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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Carrots and Pea Bredie

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Salwaa’s Carrots & Peas Bredie

Carrot & Pea Bredie

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Ingredients:

2 Tbsp cooking oil

1 large onion, peeled and chopped

500g mutton, lamb or beef pieces

800g carrots cut into julienne strips

3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters

1½ cups frozen peas

1/2 tsp ground allspice or 5 whole allspice

1-2 green chillies

2 tsp salt or to taste

Hot water as needed

Chopped parsley for garnishing

Method:

Heat oil in a large saucepan and braise onions until golden brown, 5-10 mins.

Add washed and drained meat and braise until dark brown, 10-15 mins.

The meat should be as brown as you can get it.

Add salt, chillies, allspice and enough water; simmer until meat is nearly tender, 15-20 minutes or longer if using mutton.

Add carrots and potatoes, cook until potatoes are nearly soft.

Add frozen peas and cook a further 10 mins or until potatoes are soft.

Garnish with chopped parsley.

Serve with white rice and atchars.

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Braised Steak

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This is such a versatile recipe which can be used for steak rolls, a gatsby, serve with vegetables of choice and rice or with chips and a salad.

Serves 6
Ingredients for marinade:
1kg rump steak, cut into 10cm pieces
2 tsps steak and chops spice (masala)
2 tsps ground red chillies (or to taste)
2 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp crushed ginger
2 tbsp oil
Enough vinegar to make a paste (add a little at a time)

Mix all the above ingredients into a thickish paste.

Add to meat and marinate for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator

Other Ingredients:
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 large onions, peeled and sliced
1 large tomato, chopped
1 small green pepper, sliced
1 small red pepper, sliced
1 small yellow pepper, sliced

Method:
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large saucepan. Braise 1 & 1/2 sliced onions until golden brown. 
Add 1 large chopped tomato and cook for 10 minutes.

Add marinated steak and cook over medium heat for 40 minutes or until the meat is tender. Cooking time may vary depending on your cut of steak. You may want to taste at this point to see if you need salt. Add salt if needed as some steak and chops spice has salt added.

Add the sliced peppers and remaining half onion, stir and cook a further 5 minutes.

Serve with rice and vegetables or chips and salad or as a filling for masala steak Gatsby or rolls. You may use any cut of steak according to your preference.

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Afghan Biscuits

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

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

Ingredients:

200g soft butter

1/2 cup castor sugar

1 & 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 cup cornflakes

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Milk chocolate to finish

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 180°C.

Cream the butter and castor sugar until light and fluffy.

Mix the flour and cocoa with the butter mixture.

Mix in cornflake and walnuts.

Mixture should resemble a soft dough.

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

Bake for about 12 -15 minutes.

Cool slightly in the tins before removing.

Allow to cool completely before drizzling with melted chocolate.

Top the chocolate with half a walnut, optional.

Makes about 30 biscuits.

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How To Make Homemade Bread

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Salwaa’s Homemade Bread Video Tutorial

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

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

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Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks

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Slow Cooked Lamb Shanked

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

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

One-pan Wonder

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

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

Enjoy!

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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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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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Fruit Cake

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Salwaa’s Rich Fruit Cake

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Today I’m sharing with you one of my late mommy’s favourite cakes. The making of this cake was reserved for Eid and other special occasions. Although we didn’t and still don’t celebrate Christmas my mom would always bake cakes and share with our neighbours.

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We grew up in an area where multi-faith people lived. Everyone respected each other’s religion. At Eid some of our non-Muslim neighbours reciprocated with their home bakes. Naturally they would only send gifts suitable for Muslim consumption.

For an extra rich fruit cake buy fruit cake mixture that has cherries and nuts included. You may add extra almond slivers. During my younger days I didn’t like cake that had cherries as an ingredient. But strangely now that I’m older I’ve acquired a taste for cherries. I have made a double batch of the recipe below to show you different ways of presenting your fruit cake.

I would have loved to bake a cake for each and everyone of my followers but the very least I could do is share my mom’s recipe. Who knows, maybe you could start your own tradition, make an extra cake and share it with your neighbours?

Happy holidays!

Here follows my step-by-step method. The full recipe is further along.

Using a large pot add 250g butter or margarine, 1 cup soft dark brown sugar, 2 tsp mixed spice, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground cloves, 1 dessert spoon instant coffee, 3 cups water, 500g luxury fruit cake mixture.

