Chicken and Corn Quiche

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Chicken and Corn Quiche – Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights​

With Ramadaan fast approaching I thought I’d share with you my quick and easy quiche recipe. Mini quiches can be made in advance and stored for up to 3 months in the freezer. My mini quiche recipe is a brilliant and tasty way of using left over cooked chicken. Use polony, fish or shredded meat as an alternative.

Mini Quiche
Mini Quiche

Makes one large quiche or 24 mini quiches

Ingredients:
3 extra large eggs
2 deboned chicken breast, cooked and diced
1 small onion
100g grated Cheddar cheese
1 cup sweet corn
500g puff pastry
Salt and pepper to taste
100ml fresh cream
A sprinkle of dried herbs
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Method:
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

Lightly grease a baking tin/Pyrex with butter

In a bowl, mix the eggs, chicken pieces, onion, corn, cheese, cream, salt and pepper with a fork until mixed together well.

Roll the pastry to fit your Pyrex. Line your dish with the pastry, cutting the excess pieces off or line your muffin tin or foil cases with pastry using a cookie cutter or glass to fit.

Spoon the chicken mixture on top of the pastry. Top with extra cheese, optional. Sprinkle the dried herbs on top. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

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Pineapple & Banana Fritters

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Pineapple & Banana Fritters

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Pineapple & Banana Fritters

Ingredients:
100g canned pineapple, crushed or pieces
1 large banana, sliced
1 cup self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp fine cinnamon
3 tsp sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup juice of the canned pineapple
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Mix self raising flour, baking powder, cinnamon & sugar. Add egg and juice. Add pineapple and banana, mix well. Drop spoon full of batter onto a hot greased pan and bake until done turning once during baking. Serve warm with cream and golden syrup. Or sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Variation:
Add any fruit of choice
Fresh pineapple can be used
Instead of the juice, add 1/2 cup milk
Recipe can easily be doubled if required.

Fajita Chicken Samosas

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Fajita Chicken Samosas

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Ingredients:
400g deboned chicken breasts (about 2 chicken breasts)
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 green pepper
2 large onions
1 Tbsp oil (olive or normal cooking oil)
½ – 1 tsp crushed red chillies
1 tsp jeera /cumin
1 tsp paprika
¼ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
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1 tsp freshly crushed black pepper
200 strong cheddar cheese
2 tsp lemon juice

Method:
Cook the chicken breasts in a little water.
Add water as needed but don’t add too much, just so it does not stick or burn to your pot.
Meanwhile chop the peppers and onions finely.
Once the chicken has cooked removed it from the pot and allow to cool.
Shred the chicken breasts into small pieces.
Heat the oil in the pot, add the onions and peppers,
sauté for about 5 minutes.
Add the rest of the spices, stir and cook a further 5 minutes, don’t add water.
Cool completely before adding the shredded chicken, cheese and lemon juice.
Fill your samosas as you normally would. Serve with a chutney dip. Delicious 😋

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Chocolate Pancakes / Crepes

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

Ingredients:

2 cups cake/plain flour, sifted

Pinch of salt

3 Tbsp cocoa powder

2 extra large eggs

1 ½ cup milk

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

100g butter, melted

Method:

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

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

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

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



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Ramadan Kareem!

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Ramadan Kareem from my kitchen to yours

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Ramadan – a brief explanation

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

Dates & Mint Tea
Dates & Mint Tea

Does Ramadan always start on the same day?

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

Why is the month so significant?

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

 

Who is exempt from fasting?

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

 

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

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

The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.

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

There is peace that night until the coming of dawn.

(Quran: 97:1-5)

 

Traditions

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

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The benefits of Dates

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

Dates and Tea

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

 

May you have a blessed spiritual uplifting month, ameen

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

 

 

Gulab Jamun

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Gulab Jamun

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

 

Gulab Jamun
Gulab Jamun

 Ingredients:

1 tin condensed milk (497g)

3 Tbsp butter, melted

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp semolina

1 tsp ground cardamom

½ tsp rose essence

2 – 2¼ cups cake flour, sifted

Oil for deep frying

 

For The Syrup

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

1 tsp rose essence

 

Desiccated coconut to finish

 

Method:

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

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

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

 

Cook’s note:

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

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

Gulab Jamun
Gulab Jamun

 

 

 

Cheese Scones

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Salwaa’s Cheese Scones

Cheese Scones

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Ingredients:
2 cups self-raising flour, plus extra for rolling out
1 level tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
55g butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
1/3 cup caster sugar
150ml buttermilk (approx)
125g French Blue Cheese or any strong cheese of choice

Method:
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Stir in the sugar. Cut the cheese into small cubes. Add the cheese and buttermilk to the flour mixture.

Mix into a soft, but not sticky, dough. Lightly flour your hands and bring the dough together, handling it as little as possible.

Leave the dough to rest for 30 minutes. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat to a thickness of 2cm, lightly flour a 5cm pastry cutter and cut out as many scones as possible. I’ve used a square cookie cutter this time.

Transfer the scones onto a baking tray. Leave a space in between as the scones will spread somewhat. Gather the remaining dough together and repeat until used up. I got about 12 scones out of this mixture.

Brush the tops with milk or beaten egg. Dust with mixed herbs. Bake for 12-15 minutes until risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack until just warm, or leave to go completely cold. I served mine warm with lashings of butter.

Cheese Scones Serve With Butter

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