marie's very quick and easy lemon meringue pie

My stepmom Marie is a superb baker and cook and we chat endlessly about the recipe’s we have found or would love to make. I am blessed to be a part of a family that are as obsessed about cooking and eating as I am (well some of them anyway….)

While on holiday M whipped up (literally in a matter of minutes) a very delicious lemon meringue pie. It’s intensly sweet and lemony and hits the carb craving button with such force and jet propels you straight into instant gratification (be warned this is only for the very sweet toothed among us).

recipe:

  • 1 packet of tennis biscuits smashed up into crumbs
  • about 100gms butter (enough to mix with crumbs so they stick together) – melted
  • 1 tin of condensed milk
  • 3 lemons (juice from 3 and zest from one)
  • 3 eggs separated
  • 4 tbs sugar

how to make:

  • preheat oven to 150 and grease a pie dish
  • line the dish with the biscuit crumb and butter mixture – press down
  • mix the condensed milk, 3 egg yolks and  juice from 3 lemons and zest from 1 lemon together and pour into the pie base
  • whip the 3 egg whites until stiff peaks,  then add the 4 Tbs sugar and whisk for a couple of minutes and then spread on top of the lemon mixture
  • bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, until the meringue is golden brown, then turn the oven down to 140 and bake for a further 10 minutes

So easy and tasty.

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pink fish done whole on the braai

straight onto the fire

Dad went fishing and caught some cob and some pink fish (Santer). He wanted to try to cook the fish whole with skin and scales on as was suggested by Dave.  The pinks got scored and then stuffed with wedges of lemon, sprinkled with some Cajun spice and then placed directly onto the grid on a fairly hot fire.

It’s a bit sticky and a teeny bit messy to cook, but rather delicious to be eaten so simply and naturally with just a squirt of lemon juice and salt (you do have to tackle the odd bone and scale). We ate this with a nice green salad and some lovely white Eastern Cape mielies (corn) cooked with leaves on …(on the deck of the beach holiday house on a lovely sunny day with a gin and tonic….gosh life doesn’t really get better than this)

now we can eat

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enrico's keurboomstrand

some of my favourite kids

I love Enrico’s and its one of those very special restaurants that gets to be located in a jaw droppingly beautiful spot, right on and overlooking Keurboomstrand beach. Many of my favourite restaurants  ‘in special locations’ are worth visiting because they are just that, located in beautiful places.  Enrico’s is one that would be worth going to even if it was located in Gauteng (which it was in Melville as Roma).  The Pizza’s are exceptional (in my top list in SA) as is the seafood.

On my recent stop over in Plett en route up the coast we went there for a late lunch.  Simply wonderful.  I loved the wine list printed on an empty magnum wine bottle and the house wine, the origins of which are kept a big secret,  are delicious and very pleasantly priced.

lets have the white and the red please

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imhoff farm kommetjie

the bakery in the shop

It’s that time of year when the GP family descends on Cape Town and that means a little trek out to behind the lentil curtain for a visit.  I was invited to join them for lunch at Imhoff farm just before Christmas.

My recollection of the place was that it was a bit grungy with camel rides, a snake farm…and a dull little coffee shop.  ….. I was pleasantly surprised by the whole set up which includes a very nice little restaurant with spectacular views of Noordhoek beach, a cheese factory, coffee, chocolate, wine and food shop including a bakery (I couldn’t resist a little petit four) and cheese section, a gift shop, a shop selling all sorts of hippy stuff (where you can get a henna tattoo)…the camel rides and snake farm are still there…..as well as the higgildy piggildy  petting farm.

This is a great spot to take kids or visitors and you can get a fairly decent meal.  I had it under good (local) authority that the pizzas at the Blue Water Cafe are the best in the area……and if you don’t mind a generous sprinkling of sprouts on your food (the beetroot sprouts which they grow themselves are awesome and I’m definitely going to try to track down some seeds to add to my repertoire of sprout production)..then its well worth a visit.

watching the goats being milked at the back

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one pan chicken cous cous

so convenient

I love couscous and this is a really easy, quick and super healthy meal.

I think you can add as much chicken or extra veg as you like, just keep the ratio of stock to couscous more or less the same.

recipe:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • aprox 200gm chicken breast cut into cubes
  • 2 medium courgettes cut into strips (other veg can be added)
  • a good chunk of ginger
  • 3 Tbsp harissa paste
  • 10 dried apricots (chopped up) – optional (I didnt include)
  • 1 tin of chickpeas
  • 200gm cous cous (I used whole wheat ….was v nice)
  • 200ml hot chicken stock
  • handful chopped coriander chopped to serve

how to make:

  • heat oil and fry the onion for a few minutes until soft, add chicken and courgette cook till brown
  • grate over the ginger and stir through the harissa paste to coat and cook for about 1 minute more
  • add the chickpeas and couscous then pour over the stock and stir through
  • cover the pan with a lid tightly ad leave for 5 minutes (heat off) until the cous cous is soft
  • fluff up and scatter over the coriander

This was really nice and healthy and great to portion out and freeze for later quick supper meals.  I though it was a tiny bit dry and a nice yoghurt raita (with mint / herbs/ garlic) or tatsiki would add a dolop of value to this meal.  I will definitely make again, probably bulking up with a few more veggies and even a bit of chilli.

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