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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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

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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CTMeetup Event Experience

CTMeetup Event Experience

Having started my blog I follow a lot of bloggers and groups to gain knowledge on the blogging industry and how to make my blog better. I came across a post for the CTMeetup event for new bloggers organised by Cindy Alfino whose blog I often read – you should check it out.

I was a bit sceptical once the guest list was sent out as I thought “oh no I’m gonna be stuck with a room full of mommy bloggers eeek! I don’ t even have a kid or have plans to have a kid any time soon!

The day arrived, I did my hair, attempted makeup and luckily got Claud to drop me at the event in Kenilworth. Me; alone on the road would have been disaster – even with GPS.

Once I got to Chinos Coffee Shop there were quite a few bloggers already getting their necks and hands massaged, getting drinks and doing name tags.

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I was lost… but braved on, did my little name tag and proceeded to stand around. I then met Garyn, brave guy for being the only guy at the event he was quite cool. I also met Kim Muller – a mommy blogger from Kuilsriver (YAY to my home town!) and also Julie who was just as new to the experience as I was. It was fun to speak to bloggers and talk about blogger things and ask questions.

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I became less “lost” after getting some wine and having met new friends.  Even got my neck massaged by the Rain team! It was so good, really needed it. We got our seats and representatives of Rain day spa  and The Entertainer spoke to us a bit.

The Entertainer is a cool app with a lot of buy 1 get 1 free offerings so if you into eating out, hotels and lifestyle things I would definitely give them a read or even better download the app – you can save ALOT.

Abigail K was the main speaker and she provided good insight on how pictures affect your blog and also stressed that having an up to date picture on your “about” page is quite important (new “about” profile pic to follow soon :-/) She is giving us free access to her basic online photography course which I am super amped to try as I am struggling with my photo skills.

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The treats were delish, the company was good, but the best part was getting home and opening the goodie bag we all received. It contained SO many lovely things – mascara, lipstick from Revlon, spa vouchers, a Canal Walk voucher tooo much to even mention them all.

At the event I won a prize, yes I won!! A lovely voucher for a personalized chopping board – so appropriate from Secbands I was really chuffed and will show you guys what I decide to get engraved on mine. This is also an excellent gift idea!

The CTMeetup was ALOT of fun and I will definitely do it again, thanks Cindy and all the sponsors.