Cauliflower Stew

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Blomkool Bredie (Cauliflower Stew) 

Cauliflower Bredie

Bredies consists of mutton or lamb pieces and vegetables cook together in true Cape Malay tradition. Stew or bredie as its known in South Africa usually consists of mutton, lamb or beef pieces cooked with various fresh vegetables. Bredies are traditional Cape Malay food which is simple and inexpensive to cook, especially when feeding large families.

Any type of vegetables can be used on its own or use a combination of two e.g. cauliflower and carrots. Most bredies are spiced with stick cinnamon, allspice and cloves with a green chilli or two for extra flavour. The most popular Cape Malay bredies are green bean, tomato, cabbage, cauliflower bredies and is healthy nutritious winter food. Bredies are served with plain boiled rice, atchars or sambals.

This recipe serves 4 – 6 people

Ingredients:
600g mutton / lamb pieces, washed and drained
2 Tbsp cooking oil
2 onions, peeled and chopped
2 tsp salt or to taste
1 – 2 green chillies, chopped
2 pieces stick cinnamon
1 large cauliflower, leaves cut off and broken into pieces
3 potatoes, peeled and sliced into quarters
1 – 2 Tbsp sugar (optional)

 

Method:
Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan and fry the onions until golden brown.
Add the meat and cinnamon.
Brown the meat, ensuring it is well browned but not burned.
Add a little water, cover and reduce the heat.
Simmer until the meat is nearly tender, approximately 30 – 45 minutes.
Add the cauliflower, potatoes, chillies, salt to taste and simmer until the potatoes are tender.
Add more hot water as required.
Stir in the sugar if using.

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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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Creamy Mushroom Pasta

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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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Split Pea & Veg Soup

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Split Pea & Veg Soup

These ingredients make a large pot of soup. Suitable for freezing, divide into portions and freeze until needed. Defrost at room temperature and reheat.


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Ingredients:
1 packet (500g) green split lentils
A few soup bones, meat or knuckles
5 allspice
5 cloves
1 & 1/2kg carrots
2 large tomatoes
2 large onions
2 large potatoes
1/2 bunch celery
1/2 bunch parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Rinse the green split peas a couple of times.
Pour it into a large deep pot add the allspice, cloves as well as the soup bones and meat if using. The bones and meat gives depth and flavour to the soup. Cover with water and bring to the boil. Simmer until the split peas are soft and mushy. This will take a good couple of hours.

Meanwhile clean and cut the vegetables into smaller pieces. Liquidise the vegetables, add water as required. Pour the liquidised vegetables into the pot with the cooked split peas. Season to taste. Bring the soup to a boil. Once it starts boiling, lower the heat and leave the soup to simmer for a further two hours. Stir now and then, adding water as required.

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Afghan Biscuits

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I adapted the Afghan biscuit recipe from More Cape Malay Cooking by Faldela Williams

This biscuit is so called because it resembles that of an Afghan turban, writes the late Faldela Williams.

Ingredients:

200g soft butter

1/2 cup castor sugar

1 & 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 cup cornflakes

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Milk chocolate to finish

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 180°C.

Cream the butter and castor sugar until light and fluffy.

Mix the flour and cocoa with the butter mixture.

Mix in cornflake and walnuts.

Mixture should resemble a soft dough.

Drop teaspoonfuls of dough onto baking tins lined with greaseproof or parchment paper.

Bake for about 12 -15 minutes.

Cool slightly in the tins before removing.

Allow to cool completely before drizzling with melted chocolate.

Top the chocolate with half a walnut, optional.

Makes about 30 biscuits.

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Learn To Make Samosas From Scratch

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Join me, Salwaa, on the 29th August 2020 at 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

I’ll be hosting a live online zoom workshop on “how to make samosas from scratch”

Learn to make the purr, traditional mince meat filling, prawn filling as well as jalapeño chicken filling. I’ll be sharing with you all my hints and tips.

Tickets to join costs R100 per person, which will include a copy of my Sweet & Savoury Ebook.

You can choose to cook along with me, list of ingredients will be shared nearer the time, or observe to try at your own pace.

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The link to join will be send nearer the date to all those who have booked a spot.

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Carrot Cake

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Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Here’s a versatile carrot cake recipe which is perfect for everyday baking and occasions. You will love this incredibly moist and easy carrot cake recipe with cream cheese frosting. This cake is quick and easy to make, versatile and utterly delicious.

