Pickled Fish

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Pickled Fish or Ingelegde Vis is thought to have originated from Cape Malay Cooking as a way to preserve fresh fish at the early Cape colony. It was only much later that the aromatic dish became a staple food at Easter time, perhaps chosen for its ability to stay fresh over the long Easter weekend. Whilst pickled fish is closely linked to Cape Town, it is a much-loved dish, enjoyed by both Muslims and Christians.

Pickled fish is a sweet and sour dish which is traditionally eaten over Easter time. This is a very tasty way of preparing fish and can be cooked in advance. The flavour improves with time and stays fresh for up to two weeks in the refrigerator . Here I have used yellow tail to make this pickled fish. You may use snoek or any other firm fish. Best eaten cold. My kids tend to warm it slightly in the microwave!

Ingredients:
1kg snoek or any firm fish cut into large slices

Salt and pepper for seasoning
1 cup  brown vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup cooking oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
3 large onions, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 tsp whole peppercorns
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground coriander / koljana
1 tsp ground cumin / jeera
1/2 tsp turmeric /borrie

1 tsp crushed chillies
1/4 tsp dry ginger
1 tsp curry spice
5 bay leaves

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Marrow & Frikkadel Stew / Bredie

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Marrow & frikkadel stew, perfect comfort food to make on a cold and wintry day. Substitute the marrow with squash if you prefer.

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Serves 6
Ingredients:
500g mutton or lamb pieces
2 Tbsps oil
2 onions, chopped
Salt to taste
5 cloves
1 – 2 green chilies, deseeded and chopped
1 piece stick cinnamon
1 large marrow, peeled and cut into thick slices
Nutmeg
Butter
Water as needed

Frikkadel ingredients:
500g fat free minced meat (steak mince or chicken)
1 large onion
1 small green pepper
1 tomato
1/2 bunch dhanya (optional)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 slice bread (couple of days old is best)
1 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.

Method:
Heat the oil in a large deep pot. Braise the onions until very brown, add the meat and spices and cook over medium to high heat until the meat are brown and tender, 20 – 30 minutes depending on the type of meat you using, adding water (not excessive) to prevent it from burning. For best results the meat should be a deep golden brown colour.

Meanwhile prepare your frikkadel. Place a small ball (40ml) of frikkadel mixture in the centre of each slice of marrow. Place the stuffed marrow on top of the mutton mixture, add 1 cup of water. Sprinkle with grated nutmeg, dot with small pieces of butter and steam covered for about 30 minutes on low – medium heat without stirring. (if you need to check on the food stick a wooden spoon gently inside and move slightly) Serve, with white rice and atchar.

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Make a double batch of frikkadel, form into balls, flash freeze and store in a ziplock bag for next time you make a frikkadel dish

Hungarian Tart (Krummel Tert)

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Hungarian tart or krummel tert, is a soft crumbly biscuit like cake similar to the short crust pastry. It can be filled with jam of any flavour. Substitute the jam for apples to make an apple crumble. Serve on its own, with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. I’m not sure where the name Hungarian tart originates from though, would be interested if anyone could shed some light on the origin of Hungarian Tart.

Hungarian Tart

Ingredients:

125g butter

2 Tbsp cooking oil

1 large egg

2 Tbsp castor sugar

1 tsp vanilla or almond essence

2 cups cake flour, sifted

2 tsp baking powder

Smooth apricot jam (or mixed fruit jam)

Desiccated coconut as needed

Icing sugar as needed

Hungarian Tart / Krummel Tert

Method:

Grease a small Swiss roll pan. Or you may use a round cake tin

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add egg, oil and essence, mix well.

Add the sifted flour as well as the baking powder, mix into a soft dough.

Refrigerate one third of the dough for about 20 minutes.

Or you can even put it in the freezer for a few minutes.

Press the remaining dough into prepared pan.

Spread a thick layer of jam on top of the dough in the pan.

Sprinkle a thin layer of coconut over the jam.

Grate the remaining dough on top.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown at 180°C in a pre-heated oven.

