Anyone who is hesitate about marinating meat is bound to become an enthusiast after tasting the results of this recipe. For maximum flavour and melting tenderness, marinet the leg in the fridge for at least 12 or for up to 48 hours.Continue reading Buttermilk & Herb Lamb Roast
Pâté is a mixture of cooked ground meat and fat minced into a spreadable paste. Common additions include vegetables, herbs, spices, and either wine, brandy or cognac. Pâté can be served either hot or cold with crackers or crudité. It can be served as an appetizer at a dinner party, or as a light lunch. It takes less than a half-hour to prepare, and it will firm up in the fridge in a few hours. Simply transfer the mixture to a serving dish or individual containers or glass jars, cover and refrigerate.Continue reading Chicken Liver Pâté With Bacon & Port
An extraordinary light and attractive cold dish to make with cooked chicken or turkey. Use one large ring mould or a loaf-shaped dish with at least 1,5 litres capacity or 6 to 8 x 200 ml or 10 to 12 x 125 ml moulds.
This very contemporary way of serving a low-kilojoule chicken and salad sandwich would be ideally suited for a casual meal on the patio with friends and family. Prepare an open sandwich for a light meal or a stacked sandwich for a more substantial feast.Continue reading Cajun-style Blackened Chicken & Salad Sandwich
The Beesting Cake (see image at the bottom of this post) has its origins in Germany. It is said that the cake is called “bee sting” as it is thought that a bee was attracted to the honey topping on the cake, and that the baker who invented the cake was stung. This popular German confection, aka Bienenstich Cake, can also be made as individual pastries (photo and recipe by Carolie de Koster). Also check out my recipe for Beesting Buns. They are a great alternative if you are craving Crispy Creme!Continue reading Bee-sting Pastries
Carolié de Koster is a dietician, food consultant, cookery teacher and author of a variety of recipe books of which Art of Cooking is the prima donna. She operates under the name Carolié’s Culinaire (previously Foodlink) which incorparates all activities linked to food. Her objective has always been to assist those involved with food preparation to increase skills and efficiency, build confidence and acquire knowledge. Carolié has been a source of inspiration for thousands of people for close to 40 years, whether through her cooking demonstrations, consulting services or recipe books.Continue reading Carolié de Koster (Carolié’s Culinaire)
Fill your kitchen and your home during this Easter time with the spicy aroma of the very best home made Hot cross buns, made with real ground spices and baked with love for your family and friends! One of the highlights on the calendar of worldwide annual baking traditions are these buns. A feeling of expectation arises when the pervasive spicy aroma of flavourful yeast-risen buns fill the air in many home kitchens. Be sure to also try the recipe for Hot Cross Hybrid (Pain Au Chocolat), an Easter-themed pastry.
This rich yeast dough has become a timeless classic, baked and enjoyed all over the world! The plait at the top has a custard filling and the plait at the bottom has an apple filling. They are equally delicious!Continue reading Danish Custard/Apple Plaits
A biscuit which is made all over the world – the origin is thought to be Danish, but the biscuits are associated with Dutch baking and confectionary. The biscuits are made all year round but especially for Saint Nicolas’ Eve.Continue reading Speculaas Spice Biscuits
Juniper berries pairs very well with venison. Read the post Juniper Berries for more info on this superfood. To improve the flavour and soften the meat, marinate it for several hours or for up to 3 days in the fridge or freezer before cooking. The Cooked Marinade used in this recipe is by Carolié de Koster from the Art of Cooking Recipe book p. 294. Be sure to also try the recipe for German Pot Roast (Sauerbraten). It is an authentic German dish that is flavoured with Juniper berries.
Continue reading Fillets Of Venison With Juniper Berries
Every home should permanently have a jar of Biscotti in the kitchen! Best biscuits ever to nibble or dunk in coffee or as the Italians do, in sherry or wine! Thanks to the clever Italians! New style biscotti are light, crisp and irresistible and have gained popularity worldwide! These Italian “biscuits” were traditionally hard and dry and to become palatable, they were dipped into dessert wine or after dinner cappuccino. Currently many delightful variations are made which can be nibbled on as is, at any time of the day! And best of all, they are not difficult to make at home!
This is a colourful and attractive rice dish with mixed peppers to serve as a perfect accompaniment to many meat dishes.
This recipe for plain mashed potatoes makes the creamiest, fluffiest mashed potatoes imaginable. If possible, purchase floury potatoes especially suited for mashing – check that the other varieties are completely tender before attempting to mash them. Be sure to try the variations listed below for an interesting take on this popular starch staple.
To improve the flavour and soften the meat, marinate it for several hours or for up to 3 days in the fridge or freezer before pot-roasting, roasting, grilling or barbecuing. The marinade can be used for large joints, steaks or ribs and will be sufficient for up to 5 kg of meat. Use only glass bowls for marinating – metal bowls will react with the marinade, while plastic bowls absorb flavours and will become stained. The meat can be frozen in the marinade for several weeks, which has the added advantage that it is immediately ready for use after thawing. Be sure to try the recipe for Fillets Of Venison With Juniper Berries. Be sure to read the post Juniper Berries for more info on this superfood.
A true South African delicacy – crisp plaited pastries filled with a sweet aromatic syrup. They are uncomplicated to serve at tea time or as a dessert – it is the perfect finger food!
Phyllo pastry is such a versatile ingredient. It can be used for everything from snacks and appetizers to main dishes and impressive desserts! Phyllo pastry is made with flour, water and a small amount of oil or white vinegar. Phyllo-based pastries are made by layering many sheets of phyllo pastry brushed with olive oil or melted butter. The pastry is then filled, shaped and baked. The crisp texture of baked phyllo pastries is achieved by the extreme thinness of the dough and by brushing each sheet lightly with melted butter before using it. The butter helps keep the sheets from sticking together while the recipe bakes and produces separate fragile sheets of pastry.
This is a neat cheesecake, most suitable for serving in coffee shops or as an elegant dessert, sliced and served plain or surrounded by a fruit sauce or fresh fruit.
A memorable fruity dessert with “lean” custard and a crispy and light deep filo pastry case! Strawberries are a top contender as far as Vitamin C goes – six to eight provide the needs for the day as well as fibre and “sweetness” without many kilojoules. Make the pastry shell in advance to have ready when the filling is made. Cool the custard before placing the strawberries on top and finishing off with the glaze.
Baked patés are classic and ideal to add to the menu for festive summer meals! They are less complicated to prepare than it seems, rich in goodness and flavour, has an appealing slightly coarser texture and is easy to slice for serving.