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Bring to the boil, simmer over medium until all the butter is melted and the sugar has dissolved, about 5-10 minutes. Stir gently.

 

Allow to cool completely.

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Whisk eggs in a separate bowl.

Add the flour and baking powder as well as the boiled fruit mixture.

Stir with wooden spoon, mix well until all the ingredients are combined.

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Pour into the prepared cake tin/s. As I’ve doubled the recipe i made some in a loaf tin, some in mini loafs and one in a bundt tin.

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Bake on the centre shelf. To test if the cake is baked insert a toothpick / cake tester in the centre of the cake, if it comes out clean the cake is done.

FAN OVEN: 130°C for 2 hours

CONV OVEN: 150°C for 2 hours

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Salwaa’s Rich Fruit Cake

Ingredients:

250g butter or margarine

1 cup soft dark brown sugar

2 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1 dessert spoon instant coffee

3 cups water

500g luxury fruit cake mixture

4 large eggs

4 cups self raising flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

Method:

Grease and line a 20cm deep cake tin with grease proof / parchment paper.

You may also wrap a double layer of brown paper, tied with string, around the outside of the tins.

Alternatively, use two small loaf tins or mini loaf tins, perfect for gifting.

Place all ingredients except flour, baking powder and eggs into a large pot.

Bring to the boil, simmer over medium until all the butter is melted and the sugar has dissolved, about 10 minutes.

Allow to cool completely.

Whisk eggs in a separate bowl.

Add the flour and baking powder as well as the boiled fruit mixture.

Stir with wooden spoon, mix well until all the ingredients are combined.

Pour into the prepared cake tin/s.

Bake on the centre shelf

FAN OVEN: 130°C for 2 hours

CONV OVEN: 150°C for 2 hours

When cooked, leave for 30 minutes before turning out

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Lamb Spinach

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Lamb Spinach

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dish the meat in a serving plate. Sprinkle with the lemon juice. Garnish with chopped dhanya and lemon slices. Serve immediately with white rice or naan.
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Pear and Chocolate Pudding

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Pear & Chocolate Pudding
Pear & Chocolate Pudding

This dessert is so versatile and is suitable for both winter or summer. Serve the pear and pudding with vanilla ice cream on a warm day. For a cold winter’s day it can be served with a chocolate sauce and or thin custard. Very easy to make with the minimum of fuss using everyday store cupboard ingredients.

 

Ingredients:

3 large eggs

¾ cup sugar

½ cup juice of the canned pears

½ cup vegetable oil

2 tsps baking powder

¼ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 cup cake flour

2 (410g) tins canned pear halves

Butter for greasing

 

Method:

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Grease a 20cm square dish with the butter. Arrange the pear halves in the dish, cut side down. In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together using an electric mixer. Pour the mixture over the pears. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, it will be slightly gooey when baked. Cool down slightly before cutting into squares, serve with thin custard, chocolate sauce or vanilla ice cream. Cut into approximately 9 slices.

Arrange the pear halves in a greased oven proof dish
Arrange the pear halves in a greased oven proof dish

 

Pour the chocolate mixture over the pears
Pour the chocolate mixture over the pears

Chocolate sauce

100g good-quality dark chocolate

1 Tbsp butter

½ cup fresh cream

1 Tbsp sugar

Break the chocolate into small pieces. Microwave in a suitable bowl for about 1 – 2 minutes, checking every 30 seconds on its progress until it is melted. Heat the cream, butter and sugar over low heat until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Pour the cream over the chocolate and stir well. Serve with the pear and chocolate pudding. Delicious serve whilst still warm.

Serve with chocolate sauce
Serve with chocolate sauce

Serve with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream
Serve with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream

Serve with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream
Serve with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream

 

Pear & Chocolate Pudding
Pear & Chocolate Pudding

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Boeber – 15th Ramadaan

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Boeber - Traditional Milk Drink
Boeber – Traditional Milk Drink

A traditional South African Cape Malay recipe, the taste is so rich and sugary. Boeber is made of milk, vermicelli, sago, sugar or condensed milk flavoured with cardamoms, stick cinnamon and rose water. If you like a “thicker” boeber add more sago. Boeber is traditionally served on the fifteenth night of Ramadan to celebrate the middle of the fast. The evening of the 15th day of Ramadaan is special for those who had fasted the first 15 days. They are known as people who are ‘op die berg’ Many, many years ago after the taraweegh salaah, boeber was served at the mosques. Every family also made boeber for this particular night. After Taraweegh salaah, boeber was also sold at boeber houses at two pence a glass. There, friends would assemble and, if it were a Friday or Saturday, would stay up until sower (suhur) and then go to the masjid for Fajr.

