Pasta la Vista

Pasta la Vista

Hey!!! Last week I was ill and housebound, the first day was a nightmare, thought I was dying a slow, agonizing death. The following day was a lot more bearable and I could taste things again.

For lunch I decided to make pasta; Claud is carb conscious so we hardly have pasta for supper. Inspired by Gordon Ramsay I threw together this easy mushroom and leek pasta. I added bacon… of course. The below quantities made enough for about 3 – 4 servings.

Ingredients

  • Spaghetti or any pasta you have in the cupboard
  • Approx. 3 leeks
  • Half a punnet of mixed mushrooms
  • 1 packet bacon
  • Approx. 2 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup Chicken Stock
  • ½ cup cream
  • Salt and pepper

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Method

Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. (Always add pasta to boiling water)

I fried my bacon separately and set aside.

Add some oil to a pan and turn on the heat.

Chop up mushrooms and fry for about 2 – 3 minutes.

Cut leeks lengthwise and rinse, leeks often have sand in between its layers and therefore require a thorough rinse. Once done chop the leeks and add to the mushrooms along with the garlic.

Fry for about 2 – 3 minutes.

Add chicken stock and reduce the mixture by half.

Next add the cream, lower the heat and simmer for 4 – 5 minutes.

Turn off the mixture, strain the pasta and add the bacon and pasta into the sauce to absorb all the flavors.

Season with salt and pepper and SERVE!

PS: For a veggie option, don’t add bacon and use vegetable stock instead

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Weekend Things

Weekend Things

Friday past I was telling friends we need to visit Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants (FFMM) to check out different cuts of meat that are rare to find at the local shops and even more so in the Northern Suburbs. As luck would have it we found ourselves parked right opposite the exact butchery the following day in Woodstock and obviously had to pop inside.

I have been following FFMM for a while on Instagram and am always impressed with their social media posts, the quality of their products and the concept of eating good quality, sustainable meat.

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The butchery assistant, Lee, showed us around, he was very clued up about where each type of meat came from.  The whole idea of FFMM is to provide sustainable, good quality meat, using the whole animal from the trotters to the tenderloin, from beef stock to bacon jam. The prices are understandably higher than our regular super market meat prices, however, not ridiculously so. We picked up some short rib for R 150.00.

We met Adrian, the store manager who is very passionate about what they do at FFMM and could educate us on their mission and objectives. The store is a fully functional butchery (Adrian even has the moustache to go), should you happen to visit during the week you might catch them slaughtering a whole carcass.

After a very educational butchery experience, we moved onto the CBD to walk around a bit and found ourselves stopping at House of H to grab a bite to eat. It was a completely random stop as we were tired of walking and decided the next place we find is where we will be having lunch.

 

It was a brilliant find! If you looking for a trendy, hippie, retro place to have lunch – this is it. We arrived and I immediately noticed the chalkboard which had instructions on how everything works.

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Basically, it’s a DIY restaurant; you get a swipe card when you enter and you can immediately go to the bar to find drinks and order your food at the next station, the barman and waiter staff will swipe your card. Once done you will hand your card to the front desk and your bill will be ready. It was a lovely experience and the staff were exceptionally friendly (this has become so rare nowadays).

They are also planning to have a man-cave rooftop summer vibe which will include a tattoo artist and barber with a DJ – this sounds really entertaining and I’m sure us ladies can get part of the fun too. The food was REALLY tasty, I had a cheeseburger and chips and Claud had 400g ribs and salad (obviously once I saw his ribs I regretted choosing a burger).

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Peppermint fridge tart recipe

Peppermint fridge tart recipe

Hey guys, thanks for coming to take a look at my latest post which is super easy and yummy – two words which I think, all of us LOVE to hear.

Fridge tarts are the best for those who are a bit apprehensive about making desserts which require time in the oven, so I am thinking maybe I will load a few more of my favourites.

Peppermint tart is a classic South African dish and I doubt there is any person who can resist a bite…

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet tennis biscuits
  • Approximately 2 tablespoons butter
  • 250 ml fresh cream
  • 1 tin caramel treat
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1 giant slab of Peppermint Crisp Chocolate

Method:

Empty the tennis biscuits into a plastic packet and beat the shizz out of it until all the biscuits are broken and crumbly, once done place in your serving dish.

In a little bowl/cup melt the butter and add the melted butter to the crushed biscuits, incorporating the butter evenly and patting down until a solid base is formed. You can then set this aside.

In a separate bowl whisk the cream until stiff or stiff-ish – I added sugar to the cream, as I prefer a slightly sweeter whipped cream flavour but you can leave out the sugar completely, it doesn’t make a huge difference.

Next, add the entire tin of caramel and fold into the whipped cream. Chop up half of the chocolate slab and add to the caramel and cream mixture.

Once all is incorporated, spread the mixture onto your biscuit base and sprinkle the remainder of the chocolate onto the top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes – 1 hour and serve!

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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 heads-up 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).giphy (1).gif
  • Got some real schmancy looking wine glasses for R 150.00 which is a steal – retails for R 300.00.giphy (2).gif
  • Someone proposed on stage while J’Something was performing which was sweet to watch.giphy (3)
  • Found Jack Parow’s own handcrafted brandy – and it was surprisingly good.giphy (4).gif

MISSES:

  • My ticket didn’t include a glass – ended up paying R 60.00, R 60.00! for one glass.giphy
  • The glass included 7 “tasting coupons which really didn’t matter; the exhibitors didn’t want them or know about them?giphy (5).gif
  • 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.giphy (6).gif
  • 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 have 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 with 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 hazelnuts, 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 pretty 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 quite 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. 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 in 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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