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Cinnamon Rolls


Salwaa’s Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls. Makes 14 to 16 Rolls

My cinnamon rolls are a must try recipe to enjoy on a cold autumnal day with a hot cuppa. These cinnamon rolls are best served warm.

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Ingredients:
1 packet dry yeast
1½ – 2 cup milk
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup warm water
¼ tsp vanilla essence
1 large egg
1 tsp salt
¼ cup butter, melted
4 cups cake flour

¼ cup melted butter, to brush over the top before baking

For the Filling,
1/3 cup butter, at room temperature
¾ cup soft brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
1 ½ Tbsp of ground cinnamon

For the Glaze,
¼ cup of cream cheese, at room temperature
1 Tbsp butter, at room temperature
1 &1/4 cups of icing sugar
½ tsp of vanilla essence
3- 4 Tbsp of warm milk

Method:
1) In a small bowl, combine the warm water and 1 tsp of the sugar, sprinkle the yeast over the top and set aside for approximately 5 minutes.

2) In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook or knead by hand, mix the egg, milk (start with 1 & 1/2 cups, adding the rest as needed), salt, sugar and melted butter. Add 2 cups of the flour, vanilla and yeast mixture, mix until it’s all incorporated and slowly add about 2 more cups of flour. Knead until you have a smooth dough.

3) Set the dough aside covering the bowl with clean wrap in a warm area for about 2 hours.

4) In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon for the filling, set aside. @capemalaycooking

5) When doubled in size, punch the dough down and roll it out onto a floured surface into a rectangle. Spread the soft butter over the top and sprinkle evenly over the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Starting from one of the long ends, tightly roll the dough. Cut into 14 to 16 slices making sure they are even and place them cut side down in a well-greased baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let put them back into a warm spot to rise for another 1 ½ hours.

6) Pre-heat your oven to 200°C

7) Once risen, brush them with some melted butter and bake them for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

While the cinnamon rolls cool for a few minutes make the glaze. Mix all the ingredients of the glaze in a bowl except for the milk, once the cream cheese is all mixed, slowly add the milk until you get a runny glaze consistency. Immediately pour the glaze over the cinnamon rolls and enjoy!

Maqluba


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MAQLUBA

Maqluba (means upside down in Arabic) is a very popular dish among Palestinians. It’s basically a layered pot of meat or chicken , vegetables and rice. Cooked all together and then flipped over a big flat platter to serve. For variation you may add cauliflower florets as well. We got this recipe from a Palestinian friend of my husband who says this dish is served at many special occasions in their country.

The first time i made this recipe was way back in 2013, since then I’ve made it a few times and my family enjoyed it each time i made it.

Serves 6

½ cup vegetable oil, divided

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 medium size chicken, cleaned, skin removed and cut into small pieces

2 tsp salt

1½ tsp allspice

1 tsp black pepper

2 tsp cinnamon powder

3 cardamom, crushed

2 bay leaf

1 lage aubergines, peeled and sliced

1 -2 courgettes, washed and sliced

1 small cauliiflower

3 tomatoes, sliced

2½ cups basmati rice, thoroughly washed

A handful almond slivers (optional)

Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a saucepan, add onions and chicken and stir over a medium heat for couple of minutes. Season with salt, black pepper, allspices, cardamom, cinnamon, and bay leaves. Add 4 cups of water, cover the pot and let simmer until cooked approximately 30 – 45 minutes (cooking time varies for lamb which will cook from an hour to two and half, depending on meat type).

Meanwhile, heat the rest of vegetable oil in large frying pan. Add aubergine, courgette slices as well as the cauliflower, sauté both sides until golden brown. Place them on paper towel to absorb oil and set side.

In a big pot, add a half a cup of rice (to avoid burning of the meat). Arrange chicken, tomato slices, aubergine, courgettes slices and the cauliflower in layers. Pour the remaining liquid from the chicken, and then add rice. Add a small pinch of salt (optional). Bring the pot to a boil over a medium heat. Then cover it and turn the heat down to low and let simmer until rice is cooked (from 20 to 30 minutes). Turn the heat off.

Leave the pot to cool for 15 to 20 minutes, and then carefully flip it up-side down over a serving platter. Sprinkle a handful of almond sliver over. Serve warm with fresh yogurt or salad.

