“Eating is spiritual. And eating food with loved ones is truly communion with God. Do your best to eat the food you love with people you love :) it makes it taste better.” ~ Munachi Abii

DECONSTRUCTED ROOIBOS EASTER CHEESECAKE

200 g tennis biscuits, crushed

80 g melted butter

1 cup cream cheese

1 cup cream

1 Tbls lemon juice, *optional

1/4 cup @laagerrooibostea syrup :

2 cups water

6 teabags @laagerrooibostea

2 cups castor sugar

crushed meringue, garnish

speckled eggs/ Easter eggs , as garnish

To make syrup: In a small pot, bring the water, sugar and teabags to a boil for a minute. Reduce to a simmer until the liquids are reduced to half.

Remove the teabags. Leave syrup to cool.

Mix the biscuits with the melted butter and spoon into the bottom of a glass and pack neatly.

In a bowl, mix the cream cheese with the rooibos syrup until nice and smooth.

In another bowl, beat the cream until stiff. Fold in the cream into the cream cheese mixture. Mix in the lemon juice *optional.

Spoon/ pipe in the creamy mixture into the glass onto the biscuit layer.

Top with crushed meringue. Garnish with Easter eggs.

 

MINI ROOIBOS & THYME PAVLOVAS

4 egg whites

1 cup castor sugar

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp corn starch

1 @laagerrooibostea leaves

1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped

1 cup fresh whipped cream, to serve

@laagerrooibostea syrup, to serve:

2 cups water

6 teabags @laagerrooibostea

2 cups castor sugar

Thyme leaves, to garnish

To make syrup: In a small pot, bring the water, sugar and teabags to a boil for a minute. Reduce to a simmer until the liquids are reduced to half.

Remove the teabags. Leave syrup to cool.

Preheat oven to 120 degrees C.

Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.

With an electric mixer, whisk the egg whites and salt until soft peak. Gradually add in the sugar, whisk well after every addition until the sugar dissolves.

Add in the cream of tartar, cornstarch, thyme and loose tea leaves and whisk some more.

Whisk for another 3 minutes until stiff peak stage.

Spoon the meringue into a piping bag and pipe onto baking sheet (in desired shape). Reduce oven temperature to 90 degrees C.

Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. Turn the oven off and let the pavlovas cool in the oven completely.

Once cooked down, top pavlovas with whipped cream. Drizzle with syrup and top with some fresh thyme.

BOEREWORS BREDIE

A traditional Cape Malay stew, using Free-Range beef boerewors from the KZN Midlands, in a spiced tomato stew with roasted potato and seasonal veg.
The perfect meal in one, or a generous meal served with rice or mash.
https://wearefood.co.za/collections/all-mains/products/boerewors-bredie-serves-1-280g

BAMBARA GROUNDNUT CHICKEN

An East African dish, of tender, marinated chicken breast & roasted sweet potato in a nutty, aromatic sauce made from coconut milk and soaked bambara groundnuts.

The Bambara Groundnut is a staple of east and southern Africa, where it is used in a similar fashion to other popular beans. With its nutty aroma and taste it brings a delicious flavour to spiced dishes, but do not be fooled! This ingredient is in fact a bean, not a nut, so no allergens apply!
https://wearefood.co.za/collections/all-mains/products/bambara-groundnut-chicken-serves-1-280g

SAMP AND SWEET CORN RISOTTO

Celebrating one of South Africa’s hero ingredients, samp! Cooked until tender with sweetcorn until a risotto consistency is achieved. With a generous amount of Parmesan and cheddar from Gourmet Greek here in the KZN Midlands, and a good dollop of cream and fresh herbs.
Enjoy this dish as a substantial veggie main, or serve as the accompaniment to your favourite protein.
https://wearefood.co.za/collections/vegetarian-range/products/samp-sweetcorn-risotto-serves-1-300g

Cranberry and Rosemary Pavlova

Serves: 6-8
Prep time: 1h30-2hrs

never be too intimidated making meringues, it’s really not that bad and if you really want to know if you whipped your egg whites properly, place the bowl over your head and if the egg whites fall on you, it wasn’t whipped really well. Try again.

Meringue ingredients:
6 Egg Whites
1 1/2 C Castor Sugar
2 tsp Corn Starch
1/2 Tbs Lemon Juice
1/2 Tbs Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Draw a 4 inch circle with a pencil on the baking paper.
In a mixer, beat egg whites until foamy, gradually add sugar. Whisk on high speed for 6-7 mins until stiff and glossy.
Add lemon juice and vanilla. Sift in corn starch and whisk until blended.
Transfer meringue onto baking paper inside the circle.
Bake for 1hr30 mins, then turn the oven off and with the door closed, leave the meringue in the oven overnight to cool completely. Remove from the oven and cover using cling wrap and leave to rest.

Cranberry Mascarpone Cream ingredients:
1/2 C Cranberries
1/3 C Pomegranate Rubies
1 Tbs Castor Sugar
1/2 C Apple Juice
1 C Whipping Cream
1/2 C Mascarpone Cheese
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Rosemary Springs and Pomegranate Rubies to garnish

In a saucepan, combine cranberries, pomegranate, sugar and apple juice and bring to a boil. Stir until the mixture has thickened. Pulse in a blender until smooth and strain the mixture into a jug. Leave to cool completely.
In a bowl, beat the cream, mascarpone and vanilla for 3 mins until soft peaks.
Fold the cream with the cooled cranberry mixture.

Topping:
1/3 C Cranberries
1/2 C Sugar and 3 Tbs extra
1/2 C Water

Boil water with 1/2 cup sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Leave to cool in a bowl.
Drop the cranberries into the sugar syrup and stir, freeze for 30 mins. Drain and reserve the syrup for later. Dump the cranberries into the remaining castor sugar. Make sure the cranberries are completely covered in sugar.
Leave to dry on the counter.

