Jackie Cameron, author of Jackie Cameron Cooks at Home and head chef of Hartford House, has shared some new recipes on the restaurant’s website.
Cameron’s recipes for Puff Pastry, Brioche, Apricot Jam Filled Doughnuts, Genoise, Phyllo Pastry and Choux Pastry Profiteroles will be valuable editions to an aspiring chef’s recipe book.
Phyllo Pastry … this is something I haven’t made in years but I was recently inspired when a local resident brought me a few tastings of her homemade Greek specialities. If she could do it then so could I! Time is of the essence but the result is so worth it. Sweet of savoury – phyllo pastry has a place in the kitchen.
Makes: 16 Sheets
500gr Cake Flour
1.25ml Fine Salt
200gr Butter, melted
Flour, for rolling
Ali Bacher says Graeme Pollock, who celebrated his 70th birthday recently, “remains one of the greatest batsmen the world has ever seen”.
Pollock, who suffered a mild stroke in December, was a left-handed batsman, and ended his career with a test batting average of 60.97, second only to right-handed Donald Bradman’s unmatched 99.94.
Bacher, who recently co-authored Jacques Kallis and 12 Other Great South African All-rounders, says the fact that his former teammate managed the feat despite South Africa’s exclusion from international cricket proves his legendary status.
It is quite extraordinary that, despite South Africa being banned from international cricket in 1970, Graeme still holds the second-highest batting average in Test cricket. It’s 2014 and he is still number two only to Sir Donald Bradman, which indicates his greatness.
John van de Ruit will be taking part in the Knysna Literary Festival on Friday 21 March. The festival runs from the 18th to the 23rd this month.
Van de Ruit will be discussing his bestselling Spud series and film adaptations. The event starts at 9 AM at Simola Hotel & Spa. Visit the Knysna Festival Website and booking details.
Don’t miss it!
John van de Ruit – South Africa’s bestselling author of all time with over 500 000 books sold – to present “The Making of Spud” as part of the Knysna Literary Festival.
Author John van de Ruit will be appearing at the Knysna Literary Festival to chat about his globally successful Spud series on Friday 21 March from 09h00 – 10h30 at the Simola Hotel & Spa.
His debut novel, Spud remains a publishing phenomenon in South Africa, smashing all local fiction records. Following Spud’s release in September 2005, the sequel Spud – The Madness Continues… (2007) received rave reviews and both books have since been published around the globe. The penultimate book in the side-splitting series, Spud – Learning to Fly, was released in 2009. The fourth and final book in the series, Spud – Exit, Pursued by a Bear was released in 2012.
In total, the Spud series has sold over half a million copies in South Africa alone, and in December 2010 a feature film was released in Southern Africa starring John Cleese and Troye Sivan. The film debuted at number one at the South African box office. A second film, of Spud – the Madness Continues… was also released in South African cinemas just last year.
Witty, charming, and consistently hilarious, Spud combines the prep-school humour of The Catcher in the Rye with the rebellious teen antics of Dead Poet’s Society. Though John van de Ruit’s 13-year-old protagonist Spud (real name: John Milton) may hail from Durban, South Africa, his adventures, insecurities, and humour are universal.
Over the course of the four novels, Spud’s growth as a character was a process with which many identified. Van de Ruit elaborates: “Spud’s gone from a naive boy who didn’t quite realise the joke. But by book four there’s an irony to how he describes his fellow guys. There’s a surety in Spud – he doesn’t fear. He was scared in book one, yet here’s a boy who has grown into his skin.” He continues, “The series gained an extra dimension in film, with actor John Cleese adding his particular brand of humour to the milieu.”
John van de Ruit is an actor, playwright and author who was educated at Michaelhouse and received a Masters degree in Drama and Performance studies from the University of KwaZulu – Natal.
Tickets are priced at R50 per person and can be purchased via EFT.
