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South African

Melktert is the stuff that dreams and memories are made of. Melktert (which means "milk tart") is a classic – and much loved – South African afternoon dessert and tea-time treat. Being a baked custard tart, flavoured with cinnamon, it is part of South Africa’s Dutch and Cape Malay culinary background.

Each melktert baker has their own favourite recipe. Some prefer to bake it in a traditional puff pastry, while others use a slightly sweetened short crust pastry. We prefer the traditionally method but because a good puff pastry needs lots of skill and time, we take a shortcut and buy quality ready-made puff pastry that’s made with butter.

Game is a big thing in South-Africa, especially during the hunting season in the winter. Because game meat such as Springbok or Kudu is not available in New Zealand, this recipe uses deer venison.

Marietjie's mum was a master at making melt in the mouth beef. Jaco discovered it recently and now Marietjie's husband cooks her mum's speciality.

This delicately flavoured leg of lamb reminds of Greek-style lamb, but is traditional South African.

This is a rich stew made from lamb (mutton) and lots of tomato. Bredie is simmered slowly to allow the flavours of the meat and vegetables can combine. Bredie is usually made from mutton, and tend to have a dominant vegetable ingredient such as tomato, beans or pumpkin.

 

Bobotie is a mild spicy dish made from minced meat and egg custard, served with yellow rice and a salad.

It is a complex though well-balanced combination of flavours: sweet and fruity (sultanas, chutney, apricot jam and a wee bit of sugar), spicy (curry and turmeric), sour (vinegar) and salty (the meat).

An old time favourite - pap, wors en sous (porridge, sausage and sauce) - served as a one-dish meal.

It is not common to use wors in a casserole dish, but this worsjuweel casserole proves that it can be done. Flavorsome, and very satisfying.

Dried fruit such as apple rings, apricot, peach, pear, and prune is delicious when stewed. It is a healthy breakfast too, especially if you serve it with natural, unflavoured yoghurt.

New Zealanders will find dried fruit in the bins at your local Countdown Supermarket. (For non-Kiwi readers: a bin is a large container from which you take as much or little as you need. You pay per weight.)

A flavorsome dressing made from cheese, yogurt and Worcester sauce.

A thick sauce with the consistency of mayonnaise

Avocado Mousse was quite popular in the 70's when jellied dishes were in fashion, but it remains a favorite.

A simple salad, but not a mild one!

Apple and Celery Salad is a crispy and fresh variation of Waldorf salad.

Lovely salad with broccoli, bacon, sultanas and almonds.

This is a sweet and tangy variation of potato salad. Not for the calorie-conscious though.

A healthy salad that is high in fibre, and will last well in the fridge.

Bacon and Pea Salad is delicious and will last a few days, is great to have in the fridge ready for use.

Wholewheat rusks are high in fibre and therefore quite healthy.

Buttermilk is a popular beskuit flavour. It is quick and easy to make, because you can use self-raising flour.