Boeber

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Salwaa’s Boeber

A traditional South African Cape Malay recipe, the taste is so rich and sugary. Boeber is made of milk, vermicelli, sago, sugar or condensed milk flavoured with cardamoms, stick cinnamon and rose water. If you like a “thicker” boeber add more sago. Boeber is traditionally served on the fifteenth night of Ramadan to celebrate the middle of the fast. The evening of the 15th day of Ramadaan is special for those who had fasted the first 15 days. They are known as people who are ‘op die berg’ Many, many years ago after the taraweegh salaah, boeber was served at the mosques. Every family also made boeber for this particular night. After Taraweegh salaah, boeber was also sold at boeber houses at two pence a glass. There, friends would assemble and, if it were a Friday or Saturday, would stay up until sower (suhur) and then go to the masjid for Fajr.

To make boeber you will need the following:
50g butter
3/4 cup sago
200 ml water to soak the sago
250 ml vermicelli
3 cinnamon sticks
5 cardamoms
50 g sultanas (optional)
1.5 – 2 liters milk
1/2 tin condensed milk or sugar to taste
1 tin evaporated milk (optional)
1/4 cup of desiccated coconut
15 ml rose water (optional)
50 g blanched almonds (optional)

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Method:
Soak the sago in the water for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan.
When it has melted, add the vermicelli and toss it so that the butter covers it and it starts to go golden brown.
Add the cardamom, cinnamon and the sultanas.

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Stir before pouring the milk into the pan.
Bring to the boil before adding the pre-soaked sago and then simmer for about 30 minutes stirring constantly otherwise it will stick. Add evaporated milk. The sago should become transparent.

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Add the rose water (if using), condensed milk, coconut and almonds and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes or so. Serve hot and enjoy this rich, spicy drink…

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Chocolate Pancakes / Crepes

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Salwaa’s Chocolate Pancakes / Crepes
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Here is a delightful refreshing pancake recipe with a twist. Wow your family with this chocolate pancake, fill it with chocolate instant pudding, chocolate mousse, fresh fruit, fresh cream or a combination of everything. Indulge!

Ingredients:

2 cups cake/plain flour, sifted

Pinch of salt

3 Tbsp cocoa powder

2 extra large eggs

1 ½ cup milk

½ – ¾ cup water, depending how thin you want the batter

100g butter, melted

Method:

Sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it.

Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water, still whisking (don’t worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk).

When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Now melt the 100g of butter in a pan. Spoon halve of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it to grease the pan, using a piece of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake.

Now get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, do a test pancake to see if you’re using the correct amount of batter. I find 2 tbsp is about right for an 18cm pan. It’s also helpful if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook. Flip the pancake over with a palette knife – the other side will need a few seconds only – then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate. Keep warm and continue until all the batter has been used. Makes about 20 pancakes.



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Ramadan Kareem!

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Ramadan Kareem from my kitchen to yours

Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – keeping our heritage alive

Ramadan – a brief explanation

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar,  a religious annual observance and month of fasting that is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The time spent fasting is meant to be used for prayer, charity, spirituality, and for purifying the mind and body. The beginning and end of the month of Ramadan is determined by the sighting of the new moon. Muslims fast from before sunrise to sunset.

Dates & Mint Tea
Dates & Mint Tea

Does Ramadan always start on the same day?

No. Because Ramadan is a lunar month, it begins about 10 days earlier each year. During a Muslim’s life, Ramadan will fall during winter months, when the days are short, and summer months, when the days are long.

Why is the month so significant?

Principally because it is the month that Allah revealed the Quran to the last Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.

 

Who is exempt from fasting?

Those who are not required to fast during Ramadan are young children, (those who did not reach puberty) the sick or those with mental illnesses, travellers, the elderly and women who are menstruating, pregnant, breast-feeding or have recently had a baby.

 

The month of Ramadan contains the most blessed of nights – known as Laylatul Qadr – about which Allah, subhana wa t’ala, says:

‘What will make you realize what the Night of Power is like?

The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.

Angels and the Spirit descend upon it with their Lord´s permission with every command;

There is peace that night until the coming of dawn.

