Korean Sticky Chicken

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Ingredients:

1 kg  chicken braai pack of drumsticks and thighs
2 Tsp garlic ginger paste

Sticky Sauce:

2 Tsp sesame oil
1 Tbs finely grated ginger and garlic
2 Tbs honey
2 Tbs dark soy sauce
1 Tbs fish sauce
2 Tbs Korean Chilli paste (gochujang)
100ml water

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Recipe:

Rub the chicken pieces in the garlic-ginger paste, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Grill chicken in the oven at 180C until golden on both sides. While the chicken is on the oven, add all the sticky sauce ingredients into a sauce pan and let it reduce over medium heat.
Once the chicken is done, brush all the sticky sauce on both sides of the chicken. Return  the chicken to the oven and grill for another 15 minutes on both sides. During this time you must keep an eye on the chicken so it doesn’t burn!!!

Sprinkle with sesame seeds, serve with sticky rice or Jasmin rice, some steamed broccoli and asian slaw or kimchi.

 

 

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Snoek Frittata With Mango Atjar

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Snoek is favored by local South Africans and is definitely a big part of our food culture. In Cape Town and Western Cape, this deepwater fish is the main ingredient in many dishes ranging from paté to snoekbredie (stew). Snoek can be braaied (bbq) with butter and apricot jam too.
I had a piece of smoked snoek sitting in my fridge and usually I make fish cakes with it, but decided to take it up a notch with this frittata. I love frittatas because they are so versatile in terms of their ingredients. It is also an any time of the day type of meal, hot or room temperature and keeps well in the fridge.
And I must say; I was so enthusiastic to use samphire in this recipe. Samphire also known as sea beans grows wild along the West Coast. Edible wild plants and foraging is an absolute food trend at the moment.

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Ingredients:

4 baby leeks / 1 chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
100g flaked smoked snoek
3 medium potatoes
100g ricotta
6 medium eggs
50ml milk
samphire (optional, you could use asparagus)
1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

Mango atjar to serve

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Recipe:

Smoked snoek has a lot of bones, so take your time to flake the fish and set aside. Sweat the leeks in a bit of butter over medium heat until soft and set aside. Peal and slice the potatoes in thin slices, boil until slightly soft, drain and steam dry.
Put the oven on grill.
Add a knob of butter in a medium size non-stick pan (handles of the pan needs to be oven proof) and add the potatoes, sauté for 2-3 minutes. Crack 6 eggs in a mixing bowl and mix it with the soft cooked leeks, samphire and flaked snoek, add milk, dill, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the potatoes and scatter chunks of ricotta on top. Cook for about 3 minutes on medium heat and then transfer it to the oven to grill from the top until the frittata has set.
Serve with Mango Atjar

Pho Ga (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

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I am counting the days to our departure to Vietnam. Every day I can just taste and smell all the amazing street food just a little bit clearer. I have been making endless lists of foods and restaurants to try. I am hoping to pick up a few cooking secrets at Luke Nguyen’s cooking class called Grain. I will be sure to post something about that experience.

Today I am making this Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup and wondering how the real thing would compare.

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Ingredients

Stock:

3 star anise
5 cloves
2 black cardamon
1 cinnamon stick
5-7cm fresh ginger cut lengthways
1 yellow onion cut in half
1 tsp sugar or rock sugar
1 tsp salt
1-2 tbsp Vietnamese fishsauce
1 whole chicken
Enough water to cover the chicken, at least 2-3 liters

Fresh Ingredients:

Rice noodles
Fresh mint
Fresh coriander
Spring onion
Asian bean sprouts
Fresh red chili
Asian mushrooms panfried
Lime wedges and fish sauce to serve

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Recipe

Start by toasting the dried herbs in a pan for a minute or 2 to unleash their aromas and set aside. Cut onion and ginger in half, lengthways and blacken under the grill, this takes about 10-15 minutes. Take off the first black burnt layer of the onion and the charred skin of the ginger.
Bring 2-3 liters of water to the boil in a big pot and add the whole chicken in the boiling water. Add the whole onion and ginger and the roasted spices to the pot. You could put the dried spices in a tea ball or just fish them out one by one at the end.
Turn the boiling stock down to a simmer and keep on taking off any foam that floats to the top, with a spoon. Simmer the chicken for an hour.
After an hour take the chicken out of the pot and let it cool down. Also take out the spices and the garlic and onion.
The chicken broth needs to simmer for another 30 minutes and this is also the time to add the salt, sugar and fishsfauce. While the broth is simmering its time to boil the  rice noddles according to cooking instructions. Also get all the fresh herbs washed and ready. Panfry the asian mushrooms in a bit of olive oil. Debone the chicken and keep it aside.
Assembling Pho is very easy, add noodles to the bottom of the bowl and top with chicken, fresh herbs and chili, then ladle spoons of broth to the top of the bowl. Lastly squeeze a lime wedge and a drop or 2 of fishsfauce on top.
Enjoy!!!!

