Number 1 Birthday Cake

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I made a number 1 birthday cake for my granddaughter, Aisha, who turned 1 last week. For this cake I made a double batch of  my chocolate cake mixture. I drew a number 1 on a A4 paper, cut it out, then shaped the number 1 from there onto the cakes. With the left over cake pieces I made a chocolate trifle.

Number 1 Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

To make the number 1 cake you will need to make 2 batches of chocolate cake mixture.

Ingredients for 1 cake:

3 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup cooking oil
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup cake flour

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a 25cm x 20cm baking tin. In a large mixing bowl and using an electric beater mix together the egg yolk, sugar, water and oil until the sugar has dissolved.

Add the dry ingredients and fold it into the wet ingredients.

Use a clean, dry bowl and whisk, whip the egg whites until stiff. Fold the stiff egg whites into the cake mixture. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared cake tin. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for approximately 15-20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Now mix and bake the second layer as above.

Cool the cakes on a cooling rack
Cool the cakes on a cooling rack
Draw and cut out a number 1 on an A4 paper
Draw and cut out a number 1 on an A4 paper
Place the number 1 shape in the centre of the cake, secure with toothpicks. Cut the cake around the number 1
Place the number 1 shape in the centre of the cake, secure with toothpicks. Cut the cake around the number 1
Sandwich the layers together with chocolate butter cream
Sandwich the layers together with chocolate butter cream

To make the butter cream you will need

125g soft butter

1 cup icing sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

Enough milk to make it spreadable

Cream the butter until smooth. Add the icing sugar and cocoa powder mix together. Add drops of milk to make the mixture soft and spreadable. Sandwich the 2 layers together using the butter cream.

Decorate the cake with ganache

Spread ganache over the cake

To make the ganache you will need:

400g good quality chocolate

200ml fresh cream

Method:
Pour the cream into a pan and heat until it is about to boil.
Take off the heat and pour it over the chocolate.
Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy. Allow ganache to cool before pouring spreading over the cake.

Decorate with sweets or as you like
Decorate with sweets or as you like

I used the left over cake pieces to make a chocolate trifle. I’ll share the recipe in my next post.

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Triangle Cheesecake

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Triangle Cheesecake – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith
One of the first cheesecake recipes I learned to make as a teenager many years ago and is still a favourite 🙂

Triangle Cheesecake
Triangle Cheesecake

Ingredients:
125g butter
1 large egg
250g cream cheese
24 tennis biscuits
1 cup fresh cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
15 glace cherries
Flake chocolate to decorate
Foil

Method:
In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar together.

Add the egg, vanilla essence and cream cheese.

Place 3 rows of tennis biscuits on a piece of foil.

Place rows length wise side by side.

Spread the cream cheese mixture over the biscuits.

Add a row of cherries down the centre.

Lift the foil from sides of the pyramid leaving the center biscuits to form a base, pinch the two sides together to close.

Leave to set in the fridge overnight.

Before serving, spread the cake with whipped cream and garnish with the chocolate.

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Lemon Meringue

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Lemon Meringue – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith

Lemon Meringue
Lemon Meringue

This recipe makes a medium meringue and can easily be doubled if a large one is required. This one cuts into approximately 6 – 8 slices.

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Crust:
½ packet tennis/marie/tea biscuits
100g butter, melted

Filling:
1 tin condensed milk
½ cup lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon
3 extra large egg yolks

Topping:
3 extra large egg whites
1 Tbsp caster sugar
¼ tsp cream of tartar

Make the base by crushing the biscuits finely, mix with the melted butter. Lightly grease a flute pie dish or any other suitable dish. Pour the biscuit crumbs into the dish and press down firmly using the back of a spoon. Refrigerate until firm or leave in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes.

Meanwhile make the filling. Mix together the condensed milk, egg yolk, lemon juice and lemon rind in a medium mixing bowl. When the base has set pour the filling on top.

Using a clean mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff. Fold in the castor sugar and the cream of tartar. Pile the egg white on top of the filling. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for
15 – 20 minutes until the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven, leave to cool down completely and refrigerate for about 2 hours  before serving.

Lemon Meringue
Lemon Meringue

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Pampoen Bredie (Pumpkin Stew)

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

 

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

600g mutton or lamb pieces

1kg pumpkin, peeled and cubed

3 stick cinnamons

½ crushed dried red chillies

1-2 green chillies

1 tsp salt

1 Tbsp sugar (optional)

Water as needed

 

Heat oil in a large saucepan and braise onions un­til golden brown, 5-10. Add washed and drained meat. Braise until dark brown, 10-15 minutes. Add salt, chillies, stick cinnamon and enough wa­ter; simmer until meat is nearly tender, 15 – 20 minutes. Add pumpkin and simmer until pumpkin is soft and mushy about 15 minutes. Add sugar, stirring gently to dissolve. Serves 6

 

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Kolwyntjies

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Kolwyntjies (korrewyntjies) – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith

Kolwyntjies (korrewyntjies, cupcakes)
Kolwyntjies (korrewyntjies, cupcakes)

Nowadays kolwyntjies are better known as cupcakes, kolwyntjies were baked for special occasion topped with a spread of icing and topped with hundreds and thousands or eaten plain.

Shukran / tramekasie / thank you Grandma Soraya for the recipe 😉

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Creating memories, today my granddaughters helped me baked kolwyntjies!

Maryam & Thanaa
May Allah bless them always, Ameen

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Makes 24

Ingredients:

100g softened butter

3 Tbsp cooking oil

1 cup sugar

3 large eggs

2 cups self-raising flour, sifted

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup warm milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

 

Method:

Using a large mixing bowl cream the butter, oil and sugar together. Mix in the eggs one at a time.

Fold in the self-raising flour, baking powder, milk and vanilla essence.

Pour the mixture into 24 cupcake cases or into 2 well-greased (grease with butter and dust with flour) muffin tins.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 – 20 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack completely before decorating.

Kolwyntjies
Kolwyntjies

 

Frosting:

1 ¼ cup icing sugar

2 Tbsp butter

3 tsp hot water

Food colouring as desired

Mix all the ingredients together. Divide into small bowls and add the food colouring. Spread a spoonful over the cakes, sprinkle with hundreds and thousands and top with a sweet, chocolate or candy.

