Fast and delicious Bobotie recipe

bobotie

Bobotie is a fruity mince dish from Southern Africa, for those of you who don’t know.

Bobotie is always tasty, but this recipe is especially tasty. It worked out very well even though it was made very fast – we were really hungry!

So here it is – a fast and easy but delicious Bobotie recipe with its perfect fruity and sweet flavours.

Ingredients
garlic clove, chopped
2 small yellow onions
2 carrots, finely chopped
400g beef mince
2 teaspoons madras curry or beef curry
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
half a teaspoon ginger spice
half a cup bread crumbs or rusk crumbs
1 cup milk
2 eggs
half a cup raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons chutney or fruit/ mango chutney
3 or 4 bay leaves

Method
Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Start by soaking the crumbs in the milk so that they are just covered in milk. In a pan, fry the onions, carrots and garlic together in some oil. When ready, set aside. In a bowl, mix together the mince, bread crumbs (drain and set the milk aside), salt, pepper, curry, ginger, cinnamon and the raisins. Also add the onion mix. Mix well.

Fry the mince mixture in a pan until cooked.

Put the mixture in a oven dish and flatten a little. Now whisk two eggs in the remaining milk. Add some salt and pepper. Cover the mince mixture in the dish with the egg and milk mixture. Lastly, decorate with 3-4 bay leaves.

Cook for 25 minutes or until golden.

Serve on rice.

(makes 3-4 portions)

Sweetcorn fritters

Sweetcorn fritters
Sweetcorn fritters

This recipe for sweetcorn fritters is one of my favourite recipes of all time! Also called mieliekoekies. It’s so easy, tasty, cheap and flexible. You have to give it a try!

Ingredients
1 tin sweetcorn
1 egg
3/4 cup flour
half a teaspoon baking flour
pinch of salt
half a teaspoon sugar

Method
Mix everything together in a mixing bowl. Put a pan on medium to high heat, add some oil to the pan – I used coconut oil for a less fatty, oily result. Put a spoonful of sweetcorn mixture in the pan – up to 4 fritters can be made at a time. Fry until brown on each side, adding some oil to the pan when needed.

Top with cream cheese, cheese, bacon, Bovril, ham, tomato or rocket. Be creative with your toppings and enjoy!

Sweetcorn fritters
Sweetcorn fritters

Thai red curry soup with giant periwinkle

This soup turned out very tasty indeed! The red curry with the creamy coconut milk and fishy periwinkle taste make for a wonderful starter. Dip a piece of panini bread to soak up the wonderful flavours.

Ingredients
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon chopped galangal or ginger
half a teaspoon chili flakes
1 tablespoon red curry paste
1 spring onion, chopped
1 carrot, diced
1 tomato/ 3 cherry tomatoes, sliced
salt an pepper to taste
1 cup chicken stock
one tin coconut milk
2 lemongrass sprigs, finely cut
200 g chopped cooked giant periwinkle (also called allikreukel)
(can be replaced by shrimps/prawns)
2 tablespoons fish sauce
juice of half a lemon

Method
In a pot, heat the coconut oil. Add the galangal or ginger, chili flakes, curry paste, onion and spring onion to the pot and fry for 3 minutes. Add the chicken stock and the carrots. Boil for 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper and lemon grass and let boil for another 5 minutes. Then add the coconut milk, periwinkle, fish sauce and lemon and let cook for a further 10 minutes.

Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with some bread.

beautiful giant periwinkle
Beautiful giant periwinkle

Thai beef noodles with peanut sauce

Noodles in peanut sauce
Noodles in peanut sauce

Noodles with peanut sauce! This is such a yummy recipe with lots of taste!
This dish is also tasty without meat!
Serves 4 people.

For the sauce
Half a cup or less peanut butter
1 tin coconut milk
half a red onion, finely cut
2 garlic cloves
One tablespoon brown sugar
4 tablespoons dark soy sauce
4 tablespoons cooking oil
Half a cup water
Half a teaspoon chili flakes or half a chili

For the meat
Half a cup water
300 g beef strips
A pinch of salt
One spring onion

4 sliced carrots
¼ green cabbage, diced
Vermicelli or yellow noodles for 3-4 people

Extra spices
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ a teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
The juice of 2 lemons

Method
Make the sauce – add the onion, garlic, chili flakes, soy sauce, sugar, oil and water to a pan. Heat up, stir continuously for about 5 minutes on high heat. Lower the heat and add the coconut milk. Stir and leave to simmer for 5 minutes.

