I’m going International!
Last week, I shared a list of South African dishes that I’ve been interested in trying, and ever since I’ve been desperate to try my hand at cooking again. I can’t do a lot of cooking at my China apartment because I lack both a kitchen and money for imported ingredients. You’d be surprised at how expensive things like Vanilla, Chocolate, Sauces, and even Cheese can get!
Anyway, July is a busy month for my family with a family reunion, fish fry, 4 Birthdays, and anniversary, and a Home Extension luncheon with my aunt. Since I’m staying at my aunt’s house and have access to her extra awesome kitchen, I decided to whip some international dishes up.
The Fish Fry was our first event, and I tried my hand at a South African Melktert! Originally based on a Dutch dish, the Melktert is now a clearly South African custard dessert that requires no cooking but tastes delicious! It has a strong cinnamon/almondy flavor and is kind of a cross between a cake and an egg custard. Really unique, my uncle said he’s never had anything quite like it.
The recipe below makes two pies, and easily slices into 16 pieces. Must be cooled, but can be served warm or cold.
**Although it’s been recommended as a possibility, I don’t suggest replacing cake flour with normal flour–its need that extra cakey touch. Continue reading
Recipe for my Aunt’s famous Cinnamon Apple Salad! (Great for bruncheons!)
2 cups chopped unpeeled apples
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup finely chopped pitted dates
1/2 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Mix cinnamon and yogurt. Toss in the rest. Enjoy.