Kolwyntjies nowadays known as Cupcakes :)
Kolwyntjies nowadays known as Cupcakes 🙂

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Cappuccino Bar Slices

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Cappuccino Bar Slices – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith

Chocolate meets coffee – the perfect combination for this delectable chocolate cake variation. Tray baked and cut into slices. Enjoy a slice with your favourite coffee.

Chocolate Meets Coffee
   Chocolate Meets Coffee

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Ingredients

225gr softened butter

1 cup sugar

4 large eggs

1 ¾ cup self-raising flour

1 tsp cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

3 Tbsp instant coffee dissolved in 3 Tbsp hot water

 

Topping

100ml double cream

200gr white chocolate

1 tsp butter

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Method

Preheat your oven at 180°C

 

Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl till light and fluffy using electric beater. Then add the eggs and mix till all combined, sift the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and mix till the cake mixture is smooth .Lastly mix the coffee mixture well into the cake mixture. Grease and line baking paper in a 28 x 18cm baking tin and pour your cake mixture evenly in your prepared baking tin.

Bake for the cake for 30 minutes or till the cake has risen and firm to touch.

 

Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes once baked and then turn onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

 

Prepare the topping on the stove in a small sauce pan by adding all the topping ingredients on a low heat, ensuring the mixture does not boil or burn. When the chocolate starts to melt turn the heat off and mix till it’s all combined and silky smooth.  Allow the topping to cool and then spread over your cooled cake.

 

Slice into 18-20 bars depending on your desirable serving size.

Enjoy 🙂

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Cape Malay & Other Delights Cookbook Launch

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Cape Malay & Other Delights Cookbook Launch
Cape Malay & Other Delights Cookbook Launch

On Sunday, 7th June 2015, my Cape Malay & Other Delights Cookbook was launched at the Grassy Park Civic Centre.

The launch of my cookbook was the result of more than 20 years of dreaming and preparing for this, my first published work. I started collecting recipes in my teens, scribbling recipes from mother, family members and friends on pieces of paper. About 20 odd years ago we bought our first computer and I started to type up all my recipes I collected mostly from my mother, the late Zainunesa Francis (nee Adams). My mother was a great cook and baker, she in turn was taught by her mother (my grandmother) who made the most amazing tarts and pies I am told. She made this pies and tarts, which she sold at factories, as a means of helping to maintain the family. My mother, may her grave be filled with light and may she be elevated to the highest place in heaven, baked the most wonderful bread. (It would have been her birthday today 1st July) Although my mom stopped cooking and baking long ago due to her having a stroke people would still talk about the raisin bread, egg loaf, rolls amongst other stuff she made. At one time my mom baked cakes for a small bakery as well, supplying them with freshly baked cakes and delicacies every day.

My journey with Cape Malay Cooking started in earnest during 2001 when we moved to the UK. In the UK I had access to many ways and methods of researching how to compile and to produce a cookbook. I began by researching how to produce a family heirloom recipe book and self-publishing. All these methods needed lots of monetary investments. For a few years I forgot all about it. In the meantime I was lucky enough to go on many courses. I did various courses from Community Parenting to Business & Administration Diplomas. During 2007 whilst working at the Birmingham City Council I went on an Empowerment for Women course. During that 5 days I learned a lot about myself and my goals in life. On the last day of the course the instructor asked us to close our eyes and visualise the next 5 years of our lives and what we would like to achieve at the end of the 5 years. For me that was visual journey was very emotional and I came to realise that I still wanted to compile a cookbook.

My first granddaughter was born in November 2009 and I resigned from work to take of her whilst my daughter completed her education. The next year and a half was spend caring for my granddaughter. In the meantime my daughters were telling me about Facebook to keep in contact with my family in Cape Town. I opened a Facebook account in February 2011, naming it Cape Malay Cooking. I started posting pictures of food I made every day. Ever since we moved to the UK I continued cooking our traditional Cape Malay foods, bredies, frikkadel, breyanis, etc. The first message I received was from a lady who said “motjie, don’t ever stop with this page, I was looking so long for something like this”. From then onwards it all took off. Within months I reached my 5000 friend limit (I didn’t know about fan pages then, I learned as I went along). Another person advised me to open a second account, I reached my friend limit very soon on that one as well. It was only after I reached my friend limit on my third page that I found out about fan pages! I researched some more and finally merged all my Facebook accounts into one, Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights. For 3 ½ years I was known only as Cape Malay Cooking, very few people knew my true identity. The reason for this was I wanted to remain anonymous for as long as possible, I didn’t start this page for name and fame, I simply did it for the love of my culture and tradition, my sole wish was to preserve our unique way of cooking for my children and future generations.

Many of my followers started requesting recipe books. I compiled 5 PDF Ebooks, but people still wanted the hard copy. I had a few copies printed at a local printer but the quality wasn’t very good. From then onwards I started researching again, this time in more earnest. I approached a large publishing house, who agreed to print my cookbook but due to unforeseen circumstances the contract was cancelled. This was in fact a blessing in disguise. Towards the end of 2014 my husband, Aghmad Smith, decided to finance my project. Alghamdulilaah he worked very hard to enable me to realise my dream.

But the real struggle was still to come. I learned so much the past year. Through research I learned how to style food, take food photography, the layout, publishing, graphic designing, marketing, web designing amongst other things. But I’ll be the first to admit I still have lots to learn as everything is not perfect yet. This journey has finally came full circle with my self-published cookbook being received with wide acclaim from most people, especially people who knows about publishing, cookbooks and literature. I am humbled by the response and feedback I have received thus far. I have to admit my cookbook has a couple of spelling errors but as my brother, Mustapha Francis (who was MC at my launch) pointed out in 30 years time this cookbooks will be a sought after collector’s item! In Sha Allah (God willing)

A few facts about my “Cape Malay & Other Delights Cookbook”

  • My book was launched at the Grassy Park Civic Centre on 7th June 2015
  • Over 500 people attended my launch
  • My foreword was written by Mogamat G Kamedien, independent slave scholar & community heritage activist who also delivered the key note speech on the day of my launch
  • My cookbook is self-published
  • My desire to write a cookbook started over 20 years ago
  • Members of the oldest Malay Choir, Young Men’s Malay Choir, entertained guests
  • My cookbook launch was covered by Abidah Dixon Mohamed for TVs “Proe” program
  • The Weekend Argus, covered my story in their 13th June 2015 edition
  • The Cape Times as well as the Argus included recipes from my book in the Ramadan supplement
  • Chanel Islam International radio covered my story
  • Voice of the Cape radio station reviewed my cookbook
  • My story featured on southafrica.net
  • Capetownmagazine.com featured my story as well
  • In addition to the Cape Town launch I had a launch in Birmingham, UK as well as in Bosmont, Johannesburg