Lekker Vegan – Gourmet Junk Food

 

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Attention all you vegans in Cape Town!!! Harrington street has a new kid on the block, Lekker Vegan. This family business is run by James Knaap ,originally from Amsterdam.
Now, don’t expect boring old quinoa salads or tasteless tofu. This is Gourmet Junk Food at its best and good enough to cure any hangover. We tried the 2 burgers from their menu and I feel that it’s a good start to judge the rest of any menu. Lekker Crispy Burger is topped with a crispy patty, melted vegan cheddar, OG sauce, fried onion rings, topped with sour cream and onion crisps. Lekker Spicy Burger is topped with a crispy fried patty, Lekker spicy sauce, asian pickled cucumbers, fresh jalapeño and sweet chilli nacho crisps.
Lekker Vegan will be sure to see me again, to try out their Lekker Beefy Gatsby in true South African style.

 

Trout Chowder at Two Dam Sustainable Trout Farm

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I know this post is so late since we visited Two Dam Trout Farm in Montagu during the winter months. The visit there was everything I needed at that moment ; inspiring people, amazing produce, solitude and nature.
The accommodation, Kingfisher Cottage is on a working Trout Farm. Situated next to the main farmhouse where Marco and Vivian Harms lives. Still private enough, the cottage is small and cosy with a fireplace and all you will need.
The farm offers a few hiking trails and even though the Western Cape is in an extreme drought the landscape is still one of the most beautiful in the world.
Marco took us on a tour of the Rainbow Trout Farm. It was inspiring to hear what Marco and Vivian were achieving. They are extremely focussed on responsible farming and production and are 100% off the grid.
Before we arrived we ordered an array of products that were waiting for us at our cottage. From Gravlax to Whole Fresh Trouts ready to be grilled on an open fire. I highly recommend you plan your weekend and menu around these lovely Trout products. Order some Gravlax or cold smoked trout slivers and all you have to do is bring some bagels and cream cheese! Breakfast sorted!

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Ingredients

1 chopped onion
3 chopped baby leeks
2-3  chopped medium carrots
4 chopped rashers of pancetta or smokey bacon
1 clove garlic
4 medium potatoes cubed
2-3  chopped baby fennel
100g chopped in half baby asparagus
100g-150g flaked hot smoked trout from Two Dam Sustainable
3 heaped tbs crème fraîche or sour cream
500 ml boiling water
1 tbs chopped fresh dill
salt and pepper

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Recipe

On medium heat sweat the onions and leeks for about 5 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and pancetta and stir occasionally to make sure nothing sticks. Add the carrots and fennel and let it cook for another 5 minutes or so. Now add the flaked trout, potatoes and boiling water, salt and pepper and cook for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Once the potatoes are soft add the crème fraîche, dill and asparagus. Do not overcook the asparagus. Check your seasoning before serving and top with a few fresh dill leaves.

 

 

Gluten Free Veggie Flatbread

 

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You can definitely feel that spring is here in Cape Town, gym memberships are being renewed and the the cravings for crisp salads and fresh juices are setting in. The recipe for these flatbreads are from Green Kitchen Stories. They are an inspiration for anyone looking for healthy vegetarian recipes, go check it out.

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Ingredients:

4 cups of “vegetable rice” either broccoli or carrot
1 cup almond flour
4 eggs
salt and pepper
pinch of dried herbs like basil or origanum

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Recipe:

Heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
Blend a whole head of broccoli until it is a rice-like consistency. Measure 4 cups of the broccoli rice and place it in a mixing bowl. Add 4 eggs and 1 cup of almond flour and add the herbs and the salt and pepper. Mix well with clean hands. Transfer the broccoli dough onto the baking paper and flatten the dough with your hands in a rectangular shape. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until you can see it is firm. Place flat bread on a cooling rack and only peal the baking paper off one it has completely cooled down. Cut into squares and store on the fridge. The toppings are endless but think hummus, pestos or even an aubergine spread, rocket, sprouts or pickles.
You can make carrot flatbreads too, just use 4 cups of carrots instead of broccoli.

Healthy Golden Rooibos Milk

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Once you have this Golden Milk you will never want to have those sugar laden, fake tasting powdered hot drinks, you buy from the supermarket again!!!
AKA turmeric milk, it is a fragrant hot drink made from alternative milk like almond milk, soy milk, rice milk or hemp milk. I like to make my own almond milk so thats what I use but I think rice milk would work well too.

This milk is extremely healthy for you and initially I started drinking it for a good nights sleep and to help with digestion. Upon further inspection I learn that there are numerous benefits like anti-inflammatory, detoxify the body, levels out blood sugar and eases joint and muscle pain, just to mention a few.

First I will give you the recipe for almond milk.

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Almond Milk:

Ingredients:

1 cup of raw organic almonds
2 cups filtered water for soaking
4 cups filtered water to make the milk
2 pitted date or 2 tsp honey
pinch of salt

Recipe:

Soak almonds in water for 8-48 hours. When you are ready to make the milk drain the almonds. Place the soaked almonds in a blender and pour 4 cups of fresh filtered water in. Add a pinch of salt and one pitted almond. Blend for at least 4 minutes. Put a sieve over a jug that is big enough to keep 4 cups of liquid and muslin cloth inside the sieve. Pour the liquid though the muslin and sieve. Squeeze out any left over liquid in the pulp. Pour the liquid into an airtight glass container and it will last 2-3 days in the fridge. You could also freeze almond milk, read here the correct way to unfreeze it.

