Easy Roti’s (Indian Flatbreads)

Easy Roti’s (Indian Flatbreads)

The past two Sundays’ I found myself making curries, the first Sunday butter chikeeen and the next a lekke lamb curry.

I love me some roti’s hey, the feeling of eating with my hands and smothering the pastry in the curry sauce is just so good. Also after seeing one of my high school friends post her homemade rotis on Insta I had to try.

I used to have a cool connection that made real, authentic, buttery, melt in your mouth roti’s that I could freeze and use as I needed to. I am assuming the more complicated recipes are the most authentic, where the butter is folded and rolled into the dough. The recipe I found is less time consuming, however I will try the original version sometime.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour (not self raising)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2/3 cup water

Method:

In a bowl mix together the flour and salt. Add the melted butter. I used my hands for this part but you can use a fork to mix the flour and butter together until the consistency resembles crumbs. Add the water a bit at a time, stirring as you go along.

Once the dough pulls away from the bowl and is not super sticky (add more flour if too sticky), remove from the bowl and on a floured surface knead for about 6 – 8 minutes. Once done, divide the dough into approximately 6 balls.

Switch on the stove top and heat up your pan (high heat). While the pan is heating up start rolling out 1 of the balls very thinly – use flour to prevent the dough from sticking to your rolling surface. Also try and roll the dough into a size that it fits nicely into the pan. I rolled mine too big and the sides were a bit raw on the first try.

The recipe I found says to add butter to the pan each time before adding one of the roti’s to give it that buttery taste and soft texture. I tried it this way – and it definitely works, but I also tried it without adding butter to the pan and the roti turned out good however not as golden brown and not as soft.

I know at Food Inn and Easter Bazaar in the CBD they add the melted butter and garlic once the roti is removed from the oven so I am guessing you can do this also – Let me know?

Add the rolled out dough to the pan, it should take about 30 seconds before you need to flip it to the other side until nice and golden brown.

You can toss it as many times to get the desired colour and until the flatbread is cooked properly. You will know when to flip as the side facing the heat will form bubbles and turn brown.

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Also let me know if you would like me to post any of my curry recipes and I will gladly do so – I use so many spices that I haven’t posted any of these recipes yet.

Love

M

 

Rant: The Good Food and Wine Show

Rant: The Good Food and Wine Show

I think my luck has changed back into the green! I won tickets to the Good Food and Wine Show (GFWS) thanks to @CapeArgus and Lance Witten for the headsup on his Twitter account.

A few years back I attended the event, I know it was fun because I cannot remember much due to the countless tastings we glugged down. This year however, I did not have the same experience maybe because I’m not 23 anymore? Here are my hits and misses of the event:

HITS:

  • I got to meet Reza and take a picture, yes the Spice Prince of India! (I love his show).

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  • Got some real schmancy looking wine glasses for R 150.00 which is a steal – retails for R 300.00.

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  • Someone proposed on stage while J’Something was performing which was real sweet to watch.

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  • Found Jack Parow’s own hand crafted brandy – and it was surprisingly good.

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MISSES:

  • My ticket didn’t include a glass – ended up paying R 60.00, R 60.00! for one glass.

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  • The glass included 7 “tasting coupons which really didn’t matter; the exhibitors didn’t want them or know about them?

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  • The venue was packed, it was difficult to take pictures or walk around with a full glass of anything. This put us off from wanting to walk around or stand in line to try something new.

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  • Maybe it was the time of day but the exhibitors weren’t the friendliest – could be fatigue?
  • Big wine farms weren’t on show i.e. Webersburg, Backsberg etc.
  • The GFWS was the same weekend as The Wacky Wine Festival – WHY!

In the end it was an experience even though I feel a bit disappointed in the event. I tried some interesting pestos and chilli sauces, there were plenty of food options – but carrying around so many items and trying to find a place to sit down and eat would of been a nightmare. I believe in second chances so will try again next year!

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Thai Green Curry

Thai Green Curry

We’ve been making this for quite a while but I keep forgetting to take pictures (current picture is taken in my work lunchbox with complimentary plastic fork), its super easy and a taste bomb! You can use chicken, beef, seafood or go veggie – anything you like. Also use any vegetables you want.