Sift the icing sugar over as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Leave to cool in pan then cut into squares/slices.

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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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Summer Fruit Salad

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Fruit salad is a dish consisting of various kinds of fruit. In different forms, fruit salad can be served as an appetiser, a side salad, or a dessert with a dollop of fresh cream, yoghurt or vanilla ice cream. It is also a delicious, cheap dessert which serves many people depending on the amount of fruit used.

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Common fruits used in fruit salads include strawberries, pineapple, sweet melon, watermelon, grapes, and kiwifruit, pawpaw, orange, satsuma or any fruit that take your fancy.

I used the following fruit:

1/2 pineapple

1/2 pawpaw

1/2 mango

2 pears

1 cup of mixed green and black grapes

2 kiwi fruits

3 apricots

2 peaches

1 banana

2 satsumas

1/2 lemon

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup pineapple juice

2 tablespoons honey (optional)

Method:

Prepare the fruit with a small knife, preferably a serrated knife

Peel the fruit, I left the skin on of the peaches

Carefully remove any pips or stones

Half the grapes

Cut all the fruit into even cubes

Carefully layer or add all the fruit into a suitable bowl, I started with the hard fruit first

Squeeze half a lemon over the fruit, especially the bananas to prevent discolouration

Pour the orange and pineapple juices over the fruit

Drizzle the honey over the fruit

Gently mix all the fruit together, cover with a plate of plastic wrap

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or longer, before serving

This salad is tastier the longer you can let it soak in its juices. I prefer 3 to 4 hours in the refrigerator before I serve it. Enjoy.

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Eggless Banana Muffins

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Delicious Eggless Banana Muffins that will satisfy any muffin craving. Make these muffins without eggs if you are caught without eggs. These muffins are perfect for those who don’t or can’t eat eggs.

Eggless Banana Muffins

So easy to make, involve kids and make it a fun process. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and freeze them. They keep really well, enjoy the treat whenever you’re craving for.

Most importantly, there are no fancy ingredients required, you might have everything in your kitchen cupboards if you do baking.

Ground cinnamon adds a really nice flavour and complements the banana flavour
Always use ripe or overripe bananas to get the natural sweetness and adjust the sugar amount accordingly. Also, not ripe bananas are hard to mash properly and won’t mix properly into the batter.
Optional, add chocolate chips.
Your can store the muffins in the refrigerator for 3 days once they are completely cold.

Eggless Banana Muffins Recipe

Ingredients:
60g (quarter cup) soft butter
1/2 cup sugar (brown or white)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp cinnamon powder
2 cups self-raising flour
3 bananas, mashed

Method:
Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin cakes.
In a mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar.
Mix in mashed bananas.
Add flour, cinnamon, bicarb and buttermilk, mix into a thick batter.
Pour into the prepared muffin cases.
Bake in pre-heated oven for 20 minutes.

Cook’s Tip:

Optional extras, add a handful of chocolate chips, raisins or walnuts.

Make your own buttermilk by adding 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice to one cup of milk. Let it sit for 5 minutes before using.

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Vetkoek

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Vetkoek literally means “fat cake“, which is a traditional South African fried dough bread. The vetkoek forms part of South African culture and cuisine.

Vetkoek is traditionally served filled with mince curry. My mom also served vetkoek with curry instead of roti or rice. Vetkoek dough can be frozen for later use, thaw and fry as needed. Ready fried vetkoek can also be frozen. My recipe makes 20 vetkoek.

Dutch immigrants who moved from Cape Town to the interior of South Africa in the early 1800s, known as Voortrekkers, or “those who trek ahead,” began making vetkoek because it was quicker and easier to cook than typical breads. The bread is similar to the Dutch oliebollen, a sweet fried bread containing raisins.

