Category Archives: Chicken + Poultry

Tjoef tjaf…hoender- en blomkoolpilaf

Tjoef tjaf…hoender- en blomkoolpilaf

Deesdae tussen die woel van die werk, die inboks, die verkeer, die afgraderings en om by die Zuma-proteste te wees, is daar nie tyd om te lank in die kombuis te werskaf nie. Ek weet wragtig nie hoe my ma en pa met voltydse werke, vier kinders, twee honde en vier katte deur hulle lang lys van verpligtinge gekom het nie én dan was daar nog elke dag ‘n feesmaal op die tafel.Ek sukkel klaar om my vol-nonsens-Ier elke aand kos te gee tussen al my moet-doen-dinge vir die dag en my twee hondekinders, Frankie en Robbie. Was die mense van duisende jare terug ook so besig?

Chicken Pilaf

Ja, ons voorvaders was altyd aan die gang met ‘n oorlog of drie, hulle moes heeldag slawe aanmoedig om stene te kap, te trek en bo op mekaar te pak, en dan moes hulle ook so nou en dan ‘n steniging bywoon. As hulle ‘n epos wou stuur het hulle lank gesit en dit met ‘n bytel en hamer uitgekap. Daar was ook nie ‘n Woollies of kitskos restaurante om die hoek nie. Hulle het gaan soek vir hulle vleis en kos, dit self verwerk en dit kon dae lank geduur het voor ou Flintstone met iets oor die skouer by die grot aangekom het.

Chicken and cauliflower pilaf

Onse voorouers het wel toe al rys geëet om hulle honger mae vol te hou – dit is al toentertyd suksesvol gegroei en verwerk. Dit kon, baie belangrik, vir lang tye gestoor word en ook saam gesleep word as hulle vyande op hulle spoor was, of as hulle moes wegskarrel van wettelose barbare.

Pilaf was een van die disse wat die Indiërs, die Turke en die inwoners van antieke Persië geëet het vir daaglikse voeding asook vir godsdienstige feeste. Dit is ‘n fancy woord vir gegeurde rys wat sy naam kry van die Turkse pilav en is gesond, heerlik, veelsydig en vinnig om te maak. Die gewas word eers in olie saam met geurmiddels gebraai en word dan in ‘n aftreksel gaar gekook. Jy kook dit nie met water soos ons met Tastic-rys maak nie.

Vandag gebruik ek die heerlike Oosterse geure komyn, mosterdkorrels, borrie en rissies om my pilaf te geur. Die blomkool en hoender werk perfek saam en met ‘n bietjie kruisementjogurt en vars koljanderblare is dit ‘n gesonde, lekker en vinnige ete in een pan.

Minted jogurt
As jy ook een van daai mense is wat saam met die hoenders opstaan en saam met die uile gaan slaap, beveel ek dié vinnige pilaf aan…nie net om jou tyd te spaar nie, maar ook om jou familie te beïndruk. Vir my is dit boonop ideaal, want die oorskiet pak ek deesdae na ‘n Zuma-optog as padkos in. Viva Pilaf.

Vinnige hoender- en blomkoolpilaf
(genoeg vir vier)
45 ml olie
450 g hoenderfilette, in blokke gesny
1 medium ui, fyn opgekap
375 ml basmati rys (of rys van jou keuse)
5 ml borrie
7.5 ml komynsaadjies (of fyn komyn)
7.5 ml mosterdsaadjies
5 ml rissievlokkies (opsioneel)
625 ml hoenderaftreksel
400 g blomkool, in klein stukkies gebreek
1.25 ml sout
een suurlemoen, in wiggies gesny
een groot handvol vars koljander, gekap

Verhit die olie in ‘n groot pan of pot oor medium-hoë hitte. Braai die hoender vir ‘n paar minute tot bruin. Skep uit en hou eenkant. Draai hitte af na medium. In dieselfde pan braai die ui tot sag. Voeg die rys, borrie, komyn, mosterd, rissie by, roer goed deur en braai vir drie minute. Voeg die aftreksel, hoender en blomkool by en kook stadig met deksel op vir omtrent 25 minute of tot die rys gaar is en die pan effens droog is. Geur met sout en bedien met suurlemoenwiggies, vars koljander en kruisementjogurt.

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Mother-in-law’s chicken liver pâté with my bacon-onion jam

Mother-in-law’s chicken liver pâté with my bacon-onion jam

I don’t like chicken liver pâté … I LOVE it. My mother-in-law, Marie Robertson, makes a mean, charming old-school chicken liver pâté. It has a nice chilli bite and enough brandy to give it a good kick. It’s smooth and tasty and is, with the pink peppercorns and my bacon-onion jam, one of the best pâtés I have ever tasted.
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chicken liver pâté with my bacon-onion jam


My mother-in-law’s chicken liver pâté with pink peppercorns

Enough for 4
15 ml olive oil
15 ml butter
250 g chicken livers
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 small red chilli, thinly sliced
30 ml brandy
1.25 ml salt
1.25 black pepper
125 ml cream
30 ml butter
5 ml pink pepper corns

Heat the olive oil and butter in a frying pan. Add the chicken livers, garlic and chilli. Cook the livers for a couple of minutes on each side, until lightly coloured – but still a little pink in the middle – if you overcook them they will lose their smooth texture and become grainy.
Pour in the brandy. If you’re using a gas hob you can flame it until the alcohol cooks off, but watch your hair! Simmer for a minute or so, then take the livers off the heat and tip them into a food processor. Blitz until you have a smooth purée. Add the salt, pepper and cream and continue to blitz. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl. Melt the butter and pink peppercorns in a little pot. Spoon over the pâté. Leave to set in the fridge for 1 hour.

