Years before she married Norman
Clayton, Elna van Zyl shared digs with a girlfriend in Pretoria, South
Africa. The war years were lean, and women young and old all over
the world were required, through financial necessity, to invent recipes
out of literally nothing. After her marriage just before the end of
the war, she still made use of her magical ground beef and egg recipe,
the famous 'Eloff's Kya Special,' and because it has seen us, her
children and children-in-law, through a few of our own penniless periods,
remains a rich testament to a little lady who can still create a hearty
stew out of little more than bones. I hope that you will enjoy 'MA'
Clayton's Eloff's Kya Special' as much as we still do.
She is an absolutely SPLENDID
individual - 82, widowed and lives all on her own, far from town in
a railway cottage with 4 dogs and a cat. She regularly fires off warning
rounds with her shotgun (which is as long as she is!) when mischievous
local children climb her fruit trees for a delicious - free - treat!
Meryl is a foodie and a wordie. As a foodie, she owned her own restaurant,
and has offered her recipe for Bobotie, a South African comfort food,
as well as professional advice on how to make soup stock. As a wordie,
she makes our hearts sing. Thank you, Meryl.