Hartford House

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Award-winning hotel and restaurant situated at Summerhill Stud on the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander, South Africa.

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FUN HOLIDAY RECIPES YOUR CHILDREN WILL LOVE

Rice Krispies and Date Bars / Jackie Cameron (p)

Rice Krispies and Date Bars / Jackie Cameron (p)

SWEET, CHOCOLATEY ITEMS THAT REQUIRE LITTLE EFFORT WILL BE WINNERS

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

Excitement mounted in the Hartford House kitchen when Justin Bonello of Cooked in Africa fame, and his talented crew, stepped into our kitchen! We may be off the well-worn tracks but we’re right up there with the best, and Hartford is one of 13 venues to be featured in the next series of Cooked IV (BBC Lifestyle). Here viewers will have the opportunity to see top South African restaurants and watch their celebrated chefs host this larger-than-life personality.

I asked Justin his opinion regarding the optimum age for introducing young children to the basics of cooking. He told me, Dan, his 12-year-old son was already a “pro” at making fun, good-tasting items such as crumpets, pancakes, jaffles and “the most wicked spaghetti and meatballs”. 

With the extra-long June holiday looming some homemade goodies will keep children entertained. Bear in mind this time in the kitchen will be for personal pleasure so sweet, chocolatey items that require little effort will be winners. The first treat that springs to mind is a deliciously simple chocolate fridge tart. A rich, textured flavour that is most dad’s favourite. Remember to save him a slice!

Justin reminds me about rice krispies-bars. His version sounds more like a rice krispies brittle. My straightforward, rice krispies-and-date bar recipe results in a crispy texture meeting the sweetness of dates. Another variation is mixing rice krispies with melted marshmallows. Scrumptiously sweet!

From an early age, my sister and I would whip up a chocolate sponge cake when craving a little sweetness. This recipe has been made more times than anyone can remember. The page is yellow with age and the words splattered with ingredients but it doesn’t matter because we girls know the recipe by heart.

Every Christmas my sister and I would give our teachers a large glass jar filled with picture-perfect homemade coconut ice. We’d cover the lids with pink and white gingham material. So pretty! We still claim we made them but Mom smiles because she knows better…

Fairy cakes, as we called them, are another popular tasting treat. Before cooking sprinkle with sugar. This eliminates the need for icing. Served hot with the crispy, crunchy topping of caramelised sugar these cakes are decadently more-ish. Invite friends for tea!

In my opinion, pancake making is the key to a balanced, well-rounded childhood. Everyone enjoys showing off flipping skills. Entertaining in-deed!

These activities, as well as opportunities to experiment with flavour combinations, will ensure your children get pleasure out of cooking. They will learn food cooked with love has a flavour no recipe can provide.

Take these recipes and try them.

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Jackie Cameron celebrates Women's Day with Cocktails and Dreams

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Frozen Lemon Segments with Ginger Ale, Lemon Zest and Freshly Sliced Mint
(Jackie Cameron)

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

Let’s celebrate Woman’s Day in style. Cocktails and canapés – there’s no better way.

I’m reminded of the movie ‘Cocktail’, staring Tom Cruise as a dishy barman and his ultimate dream bar called ‘Cocktails and Dreams’. A place many would like to visit.

Cocktails can be tried and tested, spicy and alcoholic (bloody Mary) or innovative refreshing and non alcoholic (ginger ale lemon shooter). Each is equally as good, depending on your preference and your mood.

Uncomplicated trouble–free rolls add flavour, texture and colour to any canapé platter.  When making smoked salmon rolls ensure the quality is the best your money can afford.  With vegetarians no longer a minority group scrumptious cucumber rolls are a delicious and refreshing alternative to meat and fish. Hartford House, the restaurant at which I am head chef, is on Summerhill Stud, so ‘devils on horseback’ (prunes stuffed with Camembert, wrapped in bacon) are appropriate to present in a new-age way.

Often people are apprehensive about using phyllo pastry (very thin, light and delicate) and spring roll pastry (light and pliable) as they are considered unfamiliar. Both are sold in a simple ready-to-cook pack. Asian spring rolls are fresh, crispy, colourful, and delicate in flavour.

Spicy potato and Camembert samoosas have a kick and the creaminess of the Camembert balances and marries all the flavours.

Phyllo tulips can be filled with a variety of ingredients; I have chosen baba ghanoush (a popular Levantine dish of brinjals cooked on an open flame and mashed) and strips of salami to enhance the smokiness of the baba ghanoush.

I have no doubt these ideas will put the wow factor into your evening. Cheers, sante and ching ching to all the woman out there.  Let the parties - cocktails and canapés - begin…

Take these recipes and try them.

ASIAN VEGETABLE SPRING ROLLS WITH CANDIED VEGETABLES
SPICY POTATO AND CAMEMBERT SAMOOSAS
BABA GHANOUSH PHYLLO TULIP
BLOODY MARY
FROZEN LEMON SEGMENTS WITH GINGER ALE, LEMON ZEST AND FRESHLY SLICED MINT
SMOKED SALMON ROLL
VEGETABLE CUCUMBER ROLL
NEW-AGE DEVILS ON HORSEBACK

Post your comments and food-related questions below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef
Hartford House
www.hartford.co.za
jackie@hartford.co.za
033 263 2713