Bacon-onion jam
250 g bacon, diced into cubes
15 ml oil
3 medium onions (350g – pealed), grated
15 ml Dijon mustard
2.5 ml powdered ginger
170 ml balsamic vinegar
50 ml dark brown sugar
2 ml salt
2.5 ml black pepper
50 ml water

Heat the oil in a pan and add the bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the fat is completely rendered and the bacon has started to crisp. Add the onions, mustard, ginger, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, salt, pepper and water. Stir to combine, then cover the pot, lower the heat and allow the mixture to cook undisturbed for 15 or 20 minutes. Remove the top, stir again and then partly cover the pot. Allow the mixture to cook until most of the liquid is gone and the onions have achieved a dark brown jam texture, approximately 60 to 70 minutes. Remove mixture from heat, and allow to cool slightly. Spoon the jam into a jar or bowl, then allow to cool completely.

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prawn + chicken skewers on the #braai – #ShareTheOriginal

prawn + chicken skewers on the #braai – #ShareTheOriginal

Chicken and Prawn Skewers

To celebrate a 100 years’ of Sedgwick’s Old Brown, I made summery prawn and chicken skewers – marinated overnight in a Sedgwick’s marinade. It was a delightful combo of flavours with the sweet marinade giving the skewered chicken and prawn a deep and enchanting taste. I also made a crunchy salad with a lovely dressing. The result… a perfectly, light yet satisfying summer lunch. Scrumptious, healthy and just irresistibly delicious.

The Original Sedgwick’s Old Brown has been part of the South African history and culture for a 100 years now. No, it’s not a ‘60’s thing or a 70’s thing… it is not something that just your folks used to enjoy. Ask your grandparents…I bet they will be able to tell you a Sedgwick’s story or two…and such stories go back generations to 1916. At that time World War I was going on; the light switch was invented and Albert Einstein completed his formulation of a general theory of relativity. Since 1916, The Original Sedgwick’s Old Brown has become part of our heritage.

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In my student days, come June every year, we made the trek to the Grahamstown Festival. And those who know the Eastern Cape … well June is freezing cold. We used to stay in tents on the outskirts of the town, in the evenings we huddled around the fire, old faithful Sedgwick’s kept the conversation going – and kept us warm at night. I remember the many hours we sat around the fire mesmerized by Johannes Kerkorrel en die Gereformeerde Blues Band and Johnny Clegg. We also could not stop talking about the talent of Paul Slabolepszy and Andrew Buckland. More often than not, the length and depth of those conversations, depended largely on how many bottles of Sedgwick’s we had… 🙂 Those were the days.

Sedgwick's Old Brown
Prawn and chicken skewers on the braai
Serves 6
18 prawns
500 g chicken, big chunks
Marinade
100 ml Sedgwick’s Old Brown
60 ml red wine vinegar
5 ml salt
1 garlic, grated
45 ml coriander, chopped
juice and grated peel of ½ lemon
2 pinches smoked paprika (optional – I just love the smokey flavour)
5 ml chilli flakes (optional – I also love a bit of a bite)
salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients for the marinade together and marinade the prawns and chicken for at least 4 hours. I left mine to marinade overnight. Thread chicken and prawns onto skewers (soak wooden skewers in water first to prevent scorching on a braai or grill), leaving a small gap between each piece for even cooking. Season with salt and pepper. Braai for about 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the prawns have turned bright pink.

Crunchy vegetable salad

Serves 6
500 ml cabbage, sliced
2 large carrots, grated
200 g green beans, thinly sliced
200 g baby corn, thinly sliced
100 g unsalted cashews, crushed
2 spring onions, chopped diagonally
a large handful coriander, chopped
Salad dressing
30 ml sugar
30 ml Sedgwick’s Old Brown
45 ml vinegar
15 ml sesame oil
30 ml sunflower oil
15 ml soy sauce
1 red chilli, chopped

Chop and grate all the fresh ingredients. Mix all the salad dressing ingredients well. Mix everything together.

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chicken #parmigiana without the parmesan

chicken #parmigiana without the parmesan

chicken parmigiana

This is one of those crowd-pleasing dishes and it’s also very easy to make. Chicken Parmigiana is normally made with breaded chicken and with parmesan cheese. As I had neither breadcrumbs nor parmesan in my house when I wanted to make this, so I simply left them out. It turned out just as delicious.

