Passionfruit Flummery: the secret to a long life?

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I come from a family of strong and healthy women. My great-grandmother (we called her Mama) lived to 101 and my grandmother is an incredibly active and up to date woman. In fact my grandma is one of the biggest fans of my blog and not only subscribes via email but follows the Simple. Real. Nutrition. Facebook page. Not bad for a lady in her 80’s. ( Hi Grandma Leonie! Love you!)

Apart from awesome genes, I can’t help but think that my Mama and Grandma (and her sisters for that matter) might have some food secrets I might not know about. Michael Pollen says “never eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food.” But if I think back on my food memories, passionfruit flummery is the main thing that comes to mind when I think of my Mama. This super sweet, marshmallowy, tangy dessert was my Mama’s signature dish…

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Pineapple upside down cake

pineapple upside down cake

This recipe is renown in our family, most of us would name it as our favourite, but I have’t made it that much myself. One of the few times I have attempted to make this recipe, I had it cooling on a bench while I had a nap on the lounge. I woke to hear a weird sound and walked into the kitchen to find our dog Howard, a puppy then, with two paws on the bench getting stuck right into my pineapple upside down cake! The next day I booked Howard into the vet to get the big snip in the hope that it would calm him down a little (6 years later he is still far from calm). But let that be lesson to everyone out there, don’t get between me and my cake!!

So today, several years after my last failed attempt, I decided to make this cake just for the fun of it. It is so quick to pull together and I love how the cake ends up a beautiful golden colour when you pull it out of the oven. I don’t tend to be very successful at making cakes, but this one seems to work really well without much fuss.

I haven’t tried a piece yet, but when I flipped the cake out of the pan the smell of toffee and pineapple took me directly back to my childhood so I figure I can’t have gone too far wrong.

I know that, compared to many of the cakes that we see people producing their kitchens now, this doesn’t look particularly appetising, but I encourage you to give it a go. You won’t be disappointed.

Think of it as vintage baking.


In Janita’s Kitchen- the perfect foodie present

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This isn’t my usual blog content but I just had to share with you as recent project of mine.

One of the main reasons I have such a love for food and cooking is my mum. She taught me how to read a recipe and, more importantly, the importance of ignoring a recipe and trying out your own food ideas.

For years mum has kept recipes she had cut out from magazines and stored them in giant ring binders. She had more than 40 years worth of recipes in these binders. She even has her own, special rating system that consists of variations of the word “yum”. Eg yum, yum!, super yum.

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