In a pot, steam the meat in half a cup of water with some salt and spring onions. Steam for 15 minutes. Add the meat to the peanut sauce.

Steam and add the noodles, carrots and cabbage to the peanut mixture and combine everything.

Add the extra spices etc. to the rest and let it cook on medium to high heat for about 5-10 minutes.

Enjoy warm.

Moroccan chicken

Moroccan chicken recipe
Moroccan chicken

Ingredients
Two portions couscous
Green beans, about 200g
1 medium butternut
250 g chicken
Plain feta
4 – 6 tablespoons plain Bulgarian yoghurt
1-2 garlic cloves
Some tarragon, fresh (if you have)
Some parsley, fresh (if you have)
1 large leek
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Half a teaspoon salt
Half a teaspoon ground black pepper
Half a teaspoon chili flakes
One teaspoon Marsala spice

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Add a bit of olive oil to a baking tray. On the tray, put pieces of garlic, tarragon, parsley, green beans (cut in half) and butternut pieces. Spice with chili, pepper, salt and Marsala spice. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes. Stir around at half time not to let it burn. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and fry together with chopped leek in a pan with some sesame oil, salt and pepper for about 5 minutes. Cook for a further 15-20 minutes on high heat until ready. Take from heat and add about 4 tablespoons of yoghurt and mix. Add the feta pieces to the warm, already prepared couscous. Mix everything in a large mixing bowl. Enjoy warm or cold.

Mushroom, onion and potato soup

 

mushroom, onion and potato soup
mushroom, onion and potato soup

Soupalicious
Mushroom, onion and potato soup
With celery, rosemary and thyme
For the “under-the-weather-and-hungry-for-warm-soup” in winter situation.

Ingredients
Half a teaspoon white pepper
Half a teaspoon garlic and herbs spice
Half a teaspoon salt
80-100 ml mushroom soup mix powder dissolved in 20 ml water
3-4 cups boiling water
Some olive oil for frying
2 medium potatoes, diced in small pieces
One medium onion, diced in small pieces
6-8 mushrooms, diced
A handful celery leaves – not the sticks – chopped
Thyme – 2 small sprigs, chopped
Rosemary – a few leaves, chopped

Method
Fry the onion and celery leaves in some oil for 1 minute.
Add 2 cups of boiling water. Add all the spices and the herbs.
Add the potatoes and boil for 15 minutes or longer. Add the mushrooms.
Let boil for another 5 minutes or longer.
Dissolve the mushroom soup powder in some water, stir and add to the soup mixture.
Stir and let boil for 5 minutes.

Serve with fresh buttered white ciabatta or rye bread.

Lasagne

lasagne
lasagne

A yummy Lasagne recipe plus a white sauce recipe just for you!

Ingredients

Lasagne:
Olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
3 large carrots, diced
400g ostrich mince
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried rosemary spice
1 teaspoon dried herb/oregano spice
1 tin tomato and onion mix
6 Cooked/oven ready lasagne sheets

White sauce:
Half a cup – 3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons flour
1 large tablespoon butter
A pinch of salt
Some pepperFeta cheese (1 round)

Method

Heat some olive oil in a pan. Add chopped onions and garlic and fry for 2 minutes. Add the chopped carrots and the mince. Spice with the salt, pepper, rosemary and oregano spice and also add the Worcestershire and Balsamic sauces. Let the ingredients cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes. Add the tomato and onion mix, stir, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, make the white sauce.

 How to make the white sauce/Béchamel sauce:

Take a small pot and put it on the stove on high heat. Melt the butter in the pot. When the butter starts to melt, add the flour and stir well.
Stir all the flour into the butter. Then add the milk and stir constantly. Turn the heat to medium and add some more milk when the mixture starts to boil. Remember to keep stirring to prevent the mixture from burning.
Carry on like this until the mixture is not too runny and not too thick. Turn off the heat and add feta, salt and pepper to the mixture. Mix and leave to cool. The sauce will become thicker while it cools down.