(Quran: 97:1-5)

 

Traditions

Muslims break their at sunset with dates or water. Traditionally we, the Cape Malays, will have a starter consisting of soup, samosas, dhaltjies, fritters. More often than not after prayers we will have a main meal. During Ramadan plates of food are shared with neighbours. Little children can often be seen carrying plates of food to neighbours, etc… The best charity, the best Zakah, the best Sadaqah is in Ramadan. Feeding the poor and needy fasting people is highly recommended in Ramadan. The Prophet (pbuh) said, ‘Whoever feeds a fasting person, will get a reward like him.’ (Ahmad) He also said, ‘Protect yourself from the fire even by giving half of a date.’ (Agreed upon)

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The benefits of Dates

The Prophet (pbuh) used to break his fasts by eating some dates before offering Maghrib prayer. Modern science has proved that dates are part of a healthy diet. They contain sugar, fat and proteins, as well as important vitamins. Dates are also rich in natural fibres. They contain oil, calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium. Dates and palms have been mentioned in the Holy Quran 20 times, thus showing their importance. The prophet likened a good Muslim to the date palm saying, “Among trees, there is a tree like a Muslim. It’s leaves do not fall.”

Dates and Tea

The Five Pillars of Islam include Sawm: Fasting during Ramadan, Hajj: a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their life, Zakat: giving to the poor, Salah: five-time daily prayer, facing Mecca, including absolution prior to prayer, Shahada: declaration of belief in one true God.

 

May you have a blessed spiritual uplifting month, ameen

Here’s the link to some of my favourite Ramadan treats.

 

 

Gulab Jamun

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Gulab Jamun

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Gulab Jamuns are popular in South Asian cuisine. Crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy inside. Gulab Jamuns can be eaten as a dessert with ice cream or fresh cream. It can also be made during Ramadan to share with family, friends and neighbours. It is a great alternative to koesisters or doughnuts.

 

Gulab Jamun
Gulab Jamun

 Ingredients:

1 tin condensed milk (497g)

3 Tbsp butter, melted

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp semolina

1 tsp ground cardamom

½ tsp rose essence

2 – 2¼ cups cake flour, sifted

Oil for deep frying

 

For The Syrup

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

1 tsp rose essence

 

Desiccated coconut to finish

 

Method:

Using a medium size bowl whisk the condensed milk and melted butter together. Add the ground cardamom, baking powder, bicarb, essence and semolina whisk until the mixture turn creamy. Gradually add the flour to form a soft dough. (You may not need the full 2¼ cups of flour.) Leave to rest for about 10 minutes. Divide the dough into 30 pieces. Roll the pieces of dough into balls or into oblong shapes. Best to use a slightly floured surface (and hands) as the dough might be slightly sticky.

In the meantime add the syrup ingredients in a pot and bring to the boil. Boil until the sugar water turns sticky. Remove from the heat but keep warm to dip in the cooked gulab jamuns when done.

Heat the oil in a deep pot and deep fry the gulab jamuns on medium heat, take care not to over crowd the pot as the gulab jamuns will swell considerably. Fry until deep brown stirring all the time to get an even colour all over. Remove and drain excess oil on kitchen paper. Cool slightly before dipping in the warm sugar syrup and rolling it in desiccated coconut.

 

Cook’s note:

You may not need all the flour, add the flour gradually

You may leave the jamuns drenched in the syrup of you like it sweet and syrupy until it is ready to be served.

Gulab Jamun
Gulab Jamun

 

 

 

Boeber – 15th Ramadaan

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Boeber - Traditional Milk Drink
Boeber – Traditional Milk Drink

A traditional South African Cape Malay recipe, the taste is so rich and sugary. Boeber is made of milk, vermicelli, sago, sugar or condensed milk flavoured with cardamoms, stick cinnamon and rose water. If you like a “thicker” boeber add more sago. Boeber is traditionally served on the fifteenth night of Ramadan to celebrate the middle of the fast. The evening of the 15th day of Ramadaan is special for those who had fasted the first 15 days. They are known as people who are ‘op die berg’ Many, many years ago after the taraweegh salaah, boeber was served at the mosques. Every family also made boeber for this particular night. After Taraweegh salaah, boeber was also sold at boeber houses at two pence a glass. There, friends would assemble and, if it were a Friday or Saturday, would stay up until sower (suhur) and then go to the masjid for Fajr.

