he changed her world
Marrying Eric, changed
my world - he was very much the "city boy" and I the "farm
girl". His parents were similar - his father grew up on a farm
while his mother came from Switzerland.
.Eric did the most
to encourage and support me to experiment with food. He was the guinea
pig since the efforts day, and was always there to suggest improvements
when a dish did not come quite as expected! Eric loves to make
bread. From the best garlic bread in Cape Town, Italian breads, pizza
and rye bread to rusks, soft pretzels and rolls. He even started experimenting
recently with breads that need sourdough which he makes himself too.
This is driving our children, Jovan (19) and Jacqui (17) around the
bend as he leaves it in the one microwave oven (with the light on for
warmth) for up to 3 and 4 days for the concoction to rise. He also likes
to cook Italian food and we make our own pasta (yes, the pasta machine
was another anniversary gift!). One of his firm beliefs is that no savoury
dish is complete without garlic.One thing that I will
remember for the rest of my life is that Eric baked our wedding cake
and I did the icing. The cake looked beautiful and tasted fabulous.
Eric is not shy when it gets to fruitcakes once the baking is done:
the cake must be left to "ripen". This means that it must
get a good portion of brandy or sherry every 2 weeks for about 6 8 weeks
(drenched or like the Germans calls it Blaauw) and every time it must
be wrapped securely in aluminium foil to rest. We wanted to keep the
top layer until our first anniversary, but had to wait for another year
because Jovan was born at that time. Two years later it was still perfect!
This recipe has been in our family for about 30 years.
At the end of the day
I am happiest in the kitchen, with my husband, trying out new recipes
and ideas and what a pleasure when the family enjoy the meal!
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