Authentic South AFrican Food

Bobotie is a South African dish consisting of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping.

I blogged about this dish about 5 years ago, when I only had a handfull of followers. If you are interested to read more about this dish clickon this link:

Bobotie

 

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Baked Omelet Breakfast

IMG_4210Ingredients
8 Eggs
½ cup cream
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup fried bacon bits
¼ cup greenpepper (can use yellow, red and green)
¼ cup finely chopped onions.
Whisk the eggs and cream in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the cheese, bacon, greenpepper and onion.IMG_4211Spray and cook a 20 cm square dish and pour the mixture into that.IMG_4213

Bake at 200˚Celsius  for 20 min or until golden brown. Serves 6 peopleIMG_4215

Garden Vegetable Soup

Recipe courtesy Alton BrownIMG_2154

Ingredients
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped leeks, white part only (from approximately 3 medium leeks)
2 tablespoons finely minced garlic
salt
2 cups carrots, peeled and chopped into rounds (approximately 2 medium)
2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
2 cups fresh green beans, broken or cut into  pieces
1500 ml chicken or vegetable broth
4 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped tomatoes
2 ears corn, kernels removed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup packed, chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 to 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

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Directions
Heat the olive oil in large, heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the leeks, garlic, and a pinch of salt and sweat until they begin to soften, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Add the carrots, potatoes, and green beans and continue to cook for 4 to 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Add the stock, increase the heat to high, and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add the tomatoes, corn kernels, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the vegetables are fork tender, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and add the parsley and lemon juice. Season, to taste, with  salt. Serve immediately.IMG_2160

Creamed spinach

1 small onion, finely chopped

200  g  mushrooms, chopped

25 g butter

2 tbsp plain flour

200 ml milk

2 x 200 g bags spinach

100 ml cream

Method

1. Heat the butter in a saucepan, then add the onion and mushrooms and cook for 5 mins until softened. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 mins, then slowly start to whisk in the milk. When it has all been incorporated, gently cook for 5 mins until the sauce has thickened.

2. Meanwhile, place the spinach in a large colander. Pour over a kettle full of boiling water until the leaves have wilted (you may have to do this twice). Place the spinach in a clean dishcloth, squeeze out any excess liquid, then roughly chop.IMG_2011

Stir into the sauce with the cream, gently heat, then finely grate over some nutmeg and season well.IMG_2013

Savoury Mince Spiral Scone Roll

Scones

2½ cups all-purpose flour

10 ml castor sugar

20 ml baking powder

2 ml salt

200 ml (180 g) butter, cut into small pieces

100 ml milk, plus extra for brushing

1 large egg

1. Reheat the oven to 200 C and line a baking tray with      parchment paper.

2.  Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a             large bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture is                 rough and crumbly.

3. In a separate bowl, milk and egg together.IMG_1483

Add this to the flour mixture and stir to just bring the dough  together, turning out onto a lightly floured work  surface to complete bringing it together with your hands. Roll the dough out into a rectangle.IMG_1484

 

Savoury Mince

15 ml olive oil

1  onion, finely chopped

500 g  lean beef mince

10 ml dried Italian herb mixture

salt and freshly-milled black pepper  to taste

45 ml parsley, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce

Hint: This is subjective cooking at its best! You can add (or omit) any seasoning, herb or spice. You can add chili, garlic, curry and even vegetables such as diced potato and/or diced carrot, sliced mushrooms or peas. Enjoy being inventive!

Heat the oil and sauté the onion until translucent. Add the mince and brown lightly. Add the rest of the ingredients. Lower the heat and simmer with a lid on for  about 20 to 30 minutes.

Beat 2 eggs and add it to the mixture whilst stirring. Stir fry until it becomes thick.  Cool down .

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Spread the cooled mince on the dough.IMG_1486

Roll the dough up and form a circle.

Use a pair of kitchen scissors and cut into slices.

Brush the dough with some milk and bake for 20 to 30 minutes  until lightly browned.

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Fruit squares

Fruit squares 
145 grams butter/margarine
145 grams sugar
1 tablespoon syrup or marmalade
Melt the above in a pot over a very low heat. Allow to cool.
Beat 1 egg and add slowly to the above — stirring vigorously.
Add the following to the mixture:
250 grams flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup currants, or raisins or sultanas
Fruit squaresSpread in a well greased Swiss roll tin and bake at 190 °C for 15 mins.
Cut into squares while still hot and dribble the following icing over them.
Icing:
1 cup icing sugar
1 dessert spoon vanilla essence
Boiling water to mix to desired consistency—thick but slightly runny. 

 

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Peach cobbler

A Cobbler refers to a variety of dishes, particularly in the United States and United Kingdom, consisting of a fruit or savoury filling poured into a large baking dish and covered with a batter, biscuit, or pie crust before being baked. Wikipedia

8 fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges

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Preheat oven to 220 degrees C.

In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, and 2 teaspoons cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a pie dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

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Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon  baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Blend in 6 tablespoons butter (chilled and cut into small pieces) with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in 1/4 cup boiling water until just combined.

MIX TOGETHER:

3 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. I grated it over the mixture. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture.IMG_0980

Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.

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Serve it with a custard.

Not so traditional Christmas Cake

As I said in a previous post I personally prefer a dark richer Fruitcake. I have searched to find one that I liked and here is my rendition of a not so traditional Dark fruit cake.

Dark Christmas Cake

500 g mixed dried fruits

250 g dates, cut up

125 g butter

200 ml soft brown sugar

250 ml strong coffee

200 g cherries

Put all the ingredients in a large pan set over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 3 mins. ( I boiled mine in the microwave for 8 min on high.)

IMG_0999Add 5 ml Bicarb of soda and 100 g chopped pecan nuts into the hot mixture and stir well. Leave to cool for  about 30 mins.  IMG_1005Pre-heat the oven to 130 C.                                            
Then add :
500 ml plain flour
5 ml baking powder
2 ml mixed nutmeg
2 ml ground cinnamon
2 ml ground cloves
2 ml salt
2 large beaten eggs                                                          
Add the remaining ingredients to the fruit mixture and stir well, making sure there are no pockets of flour.  and tip it into  prepared tins, level the top with a spatula and bake in the centre of the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes.IMG_1006Remove the cake from the oven, poke holes in it with a skewer and spoon over 15 ml of your chosen alcohol. Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin.IMG_1015To store, peel off the baking parchment, then wrap well in cling film or tin foil.chritmas