To make boeber you will need the following
100g butter
1/3 cup sago
1 cup water to soak the sago
1 – 1 1/2 cups crushed vermicelli
3 cinnamon sticks
5 cardamoms
50 g sultanas
2 litres milk
15 ml rose water (optional)
150 – 200ml white sugar (depending on your taste buds)
50g blanched almonds

Method:
Soak the sago in the water for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan.
When it has melted, add the vermicelli and toss it so that the butter covers it and it starts to go golden brown.
Add the cardamom, cinnamon and the sultanas.
Stir before pouring the milk into the pan.
Bring to the boil before adding the pre-soaked sago and then simmer for about 30 minutes stirring constantly otherwise it will stick. The sago should become transparent.
Add the rose water (if using), sugar and almonds and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes or so. Serve hot and enjoy!!!
Serve hot and prepare to enjoy this rich, spicy and flavourful drink.

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BASIC PANCAKE MIXTURE

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Basic pancake mixture

Ingredients:

110g cake flour sifted

Pinch of salt

2 eggs

200ml milk mixed with 75ml  water

50g butter

Preparation method

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets an airing. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs – any sort of whisk or even a fork will do – incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.
  2. Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking (don’t worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Now melt the 50g of butter in a pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it to lubricate the pan, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake.
  3. Now get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, do a test pancake to see if you’re using the correct amount of batter. I find 2 tbsp is about right for an 18cm pan. It’s also helpful if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it’s tinged gold as it should be. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife – the other side will need a few seconds only – then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.
  4. Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.

CHICKEN STIRY FRY

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CHICKEN STIR-FRY
Serves 4

Ingredients:
100g broccoli
100g baby sweetcorn
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2.5cm piece root ginger
bunch of spring onions
2 carrots
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon soya sauce

Method:
Bring a wok or pan of water to the boil. Cut the broccoli into florets. Blanch the broccoli and sweetcorn in the water for 2 minutes. Drain well.

Cut the chicken into large pieces. Peel the ginger and cut into thin matchsticks. Trim and diagonally slice the spring onions. Peel the carrots and cut into matchcsticks.

Wipe the wok with kitchen pape and heat the oil until almost smoking. Add the chicken and stir fry for 7-8 minutes or until golden. Keep warm

Stir fry the ginger, spring onions and carrots for 2 minutes. Stir in the broccoli and sweetcorn and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken and heat through.
Variation: Use any fresh vegetables of choice.

Chicken Stir Fry

EASY SAVOURY CHEESE MUFFINS

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Easy cheese muffins (savouries)

Ingredients:
500ml (300g) cake flour
15ml baking powder
5ml dry mustard powder
5ml salt
500ml grated cheddar cheese
250ml milk
80ml oil
2 eggs

Method:
Sift flour, baking powder, mustard and salt in a mixing bowl
Add grated cheese
In a jug combine the milk, oil and eggs. Mix well
Add to dry ingredients and mix gently until combined, taking care not to over mix. Spoon into greased muffin tins and bake at 200C for 20 minutes

CHICKEN & CORN SOUP

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Chicken & corn soup

Ingredients:

1 tbsp vegetable oil

100 g boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into small pieces

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 cm piece ginger, finely chopped

1 tbsp cornflour

600 ml hot chicken stock

100 g sweetcorn

1 egg

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

shredded spring onions, shredded, to garnish

dark soy sauce

toasted sesame seeds, to garnish

Method

1. Heat the oil in a deep pan and gently cook the chicken, garlic and ginger for 3-4 minutes without colouring.

2. Blend the cornflour with a little stock and add to the soup pan with the remaining stock and the sweetcorn. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously and simmer gently for 5-7 minutes

3. Beat together the egg and lemon juice and slowly trickle into the soup pan, stirring with a chopstick or fork to form egg strands. Season to taste, garnish with salad onions and toasted sesame seeds, and serve with a drizzle of soy sauce and some prawn crackers.

Chicken soup

MINI SAUSAGE ROLLS

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This is a firm favourite in my house at anytime. So easy to prepare. I usually make a batch to freeze, so there is always something to cook when unexpected quests arrive or whenever the kids feel like nibbling.

MINI SAUSAGE ROLLS

Makes 16

 

Ingredients:

500g ready-made puff pastry

Flour for dusting

1 egg, beaten

8 good quality sausages cut into two

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Small handful fresh thyme leaves

 

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200C

Roll the pastry out on a floured surface to a rectangle of about 48x32cm.

