A number of people have asked for some recipes from the well known Ross’ Recipes. Everyone knows it should be called Ross’ Mom’s Recipes and I have acknowledged that in the names of the dishes. Some cooks are imperially challenged while others have an aversion to all things French (e.g. ISO standards) and so the measurements are in both sets of units. The only thing I don’t do is Fahrenheit.

So to set you straight: 1tsp = one teaspoon = 5ml; 1Tsp = one tablespoon = 12ml; 1 cup = 250ml; 250g ~ half a pound; 1 handful ~ the number of raisins in the cook’s hand; a dessert spoon is slightly smaller than a tablespoon but bigger than a teaspoon.

Mom’s Crunchies

  • 500ml oats (2 cups)
  • 500ml coconut (2 cups)
  • 250ml flour (1 cup)
  • 250ml sugar (1 cup)
  • 250g margarine or butter (one of the small blocks)
  • 2 spoons of golden syrup
  • 5ml bicarb in 12ml milk (1tsp in 1Tsp)

Mix all the dry ingredients. Melt the butter and golden syrup together. Mix the bicarb with the milk and add to the melted butter/syrup mix. Add to the dry ingredients and mix well. Press into a greased baking tray and bake for 20 minutes at 160°C.

Mom’s Babotie

Part A

  • 1 level dessert spoon curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 0.5 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 dessert spoon sugar
  • 5 small onions, chopped coarsely
  • 1 level Tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Warm a heavy pot and add all ingredients from Part A. Stir continuously.

Part B

  • 1 Tsp lemon juice or vinegar
  • 1 Tsp apricot jam
  • 1 handful raisins
  • 2 Tsp Mrs Ball’s Chutney
  • 1 Tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tomato, chopped

Remove the pot from the heat and add Part B. return to a low heat and mix well until bubbling.

Part C

  • 10cm hunk of bread, grated, crumbed, reduced to first principles
  • 500g minced beef

Add Part C to the bubbling pot and mix well. Then grease a suitable baking dish and fill with the mixture. Beat an egg in a cup (250ml) of milk with salt and pepper added and pour over the mixture. Stick some bay leaves into the mixture. Place into a heated oven at 180°C for 45 minutes and then for another 45 minutes at 160°C. If you can make it the day before it always tastes better. Now make some yellow rice (geelrys).

Gran’s Geelrys

  • 1.5 cups white rice
  • 0.5 cups sugar
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 0.5 cup seedless raisins
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 Tsp butter

Wash the rice very well under running water. Put into sauce pan and cover with boiling water. Boil for 5 minutes then drain off the water and cover again with more boiling water. When the rice reaches the boil again add the rest of the ingredients, stir a little and cook until rice is dry on a low heat.

Mom’s Lightning Cake

  • 1 cup (250ml) sugar
  • 1.5 cups (375ml) flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup (62.5ml) oil
  • 1 egg
  • milk

Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add the egg to the 1/4 cup oil and top up with milk to 1 cup (250ml). Add the wet to the dry and mix well. Put it in a grease baking tray and pop in the oven for 20 minutes at 180°C. If you use a fan oven drop this to 160°C. Once it’s cooked and a nice golden brown colour cover it in a thick layer of cinnamon and sugar. All done in a half hour tops!

Submit a recipe of your own and if it’s good I’ll include it in the list.

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