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Ingredients:

2 cups cake or plain flour

2 tsps ground cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 cup soft brown sugar

4 large eggs

1 cup oil

Zest of 1 orange

Zest of 1 lemon

200g carrots, finely grated

150g walnuts, chopped (optional)

For The Cream Cheese Frosting

125g unsalted butter at room temperature

50g icing sugar

250g cream cheese

Method:

• Pre-heat the oven to 170°C.

• Line a 20cm deep cake tin, 2 loaf tins or a Bundt tin.

• Sift the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together and stir in the sugar.

• Beat the eggs with the oil and citrus zests.

• Stir in the carrots and fold everything into the flour mixture.

• Fold in the walnuts if using. Spoon the mixture into the tin/s.

• Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

• The cake in the loaf tins will bake quicker as it’s not as deep as the round tin.

• Cool cake before frosting.

To make the frosting, beat the butter and icing sugar together until soft and then beat in the cream cheese. Chill the mixture until it’s thick but spreadable. Spread a thick layer on top of the cake, making sure the side of the icing is flat and continues upwards from the side of the cake. Decorate with walnuts (optional)

How To Make Homemade Bread

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Salwaa’s Homemade Bread Video Tutorial

Here I share with you my homemade bread recipe. Traditionally homemade bread was made every Sunday in most households for a light supper in the evening. I serve my bread with corned beef, polony, cheese or left over Sunday roast.

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Ingredients:
4 cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsps yeast
3 tbsp oil
1½ – 2 cups lukewarm water

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Cape Malay Cooking Ebooks

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Assalamu Alaikum / Good Day

Trust you are are all well and keeping safe during the Covid-19 lockdown. Here at Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights we are trying to keep positive and engage with our followers on different levels and by a variety of means.

I have started making more video tutorials as many have requested it. So this has been very well received. All my tutorials are available on the following social media platforms. Please subscribe and “like” my videos. It will help tremendously if you would do this 🙂

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I’m also planning on having live cooking demos from next week, do let me know if you would like to join.

Also, please feel free if you have any requests for video tutorials you would like me to do.

I have also made my cookbooks available as downloadable Ebooks, which you can purchase for a fraction of the normal price and enjoy making the recipes with your family. The following Ebooks are available for purchasing:

Salwaa’s Sweet & Savoury Delights Ebook

Cape Malay & Other Delights Ebook

Cape Malay Little Chefs Cookbook

You can obtain my Ebooks here via my online shop http://www.capemalaycookingdelights.com

Just an update regarding our frozen produce and spice ranges. We are currently not in production due to the lockdown. Our operations will resume once the Covid-19 lockdown has been fully lifted and it is safe for my staff and me to continue with our work.

Lastly I would love to thank you all for your continuous support throughout the 9 years we have been in existence.

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Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks

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Slow Cooked Lamb Shanked

This recipe is so convenient to make. All you need to do is prepare the vegetables, pop it in the oven and forget about it for two hours. Best of all it’s made in one pan which is a plus, gives you time to spend some extra time with your family or catch up on your TV serial!

Ingredients:
2 lamb shanks
Salt and pepper to taste
1 small onion sliced into quarters
3 – 4 medium size potatoes
3 carrots
1-2 jalapeño peppers slit in half ( optional)
3 cloves of garlic, I left the peels on
3 bay leaves
A few sprigs of rosemary
3/4 cup vegetable stock

One-pan Wonder

Method:
Add all the ingredients in an oven proof pan or dish. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Pour the vegetable stock over and cover with foil. Slow cook at 170°C for 2 hours. Remove foil and grill further for 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Cupcakes

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Salwaa’s Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes

Here’s an easy recipe for you to try out with your kids today.

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Ingredients:
225g soft butter/margarine
1 cup castor sugar
4 extra-large eggs
2 cups self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup milk or as needed

Method:
Line 2 muffin / cupcake tins with cupcake cases.
Add all the ingredients, except the milk, into a large bowl. Using an electric hand whisk, beat together until just smooth. Add a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency, the mixture shouldn’t be runny.

Spoon the mixture into the paper cases. #capemalaycooking
Bake the cupcakes in a preheated oven, 170°C for 15-20 minutes or until well risen and firm to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Topping:
175 g butter, softened
350g icing sugar
3-4 Tbsp cocoa powder

To make the topping, put the butter in a bowl and beat until fluffy and creamy. Sift in the icing sugar and cocoa powder, beat until smooth and creamy. Add a drop of milk if the mixture is too stiff.