 

Cut the large rectangle in half lengthways, then cut both smaller rectangles into eight equal sections. You now have 16 rectangles in total. Brush one end of each rectangle with a little of the beaten egg, lay a piece of sausage at the other end, then season the sausage with salt and freshly ground black pepper and sprinkle with thyme leaves. Roll the sausage up in the pastry to enclose and repeat with all the sausages. Put the sausage rolls in the fridge for 20 minutes for the pastry to harden.

Once the pastry is hard, remove the sausage rolls from the fridge and score the tops with a sharp knife for decoration, or prick with a fork. Brush well all over with the rest of the beaten egg and bake in the oven for 25–30 minutes, or until the pastry has turned golden-brown and looks crisp. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly before serving.

 

Variation:

Use viennas (Frankfurters) instead of the sausage

SPRINGROLLS

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Vegetable Spring Rolls

 

Ingredients:

1 cup mixed vegetables, chopped long and slim/shredded (carrot, beans, cabbage, peas, corn, green, yellow, red peppers, etc)

1 onion, sliced

1 teaspoon ginger & garlic paste

1 tablespoon soya sauce

1 chopped green chilli

Salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon oil

 

Method:

1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions until transparent and pink.

2. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for another minute.

3. Next add the vegetables and green chilli, sprinkle some water and cook closed until soft, yet crunchy.

4. Turn heat to high and add the soya sauce. Mix well for a minute on high.

5. Lower heat. Mix in salt and pepper. Remove from fire and cool.

 

Filling and rolling:

Defrost the pastry to room temperature before separating the sheets.

Lay out one sheet; add about 2-3 tbsp (depending on the size of your spring roll sheets) of the vegetable filling towards one corner.

Fold in the end of the corner first and then both sides.

Once these ends are firmly placed, start rolling towards the other end until fully done.

Deep fry until golden brown.

 

Cook’s notes:

– Add cooked, shredded chicken pieces.

– You can use any mix of vegetables you want. However, cabbage and peppers really enhance the taste.

– Arrange spring rolls in a single layer on a medium baking sheet. Brush with vegetable oil. Bake in preheated oven @ 200C for 20 minutes, until lightly browned. For a crispier spring roll, turn after 10 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK MINI PIZZAS

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Quick mini pizzas (savouries)

Ingredients:

1 cup chicken fillet – cooked with green chillies, salt and 1 teaspoon ginger and garlic

1 cup grated cheese 

1 green pepper – cubed

1 tomato – finely chopped

2 eggs – lightly beaten

5 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons tomato sauce

salt and pepper to taste

1 cup sweet corn – optional

Ground green chillies to taste

Method:

Mix all ingredients well in a large dish.

Place in greased patty pans and bake at 180C till done – 10-15 minutes.

Sprinkle with origanum before baking

Beef Stir-Fry

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serves 4

Ingredients:
500g lean beef
4 spring onions
2 cloves garlic
2.5cm piece ginger
2 carrots
2 small leaks
1 stick celery
3 tablespoons oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dhanya
2 tablespoons soya sauce

Method:
Cut the beef into thin strips. Wash and chop the garlic and ginger. Peel the carrots, leeks and celery and cut into matchsticks.

Heat the oil in a wok. Add the spring onions, garlic and ginger. Cook for 4 minutes over a medium heat. Add the beef and cook over a high heat for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Season.

Add the remaining vegetables, soya sauce and cook over a high heat for 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the coriander and cook for about 1 minute.

Serve immediately.

Variation: Use any fresh vegetables of choice.

CHEDDAR SCONES

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CHEDDAR SCONES

Makes 12-15

Ingredients:

200g self-raising flour, plus a little extra for dusting

50g butter, at room temperature

25g oats

75g grated cheddar cheese, plus extra for topping

150ml milk

Method:

Heat your oven to 220C. Pace the flour in a large bowl, then rub in the butter. Stir in the oats and cheese, then the milk – if it feels like it might be dry, add a touch more milk, then bring together to make a soft dough.

Lightly dust the surface with a little flour, roll out the dough no thinner than 2cm. Cut out rounds with a cookie cutter.

Transfer to a baking sheet, dust with a little more flour or grated cheese, then bake for 12-15 minutes until well risen and golden. Cool, serve on their own or topped with mashed avocado or soft cheese.