Presented by Pam Golding Properties, the 5th annual Knysna Literary Festival takes place 18-23 March 2014 with 12 events and 18 top authors taking part. For more information, visit www.KnysnaLiteraryFestival.co.za or phone 044 382 5574.
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The Knysna Literary Festival proudly supports local charities, e’Pap Children’s Feed Project and the TSiBA Eden Campus Library.
Lauren Liebenberg – whose third novel, Cry Baby, is out now – offers some advice on getting your book to print, in the following interview with Get Your Book Published.
Liebenberg’s debut novel, The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam, was shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers and longlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize.
She explains her writing and editing process, and admits that the extensive research she undertakes can often put the pacing of the book out of kilter. Liebenberg also shares her one simple tip for overcoming writer’s block: “Read a good book.”
What advice can you give aspirant writers?
There is no room in publishing for coy apologists nor, ironically, for ego. You have to believe in what you’ve written and be prepared to convert sceptical others. At the same time, you need to take a great deal of rejection and criticism – not all of which should be deflected. The good news is that the ego-bruising ordeal of getting into print will stand you in excellent stead for bad reviews, (which are like eavesdropping on a conversation about yourself in the smoke-room, in which everyone agrees that you suck)!
New from Penguin Books, Half of One Thing by Zirk van den Berg:
Gideon Lancaster, a New Zealand soldier fighting for the British, infiltrates a Boer commando. He soon finds himself entangled in a confusion of loyalties as he becomes better acquainted with the men and, worse, falls in love with Esther Calitz, a Boer woman of considerable mettle who demands his loyalty over every other allegiance. Between Esther and Commandant Jacob Eksteen, his taciturn rival in love and a man of clear black-and-white convictions, Lancaster navigates his way only with great difficulty. So powerful are the conflicting demands of fidelity and love that he seizes a quixotic opportunity when a large British battalion is mobilised in what is to be the final triumph of the imperial forces.
Also available in Afrikaans as Halfpad Een Ding.
About the author
Zirk van den Berg made his literary debut with a volume of Afrikaans short stories in 1989, followed by a short historical novel. After moving to New Zealand in 1998, he switched to writing in English. His crime novel, Nobody Dies, was published to considerable acclaim in New Zealand and saw an Afrikaans edition released as ’n Ander mens in South Africa in 2013. Half of One Thing is his first English novel to appear in his native South Africa. Van den Berg is a language practitioner in Auckland.
Lauren Liebenberg spoke to Get It Joburg North about her latest novel, Cry Baby, the contradiction of the “work-life balance” and her membership of the “Scheduled Drug Club”.
“Cry Baby is part confession (that I should have saved for my Bad Mommy memoirs). It’s also part survival guide and a manual on the art of extortion for parents, ultimately it’s about control – and letting go. It’s a slap across the face of a suburban dystopia and a hymn to the extraordinary beauty in ordinary lives,” Liebenberg says.
Read the interview:
I live in the shadow of the sewerage pipe. Dainfern Valley. While I was born in Zimbabwe, where I spent my childhood, mostly just pedal-by bog-rolling the neighbours and so forth, this angry, hopeful, crazy city has been home for a long time. I’ve even grown to love the ‘Hijacking Hot spot’ sign on the highway next to my off-ramp. I live with my husband, Mark, and a pack comprising three dogs, two cats, and two boys, eight-year-old William and seven-year-old Russell, in whom the feral instinct runs strong.
Reg Lascaris, co-founder of advertising agency TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris, spoke to Jeremy Maggs about his book Lessons from the Boot of a Car, which describes the lessons he has learnt along the way while creating his business.
Lascaris tells Maggs about how he was a “serial failure” in the early years of his career and says that entrepreneurs don’t have to fail when they start out, but that if they do it’s a good thing as it teaches them valuable lessons.
Watch this three part Maggs on Media interview:
Tinus Horn se roman Bomskok speel in 1989 af en vertel die verhaal van wat alles in die kantore van die Vryheid op Vrydag-koerant gebeur. Hierdie rillerkomedie beloof om jou tone te laat krul met spanningsplesier.