Ingredients:

cake flour

oil

salt

sugar

yeast

water as needed

oil for frying

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Mince Curry

Mince Curry Recipe

500g lean steak mince
1 tablespoon oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
1 large tomato, finely chopped
1 teaspoon crushed ginger
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
2 pieces stick cinnamon
5 cardamom seeds
3 cloves
2 teaspoons leaf masala
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground jeera/cumin
1 teaspoon ground koljander/coriander
2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into quartered
1 cup frozen peas

Method:
Wash and drain meat. Heat oil, add onions, cardamom and stick cinnamon and cook until onions are transparent. Add all the spices and simmer for 15 minutes. Add mince to sauce, stirring. Cook covered for 10 minutes, then add tomato and potatoes and cook until almost tender, about 15 minutes. Add frozen peas. Cook a further 10 minutes. Serve hot with roti or rice and atchars.

Variation:
Instead of adding frozen peas add 1 aubergine cut into small pieces.

Add chopped green chillies if you like your curry hot.

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Tomato Frikkadel / Spaghetti with Meatballs

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Comfort food at it’s best! A delicious meal to make on a rainy and cloudy day. Serve with spaghetti for the kids and white rice for the older family members (If they like my husband whose not fond of pasta)

Spaghetti with meatballs is an Italian-American dish consisting of spaghetti, tomato sauce and meatballs. It has become a South African favourite as well, with the older generation preferring the rice over the spaghetti.

Tomato Frikkadel Served With Rice / Spaghetti

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Serves 4 – 6
Frikkadel Ingredients:

  • 500g fat free minced meat
  • 1 onion
  • 1 small green pepper
  • 1 tomato
  • ½ bunch coriander
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 slice one day old bread soaked in water
  • 1 medium 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, coriander finely.

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

Heat your oven to 220°C.

Roll mince mixture into small golf ball size meatballs.

Arrange the meatballs onto a slightly greased baking tin or line your baking tin with greaseproof paper then you don’t need to use any oil.

This is to prevent the meatballs from sticking onto your tray.

Bake in the oven for 20 – 25 until browned.

Meanwhile, make the sauce.


Tomato sauce ingredients:
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons oil
1 level teaspoon crushed garlic
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dried crushed red chillies or to taste
700g soft, red tomatoes, liquidised or 2 cans chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon tomato paste
A handful fresh rosemary, chopped
Sugar to taste

Method:
In a large saucepan heat the oil and braise the onion until golden brown.

Add the garlic, salt, chillies, tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar and simmer over low heat until the sauce has slightly thickened, 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the rosemary, stir through.

Add the cooked meatballs (drain any excess fat) to the tomato sauce to keep warm while you boil the spaghetti according to the instructions on the packet.

Spoon the sauce and meatballs over spaghetti, or stir them all together and serve with cheese of your choice, optional.

Garnish with rosemary sprigs.

Variation:
Serve with white plain boiled rice.

Tip:
Prepare a double batch of meatballs and freeze half. Ideal for busy cooks, unexpected visitors (after the pandemic or when it’s safe to receive visitors😊) or when you want to whip up a nutritious meal for your family.

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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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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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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)

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

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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.

Kind Regards

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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.

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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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Spiced Fruit Loaf

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Salwaa’s Spiced Fruit Loaf

A treat when freshly baked and spread with butter, served with my Ingelegde Vis (pickled fish) 

This absolutely delicious Spiced Fruit Loaf not only tastes amazing but the aroma, gently wafting from the oven, makes the whole house smell incredible. Cinnamon and bread filled with tasty dried fruit, baking together.

Who needs air freshener when you can bake this wonderful Spiced Fruit Loaf.

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Spiced Fruit Loaf Served With Pickled Fish

In a large mixing bowl add the following:
3/4 cup lukewarm milk
2 eggs
3 TBSP of soft butter
1/2 tsp salt
3 TBSP brown sugar
1 TBSP mixed spice
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1TBSP finely grated orange peel
1 TBSP finely grated lemon peel
1/2 cup currants
1/2 cup raisins
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1 packet yeast

Spiced Fruit Loaf

Method:

Mix together to form a dough.

Knead for about 10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave to rise until double in size.

When it is risen knock down lightly and decide into 10 equal balls.

Grease a large loaf tin with butter.

