Monthly Archives: July 2015
Orange Biscuits (lemoen koekies)
Traditional Cape Malay biscuits flavoured with orange essence and dried citrus peels.
250g soft butter or good quality baking butter
1 cup sugar
1 extra large egg
¼ cup sunflower oil
3 tsp orange essence
4 x 250ml cake flour, sifted
1 tsp ground naartjie/orange/satsuma peel (dried and ground)
1 tsp baking powder
Cachous (sen-sen) sweets to complete
Using a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar
Add the oil, essence and egg, mix well
Add the flour, baking powder and citrus peels
Mix well to form a firm dough
Roll out the dough approximately 5mm thick on a lightly floured surface
Cover the dough with cling film or greaseproof paper to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin
Take a fork and lightly scrape the surface of the dough to make a line pattern
Cut out rounds with a cookie cutter and place the biscuits on a baking tray (no need to grease the baking tray)
Place a sen-sen sweet in the middle of each biscuit
Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 12 – 15 minutes or until lightly browned
Makes approximately 70 biscuits.
© Cape Malay Cooking
Traditional Cape Malay biscuits subtly flavoured with spices and rose water.
1 cup sugar
250g soft butter or good quality baking margarine
¼ cup sunflower oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 extra large egg
1 tsp rose water
4 x 250ml cups cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground cardamom
2 tsp ground dried naartjie (satsuma) peel
½ cup sugar poured into a side plate
In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar together using a whisk until light and fluffy
Add the oil, egg, vanilla essence, rose water and mix well to combine
Sift the flour, baking powder and spices into the wet mixture and mix to form a firm dough
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until approximately 5mm thick
Cover the dough with greaseproof paper or cling film whilst rolling to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin
Cut oblong shapes with a cookie cutter
Press 3 currants on top of the biscuits, slightly spread out
Dip each biscuit (the top side only) in the sugar and place onto a baking tin, leave some space between each biscuit in case of spreading
Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 12 -15 minutes or until light brown
Makes 70 depending on the size of the cookie cutter.
© Cape Malay Cooking
Chocolate Chiffon Cake
Light and fluffy chocolate cake made in a Bundt or ring tin.
5 extra-large eggs, separated
1 cup white sugar
1 cup self-raising flour
½ cup sunflower oil
2 tsp baking powder
¾ cup hot water (boiled water, slightly cooled)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
Preheat your oven to 170C.
Grease a Bundt (ring) tin.
Using a large mixing bowl, cream the egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the oil and stir to combine.
Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder together in a separate bowl.
Add the flour mixture and the hot water to the wet ingredients in stages mixing well after each addition.
Using an electric beater whip the egg whites stiff until they hold their peaks.
Fold the egg whites lightly into cake mixture until just combined. DO NOT OVER STIR as the cake will lose volume and won’t be as light and fluffy.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.
Bake at 170C for 35 minutes. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning it out on a cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.
200g Cadbury Diary milk chocolate
½ cup fresh cream
Melt together for 60 seconds in the microwave in a suitable container without stirring. Let it rest/stand for 2 minutes and stir to combine the chocolate and cream. Pour this over the cake. Decorate with fresh strawberries and/or chocolate curls.
© Cape Malay Cooking – Salwaa Smith
Cape Malay Breyani – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith
A traditional South African Cape Malay recipe, the taste is so rich and sugary. Boeber is made of milk, vermicelli, sago, sugar or condensed milk flavoured with cardamoms, stick cinnamon and rose water. If you like a “thicker” boeber add more sago. Boeber is traditionally served on the fifteenth night of Ramadan to celebrate the middle of the fast. The evening of the 15th day of Ramadaan is special for those who had fasted the first 15 days. They are known as people who are ‘op die berg’ Many, many years ago after the taraweegh salaah, boeber was served at the mosques. Every family also made boeber for this particular night. After Taraweegh salaah, boeber was also sold at boeber houses at two pence a glass. There, friends would assemble and, if it were a Friday or Saturday, would stay up until sower (suhur) and then go to the masjid for Fajr.
To make boeber you will need the following
1/3 cup sago
1 cup water to soak the sago
1 – 1 1/2 cups crushed vermicelli
3 cinnamon sticks
50 g sultanas
2 litres milk
15 ml rose water (optional)
150 – 200ml white sugar (depending on your taste buds)
50g blanched almonds
Soak the sago in the water for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan.
When it has melted, add the vermicelli and toss it so that the butter covers it and it starts to go golden brown.
Add the cardamom, cinnamon and the sultanas.
Stir before pouring the milk into the pan.
Bring to the boil before adding the pre-soaked sago and then simmer for about 30 minutes stirring constantly otherwise it will stick. The sago should become transparent.
Add the rose water (if using), sugar and almonds and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes or so. Serve hot and enjoy!!!
Serve hot and prepare to enjoy this rich, spicy and flavourful drink.
© Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights
On Sunday, 7th June 2015, my Cape Malay & Other Delights Cookbook was launched at the Grassy Park Civic Centre.
The launch of my cookbook was the result of more than 20 years of dreaming and preparing for this, my first published work. I started collecting recipes in my teens, scribbling recipes from mother, family members and friends on pieces of paper. About 20 odd years ago we bought our first computer and I started to type up all my recipes I collected mostly from my mother, the late Zainunesa Francis (nee Adams). My mother was a great cook and baker, she in turn was taught by her mother (my grandmother) who made the most amazing tarts and pies I am told. She made this pies and tarts, which she sold at factories, as a means of helping to maintain the family. My mother, may her grave be filled with light and may she be elevated to the highest place in heaven, baked the most wonderful bread. (It would have been her birthday today 1st July) Although my mom stopped cooking and baking long ago due to her having a stroke people would still talk about the raisin bread, egg loaf, rolls amongst other stuff she made. At one time my mom baked cakes for a small bakery as well, supplying them with freshly baked cakes and delicacies every day.