Horn het onlangs twee uittreksels uit sy roman, wat volgende maand vrygestel word, op sy persoonlike blog gedeel. In die eerste uittreksel maak die leser kennis met Agent 8 en die ander karakters wat by Sektor C werk. Ook Agent 8 se vroutjie Deline – “Mens mag haar maar Delien noem want Delien is nie ’n agent nie. Amptelik verkoop sy parfuum en grimering” – word in hierdie uittreksel beskryf.
Die tweede uittreksel gaan oor Miet Zeekoe, die jong intern in die Vryheid op Vrydag-kantoor: “Miet is 22 en lyk enigiets tussen 14 en 18. Sy word soms vir ’n seuntjie aangesien, veral deur tannies wie se kinders al uit die huis is en wat nog nie kleinkinders het nie, en veral wanneer sy die verkeerde soort bra dra.” Lees ook die rede vir die koerant se naam en vind uit wie die teikenleser van hierdie kontroversiële, fiktiewe, publikasie is.
Agent 8 is groter as ’n dubbeldekkerbus maar nie heeltemal so slim nie. Hy’t gelukkig ’n oulike vroutjie wat slim genoeg is vir al twee en die dinkwerk in die gesin kan doen.
Dit sal dalk bietjie gemeen wees om Mevrou Agent 8 geslepe te noem… of, nee dit sal nie. Geslepe is geslepe. Mevrou Agent 8 is geslepe.
Dis sy wat Agent 8 doerietyd vir Die Saak gewerf het. Haar pa, Die Brigadier, ’n lang, skraal albino sonder wenkbroue, is ’n grootkop by Sektor C. Dié grootkop. Die Brigadier het Agent 8 by ’n cocktail paartie ná ’n game op Ellispark in die verbygang hoor sê hy verstaan nie waarvoor die regering so fokken sag is nie. Agent 8 speel flank vir Transvaal B. Hy was ’n sersant by die Jeppe-polisiestasie, om die draai van Ellispark.
Miet begin vandag haar eerste grootmenswerk, as intern by Vryheid op Vrydag, ’n koerant met ’n oplaag van 15 000 (wanneer Tom Kemp, die redakteur, in Frankryk, Holland of Swede gaan geld bedel) of 7 000 (wanneer die getalle van die verspreiders terugkom).
Vryheid op Vrydag se kantore is in ’n ou bankgebou in Newtown, naby die middelpunt van ’n nuwe soort Suid-Afrika, met ’n omtrek van hoogstens ’n kilometer of twee, wat selfs vyf jaar gelede ondenkbaar was. Hier is liefde oor die kleurgrens heen byvoorbeeld soos enige ander soort liefde: alledaags, morsig en vervlietend.
Alida Ryder has shared a recipe for a delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, otherwise known as the “Ultimate Chocolate Cake”.
Ryder, whose latest recipe book, Cook from the Heart, is available now, says this rich, dark chocolate cake – with a hint of coffee – is her go-to recipe for family birthdays and events.
She also suggests adding some pistachio praline to the filling of the cake in this recipe, “to add some crunch”.
Chocolate Peanut Butter cake
50g cocoa powder
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Penguin Books has shared an excerpt from Alida Ryder’s new cookbook, Cook from the Heart, including a recipe for delicious Sugar Cookies.
Cook from the Heart contains recipes designed to suit your mood; giving you a boost when you are feeling low, turning a romantic moment into something even more special, or adding more tranquility to those moments of peace and quiet.
Ryder’s recipe for Valentine’s Sugar Cookies are bound to improve the mood of anybody who tastes them, and are the perfect gift for someone special in your life. They look so cheerful and delicious that, as Ryder says, “nobody will notice” if your icing isn’t picture perfect.
Valentine’s Sugar Cookies
Makes approximately 20-25 cookies
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
225g butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract