Monday, August 29, 2011

Apple Flapjacks

With the last smatterings of the Winter chill starting to abate, I've been craving the comforting taste of cinnamon-sugar before Summer arrives along with all it's lightness.

I whipped these flapjacks up on three successive days.
On the first two, I just tossed ingredients in a bowl till the texture seemed right. But on the afternoon of the third batch, I realised that this recipe was worth taking note of, and so put measurements to my kitchen mayhem.

Bon appetit!

Apple Flapjacks Recipe

Gluten-Free, Corn-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

Makes 10 Medium-Small Flapjacks

  • 1 cup (250ml) chana/chickpea/garbanzo bean flour
  • 1 golden delicious apple
  • 3 Tbsp (45ml) sugar (+ extra for sprinkling)
  • 1 tsp (5ml) cinnamon (+ extra for sprinkling)
  • 50ml water
  • approx. 1 tsp (5ml) vegetable oil (for frying)
  1. Zhoesh apple + sugar + cinnamon + 25ml water in a food processor till mushy.
  2. Stir flour + 25ml water together, then stir in apple mixture.
  3. Lightly oil a non-stick crepe pan.
  4. Fry batter by the dessert spoon over a medium-low heat. Flip when bubbling.
  5. Serve sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar.
Flip when lightly bubbling on medium-low heat
Serve sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Scenes from a Small Kitchen: Sunday

Swirly Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Scenes from a Small Kitchen: Saturday

Wispy clouds from our kitchen window
Anti-scarecrow friendly fountain person in the courtyard outside our kitchen

Friday, August 26, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Gautrain: South Africa's first high speed train

Centurion Station
Centurion Station
Ticket Lines
Line runs from Hatfield (Pretoria) to Rosebank (Johannesburg)
Shiny New Gautrain
Sandton Station
Bottleneck to Get Out (Bad Idea)
Faaaaarrrr Underground
Nelson Mandela Square

Monday, August 22, 2011

7 is the # between 6 & 8

SEVEN is also:

1 - Beautiful

Grapetizer Layer Cake - a freaky but fantastic gluten-free recipe based on Joyti of Darjeeling Dreams Blackberry + Champagne Layer Cake, made just after I got a shiny new camera to play with.

2 - Popular

Gluten-Free, Egg-Free Chocolate Cake - a collaborative effort between my Mom and me, which garnered my first website feedback of someone who actually baked it and got back to me. Yay! :-)

3 - Controversial

Chickpea Brownies - a chance find entirely made up (necessitated by what I had left in my kitchen when a chocolate craving struck.) It didn't get many comment but, to this day, still manages to top my Google Analytics charts with the most amount of views ever.

4 - Helpful

Buttermilk Rusks - a South African classic updated for an allergy-prone world. I have received the most appreciative e-mails from South Africans and ex-pats around the world seeking some homemade comfort and nostalgia. I *heart* it! :-)

5 - Successful (with an added dash of "Surprise!")

Nonna's Rustic Apple Cake - I was tripping down memory lane when I wrote this post, and I think readers identified with the family element. I've also noticed that  people really want egg-free cake recipes that actually work reliably. This is one of those.

6 - Underrated

Gluten/Egg/Corn/Nut-Free Pizza Bases - this is one of those recipes I wish I could make for EVEYRONE so that they could be addicted to wanting to make it themselves :-) But I totally understand that if one could buy a ready-made pizza base, one would. So it's all good.

7 - Proud of...

Chocolate Pots - the writing muse was with me when I churned out this one. Really. The planets aligned.

  1. Stacey of bakercourt
  2. Lynn of Gimme Gluten Free
  3. Marisa of The Creative Pot 
  4. Natalie of The Wooden Spoon Blog
  5. Kim Bee of Cravings of a Lunatic
..."'re it!"

Play with if you feel like it :-)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Steve, ve sink you've got ze crazy-eye!

Photo of my Stevesy bought from abbeychristine
Eleanor Zissou: How are you feeling?
Steve Zissou: I'm right on the edge. I don't know what comes next.
~ from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou by Wes Anderson (2004) ~

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Feature: Ms. Veronica's

I love getting mail!

The glorious anticipation of walking to one's post box to check whether there is something new and exciting is a joy to me.
Today, I was super chuffed to find my cool monogrammed card (+ 1 extra) from Roanne, the awesome graphic designer; fine arts student and talent behind Ms. Veronicas.

Roanne was also kind enough to include one of her signature book-of-matches-style note books, which is oh so useful for list making geeks like me who like to keep little writing pads and pens in every possible bag! Thank you, RB. :-)

Roanne's Blog: Ms. Veronica's
Roanne's Etsy Shop: Ms. Veronica's

Monday, August 08, 2011

Savoury Chickpea Flour Pancakes

I felt like a kitchen pirate that walked off with the loot when I discovered a veritable treasure trove of interesting goodies a few days ago...

  • Gluten-free pappadums that are perfect for popping under the grill for a quick snack.
  • Curry leaves and yellow mustard seeds for a spicy sautéed potato dish.
  • Sago for sago pudding (similar to rice pudding but eating little see-through pearls of fish eggs, except not gross). 
I also found bags of chickpea flour...
Chickpea flour = chana flour = gram flour = garbanzo flour = besan.

"Used in many countries, it is a staple ingredient in Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi cuisines, and, in the form of a paste with water or yoghurt, a popular facial exfoliant in the Indian Subcontinent. Moreover, when mixed with an equal proportion of water, can be used as an egg-replacer in vegan cooking.

Chila (or chilla), a pancake made with gram flour batter, is a popular street and fast food in India.

Gram flour contains a high proportion of carbohydrates but no gluten. Despite this, in comparison to other flours, it has a relatively high proportion of protein."

So no egg = no problem. This four holds its own.

P.S. This isn't a recipe of exacts...rather just a smidgen of this and a pinch of that. 
Go by texture and feel!
- Chickpea/garbanzo/gram flour
- Water
- Jeera or Cumin (whole)
- Dried Chilli
- Black Mustard Seeds
- Salt
- Vegetable Oil

  1. Chuck some chana flour in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add a pinch of salt, a pinch or two of jeera, a pinch or three of black mustard seeds, and a pinch or four of dried chillies.
  3. Add sufficient water to make a medium-thick batter, and then mix in a half teaspoon of vegetable oil.
  4. Lightly oil a non-stick crepe pan, and pre-heat it briefly over a medium heat.
  5. Drop a small ladleful of batter onto the centre of the pan, and watch it sizzle.
  6. Flip when it bubbles. Go for very lightly golden brown.
  7. Make a rocking savoury topping (see ideas below) and chow down on some grindage.
Scoops of fresh avocado with a sprinkling of salt and dried chilli.
Zhoeshed chickpeas with dried chillies, salt, jeera; 
topped with cucumber slices.

Monday, August 01, 2011


But not the edible kind! 
If you feel like moseying on over,
I'm guest blogging at 
and could use a little support on the comment front
(you know, so I don't feel like a total douche 
that is entirely out of her element writing 
tutorials for non-edible tchotchkes
instead of edible recipes.)

Thankee kindly and much appreciated! :-)

P.S. Happy August!
Hope the windy month treats you well.
- Juanita -