Onion Soda Bread – National Braai Day

The 24th September is celebrated as Heritage Day and is also our National Braai Day so I thought I would share this divine quick and easy bread recipe with you.

Invite your friends over and wow them with this “I made it myself” bread.


Onion Soda Bread

1 1/4 Cup Plain White Bread flour
3/4 Cup Brown Bread Flour
2 teaspoons Bicarbonate of Soda
+- 300ml Buttermilk (you have to check as you are adding how much you need)
2 mini Onion Stock Cubes , crushed
1 Teaspoon Salt

Mix all the ingredients together until you have soft dough (enough to hold it’s shape, but still sticky).

Pre-heat your oven to 200C (I used heated my pizza stone)

Place the dough, formed into a circle or whatever shap you choose, on a baking tray or the pre-heated stone  -

Cut the dough 3/4 through into quarters or deep slits on the top if you choose an elongated shape.

Sprinkle with a little flour and bake for about 20 – 30mins until done and sounds hollow when you tap it underneath.

Accommodation supplied by Homeleigh Halt Guest House, bed and breakfast style, where you are welcome to bring your wood and meat and have a braai beside the pool.

We can recommend a really good butcher just up the road where you will be spoilt for choice. Their meat is absolutely top quality.

I advocate supporting local establishments in My Walmer.

Accommodation: Walmer, Port Elizabeth


Amarula Rose-streaked Horizon Cocktail

Amarula Rose-streaked Horizon – by candlelight

Sit back, relax and enjoy!

30 ml Amarula Cream
Small sprig rosemary
2 Tbs toffee sauce
1 Tbs berry coulis
Fresh raspberries to garnish
Sprig of rosemary or fresh mint to garnish
Crushed ice
Ice cubes

• 1 Cup frozen berries
• ½ Cup sugar
• 1 Cup water
Bring all the ingredients to the boil in a small pot. Blend with a stick blender and strain through a sieve.

Toffee Sauce:
• ½ Cup Caramel Treat
• ½ Cup fresh cream
Combine the ingredients in a bowl and heat together in the microwave. Stir until well mixed.

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker or blender, add two or three ice cubes and shake or blend until smooth. Strain or pour into a tumbler pre-filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary or mint and some raspberries.

Serves one.

In support of Earth Hour 2011 we shall light our candle in the special Amarula Lantern and serve our guests a divine cocktail.

Now what could be better than this on a balmy, sultry Port Elizabeth evening.

Homeleleigh Halt Guest House – Bed and breakfast style in Main Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth invites you to…..be our guest!

Bain Street Grill

1 March 2010
Restaurants / Where to eat -  Port Elizabeth
Bain Street Grill (Bain Street, Richmond Hill) opened its doors under new managment. It is open in the evenings for folks to get their hands around the mouthwatering fare.
We were treated to a delectable feast – starting with “roosterbrood” and paté, homemade chilli sauce and more followed by a main meal of prawns,lamb chops,roasted vegetable skewers,chicken sosaties and chips and then ended with decadent chocolate brownies!
The atmosphere was delightful and the grill filled with happy diners.
Bain Street Grill platter

Bain Street Grill platter

To make a reservation please call 041 5822914

Proud new owners Clive and Megan
Proud new owners Clive and Megan

Homeleigh Halt Guest House, offering you good quality accommodation in Port Elizabeth, owners were there to try out the food.

Curry Bunny Chow

A typical South African favourite – the famous ‘bunny chow’. This simple meal consists of a hollowed-out loaf of bread (1/2 loaf per person) filled with delicious curry.

An absolute must on any visit to South Africa.

Now my guests from countries afar get spoilt when visiting us – with genuine South African food, and every now and then, yearn for a taste of “South Africa” back home.

So I have promised to post some truly unique South African dishes/recipes  on my site – for those who enjoyed these simple yet tasty meals  around an “African” fire.

The first in the series is of course this one, ideal for weary travellers who have spent the day exploring and do not really have the energy left for eating……..get your hands around this!

1 loaf of bread, halved and hollowed

Be careful to leave enough crust, about 2cm , along the edges and at the base when you hollow the halves out. Compress the dough from the insides of the bread just enough to form a nice “cap” to absorb curry gravy.

