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April 18, 2014 in Baking, Beef, Biscuits, Cake, Dessert, Easter, Lamb, Lunch, Meat, Pork, Supper

Everyone has their own traditions over special times such as Christmas and Easter. My family’s traditions are closely linked to food!

Sweet biscuits for Easter

We always bake biscuits for Easter and I always bake some chocolate cake! A roast is always prepared for Easter Sunday and there will of course be loads of chocolates.

Almond chocolate cake

To read more about my Easter recipes, please go to PinkPolkaDotFood.

Chocolate biscuits for Easter

Tomatoes stuffed with lamb mince and basil

February 24, 2014 in Herbs, Lamb, Lunch, Meat, Rice, Supper, Vegetables

Tomatoes are definitely my favourite vegetables. I enjoy cooking with tomatoes, but my preferred way of eating them is definitely still fresh in a salad or on a sandwich.

I think tomatoes can take a meal to a whole new level which is evident in this Roast beef with a spicy tomato sauce recipe and with this meatloaf cannelloni.

I often make stuffed tomatoes, sometimes stuffing them with scrambled eggs and bacon, like my Mother used to do and other times with a tuna mixture or mushroom mixture, but this lamb and basil stuffing is definitely a winner.

Tomatoes stuffed with lamb mince and basil

For the recipe, please visit PinkPolkaDotFood.

Stuffed tomatoes

The weekly meny

July 7, 2013 in Bacon, Baking, Beef, Chicken, Curry, Dessert, Lamb, Meals in minutes, Meat, Meatless Mondays, Pasta, Seafood, Soup, Supper, Vegetarian, Weekly Meny

This week’s menu contains dishes suitable for the winter and cold days. I hope it will bring some warmth into your house!

If there is anything on this menu that you do not eat or find to difficult to make, replace it with an item from the previous menus.

Tuesday: Butter chicken with rice, naan bread and banana sambal

Butter chicken recipe

Friday: Bobotie in poppadum cups with rice, chutney, banana sambal and tomato sambal

Bobotie in poppadum cups

A treat: Milktart

Milktart recipe

To see the rest of the menu, please visit PinkPolkaDotFood.


The weekly menu

May 5, 2013 in Baking, Beef, Biscuits, Chicken, Dessert, Lamb, Meat, Meatless Mondays, Pasta, Pork, Poultry, Seafood, Soup, Weekly Meny

I get lots of e-mails of people telling me how they appreciate the weekly menu with a shopping list and that makes this so worthwhile.

If you do not like any of the dishes on this week’s menu or feel that it is too expensive, simply replace it with a dish from the previous weekly menus!

Monday: Vegetable stir fry with a creamy dressing

Hot vegetable salad

Wednesday:Herby seafood and tomato soup with crusty breadrolls


To read more, please go to PinkPolkaDotFood!



The weekly menu

March 24, 2013 in Bacon, Baking, Biscuits, Braai, Chicken, Curry, Lamb, Lunch, Meals in minutes, Meat, Meatless Mondays, Pork, Poultry, Quiche, Savory tart, Side Dish, Supper, Sweets, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Weekly Meny

I think most schools have already closed for the Easter holidays and you want to spend time with your loved ones. Therefore, I am sure that you do not want to spend too much time in the kitchen. Although most of the recipes in this week’s menu are not quick to prepare, I hope I will at least save you some time to decide what you are going to cook this week. I am also including a shopping list to make it even easier for you!

Tuesday: Pizza Quiche

Dessert for the week: Chocolate Tartlets

Treat for the week: Chocolate biscuits!

To read more go to PinkPolkaDotFood!

The weekly menu

March 17, 2013 in Baking, Biscuits, Braai, Chicken, Dessert, Fish, Lamb, Meat, Meatless Mondays, Pasta, Pork, Poultry, Quiche, Savory tart, Seafood, Side Dish, Supper, Sweets, Vegetarian

Things in life do not always work out according to plan, but I strongly believe that God’s plan is always better. I was planning to attend the Eat-Out produce awards at the Old Biscuit Mill on Friday night where it was announced that the very talented Anel Potgieter from the blog “Life is a Zoo biscuit” is the Food Blogger of the year.

BlondieGirl was however writing a test on Friday morning and asked me to fetch her at 13:00 in Stellenbosch. I left earlier since I first wanted to go to an Antique shop in Stellenbosch and arrived at 12:30. Just after one BG phoned me to say that there was a terrible fire the previous night in Kayamandi that left 600 families (about 3000 people) homeless. She is on the Student Committee and her portfolio is Community Service and she had to do some things to arrange for volunteers, etc to assist the people affected by the fire. She asked whether I would be prepared to wait and help her with the arrangements for approximately 2 hours. Of course I said yes. In the end she only finished just before 18:00, which meant we could not attend the awards. I was admittedly not too upset as it felt good to be able to assist some fellow South Africans – albeit in a small, minute way.

This afternoon was mostly spent on preparing the weekly menu – I am so grateful that I am able to do this! I have a house, food and many luxuries that loads of people in South Africa does not have!

The weekly menu:

Monday: Onion, Cheese and Thyme Quiche

Dessert of the week: Chocolate swissroll with orange mousse filling

Treat of the week: Unbaked brownies

To read more on the weekly menu please go to PinkPolkaDotFood!

