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Cape Malay singers

Alabama ship

image: Wikipedia

There are two different versions of the origin of this song – apparently. See the second version near the bottom of this entry.

This song – ‘Daar kom die Alibama’ (There comes the Alibama) about the ship, the Alabama, is a South African folk song. It’s sung by young and old, any colour or culture in South Africa and we all love and enjoy singing this song. This is part of the history of this ship and on Wikipedia, you can see how they refer to this song as a very popular song in our culture. In the first video, Cape Malay singers perform the song beautifully and if you’re a lover of school choirs, like me, then you will surely enjoy the other videos too. There’s a huge variety on youtube about this song. Even if you don’t understand the language, you can still hum with the melody. 

Version 1

CSS Alabama was a screw sloop-of-war built in 1862 for the Confederate States Navy at Birkenhead on the River Mersey opposite Liverpool, England by John Laird Sons and Company.Alabama served as a successful commerce raider, attacking Union merchant and naval ships over the course of her two-year career, during which she never docked at a Southern port. She was sunk in June 1864 by USS Kearsarge at the Battle of Cherbourg outside the port of Cherbourg, France.

Alabama was built in secrecy in 1862 by British shipbuilders John Laird Sons and Company, in north west England at their shipyards at Birkenhead, Wirral, opposite Liverpool

Under Captain Semmes, Alabama spent her first two months in the Eastern Atlantic, ranging southwest of the Azores and then redoubling east, capturing and burning northern merchant ships. After a difficult Atlantic crossing, she then continued her path of destruction and devastation in the greater New England region. She then sailed south, arriving in the West Indies where she raised more havoc before finally cruising west into the Gulf of Mexico. There, in January 1863, Alabama had her first military engagement. She came upon and quickly sank the Union side-wheeler USS Hatteras just off the Texas coast, near Galveston, capturing that warship’s crew. She then continued further south, eventually crossing the Equator, where she took the most prizes of her raiding career while cruising off the coast of Brazil. After a second, easterly Atlantic crossing, Alabama sailed down the southwestern African coast where she continued her war against northern commerce.

After stopping in Saldanha Bay on 29 July 1863 in order to verify that no enemy ships were in Table Bay, she finally made a much-needed refitting and reprovisioning visit to Cape Town, South Africa. Alabama is the subject of an Afrikaans folk song, “Daar kom die Alibama” still popular in South Africa today. She then sailed for the East Indies, where she spent six months destroying seven more ships before finally redoubling the Cape of Good Hope en route to France. Union warships hunted frequently for the elusive and by now famous Confederate raider, but the few times Alabama was spotted, she quickly outwitted her pursuers and vanished over the horizon.

All together, she burned 65 Union vessels of various types, most of them merchant ships. During all of Alabama’s raiding ventures, captured ships’ crews and passengers were never harmed, only detained until they could be placed aboard a neutral ship or placed ashore in a friendly or neutral port.

Primary School Choir

Senior School Choir

Follow this link on Wikipedia to read more about this ship.

ENGLISH

There comes the Alabama,
The Alabama comes over the sea,
There comes the Alabama,
The Alabama comes over the sea.

Girl, girl, the reed bed is made,
The reed bed is made,
The reed bed is made
For me to sleep on.
Girl, girl, the reed bed is made,
The reed bed is made,
The reed bed is made

Oh, Alabama come over the
Oh, Alabama, the Alabama,
Oh Alabama come over the sea

AFRIKAANS

Daar kom die Alibama,
Die Alibama kom oor die see
Daar kom die Alibama,
Die Alibama kom oor die see.

Nooi Nooi die rietkooi nooi,
Die rietkooi is gemaak
Die rietkooi is vir my gemaak,
Om daar op te slaap
Nooi Nooi die rietkooi nooi,
Die rietkooi is gemaak
Die rietkooi is vir my gemaak,
Om dar op te slaap

O Alibama, die Alibama,
O Alibama kom oor die see
A Alibama, die Alibama,
O Alibama kom oor die see.

Version 2 – see a comment left on the following link.

Click HERE to read this version.

This ship is not the Alabama that is being referred to in the song. This actual Alabama was a small cutter that was used in the early days of Dutch occupation to sail up to Robben Island, and later, Langebaan lagoon, to provide seal meat and penguin eggs for the garrison who were often at deep risk of food insecurity due to the lack of goodwill from the Khoi, who were reluctant to trade their cattle.

