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Something different July 3, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — mamatash @ 12:17 pm

Hello there… It’s been a while since I posted, but I have kept busy in the kitchen most weekends. I have a few more recipes to share, but first I need to perfect them…milk tart being at the top of the list. I am also into making sausage rolls these days, perfect appetizer for any party!

That aside, I am thinking about an interesting project a friend shared with me a couple weeks ago. He does a vegan diet for 30 days once every year. Of course as a self confessed meat n potatoes girl, I am having trouble imagining doing this for even one week. But I am curious enough to give it a try. Which means my family will have to give it a try, lol, my husband may not be as curious… Hmm, anyway, still thinking about it.

Well, making Sunday lunch right now, but will post some more later on.




Filed under: Desserts,Recipes,Uncategorized — mamatash @ 7:37 pm
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this South African take on the donut is, was and always will be staple in our family. Most Saturdays aunties would spend hours making these so we had fresh koeksisters on a Sunday morning with our coffee.

4 cups all purpose cake flour
1 packet instant dry yeast
¼ cup salted butter, soft
Pinch of salt
¾ cup of sugar
Table spoon aniseed
Dash of cinnamon and mixed spice
1 egg
1 ½ cups warm water
1 tablespoon oil

Mix all dry ingredients. Rub in the butter until completely mixed in. Add egg and warm water (as warm as your hands can handle). Knee the dough until smooth. Pour oil on hands and continue to knee the dough and shape into a ball.

Place the ball of dough in a deep bowl. Cover bowl with plastic. Set aside in a warm draft free spot for 2 hours. Dough should double in size.
Place dough on a floured surface and punch the dough down. Divide the dough into 4 balls. Divide each quarter into 4 pieces. Roll out each piece and twist in opposite directions and join ends.
Cover dough with damp towels and let it rest for an hour. The dough should continue to rise.
Once they have risen, deep fry the dough in warm oil. Only turn once golden brown. Do not puncture the dough so as to keep oil from seeping in.
Drain on paper towels.

2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 stick cinnamon
Sprinkling of nutmeg

Bring all ingredients to a boil and then simmer until all sugar is dissolved. Drop fried koeksisters in syrup, and turning so it becomes well coated. Remove from the syrup and roll in finely dessicated coconut.

Serving suggestions
Serve warm with tea or coffee. After frying you can freeze koeksisters for up to a month. Thaw before coating in syrup. If they are cold and you would like to eat them warm, only place in the microwave for about 15 seconds. They can be served without the coconut – that’s how my daughter loves it.

I know it’s a fair amount of work but it is so very very worth it! Enjoy!!!


Chicken and noodle soup April 17, 2011

Filed under: Recipes — mamatash @ 4:06 pm
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I must admit, growing up I didn’t really eat chicken noodle soup. Somehow over the years, and with 3 little kiddies, I am a firm believer in the power of good old fashioned chicken noodle soup..

1-2 pieces of chicken on the bone, cut in small pieces
Half onion chopped
Half cup carrots
Quarter cup peas
Half cup pasta
2 cups vegetable broth
3 cups water

Pour a tablespoon of oil in a pot and fry the chicken and onion until golden brown.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and simmer until the vegetables and pasta are cooked. Sprinkle fresh parsley and serve with warm bread.



Filed under: Great ideas to make life simple — mamatash @ 4:02 pm
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I love ground beef / chicken for the myriad options it affords me when cooking a simple, budget friendly meal. Here are a few ideas for using ground meat in your weekly dinner plan.

1. Spaghetti bolognaise – meat sauce with spaghetti or linguine
2. Cottage pie – savory mince topped with mashed potatoe or butternut squash and cheese
3. Home-made hamburgers on home-made buns
4. Big pot of chili
5. Curry bunnies – mince curry served in fried dough (also referred to as vetkoek)
6. Rotis – curry rolled in a flaky fried roti
7. Baked bean curry and rice – minced curry with baked beans served with basmati rice
8. Meat mince pies – mince pies in flaky puff pastry
9. Meatloaf
10. Aap in die koolblaar – meatballs fried in cabbage leaves… this tastes so much better than it sounds, trust me!

There you go, please feel free to add your own ideas for groundmeat.


Schumone’s microwave fudge April 13, 2011

Filed under: Recipes,Sweets — mamatash @ 8:01 am
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My cousin and I spent many afternoons in front of the telly watching soapies while eating homemade sweet treats such as this. Now we live in different countries, but whenever I do see her, she insists on making me another batch (ok, so maybe I beg, what can I say, it tastes awesome!)… Thanks darling!

2 cups of sugar
2 tablespoons of butter
1 tin of caramel or condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place sugar and butter in deep microwaveable bowl.
Cook for two minutes and stir.
Add caramel
Cook for a total of 15 minutes, but stir every 2-3 minutes
Add vanilla extract
Pour into a greased pan
Cool and cut in squares


Beer bread

Filed under: Breads,Recipes — mamatash @ 7:56 am

This is the easiest bread in the world and it is always a guaranteed hit – great at a barbecue, as a side to a pasta dish.

3 cups of all purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 ounces of light beer

Preheat oven to 350F
Mix all dry ingredients.
Pour in the beer and stir – mix until it is just combined. The dough will be lumpy. Do not overmix.
Pour batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for an hour.
Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool 10 more minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

For a variation add one of the following to the flour mixture: dried or fresh herbs, cheese, creamed sweetcorn, crumbled cheese and chives potato chips.



Filed under: Great ideas to make life simple — mamatash @ 9:47 pm

We have all been there. So nauseous but oh so hungry… As a mom I have had it with morning sickness for all three kids, and when the stomach virus hits all the kids, it aint pretty… and when that happens, it’s usually so hard to remember what may help. So, here is my helpful list of things to try if you feel awful, but need to get something in your system (or your kids’).

Doctor’s orders…aka BRATT diet
Tea and

Over the years I have also found the following to be quite helpful when you feel particularly terrible…
Room temperature ginger beer (not ginger ale)
Ginger tea
Saltine crackers
Angel food cake (yum, I know!!! cos everyone needs cake even when you feel sick)

Once you start feeling a bit better but are still nervous, don’t jump right into spicy or oily food. Start with an English type diet instead, a bit on the bland side.
Soups such as chicken noodle soup
Stews such as brown stew or savory mince. The key is to keep it simple and easy on the seasonings, use only salt and pepper and a sprinkling of herbs like parsely.

Feel better!!!