Assembling:
Dollop the mascarpone mixture into the pavlova. Garnish with the cranberries, pomegranate rubies and rosemary sprigs.

Mussel Broth with Mini Fatcakes

If you notice throughout the entire cookbook, we try to add a South African twist to every dish, that’s our style of cooking. We guess it’s a little reminder of where we come from, no matter where we are. Fat cakes are truly South African, best enjoyed during the winter season and this broth is so hearty, definitely one of our favorite winter dishes.

Ingredients:
Fat cakes:
1C Cake Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Tbs Sugar
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2C Lukewarm Water
Oil, for frying

Mussel Broth:
2 Tbs Sesame Oil
2 Red Chilies, finely chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
3 Spring Onions, finely sliced
2 Tbs Lime Zest
2 Sticks Lemon Grass
1/2C Coriander, chopped
1 Lime
1 Tbs Fish Sauce
1 Tbs Brown Sugar
300 ml Chicken Stock
1C Coconut Milk
1 1/2 kg Black Mussels

Method:
Fat cakes:
Combine all the fat cake ingredients together and mix well.
Heat oil in a pan on medium heat.
Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the oil. Fry until cooked and golden brown on both sides.
Mussel broth:
In a heavy based saucepan, add sesame oil, lightly fry the chilies, garlic, spring onions, zest and lemongrass.
Add in the fish sauce, brown sugar. Stir and cook on low heat for about 5 mins.
Add in the stock and mussels. Simmer for 10-15 mins.
Add chopped coriander and adjust seasoning. Stir in the coconut milk.
Simmer for another 5 mins, simmer till the mussels are cooked and the broth is aromatic.

 

Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls

Serves: 4
Prep time: 50 mins

Just know that anything that has coconut milk, coconut cream or coconut flakes tastes amazing, no doubt. You can easily impress your guests with this simple dish, just pretend you slaved over the stove for hours, don’t worry, it’ll stay just between us.

Ingredients:
2 Tbs Vegetable Oil
1 Small Onion, finely chopped
3 Tbs Red Curry Paste
2 Spring Onions, finely sliced
1 Tbs Fresh Ginger, chopped
1 C Asparagus, tailed
1 C Broccoli Florets
1 C Purple Cabbage, thinly shredded
1 C Carrots, julienned
2 Tbs Fish Sauce
2 Tbs Soy Sauce
3 Tbs Brown Sugar
1 Tbs Chili Flakes
2 C Rice Noodles, uncooked
1/2 C Vegetable Stock
1 C Coconut Milk
Handful Basil
Sesame Seeds, to serve

Method:
In a wok, heat oil, fry the onion and curry paste for 1-2 mins. Add in the spring onion and ginger and stir.
Stir in all the vegetables. Coat them in the curry paste.
Add in the fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar and chili flakes. Stir for 2-3 mins.
Add in the noodles and vegetable stock. Simmer on medium heat for 15-20 mins.
Add in the coconut milk and basil and simmer for another 20 mins till noodles are al dente and veggies are cooked.
Divide into bowls. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Brown Bread with Antipasti

Serves: 8-10
Prep time: 45 mins

When making bread make sure you put a timer on for 10 mins, knead the bread for the entire 10 mins, don’t stop even when your hands get tired. Trust us, it will all be worth it. If your bread is sticking to the counter, avoid adding more flour (it will dry it out), add a bit of oil, it should work like a charm.

Ingredients:
2C Brown Bread/Wholewheat Flour
1/2C Cake Flour
1 Pkt Instant Yeast
2 Tbs Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1/2C Lukewarm Water
1/2C Lukewarm Milk
2 Tbs Olive Oil

Antipastos:
Cured meats
Olives
Anchovies
Cheese
Tepanade
Chutney

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix the wet ingredients into a jug, stir gradually into the dry ingredients.
Beat with a hook paddle for 2 mins on high speed. Place dough on a floured surface and knead for 10 mins until soft and pliable.
Cover the dough and leave to rest until double its size.
Knock down and shape into a loaf tin or desired shape.
Cover with a kitchen cloth and leave to rise for about 20 mins.
Bake in the oven for 30 mins.
Once done, leave to cook on the rack before serving.
Serve with the Antipastos.

Sweet and Sour Pork

Serves: 4-5
Prep time: 25-30 mins

This is definitely one of those dishes in this book that might make you cry, it’s that good!! Don’t waste time with this one, make sure the sauce is ready by the time the pork comes out of the fryer. Straight from the fryer, into the sauce, the pork will soak up all the goodness. Boy oh boy… Enjoy!!

Ingredients:
500g Pork Butt/Shoulder, cubed
1 C Flour
Salt and Pepper
200g soda Water
Oil for Deep fryer

Season the flour with salt and pepper.
To the flour Whisk in the soda water until loosened, into a nice lumpy batter.
Dip the pork into the batter, shake off access batter before frying.
Heat oil at 160 degrees celcius and deep fry pork until golden brown.

Glaze:
1 C Tomato Sauce
1/2 C BBQ Sauce
2 Tbs Harissa
2 Tbs Soy Sauce
1/4 C Lemon Juice
1/4 C Honey
2 Tbs Chili Flakes
2 Tbs Chopped Mint

Mix all the ingredients together. Add in the deep fried pork.
Roast in the oven at 220 degrees celcius for 15-20 mins.
Serve with a bell pepper salad (yellow, red, green peppers, julienned. Sesame seeds, soy sauce, rocket).