My journey with Cape Malay Cooking started in earnest during 2001 when we moved to the UK. In the UK I had access to many ways and methods of researching how to compile and to produce a cookbook. I began by researching how to produce a family heirloom recipe book and self-publishing. All these methods needed lots of monetary investments. For a few years I forgot all about it. In the meantime I was lucky enough to go on many courses. I did various courses from Community Parenting to Business & Administration Diplomas. During 2007 whilst working at the Birmingham City Council I went on an Empowerment for Women course. During that 5 days I learned a lot about myself and my goals in life. On the last day of the course the instructor asked us to close our eyes and visualise the next 5 years of our lives and what we would like to achieve at the end of the 5 years. For me that was visual journey was very emotional and I came to realise that I still wanted to compile a cookbook.
My first granddaughter was born in November 2009 and I resigned from work to take of her whilst my daughter completed her education. The next year and a half was spend caring for my granddaughter. In the meantime my daughters were telling me about Facebook to keep in contact with my family in Cape Town. I opened a Facebook account in February 2011, naming it Cape Malay Cooking. I started posting pictures of food I made every day. Ever since we moved to the UK I continued cooking our traditional Cape Malay foods, bredies, frikkadel, breyanis, etc. The first message I received was from a lady who said “motjie, don’t ever stop with this page, I was looking so long for something like this”. From then onwards it all took off. Within months I reached my 5000 friend limit (I didn’t know about fan pages then, I learned as I went along). Another person advised me to open a second account, I reached my friend limit very soon on that one as well. It was only after I reached my friend limit on my third page that I found out about fan pages! I researched some more and finally merged all my Facebook accounts into one, Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights. For 3 ½ years I was known only as Cape Malay Cooking, very few people knew my true identity. The reason for this was I wanted to remain anonymous for as long as possible, I didn’t start this page for name and fame, I simply did it for the love of my culture and tradition, my sole wish was to preserve our unique way of cooking for my children and future generations.
Many of my followers started requesting recipe books. I compiled 5 PDF Ebooks, but people still wanted the hard copy. I had a few copies printed at a local printer but the quality wasn’t very good. From then onwards I started researching again, this time in more earnest. I approached a large publishing house, who agreed to print my cookbook but due to unforeseen circumstances the contract was cancelled. This was in fact a blessing in disguise. Towards the end of 2014 my husband, Aghmad Smith, decided to finance my project. Alghamdulilaah he worked very hard to enable me to realise my dream.
But the real struggle was still to come. I learned so much the past year. Through research I learned how to style food, take food photography, the layout, publishing, graphic designing, marketing, web designing amongst other things. But I’ll be the first to admit I still have lots to learn as everything is not perfect yet. This journey has finally came full circle with my self-published cookbook being received with wide acclaim from most people, especially people who knows about publishing, cookbooks and literature. I am humbled by the response and feedback I have received thus far. I have to admit my cookbook has a couple of spelling errors but as my brother, Mustapha Francis (who was MC at my launch) pointed out in 30 years time this cookbooks will be a sought after collector’s item! In Sha Allah (God willing)
A few facts about my “Cape Malay & Other Delights Cookbook”
- My book was launched at the Grassy Park Civic Centre on 7th June 2015
- Over 500 people attended my launch
- My foreword was written by Mogamat G Kamedien, independent slave scholar & community heritage activist who also delivered the key note speech on the day of my launch
- My cookbook is self-published
- My desire to write a cookbook started over 20 years ago
- Members of the oldest Malay Choir, Young Men’s Malay Choir, entertained guests
- My cookbook launch was covered by Abidah Dixon Mohamed for TVs “Proe” program
- The Weekend Argus, covered my story in their 13th June 2015 edition
- The Cape Times as well as the Argus included recipes from my book in the Ramadan supplement
- Chanel Islam International radio covered my story
- Voice of the Cape radio station reviewed my cookbook
- My story featured on southafrica.net
- Capetownmagazine.com featured my story as well
- In addition to the Cape Town launch I had a launch in Birmingham, UK as well as in Bosmont, Johannesburg
Stockist of the new Cape Malay & Other Delights Cookbook are:
– Shaikhs Exotics
crn of Repulse and Belgravia Road
– Simply Spice – Montague
021 671 2672
– Simply Spice – Montague
– Timbuktu Books
Shop 4, 19 Golf Course Road
021 697 0517
32 Hadji Ebrahim Crescent, Rylands
021 699 1200
– Deen Store
508 Lansdowne Road
021 762 6745
– Online at the Deen Store
– Voice Of The Cape Studios
2 Queenspark Avenue Salt River
021 442 3500
– Frozen Delicates / Fazliens
Gatesville / West Gate Mall / Kenilworth
021 637 6080 / 021 374 7541
– Ameera’s Fashions
021 637 3474
35 Greenhill Road
011 646 8429
– CII Stores
Trade Route Mall
011 852 0097
– Covered Pearls Hijab Parlour
079 025 4545
– Islamic Sound & Vision
079 025 4545
082 786 1304
-Expats can buy from
More stockist will be added in the next couple of days…
Links to articles
More pictures of my cookbook launch