I know some like using store bought Thai curry paste – I haven’t found a really good brand to use – let me know if you find a punchy ready made paste?

My version goes a li’l something like this:

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 onion
  • 1 thumb sized chunk of ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 handful coriander
  • 1 handful basil
  • 1 lemongrass stalk
  • 1 cup green beans
  • ½ head of broccoli
  • ½ head of cauliflower
  • 1 tin coconut cream
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • Juice of ½ lime – optional (I know limes a crazy expensive OMW!)

Method

Cut the breasts into bite sized pieces and season with salt and pepper. Fry in a bit of oil until almost cooked through – remove from the pan and set aside.

Chop up the onion, garlic, ginger, chillies, coriander, basil and bash the lemongrass stalk (doing this releases its flavour)

The whole process is pretty fast so I suggest that your green beans, cauliflower and broccoli are all chopped and prepped to be added. Also open the tin of coconut cream and prepare the chicken stock. I’ve learned that prepping makes everything go much more smoothly; instead of flapping around the kitchen looking for things as you go along.

Add another dash of oil to the pan, fry the onion, garlic, ginger, chillies, coriander, basil and lemongrass stalk; until fragrant – about 2 minutes. Add the cooked chicken and mix.

Next in is the coconut cream and chicken stock, fish sauce, lime juice as well as the remaining veggies, reduce the mixture on a medium – high heat, stirring occasionally.

After about 8 – 10 minutes reduce the heat and simmer. I like my veggies a bit crunchy so I simmer until it’s the texture I prefer.

Taste the seasoning adding salt if necessary – and voila! Ready to serve!

I served mine with Jasmine rice – follow the packet instructions 🙂

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Pancake a, b, c

Pancake a, b, c

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After getting my Facebook Page sorted and Instagram account linked to this website, I am feeling confident about posting more recipes.

Jamie Oliver posted a pancake video on Instagram which only requires 3 ingredients and I was longing to give it a try. This was my First pancake attempt ever! I jazzed it up with a layer of Nutella, strawberries drizzled in honey, a lick of icing sugar and a dash of cream… It was F A B U L O U S!

Pancake Ingredients:

  • 125 grams flour
  • 3 x eggs
  • 250 ml milk

Mix until smooth, and voila! You have pancake batter! I used a ladle to pour the batter into a buttered pan on a medium to high heat. Tilt the pan to allow the mixture to spread out and allow it to cook – about 3 minutes if not less. Once the underside is golden you can then flip it and cook for another minute, once done remove from the pan and set aside.

And so you continue ladle after ladle…

A pancake can be a base for anything; savoury or sweet or even stacked high and dressed as a cake. Let me know how you like yours in the comments below 🙂

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Love

M

Easiest Dessert ever!!

Easiest Dessert ever!!

As promised, I have another Nigella inspired recipe and this one is REAL simple to make.

It’s a chocolate cheesecake and requires only 6 ingredients. British folk or I assume it’s only British folk because of all the Come Dine with Me shows I watch use “digestive biscuits” as a base for their cheesecakes but I am unsure what would be the equivalent for us so I used tennis biscuits.

To be honest I would use Oreos or another biscuit next time as I didn’t like the coconut flavour in the tennis biscuits however the topping is still tasty AF… so here goes:

Ingredients

250 grams biscuits

75 grams butter

400 grams Nutella

500 grams plain cream cheese

60 grams icing sugar

100 grams hazelnuts (optional)

Method

You can either go old school and crush all the biscuits in a plastic bag with a rolling pin (a wine bottle works too) or simply put it in the food processor. Melt the butter and add to the crushed biscuits, the texture of the biscuit / butter mixture, as Nigella puts it should be sandy. Press the mixture into your cake tin and refrigerate.

In another bowl mix the cream cheese and icing sugar until smooth, add the Nutella until all is combined.

Remove the biscuit base from the fridge and top with the Nutella mixture. You can toast some hazel nuts, blitz them in the processor and sprinkle over your cheesecake. It looks pretty, adds texture and flavour.

The cake needs to set in the fridge for a minimum of four hours. And Voila! Done and dusted.

I don’t have a picture of a single slice but it looks real good and professional.

Let me know if you give it try, until later!

x

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For the chilli lovers…

For the chilli lovers…

Finally made the time to POST!!! I’m feeling real chuffed about it

This recipe is basically Nigella’s however I adapted it slightly. I love her cooking style;  its simple and has you drooling just watching her.