Chocolate Cupcakes

When the cupcakes are cold, spread or pipe frosting on top of each cupcake, and decorate according to your choice.

Alternatively, mix chocolate mousse according the packet instruction and pipe using a spiralling motion onto the cupcakes in a large swirl.

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Tandoori Chicken

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Salwaa’s Tandoori Chicken

Make tandoori chicken on your grill! Chicken legs marinated in lemon juice, yogurt, and aromatic spices. Tandoori chicken gets its name from the bell-shaped tandoor clay oven which is also used to make naan, or Indian flatbread. The dish originated from the Indian subcontinent and is popular in many other parts of the world.

Tandoori Chicken

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4 chicken quarters, skinned
½ cup plain yoghurt, low-fat or full-fat
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp fresh ginger
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 ½ tsp chilli powder
½ tsp borrie / turmeric
1 tsp koljana / coriander
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp oil

Rinse and pat dry the chicken.

Make 2 deep slits in the chicken quarters, place in an oven proof dish.

In a bowl mix together the yoghurt and the rest of the ingredients.

Stir until well combined.

Spread the spice mixture over the chicken, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Bake in a preheated oven at 240°C for 30 minutes or until the chicken are evenly browned on top and cooked through.

Serve with salads and flat bread.

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Spicy Rice

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Salwaa’s Spicy Rice
Nando style rice served with crispy chicken strips and toss salad or kebabs
Spicy Rice Served With Crispy Chicken Strips
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Ingredients:
2 cups basmati rice
3 tbsp spoons olive oil
1 medium onion
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt (or too taste)
1 cube chicken stock dissolved in one cup boiling water
1/2 cup frozen peas
Spicy Rice
Method:
Parboiled the basmati rice, rinse in a colander and set aside
Sauté 1 medium size chopped onion and 1/2 chopped red pepper in the olive oil
Add the turmeric, cumin, chilli powder, salt as well as the paprika
Add the chicken stock with the cup of boiling water
Mix all the above together with 1/2 cup of frozen peas and steam rice until done
Spicy Rice Served With Kebabs
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Kebabs

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Salwaa’s Kebabs or Burgers

Beef Kebabs

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Kebabs or burgers can be made weeks before the time, pre-baked and frozen. Homemade, no preservatives. You’ll get approximately 15 burgers from a kilogram of chicken mince. You may substitute the chicken mince with steak/beef/lamb mince. Make chicken mince by shredding fillets in a food processor.

My recipe for kebabs or burgers

Ingredients:
1kg fresh chicken or steak mince
3 large onions, finely grated
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 1/2 Tbsp. minced ginger
1 Tbsp. minced green chillies or to taste
1 heaped Tbsp. jeera/cumin powder
2 tsp salt or to taste
1 bunch dhanya, finely chopped

Chicken Kebabs

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight for the flavours to develop. Next day shape the mixture into burgers or use a burger shaper. Separate the burgers with round pieces of greaseproof paper, big enough to cover the whole burger. Freeze until needed. This mixture can also be used to make chicken kebabs. Pre-bake for about 6 minutes in the oven to hold the shape (can be frozen at this point) before putting the kebabs on the grill. Cook from frozen. Serve with naan bread and a healthy salad for a scrumptious meal.

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Dried Fish and Cabbage

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Salwaa’s Dried Fish & Cabbage

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As we discovered on our recent trip to Portugal, Bacalhau (salted cod fish), is the most popular ingredient in Portuguese cooking. Traditionally there are more than 365 different dishes, one for each day of the year.  

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Salted Cod – Bacalhau

This reminded me of the dried snoek and cabbage bredie my grandmother and aunty used to make. So naturally we bought a small piece of salted cod which is similar to hake as we know it.

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So today I share my grandmother’s recipe with you. What are your memories of this dish?

Salwaa’s Dried Fish & Cabbage

Ingredients:
1 medium cabbage
300g saltfish
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
2 Tbsp cooking oil
3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely grated
2 green chillies, or according to taste
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into half
Salt, if needed

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Salted Cod – Bacalhau

 

Method:
Soak the salt fish in water for about 30 minutes to remove excess salt.

 

Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the onions and garlic, sauté until golden brown.

In the meantime slice or shred the cabbage finely.

When the onion is nice and golden, add the cabbage, potatoes, chillies and pepper.

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Stir and cook until the potatoes is almost soft. Add drops of water if needed.

The cabbage must be a deep golden brown.

