Traditional and contemporary recipes

Rainbow Cooking is a collection of mostly South African recipes, for people that like the tastes and flavours of migrant cooking and baking.

New recipes

Gluten free seed crackers (saadkrakers)

You can use psyllium seed husks, flax seeds, and chia seeds instead of gluten, when you make crackers

Biltong snacks (biltonghappies)

Finely ground or sliced biltong, spread over buttered bread.

Banana salad (piesangslaai)

Versatile banana salad, with a pleasantly piquant, almost-sweet dressing.

Traditional grape must syrup (moskonfyt)

Grape must syrup (moskonfyt) is simply must that has been reduced in a saucepan.


Crumbly maize porridge (krummelpap)

With a crumbly texture, krummelpap goes well with tomato-and-onion sauce.

South African lamingtons (Ystervarkies)

Small cubes of cake, dipped in chocolate sauce and rolled in coconut.

Caramel biscuits

Sweet and crispy biscuits with a fudge filling.

Melktert shooters (melktertjies)

A modern shooter that smells and tastes like melktert (South African milk tart).

Mayonaise chutney chicken (vra-na-meer-hoender)

A flavoursome dish that will increase the appetite of your guests

Pickled curry beans (kerrie-boontjies)

Delightfully tangy yellow-green salad.

Quick and easy vetkoek

Traditional vetkoek is made from yeast bread dough, but this quick and easy vetkoek recipe use baking powder as the raising agent.

Caramel apple tart (karamel appeltert)

Apple slices nestled on cake batter, baked, and then covered in a creamy syrup.

Green fig preserve (groenvy heelkonfyt)

Faldela Williams' recipe for green fig preserve.

Sweet and sour beans (sousbone)

Made from speckled "sugar beans".

Pumpkin fritters (pampoenkoekies)

Fritters made from pumpkin batter, and served with cinnamon sugar.

Unbaked milk tart (ongebakte melktert)

Easy, delicious milk tart that can be made on a stove or in a microwave oven.

Coffee biscuits (koffiekoekies)

Crispy coffee biscuits, filled with coffee-fudge, is a delightful mixture of textures and flavours.