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Granny’s chilli sauce

My grandmother loved to cook and was famous for whipping up the most mouthwatering spreads.If she wasn’t baking cupcakes by the dozen, milk tart from scratch or roasting chickens for her grandkids on a Sunday, she was pickling and preserving.Many stories of survival during the Depression and World War 2 she told me, as her and I would prep the vegetables and fruit for the pickles, preserves and jams.This is the recipe for her famous chilli sauce.


  • 20 large tomatoes
  • 2 large green peppers
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 and a half cups of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 and a half cups of sugar ( we used brown but white will also work)
  • 2 tbl of salt
  • 1 tbl spoon cinnamon
  • 1 tbl spoon all spice
  • 1 tbl spoon ground cloves
  • 1 tbl spoon ground ginger
  • 1 tbl spoon black pepper
  • 4-8 red chillies ( depending on how hot you want your sauce)


  • Place your tomatoes which have been peeled, cored and chopped, into a saucepan.
  • Dice your green peppers, chilli and onion and add them to the tomatoes.
  • Add all of the rest of the ingredients and stir well.
  • Bring your sauce to boil and leave uncovered and simmering for about 2 hours on a low heat. Keep stirring and remove when the mixture is thick enough. This is determined by how much liquid the tomatoes contain.
  • Pour the liquid into jars while it is still hot. When you fill the jar leave space between the liquid and the lid. Don’t fill to the top.

Enjoy the sauce on meats, pastas and added to carols, soups or stews.

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Painting marshmallows with milk paint

Painting marshmallows is a fabulous activity to keep the kids busy.

You will need:

  • Marshmallows
  • Fork or kebab stick
  • Milk
  • Small containers to hold colouring
  • Paint brushes
  • Food colouring


Pour a little milk into a container and add a few drops of food colouring.

Do this for each colour you are going to use.

Attach a marshmallow onto a fork or kebab stick so your child can hold the marshmallow nicely while painting.

Let them use a paintbrush to decorate their marshmallows with the milk paint.

The white marshmallows are best to paint on as the colours are more vivid.

Instead of using a paint brush you could also let your child paint using ear buds.

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A Beary healthy snack

Hamish asked for his favourite snack today, a peanut butter bear bread, and I thought I’d share with you this incredibly simple way to make a plain old peanut butter sandwich beary yummy.


You will need :

  • Slice of bread
  • Peanut butter or any nut butter spread
  • Fruit, fresh or dried
  • Bananas

To make

First spread your bread with your peanut butter or nut butter spread.

Next cut bananas as ears and a nose.

I used oranges here but normally I would use 2 raisins for eyes.

I also normally cut the mouth from strawberry or apple or red dried fruit bars. All I had in the house was orange so I used that.

Serve and let your little one enjoy.

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Cooking with Hamish – Faircape Milk ice pops

We have been very busy in our kitchen making and baking.

One of the fun things Hamish has learnt to make are Milk ice pops.

These are really easy to make and the kids will enjoy cooking with these dairy treats.

You will need:

  • 1 can of condence milk
  • 3 cups of Fair Cape milk
  • 1 tbls milkshake mix ( we used Nesquick)
  • tbls sugar


Mix all your ingredients together in a jug.

Pour into lolly moulds. If you dont have lolly moulds you can use Fair Cape yoghurt pots with craft sticks inside.

Freeze. These are best served for 8 or more hours.


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Cooking with Hamish- make your own pizza

Lock down level 5 meant that all of our fast food and takeaway delivery services, as well as the restaurants were closed.

For a family who eat takeaway at least every Friday, this was an adjustment.

So, what better way to celebrate the last day of lock down level 5, than with a make your own pizza supper.

Here’s a step to step guide on how to make your own.

You will need:

  • Bread dough ( premade)
  • Tomato paste
  • Garlic
  • Fresh herbs
  • Dried herbs
  • Vegetables of choice
  • Meat of choice
  • Pickles
  • Cheese


  • First flatten out your dough in a circular pizza shape. Roll it quite thin as it will rise. ( we buy our bread dough already made from a Checkers or Pick n Pay store)
  • Next choose your tomato base. Hamish chose tomato sauce.
  • Add any extra garlic into your sauce. ( optional)

  • Sprinkle your dried herbs generously.

  • Add any fresh herbs you may like. We added rosemary and chives. Another of our favourite is tyme.

  • Add any chopped up vegetables you like. I set out onion, mushroom, peppers and tomatoes. Hamish only wanted tomato.
  • Slice your pickles or olives and add to your pizza.
  • Next add your meats. We used sliced Vienna and bacon but any cold meats, chicken or sausages will do.

