Category Archives: Food

Granny’s Oatmeal Cookies

Cookies 1

I don’t bake much these days, as there’s usually just me to eat it; which is not good! But with visitors I get a chance to fire up the old oven and have some fun.

Cookies 2

The photo above is of the second batch, ready to pop in the oven and below is the first batch, just out of the oven.

You might wonder, in this second photo, why the cookies on the left are so nice and round, while all the others are blob-shaped. Well, the recipe says to roll the mixture into balls and place on the tray. What actually happens is that the cookie dough sticks to your hands like crazy till there is more on you than on the tray! So after my first few attempts (perfect round cookies on the left of the tray) I just spooned out dollops.

Cookies 3

These cookies are really yummy. It’s an old recipe from my Mum-in-law. I still haven’t figured out how you measure half a cup of margarine, but I just guess it!

If you’d like to try them for yourself, the recipe is below.

 

OATMEAL COOKIES

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg – beaten
1 tspn vanilla essence
7 ml bicarbonate of soda
1 1/4 cups of cake flour* (not self-raising)
2 ml salt
2 tspn baking powder
1/2 cup coconut
1 cup oats
1 cup rice krispies

Method

Cream marg and sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla essence. Mix bicarb with a little water and add to the mix. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder. Add coconut and oats to the dry ingredients, then add all to the egg mix and mix well. Fold in rice krispies.

Bake

Place small balls on a greased baking tray.
Bake at 180 C for 10 to 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

*Everyone in SA uses cake flour and baking powder, not self-raising flour (as I found to my cost when I first came here from UK). In fact, good luck trying to find any self-raising on the shelves. Of course, you are welcome to use it, without the baking powder.

 

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Dessert!

Creme Brulee

Classic Creme Brulee with a vanilla pod house biscuit.

Mmmmm!

 

As served at the Jonkershuis restaurant on the Groot Constantia Wine Estate.

 

The Blue Train

Kalk Bay Train Restaurant 1

Step back in time, to an era of elegance, where you could travel in style and luxury.

Kalk Bay Train Restaurant 2

Sit comfortably on padded chairs while you wait for your food.

Kalk Bay Train Restaurant 3

There is plenty to choose from the scrumptious menu.

Kalk Bay Train Restaurant 4

Or take a look at menus from past journeys under the glass top table.

Kalk Bay Train Restaurant 5

Nowadays this old railway carriage serves as a restaurant and stands alone, next to the tracks where trains still run.

It is where I always stop for lunch whenever I visit Kalk Bay.

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This is for Blosslyn, who requested photos of the Blue Train.