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Rainy weather weekend treat


Some parts of South Africa are being blessed with some much needed rain. Apart from the safety reasons for staying home, rainy weather has always meant home, books, and comfort food to most. We asked Nina Timm of Easy Cooking from Nina’s Kitchen, to share one of her favourite rainy-day treats with us, in anticipation of a rainy weekend.

Ricotta crumpets with mulberry compote

“Ricotta Crumpets-with mulberry compote or flapjacks as we call them here are my children’s favourite snack when days are cold and rainy,” says Timm. “Because of the ricotta these little cakes can go either way; savoury or sweet, and is so easy to make your kids can help you measure and mix!”


Makes approximately eight crumpets

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

a pinch of salt

2 eggs

3 tablespoons milk

200gr ricotta cheese


Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together in a bowl. Beat the eggs and milk together with a fork and add the egg mixture to the flour. Mix, but do not overmix. Add the ricotta and fold it in.

Heat some oil in a frying pan and drop spoonfuls of the batter into the pan. Turn the crumpets once to ensure even browning on both sides.

Serve these cakes with whatever you please. Cream and jam or cheese and bacon are all a good option. Timm says that a favourite in her home is this mulberry sauce.

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1 cup frozen or fresh mulberries – I used frozen

100ml sugar

100 ml water

Boil together until the sauce thickens and serve on crumpets.

The sauce also works well with pancakes and ice-cream.


Mariette Steynberg is a qualified economist with a post-graduate diploma in financial planning. She has enjoyed working on holistic financial plans for clients in various stages of life, as well as a development economist assessing the socioeconomic impacts of new developments. When she is not working, Mariette enjoys parenting her quirky, delightful toddler girl. Cloth diapering, Eskimo kisses and the importance of reading to your child are all causes close to her heart. Mariette is passionate about financial education and hopes to use the experience she has gained to share knowledge with HomeTimes’ readership. Her goal is to provide information that is implementable by everyone.

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