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#freekeh salad with cherries + mint + cashew nuts

#freekeh salad with cherries + mint + cashew nuts

Freekeh SaladFreekeh is young green wheat that has been toasted and cracked. It is utterly delicious with an earthy, nutty flavour – and has a fantastic bite to it. This salad is salty and sweet with a lovely sweet and sour dressing. You can replace the pomegranate syrup with pomegranate molasses. The fresh cherries are divine with the dish, but figs will also do the thing.

Greenwheat Freekeh can be ordered online at www.thereallyinterestingfoodcompany.com and is available nationwide at various Spars, delis and branches of the Wellness Warehouse.

Freekeh salad with cherries, mint and cashew nuts

200 g freekeh, cooked in salt water as per the packet instruction
2 spring onions, chopped
handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
handful of mint, chopped
15 fresh cherries, pitted and quartered
60 ml cashew nuts
Salad dressing
60 ml olive oil
60 ml pomegranate syrup
30 ml grape vinegar
salt
black pepper

Combine all the salad ingredients in a salad bowl. Mix the salad dressing ingredients together and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Dress the salad and tuck in.

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Christmas cake on the #braai – the #ExpressoShow way

Christmas cake on the #braai – the #ExpressoShow way
How insane and fabulous is this? A delicious Christmas cake on the #braai. PS: All images taken with my mobile phone

How insane and fabulous is this? A delicious Christmas cake on the #braai. PS: All images taken with my mobile phone

I love cooking on Expresso Morning Show (live TV is my thing) and I LOVE the whole team from Paul (the talented producer & director) to Zola (innovative chef and stylist), Stephanie (the super stylist) and then the lovely down to earth but so energetic presenters Elana, Ewan, Graeme, Katlego, Leigh-Anne and Zoë. Not forgetting Ruan that gives me my coffee fix every morning, the dedicated cameramen, Lucian the vivacious floor manager / director and those brilliant make-up artists! They are like family to me, they make me really happy and I hope that I bring a ray of sunshine into their lives.

The recipe calls for beautiful seasonal fruit

The recipe calls for beautiful seasonal fruit

Anyway, the other day Zola gave me her recipe to make. She said: “Anél, I want you to bake a cake… on the fire.” My first reaction was that of odd disbelief (really?)… I nearly choked on my morning coffee but then I kinda fell in love with the idea. And now … I think it is genius! Zola’s recipe is perfect for a Christmas cake on the fire. It is made with seasonal cherries and apricots and with a dash of cream and it is a real festive treat.

Zola Nene the goddess of the Expresso kitchen. This #braai cake is her invention.

Zola Nene the goddess of the Expresso kitchen. This #braai cake is her invention.

Cooking with one of the hottest guys in South Africa is one of the perks ... just saying. But ladies he is a very nice guy too!

Cooking with one of the hottest guys in South Africa is one of the perks … just saying. But ladies he is a very nice guy too!

The way the two of us can carry on! Love you Elana, mother of Esther Beth.

The way the two of us can carry on! Love you Elana, mother of Esther Beth.

Beautiful inside and out here she is ... the HOT Leigh-Anne Williams. Today as gorgeous as a fresh apricot.

Beautiful inside and out here she is … the HOT Leigh-Anne Williams. Today as gorgeous as a fresh apricot.

Kat I had to steal this pic from your facebook. Why dont I have a pic with you? I don't know, but this man is one of the most talented MC's, TV presenters, singers and what he touch turns into gold. Watch the space. Here he is getting up to no good with Elana.

Kat I had to steal this pic from your facebook. Why dont I have a pic with you? I don’t know, but this man is one of the most talented MC’s, TV presenters, singers and what he touch turns into gold. Watch the space. Here he is getting up to no good with Elana.

Graeme is another hottie on the show. He has an infectious laugh and we have loads of fun when we braai together!

Graeme is another hottie on the show. He has an infectious laugh and we have loads of fun when we braai together!

Zoe is the latest addition to Expresso. What a beautiful, warm and lovely woman. You rock!

Zoe is the latest addition to Expresso. What a beautiful, warm and lovely woman. You rock!