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Golden Milk:

Ingredients:

2 cups almond milk
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 thumb size ginger sliced
1 tbsp honey or to taste
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2-3 cardamon pods cracked to release aromas
pinch of white pepper optional
1 teabag of rooibos tea optional
1 star anise optional

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Recipe:

Place all the ingredients in a medium size pot over medium heat and let all the spices infuse slowly for about 5-8 minutes. Do not boil it. Serve in big mugs and drink before bedtime. I add Rooibos teabags to my Golden Milk as I had a brain wave one night to do so and now it just doesn’t taste complete without it. Rooibos tea is also famous for its health benefits. By adding rooibos you are only making it healthier and tastier.
This recipe serves 2 can be doubled easily.

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Good night

Spring Quinoa Porridge

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This is a great little recipe for the 1st day of Spring. So easy and super healthy and sure to help us on the way to our beach bodies!!! Suitable for diabetics and vegans and for all of us looking for a low GI breakfast.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup almond milk or coconut milk
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
berries, nuts and seeds of your choice

Recipe:

If you are you are using leftover cooked quinoa you can just warm it over the stovetop with a bit of milk, add honey and cinnamon. And add nuts, seeds and berries.
Making it from scratch you should first rinse the quinoa under cold running water . Bring almond milk and quinoa to a boil over low heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. When done, add the honey and cinnamon, cover the pan and let the quinoa rest and absorb all the milk
Serve in bowls and garnish with blue berries and pumpkin seeds, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of extra cinnamon.

Healthy Granola Clusters

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I have been avoiding my blog and my Instagram page for the last couple of weeks. I have been struggling with digestive disorders for the last three years. Battling with stomach ulcers and the removal of my gallbladder. Daily struggles with symptoms like bloating and stomach cramps. I believed that I was managing it well with medication and a healthy diet. I became accustomed with the way I felt; tired, always worring how food will affect me afterwards, in short it was just creating havoc in my life.

I decided to see a Nutritional Therapist and was put on a Elimination Diet. A short term eating plan, eliminating all foods that might cause allergies or digestive problems. None of the following: Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Refined and added Sugar, Peanuts, Corn, Alcohol, Eggs in some cases and Fast Foods.
If you know me or are familiar with my blog you will know; man, oh man, I love ALL kinds of food!! And needless to say its been a difficult 10 days so far, with only another 20 days to go before hopefully reintroducing some of these foods back into my diet.

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I came up with this little Seeded Granola Cluster recipe and would 100% make this even after my eating plan is over.

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Ingredients:

1tsp cinnamon
1tsp vanilla powder
1/4tsp salt
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 coconut shavings
5 date sliced
3tbsp coconut oil
3tbsp honey
blue berries

Recipe:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Combine all the nuts and seeds in a mixing bowl and add the honey and coconut oil, mix well. Line a baking sheet with baking paper and spread the mixture evenly. Put it in the oven for a bout 20 minutes. Stir it every couple of minutes and watch it carefully so it does not burn.

After it is golden and crispy let it cool down before you put it in a airtight container.

I recommend you double this recipe as it was so so good…. oh and serve with berries and almond milk.

Shakshuka with Potato Pesto Focaccia from Woodstock Bakery

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Shakshouka is a Middle Eastern dish served in a cast iron pan or tajine, accompanied by bread to mop up the sauce. I first had it in Turkey and they make it with a garlic sausage. You could easily adapt this recipe to your liking by adding chorizo or making it vegetarian and adding mushrooms instead. The options are endless. This doesn’t have to be served as a breakfast, it could easily be a quick budget friendly dinner too. This is a great way to feed a family or a group of friends coming over for Sunday brunch.

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Ingredients

2 cloves of garlic
1 red chill, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, sliced thinly
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp sugar
1 tin chopped tomato
1 tbsp tomato puree
1/2 cup water
thyme
1 bay leave
4 eggs
smoked pork cocktail sausages

 

Recipe

Heat a bit of olive oil in a large non-stick pan and add the garlic and chilli, fry for about 1 minute. Add the chopped onion and finely sliced red pepper as well as the cumin and smoked paprika. Cook for a few minutes until onions and peppers are soft. Now add the tinned tomato, tomato paste and sugar and give it a good stir. Add the bay leave, thyme and water and turn the heat down to a low simmer with the lid on. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes.
While the sauce is on a simmer, cook the smoked pork sausages in another pan or you can grill them in the oven.

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Give the sauce a stir and turn the heat up to medium, break 4 eggs in the sauce and put the lid back on. Cook until the desired softness for the eggs. Lastly, scatter the cocktail sausages over the cooked eggs. This dish must be served with a lovely crusty bread to mop up all the sauce.
Enjoy!!