Strain the fish in a colander, pick or cut the fish into small pieces.

Add the fish to the cabbage, stir gently to combine.

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Simmer a further 10 minutes.

Taste for salt and add according to you taste buds.

Serve with white rice, homemade blatjang or lemon atchar.

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Here’s my complete recipe:

Salwaa’s Dried Fish & Cabbage

Ingredients:
1 medium cabbage
300g saltfish
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
2 Tbsp cooking oil
3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely grated
2 green chillies, or according to taste
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into half
Salt, if needed

Method:
Soak the salt fish in water for about 30 minutes to remove excess salt.

Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the onions and garlic, sauté until golden brown.

In the meantime slice or shred the cabbage finely.

When the onion is nice and golden, add the cabbage, potatoes, chillies and pepper.

Stir and cook until the potatoes is almost soft. Add drops of water if needed.

The cabbage must be a deep golden brown.

Strain the fish in a colander, pick or cut the fish into small pieces.

Add the fish to the cabbage, stir gently to combine.

Simmer a further 10 minutes.

Taste for salt and add according to you taste buds.

Serve with white rice, homemade blatjang or lemon atchar.

Cook’s Note:
Use dried snoek or 2 tins tuna
I used a “spitskop” cabbage

 

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Tropical Chicken

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Tropical Chicken

Tasteful pineapple infused chicken. This versatile recipe can be cooked in the oven or on the braai. Serve with a coleslaw salad. Perfect for the hot summer days. Cool and refreshing!

Tropical Chicken

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken

2 Tbsp chilli sauce

1 Tbsp honey

½ cup pineapple juice

Juice of 1 lime

¼ cup soy sauce

2 tsp grated fresh ginger

1 tsp crushed garlic

1 tsp paprika

 

Method:

Cut the chicken into 4 or 8 pieces or spatchcock.

Wash and dry the chicken pieces with kitchen towel.

Put the chicken in a ziplock bag, glass or stainless steel bowl.

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl.

Pour the marinate over the chicken.

Mix to ensure all the chicken pieces are covered with the marinate.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or seal the bag.

Refrigerate the marinated chicken overnight to let the flavours infuse.

Allow the chicken to come to room temperature before roasting or braaing (BBQing).

Use the sauce to baste the chicken during cooking or braaing.

Roast the chicken in a preheated oven at 220⁰ Celsius for 30 minutes or until the chicken is a deep golden brown and is cooked through, turning once during the cooking time.

Alternatively, braai the chicken over medium heat.

 

 

Tropical Chicken

 

Cook’s tip how to spatchcock a chicken:

Cut down either side of the backbone with a pair of scissors. Remove the spine and keep aside for making chicken stock. Turn the breast side up and flatten the chicken by pressing down the heel of your hand.

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Free Cakes For Kids

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Cakes For Kids – Free Birthday Cakes For Less Privileged Children

A Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights Initiative – established in memory of our deceased parents. May Allah / God elevate their status in paradise, ameen.

Cakes For Kids - Free Birthday Cakes For Less Privileged Children
Cakes For Kids – Free Birthday Cakes For Less Privileged Children

I started this initiative (Cakes For Kids) after doing much research. I wanted to do something for the children in care homes, etc or whose parents simply can’t afford to give their child a birthday cake. I know from my own children and grandchildren even if you don’t have a party or a gift a simple cake makes a huge difference on their birthdays. Currently we cater for over 450 children and some adults from 16 institutes.

 

Our Recipients

We support all sorts of less privileged children and youth, they might be in orphanages, sheltered accommodation, safe houses, care homes, in low income housing with or without parent/s. We aim to raise these children’s self esteem and confidence with this seemingly simple gift on their special day. It may be just a cake, but the children we bake for know somebody took the time and effort to do something special just for them. The children realise they are important and in turn can have an impact on the world.

 

Get Involve

1 – You can contribute by donating a free birthday cake.

2 – Can’t bake? We accept cash donations which in turn is used to purchase birthday cakes from our home bakers          who sponsor cakes. As a result we donating a birthday cake and creating jobs. Two good deeds in one!

3 – Can’t bake or donate? We need volunteers to deliver the cakes.