Later, this yacht would travel up as far as the Berg River, and cross the bar into the river itself, to collect a sought – after soft reed which was used on the night of a Cape Malay bride’s wedding, as the filling for her bridal bed which had been decorated with an especially elaborate covering for the occasion. Hence the verse, ‘nooi, nooi, die rietkooi nooi’ ..

Roggebaai was the harbour which lay at the foot of Adderley Street? Table Bay, and the Cape Malay fisherman would obviously be the ones to sight ‘Die Alabama’ on it’s arrival.

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All links in this post will open in a new window. Please click HERE for my own “pizza” recipe with comfrey or spinach…you will eat your fingers for more! You can follow everything step-by-step with photos!

I just found this PDF document with recipes by ‘Moirs’ Recipe_Just-like-Mom-Used-to-Make In this document you will find some of South Africa’s most favourite recipes! Do enjoy! Click on the red link to download the PDF.

This next link has only Afrikaans recipes. Die link het veral resepte vir bak in groot maat. Die link sal in ‘n nuwe venster oopmaak.

https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2007/06/30/heerlike-suid-afrikaanse-resepte/
Skons…. scones…on the picture you can see the scones I baked from this recipe…scroll down for the English translation.

Bestanddele:
500ml meel
20ml bakpoeier
2 eiers
5 teelepels botter/margarien
sout
150ml melk

Metode:
Vryf die botter/margarien in die droë bestanddele, totdat dit soos growwe meel lyk.
Meng die melk en eiers – nadat dit goed geklits is – hiermee en vorm sagte deeg. Rol die deeg uit en sny met ‘n koekie drukker die grootte wat jy verlang. Borsel met eiergeel of met melk.
Bak 15 min by 200 grade C

English recipe…scones

Ingredients

500 ml flour
20 ml baking powder
2 eggs
5 teaspoons of butter/margarine
pinch of salt
150 ml milk

Directions:

Mix the dry ingredients and with your fingers, rub the margarine into the dry ingredients. Whisk the eggs and milk together and add to the dry ingredients— knee thoroughly. Roll the dough and cut medium-size shapes with a biscuit cutter. Bake 15 min by a pre-heated oven of 200 deg Celcius.

Soetkoekies – or Sugar cookies – This recipe in this image is one I’ve tasted and it is REALLY delicious. I’ve translated it the same time too.

On THIS LINK you can follow very easy steps by looking at pictures to make a very nice South African side dish to have with a BBQ! Read the comments of an American soldier who prepared it for his men in Bagdad! There is also a recipe on “how to make pap”.

Click HERE on this link for a recipe about delicious Bokkenvolle, something I’ve only discovered recently in South Africa!

Please click HERE to find the English recipe for South African rusks.

I was looking for a South African recipe called “Soetkoekies” on the web. I kind of know it by heart, as I baked it so many times during high school years…that was when I was seen as the “baker” in the family… When I searched the web this morning to find the REAL Soetkoekie-recipe…I came across several sites with “Soetkoekies”, but they are not the one that you get in my gran’s “Kook-en-Geniet”… (a South African recipe book …if translated…”Cook and Enjoy”…).. This “Kook en Geniet” was the alpha and omega of cooking/baking in many SA homes! And, till today, it’s my “Bible” about cooking/baking. Well, to come back to all these other recipes I’ve found..they are not the “Soetkoekies” baked by my grandma, but they are actually “Spicy cookies”… “Speserye Koekies”… the real Soetkoekie doesn’t have all those other spices as ingredients… with  more searching, I found a Word document with the recipe I was looking for! So, it is at the bottom of this post. One blog-reader has asked me for a milk tart recipe…so it is here, but in Afrikaans. Give me a day or so and I will translate it for English readers here… this is soooooooo delicious! You should try it!

Click HERE to see the milk tart recipe in English, as I’ve promised earlier today!

This “Kook en Geniet” (cover shown on image) is the modern edition of my grandma’s old “Kook en Geniet”.

Melktert

Hiervoor word gewoonlik skilferkors gebruik.

