Florence – The Other Side of Florence Food Tour

My initial impression of Florence on the day of arrival was that it was a very beige city… same color, different shades wherever one turned in the historical centre.

I hoped that the neighbourhoods on the other side of the Arno, where the Florence food tour took place, would inspire more confidence with vibrant dishes that gave Tuscany it’s reputation for the best produce and food in the country.

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Cape Malay Eid

I have been reminiscing about how we spent a typical Cape Malay Eid during my childhood when my parents were alive. Eid has not been the same since my parents passed, and we are slowly making new family traditions for a Cape Malay Eid without them.

It is hard to believe that Ramadhan is nearly at an end and Eid Al Fitr beckons to the faithful, to observe the charity and celebrate the end of the month of fasting with family, neighbours and friends.

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As a child I loved the tender thin pancakes or crepes that were curled into tubes and wrapped around cardamom and cinnamon scented sweetened coconut. As a teenager I loved them with macerated fresh berries.

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Daltjies spinach and corn fritters

One of my favourite Ramadhan treats since childhood has been Daltjies spinach and corn fritters made with chickpea flour. They are a ubiquitous Cape Malay appetiser found on the tables of most homes during Ramadhan.

It is usually eaten at the time of breaking the fast with soup, boeber or falooda milkshake. Click on the links for recipes for my mushroom soup, red lentil soup,  boeber and falooda milkshake recipes.

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Boeber is a creamy, sweet, delicious and warming Cape Malay dessert type beverage flavored with browned butter, cinnamon and cardamom; thickened with vermicelli and sago and sweetened with condensed milk.

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