  • Lastly chop with as much cheese as you can place in your hands.
  • Pop your pizza into a preheated oven until golden and remove when done.

Bon appitite

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Rich creamy Condensed Milk Fudge

Lock down has certainly brought out my creative cooking skills and I find myself often really craving the treats from my grandmother’s kitchen from when I was young.

One of my favourite treats was her caramel coloured creamy fudge.

Here is the recipe if you feel like treating the kids to some homemade sweetness this weekend.

You will need:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • Half cup milk
  • Half table spoon butter
  • 1 can of Condensed milk
  • Vanilla essence


In a pot add sugar, and milk and butter , cook on low heat until sugar has dissolved.

Add Condensed milk, stiring continously bring to boil slowly.

You will see small bubbles forming on the sides, keep stirring continuously, until the condensed Milk starts to go a caramel colour.

Remove from heat and add 4 caps of vanilla essence. ( 1 – 2 tsp)

Pour into a flatish greased dish.

Allow to cool slightly, then making your cutting markings.

Allow to cool completely before removing blocks from your dish.

Store in air tight container.

The shelf life of any fudge in our home is about 2 hours. Do your kids enjoy fudge?

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Cooking with McCain’s- Veggie wraps

This is one of my go to 15 minute recipes.

Great for suppers, lunches, picnics and to fill that lunch box.

You will need :

  • 1 pkt of McCain’s stirfry ( 250g makes 3 generous portions)
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Herbs
  • Crushed garlic
  • Steak 250g – cut
  • Half an onion- cut
  • Mushroom packet soup
  • Milk
  • Cheese – half a cup

Method :

  • Fry your steak and onions in a little oil . I used olive oil but any oil will do.
  • Add your herbs, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Put to one side once cooked.

  • Next in a little oil fry your McCain’s stirfry mix.

  • Lastly make up your sauce. Mix your soup powder with a little milk ( about half a cup) and let boil. Add half a cup of cheese to your sauce and let the cheese melt in.
  • Heat your wraps up.

To make up your wrap

  • First add a generous amount of sauce.
  • Place meat and vegetables into centre
  • Wrap your parcel and serve with a salad.

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Cooking with McCain’s- mini smiley meat pies

Today I was going live on Instagram to share this deliciously cute mini pie recipe that will entice even the fussiest eater but unfortunately I completely messed up and couldn’t find the live setting.So, I made a video tutorial on InstagramAs promised, here is the recipe should you wish to make it yourself.

You will need:

250 g mince meatOil to frySalt & pepper1 cup McCain’s mix vegGravy powder1 x roll puff pastry1 pkt McCain’s smiles


Pre heat ovenFry your mince in a little oil, adding salt and pepper.Add your mix vegetables in a little water to your mince. Simmer until cooked.Add your gravy powder and simmer.Place to one sideRoll out your puff pastry, cut small circles using a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass.Place into a muffin tray , one circle per space. This is the base of your pie.Spoon a little mince into each pie base.You can add cheese on top of substitute the meat for fish, chicken or cream spinach.Place 1 x smile on each pie.Bake in oven at 180°C until golden.Serve as a snack, in a lunch box or with a salad for supper.

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Marshmallow play dough

This yummolicious play safe dough is easy to make and consists of items from your kitchen.

You will need:

  • 6 large or 12 medium marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons of oil ( any kind is suitable)
  • Food colouring
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Microwave


Combine all the ingredients into a microwave safe bowl.

Heat on high until the marshmallow expands ( about 30 seconds)

Carefully remove from the bowl and slowly mix as much as you can with a spoon.

At first the mixture will be very sticky but as it cools you will need to knead it with your hands.

To make the dough less sticky add more cornstarch in small amounts, until you reach the desired playdough consistency. ( soft and pliable)

This becomes the softest, most squishy dough that will delight any child.

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Baking with Hamish … Easter bunny biscuits

I was looking for an easy baking option for Hamish and so we made these Easter bunny biscuits.

It’s supposed to be a bunny from behind, with a fluffy tail and whiskers.

They were very easy to make and a nice activity to keep the little ones occupied this weekend.

You will need:

  • Marie biscuits
  • Marshmallows – 1 per biscuit
  • Sprinkles optional
  • Icing sugar ( mixed)
  • Sweets to cut as whiskers

To make:

  • Make up your icing sugar.
  • Spread icing onto a marie biscuit
  • Cut each marshmallow into 3 pieces.
  • For the tail piece, use a section of the marshmallow that you cut.
  • Squeeze the other two pieces at the corners and dip in sprinkles.( optional)
  • Cut sweets as whiskers
  • Let your child build the biscuit to resemble a bunny.
  • Enjoy