Skilferkors:
Bestanddele:
1 pond Meelblom
1 pond Botter
2 eetlepels Suurlemoensap
½ pint vloeistof bestaande uit – 1 geel van eier en Water
Metode:

Sif die meelblom, voeg sout by. Druk al die water uit die botter en deel in drie. Neem nou ‘n klein stukkie van een deel af en vrywe dit in die meelblom, maak nou aan met die ½ pint vloeistof en knie deeg baie goed. Die deeg moet geknie word totdat dit soos ‘n stuk rek is. Strooi nou meelblom op ‘n plank en rol die deeg baie dun uit. Neem nou een deel botter en sit dit in klein stukkies op die deeg, strooi effens meelblom oor en vou deeg toe en drie. Laat lê deeg nou ‘n rukkie. Neem nou die tweede deel botter en herhaal die proses en dan weer die derde deel botter ook op dieselfde manier. Rol nou die deeg uit en voer die nodige tertborde daarmee uit en gooi die volgende vulsel daarin:

Meltert vulsel:
Bestanddele:
6 koppies Melk
6 Eiers
2 koppies meelblom
2 onse Botter
1 ½ koppie Suiker
Sout na smaak

Metode:
Maak die meelblom aan met ‘n deel van die melk, sit die ander melk op die stoof om te kook, roer die aangemaakte meelblom in en kook goed deur,voeg die suiker en botter by. Klits eiers goed op,maar hou die wit van drie uit. Haal nou die vulsel van die stoof af en roer die eiers ook by,kook weer goed deur. Klits nou die wit van drie eiers styf en vou in die mengsel in,gooi dadelik in die uitgevoerde tertborde. Bak in ‘n baie warm oond. Pypkaneel en suiker word oorgestrooi sodra melktert koud is. Dit word ook net so bedien.

Let wel: Die vulsel moet altyd kokend warm in die uitgevoerde tertborde gegooi word. Brandewyn kan in plaas van suurlemoensap vir die vloeistof gebruik word.
 Kyk vir meer resepte HIER op Funkymunky.

Soetkoekies: image – snowflake.co.za

SOETKOEKIES (“soet” means “sweet” and “koekies” = cookies/biscuits…or just plain Sugar biscuits!)

I’ve just made this recipe myself and here’s the results:

Thes cookies are soooooooooooo yummy!!
Ingredients
6 cups flour, 500gm margarine, 2 cups sugar, 6tsp baking powder,
2tsp bicarb, 5 eggs , 2tsp vanilla, (2 cups coconut – optional)  (I’m not a coconut fan and I never used coconut in my Soetkoekies )
Cream together margarine, sugar and eggs.
Sift all dry ingredients together.
Mix all together if the dough is to soft add some flour and mix well.
Roll out and cut with biscuit cutter. Bake 10 to 15min @ 180deg C.

OnTHIS LINK you can find a very delicious buttermilk rusk recipe, once again, I need to translate it for English readers, but do check back in a day and I promise to have both these recipes translated here.

KONDENSMELK TERT… give me a shout if you want this condensmilk tart to be translated!

1 x blikkie kondensmelk
3 x blikkies water
3 x eiers….geskei
4 x eetlepels maizena
4 x eetlepels vlapoeier
1 x pakkie tennisbeskuitjies

Pak tennis beskuitjies in tertbak. Gooi die blikkie kondensmelk in ‘n kastrol en voeg die blikkies water by. Stel die plaat op ‘n lae hitte. Skei die eiers en klop eier witte styf en meng ‘n halwe blikkie water met die eiergeel maizena en vlapoeier. Voeg dit by die kondensmelk in die kastrol. Roer op lae hitte totdat dit styf is. Haal van die stoof af en voeg die eierwitte by. Meng alles nou goed en giet in ‘n tertbak. Jy kan so ‘n knypie kaneel bo-oor strooi…afhangende van jou smaak. Plaas in die yskas vir sowat 30 min voordat jy dit bedien….en geniet dit!

CHICKEN A LA KING (serves 2)

Ingredients

2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp plain flour
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp sunflower oil
1 green (or red, or both) pepper, diced
1 amall onion, diced
1 cup quartered button mushrooms
1.5-2 cups cooked diced chicken
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

Method

Heat the oil in a large, shallow saucepan. Add the onion and, when it begins to soften, the red/green pepper. Allow everything to soften over medium heat but don’t caramelise the onions – add a bit more oil to the pan if things start to stick. Add the chicken and heat through, adding the mushrooms towards the end.