To make boeber you will need the following
100g butter
1/3 cup sago
1 cup water to soak the sago
1 – 1 1/2 cups crushed vermicelli
3 cinnamon sticks
5 cardamoms
50 g sultanas
2 litres milk
15 ml rose water (optional)
150 – 200ml white sugar (depending on your taste buds)
50g blanched almonds

Method:
Soak the sago in the water for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan.
When it has melted, add the vermicelli and toss it so that the butter covers it and it starts to go golden brown.
Add the cardamom, cinnamon and the sultanas.
Stir before pouring the milk into the pan.
Bring to the boil before adding the pre-soaked sago and then simmer for about 30 minutes stirring constantly otherwise it will stick. The sago should become transparent.
Add the rose water (if using), sugar and almonds and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes or so. Serve hot and enjoy!!!
Serve hot and prepare to enjoy this rich, spicy and flavourful drink.

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Fish Breyani

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Fish Breyani
Fish Breyani

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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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Cape Malay Koesisters

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Traditional Sunday morning breakfast. Spicy version of doughnuts, this recipe makes 30 koesisters

Cape Malay Koesisters
Cape Malay Koesisters

Ingredients
500 grams cake flour (4 x 250ml)
1 teaspoon dry ginger powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
2 teaspoons aniseed powder
Rind of 1 naartjie / satsuma, dried and ground (optional)
1 packet instant yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup boiling water
1 dessert spoon butter
1 medium egg
milk as needed
750ml vegetable oil for frying

Method:
Using a measuring jug, melt butter and sugar in hot water. Stir in egg. Add enough milk to make 1/2 litre. Mix flour, spices and yeast into a mixing bowl. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and mix to a soft dough. Set dough aside, covered, to rise until double in size. Dip our fingers in a little oil, just to prevent the dough from sticking to your fingers. Divide dough into approx 30 small balls on a slightly oiled surface. Allow the koesisters to rise until double in size. Meanwhile heat oil in large, deep saucepan. Once the oil is very hot turn your stove down to medium to high. Gently pull the balls of dough one by one into an oblong shape and gently lower it into the hot boil. Fry each side until browned, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper. Cool completely.

Sugar syrup:
500ml water
250ml sugar
Boil water and sugar until sugar is dissolved and syrup is slightly thickened and sticky. Add drops of water if syrup becomes too sticky. Add the cold koesisters into the syrup a few at a time. Cook for a minute or so turning all the time so the whole koesister is coated with sugar syrup, remove from the syrup onto a serving plate. Sprinkle with desiccated coconut or make a slit in the middle of the koesister taking care not too go right through. Drop a teaspoonful of glazed coconut in the centre.

Cook’s tip:
Wash and dry the naartjie rind. Leave it out in the sun to dry out or if there’s no sunshine leave it in the oven on a very low temperature to dry out completely before grinding in a spice grinder.
To make the coconut filling
1 cup sugar
1 cup desiccated coconut
¾ cup water
3 cardamom pods
1 piece stick cinnamon
Boil all the ingredients together until all the water is evaporated and the coconut is glazed and sticky. About 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn as coconut burns very easily. The coconut mixture should be dry not watery. Remove cardamoms and stick cinnamon before using.

Little balls of dough before frying
Little balls of dough before frying

Dip our fingers in a little oil, just to prevent the dough from sticking to your fingers. Divide dough into approx 30 small balls on a slightly oiled surface.

Frying one side
Frying one side

Allow the koesisters to rise until double in size. Meanwhile heat oil in large, deep saucepan. Once the oil is very hot turn your stove down to medium to high. Gently pull the balls of dough one by one into an oblong shape and gently lower it into the hot boil. Fry each side until browned, about 2 minutes on each side.

Frying
Frying

 

Koesisters
Koesisters draining on kitchen towel after frying

Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper. Cool completely.

