Shakshuka

August 2, 2015

On Thursday I was given a bag of tomatoes. They were almost too ripe.

I asked online for some suggestions of what to do with them and shakshuka jumped out at me. I love shakshuka. Its one of my favourite Israeli dishes. And its an all in one pan cook and serve recipe so very little washing up!

Ingredients

  • Oil for frying
  • 1 x onion, diced
  • 1 x red pepper, diced
  • 8 x tomatos, diced
  • Garlic
  • Spices (usually cayenne pepper or something a little spicy)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 x eggs

Method

  • Heat the oil in a large, heavy pan. You can split the ingredients into two smaller pans if you want to serve the shakshuka in personal servings.
  • Throw in the onion and saute until golden.
  • Add the red pepper and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomato and garlic and stir until its all mixed together. Simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes or until the mixture starts to reduce.

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  • Add the spices, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Now the fun part, crack the eggs directly on top of the tomato mixture, making sure they are evenly spaced.

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  • Cover and simmer until the eggs are done to your tastes, less time for runny eggs, more time for hard eggs.
  • Serve directly from the pan with a side of fresh white bread to mop up the sauce.
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I served mine on a plate because it looked pretty ­čśë

Free* Banana Bread

April 5, 2015

*Free from eggs, gluten, milk, sugar.

So its Pesach, that means no flour and since Paul is diabetic I cant use sugar either.

I found {this} recipe on a FB food forum and I have tweeked it a little to suit us.

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch of (over)ripe bananas
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts (I bought walnuts in their shells, my kids said they are not REAL if they are already shelled, I dont have a nut cracker, I improvised with a heavy bottomed pan and went all HULK SMASH on the poor walnuts, it was fun!)
  • 2 cups potato flour
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • pinch of salt (I forgot about the salt, oh well)

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Method

  • Peel and mash the bananas.
  • Chop up your shelled walnuts, I blitzed them in a small food processor.
  • Pit your dates and cut or shred them into small pieces.
  • Add bananas, potato flour, walnuts, dates and salt in a bowl.
  • Mix until just combined.
  • Place in an appropriate sized loaf tin.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes at 180┬║C
  • Enjoy hot with butter slathered on!

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Yesterday I met up with some twitter ladies at the Irene Dairy Farm.

What a lovely place.  The kids had a blast!

I didnt take any photos because we were all having so much fun I didnt even think about taking my phone out…

What I did do is buy some of their famous fresh cream.

OMG! How delish… ┬áThink and yummy, I just had to make some fresh scones this morning to go with it.

I found the scone recipe over here, I love this site, they deliver exactly what they promise: A South African guide to simple, tasty recipes!

Recipe

  • 2 x cups sifted flour
  • ┬Ż x teaspoon salt
  • 4 x teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 x tablespoons marge
  • ┬ż x cup milk

Method

  • Mix dry ingredients.
  • Add wet ingredients.
  • Mix together until they form a loose dough.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and kneed for a few minutes.
  • Flatten the dough out and cut rounds using a glass.
  • Bake at 240┬║C for about 7 minutes – I didnt read that properly and baked for about 10 minutes at 180┬░C.

scones

 

Enjoy with fresh cream and a dollop of strawberry jam ­čÖé

Banana Bread

July 26, 2012

Paul bought a bunch of bananas from Pick n Pay yesterday.  Problem was, half of them were over ripe and bruised.

So what else is one supposed to but make banana bread…

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 ripe/over ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (This was the last time I will use store bought vanilla, from now on I will be using my home made vanilla extract)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1┬á┬Ż cups flour

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180┬░C
  • Using a wooden spoon, mix together the mashed banana and melted butter.
  • Mix in the sugar, egg and vanilla.
  • Add the dry ingredients and fold into the wet ingredients.
  • Spray a loaf tin with Spray and Cook and spoon mixture into the tin.
  • Bake for about 1 hour.

 

On Fridays at Aarons play school the kids bake or cook treats to eat at snack time.  This Friday they made cinnamon toast and I thought I would give it a bash today to eat with our afternoon tea.

Ingredients

  • Slices of bread, I found almost stale bread works best
  • Margarine┬áor butter
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon

What to do

  • Turn your oven on to 180┬░C
  • Spray&Cook a baking sheet.
  • Butter each slice of bread quite thickly.

  • Place slices of bread on the baking sheet.
  • Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle all over the bread and butter.

  • Place baking sheet into the oven and leave fr about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven once sugar has melted.

  • Enjoy with a cup of tea.