 

DONATE HERE – accept donations via PayPal (international)  as well as PayFast (national)

Cakes For Kids – Free Birthday Cakes For Less Privileged Children is registered as a non profit organisation in England and Wales, Company Number 10351234

 

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Caramel Cookies

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Crunchy Caramel Cookies 
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I developed this recipe after extensive research and I have to admit my children, who are my biggest critics, loved it. 
Ingredients:

250g soft butter

2 cups brown sugar

2 tsps caramel essence

2 large eggs

3 cups self-raising flour

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 cups caramel chips

1 cup chopped walnuts

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Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the caramel essence and eggs. 

Sift in the self-raising flour and bicarbonate of soda. Mix until the flour is incorporated with the butter mixture. Add the caramel chips and walnuts. Mix until combined. The dough will be a soft consistency.

Spoon a dessertspoon of the cookie mixture on to the baking trays and just let it drop off the spoon, you may want to use another spoon or you finger to push it off the spoon. The cookies will spread quite alot so leave lots of space in between .

Bake in a preheated oven for about 15 – 20 minutes. If you want a soft chewy cookie remove at 15 minutes if a crunchy cookie is required bake 5 minutes longer. Leave to cool on the baking tray, when completely cold move to a cooling rack. Makes about 36 cookies. 

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Meatless Monday 

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Meatless Monday, here’s my recipes for brown lentil curry, dhal curry and puris. Enjoy 

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Dhal, Lentil Curry , Puris

Brown Lentil Curry

Boil 1 cup brown lentils for approximately 30 minutes or until semi soft. Pour it into a colander and rinse thoroughly. 

In the mean time braise an onion in a tablespoon of oil until golden brown. Add 1 tsp crushed garlic and 1 tsp crushed ginger. Add a chopped tomato and 1 tsp tomato paste as well 1-2 chillies finely chopped (chillies are optional) 

Add to onion mixture

3 cardamoms

1 piece stick cinnamon

1 tsp salt 

1 tsp turmeric / borrie

1 tsp coriander / koljana 

1 tsp cumin / jeera

1/2 – 1 crushed chilies

2 tsp leaf masala / roasted masala
Cook the spice mixture for about 15 minutes, adding water as necessary. Then add the boiled and rinsed lentils. Cook a further 10 minutes. 

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Add 2 large peeled and quarter potatoes and cook for further 15 minutes on slow heat until the potatoes are soft. 
Stir in a handful of chopped Dhunya. 

Salwaa’s Tarka Dhal Curry

2 cups of dhal washed and drain
Cook until soft with 1tsp each garlic, ginger, salt and turmeric approximately 30 minutes

Add water as needed

Braise one large onion in a separate pan

Add 2-3 chillies

Add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds

Add one large tomato cut in small pieces to onion mixture.

When dhal is soft and ready stir onion mixture into dhal and garnish generously with dhanya

You may add a tbsp of butter as well. 

Salwaa’s Puris (quick and easy)

Ingredients:

2 cups self-raising flour or for each cup of normal flour use 1 tsp of baking powder to make your own self-raising flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

Enough buttermilk to make soft, roll able dough or ( take one cup of milk add 1 tbs of vinegar or lemon juice ) to make your own buttermilk

Oil for deep frying

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Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Knead dough for a few minutes until dough no longer sticks to your hands or surface. Leave dough to rest for a few minutes. Roll out very thinly, cut into circles, rectangles, any shape that takes your fancy!! Fry in hot oil until puri puffs up, 2 minutes, turn and fry the other side.

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EnjoyServe with boiled white rice, rotis, puris. 

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Egg Loaf

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Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread. Sink your teeth into a slice of warm bread covered with a generous layer of butter. Imagine… Now stop imagining and bake one today. It’s not difficult, in fact this recipe of my mom is very easy to follow. The result are better still if you have an electric mixer to do all the kneading 😉


I remember my mom turning 2.5kg of flour into stunning bread of all types every Sunday. She would start mid morning after the lunch prep been done and that’s cooking away to on side. By 3pm the afternoon our home will be filled with the lovely smell of baking bread.

Come supper time it will be served with polony, spiced beef, cheese or left over chicken roast of lunch time. Good memories to last a life time and which I’m now trying to recreate with my family.

Here is our recipe for an egg loaf which is a soft and tasty  braided loaf of home-made bread. This recipe make one large loaf or 2 small ones.

 

Ingredients:

4 cups cake flour / plain

2 tsp  sugar

1 tsp  salt

3 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp  oil

1 cup lukewarm milk

2 large eggs, beaten

1 packet instant yeast (7g)

For the topping:

1 egg, beaten

Sesame or poppy seeds

 

Method:

Combine the flour, salt, sugar in a large bowl. Add yeast.

