopped ( thyme and rosemary)
salt and pepper
garlic cloves ( to taste)
1 lt chicken stock
1 tablsp tomoto paste

Fry the onions garlic and celery  in the lard until translucent
add the meat and brown.
Allow to cook for +- 45 min to 1 hr
Arrange the potatoes and carrots ontop of the meat.
Add a dusting of salt and pepper and the fresh herbs and grated zest of an orange
Add the stock.
Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender and the meat is succulent.

for the dumplings.....I mix around a cup of plain cake flour with 2 tsp baking powder.
Add 1 egg, salt and pepper and fresh herbs and enough water to make a wet dough.
Spoon heapfuls on top of the stew 1/2 hr before serving. Put the lid securely on and cook a further 30 minutes until the dumplings are light and fluffy and cooked inside.

Butternut soup

1 diced medium butternut
4 leeks, sliced
2 stalks of celery
2 onions sliced
500ml chicken stock
4 TBSP margarine
3 medium potatoes
500ml milk
2 tbsl thick cream ( I like creme fraishe)
1 tsp sugar
salt and pepper
a dash of nutmeg
(2 tsp curry powder ---optional)

Melt margarine, add leeks and onion, celery and potatoes. Sweat for 10minutes.
Add stock  and cook veggies until soft. Add milk and sugar.
Liquidise, add cream and seasoning.
Serve as you can add more milk should you prefer a thinner consistency.
Scrummy for this weather.....

Banana Bread

  platter by nicci stewart ceramics  along with many other pieces I have collected over the years from her.

See you all soon
Keep warm!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Pretty Picnic at the water.

A special week ahead of us....a great idea for a picnic to celebrate.

Of course Chloe has to get into the action she loves the beach.

  Pollock beach downloaded from my blackberry... the reason for the blur...