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Stockist of the new Cape Malay & Other Delights Cookbook are:

– Shaikhs Exotics
crn of Repulse and Belgravia Road
Belgravia
0745838129

– Simply Spice – Montague
Ground floor
Kenilworth Centre
021 671 2672

– Simply Spice – Montague
Cavendish Square
Claremont
074 45838129

– Khans
Promenade
Mitchell’s Plain
021 3761500

– Timbuktu Books

Shop 4, 19 Golf Course Road

Sybrand Park

021 697 0517

 

– Sawants

32 Hadji Ebrahim Crescent, Rylands

021 699 1200

 

– Deen Store

508 Lansdowne Road

021 762 6745

 

– Online at the Deen Store

http://deenstores.co.za/product/cape-malay-other-delights-cookbook/

 

– Voice Of The Cape Studios

2 Queenspark Avenue Salt River

021 442 3500

 

– Frozen Delicates / Fazliens

Gatesville / West Gate Mall / Kenilworth

021 637 6080 / 021 374 7541

 

– Ameera’s Fashions

Gatesville

021 637 3474

 

-Top Boutique

Gatesville

 

-Eastern Tempatations

35 Greenhill Road

Emmarentia

Johannesburg

011 646 8429

 

– CII Stores

Trade Route Mall

Lenasia

Johannesburg

011 852 0097

 

– Covered Pearls Hijab Parlour
Shop L05
PnP Hypermarket
Ottery
079 025 4545

– Islamic Sound & Vision
Souk 3941
Vangate Mall
079 025 4545

– A1-Chemist
Entrance 2
Ottery Hypermarket
082 786 1304

 

-Expats can buy from

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0620526505

 

More stockist will be added in the next couple of days…

 

Links to articles

http://www.iol.co.za/weekend-argus/treasuring-the-flavours-of-home-1.1871181#.VX280LeJhVA

http://mobi.iol.co.za/#!/article/treasuring-the-flavours-of-home-1.1871894

https://www.facebook.com/abidahd/posts/848895435179565?hc_location=ufi

http://iono.fm/e/182241

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Local/South-Coast-Fever/Hastings-on-Food-20150605

http://www.southafrica.net/blog/en/posts/entry/cape-malay-cooking-is-in-a-class-of-its-own

http://m.capetownmagazine.com/events/the-cape-malay-and-other-delights-cookbook-launch/11_37_56155

http://www.ciibroadcasting.com/2015/05/11/kanala-smaak-jy-n-koeksuster/

 

More pictures of my cookbook launch

Launch Pics

 

 

Cape Malay & Other Delights Cookbook

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You are cordially invite…

Cape Malay & Other Delights Cookbook Launch by Salwaa Smith

Cost of my cookbook ONLY – R199 + R10 P&P within Cape Town and R25 nationwide.


3 course Cape Malay meal + a signed copy of my cookbook R250

Menu on the day will be:
Starter – cocktails pies, samosas, tandoori chicken, spicy meatballs
Main – lamb and chicken akhni
Dessert – assortment of Cape Malay biscuits, Cape Malay fancies (cream cakes) + tea, coffee & juice

Guest speakers – Mogamat Kammie Kamedien, independent slave scholar & community heritage activist
Vanessa De Bruin – family friend

Entertainment – members from the Young Men’s Malay Choir, the oldest and largest Malay Choir in South Africa

Abidah Dixon Mohamed from CTV’s “Proe” program will cover the event which will be broadcasted on CTV

When: 7th June 2015 @ 12pm
Venue: Grassy Park Civic Centre
Corner 5th Ave and Victoria Road,
Grassy Park

Tickets are selling fast, reserve your space as soon as possible, we can ONLY accommodate 500 people (tickets are ONLY R250 which includes lunch, entertainment and a signed copy of my 120 page hard cover cookbook)

To book call: 078 606 9655
WhatsApp: 074 841 7495
Email: enquiries@capemalaycooking.me

RSVP before 31st May 2015 (extended from the 22nd to allow people to pay for the tickets)

We will also be selling books only at the introductory price of R199 on the day of the launch at Grassy Park Civic Centre for those unable to attend the lunch. Books will only be available from myself and will be available in stores towards the end of July 2015. Contact details above.

Those outside of South Africa who wants to purchase a copy of my book may do so via amazon.co.uk, worldwide delivery. Just search for Cape Malay Cookbook or ISBN 0620526505.

Thank you, I’m looking forward to meeting you all. God Bless.
Salwaa

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Cookbook Launch
Cookbook Launch

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Salmon & Lemon Fried Rice

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Salmon

Salmon served with lemon fried rice & Salmon served on a bed of sweet potatoes, mashed

Salmon & Sweet Potato

Lemon Rice – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa SmithPacked with flavour, this zesty lemon rice is great accompanied with fish. Here I served it with Salmon fried in chilli butter


4 cups cooked rice, preferably long grain or basmati
2 tsp coriander / koljana seeds
2 Tbsp sunflower oil
2 tsp mustard seeds
8 curry leaves
3 green chillies, chopped
1 tsp grated ginger
1 ½ tsp turmeric / borrie
Juice of 2 lemons
Gently roast and then coarsely powder the coriander seeds. Keep aside.

Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chillies. Fry till the spluttering stop, taking care not to burn the spices. Add the turmeric powder and turn off the heat.

Add the lemon juice and mix well.

Add the rice, roasted coriander powder and mix thoroughly.

To Make Chilli Butter
125 g soft salted butter
1 tsp crushed dried red chillies
Mix together the butter and dried chillies in a small bowl. Transfer and wrap the butter in clingfilm, roll it into a log. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until the butter is hard. Cut in slices and use as required. Left over chilli butter can be frozen for later use.

Lemon Rice
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Fish Breyani

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Fish Breyani
Fish Breyani

Fish Breyani – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith

From My Kitchen To Yours – keeping our heritage alive!

