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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Solomon Popovers

I found this recipe on a few blogs family are truly in love with these and I'm renaming them on my blog......

The recipe~

2 large eggs
1 cup full cream milk
1 cup bread flour
pinch of salt
pinch of bicarb of soda
 Preheat oven to 220 degC.
Grease a muffin pan all over very well.

Beat eggs at high speed for about 3 minutes until thick and lemon coloured. On the slowest speed add 1/2 cup milk very slowly. Beat well.
Sift the flour, salt and bicarb together and add to the egg mixture. When mixed stop the mixer and scrap the sides down then turn down mixer and slowly add the milk. Beat a further 2 minute.
Then turn mixer on highest speed and beat for 5 - 7 minutes until the mixture is thick as is the consistency of double cream.
Strain the mixture through a sieve and fill every other muffin cup to the TOP! Bake the popovers in the middle of the oven on a baking tray to allow for any spillage for the first 15 minute.

Do not think about opening the door and reduce temp of the oven to 180deg C and bake a further 15 -20 minutes longer.

Remove and eat immediately!!

A gorgeous vehicle for just about anything from ice cream to blueberry jam and loads of real butter to mopping up the gravy of a delicious oxtail stew!!

This morning I sat outside on a daybed and watched the magnificent sun rise on a beautiful day whilst enjoying mine with a cup of hot chocolate.....thinking of the Steele family and their  bubbly vivacious daughter, Janine,  who is getting married this afternoon.....what a beautiful start to my day!

Nicci Stewart butter dish!!

All the while he was combing my lawn for fresh worms for his breakfast....I must have made him hungry!

And of course....Madame waiting for the leftovers....she's my greatest taste tester!

hers without jam and butter!!

My garden in winter.....just a dash of shocking colour here and there!

Wishing you all a great and happy weekend.....Enjoy with me!!
Shel xx

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Jarryd!

To My Son

© Amy R. Campbell
Oh how the years go by,
Oh how time can certainly fly.
From once just a thought in far away dreams,
now into my arms and in my eyes gleam
the presence of you.
Your laughter and smiles
which go on for miles,
warms my heart and soul.
You're growing up so fast,
as I wish each moment with you to last forever. 
My little boy will someday be a man
and right by your side I will forever stand.
I will pick up the pieces when you fall,
I will hold your hand and help you stand tall.
And when the day comes when you are on your own,
never feel that you are alone.
No matter how near or far apart
I am always right there in your heart.
Always remember whatever you go through
that no matter what, I will always love you.

Happy Birthday darling Jarryd!
We love you!
Dad and Mom

South African Melk Tert~

     The recipe~
This makes 2 large milk tarts or 4 small tarts.

Crust ~  Crushed tennis biscuits and melted butter to form base.
              Refrigerate whilst making the filling.

Filling ~  2 litres of full cream milk
                 6 dessertspoons margarine
                 6 dessertspoons self raising flour
                 6 dessertspoons maizena
                 6 eggs
                 1 1/2 cups sugar

Bring milk and marg to the boil.
Cream sugar, eggs and then flour and maizena. Add to hot milk and stir until it thickens.
(Mine went thick almost instantly)
Sprinkle with cinnamon .
Refrigerate.....serve chilled......excellent......thank you Deon!! (At long last!!  :)))

Popping in for tea at Teatime Tuesdays . to share my recipe with all the tea enthusiasts!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Country Fresh

We woke to a beautiful sunrise in our garden again last Saturday....

The perfect day to take a long winding road...... behind these gorgeous little cars..... into the Baviaans area in the Eastern Cape to find a little rough gem.....
A road seldom travelled by are some photos of the Naartje Festival held this past Youth weekend!

Truly magnificent country vistas

Happy little children in a field outside Hankey and the produce from the area......the home of Saartje Baartman's remains

 Beautiful flora

 arriving in Patensie we found this great little "padstal"....Tolbos.....a nice place for refreshments.....

And on to the Naartje Festival......

Beautifully decorated stalls filled with all the freshest produce you can imagine.....

Just rows and rows of citrus groves and pack houses stretching onto the surrounding mountains.....

      reminds me of the Loire Valley in France ........ and a basket of my fresh loot

 happy for so many reasons....... I live in a beautiful part of the world!

See you soon

Joining my sweet friend for tea...although not too many of tea here.......Teatime Tuesdays
and a very pretty blog just discovered....A delightsome Life.
Go pop in at both.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


 Things I love about winter......

The bridal veil proteas with a roaring fire ......
a bowl of oats and honey.......
my friend's milk tart recipe......
a simple steamed pudding.......

The rain falling softly on my pool.....
Gorgeous late sunrises.....
Hot chocolate.....
Lavender fields.......

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Little Apple and Blueberry cakes in jars!

I've seen this so often on various blogs since I started blogging and really cannot single a particular one out.......yours are truly all beautiful......
I really have been wanting to try this out for a long time......

Love, LOVE dainty things so much.....of course the boys in my life think I'm OTT!!

You could use any recipe I guess, but we love apples and blueberries, so I made mine with the following cake mixture and added a handful of each.....

Cream together 3 Tablespoons of butter and 1 cup of castor sugar.
Add 2 eggs one at a time and beat well.
Sieve together 1 1/2 cups of cake flour and 2 tsps of baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt.
Add the flour mixture to the cream mixture and then about 1/3 cup of milk.
Pour into the individual jars and add the blueberries/apples on top.
1/2 fill a baking tray with hot water and put the little jars in.
Bake for around 15 minutes at 180deg C.

I added a sauce by boiling together 1/4pd butter, 1 cup of ideal milk and 1/2 cup of sugar.
Prick the cakes with a toothpick and pour sauce gently over.
When slightly cooled....sprinkle with icing sugar.

I set myself a tea tray and had a date with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on TV!

Feeling very loved....totally spoiled with lots of hearts too all the way from Canada and a dear friend!


Sharing with Teatime Tuesdays.......the sweetest hostess I know. Please visit her and all the other gorgeous posts.

I am also sharing with Tablescape Thursday..and   Pink Saturday....always a beautiful site to visit!