Monthly Archives: August 2013

Pampoenkoekies/Pumpkin Fritters


Pampoenkoekies are a South African tradition. I don’t make them as often as I would like to but when I do they are always so good!  I thought I would share my recipe with you. I am translating it from Afrikaans so bear with me 🙂  (I speak almost more Afrikaans now than English so sometimes my English goes a little downhill;)

Pampoenkoekies/Pumpkin Fritters

250g blended, cooked, pumpkin

1-2 eggs

120g flour

5-7 ml baking powder

15ml sugar

pinch of salt

5 ml lemon juice

1 ml cinnamon (optional)

Drain the cooked pumpkin and blend it.  Whisk the eggs in a bowl and add the pumpkin.  Sift the flour and baking powder and mix it in along with all the other ingredients.  

Heat a frying pan with a little oil.  Drop tablespoons of the batter in and cook them like you would a crumpet/pikelet.  They are heavenly when warm! 

That’s about all there is to it. The Afrikaans recipe was a mile long so I just gave you the method I use. It’s simple, easy, and it works!

Enjoy and have a great weekend!


Ps. Note my African tablecloth! My Mom-in-law brought it back from South Africa for me in January!

Knitting, Sewing, and Such


This week I have been knitting a lot for the second charity (yes, I now knit for two, can you say busy fingers?) which is just squares for cot blankets so I don’t have many exciting things to show you.

I did, hoImagewever, finish a scarf for Mission Without Borders. Here it is in all it’s delicious fluffiness!

And here is Mobi the whale! Isn’t he cute? I just felt like making a stuffed toy (first time) and here he is!






The other day I felt like waffles for lunch. I haven’t made any for quite a while. If you know me you know that I can never be satisfied with simply making something plain, it always has to be new and exciting! 

I have a basic waffle recipe that I use for everything. It is neither sweet nor savoury so you can do just what you like with it. It never flops so I stick with it. 

This time I divided the batter up into three bowls and made three different kinds.

I made banana waffles and kiwi fruit waffles and cocoa and cherry waffles! 





Here is my basic waffle recipe:

500g flour

600ml milk (I use soymilk)

50g butter, melted (optional)

2 eggs

2 t baking powder

pinch of salt.

For banana waffles add:

1 sliced banana and 1 t each of vanilla and caramel essence

For kiwifruit waffles add:

2-3 kiwifruit sliced up into small pieces

1 T molasses or golden syrup

1 t vanilla essence

For cocoa cherry waffles add:

about 1/2 C cocoa mix (recipe is here on my blog)

about 1/3 C chopped glace red cherries

Ps. I added a little sugar to the banana and kiwifruit recipes. Emphasis on small amount! Just so that they don’t taste so neutral. 


PPS. On another note, does anyone have any advice on getting your posts categorized? Mine simply won’t do it and I’ve tried a few times!



I am sewing and crafting again!


As you can see by the title of this post I have been busy creating again this week. Right now I am up to my elbows in stretch mesh and t-shirting and hopefully at the end it will a cute skirt for summer. I have this totally unrealistic idea that I will be able to finish it before I need to start cooking dinner. A girl can dream can’t she? My housework has been suffering a little this week (as a result of all the crafts) but it’s been a long time since I have felt like sewing anything so I have allowed the bug to overtake me a little. 

Right now I am hankering for a dressform as it would make taking photos of my scarves and clothing so much easier! Lying on the ground just does not do them justice! 

I made my first attempt at an infinity scarf this week. Here’s how it turned out…


And I have been knitting up a storm again. I am knitting squares for a local charity and then I have been knitting some small things for Mission Without Borders. I am taking a break from blankets for a little while. 

I am totally in love with this little bow/cowl scarf I have just finished. It’s far from perfect but I just need a little more practice I think. Hopefully some little girl in eastern Europe will like this scarf!


Cute huh?