My version of chicken ‘parmigiana’ … without parmesan
(Serves 4 )
30 ml olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 can ( 400g ) chopped tomatoes
handful fresh basil, torn
1.25 ml salt
1.25 ml freshly ground black pepper
4 chicken breasts, skinned and flattened
salt
freshly ground black pepper
4 slices mozzarella

Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Add the olive oil and garlic to the pan and just heat until the garlic begins to dance in the oil. Do not fry the garlic. Add the tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper and simmer for 7 minutes. Season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper and fry in olive oil until brown. Place the chicken in a baking dish, spoon the tomato sauce over the top and finish with a slice of mozzarella on top of each piece of chicken. Bake for about 35 minutes and serve with pasta or a green salad.

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moroccan chicken with flatbreads

moroccan chicken with flatbreads

Photograph taken with my mobile phone

Photograph taken with my mobile phone

I made this hearty Morrocan chicken and flatbreads on Expresso this morning. The Moroccan flavours with the lemon provides a heavenly taste. The flatbreads are really easy to make and together it is a perfect winter weekend dish.
Photograph taken with my mobile phone

Photograph taken with my mobile phone


Moroccan chicken with flatbreads
3 large, garlic cloves, peeled, roughly chopped
2.5 ml salt
2.5 ml smoked paprika
2.5 ml normal paprika
5 ml turmeric
5 ml ml cumin seeds
2.5 ml cinnamon (optional)
25-30 ml olive oil
6 large chicken thighs
25 ml olive oil
2 onions, peeled, roughly chopped
1 lemon, cut in half, thinly sliced
salt
black pepper
20 green olives, pits removed
handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped

Method
Crush the garlic cloves and sea salt with a pestle in a mortar. Add the smoked paprika, paprika, turmeric and cumin seeds and grind to a paste. Add just enough olive to make the paste runny enough to pour, but thick enough to coat the chicken. Place the chicken thighs into a bowl, pour the spice paste over them and toss well to coat all of the meat. Cover with cling film and leave to marinate in the fridge for as long as time allows, overnight if possible. Heat the olive oil in a large shallow pan, then cook the onions until softened. Add the chicken thighs and cook until coloured lightly on both sides. Add the lemon slices and pour in enough water to come halfway up the chicken pieces. Season with salt and black pepper, cover with a lid and simmer for about 25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and tender. Season again. Add the olives and fresh coriander and serve.

Flatbreads
350 g self-raising flour , plus extra for dusting
salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
350 g natural yoghurt

Add all the flatbread ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix together with a spoon, then use clean hands to pat and bring everything together. Dust a clean work surface with flour, then tip out the dough. Knead for a minute or so to bring it all together. Dust a clean work surface and rolling pin with flour, then divide the dough in half, then divide each half into 6 equal-sized pieces (roughly the size of a golf ball). With your hands, pat and flatten the dough, then use a rolling pin to roll each piece into 12cm rounds, roughly 2mm to 3mm thick. Place the griddle pan on a high heat, then once hot, cook each one for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until bar-marked and puffed up, turning with tongs.

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whole #chicken pie – 16th century tudor style pie

whole #chicken pie – 16th century tudor style pie

This is a chicken pie with a difference. Something quite unusual. I took all the ingredients of a chicken pie and placed these under the skin of the chicken. I then baked the chicken whole – under a blanket of puff pastry. It is easy, yet delicious and very 16 Century – A real Tudor style pie.

Whole Chicken Pie

Whole Chicken Pie

Whole chicken pie
1 whole chicken, 1.3 kg
250 g mushrooms, finely chopped
30 g butter
125 g bacon, chopped
1.25 ml ground cloves
10 ml fresh thyme
salt and pepper
15 ml olive oil
a pack puff pastry, thawed
1 egg, beaten
String
Aluminium foil

Preheat the oven to 190 ° C. Fry the mushrooms on high heat in butter until brown. Remove from the heat and add the chopped raw bacon, cloves and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Loosen the chicken skin with your fingers – also the skin of the thighs and wings. Insert the mushroom and bacon mixture everywhere under the skin of the chicken. Rub olive oil all over the chicken. Season the outside with salt and pepper. Cover the wings with foil. String the wings and thighs together. Bake in oven for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and string and let the chicken cool for 15 minutes. Place the puff pastry over the chicken. Press and softly close the pastry on the sides. Brush with egg yolk and bake for another 40 minutes until golden brown. Rest for 10 minutes and then let the Tudor festivities begin.

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Homemade Spur #chicken wings with that famous #durky sauce

Homemade Spur #chicken wings with that famous #durky sauce

Chicken wings with durky sauceI love Spur’s chicken wings, but the person who loves them more than me, is my 84-year old mom. When I take Babs out for lunch, there is just one place she wants to go: “Spur, my child for those irresistible chicken wings.” It is an easy choice and one that I do not mind because the triple combination of the crisp, fatty chicken skinned wings dunked in that delicate Durky sauce with its blue cheese creaminess makes me weak too.

