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No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake


Salwaa’s No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

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A rich and creamy cheesecake to make during the holidays or just anytime to spoil family and friends.

Ingredients:

24 Oreo biscuits

4 tbsp of melted butter

250g cream cheese, at room temperature

6 tbsp icing sugar

1/2 tsp of vanilla essence

2 x 250 ml of fresh cream, chilled

3 tsp gelatin, dissolved in 3 tablespoons of hot water

Method:

In a mixing bowl, finely crush 16 of the oreo biscuits. Add the melted butter and stir to combine. Add it to the bottom of a 24 cm spring form pan. Press the biscuit mixture lightly down with the back of a spoon or spatula.

Add the cream to a mixing bowl and whip until it is thick. In another bowl add the cream cheese, vanilla essence and icing sugar. Mix until combined and creamy. Add the whipped cream as well as the gelatin.

Break 4 of the oreo biscuits into piece and fold it into the mixture.

Add the cream cheese mixture on top of the oreo base and smooth the top. Top it with the remaining oreo biscuits.

Refrigerate until set, 4 – hours or preferably overnight.

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Black Eyed Beans Curry


Salwaa’s Black Eyed Beans Curry
(Swartbek Boontjies)

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Black eyed beans curry was a firm favourite in our home whilst I was growing up. My mother always served black eyed beans curry with homemade flaky roti, onion and tomato sambal or mix veg atchar. My parents loved serving orange slices with our meals too.

Black eyed beans are a complex carb which takes longer to digest, and keep you full for longer. Black eyed beans are very versatile, and can be eaten as a soup, curry, added to chilli on carne, or added to salad. So do incorporate them in your diet.

This curry needs very basic ingredients, which I always keep in my food cupboard. The only preparation needed is soaking the black eyed beans at least 4 hours ahead of cooking. 

Ingredients:
2 cups uncooked black eyed beans
600g mutton pieces
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, finely chopped
2 green chillies chopped (optional)
3 cloves garlic, grated
1 piece ginger, grated (approximately10cm piece)
2 tsp cumin / jeera powder
1 tsp coriander / koljana powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 1/2 tsp turmeric / borrie
2 tsp leaf masala / roasted masala
1 tsp salt (according to your taste)
3 cardamom pods
1 stick cinnamon

Method:

Soak the beans for at least 4 hours or overnight.

If you forget to soak, then soak in hot water for ½-1 hour before cooking. Soaking also helps to reduce the cooking time.

After soaking give the beans a quick cook, drain and set aside.


Pour the oil into a heavy based pot, add the chopped onions and braise until the onions are transparent about 10 minutes over medium heat.


Add the meat. Cook 10 minutes.


Add water as needed.


Add the whole spices, powdered spices chillies and tomato.

Cook until the meat are semi soft, approximately 30 minutes depending on the type of meat you are using.


Add the beans, simmer over medium to low heat, until the beans are soft and the meat and sauce are combined, about a further 45 – 60 minutes.


It is best to complete the cooking process over low heat in order for the flavours to develop and to cook to the right consistency.


Garnish with fresh chopped coriander before serving.

Best serve with boiled white rice or roti, atchars and or sambals.

Cook’s Tip:

Substitute mutton with beef pieces or lamb pieces

Use 2 can two cans of black eyed beans instead of the dry beans. Drain the liquid in the can. Shorten the cooking time by 30 minutes.

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Sausage & Baked Beans Curry


This month I thought I’d share with you a couple of my budget friendly meals which featured tin beans as one of the main ingredients.

These are very quick, easy and economical but yet very delicious dishes and can easily be doubled or even tripled for a large group of people.

Baked beans don’t just taste great, but are nutritious too; naturally high in fibre, high in protein and low in fat, as well as contributing to 1 of your 5 a day.

Sausage & Baked Beans Curry

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Sausage and Baked Beans Curry

Serves 6

Ingredients:

2 tins baked beans

500g sausage cut in small pieces

2 tbsp cooking oil  

1 large onion, chopped  

2 green chillies, deseeded and chopped  

3 cloves garlic, grated  

1 piece ginger, grated (10cm)

1 tsp jeera / cumin powder  

1 tsp coriander / koljander powder  

1 tsp turmeric / borrie  

2 tsp leaf masala / roasted masala  

1 tsp salt, optional

1/2 – 1 tsp chilli powder

3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters

Method:

Pour the oil into a heavy based pot, add the chopped onions and braise until the onions are transparent about 5 minutes over medium heat. 

Add the potatoes, spices, chillies and cook for about 10 minutes.or until the potatoes are semi soft. Add water as needed to prevent the potatoes from sticking.

Add sausage pieces and cook for a further 5 minutes then add baked beans. Simmer for 10 minutes until the beans are fully warmed and the sausages are cooked and the potatoes are soft.

Enjoy!

Best serve with boiled white rice or roti, atchars and or sambals. Delicious with white buttered bread too.