Melt the butter in a separate pot and when it is completely liquid, stir in the flour. Allow to cook for a minute or two, then whisk in the milk. Allow the sauce to thicken and season with salt and pepper, then pour over the chicken mixture and mix well. A splash of cream may also be added for richness. Serve at once on cooked rice or noodles.
Recipe: cooksister.com

South African Bobotie
Ingredients:
Group A:
30ml fine ginger
30ml  brown sugar
15ml curry powder
15ml turmeric
10ml salt
2ml pepper
60ml butter/margarine
5 medium size onions finely chopped.

Group B:
2 slices white bread dipped in milk
1kg lean ground beef
150ml seedless raisins
60ml chutney – which you can buy in Tescos  – or order from any South African shop online
30ml smooth apricot jam
30ml vinegar
30ml Worcester sauce
30 ml tomato pasta

Group C
375 milk
2 eggs
Fresh lemon leaves
Heat all the ingredients of group A in a pan except the onions and butter. Add the onions and butter and stir.
Mix group B together and add to the mix in the pan. Slowly simmer over medium heat for about 20 minutes.

Put in an oven dish. Mix eggs and milk from group c and add on top of beef mix in dish. Bake for about 45minutes on 350F.


Image and recipe: sacolorado.org/recipes
You can find another Bobotie (pronounced….bebootea) recipe on the BBC’s food website

Ingredients
2 slices white bread
2 onions , chopped
25g butter
2 garlic cloves , crushed
1kg packet lean minced beef
2 tbsp madras curry paste
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
3 cloves
5 allspice berries
2 tbsp peach mango chutney
3 tbsp sultanas
6 bay leaves
FOR THE TOPPING300ml full-cream milk
2 large eggs
Method:

Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Pour cold water over the bread and set aside to soak.
Meanwhile, fry the onions in the butter, stirring regularly for 10 mins until they are soft and starting to colour. Add the garlic and beef and stir well, crushing the mince into fine grains until it changes colour. Stir in the curry paste, herbs, spices, chutney, sultanas and 2 of the bay leaves with 1 tsp salt and plenty of ground black pepper.
Cover and simmer for 10 mins. Squeeze the water from the bread, then beat into the meat mixture until well blended. Tip into an oval ovenproof dish (23 x 33cm and about 5-6cm deep). Press the mixture down well and smooth the top. You can make this and chill 1 day ahead.
For the topping, beat the milk and eggs with seasoning, then pour over the meat. Top with the remaining bay leaves and bake for 35-40 mins until the topping is set and starting to turn golden.


Image and recipe…bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5109/bobotie

Curried kaiings (crackling)

1 large onion sliced
3 potatoes, diced
2 tomatoes, skinned and diced
5 ml medium curry powder
5 ml turmeric
1 l kaiings
sugar
brown vinegar
salt
pepper

Place the onion, potatoes and. tomatoes in a heavy-based saucepan and add the curry powder and turmeric.
Add a little water and simmer until the potatoes are soft. Add the kaiings and season to taste with sugar, brown vinegar, salt and pepper.
Mix well and cook through. Serve with mealie rice. Serves 4.

Resep: www.afrikaans.org.au/Resepte.ews?Resepte.ewdid=18

These two  recipes were sent to me via email, I haven’t  tried it…scones and milk tart.



Melktert – another Milk tart recipe..in Afrikaans from my blogger friend Chris.This recipe is from his mum-in-law and I’ve copied it exactly like he sent it to me.

Genoeg vir 2 tertborde

Smeerkors: 2 eetlepels sagte margarine – hoogvol
1/4 koppie suiker
3/4 koppie meel
1 eier
1 teelepel bakpoeier
knippie sout
vanilla geursel

Room botter en suiker goed. Voeg vanilla by askook geklopte eier. Sif droe bestanddele saam en voeg by bottermengsel. Deeg moet baie sag wees. Smeer borde met vingers en bak by ongeveer 200 grade C of 400 grade F tot gaar. (Indien deeg te styf is, kan ‘n bietjie melk bygevoeg word).

Vulsel: 6 koppies melk
4 eiers
6 eetlepels suiker
2 teelepels margarien
knippie sout
6 eetlepels meel, afgeskud
1 teelepel vanilla geursel
1/2 teelepel amandel geursel

Kook melk en botter saam. Maak meel en sout en geklitste eiers en suiker aan tot ‘n pasta wat kan loop. As melk kook, haal kastrol af van plaat en voeg pasta by. Sit terug op plaat en kook vir 2 min. Voeg geursels by en skep in korse. Strooi kaneel bo-oor.