Homemade durky sauce

So the other day we decided to make our own. Our first stop however was the Spur around the corner – armed with pen and notebook and our detective taste buds. We had to decipher each of the ingredients before we made our own attempt at these moreish wings. After dipping and dabbing we came to the conclusion that making the wings and the blue-cheese dip was the easy part. Something more tricky was the Durky sauce. After many test tastings and conferencing between ourselves, we worked out that garlic flakes, onion, vinegar, sugar, red pepper, paprika and a dash of salt were the fundamental elements of this sauce.

blue cheese sauce chicken wings

With our clandestine operation complete, we headed home with list in hand to test out our version of these wings and Durky sauce. After multiple attempts, I think mom and I came up with a version that could stand its own – albeit a homemade version of those famous Spur wings.

Homemade buffalo chicken wings
Serves 3-4 as a starter
12 chicken wings, cut in half at the joints
fine table salt
oil for deep frying

Blue Cheese Sauce
125 ml mayonnaise
125 ml sour cream
100 g blue cheese (crumbled)

Durky sauce
140 ml vinegar (white)
350 ml water
1.25 ml chilli powder
2.5 ml tabasco sauce (optional)
10 ml garlic flakes
15 ml onion, diced into small blocks
15ml sugar
5 ml salt
3ml paprika
2.5 ml maizena

Wings: Season the wings with salt. Deep fry in oil until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain excess oil on some paper.
Durky sauce: Mix all the ingredients in a pot and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Allow to stand for about an hour so that the garlic flakes can flavour the sauce.
Blue cheese sauce: Mix all the ingredients together.

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make your own green curry paste

make your own green curry paste

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Some time back I visited Bangkok and spent a fascinating week at the Blue Elephant Cooking School. There I was privileged to learn a bit more about Royal Thai Cuisine. The one recipe I have since clung to is this glorious Green Curry Paste. It is just so much better to make your own curry paste and quite frankly you simply cannot compare it to the stuff you buy in the shops. The recipe requires galangal, shallots and lime zest – as these ingredients are hard to come by, I have replaced them with ginger, spring onions and lemon zest.

The paste can be kept in an airtight container for two weeks in the refrigerator or one month in the freezer. If you would like to preserve it longer, add extra salt as this is a traditional Thai way of preserving food. For a vegetarian version omit the shrimp paste.

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Green Curry Paste (Kruang Kaeng Keaw Waan)
(makes 85 grams)
10 g hot green chillies, chopped
10 g fresh coriander, chopped (if you can get the roots, even better)
7.5 ml ginger, grated
7.5 ml lemon zest
15 ml lemon juice
4 garlic cloves, grated
40 g spring onions (about three), sliced
5 ml salt
5 ml cumin seeds, roasted and grounded
2.5 ml coriander, roasted and grounded
2.5 ml white pepper
10 basil leaves
2.5 ml shrimp paste

Pound all the ingredients in a pestle & mortar to fine paste or use your stick blender.

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#healthy lunch box salad

#healthy lunch box salad

my whole life I wanted to be thinner

Anel Potgieter - Work Salad{my whole life i wanted to be thinner}
In matric I was a size 10, but I wanted to be an 8. In my student years I was a 12 but wanted to be a 10. As time went by, I found myself shopping for clothes in the “fuller figure” department. Such lovely words … “fuller figure”. It kind of makes you feel thinner. But perhaps more importantly, it makes you feel less alone. You actually feel part of the “fuller figure” society.

Over the years, I must have tried every diet under the sun. From the soup diet, low calorie diet, Weigh-Less, Weight Watchers to the diet shakes and the rest. I am also sure some of you can remember those over the counter diet tabs that made your heart beat at a thousand miles an hour?

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Well, it is now 2014 and I can with confidence announce that I have won my battle with weight. I may not thinner per se but I have won my psychological battle with weight . How did I do it, you may ask? It required a huge mind shift in order to correct the unhealthy relationship that existed between me and food. It took a journey of deep self-introspection to establish the link between my being and the food choices I had been making.

It was a very difficult and challenging journey of discovery to say the least, yet it was one of the most enriching detours of my life. I discovered that food needn’t be the crutch it always was. Food did not have to be my best friend. But most importantly, I discovered myself! A self-confidant, strong and successful woman. A woman that looked beautiful when she looked at herself in the mirror in spite of the extra kilo’s she carries.

{it’s all about pre-planning}
Today, I eat three balanced meals a day. I had to learn to be organised! Pre-planning here is the absolute key. One needs to know what you are going to eat, and when you are going to eat it. These days, I pack myself a healthy salad to work and the sprinkle it with the best red wine dressing and Maldon salt which I keep in my drawer at work.

Naturally, I do occasionally give-in to the second slice of milk tart or that irresistible portion of home-baked chicken pie. Hell, just yesterday I ate a whole block of chocolate in front of the TV. But, it is okay…. Because I am okay!

