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Chickpea Salad


Here is a quick and easy chickpea salad recipe.

Salwaa’s Chickpea Salad

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In a salad bowl mix the following:

A can of drained chick peas

1/2 cucumber cut into small cubes pieces

1 large chopped tomato

Add 1/4 tsp each paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder and mixed herbs.

Add a good squeeze of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Mix well and enjoy a refreshing and delicious salad.

Garnish with fresh chopped coriander.

Chickpea Salad

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Tuna Salad


Salwaa’s Tuna Salad

I remember my mother making this salad often in summer at lunch time. Instead of tuna she would use tin salmon as well. Absolutely delicious as a light lunch of a hot summers day. Perfect to pack in your picnic box too for those lazy days out.

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Ingredients:

1 tin tuna, drained

1 finely chopped onion

1 – 2 finely chopped green chillies

1/2 each finely chopped mixed peppers (robot peppers / bell peppers)

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Mayonnaise

Feta cheese

4 boiled eggs

Method:

Mix the above ingredients, excluding the hard boiled eggs, in a large serve bowl.

Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Mix with a generous amount of mayonnaise, according to your taste.

Garnish with small blocks of feta cheese and hard boiled egg cut in quarters.

Serve with crusty bread, crisps and a fresh garden salad.

Variation: Boil 1/2 packet of pasta of choice as per packet instruction and mix together for a tuna pasta salad.

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Recipe for 100 Koesisters


Traditional Cape Malay Koesisters

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Traditional Cape Malay Koesisters are sweet spicy doughnut like balls of goodness. The big difference though is that koesister are loaded with earthy warm spices. Some of the ground spices used are cardamom, cinnamon and aniseed amongst others.

Koesisters are traditionally eaten on Sundays for breakfast although it can and will be enjoyed at any time!

Unsyruped koesisters can be frozen, defrost when needed and syrup following my video here.

I find grinding whole spices gives a delicious rich flavour to koesisters. If you’re not able to grind your spices, then I would suggest buying enough to use immediately or store your spices in an airtight container in the freezer to preserve the flavours. You’ll find all the spices readily available from your local supermarket or spice shop.

Save your satsuma / naartjie peels, dry it out in the oven or sun (if you lucky to live to live where it hot most of the time) and grind it into a powder.

A few tips; set enough time aside for the whole process. This will take a whole morning or afternoon from start to finish. Whilst the dough is rising you can watch your favourite tv show or a movie or catch up with my video tutorials, lol!

I’ve been asked many times to share my recipe for making koesisters in bulk. So here follows my recipe.

This is a good way of generating an extra income for you, working from home. Spread the word and start selling koesisters in your area!

Remember, you’ll need an extra large bowl for mixing.

Ingredients to make 100 Cape Malay Koesisters

2kg cake / plain / all purpose flour

3 heaped tablespoons ginger powder

3 heaped tablespoons cinnamon powder

4 teaspoons cardamom powder

6 tablespoons aniseed powder

3 tablespoons whole aniseed

4 level teaspoons mix spice

4 teaspoons ground naartjie / satsuma peel

4 packets instant yeast (7g or 10g)

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon salt

4 eggs

1/2 cup cooking oil

4 cups hot water

2 – 2½ cups milk

3 litres oil for deep frying

Method:

Add and mix all the dry ingredients into a very large bowl.

Measure and mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix well until a soft dough forms.

Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place to rise until double in size.

When the dough has risen, pour some oil into a plate or bowl. Dip your fingers into the oil to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands. Divide the dough into small pieces, the size of a golf ball, approximately.

You’ll get about 100 – 108 pieces of dough. Roll the dough into smooth balls and place onto a lightly oiled surface.

Allow the koesister balls to rise until double in size. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pot or saucepan. Once the oil is hot and the koesisters have risen, turn the flame lower to medium/high.

Gently pull the koesister balls into an oblong shape and fry until browned, about two minutes on each side. Remove from the oil using a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent kitchen paper.

Watch my video tutorial for more tips and to see my method.