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Qumquats Atchar


Salwaa’s Qumquats Atchar

This qumquat (kumquat) atchar or pickle recipe of mine requires no oil. The jam and vinegar ratio can be adjusted to your taste.

This is a very easy and flexible recipe for sweet and spicy qumquat atchar. In addition to the fruit, the recipe calls for apricot jam, vinegar, and seasonings.

Qumquats are delightful little citrus fruits with sweet skins and tart flesh. Here in Cape Town you can buy qumquats at your local supermarket or from the fruit vendors on the road from May until early November.

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Ingredients:

2kg qumquats

2 Tbsp alt

4 Tbsps atchar masala or methi masala

1 cup vinegar

2 Tbsp apricot jam

Method:

Wash or rinse qumquats thoroughly under running water.

Cut in half and remove the pips.

Add the cut qumquats into a pot.

Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons salt.

Give it a quick cook, about 5 minutes.

DON’T add any water.

Mix in 4 tablespoons atchar masala or methi masala

Cool and refrigerate overnight.

Next day boil a cup of vinegar add 2 tablespoons apricot jam and cook on low heat until jam is dissolved.

You can add more vinegar and jam if required. It all depends on your tastebuds.

Pour the vinegar mixture over the qumquats and mix well.

Allow to cool completely.

Refrigerate in an airtight container.

Consume within 4 weeks.

Carrots and Pea Bredie


Salwaa’s Carrots & Peas Bredie

Carrot & Pea Bredie

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Ingredients:

2 Tbsp cooking oil

1 large onion, peeled and chopped

500g mutton, lamb or beef pieces

800g carrots cut into julienne strips

3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters

1½ cups frozen peas

1/2 tsp ground allspice or 5 whole allspice

1-2 green chillies

2 tsp salt or to taste

Hot water as needed

Chopped parsley for garnishing

Method:

Heat oil in a large saucepan and braise onions until golden brown, 5-10 mins.

Add washed and drained meat and braise until dark brown, 10-15 mins.

The meat should be as brown as you can get it.

Add salt, chillies, allspice and enough water; simmer until meat is nearly tender, 15-20 minutes or longer if using mutton.

Add carrots and potatoes, cook until potatoes are nearly soft.

Add frozen peas and cook a further 10 mins or until potatoes are soft.

Garnish with chopped parsley.

Serve with white rice and atchars.

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Eid Mubarak


Braised Steak


This is such a versatile recipe which can be used for steak rolls, a gatsby, serve with vegetables of choice and rice or with chips and a salad.

Serves 6
Ingredients for marinade:
1kg rump steak, cut into 10cm pieces
2 tsps steak and chops spice (masala)
2 tsps ground red chillies (or to taste)
2 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp crushed ginger
2 tbsp oil
Enough vinegar to make a paste (add a little at a time)

Mix all the above ingredients into a thickish paste.

Add to meat and marinate for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator

Other Ingredients:
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 large onions, peeled and sliced
1 large tomato, chopped
1 small green pepper, sliced
1 small red pepper, sliced
1 small yellow pepper, sliced

Method:
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large saucepan. Braise 1 & 1/2 sliced onions until golden brown. 
Add 1 large chopped tomato and cook for 10 minutes.

Add marinated steak and cook over medium heat for 40 minutes or until the meat is tender. Cooking time may vary depending on your cut of steak. You may want to taste at this point to see if you need salt. Add salt if needed as some steak and chops spice has salt added.

Add the sliced peppers and remaining half onion, stir and cook a further 5 minutes.

Serve with rice and vegetables or chips and salad or as a filling for masala steak Gatsby or rolls. You may use any cut of steak according to your preference.

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Creamy Mushroom Pasta


Salwaa’s Creamy Mushroom Pasta

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Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil
250g (1 punnet) sliced mushrooms
Salt and pepper to taste
A knob of butter
4 cloves of finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup fresh cream, you can use more
1 tsp tandoori spice
200g uncooked pasta of choice

Method:

In a pan, add the oil, mushrooms and salt and pepper to taste. Fry until dark brown. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to packaging instructions and put aside. Add the butter and garlic into the mushrooms and cook until garlic is soft. Add cream and tandoori spice and cook until thickened slightly. Mix in cooked pasta and serve.

Absolutely delicious!!

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