Salad 

#healthy lunch box salad
 
I always use whatever fresh ingredients I have available in my fridge as well as fresh herbs from my garden. The vinegar and salt I keep in my drawer at work.
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Ingredients
  • Cabbage, sliced
  • Cucumber, sliced
  • Carrots, sliced or grated
  • Yellow peppers, sliced
  • Green peppers, sliced
  • Olives
  • Tomatoes, sliced
  • Coriander, chopped
  • Basil, chopped
  • Chicken, from last night's dinner
  • Cannellini beans or chickpeas
  • Salad Dressing
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Maldon salt
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients in tupperware and take to work. Then sprinkle generously with Maldon salt and red wine vinegar.

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chicken burger + beer

chicken burger + beer

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Our next client function at dhk architects is a “burgers and beer” evening.  I am not much of a beer drinker (that’s hubby’s department –  I do love my wine way much more :-)) … but being the curious sort that I am I needed to establish what beer might go best with our burgers….

During the course of my tasting expedition, I eventually came upon an ale that seemed to find resonance with me and my palate.  The ale was smooth and lovely and I decided to pair it with a chicken and minted pineapple burger. It was a perfect beer and burger combination.

The pineapple is definitely a good pairing with the chicken, with the mint lifting the whole dish to something that is both fresh and light … the Parmesan cheese gives it that rich salty flavour – without overpowering the chicken or pineapple.

This is really so easy to put together for a Friday evening spent with your besties.  Just make sure the beer is cold… even better pop a few beer glasses in the freezer before serving the beer.

PS: I spoke to Boston Beers and they suggested you drink their Boston Lager with this specific chicken burger.

Cheers mate.

Watch me make these burgers by clicking here.

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chicken burger + beer
 
Chicken burger with minted pineapple salsa and parmesan
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Ingredients
  • Skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt
  • Milled black pepper
  • Burger buns
  • Olive oil
  • Pineapple
  • Mint, chiffonade
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lettuce, thinly sliced
  • Parmesan Cheese, shaved with potato peeler
  • Baby tomatoes, sliced
Instructions
  1. Season your chicken with salt and pepper and grill to taste on the braai or on a griddle plan.
  2. Paint some olive oil onto the hamburger buns and grill on the griddle pan.
  3. Cut your pineapple into small blocks and add the mint to make a salsa.
  4. To assemble: Generously add mayonnaise on the bun, add the lettuce, chicken, Parmesan and top it with the fresh pineapple mint salsa.

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picasso’s chicken

picasso’s chicken

“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them”- Pablo Picasso

When I saw Anke’s article in Fresh Living magazine using Picasso as one of her inspirations, I knew that I would have to look no further. The first thing that came to my mind was the Spanish painter’s beautiful chicken drawings. These were not paintings, just beautiful drawings. It was like he wanted to be normal – to be like us, to draw and not paint. But these were still no normal chickens – these were Picasso’s chickens.

{This recipe was inspired by an ingredient list I received from Pick n Pay for their freshlyblogged challenge #8 competition}

Picasso's chicken

I could never match up to his artistic genius, but to a certain measure our philosophical palette shares similar thoughts about life.

“I am an artist too, you see, when it comes to cooking, I cook ingredients the way I think of them, not the way I see them.”

My food creation is something of a deconstructed paella – just without the rice of course. Each of the ingredients – including the sherry can be found in your traditional Spanish paella.

I really wanted a smoky paprika taste to my chicken so I char grilled the peppers and added them with the chorizo under the skin and then used the peppers with garlic and lemon on top of the skin. The garlic mash was a layer of colour and flavour I added to this food canvas and works brilliantly with chicken.

So this is my culinary interpretation of a Picasso’s chicken. Remember … we are all artists in our own right and we must remember to draw inspiration from the canvas of life. Carpe diem!

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Tips for char grilling peppers

Oven: Preheat the grill. Half your peppers and coat with olive oil. Place the peppers skin side-up under the grill. Grill until the skin is blackened. Place the charred peppers into a plastic bag and allow to sweat. Remove the skin filament from the peppers ( I love to keep the skin on).

To grill: over a gas hob: Using a tong (or long braai tong) hold the peppers over the open flame until blackened. Place directly on the hob and rotate over the open flame occasionally. Put in bag to sweat. Remove skin.
Preserve: Add the peppers, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt to a jar. Leave in closed jar in fridge. Delicious on sandwiches – try it on toast too!