 

Ingredients:

3 cups long grain rice or basmati rice

1½ cups frozen mixed vegetables

1 cup cooking oil

3 large potatoes

2 large onions, sliced thinly

1kg firm fish pieces of your choice, like hake or snoek

1 tomato, chopped

¼ cup buttermilk

1 – 2 green chillies, chopped

1½ tsp jeera / cumin

3 cloves

3 allspice

3 cardamoms

2 stick cinnamons

1 tsp salt

2 Tbsp butter

 

Fish Masala

7 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp salt

½ – 1 tsp chilli powder

3 tsp jeera / cumin

Juice of 2 lemons

1 tsp turmeric / borrie

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

 

Method:

Boil the rice in water until half done. Drain, rinse and set aside. Peel the potatoes, cut into slices. Heat the oil in saucepan, fry the potatoes until lightly browned and semi soft, set aside. Drain excess oil from the saucepan, add the chopped onions, fry until golden brown. Add the chopped tomato, buttermilk, green chillies, jeera, cloves, allspice, cardamoms, stick cinnamon and salt. Simmer over low to medium heat for 10 minutes or until onions are soft.

 

Meanwhile, make the masala to fry the fish. Combine all the spices in a small bowl, stir to combine. Wash and dry the fish pieces, smear the masala mixture all over the fish. Leave to sit for 10 minutes before frying in the left over oil used for frying the potatoes.

 

Arrange the potato slices at the bottom of a large heavy based pot / saucepan. Add half of the rice on top of the potatoes, spreading it evenly. Arrange the fish slices on top of the rice, then the onion mixture, then the mixed vegetables ending with the remaining rice. Dot the butter on top of the rice add 1 cup of hot water. Cover and steam to complete over low to medium heat for about 20 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving with lemon atchar or blatjang.

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Pickled Fish (Ingelegde Vis)

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Ingelegde Vis (Pickled Fish)

Pickled fish is traditionally made at Easter time. Pickled fish dates back to when there was no refrigerators and different means were used to preserve food. Any firm fleshed fish can be used to make this delectable dish. Yellow tail and Snoek are the most common fish used when making pickled fish.

Pickled Fish / Ingelegde Vis
Pickled Fish / Ingelegde Vis

Serves 6

Ingredients:
1kg snoek or any firm fish cut into large slices
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1 cup brown vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
3 large onions, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 – 2 tsp whole peppercorns
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground coriander / koljana
1 tsp ground cumin / jeera
1/2 tsp turmeric /borrie
1/4 tsp dry ginger
2 tsp fish masala (optional)
1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
5 bay leaves

Method:
Wash and drain the fish. Wipe the fish dry with a clean kitchen towel. Salt the fish slices. Heat a large saucepan over medium to high heat. Add the ¼ cup of oil.  When the oil is warm, fry the fish five minutes on each side or until the fish is cooked thoroughly. Remove and set aside.

Wipe the pan with kitchen towel to remove the residue from the fried fish, and add the sliced onions and fry till they turn golden. Add the liquids and spices, bring to boil, turn low and simmer for about five minutes. Turn off heat, let cool to warm.

Fried Fish
Fried Fish

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Arrange the fish chunks and sliced lemon in a Pyrex or glass dish, and pour the sauce over. Cover, and refrigerate for a day or two before eating for the flavours to develop. The flavour improves the longer it’s left before eating and will keep up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Serve cold with crusty buttered bread.

Pickled Fish / Ingelegde Vis
Pickled Fish / Ingelegde Vis

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Paella

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Paella - Cape Malay Cooking
Paella – Cape Malay Cooking

Serves 6
1kg seafood mix
3 large onions, finely sliced
Oil for frying
200gr mushrooms, sliced
1 large green pepper, finely sliced
1 large red pepper, finely sliced
1 large yellow pepper, finely sliced
3 cups uncooked basmati rice
Salt and Tabasco sauce to taste
Fresh chopped parsley for garnishing (optional)

Marinade
2 tbsp peri-peri, chilli or chutney sauce
2 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
5ml Tabasco sauce

Combine marinade ingredients in a mixing bowl, add seafood mix and marinate for about 1 hour. Meanwhile, fry onions in heated oil until golden. Add mushrooms and fry a further 5-10 minutes, or until softened. Remove onions and mushrooms from pan and set aside. Fry peppers in oil for 5 minutes, remove from pan and set aside. Transfer seafood and marinade to frying pan and fry for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, boil rice in salted water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and rinse. Layer ingredients in a large saucepan as follows: first rice, then onions and mushrooms (reserving some onion and mushroom for garnishing) then the peppers and finally the seafood mixture. Continue layering until all ingredients have been used, sprinkling each layer with a little salt and Tabasco sauce. Steam, covered, over medium heat for 30 minutes. Garnish with reserved onions, mushrooms and chopped parsley if using. Serve with lemon atchar and enjoy

Seafood Paella
Seafood Paella

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Roast Leg Of Lamb

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Roast lamb

Serves 6 – 8

Serve this tender lamb with your favorite gravy and vegetables.

Ready in 3 hours – 3 1/2 hours, dependent on the size of your leg of lamb

Ingredients:

1 large head of garlic, lightly crushed

10 cloves

10 allspice berries

7 bay leaves

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

1 whole large leg of lamb, bone in (about 2.5kg)

Salt & pepper to taste

 

Trim excess fat and rinse the leg of lamb under running water.

Preheat the oven to 190C.

Put the lamb into a large roasting tin /Pyrex dish . Using a sharp knife, make cuts in the lamb, about 1.5cm apart, all the way to the bone.

 

Rub salt and pepper all over the leg of lamb, don’t skimp on the pepper!

 

Lightly crush a head of garlic, not necessary to peel but do remove excess peels.

 

Scatter the head of garlic, cloves, allspice, bay leaves around the leg of lamb.

 

Top with the sprigs of rosemary.

 

Add a cup of water. Cover with foil. Cook in a preheated oven at 190C for 3 – 3 1/2 hours.

 

In the meantime prepare your vegetables. Remember you can use any vegetables you like.

Wash and half, if necessary, 1 kg baby potatoes. Drain excess water. Add the potatoes in a roasting / Pyrex dish. Add salt and crushed black pepper to taste. Drizzle a tablespoon or two olive oil over the potatoes and add a quarter cup of water.  Cover with foil. Pop in the oven an hour before the leg of lamb is done. The potatoes will turn out crispy on the outside and soft in the inside.

 

Leg of lamb halfway through the cooking time.

 

Peel, de-seed and slice butternut into small pieces. Peel carrots and cut into smaller pieces. Melt 50g unsalted butter and 50ml vegetable oil in a saucepan. When the butter/oil begins to bubble add a a couple of stick cinnamon and the butternut pieces. Brown on each side.