Weekly Menu

March 10, 2013 in Baking, Beef, Braai, Chicken, Dessert, Fish, Lamb, Lunch, Meals in minutes, Meat, Meatless Mondays, Pasta, Pork, Poultry, Salad, Salads, Sauce, Seafood, Starter, Supper, Sweets, Vegetables, Weekly Meny

One of my friends asked me to post a weekly menu with a shopping list. Unfortunately I said yes, without realising how much work will go into something like that! This week I was challenged / asked by many more people to do this, so I did it again!

I hope everyone that reads my blog will find this valuable!

Monday: Mushroom Potpies with a green salad.

Tuesday: Warm lamb and vegetable Salad (Use leftover lamb from Sunday)

Treat: Chocolate and dried apricot muffins

For the rest of this menu go to PinkPolkaDotFood.


PinkPolkaDot’s menu for a week from 4 to 10 March 2013-03-03

March 4, 2013 in Bacon, Baking, Beef, Braai, Chicken, Curry, Dessert, Fish, Lamb, Meals in minutes, Meat, Meatless Mondays, Pasta, Pork, Poultry, Salad, Salads, Seafood, Side Dish, Supper, Sweets, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Weekly Meny

One of my friends, who enjoys reading my blog, recently requested me to a weekly menu, with a list of the ingredients required. I agreed to this and this is my first weekly menu. I have never realised how much work it will be, but will try my best to do this on a weekly basis.

Please note that the ingredient list does not include general ingredients such as salt, pepper, oil, cake flour, milk, bread, sugar, eggs, butter, etc.

Monday: Lentil Bobotie with rice and tomato sambal and banana sambal

Tuesday: Chicken ghoulash served with tagliatelle

Wednesday: Curry banana frikadelle served with mashed potatoes and a green salad

To see the rest of the menu and the list of required ingredients, please go to PinkPolkaDotFood.

Lamb Sosaties

October 18, 2012 in Braai, Curry, Lamb, Meat, Supper

Recently I read on someone’s blog about lamb sosaties (I can unfortunately not remember on whose blog?). It reminded me of these lamb sosaties. Some years back, when we were still living in Pretoria, I was asked by our church to make 12 dozen lamb sosaties.

For weeks before the event I made sosaties, testing different marinades and flavour combinations. Friends and family was forced to eat sosaties for about 4 weeks in a row and this recipe was the one that everyone enjoyed the most. I made it a few times after this event and then got tired of it.

After reading about this lamb and dried apricot sosaties, I was so craving this that I just had to make it again. If you are looking for something really delicious to braai over the weekend, try this!

curry lamb sosatie recipe

For the recipe, please go to PinkPolkaDotFood!

lamb kebab recipe

If you liked this recipe, then I am convinced you will also enjoy this Lamb skewer recipe!

lamb on rosemary skewers

Answers to Friday Food Quiz number 72 and what did you post on this day, a year ago?

June 19, 2012 in Beef, Curry, Food Quiz, Friday Food Quiz, Indian Food, Lamb, Meat, Pasta, Supper

At last I am posting the answers to Food Quiz number 72. Thanks for everyone that participated and thanks for your patience! 

Please visit the following bloggies who did the Quiz for brilliant answers:

Lavender and Lime

ViewfromtheSide’s blog


1. What is a Rendang?

A – Rendang is an Indonesian dish made by simmering meat for hours in coconut milk and spices until the liquid has evaporated. 

2. What does “to butterfly” means?

A – To cut food (usually meat or seafood) leaving one side attached and to open it out like the wings of a butterfly. 

3. What is meadowsweet and what is it used for?

A – A culinary herb from Asia andEuropeused to flavour jams, stewed fruits and wine, as well as mead and Norfolk Punch. 

4. What does Mulligatawny mean?

A – When translated directly it means “pepper water”. 

5. What does the term “coats a spoon” means?

A – When a substance is rendered thin/thick enough so that when a wooden or metal spoon is inserted into it and taken out, the substance leaves a thin film “coating the spoon”. 

6. What is “Ouefs en Meurette”?

A – It literally means “eggs in meurette sauce” and it is a French dish poaching eggs in red wine sauce. 

7. What are the main ingredients of paneer?

A – Milk, lemon juice and water. 

8. What is the name of Nepal’s most favorite dish?

A – Dhal-bhat-tarkari is eaten throughout the country. Dhal is a soup made of lentils and spices. It is served over a boiled grain, which is called bhat. The grain is usually rice but it can be another grain. This is served with vegetable curry called tarkari. This is served with a number of condiments such as chutney or atchar.                     

9. What is the main ingredient of Chaas?

A – Spiced buttermilk. 

10. What do gazpacho, bouillabaisse and bisque have in common?

A – These are all soups. 

On Sunday afternoon, whilst hubs took a nap, I as catching up on my favourite blogs. All of a sudden I was wondering what I have posted the previous year and the year before on that specific date. 

I came to realize that my blog changed quite a lot. I the beginning years of my blog I used to post some jokes and other funnies. I also posted pics of my table settings quite often – can anyone still remember that? 

On 19 June 2011 I posted this recipe for Canneloni with a meatloaf filling.  

 Canneloni with a meatloaf filling recipe

On 19 June 2010 I posted this recipe for Roghan Josh

 Roghan Josh recipe

On 19 June 2009 I posted this funny about a dog!

So what did you post on this day in previous years?