picasso's chicken
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Chicken and marinade
  • 1.3 kg chicken spatchcocked and cut in half
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup Sedgwick’s Old Brown Sherry
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1tsp salt (use smoked salt if you have)
  • 1tsp milled black pepper
  • Chorizo Stuffing
  • ½ onion, chopped into small blocks
  • ½ Tbsp butter
  • 100g chorizo, sliced into small blocks
  • 1tsp fresh origanum, chiffonade
  • ½ red char grilled pepper, chopped with skin (see below tips how to char grill a pepper)
  • Wet smoky pepper rub
  • 2½ red char grilled peppers, chopped with skin on
  • 2 tsp fresh origanum, chiffonade
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1tsp lemon rind, grated
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp salt (use smoked salt if you have)
  • ½ tsp milled black pepper
Instructions
  1. Marinade - Mix all the marinade ingredients together and rub into chicken and marinade for about 1 hour. Set aside. Turn a few times.
  2. Chorizo stuffing - Fry the onion in the butter until translucent.
  3. Add to all the other ingredients. Don’t fry the chorizo, we want it to cook underneath the skin so the fat can seep in and flavour the chicken. Set aside.
  4. Wet smoky pepper rub - Blitz all the ingredients together to a pulp. Set aside.
  5. Basting, stuffing and roasting the chicken
  6. Chicken - Preheat the oven to 200 ºC.
  7. Take the marinated chicken and loosen the skin carefully with your fingers – as far as you can down the thigh and wing as well. Stuff the chorizo mixture under the skin. Take toothpicks and fasten the sides. We don’t want the stuffing to fall out or to lose the flavour of the chorizo fat.
  8. Then generously pour the wet rub over the chicken. Make sure the whole chicken is covered.
  9. Roast for 40 minutes until cooked through. The juices must run clear.
  10. Remove the cooked chicken from the oven and rest for 10 minutes before carving into portions.

 
garlic mash
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 650 g boiled potatoes, skinned and passed through a potato press
  • ¾ cup milk, warmed-up
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. Cook the potatoes and mash. Add the milk and salt.
  2. Fry the garlic in the butter – wait for the butter just to start to discolour then add it piping hot to the mash. The garlic must just slightly brown and crisp up – not burn. Mix through and taste for seasoning.
  3. Serve immediately.

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his and hers breakfast . french toast with figs + pomegranate + white chocolate ganache

his and hers breakfast . french toast with figs + pomegranate + white chocolate ganache

“Heaven … I am in heaven’’ … white chocolates, cream, cayenne pepper and cinnamon. Combine some of these ingredients with classic French toast made from homemade bread and you may have to see a cardiologist after this yin and yang breakfast :-)! I used so much cream, chocolate, port, butter – all the no-no‘s of healthy eating but oh boy, did this taste like heaven!

{This delicious recipe was inspired by an ingredient list I received from Pick n Pay for their freshlyblogged challenge #6 competition.}

french toast with figs,  pomegranate and white chocolate ganache

For this “his and hers” breakfast, I made something savoury and sweet. I used the French toast as a mutual vehicle for the two different dishes. I added figs, pomegranates, port and some basil mint that freshens and elevates both dishes (proudly out of my garden). The figs and pomegranates work brilliantly with the chicken livers (part of my have to use list) – they offset the bitterness you often find in livers and give it a crunchy texture. “Tannie Ina se bottel tomato and basil pasta sous” helped in creating a lovely rich creamy tomato sauce for the livers. And who will say no to white chocolate, figs and pomegranates?

Sometimes your kitchen is begging you to be adventurous, try crazy combinations, eat rich food and have fun – live, cook, share, laugh … life is short!

french toast with figs,  pomegranate and white chocolate ganache

french toast with figs,  pomegranate and white chocolate ganache

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french toast with figs,  pomegranate and white chocolate ganache

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Tips for poaching a perfect egg

Use fresh eggs at room temperature.
Add vinegar to simmering (not boiling) water.
Slowly submerse the whole egg with shell in the simmering water for 10 seconds before you break it. This ensures the whites on the outside of the egg hold together better during poaching.
Give the water a stir – it forms a whirlpool with the centrifugal force keeping the form of the egg together
Break the egg in a ramekin before you slide (not throw!) the egg into the whirlpool.
Simmer for 2 minutes.

homemade bread
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 320 ml tepid water
  • 1 packet dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 500 g flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix the water, yeast and sugar together, mix and let it stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the olive oil to the mixture and stir.
  3. Add the flour and salt and knead for 5 – 10 minutes into a smooth dough.
  4. Let it rise in a warm spot for an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 190 ºC.
  6. Punch down and form dough into a loaf and set in buttered bread pan.
  7. Cover and let it rise for 30 mins.
  8. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes till golden brown.
  9. To test if it’s ready, tap the base of the loaf – it should sound hollow.

 
french toast
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 thick slices of bread
  • 300 ml cream
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ Tbsp butter for frying
Instructions
  1. Beat the eggs, cream and salt together.
  2. Pour over the slices of bread and let is soak for about 15 min.
  3. Heat a non-stick pan, add the butter and fry the bread until golden brown on both sides.