 

Add the carrots, toss lightly so that the carrots are coated with the butter/oil mixture. Season to taste (salt and a bit of pepper will do) Cover and allow to steam over low heat until the vegetables are soft but not mushy.

 

Roasted potatoes.

 

Butternut and carrots, cooked.

 

Ready to eat 🙂

Serve with homemade peppercorn sauce

Ingredients:

3 – 4 tablespoons black peppercorns

80g butter

1 large onion, minced

120ml beef stock

100ml fresh cream

salt to taste

Method:

Crush the peppercorns slightly, either using a mortar and pestle or a rolling pin.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add the onions and saute until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the peppercorns and boil for another 3 minutes. Add beef stock and boil another 3 minutes.

Just before serving, add the cream and reduce the heat to medium. Heat through, but don’t allow the peppercorn sauce to boil. Once the sauce is at your desired thickness, test for seasoning. Add salt if necessary, then serve immediately.

Enjoy 🙂

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Oats and Dates Muffins

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This is a continuation of my previous post. Here is the recipe for my oats and dates muffins. This recipes makes 10 decent size muffins.

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You will need:

1 cup milk, you may use whole or semi-skimmed

1 cup  oats

1 large egg

1/4 cup sunflower oil

1 cup self raising flour

1/4 cup white sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup chopped dates

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

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Preheat your oven to 200C. Grease a muffin tray or line with paper muffin liners.

Combine the milk and oats in a small bowl. Soak the oats and the milk for 10 minutes.

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In a separate mixing bowl, beat together the egg and oil then stir in  the oatmeal and milk mixture.  In another bowl sift together the flour, cinnamon, sugar, baking powder. Stir the flour mixture and  the chopped dates into the wet ingredients using a spoon, until combined.

 

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Spoon the muffin batter into the prepared muffin cups until 2/3 full.

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Top with dry oats

 

Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 20 – 25 minutes or until a toothpick or skewer inserted into the centre of the muffin comes out clean.

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Savoury Muffins

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Ever had unexpected guests and nothing to serve them? I’m sure many of you experienced this before. Well, I was in this predicament on Sunday morning after having unexpected guests sleep over on Saturday night. Usually, I have a supply of koesisters in the freezer, which would have been perfect  for a traditional Sunday breakfast in a Cape Malay home. Sadly, on this occasion I had none, not even a doughnut!

 

What to do? I haven’t gone shopping yet, so my grocery cupboards only had everyday necessities. After scratching my brain for ideas, I decided to make a quick bread, savoury scones using left over chicken of the previous day as well as oats and dates muffins. In the end everyone had an enjoyable breakfast / brunch and I was saved from embarrassment. Here follows my recipe for savoury muffins. I’ll post the oats & dates and the bread recipe on another occasion.

 

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For 12 Savoury Muffins you’ll need:

1 cup chopped left over chicken pieces, preferably breast

1 cup peeled and chopped onions

1 cup chopped tomatoes

1 cup deseeded and chopped mixed red and green peppers

2 large eggs, beaten

1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese

2 1/2 Tbsps self raising flour

1/4 tsp salt (optional)

1 tsp black pepper

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Add all the ingredients in a large bowl, mix everything together with a spoon until all the ingredients are combine.

 

 

 

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Spoon into 12 – 14 silicone cupcake holders. You can also use a greased 12 cup muffin tray. (depending on the size of your cupcake holder you may even get 14 like I did)

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Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 180C.

 

 

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Enjoy 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shepherd’s Pie (Oond Frikkadel)

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Shepherd’s Pie  also known as Oond Frikkadel or Cottage Pie is a classic dish which pretty much everyone I’ve ever met has their own way of making. This is my way which I’ve kept really simple and it’s a winner every time I make it. Make sure you buy the best quality mince you can afford, as it really makes the dish, there’s nothing worse than an oily and fatty cottage pie.  This recipe serves 6.

Shepherd’s pie” is made from lamb (hence “shepherd”), while “cottage pie” is made with beef.

Shepherd’s Pie, Cottage Pie, Oond Frikkadel

Ingredients:

500g fat free minced meat

1 medium onion

1 small green pepper

1 medium tomato

1/2 bunch dhanya

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

5 cloves garlic, grated

1 slice bread soaked in water (preferably day or two old)

1 large egg

salt & pepper to taste

 

Method:

Wash and drain minced meat well.

Soak bread in water and squeeze excess water out.

Chop onion, pepper, tomato, dhanya finely.

Add all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly using your hands.

Transfer the mixture into an oven proof dish.

Bake in a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes at 180C.

Top with mashed potatoes and sprinkle with grated nutmeg.

Grill in the oven until top is slightly browned.

Serve with yellow rice, steamed vegetables or fresh salad.

Yellow Rice

 

 

Yellow Rice Recipe

Serves 6

Ingredients:

2 cups uncooked basmati rice

¼ teaspoon turmeric

5 cardamom pods, crushed

3 stick cinnamons

50g butter

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup sugar

½ cup raisins, optional

 

Method:

I always parboil my rice and then rinse as I don’t like the starch on the rice.

Using a large saucepan parboil the rice until half cooked approximately 5- 7 minutes.

Pour into a colander, rinse and return to the saucepan. Add the rest of the ingredients with a cup of water. Stir gently. Heat your saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 6 minutes. Stir with a fork to fluff and loosen the grains, turn the heat off. Leave the sealed saucepan on the stove, the retained heat will complete the cooking process and any water left will be absorbed leaving you with fluffy and tender yellow rice.

 

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Dry Spicy Lamb Curry

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Dry Spicy Curry, Potato Curry& Chapatti
Dry Spicy Curry, Potato Curry& Chapatti

 

Dry Spicy Lamb Curry

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Ingredients:
Serves 6 – 8
1 kg lamb pieces
1 cup plain yoghurt
2 tablespoons garlic paste
1 tablespoon ginger paste
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons garam masala
salt to taste
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 green chillies, slit lengthwise
2 teaspoons koljana/coriander powder
1 teaspoon jeera/cumin powder
2 medium tomatoes, chopped fine
Freshly chopped dhanya to garnish

 

Method:
Mix the lamb pieces with the yoghurt, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, garam masala and salt to taste, cover and allow to marinade for 3 hours.

Heat the oil in a deep pot on medium heat. Add the green chillies and fry until it stops spluttering.