Put the balls of dough into the baking tin and leave to rise again for about 30 minutes.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C for about 20 – 25 minutes.

For the glaze
Boil together juice of one orange and 3 TBSP of honey / golden syrup until sticky. Brush over warm loaf as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Enjoy!

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Tuna Breyani

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Salwaa’s Tuna Breyani

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Ingredients:
2 cups long grain rice
2-3 tins of tuna
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup vegetable oil
3 potatoes
2 large onions, sliced thinly sliced
1 tomato, chopped
¼ cup buttermilk
1 – 2 green chillies, chopped
1 ½ tsp jeera / cumin
3 cloves
3 allspice
3 cardamoms
2 stick cinnamons
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter
2 tsp fish masala
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
½ – 1 tsp chilli powder
Juice of 2 lemons
1/2 tsp turmeric / borrie

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, combine all the spices with the lemon juice in a small bowl, stir to combine. Pour over tuna. 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 tuna with the masala on top of the rice 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 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving with lemon atchar or blatjang.

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Camembert Tear and Share

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Camembert Tear & Share Rolls

Soft garlic and herb enriched rolls, topped with olive oil, served with a whole Camembert. Tear pieces of rolls, dip in the melted cheese and enjoy.

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Ingredients:

4 cups bread flour

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

1 packet instant yeast

1 ½ cups lukewarm water

50g butter

1 Camembert

1 large garlic clove

2 green chillies

Few sprigs rosemary

Olive oil

Method:

Combine the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Add the water and mix until a dough forms. Knead on a clean flour-dusted surface for 10 minutes, or until smooth and springy. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and prove in a warm place for 2 hours.

Grease an oven proof dish or baking tray with the butter. Cut the rind of the top of the Camembert. Peel and finely chop the garlic and chillies. Poke a few holes in the cheese, stuff a little of the garlic and chillies with a sprig of rosemary. Place the cheese in the centre of the tray.

Divide the dough into small balls, arrange the dough balls around the cheese, leaving a bit of a space between in ball. Scatter the remainder of the garlic, chillies and rosemary over the rolls. Brush lightly with olive oil. Cover loosely with plastic and leave for to rise again for about an hour.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for about 25 minutes or until the rolls are brown and the Camembert has fully melted. Using a pastry brush, brush the melted butter over the rolls. Serve immediately.

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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.

Homemade Lamb Burgers

Sponge Flan

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It is summertime and we are blessed with the best and juiciest fruit. Naturally sweet and full of flavour, fruit makes the perfect addition to cakes and desserts.

Ingredients:
3 large eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
4 Tbsp milk, boiled and cooled down
3 Tbsp cooking oil
1 cup cake flour
3 tsp baking powder
Butter and extra flour for greasing the tins

Method:
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.

Grease 2 small or 1 large flan tin with butter and sprinkle flour over the butter for easy removal of the flan,
In a dry and clean mixing bowl beat the eggs white till stiff.

In a separate mixing bowl mix together the egg yolks and sugar.

Mix until creamy and the sugar has dissolved.

Add the oil to the milk and stir into the egg mixture.

Sift in the flour and baking powder, mix well.

Fold in the egg whites.

Divide into the 2 small greased flan tins or 1 large flan tin.

Bake for 10 minutes in the pre-heated oven.

Cool slightly in the tin before removing.

Leave to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before decorating.

Fill with thick home made custard, whipped cream or caramel. Top with fresh fruit.

Serve immediately.

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Check Jam Roll

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Check jam roll this is a quintessential Cape Malay recipe. One that adorned every cake table at a wedding, hujaaj, on the Eid/labarang table or any other social gathering. Check jam roll is also known as Battenberg Cake in England. This striking checkerboard cake is a favourite for afternoon tea in England. Legend has it that the cake was created in honour of the marriage of Queen Victoria’s granddaughter Victoria to Prince Louis of Battenberg in the 1880s. (The coloured squares inside are thought to represent the four princes of Battenberg) It’s quite possible that the English brought the recipe to South Africa and we’ve adapted the recipe to represent our colourful personalities as the original recipe was only yellow and pink in colour and covered with marzipan.