Me braaiing outside the Expresso studio .... and having lots of fun

Me braaiing outside the Expresso studio …. and having lots of fun

We can do absolutely nothing without Lucian. He organises the cameras, the lights, counts us down. All in all one of the nicest and friendliest guys I know.

We can do absolutely nothing without Lucian. He organises the cameras, the lights, counts us down. All in all one of the nicest and friendliest guys I know.

Ruan is the first person you see in the "green room". He manages the people before they go on set. The sweetest guy, more of a model I say (you will recognise his face on some TV ads) - and he makes a mean coffee!

Ruan is the first person you see in the “green room”. He manages the people before they go on set. The sweetest guy, more of a model I say (you will recognise his face on some TV ads) – and he makes a mean coffee!

TIPS FOR BRAAIING CAKE ON THE FIRE: Do remember that your braai coals must be of medium heat – otherwise this cake is going to end up something of a charred creation. All you need do is make a gap for your pot to nestle the pot in-between the coals. Do not put the pot directly on the coals. Then once on the fire place around 5 to 6 coals on top of the pot lid.

Christmas cake on the #braai - the #ExpressoShow way
 
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Ingredients
  • 60 ml Demerara sugar
  • 60 ml maple syrup
  • 60 ml butter
  • 8 ripe apricots, halved and pitted
  • 200 g pitted fresh cherries
  • For the sponge
  • 120 g butter, softened
  • 120 g Demerara sugar
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 eggs
  • 175 ml plain yoghurt
  • 160 g cake flour
  • 5 ml baking powder
  • 5 ml bicarbonate of soda
Instructions
  1. Heat braai coals to medium heat. Grease a medium-sized cast iron pot very well with Spray and Cook. Grease the 60 ml butter onto the bottom of the pot then sprinkle 60 ml Demerara sugar over this and drizzle with 60 ml maple syrup. Arrange the apricots (cut-side down) on top of the syrup then place the cherries in the gaps in and around the apricots. Make the sponge by creaming together the butter, sugar and lemon zest. Whisk the egg together with yoghurt. Sift together flour, baking powder and bicarbonate soda. Fold dry and wet ingredients alternately into the creamed butter and sugar. Spoon the batter carefully onto the fruit then cover the pot with the lid. Make a gap amidst the coals and nestle the pot into the gap. Place some coals on top of the lid then leave to cook for 45 minutes. To check to see whether your cake is cooked insert a skewer – if it comes out dry, your cake is baked. Remove from the coals and allow it to cool for 10 mins in the pot before turning it out upside down. Serve with a dollop of plain cream mixed with vanilla.

 

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macerated cherries with crème fraiche for the new year

macerated cherries with crème fraiche for the new year

macerated cherries

{2013 roller coaster}
What a year 2013 was? It was like one of those runaway roller coaster rides that takes you to the highest of highs and lowest of lows and as it winds its way to the end of its track, one is left with a sense of both exhilaration and relief. I think I had one of those years…. So much so that I have to start 2014 with these happy + fun, alcohol-drenched cherries. Perhaps I am being a little dramatic, but these little fruits are like one of those great big firework displays announcing the New Year … so colourful, bright and celebratory.

{happy new year}
I hope 2013 has treated you well and wish that this year will be an awesome one!

Thanks for reading my blog and a very Happy and Blessed 2014 to one and all…. !

{meaning of macerate}
Macerate | ˈmasəreɪt/
soften or become softened by soaking in a liquid

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macerated cherries

 

macerated cherries with crème fraiche for the new year
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 500 g fresh cherries
  • 200 ml grappa
  • 200 ml marsala wine
  • 1 Tbsp muscovado sugar (or any soft brown sugar)
  • 250ml créme fraiché
  • 2 Tbsp muscovado sugar
  • a few mint leaves, chopped finely (do not leave this ingredient out!)
Instructions
  1. Mix the grappa, wine and sugar together and pour over the cherries. Let it stand in the fridge for 24 hours.
  2. Just before serving mix the créme fraiché and sugar together – the sugar will melt it naturally.
  3. To serve: scoop some crème fraiche on a plate, add a few cherries and then sprinkle with chopped mint leaves.