Melt the butter, add the oil, stir in the beaten eggs.

Add the milk to the butter and eggs mixture.

Now add the liquid to the dry ingredients. Mix until combined, then turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 15-20 minutes until soft and elastic. (the dough should not stick to your hands). If you have a large electric mixer you may use it with the dough hooks to help ease the process of kneading.

Grease the mixing bowl slightly and return the dough into the bowl. Cover the bowl with oiled plastic wrap. Leave to rise for about 60 -90 minutes until well risen and at least double in size.

Grease a large baking tin with butter

Gently  punch the dough down, form into shape and place into baking tin.

Or braid the dough as follows:

After punching down the dough divide it into 3 equal pieces. Roll each of the 3 pieces of fought between your hands making 3 ropes. Line it side by six on a floured surface.

With the 3 ropes of dough lined up, begin the braid at the centre. Braid loosely from centre to end from both sides. Pinch and tuck in the ends.

Transfer the braided loaf gently into the greased baking tin.

Cover loosely with oiled plastic wrap and leave to rise in a warm, draft free area for 30 minutes or until double in size.

Brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional)

Bake on middle shelf of oven at 200° Celsius  for 35-45 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. Remove loaf from the tin and let it cool on a cooling rack before slicing.

Makes 1 large or 2 smaller loaves.


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Brood Porring

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Brood Porring Served With Served Stewed Fruit

Bread Pudding  / Brood Porring

Ingredients:
6 – 8 large slices of white bread

1 litre milk

6 large eggs

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons custard powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 cup raisins, optional

4 tablespoons butter

 

Method:

Remove the crusts of the bread, cut the bread into squares. Soak the bread in the milk until soft.

Using an electric mixer, mix the eggs,   custard powder and sugar together until the sugar has dissolved.

Add cinnamon and cardamom.

Mix in the bread and milk mixture.

Grease a 2 litre oven proof dish with half of the butter.

Gently pour the bread pudding mixture into the dish.  Dot the remaining butter on top.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180° Celsius  for 50 – 60 minutes, or until firm.

Cool slightly before eating. Serve with stewed dried fruit or apricot jam.

Stewed Dried Fruit

250g mixed dried fruit (I used only prunes and apricots here)

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1 stick cinnamon

2 cloves

1 tsp lemon juice

Method:

Add all the ingredients, except the dried fruit and lemon juice, in a deep saucepan. Bring to the boil. Cook until sticky. Add the dried fruit and lemon juice. Cooks further 10 minutes until the dried fruit are soft. Add little water if the syrup becomes too sticky. Serve with bread pudding or potato pudding.

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Chicken Kiev

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Stuffed Chicken Breast

Oven cooked chicken breast stuffed with spinach, mozzarella and feta cheese.

 

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Ingredients:

6 large chicken breasts

Salt and pepper for seasoning

1½ tsp minced garlic

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 bag baby spinach (300g)

100g butter, melted

200g feta cheese

1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

3 cups fine bread crumbs

Salt and pepper for seasoning

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Method:

Slice the chicken in half, cover the chicken with plastic wrap. Use a rolling pin roll or beat the chicken breast until it is very thin.

 

Heat a large saucepan. Add the spinach, garlic and olive oil cook until the spinach has wilted. Add the crumbled feta and grated mozzarella cheese.

 

Season the breasts with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the spinach mixture evenly between the chicken breasts. Spread it evenly over the breasts. Roll the chicken up to cover the spinach. Cover each of the stuffed chicken breasts in the bread crumbs, make sure it is covered completely. Transfer into a baking dish. Make sure the “seam” is facing down.

 

Pour the melted butter over the crumbed chicken. Bake / grill in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with a green salad.

 

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Malva Pudding

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Deliciously moist pudding, serve with custard or enjoy on its own. Makes one large pudding or divide into ramekins. 
Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 large eggs

2 cups milk

2 tsp brown vinegar

2 Tbsp smooth apricot jam

2 Tbsp butter

2 cups cake flour,(plain) sifted

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Method:

Preheat oven to 180° Celsius. Cream together sugar, jam and eggs. Melt butter and add vinegar add this to the sugar and egg mixture. Add the milk, flour and bicarb, mix well to combine all the ingredients. Pour into a pyrex dish (or something similar) and bake for 45 – 60 minutes. If you using ramekins the time will be considerably shorter. You’ll know its baked when the top is browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and pour the warm sauce over. Makes 6 – 8
TO MAKE THE SAUCE:

1 cup milk

1/2 cup boiling water

1/2 cup sugar

3 teaspoons butter

1 teaspoon caramel essence

Melt all the ingredients in a saucepan over low heat an pour over the cake.