 
french toast with figs + pomegranate + white chocolate ganache
 
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Ingredients
  • Figs
  • 6 figs
  • 2 Tbsp Demerara sugar
  • 1 tsp Robertsons cinnamon
  • ¼ cup port or sherry
  • 1tsp butter
  • White Chocolate Ganache
  • ⅓ cup cream
  • 80 g white chocolate, cut into small pieces
  • One large pinch of Robertsons cayenne pepper
  • To assemble
  • 2 Tbsp pomegranates
  • 1 tsp basil mint, chiffonade (you can replace this with mint)
Instructions
  1. Figs - Preheat oven to 170 ºC.
  2. Cut a cross on the top of each fig and push from the bottom so that the fig forms a flower. Pack in a small baking tray.
  3. Mix the sugar and cinnamon and add a tsp sugar on top of each fig.
  4. Add the port and butter to the tray and bake for 30 mins.
  5. Take out of oven and baste the figs with the thick sauce that formed.
  6. Ganache - Heat the cream and cayenne pepper in a pot until boiling.
  7. Take of the heat. Add the chocolate and stir till it forms a ganache.
  8. To assemble - Scoop chocolate ganache over the French toast and top with basted figs, pomegranates and basil mint.

 
french toast with chicken livers + figs + pomegranate
 
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Ingredients
  • Chicken livers
  • ½ Tbsp butter
  • 200g chicken livers
  • 1 Tbsp port or sherry + 2 Tbsp
  • 1 bottle Ina Paarman Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce
  • 1tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp Robertsons cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch of Robertsons cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp cream
  • 2 figs, chopped into small blocks
  • 2 Tbsp pomegranates
  • Salt
  • Milled black pepper
  • 2 eggs, poached
  • To assemble
  • 1 fig, sliced in 6 pieces length ways
  • 1 Tbsp pomegranates
  • ½ tsp basil mint, chiffonade (you can replace this with mint)
Instructions
  1. Chicken livers - Heat the butter in a non-stick pan on high.
  2. Add the livers and sauté quickly till brown on both sides. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add 1 Tbsp port and sauté until the port has evaporated.
  4. Take livers out and set aside. The livers must not be completely cooked.
  5. In the same pan add all the ingredients except the cream, figs and pomegranates . Simmer for 5 minutes to a thicker consistency.
  6. Add the cream and stir through.
  7. Add the livers, figs, pomegranate pips and heat through.
  8. Taste for seasoning.
  9. To assemble - Add livers on top of the French toast, top it with the poached egg, some sliced figs, pomegranates and basil mint.

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chicken + tangy coleslaw open sandwich

chicken + tangy coleslaw open sandwich

This deliciousness of a sandwich was introduced to me by my work colleague, the lovely American – Madeleine. I just love the combination of the fresh ingredients and the fantastic salad dressing that just lifts each bite. I realised once again how delicious homemade salad dressings are … and together with the coleslaw + chicken makes for a tangy-crunchy, rich-tasty, but above all healthy easy meal. For an even healthier option you can just grill your chicken.

What is also super is that you can use the coleslaw as a salad on its own – I added some fennel + flavourburst micro leaves + bean sprouts to give it extra flavour and crunch. This salad fits in perfectly with one of those impromptu braais that we so enjoy.

Watch me make this by clicking here.

chicken and coleslaw

chicken and coleslaw chicken and coleslaw chicken and coleslaw

chicken + tangy coleslaw open sandwich
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 Slices of bread
  • 300g Crumbed chicken pieces / steaklets
  • Coleslaw
  • 50g White cabbage, finely sliced
  • 50g Red cabbage, finely sliced
  • 2 Spring onions or salad onions, chopped
  • 2 Baby fennel bulbs, finely sliced
  • 40g Mung bean sprouts or any sprouts
  • 1 Red chilli, chopped
  • 10 g Parsley, chopped
  • 10g Flavourburst micro leaf salad (optional)
  • Salad dressing
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 3 Tbsp Sherry vinegar
  • 10g Parsley, chopped
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • Large pinch of milled black pepper
  • ¼ Cup olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 °C and bake the crumbed chicken pieces for 20 minutes – or as per the instructions indicated on the packet.
  2. Mix all the coleslaw ingredients together.
  3. Mix the salad dressing ingredients together and drizzle over coleslaw. Mix well and make sure you coat all of the coleslaw. Season to taste.
  4. Place the just fried or oven baked chicken pieces onto your bread and top it with the coleslaw.
  5. Note: I don’t butter my bread but you can if you want to.

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roasted chicken curry = frindian chicken

roasted chicken curry = frindian chicken

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It’s winter and its time to cook something that will help keep the chill of winter at bay. For this, there is nothing better than a wonderful curry.

I was very fortunate to spend a weekend with renowned Chef, Reza Mahammad a month or so ago and he told me about the new trend that he had started – “Frindian cuisine” – yip Frindian … this is where you combine classic French cooking techniques with the wonderful variety and diversity of Indian spices.

This is a not an easy task but Reza, the genius, makes this work so brilliantly.

Back home I decided to try my own Frindian chicken – by roasting a chicken the French way { the technique I always use is from the book “Le Cordon Bleu at home”} and using my own Indian spice mix – this dish was such a hit around the table there were only a few bony morsels left. This is the kind of dish where you need to get stuck in with your hands and eat this with gusto – it’s delicious, tasty and extremely alluring. Not only does the dish dress up to impress, but the taste is hot and complex. The flavours seem to just stitch two continental food styles in seamless fashion and so worth the effort.

