Monday, 28 September 2015

Political Cookies


Cuisine and wonderful stories 
This story is shared by the host of De Oude Huize Yard
The South African cuisine has a wealth of wonderful stories.
One of my favorites is the story of our country's own political cookies.
The old people told the story that the cookies with their distinctive jam tummies were the favorites of both minister Hertzog and general Smuts. 
Every family had cookies according to the name of the leader of the political party which it supported. In one household there could be supporters of Smuts and also of Hertzog- the old people were politically insane in South Africa. 
In the Cape Malay community colored cookies were brought out when there were visitors.
Hertzoggies, Smutsies and Two-faced cookies
The Smutsies vs the Hertzogies
Barry Hertzog and Jan Smuts 
The delicacies of the two South African political parties obtained momentum during the 1924 election. This "food-fight" showed that politics also had its own delicacy.
In the present situation the party which wins is the one with the most "free" food.

In the rural areas it was easy to differentiate between the supporters of the two parties. 

The supporters of Jan Smuts and the United Party were known as the "Sappe" and they traveled around the country in "pimped out Chevy's". Thank you to the Franshoek Motor museum for the photo of the shinny Chevrolet 
The supporters of JBM Hertzog and the National Party were know as the "Nats"
They were seen in flashy Fords with shiny rims and a beat.
Thank you to the Franshoek Motor Museum for the photo of the flashy Ford 
Jan Smuts official Cadillac 
Jan Smuts Cookies (or Smutsies) is a variation which Jan Smuts' supporters baked. 
They had a jam segment and a pastry covering . 
They were named after Jan Smuts who was the Prime Minister of South Africa from 1919 to 1924 and from 1939 to 1948.
According to legend they were very popular with the supporters of general Smuts while his opponents would have nothing to do with them. 
General Smuts defeated Hertzog as Prime Minister and the Smutsies increased in popularity.
Smutsies as still part of the traditions in South Africa
Non of these photo's are ours
Thanks to Huiskok for sharing the photo's
Hertzog Cookies (Hertzogigies) were named after J.B.M. (Barry) Hertzog, Prime Minister of the then Union of South Africa. 
Barry Hertzog was a Boer general during the Second Anglo-Boer War. 
He attempted to protect the Afrikaner culture against the British influence.
It seems that the Cape-Malay community developed the Hertzoggies because of excitement when in the 1920's promised the right to vote for women and racial equality if he won the election. he cookies were originally filled apple jelly  which was later replaced with apricot jelly. 
The Hertzoggies are known for their flaky pastry apricot jam filling and coconut meringue topping.
The ever popular Hertzoggies with the coconut meringue topping
Tweegevreetjie (Two-Facers) were a protest against broken promises in parliament. 
It then happened that Hertzog was returned to parliament in 1924 and summarily broke his promise to the Malay community and gave the vote only to white women. 
To voice their dissatisfaction about this they baked the "tweegevreetjies"  with a clear message .
The protest was made clear by decorative one side with a pale pink and the other side with a brown icing. 
This represented the white man's black heart and it was called "tweegevreetjie" "two Faced.

The Tweegevreetjies contain Malay aromas like cardomon.
The tweegevreetjies with their clear message 
Jan and Issie Smuts lived in this house in Irene
It is situated in the Gauteng province of South Africa
The house is also known as the Smuts Museum 
Barry and Mynie lived in this house situated in Bloemfontein
It is situated in the Free State Province of South Africa
It is also a museum 
Imagine that it is now time to clean your house thoroughly and bake cookies.
Our favorite but no political connections
We use the apricot jam made from our garden apricots 
Just a last little morsel 
The first successful Caesarean section in Africa was performed by Dr James Barry, an army surgeon, in Cape Town. 
The procedure was completed with permission from the baby's father, Thomas Munnik, despite the disapproval of the local church. 
The baby was named James Barry Munnik after the doctor, and lived to be 78 years old. 
Coindicentally he gave this name to his godson, prominent politician Gen. James Barry Munnik Hertzog. 
Interestingly, the sex of Dr James Barry raised some eyebrows when it was revield that he/she was a woman in disguise, namely Margaret Ann Bulkley, who pretended to be a man so that she could attend medical school in Edinburgh.  

 Thanks for visiting our post and we hope that you will find a favorite. 
Sending Lots of Love from South Africa 
Sandra