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OR USE THIS RECIPE FOR A CREAMY SAUCE

250ml Cream

125ml butter

125ml sugar

125ml water/Orange juice

Melt together as per above sauce and pour over warm pudding

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Sago Pudding

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Perfect dessert for the cold weather! Takes less than 90 minutes to prepare and bake. This recipe can easily be doubled to serve more than 4 – 6 people. 
Ingredients:

4 cups milk

1 cup sago

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup sugar

5 tablespoons butter plus extra for greasing 

2 tablespoon custard powder (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 large eggs       

1/2 cup sugar (extra)

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Method:

Preheat the oven at 160° Celsius.

Grease a large pudding dish with butter. 

Heat milk to nearly boiling, then add sago, salt, and nutmeg or cinnamon.

Simmer over very low heat until sago is transparent.

Mix custard powder with half a cup of water / milk and add to mixture 

Add the 1/2 cup sugar, butter and vanilla, and stir in well. Remove from heat.

Separate the eggs, and whisk the yolks. Add yolks to the sago mixture, whisk or mix until combined. 

Whisk the egg whites until stiff, and add the extra 1/2 cup sugar slowly, whisking until incorporated.

Gently fold the egg whites into the sago mixture. 

Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 – 45 minutes, until set  and the pudding is light brown on top.

Serve warm

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Orange Cake 

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Orange Cake 
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This cake have a citrusy flavour and the  sweet and sourness  of the orange juice and the orange butter icing gives this cake an incredible taste. Absolutely delicious. 
Ingredients 

Serves: 12

2 cups cake flour

½ teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons baking powder

300g caster sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs, beaten

1 ½ teaspoons grated orange zest

Orange butter icing:

6 tablespoons butter, softened

250g icing sugar

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2 tablespoons orange juice

1 teaspoon vanilla essence 

1 teaspoon grated orange zest
Method:

Preheat oven to 180° Celsius. Grease and flour two 20cm round cake tins. 

In a measuring jug, combine milk, 125ml orange juice, oil, beaten eggs and 

1½ teaspoons orange zest. Set aside.
Sift flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl. Mix in sugar. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk mixture. Stir until thoroughly combined.

Divide cake mixture between the two prepared tins. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool.


To make Orange Butter Icing: 

Cream butter until smooth. Gradually beat in icing sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Beat in 2 tablespoons orange juice to bring to spreading consistency. Stir in vanilla and 1 teaspoon orange zest. Spread over cooled cakes.

This recipe can also be made into 2 small loaves. Instead of covering the cake with buttercream drizzle the tops with some icing sugar mixed with orange juice. 

Lamb Spinach

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Lamb Spinach

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This recipe is a good one for introducing spinach to children. They’ll get all the nutrients spinach has to offer without them knowing they eating it!

1kg lamb pieces (you may use with or deboned lamb pieces)
¼ cup cooking oil
2 large onions, peeled and chopped
2 tsps fresh grated ginger
2 tsps crushed garlic
1 – 2 tsps chilli powder (or to taste)
2 tsps salt (or to taste)
2 tsps garam masala
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500g fresh spinach, chopped
1 large red pepper, roughly chopped
3 green chillies, chopped (or to taste)
3 tbsp chopped fresh dhanya (coriander, cilantro)
1 ½ tbsp. lemon juice
1 lemon, cut into slices for garnishing
Water as needed

Heat the oil in a large heavy base saucepan / pot over medium heat. Add the onions and fry for about 10 minutes or until the onions are well browned. Add the lamb pieces, cook for about 5 minutes stirring frequently. Add the chilli powder, salt, garam masala, garlic and ginger. Stir to combine with the lamb.

Turn up the heat and pour in enough water to cover the meat and bring to the boil. As soon as it is boiling lower the heat. Cook over low to medium heat until the meat is tender about 30 – 35 minutes, depending on the type of meat. Stir often to prevent the meat from burning. Allow the water to cook away, the meat should be dry.

Add the chopped spinach and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, remove the lid to evaporate any excess water, the spinach will draw water so don’t be tempted to add more water.

Add the chopped red pepper, green chillies, cook for about 3 minutes. If you don’t like spicy food the green chillies can be omitted or you can serve the chillies in a separate plate and people can help themselves with extra chillies.