I have a few more recipes from her collection that I will copy and let you know how it goes.

It’s a chilli sauce that can be used for anything really, chips, eggs, steak etc etc. I was thinking of making a pasta dish with it sometime this week.

Ingredients:

4 x red peppers

2 x red chillies (I added 3 coz we extra like that)

1 x garlic clove

Zest of 1 lime and 1 tablespoon of the lime juice

80 grams fresh coriander

2 – 3 teaspoons of salt

Method

The recipe calls for groundnut oil (125 ml) or any flavourless oil (vegetable, sunflower…) but I used olive oil because it’s all I had

Nigella’s recipe says to use 290 grams of roasted peppers from a jar which I could not find so I used fresh peppers and roasted them in the oven (150 degrees approx.) with olive oil, salt and pepper. As soon as the skin became wrinkly I removed them from the oven. Once the peppers are cooled down, remove the skins – this is pretty easy.

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Once done add the peppers and all the other ingredients to a blender or bowl if you using a hand blender and blitz. I used a blender and while blitzing I added the oil slowly until the texture was almost salsa like but not as chunky. You can decide how you would like it.

The sauce is REALLY good; you can store it in the fridge for up to 1 week. Also a lovely gift idea.

Have a blessed day further!

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Brownies

Brownies

A chocolate at ours lasts five minutes and if I’m not quick enough I’ll get none.  Sunday past I decided to make a big batch of chocolate brownies with the hopes of it lasting the week to fulfill our chocolate cravings instead of buying them all the time. I couldn’t have been more WRONG! It’s Tuesday today and I managed to bring the last piece with me to work. Luckily I could share some with friends who came to visit over these 3 days.

The recipe is real easy and I made sure to use good quality chocolate for extra indulgence.

Here goes the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 slab Lindt chocolate – I used 70% cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips – I used the milk chocolate chips from Woolworths (BEST)
  • 1 can Nestle caramel treat

 

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Method:

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Grease your baking tin with butter or cooking spray.

Chop the chocolate slab into bits.

Melt the butter in the microwave and add the chocolate bits stirring continuously for it to melt and combine. Set aside to cool slightly.

Stir the sugar and eggs into the chocolate/butter mixture. Mix in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Add in the chocolate chips.

Once the mixture is combined, pour into your greased baking tin and bake for about 30 – 35 mins. Use a toothpick to check if it’s ready, it should come out clean-ish. (I’ll take a pic next time)

Allow it to cool completely and then spread the caramel on top. I added some coarse salt on top of some of the slices for a salted caramel option – real good!

 

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Get in my belly!!!!

Get in my belly!!!!

I’M BACK! I really hope I’m back?

Trying to find time to blog has become tough… I recently got a puppy  so my evenings are spent cleaning up, training and tummy rubs. I felt really bad about not posting anything for a while so made it my mission to visit this cake shop which I have been meaning to pop into for a really long time.

Today was the ultimate cheat day which started with a lamb burger special  (a steal at R 45.00!) which totally rocked my world… but we not here for that.

I’m lucky to be working in the CBD so there are tons of great food places to check out and new ones popping up literally every day. I walked past The Velvet Cake Co a couple of months back and was genuinely intrigued by the décor; bright colours popping through the windows and picture perfect cupcakes eyeing you as you pass by.

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inshot_20161028_154119After building the courage to go inside the shop and take pics (I still feel really awkward doing this) I ordered a sweetie pie cupcake for Claud which is a cupcake with marshmallow on the top, coated with chocolate on a chocolate cupcake base – can you say heaven? I ordered a vanilla caramel cupcake for myself which I probably devoured in 60 seconds flat. Eating this cupcake made my year fo sure, it was everything you want in a cupcake, melt-in-your-mouth buttercream, pillowy soft cupcake with caramel on the inside and sprinkles on the top! Wait, What?! DEAD DEAD DEAD – it was real good, you might think I’m over exaggerating but it was REALLY that good. Promise.

I got my colleague a red velvet meringue cupcake which he tore apart in 10 seconds and ended up with meringue on his cheeks, pity I didn’t get a pic of that J

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If you ever looking for THE BEST cake for a birthday party, special event or simply cause YOLO I would give these guys a try… Check their website, these master pieces are worth every cent!

