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Lamb Curry with butternut puree and Maize rice

February 28, 2012 in Curries, Meat

Lamb curry

So when last did you eat maize rice?

After realizing that I haven’t actually ever cooked maize rice I thought I should google it. Ha! surprise there were no instructions to be found. So I went with my gut feeling and cooked it like I would cook rice, just a little longer.

To spice it up I made a lamb curry dressed over butternut pure’. Now that is just a fancy way of  having your meat on top of your butternut. Would have been the same thing if you plate it next to the meat but I like to play with my food.

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Too tired to cook Cous-Cous and beef salad

February 27, 2012 in Salad

Cous-Cous beef salad

I love cooking but sometimes I’m just too tired and too lazy to cook.

On days like these I  make my cous-cous beef strip salad. Not only is it  packed with goodness it is also quick and easy to make, and by quick I mean 30 minutes.

So what is your “too tired to cook recipe”?

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Healthy Meat pies with a butterbean pie topping.

February 22, 2012 in Meat, Pie

Healthy Meat pies with a butterbean pie topping.

Pot pies

I’m absolutely in love in th the whole range of Eating for Sustained energy Cook books from Liesbet Delport and Gabi Steenkamp. These woman know how to develop good home-made food recipes, while keeping it interesting, healthy and quick to make. When ever there is a new recipe book on the shelves I don’t even flip through it any more I just buy it!  The recipes are based on the low GI low GL principles, low in fat and best of all low in carbohydrates as well.

The recipes are delicious and the photos are absolute taste bud teasers.

I’ve decided to make individual pies instead and to incorporate more veggies into my meal I’ve added a Portobello mushroom on the bottom of the pie pots which was a lovely surprise as no one expected it.

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Home-made tomato ketchup

February 20, 2012 in Sauces and dips, Veggies

Home made tomato sauce

Do you have any idea how good home-made tomato ketchup can be!

I’m an advent fan of Jamie Oliver’s cooking.  I mean what is not the like, the bloke is funny, charming, good-looking and he can cook! (I still love Gordon Ramsay more but that’s mainly for my weird obsession with the man…I find him strangely attractive).

Jamie always impress with his home-made recipes and this Tomato ketchup is one of them.

The only ingredient I couldn’t find was a fennel bulb (countryside, do I need to explain!). Off course it is virtually impossible for me to follow a recipe so I did add 40 g of tomato puree right at the end where you cook the sauce before pouring it into your bottles, use it don’t use it.

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Chicken and Pineapple “Potjie”

February 19, 2012 in Chicken and Poultry, Potjie, Veggies

Chicken and Pineapple potjie

What is summer without a potjie?

Slowly but surely the weather is changing and one of these days it will be winter again, my favorite season! Now don’t get me wrong I like summer especially when it comes to the vegetable garden, or just relaxing next to the pool, what I don’t enjoy is all the mosquitos.

My husband is actually the Potjie King but since he was to busy installing the laminated flooring for me I decided to make a Chicken pineapple potjie to reward him with.

If you don’t have a potjie don’t be discouraged to try the recipe, even on the stove the interesting flavor from the pineapple and Ideal milk with the chicken will leave you craving for a second helping.

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a Hearty Bean salad

February 14, 2012 in Salad, Veggies

Bean Salad

I don’t know if this is an age thing, but somehow Valentine’s day is getting more enjoyable as the years go by….Somebody should have told me years ago that being in your 30′s is far better than being in your 20′s. Let’s hope the 40′s is even better!

Well since I’m sharing my son’s Valentine chocolates tonight I should make up for it with a healthy salad tomorrow, you know, just to balance things out. ;)

If you love beans you will love this salad.

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Banana muffin with Peanut Butter surprise

February 12, 2012 in Muffins

Banana muffin with peanut butter surprise

Who can remember the peanut butter scene in  Meet Joe black?

In our house I don’t buy any cookies, chocolates or chips, because I will develop a craving just because I know it’s in the cupboard.

Taking away all temptation certainly helps the hips, but sometimes I develop a genuine craving and that’s when I grab a teaspoon and the peanut butter jar. And then I eat it Joe Black style, slowly, savoring every lick of that spoon.

I have this lovely healthy low GI recipe for Banana bread that I most often use to make muffins. The peanut butter inside is a lovely surprise but you could bake it without the peanut butter if you choose to.

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Chicken Biriyani

February 11, 2012 in Chicken and Poultry, Curries, Rice

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Chicken Biryani

Have you ever made Biriyani before? If not I dare you to try this recipe. Biriyani seems complicated and the list of ingredients could be overwhelming but boy oh boy the taste you will experience is worth the all the effort!

My mother never made Biriyani and I was not at all familiar with the dish. If not for my Tastic rice recipe book and the lip smacking picture in it I probably wouldn’t have tried it either. I just love the creamy spicy sauce and I even when all the Chicken have been eaten, that last tiny bit of rice and potatoes that’s  left in the pot is still my favorite lunchbox treat for the next day.

As you can see I love my spices

Spices

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I’ts a Chicken pie! a healthier Chicken pie.

February 8, 2012 in Chicken and Poultry, Pie, Veggies

Chicken pie

I LOVE Chicken and mushroom pies, the type you buy at the filling stations. Yes that one’s! you know for a fact that you will have heartburn from eating them and still you end up buying one.

Well unfortunately my hips don’t lie and I had to make a healthy Chicken pie, so we ditch the puff pastry swap it for filo pastry, ditch the cream and use low-fat milk and just to add some flavour and fibre we add some courgettes, served with roasted butternuts on the side…yum.

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Quick Olive, Onion and Cheese bread

February 1, 2012 in Bread, Muffins

Quick olive, onion and cheese bread

“There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

The smell of bread baking in the oven, what a privilege to experience.

I’ve used my muffin recipe to make this quick bread last Saturday.

Firstly because everybody stared at me with starvation in their eyes and I just realized nobody is going to wait for me while I try to spoon the mixture into paper cups.

Secondly because I was tired, and if I have learned anything from myself in this lifetime it is that I should not be near the kitchen when I don’t feel like cooking. Besides our little town no longer have a fire brigade!

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