Dish the meat in a serving plate. Sprinkle with the lemon juice. Garnish with chopped dhanya and lemon slices. Serve immediately with white rice or naan.
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Ramadan Kareem!

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Ramadan Kareem from my kitchen to yours

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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.”

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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.

 

 

Pineapple Chicken

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Pineapple Chicken

Sweet and tangy, flavourful tropical chicken for a quick and easy meal. Prepare beforehand and pop in the oven for a lovely alternative to Sunday roast.

Tropical Pineapple Chicken
Tropical Pineapple Chicken

 

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Ingredients:

1 chicken, skin off and cut into 8 pieces

1 tin canned pineapple rings (440g)

1 Tbsp brown sugar

¼ cup soy sauce

2 Tbsp tomato sauce

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

½ – 1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt or to taste

1 Tbsp cooking oil

Fresh chopped dhanya/coriander/cilantro

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Method:

In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, juice of canned pineapple, tomato sauce, garlic, ginger, chilli powder, paprika and salt . Reserve a quarter of the sauce and set aside.

 

Using a Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine the sauce mixture and chicken. Marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight in the refrigerator, turning the bag occasionally.

 

Combine the pineapple rings and brown sugar.

 

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.

 

Transfer the chicken, with the marinade, into an oven proof dish. Cook the chicken, uncovered, for about 45 minutes turning half way through. Pour the remaining reserved sauce and arrange the pineapple rings on top of the chicken. Return to the oven and grill for about 5 – 10 minutes until the pineapple rings are light golden in colour.

 

Remove from the oven and garnish with freshly chopped dhanya. Serve with a fresh green salad.

 

Cook’s Tip

Use fresh pineapple and half a cup of pineapple juice instead of the canned pineapple rings.

BBQ (braai) the chicken pieces instead of cooking in the oven.

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Tripe Curry

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A traditional South African delicacy that remains a favourite in many homes. You either love it or don’t like it.

 

Tripe Curry / Pens Kerrie
Tripe Curry / Pens Kerrie

Ingredients:

1 kg clean tripe

1 tsp salt

3 bay leaves

3 large onions, finely chopped

2 medium tomatoes, grated

2 tsp garlic

1 ½ tsp turmeric/borrie

1 ½ tsp coriander/koljana

1 green chilli, chopped

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp salt

2 tsp leaf masala

 

Method:

Boil the tripe with one teaspoon salt, bay leaves and enough water to cover until soft, about 2 hours. Drain and reserve the water. Allow the tripe to cool down before cutting it into strips. Set aside whilst making the sauce.

Fry the onions in a large pot until transparent and soft. Stir in the grated tomatoes, garlic, turmeric, coriander, green chillies, chilli powder, salt and the leaf masala. Simmer over low heat until the gravy is well blended and cooked through, this should take about 20 minutes to get a nice thick gravy. Add from the reserved water if needed. Add the strips of tripe and cook a further 15 minutes stirring every now and then, adding water if necessary. Serve with boiled white rice. Serves 6

 

Variation:

Add soft boiled sugar beans when adding the tripe

Add 1 cup of steamed gram dhal when adding the tripe.

 

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Coffee Cake

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Love coffee? Then you will love this soft and moist coffee cake . Relax and enjoy a slice of coffee cake with your favourite mug of coffee. Makes 1 x 20cm round cake.

Coffee Cake
Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake

Ingredients:
3/4 cup caster sugar
150g butter
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cup self raising flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons instant coffee
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For the icing:
225g icing sugar
100g butter
1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee
1 tablespoon hot water

Method:
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius, and grease two equally sized sandwich tine. Add the sugar and the butter to a bowl and whisk until very fluffy and a pale cream.

Whisk the eggs in a mug with a fork and then add them gradually to the mixture with 1 tablespoon of flour each time. Make sure you don’t use all the flour.

Add the rest of the flour and the baking powder to the mixture and fold it in gently.

Dissolve the coffee in the boiling water and add to the mixture still folding. Divide into the sandwich tins and cook for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile cream the butter and the icing sugar until light and fluffy. Dissolve the coffee in boiling water, making sure you don’t add too much water or the icing will be runny and add it to the butter and icing sugar. Whisk and leave in the fridge until the cake is done.

Once the cakes are done and cooled completely sandwich together with half of the icing. Spread the remaining icing on top of the cake. Decorate with cherries, walnuts, grated chocolate, etc.

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