From what I can remember my sister in law making this cake, she used to finish it off in chocolate flavour as well as a plain icing sugar. This cake can be made in advance and keeps well for up to a week if wrapped and stored properly. Slices of this cake was often used as a centre piece in a cake plate at wedding and other such gatherings.

Assembling the cake requires some precision, but it’s easier than it looks. The batter is thick enough that you can fairly neatly spoon two colours next to each other without them bleeding together; you might have to trim a bit off each half to cut away any combined bits. Or you can create a divider to keep them separate. I’ve wrapped a thin piece of cardboard, such as from a tissue box, in aluminium foil to good effect. My recipe makes 2 cakes.

Ingredients:

6 large eggs

1½ cups castor sugar

½ cup hot water

2 tsp cooking oil

2 cups self-raising flour

3 tsp baking powder

1 heaped tablespoon cocoa powder

½ tsp vanilla essence

½ tsp red food colouring

½ tsp rosewater (optional)

½ tsp green food colouring

½ tsp peppermint essence (optional)

½ cup smooth apricot jam

1 tbsp hot water

2 cups icing sugar

3 tbsp cocoa powder (omit if finishing off the cake plain)

Enough water to make a paste

Desiccated coconut

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180°C fan. Lightly grease two Swiss roll tins and line it with greaseproof paper. Cut a strip of cardboard to fit the length of the tins. It should fit snug. Cover the cardboard with foil. Lightly grease the foil and wedge into place.

In a large bowl beat eggs and castor sugar until light and creamy. Mix in vanilla essence, oil & hot water. Fold in the self-raising flour and baking powder.

Divide the mixture evenly into 4 bowls. Mix the red food colouring and the rosewater (if you’re using it) in one bowl. In the 2nd bowl mix the green food colouring and peppermint essence (if you’re using it). In the 3rd bowl mix the cocoa powder and in the 4th bowl the vanilla essence.

Turn the pink mixture (the red will have turned pink) into one side of the prepared tins. Turn the green mixture into the other half of the tin. Turn the chocolate and vanilla batter into the second prepared tin. Smooth the batter gently into the corners.

Bake for 20 minutes until risen and firm to the touch. Leave to stand for 5 minutes in the tin. Slide a knife between the cake, tin and foil strip. Turn onto a wire cooling rack lined with greaseproof paper. Remove greaseproof paper attached to the bottom of the cakes. Leave to cool completely.

Trim the cake so that each half measures approximately 28x9cm. Cut each slab in half lengthways so that there are eight equal pieces.

Mix the jam and hot water to thin the jam slightly. To assemble the cake, brush the top of each cake strip with the jam and press a pink strip on top of a vanilla strip, do the same with the chocolate and green strips. Press the pink/vanilla strip together with the chocolate/green strip to create a chequerboard effect. Make sure to brush all the inside strips with jam to help it sticking together.

Mix the icing sugar and cocoa powder together with a bit of water to make a thick paste. Brush the cocoa paste all around the outside of the cake and roll desiccated coconut all over the cocoa paste. Wrap the cake firmly in greaseproof paper and leave to set for a couple of hours. Cut a very thin slice off each end of the cake for a neat edge.

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Chocolate Brioche Pudding

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Salwaa’s Chocolate Brioche Pudding
Made with chocolate brioche rather than a standard loaf, this is a lovely alternative to the classic bread pudding.

 

Chocolate Brioche Pudding

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Ingredients:
6 large slices of chocolate brioche
½ litre milk
3 large eggs
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons custard powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 tablespoons butter

Method:
Pre-heat your oven to 180°C.
Grease a one litre oven proof dish with the butter.
Cut the brioche into slices. Arrange the brioche in the buttered dish.
Using an electric mixer, mix the eggs, custard powder, vanilla essence and sugar together until the sugar has dissolved.
Whisk the milk into the egg mixture.
Gently pour the egg and milk mixture over the brioche.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 45 minutes, or until firm.
Cool slightly before serving.