Cook’s note: adding salt is optional as the baked beans as well as sausage contains salt.

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Crispy Fish Batter


Salwaa’s Crispy Fish Batter

Fish and chips taste so much better when you make it yourself from scratch and if you follow my recipe below you’ll get perfectly fried fish every time! You can use my recipe for snoek, hake, cod or even prawn. You can also follow my youtube video, link below, for easy reference.

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You can use any fish of choice like snoek, hake, cod etc. I prefer using cod cut into small pieces.

For the batter:
1 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 TBSP brown vinegar
1/2 tsp black pepper / cayenne
1/2 tsp chilli powder (optional)
1/2 cup soda water or more

Mix together into a batter, the mixture should not be runny.

Season fish lightly with salt and dust slightly with extra flour.

Dip the fish, both sides into the batter, you can repeat the dipping for a thicker batter and shallow / deep fry for a few minutes aside until light brown and crispy. Remove the fried fish gently from the oil and drain on paper towel.

Serve with chips, tartar sauce, lemon atchar, pickled onions or a squeeze of lemon juice. Alternative sprinkle the fish liberally with brown vinegar and salt.

You’ll find my tartar recipe below.

Salwaa’s Homemade Tartar Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise 

1 pickled gherkin finely chopped 

1 tsp finely chopped fresh parsley 

2 Tbsp lemon juice

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and serve with any fish, prawns, calamari etc…

Enjoy!

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Baked Beans Salads


Here’s two versions of my popular baked beans salads which I always serve as a side dish when braaing (bbq’ing)

I often served baked beans salad with crispy fried chicken as well. Makes a filling and delicious accompaniment.

My kids enjoys the left over baked beans salad on toast for breakfast as well. It even taste better the next day!

Recipe One:

Salwaa’s BBQ Baked Beans

Sauté one medium chopped onion in little oil.
Add a finely chopped cloves of garlic
Add 1 tin of baked beans
1 heap teaspoon BBQ / braai spice
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons BBQ / brown sauce
2 tablespoon Mrs Balls sauce (original or Jalapeño flavour)

Mix well and simmer for 10 minutes on medium heat.

BBQ baked beans served with traditional braai

Recipe Two:

Sweet and sour bean salad. Serve as a side with braai (BBQ) or as a light meal with toast.

Ingredients:

1 tin (410g) baked beans

1 Tbsp oil

1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped

1/2 green pepper, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, grated

1 – 2 green chillies, finely chopped

1 tsp roasted masala / leaf masala

½ tsp turmeric / borrie

3 Tbsp chutney (Mrs Balls or similar)

1 Tbsp vinegar

1 tsp sugar (optional)

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Method:

Heat the oil in a deep medium size saucepan. Add the onions, sauté. Cook until light golden brown. Add the green pepper, garlic, roasted masala, turmeric and cook for 1 minute adding a bit of water if necessary to prevent it sticking.

Add the remaining ingredients including the baked beans. Stir and warm over medium heat. Serve as a side with braai or on a slices of toast.

Variation: Use smooth apricot jam instead of the chutney.

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Crispy Fried Chicken


Next level crispy fried chicken recipe which is an absolute must to try!

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The secret to making juicy fried chicken is to try and cut the chicken into even size pieces. Cut the breast pieces into 2 or 3. Smaller breast pieces will have similar cooking time as the legs and thighs.

Marinade the chicken at least 4 hours or overnight. Don’t rush this step.

Season generously.

Leave the chicken to rest after it’s been breaded in order for a crust to form. I usually leave mine for at least an hour before frying.

Use a heavy based pan for frying with a few centimetres of oil. No need for deep frying.

Don’t ruin your crispy chicken by placing the finished product on a layer of paper towels. The paper can cause the chicken to steam, making the crispiness go soggy. Instead, cover a baking tray with a wire rack. Transfer each fried chicken piece onto the wire rack. The excess oil will drip off the rack onto the tray without loosing any of the crispiness.

Crispy Fried Chicken

Ingredients

1 whole chicken cut into pieces, see tip above

Sunflower oil, for frying

For the spice mix

2 tbsp paprika

2 tsp garlic granules

2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp black pepper

½ tsp dried mixed herbs

1 chicken stock cube, crumbled

For the buttermilk marinade

2 cups milk

2 tbsp white or brown vinegar

1 egg

1 tsp salt

For the coating

1 cup self-raising flour

1 cup cornflour / maizena

Method:

In a small bowl, mix all the dry spices together.

Whisk the milk with the vinegar, egg, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon of the spice mix in a bowl to make the buttermilk marinade. Add the cleaned chicken pieces, mix well and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

When you’re ready to fry your chicken, make the coating by combining the flours with the remaining spice mix.

Drain the chicken pieces, reserving the marinade. One by one, dredge each piece of chicken in the flour, then dip in the reserved marinade, then dredge again in the flour, pressing on as much as you can to coat. Transfer the coated thighs to a large tray. Refrigerate for an hour for the coating to form onto the chicken.

