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Friends and Food

Ok so I have friends who seem to think I am really good at doing things, even though I think I am not. My good friend Mary Goby gave me her mom’s cook book to fix and what I got is an old ledger which her mother has been putting recipes into forever it seems. It is battered and bruised, as all good cook books should be, and it is stuffed full of such amazing things as Impossible tart, Choc truffles made with instant coffee, rum essence and a little bit of dark chocolate.

battered and bruised but full of amazing information and recipes

Mary’s folks met during the Second World war, with her dad being in the Royal Navy and her mom in the armed forces here in South Africa. They met when his ship came into harbour. They then went to the UK after the war but came back here to raise their family.

This really will be a labour of love fixing it up. But I am going to share a recipe which was sent as a snail mail letter back in 1987. The writing makes me think it may have come from my friend herself but it says

Dear Mom just a short note, to give you the recipe dad is looking for

Apple Preserves

5 pounds apples
5 pounds brown sugar
grated rind of 1/2 lemon
1 piece whole ginger root
3 1/3 cups water

pare core and cut apples into quarters. Combine sugar, lemon rind, ginger root and water. Heat to boiling and add apple quarters. Cook until fruit is tender. Remove apples from syrup and place into sterilised jars. Heat syrup to boiling and poor over apples to fill jars and seal. Makes 5 pints.

Sounds really good and no preservatives or E numbers. So healthy also.

This is not just a cook book but a family history as well. None of those glossy cook books we see in the shops can come close.

Watch out for more recipes.

Thanks for your friendship and love

Jessie

Aubergine, Eggplant, Brinjal, Melanzani, What’s in a name

I got another cookbook which is a vegetarian one. I love non-meat food and I love Italian and Greek cooking, amongst all the others. When going through the book earlier today I found some quirky things from mosquito repellent to face packs as well some great recipes for food. One that caught my eye in particular was Aubergine Steaks done three ways. Now I love the idea of aubergines but I must admit one of the things I hate is baba ganoush. I just don’t enjoy the texture. But I quite like the idea of these.

Aubergine Steaks Mellissa Bushby Fresh from the Vegetarian Kitchen

They look good and I like the idea that there is Italian inspired, Thai Inspired and then South African inspired. Now in South Africa we love the slab of meat thrown on the fire. So being vegetarian is not difficult but it does require a bit more effort.

I remember when I was on the SPCA committee in Benoni and we attended the annual conference for the National body and the highlight of the food at the luncheon was a potato bake. No meat allowed. But really there was nothing to inspire one. Now, in our cooking more and more people are asking for carb conscious and healthy food. Which really is great but it is amazing to see the change happening in our country. Many South Africans cannot afford meat everyday.

Anyway I hope Mellissa Bushby won’t object if I share the South African inspired one.  It is basically making your own Braai or Barbecue sauce and for that you need:

1 cup of tomato sauce, 1TBSp brown sugar, 1TBSP soy sauce, 2Tbsp worcestershire sauce, 2Tbsp grape vinegar, 4 cloves crushed garlic, 1 tsp chilli flakes, 1tsp paprika. Put everything in a saucepan bring to the boil then simmer for about 15 minutes and remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Cut 4 medium aubergines and cut into 2cm steaks, across the aubergine, then put in shallow dish and marinate with sauce for an hour or so. Aubergines act like sponges and will soak up the flavour. Then braai them over the coals just checking that they don’t burn, but get a nice crust on them . I would serve with a salad and maybe even some sambals. I think aubergines go really well with tomatoes.

I hope you try this and enjoy them.

Jessie