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Egg Free Lemon & Granadilla Cake

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Egg Free Lemon & Granadilla Cake

I really enjoy experimenting with new recipes and ideas. More than often when I develop a recipe I will make it more than once to ensure its perfect before sharing the recipe. This Egg Free Lemon & Granadilla Cake is no exception, it took me a couple of attempts before I was happy with it. The result is a super moist cake which can be made in sandwich tins or in a Bundt tin like I did here.

This cake recipe is so simple and easy to make, in addition to being delicious, it has actually become the base for many other flavour combinations I’ve made and it’s always a hit! It is so moist and tasty and stays fresh a good couple of days.

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Ingredients:
125g soft butter
1 cup castor sugar
2 cups cake flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
Rind and juice of 1 lemon
115g granadilla pulp

Extra butter for greasing the cake tin
150ml fresh cream
1 tbsp icing sugar

Method:
Pre-heat the oven to 170°C.
Grease a Bundt tin with the extra butter.
Use an electric mixture, whisk the butter and sugar until creamy.
Sift the flour and baking powder together, mix into the butter mixture.
Fold in the buttermilk, half of the granadilla pulp, rind and juice of one lemon.
Pour the batter into the greased tin.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 40 – 45 minutes, mine baked for 43 minutes.
Insert a skewer into the centre of the cake to check if the cake is done.
Leave the cake for about 5 minutes in the tin before turning out on a cooling rack.
Cool completely, in the meantime whip the fresh cream with the icing sugar.


Stir half of the remaining granadilla pulp into the cream.
When the cake is completely cool, spread the cream frosting all over the cake.
Pour the remaining granadilla pulp over the cake.

Cook’s Note:
To make buttermilk at home pour one cup of milk into a jug add one tablespoon of vinegar.

Leave aside for about 10 minutes for the milk to curdle before using in the recipe.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf

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Salwaa’s Choc Chip Banana Loaf

Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf

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Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas

2 large eggs

1/2 cup softened butter

1 tbsp milk

Pinch of salt

1 tsp fine cinnamon

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup cake flour

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup chocolate chips

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a loaf tin with oil.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas with the eggs.

Add the butter, milk and sugar and mix with a wooden spoon until the sugar has dissolved. Add salt and cinnamon. Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.

Mix until combined.

Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into prepared tin.

Put in the middle shelf of the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean and the loaf is nicely browned.

Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then remove the loaf and cool completely on a cooling rack.

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Green Bean and Lamb Stew

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Salwaa’s Green Beans Stew

A simple yet tasty recipe for green beans stew or bredie as we know it in Cape Town. Easy to make, a great idea for a healthy and nutritious meal. Here I used trimmed fine beans. Best of all 3 heaped tablespoons green beans equals one of your 5 a day.

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Ingredients:

1 Tbsp vegetable oil
600g lamb pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1½ tsp salt
2 – 3 green chillies, chopped
1 Tbsp spoon sugar, optional
3 cloves
3 all spice
1kg green beans, sliced diagonally
3 large potatoes, quartered

Green Bean Stew served with basmati rice and atchar

Method:

Wash and drain the meat. Heat the oil in a large pot and braise the onions until deep golden brown.

Add the lamb pieces and garlic and cook until nearly tender about 40 minutes adding water as necessary.

Add the salt, chillies, cloves, allspice and green beans as well as the potatoes.

Cook until the potatoes are soft and tender adding water for thinner gravy.

Serve with boiled rice and atchar. Serves 6

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Mango atchar, lemon atchar, mix veg atchar

Always braise meat until very dark in colour, carefully watching it, so that it doesn’t burn to get a nice dark colour stew.

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Osso Bucco, Cape Malay Style

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Osso Bucco, Cape Malay Style

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Osso bucco in Italian means bone with a hole. This classic braised veal from northern Italy is the world’s best make-ahead dish —it tastes amazing on the second day. Traditionally the osso buco is made with veal shanks braised with vegetables, stock and wine. It’s served with saffron infused Risotto.