Add the lamb with the marinade and fry stirring frequently for 5 – 7 minutes.

Now add the tomatoes, koljana/coriander and jeera/cumin powder and mix well.

Sprinkle some water over the meat, cover, lower the heat and cook till the meat is done.

Check occasionally and add more water if needed to prevent sticking and burning. Ideally this dish has a minimal amount of thick gravy.

Turn the heat off, garnish with freshly chopped dhanya.

Serve with warm chapattis (Indian flat breads) or naans.

 

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Dry Spicy Lamb Curry

 

 

Potato Curry

Ingredients:

Serves 6

4 large potatoes
1 teaspoon cumin/jeera seeds
1/2  teaspoon finely chopped ginger
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon coriander/koljana seeds (crushed)
1 teaspoon  fennel/barishap seeds (crushed)
½ teaspoon chilli powder
2-3 slit green chillies
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Handful Coriander leaves chopped
Salt to taste
30 ml cooking oil

 

Method:

Peel the potatoes and cut into bite size pieces.
Boil water in a sauce pan and then add the chopped potatoes and salt. Let it cook, but make sure there is still some bite to it.
After it is cooked, drain the water completely and keep aside.
Now heat a small pot and add some oil. Add the cumin/jeera seeds, garlic and ginger. Stir until garlic ginger is cooked and slightly browned.
Now add the crushed fennel/barishap seeds, coriander/koljana seeds, chilli powder and give it a stir.
Add the cooked potatoes, green chillies, salt and stir gently in intervals.
Let this cook for about 6-7 minutes until the sides have browned, spices are coated well. Add drops of water to prevent sticking to the pot and burning.
Finally garnish with coriander leaves.

 

Spicy Potato Curry
Spicy Potato Curry
Chapatis (Indian Flat Bread)
Ingredients:
Makes 6-8
200g wholemeal flour
75ml warm water
2 tbsp butter
Method:
Sift the flour into a medium bowl and make a well in the middle of the flour. Pour in the water and mix to make a dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 -8 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place back in the bowl, cover with cling film and leave for 10 –15 minutes.
Divide the dough into 6 to 8 balls. Roll out each ball on a floured surface thinly.
Heat a dry frying pan until hot and cook each chapati over a medium heat, turning after 30 seconds or so. Cook the second side for 1 minute until it begins to puff up, then turn over and cook the first side again, pressing down lightly with a spatula for another 30 seconds. Smear each chapati with butter and wrap it in foil to keep warm.
Chapatti (Indian Flat Bread)
Chapatti (Indian Flat Bread)
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National Milk Tart Day

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On 27 February South Africans celebrate National Milk Tart Day. Milk Tart (melktert) is a classical  South African dish. Traditional Milk Tart is made up of a shortbread crust with a filling of milk and lots of eggs resulting in a lighter texture. Milk Tart can be enjoyed hot or cold. Milk tart (melktert) is thought to have originated in the latter half of the 17th century by Dutch settlers in South Africa.  The Dutch East India Company established Cape Town in 1652 as a way-station for ships travelling from the Netherlands to Indonesia and back.  Their ships would bring cinnamon and other spices to Cape Town (and Europe) from South East Asia.  Local bakers used the imported cinnamon, combined with fresh dairy from farms in the Cape Colony, to create this wonderful custard based tart.

Traditional Cape Malay Milk Tart

Here are a couple of recipe to start you off.

Traditional Cape Malay Milk Tart – this is a time consuming recipe but well worth it at the end. I can remember my mom making trays of melktert for functions and my job was to fill the trays with the base and I had to ensure there were no holes otherwise the melktert would flop and turn upside down! This recipe serves 6

Short Bread Base For Milk Tart
Ingredients:
1 egg
125 g butter
1/4 cup cooking oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups self raising flour
1 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
l level teaspoon baking powder
Method:
Mix the egg, sugar, softened butter and oil together until light and fluffy. Add vanilla essence, mix. Add the flour and baking powder and mix well to form a soft ball of dough. Line a 20 cm by 20 cm oven proof dish with approx half of the pastry.  (You can use the other half to make Herzoggies) The pastry should be as thin as possible with no holes. It is very important that the base contains no holes as it will cause the Milk Tart to bake upside down.

Milk Tart Base

Filling
Ingredients:
1 litre + 1 cup milk
12 eggs
250 ml sugar
5 cardamom pods
2 stick cinnamons
Method:
Boil the milk in a saucepan with the cardamom and stick cinnamon . Allow to cool. Whisk the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Strain the cooled milk, using something like a very fine strainer or sieve. Combine the milk and the eggs mixture.Pour the filling into the dish ensuring not to pour all the liquid on one place as it may cause a “hole”. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 40 minutes until set.

Milk Tart Filling

 

Milktart
Milktart

Milktart

Crustless Milk Tart
I made this quick and simple version of milk tart the other day. Although it’s no where as delicious as the traditional milk tart, everyone enjoyed it and it disappeared as quick as it was made. When it came out of the oven it was quite high but it sinks and becomes denser as it cools. The recipe serve 4

Ingredients:
¾ cup self-raising flour
2 cups milk
3 eggs
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
25 g melted butter
Pinch salt
½ teaspoon fine cinnamon
Method:
Put all the ingredients together into a bowl or food processor and beat to a smooth batter. Pour into a buttered pie dish, approximately 23 cm in diameter. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top. Bake for 40 minutes at 180 C. Serve warm or cold

Selfcrust Milk Tart

Chicken Jalfrezi

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This is a Pakistani recipe for a spicy curry. The chicken is marinated before the time and then cooked in a thick onion sauce. You can always adjust the chillies if you find it’s to spicy hot.

Spicy chicken curry cooked in a thick sauce.
Spicy chicken curry cooked in a thick sauce.