 
Ever Ready Bran Muffins
3 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup corn oil
4 eggs, beaten
5 cups self rising flour
5 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 quart buttermilk
1 15-ounce 100% bran or 15-ounce Raisin
bran
1/2 cup fruit and fiber
1/2 cup raisins

Blend sugar and oil. Add beaten eggs. Sift dry ingredients together. Add alternately with buttermilk. Stir in cereal. Keep refrigerated in a tightly closed container. Stir well before each use. Stir in a little more buttermilk with each batch. Bake in greased muffin tins 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.
recipe: necyskitchen.wordpress.com

 
 
 
 
Apricot and Walnut Bread and Naan Bread

Apricot and Walnut Bread and Naan Bread

Apricot and Walnut Bread….Naan Bread…from You magazine…2007…a South African magazine.

Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington…click on the images for a clear view

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken…also from the You magazine…2007. The next recipe comes from a Tesco food magazine…it’s a “wrap”, but we use these wraps to make our own Tortillas!

 
 
 
 
 
Beef Tortillas

Beef Tortillas

The following two recipes are from a friend of mine, Africa. If you want it translated, give me a shout. The first one is a Bakingpowder-bread and the 2nd is a healthy-bread-recipe.
Bakpoeierbroodjie

4 koppies meelblom (1 000ml)
1 teelepel sout (5 ml)
5 teelepels bakpoeier (25ml)
3 teelepels suiker (15 ml)
1 eetlepel margarine (12,5 ml)
1 3/4 koppie melk (450ml)
Eier en water gemeng

Metode:
Sif droë bestanddele saam.
Sny botter in.
Meng met melk tot taamlike sagte deeg.
Plaas op meelbestrooide plank en knie liggies.
Plaas in gesmeerde broodpannetjie en druk effens gelyk. Borsel eier- en melkmengsel oor.
Laat staan vir 15 min op warm plek.
Plaas ‘n lag aluminiumfoelie oor pannetjie en bak vir 15 min by 200 grade Celsius of 400 grade Fahrenheit., verwyder die foelie en bak verder vir 30 min tot ligbruin bo-op.

Gesondheidsbroodjie

500 ml volkoringmeel
250 ml gerolde koring
250 ml muesli
15 ml afgedopte sonneblomsade
5 ml sesamesaad
5 ml sout
5 ml koeksoda
500 ml ongegeurde joghurt
15 ml heuning
bietjie sesamsaad om bo-oor te strooi

Metode:

Voorverhit die oond tot 180 grade C. Smeer ‘n broodpannetjie van 21x11x6 cm
Meng die volkoringmeel, koring, muesli, sonneblomsaad en sesamsaad, sout en koeksoda.
Voeg die jogurt en heuning by en meng goed
Skep die deeg in die pannetjie en maak dit gelyk. Strooi sesamsaad oor en druk vas.
Bak vir 1 uur. Keer uit en laat afkoel.

Bake your own Tortillas!

Makes 30 large tortillas

Ingredients
900g  flour
1  teaspoon salt
1  teaspoon sugar
200g  butter
2  cups water (lukewarm)

Method
1.  Sift  flour, salt and sugar into bowl.
2.  Rub  butter into flour mixture until it resembles bread crumbs.
3.  Gradually add water and mix into soft dough.  The dough  should not be too sticky or too dry.
4.  Divide into small or large balls depending on size tortillas you  want.
5.  Place onto lightly greased surface and cover with damp  cloth.
6.  Rest  for 30 minutes.  Roll into disks of 3mm thick.
7.  Cook  each tortilla in very hot griddle pan (like crepe pan) for 30 seconds on each  side.  If it puffs up, press it down with a spatula.

To wrap, place the filling in the middle of the round tortilla.  Fold the bottom up to cover the filling but not all the way to the top, then fold the sides in.  At this stage you can add more of the filling if needed.
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Vetkoek is a name given due to the way you bake it. It’s a “cake” baked in oil…”vet” = “fat/oil” and “koek” = “cake” and “cookie” comes from the Dutch word…”koekie”… so you can call “Vetkoek”…”fat cake” or “oil cake”…I prefer oil cake…as it can be very oily if you don’t drain it on kitchen paper.

