Sam Woulidge is a well-known food writer in South Africa and her delightful monthly column in Taste Magazine evolved, over time, into Confessions of a Hungry Women, a most special cookbook that is also a memoir, and I’m so very pleased that it did.
This book is so much more than a cookbook. It’s rich with stories from Sams life and travels and I am hungry to read every word. Filled with nostalgia and humour, Sam writes beautifully and emotionally and I frequently find tears welling up in my eyes and swallowing a lump while reading her work. Sam admits to her limitations as a cook – although I think she is way more accomplished than she claims to be – so invited 14 of her favourite foodie friends to share their fail-proof recipes with her. They were each tasked to produce an easy menu for 6 people.
Sam writes: ‘I have learnt that when all else fails, read the damn recipe! But more importantly, I have learnt to love cooking. Somewhere along the way, I began to understand that it really is better to give than to receive. That cooking for friends and family is an act of love. And we could all do with more acts of love’.
The collection of recipes – many from well-known South African personalities and people I know are inspiring, interesting and make me want to jump into my kitchen and get busy. The recipes are suited to anyone who loves food whether a novice or experienced cook. Getting a sneak peek into the kitchens of a few interesting people and seeing their creative expression around cooking added a layer of richness to this book for me.
There are also a lot of photographs. Of Sam, her life, her travels and her friends as well as very naturally shot images of the food. You sort of feel like you could have been right there at the table enjoying the meal.
There are so many recipes I’m dying to try including, and not limited to, Lise Manley’s legendary chicken limone, Alida Ryder’s fudge blondies, and Mariana Esterhuizens slow braised shoulder of lamb , but my heart did a double skip when I clapped eyes on Cara Brinks Lemon ice cream. I loved its simplicity, and as a passionate ice cream maker, it was a style of ice cream I hadn’t made before. It can also be made without a machine (although I do have one and used it for this).
Sam very kindly allowed me to share it here.
- 1 cup (250ml) cream
- 1 cup (250ml) milk
- 3/4 cup (180ml) sugar
- juice and zest of 2 lemons
- Make this the day before. In a freezer safe bowl mix the milk, sugar and cream until it has dissolved. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes until the mixture has cooled off. Stir in the lemon juice and zest and place in the freezer for another 30 minutes.
- Remove and stir again, scraping the sides of the bowl. Return to the freezer and repeat the mixing and scraping every 30 minutes until the ice cream has formed, about 3 hours in total.
I mixed all the ingredients together, dissolved the sugar and then stored it covered in the fridge over night, allowing the lemon to infuse. I emptied it into my ice cream machine the following day and churned until done.
This ice cream is absolutely perfect. Its has the right kind tart citrus flavour to sugar, while still being decadently creamy and dreamy.
I’m giving away a copy of this special book to anyone living in South Africa. All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me why you would love this book. Entries close on 1 September 2013.
You can also find Sam Writing on her blog with the same name: confessionsofahungrywomen.com
Published in 2013 by Struik Lifestyle
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