My husband bought this piece of meat the other day. I was looking for inspiration from my Facebook followers as to what cook with this cut of meat. I had suggestions from stew to soup to curry to Nihari curry and quite a few people suggested osso bucco. The name of the dish intrigued me as I have never heard of it. So, I decided to go with a recipe that Marley Roos shared with me. I’ve made a few adaptions so I’ll add the original recipe below.

All the recipes called for wine as one of the key ingredients. Well, that is clearly a NO for me, so I just decided to omit the wine and the end results were just as good, in my opinion. I also used homemade stock. I’ll share my recipe for homemade stock in a different post. This recipe is a perfect winter dish and definitely a keeper, to be repeated many times!

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I started with preparing the vegetables. Chopped onions, celery sticks, garlic and carrots.

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Heat 2 Tbsps butter and 2 Tbsps in a pan. Add the peeled and chopped onions, carrots, celery and garlic.

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Stir fry until the onions are golden brown. Remove from heat and transfer into a large ovenproof dish.

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Heat the remaining butter and oil in a large pan.

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In a bowl, season the flour with salt and pepper to taste. Coat the shanks with the flour.

Add the shanks, don’t overcrowd the pan, brown well on both sides.

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Continue until all the meat is browned.

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Place the browned shanks on top of the vegetables.

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Empty the two cans of tomatoes into the same pan you used to brown the meat in.

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Add the stock, bayleaves, thyme and lemon rind.

 

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Simmer for about 10 minutes. Pour the sauce over the shanks. Cover the dish. Bake in a preheated oven.

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Bake in a preheated oven at 190 degrees Celsius for about 11⁄2 hours or until the meat is tender, stirring occasionally.

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I served mine with boiled basmati rice.

 

Heres the full recipe:

Osso Buco, Cape Malay Style

Ingredients:

800g beef shank with marrow bone

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp olive oil

2 large carrots

3 celery sticks

3 garlic cloves

1/2 cup cake flour

2 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

2 cans chopped tomatoes

1/2 litre beef stock

1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped

3 bayleaves

Grated rind of one lemon

Chopped parsley for garnish

 

Method:

Heat 2 Tbsps butter and 2 Tbsps in a pan. Add the peeled and chopped onions, carrots, celery and garlic.

Stir fry until hte onions are golden brown. Remove from heat and transfer into a large ovenproof dish.

In a bowl, season the flour with salt and pepper to taste. Coat the shanks with the flour.

Heat the remaining butter and oil in a large pan.

Add the shanks, don’t overcrowd the pan, brown well on both sides.

Continue until all the meat is browned.

Place the browned shanks on top of the vegetables.

Empty the two cans of tomatoes into the same pan you used to brown the meat in.

Add the stock, bayleaves, thyme and lemon rind. Bring the sauce to the boil, season with salt and pepper if needed. At this point you could add a tablespoon or two sugar according to taste, this is totally optional. Simmer for about 10 minutes.

Pour the sauce over the shanks. Cover the dish.

Bake in a preheated oven at 190 degrees Celsius for about 11⁄2 hours or until the meat is tender, stirring occasionally.

To serve garnish with chopped parsley and grated lemon rind (I forgot to do so 😊)

I served mine with boiled basmati rice.

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Dried Fish and 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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Chocolate Fridge Tart

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Chocolate Fridge Tart

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An elegant chocolate tart. The bright red of the strawberries and the green of the pistachios goes beautifully with the dark chocolate.

Ingredients:
2 ½ packets chocolate cookies (Oreo or similar)
100g butter, melted
350g milk chocolate
150g dark chocolate
300ml fresh cream / double cream
Strawberries for garnishing
Crushed pistachios, optional

Method:
Finely crush the biscuits and mix it with the melted butter.
Line a 20cm non-stick fluted loose bottom tart tin with the biscuit mixture. Use a spoon and your fingers to get an even layer into the bottom and edges of the tin. Freeze whilst preparing the filing.