CHEESE SAMOSAS

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Cheese samosa filling:

1 onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup cheese, grated

2 green chillies, finely chopped

1 teaspoon oil

Salt to taste (optional)

Oil for frying

 

Method:

Heat the oil in a pan.

Add chopped onions and fry till brown colour.

Add chopped chillies to it.

Fry for 3 – 4 minutes.

Let it cool for some time.

Add grated cheese and salt, if using, to the mixture.

Mix well and fill your samosas as usual.

3 CHEESE SAMOSA

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3 Cheese Samosa

 

Ingredients:

½ cup mozzarella cheese, grated

½ cup processed cheese, grated

½ cup cottage cheese

1 teaspoon crushed red chillies

3 tablespoons fresh dhanya, chopped

 

Mix all the ingredients together, ready for filling your samosa leaves.  Fry as you normally would.

SAMOSAS

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Samosa strips:
500ml (2 cups) cake flour
3ml (1//2) teaspoon salt
190ml water
corn flour as needed for sprinkling
oil as needed for smearing

Method:
Sift flour and salt in a mixing bowl.
Add water and mix into a stiff dough.
Knead well, cover with a damp cloth and leave aside for 30 minutes.
Divide dough into 8 portions.
Roll out each portion to the size of a saucer.
Smear oil edge to edge onto 6 of the rolled-out pastry.
Sift corn flour lightly on each oiled pastry.
Make two stacks of pastry into a large disc. Roll out thinly.
Toss each stack on a heated griddle for a few seconds, turning frequently, until they loosen into individual pastries.
Place on tray and cover with a damp cloth.
Complete tossing the second lot in the same way.
Cut through stack with kitchen scissors or sharp knife to desired width.
Snip off the uneven ends to form an even pastry.

 

 

Chicken samosa filling
500g chicken mince or chicken breast chopped finely
3 large onions, chopped finely
1 teaspoon ground jeera
1 teaspoon ground koljana
2-3 teaspoons crushed chillies
salt to taste

Wash and drain mince. Brown the mince in a large pan until brown and dry. Remove from heat. Add the onions and spices and mix well. Fill approx 30 samosas

 

 

Potato and pea filling:
500g potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 onion, finely chopped
100g frozen peas
1 tsp whole jeera
1 tsp whole koljana
2 tsp crushed chillies
salt to taste

Braise onion until golden brown 5-10 minutes. Add whole jeera and koljana. Add the potatoes and cook until soft adding water if necessary. The mixture should be dry so keep stirring to ensure it does not burn. Add crushed chillies and salt. Lastly add the frozen peas and cook a further 5 minutes. Cool and fill samosa leaves.
Fills approx 20 samosas

 

 

Mutton Mince for Samoosas

Ingredients:
1kg mutton mince
4 large onions finely chopped and water squeezed out
2 tablespoon green chillies crushed
2 bunches dhanya cut finely

1 tsp salt
1 tablespoon ginger and garlic
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp coarse black pepper

Wash and drain mince. Put in a pot in the stove on medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes. Now add in ginger and garlic, salt, turmeric and pepper. Cook for a further 20 minutes stirring now and then and breaking lumps. When mince is cooked remove from heat, the mince should be dry. Add onions, chillies and dhanya to this. Your mince is now ready.

 

 

 

DALTJIES

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Daltjies

 

Ingredients:

250ml pea/chana flour

30ml cake flour

1 small onion, grated

1 small potato, grated

1 teaspoon jeera

1 teaspoon koljander (coriander)

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon turmeric

1 level teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons crushed dried red chillies

1 cup chopped spinach

100ml water to mix

Oil for deep frying

 

Method:

 

Add the flours, jeera, koljander, salt, turmeric, baking powder and dried chillies into a mixing bowl.

Add the grated onion, potato, chopped spinach and enough water to make a stiff mixture. Heat the oil until moderately hot. Do not over heat the oil as the daltjie will brown too quickly and the inside will not have cooked completely. Drop spoonfuls into the hot oil, fry for approximately 3 minutes turning all the time. Drain on absorbent kitchen towels, serve warm with chutney.

 

CINNAMON BUNS

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CINNAMON BUNS
These buns are so good hot from the oven when they’re gooey and warm.

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 packet active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup milK
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
4 cups cake flour

3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans, divided
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup melted butter

Directions

In a small bowl, dissolve 1 teaspoon sugar and yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Mix in ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup butter and salt; stir until melted. Let cool until lukewarm.