Serves 4

Ingredients:
For the sauce:
1 – 2 large onions, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon oil
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 green chilli, chopped (you can use more if you like your food spicy & hot)
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1/2 litre of water
1 tablespoon ground coriander/koljana
1 tablespoon ground cumin/jeera
1 teaspoon turmeric/borrie
Salt to taste

For the chicken & veg:
500g chicken breasts, washed & diced up 
2 tablespoons of oil
1/2 red pepper, roughly chopped
1/2 green pepper, roughly chopped
1 large onion, sliced roughly
2 red chillis (optional)
1 teaspoon ground cumin/jeera
1 teaspoon ground coriander/koljana
1 teaspoon turmeric/borrie
2 teaspoons garam masala
A handful of fresh, chopped dhanya leaves

Method:
Mix the jeera, koljana and tumeric in a small bowl, coat the chopped chicken breast pieces leave to marinade while you making the sauce.
Now make the sauce, fry the roughly chopped onions with the garlic and green chilli in a large saucepan with the tablespoon of oil until browned. 
Add the water to the onion mixture and simmer this for around 20 minutes.
While that is simmering, put the chopped tomatoes in a food processor or liquidiser and give it a good whizz until smooth consistency. 
Heat another large pan and gently fry the ground coriander, cumin and turmeric in a splash of oil for about a minute take care not too overheat or it will burn.
Add the liquidised tomato to this pan and simmer for around 10 minutes. (Because my family loves potatoes I added a couple of potatoes, quarted, 
with the onion mixture when it was simmering whilst I prepared the chicken.) 
Next give your onion mixture a good whizz in the food processor or liquidiser and add it to the spiced tomato sauce. 
Stir and leave to simmer for another 10 minutes. Keep warm.

Fry the marinaded chicken in oil and stir continuously. When the chicken is nearly done approximately 10 -15 minutes,
turn down the heat and add the roughly chopped onion, red & green peppers and chillies. Stir this until the onions and pepper soften just a bit 
and the chicken is cooked, of course. Don’t overcook as we don’t want the onions and peppers to cook away (I like mine to be firm and crunchy)
Add the earlier prepared sauce to the cooked chicken and simmer until combined about 5-10 minutes. 
Just before you dish it up, stir in the garam masala and chopped dhanya leaves. 
Serve with basmati rice or naan bread.

Variation:
Because my family loves potatoes I added a couple of potatoes, quarted, with the onion mixture when it was simmering whilst I prepared the chicken.

Fancies

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FANCIES

Fancies are sponge cakes cut into squares, dipped in diluted jam and rolled in coconut. Fancies can be decorated in a variety of styles and with different toppings to suit the occasion. Fancies are usually served on special occasions e.g.:  Eid, Weddings, Doopmaals, etc…

This recipe makes 20 – 24 cakes depending on the size of the squares you cut your cake into.

Fancies
Ingredients:
1 cup castor sugar
4 eggs
1 cup cooking oil
5 ml vanilla essence
2 1/2 cups cake flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk

For the coating:
3 tablespoons smooth apricot or strawberry jam
1 cup hot water
1 cup desiccated coconut
Whipped fresh cream
Fresh fruit of choice, well-drained canned fruit will also work

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Grease a 30x20cm baking tin with butter or oil.
  • Cover the bottom of the baking tin with greaseproof paper to prevent the cake sticking to the baking tin,
  • Cream eggs, castor sugar and oil until light and fluffy or until sugar has dissolved.
  • Add vanilla essence.
  • Add flour and baking powder and mix well.
  • Stir in milk and mix to combine until the mixture is a smooth dropping consistency.
  • Pour into prepared tin.
  • I always knock my baking tin a couple of times on a flat surface to even the batter out as well as to remove air bubbles.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • To check if cake is done insert a skewer in the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean it is done.
  • Allow to cool slightly, turn out into a cooling rack to cool down completely.
  • Remove greaseproof paper.
  • Cut the cake into squares.

To complete the cakes:

  • Mix the jam and hot water together until the jam has dissolved.

 

  • Put the coconut into a little bowl.

 

  • Lightly dip the cakes one at a time into the jam water, do not drench.
Dip the cakes in the jam mixture
Dip the cakes in the jam mixture
  • Roll the cakes in the coconut to cover completely.

Roll the cakes in the coconut

  • Using a piping bag , pipe a border or cover the top of the cakes with whipped cream. 

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  • Decorate with fresh or drained canned fruit.
Completed Fancies
Completed Fancies

How To Make Fancies Step-by-Step Tutorial

 

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PRAWN CURRY

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An easy, creamy prawn curry served with roti. Everyone will come back for seconds. Save time by preparing the chili paste the day before.

Delicious and easy prawn curry.
Delicious and easy prawn curry.

PRAWN CURRY SERVED WITH DHAI / YOGHURT SAUCE

Ingredients:
750g prawns
1 large onion, liquidised
2 medium onions, chopped fine
2 tablespoons chili paste (**see footnote)
3 bay leaves
½ tin coconut milk
4 cardamoms, crushed
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

Method:
Wash and dry the prawns in a kitchen towel. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add bay leaves, cardamom and fry for a few minutes.
Add sliced onions and fry till golden brown.
Then add the liquidized onion paste and the chili paste. Fry for several minutes adding little water, as necessary, to prevent the masala from burning.
Add the prawns. Stir thoroughly and then add the coconut milk. Keep simmering in medium heat till the gravy reduces to a half. Add salt to taste.
Serve hot with rice or roti.

**Chili paste

Ingredients:
1 level teaspoon of chili powder
3 garlic cloves crushed
5 Red chilies chopped
3 Tablespoons of ground ginger
2 Pinches of salt
5 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 Level teaspoon of sugar (can be omitted if preferred)

Method:
Heat oil to medium hot and add chili powder and garlic.
Cook for 2 minutes and then add all other ingredients.
Cook until soft. Decant into a blender and blend into a course paste.
Leave to cool and eat.
Refrigerate and consume within 7 days.

Serve with curry or breyani
Serve with curry or breyani

DHAI / YOGHURT SAUCE

250m natural yoghurt
1 clove garlic, crushed
2-3 green chillies, chopped
1 tablespoon dhanya, chopped
Pinch salt

Mix all the ingredients together. Pour into a serving dish and serve with curries, breyani, kebabs, etc…

CHICKEN CURRY

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Delicious chicken curry, always a winner no matter what the occasion. Serve with flaky roti, chapati (Indian flat bread) or plain boiled white rice.  Traditionally served with onion and tomato salad.

