With the end of August approaching, my month long hydration propaganda comes to an end with a recipe I was so excited to share! The month ends where it began: South Africa. 
We got to know Rooibos latte, the Japanese way of making the perfect iced coffe, and my favorite matcha lemonade to refresh oneself during the heat. Today we keep it low-key with a big wow effect at the end. You have to try this recipe to experience the wow moment ~ 

I want to take you with me to my favorite neighborhood in Cape Town: Bo-Kaap. A colorful place with many ethnicities residenting - tour guides also call it the Malay Quarter.  
So many different influences which create the best harmony! 

Visiting this place gave me a real insight into Cape Town's kitchen and food culture! I was in love (I still am...)

When I visited Rose Corner Café, I had the most intriguing conversations during my time in Cape Town (I stopped by the café almost every day, just to chat, hang around, or watch the locals). The owner of the shop recommended me to get the Boeber mix if I want to have a little Cape Town experience at home. While biting in my crunchy samosa, he told me about the Cape Malay people loving to indulge in the sweetest milk drinks with the most comforting spices. He was so happy while breaking down the Cape Malay culture in 4 minutes. 

I took the Boeber mix with me and didn't really know what it was. 
I filled the mix in my glass container and wondered how this would taste. I saw noodles, sago pearls, a looot of sugar and some spices - this guy told me to not worry about the noodles in there - it's the best drink to enjoy! It's addictive! 

I never touched the mix until a few weeks ago. 
I stared at my pantry. My family brought me new spices from Greece and Morocco and I found my Boeber mix again. Boeber... you pronounce it "boo-ber" - my Cape Malay sugar party! Traditionally, muslims serve this drink consisting of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and rose water on the 15th night of Ramadan to celebrate the middle of the fast. 

I am not a muslim, but I have a sweet craving today. I finally want to try this drink!
Luckily, I have the mix at home, so I don't really need to do much more than adding milk! 
But for you I did my research to have you experience this same drink no matter where you are! 

I found a great recipe via Woolworth's "Taste" - a great page for recipes (especially South African recipes). I am such a big Woolworth fan - this was definitely one of my shopping highlights in Cape Town that's why I guess that this recipe below is the perfect example to demonstrate you the real Boeber. 

For our hot summer, let's enjoy an iced version of Boeber. 

recipe via 

YOU NEED 50g butter + 80g vermicelli, broken into pieces + 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom + 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon + 3 tablespoons sago + 1 liter milk + 100g sugar + 1 cup cream + 2 teaspoons vanilla essence + ice cubes 

1. In a large pan, place the butter and keep it on a lower heat to gently fry the vermicelli with the spices. Enjoy the aroma in your kitchen ~
2. In a second saucepan, mix the sago with 1 cup of milk and bring it to boil. Stir the mixture here and then!
3. Let the sago-milk-mix rest for 15 minutes and cover it.
4. Then, add the remaining milk and the golden roasted vermicelli mixture. Give it a good stir and let it gently simmer over low heat for another 10 minutes. Add the sugar as well. 
5. Let the sugar fully dissolve and wait for the vermicelli to be tender and the sago pearls to be transparent. 
6. Stir the drink again and watch the Boeber get thicker. 
7. As soon as the consitency changed, remove the Boeber from the heat and pour in the cream and vanilla essence. 
8. One actually seerves this warm, but in our case we let the mixture cool down. 
9. After it's a bit cooler, one can finally add some ice cubes to cool it even further. You decide how much ice you want. 
10. Enjoy ~

I love Boeber! I am glad that I got this mix at home and I never thought that I would be so happy about something so simple. I like traditions and I love milk - this recipe is the perfect addition to my recipe collection! The taste is absolutely the way the café owner described! 
I used rice milk for my Boeber, but it is still creamy and silky! The combination of cardamom and cinnamon is never wrong and it feels like a big hug from the inside. I liked it so much that I already tried a Boeber infused coffee - you can't imagine how awesome this tastes! Just add 1/2 - 1 Cup of coffee to the drink! Trim-makaasi (thank you) dear Cape Malay people for this delicious creation! 

Would you like to try this? 
As soon as fall and winter are here, make sure to try it warm... this might be the elixir to be happy during the colder season ~ 

*Boys and girls, write down the new vocabulary you have learned today: Gewürz — spice.