Using a small pot heat the cream over low to medium. Break the chocolate into small pieces. Add the pieces of chocolate to the warm cream and stir till the chocolate has melted. Pour the chocolate mixture onto the biscuit base. Top with strawberries and crushed pistachios. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.

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Spicy Meatballs

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Spicy Meatballs

Spice meatballs served with flat bread and a yoghurt salad. Quick, refreshing and very easy to make for a light meal on a hot summer’s day.

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Ingredients:
500g minced beef, chicken or lamb (washed and drained)
1 finely chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic, crushed or finely chopped
1 green chilli, finely chopped
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp jeera/cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Handful chopped dhanya
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
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Method:
Add the onions and spices to the minced meat and knead the mixture well. Pop the mixture in the fridge for about 1 hour to allow flavours to develop.
Shape the mixture into small meatballs then fry in a little oil till browned and cooked through. Serve with flat bread, salad and yoghurt sauce. Serves 4

 

Flat Bread

4 cups wholemeal flour
1 cup lukewarm water
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp butter (optional)

Pour the flour and into mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle of the flour. Gradually pour in the water and mix to make a dough. You may need more water but start with a cup full. Turn out onto a floured surface and kneed for 5 – 8 minutes until smooth and elastic like. Place the dough back in the bowl and leave to rest for 30 minutes. Divide the dough into 10 -15 pieces, depending on how big you want the bread. Roll out into a flat disk on a floured surface. Heat a dry frying pan until hot and cook one at a time. Cook each side until it begins to puff up, about 1 – 2 minutes on each side. Smear each side of the flat bread with butter, if using. Wrap it in foil to keep warm whilst the other bread are being baked. These flat breads may be used as tortilla wrappers if rolled out very thinly. Makes 10 – 15 flat breads.

 

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Homemade Bread

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Homemade Baked Bread

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Fancy making your own bread? Baking homemade bread needn’t be difficult, here’s my easy recipe for a delicious crusty loaf of bread. My recipe makes 2 medium size loaves.

Ingredients:

4 cups bread flour

1 sachet instant yeast (7g)

1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 ½  – 1 ¾ cups lukewarm water

Oil for greasing

1 Tbsp melted butter

Method:

In a large bowl add the flour, salt, sugar and yeast. Stir to mix, make a little well in the centre, add the water. Start with one and half cups first. If the dough is too dry add the remaining quarter cup water little bit at a time. You may not need all the water. A wet dough is better than a dry one which will result in a tough bread texture.

Knead well for 10 – 15 minutes. The dough should be smooth and shouldn’t stick to your hands after kneading.

Grease a bowl with little oil. One to two teaspoons oil should be enough. You just want to prevent the dough from sticking to the bowl. Place dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise in a warm place. Depending on the weather it can take between 1½ to 2 hours.

Punch down. Place in prepared loaf tins, (grease the tins well with oil) and leave to rise until double in volume.

Bake at 190°C for 35-40 minutes.

Turn out and cool on wire rack. To check if the bread is baked through, tap bottom of the loaf, it should sound hollow. Brush melted butter over the loaf whilst still warm.

This bread was made from my basic bread recipe. Shaped in a fluted mould pan, dusted with dry flour before baking. Served with butter and homemade fig jam. Learn how to make my fig jam here.

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Dusted with flour before baking

Common bread faults and causes

Lack of volume, heavy and closed texture.

  • Dough is too tight due to insufficient liquid.
  • Too much salt added.
  • Not enough yeast.
  • Dough over fermented, causing the gas pockets to break down.
  • Low gluten content due to incorrect flour used
  • Insufficient kneading or proving

 

Dough collapsing when placed into the oven

  • Over proving

 

Lack of crust colour

  • Dough over fermented
  • Lack of salt
  • Oven too cool

 

Uneven texture with holes and crust breaks away

  • Oven too hot
  • Insufficient proving
  • Dough left uncovered during proving and surface dried out

 

Bread is doughy in the middle

Taken out of the oven too early, not enough baking time.

 

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