Whoopie Pies

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whoopie pie

At first these scrumptious looking treats look like a basic cookie, but in fact they are more of chocolate cake sandwich.

I first heard of whoopie pies on tv and in movies, like my last post this treat originated in America.

The strange name comes from kids who exclaimed  “Whoopie!” when they found it in their lunch boxes. Continue reading

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Corn Dogs: Not Just For Carnivores!

Found this cool recipe for Veggie Corn Dogs, but here in SA we would have to substitute the corn meal.

Vegetarian Cooking For Carnivores BLOG

corn hot dog dinner

Don’t all kids love hot dogs?  I know I did.  I even ate them raw from time to time.  But when I got older, even before I became a vegetarian, I started hearing about what disgusting things go into hot dogs. I’ll refrain from mentioning them. Needless to say, I stopped eating hot dogs.  But I REALLY liked them – especially with mustard and sauerkraut, or chili and shredded cheese.

Then, when my own children came along, hot dogs seemed the natural food to serve kids….especially when they’re picky eaters, like mine were/are.  I mean, what’s not to like about a hot dog?  Except, of course, for the gross things that are in them.  I briefly debated serving them to my kids, but I stayed strong.  When I heard about tofu hot dogs I thought they would be the perfect answer to my dilemma.  Hot dogs are bland.  Tofu is…

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South Afican Corn Dog Recipe

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As a South African, watching American movies all my life there has been one food that has always caught my attention, the Corn Dog. I have always wanted to try this golden treat on a stick, that looked amazingly tantalizing.

Though living in S.A made it difficult to find so I decided to try it out for myself.

Preping for the corn dog was not an easy task as all the recipes are American and require Corn Meal.

What is corn meal you may ask?

In the US corn meal is a type of maize meal that is ground to a very fine consistency and is yellow in colour and can also be called corn flour. This ingredient was very hard to find.

Searching though the aisles at Pick ‘n Pay, I found myself trying to peep into all the products that had maize in them hoping to find the yellow colour of corn meal.

My search was unsuccessful when I discovered that the only thing close enough to corn meal was mielie meal. Mielie meal is much more course than corn meal and is usually used to make Pap (A traditional porridge in South Africa) and is not yellow in colour.

Not having corn meal did not discourage me at all,  I was determined to make something awesome.

And I did.

Using Impala Maize Meal, this recipe turned out to be a winner

Here is my South African Corn Dog Recipe :

(makes 6 corn dogs)

1 cup maize meal (impala)
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper (or just sprinkle it in)
1/4 cup sugar (you can add a little more if you want)
1 egg
1 cup milk
Cheese viennas (Rainbow Chicken Brand)
Skewers
1. In a bowl combine maize meal,flour, salt, pepper, sugar. Stir in the eggs and milk
2. Preheat oil in a deep saucepan. Insert skewers into the viennas. Pour the batter into a tall glass and dip the viennas into the batter
3. Fry till golden brow. Drain on paper towels
This recipe is very quick and quite easy.
You can also make a dipping sauce by mixing pepper sauce and mayonnaise