The Classic South African Cookbook
In The Classic South African Cookbook, Melinda Roodt aims to serve as inspiration for people to create a place of loving, sharing and connecting over food.
Chapters are divided into:
- Breads, quiches and pizzas
- Vegetables and sides
- Fish and seafood
- Red meat
- Cakes, tarts and desserts
- Rusks, biscuits and sweets
- Pestos, sauces and jams
Recipes that caught my eye:
- Cranberry and almond muffins (p22)
- Grilled baby marrow and green bean salad (p49)
- Pea, broccoli, bacon and avocado salad (p50)
- Baby marrow and feta soup (p67)
- Health bread (p84)
- Seafood paella (p163)
- Salt-roasted chicken (p179)
- Lamb knuckle potjie (p209)
- Overnight leg of lamb (p214)
- Dark chocolate ganache gateau (p234)
- Old-fashioned milk tart (p243)
- Apple strudel (p254)
- Chocolate praline meringue with cherries and berries (p261)
- Chocolate soufflé tart with raspberries (p262)
What I made:
I made the milk tart as I was sure this was the same recipe I had made when I was at school. The pastry is amazing and the filling was delicious. It is so easy to make that I can see why it is a firm favourite on many a tea time table. I also made the health bread which is perfect when toasted and served with marmalade. It was a tad bit on the sweet side for me but so easy to make that it will appear in my kitchen again.
Lovely notes with some of the recipes and at the beginning of each chapter. Each chapter has its own quote and photographs of a beautiful array of farm life and food. The food photography is really good and many of the dishes look enticing. I was disappointed that most of the bread recipes call for store bought dough. In the homemade pasta recipe Melinda calls for a litre of cake flour. This is my worst way to measure flour as you don’t know how packed the flour is meant to be.
Inspiration published on Lavender and Lime June 28:
- 2015 – Miracle At Augusta
- 2013 – Freshly Blogged
- 2012 – Spiced Crumpets
- 2011 – Lovely Blog Award
- 2010 – The Savoury Tart Challenge Round Up
13 thoughts on “The Classic South African Cookbook, Melinda Roodt”
Sounds like a wonderful book Tandy, love, love the milk tart. I prefer weighing my baking ingredients so much easier.
I am so glad you agree Cheri 🙂
Can’t beat a good milk tart.
Have a super evening Tandy.
🙂 Mandy xo
For sure! Have a great evening as well 🙂
This sounds like a fabulous South African cookbook. I am looking for a good melktert recipe so I will definitely look this one up.
I am posting it soon!
I love milk tart! I also want to make bobotjie because it was so delicious 😀
It is the perfect weather for babotie 🙂