TALKING FOREIGN

Sometime back there was a very popular television ad for one of our local fast-food outlets; they were punting their new range of coffees. The ad featured a hick couple; the lad had come a-courting on the girl’s farmhouse veranda. He begins reciting Italian coffee names, making the girl pant with ardour. When he says ‘Macchiato’ she is overcome to such an extent that a button bursts from her ample bosom. She blurts out: “Ag Henry, I love it when you talk forren!”

It seems that some of my WordPress friends on far-flung shores find some of my food rather ‘forren’; given comments on my snoek and oxtail recent posts. That is one of the things I most love about blogging here; I get a glimpse into other cultures and I get to share mine. *Enormous happy grin*

One dish native to our country is Melktert, a dessert that people are strongly divided on. Each family has their own – closely guarded – recipe. I personally don’t like it much, but my daughter does, so I often buy miniature versions to put in her lunchbox. I have never baked it myself, but yesterday a challenged from the Woolworths Facebook group prompted me to try it. With a prize of R500 in the offing I figured I had nothing to lose.

I used a recipe I found here:
http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/south-african-melktert-milk-tart/

Would I make it again? Perhaps; I found my crust a bit too crisp, so I’d tweak the recipe a bit. Maybe I’d make it if I had a ‘forren’ visitor and wanted to end our visit with a local dish.

Related post:

http://sunshineinlondon.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/english-as-she-is-spoke/

http://husbands4hire.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/last-post-on-my-western-cape-holiday-i-promise/

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48 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    Your recipes are always fascinating.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Carolyn 🙂

  2. I’d have a slice (ps – it has cinnamon hence I can’t resist)

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll have to make it for you sometime; I see on the web that the best wine pairing for it is a Muscadel. We’ll give that a miss, shall we?

  3. adeeyoyo says:

    Isn’t it funny how we guard some of our recipes. My youngest sister asked me the other day to email her our mother’s milk tart recipe as she has never had it. Needless to say it is the best we have ever tasted!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m sure it was yum adee.

  4. leigh says:

    Yum 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      *Sends over a slice*

  5. souldipper says:

    I have company from California right now. Please FedEx four! Yes, I will have to look up details on the Internet to explain what it is. Oh, don’t bother bundling up the barracuda. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      lol … the Melktert is a type of custard pie … no, actually it’s nothing like a custard pie…

  6. Supa says:

    I am also not a fan of melktart, interesting that your food is perceived as forren 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      The Americans and Ausies evidently don’t do oxtail at all 🙂

    2. nrhatch says:

      Oh, I’ve heard of oxtail.

      It’s definitely made its way to the States . . . but not past my lips. : )

  7. So not fair!! I love melktart, but the lack of ovens in homes over here in SK means we can’t make to many…. I would love a piece right now.

    1. theonlycin says:

      They don’t have ovens?
      *takes some time to ponder life without an oven*

    2. nrhatch says:

      No oven = no cookies, no cakes, no lasagne, no . . . pizza!

      {{runs screaming from the room and hides under the covers}}

      1. It’s true. An oven in your home is very unusual.
        It’s quite an adjustment, and when I’m next in SA I plan on gorging on lovely things like lasagne, rusks, cookies and melktert. The oven will not know what hit it!!

  8. brat.d.lux says:

    My family prefer the crustless type milktart, it makes it’s own crust while baking.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I prefer ‘sous kluitjies’ to the tart.

  9. thysleroux says:

    I remember that ad, it was very original as far as that franchise was concerned. Rather boosted their sales a bit!

    The melktert looks scrumptious!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I agree the ad (new agency?) was very good for the brand.

  10. sonsothunder says:

    HAHAHA…I luv it…yeah forre’n huh? LOL so… yA’ll got Hick peoples over there too huh? LOL L.M.A.O. hehe…wheew..Okay….hehe…he…can’t stop really…whew ..I’m composed …whew… Okay ….lol…Enormous Happy Grin?
    LOL, I’m sorry I can’t stop laughing…you are so funny… and I so love you…but hey
    seriously now… I doubt that you could EVER cook anything that would EVER want me to end our Visit!!! Hell,i’m branging the family…LOL after all…you know we far -flung Wales though blue in face, were red-neck on your shores too…LOL
    Could you Please pass the Jelly?
    Bye…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh Paul, you make me laugh so, quite made my day *wider grin*

  11. Lyndatjie says:

    Hmmm…. all cooking is FORREN to me! *grin*

    1. theonlycin says:

      lol, you did make those blue cakes that one time …

  12. granny1947 says:

    Morning Cin…I have a great recipe for crustless milk tart…that solves the crisp part!

  13. buttercup600 says:

    My mond water soooo baie…het al vergeet hoe dit smaak! Mal oor die video!! (Saliva glands working overtime)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Jy moet maar ‘n lysie maak, want klink my jy gaan net heeldag wil eet as jy daar in Somerset Wes aankom 🙂

  14. Naomi says:

    Thx for LOLLL!! Had forgotten that ad 🙂 Love melktert & now you have me lusting after some for tea!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Quick Woolies trip?

    2. nrhatch says:

      That Wimpy’s commercial slayed me . . . ha ha!!!

  15. I loved the forren talking 😉 and the look of your milk tarte. I might well try it some day. Thank you Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the visit, Isa.

  16. brian says:

    ha. funny commercial…i like the word macchiato as well…ok maybe drinking one…smiles. i like crisp crust so maybe…mmm….

    1. theonlycin says:

      Macchiato and melktert could work very well together 🙂

  17. Paula says:

    Since I was reading one of your posts, I should have realized that it would not end up being about “talking forren,” but my mind being the way it is (rather skewed), it immediately jumped to a YouTube video one of my physician friends showed me the other day. Hope you enjoy it! (This version has English sub-titles – my first view of it was all French! Believe me, language is no barrier here!):

    1. nrhatch says:

      The whole time the ad ran, I thought: I am so glad to be CHILD-FREE!

      When it turned out to be a “Use Condoms” ad, I brayed!

      Thanks, Paula! Thank heavens your mind is exactly as it is! : )

  18. slpmartin says:

    Oh Cindy…I just love your ‘forren’ dishes. 🙂 Of course, given the nature of California…very little is ‘forren’ to us. Cheers!

  19. I prefer mine with an almost shortcrust pasrty, not too sweet and loads of cinnamon.

    when you have perfected it, i’ll come and give it my stamp of approval 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Your wish is my command ;p

  20. Is around the block forren?? 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, yes, I believe it is 😀

  21. I do remember that ad – too funny! Your melktert looks outstanding! I could enjoy a slice with a cup of tea right now.
    🙂 Mandy

  22. Might try to make it just to experience it…very forren 🙂

  23. Thanks for that! Now imagine no crust, but deepfried pockets. Yum! Try it for us. Xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Will do, not now though, too busy 🙂

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