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ice cream cake = delightful christmas dessert

ice cream cake = delightful christmas dessert
ice cream cake

#chicksthatchow version

Christmas is just around the corner …can you believe it? Every year we seem to be spammed with images of a white Christmas, with Santa Claus and reindeers all dressed up in their winter woollies. Of course this is what a European winter Christmas is all about but a few thousand miles to the south in the southern part of Africa, we always find ourselves in the middle of a scorching summer!

We live in Africa and its kinda 30°C hot. It is a time of sun, surf and sunscreen … So I decided to share my decadent ice-cream-christmas-cake-dessert with you. Believe me this is a showstopper. It is also the easiest thing to prepare – the kids and adults will just LOVE it.

I read about this recipe in Sarie Kos a few years ago and since then I have tweaked it to become one of my own favourite dessert delights. I have made it for a variety of different occasions, just a couple of weeks ago I made it for our #chicksthatchow summer soiree at my friend Errieda’s house and you will also see it featured in the latest Get It Magazine.

ice cream cake

#christmas version

The best thing about this decadent dessert is that you can easily prepare it a few days before Christmas – then put it in the freezer and decorate just before serving. This two-layered-ice-cream-dream is so versatile because you can decide on which sweet fillings you may want to hide inside this ice-cream-beehive … whether you want fruit, nuts, chocolate or even a few Christmas “tikkies”, the choice is yours. Remember the good old days when your mom or gran used to serve the Christmas dessert with the coins hidden inside the pudding?

cherries

#cherries

For my Christmas delight, I am going to add some cranberries, peanut brittle and some of those melt-in-your-mouth chocolate balls. All these ingredients are going to be locked into our ice-cream-igloo – so let your imagination run wild. Take your frozen cake out of the fridge, pour some chocolate ganache over the top and decorate the cake with strawberries, cherries, red roses or whatever you think will add that Christmas feel. Merry Christmas everyone!

Peanut Brittle

#peanut brittle

cranberries

#cranberries

ice cream cake = delightful christmas dessert
 
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Ingredients
  • For the ice cream cake
  • 2 L Full-cream vanilla ice cream
  • ½ L Chocolate ice cream
  • 2 Peanut brittle (200g) – broken into small pieces
  • 6 Lindt chocolate balls (whatever flavour you fancy)
  • 150g Dried cranberries
  • A shopping bag or cling wrap
  • For the Chocolate Ganache
  • 100g Dark chocolate
  • 80 ml Cream (I use less cream – as I like a thick ganache)
  • ¼t Vanilla essence
  • For decorating
  • Fresh cherries
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Red roses
  • Lindt chocolate balls
Instructions
  1. For ice cream cake - Take a mixing or serving bowl that is be large enough to contain all the ice cream. Line your bowl with a shopping bag or cling wrap. The plastic shopping bag just seems to give the finished ice-cream igloo a really authentic Alpine look!
  2. Now take ¾ of the vanilla ice cream, put it into a mixing bowl and stir until the the ice-cream becomes a little softer. Do not let it melt or become to fluid. Put the rest of the ice-cream back in the freezer as we are going to use it a little later for the last layer of our cake
  3. Scoop the stirred ice-cream into the lined plastic bag bowl and make sure scooping out a fairly sizeable round hollow in the centre. Put the ice-cream filled bowl into the freezer for about 20 minutes to let it harden somewhat.
  4. Now, take the chocolate ice cream, scoop into bowl and stir this until it is softer as well. Add the peanut brittle, chocolate balls and cranberries – whatever you prefer.
  5. Take the bowl with the vanilla ice cream out of the freezer and scoop the chocolate ice cream and peanut brittle mix into the hole you made in the vanilla ice cream. Put in freezer to harden for about 15 minutes.
  6. Lastly, put the last layer of vanilla ice cream over the chocolate ice cream and put in freezer to set.
  7. For chocolate ganache - Break some good quality chocolate into blocks put in glass bowl. Heat the cream in a little pot till nearly boiling. Then pour the hot milk over the chocolate blocks - stir until the chocolate is melted to form a thick chocolate ganache. Add the vanilla essence and set aside to cool down.
  8. To serve - Take the ice cream out of the bag and place on a lovely serving dish. Pour the chocolate ganache over it and then I always decorate with fresh roses, cherries, strawberries and Lindt balls.

 

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