This is a fantastic recipe.. the perfect recipe!…scroll down for the English translation…on these pictures you can see what mine looked like…from this recipe and the family’s comments…”brilliant, we want more!” This recipe comes from a recipe book in South Africa…very popular and only tested recipes got published in this recipe book….so, it means it’s a winner! There are a couple of these recipe books published and if you get a recipe from one of those books, you know…you don’t have to “try” it… it will definitely be a winner…

Hierdie resep is perfek! Ek het lank gesoek vir so ‘n resep!

Vetkoek

Bestandele

Kookolie vir vlak braai
1 Koppie Kookwater
2 Eiers
Knypie Sout
2 Teelepels Bakpoeier
2 Eetlepels Suiker
2 Koppies (500ml ) Koekmeelblom

Aanwysigings
Sif die koekmeelblom, suiker, bakpoeier en sout saam. Klits die eiers in ‘n aparte mengbak. Klits die kookwater by die eiers: klits goed. Voeg die eiermengsel by die meelmengsel en klop met ‘n houtlepel tot goed gemeng; die beslag is slap.

Skep dessertlepelsvol beslag in matig warm kookolie in ‘n braaipan. Braai die vetkoek totdat die onderkant goudbruin en die bokant vol lugborrels is. Draai om sodat die bokant ook goudbruin kan braai. Plaas die vetkoek op kombuispapier sodat alle oortollige olie daarin kan dreineer. Sit die vetkoek warm voor met botter en heuning of appelkooskonfyt óf met maalvleis. (Die resep afgeskryf uit Huisgenoot Wenresepte)

English recipe

 

Ingredients:


Oil to deep fry
1 cup of boiled water…(I used hot water and not boiled water)
2 eggs
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons of baking powder ( I used 4!)
2 dessert spoons of sugar (I didn’t add any sugar…more healthy)
2 cups (500ml) of Flour


Directions:
Sift dry ingredients. Whisk the eggs and add the water. Add to the dry ingredients
and mix the batter with a wooden spoon. Drop large spoonfuls of batter in warm oil.
Make sure you’re oil is not too hot! Fry both sides well, till it’s golden brown.
Enjoy with a beef mince filling/syrup/honey/jam….whatever taste you like….this recipe produces about 6-10 “vetkoeke”/fat cakes…depending on the size.

 

On this site you can find a recipe for a bread machine!
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Another recipe I’ve found that looks great :
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Ingredients

Vetkoek/fat cake


250ml (1cup) cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
125 milk
125 ml oil for frying
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Instructions on how to make it
Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. beat egg separately and add to flour. Add milk and mix until smooth heat oil in frying pan and drop a tablespoon of the mixture into oil.
Fry for two to three minutes on one side, then turn and fry for one minute on other side. Serve hot.
Recipe can be found HERE too.
**And…another!! This one is with YEAST and I do like Fat Cake with yeast !
Vetkoek means ‘oil cake, which refers to the method of frying, not baking the bread.
It is a classic South African “bread”. You can have it with a sweet filling or a savory filling.
Beef mince or syrup, like maple syrup…add some cheese and you have a nice “filling”.
Vetkoek/fat cake
1 kg (2 1/4 pounds) white bread flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 packet instant yeast
1 litre lukewarm water (1 quart)
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Method
In a large dish mix flour, sugar, salt and yeast together. Slowly add lukewarm water and stir. Combine until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Cover with greased kitchen paper, put in warm draft-free place, and allow to double in size. Heat enough vegetable oil for deep frying. Fill another dish with cold water and place next to your vetkoek dough. Wet your hands in cold water before breaking off a piece of dough, rolling it into the shape and size of a tennis ball and carefully lowering it into hot oil. You can easily do five or six vetkoek at a time. Allow to turn golden brown on all sides by frequently turning. Remove from oil and drain on kitchen paper.
fryingvetkoek1.jpg
This next pie is really something very delicious! My sister used to make it..and I’ve found the recipe here: fruittart.wordpress.com/2008/01/28/daring-little-tart/
Lemon Meringue Pie
Makes one 10-inch (25 cm) pie

For the Crust:

¾ cup (180 mL) cold butter; cut into ½-inch (1.2 cm) pieces
2 cups (475 mL) all-purpose flour
¼ cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
¼ tsp (1.2 mL) salt
⅓ cup (80 mL) ice water

