Friday, 16 September 2011

Saturday onion and garlic pate

Bumps loved to watch wrestling. 

On Saturday evenings, we were allowed dinner in front of the telly.  Bumps would watch the most ridiculous wrestle mania where the acting was worse than the costumes.  He would be glued to the little black and white telly making all kinds of grunting noises and shouting at the telly when his favorite wrestler "Big Daddy" took a tumble.

Mama would serve an informal dinner served right from the tea trolley.  Things like baked spuds with cheese sauce, or sausages butties (SOS Bumps called them... sausages on Saturday), or fresh out the oven crusty bread laden with butter and fresh home made onion and garlic pate. 

Bumps would be "naughty" and have a lager right from the bottle!  I was allowed a G'nT...(ginger syrup and tonic) and Mama would have the real thing.  It did not matter that I messed crumbs all over the carpet as Libby, Benny (bb), Gretel and Polly were positively salivating at my crumb dropping skills. It was as if on a Saturday evening you could let your hair down and tap into your inner rebel!

After Bumps had satisfied his wrestle fever, we would get out a game of Scrabble and poor Mama and Bumps would congratulate me on my spelling!  Very tricky you know... words like dog, cat, sun and hen.  Thank goodness as I got older the Scrabble games became more intelligent. Incidentally... I am married to an Afrikaans man who without fail, would trash the Geddes clan on every occasion!

After our scrabble game we would enjoy hot honey milk and a piece of shortbread, and I would make my way to bed to be tucked in with a soft rose scented kiss from my beloved Mama.

Here is Mama's onion and garlic pate...serve with fresh bread or your favorite crackers.

What you need:
  • 2 onions
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 150 mls thick cream
  • 1 tub of cream cheese
  • Salt & Pepper
  • handful fresh parsley
  • A little oil

How to make:
  • Roughly chop the onions and the garlic and saute in a little oil until translucent. Set aside to cool.
  • Put all the ingredients and a good sprinkle of S&P into a food processor and blitz till smooth.
  • Allow to chill for at least an hour and then devour!
Want to make the perfect G'nT?  Read this fabulous blog!


  1. I LOVE your blog so much! I was born in Wynberg near Fishhoek in RSA and love all your memories as they are similar to mine!
    GREAT recipe and post and I remember Big Daddy too!
    Karen @ Lavender and Lovage

  2. Loving the old photographs, especially the one of your Mama in her ball gown! Keep up the good work..