In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture, milk mixture, eggs and 1½ cup flour; stir well to combine. Stir in the remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.

Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

While dough is rising, melt ¾ cup butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in ¾ cup brown sugar, whisking until smooth. Pour into greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Sprinkle bottom of pan with ½ cup pecans; set aside. Melt remaining butter; set aside. Combine remaining ¾ cup brown sugar, ½ cup pecans, and cinnamon; set aside.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, roll into an 18×14 inch rectangle. Brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter, leaving ½ inch border uncovered; sprinkle with brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Starting at long side, tightly roll up, pinching seam to seal. Brush with remaining 2 tablespoons butter. With serrated knife, cut into 15 pieces; place cut side down, in prepared pan. Cover and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in volume. Meanwhile, preheat oven to190 degrees C.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool in pan for 3 minutes, then invert onto serving platter. Scrape remaining filling from the pan onto the rolls.

MINI SAUSAGE ROLLS

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MINI SAUSAGE ROLLS

Makes 16

Ingredients:

500g ready-made puff pastry

Flour for dusting

1 egg, beaten

8 good quality sausages cut into two

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Small handful fresh thyme leaves

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200C

Roll the pastry out on a floured surface to a rectangle of about 48x32cm.

Cut the large rectangle in half lengthways, then cut both smaller rectangles into eight equal sections. You now have 16 rectangles in total. Brush one end of each rectangle with a little of the beaten egg, lay a piece of sausage at the other end, then season the sausage with salt and freshly ground black pepper and sprinkle with thyme leaves. Roll the sausage up in the pastry to enclose and repeat with all the sausages. Put the sausage rolls in the fridge for 20 minutes for the pastry to harden.

Once the pastry is hard, remove the sausage rolls from the fridge and score the tops with a sharp knife for decoration, or prick with a fork. Brush well all over with the rest of the beaten egg and bake in the oven for 25–30 minutes, or until the pastry has turned golden-brown and looks crisp. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly before serving.

SAVOURY CUPS

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Savoury cups (savouries)

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked chicken pieces

1 cup cubed onions

1 cup cubed tomatoes

1 cup cubed red and green peppers

2 eggs

2 1/2 tablespoons flour

1 1/2 cups grated cheese

salt

pepper

Method:

Mix all the above ingredients

Drop mixture in greased muffin pans and bake at 160C for about 10 minutes.

SAVOURY PARMESAN TARTLETS

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SAVOURY PARMESAN TARTLETS

Makes 28

Freeze baked cases only

Ingredients:

For the parmesan pastry shells

375g ready made shortcrust pastry

Flour, for dusting

1 egg, beaten with a good pinch of salt

3 tablespoons finely grated parmesan

Hummus & roasted tomato

7 cherry tomatoes, halved

200g ready made hummus

Few chives

Smoked salmon & dill

250g soft cheese

85g smoked salmon

Dill sprigs

Method:

Heat the oven to 200C. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to a large oblong measuring 30x40cm. Stamp out 24 rounds with a 6.5cm round cutter, then carefully place them in hertzoggie or muffin tins to form tiny tarts. Prick the bases with a fork.

Brush the pastry with the beaten egg, scatter with the parmesan and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. Scrunch the pastry trimmings together, then re-roll and stamp out 4 more rounds. Glaze and bake as before. When all the pastry cases come out of the oven, roast the cherry tomato halves on a baking tray for 8 minutes. The cases will keep in a tin for up to 3 days or freeze for 3 months.

To serve, fill some cases with a teaspoon of hummus, a cherry tomato and a few snipped chives. Fill others with soft cheese, a twirl of salmon, dill and black pepper.

VARIATIONS:

You can also fill these tartlets with prawn cocktail, pate and chutney….whatever takes your fancy.

SPINACH, MUSHROOM & FETA QUICHE

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Spinach, Mushroom and Feta Quiche

Ingredients

100g butter

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

275g frozen spinach, thawed and well drained

100g mushrooms, chopped

200g feta, crumbled

200g mild Cheddar cheese, grated

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Short crust pastry for a 23cm (9in) dish

4 eggs, beaten

250ml milk

salt and freshly ground black pepper to tast

Preparation method

1.Preheat oven to 190 C. Line a pie dish with short crust pastry, cutting off any excess and pinching the edges.