Sugared koesisters
Sugared koesisters

Sugar syrup:
500ml water
250ml sugar
Boil water and sugar until sugar is dissolved and syrup is slightly thickened and sticky. Add drops of water if syrup becomes too sticky. Add the cold koesisters into the syrup a few at a time. Cook for a minute or so turning all the time so the whole koesister is coated with sugar syrup, remove from the syrup onto a serving plate. Sprinkle with desiccated coconut or make a slit in the middle of the koesister taking care not too go right through. Drop a teaspoonful of glazed coconut in the centre.

Koesisiters
Koesisters covered with desiccated coconut

 

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To make the coconut filling
1 cup sugar
1 cup desiccated coconut
¾ cup water
3 cardamom pods
1 piece stick cinnamon
Boil all the ingredients together until all the water is evaporated and the coconut is glazed and sticky. About 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn as coconut burns very easily. The coconut mixture should be dry not watery. Remove cardamoms and stick cinnamon before using.

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Dried naartjie / Satsuma peels
Dried naartjie / Satsuma peels

Wash and dry the naartjie rind. Leave it out in the sun to dry out or if there’s no sunshine leave it in the oven on a very low temperature to dry out completely before grinding in a spice grinder.

Dried naartjie / Satsuma peels
Dried naartjie / Satsuma peels

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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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Enjoy:)

 

 

 

 

 

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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Eid Recipes

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Here follows a quick round-up of popular Eid dishes.

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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.

 

Perfect with bobotie, frikkadel, roast, etc…

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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.

 

Curry
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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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 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
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 1/2 cups cake flour
3 tsps baking powder
1/2 cup milk

For the coating:
3 Tbsp 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
 
  • 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

 

 

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Spring Rolls

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Spring rolls are a large variety of filled, rolled appetisers. Here is a recipe for crispy vegetable spring rolls. Dip hot, fried spring rolls in sweet spicy sauce.

Fried Spring Rolls

Ingredients:
1 cup mixed vegetables, chopped long and slim/shredded (carrot, beans, cabbage, peas, corn, green, yellow, red peppers, etc)
1 onion, sliced
1 teaspoon ginger & garlic paste
1 tablespoon soya sauce
1 chopped green chilli
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon oil 
20 sheets filo pastry
 
Method:
1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions until transparent and pink.
2. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for another minute.
3. Next add the vegetables and green chilli, sprinkle some water and cook closed until soft, yet crunchy.
4. Turn heat to high and add the soya sauce. Mix well for a minute on high.
5. Lower heat. Mix in salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.
 
Filling
 
ADD CHOPPED, COOKED CHICKEN MINCE FOR VARIATION
 
Filo Pastry
 
 
Filling and rolling:
Defrost the pastry to room temperature before separating the sheets.
 
Filling
 
 
Lay out one sheet; add about 2-3 tablespoons (depending on the size of your spring roll sheets) of the vegetable filling towards one corner. Fold in the end of the corner first and then both sides.
 
Folding
 
 
Fold in the end of the corner first and then both sides.
 
Folding
 
 
Once these ends are firmly placed, start rolling towards the other end until fully done.
 
Crispy Fried Spring Rolls
 
 
Deep fry until golden brown.
 
Cook’s notes:
– Add cooked, shredded chicken pieces.
– You can use any mix of vegetables you want. However, cabbage and peppers really enhance the taste.
– Arrange spring rolls in a single layer on a medium baking sheet. Brush with vegetable oil. Bake in preheated oven @ 200C for 20 minutes, until lightly browned. For a crispier spring roll, turn after 10 minutes.
 
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Roast Leg Of Lamb

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Roast lamb

Serve this tender lamb with your favourite gravy and vegetables.

Ready in 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients:

10 cloves of garlic

10 cloves

10 bay leaves

1 whole large leg of lamb, bone in (about 2.2kg)

Salt & pepper to taste

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 190C.

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

3. Stuff 1 clove of garlic, clove, bay leave into the each of the cuts. Rub the leg of lamb with salt and pepper according to taste. Add a cup of water into the tin. Cover the tin loosely with foil and roast for 1 hour 30 minutes, adding more water if necessary. Remove the foil and cook for another 30 minutes.

4. Put the meat on a platter, cover loosely with foil and leave in a warm place to rest for 15 minutes before carving. Serve with gravy, roast potatoes, a selection of vegetables of your choice.

