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Winning tome: Cook & Enjoy by SJA De Villiers (Human & Rousseau)

“I grew up with Cook & Enjoy,” says Mafikeng reader Erica Harris. “I still use my mother’s old edition, of which the front page is now sadly missing and the remaining pages are all loose. The recipes are all very reliable and whenever I want to make banana bread or roly-poly pudding, I reach for it.”

Description: Description: Cook & Enjoy by SJA De Villiers

Cook & Enjoy by SJA De Villiers

Potchefstroom reader Tanya Crous also lauds the cross-generational appeal of the book: “My Ouma used it, my mom used it and now I can’t cook without it. It seems like it will never go out of fashion. The recipes contained in the book are all classic and failsafe, especially the one for koeksisters, which is the one I grew up with and still use.”

Japie’s delight

This self-saucing pudding was conceptualized by the author of Cook & Enjoy, SJA de Villiers. It is said that De Villiers’ husband, Japie, would taste all the puddings she tested for the cookbook and this one was his undisputed favorite.

Description: Description: Japie’s delight

Japie’s delight

Serves 6


Great value

Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking: 45 minutes

·         Large free-range eggs 3, separated

·         Caster sugar 220 g

·         Milk 1 ½ cups

·         Cake flour 50 g

·         Orange juice 1 ¼ cups

·         Lemon juice 2 T

·         Orange 1, zested

·         Butter or margarine 3 T, melted

  1. Preheat the oven to 1800C. Beat the egg yolks and add the caster sugar, beating until light and fluffy.
  2. Add half the milk. Beat until the sugar had dissolved. Beat in the cake flour, followed by the remaining milk.
  3. Add the orange and lemon juices, orange zest and melted butter.
  4. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold in.
  5. Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish, place in a pan of boiling water and bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. The pudding forms a thin crust on top and a sauce at the bottom.


Other well-thumbed favorites:

Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson “Every single recipe in this book is decadent and moreish,” enthuses Port Elizabeth reader Alexandra Beth Rowley. “Nigella is someone who simply can’t say no to anything containing butter, which makes her personal foodie hero in my books.”

Jamie’s 30 Minutes Meals by Jamie Oliver “The recipes in this cookbook are really easy to follow and have all worked out perfectly every time I’ve made them,” says Capetonian Jamie-fan Gayle Erasmus. “One of my favorite recipes is the delicious (and easy) feta and sundried tomato-stuffed chicken breasts.”

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