 2.In a medium frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté garlic and onion in butter until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Stir in spinach and mushrooms, and saute until most of the water from the vegetables has evaporated. Add feta and 1/2 of the Cheddar. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into prepared pastry-lined dish.

  3.In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into the pastry base, allowing egg mixture to thoroughly combine with spinach mixture.

  4.Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Sprinkle top with remaining Cheddar, and bake an additional 35 to 40 minutes, until set in centre. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.

Short crust Pastry for Quiche 

Ingredients

175g plain flour

75g butter or margarine (cut into cubes)

2tbsp cold water

pinch of salt

To make a pastry sift all the flour and salt into a bowl and add butter (or margarine) and rub until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add water and mix together making firm dough. Wrap in a cling film and fill in a fridge for 30mins.

Spinach Muffins

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Spinach muffins (savouries)

Ingredients:

1 cup chana/pea flour

1/2 cup plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1ml cayenne pepper

1 cup cooked chopped spinach

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

100ml milk

100ml oil

1 egg

Method:

Sift dry ingredients together

Add spinach and grated cheese and mix slightly

Beat milk, oil and egg together and stir into dry ingredients

Mix until flour is moistened – batter should not be lumpy

Spoon into greased muffin tins, filling each two thirds full

Bake in a pre heated oven at 190C for 15 – 20 minutes

Makes 12

VOL-AU-VENTS FILLINGS

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VOL-AU-VENTS FILLINGS

If you want to serve the vol-au-vents hot, omit the garnish until serving. Heat through in a hot oven 200C for 5 minutes or until hot.

Mushroom ingredients:

Fills about 12

100g mushrooms, finely chopped

30g butter

50g cheese spread

30ml (2 tbsp) natural yoghurt

Method:

Melt the butter in a frying pan and add the chopped mushrooms, fry for 3 minutes until soft. Leave to cool. In a small bowl, combine together the cheese spread, yoghurt and fried mushrooms, and spoon into 12 cases.

Prawn ingredients:

Fills about 12

100g small prawns, reserve 12 for garnish

50g cheese spread with shrimp

30ml (2 tbsp) natural yoghurt

10ml (2 tsp) tomato puree

10ml (2 tsp) lemon juice

Method:

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients together and spoon into 12 cases. Garnish with a prawn.

Chicken ingredients:

Makes 12

100g roasted chicken breast or leftover chicken

50g cheese spread with chives

30ml (2 tbsp) natural yoghurt

Method:

Cut the chicken into small pieces. In a small bowl, combine together the cheese spread, yoghurt and chicken, spoon into 12 cases.

QUICK PIZZA

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Quick pizza (savouries)

Ingredients:

1 cup cheese, grated

1 cup polony, cubed

1 cup tomatoes, cubed

1/2 cup green peppers, cubed

2 eggs, beaten

2 tablespoons plain flour

salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Combine all the ingredients and place into paper cases. 

Bake at at 160C for about 10-15 minutes until done

CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES

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CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES 

Ingredients:
2 cups plain flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Cinnamon honey syrup:
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup butter cubed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Method:
In a bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. 
Combine eggs, milk and oil. Add to dry ingredients and mix well.
Stir in chocolate chips. 
Pour the batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a lightly greased hot pan.
Turn when bubbles form on top. 
Cook until second side is golden brown. 
Keep warm

Combine the syrup ingredients into a microwavable bowl. Microwave on high uncovered, until butter is melted and syrup is hot. Stir, serve with pancakes.

Variation:
Add raisins instead of chocolate chips.

VETKOEKIES (FRITTERS)

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VETKOEKIES

Ingredients:
500ml self-raising flour
pinch salt
15ml sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
30ml melted butter
5 ml vanilla essence
200ml milk
400 ml cooking oil
cinnamon sugar

Method:
Sift flour and salt into a bowl and stir in 15ml sugar. Make a well in centre and add egg, butter, vanilla essence and milk. Mix to a thick pancake batter. Heat oil in a large frying pan and drop batter, 15ml at a time, into it. Fry fritters until golden brown, about 3 minutes on either side. Drain on absorbent paper and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Serve hot. Makes 36.

Variation:
Add 4 large ripe bananas (mashed) and banana essence instead of vanilla essence.
Or
Add 250ml mashed cooked pumpkin