ROAST LEG OF LAMB

Prawn Breyani

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Prawn Breyani

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Ingredients:

500g Basmati rice

1 kg large prawns shelled and deveined

To marinate prawns:

1 cup yogurt

Juice of 1 lime/ lemon

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

2 tablespoons garlic paste

1 tablespoon ginger paste

Salt to taste

To fry: 4 large onions sliced thinly (divided into 3 equal portions)

3 large tomatoes chopped finely

For dry masala/ spice mix:

2 tablespoons whole koljana/coriander seeds

1 tablespoons whole jeera/cumin seeds

1 tablespoon saunf/ aniseed/ fennel seeds

1 tablespoon poppy seeds

2 pieces of cinnamon

5 cloves

5 green cardamom

10-12 black peppercorns

2 dry red chillies

For wet masala: 2 green chillies

1/2 cup fresh dhanya leaves

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

3-4 tablespoons fresh chopped dhanya/coriander leaves

4-5 tablespoons cooking oil

Preparation:

Wash the rice. Soak it in warm water for 30 minutes.

Cook the rice till almost done. Drain remaining water (if any) and keep aside.

Marinate the prawns with the marinating ingredients.

Heat a flat pan on a medium heat and gently roast all ingredients mentioned under “For dry masala/ spice mix” till they start to become slightly darker and give off a faint aroma.

Now grind all the roasted ingredients to a fine powder in a clean, dry coffee grinder or use a mortal & pestle.

Grind the ingredients mentioned under “For wet masala”, to a smooth paste in a food processor.

Heat the cooking oil in a deep pan till hot and then fry 1 of the 3 portions of sliced onions till crispy and golden. When done, drain and remove from the oil and keep aside on paper towels to garnish breyani later.

In the same oil, add the remaining sliced onions and fry till soft. Now add the tomatoes and fry till soft.

Add all the dry and wet masala ingredients prepared earlier and fry till the oil begins to separate from the whole mix.

Now add the prawns and all the marinade to this spice mix. Stir and allow to cook till the prawns are done. Do not overcook as the prawns will get rubbery in texture. Season with salt if required.

Remove from heat.

Take a large, deep baking dish/ ovenproof dish (it MUST have its own cover) and grease lightly with cooking oil. Layer the rice and prawn as follows: rice – prawn – rice. End with a layer of rice.

Garnish with the crispy fried onions, chopped dhanya leaves. Cover the dish and seal tightly.

Bake in a hot oven for 30 minutes.

Arabian Breyani

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Arabian Breyani

 

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons onion, choppel
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch saffron or turmeric
Pinch cayenne pepper, optional
½ cup low-fat plain yogurt
1½ pounds boneless lamb, cubed
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups cooked basmati rice, stirred with a pinch of saffron or turmeric

Garnish
2 tablespoons shredded or whole almonds
1 tablespoon golden raisins
1 hard-boiled egg, quartered
1 teaspoon chopped parsley

Method
Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, turmeric, and cayenne pepper and sauté over medium heat for about 3 minutes.

Combine the onion mixture with the yogurt in the blender and puree until smooth. Set this mixture aside.

Heat the remaining butter and sauté the meat, a few pieces at a time, until golden on all sides. Season with the salt and pepper then add the yogurt mixture, cover the saucepan, and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Remove lid and simmer for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Combine the meat with the rice and smooth the mixture into a large baking dish. You may cover the mixture with foil and refrigerate until ready to serve or bake the mixture in a preheated oven for 25 minutes at 170C. Garnish before serving.

Mavrou

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Mavrou
A Cape Malay traditional dish which is usually served at weddings, on Eid and other special occasions. Mavrou is a very colourful dish and is usually made with steak.

Mavrou
Mavrou

Ingredients:
1 kg cubed steak or goulash
10 ml salt
10 ml ground jeera (cumin)
15 ml ground koljana (coriander)
10 ml barishap (fennel seeds)
15 ml crushed red chillies
3 cloves
3 whole all spice
10 ml ground ginger
10 ml ground garlic
3 cardamom pods
3 cinnamon sticks

Few strands saffron (optional)
4 large onions, thinly sliced

Oil for braising onions
2 large tomatoes, grated

Method:
• Combine all spices and mix well with meat. Marinate for at least an hour.
• Heat oil in large pot and braise onions until soft and golden, adding water when necessary.
• Add meat and cook covered until soft, adding water when necessary.
• Serve with white or savoury rice decorated with boiled eggs cut into quarters.

VARIATION:

Served with steamed mix vegetables of peas.