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.
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.
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.
These easy to make delicious light and airy South African Flapjacks recipe is VERY different to the British granola type flapjacks. They can be served as a sweet treat topped with whipped cream, jam or curd or a savoury snack with butter and cheese.
Some of my earliest childhood memories are of huge pots simmering with whole chickens, vegetables, herbs and spices in preparation for a marathon chicken pie making session during Ramadhan. My mother, may ALLAH have mercy on her soul and grant her the highest paradise, was a consummate pie maker.