Take a medium, square lasagne dish. Add half of the meat mixture to the dish. Place 3 lasagne sheets on top of the mixture, next to each other as to cover the mince mixture. Add another layer of mince. Then add the last 3 lasagne sheets on top of that layer as described earlier. Then pour the feta-white sauce over the last sheet layer.

Bake in a preheated oven (180 degrees Celsius) for about 30 minutes.

Enjoy with a glass of red wine!

Salmon Fishcakes

salmon fishcakes
salmon fishcakes

So you feel like having some fish tonight but only have a tin of salmon? Here is an easy recipe for you to get your fishy satisfaction.

Ingredients
1 tin salmon
One onion, cut into pieces
One chili, finely cut
One clove garlic, cut into pieces
Some coriander, finely chopped
Salt
Pepper
Cayenne pepper
Lemon juice
Some flour – about ¾ cup or less
Some milk – about 1/3 cup
2 eggs
1 tomato, sliced
Half a cup coconut flakes

 Method
Fry half a cup coconut flakes in a little bit of oil on very low heat for about a minute. Let cool.
Fry the garlic, onion and tomato with some oil and salt and pepper.

In a bowl mix the eggs with the rest of the ingredients (salmon, salt, pepper, chili, coriander, coconut flakes, lemon juice, onion mix, milk and flour).

The mixture shouldn’t be too runny but also not to stiff.  Fry spoon-fulls of salmon mix, 2 at a time in some oil. Turning it from side to side until golden in colour.

Serve with rice, cucumber and carrot slices, and oyster sauce – which gives that extra fishy taste.

I made a sambal to go with the fishcakes.
Ingredients
sambal oelek, mayonnaise, jalapeno, pepper and a bit of milk

 

Indonesian inspired Chicken Wrap

chicken wrap
chicken wrap

A fresh homemade wrap with Indonesian soy sauce, some chicken and veggies.
Mmmm easy and tasty!

Ingredients
for the wrap:
a cup of white flour
a pinch of salt
3 -4 tablespoons water

For the chicken:
200g chicken breast, sliced in strips
50ml sweet Indonesian soy sauce
salt and pepper
garlic, minced
ginger, cut into small pieces
a cup of cabbage
some fresh slices of carrot

Method
In a pan, fry the garlic and ginger in some olive oil. Add the chicken, salt and pepper and cook on high heat for about 5 minutes. Turn the heat to medium and cook for a further 5 minutes. Then add the soy sauce and cook for another minute or two, add the cabbage and steam the cabbage for 2 minutes on low heat.

In a bowl, mix the flour and the salt. Add the water, room temperature, little by little to form the dough.
Sprinkle some flour on a surface and roll out the dough. Try not to make it too thick because the wrap must be folded.

Put your frying pan on high heat, add olive oil and add the doughy wrap. Cook it on each side until cooked and a little bit brown, about two minutes, depending on the heat.

Prepare your wrap in a plate with some cream cheese and add your ingredients. Fold and enjoy!

Tip: Add some fresh coriander or basil!

Vietnamese Pork Pho

Vietnamese pork pho
Vietnamese pork pho

This is such a tasty dish and super easy to make.

Ingredients
Thai/rice noodles, enough for 4
2 and a half cups beef stock
some sesame oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
1 garlic clove
half a teaspoon ground black pepper
5 star anise
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
some chili flakes
250g pork strips
one large onion
one big red pepper
250 g green beans

Serve with…
fish sauce
lemon juice
basil leaves for garnish
1 cup bean sprouts

Method
In a wok, fry the pork, onions, garlic and ginger in the sesame oil. Add the stock then add the cinnamon, sugar, chili flakes, star anise, red pepper and green beans. Blend with a wooden spoon and let simmer for about 15 minutes on medium heat.  Add the noodles to the wok and cook them with the rest of the ingredients for about 10 minutes, depending on the type of noodles you are using. Add some more water here when there is not enough liquid in the wok.

Serve with a teaspoon of fish sauce and lemon juice, basil leaves and bean sprouts or according to taste.

Tip – The dish is easier and less messy to eat (with just a fork) if it’s not too watery – which I found less frustrating. The original recipe is more like a soup.