May 15, 2017 by petrujviljoen
I have a toothache. It’s the jam. Some got in. It’s worrying the nerve. I made a jar full the other day from Ouma’s* Cookery Book, Ouma having been the wife of one of South Africa’s (sometimes, mostly) brilliant Prime Ministers.
He … I wanted to talk about Isie. Isie Smuts, nee Krige, wife of Jan Smuts. That in this day and age her profile hasn’t been updated is lamentable. I should’ve been able to find as much information about her, at the touch of the keyboard, as I did about him.
I did, however, find an interesting link between Ouma Isie and the South African author and feminist Olive Schreiner, who wrote the internationally famous The Story of an African Farm – they exchanged letters for almost seventeen years, Ms Schreiner often advising Jan Smuts on politics, particularly the Native Question. If he followed her advice the South African political landscape (as it was in 1948) may have been very different much sooner!
The recipe is for a Marrow* Marmalade. It seemed simple enough to make and I duly put butternut on my grocery list. Don’t ask. Please.It made a lovely, velvety jam and I’m not sorry, not sorry at all. I have some cloves for the toothache.
Days are much shorter
Wakeful nights fraying nerve’s ends
No sweet lullabies
*Ouma – Granny
*Marrow – courgette
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