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.
Lamb, dried fruit, nuts and … coffee – a flavour combination that will give you a taste of Morocco like no other!
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.
Phyllo pastry is readily available and has the advantage that it adds contrasting crispness to fillings, yet is much lower in kilojoules than other pastries. Turkey or luxury fish turn this into festive fare. A superb light meal or second meat course. Two filling options, both equally tasty and suitable, are included. Serve with crisp salad or colourful steamed vegetables.
During the festive season this pie can fill many gaps on the menu. The fillings given below may be adjusted by using leftover turkey or ham instead of the chicken and luxury fish such as pink salmon or even crayfish to replace the white fish.
Rich and creamy caramel-flavoured home-made ice-cream turned into a special occasion or festive treat with toasted almonds and cherries. If time does not allow to make the ice-cream from scratch, you can certainly use 2 liter good quality shop-bought ice-cream.
Once you have tasted this home-made version of these classic cookies, you will always ensure that you bake and stock up on them for holidays, etc.
Turkey cooked in a marinade or basting sauce produces a mouth watering result – the exterior has a golden sheen while the flavour of the marinade penetrates and softens the meat. The turkey can be roasted whole or halved and the two sides placed flat in large shallow roasting pan and covered with foil. Please note that stuffing the turkey is not recommended for this recipe.
These cigars will be popular with young and old! The recipe can easily be doubled to ensure that there is enough.
This is an excellent recipes which may end the search for a light and flavourful tart with a thick and creamy filling and paper thin crust! Serve slightly warm or cold. Be sure to also try Carolié’s easy Quick Baked Milk Tart, which is a crustless version of this South African favourite.
During times of economic difficulty, cooking meatloaf was a way to stretch a family’s food budget by combining inexpensive mince meat, with other ingredients such as as leftover vegetables and bread. Meatloaf is typically eaten with some kind of sauce or relish, e.g. Tomato & Onion Sauce or Tomato Salsa (recipes below). The sauce can be poured over the loaf to form a crust during baking or served with it. Tomato-based sauces may be replaced with simple brown gravy or onion gravy, but the meatloaf is prepared in a similar manner. For a vegetarian option, try the recipe for Lentil & Nut “Meat Loaf”.Continue reading Quick Meat Loaf
This is one of those simple yet satisfying dishes which can be made over and over again. Serve as is with salad as a light meal or as a side dish with braaied meat, etc.