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The Anti – Pie

The Anti – Pie

I tried to make a pie, a pie I tried to make

I defrosted the puff pastry, it all started to look tasty

Trouble started when trying to serveinshot_20160916_144001

Coz this pie showed me no lurv

It went everywhere on the plate

It just wouldn’t hold its shape L

In a nutshell that’s what happened; I didn’t really research alot of chicken pie recipes. I honestly thought it would be easy because I’m not making the pastry myself.

The filling was delicious even though I had to add the pastry to the plate to make it look like something pie like.

Let me know where I went wrong? How do you hold your pie together 😉

Ingredients

  • 1 roll puff pastry
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves or three or more
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 can whole corn
  • 1 can peas (optional)
  • 2 sprigs of Thyme
  • 1 punnet mushrooms
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 250ml cream
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 1 egg
  • Salt, pepper

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Basically all these ingredients are optional because you can add whatever you like to your chicken pie. The filling should not be runny as this will affect the bottom of the pastry (soggy bottoms yo). Some people just do pastry lids – I’m not about that life.

Method

Grease your pie dish.

Roll out the pastry on a floured surface, cut it in half, use one half at the bottom of the dish and set aside the other half.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and fry in a little oil until cooked through – set aside.

Dice the carrots, onion, celery, garlic, thyme and onion and fry it in butter until soft – ish

Reintroduce the chicken, add the mushrooms and stock and allow to simmer for about +/- 20 mins

Strain this mixture over a bowl to get the rich, flavoursome chicken stock.

Set the veggie / chicken mix aside and add the now strained stock to the pan. Add flour and cream.

As this point you need to whisk until the sauce becomes thick, I think I didn’t wait until it was thick enough and this is why my pie couldn’t hold it together! Maybe this is also why some recipes use mushroom soup?

Add the chicken / veggie mix to the sauce, at this point add the corn and peas and fold everything to combine evenly.

Then add the complete mixture to your pastry lined pie dish, cover with the 2nd half of the pastry. I used a fork to secure the edges. Egg wash the top for the golden deliciousness you want.

Bake for approximately 25 mins until golden brown.

I served mine with a green salad, but you can do what you like J

 

Review – FoodLAB at Youngblood Gallery

Review – FoodLAB at Youngblood Gallery

I haven’t been able to blog for a bit as we moved to a new place and things are just all over the show at the moment. (DO NOT move house, its killer!)

On Wednesday my colleague sent me a message asking if I would like to check out a new restaurant with her as it’s her son’s teacher’s child who is the chef or something like that (#mouthful). Needing a break, conversation and in desperate need of a meal, I agreed.

We took a walk up Bree Street to the Youngblood Gallery where FoodLAB is located. The space is quite big and minimalist – which I love!

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Nicola – the chef came to greet us and explained what they had on offer: Asian salad, quiche, lamb flat roll or a salmon bagel. She obviously went into quite a bit of detail of what each item entailed, I cannot remember it all but it was a tough decision on what to order. We decided on the lamb flatroll and she said we could share as its quite big but we were ravenous; did not have breakfast and it was 14:00 so we each had one!

She treated us to a complimentary ice tea – it was sooo yummy and had all sorts of fruit in it, real quality ice tea. With Youngblood being an art gallery and from what I read up about them online they really aim to make their food beautiful – and my, oh my can they make their food beautiful.

Nicola did let us know that the flatbread came on a clipboard :-/ LOL I’m not really into the hippy, trendy eating utensils but nevertheless – HUNGER! The food arrived and it was as pretty as a picture. I cut my first bite and my clipboard moved around a bit which wasn’t ideal but realised this is a real good, sharp knife and I don’t need to be hacking into the flatbread like I did #niksgewoond

The dish was WOW, tasty and decadent in every way. The lamb was soft, roasted garlic, pickled onions, tzatziki and a whole lot more – not to mention the flat bread itself which was amazing! Our bill came to R 210.00 which included a cheesecake takeaway and was worth every cent.

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Photo cred: Carla Gombart

I will try and visit interesting places every now and then, lemme know if you have any ideas of where I should go next. Enjoy the weekend ya’ll!