Spicy Pineapple

This is one of many things that Durban’s beachfront is famous for. Pineapple coated with chilli powder, served on a stick. I was craving some and decided to buy a pineapple and do it myself. I mean, its not higher grade 😉

Viola:

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At this time of year I miss Durban’s delicious sweet fruits – mango, peach, plum. Sucks to be in Jhb right now 😛

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Chilli Bites

chilli_boxYes, this is another out-of-the-box test. While I was walking around at the Good Food & Wine Show, Osman’s Spices had some chilli bites already prepared – it was left for us to try. I was craving something savoury, so I tried one. It was really good. I wanted to buy a box right there but they weren’t selling them (not a smart move).

While I was at the Indian spice shop, same place I picked up the tandoori spice, I saw these chilli bites.

It was not what I was after – they didnt have the Osman’s brand, so I went ahead and bought these. I thought its a good week for trial…. and maybe error 😉

I added a chopped onion, grated potato, a green chilli, and water. I ended up adding too much water, so I added some plain white flour into it, to get the right consistency.

I fried them – they took 2 minutes per batch. Not bad.

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The verdict: I enjoyed them – savouries always go down well with me.
He said: Too oily (he does not eat samoosa’s for the same reason) – they are fried in deep oil
Perfect for: unexpected guests coming over; afternoon weekend snack or when you have an Indian or savoury craving.

Homemade Pizza

This was a very lazy supper on Sunday, so I decided to make something light. A pizza sounded like the best option and throwing whatever I had in the fridge as a topping worked out quite nicely.

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For the base:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2t baking powder
  • 4T oil
  • half cup milk and half cup water – mix with 4T oil
  • salt

Make the base, roll it out and throw on whatever you feel like. Thats the best part about homemade pizza. I had some Doritos salsa from my quesadillas, which I smeared on the base. Added peri peri chicken polony (which I dont usually buy in a hurry), some sliced peppadews and feta topped with gouda. Sprinkled some thyme (I love this herb).

Baked on 180°C for 12-15 minutes.

I used half of the base recipe given.

Nigella’s Rocky Road

I happened to have recorded a repeat show of Nigella Express and since it was on hand, I decided to try what was in the episode. I blogged her coleslaw which was part of the same meal.

Now for the dessert. The next time I make this I will reduce or eliminate or maybe substitute (not sure with what, just yet) the golden syrup portion. If you like the extra sweet taste, then recipe would be perfect the way it is.

What you need:

  • 125g soft unsalted butter
  • 300g best-quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 3T golden syrup
  • 200g rich tea biscuits
  • 100g mini marshmallows
  • 2t icing sugar, to dust

Method
1. Heat the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in a heavy-based saucepan over a gentle heat. Remove from the heat, scoop out about 125ml of the melted mixture and set aside in a bowl.
2. Place the biscuits into a plastic freezer bag and crush them with a rolling pin until some have turned to crumbs but there are still pieces of biscuit remaining.
3. Fold the biscuit pieces and crumbs into the melted chocolate mixture in the saucepan, then add the marshmallows.
4. Tip the mixture into a 24cm/9in square baking tin and smooth the top with a wet spatula.
5. Pour over the reserved 125ml/4½fl oz of the melted chocolate mixture and smooth the top with a wet spatula.
6. Refrigerate for about two hours or overnight.
7. To serve, cut into 24 fingers and dust with icing sugar.

Recipe wording taken from BBC Food website.

Banana & Berry Muffins

The following muffin recipe required blueberries, but I also chucked in some cranberries. It is not a sweet recipe, with honey being the only sweet ingredient and the dusting of cinnamon sugar at the end. You may (if you wish), add sugar to the recipe.

Switch oven on to 180ºC.

What you need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2t baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • ½ t cinnamon powder
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 3T honey
  • 3T vegetable oil
  • 2 bananas mashed
  • 1 cup berries
  • cinnamon sugar and strawberrys for garnishing

What to do:

Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. To this add mashed banana’s and berries. Mix lightly with fork until fruit is coated into the flour.

In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk, honey, oil.

Add liquid ingredients to the dry ones. Mix.

Spoon into cupcake tray.
Garnish with a halved strawberrys and dust some cinnamon sugar over it.

Bake for 20 mins on 180ºC.

TV Snack

I was looking for a focaccia recipe a while back but didnt want to try something from the Internet – well I much prefer a recipe that one of our food bloggers have already tried. Since I didnt have one I decided to lightly toast some bread and slice it up and make a tv snack using the Nomu tomato and chill pesto I received. I choose savouries over sweet any day!

snacks

snacks

After slicing the toast up, I added the pesto and put some grated cheese and thyme and microwaved it for about 30 seconds.

It wasnt too bad – something I’d definitely make again.

Nachos

I used to order Nachos with pieces of chicken from Spur when I was living in Durban a few years ago. I don’t recall seeing them on the menu now but I’ve made them myself.

Homemade Nachos

Homemade Nachos

What you need:

Bandito’s Nacho’s (I bought the jalapeno & cheese flavour)
Dorito’s (mild) salsa dip
Sour cream
Cheese – tussers and gouda
Avocado
lemon juice
salt
cubed chicken fillet

Cubed chicken
I braised onions in a frying pan and added spices (chilli powder, dhania & jeera) threw in the chicken cubes and sprinkled garlic flakes over it.

Guacamole
I mashed avo and added some lemon juice and sprinkled salt.

Nachos
Using an oven proof dish, I layered the nachos with the chicken and cheese until everything fit into the dish. I baked it in the oven on 150ºC until the cheese melted.

Once that was out, I spread the salsa dip over the top and added sour cream and guacamole over it, next to each other (refer to pic).

My husband really enjoyed it!