250 g mince, pre-fried until just no longer pink
1 cup each kidney beans and sugar beans
1 clove garlic and similar sized piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 tablespoon curry (to taste – mild,medium or hot)
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 potatoes, cubed
2 chopped onions
1 carrot grated
1 litre beef stock made with a cube
1 pinch dry thyme
a bay leaf or two
salt and pepper to taste
4 tablespoons oil
Boil kidney beans in stock and add sugar beans and carrot to this afterabout half an hour. Continue boiling for another hour (alternatively you can soak the beans in water the night before).
Gently fry onions in about 4 tablespoons of oil until transparent.
Add garlic, ginger and thyme. Keep frying for another minure or so. Add thecurry and turmeric. Keep stirring this mixture to prevent any cathing foranother three minutes.
 Add the mince, potatoes and bay leaf and keep stirring until everything iscovered in curry.
Add the beans and the stock and boil gently until the stock has reduced andthe potatoes and beans are soft.
 Adjust seasoning and thicken gravy a bit if required. 
Scoop curry into the bread, cover with the “cap”. and leave a minue or sofor the cap to draw up some moisture.

Then seek seclusion and go primitive.

Accommodation South Africa/Port Elizabeth:  Homeleigh Halt Guest House

Carrot & Banana Cake

I am posting my divine carrot and banana cake recipe

This is a beautiful light flavoursome cake.  I use a mixture of walnuts and hazelnuts, and use a really good canola oil . Keeps well and is great in lunchboxes and of course as an after dinner treat at Homeleigh Halt.

Mmmmmm….this is really nice….said Steven

Well Steven as promised here is the recipe. Enjoy!


1 1/4 cups cake flour
1/2 cup self raising flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
3/4 cup coarsely chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts)
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups finely grated carrots
1 cup mashed banana
1 cup vegetable oil

1. Pre-heat oven to 160C
2. Grease 24cm round springform tin, line base with baking paper.
3. Sift flours, bicarb & spices into a large bowl, add sugar, stir in carrot and nuts.
4. Beat eggs and oil together and add to dry ingredients, together with           banana.
5. Mix well.
6. Pour mixture into prepared tin.
7. Bake for about 1 1/4 hours.
8. Cool cake in pan.

Top with a good layer of caramel and pipe some icing around the edge, just for added decadence.
Serve with cream.

The carrot and banana cake compliments my Amarula Coffee Surprise.

Winter Warmers

Anybody who has stayed at Homeleigh Halt a couple of times gets to know that I love my coffee.  In fact you could probably say I am addicted to really good coffee…..

On occasion when I have a function here the ladies will ask me to make them something special.

Now that is when South African Amarula Cream comes to the rescue, and they provide you with the most divine recipes.

Listed hereunder are two absolute “must have” favourites:

Winter warmers from Amarula

This winter, treat your senses to a cultural exchange of untamed African earthiness and classic style, flavoured with modern undertones to awaken your spirit from within – introducing Amarula Coffee Surprise:

Amarula Coffee Surprise

4 cups strong filter coffee
50 ml whipped cream
60 ml Amarula Cream
8 marshmallows
20 ml brown sugar
20 ml hot chocolate powder

Pour the coffee in large coffee mugs. Pour the Amarula Cream in each coffee, followed by the whipped cream, brown sugar and marshmallows. Sprinkle with hot chocolate powder and extra Amarula Cream. 

For a shorter, more energetic winter boost, try a Vodka Espresso which is an energetic shot of  espresso sipped through a luxurious collar of Amarula to inspire, uplift and enliven the palate:

Vodka Espresso –  for the very brave!

1 tot Vodka
1 tot Amarula Cream
2 tot Espresso coffee
2 teaspoons Caster sugar (or to taste)

Shake coffee, vodka and sugar together with cubed ice, strain into a glass tumbler, and layer Amarula Cream on top. Garnish with 3 coffee beans.  There’s no need to let the winter chill get to you this season, with Amarula perfectly complementing Caturra coffee, we’ll keep you warm.

 All that is left for me to say is enjoy ladies and gents…now you can make your own at home. (This is an alcoholic beverage and as such is for those persons of legal drinking age.)

Lynns Secret Chocolate Mousse Recipe

The secret  Chocolate Mousse recipe is finally revealed. It is very similar to the one I always used to enjoy at Dulce many years ago when I frequented the coffee shop on Cape Road. 


  • 18 Marshmallows
  • 1 tin of well chilled  ideal milk
  • 1 x 100g slab of Beacon Midnight Velvet Chocoloate


  • Place Marshmallows and chocolate broken into pieces into a glass bowl. Add 100 ml of ideal milk. Place in microwave or double boiler and slowly melt.
  • Allow to cool slightly.
  • Whip ideal milk till stiff.
  • Beat ideal milk into chocolate mixture. Place in four wine glasses and serve topped with whipped cream and chocolate flake.

Recent guest to Homeleigh Halt, Susan Longfellow pleaded;

Lynn, this Chocolate Mousse is divine, I must have the recipe!

Okay, Susan, here you are, I hope you enjoy.