Koesister Video Tutorial
How to sugar / syrup koesisters

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No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake


Salwaa’s No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

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

Ingredients:

24 Oreo biscuits

4 tbsp of melted butter

250g cream cheese, at room temperature

6 tbsp icing sugar

1/2 tsp of vanilla essence

2 x 250 ml of fresh cream, chilled

3 tsp gelatin, dissolved in 3 tablespoons of hot water

Method:

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

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

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

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

Refrigerate until set, 4 – hours or preferably overnight.

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Black Eyed Beans Curry


Salwaa’s Black Eyed Beans Curry
(Swartbek Boontjies)

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

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

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

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

Method:

Soak the beans for at least 4 hours or overnight.

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

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


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


Add the meat. Cook 10 minutes.


Add water as needed.


Add the whole spices, powdered spices chillies and tomato.

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


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


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


Garnish with fresh chopped coriander before serving.

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

Cook’s Tip:

Substitute mutton with beef pieces or lamb pieces

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

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Crispy Fish Batter


Salwaa’s Crispy Fish Batter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You’ll find my tartar recipe below.

Salwaa’s Homemade Tartar Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise 

1 pickled gherkin finely chopped 

1 tsp finely chopped fresh parsley 

2 Tbsp lemon juice

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

Enjoy!

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Crispy Fried Chicken


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

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

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

Season generously.

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

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

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

Crispy Fried Chicken

Ingredients

1 whole chicken cut into pieces, see tip above

Sunflower oil, for frying

For the spice mix

2 tbsp paprika

2 tsp garlic granules

2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp black pepper

½ tsp dried mixed herbs

1 chicken stock cube, crumbled

For the buttermilk marinade

2 cups milk

2 tbsp white or brown vinegar

1 egg

1 tsp salt

For the coating

1 cup self-raising flour

1 cup cornflour / maizena

Method:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fried chicken served with bbq baked beans and a gravy

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Sausage Rolls


Salwaa’s Sausage Rolls

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

Sausage Rolls

Makes 24

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Ingredients:

12 sausages

500g cake/plain/all-purpose flour

1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 packet yeast (7g or 10g)

Mix the above together

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serve immediately with your favourite dip and enjoy!

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Tomato Sausage Bredie


Salwaa’s Tomato Sausage Bredie (Stew)

Here’s another midweek budget friendly recipe.

Tomato Sausage Bredie

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500g sausage cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon cooking oil
500g red ripe tomatoes, washed, chopped or liquidised or 1 tin chopped tomatoes or use both the fresh and tin tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 green chilles , chopped or more
1 heaped TBSP tomato paste
3 potatoes, peeled and sliced into quarters
2 tablespoons sugar or to taste

Method:
Heat the oil in a big, heavy-bottomed saucepan, over medium heat.
Sauté the onions in the oil until golden, soft and golden brown.
Add the potatoes and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes , stirring often and adding water to prevent the potatoes sticking to the pan and burning.
Add the tomatoes garlic, salt, chillies and tomato paste and simmer a further 15 minutes.
Add the sausages and cook until the potatoes are completely soft.
Add the sugar and cook a further 5 minutes.
Serve warm with steamed / boiled white rice.

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Cooks Tip:
DO NOT add the sugar until the potatoes are completely soft as the sugar will prevent the potatoes from softening.

Add a a tin of baked beans to stretch this dish even further 🙂

Tin Fish – Pilchards Curry


Salwaa’s Tin Fish – Pilchards Curry

Pilchard Curry

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1 tin of pilchard tin fish separate the tomato sauce from the fish and remove bones gently without breaking fish to much

Braise a small chopped onion in a little oil.
Add: 1/2 finely chopped capsicum / green pepper
2 cloves of grated garlic
3-4 finely chopped green chillies or to taste
At this stage I added a few baby potatoes and cook it for about 10 minutes add drops of water as needed.


Add:
Salt to taste
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin
Cook for a further 10 minutes and 1/2 of the tomato sauce with drops of water as needed.
If potatoes are soft add the fish and gently shake the pot side to side.
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and a squeeze of fresh lemon

Serve with plain boiled rice and lemon atchar.
Enjoy!

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