 

Delicious Cape Malay Curry
Delicious Cape Malay Curry

CHICKEN CURRY

Ingredients
4 tbsp oil
2 cloves
1 stick cinnamon
2 green cardamom pods
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 small-medium onion, chopped
1½ tbsp chopped ginger
6 cloves garlic, chopped
½ tsp ground turmeric
1 tbsp ground coriander
½ tsp chilli powder
2 tomatoes, puréed
450g small chicken
½ tsp garam masala
1 handful chopped dhanya

Method:
Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan. Add the cloves, cinnamon, cardamom pods and cumin seeds and fry for about 20 seconds until aromatic. 
Add the onion and cook for about 10 minutes until golden brown, stirring often. Stir in the ginger and garlic and cook stirring for 40 seconds before adding a pinch of salt and the ground spices, and stir for 15 seconds. Pour in the tomatoes and cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes, until the liquid in the pan has dried off and the oil leaves the sides of the dry masala around 10 minutes. 
**Add the chicken and brown over a medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add enough water to almost cover the chicken (about 350ml), bring to the boil and then cook over a low heat until the chicken is cooked through. The slower it cooks the better it tastes. This takes about 15 minutes for small joints and up to 25-30 minutes for larger ones. Check with a fork; once it is tender it is done. 
Add the garam masala and chopped dhanya. Serve with rice or roti.

Variation:
**Add potatoes cut in quarters with the chicken

 

ONION AND TOMATO SALAD

1 large onion, chopped finely

5ml salt

1 large firm tomato, chopped

2 green chillies,  chopped

10ml sugar

30ml vinegar

2 teaspoons chopped dhanya

 Steam the chopped onion in the microwave for 3 minutes. Combine with the rest of the ingredients. Transfer into a serving dish and enjoy with breyani, curry, etc…

 

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

This weeks recipes posted on Facebook

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Here follows a round up of the past week’s recipes posted on Facebook.

Monday 13th May – TOMATO FRIKKADEL 

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR THE RECIPE

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=541591522546446&set=a.209510085754593.50092.183695408336061&type=1&theater Tomato Frikkadel

Tuesday 14th May – CHICKEN WRAPS

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR THE RECIPE

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=539759066063025&set=a.351953131510287.78051.183695408336061&type=1&theater

Chicken Wraps

Wednesday 15th May – DHAL AND BATTERED FISH FILLETS

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR THE RECIPES

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=542078032497795&set=a.209510085754593.50092.183695408336061&type=1&theater

DHAL AND FISH

Thursday 16th May – FLAKY ROTI

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR THE RECIPE

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=542464875792444&set=a.534370466601885.1073741826.183695408336061&type=1&theater

ROTI

Friday 17th May – MAQLUBA

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR THE RECIPE

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=542792152426383&set=a.209510085754593.50092.183695408336061&type=1&theater

MALUBA

Saturday 18th May – DHALTJIES / PAKORAS

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR THE RECIPE

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=221874721184796&set=a.221874641184804.53201.183695408336061&type=1&theater

DALTJIES

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CHILLI CON CARNE

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Chilli Con Carne Recipe

This great chilli has to be one of the best dishes to serve to friends for a casual get-together. It’s easy to throw together using mostly store cupboard ingredients.

Chilli Con Carne

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 teaspoon crushed garlic

1 heaped teaspoon hot chilli powder

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon ground jeera

500g lean minced beef

1 beef stock cube

400g can chopped tomatoes

½ teaspoon dried mix herbs

1 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoon tomato purée

410g can red kidney beans

 

Method:

  • Put your pan on the stove over a medium heat. Add the oil and leave it for 1-2 minutes until hot. Add the onions and cook, stirring fairly frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft. Add in the garlic, red pepper, chilli, paprika and cumin. Give it a good stir, then leave it to cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Brown the mince. Turn the heat up a bit, add the meat to the pan and break it up with your spoon . The mix should sizzle a bit when you add the mince. Keep stirring and prodding for at least 5 minutes, until all the mince is in uniform, mince-sized lumps and there are no more pink bits. Make sure you keep the heat hot enough for the meat to fry and become brown, rather than just stew.
  • Making the sauce. Crumble your stock cube into 300ml/1⁄2 pint of hot water. Pour this into the pan with the mince mixture. Open the can of chopped tomatoes and add these as well. Add the mixed herbs and the sugar, and add a good shake of salt and pepper. Squirt in about 2 tablespoons of tomato purée and stir the sauce well.
  • Simmer it gently. Bring the whole thing to the boil, give it a good stir and put a lid on the pan. Turn down the heat until it is gently bubbling and leave it for 20 minutes. You should check on the pan occasionally to stir it and make sure the sauce doesn’t catch on the bottom of the pan or isn’t drying out. If it is, add a couple of tablespoons of water and make sure that the heat really is low enough. After simmering gently, the saucy mince mixture should look thick, moist and juicy.
  • Bring on the beans. Drain and rinse the beans in a sieve and stir them into the chilli pot. Bring to the boil again, and gently bubble without the lid for another 10 minutes, adding a little more water if it looks too dry. Taste a bit of the chilli and season. It will probably take a lot more seasoning than you think. Now replace the lid, turn off the heat and leave your chilli to stand for 10 minutes before serving, and relax. Leaving your chilli to stand is really important as it allows the flavours to mingle and the meat. Serve with boiled plain rice or my kids love it with cooked spaghetti.

 

 

 

 

CHICK PEA RICE

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CHICK PEA RICE

Having canned chick peas on hand is quite useful for a quick and easy meal. When using canned chick peas, you don’t even have to cook for long. To make rice using chick peas doesn’t take much time at all. I like to add chopped pieces of boneless chicken for a filing meal for the kids. I don’t use much chili powder but to make an adult version, go ahead and increase the amount of chili powder and add some chopped green chilies to spice it up.

Chick Pea Rice

Ingredients:
2 cups of cooked rice

1 tin of canned chick peas

1  onion, chopped

1 tomato, chopped

2 sticks cinnamon

3 cardamom pods

Salt to taste

½  teaspoon ginger and garlic paste

½ teaspoon chili powder

Pinch of turmeric

½ teaspoon garam masala

½ teaspoon jeera powder

2 teaspoons oil

Small pieces of boneless chicken

Chopped dhanya leaves for garnish

Method:

  • Heat oil in a saucepan.
  • Add onions and sauté till translucent.
  • Add stick cinnamon and cardamoms.
  • Add the chicken now if using.
  • Stir and cook approximately 10 minutes or until chicken are cooked.
  • Then add the ginger garlic paste and sauté for 30 sec before adding the tomatoes.
  • Add the chick peas and some salt.
  • Cover and cook for about 5 minutes till the chick peas are cooked.
  • Add the turmeric, chili powder and garam masala and sauté for another couple of minutes.
  • Add in the cooked rice and mix it up well the cooked chick peas.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve warm.