Thursday, 7 May 2020

Artisan Bread

You don't need to be a baker, a foodie or a specialist to love the tearing of a freshly-baked loaf's crust.  So much nicer than the supermarket sliced variety.

We have put our skills into the baking of Artisan Bread.  

No what is Artisan Bread.  It is a term that is used a lot in the food world these days.  Other words that come to mind is 'craft', 'fresh' and then 'REAL' 

We believe that it is easier to digest, because of the enzymes that have had time to begin breaking down the gluten in the flour while fermenting.  

We found a recipe here and we say thanks to Leite's Culinaria for sharing their recipe.

Have used Amaranthus in the dough to give our bread the edge it needs.  Amaranth contains more protein than any other gluten-free grain.  It's a wonderful replacement for gluten allergies.   

This is our version of a braided bread or a Challah bread.
Divide the dough in three equal pieces and braid it. Don't pull the strands or stretch it during the braiding process.  You want to keep the braid lose so that the dough can expand during the baking process. The little black seeds is from the plant known as amaranthus and ancient, protien-packed seed.  A tiny poppy seed-size grain.  
The end result is very rewarding 
Ready to serve and nobody can resist it  
The options is endless here it is served with wintermelon preserve and biltong
Amaranthus growing in our garden

Wonderful and gluten free.  

Thanks for visiting 

Lots of love 

Friday, 24 April 2020

Kameel Stoepstorie: Project door handles

Door handles can some times be a bit on the boring side. 
We were looking for something different to use as door handles on the sliding doors of our walk-in cupboards. 

A pair of shoe forms came to mind. I called them the clown shoe forms.  

It was time to change the appearance a little bit. Sanding down to the wood but leaving a lot of patina in tack.


The beauties were ready for a change of life. 
The right-hand door handle

Left-hand door handle.
 I just love this little new addition to our cabin. 

Till next time 


Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Kameel Stoepstorie: Venison Pies

 When there is venison in the freezer it is venison pie day. I was given a recipe by Annie while living in Harrismith. Annie was a Russian descendent. The pies are always a winner.

The classic Russian stroganoff venison pies with mushrooms pairs well with the came.
Stroganoff originated in mid-19th-century Russia and was named after the Stroganov family, a family of noble origin. Since then, many variations have been created all over the world. Be sure not to skimp on the sour cream, as it is an essential component of the dish (and of Russian cuisine in general).

The little pies are treated with great respect and I just love to use my vintage cutters to add a bit of beauty to the pies.
I use ready-made puff pastry for the casings but also have used a Sour Cream Pastry and roll it out to line the muffin pans.

 Then it is time for the decoration around the edge of the pie shell's top

 The little hearts look very pretty

Or what about the diamond shapes on the edge? 

Till next time 


Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Kameel Stoepstorie: The story of the little tapestry chairs.

 The old chairs have seen better days and were just hanging around. 
It was time for a change.
My mom was a willing participant to put the needle and wool into good use.
Mon painstakingly sews the tapestry seat. 

 The purple velvet fits it perfectly
 A new seat and it is perfect.

The two chairs stand proudly in our cottage at Kameel Huise Tussen Spore. 

 Thanks for visiting 

Monday, 20 April 2020

Kameel Stoepstorie: Kitchen cupboard project

We moved into the shell of our cottage just over a year ago.  During this time Hennie fixed everything. Bathrooms were tiled and fitted, doors hanged, floors were levelled and yes the roof needed to be sealed.

Then without any warning, he had to undergo open-heart surgery for a valve replacement. I was a bit under the weather with this procedure but he always reminded me that God gave him more than 60 troubled free years, so this will be just fine.

So in June 2019 he was out of action for almost three months. I still remember my words to the surgeon: "but what about my kitchen cupboards".
There was an old Oregon cupboard frame
 We found the cheeky legs on a trip to Klerksdorp 

The top came with a lot of history. It was part of the old Wilrick Kontreiwinkel before the upgrade a couple of years ago.
The back of the cupboard was fitted with old tin ceilings plates
All painted and polished and I just love it. 

This is a massive bonus. 

Let me know what you think of it. 

Till next time 

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Kameel Stoepstorie: Rovos Rail and Kameel Railway Station

When Rovos Rail – The Pride of Africa stops at Kameel it is always a special occasion.
For those that are still wondering Rovos Rail is a train-hotel. The trains consist of restored coaches with lounges, dining cars, private sleeping compartments, each with private ensuite facilities. Then there is the observation car which is like sitting on the stoep of the train.
The train has different types of accommodation on board. With names like Pullman. Delux and the Royal Suite, which is half a train car
The company was started in 1989 by Rohan Vos and is family owned and Rovos Rail has its private station at Capital Park in Pretoria.

The dining car reminds of  Edwardian train travel with beautiful pre-1940 and is characterized by the carved roof that is supported with pillars and arches. The button leather seating, crystal glass and branded cutlery is all enhanced with the beautiful light fittings. The fans add to the glamour. This car is referred to as the Pillars.
The lounge car is fitted with deep sofas and wing back chairs and seems like the ideal place for an afternoon snooze as the train makes its way over the plains of Africa. Even the the train is air-conditioned the windows can open and you can enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of Africa.

The Observation Car is like the stoep of Africa.

Till next time