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Lala Ngoxolo Tata (1918 – 2013)

A man of integrity, humility, forgiveness and love. You will be sorely missed not only by South Africa, but the entire world. Farewell Madiba
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

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My Heritage Day (24 September)

For my non-South African followers, Heritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September. On this day, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people (read more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heritage_Day_(South_Africa)

My Heritage day started off very early.  My body clock does not know the difference between public holidays (sleeping late) and work days.

Like a large number of other South African (I’m sure), we planned to have a braai (barbeque) to celebrate our heritage (read more about braaing here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regional_variations_of_barbecue#South_Africa

Because of my early start, I thought I’d get my side dishes done so that I could relax for the rest of the day.  It worked out pretty well as I had everything sorted by about 10:30 (like I said I had an early start – 5:30 to be precise).   I am generally a very organized person and don’t like to be busy after guests have arrived.   I decided to make a potato salad, mielies (corn on the cob), pea fitters (my favourite) and chocolate mousse tarts.  I invited my lovely sister-in-law who’s company I always enjoy as well as her friend whom I am very fond of.  We had a lovely afternoon, chatting up a storm and having a good couple of laughs.  I am a social junkie and just love entertaining, so my Heritage Day was very enjoyable and very special with family and friends.
Heritage Day
Getting back to the food, my potato salad is made a very traditional South African way and that is with equal amounts of condensed milk to mayonnaise just to give it a lovely sweetness as opposed to the tartness of just the mayonnaise.  I make my potato salad with boiled potatoes diced (6 potatoes), add a diced onion, one grated egg, seasoning,  125ml mayonnaise and 125ml condensed milk.  One word……..yummy!  You can change the consistency if you wish it to be less sweet. I grated another egg on top for garnishing.
Heritage Day
To make these delicious pea fritters, follow the recipe below which I got from the October 2012 issue of Food and home magazine (http://www.foodandhome.co.za)
250g frozen peas
125ml milk
2 large eggs
30g cornflour
200g cake flour
2.5ml baking powder
100g feta crumbled
30ml fresh mint, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Oil for frying

Method:
Boil the peas in a saucepan for 2 minutes. Refresh under cold water and drain. Puree half the peas in a food processor until smooth and set aside. Combine the milk, eggs, cornflour, flour, baking powder and pureed peas in a bowl. Add the remaining peas, feta, mint and seasoning. Mix gently. Heat the oil in a large non stick frying pan over medium heat. Add tablespoons of the mixture to the pan, frying in batches until golden. About 3 minutes on each side. Drain the fritters on a paper towel. Serve with crumbed mozzarella cheese and lots of fresh lemon and mint.

Mielies done on the braai

Mielies done on the braai

Heritage Day
I cheated slightly with my dessert because I used Moirs box mousse for the filling of my tarts.  Click here for the tart casings recipe.  Follow the box instructions for the Moirs mousse.  Once done, place the mousse into a piping bag and pipe gently around the tart casings. Top with a cherry and voila! Delicious!
Heritage Day

The National Cookie Swap Event – Durban 2013

The day finally arrived with Durban hosting her first (of many) National Cookie Swap events.  As a first for Durban, I must say that I was immensely impressed with the turnout.  A very enthusiastic group of about 24 (out of 30) eager Durbanites turned out at the fabulous Piatto Restaurant (http://www.food24.com/Restaurants-and-Bars/Restaurants/Piatto-Florida-20120207) in Florida Road to swap their beautiful, home-made cookies with eachother for a charity in Cape Town called Khayelitsha Cookies  (click here to read more about the National Cookie Swap concept).

As the saying goes, “A picture speaks a thousand words”, I will therefore leave the pictures to do the talking.

Our fabulous venue on the Florida Road strip in Durban

Our fabulous venue on the Florida Road strip in Durban

Taking pics while we wait for the other guests to arrive

Taking pics while we wait for the other guests to arrive

Faeema (http://thesparklinglabyrinth.wordpress.com/ & @fayinthemaze) with Verushka (http://spicegoddess.wordpress.com/ & @verushka143)

Faeema (http://thesparklinglabyrinth.wordpress.com/ & @fayinthemaze) with Verushka (http://spicegoddess.wordpress.com/ & @verushka143)

chit chat

chit chat

Cookieswap3 - Durban 2013

Michelle and Melanie

Michelle and Melanie

Cookieswap3 - Durban 2013

Me and Nicola (Nicola is a lifestyle blogger with her own blog called http://runoncoffee.blogspot.com/)

Me and Nicola (Nicola is a lifestyle blogger with her own blog called http://runoncoffee.blogspot.com/)

Faeema explaining the charity that Cookieswap 2013 will be supporting which is Khayelitsha Cookies (http://khayelitshacookies.co.za/k2/home.html)

Faeema explaining the charity that Cookieswap 2013 will be supporting which is Khayelitsha Cookies (http://khayelitshacookies.co.za/k2/home.html)

Cookieswap3 - Durban 2013
Cookieswap3 - Durban 2013

I loved these - Indian Spice Biscuits

I loved these – Indian Spice Biscuits

Crunchies

Crunchies

Some of the gorgeous cookies

Some of the gorgeous cookies

Nicola L Meyer made these gorgeous Custard Biscuits

Nicola L Meyer made these gorgeous Custard Biscuits

Cookieswap3 - Durban 2013

Rice Crispy treats

Rice Crispy treats

My "letterpress" cookies

My “letterpress” cookies

getting to know eachother (@NicolaLMeyer, @TheDbnite, @adhirk)

getting to know eachother (@NicolaLMeyer, @TheDbnite, @adhirk)

The Durban Cookieswap3 attendees

The Durban Cookieswap3 attendees

Beautiful Faeema (@fayinthemaze) doing the raffle draw

Beautiful Faeema (@fayinthemaze) doing the raffle draw

Liz from @lizlaughalot as well as @foodevotion

Liz from @lizlaughalot as well as @foodevotion

Just love the wine rack

Just love the wine rack

Nicola and Theresa with the goodies they received on auction - Follow Nicola on twitter @NicolaLMeyer and follow Theresa @theDBNite.  Liz from @lizlaughalot and @foodevotion in the background

Nicola and Theresa with the goodies they received on auction – Follow Nicola on twitter @NicolaLMeyer and follow Theresa @theDBNite. Liz from @lizlaughalot and @foodevotion in the background

Goodie Bag - Thanks to all the sponsors

Goodie Bag – Thanks to all the sponsors

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