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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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!

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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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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.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Helooooooooooooooo!! It feels like it’s been a while but it really hasn’t been thaaaat long. Friday is my FAVORITE day of the week so Friday past, after work and some red wine I decided to make chocolate chip cookies for the week ahead.

I bought the chocolate chips quite a while back as I had this idea in mind for a while. I’m not a GREAT lover of biscuits, just feels like so much work – hard on the teeth. Cookies are different to biscuits as they are softer in texture .

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1¼ cups light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup castor sugar
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • Flaky sea salt

Method:

Mix together flour, salt and baking soda – set aside.

Combine the brown sugar and icing sugar in another bowl, make sure all the lumps are broken up. Add the melted butter and whisk vigorously.

Add the first egg to the sugar & butter mixture and mix thoroughly, add vanilla essence, whisk again then finally add the 2nd egg and whisk thoroughly.

Add the dry ingredients to this sugar – butter –egg mixture and mix well. There should be no traces of the dry ingredients in the mixture.

Once thoroughly mixed add the chocolate chips and mix well to ensure the chocolate chips are evenly spread.

The batter is quite wet – don’t worry

Allow it to set in the fridge for about 10 minutes or as long as you can, overnight even.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees

Line a baking tray with parchment paper (whatever that is! I used wax paper and sprayed some cooking spray on it and it worked fine)

After your batter has rested in the fridge the ideal tool to use is an ice cream scoop to scoop individual portions on the baking tray and sprinkle a tiny amount of flaky sea salt on the top.

I know it seems big / high but it works as the cookies flatten while baking.

Don’t add too many portions on the tray as the biscuits do expand while baking – I made about 6 at a time.

Bake for 10 – 15 mins –watch them! Once you get a golden top and the edges are baked – they will be done.

My 1st attempt was a FAIL!

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2nd attempt my friend suggested I make them smaller as I was using 2 tablespoons to sort of get the ice cream scoop look. This worked but the bottoms were burnt :-/

My oven gave me A LOT of grief, the top element was NOT on when doing an inspection after attempt 1 so I fiddled with the heat and the settings – my third attempt was a success 😀

The cookies tasted amazing even though Claud called it “vetkoek biscuits”

It is important to let the cookies rest for about 5 minutes once you remove them from the oven as it comes off the wax / parchment paper MUCH easier – learnt this on the second attempt.

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Get in ma belly!

What I learnt –

  • Maybe don’t have too much red wine
  • Know your oven – the temperature of recipes especially when baking plays a big role
  • Use decent chocolate chips – Woolworths has the good, melt in your mouth kind
  • Invest in a cookie jar
  • Improvise J
Why did the mushroom get invited to the party?

Why did the mushroom get invited to the party?

Coz he’s a FUNGI! (forgive me :-/)

It been ridiculously cold guys, I don’t know anymore… global warming is real.

I was saying we don’t have autumn and spring anymore, its either crazy hot or freakishly cold. My windscreen was frozen the other day; my FIRST time!

I made mushroom soup last night, it was real good, hearty and flippin’ easy…

Soup is soooo easy to make and you can literally use any vegetable or a combination of vegetables. Claud always brags about my soup, he’s a health nut so enjoys his fruit and veggies (ssshhhh don’t mention the cream)

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams chopped mushrooms –any kind, I used a mixed mushrooms pack
  • 2 chopped leeks
  • 1 chilly (optional)
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2 diced cloves garlic or three or four, you know garlic is always welcome especially with mushrooms
  • 2 stalks of thyme
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • ½ cup cream
  • Salt + pepper

As an accompaniment to the soup I reserved some of the fried mushrooms, onions, leeks and garlic, put it between two slices of bread with grated Parmesan and grrrilled. Was nom nom nom x 10 000.

Parmesan is expensive but I bought it about a month and a half ago so it really lasts a long time which makes it worth it. I’m sure mozzarella will have the same amount of yumminess but you know me trying to impress you guys 😀

Method:

In a pot heat some oil and butter until the butter has melted.

Add onions, leeks, garlic and the chilli and fry until the onions are translucent.

Add mushrooms, and fry for about 10 – 12 minutes, mushrooms release quite a bit of moisture so they take some time.

You can then add the stock and thyme and simmer for about 10 – 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until all is combined and there are no more mushroom bits.

If you prefer a chunky soup then you can blend half the mixture and leave some of the chopped mushrooms whole.

Once done, transfer back to the heat and add cream, salt and pepper. Allow the mixture to simmer for another 5 mins and you’re done!

Also check the seasoning of the soup and adjust to your liking.

Serve with the mushroom and cheese sandwich. After this meal their won’t be mushroom for anything else J (OK I’m done with these lame jokes)

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PS: I only cook for 2 people but if you have a bigger family add more mushrooms, stock and cream.

PPS:If you know of a way to make this recipe even better, pleeez let me know in the comments below.

Have a super dee duper weekend folks

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