Chilli Con Carne

IMG_13131 medium onion

1 cloves garlic

1 green pepper

olive oil

2  teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon chilli flakes

half a teaspoon origanum

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

400 g tinned red kidney beans

400 g tinned chopped tomatoes

500 g quality minced beef

 Peel and finely chop the onion, garlic and the green pepper. Place in a casserole-type pan on a medium high heat. Add olive oil and all your chopped vegetables. Add the chilli flakes, curry powder and  cumin with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Stir every  until softened and lightly coloured.

Add the kidney beans and the tinned tomatoes. Add the minced beef, breaking any larger chunks up with a wooden spoon. Fill one of the empty tomato tins halfway with water and pour this into the pan, turn the heat down to a simmer with a lid slightly askew for about an hour, stirring every now and again to stop it catching.

This can be  served with fluffy rice or on a jacket potato and a salad.


Bobotie – Traditional Cape Malay dish

bobotie3Bobotie is a South African dish consisting of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping. Bobotok was an Indonesian dish consisting of meat with a custard topping that was cooked in a pan of water until the egg mixture set. Colonists from the Dutch East India Company colonies in Batavia probably introduced bobotie to South Africa.The first recipe for bobotie appeared in a Dutch cookbook in 1609.  Afterwards, it was taken to South Africa and adopted by the Cape Malay community. It is also made with curry powder leaving it with a slight “tang”.

It is a dish of some antiquity: it has certainly been known in the Cape of Good Hope since the 17th century, when it was made with a mixture of mutton and pork. Today it is much more likely to be made with beef or lamb, although pork lends the dish extra moistness. Early recipes incorporated  ginger, marjoram and lemon rind; the introduction of curry powder has simplified the recipe somewhat but the basic concept remains the same. Some recipes also call for chopped onions to be added to the mixture. Traditionally, bobotie incorporates dried fruit like raisins or sultanas, but the sweetness that they lend is not to everybody’s taste. It is often garnished with walnuts, chutney and bananas. 

Although not particularly spicy, the dish incorporates a variety of flavours that can add complexity. For example, the dried fruit (usually apricots and raisins/sultanas) contrasts the curry flavouring very nicely. The texture of the dish is also complex, with the baked egg mixture topping complementing the milk-soaked bread which adds moisture to the dish.

From Wikipedia



  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 10 ml butter
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 slices  brown bread
  • 1 teaspoon apricot jam
  • 30 ml curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon hot chutney
  • 25 ml brown vinegar
  • 5 ml lemon juice
  • 15 ml Worcester sauce
  • 15 ml tumeric
  • 1 kg minced meat
  • 10 ml salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup almonds sliced
  • 3  eggs
  • 8 bay leaves or lemon- leaves


  1. Preheat oven 180 degrees C. Lightly grease a baking dish. Soak the bread in the milk.
  2. Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the onions and garlic  oil until soft. Add the curry powder and apricot jam to the onions and mix well.
  3. Then add  the chutney, vinegar,lemon juice, Worcester sauce and half of the Turmeric  to the mixture. Mix well.
  4. Squeeze the excess milk from the bread. Set the milk aside. Add the bread to the onion mixture. Stir in the raisins, salt, almond and minced meat.  Mix well and cook over low heat until meat changes colour. Take off the heat and add 1 beaten egg into the meat mixture en stir well. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  5. Lay the bay- or the lemon leaves onto the top of the  mixture.  Whisk together the reserved milk, egg, and other half of the Turmeric. Pour over top of the dish.

bobotie16. Place the dish in an oven pan, pour water into the oven dish about two thirds full. Bake in the preheated oven 1 hour.


Serve it with yellow rice

Spicy Meatloaf

Spicy  meatloaf  ( made in a microwave)

500 gr mince meat

15 gr  butter

1 chopped onion

1 egg

125 gr chopped mushrooms

5 ml salt

12,5 ml flour (I used Topioca flour)

5 ml curry powder

5 ml dried parsley

5 ml soy sauce

12,5 ml Worcester sauce

1. Cook onions and mushrooms in butter for 4 minutes on high. Drain.

2. Mix together with all the ingredients.

3. Place the mixture in a prepared dish.

4. Cover with wax paper and cook for 6 minutes on high.DSC05747


12.5 ml brown sugar                                                       7 ml dried mustard

5 ml soy sauce                                                                   37,5 ml chutney

5 ml curry powder

Spoon the sauce over the loaf and cook uncovered for 7 minutes on high.DSC05749

I served it with Brussels sprouts and yellow rice.DSC05769