On how to truss a chicken click here.

Frindian Chicken

 

 

roasted chicken curry = frindian chicken
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 Chicken – about 2 kg’s
  • 3T Butter
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1T Vegetable oil
  • My spice mix – mix all the ingredients below together.
  • 1T Grated fresh garlic
  • 1T Grated fresh ginger
  • 2t Chillie flakes – you can replace these with 1 or 2 chopped strong red chillies depending on your individual taste
  • 2T Masala mix [strong curry powder]
  • 1T Cumin seeds
  • 1T Coriander [fine]
  • ½t Cinnamon [fine]
  • Fresh coriander for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 220°C.
  2. Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towel.
  3. Loosen the skin on the topside of the chicken and take the Marsala mix and try to massage it under the skin – make sure you rub it all over the chicken. Do it carefully and take your time. You don’t want to break the skin at any point. Even try and get some Marsala into the little legs and wings. Rub the spice on the inside of the chicken as well.
  4. Now season the cavity with salt and pepper.
  5. Truss the chicken.
  6. Then rub the outside of the chicken with the butter and oil and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Place the chicken on the side in a roasting tray and roast for 20 minutes.
  8. Then turn the chicken onto its other side and roast for another 20 minutes.
  9. Finally turn the chicken with the breast side-up, add a ½ cup of water to the pan and roast till the juices run clear – about another 20 – 30 minutes.
  10. Let it rest for 15 minutes covered with aluminium foil. The juices will be absorbed into the meat and it will be far easier to carve.
  11. While resting the chicken, bring the remaining juices in the roasting tray to the boil on top of the stove – scrape to release any cooked meat that is still at the bottom of the tray. Add a bit of water and reduce till ⅓. Spoon this over your meat at the table.
  12. Remove the twine, carve and enjoy your Frindian chicken with your bestest friends.

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italian ramen – chicken soup for the soul

italian ramen – chicken soup for the soul

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“The Italian Ramen is a delicious cross-cultural take on chicken soup. The angel hair pasta represents Italy; the soft-boiled egg and chile oil evoke Japan” – Food & Wine

Italian Ramen – I have this lovely American colleague that started working with me this year and she reports to me what she cooked the night before (and I of course report to her :-)) and sometimes she brings along a small tester portion for me to taste. The American’s name is Madeleine. I needed to clarify that because I have another American in my life that I love dearly – she is another talented foodie and I will talk about her at a later stage.

So one morning Madeleine brought this delicious chicken based soup to the office – an Italian Ramen. It just blew me away – the chicken broth was so intense and just perfectly infused with the herbs. The chicken was cooked to perfection and the crunchy carrots added a wonderful sweetness and texture to the dish. Madeleine sent me a link to this specific recipe on Food & Wine’s website and I decided to make it – this is not a dish you want to fiddle with – It is perfect as is. It takes about 3.5 hours to make but its well worth doing it.
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This soup is served with a beautiful soft boiled egg – the traditional Ramen way … the egg compliments the dish but does not steal the limelight from the perfect chicken broth and succulent fleshiness of the white chicken meat.

So here is a quick guide to boiling the perfect soft boil egg:
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil add the eggs and cook for 5 minutes. While the eggs are boiling fill another large bowl with cold water. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to the bowl of cold water for 2 minutes. Crack the shells and peel the eggs.

Italian Ramen - chicken soup for the soul

 

italian ramen - chicken soup for the soul
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • For the broth
  • 1.3kg Chicken, cut into quarters
  • 2 White skinned onions, quartered
  • 4 Large carrots, cut into large chunks
  • 4 Celery sticks, cut into large chunks
  • 4 Thyme sprigs
  • 2 Rosemary sprigs
  • 2 Basil sprigs
  • Salt
  • Other ingredients
  • 2 Carrots cut into fine matchsticks
  • 6 Large soft boiled eggs
  • 500g Angel hair pasta
  • Chilli oil
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • Few basil leaves to garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 260°C. Arrange the chicken in a roasting pan and roast until the skin is lightly browned – for +- 20 – 30 minutes.
  2. Transfer the chicken and any juices to a soup pot. Add the onions, carrot chunks, celery and herb sprigs. Add 3.8L of water and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until the chicken is cooked, about 30 minutes.
  3. Using tongs, remove the chicken from the broth and let cool slightly.
  4. Remove the meat from the bones and pull into shreds; discard the skin.
  5. Return the bones to the pot and simmer until the broth is reduced to 8 cups, about 1½ hours.
  6. Strain the broth, discard the solids and skim off the fat. Season the broth with salt and keep warm.
  7. Return the water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook until al dente. Drain and divide the pasta between 6 large soup bowls.
  8. Top with the shredded chicken, carrot matchsticks and soft-boiled eggs.
  9. Ladle the hot broth on top, add some chillie oil and garnish with basil leaves and serve hot.

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