For the Filling:

2 cups (475 mL) water
1 cup (240 mL) granulated sugar
½ cup (120 mL) cornstarch
5 egg yolks, beaten
¼ cup (60 mL) butter
¾ cup (180 mL) fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon zest
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract

For the Meringue:
5 egg whites, room temperature
½ tsp (2.5 mL) cream of tartar
¼ tsp (1.2 mL) salt
½ tsp (2.5 mL) vanilla extract
¾ cup (180 mL) granulated sugar

For the Crust: Make sure all ingredients are as cold as possible. Using a food processor or pastry cutter and a large bowl, combine the butter, flour, sugar and salt. Process or cut in until the mixture resembles coarse meal and begins to clump together. Sprinkle with water, let rest 30 seconds and then either process very briefly or cut in with about 15 strokes of the pastry cutter, just until the dough begins to stick together and come away from the sides of the bowl. Turn onto a lightly floured work surface and press together to form a disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least 20 minutes.

Allow the dough to warm slightly to room temperature if it is too hard to roll. On a lightly floured board (or countertop) roll the disk to a thickness of ⅛ inch (.3 cm). Cut a circle about 2 inches (5 cm) larger than the pie plate and transfer the pastry into the plate by folding it in half or by rolling it onto the rolling pin. Turn the pastry under, leaving an edge that hangs over the plate about ½ inch (1.2 cm). Flute decoratively. Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line the crust with foil and fill with metal pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Carefully remove the foil and continue baking for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden. Cool completely before filling.

For the Filling: Bring the water to a boil in a large, heavy saucepan. Remove from the heat and let rest 5 minutes. Whisk the sugar and cornstarch together. Add the mixture gradually to the hot water, whisking until completely incorporated.

Return to the heat and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until the mixture comes to a boil. The mixture will be very thick. Add about 1 cup (240 mL) of the hot mixture to the beaten egg yolks, whisking until smooth. Whisking vigorously, add the warmed yolks to the pot and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in butter until incorporated. Add the lemon juice, zest and vanilla, stirring until combined. Pour into the prepared crust. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming on the surface, and cool to room temperature.

For the Meringue: Preheat the oven to 375ºF (190ºC). Using an electric mixer beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar, salt and vanilla extract until soft peaks form. Add the sugar gradually, beating until it forms stiff, glossy peaks. Pile onto the cooled pie, bringing the meringue all the way over to the edge of the crust to seal it completely. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden. Cool on a rack. Serve within 6 hours to avoid a soggy crust.
Daring Bakers Extra Challenge
Free-Style Lemon Tartlets
Prepare the recipe as above but complete the following steps:
To roll out tartlet dough, slice the dough into 6 pieces. On lightly floured surface, roll each circle of dough into a 5 inch disk. Stack the disks, separated by pieces of plastic wrap, on a plate, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
To bake the dough, position rack in oven to the centre of oven and preheat to 350ºF (180ºC). Place the disks of dough, evenly spaced, on a baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely.
To finish tartlets, first place oven rack in the upper third of the oven and increase heat to 425ºF.
Divide the lemon filling equally among the disks, mounding it in the centre and leaving a 1-inch border all the way around.
Spoon the meringue decoratively over each tartlet, right to the edges, in dramatic swirling peaks. Return tartlets to oven and bake for about 5 minutes, until the meringue is golden brown.

Additions:
You can make one pie or tartlets (in a tin or free-form)
You can compliment your pie with a sauce. For example, you can serve it with raspberry or white chocolate sauce.
You can use a piping bag to apply the meringue if you like.
Decoration is up to you – lemon zest or fruit are totally acceptable

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You want to know more about the dance? …go to…

http://www.volkspele.co.za
On THIS LINK you can read more about Folk Dance and there are links to photos too. If you go down with the slider, once on that link, you will find an English part too.
Please click on THIS LINK for South African traditional songs…only the piano-midi-files…and number 209 (Afrikaners is plesierig) was the one we used. If you click on the musical note, you can download it and on the song name, you can see the words/lyrics.

 
Year 1’s doing a South African folk dance….(“The Afrikaner are joyful people”)…still practising though…but they were so cute…I taught them 3/4 of the steps, as they are little, they can’t remember all of the steps, but they are doing great!!
 




Jan Pierewiet in Korea!

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