Jan Ellis pudding recipe (English)

Jan Ellis pudding
Jan Ellis pudding (Photo credit: purplecalabash.com)
Jan Ellis (1965)
Jan Ellis (1965)


  • 5 ml bicarbonate of soda
  • 125 ml milk
  • 200g (375 ml) self-raising flour
  • 100g (125 ml) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 30 ml smooth apricot jam
  • 20g (25 ml) very soft butter/margarine
  • 1 ml salt


  • 250 ml water
  • 250 ml cream
  • 230g (250 ml) butter/margarine
  • 200g (250 ml) sugar
  • 5 ml vanilla essence

Preheat oven to 180 °C (350 °F). Spray a 2 litre ovenproof pudding dish with non-stick cooking spray. Dissolve bicarbonate of soda in milk. Mix remaining batter ingredients together, stir in milk mixture and mix very well. Spoon batter into dish. Don’t use smaller dish even if the batter seem to be too little for the dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Custard bowl and boxes
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Sauce – mix all sauce ingredients together and bring to boil. Pour the hot sauce (little at a time) over the pudding while still hot (straight after removing from oven). Stand for a while to allow sauce to settle/absorb. Serve with custard or ice cream.

Jan Ellis poeding resep (Afrikaans)

Jan Ellis poeding
Jan Ellis poeding (foto: purplecalabash.com)
Jan Ellis (1965)
Jan Ellis (1965)


  • 5 ml koeksoda
  • 125 ml melk
  • 200g (375 ml) bruismeel
  • 100g (125 ml) suiker
  • 2 eiers
  • 30 ml appelkooskonfyt
  • 20g (25 ml) sagte margarine/botter
  • 1 ml sout


  • 250 ml water
  • 250 ml room
  • 230g (250 ml) botter
  • 200g (250 ml) suiker
  • 5 ml vanilla geursel

Voorverhit die oond tot 180 °C (350 °F). Smeer ‘n 2 liter bak. Los die koeksoda op in die melk en sit eenkant. Meng die res van die beslag bestanddele saam. Gooi dan die melkmengsel by die beslag en meng baie goed. Gooi die beslag in gesmeerde bak. Moet nie ‘n kleiner bak gebruik nie al lyk die beslag te min vir die bak. Bak dan vir 25 tot 30 minute. Toetsstokkie moet droog uitkom.

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Sous – meng al die bestanddele vir die sous saam en bring tot kookpunt. Dit is gewoonlik makliker in die mikrogolf. Giet die warm sous (bietjie vir bietjie sodat dit insuig in die deeg) bo-oor die warm poeding sodra dit uit die oond gehaal word. Laat dan staan vir 5 tot 10 minute om toe te laat dat die sous geabsorbeer word. Bedien dan met warm vla of heerlike roomys.

Largest man made urban forest in the world – or not?

The largest man-made urban forest in the world, Johannesburg, South Africa

The largest man made urban forest in the world is located in Johannesburg, the capital of the Gauteng province in South Africa.

But is it really the largest?

See this article by Nechama Brodie from Africa Check, entitled “The Jo’burger who went up a tree and came down to a forest.”

Wie was Daan Desimaal / Who was Decimal Dan?

“1/2 sent vir een pennie en een sent vir twee…”

Op 14 Februarie 1961 het Suid-Afrika oorgeskakel vanaf sterling na die desimale sisteem.

Bank notes and coins, South AfricaTo help in the switch, the government devised the song “Decimal Dan / Daan Desimaal” (played by Barry Wiehahn; composed by Dan Hill and Jimmy Raysond) who became a household name throughout SA as he blared out his message to a rock ‘n roll beat.

“Decimal Dan, the rand-cent man,
 gives you cents for pennies whenever he can,
one cent for a penny, and two for two,
and two-and-a-half for a tickey (a three-penny coin).”

“And notes and silver are worth the same,
remember it’s just a change in their name.”

South African Reserve Bank, Five Pound bank note

Before this date, the values were as follows:
Twenty shillings made 1 £,
Twelve pennies made a shilling,
A half-crown was worth “two and six” (2 shillings and 6 pennies), and a crown was 5 shillings.

For 1 penny you could buy 4 nickerballs.
A “one and six” could buy a big packet of Motto sweets (those sweets that had sayings on them such as “I love you” or “Stay with me”).

Three pennies were called a “ticky”,
Six pennies were called “sixpence”,
A shilling was called a “bob”, and
A guinea was one pound and one shilling.

Some of the Afrikaans words were:
A “oortjie” was a “kwartpennie”,
A “stuiwer” was a “halfpennie”,
A “oulap” was slang for a penny,
A “twalap” was slang for two pennies, and
A “daalder” was one shilling and six pennies or “one and six”.

The term “daalder” came from the old rijksdaalder, introduced by the Dutch at the Cape. A “rijksdaalder” was worth 15 cents.

The Guinea was used as the basis on which the professionals (doctors, dentists, lawyers, etc) based their rates.

Trevor Noah speaks and understands six languages

Trevor Noah, stand-up comedian, South Africa

This talented SA comedian speaks and understands six languages – Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and German.

Trevor Noah (born 20 February 1984) is a South African comedian. He has also been a radio DJ, actor and TV host. Trevor was born to a (White European) Swiss father and (Black African) South African (Xhosa) mother. His mixed-race heritage, his experiences growing up in a Soweto township, and his observations about race and ethnicity are leading themes in his comedy.

On 6 January 2012 Noah became the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on The Tonight Show and on 17 May 2013, he became the first to appear on Late Show with David Letterman.

Only in South Africa


Famous SA landmark for maritime navigators

The Cape of Good Hope, south of Cape Town is a famous landmark for maritime navigators.

Cape of Good Hope present day
Cape of Good Hope (present day)

This famous landmark is also known as the Cape of Storms, named by the brave Portuguese navigators who explored the southern ocean in the 16th century. The early Spice Route around the Cape has evolved into a busy shipping route and rich fishing grounds. It is regarded as the mythical meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, although geographically Cape Agulhas is the most southern tip of the African continent.

Map of the Cape of Good Hope, showing Table Bay, the Castle, streets, blocks, etc., 1760 (M1/338, C.A.P.), Cape Town, South Africa
Map of the Cape of Good Hope, showing Table Bay, the Castle, streets, blocks, etc., 1760 (M1/338, C.A.P.).