Heat a 10cm depth of oil in a heavy based saucepan or deep-fat fryer until it reaches 175C. Gently lower 3 to 4 pieces of chicken into the oil. Don’t overcrowd the pan.

Fry over medium heat about 5 minute a side. Don’t be tempted to turn the chicken in the first 3 minutes. Leave to cook undisturbed, cook until it’s a deep golden colour and crisp on the outside.

Remove from the oil onto your wire rack. Sprinkle the fried chicken with sea salt, serve with a fresh garden salad, rice or chips.

On this occasion I served my fried chicken with BBQ baked beans and a gravy.

Fried chicken served with bbq baked beans and a gravy

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Spicy Corn Salad


Salwaa’s Spicy Corn Salad

Serve this delicious spicy corn salad as a side dish with your favourite braai. Alternatively add 200g pre-cooked prawns or chicken cubes for a delicious light lunch.

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Ingredients:

2 tbsp oil

1/2 onion, finely chopped

7 curry leaves

1/2 green pepper

1/2 tsp coriander / koljana

1/2 tsp cumin / jeera

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 – 1 tsp crushed chillies

1/4 tsp salt or too taste

1 Tbsp chopped dhanya

1 tin corn / or you may use frozen sweet corn

Method:

Braise the onion in the oil until translucent. Add all the remaining ingredients except the corn and dhanya. Stir fry the spices for about a minute, don’t add water. Drain the excess water from the corn before stirring the corn and chopped dhanya into the spices. Allow the corn to heat up before serving.

Spicy Corn Salad
served with mash, tomato and frikkadel

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Coleslaw Salads


Here I share with you a couple of lovely Heritage Day Braai coleslaw recipes

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Salwaa Coleslaw 1

2 cups of shredded cabbage
1 Granny Smith apple grated or cut in small pieces for that extra crunch
Handful of raisins / sultanas
3-4 TBSP of mayonnaise / plain yoghurt for a healthier option

Mix thoroughly and enjoy

Alternatively try this one:

Coleslaw 2

In a bowl grate 2 – 3, Granny Smith ( green ) apples

Cover grated apples with 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice and mix well.

Finely chop 1/4 green cabbage

Finely chop a few purple cabbage leaves.

Grate 2 carrots

Finely chopped onion

Pinch of salt

Mix it all together with some mayonnaise

Coleslaw

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Braised Minced Meat


Braised Minced Meat (gesmoorde mince)

Minced Meat Bredie

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From My Kitchen To Yours – keeping our heritage alive since 2011!

Quick, easy and very economical to make. Serve with white rice and atchar or homemade blatjang.

Serves 6
1 kg minced meat
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
1 large green pepper, finely chopped
2 tsp finely grated garlic
2 green chillies, chopped
5 allspice
5 cloves

3 bay leaves
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
1 tsp black pepper

1 cube beef stock dissolved in 1 cup hot water (optional)
4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
2 cups frozen mix veg or frozen peas

Method:
Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the onion and braise until the onions are very brown. Once the onions are brown add the green pepper, garlic and spices, you may add half a cup of water if the onions are starting to stick to the bottom of the pot. Add the minced meat, stir to separate the minced meat, cook over medium heat until the mince is brown.

Next add the potatoes pieces with the beef stock, if using or water as necessary, cook until the potatoes are semi soft. Add the frozen veg / peas and cook over low to medium heat until the potatoes are soft. You may add more water if necessary. Serve with white rice and atchars or blatjang.

Minced Bredie With Mixed Veg

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Sausage Rolls


Salwaa’s Sausage Rolls

I made these sausage rolls with bread dough. Delicious and not as rich as traditional sausage rolls made with flaky buttery pastry.

Sausage Rolls

Makes 24

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Ingredients:

12 sausages

500g cake/plain/all-purpose flour

1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 packet yeast (7g or 10g)

Mix the above together

Make a well in the centre and pour in 2 tbsps oil (vegetable, sunflower, olive oil) and approx 1 and 1/2 cups of lukewarm water (tepid water).

Start kneading until the dough comes together. Add more water if required. Just little bit at a time. Watch my tutorial for full details of how the dough should be.

Knead for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth. Cover and leave to rise for about 90 minutes.

Whilst the dough is rising, semi bake / fry your sausages. The cooking process will continue with the baking of your rolls. Leave to cook and cut each sausage in half.

Knock the dough lightly down. Flour your work surface and roll out the dough fairly thinly. Cut the dough into 24 equal squares.

Place a piece of partly cooked sausage onto the edge of one small square and roll dough around it. Brush sides with egg wash to secure.

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Continue with the rest of the dough and sausages. Transfer onto baking sheets. Leave the rolls to rise for 20-30 minutes.

Egg wash the tops of the rolls and bake in a pre-heated oven at 190°C for about 10 – 15 minutes until cooked through and lightly brown on top.

Serve immediately with your favourite dip and enjoy!

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